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Outright ban on buy to let under debate in one part of the UK

It may not be a typical part of the country but on one of the Channel Islands there is now a debate about whether buy to...

Rent-A-Room tax free rental still popular even in age of Airbnb

The total value of tax relief declared as a result of the government’s Rent a Room Scheme has soared 187 per cent in the past decade...

Right To Rent video checks extended until late June

The Home Office has told agents that Right To Rent checks can continue to be conducted via video calls until June 20 - the previous deadline...

Optimism and tight supply fuel rentals boom, according to surveyors

The latest sentiment survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors makes welcome reading for most landlords. RICS deals only with broad expressions of market sentiment from...

Why are tenancy disputes still happening?

Fixflo has another of its webinars coming up in just under a fortnight’s time, at 11am on May 27, with this one given over to the...

Landlords welcome Eviction Ban end but want cash help for renters

Landlords have welcomed the government’s announcement to end the eviction ban and reduce the notice period required for the private rental sector. The news came late yesterday...

Police hunt tenant who used terror attack for revenge on landlord

A former tenant who tried two frame his landlord’s partner as being involved in the Westminster terrorist attack has been convicted of perverting the course of...

Next Buy To Let growth sector identified by investment bank

Investment bank and wealth management consultancy Arbuthnot Latham predicts the next big growth area for buy to let will be Houses in Multiple Occupation. The firm says...

Most tenants still want to own despite pandemic upheaval

Despite the global pandemic putting many major life plans on hold, almost three fifths of renters continue to have ownership as an ultimate goal. Research by property...

Full details of Notice and Eviction changes

The government has announced changes to tenancy notice periods in line with the phased easing of the pandemic restrictions.  Whilst some notice periods are reducing, there are...

Activists demand mandatory register to root out “criminal landlords”

Activists led by Baroness Alicia Kennedy of Generation Rent say the proposed reform of the private rental system must include a mandatory landlord register for England. The...

Landlord relief at consultation before Renters Reform Bill becomes law

The landlords’ trade body has given its support to the principle of consultation before the much-hyped Renters Reform Bill becomes law. Yesterday’s Queen’s Speech suggested that the...

What’s that smell? It must be a Build To Rent scheme…

A Build To Rent operator is introducing “signature scents” into its properties “to lift moods and enhance the rental experience.” Fig, orange and bergamot are among the...

Cannabis Cost - this is how much landlords lose thanks to rogue tenants

An expert assessment of the average cost of damage caused by rogue tenants growing cannabis suggests landlords will typically pay almost £10,000. Direct Line Business Insurance has...

Landlords’ IDs not always checked thoroughly by agents - claim

Landlords have frequently not had obligatory ID checks conducted on them by letting agents, an industry supplier is claiming.  Blinc UK says that while in its experience...

Rental Sector Reform to be implemented in the coming year

The government has confirmed that reform of the private rental sector will be a priority for the coming session of Parliament. A brief reference to the commitment...

Tory MP demands rental MOTs and compulsory landlord accreditation

A Conservative MP claims there is a major power imbalance between tenants and landlords and widespread reforms are required to stop renters being ‘left out on...

Activists attack Labour housing chief for letting out a room

A little-known group called Labour Tenants United has criticised the party’s new housing spokeswoman. Initially the group welcomed the appointment to the role of shadow housing minister of...

Think-tank calls for more renters’ rights and new law

A think-tank, UK Onward, has called for radical rental reform. In a statement released to coincide with today’s Queen’s Speech, the think-tank has linked with campaigning charity...

Revealed - where Asian and Chinese buy to let investors purchase

Chinese and Asian investment and marketing service Juwai IQI UK has revealed where in this country property investors from those locations are most interested in putting...

Council to pay £30,000 towards private rental sector deposits

A council has agreed to set aside £30,000 to pay for private rental deposits as a cheaper alternative to bed and breakfast accommodation. The ruling cabinet of Stafford council in...

Shelter demands widespread rental reform starting tomorrow

Shelter says tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech should herald the start of a widespread reform of all renting, particularly the private sector. In a blog setting out a wish list...

Tenant activists team up with council to consult private renters

Tenant activist group Generation Rent is working with a council on a new consultation process - with a chance to win Tesco vouchers for those taking...

Experienced Labour heavyweight becomes shadow housing spokesperson

Labour’s new housing spokesperson is the experienced MP Lucy Powell, who until last weekend was shadow business and consumer affairs minister.  She replaces Thangam Debbonaire, who has...

Row blows up over rental perk for university Vice Chancellor

A row has blown up in Cheshire over a claim by a student tenant that she pays more rent than the college’s Vice Chancellor. The Cheshire Live website...

It’ll take years for rents and evictions to return to normal - new report

A new academic report suggests that more than 400,000 private tenants may be in significant rent arrears by the end of 2021 - but a surge...

Message to government: Help landlords and support private renting, or else

One of the leading industry suppliers has given a warning to government that continual regulation and legal changes restricting landlords will backfire, with tenants the real...

£1,000 a month for rent? The lettings market is nearly there…

The latest HomeLet market index shows that the average rent in the UK is now at a record high of £996 per month. It’s the fifth month...

North of England is go-to investment spot, says consultancy

Investment advisers Sterling Wealth Associates says the north of England is the go-to spot in the UK for property investment.  It says that with the long-term promise...

Is co-living a good rent investment? One operator boasts big annual growth

An operator in the co-living rental niche in London has recorded an average 44 per cent annual growth over the past three years, notwithstanding the pandemic.  Built...

Review compliance procedures or risk prosecution, landlords warned

A warning has been issued to landlords about a crackdown on compliance issues surrounding property management. No Letting Go, the country’s largest provider of inventory services, says...

Capital appreciation index shows unexpected house price winner

Landlords looking mostly long-term capital appreciation rather than yields may have to invest in an unlikely location which topped a league table from finance company IVA...

Guidance for landlords on preparing buy to lets for summer

The letting agents’ trade body has released guidance on how landlords can prepare their investment properties for summer. Angela Davey, president of the Association of Residential Letting...

High level of tenant and owner movement expected post-Covid

A new analysis suggests that as many as 40 per cent of people in the UK are at last considering moving to a different location following...

Council sends 3,000 warnings to landlords in one year

A Midlands council says it’s sent thousands of letters to landlords in the last 12 months in response to complaints from tenants. Nottingham council says it dealt...

Outlook uncertain for buy to let after recent retreat - Nationwide

The private rental sector is in slow retreat according to a new analysis by Nationwide-owned specialist lender, The Mortgage Works. Nationwide chief economist Robert Gardner, author of...

Landlord fined after Gangmasters authority investigates rental property

A landlord has been convicted and ordered to pay more than £11,500 in fines and legal costs for the offence of failing to license a House...

London council acts against landlord’s lettings company

A London council has taken a landlord company to court after complaints of poor housing conditions in five of its rented flats. Richmond council acted against East...

Flatfair revamps deposit alternative service for landlords

Flatfair has revamped its deposit alternative service, claiming its new offer gives twice the protection of a traditional deposit scheme. From this week its landlord customers can...

Generation Rent offers existing tenants advice on getting a pet

The growing debate over whether pets should be allowed in private rental property has attracted the attention of activists’ group Generation Rent. In a blog entry on its...

Warning to landlords over eviction paperwork change

Landlords are being warned of an urgent change to the arrears process thanks to the launch of the government’s Breathing Space initiative. From today landlords, agents and...

Landlord’s fine slashed after fightback against council court move

A landlord who was hit with a £66,000 fine over safety breaches at a rental property has fought back - and will now pay less than...

Prime property investors look beyond London, lender reports

A mortgage lender specialising in high net worth clients has identified those areas outside London seeing the most prime purchases. Enness Global Mortgages analysed transactions at £3m...

Landlord’s shock after flat is stripped of items by evicted tenant

It’s a story that’s seldom told - how some tenants steal items from landlords’ properties when a tenancy ends. Now the Oxford Mail newspaper has a story...

Market forces will decide whether landlords accept pets - lettings expert

One of the country’s leading lettings experts has written that whether landlords will accept pets in rental properties will not be decided by the law or...

Councils accused by activists over rental licensing and safety

There are now 10 councils with licensing schemes covering more than 20 per cent of the rental market according to activists’ group Generation Rent. The group says...

Covid prompts surge in niche ‘medium term’ rentals

An online corporate rental platform says Covid 19 has led to a six-fold increase in demand for medium-term rentals in this country. Homelike, a German-based service specialising...

Amazing sentence - Curfew imposed on landlord in harassment case

A city council has prosecuted a landlord who has now been placed under an overnight curfew in her home and ordered to pay thousands in compensation and costs. The landlord, Juliet Matorerwa,...

Good news - Buy To Let tide turns for first time in four years

For the first time in four years, the proportion of landlords who say they plan to expand their portfolios is higher than those who say they intend...

No widespread sell-off by landlords despite attacks on buy to let

New figures show that there is no widespread sell-off by landlords, despite the tax and regulation changes of recent years. Data from the Association of Residential Letting...

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