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Labour Capital Gains Tax Threat - a lawyer’s advice

The Labour manifesto has made no mention of Capital Gains Tax, and while Sir Kier Starmer has ruled out many mainstream tax rises he has repeatedly...

NRLA ‘ready to work with Labour’ on new Rental Reform Bill

The National Residential Landlords Association says it’s ready and willing to work with a future Labour government on private rental sector reform. The party yesterday pledged to...

Labour pledges “immediate” scrapping of Section 21

Labour’s manifesto, just released, makes a pledge to enact the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction powers, along with other private rental sector reforms. In a section...

New Adverse-Credit Buy To Let Mortgage Launched

Buckinghamshire Building Society has launched a new non-standard credit buy to let mortgage, following what it calls “significant broker demand.” The BTL Non Standard Credit mortgage is...

HMO Neglect leads to Five Figure Fine for landlord

The owners of a large HMO in London have been fined £13,500 after failing to repair multiple hazards within their property. A series of Improvement Notices under...

Yet More Licensing: another council consults on two schemes

A consultation on a new licensing scheme has been launched by Reading council. The consultation will look at extending the current HMO licensing scheme across Reading, as...

Radical EPC Targets and Rent Controls are latest party pledges

Another raft of General Election pledges have been made to transform the private rental sector - this time from the Green Party. The party says it has...

Refurb-To-Let products target landlords improving properties

Paragon Bank has launched a new refurb-to-let deal, offering landlords finance to upgrade their properties. The two refurb-to-let products are designed for properties requiring some modernisation but...

Over 40 tenants compete for every Gumtree rental in key towns

Some locations in the UK are seeing as many as 40-plus prospective tenants racing for the keys of every available rental property. A report by website Gumtree...

Homelessness fear haunts a third of private renters, new poll suggests

More than one in five people in the UK fear they or someone they know could be homeless in the next 12 months. And 77% of the...

Landlord Tax scheme could cost HMRC millions in lost income - claim

It’s been suggested that a Tory manifesto policy could create a tax loophole that would cost HMRC millions of pounds in lost revenue. The Conservatives are suggesting...

Generation Rent says landlords should share tax break with tenants

The Generation Rent activist group says the Conservative manifesto pledge to give a tax break to landlords selling to tenants should be accompanied by those landlords...

Tory Rental Reform and Housing Policies in Full

The Conservatives have set out a 78-page manifesto, of which just over two pages are given to housing and related issues.  Here are the contents of the...

Warning to Landlords after Suspended Jail Sentence

An advisory service is warning landlords to heed the lessons from a recent court case concerning legal obligation to ensure fire safety in rental properties. Zahir Ahmed...

Build To Rent wants special treatment from next government

The British Property Federation wants the next government to give special assistance to Build To Rent developers to allow them to reach a target of 30,000...

Capital Appreciation - single digit growth by late 2025

A new house price forecast by peer-to-peer real estate investment platform, easyMoney, suggests average house price growth of 6.3% by the end of 2025. By analysing historic...

Capital Gains Tax scrapped for landlords selling to tenants - Tory pledge

The Conservatives say they will scrap Capital Gains Tax for landlords who sell to sitting tenants, if they win the General Election. The scheme would last for...

Generation Rent quibbles over proposal for landlord register

Generation Rent has raised detailed concerns about a proposal from the Liberal Democrats to introduce a national register of landlords.  The Lib Dems’ manifesto commitments include the...

Mortgage Lenders step up pitch for buy to let landlords

Several lenders have revised their products as competition for buy to let landlords hots up. Melton Building Society has launched four new buy to let fixed rate...

Airbnb Clampdown, S21 Scrapped, and other manifesto pledges

The Liberal Democrats have set out a predictable set of pledges in their manifesto for next mon this election, centred on greater rights for tenants, higher...

Liars! Politicians blasted for “blatant untruths” about rental sector

A lettings industry figure has let rip at politicians pitching for votes at next month’s General Election. HomeLet and Let Alliance chief executive Andy Halstead says: “The...

Suspended jail sentence for landlord after 11 trapped in burning building

A landlord has been sentenced to six months in prison - suspended for 18 months - and 250 hours community service after admitting to violating fire...

Councils that regulate private landlords have 34,000 empty homes

An investigation by Sky News and a housing campaigner have revealed that there are some 33,993 vacant council properties in England alone, the highest number since...

Left wing renter groups slam Labour for prioritising first time buyers

The ink was hardly dry on Labour’s plan for a mortgage guarantee scheme for first time buyers before some left wing renters groups attacked the idea. The...

Capital Appreciation steady as house prices show no major movements

Average house prices remained broadly stable in May, down just 0.1% on a monthly basis. This actually took the annual rate of house price growth to 1.5%,...

Labour upsets Generation Rent by prioritising first time buyers

The Generation Rent activist group has issued a statement appearing sharply critical of Labour’s first new policy on housing in the General Election campaign. Labour is today launching...

NRLA slams councils for failing to inspect rental homes with hazards

Private renters in England face a postcode lottery as councils are failing to properly inspect properties with potential hazards. That’s the view of the National Residential Landlords Association...

Lenders vie for landlord borrowers as mortgage market hots up

Two lenders are making a pitch for landlord borrowers as the buy to let mortgage market continues to be highly competitive. Buy to Let by Foundation has...

Shock Figures - 15 tenants chasing every home for rent

Shock new figures from Zoopla show that although rental demand has softened over the last year there are still 15 people chasing every home for rent,...

New Rental Reform Bill needed to protect tenants, claims Zoopla

In an unusual intervention for a lettings industry supplier, Zoopla has made an impassioned plea for a new Renters Reform Bill. The last attempt to pass such...

Rent Controls? Agents say Labour crisis is chance to rule them out

Propertymark says the current political crisis in Wales - where the Labour Welsh Parliament leader has lost a confidence vote but refuses to resign - gives...

Landlords take legal action against Labour council over licensing

Legal action has been launched against Middlesbrough’s Labour council amid claims a licensing scheme which charges landlords almost £1,000 for each property is unlawful. Local media in...

Agency appears not to know Renters Reform Bill is dead

A lettings agency has issued a statement seeking to woo landlords  and says the “forthcoming legislative changes such as the Rental Reform Bill” should encourage more...

Deposit Alternative supplier strikes mega-deal with Build To Rent operators

Deposit alternative product Reposit will now be offered to residents at five new Build to Rent sites as part of an extended strategic collaboration with four...

Another Labour council launching huge expansion of licensing scheme

From July 1 most privately rented properties in Lewisham, south London, will need a property licence.  With one in four households in Lewisham renting privately the council...

Activists use homelessness issue to demand new Renters Reform Bill

The issue of homelessness and cost of temporary accommodation are being cited as reasons for a new version of the Renters Reform Bill. The Generation Rent group...

Generation Rent demands Labour make “all evictions discretionary”

New demands from the Generation Rent group go much further than the original Renters Reform Bill in removing landlords’ rights. The group - led by chief executive...

Labour activist demanding Airbnb clampdown dropped by party

A Labour councillor who has wanted restricted rights for buy to let landlords and short let hosts has been dropped as a parliamentary candidate.  Labour’s powerful National...

Another upbeat survey from lender claims landlords expanding portfolios

Nearly half of landlords intend to buy property in the next 12 months, claims another optimistic survey by specialist lender Landbay. Forty four per cent said they...

Eviction Court Delays will be huge challenge for new government

A prominent solicitors’ firm says the failure of the Renters Reform Bill to become law may have attracted headlines but the underlying problem - a court...

Landlords abandoning single lets in search of higher yields - bank data

Landlords are increasingly turning towards semi-commercial property, a bank says. Shawbrook says its semi-commercial applications have almost doubled in 2024 compared to 2023. Despite only being halfway through...

Bin Storage Row contributes to £25,000 bill for private landlord

Landlord Mohammed Saleem has been found guilty of multiple planning enforcement violations related to properties in Bedford. Saleem, along with his company Samsons Ltd, has been fined...

Yes, it really DOES still pay to be a landlord

The Times recently calculated that recent tax and regulation changes made it unviable for many landlords to continue in the sector. We reported this on Landlord Today...

Police tip off council about overcrowded and unlicensed HMO

A House in Multiple Occupation in Coventry, that came under the spotlight after reports of overcrowding, is being investigated for failing to meet housing standards. The city...

Row over landlord critic who mysteriously wins Labour nomination

A row has broken out over the head of a think tank who surprised Labour Party members by being appointed as a candidate in a safe...

Free Energy Efficiency teach-in for landlords

An event being held this month is aiming to help private landlords in part of Wales transform their properties into energy-efficient, cost-saving homes. The Caerphilly Landlord Energy...

NRLA’s compliance service links with high-profile PropTech firm

PropTech platform Goodlord has partnered with safety certificate provider Safe2 to offer compliance work for the lettings sector.  Safe2 - recently acquired by the National Residential Landlords...

Police urge landlords to smoke out cannabis farm tenants

The police has warned landlords to beware of tenants wanting to use properties as cannabis farms. The warning comes after police officers seized more than 160 cannabis...

Landlord sent abusive and racist emails to top politician

A landlord has pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, with the offence having been racially aggravated, having sent abusive and racist emails...

Capital Appreciation Boost - house prices are strengthening

Average house prices rose 0.4% in May, taking the annual growth rate up to 1.3%, from 0.6% in April. The figures come from the Nationwide which says...

Shelter complains of high private rents - but has an alternative

Campaigning charity Shelter claims social rents are 64% more affordable than private rents, with social tenants in England having to pay on average £828 less per...

Billions! Landlords adds so much to the economy, says NRLA

The Welsh private rented sector makes a gross value added (GVA) contribution of £1.6 billion to the UK economy, according to a new report produced by...

Calling Landlords - what do you think of student accommodation?

A survey by an organisation called the International Union of Property Owners is seeking UK private landlords’ views on student accommodation. A statement from UIPI says it...

Pair of Portfolio Landlords hit with hefty fine over their HMO

A couple who are portfolio landlords in the London borough of Haringey have been ordered to pay £10,000 after failing to license their property. An inspection found...

At Last! Senior agent stands up for holiday homes and second properties

A senior Propertymark figure has made the case for second and holiday homes - against the recent trend of criticism. The issue has come to a head...

Tomorrow’s Stamp Duty Change “a missed opportunity to reform renting”

A controversial stamp duty change - announced months ago but coming into effect tomorrow - has been described as a missed opportunity to reform the private...

Corbynite Rental Reform MP stopped from standing in election

A Labour MP who served in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow administration and has spent much of his Parliamentary career criticising the private rental sector has been suspended...

Investor in defunct online agency becomes NRLA keynote speaker

A former figurehead from TV’s Dragon’s Den is addressing landlords late this year at the National Residential Landlords Association landlord conference. James Caan - now chief executive...

Buy To Let lender slashes rates on mortgages

Foundation Home Loans has cut rates across its buy to let, core and ‘specials’ range and changed some residential rates as part of product refresh. The intermediary-only...

Sell off of Airbnbs leads to glut of properties on market

There’s been a big rise in the supply of homes for sale - 20% up on this time last year. This is likely to keep capital appreciation...

Tenant Arrears? Ask them what they can afford to pay, suggests industry figure

A property industry commentator has given a five point guide to landlords faced with rising arrears from tenants. And one of them is for landlords to ask...

Most renters consider moving back to the family home - new figures

Almost one in four (23%) young private renters defined as 21 to 34-year-olds  regularly consider moving back into their family home. Another one in three (32%) sometimes...

Huge surge in Right To Rent checks as non-compliance fines soar

There’s been a surge in Right to Rent checks - up 577% year on year. Under the Right to Rent Scheme, civil penalty fines for non-compliance have...

Labour spooking landlords with its attitude to renting - new figures

Just over 40% of landlords say they are undecided on who to vote for on July 4 -  it a bigger proportion are worried about what...

Why It No Longer Pays To Be A Landlord

New figures released by Savills, and published by The Times, show exactly why it no longer makes sense to be a landlord. The newspaper, using data prepared...

Tenant tries to sue landlord over mould and fails spectacularly

A social housing tenant’s bid to sue their landlord has failed spectacularly. A statement from Mid-Devon council says the unnamed tenant was persuaded by a no-win no-fee...

Banned! HMO Landlord cannot let properties for next three years

A council has obtained a Banning Order against a rogue landlord preventing him letting houses in England for three years. A First Tier Tribunal granted the Order...

Labour wanted Reform Bill to pass but government said No

It now appears that Labour wanted the Renters Reform Bill to be waved through into law last week - but the government said no. The BBC reports:...

NRLA will work with new government on next Renters Reform Bill

The National Residential Landlords Association says it’s “hugely disappointing” that the Renters Reform Bill will not become law. This is despite the Bill having been amended to...

Generation Rent says current eviction rules work “at a landlord’s whim”

The chief executive of the Generation Rent group has made another attack on landlords who ask tenants to vacate properties. He says the current policy surrounding private...

Case against landlord takes 18 months to reach court

The landlord of a property has been hit with over £23,000 in legal costs after being found guilty of operating an unlicensed and unsafe house in...

Renters Reform Bill looks set to miss today’s deadline

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says he cannot say for sure whether the Renters Reform Bill will be ‘waved through’ into law in the so-called wash-up period...

Vast majority of landlords says demand is strong

Over eight in 10 landlords are reporting strong levels of tenant demand, Paragon Bank research has revealed. As part of research carried out for Paragon’s PRS Trends...

Rate Cut on ice and Mortgage Lending to slow during Election

One of the country’s leading independent mortgage brokers is warning that lending may be slower during the General Election campaign period - and that the Bank...

They Think It’s All Over - renter activists unhappy about Reform Bill

In theory the Renters Reform Bill could become law if government and opposition agree to prioritise it in the few remaining days before Parliament breaks up. Formal...

Renters Reform Bill - what next, after General Election is called?

A General Election has been called for July 4. So what happens to the Renters Reform Bill, which has been the subject of years of controversy and...

Landlords: Who Are You Going To Vote For?

Around half of landlords say they are unsure about how they will vote in the General Election. A joint survey of around 1,000 property professionals by the...

Council kicks out private tenants while charging landlords £1,000

A council which this week announced that it would charge landlords almost £1,000 for a licence, is now being accused of kicking out over 100 tenants. Lambeth council...

Rent Rises Slowing - and that’s official

Average UK private rents were up 8.9% in the year to April according to the Office for National Statistics. This is a slight easing from 9.2% a...

Only 1-in-20 tenants knows much about Renters Reform Bill - survey

Despite a plethora of press releases and statements from pro-tenant groups, it appears only one-in-20 renters knows details of the Renters Reform Bill. And almost half of...

Right To Buy set to slash housing stock still further - warning

England’s dwindling social housing stock is poised to plummet by an additional 189,000 properties through the controversial Right to Buy scheme alone by 2040, it’s being...

Airbnb Bonanza - huge rise in short let property numbers

Figures publicised in a new House of Commons report suggests there’s been a huge rise in the number of short lets in almost every part of...

Unhappy Tenants - half say finding a new home is tough

Half of all tenants who moved during the past 12 months found it ‘difficult’ or ‘very difficult’ to secure a new rental property, says the Deposit...

Councils demand Gove restricts Airbnb and short lets even further

London councils have slammed government plans for regulating the short-term and holiday lets sector. In a letter to Housing Secretary Michael Gove, the Labour-dominated group called London...

Council-funded lettings body tries to seduce landlords with rent guarantees

An agency that works with over 170 councils is promising rent guarantees and insurance cover to landlords who volunteer their properties for local authority use. A statement...

Spike in demand by tenants for deposit alternative, claims supplier

There’s been a 25%-plus spike in demand for a deposit alternative, claims one of the industry’s suppliers. Reposit analysed its data from March 2023 to March 2024...

Named And Shamed - huge number of social housing landlords slammed

The Housing Ombudsman - which currently presides over the social housing sector - has named and shamed 12 councils and housing associations. Some of the cases involved...

Labour council says it’s protecting 5,000 homes from rogue landlords

All private landlords in four areas of Islington in north London - where the council claims there are particular problems with poor conditions – now have...

HMRC launches tax clampdown on Airbnb and short lets landlords

HM Revenue and Customs has opened almost 2,000 investigations into landlords letting out via Airbnb or other short let platforms. The Daily Telegraph, which submitted a Freedom...

Rent rises stabilising across the country says Hamptons

The annual pace of rental growth on newly let homes in Great Britain continued to slow in April, with growth falling from 6.7% in the year...

Labour council charging almost £1,000 per property for a license

Labour-controlled Lambeth council in south London is introducing a Selective Licensing Scheme at almost £1,000 per property. A statement from the council says the regime is starting...

Suspended Jail Term for landlord in contempt and harassment case

High profile landlord Fergus Wilson has been sentenced to six months in prison suspended for three years and ordered to pay £75,000 in costs. He was found...

Has Labour’s secret rent control plan been revealed by accident?

Just days after suggesting rent controls of any kind were off the table, it now appears Labour may be considering them after all. Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves...

In Court At Last - landlord after two-year investigation

A private landlord who let three of his properties fall into dangerous disrepair has been ordered to pay almost £14,000 after a court case brought by...

Labour Mayor splashes council tax cash on landlord clampdown

Newly re-elected Greater Manchester Labour Mayor Andy Burnham is to spend £600,000 of council tax payers’ cash on a clampdown on landlords. This includes a Good Landlord...

Landlords Selling Up? Generation Rent says it makes no difference!

The Generation Rent group of activists says it doesn’t matter if landlords sell up and leave the private rental sector. Appearing to contradict its own long-held view...

Now a cat charity complains about landlords’ S21 and no-pets policies

A cat charity claims it takes in an average of three cats daily because of landlords using Section 21 powers to evict tenants who then cannot...

Rents Still Rising in Double Digits in parts of UK - agency figures

Landlords in London are benefitting from double digit increases in rents, outdoing every other region of Great Britain.  London rents increased by 11.2% between March 2023 and...

Huge corporate landlord targeted by protesting activists

Grainger, the Stock Market listed corporate landlord, has been targeted by protesters over rent levels. A protest outside Grainger’s London HQ marks the start of what the...

Soaring interest rates claim more landlords as possessions rise

New figures from the Ministry of Justice show how hard interest rate rises are hitting landlords. Compared to the same quarter in 2023, landlord possession claims in Q1...

Half of tenant moves triggered by landlord sales - new survey

There’s been another survey of landlord activity in the private rental sector - and this one shows that 50% of tenants vacating a property last year...

Landlord Tax Alert - new guidance from HMRC

HMRC is appealing to landlords to file Self Assessment tax returns early - and claims there are benefits to doing so. In a statement sent to Landlord...

It’s War! Activist groups in conflict over Labour report and rent controls

The fragile peace between different groups in the Renters Reform Coalition has ended in a dispute about a Labour-commissioned report on housing. So-called "rent stabilisation" measures have...

Official - Labour will NOT introduce rent controls if it wins election

The Labour Party will not introduce rent controls if it wins the election. A spokesperson for the party is quoted on today’s Guardian newspaper as saying: “While...

Bad news for landlords as lender increases rates on BTL mortgages

Santander today in increases selected residential new business fixed-rate deals, as well as some landlord and residential offers. It is also lifting the maximum loan size on selected...

Energy efficiency retrofit course ahead of Labour EPC rule changes

The National Residential Landlords Association is introducing a new energy efficiency retrofitting course this summer - ahead of possible EPC rule tightening if Labour wins this...

Want to serve on Build To Rent’s new trade body?

The trade body representing the Build To Rent industry wants to recruit people from that sector to sit in its board. The Association of Rental Living (ARL)...

Mortgage lending caps now well below average house price

The Bank of England says one in four mortgages will end when the mortgage borrower is in retirement, as more people extend mortgage terms to make...

Councils waste millions fighting planning appeals - claim

Seventeen London boroughs wasted over £2m in the last five years fighting rejected planning applications that were subsequently approved on appeal, says Coverdale Barclay.  The communications consultancy...

Are EPCs Accurate? Energy experts say recent criticism is unfair

A group of energy professionals in the property sector are taking issue with a claim by consumer organisation Which? over the accuracy of Energy Performance Certificates.  Which?...

Loophole means Section 21 Ban Delay “is not what it seems” - claim

A prominent PropTech supplier claims the government’s pledge to delay the ban on Section 21 evictions until court processes have been reviewed and if necessary upgraded,...

University Challenge - students chose places based on rent costs

Availability in the private student halls sector is at a three-year high, according to new data from marketing and insights platform StudentCrowd. On average, 99 more buildings...

New Build premiums hit decade-high levels across most of Britain

A study by property software firm APRAO shows new-build house price premiums at their highest in a decade. The supplier analysed existing and new-build properties and prices...

NRLA and council combine to stage free forum for landlords

Landlords and managing agents in South Warwickshire are being encouraged to take part in an industry forum on Tuesday May 21 from 12.30pm to 4pm in...

It's For Life - New loan covers lifecycle of property, not just purchase

Real estate finance and investment business TAB has launched a long-term lending service extending to all stages of a property’s life cycle  TAB Series is designed for...

Free Tax Advice for landlords at property networking event

A forum for private landlords, letting agents and anyone else on the management side of the private rental sector is being organised win May 23.  The next...

Landmark court ruling means home owner loses compensation

A landmark ruling about the invasive plant Japanese knotweed has been over-turned - with implications for landlords and other property owners.  In February 2023, Marc Davies won...

Landlord who suffered cancer duped by ruthless rogue tenant

A woman who faked documents and posed as a private landlord in an elaborate tenancy scam has been jailed. Natalie Chamberlain, aged 40, admitted to nine charges...

BTL mortgage lender launches short let products, and cuts some rates

Foundation Home Loans’ buy to let product range - Buy to Let by Foundation - has cut fees on some options and has launched new short-term...

Landlord Alert: Section 21 court appeal’s far-reaching consequences

Landlord Alert: Section 21 appeal may have far-reaching consequences  A case being considered by the Court of Appeal could have far reaching consequences for private landlords, it’s...

Half of councils can't be bothered to collect fines from landlords

Data gathered by the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) shows that less than half the fines levied against rogue landlords have been collected by local authorities. According...

Anger as figures show how many Right To Buy homes are now privately let

Over 40% of council houses and flats sold under the long-standing Right To Buy scheme are now owned by private landlords. That’s the claim from the New...

Don’t Do It - property portal warns politicians over rent controls

A property portal has taken the unusual step of warning politicians about the dire impact of rent controls on the private lettings sector. Lettings portal CityLets, which...

Here We Go Again: Renters Reform Bill back in Parliament this week

The Renters Reform Bill returns to Parliament this week, with a First Reading of the measure in the House of Lords tomorrow. The process thereafter mirrors the...

Pets In Lets - agents issue new guidance to private tenants

Propertymark has issued a guide to tenants about their rights to have a pet.  A statement from trade body Propertymark says that since the Covid-19 pandemic especially,...

Council wants £724 from every private landlord in designated area

Blackburn with Darwen council in Lancashire is consulting on a new selective licensing regime covering 1,266 properties on 42 streets.  Running to July 26 the consultation seeks...

Bank of England reveals interest rate decision

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee has held base rate at 5.25% for the sixth time in a row. The news was widely expected, although some...

Labour left puts Khan under pressure over housing policies

Sadiq Khan, newly elected for a third term as London Mayor, is already under pressure from the Labour Left to be more radical with his approach...

Politicians make landlords feel like pariahs in society - claim

Red tape and a hostile attitude towards landlords from government is fuelling Scotland’s housing crisis, experts warn. John Blackwood, chief executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords,...

NRLA hits the road - tour dates announced

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has confirmed the dates for its 2024 ‘Wales On Tour’ sessions.  These will be May 23 in Cardiff; July 4 in...

Renters Reform Bill - Students accuse government of ‘folding’

The National Union of Students claims the government has “folded to landlord’s lobbying” and watering down the Renters Reform Bill so that it will no longer...

Government insulation scheme flops with tiny take-up so far

Figures from the Department for Energy and Net Zero indicate that only 4,648 households so far have taken advantage of the government’s ongoing Great British Housing...

Housing Market Snapshot - rental demand slows, sales stagnate

The latest RICS UK Residential Survey results shows the recent recovery in buyer demand has mellowed slightly, with the market impacted by rising mortgage rates once...

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are good … at least for house values

Buy to let landlords with properties inside controversial ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhoods’ or LTNs may be in for a windfall. That’s because new research suggests that in London...

Landlord “accepts council penalty but only if not named”

A council has fined a landlord £17,500 for failing to license two of his properties in the area. However, the identify of the landlord is not known...

Airbnb rips into politicians and restrictions on short lets

Airbnb has ripped into politicians in Scotland who have implemented restrictions on short lets. The former SNP-Green coalition government allowed local councils to implement strict licensing and enforcement...

Re-elected Labour Mayor pledges crackdown on rogue landlords

The newly re-elected Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester - Andy Burnham - wants to end Right To Buy on new-build homes and has pledged a crackdown...

Buyers aim for smaller properties despite prices stay roughly static

House prices last month were just 1.1% higher than April 2023, according to the latest Halifax House Price Index. The average house price is now £288,949: the...

Clampdown on Airbnbs may be dropped due to council delays

It looks as if a prominent local authority in Scotland is going to temporarily scrap the country’s tight rules on who can short let property. The Courier...

Savage attack on buy to let landlords by Build To Rent cheerleader

Buy to let landlords have been savagely attacked by the country’s biggest investment company - which just happens to be a major player in the struggling...

Fake private rental property was sub-let by phoney landlord

A London council has revealed that a social housing tenant claimed their property was a private one, and fraudulently sub-let it to innocent renters.  Lewisham council says...

E-bike fire leads to fine for landlord over unsafe HMO

A landlord has been fined over £3,800 for letting out an unsafe and unlicensed HMO. South Gloucestershire council issued the landlord a Civil Penalty Notice after a...

New batch of landlords preparing to sell, warns leading agency

The research head of Knight Frank is warning that a new batch of landlords are preparing to sell up and leave the private rental sector. Tom Bill...

Rents and Service Charges blamed for higher housing costs

Housing costs - rents and mortgages - are rising by about 3.6% a year according to a Barclays Bank assessment. This figure is higher than in recent...

EPCs are often wrong and need major overhaul - Which?

An influential consumer body is demanding a complete overhaul of Energy Performance Certificates. Which? says that with millions of households across the UK concerned about how to...

Labour Rental Sector Review launch with Generation Rent

The chief executive of Generation Rent is one of the speakers at the launch of a review of the private rental sector undertaken for the Labour...

Warning to landlords: Ignorance over tenancy types can cost you

A call has gone out from an industry group for landlords and letting agents to be sure they know the distinctions between statutory and contractual tenancy...

Political change may boost landlord investment, survey shows

More landlords predict Scotland will attract the most residential property investment outside of London and the South East in the next three years, according to RSM...

Government could snoop on Landlords’ bank accounts - claim

A Labour member of the House of Lords is warning that a new law could allow landlords’ bank accounts to be monitored by the Department of...

Heat Pumps Flop - low level in installation in new-builds

As the deadline approaches for banning gas boilers in newly constructed homes from 2025, a new analysis shows that only a very limited number of new-builds...

Tax Clampdown on Short Lets Will Not Change, claims government

The government is ruling out any U-turn on the tax changes regarding furnished holiday lettings - despite substantial complaints from Tory MPs. At the Budget in early...

Private Members Bill aims to prevent unfair treatment of tenants

A former leader of the Liberal Democrats has introduced a Private Members Bill into Parliament, in a bid to protect tenant farmers from being allegedly unfairly...

House prices dip as interest rates force buyers to delay plans

Average UK house prices fell by 0.4% in April, taking the annual rate of house price growth to 0.6% in April, from 1.6% a month earlier. The...

Energy Efficiency - should rents be lower in poor EPC homes?

A housing industry group wants the energy efficiency of a social rented property to be factored into the rent the tenant pays.  The Housing Forum claims that...

Shelter offers high salary to fill ‘Activism and Advocacy’ post

Charity Shelter is advertising for the post of ‘Assistant Director: Activism and Advocacy’ - with the postholder charged with supporting “ the development of high-profile campaigns”...

Rental market snapshot - that latest from Goodlord

The latest Rental Index from Goodlord reveals that rents are now up by 5.7% over the year.  The price per property over the last month was £1,166....

Lloyds Banking Group expands private rental portfolio again

Citra Living, part of Lloyds Banking Group, is to bring more than 150 new family homes to the rental market in Gloucestershire. Citra, which owns and operates...

Council wants landlords to back controversial leasing scheme

A council is seeking private landlords to participate in a controversial leasing scheme in a bid to curb homelessness. The use of temporary accommodation services has increased...

Generation Rent wants landlords to pay if a tenant moves

The Generation Rent activist group has once again repeated its demand for a series of reforms surrounding the scrapping of Section 21 evictions grounds. One of them...

Landlord Regulator advertises for Welsh-speaking staff

The nearest thing to a national landlord register operating anywhere in the UK is seeking new staff - and they must be Welsh speaking. According to its...

Mayor election hopefuls told to clampdown on Airbnbs

Agents’ trade group Propertymark is demanding London Mayor candidates tackle what it calls “the unique housing challenges that the capital experiences.” Londoners go to the polls tomorrow...

Website for tenants who don’t know where to turn to

A website is being prepared to assist private renters know where to turn if their landlord or lettings agent fail to resolve a problem. That’s according to...

Insights and Advice event for buy to let landlords

The ESPC property portal has announced a free buy to let Insights and Advice event on Thursday May 9, for aspiring property investors and current landlords. The...

Up Again! Rents hit new high for 17th successive month

The average advertised rent of new properties coming onto the market hits a 17th consecutive record, with the average price of rental properties outside of London...

Stamp Duty causes Buy To Let investment to plummet in key areas

The proportion of buy to let properties purchased in Southern England fell to a record low last year, continuing a trend seen since the Stamp Duty...

Landlords hit with higher court fees from Wednesday

Court fees levied on landlords are rising 10% from Wednesday - the result of a consultation process held shortly before Christmas. The charges are rising across a...

Licensing fees could be cut if government review recommends

It is possible that licensing regimes operated by local councils could cut the fees they impose on landlords. The House of Commons debate on the Renters Reform...

Renters Reform Bill unlikely to be sabotaged by Lords says industry chief

The National Residential Landlords Association predicts that the House of Lords is unlikely to make substantive changes to the Renters Reform Bill. The Bill completed its passage...

Backfired! Councils LOSE money through second home tax premiums - claim

A politician is claiming that second home council tax premiums, where owners pay up to double the normal rate, is resulting in financial losses to local...

Landlord fined by court for “unfairly profiting from properties”

A landlord deemed to be unfairly profiting from properties has been fined a total of £5,825.27. Greenwich council prosecuted Anna Yang, an Essex based landlord.  Yang provided the...

Khan wants taxpayer-funded mould sensors in private rental homes

Labour London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to install ‘mould sensors’ in thousands of rental homes across the capital. In a pledge ahead of the Mayoral election on...

More tenants must borrow to fund deposits - survey’s claim

The percentage of tenants borrowing money to fund their cash deposits on their next property has risen over the last 12 months. That’s the claim by Reposit,...

Paul Shamplina demands government set date for Section 21 abolition

Landlord Action founder Paul Shamplina says the government must set a date for Section 21 abolition to give all sides of the rental sector some certainty. This...

Landlords urged to apply for energy efficiency funds

A council is urging landlords of eligible properties to apply for energy efficient measures such as insulation, solar panels or heat pumps. Average funding of £18,000 is...

Renters Reform Bill - what happens now in House of Lords

The Renters Reform Bill has now passed all of its House of Commons stages, with amendments - as almost every Bill has as it is discussed...

Rent Control zealot dropped from Scottish government

The architect of the controversial rent control policies in Scotland has left the government. It is not known what long-term implication this has for the rent controls...

Gove Hits Back! He says Reform Bill is STILL a Renting Revolution

Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities hit back overnight at critics of the government’s Renters Reform Bill. The Bill - in heavily amended form...

Rehashed research again slams MPs who are landlords

A new version of research first released in May 2023 once again lashes some MPs for being landlords. 38 Degrees - an online which hosts petitions -...

Jonathan Rolande - Why the Section 21 Debate Is a Smokescreen

Jonathan Rolande is a property industry and housing market commentator, and is founder of the National Association of Property Buyers.  It’s almost five years to the day...

Renters Reform Bill now on its way to the House of Lords

The Renters Reform Bill, heavily amended by the government and in some cases by individual MPs, has now passed through all of its stages in the...

Renters Reform Bill U-turn by tenant activists

The coalition of 20-plus groups which have previously spoken enthusiastically about the Renters Reform Bill has now changed its mind. On April 15 - just 10 days...

Last ditch bid by officers to save council landlord licensing

Environmental health officers are making a last ditch bid to save local council licensing. The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health reckons that an amended Renters Reform Bill...

Generation Rent activists spurn Reform Bill olive branch from NRLA

The National Residential Landlords Association has taken the unusual step of extending an olive branch to the activists who run the Generation Rent ginger group. The association...

Surprise move as agents issue ‘how to complain’ guide to tenants

A new guide from Propertymark explains the rights which private rental tenants have - and sets out how they can challenge “high” rent increases, and complain...

Where to find tenanted buy to let units for investors to purchase

Only 2% of current properties listed for sale in London have a tenant in situ, according to lettings agency Benham and Reeves. This is the lowest proportion...

Renters Reform Bill - these are the amendments to watch

There are over 200 amendments to the Renters Reform Bill having its Third Reading in the Commons today. PropTech supplier Goodlord has waded through the amendments and...

Activists line up to criticise Renters Reform Bill amendments

The Renters Reform Bill returns to the House of Commons today with activist groups critical of amendments put forward to reach a compromise. The amendments include: - Accepting...

New call to restrict private letting of Right To Buy properties

A property industry group wants to restrict the private letting of properties bought in the future via the Right To Buy policy. The Right to Buy gives...

Landlord faces 15 months in jail unless she pays over £50,000

A landlord faces a hefty jail sentence unless she finds over £50,000 in the next three months - and on top of that she has other...

Council offering landlords “training to help them improve”

Landlords have only until Friday to give their views on a controversial licensing consultation from a council known for its aggressive approach towards the private rental...

Landlords urged to attend Cultural Awareness Course

A so-called Cultural Awareness Course is being held to explain to landlords about their responsibilities under the 2010 Equality Act. The course is run by the Ethnic...

Tax Alert - HMRC launching Making Tax Digital pilot scheme today

HMRC is today launching a pilot scheme for Making Tax Digital, the controversial proposal for quarterly reporting for landlords and the self-employed. Ahead of the new MTD...

Scoop for NRLA - Housing Minister to give members Reform Bill update

Housing Minister Jacob Young will address members of the National Residential Landlords Association in an exclusive webinar on Thursday. This is the day after the controversial Renters...

Online platform claims to save landlords £3,800 in fees

An online lettings platform claims to have launched the first “end-to-end self-service lettings platform” which could save landlords around £3,800. Hello Neighbour operates in London and claims...

Selling Up this year? Make it quick…

Rightmove is warning that the housing market is set for disruptions from the summer onwards, and suggests the brisk start to sales so far this year...

Bizarre Behaviour Landlord back in court a second time

A landlord who has repeatedly flouted housing rules has been fined a further £36,000 following a prosecution brought by a council.  Giuseppe Sutera appeared at Bristol Magistrates...

Activists claim Renters Reform Bill change will worsen Domestic Abuse

Generation Rent claims a proposed government amendment to the Renters Reform Bill may ‘trap’ victims of domestic abuse. Generation Rent - which has accused the government of...

Get Courts Done and THEN Scrap Section 21 - Ben Beadle

Responding to confirmation that the Renters Reform Bill will return to the Commons next Wednesday, Ben Beadle of the National Residential Landlords Association, says proposed amendments...

Appeal fails against hefty fines for HMO violations

A tribunal case has ended with fines imposed on two landlords - Nigel William Harry Hobbs and James Robert Hobbs - following an action brought by...

High Profile Lettings Agent hosting seminar for landlords

Top tips will be provided for landlords in the private rental market in a seminar next month organised by high profile independent lettings agent Nicol &...

Stricter council enforcement of landlords demanded by agents

Political parties should stop bickering and instead work together to boost enforcement of rental standards in the private sector. That’s the view of the Lettings industry Council,...

Renters Reform Bill back in the Commons next week

A government-supporting newspaper says the Renters Reform Bill will be back in the House of Commons next week. Observers have been expecting the Bill to return to...

Buy to let mortgage changes across wide range of products

There’s been a bevvy of buy to let mortgage deal changes this week. Shawbrook has made a series of reductions across its complex and limited edition BTL...

Shelter claims evictions cost tenants £669 on average

Renters allegedly pay £669 in un-recoverable costs for each ‘unwanted’ move as a result of eviction, claims campaigning charity Shelter. It says in total these ‘unwanted’ private...

Rent rises near double figures as interest rate cuts put on ice

The latest official government rent index shows that average private rents across the UK as a whole increased by 9.2% in the 12 months to March...

Tenants staying put far longer than before - new figures

Renters are typically staying in their properties for a third longer than they did four years ago, says the Deposit Protection Service (DPS). It says the average...

Police warn landlords to smoke out cannabis farms

Police have issued a warning to landlords after a property was left badly damaged by an illegal cannabis grow. The property - in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire - had...

Council says it “didn’t want to go down licensing route” - but it has…

Consultation time is short for landlords wanting to comment on a new licensing scheme proposed for Scunthorpe. The public consultation closes at midnight on Monday April 22...

Superdry unilaterally cutting rent it pays to commercial landlords

Superdry wants to slash the rent it pays the landlords of 39 of its UK city centre stores, as part of an emergency restructuring deal. The fashion...

Landlords Push On with Green Upgrades despite government U-turn

Almost four in 10 portfolio landlords are continuing to upgrade their properties to EPC C or above, despite proposed regulations being scrapped by the government. Research by...

Parents ‘feel guilty’ if they can’t help children buy property

Over half of current home owners with adult children have or expect to help their children financially to buy a property - and many feel guilty...

Rental Market set to strengthen as First Time Buyers hold back

Around half of first-time buyers say their prospects of owning a home are further away than ever due to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. Research by the Nationwide...

Tenants’ energy costs set to fall in coming months - lettings agency

Rental growth in Britain has slowed says lettings agency Hamptons, with the average newly let rent rising 6.7% over the past year – well below the...

Buy to Let mortgage lender urges borrowers to improve energy efficiency

Specialist investment lender Hodge has joined forces with Propflo, a PropTech startup, to urge customers to make their properties more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Propflo’s property platform...

New tax clampdown on landlords buying multiple properties

The Labour-led government in Wales has issued a consultation proposing the abolition of Land Transaction Tax Multiple Dwelling Relief from June 1. This would bring the Land...

Eviction Notice for Gove! - activists mark Section 21 anniversary

A small number of activists have tried to erect a four metre high mock eviction notice on one of Housing Secretary Michael Gove’s homes. It happened at...

Pressure on Labour to introduce beefed-up rental reform

An activist group says any future Labour government should introduce a beefed-up version of the Renters Reform Bill - whether or not the Bill itself is...

Famous music shop boss may launch landlord accreditation system

Julian Richer - the founder of Richer Sounds, the UK's largest hi-fi retailer - says he may set up a landlord accreditation service to help reform...

HMO rogue owner pleads guilty to string of safety failings

A London council has prosecuted landlord Syed Shah, owner of an HMO, for a string of  breaches that posed significant risks to the health and safety...

Yet another council pleads with private landlords to bail it out

Another council is looking for landlords with rental properties to match them with prospective tenants who are ready to move in.   Last week we reported on...

MPs return at last - Renters Reform Bill on the agenda

MPs return to the Commons today after a substantial Easter recess - and with progress on the Renters Reform Bill on the agenda. Although no date has...

Squeezed landlords increasingly tempted by HMO returns

Houses in Multiple Occupation are making up an increasing percentage of buy-to-let business, according specialist lender Shawbrook.  In both 2022 and 2023, HMOs made up just over...

Tax Break: deal helps landlords incorporate and manage portfolios

The National Residential Landlords Association has partnered with GetGround, a property investment platform for buy-to-let landlords looking to find, structure, and manage their UK limited companies. NRLA...

NRLA “disappointed” about big rises in landlords’ court costs

The NRLA says it is “profoundly disappointing” that the government has chosen to hike court fees for landlords at exactly the time when dissatisfaction with the...

Top 10 Hotspots for portfolio buy to let landlords

Paragon Bank’s analysis of its lending data has revealed the top 10 locations for investment by portfolio buy-to-let landlords, those with four or more properties.   Manchester’s M14...

Landlords warned of huge rise in tenant fraud attempts

An analysis of over 600,000 tenancy applications has found that fraudulent applications rose by 140% last year.  The analysis, carried out by PropTech supplier Goodlord, found that...

Why are landlords hated? Is it down to the BBC and rest of the media?

A prominent lettings sector expert is blaming the media for anti-landlord sentiment and a rise in tenancy disputes. Gina Peters, Head of Landlord & Tenant at Dutton...

Council pleads with private landlords to help solve its housing problem

A council is looking to work with more private landlords to help reduce homelessness. Over the past few years Shropshire council has seen an increase in households...

Renters Reform Bill changes not as key as opponents claim - expert comment

Amendments to be made to the Renters Reform Bill when it returns to the Hoise of Commons next week won’t significantly change the tone of the...

Selling Up? It’s still a long process, new figures suggest

Estate agency data shows that the average time it takes for a landlord other vendor to sell a house has dropped by 0.7% in the past...

Would tenants really be better off if letting agents were regulated?

A trade body claims private tenants are ‘suffering’ because lettings agents are not regulated. Propertymark is demanding equal treatment between lettings agents and the social housing sector. Levelling...

HUG2 offers energy upgrades to landlords and other homeowners

Phase two of the Home Upgrade Grant (HUG2) is a UK Government-funded scheme for properties in England that are not connected to the gas grid.  £630 million...

Fines for non-compliant landlords skyrocket as councils cash in

Fines for rogue landlords and agents in London have surged past the £10 million mark.   With 19 council licensing schemes and consultations in London launched between...

Ongoing ‘tax grab’ deters investors says senior lettings agent

The head of lettings agency Benham and Reeves has made an outspoken attack on stamp duty. The agency analysed data from the Land Registry for homes sold...

New guidance on standards of behaviour expected from farm landlords

The launch of the Agricultural Landlord and Tenant Code of Practice is “a really good start” says the National Farmers Union. The new code has been published...

Webinar to give leaseholders info on Right To Manage

Law firm Bishop & Sewell is hosting a webinar to give leaseholders information and advice about the Right to Manage, a statutory process which gives leaseholders...

Loans extended for landlords with “blemishes” on credit records

West One Loans has launched a new product range, called W3, containing a 6.84% five-year fix with a 4.99% fee and a 7.29% five-year fix with...

Extra spending on rent is less than inflation rate - bank data

New data sourced from millions of Barclays current accounts reveals growing stability in UK housing costs, which saw their lowest uplift in 12 months.  The bank says...

Deposit Disputes - webinars next week, free for landlords

Three webinars next week will cover key aspects of deposit disputes between landlords and tenants. They’re organised by the Deposit Protection Service as part of its commitment...

Coming Soon - “Bold” new proposals for private rental sector

An influential Labour website says a raft of proposed reforms for the private rental sector will be unveiled next month - but they are not guaranteed...

Landlords urged to access energy efficiency improvement funds

Homeowners in Caerphilly, including private landlords, can access funding to make their properties more energy efficient. Caerphilly council recently approved a new Private Sector Housing Renewal and...

NRLA and Generation Rent daggers drawn over controversial report

Landlords and renters’ activists are at either end of the spectrum reacting to a controversial report on the private rental sector. Yesterday the Resolution Foundation think tank...

Generation Rent turns rent control screw on election hopefuls

The Generation Rent activist group is placing its hopes for pro-renter policies on newly-elected Metro Mayors, who will be elected on May 2. In a statement over...

Landlord Prosecuted over dangerous property

A private landlord from Bridlington has been ordered to pay £1,500 for putting tenants into a dangerous property, thereby breaching a prohibition order that was in...

Capital Appreciation Worries down to interest rates, says analyst

A leading business analyst is firmly blaming interest rates for the see-saw in house prices seen in recent indices. The latest, from the Halifax, says average house...

Good time for landlords to buy, insists investment expert

The latest Halifax house price index results, which show mixed fortunes for the housing market, should be seen as a spur for landlords to expand their...

House Prices Down and Up, in mixed data from the Halifax

UK house prices grew in March on a quarterly basis, by 2.0%, with annual growth slowing to 0.3%, from 1.6% in February.  Compared to a month ago,...

Activists trying to push Labour into imposing rent controls

Activists are beginning to pile pressure on London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan, claiming the public will be disappointed if he toes the official Labour line on...

Landlords piloting new Digital Property Logbook concept

Property logbook company Chimni is trialling a new form of Digital Property Logbook aimed at the rental markets.   The new logbooks include tools to help identify...

Rent Controls - Local Election manifesto aims to “tame” rental market

Rent controls are at the heart of the local election manifesto of the Green Party of England and Wales. Co-leader Carla Denyer, says: “This country faces an acute...

Tenants buddy up with friends to reduce costs of renting

The percentage of tenants choosing to live alone has dropped over the last three years, research suggests.  A study compiled by Reposit, a deposit alternative supplier, finds...

Landlord Crisis - Shocking rise in repossessions and arrears

There’s been a huge rise in the number of buy to let property repossessions in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the same period 2023. A...

Landlords can afford much tougher regulation, says think tank

A think tank based in central London says landlords would not quit the sector if much tougher - and more expensive - reforms were made to...

Worried renters suffer hair loss and weight gain - wealth firm’s claim

A controversial wealth management company claims that almost two thirds of private tenants have suffered a deterioration in their mental and physical wellbeing, including in some...

Hot Stuff - more landlords prioritise energy efficiency when buying

A mortgage firm that works with landlords claims an increasing number of them prioritise energy efficiency when assessing properties to buy.  Some 25% of landlords are prioritising...

Former Tory Leader to face landlords at summer event

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan-Smith is to address landlords at an event this summer. The MP - 70 next week - was leader of his party between...

Year-long campaign to get energy efficiency info to landlords

A council which last year staged a pilot project about the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in the lettings sector is now starting a year-long initiative to...

Spotlight on council licensing schemes in new report

An industry supplier is analysing licensing schemes and whether they achieve anything to improve rental housing standards. Yuno says questions need to be asked about licensing schemes which overlap...

Housing market ‘shows signs of momentum’ despite high interest rates

UK house prices fell by 0.2% in March. Nevertheless, the annual rate of house price growth edged higher to 1.6% in March, from 1.2% in February. The...

Labour council celebrates leading role in clampdown on landlords

A Labour council in London has issued a statement appearing to celebrate its role cracking down on landlords. The statement from Brent council reminds landlords that almost...

Vast majority of tenants have a GOOD relationship with landlords

New research from specialist lender Aldermore shows that 69% of private tenants feel they have a ‘good landlord’.  This bucks the traditional narrative that landlords and their...

Landlord must pay £45,000 for letting out unlicensed properties

A council has prosecuted a landlord for letting out two HMOs without a licence and failing to comply with HMO Management Regulations. Mohammed Ammar Hussain of Hemel...

Gove bringing Renters Reform Bill back to Commons in mid-April

The government has committed to returning the amended Renters Reform Bill to the House of Commons in mid-April. MPs return from their Easter recess on April 15...

Changes to Renters Reform Bill after Easter

The government has written to Conservative MPs promising changes to the Renters Reform Bill to ease concerns over its anti-landlord bias. Amendments the Government plans to table...

Another council set to implement a landlord licensing scheme

Burnley council says it’s considered the findings of a six-week public consultation and is set to increase planning controls over the conversion of properties into HMOs. The...

Opposition building to controversial rent control proposals

Scotland’s new Housing Bill - introducing a laborious eviction process and rent caps across the country - will ‘compound the mistakes’ already made. That’s the warning from...

Landlords NOT pricing out First Time Buyers - new figures

The popular narrative may have been that first time buyers have been priced out of the market, partly by landlords: but figures out today suggest otherwise. In...

Generation Rent claims rent control proposal still not tough enough

The controversial proposal for permanent rent controls in Scotland, published just ahead of the Easter holiday, doesn’t go far enough for activists in Generation Rent. The Scottish...

Politicians propose State Control of private rents in Scotland

The Scottish Government’s Housing Bill allows SNP and Green politicians to create rent control areas, triggered by local authorities, and this would allow the politicians to...

Build To Rent deal emphasises eco-efficiency and wellbeing

A new housing deal will provide another 92 Build To Rent units run by Legal & General. The properties will be two, three and four bedroom units...

Lawyers ask: Why is Gove delaying ground rent reform?

The ban on the sale of new leasehold homes is welcome but there can be no further delay in announcing ground rent reforms, the Law Society...

Rents soar by almost half since 2014 - deposit service’s latest claim

A deposit alternative service claims rents have risen an average 46% in the last decade. Zero Deposit claims it’s analysed rental market data, looking at the number...

Jail for landlord who put lives of tenants at fire risk

A fire and rescue service has successfully prosecuted a landlord for failing to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which put the lives...

Renters Reform Bill shock for Generation Rent and Shelter

The substantial majority of tenants are completely unaware of the Renters reform Bill, despite high profile PR campaigns about it from organisations like Shelter and activist...

Scrapping S21 “a disaster” if court reform doesn’t happen - warning

The abolition of Section 21 evictions will be a disaster without improvement to the courts system, a property industry chief insists.  Ian Fletcher, director of policy at...

Call for “sentencing guidelines” to punish landlords over licensing

A charity is calling for landlord licensing schemes which cost enough to fund annual inspections, and the issuing of “sentencing guidelines” to punish landlords who break...

Another council slaps 100% extra tax on property owners

A council has agreed a council tax rise of an additional 100% on second home and long-term empty homes, despite widespread public opposition. No fewer than 44%...

Councils set to grab over half a billion from higher tax

Changes to empty home council tax rates could generate an additional £540m from Monday, a lettings agency claims. Since April 2013, billing authorities have had the power...

More buy to let mortgage rate changes from lenders

There have been more changes to buy to let mortgage ranges from lenders. Coming into effect today, The Mortgage Works will be reducing rates on selected buy...

Energy costs could vary according to time of day

A consultation on how to develop a more dynamic energy price cap has been launched by the regulator, Ofgem. The regulator claims the current price cap system...

Renting set to boom as buying is even less affordable

The average house prices in England was £290,000 last year, some 8.3 times average annual earnings. This was actually down from 8.5 times from the previous 12...

Gift Vouchers for union members discussing with Generation Rent

Members of the union UNISON who participate in round-table discussions with activist group Generation Rents are to receive gift vouchers for their trouble. A statement on the...

HMO clampdown after worry over bins, parking and loss of housing

A south coast council is set to clampdown on HMOs after a report highlighted alleged issues with the likes of bins, parking and anti-social behaviour. Eastbourne council...

The Boris Bounce? It never existed, claims estate agency

The so-called ‘Boris bounce’ in the housing market after the last General Election failed to materialise, an estate agency chain claims. Winkworth, using research firm Dataloft, looked...

Councils combine to take rogue HMO landlord to court

A landlord referred to only as ‘Mr Gurung’ has been named by two councils as being penalised £3,000 for an overcrowded HMO. He was fined £800 and...

UK housing is expensive, small and old - new report

Britain’s housing stock offers the worst value for money of any advanced economy, according new analysis published by the Resolution Foundation. The think tank uses international data...

Trading Standards defends new property sales process

Trading Standards has defended the introduction of ‘material information’ requirements on details of properties for sale, after a conveyancer warned landlords that the new measure may...

Controls over Airbnbs to be relaxed in near future

While parts of Britain are considering tightening rules over Airbnbs and other short lets, the Channel island of Jersey appears to be shifting - at least...

Free training for landlords with cooperation of the NRLA

Landlords can benefit from a wealth of free training, courtesy of a north of England council. Cumberland council is providing the training to property landlords in the...

Scrapping Section 21 is landlords' headache - and backfiring on Gove

The removal of Section 21 notices and the end of fixed-term tenancies are the two issues that concern landlords the most, according to a new report...

Landlords selling up may face higher costs, warns conveyancing solicitor

Landlords quitting the sector could have to spend hundreds of pounds more when selling their home owing to new Trading Standards guidance. That’s the claim from a...

Owners with solar panels claim improved heating and lower bills

New research from Halifax reveals that investing in solar panels leads to possible cost and energy savings for landlords and other homeowners. According to the survey of...

MPs want Local Housing Allowance and other benefits updated annually

An all-party House of Commons committee is calling on Local Housing Allowance to be updated automatically and annually. LHA rates have been frozen since April 2020. The...

HMRC’s embarrassing U-turn on Self-Assessment Helpline closure

HM Revenue and Customs has done a rapid U-turn on a decision to close its self-assessment telephone helpline for half the year. The Revenue said earlier this...

Landlords who sold earlier ‘may still benefit from tax cut’ - claim

Landlords who paid Capital Gains Tax at 28% - before the Chancellor reduced it to 24% in this month’s Budget - may still be able to...

Older Renters’ group takes up Generation Rent’s demands

A charity representing older people has taken up almost all of the key demands of activist group Generation Rent. Independent Age says it wants the swift implementation...

Energy Theft is ticking time bomb for rental sector - claim

Anonymous reports of energy theft have skyrocketed by 62% since 2021, Crimestoppers’ figures reveal.  In 2023 alone, the charity received 11,552 reports of energy theft, the highest...

Interest rates may drop, whatever today’s Bank of England decision

Slowing inflation may - just may - lead the way for reduced interest rates. The headline inflation rate is now just 3.4%, the lowest for two years;...

Council Tax Rebates for renters - think tank’s suggestion

A think tank is urging the UK government to consider tax perks for private renters to help them save faster for a property to buy. The Social...

Empty Homes Scandal - TV property guru on the warpath

Homes Under The Hammer property expert Lucy Alexander is fronting a new campaign to identify empty homes and bring them back into use. She is the lead...

The Truth - landlords add billions to economy, and house millions of people

Some of the biggest names in the trade, lending and advisory sectors have produced a report outlining the vast significance that private renting has for the...

Controversial council wants every single private rental home licensed

Private landlords applied for licences covering more than 12,000 homes during the first year of a controversial council’s selective licensing scheme. The Oxford city-wide scheme came into...

Senior Labour figures divided over rent controls

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer and the party’s controversial Mayor of London Sadiq Khan are at loggerheads over rent controls. Khan has for five years been demanding...

Gove ‘to rely on Labour to pass Renters Reform Bill’

A newspaper reports that Housing Secretary Michael Gove is willing to rely on Labour votes to pass the Renters Reform Bill - even if that splits...

Rents rising above-inflation despite growing stability

Rental growth continued to cool in February, says the latest market snapshot from lettings agency Hamptons.   Last month, the average rent on a newly let home in...

Airbnb Camera ban - new concerns over landlords’ insurance

Insurance experts claim there are new issues facing short-let landlords following Airbnb's worldwide ban on the use of security cameras inside rental properties. Standard home insurance policies...

New HMO clampdown launched by Labour council

A new additional HMO licensing scheme is about to hit landlords in part of London.  Haringey council claims its initiative aims to protect private renters and ensure...

Pet Damage revealed in new costs survey

A personal finance company has attempted to quantify the costs of pet damage at a property.  Novuna polled over 2,000 UK homeowners aged 23 to 50, to...

Landlord harassed tenants - ending up in court and fined

A landlord has been ordered to pay £2,500 in fines, compensation and costs after a council brought a prosecution against him. Jama Ahmed Farrah, of Sheffield, was...

Complaints about letting agents soar, claims redress service

There’s been a large rise in complaints and a huge increase in compensation according to figures out today from the Property Redress Service (PRS). The total figure...

Tax Shock - did the Budget REALLY reduce Capital Gains Tax?

Some 89% of higher-rate and 100% of lower-rate taxpaying landlords who sell will see their Capital Gains Tax bill rise in April.   This is because the annual...

Jeremy Hunt has “rendered hundreds of businesses unviable - overnight”

The Chancellor has rendered hundreds of lettings businesses unviable overnight as a result of his Budget tax clampdown. That’s the view of the Short Term Accommodation Association,...

Property values still thousands below peak despite good start to 2024

The average price of property coming to the market for sale rises by 1.5% (+£5,279) this month to £368,118, as the market continues its recovery after...

Critical week ahead for interest rates and inflation

Latest inflation figures are announced on Wednesday and the Bank of England makes its next base rate decision on Thursday. The Office for Budget Responsibility says inflation...

Renting is now Long Term - whether tenants want it or not

Renting is becoming increasingly long-term, a new survey suggests. Monta Capital asked 1,586 UK renters about their experiences. Some 24% have been renting for 6-10 years; 22% have been...

Rent fall could be start of market turnaround, says website chief

Newly released data by flatshare website SpareRoom reveals average rental prices in Greater London have seen a drop. Average rental prices in February 2024 fell from £1,024...

Rents rise in most areas as landlords quit lettings sector

A new market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows tenant demand rising but at a rather more modest pace than previously.  At the same...

Capital Gains Tax cut won’t encourage landlords to sell - agent

A prominent agent who advises many landlord clients says the Capital Gains Tax cuts announced in the Budget are too small to incentivise people to sell Jo...

Gove urged to force landlords into deals with tenants in arrears

A string of debt advice charities want Housing Secretary Michael Gove to go well beyond merely banning Section 21 in a bid to help tenants further. The...

Anxiety over financial issues plague landlords - new figures

A new survey reveals what it calls “the deep-rooted concerns” of landlords with inflation and the Cost of Living Crisis coming out on top. Conducted by property...

Airbnb bans security cameras inside rental properties

Airbnb is banning the use of security cameras inside rental properties from the end of April. Airbnb currently allows security cameras in communal areas such as living...

Bond scheme will oblige landlords to let out at ‘affordable rents’

A council says a new bond scheme designed to increase the quality and availability of affordable housing for private renters across its district. The scheme is run...

Landlord fined thousands for not handing over paperwork to council

A council is warning landlords and tenants after one landlord was ordered to pay more than £4,700 in fines and costs for not supplying information. In a...

Planning Row Landlord forced to pay over £220,000

A landlord who illegally converted a property into six flats has been ordered to pay more than £220,000. A previous unlawful change of use into five flats...

Mortgages - many landlords to renew rates soon, says lender

Some 40% of residential landlords with a mortgage - fixed, tracker or discount - are due to renew their mortgage rate in the next seven months...

Massive rise in complaints from social housing tenants

The Housing Ombudsman has revealed figures showing huge increases in the numbers of complaints from tenants on social housing. The Ombudsman says in a statement that the...

Tory slams Gove’s “wretched restrictions” on Section 21 and short lets

A Tory has slammed the proposed clampdown on short lets proposed by Housing Secretary Michael Gove - and he calls them “wretched restrictions”. Writing on the Conservative...

Agency issues warning to landlords as tenant demand drops

The number of new rental instructions in February was 20 per cent higher year-on-year, says London-focused agency Foxtons. Average rent achieved rose three per cent in just...

NRLA leading free council teach-in for private landlords

Uttlesford District Council's annual Landlord Forum, in partnership with the National Residential Landlords Association will take place on Tuesday May 14 from 6pm to 7pm. There will...

Rents slump up to 10% as new tenants fail to materialise

Latest data from agency Chestertons reveals a 125 per cent increase in the number of landlords choosing to reduce asking rents in February. The agency says this...

Landlords make huge contribution to local economies - new figures

New research from specialist lender Aldermore reveals the financial boost landlords provide to local economies.  Nearly eight out of ten landlords opt to use tradespeople based near...

Locations slammed for failing to meet energy efficiency targets

New analysis claims that the North East of England has made “no progress on greening the highest-emissions homes in 13 years.” Meanwhile, the same analysis claims the...

Bad landlords get short pricey licences - good landlords get the reverse

A council is launching an innovative scheme whereby good landlords get long licences - and poor ones get short licences. Gloucester council plans to give landlords who...

Leasing scheme for landlords to be discussed at event with NRLA

Neath Port Talbot council plans to host a free event, providing what it calls “support and funding advice for landlords.” The Private Rented Landlord Event - at...

Landlord Tax Changes - how the government has got it wrong

The chief executive of a short lets service says Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is wrong to think penalising landlords will help solve the housing shortage. Hunt’s Budget last...

Green activist fighting election on Rent Controls platform

A prominent Green Party politician is arguing for rent controls - and accuses Labour of watering down its commitment to the idea.  Siân Berry - who is...

Newspaper claims Renters Reform Bill “on brink of collapse”

A national newspaper says the Renters Reform Bill is “on the brink of collapse” as Tory MPs are divided on their views of the measure. The Sun quotes...