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NRLA accused of putting landlord profits before society’s interests

A leader of the Renters Reform Coalition activist lobby has made a specific targeted attack on the motives and honesty of the National Residential Landlords Association. The...

Tax Grab from landlords closely resembles Generation Rent advice

A controversial proposal for a £300m tax grab on landlords appears to closely follow a policy suggestion put forward by activists in the Generation Rent group. A...

Tax Raid planned on landlords in Budget - report

The Budget on Wednesday will contain a £300m tax raid on the private rental sector according to a report this morning - a report thought to be...

Khan funds group “intervening on the doorstep” at evictions

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is demanding the government finally abolish Section 21 eviction powers - and claims over 30,000 households in the capital have been evicted...

Agent urges price-sensitivity despite strong housing market data

UK house prices rose by 0.7 per cent in February, says the Nationwide, after taking account of seasonal effects.  This resulted in an improvement in the annual...

Another council jumps on the selective licensing bandwagon

Yet another council is consulting on whether to continue a selective licensing scheme. The scheme applies to several areas of Burnley and Padiham:t is proposed to renew...

Supporters of council selective licensing start rearguard action

Supporters of council selective licensing start rearguard action  Some of those involved in local councils have started a campaign to save selective licensing of private rental properties. The...

Generation Rent: homeless data shows “whole new level of horror”

Activist group Generation Rent has described the latest homelessness data from the government as showing “a whole new level of horror.” It claims that ,ore people were...

Three-tier housing market now operating - Zoopla

Zoopla’s latest market snapshot, used as a guide to capital appreciation by some landlords, says there’s now a three-tier housing market now firmly established. It says the...

Millennials to become the wealthiest generation ever - claim

Millennials, long seen as a financially disadvantaged generation, are on the brink of becoming the wealthiest generation in history thanks to a substantial transfer of wealth...

First Time Buyers fail to take hundreds of millions in cash help

An analysis of government data suggests that potential first time buyers have failed to take advantage of literally hundreds of millions of pounds in assistance to...

Investor opportunities as down-valuations increase

New reports suggest down valuations are increasing and properties are routinely selling for below asking price - both triggering possible opportunities for canny investors. Comparison service GetAgent...

Landlords urge speedy action on compromise Renters Reform Bill

The National Residential Landlords Association says it wants a speedy implementation of the Renters Reform Bill to avoid uncertainty - and it insists a compromise does...

Letting agents demand banks cut mortgage rates

The letting agents’ trade body has made the unexpected move of calling on banks to cut mortgage rates. Rates are typically decided by market forces rather than...

Renters Reform Bill compromise 'near' but activists re-ignite arguments

Generation Rent has issued an angry statement about amendments to the Renters Reform Bill - just as one MP says agreement is near and the Bill...

Ouch! Landlord hit with £1.4m Proceeds of Crime penalty

A landlord who was involved in a decade-long dispute with a London council has been hit with a £1.44 million penalty after repeatedly breaking planning laws.  Ali...

Lawyer steps up criticism of Gove’s attack on private landlords

A prominent lawyer has stepped up her criticisms of Housing Secretary Michael Gove and his attacks on buy to let and private landlords. Gina Peters - Head...

Housing market ‘back to normal’ across most of UK - new stats

A property firm which has analysed transactions across the UK suggests the market is, at last, ‘back to normal’ in almost every region. Quick Move Now analysed...

Call for eco-tax incentives to make landlords improve, and not sell

Rightmove is calling on Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to use next week’s Budget as an opportunity to incentivise landlords to make properties more eco-efficient. The portal - which...

New attack on Airbnb landlords - possible charge for bin collections

Media outlets in Scotland are reporting that Edinburgh council is considering charging short let landlords for bin collections. The plans are to be considered at the council’s upcoming...

Councillors make ‘breakthrough’ proposal for improving rental EPCs

SNP councillors in Scotland have come up with an innovative suggestion to improve energy efficiency in private rental properties. They want councils to have the power to...

Short Lets Crackdown - Labour council worry over brothels and parties

Government proposals on limiting short lets "fall a long way short of what's needed and will do nothing to put right an already serious problem" says...

Landlord secures buy to let remortgage in 37 working hours

The bank Shawbrook has completed a buy to let remortgage for a new customer in just 37 working hours.  The landlord was seeking £85,000 to refinance a...

Buy To Let mortgage fixed rates fall as product choice rises

The buy to let mortgage sector has seen fixed rates fall to their lowest point since September 2022, according to analysis by Moneyfactscompare.   Average fixed rates...

Landlord hit with big fine after ignoring improvement notice

A landlord has been slammed with £9,000 in fines and costs for ignoring notices to improve his property. Following reports of disrepair from a tenant of the...

Labour’s Rayner defends buying her council house at a discount

Labour deputy leader and shadow housing secretary Angela Rayner says she is not ashamed to have brought her council house at a discounted rate. The revelation is...

Bank rate stays at 5.25% until summer at least - agency warning

Knight Frank says that the Bank of England base rate is likely to stay unchanged at 5.25 per cent for at least the next few months. The...

Tenants advised to check their shared rental is licensed HMO

A council is reminding prospective tenants about the importance of making sure their next shared rental is licensed as a house of multiple occupancy. Belfast council says...

Generation Rent backs building society’s holiday lets mortgage ban

The Generation Rent group has thrown its weight behind a ban on mortgages for holiday homes buyers - and its chief has described holidays as “luxury”. The...

Countryside campaigners back Gove on short lets clampdown

Countryside campaigning charity CPRE has given a warm welcome to Michael Gove’s clampdown on short lets. Last week Housing Secretary Gove announced that councils will be given...

What’s your view on tenants getting 99% mortgages?

Rental sector and property industry views are split over the controversial idea of allowing first time buyers to put down a one per cent deposit and...

Tens of thousands of new homes built on flood plains - claim

New analysis by insurance giant Aviva reveals that one in every 13 new homes built in England in the last decade sit in a flood zone...

Leasing and legal affairs to be discussed at Landlord teach-in

Another council has set up an advice session for private rental landlords in the area. This even will take place at Neath Civic Centre on March 19...

HMRC admits Making Tax Digital will cost landlords money and time

The government has confirmed that Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment (MTD for ITSA) will cost landlords both extra money and time. MTD will apply from...

Easing tax on landlords would end Airbnb ‘problem’ says NRLA boss

Reversing the tax penalties imposed on buy to let landlords in recent years would reduce the impact of short lets on communities. That’s the claim from the...

Landmark joint session between NRLA and homelessness charity

The National Residential Landlords Association will jointly host a networking and information session with homelessness charity Crisis. It will take place on March 5 at 5.30pm at...

Council asks landlords to self-declare they are letting safe properties

A council is asking landlords to sign a document declaring they are letting safe and compliant properties. Dorset council has launched the Safer Renting scheme in Weymouth...

Generation Rent wants rent controls to be election issue

Generation Rent has yet again come out for rent control over the private sector - and wants it to be an election issue. The group’s chief executive...

Worries grow over dramatic slump in older buy to let landlords

New figures from lenders trade body UK Finance show a massive fall in buy to let loans for those aged 55 or over. In the last three...

Labour MP slams Airbnb clampdown as “not going nearly far enough”

A Labour MP who has campaigned for some years against short let landlords says proposals to crack down on the sector “do not go nearly far...

Agency claims new rental hotspot with yields amongst UK’s highest

According to Haslams lettings agency’s latest House Price Index, a new hotspot has emerged for private rental sector investors. It claims Reading rental yields reached 5.55 per...

Record start to year for “landlord favourite” auction sector

There’s been a remarkable start to the year for the UK auction sector - its busiest January ever. Essential Information Group, which provides data and insights across...

Landlord ordered to pay £45,000 for letting unlicensed properties

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

Optimism amongst landlords despite tsunami of attacks - survey

Some 69 per cent of landlords have already or are planning to increase the size of their property portfolio, increasing to 77 per cent of professional...

Landlords more responsive to tenants’ needs - survey claim

A survey claims landlords are now more responsive to tenants’ needs and have improved compliance standards. Building on comparative analysis with data three years ago Total Landlord...

Licensing scheme fees based on landlords’ past performance

A London council is consulting on another controversial landlord licensing scheme. Barking and Dagenham council’s existing Selective Licensing Scheme has been applied to single-family homes since 2015. Throughout...

Activists slam Gove for being too soft on short let landlords

Housing Secretary Michael Gove’s proposals to restrict Airbnb-style short lets do not go far enough, a group of activists has said. Yesterday Gove announced that councils will...

Tory council chief backs Gove’s clampdown on short let landlords

The Conservative leader of a council which claims it has had problems with Airbnbs and short lets has given wholehearted backing to Michael Gove’s proposals to...

Airbnb backs Gove’s mandatory short lets landlord register

Airbnb has given its backing to a proposal from Housing Secretary Michael Gove to introduce a mandatory register of short let landlords. The proposal has come this...

Clampdown on Airbnb and other short lets revealed by Michael Gove

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has this morning announced wholesale changes to planning and regulations surrounding short lets. His proposals include: - planning permission will be required for future...

“My tenants will have to pay for licensing” warns landlord

A landlord has warned her local authority that high charges for licensing are unaffordable without the fee being passed on to tenants. Dawn Smith, speaking on behalf...

Airbnb reveals income and demographics of landlord hosts

Airbnb has released new figures showing that the typical host landlord makes a modest £5,500 a year by sharing their space on the platform.  While government, local...

It’s Over - Rental growth “passed its peak” says top agency

Average rents on newly let properties across Britain rose 8.3 per cent year-on-year in January, the slowest pace for 13 months and the first time in...

Tax Demand - premiums slapped on second homes and empty properties

Dorset councillors have approved proposals for a council tax premium on second homes and a tightening up on its existing premium on long term empty homes. But...

Rent control activists play the mental health card

A survey by an activist group suggests that one in three tenants claim that their private renting conditions are impacting their mental health. The survey was small...

Selling Up? Don’t push the asking price to avoid being left on the shelf

Landlords selling up because of rising taxes and unaffordable regulations are being advised not to be over ambitious with asking prices.  Tim Bannister, a director at Rightmove,...

Council offers free “fundamental training” for private landlords

A council says it’s offering “fundamental training” to private landlords via an online day-long course on March 8. The training covers pre-tenancy and liabilities for Energy Performance...

“Seize bad landlords' properties” Generation Rent demands

Activists in the Generation Rent campaign says big city Mayors should “tackle the worst landlords and seize their properties.” It also wants those Mayors to create what...

Councillors crush landlord family bid to become profitable

A bid to make three Northumberland holiday cottages available as permanent private residences has been rejected by planners. At a time when many elements of the private...

Another social landlord slammed for poor repairs and records

The Housing Ombudsman has found severe maladministration by One Housing Group in its record keeping following the its failure to conduct some repairs, a lack of...

Lower-rate Green Mortgage deals offered to landlords

Buy to let specialist lender Paragon Bank has introduced offers on its two-year fixed rate BTL mortgages, including its lowest rate in the past 18 months...

Defiant landlord in court and fined over Improvement Notice

A private landlord has been prosecuted for failing to carry out works to make his rented property safe . David Almond of York was ordered to pay...

Two landlords with dangerous properties fined thousands

Renting out dangerous properties in Cardiff has cost two landlords thousands of pounds. Rowshanara Begum has been fined £20,000 at Cardiff Magistrates' Court for failing to comply...

Rents still rising in all regions - except London

Another rental market snapshot suggests that London is suffering an oversupply of properties to let - with rents dipping as a result. The Home website, which produces...

Generation Rent activists link Brownfield Homes with Section 21

Generation Rent has given a qualified thumbs up to Housing Secretary Michael Gove’s ideas for homes on brownfield land. This week Gove announced that every council in...

Landlord rules in force next month “flawed and unworkable”

A prominent lettings agency has hit out at the latest changes to safety regulations that private landlords must comply with or risk prosecution. The government-issued Repairing Standard...

Backfired! Rent Controls lead to Higher Rents, says Zoopla

Analysis by Zoopla says rent controls introduced in Scotland have directly led to higher rents. The property portal’s research team has analysed rents north of the border...

Landlords ditch energy efficiency measures as government flip-flops

Over a third of landlords will push back energy efficiency measures due to government flip-flopping on the issue.  Research commissioned by tax and consulting firm RSM UK...

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

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

New legal alert over strict rules regarding service S21 notices

A solicitors’ firm is warning that a County Court case could be used to allow more tenants to defend Section 21 possession proceedings. Paula Haverkamp, a senior...

Landlords rebel against Labour council £1,800 licence fee

Bristol’s controversial Labour council is extending previous licensing schemes to other parts of the city at some £1,800 HMO per licence - and landlords are angry. The...

Council slaps two Civil Penalty Notices on landlord after winning appeal

A council has won an appeal concerning two Civil Penalty Notices imposed on a landlord. The landlords had been issued two fines by Welwyn Hatfield council o...

Two chances to forge closer links between landlords and council

Two new forums to forge closer bonds between council and landlords in North Yorkshire are to take place in the coming weeks. Advice and legislation updates will...

Financial Penalty Notice slapped on landlord after appeal case

A council has won an appeal to enforce a Financial Penalty Notice that was served on a landlord who let out a privately rented property without...

Record number of new rental licensing schemes set for 2024

A survey of local council private rental licensing schemes says 19 selective and additional licensing schemes and consultations will be taking place within the first four...

Every tenant facing eviction must have access to legal aid say lawyers

Tenants faced with eviction must have legal aid, the Law Society of England and Wales claims. Recently published statistics from the Ministry of Justice for October to...

Activists in new bid to make Renters Reform Bill tougher on landlords

The Renters Reform Coalition - a group of organisations including Shelter and Generation Rent - has again written to Housing Secretary Michael Gove urging him to...

Shelter campaigns chief to be paid over £100,000

Campaigning charity Shelter - which has frequently been critical of landlords and their alleged treatment of poorer tenants - is advertising a senior campaigning job at...

Council boss claims landlords and tenants “do not care” and must be licensed

A Selective Licensing scheme proposal is out for consultation in the Scunthorpe area -  with a harsh message from a council chief. North Lincolnshire council leader Rob...

Rogue landlord fined for letting outbuilding to family of nine

A council has prosecuted a landlord after a family of nine were discovered living in an outbuilding. Tariq Khan of Peterborough was convicted of failing to comply...

Demand for private rental property soars again - new figures

Two thirds of landlords say the demand for private rented housing is continuing to increase, according to new research commissioned by the National Residential Landlords Association...

Generation Rent asks: How Can You Stand By As We’re Turfed From Homes?

Generation Rent has launched a double-pronged attack on landlords and the government. The activist group claims that the latest possession statistics from the Ministry of Justice show...

Bad News on Interest Rates as inflation is set to RISE not fall

This week’s official inflation rate is now expected to show a possible rise, rather than a fall. Although there is widespread expectation that the headline inflation rate...

Mortgage Crisis: thousands of landlords in arrears, hundreds of homes repo'd

Data from lenders trade body UK Finance show an 18 per cent leap in buy to let arrears in the past quarter compared to the three...

Five figure fine for landlord’s HMO bin, garden and fire breaches

A landlord has been fined a total of £10,000 for breaching regulations when renting HMOs to vulnerable residents, as a supported accommodation provider.  During an inspection of...

Panic U-turn on HMO regulation changes for asylum seekers

The government has overturned its policy to relax HMO regulations on private rental properties used by asylum seekers. The policy had previously been defended by the government which...

Possession Delays - court hold-ups still going on a year after reform pledge

Landlord Action founder Paul Shamplina says landlords are still being hit by unacceptable delays in regaining possession of their properties. Shamplina has given one vivid example of...

Free information forum for landlords will include NRLA, police and DWP

Private landlords and letting agents are being offered free advice and information at a networking event hosted by Cumberland council.  Property owners and agents will have the...

New homes giants merge to form UK’s biggest house builder

Two new build household names often favoured by landlords buying investment properties have announced a merger. Barratt has reached a £2.5 billion deal to buy rival Redrow,...

Big Housing Market Boost from two new snapshots

Landlords seeking capital appreciation will be encouraged from two new housing market surveys - one showing a surprise rise in house prices already this year, and...

Buy To Let mortgage loans stay steady as wider market improves

Confidence has returned to the mortgage market, with sentiment improving steadily month by month in the last quarter of 2023, according to the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders...

Surprise, Surprise - renters want landlords to fit eco-friendly features

A survey from NatWest and ratings giant S&P Global shows that 75 per cent of renters across the UK want landlords to improve the sustainability of...

MP behind soaring interest rates is to quit Parliament

One of the MPs behind the disastrous mini-Budget - which directly led to soaring interest rates - is to stand down at the next General Election. Kwasi...

Family ate Xmas dinner on floor due to social landlord neglect

The Housing Ombudsman has ordered Yorkshire Housing to pay £3,780 after it found three findings of severe maladministration for how it handled reports of a leak,...

Government facing two ways on boiler grants and heat pumps

The government has issued a lengthy statement claiming more home owners, including landlords, are fitting heat pumps - yet at the same time there’s been widespread...

Landlord jailed for 11 years for part in £8.75m drugs empire

A wealthy landlord, who also ran a fake lettings agency, has been jailed for 11 years for allowing ‘ghost tenants’ to operate drug factories  Jeremy Southgate, 63,...

Landlords accused of bullying, harassment and showing disrespect

The Tenant Farmers Association says its latest survey of tenant farmers paints a bleak picture of the relationships between landlords and tenants. The survey concludes that many...
Shamplina and Talk TV star to lead investment show events

Shamplina and Talk TV star to lead investment show events

The National Landlord Investment Show returns to Olympia London on March 6 for its first show of the 2024 calendar. Now in its 11th year, the free-to-attend...

Improved EPC will boost property’s sale value - new figures

A comparison website claims that an improved rating for an Energy Performance Certificate now improves a property’s value. This is driven by prospective buyers’ increased interest in...

Landlord fails to attend court, fined thousands for safety offences

The landlord of a flat has been ordered to pay a total of £3,287 for failing to carry out repairs.  Carlo Ykhlef, of Bridlington, failed to undertake...

Register for further three years or risk fines, landlords warned

The Department for Communities in Northern Ireland is reminding landlords who registered or renewed with the Landlord Registration Scheme during January, February, and March 2021 that...

Sadiq Khan challenged by new candidate seeking rental reform

A newly-nominated candidate in this spring’s London Mayoral election has vowed to lower private rents if he wins. Serge Crowbolder, currently a bakery delivery operative, claims in...

Renters Reform Bill: government reveals another Commons delay

The Renters Reform Bill will not go for its Third Reading in the House of Commons for at least another fortnight. The Bill - which some claim...

Here We Go Again - demand for rental properties rising once more

Six in 10 landlords recorded increased tenant demand for their properties in the final quarter of 2023, Paragon Bank research has revealed.  Research carried out on behalf...

Tax Breaks and Retrofit fund needed to promote energy efficiency - call

Most home owners, including landlords, have experienced obstacles that have prevented them from carrying out energy efficiencies on their properties. That’s according to the latest research by...

Buy To Let lender offers new green mortgage products to landlords

Buy To Let lender Paragon Bank has added five-year fixed-rate ‘green’ products to its range of BTL mortgages. Rates start at 4.89 per cent - available on...

Beefed Up EPCs demanded by energy efficiency experts

The Building Research Establishment - which undertakes research, advice, training, testing, certification and standards-setting for the housing sector - is calling for a major rethink of...

Warning that mortgage rates could move UP following Bank decision

There’s a warning today that the Bank of England’s decision to freeze base rate at the high level of 5.25 per cent could actually trigger some...

Landlord Alert: licensing risks of double jeopardy and entrapment

A legal services provider is claiming that landlords risk criminal prosecution for breaches of licensing rules that are often “unreasonable and beyond their control.” Des Taylor, a...

Labour claims link between Section 21 and homelessness

Labour says there’s a link between Section 21 powers granted to landlords and what it claims is a total of 4,400 people homeless and sleeping rough...

Landlords prioritise ‘tenant quality’ over short term yields, says agent

A prominent London-focused agent and property consultant says landlords are prioritising long term ‘tenant quality’ over short term yields. Jo Eccles, founder and managing director of the...

Short Lets management service pitches for small-scale landlords

A short lets management service is making a pitch to win landlords who let out just one, two or three properties on Airbnb or similar platforms. Guesty...

Controversial council threatens series of new licensing regimes

New additional and selective licensing schemes are to be considered by the controversial Bristol city council. The council’s Labour Mayor - Marvin Rees - is a long-time...

Think tank blasts “ineffectual landlords” letting out “poor quality housing”

A think tank claims that the government will pay landlords in the private sector six times the expected spend on new affordable homes in the five-year period between 2021 and 2026. The New Economics Foundation - which describes...

Capital Appreciation boost for landlords as house prices up again

UK house prices rose by 0.7 per cent in January, resulting in an improvement in the annual rate of house prices from a fall of 1.8...

Generation Rent wades into issue of visas for fleeing Ukrainians

The Generation Rent activist group says the government must “make it clear that landlords and letting agents can let homes to Ukrainians” with visas. The statement came...

Red Tape: landlord fined for not providing paperwork to council

A landlord who failed to provide a council with information about one of his properties when served notices requiring him to do so has been fined. The...

Warning to private tenants to be wary of ‘no fee, no win’ action

A Manchester-based solicitors’ firm that incorrectly prosecuted a London council over a private rental case has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds in court costs. Antony...

Tougher Eviction Rules for social tenants - three strikes and you’re out!

The government may be keen on scrapping Section 21 powers for private landlords but it’s getting much tougher on social housing renters. Eviction measures could include a...

Free event for landlords includes NRLA legislation update

Landlords and agents are being invited to attend a free event aimed at providing updates on new housing legislation and industry issues.   The event is being organised...

Council boasts of financial penalties imposed on landlords by licensing 

A council claims “hundreds of residents have been made safer in their homes” thanks to a licencing regime. Sheffield council insists the scheme has helped remove safety...

Labour to force strict repair and anti-mould rules on private landlords

The Labour Party has committed to extending a crackdown on social housing landlords who fail to fix mouldy homes, to include private landlords as well. Measures forcing...

Anti-fraud protection offer for landlords

The National Residential Landlords Association has teamed up with a provider of so-called ‘smart property protection technology’. This means that landlords can use Title Guardian’s anti-fraud digital...

MPs want landlord experiences of disabled people in rental sector

The all-party Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee of MPs is looking into housing for disabled people.  It’s considering how the government, local councils and developers can ensure...

Worst house price falls for 15 years reported by lender

The average price of a home in Wales fell to £234,086 at the end 2023 following continued economic and financial pressures, making this the fourth consecutive...

Labour Tax Plans - agency advises landlords to take advantage

A prominent lettings agency is advising landlords to fit out homes in prime locations to the same high specification as if they were being sold. Knight Frank...

Did most landlords actually expand their portfolios in 2023?

A majority of Buy to Let landlords have been focused on growing property portfolios in the last 12 months, and not selling up. That’s the claim in...

Tax: Airbnb to data-share with HMRC “because landlords want to pay”

Airbnb says it will continue to share hosting data with HMRC because its landlord hosts want to pay their fair share of tax. In a new statement...

Will Hunt listen to rental proposal that gives £10 billion to the Treasury?

Increasing the supply of homes for private rent would boost government finances by £10 billion, says the National Residential Landlords Association. The assessment follows the submission of...

Energy Efficiency key to property holding value - housing expert

A property expert claims capital values on properties should drop significantly if they are not considered appropriately energy efficient. “Homes which aren’t energy efficient may find their...

Veteran Labour MP claims “Rachmanite” landlords cause misery

A veteran MP claims that tenants in the region where his constituency sits are being “dreadfully exploited” by what he calls “Rachmanite landlords.” Barry Sheerman, the 83...

“Don’t Serve Notice On Tenants” council tells landlords

‘Save the tenancy – don’t serve notice.’ That’s the message to landlords from a west country council. Landlords and tenants are being asked to get in touch...

Council says Airbnb needs planning consent after years of short-letting

A flamboyant property in Oxford which has been the subject of a decades-long planning dispute has been removed from Airbnb by the short let portal itself. The...

HMRC warning as thousands of landlords risk missing tax deadline

HM Revenue and Customs says that its latest data - one week ahead of the January 31 Self Assessment deadline - shows 3.8m people yet to...

Council Warns Landlords - big crackdown is coming this year!

A council is warning landlords of HMOs that they must meet all of their legal responsibilities ahead of a crackdown on unlicensed properties. Gravesham council’s private housing...

Row over Sunak’s ‘British Homes for British People’ proposal

A newspaper claims that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wants British families to be given higher priority for social housing. Implicitly this may mean those not prioritised for...

Shelter links with High Street bank to campaign on housing

HSBC bank is working with Shelter on housing campaigns. A statement from the charity says: “With support from partners including HSBC UK, Shelter provides tailored and easy...

NRLA and council lettings agency organising forum for landlords

Landlords are being invited to a forum organised by a council’s own private lettings service and the National Residential Landlords Association. The council - Ashford - admits...

Rental sector blighted by longer contractor repair delays - Fixflo

The UK’s private rental sector grapples with a surge in waiting times for contractor appointments, according to industry supplier Fixflo.  A new report, based on analysis of...

Rental listings should include energy efficiency details - new call

An energy industry supplier claims that the housing sector in the UK offers too little help for those wanting to live in energy efficient homes. The firm...

Selling Up? Rightmove reveals optimum date and tips for speedy sales

Landlords considering selling up have received guidance from Rightmove on when to do it and how. The portal claims February is the best month to take the...

Free in-person event for landlords in buy to let hotspot

Scottish property portal ESPC has announced a free Buy To Let event targeted at aspiring property investors and landlords. The event will be held at ESPC’s Property...

Council sets up its own agency to manage private rental units

Winchester council is setting up its own agency to let and manage privately rented homes. Venta Living pledges to provide “high quality, energy efficient homes offering assured...

Mortgage lender launches new range to target more landlords

A range of specialist buy to let mortgage products covering multi-occupancy properties, mixed-use or part-commercial properties, and expat investors, has been launched by Foundation Home Loans. ‘Solutions...

Scrap Stamp Duty for landlords urges respected independent expert

Paul Johnson - a director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies since 2011 and a visiting economics professor at University College London - has urged the...

Most private tenants have problems with property conditions - claim

Two thirds of private renters have experienced a problem with the quality or condition of their property in the past six months, according to new research. A...

Huge rise in councils using bailiffs to recover unpaid rent

Some local authorities are quick to criticise private landlords for trying to avoid rent arrears but it appears councils themselves have been getting tougher. The BBC reports...

Chaos! Confusion over identity and power of new Private Rental Ombudsman

The identify of the service running the upcoming Private Rental Sector Ombudsman scheme has been thrown into doubt once more. The Renters Reform Bill promised that a...

Another council raising revenue through licensing scheme

Warwick council is the latest to launch an Additional Licensing Scheme - it came into force just before last weekend. The district wide scheme requires landlords with...

Capital Gains Tax burden forces landlords to defer sales plans

A new study by the National Residential Landlords Association suggests some landlords wanting to quit the private rental sector have deferred their plans because of the...

Amendments to Renters Reform Bill backed by senior industry figure

Amendments to the Renters Reform Bill, designed to give landlords more protection, have won the backing of a prominent industry figure. Neil Cobbold, managing director of PropTech firm...

Renters may become first time buyers with just one per cent deposit

The government is considering allowing renters to buy their first homes with just one per cent deposits, according  to press reports over the weekend. The Independent online...

Activists make string of demands about damp and mould

The Generation Rent activist group has called for a series of reforms about damp and mould. It wants the reinstatement of energy efficiency targets for the private...

Long term capital appreciation dips for most recent sellers

The average home in England and Wales bought within the last 20 years and sold in 2023 achieved £102,650 or 48 per cent more than it...

MPs want stricter damp, mould and housing standards imposed on landlords

Urgent action is needed by government to protect tenants who live in poor quality private rented homes, MPs have demanded. A report published by the all-party Health...

Letting agents could face regulation under Labour amendment tactic

Labour is using a Bill currently going through Parliament as a backdoor method to introduce the regulation of lettings, estate and buying agents. An amendment has been...

NRLA accepts S21 abolition but wants “pragmatic” amendments to Bill

The National Residential Landlords Association is urging MPs to back what it describes as “pragmatic” changes to the Renters Reform Bill to ensure it works for...

Landlord leaders and Housing Minister to address conference next month

The housing minister and the chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association are amongst 60 speakers named for an upcoming conference in London. It’s thought the...

Normality Returns - London rental market returning to stability at last

Two new reports - from lettings agency Foxtons and data consultancy LonRes - show London’s rental market returning to pre-pandemic normality. Foxtons says that in December, there...

Long-term population rise to put more pressure on rental market

There will be long term pressure on housing affordability and the private rental sector if demographic forecasts from a range of bodies turn into reality. A development...

Labour council doubles tax on short lets and second homes

Labour-controlled Haringey Council in London says the owners of short lets and furnished holiday homes will be forced to pay double their council tax for the...

Banning order victory for council after landlord appeal

Newham council in London has won what it calls a landmark case against a convicted rogue landlord. The court has dismissed the landlord’s appeal against a Banning...

New mortgage targets landlords planning ‘light refurbs’ on BTL properties

The Suffolk Building Society has launched new mortgage products aimed at private landlords who are planning refurbishments, such as a new bathroom or kitchen. The new ‘light...

Red Sea inflation fears put the brakes on rate cut fever

A prominent analyst says the threat of rising inflation caused by the Red Sea shipping attacks - on top of this week’s surprise rise in inflation...

Landlords lack skills to be more energy efficient - bank claim

New research published by Lloyds Banking Group during Energy Saving Week has revealed the lack of confidence and skills gaps landlords face when attempting to improve...

Yield league table shows best (and worst) performing regions

A respected league table of yields in different parts of England and Wales has issued its latest figures. The Fleet Mortgages Buy-to-Let Rental Barometer for  Q4 2023...

Record rent rise in 2023 according to new government figures

The Office for National Statistics says private rents in England experienced a 6.1 per cent rise in 2023, the sharpest annual increase on record. Wales saw the...

Landlord Alert - warning about defective CO alarms sold online

The think tank Policy Connect is warning that landlords have reported that sub-standard carbon monoxide alarms are persistently available online, leaving tenants with improper protection. Dubbed the...

Rent Control Mayor dismissed as “well meaning but naive”

Rents across the UK continue to retreat from their 2023 highs, falling by 2.9 per cent over the last three months, a leading index says. These falls...

Council slammed for series of failings as a social landlord

The Housing Ombudsman - which assesses problems involving social housing landlords - has found severe maladministration in four cases involving Croydon council, urging it to use...

Interest Rates - new doubt that the Bank of England will cut

The yo-yo economic news is now casting doubt on whether the Bank of England will cut base rate as quickly as many want. Pay growth, excluding bonuses,...

Up to ONE MILLION new rental homes needed in just seven years

A new analysis of the private rental sector suggests that between 800,000 and one million more homes are required to meet growing demand by 2031. Savills -...

Late payments and mortgage defaults on the rise, survey suggests

Landlords increasingly struggle with tenants who pay rent late or default, a mortgage lender is claiming.  Research from Molo suggests landlords are now typically owed an average...

City Flats Are Back - landlords buy urban units as office working returns

UK landlords are doubling down on urban flats amidst a slow but definite return to conventional office working. Data from Shawbrook Bank suggests that some 28 per...

Commercial landlords more optimistic despite economic headwinds - lender

Despite inflationary and mortgage volatility over the last 12 months, a mortgage lender claims over a third of commercial landlords are gearing up for expansion in...

NRLA boss backs Labour Mayor’s clampdown on rogue landlords

Proposals for a ‘good landlord’ scheme in Greater Manchester have won the personal backing of the chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association.  Ben Beadle says...

Daylight Robbery? Council’s 60 per cent rise in fees on landlords

Landlords who fail to ensure their private rented homes meet required standards face massively increased charges from a council. Bath & North East Somerset council has hiked...

Tax nightmare for landlords leads to huge rise in buy to let companies

Despite a sharp fall in the number of homes bought by landlords in 2023, the number of limited companies set up to hold buy to let...

Energy Efficiency of homes should determine social rent levels - call

A think tank says rents set in the social sector should reflect the energy efficiency of a property. It’s one of a series of reforms demanded by...

Insurer talks up personal guarantee demands expected by lenders

An insurance firm claims landlords shopping for a new mortgage deal may be expected by lenders to prepare personal guarantees. Purbeck claims personal guarantee requests from lenders...

Upbeat Housing Market start to 2024 reports Rightmove

Average new seller asking prices rose 1.3 per cent between December and January - the biggest rise at this time of year since 2020. Even so average...

Pets In Lets - still a minority of landlords happy to see them

Another survey highlights the relatively low proportion of landlords who appear to allow tenants to keep pets. The analysis, from Confused.com Mortgages, contrasts the popularity of the...

No new law planned for private landlords and mould

There is to be no comparable law for private landlords, following the introduction of Awaab’s Law. Earlier this week the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government...

Free Renters Reform Bill teach-in for landlords of students

As the Renters Reform Bill heads towards the House of Lords, a free webinar is targeting landlords operating in the student accommodation sector. David Smith - a...

Rents dip slightly in almost every UK region

The latest HomeLet rental index begins 2024 with a glimmer of hope for tenants as rents have fallen for the second successive month, down 0.9 per...

Landlords warned to check dates of gas safety certificates

While most landlords will be aware of the fact, they are required by law to renew the gas safety certificate for their rental properties every 12...

Airbnb gives its landlords tax tips to satisfy HMRC

Airbnb has taken further steps to get in the good books of HMRC by issuing a guide on tax for its landlord hosts. Since January 1 Airbnb...

NRLA beefs up top team ahead of Renters Reform Bill

The National Residential Landlords Association haas revealed two new appointments which it says “will enhance the service to its members as the sector prepares for radical...

Over 1.5m private tenants to be better off thanks to LHA move

An estimated 1.6m private renters are set to receive an uplift to their housing support for 12 months from April 2024, as the government rises Local...

Mandatory Short Lets registration scheme introduced in part of UK

A mandatory short lets registration and licensing scheme is to be introduced in part of the UK, described as a system to “enable providers to demonstrate...

Capital appreciation rising according to another house price index

Another house price index has indicated a gentle rise in capital appreciation coming through at the end of 2023. Richard Sexton, director at e.surv - the company...

Lettings Super-Agency manages over 150,000 tenanted properties

A merger of two of the biggest names in the lettings agency world will mean the combined group managing 152,000 rental properties. The merger is between two...

Section 21: Rental sector supplier hits back at Citizens Advice claims

A rental sector insurance firm has hit back at claims made about Section 21 by the charity Citizens Advice. A spokesperson for the Citizens Advice charity claimed...

Rent Control proposals are complex, costly and won’t work - claim

New rent control proposals put forward by politicians are unnecessary and too costly according to a leading property expert.  David Alexander - chief executive of DJ Alexander...

Labour Mayor’s landlord clampdown backed by Build To Rent group

The Build To Rent trade body, the UK Apartment Association, is backing the proposals outlined to clampdown on rogue landlords put forward by Labour’s Greater Manchester...

Council wants private landlords as part of “real decisive action”

A Labour-controlled council is inviting private rental sector representatives to a round-table event which it pledges will not be a talking shop but will take “real...

Auctioneer says the future is online bidding, not in-person

Landlords have long been a backbone of the auction industry but one player in the sector says the future is online bidding, not in-person. New data from...

Time limits for landlord repairs proposed as part of Awaab’s Law

New plans to clamp down on rogue social landlords who fail to provide safe homes have been announced today. This is part did the government pledge to...

Building society scraps mortgage application fees for landlords

The Penrith Building Society has scrapped mortgage application fees for all buy to let and residential  products, including further advances, until March 31. Tim Vigeon, head of...

NRLA welcomes Labour Mayor’s ‘get tough on landlords’ consultation

The National Residential Landlords Association has welcomed a consultation proposal by Greater Manchester’s Labour Mayor, Andy Burnham. Burnham’s Greater Manchester Good Landlord Charter has many controversial ideas...

Tough EPC targets to return despite Sunak’s U-turn - new warning

There’s a warning this morning that stricter Energy Performance Certificate measures for the private rental sector may not have gone, after all. Back in September Prime Minister...

Landlord fined by council for failing to carry out repairs

A London council has prosecuted a landlord for failing to carry out repairs on his property and causing a severe health risk to tenants. Watford council responded...

Landlords taking legal action against ‘eye watering’ council licensing

Four landlords are contemplating seeking a judicial review of a council’s proposed licensing scheme extension. Middlesbrough council is consulting on extending its existing scheme to another ward....

Activist slams bank boss for telling buyers to save for deposits

The chief executive of Generation Rent has slammed the chair of the NatWest Bank for comments over first time buyers. At the start of the weekend Sir...

Has your tenant been told to wait for the bailiff to arrive?

The National Residential Landlords Association wants to show the government that some local councils still advise tenants served with a valid Section 21 to sit tight...

Analyst warns house price boost “like a dodgy prawn at a buffet”

Analysts have warned landlords and others interested in the housing market from celebrating too much following the latest Halifax index figures. The lender says prices rose by...

Crisis? What Crisis? House prices actually WENT UP in 2023

The latest Halifax house price index shows average house prices rose by 1.1 per cent in December, the third monthly rise in a row - and...

Labour plan to give tenants a right to demand Property Checks

Labour’s Mayor of Greater Manchester and former Cabinet minister Andy Burnham says this year is when he will ”get serious” about the private rental sector. In a...

Budget - landlords have three weeks to give Hunt advice

HM Treasury has opened its representations portal, meaning landlords - and anyone else - can submit their ideas for the next Budget. Each representation has to take...

Warning to landlords and tenants over fake energy schemes

Letting agents’ trade body Propertymark has issued a warning to the rental sector about scams based on energy efficiency measures.  An increase in the cost of domestic...

Another council leaps on landlord licensing gravy train

Middlesbrough is the latest council wanting to expand its landlord licensing regime. It’s consulting on extending its existing scheme to another ward. The Selective Landlord Licensing scheme has...

Landlords without central heating offered financial incentives

Renters and landlords of properties without gas central heating can now get energy saving green measures installed free of charge or at a significant discount, thanks...

Building Society warns it may stop lending on holiday lets

A building society says it is considering ending its policy of lending to buyers of holiday lets. Martese Carton, the director of mortgage distribution at the Leeds...

BTL Mortgage Rates slashed by prominent specialist lender

One of the UK’s best known platforms for mortgages has significantly reduced its Buy To Let rates. Starting from 3.79 per cent, LendInvest says its new range...

Record number of sellers come to market on Boxing Day

Rightmove claims that a new record number of sellers came to market on Boxing Day, with a 26 per cent increase in new sellers beating the...

Frustrated returning sellers cut prices - an opportunity for investors?

An analysis of homes that have returned to the market after failing to find a buyer in 2023 suggests that sellers have cut their asking prices.  The...

Green Mortgages - are they a busted flush?

Awareness of green mortgages is dipping among buyers, according to new research. Almost two thirds of mortgage advisers say their clients have not heard of green mortgages...

Activist group makes formal public apology to landlords' chief

The controversial activist group Acorn has made a formal public apology to the chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association. On the social media platform X...

HMO licensing scheme is “a step forward” claims council

An additional licensing scheme for HMOs has come into effect in a London borough.  The new scheme will cover properties in Greenwich which contain three or more residents...

Landlords overwhelmingly back Airbnb clampdown - council’s claim

A local authority in a tourist hotspot claims that local landlords have “overwhelmingly” backed a move to clampdown on Airbnbs and other short lets. North Devon council...

Massive Slump in buy to let lending - mortgage figures

UK Finance has published its housing and mortgage market forecasts for 2024 and 2025 together with projections for 2023 full year numbers. Key figures for 2023 - In 2023, higher interest rates...

Higher rents mean first time buyers compromise on size - claim

Escalating rents have led many first time buyers to adjust their property expectations and accept smaller homes when they purchase, a building society claims.  Charlotte Harrison, chief...

Citizens Advice claims landlords evict tenants “to avoid doing repairs”

A spokesperson for the Citizens Advice charity has claimed at a public meeting that private landlords serve Section 21 notices on tenants to avoid doing repairs. Kirsty...

HMRC reveals big slump in residential property deals

New data from HM Revenue and Customs reveals a 22 per cent annual drop in residential transactions in the year to December 2023, compared to the...

Negative Capital Appreciation for landlords in 2023 - final figures

UK house prices ended 2023 down 1.8 per cent compared with December 2022, leaving them almost 4.5 per cent below the all-time high recorded in late...

Landlords upbeat about 2024 prospects despite huge challenges

Some 74 per cent of buy to let landlords are optimistic about the property market in the next 12 months, it’s been claimed. And this is despite...

Warning - House Values could dip once again in 2024

There’s no prospect of a rapid recovery for the housing market in 2024 despite some green shoots appearing. The warning comes from the Nationwide which says this...

Rental sector rivals unite against Tory First Time Buyer plans

Both sides of the rental divide have criticised Conservative proposals to boost housing demand while doing nothing about supply. Over the New Year break the Tories leaked...

Vast majority of landlords ‘not optimistic’ about 2024

The substantial majority of landlords lack any optimism about their sector as they enter 2024. That’s the result of a new sentiment survey conducted amongst 1,042 landlords...

Gove’s Christmas Gift to Landlords - yet another licensing system

It’s emerged that Housing Secretary approved yet another vast landlord licensing system just days before Christmas. On December Gove gave approval to London’s Redbridge council for a...

Rental activists claim public support for radical five point 2024 wish list

The controversial Renters Reform Coalition - a band of campaigners including the Acorn and Generation Rent ginger groups - claims public support for five rental reforms...

Latest council licensing scheme takes over £900 from each landlord

A new council licensing scheme has been given the go ahead by the government. Peterborough council’s selective licensing scheme will be run in parts of the city...

Cash help on rental property refurbs and disability adaptations

A council is developing a new private sector housing renewal and disabled adaptations policy and is seeking the views of landlords, owner occupiers, residents and other...

Pet-friendly law change for renters is “good news” insists lettings boss

The head of a major industry service supplier insists the Renters Reform Bill provision making it easier for tenants to keep pets is “good news”. Sam Reynolds,...

Emergency law demanded to regulate Airbnbs and Short Lets

A local authority is calling for emergency legislation to help it and other councils stop the spread of Airbnbs and other short lets. Edinburgh council recently failed...

Why are some Labour politicians still arguing for Rent Controls?

A Labour politician has returned to the subject of rent controls - even though the party has officially abandoned this as a policy. London Assembly Labour housing...

Over 90% of homes could meet EPC rating C or higher - claim

A major property industry supplier claims that the housing sector could meet government targets to improve the Energy Performance Certificate ratings for homes.  Landmark Information Group says that out...

Warning to Airbnb and Short Let hosts over January tax change

Thousands of Britons earning from letting their spare room or using parts of their home on platforms like Airbnb could be hit with fines in 2024...

Investors could save tens of thousands with cash-only purchases

A new analysis of discounts available to cash buyer suggests they can save tens of thousands of pounds on some property purchases compared with rival buyers...

Agent lifts lid on what high-end tenants expect…and what they get

According to a London property management company, the profile of renters in prime London is varying hugely.  Glenfield Property Management says that more families from the US...

Tax and Energy Efficiency tips dominate agent’s advice to landlords

Online rental platform Lettingaproperty is telling landlords to take a strategic approach to property management in 2024, to help tnavigate legislative changes, market trends and fiscal...

2024 - Rightmove’s Forecast for the Housing Market

Rightmove has revealed its forecast for 2024 - and has looked back on the past 12 months. This year, 2023, ends with national average asking prices 1.1...

Mortgage Chiefs forecast better days for landlords in 2024

Many landlords say they’re set to expand investments in 2024 despite facing up to 80 per cent higher costs in the next two years. The Intermediary Mortgage...

Inflation Drop’s Big Question - will interest rates fall sooner, not later?

Consumer Price Inflation in November was 3.9 per cent - significantly lower than the 4.4 per cent expected by many analysts. It’s been interpreted as good news...

Mortgage costs for many landlords rocket upwards - fresh figures

Monthly interest costs have surged by 283 per cent since 2021 for landlords using interest-only mortgages, research shows. Octane Capital compared rates in October 2023, for a...

Landlords warned over looming electrical checks crisis

Repairs and maintenance supplier Fixflo is warning landlords of a surge in demand for Electrical Installation Condition Reports in the short term. Analysing data held on EICRs...

Amended Renters Reform Bill now runs to 155 pages

The Renters Reform Bill in its latest amended version now runs to 15 pages, and is available on the Parliament website. The Bill has had detailed amendments...

New phased-payments option for tenants booking Airbnb

Airbnb is changing the way prospective tenants can pay.  The launch is part of a phased global roll-out which will see Klarna and Airbnb offering an alternative...

Lloyds Bank unveils latest Build To Rent challenge to Buy To Let

Citra Living, the Build To Rent arm of Lloyds Banking Group, has announced another new scheme. It is a 95-flat development at Nottingham’s British Waterways building. Citra, which...

HMRC Self-Assessment Helpline slammed for not helping callers

A business consultancy claims the HMNRC Self-Assessment helpline - set up to assist those compiling and filing tax returns as the deadline nears - is actually...

Airbnb using AI to clampdown on anti-social tenants during holiday season

Airbnb in the UK is bringing in restrictions on certain bookings over New Year’s Eve to deter guests holding anti-social parties. Proprietary anti-party Artificial Intelligence and machine...

Landlords Warn Tenants - rents up in 2024 thanks to mortgage costs

Almost two thirds of private landlords expect to see their mortgage payments increase over the next 12 months with warnings that this trend will lead to...

Landlords intimidate tenants into not reporting faults, says Generation Rent

Christmas goodwill towards landlords seems in short supply from activist group Generation Rent.  It has this week issued a statement saying the existence of Section 21 eviction...

Former Tory housing minister lets rip at ‘predatory freeholders’

Former housing minister Rachel Maclean - the victim of a shock sacking by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak last month - has slammed :”unethical behaviour” by some...

Energy efficiency rental upgrades slump following government U-turn

Three-quarters of landlords welcome the government’s decision in the autumn to scrap the proposal that all rental property must have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of...

Landlords still upbeat despite challenges (apparently)

Two-thirds of private landlords in the UK are optimistic about how their property investments will perform in the coming years - but political uncertainty is a...

Soft landing in 2024 but no full-scale recovery - Nationwide

The Nationwide says 2023 has seen a surprisingly-resilient housing market but there will be no full scale recovery in 2024 - thanks to stubbornly high interest...

Stark Warning - Britain ‘in grip of damp and mould crisis’

Britain is in the grip of a new mould crisis, a leading property association has warned.  The National Association of Property Buyers says it is seeing “more...

Big rise in landlords reducing buy to let portfolios

One in five (20 per cent of) landlords plans to reducing their buy to let holdings according to a new survey. The Property Academy Landlord Survey 2023...

Rental homes blighted by high cost and low quality - claim

Many households are struggling with rising costs, while renters in particular continue to struggle with low quality housing, the Resolution Foundation claims. It’s based the claim on...

House prices will fall further next year warns the Halifax

House prices may fall by up to four per cent in 2024 the Halifax is warning. Its Outlook for 2024 report says pressure on household finances –...

Paragon launches nil-fee five-year BTL fixed-rate mortgages

Paragon Bank has launched new five-year fixed-rate buy-to-let mortgages with nil product fees. Rates start at 5.80 per cent and there is £750 cashback on selected products. Available...

Another day, another landlord licensing scheme proposed by council

Gedling council in Nottinghamshire is launching a consultation to renew yet another selective licensing scheme. The scheme was launched in 2018 and was expanded in November 2022.  The...

Banning Order and call for people to watch out for rogue landlord

A council has secured a banning order against a landlord, taking effect almost immediately. The order is against Grzegorz Surminski, a landlord known to sub-let property in...

Landlord complaint leads to agency being expelled from Ombudsman scheme

A London lettings agency has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman for not paying compensation to a landlord following a failure return a property with vacant...

Free event to update landlords on new laws and grants

A local authority is hosting a free event for local landlords which will give them insights into latest developments in the private rented sector and access...

Generation Rent boss in new attack on landlords

The chief executive of the Generation Rent ginger group has called on his former employer to make a case against landlords, who are accused of discrimination...

Labour council to charge landlords £500 for Improvement Notices

A local authority is introducing charges for the issuing of Improvement Notices to landlords - and has chosen to announce it now, in the build up...

Landlord Alert - lobby your MP to limit damage from Renters Reform Bill

The National Residential Landlords Association has created two template email letters for landlords to use to urge MPs to minimise damage caused by the Renters Reform...

Rightmove ramps up the hype on new Boxing Day listings

Rightmove is building the hype ahead of its much-vaunted Boxing Day listing of new properties to the market. The portal claims that the number of new properties...

Consultation starts on renewing and extending selective licensing regime

Landlords providing much-needed private rented accommodation in part of Merseyside are to fall under an expanded  licensing regime.  Wirral councillors have voted to continue the Selective Licensing...

New energy ratings to provide EPCs - government consultation opens

The government has launched a public consultation on a radical new UK home energy rating system to replace the long-standing Standard Assessment Procedure or SAP rating. SAP...

Lettings market still strong while sales sentiment is ‘less negative’ - RICS

The latest RICS Residential Survey, out today, points to an improved outlook for the housing market, with the more optimistic sentiment supported by a small easing...

Shadow Chancellor Reeves campaigns for selective licensing regime

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves has campaigned for a selective licensing regime in her Leeds constituency. She joined the city council leader and other councillors from the...

Husband and wife landlords guilty of breaching Prohibition Orders

Landlords Shaun and Laraine Etherington have pleaded guilty to four offences of breaching Prohibition Orders against human habitation at their properties in the Guildford area. They were...

Shelter boss says “skyrocketing rents” are cause of homelessness

The chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter is blaming “skyrocketing rents” for a crisis of homelessness. As part of an appeal for money to be sent to...

Council urges tenants to report mould and tells landlords what to do

Private tenants are being encouraged by a local council to report damp and mould issues to their landlords. Shropshire council says private tenants should ask their landlords to...

Purplebricks claims to sell landlords’ homes ‘for free’

Controversial online agency Purplebricks claims landlords and other home owners can sell their properties for free “as part of a progressive new operating model.” Following the collapse...

Landlord exodus prompts council to spend millions buying homes

A council is to spend £10m to buy homes on the open market to house local people - some at risk of homelessness as a result...

Gove slams council that boasts of clampdowns on private landlords

Michael Gove has written to 10 social housing providers - housing associations and councils - slamming them after findings of severe maladministration. The findings were made by...

Transactions tumble to 17 year low but light at end of tunnel - surveyors

Cash and mortgage housing market data show average prices decline by an annual 4.6 per cent says e.surv. But the monthly trend is easing and some hot...

HMRC targets landlords who allegedly under-report profits

A prominent tax consultancy says landlords who transferred their rental properties in a company in 2017/18 are being targeted by HMRC. It’s the Revenue’s latest campaign to...

Rogue landlord tried to let out “uninhabitable outbuilding”

A council has prosecuted a private landlord who let out an uninhabitable outbuilding in Kings Langley. Deborah King of Kings Langley was initially fined £4,000 for failing...

Shelter’s Renters Reform Bill petition nears target threshold

Campaigning charity Shelter is nearing a controversial signature threshold in its petition about the Renters Reform Bill. It now has over 123,000 of a target 125,000 signatories for the petition,...

Landlord hit with half million pound fine after using fake name

A landlord who used a fake name to evade detection has been hit with £485,000 in fines after illegally renting out a shed as five flats. Yehudi...

Councils charge landlords thousands of pounds for “officer time”

Councils in Greater Manchester admit to charging landlords over £14,000 for “officer time” involved in licensing schemes. There are currently eight selective licensing schemes operating across the...

Double-digit rise this year takes rents to record high

London has seen the strongest rental growth over the last year according to an analysis by lettings agency Hamptons.   The average rent in the capital rose to...

Activists say they know rent levels two years from now

Generation Rent says it’s worked out what rent levels will be in two years’ time. The activists say rents will rise 14 per cent above new benefit...

Rightmove reveals its 2024 housing market forecast

Rightmove has revealed its forecast for 2024 - but just as it has done this, it’s revealed asking prices have dropped 1.9 per cent in just...

Free landlord training and legal updates from new accreditation scheme

Newcastle council is seeking new members of its Landlord Accreditation Scheme, which it claims recognises and rewards “reputable landlords who offer good quality housing in the...

Buy To Let mortgage rates reduced by The Mortgage Works

The Mortgage Works is reducing rates on products for new and existing landlord customers by up to 0.40 percentage points, with rates starting from 4.19 per...

Rental demand to stay strong as many tenants say they’ll never buy

Over a third of current renters believe they will never be able to buy a home in future.  And only 29 per cent expect to become homeowners...

Rogue Landlord hit with huge Rent Repayment Order

A landlord in London has been ordered to refund 12 months’ rent to tenants after failing to license their HMO. The fine was issued after the landlord...

Landlord Warning - many face 80 per cent sky-rocketing costs

A respected financial body is warning that landlords face rising costs of up to 80 per cent in the next two years. The Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association...

We want more selective licensing insists environmental health chiefs

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has given a warm welcome to many of the provision in the Renters Reform Bill - except, it seems, for...

Freeholders fight back in bid to save ground rents

Plans for leasehold reform face a major early stumbling block as analysis shows plans to retrospectively introduce a cap on ground rents could cost the taxpayer...

Capital Appreciation Boost from latest house price index

UK house prices rose for the second month in a row in November, boosted by a shortage of properties, says the Halifax.. House prices rose 0.5 per...

Shamplina endorses new anti-fraud PropTech tool

Landlord Action supremo Paul Shamplina has endorsed a new PropTech tool aimed at stopping landlords falling victim to fraud. Title Guardian claims to monitor digital sources such...

Gove gives go-ahead to one of UK’s largest licensing schemes

Almost all landlords letting out properties in a London borough will soon be legally required to have a selective license. It’s one of the country’s largest landlord...

Landlords more optimistic than data suggests, claims lender

More than a quarter of private landlords plan to increase the size of their property portfolios in the next year, compared to just one in 14...

Landlords face sentencing after e-bike fire fatality

Two landlords who let their two-bedroom flat in Tower Hamlets to as many as 22 people, have pleaded guilty to nine offences under the Housing Act...

More divorced middle-aged tenants pile extra demand on rental sector

New research suggests that an influx of older renters has increased congestion in the rental market. Some 39 per cent of renters are now aged 45 or...

Demand for HMO landlords to do more to boost recycling

A recycling company says landlords should do more to encouraging HMO tenants to boost recycling. The firm - First Mile - suggests landlords insist individuals in multi-tenanted...

Tory MPs lobby government demanding Airbnb crackdown

A group of Conservative MPs has organised a lobby of the government to demand a clampdown on Airbnbs and other short lets. The MPs all represent constituencies...

On The Turn? Propertymark warns some rents are now falling

A surprising one in seven lettings agents is now reporting a fall in rents rather than a rise. Although far more agents are still reporting rises -...

Many tenants forced into bidding wars and pay well above asking rent - claim

A think tank claims that four in 10 households renting privately that moved within the last year are paying an average £1,200 a year above the...

Landlords given inspection warning over removal of ASTs

The Renters Reform Bill’s proposal to replace Assured Shorthold Tenancies with rolling ‘periodic’ lets could put landlords’ properties at risk, it’s been claimed. Inspection service NoLettingGo’s managing...

Slap taxes on short lets and holiday homes, urges countryside charity

A countryside body is blaming the government’s failure to provide affordable housing and the rise in short lets for a homelessness surge in rural communities. A report...

Labour to make bidding wars on rental properties illegal

The Labour Party says it will outlaw rental bidding wars if it wins the next General Election. The party's shadow housing minister, Matthew Pennycook, has told BBC...

One in two tenants fail government ‘financial resilience’ test

One in four people don’t have enough savings to cover a 25 per cent drop in earnings - and that rises to almost one in two...

Boom Time for flats and houses let for over £5,000 per week

London’s ultra-prime rental market has returned this year to pre-Covid levels for the first time, an agency claims. Beauchamp Estates - using data from Lonres showing all...

New way of measuring rent rises coming in next March

The government’s Office for National Statistics is introducing a new way of measuring rent rises from the spring. It will double the sample it uses from 250,000...

What are the three things tenants value most? New survey gives answers

Tenants value location, flexibility and direct landlord relationships according to new research from specialist lending bank OSB Group.  The Future Tenant Standard report highlights that many renters...

EPCs - Generation Rent and Labour Mayor slam landlords and government

Generation Rent and London Mayor Sadiq Khan have jointly slammed landlords who do not improve the EPCs of their private rental properties - and has condemned...

New Taskforce launched to hit back at criminal landlords

Some £2m of government money has been channeled into a brand new country cil Taskforce aimed at identifying and clamping down on landlords undertaking a range...

Good news at last as major index heralds ‘housing market recovery’

UK house prices rose an average of 0.2 per cent month on month in November - prompting the Nationwide to call it a ‘housing market recovery’. Annual...

Renters Reform Bill must be changed to reassure landlords - NRLA

The National Residential Landlords Association says the Renters Reform Bill won’t win the support of landlords in its present form. The Bill has just finished the committee...

Council says ‘good landlords’ can have cheaper, longer licences

A council statement announcing a complex new licensing regime for the local private rental sector claims “landlords and agents who are compliant with council requirements, manage...

Many More Details expected when landlords advertise properties

Landlords will have to include many more specific points about their properties when they list them in future - whether directly or via letting agents. An initiative...

Rental demand triples in just four years says NRLA

The proportion of private landlords who report increased demand for rental properties has more than tripled compared with demand for properties seen before the pandemic. According to...

Growing number of tenants miss rent or mortgage payments

Almost one in five UK adults has missed a payment in the past 12 months - and for seven per cent of the population, that means...

Mortgages - landlord confidence in fixed rates has been restored, says lender

A mortgage lender survey suggests landlords are returning to fixed rate mortgages. Landbay says more investors are opting for five-year fixed mortgages again: 51 per cent of...

Good EPC Ratings - many buyers will pay more for energy efficiency

New research shows that a significant number of buyers will pay more for a home with a good EPC rating. The study, by Uswitch Mortgages, says 43...

Bankrupt! - Labour council which tomorrow launches huge licensing scheme

A controversial licensing scheme is due to come into force tomorrow - just as the council administering it has declared itself effectively bankrupt. Nottingham council yesterday evening...

Labour Mayor and Generation Rent buddy up for anti-mould campaign

London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan and the leader of activist group Generation Rent have teamed up for an anti-damp and mouldy homes campaign in the capital. Khan’s...

Court Reform “not a delaying tactic to avoid scrapping S21” - government

The government has insisted that its commitment to reform the courts process to help deal with evictions more effectively is not a delaying tactic to avoid...

Older renters moving to cheaper areas and smaller homes - BBC report

A BBC News report claims that increasing numbers of renters aged over 30 are moving to cheaper areas as rents have risen and and available properties...

Airbnb landlord prosecuted for contravening planning regs

Melton council in Leicestershire has prosecuted a resident who pleaded guilty of failing to comply with a planning contravention notice which was issued regarding a suspected...

London borough HMO licensing scheme goes out to consultation

Residents across part of London are invited to give their thoughts on yet another new rental licensing scheme. This is a new proposed additional HMO licencing scheme...

Interest Rates to stay high for “foreseeable future” warns Bank boss

Any hope of a near-term drop in interest rates appears to have been wiped out by a statement by Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey. In a...

Capital city’s three best-yield postcodes revealed by portal analysis

The property portal ESPC has revealed the top-performing Edinburgh postcodes in terms of rental yields, for the third quarter of 2023. The latest rental data from Citylets,...

Landlords list student homes free on new portal (until they let)

A new rental website which claims to list “all available homes for young people in one place” has raised well over £3m in funding. Hybr calls itself...

Second Homes on the march - full breakdown by type and location

There are some 141,245 second homes in England and Wales, new figures show.  Flats are the most common type of second home, accounting for 42 per cent,...

Time for Investors to Buy? Discounts rise to £18,000

House prices fell 1.2 per cent in the past year, according to a new Zoopla report out today, with average discounts on homes currently for sale...

Government eco-scheme for landlords has zero impact - claim

A campaign by a UK government to help landlords retrofit their properties with energy efficient amenities has had almost zero impact, the Liberal Democrats claim. The Scottish...