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Tax clampdown on landlords planned for New Year - claim

If you let out holiday properties or have switched to Airbnb or similar platforms, tax inspectors may be coming for you. Accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young says...

Landlords tell Sunak to help tenants pay off Covid-related arrears

The proportion of private renters in arrears in England has more than doubled during the Covid-19 pandemic according to government data. The latest Household Resilience Study reveals...

New PropTech service allowing direct contact with tenants

A new PropTech platform says it allows easy digital contact between tenants, landlords and third party suppliers avoiding the need to use a lettings agent. RentOnCloud claims...

Council using covert cameras to spy on landlords when tenants leave

A local authority admits it is using covert cameras to spot landlords illegally fly-tipping. Darlington council claims there have been several incidents reported in recent weeks in...

Confiscation Order means landlord must pay quarter of a million pounds

A London landlord has been ordered to pay almost £275,000 for failing to comply with an existing planning enforcement notice. Mrs Anja Bawa was served an enforcement...

One in five renters ill because of property condition, claims Shelter

Shelter says 20 per cent of private and social renters in England suffer poor health because of the condition of their properties. A YouGov poll commissioned by...

Not so grim up north as yields beat the rest of the UK

New research shows that the average rental yield in Britain has remained at roughly 4.2 per cent throughout the pandemic. Regionally, the North West continues to top...

Great opportunity for landlords - if they’re rich enough…

Letting agency Knight Frank has identified an opportunity for landlords to cash in on a supply shortage - but only if they own some of the...

Staycation yield boom likely to stay for up to two years - forecast

Fabrik Invest, which works with holiday parks across the UK, says the staycation boom is here to stay despite the easing of travel restrictions. “The longer-term nature...

Why Not Allow Pets? Tight clauses in contracts cut risks, says supplier

A major supplier to the lettings sector says there’s no reason landlords should not allow pets into properties so long as there is a tightly-written contract, Inventory management...

Why council’s new licensing regime will backfire badly - a case study

A lettings agent says a new HMO licensing regime in one of London’s highest profile boroughs will reduce the number of rental properties. New licensing rules came into...

New insights into why many landlords use letting agents

Another report has highlighted how landlords feel intimidated into putting investment plans on ice because of red tape in the private rental sector. The survey by rental...

Why landlords shouldn’t use credit cards to pay for refurbs

Around 20 per cent of landlords surveyed by a bank used a credit card or short-term finance to fund a recent refurbishment. The research found that close...

See You In Court! Landlord tries to recover £150,000 from agent

A landlord is going to court to try to recover £150,000 allegedly owed by an agency in the form of guaranteed rent. The legal action follows the...

Solicitors slam landlords in bid to trigger tenant legal action

A solicitors’ practice claims repairs initiated by landlords take an average of 41 days to be completed after a tenant complains - and it’s urging legal...

New investment league table’s ringing endorsement to city buy to lets

A new league table of investment potential has given a ringing endorsement to buy to let in cities. Select Property Group has looked at areas with high...

Did the stamp duty holiday persuade you to buy? It seems not…

Relatively few landlords were persuaded to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday according to analysis by the lettings agency Hamptons.  The firm says earlier this year...

HMRC discovers huge numbers of landlords avoiding paying tax

A national accountancy firm says HM Revenue & Customs has discovered huge numbers of landlords avoiding paying tax - as many as 14 landlords per 100,000 population...

Not all energy efficiency work saves money even after five years

With energy efficiency making headlines in the private rental sector, Norton Finance has calculated the cost of an average mid-terrace household reducing carbon emissions by 12.5...

Civil Penalty Notice and hefty fine for HMO landlord without licence

A landlord has been fined over £7,000 for letting out an unsafe and unlicensed HMO. South Gloucestershire council’s private sector housing team issued the landlord a Civil...

Rental growth “amongst fastest in a generation” says agency

Average annual rental growth across Britain hit 8.0 per cent in September, the third fastest annual rate of growth recorded this year.  The data comes from lettings...

Prime London new tenancies running at highest number for decade

The number of new tenancies started in September in prime areas of London was the highest monthly total in the last 10 years says Knight Frank. Average...

EPC Upgrades - Raise cap for landlord spending, government told

The government has been told to raise the landlord cost cap to £10,000 to increase the number of private rental sector properties that have improved energy...

Should private landlords be lectured by the social housing sector?

A small proportion of private landlords grab the spotlight because of their poor treatment of tenants and properties - yet figures suggest the overall problem is...

Rubbish! Record fine for landlord after illegal waste dumping

A landlord in the north of England has received the largest fine that his local council has ever secured for a waste prosecution. Landlord AK Estates (NW)...

Some student rents up over 25% in past five years

Some student rents have increased by over 25 per cent in the past five years according to new research. Specialist rental industry supplier Manor Interiors has found...

Tomorrow! - the launch of Landlord Today's weekend features

We hope you enjoy our Breaking News service each weekday - and from tomorrow we have additional weekend features too. Each weekend there will be at least...

Urgent warning over new smoke and CO alarm regulations

A warning has gone out to landlords with properties in Scotland regarding legislation coming into effect in early 2022. Trade association SELECT is warning that all heat, smoke...

New! Starting Saturday - Landlord Today's weekend features

We hope you enjoy our Breaking News service each weekday - and from this Saturday we have additional weekend features too. Each weekend there will be at...

2022 Investment Hotspots? New survey claims to have found them…

A survey of over 500 property investors claims to have uncovered the UK’s hotspots for the coming year. It says some 44 per cent intend to expand...

Student landlords slammed by PropTech boss for “unfit” homes

A PropTech supplier claims 83 per cent of students have lived in accommodation considered ‘unfit for habitation’ under the Homes Act 2018.  A survey of over 1,000...

Stand Easy! Rental Reform White Paper appears some way off

The White Paper on rental reform may still be some time away, with a minister at the centre of its preparation saying he and colleagues “are still...

Who’d have thought it? Shelter boss praises some private landlords

In an unexpected turn of events at a Conservative party conference fringe meeting, the chief executive of Shelter heaped praise on at least some private landlords. Polly...

New tech platform allows landlords to manage properties

A free service has been launched by the Nationwide to help landlords manage properties and get through the maze of laws and rules surrounding the sector. The Landlord...

Jail for tenant who threatened landlord with screwdriver

A man who broke into the home of his prospective landlord and threatened him with a screwdriver has been jailed for four-and-a-half years. A statement from Cambridgeshire...

Universal Credit cut today - landlords’ last gasp criticism

Today the government will go ahead with a planned cut to Universal Credit of £20 per week.  The level of welfare support had been increased in light...

Rental Reform White Paper - stand by for details today

The government is expected to give at least some details today of the principles enshrined in a new White Paper on rental reform. The latest Queen’s Speech...

Possession Process - new guidance issued for landlords

The government has issued new guidance for landlords and tenants concerning the possession process as applied to those on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy or an Assured...

Back Off! Sunak told to stop hammering rental sector

One of the first submissions to Chancellor Rishi Sunak ahead of his autumn Budget and spending review later this month asks him to lay off further...

Tips for landlords to maximise holiday let income in 2022

Landlords in or anticipating entering the holiday let market are being offered a series of tips by one of the country’s vacation lettings companies. Emily Turner, sales...

Refugees still need homes - another council seeks landlord help

Epsom & Ewell council is the latest to seek private landlords’ help to house five households of Afghan refugees fleeing the crisis in that country.  The council...

‘Ghost Tenants’ - £190,000 fine for landlords after four year court battle

A remarkable four year court battle has ended with £190,000 in fines for a rogue landlord couple who falsely claimed they were letting six properties to...

Soaring Energy Bills: Landlords urged to help tenants understand options

With the government lifting the price cap on energy suppliers at the start of this month, PropTech supplier Goodlord has produced a series of tips for...

Another council threatens landlords with huge fines over electrical safety

Landlords in one part of the Midlands are being warned that they could face fines of up to £30,000 if they don’t have a valid electrical...

Holiday Lets may be the next Buy To Let, says Moneyfacts

Independent finance service Moneyfacts says increasing numbers of people are keen to explore alternative investment options - with holiday lets a likely favourite. Citing research from the...

Licensing help for landlords available through NRLA deal

The National Residential Landlords Association has entered into partnership with a tech company to assist landlords with regulatory compliance. This partnership will offer all the NRLA’s 90,000...

Landlords will have to pay more for most properties from today

The end of the stamp duty holiday means landlords will have to pay more for almost all properties from today. They have had to pay the three...

Top Tips for new landlords to optimise their tax position

Internet searches for ‘how to become a landlord’ have increased by 22 per cent according to Sheards Accountants, a chartered accountancy practice.  The company has now created...

Rogue landlord taken to court by second council in two years

A London council has prosecuted a rogue landlord and his associated property firm for letting unsafe properties and being unlicensed - and the fines and costs...

Up to six months rent for private landlords guaranteed by council

Private landlords could receive between three and six months’ rent in advance by putting their properties forward to help people who have nowhere else to go. The...

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