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Check EPCs before buying new investment properties - advice

A prominent buy to let mortgage provider is advising landlords to ensure they check EPCs and energy efficiency issues on properties they are considering buying to...

Refugee Crisis: landlords get urgent appeal from council

A council is making an urgent appeal to private landlords with vacant, or soon-to-be vacant, three or four-bedroom family homes for rent. A spokesperson for Epsom &...

The Lowdown on London’s rental market

Foxtons has issued a wide-ranging snapshot of the London private rental market. Overall some 27 per cent of Londoners are  now privately renting, with Foxtons expecting that...

Yet Again! Repeat offender landlord in court once more

A rogue landlord who has already been fined on numerous occasions for similar offences has now been served with a £5,000 fine and £9,000 in costs...

Landlord Alert - Court of Appeal rules in landmark eviction case

A key judgment from the Court of Appeal, announced today, is reported to have gone in favour of landlords and letting agents. The Northwood Solihull v Fearn/Cooke/Ors...

Councils MUST give cash help to tenants with Covid arrears - NRLA

Approaching one in four private landlords have suffered income losses as a result of the pandemic. As a result the sector’s trade body is urging councils to...

Lettings Market On Fire - Rental yields now highest for six years

Newly published rental yield from Rightmove reveals that the average yield across Great Britain is 5.5 per cent. This is the highest yield since 2016 when it...

Closure Order put on landlord’s flat after anti-social behaviour

Police have imposed a Closure Order on a property in Southampton under Section 80 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act. The order means that only the...

Buy To Let losing its appeal, warns leading London buying expert

One of the most respected buying agents in London says buy to let in the capital is losing its appeal for many investors. Camilla Dell, founder and...

Landlord must pay thousands for not installing smoke detectors

A landlord has been fined almost £5,000 for failing to install smoke detectors into a house he let to a family. The property, in Liverpool, also had...

Combative agent hits out at landlords over property condition

A lettings agent who also acts on behalf of tenants against landlords claims to have received 1,000 enquiries from frustrated private and social sector renters. Ajay Jagota...

Energy Bills - New EPC targets to cost landlords over £10k per unit

Landlords believe that energy efficiency upgrades required to comply with Net Zero regulations may cost up to £10,400 per property. From 2025 all newly rented properties must...

HMRC landlord tax - new PropTech tool aimed at investors

A personal finance app says it’s teamed up with a new technology firm to provide a service helping landlords prepare for HMRC’s Making Tax Digital initiative.  Making...

Mortgage lenders battle to win growing holiday let landlord market

Yesterday Landlord Today reported that there was now a 15 year record high in the number of buy to let mortgage products available for current or...

Ambulance crew trigger probe into rogue landlord’s dangerous house

A landlord has been fined £3,607 over properties that were so dangerous tenants’ lives were at risk. North Lincolnshire council brought a prosecution against Amarjit Singh after...

Mortgage Heaven - biggest buy to let product choice since 2017

There’s a 15 year record high in the number of buy to let mortgage products available for current or new landlords. The data comes from independent mortgage...

Taxing Times - tips for landlords facing self-assessment deadline

A tax consultancy has produced tips for those faced with the self-assessment tax filing deadline of next Monday - and who have yet to complete the...

Seven per cent yield predicted from latest student development

Student accommodation specialist Unite Students has acquired a site for a 270-bed scheme in one of the country’s biggest academic centres, Nottingham. Total development costs for the...

Licensing Clampdown - another council goes out to consultation

West Lindsey council in Lincolnshire is launching a consultation on proposals to change how some private rented homes are managed and licensed.  The plans will affect private...

Tax threat to buy to let from Labour Shadow Chancellor

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves says Labour would increase tax on buy to let properties and on investment income for landlords.  Reeves was addressing the issue of paying...

Another Green mortgage launched for good EPC buy to lets

One of the biggest buy to let lenders is the latest mortgage firm to launch a green product. From today the Barclays Green Home Buy-to-Let Mortgage will...

HMRC property tax plan rejected by financial experts

A plan to reform Income Tax Self-Assessment for individuals with income from property or self-employment has been panned by the Association of Accounting Technicians. Currently individuals have...

Landlord accreditation system gives scores for performance

A council has launched what it calls a “scores on the doors” style accreditation scheme for landlords. The Decent and Safe Homes (DASH) scheme, launched by North...

DWP to slash repayment of arrears timescale - report

The Department of Work and Pensions is to slash the timescale for repayment of arrears for tenants on Universal Credit. It has told property accreditation service safeagent,...

Government told: Don’t penalise landlords over cladding

The campaign to ensure that landlords are included in the government’s measures to alleviate the problem of dangerous cladding is gathering momentum.  Last week the National Residential...

Benefit cuts hitting almost one in 10 landlords - claim

Almost 10 per cent of private landlords letting properties to Universal Credit claimants have experienced at least one tenant having difficulties paying rent due to benefit...

Soaring Market - no end in sight as demand overwhelms supply

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ latest index suggests there’s no end in sight to rent rises in 2022. RICS’ monthly sentiment survey, compiled from members’ observations...

Rent Rises: ‘North-South divide for landlords has never been wider’

Rents are rising at around twice the level of a year ago according to the latest market snapshot by lettings agency Hamptons. Despite rental growth across Britain...

Webinars for landlords puzzled by laws surrounding renting out

A specialist lettings agency is holding a series of webinars for landlords who may fell they need help navigating some 170-plus pieces of legislation surrounding the...

Suspended sentence for landlord who evicted tenant overnight

A landlord has been jailed for six months, suspended for a year, after being found guilty of illegally evicting a tenant and locking him out while...

It’s Not That Bad - many landlords to expand portfolio in 2022

A relatively optimistic sentiment survey of landlords suggests many remain upbeat about the prospects for the sector.  According to the Shawbrook Bank survey a third of landlords...

Demolish or Go To Jail! Millionaire landlord has ignored order

A landlord must demolish two penthouse apartments by mid July - or else go to jail. It’s being reported that a case at Leicester County Court found...

Rents rising much faster than official figures, claims analyst

Official government data suggests that rents are rising by 1.8 per cent a year - but a prominent analyst has gone on record to say the...

Many renters want to buy out their landlord, survey shows

A large scale survey of over 4,000 private and social tenants suggests that a significant proportion would like to buy their home from their landlord if...

Confirmed - new ID technology can be used in Right To Rent

The Home Office has confirmed that landlords, letting agents and employers will be able to use certified new technology to digitally carry out Right To Rent...

Another energy supplier goes bust - advice for landlords and tenants

Together Energy, which has 176,000 households on its books, has become the latest supplier to collapse in the wake of the soaring cost of gas. The firm...

Why are landlords deliberately excluded from cladding help?

The National Residential Landlords Association is seeking clarification from gov ernment about whether landlords are included in the latest measure to help leaseholders with cladding remediation. An...

Stock shortage risks derailing economic recovery - lettings chief

The Scottish private rental market is facing shortages according to one of that country’s most prominent lettings experts.  David Alexander, head of DJ Alexander - now part...

Leaks and water supply problems plague most landlords - survey

Almost three quarters of landlords have experienced an escape of water incident in their properties over the last five years, according to new research from Direct...

Energy efficiency surveys for landlords offered by local council

Cotswold council, using cash from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is targeting properties that fall below the minimum legal energy performance rating. The authority...

Rent Controls: Will politicians who own Buy To Lets scupper plans?

A newspaper is suggesting that proposals for rent controls could be scuppered because of the relatively large proportion of elected politicians who are in fact landlords. The...

Government pledges to “shift the odds in favour of renters”

A government housing minister says the Boris Johnson administration wants to shift the balance of power in the rental sector favour of tenants. Eddie Hughes, the parliamentary...

Awareness campaign for landlords as law change approaches

A national awareness campaign has been launched to prepare landlords for the implementation of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 on Friday July 15. Described by the...

Tax clampdown on holiday lets will help 'genuine’ agents - claim

A tourism chief has stood up in favour of closing what the government calls a tax loophole for landlords letting out holiday properties. Kurt Jansen, director of...

Tax-efficient landlords rush to set up companies for buy to lets

A record number of companies were set up last year to hold buy to let property.   In total there were 47,400 new BTL companies incorporated in 2021...

Airbnb and short lets wreck local housing markets, say conservationists

The Council for the Protection of Rural England is the latest body to blast Airbnb and other short lets for their impact on the mainstream rental...

New landlord contracts with tenants explained by government

The Welsh Government has set out how the housing law in that country is set to change significantly from July 15 this year. The Renting Homes Wales...

Landlords invited to apply for hardship grant if they have Covid debts

A local authority in Scotland is calling on private landlords to get in touch if they have suffered hardship as a result of Coronavirus. Glasgow council has...

HMRC Tax Changes under the spotlight in free webinar for landlords

An accountancy firm is holding a free webinar for landlords and other property investors to look east ongoing changes to tax rules and other property regulations.  Hayward...

Charities want insulation boost for poorer tenants

An alliance of 25 major charities have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, calling for urgent action to tackle the energy bill...

Hundreds of complaints about landlords - only TWO worth prosecuting

A council has admitted that it had received literally hundreds of complaints about landlords, and it investigates each one - yet only two were significant enough...

Landlord anger over agent switching energy supplier without consent

A tenant has received what has been described as a “grovelling” apology from the Connells lettings agency after it switched her energy supplier without her -...

Boris Johnson dodges question on timing of rental reform

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dodged a question from an MP about the timing of the long-awaited Rental Reform Bill and associated White Paper. Towards the end...

Letting on Airbnb? New mortgage products offered to landlords

Suffolk Building Society has just become one of the few lenders to consider applications from landlords who intend to market and let properties using Airbnb. The change...

Rents skyrocketing in London according to latest index

Rents in Greater London are up an annualised 25 per cent, with much of the increase attributed to the stock of properties to let being down...

Flats at £1,000 a week called 'competitive' by Build To Rent developer

High end agency Savills and a London developer have launched apartments in a new Build To Rent scheme costing tenants up to £500,000 a year to...

EPC targets - new revelations about domestic energy efficiency

With landlords under pressure to fund ever-stricter energy efficiency requirements, a new report appears to make the government’s ‘one size fits all’ approach inappropriate for the...

Landlords - should you tell tenants about another tax?

A little-known law unearthed by a lettings agency may be bad news because it means some private renters are likely to have to pay more tax. Since...

Landlords to pay Net Zero costs without tax or grant help - claim

Landlords will have to foot the bill for the government’s energy efficiency proposals without any apparent tax or grant help. That’s the pessimistic assessment from tax and...

Buy To Let investment platform expands to all of Britain

A new PropTech platform that claims to make buy to let investment simpler, faster and more accessible than ever before, is expanding its footprint to cover...

Lords report accuses private rental sector of being too expensive

A House of Lords report claims that the private rental sector has become ”increasingly unaffordable” and says out welcomes the proliferation of Build To Rent purpose...

Jail for landlord if he does not meet Confiscation Order

A London landlord has been ordered to pay over £64,000 for breaking housing regulations. In July last year Sumon Miah was found guilty of breaching a planning...

Tax loophole closed for landlords claiming business rates

Landlords who let out holiday properties as businesses may have to fork out as much as £1,000 more per year as the government closes what it...

Banned! Landlord ‘with history of poor property management’

A landlord who let out a property that raised serious concerns for the safety of 18 residents, including six children, has been banned from letting or...

HMRC gives landlords deadline for digital tax payments

Landlords who make tax returns on their investment properties via VAT-registered companies must sign up to the HMRC’s Making Tax Digital initiative by April 1. Making Tax...

Energy Crisis - few landlords know of EPC legal changes

Only 15 per cent of landlords say they are fully aware of changes to laws surrounding Energy Performance Certificates in the private rental sector. That’s the claim...

Un-vaxxed tenants given new guidance on moving home

The government has issued updated guidance on renters moving home during the pandemic, and for the first time the rules change according to whether tenants are...

Brace, Brace - landlords warned mortgage rates are set to rise

Landlords are being warned that the next Bank of England base rate rise, possibly at its next meeting in early February, could trigger mortgage rate increases. Despite...

Landlords given thousands to stay quiet on drug tenants - claim

Local media are reporting that landlords on a housing estate known to harbour drug traffickers and criminal gangs are being given up to £3,000 per week...

Landlords Beware - is Build To Rent coming to get Buy To Let?

The UK Build To Rent sector recorded a total of £2.1 billion of investment in the final three months of 2021 alone according to property consultancy...

Compulsory Landlord Register? Clamp-down likely on holiday lets

The government looks set to clamp down on holiday rentals and will this year formally consult on the concept of a mandatory register for England. The consultation...

Leasehold landlords to be more proactive ahead of sale - forecast

A leasehold expert says existing owners - including landlords - are expected to be more proactive in 2022 as they seek to escape from short leaseholds...

Low-cost investments fade away with few homes below £150,000

Landlords adopting a strategy of buying cheap in search of high yields are having a tougher task in finding the right properties. Savills says there are now...

Good news for landlords as rental market shows no winter slowdown

Landlords fearing a fall in income and a rise in voids over the festive period have nothing to fear - it appears the lettings market is...

HMRC to clamp down on landlords in 2022, warns accountancy firm

A leading accountancy firm says the relative good health of the rental market and house price appreciation will trigger stricter enforcement action by HMRC in the...

Calling all landlords - should pets be allowed in rental properties?

Northumbria Law School and the Open University are conducting research into whether private landlords rent to tenants with pets and the issues and/or benefits of doing...

Revealed - how much rents went up in your area in 2021

One of the major lettings market indices has produced figures showing how much rents rose in 2021. HomeLet says the average rent in the UK is now...

Energy efficiency - another council spending thousands on education

A local council is inviting landlords within its boundaries to take up funding from a £49,057 pot it has to improve energy efficiency in the rental...

New bank tries to woo landlords with four or more properties

A new bank - Recognise - has entered the buy to let market in a bid to win landlords and investors. Its first product for the sector...

Don’t call me ‘Landlord’ - is the title discredited?

The majority of the buy to let community want the name ‘landlord’ dropped and replaced by something like ‘small housing provider’ That’s the claim by specialist buy...

Tory complains about “coughing up most of income to landlords”

A prominent Conservative has complained that her party, and others, have failed to do anything about a housing market in which the younger population is “already...

Opposition to rent controls voiced by chief of new super-agency

A senior figure in a newly-enlarged agency that wants to become a national force in lettings has thrown his weight behind the campaign against rent controls. Just...

Most expensive homes in UK purchased as investments

One of the UK’s most prestigious agencies claims that deals to buy the country’s dearest homes have been negotiated using asset-backed ‘billionaire mortgages’ and are investments...

Landlords using Purplebricks told ‘no sale’ of lettings division

Purplebricks has denied speculation that it’s selling off its rental division and moving landlord clients to a new agency.  A company statement says: “The article that appeared in...

Landlords may need £850 licensing for city centre HMOs

A council is considering an additional licensing scheme for HMOs in and around the High Street and town centres areas of West Bromwich. The move follows a...

Landlord prosecuted and fined for operating unlicensed HMO

A landlord who has been operating a licensable HMO without a licence has been fined £5,000 at a prosecution brought by Chesterfield council.  An officer from the...

Stop landlords buying properties to let out, says Tory activist

A former Conservative councillor has used a leading party website to call on the government to restrict the purchase of buy to let properties. Sam Clark is...

House of Commons asks: What’s the problem with Section 21?

For landlords who may want a brief update on Section 21, the House of Commons Library has published a concise description and history. The Library in the...

Rent Controls: Now Labour jumps on the bandwagon

Labour is the latest political party to call for rent controls following similar pleas from the Green Party and the Scottish Nationalists. Paul Sweeney, Labour’s shadow minister for...

Wishing all our readers a Happy New Year

The team at Landlord Today and our publisher, Angels Media, wish all agents a very prosperous New Year.  Thank you for your support, company and pithy comments...

Prime London lettings end 2021 in the black - after months of rent falls

Knight Frank has given an end of year assessment of the prime London lettings and says rents in the enclave are in the black, after months...

HMRC’s Tax changes for landlords in 2022

With 2022 just hours away, here’s a reminder of two tax changes that will directly affect landlords next year - and that’s before any new government...

Landlords flee capital for higher yields elsewhere, says agency

This year, landlord and owner-occupier Londoners purchased 112,780 homes outside the capital, the highest number since 2007. New data, from Connells-owned agency Hamptons, shows that a rise...

Shelter says high rents impact women with threat of homelessness

Shelter claims that women are impacted by homelessness more than men, and says rising private rents are a contributory factor. In a new study Shelter says 60...

Banning Order for landlord who ‘risked lives’ through safety failings

A council has obtained a banning order on a landlord in a ruling that is the first of its kind in the area. This follows the prosecution...

Brexiteer MPs campaign against Net Zero EPC targets

Two prominent Brexiteer MPs are spearheading a campaign that claims Net Zero energy efficiency policies are unpopular. In their launch statement, they reference what they claim to...

Charity says end of eviction ban directly led to homelessness

The charity Crisis has identified the end of the eviction ban as one of the factors directly leading to homelessness over this Christmas and New Year...

Wanted: private landlords with one bedroom homes to let

A council in the south of England is urgently looking for private landlords with self-contained one bedroomed flats or studios to house residents in need. Maidstone council’s Housing...

Rental market in festive mood with voids down and rents up

The year is ending with void periods dropping across England as demand for rental properties continues apace.  According to the latest Goodlord rental index, based on late...

Agency backs landlords with sweeping attack on government

An agency has issued a statement standing shoulder-to-shoulder with landlords and rejecting the negative mood music surrounding the private rental sector. Chris Wood and Ross McDonald have...

Lockdown rental trends in reverse, says lettings agency

Rental price growth in London’s commuter belt cities and towns have outperformed villages and rural areas over the past year, says Savills. The agency says that with...

Merry Christmas to all landlords - we’re back on Wednesday

Landlord Today would like to wish all landlords and their families and colleagues a wonderful Christmas 2021. It’s been an exhausting year for the industry, mostly for...

Shelter claims 200,000 children in private rental sector at risk of eviction

Shelter claims that 200,000 children living in privately rented homes are at risk of being evicted this winter – equivalent to one in every 50 children in England.   A study for the campaigning charity claims that 104,000 private renting families had received an eviction notice...

Government issues new Right To Rent guidance for landlords

The Home Office has issued yet another iteration of its guidance for landlords on how to conduct Right To Rent checks. The previous update was on July...

Massive rent rise for social housing tenants expected in the spring

Private landlords get it in the neck for allegedly-high rents but 4.75m families living in social housing in England are facing rent rises of up to...

Energy Efficiency: Another call for landlords to get help to hit targets

Another council is encouraging landlords and tenants to get help to improve the energy efficiency of rented properties. Shropshire Council says there are national grants available for...

HMRC Warned - half of landlords not investing because of tax hikes

Over half of private landlords responding to a new survey say recent tax changes in the rental market have had a negative impact on their investment...

Shelter backs call for rent controls and anti-eviction powers

Shelter has given what appears to be unconditional support to the SNP-Green proposals for reform of the private rental sector in Scotland, including national rent controls...

Rent Controls - consultation opens for landlords and general public

Scotland’s controversial Green Party housing chief - who is part of a governing arrangement with Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party - has published details of his...

Revealed - where rent rises are “going ballistic” according to analyst

A leading market forecaster has described the level of rent rises in one part of the country as “going ballistic”. “The London lettings market has undergone a...

Scrapping Section 21 may take three years says industry expert

A leading experts on the private rental sector predicts it will take three years for the government to scrap Section 21 evictions powers. Paul Shamplina - Head...

New bid to involve landlords in resolving homelessness problem

A company that works with private landlords to supply homes to ease London councils’ homeless issues, has won funds to secure 4,000 homes over the next...

Covid - Minister tells landlords how to tackle ‘Winter Plan’

Housing minister Chris Pincher has written an open letter to all landlords in England, telling them how to enact the government’s so-called Winter Plan to tackle...

Extended notice period is ‘another body blow to landlords’

The National Residential Landlords Association has described a six months notice period for tenants as “yet another body blow to landlords.” Over the weekend the Welsh government...

Hot Air! Call for rethink of rental energy efficiency measures

Proposals to force landlords to pay up to £10,000 to improve energy efficiency of rental properties require a rethink, according to the national body for landlords. In...

Landlord confidence high on back of fast-rising capital values

Landlord confidence remains high with a third of those questioned in a surveying plan to expand their portfolio in the next 12 months. Shawbrook Bank says 34...

Omicron: how the rental sector can adopt best practice

Inventory clerks can play a part in reducing the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid, by being sensible and safe. “Throughout the whole pandemic, we have...

Tax Tips: Are you filing to HMRC over the Christmas period?

It’s likely that you’ll have something festive lined up over the Christmas period, but in case not - here are a few tax facts. Last Christmas some...

Landlords braced for more interest rate rises in New Year

The Bank of England has raised interest rates for the first time in more than three years, in response to calls to tackle surging price rises. The...

Council strategy emphasises punishment for rogue landlords

Rogue landlords in one area of London could face unlimited fines, criminal convictions and bans from letting out properties. The measures are set out in Hackney council’s...

Landlords told: Check this agency before using it

Bristol-based lettings management company Iletpro Ltd has been ordered to pay a total of £2,700.06 in fines and costs for failing to obtain HMO licences for...

2022’s challenge for landlords - improving energy efficiency

Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson has given his prediction as to what the big issues will be in the 2022 lettings market. “The private rental sector is...

Rental market likely to benefit as first timers frustrated by buying

As many as one in four young Britons are seriously considering moving abroad because the cost of housing. Despite four in every five 18 to 35 year...

More landlords falling foul of Covid deadlines on possessions

A law practice claims to have seen increasing numbers of landlords falling foul of revised possession deadlines. Newport-based Bellavia & Associates says the law in relation to...

Shocking fire safety negligence leads to landlord’s huge fine

A landlord has been found guilty of a series of fire safety failings which left residents with only one option to escape a fire - via...

Landlords given five top tips to reduce winter boiler problems

Landlords have been issued with five top tips on how to use heating systems more efficiently and safely in a bid to avoid boiler breakdown. The most...

Mandatory compensation for tenants mooted by letting agents

ARLA Propertymark has launched a radical programme of reform for the private rental sector - getting in before the government’s own Renters’ Reform White Paper expected...

Expensive new licensing scheme on its way - discussions to be held today

Proposals to introduce an Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs in yet another part of the country are to be discussed by a council today. The move follows...

Hefty fine for landlord without HMO license

A landlord operating a House in Multiple Occupation without a licence has been fined £5,000. An officer from Chesterfield council carried out an inspection at the property in...

Interest rate rise may be put off despite another house price record

Landlords with mortgages may be sighing with relief as some commentators are forecasting that the Bank of England will not, after all, raise the base rate...

Rental firm gives tenants five New Year Resolutions to follow

Build To Rent apartment brand Essential Living is giving its tenants five New Year’s Resolutions for 2022. 1. Create Home Working Space: With Covid restrictions increasing, working...

High profile MP claims government 'turns a blind eye' on bad landlords

High profile MP Caroline Lucas has told a newspaper that the government turns a blind eye to bad landlords. “This government, like previous Tory governments, treats renters as...

Law student wins year-long battle with landlord over property condition

A young law student has won a year-long battle against a landlord over the state of his rental accommodation. Jack Simm, 19, described winning the case at...

EPC Targets - government tipped to give landlords an extra year

It’s being reported in the mainstream press that the government may give landlords an extra year to make rental homes more energy efficient. This would shift the deadline for...

Many tenants spend over £1,000 decorating landlord’s property - claim

A lettings platform claims a substantial number of tenants spend over £1,000 on decorating their landlord’s property.  Flatshare platform SpareRoom claims that with renters spending more time...

Rejection of first time buyer mortgages keeps rental sector buoyant

New data suggesting that only a third of first time buyers are able to secure a mortgage at their first attempt may indirectly explain why demand...

Thousands of landlords “at risk” because of Purplebricks - claim

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Purplebricks could face a bill of as much as £30m “after it put thousands of landlords at risk of being fined.”  The...

Huge fine and rent repayment threat for landlord after 30-month saga

A London council has prosecuted a rogue landlord after a 30 month saga regarding the condition of an apartment.  Richmond council received a complaint back in March 2019 from...

Switch from long-term lets to Airbnb 'worsens housing crisis'

Landlords selling up or converting to short lets have led to a growing housing crisis, according to a trade body of local authorities.  Some 76 per cent...

Pets - Short Lets say they're more dog-friendly than mainstream rentals

The trade body representing Airbnb and other short let providers and sector suppliers says the short let industry is best placed to accommodate tenants with pets. It...

Jailed! Tenant who punched, kicked and bit landlord

A lodger who punched, kicked and bit his landlord after being challenged about his drinking has been jailed. Mickey Boots punched the landlord in the face before...

Government told to act over falling size of private rental sector

ARLA Propertymark is expressing concern at the latest figures showing a fall in the size of the private rental sector. The latest findings from the English Housing...

Baroness leads call for ‘winter truce’ on evictions

Activists in the Generation Rent campaign group are urging the government to introduce what it calls “a winter truce” with no evictions. The Baroness who is the...

Landlords want more government and council 'vision' for rentals

The National Residential Landlords Association has thrown its weight behind the recommendations of the National Audit Office report urging the government and councils to create a...

Slammed! Government and councils condemned for rental failures

A report by the National Audit Office has sharply criticised the government and councils for not doing enough to help tenants in the private rental sector. A...

Mortgage lenders stop landlords letting to asylum seekers - claim

An investigation conducted by The Mirror newspaper claims to have found that 55 out of 72 buy to let mortgage lenders have conditions in their loans...

Fewer tenants have Covid arrears, but average debt is still rising

The National Residential Landlords Association says fewer tenants now have Covid-related arrears - but for those who do, the debt is still increasing. A survey of over...

Shelter claims end of eviction ban adds to mass homelessness

Shelter claims the end of the eviction ban has contributed to creating over 274,000 people who are homeless in England right now, including 126,000 children. Shelter’s interpretation of official rough-sleeping and temporary accommodation figures shows that one in every 206 people in England is currently without...

Accredition scheme with NRLA involvement launched by council

A  council is set to ask local landlords of rental properties to join an accreditation scheme to improve standards and deliver better homes for tenants. Milton Keynes...

High-end Build To Rent scheme for students unveiled by operator

A new large-scale Build To Rent landlord, which describes itself as providing “high-quality luxury student accommodation,” has revealed a second scheme in a major university city.  Study...

HMO Consultation wants views of people working nearby

Tenants, landlords and those living or working near houses in multiple occupation in Portsmouth are being urged to share their experiences in a survey before it...

High-end Build To Rent scheme for students unveiled by operator

A new large-scale Build To Rent landlord, which describes itself as providing “high-quality luxury student accommodation,” has revealed a second scheme in a major university city.  Study...

Mortgages linked to better EPCs are ‘key’ for buy to let lender

Paragon Bank increased buy to let lending to landlords by 33.9 per cent to £1.61 billion in its last financial year, the company says. Paragon’s BTL pipeline...

Latest no-deposit scheme pledges landlords won’t be out of pocket

Another no-deposit renting scheme has been launched, pledging to make life easier for landlords and tenants.  Rental guarantor service Housing Hand’s new product - called Depositless -...

Landlord Alert: Massive surge in rental fraud revealed by BBC show

The BBC Radio 4 consumer affairs programme You and Yours says 4,746 rental scams have been reported to the police and authorities in the past 12...

Council may fund landlords’ energy efficiency measures if tenants qualify

Landlords with properties in part of Lincolnshire could benefit from Government funding secured by North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner EQUANS. The scheme offers external...

Can I afford rent? Can I afford fuel? Tenants say that’s the dilemma

Some two thirds of tenants say they may struggle to pay their energy bills this winter - and almost as many say they may have difficulties...

Controversial council’s chief slams “dangerously unregulated” rental sector

A housing chief in a controversial council has tweeted that “Private landlords must be held accountable!”. She also claims on social media that the rental sector is...

Council boasts of working with police and ‘talking tough’ to landlords

A council says it’s working with police to target landlords which it claims are flouting the law and illegally eviction and harassing tenants. A statement from Mendip...

Government backs controversial licensing scheme after two years

The government has approved a vast landlord licensing scheme in Liverpool - but even including 45,000 homes it is still much smaller than the local authority...

Labour council moves against “shoddy landlords”

A Labour council in London has announced plans to expand its crackdown on what it calls “shoddy landlords.” Southwark council says the majority of landlords in the...

Police urge landlords to appoint agents to vet dodgy tenants

Detectives are urging landlords to remain cautious following to discovery of a number of cannabis farms in rented properties. In the past month alone officers in the...

Council spends £30,000 on rent to help private tenants avoid eviction

An initiative set up earlier this year to help support private rented sector tenants and landlords has proved its worth according to the council behind the...

Landlords offered advice line to save energy and improve EPCs

Landlords in the west country struggling with high fuel bills are being urged to take advantage of a free money-saving advice call or home visit from...

What’s hot, What’s not for capital appreciation in prime London

Investors seeking capital appreciation in the country’s most expensive residential markets have been given new data by a leading agency. Bective has revealed which prime London postcodes...

Give landlords better due diligence on future tenants - call

A high profile PropTech entrepreneur has come out against the scrapping of Section 21 eviction powers for landlords. Alexander Siedes, chief executive and founder of Homeppl, says it...

Council launches consultation on three licensing regimes

A council is consulting over a range of private rental sector measures.  Leicester council is proposing a range of measures requiring landlords and properties to be licensed. Three...

New info website set up purely for private tenants

A new website has been set up by a council purely for private rental sector tenants in one part of London. The new site makes it easier...

Room rental market sees demand soar and supply slump

Demand for rooms has rocketed in recent months, coinciding with a huge shortage in the number of rooms available in the UK.  That’s the headline from the...

Capital Gains Tax reform: Government decision at last

The long-awaited government response to calls to tighten up Capital Gains Tax has come at last - and it’s no change for the moment. Over the past...

Council on charm offensive to warn landlords over EPCs

A council says it’s going to contact local landlords to remind them of legal restrictions concerning energy efficiency. Caerphilly council says it’s telling landlords that since April...

Landlords back private leasing deal working with councils

Landlords have welcomed an initiative to provide £30m to work with the private rental sector to end homelessness. Local authorities in Wales are expected to be able...

We Quit! Landlords may sell over strict EPC targets

More than half of landlords with properties rated EPC D or below are considering selling because of stringent energy efficiency rules on their way. New research from...

Landlord portfolios to dip in value before rebound - forecast

Property prices will fall 1.1 per cent this month - December - according to a forecast by comparison service Reallymoving. However any dip in capital value for landlords’...

New HMO licensing regime to be launched in London borough

Lewisham council in London is introducing a new licensing scheme for all Houses of Multiple Occupancy - claiming it will improve standards for renters and tackle...

New bid to get landlords to long-term lease properties to councils

The Welsh Government has announced a £30m pot from which councils can pay for easing properties from private landlords. Under the Welsh Government’s new Private Rented Sector Leasing...

Last-minute U-turn on licensing forced on council

Conservative opposition councillors have derailed a local authority’s plan to introduce a landlord licensing scheme this week. Southend council is run by a coalition of Labour, Liberal...

Shelter claims 1,000 calls a day since eviction ban eased

Shelter claims its helpline has received 1,000 callers a day since the eviction ban began easing at the start of summer. It says the helpline - free to...

Lawyers back enhanced help for tenants facing eviction

The Law Society of England and Wales has welcomed the proposal for tenants facing eviction to receive enhanced legal assistance. “It would be a welcome step to make...

MPs want renewable heating tech in private rental homes

A cross-party survey of MPs shows that they want to scale up the installation of renewable heating technologies in existing homes, including those in the private...

Landlords need stimulus to stick with buy to let, trade chief says

Demand for private rental housing is at an all time high according to new research by the National Residential Landlords Association. A survey of private landlords across...

Short Lets licensing schemes to start next year in Scotland

Councils north of the border will be given powers to ensure short-term lets are safe and meet the needs of local communities under legislation being put...

Unlicensed landlords fined for letting out properties

Two landlords who jointly own a property to let in Wrexham have been fined for failing to licence it appropriately. Christopher Tye and Darren Evans pleaded guilty...

More legal aid for tenants facing eviction - proposals unveiled

The government is proposing that tenants facing eviction receive additional legal assistance through an enhancement of the current free ‘on-the-day’ law advice given by the Housing...

Special Citizens Advice helpline opens for landlords AND tenants

A Citizens Advice helpline has opened in Wales for both renters struggling with arrears, and for landlords who believe their tenants are in a difficult position. Citizens...

Covid still making cities a ‘big ask’ for many working renters

A large scale survey of tenants suggests there’s a real enthusiasm for them to leave major cities and relocate elsewhere, so long as remote working was...

Longer tenancies make inventories and inspections vital - claim

The UK’s largest provider of inventory services says rising tenancy lengths make a combination of inventories and regular inspections more valuable than ever. No Letting Go cites...

Hotspot’s second homes council tax premium to be agreed soon

Councillors in a second home hotspot will be asked to decide on the level of council tax premium for the next year in a series of...

Purplebricks refuses to give details of tenancy deposit failure

Purplebricks is refusing to say how many landlords were affected by its failure to comply with the law requiring tenants’ deposits to be placed in a government-backed...

Agent blasts “dodgy landlords” for sabotaging energy efficiency goals

A lettings agent claims progress on climate change and energy efficiency is likely to be undermined by what he calls “dodgy landlords.” Ajay Jagota, who runs the KIS...

Rental Market Update - big regional variations continue

Landlords are benefitting from widespread rent rises across the UK - with even London seeing a turnaround.  This is according to lettings agency Hamptons which suggests that...

Banned! Landlord cannot let property until major improvements made

An unnamed landlord has been banned from letting out his property after allowing it to fall into poor condition.  He was served with a Prohibition Order by...

Landlord ignored Emergency Prohibition Order given hefty fine

A private landlord who failed to carry out essential safety work has been fined for ignoring an Emergency Prohibition Order. Mohammed Deryo, of Manchester, pleaded guilty to...

Council may help with rent payments for hard-pressed tenants

A council is appealing to landlords to reach out if they are having problems with a tenant - instead of possibly moving towards an eviction. The Home...

Landlord prosecuted for illegal eviction of pregnant couple

A local council has prosecuted a rogue landlord for illegally evicting a young couple from their accommodation in Cheltenham.  The landlord - Lidia Szopinska of Camden, London...

Commuter belt city wants private landlords to house Afghan refugees

Landlords in the heart of the London commuter belt are being asked to come forward if they can provide accommodation for Afghan refugees. St Albans council is...

Ker-ching! - Councils in the money as fines on landlords ramp up

Fines on landlords and letting agents that fall foul of London council regulations have risen dramatically in the past month alone. Research by PropTech firm Kamma suggests...

Carbon Monoxide alarms must be fitted in private rentals with gas boilers

The government has announced that carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in all private rental properties with fixed appliances such as gas boilers or fires.  The new...

Landlords can now hire assistants to handle viewings on their behalf

A new deal between a trade body and a high profile industry supplier means landlords can now hire assistants to handle viewings on their behalf. The National...

Rogue tenants make Short Lets the Wild West of Renting, survey shows

Over half of tenants who have stayed at short let home-based properties via Airbnb or similar platforms have broken or damaged something at a host’s premises,...

Lights Out at Bulb - what this may mean for landlords

Bulb Energy, which has 1.7m customers - including, it is thought, many thousands of landlords - is to be put into administration. It is the seventh-largest UK...

Rent controls on the agenda for another part of the UK

The new coalition of the Scottish National Party and the Greens in Scotland has pledged to introduce rent controls - and now it appears the subject...

Section 21 possession cases plummet - despite what some say

The number of repossession cases in the courts involving landlords using Section 21 notices has plummeted over the past two years. A new analysis of government data,...

Landlords with larger family homes enjoying bigger rent increases

Landlords with family properties are in the pound seats when it comes to rent increases, according to data from lettings agency Hamptons. It says the desire for...

Agency staging free webinars for would-be landlords

An agency is claiming its series of webinars for buy to let landlords and investors is proving a big success - with one in the near...

London council pledges HMO inspections at least once every five years

Lewisham council in south London is introducing a new licensing scheme for all HMOs in the borough. It claims this will help improve standards for all renters...

Anti-second home campaigners set up Parliamentary petition

Some 6,000 signatures have so far been added to an online petition calling on the Welsh Parliament to “address” the issue of second homes.  A website called...

Another council pushing landlords over energy efficiency

A council in a largely-rural area of Suffolk is the latest to have won additional funding to push landlords into making their properties increasingly energy-efficient. Babergh and...

Sex For Rent landlords to be discussed in the House of Lords

The long-running saga of unscrupulous landlords taking advantage of lone tenants to suggest a ‘sex for rent’ arrangement continues with a debate in the House of...

Unlawful eviction of tenants leads to five figure fines for rogue couple

A couple have been fined over £13,000 after they were found guilty of unlawfully evicting four tenants and breaching management regulations on a property they rented...

Bravo for second home-owners - senior politician speaks up for sector

A leading politician in Wales has spoken out in favour of second homeowners, who are under increasing scrutiny in that country and elsewhere in the UK.  The...

Licensing on the march - another city goes to consultation

Salford is the latest city to launch a consultation seeking views on plans to expand its selective licensing scheme - claiming the move would “ensure all...

It’s War! Activists and Green Party at loggerheads over landlords

Activists in the Acorn pro-tenant movement have sharply criticised the Green Party which runs Brighton council for allegedly failing to prosecute a sufficient number of rogue...

New BTL lender aims to help landlords “ignored by the big banks”

Recognise Bank has entered the rental market with a new product designed for professional landlords and investors with portfolios of at least four properties.  The product - called...

Politicians ask: “If landlords won’t lower rents now, when will they?”

The Green Party says the fact that some landlords increased rents during the Coronavirus pandemic shows the need for rent controls. The Scottish wing of the party...

Don’t over-regulate landlords! Warning to UK governments

Avoiding over-regulation across the UK should be a priority to keep existing landlords in the sector as well as attracting buy to let investment.  That’s the view...

Energy project may involve trading standards spotting rogue landlords

Private sector landlords are being warned by a council to check their investments meet the legal minimum energy efficiency standard, or risk a fine up to...

Landlords on top at last in prime central London rental sector

After two years in the doldrums and high levels of over supply, prime central London is at last a landlord’s rental market according to a leading...

Rental Reform White Paper under discussion with landlord trade group

A statement on the National Residential Landlords Association’s website says the group has had talks with government over rental reform. The long-awaited White Paper - recently pushed...

Airbnb reforms show it wants traditional landlords’ business

Airbnb is making more overt attempts to lure long term renters away from traditional landlords. In recent days it’s revealed new policies clearly aimed at trying to...

Warning to landlords - capital appreciation for older homes may fall

A business analyst is warning owners of older properties that the value of their assets may be cut if energy efficiency becomes a more central factor...

Rental growth highest for over a decade says Zoopla

Acute tenant demand over the third quarter of 2021 has propelled UK rental growth to its highest level for over a decade, says Zoopla. The market is...

Council unanimously passes motion calling for rent controls

Belfast council has unanimously passed a motion calling for the Northern Ireland Executive to introduce a rent control scheme for the city.  Under Northern Ireland law, the...

Rent controls hurt future tenants after helping current ones - claim

A right wing think tank has published a blog post suggesting that while rent controls appear a popular help for current tenants, they do substantial harm...

HMRC chaos unfairly impacts on landlord

The Times has highlighted chaotic scenes at HM Revenue and Customs where a landlord, amongst others, has been impacted. According to its report for the past tax...

Scare stories unfounded - evictions did NOT rise after end of ban

Despite dire warnings from Generation Rent, Shelter and other campaigners, it appears that the end of the eviction ban did NOT produce the flurry of evictions...

Portfolio landlords and property investors targeted by new bank

A new bank called Monument wants buy to let portfolio landlords and other ‘serious’ property investors to be amongst its relatively affluent client base.  Its launch statement...

Sleaze: MPs rent out their own homes and then claim expenses

The sleaze allegations engulfing the government have moved to those MPs letting out their London homes while claiming money from taxpayers for themselves renting accommodation elsewhere...

Revealed - where rents have risen 38 per cent in 12 months

The Home property website has identified locations where rents have risen by up to 38 per cent in the past 12 months. It says key areas of...

Labour call to name and shame rogue landlords

A Labour councillor in a Green Party-controlled local authority wants the body to name and shame rogue landlords on a publicly-available database. Councillor Gill Williams - who...

Bailiff-enforced evictions suspended over Christmas season

It’s understood there will be a Christmas truce with tenants not enduring bailiff-enforced evictions between December 13 and January 10. HM Courts and Tribunal has confirmed that...

Many tenants ‘more interested in tidiness than electric safety’ - claim

A poll suggests that many private tenants admit to being more interested in the tidiness of their properties than safety within it. When asked what they prioritised...

Charity wants check on how £65m is spent on Covid-arrears tenants

Another charity has criticised landlords using eviction powers on tenants with Covid-related arrears.  StepChange, a debt advice charity, says it wants to see how the government’s much-publicised...

HMRC and Valuation Office working on new tax regime for holiday lets

A government housing minister has confirmed to the House of Lords that a new tax regime for Airbnb hosts and holiday let landlords is being prepared. Earlier...

Pathetic! Councils blasted for failure to prosecute rogue landlords

A lettings sector trade body is blasting local authorities for their poor record on trying to eliminate rogue landlords. The National Residential Landlords Association says two thirds...

EPCs and energy efficiency - Landlords appear ahead of the game

A new report from the government’s Office for National Statistics appears to show landlords are ahead of the game when it comes to making properties energy...

Are green mortgages just hot air? Low take up, say brokers

Only six per cent of brokers questioned in a survey have ever sold a green mortgage, despite the high public profile of energy saving products. That’s the...

Council 'recovers' £2.5m in charges from landlords

A London council is consulting on what it claims to be “a groundbreaking property licensing scheme.” Newham council says its licensing of more than 40,000 property has been...

Government asks tenants if they want to see landlord contact details

The government has launched a survey of private tenants in which it asks them whether they would like to be given names and contact details of...

Think twice before signing up to new register, landlords told

A landlord group is advising members to think carefully about a ‘special offer’ from a local authority attempting to tie them into a licensing deal. The Isle of...

Pipe Down! Landlord warned over tenant’s bagpipes habit

A landlord has been given a severe warning over a Glasgow apartment that has been home to a noisy bagpiper and has hosted several anti-social parties. The property...

Lawyers pitch for business by claiming serious delays for repairs

A firm of solicitors claims that private and social sector tenants face long delays for repairs to be addressed - and of course suggests they could...

EPC Crisis: Properties could be “unsellable and unrentable” by 2025

There is a fear that work required to bring rental units up to new Energy Performance Certificate levels by 2025 could render many of them “unmortgageable...

Landlord Alert - detailed forecast for rent and capital growth

Many agencies give their forecasts for the following year or years in the late autumn, but one of the most detailed and respected comes from Savills. It’s...

Two month mediation project starts - is it really long enough to succeed?

An innovative pilot project aiming to reduce evictions by providing free mediation between private landlords and tenants has been launched in Portsmouth - but it’s running...

Covid Impact on landlords and renters far less than feared

A series of online interviews with landlords suggests far fewer of them have been seriously impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic than had been feared.  Research on behalf...

Community Order for landlord over gas breach

A landlord has been fined and sentenced to a 12-month community order for failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental property. Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard how...

Warning to ‘portfolio criminal landlords’ as clampdown gathers strength

Rogue landlords who create portfolios of overcrowded, unregulated and unsafe properties - including the infamous beds in sheds - now face a more coordinated investigation of...

Landlord ordered to repay former tenants almost £47,000

A landlord has been fined £24,750 and told to repay his tenants almost £47,000 in rent. In December 2018, Preston council responded to a tenant's complaint about...

Most landlords subsidising tenants during Covid dipped into savings

The majority of private landlords helping tenants out during the pandemic by cutting their rent absorbed the losses from their savings according to new research. The research...

‘Call Before You Serve’ initiative tries to avoid evictions

A local authority has launched a free service seeking to avoid evictions. New Forest council says its 'Call Before You Serve' programme is a no-charge service providing landlords with advice and support...

Landlords of homes with illegal EPCs threatened with enforcement

A council in the north of England has identified 166 private rental properties within the district that do not comply with new energy efficiency standards. Mansfield council...

Last chance to register – webinar on transparency in lettings tomorrow 

The live launch of a roundtable event hosted by rental payments platform PayProp takes place tomorrow – and landlords can still sign up to attend. Attendees to...

EPC and possession process changes to dominate NRLA forum

The National Residential Landlords Association is joining forces with Flintshire council in Wales to stage a virtual landlord forum. The Zoom event, on Wednesday December 8 from...

Landlords paying more for BTL mortgages despite base rate hold

The Bank of England may have voted to keep its base rate at a historic low of 0.1 per cent yesterday, but there’s still bad news...

Holiday Lets mortgage boost as staycations attract investors

The Primis mortgage network, owned by estate agency-led company LSL Property Services, says it’s seen a surge of enquiries regarding holiday let mortgages.  A statement from LSL...

Labour says S21 eviction power “unjustly uproots families”

Labour has echoed campaign groups Generation Rent and Shelter in calling for the speediest possible ending of Section 21 eviction powers, as pledged by the Conservatives...

Legal Warning — some buy to lets will never meet new EPC targets

One of the industry’s leading legal voices is warning that the next change proposed to EPC requirements will affect almost half of the UK’s entire buy...

Council offers landlords ‘enforcement amnesty’ over energy efficiency

A council says it’s offering landlords what it calls ‘an enforcement amnesty’ if they have failed to bring their rental units up to appropriate energy efficient...

Transparency in lettings – how can landlords improve their reputation?

The steps landlords need to take to improve their own image and enhance their reputation in the eyes of consumers was just one of many points discussed...

Shock figures show over 100,000 homes let illegally

PropTech firm Kamma says well over 100,000 private rental homes across the UK are being let illegally because they already fail to meet EPC requirements.  Geospatial technology...

City clampdown on HMOs with Article 4 Direction

A Midlands city is starting consultation on a major extension of powers over HMOs. Leicester council wants to have an extended Article 4 Direction, which would mean...

Council urging private landlords to offer longest-possible tenancies

Private landlords, tenants and letting agents are being asked to give their views on a Labour council’s tenancy strategy in London.  The draft sets out how Enfield...

Good Times Back? Landlords more optimistic over lettings prospects

The proportion of landlords feeling optimistic about different aspects of letting is at the highest level for five years. As part of research carried out on behalf of Paragon...

Hot Air? EPC targets cannot be achieved with government funding

Savills estimates that £330 billion is needed to implement all energy efficiency improvements to the UK housing sector to meet EPC level C by 2035. That's far...

Build To Rent supply rises as agency sets challenge for landlords

Build To Rent is recovering well from the pandemic across the UK according to a survey. Construction sites across the UK ground to a halt, or at...

Delaying scrapping Section 21 is the right thing to do, say agents

The scrapping of Section 21 and other provisions expected in the government’s White Paper on rental reform have been delayed until next year - and that’s...

Some tenants would pay 20% more for eco-efficient homes - claim

A new survey from an online rental platform claims tenants are willing to pay for greener homes. Some 98 per cent of respondents to a survey by...

High annual rent rise despite monthly dip - and strong market in 2022

HomeLet says the average rent in the UK is now £1,059, down a tiny 0.2 per cent from a month ago. However, the figure is still up by...

Home for sale - but not to landlords

A social landlord is selling a home on the open market but says it should go only to a first time buyer or local resident -...

Bright spark letting agent prepares tenants’ guide to Bonfire Night

The Barrows and Forrester agency has prepared a tenant guide for those hoping to hold fireworks displays at their rental home in the coming days. Is this...

New cash boost for courts may ease possession backlog

There may be a breakthrough in clearing the huge backlog of possession cases as the government is allocating an extra £324m to courts over the next...

Free Home Safety Improvements: Landlords may be eligible

Landlords, tenants and residents in parts of Nottingham may be eligible for free home safety improvements to crackdown on burglary. Nottinghamshire police force has secured £432,000 from...

Council cannot find rental accommodation for Afghan refugees

Reigate and Banstead council is appealing to private landlords with vacant, or soon-to-be vacant, two, three or four-bedroom homes for rent. The council has pledged to accommodate...

Community service for landlord after fire safety breach

Landlord Gordon Lee has been sentenced to 12-months' community service and must pay the full costs of his fire safety court case within 28 days. He had...

Licensing schemes explainer for landlords at virtual meeting

Landlords in the East Midlands are invited to a virtual forum to find out about the implementation of two new licensing schemes. Charnwood council will be introducing...

Shock stamp duty hike was considered for Budget

It now appears that landlords had a narrow escape with this week’s Budget. The Daily Telegraph has discovered that a report by the Office for Budget Responsibility...

New trade body for landlords to launch this month

A new trade body called PLAN launches this month with the aim of representing large scale Portfolio Landlords with 75 properties or more. Portfolio Landlords Action Network...

Government delays Rental Reform White Paper until 2022

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will now not be published until next year. It had long been...

£70,000 to “engage” with landlords over energy efficiency

A council says it’s going to spend £70,000 of central government money to help “engage” with landlords over issues of energy efficiency. Exeter’s Labour council has been...

Free advice for landlords on lettings incentives

Landlords and owners of empty homes in North Somerset are invited to a free event next month to find out more about council help and incentives. The...

Council gloats over fines on rogue landlords

The council in Harrogate, Yorkshire, has issued what appears to be a celebration statement about its legal action against rogue landlords. The authority has successfully issued seven...

Good news - Capital Gains Tax reporting time doubled for landlords

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget has made one small but welcome change to Capital Gains Tax.  For those selling UK residential property, including landlords, the deadline to file...

Not enough! Landlords say Budget does too little to clear arrears

The Budget revealed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak does too little to help many of those struggling most to pay their rents. That’s the view of the chief...

Buy to let loans doubled to reflect price and lifestyle changes

Paragon Bank is doubling both the maximum loan amount it lends on an individual property and the total buy to let borrowing limit with the company. The...

Fire and Rescue Exercise: Landlords invited to take part

A fire and rescue service is asking landlords who own or manage HMOs to get involved in a pilot scheme. Over the coming weeks, firefighters from Northamptonshire...

Tenants’ Covid arrears scheme launched by faith-based charity

The UK Muslim charity National Zakat Foundation has introduced a Covid Recovery Scheme to support tenants at risk of eviction. The charity which collects Zakat - an...

Appeal to landlords - Far-flung council wants homes for refugees

Orkney Council wants private landlords who hold family accommodation to come forward if they would be suitable for Afghan families. Councillors recently gave support to Afghan households...

Landlords warned over large-scale property fraud scams

There’s a new warning to landlords purchasing properties about a spike in scams which have seen victims defrauded out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. The Law...

Poor rental conditions trigger mental health issues - claim

A property company claims that 14 per cent of renters are so distressed by their living situation they believe it is causing them symptoms of depression.  Wayhome...

Think-tank backs Generation Rent call for greater controls on landlords

An independent think-tank is the latest organisation wanting landlord licensing schemes across England plus a nationa landlord register, emulating similar schemes operating in Scotland and Wales. The...

Rogue landlord illegally let two properties - one a storage area

A planning inspector has ordered a rogue landlord to comply with enforcement notices after being found to be illegally renting two properties - one of which...

Government red tape still an obstacle to buy to let investors

Landlords are hesitant about buying more property according to a new study by Simply Business. The study of 560 landlords from across the UK reveals that government...

New deal may mean landlords can beat supply-chain woe

The National Residential Landlords Association has agreed a new commercial partnership with online electrical retailer AO.  This new partnership means that AO is now a supplier of...

Holiday Lets backlash - protest claims local being priced out

The protest movement against second homes in Wales appears to be gathering pace. The BBC reports that over 150 campaigners have gathered in Pembrokeshire, to demand action...

Are detached homes a better investment than apartments?

New figures from the National Home Building Council suggests the popularity of detached properties has soared during the pandemic - prompting the question as to whether...

National Landlord Register could lead to tax clampdown, say activists

The Generation Rent activist group has repeated its call for a landlord register in England, saying it could mean more tax revenues for HMRC. It also wants...

Landlords to be helped by new Covid arrears fund

Landlords in England with tenants in rent arrears because of Covid are to be helped via a new £65m debt fund. Although announced today by the newly-renamed Department for...

£65m for tenant arrears - but it’s not enough for Generation Rent

The activist group Generation Rent says the £65m package announced by the government over the weekend is not enough and must not be the only help...

New eco-clampdown on landlords announced by government

The government has today announced a new cash injection for councils to clampdown on landlords whose properties fail to meet energy efficiency standards.  Some 59 local authorities...

Politician demands immediate windfall tax on private landlords

Adrian Ramsay, newly-elected co-leader of the Green Party, wants a windfall tax on the value of investment properties owned by private landlords. He claims this would be...

£335,000 - the bill for three rogue landlords

Three criminal landlords have paid £350,000 in fines after being found guilty of illegal ‘beds in sheds’. Brian Linskey and Catherine Hallahan were fined £265,000 after constructing...

Confiscation Order imposed on married landlords

Two married landlords from Southall have been ordered to pay over £290,000 after failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice. Kartar and Surinder Khosa were served an...

Rubbish! Council clampdown on illegal fly-tipping by landlords

There’s been another report of a council targeting landlords over rubbish. A Community Protection Warning was served on an empty house in Scunthorpe last year followed by...

Landlords need ‘green grants’ to make basic eco-improvements - claim

The head of a building body says landlords and home owners need a replacement for the defunct Green Homes Grant to fund basic eco-improvements. The government’s new...

10 easy mistakes by landlords - do you agree with this bank?

Private and commercial bank Arbuthnot Latham has set out what it considers to be the 10 easy mistakes which some landlords make. It says the some, perhaps...

Tax and red tape the big disincentives for landlords - poll

Half of landlords are positive about the future but new regulations and tax changes are causing concern, according to new research from AXA UK. A survey of...

Shocking statistics for unregulated rental accommodation

Over 150,000 households in Britain are in ‘exempt’ accommodation, a rental sector which some say is “dangerously under-regulated.” ‘Exempt accommodation’ is intended for people with support needs,...

Generation Rent says Net Zero targets don’t cover basic insulation

Generation Rent has commented on the government’s Net Zero goals, involving phasing out boilers and introducing heat pumps into rental properties. While rental bodies such as the...

Shocking ‘bed in shed’ landlords must pay thousands in fines

A landlord must pay thousands of pounds after illegally letting an outbuilding for over three years. Paul Vig admitted failing to comply with a Planning Enforcement Notice which...

Net Zero: Landlords in different areas need different incentives - claim

The government should factor in the property market’s huge regional variations when offering landlords incentives to become more energy efficient. That’s the call from the think tank Localis,...

Record high tenant demand - and even London is improving

Tenant demand across the private rental sector is at a record high according to buy to let specialist the Paragon Bank. A survey of 600 landlords conducted...

Boiling Over: NRLA slams government over boiler policy for landlords

A piecemeal approach to how the private rental sector meets government climate change targets is fraught with problems, the landlords trade body says. The government’s Heat and...

Labour councillor want holiday lets to pay five times normal council tax

A Labour councillor in the Lake District says second home owners who let their properties should be obliged to pay five times the regular council tax.  The...

New Boiler Ban - Problems already emerge with heat pump alternative

Experts are already warning of shortcomings in the government’s latest Green initiative, banning new boilers from 2035 and offering £5,000 grants towards the installation of heat...

London rents and demand both go through the roof, says agency

London lettings agency Chestertons says the number of tenants in the capital is now at an annual high.  The agency’s latest market review, comparing September 2020 to...

Rent Repayment Orders and Fines used heavily by council

A Labour-controlled local authority with a reputation for clampdowns on rogue landyhas issued a statement celebrating its successes. Tower Hamlets council in east London says it has...

Will landlords install heat pumps with just £5,000 help?

It’s been confirmed that landlords and other home owners in England and Wales will be offered subsidies of £5,000 from April to help replace old gas...

Landlord anger as council fails to find accommodation for tenant

A landlord has taken to the local media in his area to express outrage that a council has failed to find accommodation for a tenant -...

Shift poorest tenants from private rental to social housing - call

A call has gone out to shift tens of thousands of the poorest tenants in the private rental sector into social housing in a bid to...

Landlords set to get the hard sell on installing smart meters

Landlords may be about to be on the receiving end of a hard sell on installing smart meters, especially if they have tenants considered to be...

Good news for prime London landlords - rents rising at last

After lengthy periods in the doldrums, prime London’s rental market is looking up at last according to data consultancy LonRes - and it’s down to a...

Senior Labour MP wants one-year rent freeze for all tenants

John McDonnell, who until 15 months ago was the shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, has called for all tenants to be given a one year rent...

Looming rent controls may be deterring landlords from buy to let

A leading market analyst says the looming threat of rent controls may be deterring landlords entering the buy to let sector, or deterring existing ones from...

Gas boilers to be banned and replaced by heat pumps - claim

The government is poised to announce a ban on the installation of gas boilers by 2035. Instead home owners including landlords will be offered £5,000 grants to...

Another mortgage lender incentivises landlords to Go Green

Foundation Home Loans has launched its new ‘Green ABC+’ fixed rate products for both buy to let and owner occupied mortgages, with rates and cashback based on...

Councils continue to clampdown on landlords’ fly tipping

There’s more evidence of councils clamping down on landlords fly tipping - Landlord Today has run a series of reports on this recently, and a new...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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 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...

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...