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New political party calls for rent controls and no “landlordism”

A new political party called Breakthrough is campaigning for radical reform of the rental sector and housing in general. The party - which describes itself as “youth...

Landlords offered up to £10k of energy-saving measures

A local council is working with energy company E.ON to offer private landlords in the local patch up to £10,000 worth of energy saving measures.  The Green...

Rental Reform - Just hours for landlords to tell MPs what they think

There’s only today and tomorrow left for landlords to respond to the committee of MPs currently calling for evidence concerning the reform of the private rented...

Portfolio landlord reveals amazing £11m remortgaging deal

A portfolio landlord’s deal for an £11m re-financing package has been struck with a bank. The landlord was looking to refinance 63 houses and flats in the...

Council quizzes landlords on income, management, future plans

Newport council in South Wales says it’s researching into the private rental sector to assess how best it can support landlords. In the 2011 census, 8,572 households...

Over 1,000 responses to consultation on HMO licensing

A 10 week consultation by Portsmouth council on proposals for new HMO licensing has finished with 1,050 responses. Licences are required for all the city’s 1,200 shared...

Landlord insurance claims - the most common reasons revealed

A landlord insurance company has identified the three most common reasons for landlords submitting a claim. The 10 most common reasons for a claim combined to result...

Fewer mortgages available in rest of 2022 - forecast

Mortgage activity is forecast to fall by six per cent by year-end as the market feels the brunt of interest rate hikes.  And specialist lending is set...

Right wing attack on “profiteering” landlords who should be “curbed”

A senior figure at the right wing magazine The Spectator has slammed landlords for blatant profiteering. The magazine’s assistant online editor says her own rent has been...

Taxpayers to fund training for tenants in how to complain

In an unexpected statement from the government it’s been announced that social housing residents will be able to get training and support “to speak up and raise...

Tenants increasingly worried about arrears or homelessness - claim

A new survey suggests large numbers of tenants are worried about the risk of falling behind with the rent or even becoming homeless. The study, by a...

League table of high-yielding holiday let locations revealed

A new analysis by a lending company has revealed the average rent secured on a holiday let in 21 areas of the UK, the cost of...

Alarm Bells for landlords as debt payment scheme may exclude arrears

A trade body is warning that landlords may face a new challenge if, as expected, the government agrees a controversial expansion of the so-called Breathing Spaces...

Will revolutionary workplace changes affect buy to let properties?

A new survey shows that UK workers are going into the office on average just 1.5 days a week - a figure which may have a...

Call for landlords to discuss energy efficiency improvements

Citizens Advice wants landlords and tenants in a specific part of the country to help inform government about improving the uptake of energy efficiency measures in...

All homes at least EPC rating C by 2033 says national housing chief

The housing chief of the Scottish Government says that all homes in that country - irrespective of tenure - must hit an EPC rating of at...

Landlord breaches Criminal Behaviour Order and risks prison sentence

A landlord has pleaded guilty of four counts of breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order and told to expect to pay “a significant amount of compensation and...

Shock figures show some landlord mortgage costs have doubled

New research from an online buy to let mortgage broker shows that average rates for some typical deals favoured by landlords have doubled since the start...

Evictions - Activist Baroness demands rent freeze, says worse to come

New government figures show 3,405 households in the private rented sector were evicted by bailiffs in England between April and June this year - up 39 per cent...

House prices dip - it’s just the time of year, insists Rightmove

Landlords may be alarmed at Rightmove’s latest asking price market snapshot which shows an average 1.3 per cent fall this month. But the portal insists the drop...

Sell Up! Labour Mayor wants landlords to get rid of ex-council flats

London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan wants private landlords letting ex-council properties to consider selling the properties to local councils.  Since launching in July 2021, 14 borough councils...

More Airbnbs and fewer long term lets would be ‘catastrophic’ - claim

ARLA Propertymark has released details of its written response to a Parliamentary committee investigating the impact of Airbnb-style short lets on the wider rental market -...

Landlords fined millions in latest enforcement crackdown

PropTech firm Kamma says total fines for agents and landlords have now topped £8m in London alone with a £238,000 increase in just the last month...

Average tenancy duration now over two years in Prime London

An upbeat report on the booming private rental market in Prime Central London has been released by investment consultancy London Central Portfolio. It says average length of...

Landlords at online agency to be moved to High Street branches

Landlords who use the Property Hub Lets online agency are in for a change - in future, their properties will be managed by High Street branches. The...

Generation Rent promoting new rent freeze campaign

Generation Rent is promoting another rent freeze campaign. In a short series of tweets, and in relation to the predicted energy price increases, the activist group says:...

New builds far more expensive for landlords than existing homes

Existing homes have risen some eight per cent in value in the past year while the price of a typical new build is now 28 per...

£5,000 for every tenant at risk of eviction - new council scheme

A pilot scheme described as helping “tenants threatened with eviction to stay in their homes” has been extended after Cornwall Council won hundreds of thousands of...

In Hot Water: Landlord must pay £40k because of no kitchen

Islington Council in London has prosecuted a landlord who repeatedly failed to comply with licensing regulations, including refusal to provide a kitchen for a tenant. The case...

Warning to tenants - don’t be tempted by Don’t Pay UK

A warning has been issued that anyone wanting a mortgage in future may put their credit rating at risk if they take part in the Don’t...

Buy to let bank reveals its tip for latest regional rental hotspot

Tenant demand is surging in Outer London areas according tones research undertaken on behalf of specialist buy to let lender Paragon Bank. It says that while in...

Tenants cutting back on food to pay the rent claims analyst

A prominent personal finance analyst says renters in the private sector are amongst the most badly hit by the cost of living crisis.  Sarah Coles, senior personal...

Cash deposits still attractive to landlords, says deposit service

Data released by the Tenancy Deposit Service shows that the number of deposits protected has increased across the whole of the UK. The information published in the...

Prime lettings boost with rents rising even more than forecast

Savills says Prime London rents are to rise by 12.0 per cent in 2022 and by a total 18.3 per cent over the next five years...

Council’s new HMO policy not taking effect for another year

Hounslow council in London has introduced new measures for conversions of family homes into HMOs for three to six tenants. Investors will now have to obtain planning...

Banned! Landlord cannot let or manage properties for 15 months

In what has been described as a ‘first’ by the local authority concerned, a rogue landlord has been banned from letting and managing properties. Carmelo Borsellino, of...

Energy Crisis - Landlords slam scaremongering over handouts to tenants

The National Residential Landlords Association has hit out at what it calls “baseless suggestions” that landlords will not pass on energy rebates to tenants.  The association does...

Generation Rent job advertised on ‘working for an MP’ website

A job at the Generation Rent campaign group is being advertised on a site dedicated to jobs working for MPs. The post - for Policy and Public...

Saving on inventories is a false economy claims trade body

Refusing to have a professional inventory on a property could be a false economy for landlords. That’s the view of the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks which...

Fraudsters Foiled! 20% of suspicious applicants are con artists - claim

An analysis from PropTech firm Goodlord claims that landlords would have lost a combined £1m over the last year without anti-fraud tech. Some 20 per cent of...

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

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

Sunak wants renters to be capitalists and Truss urges loan reform

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

Landlords invited to discuss practical ways to boost energy efficiency

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

House prices dip for the first time in a year

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

Renters Reform Bill not law until late 2023 or beyond

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

Landlord sentenced after found guilty of illegal eviction of tenant

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

Bad news for landlords as big interest rate rise announced

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

Council in desperate plea for help from private landlords

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

Green mortgage info boost for landlords using stats service

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

Pressure mounting on landlords to accept pets in lets

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

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

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

Shelter backs Citizens Advice concern over landlords passing on rebate

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

See You In Court! Landlords threaten legal action over licensing

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

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

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

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

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

Hypocrite? Council wanting landlord controls is slammed on housing record

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

Police help council against rogue landlord with unlicensed HMO

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

Capital appreciation on the rise for 12 months in a row

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

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

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

New guidance on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

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

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

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

Capital appreciation to rumble into 2023 despite gradual slowdown

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

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

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

Landlords threatened with fixed penalties and HMO licence suspensions

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

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

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

Anti-second home sentiment builds as building society stops lending

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

Electrical risk to tenants because of rental reform delays

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

Deal gives landlords access to legal, regulatory and licensing info

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

Energy efficiency enforcement warning to landlords

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

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

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

Eviction is major cause of homelessness - Shelter claim

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

Councils failing to enforce regulations on rogue landlords

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

Evictions are falling over the long term, latest figures suggest

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

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

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

Have Your Say! Consultation opens on Rental Reform White Paper

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

Delay in council tax premiums imposed on second homes

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

Free guide to help landlords understand upcoming rental reforms

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

Commuter hotspot is latest to see new Build To Rent investment

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

Tenants’ ceiling collapse leads to fine for landlord and owner

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

Games will turbo charge investment appeal in Birmingham - claim

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

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

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

Capital appreciation slowly returns for Prime Central London investors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Landlord banned from letting Airbnb after failed appeal to government

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

Rent Repayment Order threat hangs over unlicensed HMO landlord

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

Agents back landlord warning that homes will fail new EPC minimum

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

Greedy landlords accused of threatening future of major festival

Landlords who take advantage of the annual Edinburgh festival by charging high fees for Airbnb-sale short lets have been accused of threatening the future of the...

Need £3,000? - Cash incentive for landlords with the right properties

A council is offering a £3,000 cash incentive to any landlord of a three or four bedroom property available for immediate occupation.  Maidstone council in Kent claims that...

Rents rise three times faster than pre-pandemic - Rightmove data

New analysis from Rightmove reveals that first-time buyer asking prices and equivalent asking rents have risen three times faster compared with pre-pandemic years. Average asking prices for...

Clampdown on HMOs in 12 months time

A council says it’s going to introduce stricter regulations for HMOs - and it hasn’t yet even finished its formal consultation. Hounslow council has agreed new measures...

Super-App allows tenants to arrange viewings and make offers

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

Energy Gap - landlords cannot afford to fund essential upgrades

There’s a gulf in the amount that landlords are willing to pay to meet proposed new EPC requirements and what they are actually to cost.    A...

Yet another MPs' committee probes private rental sector

Yet another committee of MPs has launched a ‘call for evidence’ as it starts an investigation into the private rental sector. The Levelling Up, Housing and Communities...

Government tells landlords: Pass on energy rebate to tenants

The government has repeated its demand that landlords pass on energy rebates to tenants. A written parliamentary question on this issue was submitted by Scottish National Party...

Rental Reform Bill Architect to address landlords’ conference

Eddie Hughes MP - the sole surviving Boris Johnson appointee in the housing ministry and the man behind the Renters Reform Bill - is to address...

Six year high for rental growth, government figures show

Average rental prices across the UK rose at the highest level since 2016 in June, government figures show.  Even so that annual rise - 3.0 per cent...

HMRC lifts threat hanging over first-time landlords

HM Revenue & Customs has stepped back from a change in the deadline for first-time landlords to give notice of their liability for Income Tax Self...

Sparks Will Fly - Campaigner for pets to face questions from landlords

Next week a webinar will give landlords and other property professionals an opportunity to put questions directly to one of the most prominent campaigners for pets...

Energy Efficiency: landlords need subsidies to make changes - claim

A new analysis of household energy consumption has found that a combination of green technologies could reduce bills by up to £1,878 a year.   The analysis also...

Experiment into new way to tackle renters’ anti-social behaviour

The government is investigating a new way to tackle renters’ anti-social behaviour in the social housing sector - through a new advisory group. Housing Minister Eddie Hughes...

Want a good investment? Try bricks and mortar …

Bricks and mortar have become one of the best investment classes over the past year, according to new research. The Stripe Property Group says capital appreciation of...

Portfolio landlords upbeat with many planning new acquisitions

A large proportion of portfolio landlords - those with four or more properties - plan to expand their portfolios in the year ahead, a new survey...

London landlords contribute to eye-watering stamp duty payments

Landlords in London contributed to an extraordinary £440m in stamp duty paid on purchases in the first six months since the end of the stamp duty...

Guaranteed rent service for portfolio buy to let investors

An asset management operation has launched a new service to guarantee consistent income for investors with multiple properties.  ‘Holland Assurance’ from Holland Properties allows landlords to receive...

Generation Rent launches Twitter attack on holiday lets

Generation Rent, which typically attacks all landlords and especially those involved in buy to let, has instead focussed its latest social media attacks on holiday lets. It...

Landlords Beware - Interest rates could soar further, warns Bank boss

A senior figure at the Bank of England is warning that base rate could rise to 2.0 per cent or more within the next year. Such a...

Media backing for buying private homes and letting them via councils

A national newspaper has backed a scheme by a council to purchase private properties and them let them out to lower paid local workers who may...

Labour war on holiday lets - UK-wide licensing scheme proposed

Labour wants to bring in a UK-wide licensing system for holiday lets to preserve the “spirit” of costal and rural communities. The announcement has been made by...

Holiday lets do not impact housing affordability - claim

Holiday lets and second homes in one hotspot in the UK have not, after all, impacted on house prices and affordability, a report has found. For months...

Airbnb league table shows cities with highest average prices

A new league table shows landlords the cities across the UK where the highest average Airbnb nightly prices are charged. The data, from Pikl Insurance, also shows...

Energy price rises may be even higher than previously predicted

New forecasts from an energy industry consultancy suggests that the average domestic consumer’s energy bills could soar to £3,363 a year from the start of 2023.  This...

Short Lets Licensing - consultation until early August

A council is one of the first in the UK to consult on a licensing scheme for AirBnb style short lets. The Highland Council is consulting local...

Yields dip but lettings market strong thanks to soaring demand

A mortgage lender’s buy to let market index shows yields slightly dipping. Fleet Mortgages’ regional snapshot covers all areas of England and Wales comparing Q2 2022 and...

Rental growth rising as supply shortage starts to ease - new data

Rental growth rates slipped back slightly during the early part of summer according to an analysis by the Hamptons lettings agency, owned by Connells.   Average rents across...

Airbnb restrictions will hit millions in the UK - claim

Any restrictions on Airbnb and other short lets platforms will hit millions in the UK, according to the people behind new research. A government review of short-term...

Capital appreciation up but market moves from boiling to simmering…

The latest Rightmove asking price market snapshot represents more good news for landlords relying on capital appreciation. The average price of property coming to market sees a...

Airbnb report claims to show the best way to manage short lets

Airbnb has teamed up with a tourism body to produce a report it describes as “ground breaking” in spelling out so-called best practices for managing short...

Next PM must reset attitude to private rental sector - call

The next Prime Minister must address the supply crisis in the private rented sector if homeownership ambitions are to become a reality. That’s the warning from the...

Legal Opinion - ending S21 will push up rents, force landlords out

Government plans to ban Section 21 evictions could push up rents and reduce rental stock, a property dispute expert is warning. Lee Pearce - partner and head of dispute...

Nightmare may end for landlords trying to sell in high-rise blocks

The government has developed an insurance scheme which may help landlords who want to see flats in high rise blocks.  Following the Grenfell fire in 2017, mortgage...

EPC Chaos, Regulation Fears, Harsh Winter Ahead - agents tell of landlord woe

The latest rentals market snapshot by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors gives the now-familiar story of how demand is far outstripping supply. The snapshot - which...

Rightmove rewrites rental record books with new market highs

Average asking rents outside London have hit another new record of £1,126 per calendar month according to Rightmove. This figure, for the end of the second quarter...

Council revokes Improvement Notice after landlord’s “great work”

A London council has boasted of its success in working with a landlord to remedy problems on a rental property served with an Improvement Notice.  Barking and...

Stop knocking landlords! Trade body’s key message to government

The National Residential Landlords Association has identified five key areas for its campaigning in the short term, as the Conservatives elect a new leader of their...

Rent rises outstripping interest rate hikes, says market monitor

The continuing rent rises seen across much of the country are outpacing increases in interest rates, it’s been claimed.  Property website Home, which issues an authoritative monthly...

Soaring buy to let mortgage costs may force landlords to switch

New research showed a large month-on-month increase in the cost of typical buy to let fixed rate mortgages popular with landlords.   Online brokerage Property Master claims that...

Tory MP backs tighter rules on Airbnbs and other short lets

A Conservative MP who has already suggested a 25 mile limit around some rental properties to reserve them for people with local connections, is now backing...

Tax Threat to Holiday Lets - three investigations under way

Three projects are underway investigating how a tourist tax, including a levy on holiday let renters, could apply in Wales. The three probes - triggered by the...

New claim that heat pumps save 20%-plus on energy bills

Heat pumps - central to a government energy efficiency drive started under Boris Johnson - could save 20 per cent higher n household energy bills, it...

Tory election won't hurt capital appreciation for landlords - claim

Lettings agency Knight Frank says it doubts the current high levels of capital appreciation will be derailed this year by uncertainty over the identity of the...

City licensing scheme to cost landlords over £1,000 per property

New selective licensing measures are to be introduced across three parts of Leicester in a new clampdown on landlords. The combined areas cover approaching 20 per cent...

Sub-letting fake landlord made over £2,500 per month

A fake landlord who made over £2,500 a month letting out a London that he didn’t own has been taken to court. The one-bed flat in west...

Plea to house Ukrainian and Afghan refugees plus locals in need

A council says it’s offering private sector landlords an opportunity to lease their vacant property and help support local residents who require temporary accommodation. The Private Sector...

Council claims it will inspect 29,000 rental homes

A council says it’s launching a rolling programme of inspections of all 29,000 rental properties in its selective licensing scheme. The scheme requires all private landlords in...

Social Media property influencers blasted for dodgy claims

A quarter of TikTok influencer videos claiming to offer guidance or advice on property investment have been found to be misleading. The Online Mortgage Advisor service analysed...

Landlords warned on dangerous DIY electrical mistakes

Electricians have revealed the 10 most dangerous mistakes made by those attempting electrical DIY, with some possibly leading to serious injuries or worse.  Almost half of those...

Lower interest rate for investors in A-to-C EPC rated homes

A residential investment loan has been relaunched with the aim of incentivising investors to invest in energy efficient homes. The Green Investment Loan, offered by the Real...

Capital appreciation for landlords won’t be hit by Tories - prediction

Lettings agency Knight Frank says it doubts the current high levels of capital appreciation will be derailed this year by uncertainty over the identity of the...

Landlords invited to join redress scheme governing body

Landlords are being invited to join the advisory council of the country’s largest lettings redress scheme. The Property Redress Scheme covers more than 13,250 letting agency branches...

Boris Johnson supporters named as temporary housing ministers

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has been packed with MPs loyal to outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as a result of the political...

Vast majority of tenants satisfied with landlord and rental property

The latest English Housing Survey report on the private rental sector gives the lie to the perception that most tenants are unhappy. The results were published by...

Energy Efficiency: Do park homes beat mainstream rental properties?

A park home specialist is claiming that this property niche is better suited than conventional rental or owned homes for energy efficiency and coping with the...

Tenant now able to sue landlord for damages after court fine

A landlord has been fined and must pay compensation after being involved in an illegal eviction. The landlord - Tahir Aziz - was issued with a fine of...

HMRC tax delays likely for landlords with self-assessment returns

HMRC is seeing substantial delays in the processing of self assessment tax returns, it’s being claimed.  A company called RIFT Tax Refunds claims that HMRC efficiency data...

What do you feel about the State Of The Lettings Industry?

PropTech companies Goodlord and Vouch have come together to call for input for their State Of The Lettings Industry report. And with a new Housing Secretary and...

Opinion: Is Rental Reform contaminated by Johnson’s involvement?

With the (eventual) departure of Boris Johnson, the next question for landlords and indeed much of the property industry is: What’s going to become of the Renters’...

Torment For Tenants - one analyst’s interpretation of latest house prices

Startling new housing market data has been interpreted as “torment for tenants” according to a business analyst. The latest Halifax house price index shows values up 13...

Why are MPs so anti-landlord when so many are landlords themselves?

The mystery as to why so many MPs appear anti-landlord deepens with the news that at least 17 per cent of MPs are landlords themselves. That 17...

New Housing Secretary announced as Johnson begins caretaker role

Greg Clark is the new Housing Secretary, with responsibilities including steering the Renters' Reform Bill through parliament. He is part of a new Cabinet named by outgoing...

Big leap in landlords setting up limited companies for buy to let

The proportion of landlords who plan to purchase their next buy to let property through a limited company has hit the highest level for three years,...

Auctions remain popular with investment buyers - claim

Properties are still in high demand say auctioneers at Auction House London with no drop in the number of lots selling or in the number of...

Allow us to charge tenants for pet damage - landlords demand

Landlord leaders are calling for a change to the Tenant Fees Act to allow renters to be charged for pet damage. Some 537 landlords and letting agents...

New bid to get empty properties back into use

A council has launched an information pack as part of a wider project to address the issue of empty properties. The ‘Caerphilly - No Use Empty’ pack...

Architects of pro-tenant policies stay loyal to Johnson

Cabinet minister Michael Gove and junior minister Eddie Hughes - architects of the pro-renter White Paper issued last month - are staying loyal to Prime Minister Boris...

Selling Up? Be quick - glut of properties on the market soon

Landlords considering selling up because of the tighter regulations and larger tax bills forced on the rental sector may be alarmed to see new figures from...

Lettings agency chain to offer ‘EPC-on-steroids’ to landlord clients

A national lettings agency chain is offering what it calls “first-of-its-kind EPC+” to landlords. Connells says this will provide landlords with better understanding of their property’s impact...

Landlords to be offered incentives at council talk-in

Landlords and owners of empty homes iare being invited to a free event next week to find out more about help and incentives on offer to...

Rental market set to stay strong if new survey proves accurate

Research commissioned by a mortgage lender suggests that 74 per cent of key workers believe they may never own their own homes. And 94 per cent of...

Government clampdown on Airbnbs, holiday lets and second homes

Councils will be able to control numbers of second homes and holiday lets under new plans unveiled by the Welsh Government. There will also be a licensing...

Council plea to government for rent and Airbnb controls

Highland Council is going to ask the Scottish Government for a rent control zone in part of its patch. This is despite the fact that a local...

Landlord pays thousands to tenants who threaten legal action

Two tenants who were amongst a group of activists in a battle with their landlord have written in a left-wing journal how they won thousands in...

Rents roar ahead of pre-pandemic levels in prime areas - Savills

Rental growth continues to roar ahead across prime areas of London, according to Savills. Prime London rental values increased a further 3.3 per cent in Q2 2022,...

Clampdown on 'exempt' landlords exploiting vulnerable tenants

Unscrupulous landlords in the ‘exempt rental’ niche will be driven out by a new clampdown, the government insists. The exempt sector provides accommodation alongside care, support, or...

Landlords cannot recoup repair costs after pet damage - report

Landlords typically spend hundreds of pounds repairing properties damaged by pets, but unable to recoup their costs.  That’s the claim from industry supplier The Lettings Hub which...

Landlords fined thousands for not producing the right paperwork

Two landlords have been fined £3,000 and ordered to pay more than £6,000 in costs for failing to provide documents to a local council. Nicole Cameron, director...

Tory MP breaks cover to back White Paper pets in lets proposal

Little may have been heard of Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell in recent months but he has broken his silence to back the government’s proposal to make...

Big rise in Green mortgages as energy efficiency drive is on

Recent research shows an 18 per cent increase in the number of Green mortgages available in just a six month period. Financial information service Defaqto, in research...

Rent rises moderating as summer market kicks in

Rents rose by an average of 2.8 per cent during June, taking the average cost of a rental property in England from £1,020 to £1,050 per...

If you’re selling, do so soon - capital appreciation is slowing

Landlords are still enjoying substantial capital appreciation - but the latest Zoopla house price index reveals the lowest rate of monthly price growth since December 2019. The...

Capital Appreciation still in double figures but growth rate slows

Annual house price growth slowed slightly last month, dipping to 10.7 in June from 11.2 per cent in May, according to the Nationwide. The slowdown in growth...

Six year dispute with council ends with massive fine for landlord

A landlord who repeatedly let out an unsafe house has been fined £20,000 by magistrates. Housing officers from Salford council found fire doors were not up to...

Failure to comply with Emergency Prohibition Order triggers fine

A landlord who failed to comply with an Emergency Prohibition Order to make safe an HMO has been fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of...

UK’s most controversial licensing scheme has to extend discount period

The early bird discount period for what many regard as the country’s most controversial landlord licensing scheme has been extended. The discount period will now go on...

Government has itself to blame for AirBnb bonanza - claim

The government only has itself to blame for the explosion in AirBnb and other short lets properties. That’s the view of the National Residential Landlords Association. This follows...

Student tenants and landlords warned over checking out for summer

A council is warning student tenants in its city to be quiet and considerate when checking out of private rental accommodation for the long summer break. Leeds...

Government wants national register of short term lets

A review into the effect of short-term lets has been launched by the government.  The government says future policies could involve physical checks of premises to ensure...

Rental Reform: Build To Rent sector takes credit for many proposals

An organisation that helps promote the Build To Rent sector says BTR should take credit for many of the changes proposed in the government’s controversial Fairer...

Landlords slammed for discriminating on grounds of sexual orientation

An activist group that campaigns against landlords has accused some of discriminating against tenants on the ground of their sexual orientation. Baroness Alicia Kennedy of Generation Rent...

Re-offending landlord hit with big fine over ‘death trap’ home

A re-offending landlord housed himself and five tenants in what has been described as a death trap property.  The rogue Harrow landlord - already guilty of having...

Airbnb Party Houses - new bid to change law for short lets sector

An MP has introduced a Private Member’s Bill which, if successful, would reduce what she calls the “nightmare” of Airbnb party houses. Rachael Maskell, Labour MP for...

Goodbye ground rent as leasehold changes kick-in today

The government's ban on charging ground rent on leases in England and Wales comes into force today.  Only a peppercorn ground rent is now considered legal on...

Revealed - why many landlords won’t let to students

A study by the Tenancy Deposit Service has identified the main causes of disputes between student tenants and landlords and agents. The poll highlighted that a large...

Council probes reason behind rapid spread of HMOs

A review into the way a council deals with HMOs has been launched in response to concerns about the concentration of this type of housing in...

Fixed Penalty Notice served on landlord - with threat of worse

Telford & Wreken council has served a fixed penalty notice on a private landlord in its patch. The £300 fixed penalty notice was issued for - in...

Confidential consultation quizzes landlords on property conditions

East Lothian council has launched a survey about the operation of the private rented sector and its role in meeting housing need locally. The survey will help...

New advice to cut utility bills in rental properties this summer

A utilities advice service has come up with a list of measures which it says can reduce expenditure by tenants and landlords, or other occupiers this...

Rising rents now massive problem for older tenants too, claims analyst

A prominent financial analyst says the fast-rising costs of renting mean tenants are becoming less financially resilient - and this applies to older renters as well...

Last ditch bid to get politicians to scrap threat to private rental sector

Housing groups have united to appeal to politicians to step back from new laws that threaten to “devastate” the number of homes for rent. The Scottish Parliament...

New buy to let hotspot out-performs London, Manchester, Birmingham

Liverpool is a key investment hot spot for buy to let landlords according to a new report. It shows that, for example, £1.5m can typically purchase one...

Arrears - top worry for landlords and tenants right now

A survey of 12,000 tenants suggests that over three-quarters are concerned about the impact of the cost of living crisis on their ability to pay rent. And...

Rental Reform - public survey backs landlords over tenants

The public at large are not falling behind the government’s proposals for private rental sector reforms, it seems. A survey conducted by the Lincolnshire Live news website...

Rents still rising as demand and supply remain out of kilter

The great rent rise continues according to new data from ARLA Propertymark.  The trade body says while there has been a long term increase in the availability...

Up and Up! More capital appreciation likely for landlords

A prominent agency has revised its market forecast for the rest of 2022 and says prices will rise more and for longer than expected.  Knight Frank is...

Activists use ‘Tenant Charter’ bid to win over local councils

The Baroness leading a renters’ pressure group wants to work with councils to push tenants’ rights.   Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of Generation Rent, claims two thirds of...

Private rental properties now “far safer” says charity

Private rental properties are now “far safer” than before thanks to recent legislation, according to the charity Electrical Safety First. Since five-year mandatory checks were introduced in...

End of Section 21 no reason to quit buy to let - Shamplina

Landlords should not be downbeat about the scrapping of Section 21 eviction powers as proposed in the rental reform White Paper. That’s the view of landlord and...

Council brings civil case against rogue landlord

A rogue landlord has been fined £5,500 following a successful prosecution by Mendip council in Somerset. The council’s private sector housing team brought a civil case against the landlord...

Furnished or Unfurnished? What’s the rental difference?

A new survey claims to show the rent differences between furnished and unfurnished homes to let in various cities. For example London landlords can make more than...

Big fine for landlord who put tenants’ safety at risk

A council has prosecuted after a landlord who it alleges put his tenants’ safety at risk. Beej Patel and his company Hatfield Lettings LTD (Trading as Moving...

Buy To Let hotspots identified in new market survey

New figures indicate the ongoing growth of buy to let. Analysing data on additional property purchases made in the financial year 2020/21, the rental platform Rentd found...

Build To Rent - big in London, not so much elsewhere

Build To Rent may win a lot of publicity but it’s still largely unknown outside London according to new research. BTR completions have increased by 19 per...

Failure to licence HMO lands landlord with hefty fine

Another landlord has been hit with a substantial fine for failing to licence an HMO. Ryan Antony Otto, a director of Otto Investments Ltd based in London,...

Landlords’ biggest worries identified by PropTech site

PropTech supplier Inventorybase has drawn up a league table of what it calls the private rental sector’s most complained about issues.  After analysing visits to its website...

Revealed - why landlords are tempted to go to AirBnb

New research suggests that a like-for-like comparison shows short lets earning 21 per cent more than the same home let out long-term. Research by Revolution Brokers shows...

Tax Take - Investors make up almost half of stamp duty receipts

New figures released this morning show that buy to let investors and second home buyers now pay almost half of the entire stamp duty revenue going...

Tenants down-sizing to combat rising rents and inflation

Down-sizing, once the preserve of retired home owners, is now a phenomenon in the rental market too. That’s the claim of Sarah Coles, senior personal finance analyst...

Lodging becoming less popular despite HMRC tax break

The number of households taking lodgers has declined in recent years according to new research. The number of homes taking one lodger is down 20 per cent...

Eye-watering rent rises as increasing inflation grips the UK

Rents are up year-on-year across all regions, according to the property website Home.   The mix-adjusted average rise across the UK is a huge 18.8 per cent, says...

HMRC shock - many landlords named and shamed over tax

HM Revenue & Customs has named and shamed a string of landlords who, it claims, have collectively avoided many millions of pounds in tax. The names are...

Interest rate hike means it’s cheaper to rent than to own

The most recent interest rate rise has swung the balance making it cheaper to rent than to buy, according to lettings agency Hamptons. It says that for...

Warning over threat of cannabis growing in rented properties

A couple growing cannabis at a house in Cambridgeshire jumped through a window and hid in the loft of their rental property to evade arrest. Members of...

Pets cost for damage and cleaning come back to bite owners

A new survey has painted a daunting picture of how much it may cost a landlord to remedy damage from pets. Amidst the covid pet boom, as...

Landlords discriminated against in re-insurance scheme - claim

A prominent London council wants rental properties to be included in the government’s Flood Re reinsurance scheme. Westminster council says the current scheme disadvantages renters and those...

Anti-holiday let rules are like a Stalinist regime - claim

A tourism chief has likened new anti-holiday let regulations to those of a Stalinist dictatorship. Ashford Price, secretary of the Welsh Association of Visitor Attractions, believes around...

Rush to landlord insurance reflects nervousness in market - claim

New data highlights an increase of 37 per cent in demand for landlord insurance in the first quarter of 2022, compared with the same period last...

Problem Tenants: can private landlords learn from housing associations?

A pioneering project is matching private landlords with tenant management skills in a local housing association. Salford council and the Irwell Valley Homes housing association have teamed...

Activists want pet insurance costs taken from existing deposits

The Generation Rent group of activists says it has concerns over the broad proposals to allow landlords to charge for additional insurance against damage if they...

Heat Pumps - the future for heating in rental properties?

A trade body is calling for a partnership with the government to push the domestic heating market towards heat pumps as sales of new fossil fuel...

House price falls coming soon may be opportunity for landlords

Rightmove is warning of likely price falls in the second half of 2022. Its latest monthly market snapshot actually shows yet another record high average asking price,...

Should landlords pay early redemption fees to avoid mortgage misery?

The latest Bank of England base rate increase will serve only to increase the pain on landlords, it’s been claimed. This is the fifth rise in successive...

Rent Controls hit capital values according to letting expert’s analysis

Landlords and owner occupiers alike could lose the most financially from rent controls according to a prominent rentals expert. The claim comes from David Alexander - managing...

Pets In Lets: deposit firm gives landlords tips on how to prepare

The Deposit Protection Service has given landlords tips on how to prepare their homes for pets because, it says, the single largest reason why private tenants...

Shelter love-in with government over rental reform measures

The campaigning charity Shelter - once a critic of government policies over letting agents and landlords - has given a ringing endorsement to promised reforms. In a...

Reforms must win confidence of landlords, says NRLA chief

The chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association says the devil is in the detail when it comes to the government’s rental sector reform proposals...

Power swings to tenants under Government Reform Measures

The government has released the full details of what it calls the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper. This is to form the basis of a Bill...

Landlords Must Take Pets - government announcement likely

What looks suspiciously like a government leak to the Daily Mail says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will be unveiled tomorrow. The Mail says it will...

EPC Green Mortgages - large increase in landlord demand

A prominent buy to let mortgage lender says there’s been a surge of interest in so-called green mortgages linked to good EPC ratings. Paragon Bank increased buy-to-let...

Landlords threatened with enforcement action by council

A local authority in London is threatening landlords with enforcement action if they don’t pay up for a new license. Lewisham’s Labour council has launched a new...

Revealed - the high-end location where 50% of buyers are landlords

A lettings and estate agency has revealed a location where it says 50 per cent of its sales this year have been to landlords. Chestertons says 50...

Top family-friendly London investor hotspots named by lettings agency

A lettings agency claims to have identified which boroughs in the capital offer the best prospects for buy to let investors wanting family-friendly properties. Portico analysed a...

Rental demand cooling in hotspots busiest during pandemic

New data from Rightmove suggests that rental demand is cooling in some areas where the market was busiest during the pandemic. And in contrast, demand is picking...

Landslide win for anti-holiday let vote - but a very low turnout

A campaign to stop new build homes being sold to second home buyers for holiday lets has won a decisive victory in a town referendum. Of 2,228...

Buy to let purchasers have new auction house in-person and online

Landmark Auctions, a new property auctioneer has launched its services offering residential and commercial property, development, investment and land through in-house, online and live streamed auctions...

How much is too much? Only two thirds of rents “affordable” - claim

An online rental platform suggests almost a third of rental homes may be deemed unaffordable. Ocasa, using Office for National Statistics data, has analysed the current cost...

Massive red tape of new rental laws revealed in guidelines

The Welsh Government, which recently pushed back its so-called rental revolution until December, has nonetheless published extensive new guidelines about the changes. Radical reforms under the Renting...

What’s your view on short-lets? Mayor Khan wants to know…

London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to know the views of individuals on letting out homes in the capital via short let platforms such as Airbnb. The...

Brace, Brace - interest rates likely to rise further this week

The Bank of England is this week expected to increase base rate for the fifth time in a row. The Bank’s monetary policy committee meets on Thursday...

Landlord justifies charging thousands a night for an Airbnb house

Those wondering why Airbnb is accused of contributing to the shortage of long term rental stock may be interested in seeing a property close to the...

New energy efficiency guide issued for landlords

A prominent energy industry organisation has just issued a new guide for landlords to improve their properties.  The Energy Saving Trust - which describes itself as an...

Housing minister to tell landlords how to improve their properties

Housing minister Eddie Hughes is to spell out how landlords can improve their properties ahead of legislation expected when the Renters Reform Bill is finally introduced...

John Lewis to offer short- and long-term lets in its new flats

The John Lewis Partnership is to offer short- and long-term lets when it builds flats to rent at three locations in southern England. The properties “would offer...

New build price rises lag behind a second hand market

Landlords considering new build properties to enlarge their portfolios may get more of a bargain than they expected. New data from the Whathouse platform reveals that new...

Tax experts warn government to lay off buy to let landlords

Don’t pick on landlords - that’s the message from a leading tax and advisory consultancy. Blick Rothenberg warns that the government needs to take care to ensure...

Dramatic rise in adults returning to live with parents

The number of adults living at home with parents has increased 20 per cent in the past 10 years, it’s been claimed.And research by Confused.com suggests...

HMO minimum space standards may be changed by council

HMO minimum space standards may be changed by council A council has launched a six week consultation on proposals to change size requirements for HMOs in its...

Another opponent of rent controls speak out

Opposition continues to build to the prospect of rent controls in part of the UK, with the latest voice citing the failure of such measures in...

Council offers rent guarantee scheme to private landlords

A council is offering a no-commission rent guarantee service to private landlords. A statement from Elbridge council claims that it offers not just the fees and guaranteed...

Landlords ”in a position of real power” if they don't quit - claim

A business analyst at a prominent consultancy says landlords who resist the temptation to quit the sector are “in a position of real power.” Sarah Coles of...

Tax Grab! Massive premiums paid by landlords to HMRC

New research shows that, since 2016, the average stamp duty payment on buy to let homes has increased by £11,848 in England, - and much, much...

Government says landlords should modify homes for disabled tenants

The government is today launching a consultation on a policy obliging landlords to make changes to communal spaces outside disabled tenants’ homes. The new policy - which...

Capital Appreciation still substantial but slowdown gathers pace

The housing market is showing signs of cooling, says the Halifax, as its latest index shows growing caution.  The lender says that while house prices climbed again...

Shelter turns its fire on rogue social landlords

Shelter - for so long an outspoken critic of private rental landlords and letting agencies - has now turned its fire on the social housing sector. In...

Landlords now being hit by benefits freeze - call for government help

Some 820,000 private rented households in Britain are routinely hit by a shortfall between their housing benefit and their monthly rents according to official data. That’s 57...

Jailed and Must Pay Compensation - rogue landlord illegally evicted tenant

A landlord has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for the illegal eviction and harassment of a tenant, and has been ordered to pay over £8,000...

Government clampdown on sociallandlords in new Bill launched today

Failing social housing landlords could face unlimited fines and Ofsted-style inspections, under the Social Housing (Regulation) Bill being introduced into Parliament today. A new Regulator of Social...

Tenants take landlord to court and win £15,000

The Guardian newspaper has given an aggrieved tenant the opportunity to explain how he and other renters took a landlord to court - and won. Morgan Jones...

Legal warning to landlords over Minimum Energy Efficiency Requirements

It’s not just landlords with residential units that must beware the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards - there’s now a legal warning issued about commercial property too.  Rajinda...

FT Columnist makes strong case for opposing rent controls

Financial Times columnist and radio presenter James Max has made a strong case for opposing rent controls. Appearing on the Jeremy Vine Show on Channel 5, Max...

Mental health suffering amongst least well off, claims building society

Growing numbers of people are feeling psychologically affected by the cost of living crisis according to the latest Inflation Nation report from the Yorkshire Building Society. According...

Revamped Right To Buy is Johnson’s ‘big idea’ to reset leadership

It’s been confirmed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to announce plans to extend the Right To Buy to housing associations. Under the existing Right To Buy...

Will Renters Reform Bill be delayed by Boris Johnson clinging to power?

Overnight speculation of a Cabinet reshuffle has yet again led to uncertainty over the Renters’ Reform Bill, pledging a radical shake-up of the private rental sector. Last...

Expert stands up for holiday lets after attacks on second homes

An insurance chief with expertise in the holiday lets sector has stood up for owners who let their properties to holidaymakers - and insists these are...

Investment opportunities aplenty as auction market starts to soften

A prominent auction house says bids are fewer in number than before - a sign that the market is softening, presenting potential opportunities for investors.  Auctioneers at...

Anger as politicians accused of caving in to landlords

There has been an angry response by some politicians in Wales to the decision by the Labour administration to delay implementation of radical rental sector reforms. Across...

Landlords reveal what they REALLY think of letting agents

A new survey from an experienced company in the private rental sector has revealed shocking findings about what landlords really think of letting agents. More than four...

Rogue landlord fined for putting tenants at risk

A rogue landlord that put tenants at risk has been fined for £4,808 for breaking housing regulations on a property in Wolverhampton. The local council prosecuted Maciej...

Evictions - Lettings experts ponder likely changes

Two respected figures in the lettings sector want landlords and tenants to consider the future of the eviction process. Paul Shamplina - star of Channel 5’s Evicted!...

Proof - taxes and restrictions make landlords quit rental market

The clearest indication of the rate at which the private rented market is shrinking is revealed in new research by Propertymark. It shows the number of properties...

So-called Illegal Evictions - training body wants action

A group delivering tenant relations training claims thousands of illegal evictions are made possible because many local councils have no trained tenancy relations officers. Safer Renting’s analysis...

Double Digit Boom - Capital appreciation still over 10 per cent

May saw a slight slowing in the rate of annual house price growth to 11.2 per cent from 12.1 per cent in April, says the Nationwide. Prices...

We Told You So! Landlords React to Labour’s latest reform delay

Landlords have welcomed the latest delays to radical rental reforms which were due to be implemented next month. Ben Beadle, chief executive of the National Residential Landlords...

Radical rental reforms delayed for six months

There’s embarrassment all round for the Labour-run Welsh Government as it reveals a late delay to its much-hyped rental reform. The reform - which was to come...

Property Taxes - Landlords urged to tell government

The long Jubilee Weekend celebration may be almost upon us but landlords are being urged respond to a major property tax consultation. The Office for Tax Simplification...

Radical prediction of next major trend for private landlords

A bank is forecasting that almost one in 10 rented homes in the UK within the next decade could be a bungalow. A survey of over 1,300...

Thousands offered to private landlords by desperate council

A London council is relaunching an appeal for private landlords to help house homeless people with mobility issues. Landlords in Camden and other areas are particularly being...

Capital appreciation still high for landlords - but slowdown looms

A new survey by Zoopla suggests the average property price has hit £250,200 for the first time - but a slowdown in appreciation is on the...

Hefty fine for landlord failing to meet safety standards

A landlord has been fined £7,500 for not complying with electrical safety standards at a property he owns and lets out in Bury. He failed to produce...

Hot Stuff! Renters experiment with wallpaper that heats homes

No it’s not an April Fool - some tenants in Wales are experimenting with an alternative to radiators and heat pumps. to keep residents warm. The graphene...

Large-portfolio landlords most likely to raise rents

Landlords with larger portfolios are more likely to increase rent than small-scale landlords. A poll by The Landlord Works shows that 75 per cent of those who...

New licensing scheme spurred by expanded rental sector

A new Selective Licensing scheme for private landlords in Nottingham has been approved by the city council and now goes for consultation. This is a brand new...

Landlords hit with fines for failing to produce paperwork

A council has imposed fines on five landlords for licensing breaches. Doncaster’s Selective Licensing scheme was introduced - so the council claims - to help tackle high...

Landlords murdered: Massive jail sentence for convicted tenant

A man has been sentenced to 33 years after murdering his landlords at their property in south London. Daniel Briceno Garcia was convicted at the Old Bailey...

Sunak’s energy support package not enough for Generation Rent

The support package to help combat soaring fuel bills and the cost of living crisis - introduced at the end of last week - is not...

Lenders making life tougher for landlords warns broker

A mortgage broker is accusing buy to let lenders of making life tougher for landlord borrowers. Mel Whiting of Norton Finance says there are ever-stricter criteria being...

Most landlords feel a responsibility to tenants as cost of living soars

No fewer than 74 per cent of landlords say they feel a responsibility to support their tenants during times of financial hardship. And 44 per cent have financially supported...

Generation Rent accuses landlords of failing to sell after evictions

The Baroness leading the Generation Rent campaign group is accusing many landlords of failing to sell - despite having said they would do.  The group says its...

All-inclusive rent deals have to be re-thought - lettings chief

The cost of living crisis and soaring fuel bills mean landlords may have to rethink the concept of all-inclusive rents. That’s the view of David Alexander, chief...

Pioneering door-to-door consultation over landlord licensing proposal

A market research company is to go door-to-door to seek residents’ views as part of a council’s consultation on landlord licensing. MEL Research, on behalf of Sefton...

Rent Controls don't work - study is warning to UK lettings sector

A study of what has happened to a private rental sector hit by rent controls provides lessons to those in the UK considering such a move. The study...

Landlord Register via new portal demanded by lettings industry chiefs

A collection of rental experts in a body called The Lettings Industry Council have called for the creation of a Landlord Register as one of a...

Architect of rental reform set to address landlord webinar

The architect of one of the largest rental reform initiatives in the UK is set to address landlords at a webinar next month. The National Residential Landlords...

Landlords demand 'Property Passports' to prove housing conditions

Brand new ‘property passports’ would help landlords prove their homes are compliant and assist tenants to identify decent and safe housing, it’s been claimed. Under plans devised...

Increasing your portfolio? Don’t panic buy, landlords told

Landlords are being advised not to panic buy ahead of what may be more difficult lending conditions as the cost of living crisis grows. Personal finance experts...

Row intensifies over council’s massive new licensing scheme

It’s now daggers-drawn between the National Residential Landlords Association and Oxford’s Labour-run council over a huge new licensing scheme. Government approval of Oxford council‘s selective licensing scheme...

Don't Delay - Shelter wants Section 21 scrapping accelerated

Campaigning charity Shelter wants the government to fast-track its pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers. The government pledged a White Paper and a reform bill to...

Shock (for some) - Landlords actually want to help their tenants

Landlords work harder to ensure properties are suitable for their preferred tenant type, more than they do to achieve maximum profits.  That’s the result of research by...

Rents and mortgages cost roughly the same, claims Rightmove

New analysis by Rightmove is tracking first-time buyer affordability over the last 10 years - and it shows why so many have to rent rather than...

Landlords told to 'up their game' to compete with Build To Rent

A furniture firm which supplies to some Build To Rent operators has told buy to let landlords to up their game - and to make their...

Boiler Upgrade scheme now open for landlords to apply

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has now opened its controversial boiler upgrade scheme. Landlords across England and Wales as well as owner occupiers may...

Sustainable Properties - stronger interest as eco issues dominate

The importance of improved energy efficiency in the private rented and owner occupied sectors has led to a surge in interest in more sustainable properties. That’s the...

Rent rises to moderate by year end as affordability bites - Zoopla

The surge in rents will subside and the market will normalise before the end of the year. That’s the prediction from Zoopla in its latest market snapshot. It...

Five million renters in unhealthy homes - industry supplier’s claim

A PropTech company which aims its products at landlords, claim that over 600,000 landlords are breaking the rules when it comes to providing their tenant with...

Revealed - landlords’ biggest bugbears with tenants

Lettings agency and property management consultancy Bramleys has revealed the most common landlord complaints, and has provided suggestions as to how to solve them. - Not showing up...

Banned and added to Rogues' Database! Council swoops on landlord

A council has secured a banning order against a rogue landlord who was found guilty of failing to comply with legal instruction to keep his tenants...

Buy To Let mortgage choice strong - but getting more expensive

Independent mortgage sector monitor Moneyfacts says the choice for landlords wanting to borrow remains very strong - but increasingly interest rates are making loans more expensive. Moneyfacts...

Capital Gains Tax cuts for landlords considered by government - report

A report in a government-supporting newspaper suggests that a proposal to cut Capital Gains Tax for landlords who sell to first time buyers is being considered...

Landlord Alert - New Carbon Monoxide alarm requirements coming

The government is pondering beefing up mandatory alarm requirements which landlords have to meet in England. Until now private landlords have to fit one battery operated smoke...

Capital appreciation still strong despite flurry of interest rate rises

Analysis by Rightmove suggests that capital appreciation remains strong for landlords and owner occupiers alike, despite the recent flurry of interest rate rises. The portal says the...

Here’s how to boost charges for Airbnb properties

A price comparison website has given a league table of features which it claims can allow landlords to increase the charges they make for short lets...

Evictions running ahead of official figure - activist claim

Activists claim that the number of evictions using Section 21 is actually in excess of the reported by government. Ministry of Justice figures released over the weekend...

Council scraps landlord accreditation and launches ‘support package’

A council has launched what it calls a Landlord and Tenant Support Package in place of a previous landlord accreditation system.  Telford and Wrekin council says it...

Landlords rushing evictions to beat S21 ban - lawyer’s claim

The abolition of Section 21 eviction notices could lead to a surge in evictions by private landlords anxious to sell before restrictions come into force, la legal...

Generation Rent on rent freeze and eviction ban warpath again

Activists in Generation Rent have repeated once again their call for a rent freeze and yet another eviction ban.  “Rents have been surging since offices and universities...

Housing minister to speak directly to landlords at new conference

Housing minister Eddie Hughes - the politician leading for the government own the renters’ Reform Bill - will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural National...

Glory days of the apartment market still some way off - claim

Demand for apartment living across much of Britain has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels despite a move back to normality for many.  That’s the view of...

Bloodbath - tenant guilty of murdering two landlords

A private tenant who stabbed his landlords to death has been convicted of murder. Daniel Garcia unleashed what an Old Bailey trial heard described as a "brutal...

Airbnb claims no link between short lets and housing crisis

Airbnb’s general manager is claiming that there is no fact-based evidence to link the proliferation of short lets across the UK with any apparent housing shortage. Amanda...

Official stats show smaller rent rise than rival figures suggest

Contrary to recent figures from Zoopla and others, pointing to double-digit rental inflation in the past year, official statistics show the typical private sector rent rose...

National scheme wants landlords to lease homes to councils

Details have been released of a scheme seeking to encourage private landlords to lease their properties to local councils. The scheme in Wales is being coordinated by...

Renting set to prosper as FTBs face “frightening” price rise

The house price inflation facing first time buyers is “frankly frightening” according to a new analysis which suggests typical FTB house prices are soaring. Direct Line Home...

Insurer warns landlords of scale of losses from tenant damage

An industry study suggests that landlords without insurance risk are losing as much as 45 per cent of their annual rental income through damage caused by...

Another consultation, another licensing scheme extension…

Another council is conducting a consultation process aimed at renewing its existing landlord licensing for a further five years. Sefton council has had a selective licensing regime...

Negative perception of landlords 'makes housing crisis worse'

Landowners are claiming that the negative stereotype given to private landlords in recent years by government contributes to the overall housing crisis. Scottish Land & Estates, representing...

Soaring rents keep rest of housing market buoyant - analyst

A business analyst has given an interesting interpretation of the soaring rental market - and says it keeps the wider sales sector buoyant, too. Sarah Coles of...

Win-Win for landlords, claim tech firms in new partnership

A new PropTech link up pledges to be a win-win for agents, landlords and tenants. Muuvo, a platform which is free to use and undertakes utility sign-ups...

Landlords can spread fee payment with new PropTech platform - claim

A PropTech platform says it’s giving landlords the opportunity to spread their management fees and marketing costs across the duration of a tenancy, instead of having...

Energy Costs - would frequent reviews help landlords and tenants?

Energy regulator Ofgem is suggesting that the energy price cap be updated quarterly rather than every six months.  This is only a proposal at this stage, not...

Proceeds of Crime - £250,000 must be paid by landlord

A rogue landlord prosecuted for illegally squashing seven flats into a development with planning permission for six must pay around £250,000.  In addition three of the flats...

Renters under pressure as cost of living crisis hits - Zoopla

The highest rental growth since the Global Financial Crisis, coupled with the cost of living crisis, is putting increased pressure on renters according to Zoopla. Average UK...

Warning to landlords over alarms required under new laws

Landlords are being warned by the Fire Protection Association of major changes ahead for those letting properties in Wales. The Fitness for Human Habitation (Wales) Act comes...

Houses amongst worst fire offenders, safety inspectors report

A safety organisation is warning of a “tragedy waiting to happen” because three quarters of fire doors fail to meet the required standard. The Fire Door Inspection...

Another record rent rise fuelled by shortage of stock

The cost of a newly let home rose 9.8 per cent over the last 12 months to £1,125 pcm, marking the fastest level of growth since...

Licensing regime to start after consultation held two years ago

A Midlands council is the latest to introduce an additional licensing regime for HMOs - but it’s based on a consultation process which began back in...

Mandatory Airbnb landlord register: Could it avert housing crisis?

Consultation events are to be held this week to gauge the reaction to a possible compulsory register for all Airbnb and other short let and holiday...

EPC help for landlords via ‘ethical lettings agency'

A west country council is the latest to launch an initiative aimed at helping landlords meet the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.  A support package from West...

Higher interest rates spark cooling in new-build market

An online property platform says it expects May’s sales figures for new build searches to be slightly below expectations. This is as investors and owner occupiers feel...

Taxes on Landlords - Strong response to ‘call for evidence’

The independent expert advisers to government on tax simplification, the OTS, says there has been a strong response to its consultation process ahead of a forthcoming...