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Soaring rents keep rest of housing market buoyant - analyst

A business analyst has given an interesting interpretation of the soaring rental market - and says it keeps the wider sales sector buoyant, too. Sarah Coles of...

Negative perception of landlords 'makes housing crisis worse'

Landowners are claiming that the negative stereotype given to private landlords in recent years by government contributes to the overall housing crisis. Scottish Land & Estates, representing...

Landlords can spread fee payment with new PropTech platform - claim

A PropTech platform says it’s giving landlords the opportunity to spread their management fees and marketing costs across the duration of a tenancy, instead of having...

Win-Win for landlords, claim tech firms in new partnership

A new PropTech link up pledges to be a win-win for agents, landlords and tenants. Muuvo, a platform which is free to use and undertakes utility sign-ups...

Another consultation, another licensing scheme extension…

Another council is conducting a consultation process aimed at renewing its existing landlord licensing for a further five years. Sefton council has had a selective licensing regime...

Energy Costs - would frequent reviews help landlords and tenants?

Energy regulator Ofgem is suggesting that the energy price cap be updated quarterly rather than every six months.  This is only a proposal at this stage, not...

Proceeds of Crime - £250,000 must be paid by landlord

A rogue landlord prosecuted for illegally squashing seven flats into a development with planning permission for six must pay around £250,000.  In addition three of the flats...

Renters under pressure as cost of living crisis hits - Zoopla

The highest rental growth since the Global Financial Crisis, coupled with the cost of living crisis, is putting increased pressure on renters according to Zoopla. Average UK...

Warning to landlords over alarms required under new laws

Landlords are being warned by the Fire Protection Association of major changes ahead for those letting properties in Wales. The Fitness for Human Habitation (Wales) Act comes...

Houses amongst worst fire offenders, safety inspectors report

A safety organisation is warning of a “tragedy waiting to happen” because three quarters of fire doors fail to meet the required standard. The Fire Door Inspection...

Mandatory Airbnb landlord register: Could it avert housing crisis?

Consultation events are to be held this week to gauge the reaction to a possible compulsory register for all Airbnb and other short let and holiday...

EPC help for landlords via ‘ethical lettings agency'

A west country council is the latest to launch an initiative aimed at helping landlords meet the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.  A support package from West...

Another record rent rise fuelled by shortage of stock

The cost of a newly let home rose 9.8 per cent over the last 12 months to £1,125 pcm, marking the fastest level of growth since...

Licensing regime to start after consultation held two years ago

A Midlands council is the latest to introduce an additional licensing regime for HMOs - but it’s based on a consultation process which began back in...

Higher interest rates spark cooling in new-build market

An online property platform says it expects May’s sales figures for new build searches to be slightly below expectations. This is as investors and owner occupiers feel...

Most landlords ‘behind’ on energy efficiency improvements - claim

A survey of over 600 landlords by a business insurance service has found that 55 per cent have still to make improvements to their properties to...

Taxes on Landlords - Strong response to ‘call for evidence’

The independent expert advisers to government on tax simplification, the OTS, says there has been a strong response to its consultation process ahead of a forthcoming...

Council named and shamed by government housing regulator

The Regulator of Social Housing has named and shamed a London council for its failure to provide assurance that it consistently complied with statutory health and...

Most profitable student accommodation investments revealed

A new study has compiled a league table of the best cities in the UK for investment in student accommodation. CIA Landlord Insurance conducted research looking at...

Switch from paper to online for Housing Benefit payment schedules

A council is notifying its landlords with tenants on housing benefit that it is switching its payment schedule from paper to online. From June 1 Eastleigh council...

Gove accuses landlords of letting tenants live in unsafe homes

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has made a sweeping attack on the conditions of homes run by private landlords. In a statement backing up the Queen’s Speech -...

£125,000 fine for infamous landlord - maybe more to come

A court has told a multi-millionaire landlord he must pay £125,000 after a 10-year campaign of abuse against a local council.  Last year Fergus Wilson, 72, was...

Study reveals number of Airbnb-style short lets in London

Research by a rental platform suggests there are currently over 65,000 short let properties being advertised in London alone. The platform, Rentd, says there are some 66,641...

Landlords urged to check safety qualifications of gas fitters

The Health and Safety Executive is urging landlords to check the credentials of gas fitters following a case heard recently in Southwark Crown Court in London. The...

Do you run the best holiday let in the UK and Ireland?

Landlords renting out to holidaymakers could be in with a chance of winning £10,000 as part of a nationwide search for the best holiday lets across...

Landlords’ critics rejoice as government caves in to their demands

Activists have expressed their delight that the government has “listed to the voice of renters” in its provisions for widespread reform of the private rental sector. Yesterday...

Renters Reform Bill - in the government’s own words

This is the entirety of the detail given by the government about the Renters’ Reform Bill, confirmed in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech. --- Renters Reform Bill  The purpose of the Bill...

Bondage Landlord first to be jailed in sex-for-rent scandal

A landlord has been jailed for a year after making a homeless woman perform sexual favours for him in return for accommodation.  Guildford Crown Court heard that...

Mortgage costs soar for landlords, with worse to come - warning

Landlords have been hit with steep rises in the cost of buy to let fixed rate mortgages even before the Bank of England’s most recent base...

Tenant choice plummets as HMO numbers collapse up to 59%

The number of HMOs in England has fallen as a result of government intervention in the market. In 2018 new regulations were introduced insisting that a House...

Government's new Landlord Ombudsman scheme plus eviction reforms

The Queen’s Speech has confirmed that a radical re-shaping of the rental sector in England is being pushed ahead by the government. Although the relatively brief speech...

Labour calls for rent freeze now and rent controls long term

Labour’s London Mayor - buoyed up after the party’s successes in the capital in last week’s elections - has renewed his call for rent controls generally...

Brexit threat to cleaning could hurt private landlords - claim

A cleaning crisis caused by Brexit and Covid could threaten the well-being of the buy to let sector according to a leading lettings industry supplier. Daniel Evans,...

Bye Bye Buy To Let? Big investors want to take over rental sector

The strong fundamentals of a rental market with a chronic undersupply are attracting a growing amount of institutional capital says Knight Frank. More than £1.4 billion worth...

Landlords on standby for scrapping of Section 21 today

The government is widely expected to announce that Section 21 eviction powers will be scrapped in new legislation coming to Parliament later this year. After months of...

Licensing “allows council to work with private landlords” - claim

A consultation is underway into the extension of yet another private landlord licensing scheme for a further five years. Since March 2018 Sefton council on Merseyside has...

Capital appreciation roars ahead but won’t last much longer - warning

Landlords have enjoyed more capital appreciation with the average UK house price rising again in April, up by 1.1 per cent or £3,078, in the month,...

Activists ask Boris Johnson to begin rental reform process tomorrow

Activists from pressure groups and London-focussed tenants’ bodies have handed in a letter to 10 Downing Street asking the Prime Minister to begin the process of...

Labour Rent Control advocate set to lose his job

Voters in Bristol have decided to abolish the city’s directly elected mayor following a referendum. The city was given the choice of a mayor or a committee...

Prime London’s lack of stock leading to soaring rents - LonRes

The lack of stock available to rent continues to limit lettings activity and drive rents higher in areas of prime London, according to property data experts...

Four out of five tenants have never missed rent claims PropTech firm

PropTech firm Canopy says four out of five tenants have never missed a rent payment and that this should give them a stronger chance of securing...

Three year tenancies, pets welcome - major landlord’s initiative

The UK’s largest listed provider of private rental homes, Grainger, is proposing pet-friendly ‘stay as long as you like up to three years’ tenancies in one...

Rate rise likely to hit landlords quickly - maybe with worse to come

A prominent buy to let mortgage expert says yesterday base rate rise by the Bank of England is expected to hit landlords very quickly. Angus Stewart, chief...

Rent Controls - now a trade union wants government action

A trade union has called on the government to “look at all forms of rent control” as a way of combatting the cost of living crisis. Paddy...

Drop buy to let stamp duty tax or risk supply crisis - warning

Taxes on buy to let investment are fuelling a supply crisis, hiking rents and making homeownership more difficult to afford. That’s the claim from the National Residential...

Rent Levels: every UK region up and London slump ends at last

The average rent in the UK has hit another record high of £1,091 after a 1.2 per cent increase in the past month. The figure - provided...

See You In Court! Landlord’s legal challenge to council

A legal challenge has been launched on a local authority accused of charging “disproportionate” sums for repair work on a block where some apartments are council-owned...

Teach-in for landlords ahead of revolutionary rental law change

A lettings agency is to hold free events to support landlords ahead of what it calls a “landmark transformation” in rental laws. Williams Estates is to host...

Government criticised over timing of Section 21 scrapping

The National Association of Property Buyers says soaring numbers of landlords are looking to sell homes - slashing stock and therefore increasing rents just as some...

New platform will help landlords optimise yields from property

A new version of PropTech platform Yuno claims to solve the problem of how a landlord should decide what is the best use of a property...

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