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Glimmer of hope for landlords owning cladding leaseholds

Landlords directly affected by the cladding scandal - because they own units in low and medium-rise blocks - have some good news at last.  Since the Grenfell...

Another council poised to introduce new licensing regime

A council in Leicestershire is poised to introduce two new licensing schemes for private landlords. Charnwood council has now approved the conditions for the Houses in Multiple...

PropTech summer offer for landlords setting up companies

A digital platform that combines buy to let company formation, management and current accounts, has launched a special offer for landlords this summer. Until September 30, UK...

Data crisis for council wanting taxpayer cash to clear arrears

A council that recently demanded public cash to help Covid-related arrears has found itself in hot water over its own rent demands on social tenants.  Oxford council...

Tax clampdown on landlords: HMRC webinars aimed at investors

HM Revenue & Customs has announced webinars aimed at landlords in its latest bid to extract the maximum tax from buy to let and other property...

Mystery of expelled Tory councillor and £50k owed to landlords

A London news website has lifted the lid on speculation surrounding a councillor who appears to have been booted out of her local Conservative group amid...

Tenants afraid to complain about conditions, claims academic study

A new study by a university suggests that some tenants are apparently afraid to speak out about the condition of the property for fear of being...

Landlord prosecuted because buy to let was unclean and unsafe

A landlord who failed to ensure his property was clean and safe for tenants to live in has been prosecuted by a council.  An environmental health officer...

Government updates Covid guidance for landlords and tenants

The government has updated its guidance for landlords and tenants to explain the possession action process in the county courts in England and Wales has been...

He Can’t Get No Satisfaction - Stones promoter must repay tenants

A one-time promoter of The Rolling Stones was so busy on the road that he forgot to get an HMO licence - and has now been...

Nationalist politicians complain about promoting buy to let

Welsh Nationalist politicians are complaining about a finance company which identified part of Wales as having attractive yields for buy to let investors. Plaid Cymru is complaining...

Council fines landlord thousands and says “this isn’t profit-making”

A landlord has been fined more than £16,000 for failing to license his property. It is the first time South Tyneside Council has served a Civil Penalty,...

Net Zero: More pressure on landlords to improve EPC rating

A Bill is being introduced into both Houses of Parliament this week which will ramp up the pressure on the private rented sector to become even...

Named and shamed - landlord guilty of “atrocious case of mistreatment”

A rogue landlord who allowed vulnerable tenants to live in conditions without windows, proper washing facilities or fire safety measures at a converted car garage has...

Landlords kick back against government licensing plan

A licensing scheme proposed for one part of the UK has been branded as “intrusive” for tenants and expensive for the landlords having to pay for...

Self-employed tenants unlikely to quit rental sector for some time

The latest study of the mortgager market by Aldermore Bank suggests the self-employed are finding it harder than ever to get home loans - and are...

Holiday let landlords advised to ‘invest in luxury’ to bag more tenants

New research shows that holiday let features appear to be the most in demand, based on Google searches.  Prospective renters appear most eager to have access to...

Activists demand another eviction ban until law is changed

There’s a new call for all Section 24 evictions to be suspended until the passing of the Rental Reform Act - which hasn’t even been introduced...

Landlord hands over £2m in assets to National Crime Agency

London based landlord and property developer Richard Leahy has agreed to hand over assets worth almost £2m. This settles a civil recovery claim based on alleged involvement...

Council wants witnesses to alleged illegal eviction

A council is appealing for witnesses to help with its prosecution of a landlord for illegal eviction. Sohila Tamiz who is a manager of privately rented properties...

Landlords wanted to help Afghans working for UK forces

A local authority participating in a government scheme designed to protect Afghan personnel employed by UK armed forces is seeking help from private landlords. The Afghans may...

Emergency finance help needed for arrears - Propertymark

Landlords require help in the shape of an emergency package to assist tenants clear Covid-related arrears. That’s the view of Propertymark, which released a statement over the...

Help us Boris! Landlords to submit plea to PM for aid to sector

The National Residential Landlords Association says it’s going to submit a report to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick outlining...

New service offers incorporation and mortgage lending online

PropTech firms GetGround and Molo are partnering to offer landlords a one-stop-shop for dealing with the administrative details of buy to let purchasing. GetGround is a digital service...

Landlords will still have virtual auction options in future

A favourite route for a landlord acquiring properties - at auction - is likely to remain at least partly virtual in the future according to one...

Build To Rent share of planning approvals down on pre-Covid peak

Build To Rent planning application requests have risen 52 per cent in the past year according to the latest research. However they are still off their pre-pandemic...

New plan to buy back council houses, then re-let them

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to buy back former council houses now in the private rental sector. Right to Buy, part of the 1980 Housing Act, gave...

Mortgage boost for landlords with buy to let deals on the rise

New research from online buy to let mortgage broker Property Master reveals there are currently 41 BTL mortgages at the record low rate of 1.5 per...

Right To Buy Back - Labour councils back purchases from landlords

Labour councils in London have backed the initiative from Mayor Sadiq Khan to buy back ex-council houses now in the private rental sector.  Since 1980 more than...

Rents are falling in real terms - and that’s official

Private sector rents are falling in real terms according to government figures. Data from the Office for National Statistics show that private rents rose by 1.2 per...

Council in talks with landlords to buy back empty homes

Bury council is to spend £1m buying empty homes from landlords and other owners. The council says it will shortly identify which properties to target, and enter...

Massive fall in HMRC tax take from ‘Let Property’ campaign

There’s been a sharp fall in money raised from a campaign encouraging landlords to voluntarily disclose tax owed on rental properties according to an accountancy firm. HM...

Council claims landlord licensing helps stop falling house prices

Residents and landlords are to be consulted by yet another council wanting to renew its selective licensing regime - saying it helps stop house prices falling. Two...

New league table shows best yields by regions and towns

The best buy to let yields can be found in the North East of England according to new research.  The region as a whole is currently home...

Buy To Let in a National Park? It might work says mortgage broker

A buy to let mortgage broker says that investment in a National Park property could help landlords cash in on the staycation trend. Demand for UK holidays...

£100,000 public cash to be spent on landlord database study

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is spending £100,000 on a feasibility study to investigate the setting up of a national landlord database. Companies or...

Upbeat figures show strong rental market performance

There's more good news about the rental market across the country, with rents rising 8.5 per cent year-on-year. The data comes from lettings agency Hamptons which says...

First Inner London monthly rent rise for over a year, reports agency

The lettings agency Hamptons has declared the bottom of the rental market for Inner London, saying it’s now on the way back after 13 months of...

New mortgage options for first time landlords buying HMOs

Specialist lender Landbay has launched two new buy to let mortgage products for first time landlords who want to invest in HMOs. Whereas most lenders require HMO...

Government rejects licensing scheme plea by local council

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has said No to a plea by a south east council to renew its landlord licensing scheme. Hastings council...

Happy Tenants! Big majority of renters satisfied with landlords

Over 80 per cent of private renters in England are satisfied with their accommodation according to new data. Figures from the English Housing Survey for 2019/20 report...

Tax advice for landlords ahead of HMRC deadline

Landlords looking for tips on tax and how to prepare for incoming Making Tax Digital rules are being invited to an online event later this month. Specialist...

New attack underway on rental and holiday homes

An estate agent in Scotland is warning that a new attack on the rental sector and holiday homes may be underway.  Jennifer Campbell is head of estate...

MP wanting ‘pets in lets’ in hot water over benefits

The MP who is the architect of a Private Members Bill to allow pets in privately rented property is facing a backlash over controversial remarks about...

Landlords condemned for ‘quick buck’ shift to short lets

A council leader has criticised landlords in a tourist hotspot for evicting long term tenants and switching to higher paying Airbnb renters. Torbay council leader Steve Darling...

Get Rich Quick courses in spotlight after MP’s intervention

The potential dangers of Get Rich Quick property investment schemes have been highlighted once again, this time by an MP. Some 18 months ago the Daily Telegraph...

Rogue landlord sentenced over “catastrophic” safety breaches

A landlord has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years for breaches of fire safety legislation. Thirunavukkaradu Kuladaisamy, the owner and landlord of flats...

Radical shake up likely for private rental sector in N Ireland

It looks certain that a substantial number of pro-tenant reforms are to be introduced in Northern Ireland in the near future. A Bill introduced to the Northern...

Labour and Generation Rent unite to demand rent controls

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and the Baroness leading the Generation Rent campaign have called for powers to control rents. Khan claims rents in the capital could...

Smart system could ultimately slash landlords’ energy bills

The people behind a new smart system for controlling electric heating and household appliances claim it has the potential to save landlords £160 a year on...

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