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Shock! Most tenants like renting their home and get on with the landlord

A survey of over 2,000 tenants by a specialist buy to let lender shows that contrary to the popular belief, most tenants like renting and appreciate...

Politician slams landlords as “not caring” about balanced community

A cluster of owner occupiers living near a city centre are demanding that landlords win planning consent before operating HMOs. The Gloucestershire Live news website reports that...

Fine “sends a message” to landlords over licensing

A landlord has been fined £2,500 for failing to licence a property that she had been renting out for several years without the necessary licence. The property...

Rogue landlord must pay £280,000 - or go to jail

A London landlord must pay over £280,000 in three months after housing eight people in a flat deems illegal for even one resident. Shafait Ali, of Deptford,...

Landlords blast Sunak for making rent payments harder

Landlords have sharply criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for cutting the amount tenants relying on benefits will be able to claim to pay their rent. The small print...

Huge costs of emergency call-outs identified by insurer’s research

Research by an insurance firm has identified the high costs incurred by landlords on emergency call-outs. Whilst inevitably promoting the merits of insurance, the research by Direct...

Working From Home leads to rent falls in least affordable cities

Many of our less affordable cities have seen rent levels drop because of the trend for tenants to work from home and seek larger, less urban...

How the other half make money - huge tax perks for overseas investors

An international consultancy specialising in investors’ residency and citizenship has lifted the lid on the huge tax savings open to overseas property buyers. Astons says many overseas...

Landlords given check-list of preparing property for a hard winter

An insurance company is offering a checklist for landlords - and indeed all property owners - to prepare their homes for winter. LV=General Insurance says the storms...

What tenants want now: Findings from survey of 2,000 renters

The findings of a survey conducted with 2,000 tenants give an insight into what renters want now, eight months on from the start of the pandemic. The...

Is it time for government to give grants to landlords?

A property industry accreditation service is asking whether it’s now time for the government to offer grants to help landlords through the Coronavirus crisis. Safeagent says that...

Seven Emergency Prohibition Orders served on one landlord

Seven Emergency Prohibition Orders have been served on one landlord by a Nottinghamshire Police force and local authority. The seven properties in Hucknall were served the orders,...

Landlord’s family step in to manage repairs after tribunal hearing

The family of an 80-year-old landlord fined for failing to maintain a block of flats in Wisbech has stepped in to manage repair work. Local media report...

Supplier says landlords fail to fully understand guarantor companies

A guarantor company says landlords may fail to understand the advantages of using services such as those it provides. Housing Hand says landlords mistakenly believe they won’t...

Landlords “facilitating race discrimination” claims law firm

A law firm says landlords being obliged to conduct checks on the immigration status of potential tenants is encouraging and even facilitating racial discrimination. Bates Wells says...

Capital Gains Tax change could mean landlords pay LESS, not more

A leading housing market analyst suggests that the implementation of a Capital Gains Tax change could actually mean landlords paying less than they do under the...

Landlords warned over threat from rogue locksmiths

Landlords who frequently have to change locks after tenants leave are being warned to be on their guard against rogue locksmiths who have become more active...

Yield Update: Good and bad locations, revealed by mortgage company

A ‘city tracker’ operated by a specialist buy to let mortgage company has outlined the best - and worst - places for landlords to invest for...

Another landlord confronted at home by anti-eviction activists

Anti-eviction campaigners have confronted two landlords over an alleged planned eviction.  Members of the Living Rent tenants union are pictured by the media outside the home of...

Carbon monoxide alarm regulations to be beefed up

There may be new and stricter legal requirements on the way for private landlords with regards to carbon monoxide alarm installation according to a consultation document...

PropTech firm launches ‘game-changing’ deposit alternative

PropTech company Reposit has launched a product allowing properties to be let on a deposit-free basis whilst ensuring landlords are protected for eight weeks of rent,...

Airbnb under scrutiny over threat of money laundering

Airbnb’s UK operation is under scrutiny by the City watchdog over fears it could be exploited for money laundering purposes Although there is no evidence it has yet...

MP wants controls over HMOs used as supported accommodation

Labour MP Steve McCabe has introduced a 10 Minute Rule Bill into the House of Commons to address the problems of HMO’s being used as supported accommodation without...

‘Game changer’ up-front rental payment system to roll out nationwide

The Advanced Rent Option, which offers landlords a year’s rent up-front, is being rolled out across the UK. The ARO is the brainchild of Choices Estate Agents -...

Investment tips for landlords threatened by Capital Gains Tax hike

A property investment firm has given tips to landlords who may feel m threatened by the prospect of a hike in Capital Gain Tax. A report commissioned by Chancellor...

Unlikely allies back online landlord licence checker idea

Pressure groups attacking landlords and letting agents are usually on the other side of the fence from property industry professionals but a new online licensing website...

Samsung teams up with Build To Rent firm to deliver hi-tech homes

Technology colossus Samsung has teamed up with a Build To Rent provider to create what it calls “next generation neighbourhoods” of properties to let. Samsung and Moda...

Landlords have extra year for Green Homes Grant projects

Landlords now have another year to apply for the government’s Green Homes Grant scheme. The 12 months extension, announced last evening, follows complaints that a lack of...

Will landlords be caught in a Trading Standards clampdown?

The trading standards team charged with policing lettings and estate agents is to investigate whether a new guideline on referral fees should apply to individual private...

Labour Mayor in bid to help tenants reclaim thousands in rent rebates

London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a new tool for tenants to check on their landlords - and possibly claim refunds through rent repayment orders.  The...

Tribunal upholds civil penalty notice and fine on landlord

A £4,550 fine has been upheld after an appeal by the landlord was rejected by a property tribunal. Fenland council served five civil penalty notices on the...

Rents up across most of the UK but London landlords miss out

Rents rose 1.4 per cent in the year to October, a drop from the 1.5 per cent growth recorded in September according to the Office for...

Government slammed for encouraging 'rent dodgers'

The leading landlords trade body is accusing the government of rewarding rent dodgers with its latest restrictions on eviction. The National Residential Landlords Association says the latest...

Insurance firm tells landlords to do more to "educate" tenants

An insurance firm says landlords should “educate” their tenants on the apparent need to get increased insurance cover. Paymentshield claims that a recent YouGov poll, which it...

Government warned on Right To Rent - landlords can't meet guidelines

The government is being warned landlords won’t be able to meet new guidelines being set for Right To Rent once the Coronavirus crisis subsides. At the moment so-called...

Lockdown means more stable tenancies - claim

A rental property consultancy says its experience this year convinces it that the Coronavirus crisis has led to more stable tenancies. Apropos by DJ Alexander, a UK-wide...

New direction for Build To Rent as major player targets suburbia

Build To Rent, which has predominantly focussed on secondary sites in major city centres, is branching out to the suburbs. One of the sector’s largest players, Legal...

Eviction change - tenants with ‘severe arrears’ can be evicted

From today possession cases with severe rent arrears will be exempt from the effective ban on evictions applying to the England lockdown. This means that bailiffs and...

Advice to landlords on how to prepare for possible CGT change

A financial planner is advising landlords on how to minimise their current Capital Gains Tax liability ahead of possible change. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has commissioned a report...

Legal challenge to ‘ban’ on bailiff-enforced evictions

A legal challenge has been started to the government’s current ‘ban’ on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector. High profile property lawyer David Smith is now...

Fixed penalty notice for landlord - yet no one saw his offence

A council has issued a £445 Fixed Penalty Notice to a local landlord who disposed of his renovation waste in a residential car park. However, it appears...

Plight of first time buyers shows landlords needed more than ever

A new survey shows almost two thirds of prospective first time buyers regard it as ‘impossible’ to get on the property ladder - proving how valuable...

Generation Rent demands more public cash for renting families

Activists in Generation Rent claim that a fifth of families in the lettings sector suffer a shortfall between benefits and rent. Using selected data from a range of sources...

Some London rents down near 30% while other regions prosper

Renters are quitting London and heading for the regions in search of more space and bigger homes and gardens. That’s the claim of property search engine Home,...

HMO landlord fined £70,500 over homes in ‘shocking’ condition

A landlord who failed to properly look after two HMOs has been fined £70,500 by an Essex council. Lystra Dorval, of Ilford, was given 10 penalty notices...

Insight into problems for tenants in shared flats and houses

A new survey gives an insight into problems involving tenants who share apartments and houses - and how those difficulties could spill over to rent and landlords. The...

Property expert's dispute resolution service to avoid evictions

A property expert in the Home Counties has launched a dispute resolution service to avoid evictions. Julie Ford - who’s been in the industry for 11 years...

Big surge in landlords seeking limited company status - claim

Increasing numbers of landlords are registering as limited companies to reduce their tax liability, an investment specialist claims.  Thirlmere Deacon says there’s been a 55 per cent...

Can HMOs be made attractive to tenants worried about Covid?

The HMO market is buoyant, not over-saturated, and it can survive suspicions from tenants worried about Coronavirus. That’s the view of Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of property management...

Deposit Disputes - guess the number one cause of disagreement...

There’s been a modest increase in deposit protections across England and Wales in the past year. Data from the Tenancy Deposit Service shows a rise from 3.9m...

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