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London rental market “in dire need of reform” claims tax consultancy

Almost a quarter of London tenants have had to move rental properties more than five times in five years, a tax consultancy claims.

Cornerstone gives a wide range of statistics in a statement, based on what it calls “exclusive data”.

Cornerstone also claims that 25 per cent of London renters say that they have lost out on a property they wanted to rent in the last two years due to a bidding war, while 37 per cent of London landlords are considering selling up due to rising costs in maintaining their property.


The tax consultancy also says its survey shows that 31 per cent of London landlords say their biggest mental health strain is managing their tenants, while 30 per cent of landlords in the capital admit having insufficient knowledge of the lettings sector and will have lost thousands as a result.

A Cornerstone spokesperson says the results show that London’s rental market is no longer fit for purpose “and in dire need of legislative reform.” 

"The government must take immediate action and abolish no fault evictions as soon as possible, for too long a small minority of rogue landlords have sought to exploit loopholes like this at the expense of their tenants. The capital's rental market must work for tenants and landlords alike and address the current problems of undersupply and soaring costs.

"This legislation should therefore be accompanied by a host of fair and balanced improvements to the wider system, which ensure that becoming a landlord remains an attractive proposition in the UK. This could involve streamlining the eviction procedure for landlords that genuinely have to deal with troublesome tenants.”

Cornerstone says the survey was conducted in late 2023 across what it calls "a nationally representative sample, which comprised of 2,081 UK adults, including 700 landlords and 500 tenants."

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    • s M
    • 14 February 2024 08:00 AM

    Possibly these people should sought out their own industry before they wreck someone else's.

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    Idiots. Yet another bunch of fools that hasn't figured out yet why letting is increasingly unattractive. The nature of their business suggests that they should comprehend S24, the biggest nail in the coffin of the PRS to date. Reversing that one measure would have a significant impact. It's the primary reason why I'm downsizing my portfolio at the moment.

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    Sounds like a tax consultancy has no business commenting here. On evicitons. How about S24? Do they even know what that is?

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    • A JR
    • 14 February 2024 09:57 AM

    How is it that a so called survey based on unprovided ‘exclusive data’ and giving no survey details is even considered for publication?
    It can only be dismissed as another ‘fabrication’.

  • Peter Why Do I Bother

    I can help with the dire need in London, boot out Khan and ban selective licensing. Reinstate S24 so landlords have money to invest their properties. Rents will then level out and become affordable, landlords may even invest in more properties.


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    Keep section 21 and deal with each one on its own merits. We all know the 'rogue Landlords ' will find loopholes in anything but I need to know my landlord of 11 very years isnt going to be broken by this last straw. I'm pleased to hear that no one is talking about a license or registration for either Landlords or Tenants.


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