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HMRC’s massive rise in Capital Gains Tax paid by landlords

New figures show that the amount of Capital Gains Tax raked in by HM Revenue & Customs has skyrocketed.  The Revenue received £14.3 billion in CGT for...

Renters Reform Bill not law until late 2023 or beyond

There is still time for landlords to influence the specific provisions of the Renters Reform Bill according to one of the industry’s most respected experts.  Paul Shamplina...

House prices dip for the first time in a year

House prices fell marginally by 0.1 per cent in July – the first decrease since June 2021, says the Halifax. Annual rate of growth eased to 11.8...

Sunak wants renters to be capitalists and Truss urges loan reform

Conservative party leadership hopeful Rishi Sunak says he wants today’s renters, along with young adults obliged to live at home with their parents, to become capitalists...

Landlords invited to discuss practical ways to boost energy efficiency

Landlords interested in improving energy efficiency in their investment properties can see and hear tips on how to do it at a series of shows in...

Labour call for rent caps and landlords to pay tenant moving costs

London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has claimed credit for many of the measures contained in the government’s Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper - and made...

Landlord sentenced after found guilty of illegal eviction of tenant

A landlord had been sentenced after being found guilty of the illegal eviction of his former tenant. A lengthy investigation was conducted by Warrington council after a...

Pressure mounting on landlords to accept pets in lets

New research from animal welfare charity Battersea - the new name for the Battersea Cats and Dogs Home - claims 50 per cent of tenants fear...

Green mortgage info boost for landlords using stats service

Landlords who use the Moneyfacts service to help find the most competitive offers on the mortgage market can now benefit from additional functionality on its website. Moneyfacts...

Council in desperate plea for help from private landlords

A council in a second home and short let hotspot is making a desparate plea to private landlords for help. Torbay Council, covering Torquay and Paigton in...

Bad news for landlords as big interest rate rise announced

The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee has announced that base rate is rising from 1.25 to 1.75 per cent. The rate is now at its highest level since...

See You In Court! Landlords threaten legal action over licensing

A landlord group is threatening legal action following a council’s approval of a new licensing scheme. York council - run by a coalition of Liberal Democrat and...

Shelter backs Citizens Advice concern over landlords passing on rebate

Campaigning charity Shelter has backed a call by consumer organisation Citizens Advice to seek government pledges that a £400 energy bill discount is passed on to...

Police help council against rogue landlord with unlicensed HMO

A landlord has been fined £7,500 for letting an unlicensed HMO. Having ignored numerous requests and failing to renew the St Helen’s council licence, the landlord was...

Historic low for voids as rental market under-supply goes on

Voids hit what has been described as an historic low in recent weeks, according to PropTech firm Goodlord. It says the average void period in England as...

Tenants in London co-living niche are getting older - new research

Renters opting for a shared property under the co-living model are older than ever before, according to new data from a London accommodation supplier. Tenant data from...

Hypocrite? Council wanting landlord controls is slammed on housing record

A council now consulting on a huge licensing scheme for private landlords has been slammed - over its own record as a social landlord. Birmingham’s Labour-controlled council...

New guidance on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

The government has issued detailed guidance ahead of a change in the law around smoke and carbon monoxide alarms coming into force on October 1 -...

Controversial city-wide licensing - landlords told to sign up now

With a month to go until a new licensing scheme for private rented homes starts, Oxford council is urging landlords to sign up.  The government-approved selective licensing...

Capital appreciation on the rise for 12 months in a row

Annual house price growth in the UK accelerated to 11 per cent last month, a smidgeon up on June’s 10.7 per cent, according to the Nationwide.  House...

Market is “unsustainable” with rents too high and supply too low

Today’s rental market is unsustainable according to a leading industry supplier. HomeLet’s latest monthly market snapshot says the average rent in the UK is now £1,127 per...

Rent controls council pays housing boss £280,000 a year

Bristol’s Labour council has made a name for itself with policies shifting power from landlords to tenants. Earlier this year the Mayor, Marvin Rees, teamed up with...

Energy efficiency enforcement warning to landlords

A council in Wales is warning landlords that enforcement action is on its way for those who fail to meet Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in their...

Capital appreciation to rumble into 2023 despite gradual slowdown

Zoopla’s latest house price index suggests capital appreciation will rumble into next year despite the slowdown.  Levels of price growth will return to a five year average...

Electrical risk to tenants because of rental reform delays

Renters are being placed at unnecessary risk due to a delay in reforms that would allegedly give them greater protection, it’s been claimed. The Renting Homes (Wales)...

Eviction is major cause of homelessness - Shelter claim

Shelter has again linked private rental evictions to the rising levels of homelessness. The campaigning charity says government figures released show 74,230 households in England became homeless...

Anti-second home sentiment builds as building society stops lending

A building society will no longer lend for the purchase of second homes, saying they reduce the stock available for first time and other buyers. The Leeds...

Landlords threatened with fixed penalties and HMO licence suspensions

Landlords have been warned they risk fixed penalty notices and the loss of HMO licences if students leave rubbish in public areas when they check out. Canterbury...

Landlords evicting long term tenants to switch to AirBnb, says council

A council claims that a substantial number of private landlords in its area have evicted long term tenants to make space for AirBnb renters. Scarborough council says...

Liz Truss says she wants to make it easier for tenants to buy homes

A review of the mortgage system would ensure that tenants’ records in paying rent would contribute towards their ability to secure a mortgage on a first...

Deal gives landlords access to legal, regulatory and licensing info

Prominent buy to let service the Mortgage Advice Bureau has announced a new partnership that should allow landlords to arm themselves with increased knowledge of regulations...

Charity wants Thatcher's Right To Buy extended to private tenants

A charity, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, wants a form of Right To Buy to be given to private tenants.  Right To Buy was pioneered in the 1980s...

Have Your Say! Consultation opens on Rental Reform White Paper

The National Residential Landlords Association is asking all landlords - not just its members - to contribute to a consultation on the government’s Fairer Private Rental...

Evictions are falling over the long term, latest figures suggest

Fresh government data shows that over 2021-22, some 12,965 rental properties were repossessed - a huge increase on the previous year, where figures were artificially low...

Councils failing to enforce regulations on rogue landlords

A Freedom of Information request by a newspaper has unveiled the almost complete lack of activity by local councils when it comes to the government’s so-called...

Commuter hotspot is latest to see new Build To Rent investment

A new £71m Build To Rent scheme is on its way to commuter hotspot Leatherhead. BTR operator Get Living and developer Watkin Jones have agreed £71m forward...

Rental Reform: would Sunak or Truss be best for landlords?

It’s just possible that the new Prime Minister - whether Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss - might just redress the imbalance currently in favour of tenants...

Delay in council tax premiums imposed on second homes

One of the country’s second home and holiday let hotspots has been told it will be unable to levy extra council tax until at least 2024...

Free guide to help landlords understand upcoming rental reforms

A group of health and safety experts has created a guide to help landlords understand major rental reform being introduced in Wales. The Electrical Safety Roundtable in...

Games will turbo charge investment appeal in Birmingham - claim

The Commonwealth Games, which begin today in Birmingham, could turbo-charge capital appreciation in the city by up to 15 per cent. That’s the claim by lettings agency Barrows...

Tenants’ ceiling collapse leads to fine for landlord and owner

A landlord and owner who failed to repair a serious water leak have been fined £4,000 after their tenants’ bathroom ceiling collapsed. After the tenants got in...

Selling a low-EPC Buy To Let? You may have to slash the price…

Rightmove is warning landlords and other sellers that properties with poor levels of energy efficiency may have to sell with a discount.  The portal says buyers over coming...

Agents back landlord warning that homes will fail new EPC minimum

Letting agents have come out with figures to back up an argument that landlords have been making for some time  - that many privately rented homes...

Rent To Own pilot scheme launched ahead of national roll-out

A new rent-to-own scheme means some tenants can save a slice of their rent to help build a deposit to buy. Financial platform Kettel Homes allows tenants...

Rents Roaring - rises at 15-year high according to latest survey

Rents across the UK rose by an average 2.47 per cent to £870 per calendar month during the second quarter 2022 according to the Deposit Protection...

Capital appreciation slowly returns for Prime Central London investors

Capital values in Prime Central London have increased according to the latest market snapshot from investment service London Central Portfolio. House have risen in value by 7.9...

Landlord banned from letting Airbnb after failed appeal to government

A landlord who lives in the US and lets her apartment out via Airbnb has been banned from doing so in future, after a row involving...

Investment firm to buy and refurb thousands of low-EPC rental units

A property investment platform is to spend £1 billion buying and retrofitting thousands of homes in the private rental sector, The Times is reporting. IMMO, a PropTech...

Super-App allows tenants to arrange viewings and make offers

A digital platform that claims it will “finally bring renting into the modern age” says it has secured £4.5m in funding. A statement from Residently, announcing the...

Rent Repayment Order threat hangs over unlicensed HMO landlord

A London landlord has been fined £1,000 for letting an unlicensed HMO in Tottenham. Having ignored numerous requests and failing to renew the licence, the landlord was...

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