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Government comes clean - it wants home owners, not renters

Housing minister Chris Pincher has made the most explicit admission yet of the government’s desire to diminish the private rental sector. In...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

May 11 - is this when we’ll know about abolishing Section 21?

The State Opening of Parliament will take place on Tuesday May 11, with many expecting this to be when the government confirms...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Section 21 ‘homelessness threat’ has fallen 50% says government

The government says the number of households facing possible homelessness after a Section 21 eviction has fallen 50 per cent in...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords complain of lack of support from government

Hundreds of landlords and property professionals say their national economic contribution is under-appreciated and inadequately supported. Landlords have hit out at a lack...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Are you prepared to give more property details to letting agents?

Several high-flying lettings sector bodies say rental properties advertised on portals should carry much more upfront information. This means landlords who use agents...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord, 86, fined after rat droppings found at unsafe HMO

A landlord has been fined £6,000 for failing to properly maintain a HMO in Reading. Nidan Singh, 76, has also been ordered to...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Everything first time landlords need to know - new guide

ARLA Propertymark, the letting agents’ main trade body, has prepared a ‘top tips’ guide for first time landlords. Association president Angela Davey...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ portal to showcase Build To Rent properties via special week

Love to Rent, a portal that markets properties to let, is to stage a customer awareness week to push Build To...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Today’s webinar may help landlords hit by tenancy disputes

The DPS is hosting free dispute webinars to enable landlords and letting agents to navigate the dispute resolution process. More than 2,000...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Order in Court! TV Star says he wants Section 21 scrapped

TV star Robert Rinder - best known for his performances under the guise of Judge Rinder - has made an outspoken...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t give up on Green Homes, top MP tells government

The chair of the all-party Environmental Audit Committee of MPs is urging the government to introduce an alternative to the disastrous Green...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

U-turn on Right To Rent means ‘remote ID checks’ stand

Landlords are not required to conduct retrospective Right to Rent verification on tenants who had a Covid-adjusted check since March 30...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord group repeats call for upfront cash payments

The National Residential Landlords Association has repeated its backing for upfront cash payments and rent guarantees. A new study has found that...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Matching Service - council will pair tenants with landlords

A council in the Lake District is inviting new and existing private landlords to register with Property Links, its free matching...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

 Students “left to fall prey to landlords” claims union

Over a fifth of students questioned in a new survey say they have been unable to pay rent in full over...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Eco Shock: Six-fold rise in landlord interest in Green Mortgages

Three in five landlords are interested in green mortgages - a huge surge in recent times. The buy to let broker Mortgages...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring number of second homes jumping on staycation bandwagon

The number of second homes in the UK has risen 30 per cent over the last five years, according to a...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Council staging virtual forum to help landlords during pandemic

A council is holding a virtual landlords’ forum to support them navigate the Covid-19 pandemic. Normally, Ryedale council works in partnership with...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged: Embrace housing benefit tenants, don't reject them

The head of an agency is urging landlords to “embrace” tenants on housing benefits, instead of seeking to avoid them. Mish Liyanage,...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New landlord charter is Labour’s big idea for Mayor election

Greater Manchester’s Labour Mayor, Andy Burnham, wants to introduce a £1.5m Good Landlord Charter This would work in partnership with the city’s...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Taper changes to notice periods ASAP, landlords tell government

The landlords' main trade body wants a tapering down of notice periods for Section 8 and Section 21. The government has already...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Top 20 best places to invest as a landlord - new league table

A new league table has been created of the best places for landlords to invest in buy to let. The Compare The...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Opposition to licensing scheme set to be discussed tomorrow

It’s been reported that a bid to impose a rental licensing regime on the Channel Island of Jersey - set to...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock as council reveals new HMO licensing will costs over £1,000

Salford council in Greater Manchester is to introduce landlord licensing for HMOs where three or four tenants live - and the...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Elderly landlord claims he’s being pursued by agency’s liquidators

An 83-year-old landlord who let a property through collapsed agency Homepoint says he is being pursued for nearly £2,400 by liquidators. Homepoint...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords face bill of over £60,000 over multiple housing offences

Two landlords of a property in East London have been ordered to pay costs and fines totalling £61,057.05 after they were prosecuted...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord and property company hit with £50,000 in fines and costs

A property company and its sole director landlord have been convicted and ordered to pay more than £50,000 in fines and...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Half of landlords back measures to get pets in rented property - claim

A controversial survey by an insurance firm suggests almost half of landlords welcome the government’s new Model Tenancy Agreement which allows...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Battling Baroness says S21 notices ‘pull rug from beneath tenants’ feet’

The Baroness who leads the Generation Rent campaign has made a sharp attack on section 21 notices. Baroness Alicia Kennedy says: “A Section 21...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Three agencies must stop trading after failing to compensate landlords

Three lettings agencies have been expelled for The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay compensation to landlords. And as they are now...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

£15m in government cash for students struggling to pay rent

The Department for Education has announced that its to make available an additional £15 million in hardship funding to support those students...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet another BTL lender issues cheap loans for homes with good EPCs

For the second time this week (and it’s only Wednesday) a lender has announced cheaper mortgage loans for buy to let...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour anti-eviction activists outline three-stage campaign

The Momentum group on the left of the Labour Party has outlined a three-stage campaign to secure a longer term ban on...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Most landlords have doubts about staying in buy to let sector - survey

A survey of 20,000 landlords by a comparison website suggests 53 per cent are uncertain if they want to remain in buy to...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants should “suss out” landlords about decorating, says website

The chief executive of a private rental platform is telling tenants to “suss out” landlords about decorating their property themselves.  “The freedom...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson becomes a landlord (and will allow pets)

The Daily Mail is reporting that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to let his Oxfordshire cottage out - and he’s taking...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets rival to Airbnb to launch in UK next year

A Scandinavian company is bidding to create a short lets rival to Airbnb and has announced it is opening in the UK...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender says new eco-loan will be 'push for landlords'

The Mortgage Works, the specialist buy to let arm of the Nationwide, is trying to woo landlords to make properties more...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Council action means £90,000 bill for landlord and company

A landlord and a property company have a total of over £90,000 to pay after being found guilty of 27 charges...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls help turn Berlin into “mini Venezuela” - claim

An economist at a right-leaning think tank says Berlin - often regarded as a model for state-regulated private renting - has...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

We’re Staying Put! Landlord sell-offs hits a seven year low

New data from lettings agency Hamptons suggests that despite the slew of challenges thrown at the private rental sector, the number...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords tell of distress over thousands owed by agency

Two landlords have spoken out about their losses and treatment from a lettings agency which has collapsed. Last month we reported that...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Big rise in rents outside London as demands outstrips supply

New figures suggest a large average rise in rents over the past year in almost every region outside of London. According to...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Accountants warn landlords who have not declared to HMRC

A property accountant is warning that ‘accidental landlords’ may not have been aware of the complexity of property taxation and so...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords slam Sadiq Khan’s rent control power grab

The main landlords’ trade body has hit out at a bid by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to secure powers to impose private...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand by for weekend of protests by anti-eviction campaigners

The Momentum movement on the left wing of the Labour Party is staging a series of protests this weekend targeting landlords...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords penalised by government will put up rent, warns key supplier

A key supplier is warning that landlords penalised by ever higher government taxes and rules will be forced to increase rents. Andy...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour criticises court delays as backlog hits all-time high

Many landlords awaiting the hearing of possession cases will hardly need reminding, but new figures from the Ministry of Justice give...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Too much, too quickly! Call for energy efficiency timescales to slow

A respected private rental sector body wants the government to slow its timetable for energy efficiency reform, warning that landlords could...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Mediation instead of eviction - will it work?

The government has released details of its mediation scheme, which has already won the in-principle support of the National Residential Landlords...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

We're sticking with cities and towns, say most tenants

The much-hyped move from cities to the country thanks to the pandemic is happening - but it’s much more likely to...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord who refused to make safety improvements hit with £5,000 fine

A landlord that refused to make safety improvements at two of her properties in Folkestone has been fined nearly £5,000. Madeleine Scott,...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Student rental blocks to have “multiple themed sky lounges”

A new purpose-built student accommodation complex in Swansea pledges to shake up the way students live in the city with, amongst...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists want Rent Control Board to limit rent rises

A pressure group for tenants wants the next Mayor of London to win powers from the government to reduce rents, through a...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Buying is cheaper than renting, but deposit remains big obstacle

New research shows that monthly payments for the mortgage are likely to be cheaper than rent for a comparable home -...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Big surge in choice of mortgages for holiday let landlords

There’s been a surge in the number of mortgage products aimed at landlords in the holiday let market. There’s been a 45...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Should families be banned from renting? Consultation begins...

A consultation process is taking place on the Channel Island of Jersey about whether landlords should be banned from refusing to...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders flop - average of just 13 issued a year

Only 39 rogue landlords and letting agents have been hit with banning orders in the first three years of their existence. The...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Dispute Resolution service extends remit to cover more rental issues

A resolution service set up last summer for landlords is extending its remit to cover a much wider range of disputes. TDS...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents show gentle rise in most parts of the UK says latest index

The latest Goodlord rental index shows a buoyant lettings market over the past month.  March brought a boost in average income for...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Council says licensing needed to expose landlords like this one…

A landlord has been handed penalties totalling nearly £8,000 after being found guilty of operating an unlicensed HMO. This follows an investigation...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Big drop in ‘super prime’ tenancies starting in central London

Few landlords deal in the rarified surroundings of the central London market, and new figures from lettings agency Knight Frank show...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

MP backs law change to allow tenants to pay pet damage insurance

Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell, who is moving a Bill through Parliament urging landlords to accept pets, says he backs a law...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord clobbered with ‘record’ five figure fine

A rogue landlord has been hit with a bill of £48,000 - a record for the council which brought the prosecution. Tariq...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant failure down to outsourcing logistics to US - claim

A logistics software company with clients across the property spectrum has become the latest critic of the government’s axing of the...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Overseas landlords still investing in UK property in large numbers

A lettings agency estimates that the number of overseas landlords owning property in the UK has hit a five-year high -...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions could take six months longer than usual post-ban - warning

An eviction specialist says the average time to evict a tenant could soar by six months once the current ban comes to...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back MPs’ call for clear exit plan from eviction ban era

The landlords’ trade body has backed a call from MPs demanding a clear exit strategy at the end of the latest...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

This is where landlords are hit most by Green Homes Grant axe

An analysis of the Green Homes Grant applications show exactly which areas will be hit most when the scheme comes to...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let mortgage options increase, but warning on rates

Buy to let mortgage choice has increased for the fifth month in a row, according to independent mortgage market monitor Moneyfacts. There...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New mortgage range for buy to lets with good EPC ratings

Paragon Bank has launched a range of 80 per cent loan to value buy to let mortgages specifically for properties with...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

More funding, more long-term planning - landlords urge eco-action

The landlords’ trade body has urged the government to think more strategically about energy efficiency in the private rental sector, and...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour tenants slam party housing spokeswoman over protests

A Labour housing pressure group has made strong public criticism of the party’s shadow housing spokeswoman, Thangam Debbonaire. Labour Tenants United was...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London landlords fined in council clampdown

Two landlords have been handed hefty fines after pleading guilty to renting out shared houses without the correct paperwork. The owner of...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in complaints about landlords, claims charity

A charity claims it’s helping one person every minute with problems relating to renting from a private landlord. In the first two...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Breakthrough! Lender creates buy to let mortgage offer in 48 hours

A bank says it can provide a formal mortgage offer to a buy to let investor in just 48 hours. Shawbrook says...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant scrapped at almost no notice

The government is axing the Green Homes Grant scheme from 5pm on March 31 - putting a much criticised scheme out...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Closing tax loophole for rentals doesn’t go far enough for some

The closing of a tax loophole which allow some owners of holiday lets to avoid paying council tax does not go...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council gives notice of two new licensing schemes later this year

A Midlands council has given notice of two landlord licensing schemes set to be introduced later this year. Charnwood council has been...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Corporations are better than buy to let landlords, says Big Issue writer

A contributor to the Big Issue magazine says corporations that become landlords may be better at it - and better for...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban Own Goal: more tenants to lose their homes as a result

In the first anniversary of the initial ban on repossessions, it appears the move has backfired spectacularly. Research for the National Residential...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid to make landlords improve energy efficiency in properties

Specialist buy to let lender Paragon has taken the unusual step of issuing a so-called Green Bond to fund attempts to make...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shocking lack of toilet facilities for rogue landlord's tenants

A landlord who allowed his tenants to live in squalid conditions, has been ordered by the court to pay £5,000 for...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council says it’s tracking down landlords with too-low EPCs

A council says it’s on the hunt for landlords letting properties with EPCs below the minimum standard.  Working with Exeter Community Energy,...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidelines for landlords as ‘stay at home’ goes

The government has revised official guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the light of imminently-changing Coronavirus advice. The revisions are not fundamental...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

One week before new electrical standards on existing tenancies

A reminder has gone to landlords about new electrical safety standards that come into effect for existing tenancies in a week’s...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New mortgages launched for non-specialist buy to let companies

Specialist buy to let lender Landbay has launched a range of mortgages for trading limited companies buying or remortgaging houses, apartments, HMOs...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Standby for post-lockdown rush of property investment

Investors are sitting on an average of over £37,000 each in investment capital they are poised to inject into the property market. That’s...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned tax change could have surprising impact

The government’s much-hyped ‘tax day’ yesterday had - by comment consent - an underwhelming impact on the property sector. However, one tax...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords demand more info on energy improvements

The National Residential Landlords Association says it backs a report by MPs sharply criticising EPCs and urging more effective modern energy...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Who knew? Grants available for landlords to adapt rental properties

The landlords’ trade body wants more co-operation between the private rental sector and local councils as tenants’ needs change thanks to...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Practical tips to help landlords go green, from lettings agency chief

A prominent lettings agency chief says tenants are becoming more eco-conscious, putting increased emphasis on landlords to meet expectations. Mike Cook -...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax reform should encourage higher quality buy to let, says agent

The government should use today's ‘Tax Day’ consultation process to reform Capital Gains Tax so that it encourages a smaller, high...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government may take over council at centre of rental licensing storm

News reports suggest the government may be about to step in and use commissioners to take over Liverpool council, which has...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Are tenancy agreements being broken by uninsured renters?

A survey of 1,000 tenants suggests that only around half have contents insurance. Nationwide, which conducted the poll, says the contents of...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord refused entry to his property rumbles cannabis farm

A landlord refused entry to a property he owned has tipped off police who discovered a cannabis farm in the Nottinghamshire...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Incentives to work from home and locally, says Build To Rent provider

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent players says the government should incentivise working from home and the use of...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs blast government as landlords miss out on Green Homes Grant funds

There’s a new call on the government to get its act together on the Green Homes Grant, which has failed to live...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Some landlords more authoritarian now, claims lawyer

The eviction ban may have made life less stressful for tenants but a housing lawyer claims otherwise. David Renton, writing in the...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Serial offender landlord in court again over HMO health and safety

A serial-offender landlord has been fined for putting tenants at serious harm from fire and exposing them to substandard and dangerous conditions. Nilendu...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Three year tenancies and much more licensing proposed by council

A council enquiry is proposing a flurry of new landlord licensing schemes in one county in England.  An inquiry into the private...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property investment firms to be investigated over ground rents

The Competition and Markets Authority is to probe property investment companies that have purchased freeholds from developers and that go on...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pet plan pawsed? Minister explains how landlords can refuse pets

The controversy over government proposals to increase the numbers of pets in private rental properties has taken an unexpected twist. Two measures...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax threat makes landlords consider selling - Zoopla

One of the country’s leading property experts says landlords are now reassessing their portfolios as a result of possible Capital Gains...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords to face tougher fire regulations in HMOs and blocks

Landlords and managing agents of HMOs could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

John Lewis says house rental to provide growing share of profits

Retail giant John Lewis says it is expecting 40 per cent of its profits to come from non-retail activities such as...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction ban extension has NO extreme arrears opt-out

Wales has extended its eviction ban from March 31 until the end of June - but it is more severe than...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Police help landlords conduct illegal and violent evictions - claim

A group of activists at the centre of campaigns for renters’ rights has claimed the police help landlords commit illegal acts. The London...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How the other half rent - an insight into Mayfair’s rental sector

One of the most respected and experienced agents in Prime Central London has given an insight into the lettings market in...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yield hot spots in London identified by letting agent

London-focussed lettings agency Portico has drawn up highly localised hotspots within the capital for landlords seeking the best yields.  According to the...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Posh university towns have high rents but low yields, survey shows

Areas boasting Russell Group universities - considered the best in the UK - have the highest rents but disappointing yields.  Returns from a...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

£24,000 - landlord’s average loss from Capital Gains Tax threat

A lettings agency has suggested that the typical landlord could lose as much as £24,000 if the government increases Capital Gains...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords told they should take more benefit claimant tenants

A lettings agency is telling landlords to take more tenants claiming housing benefits. The agency in question says it’s wrong that some...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

150,000 tenants at risk of eviction, claims new charity campaign

A charity warns today that 150,000 private renters are at risk of eviction when restrictions are lifted because of mounting Covid-related...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Unregulated Rental Properties: landlords urged to sign new charter

A council which has 20,000 unregulated rental properties within its area has launched a new charter to improve standards. The unregulated properties...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-landlord group objects to curbs on protests

The activists group Acorn, which has staged several anti-landlord demonstrations including some outside homes, is opposing a new Bill going through...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Scandal brewing as almost £500,000 rent left unpaid to landlords

A lettings agency being put into liquidation owes landlords almost £500,000 in unpaid rent.  Local media in the Midlands report that the...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter says over a quarter of tenants ‘afraid of homelessness’

The campaigning charity Shelter claims 14 per cent of adults in England - that’s six million people - are more worried...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Commons issues summary of Covid help for landlords, tenants

It’s almost exactly a year since Britain went into its first lockdown, heralding a large number of measures affecting renting, notably...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ comments wanted on concept of investing in empty homes

With buy to let and traditional commercial property both under challenge thanks to government regulations and Coronavirus, the government is now...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords have upper hand on rents as supply plummets - research

High level research shows that since the start of the pandemic - March 2020 - some 300,000 fewer properties have come...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council demands government approval for clampdown on landlords

A council has now approved plans for two of the country’s largest licensing schemes - one is so large it needs...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government updates official guidance for private landlords

The government has reissued its official guidance on the possession process for private landlord. The document was originally published last September but...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Prison sentence for elderly landlord claiming to be ‘helping people’

A landlord in his 70s who claims he was just ‘helping people’ has been handed a suspended prison sentence. That’s because he...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyer tells landlords: Don’t deceive tenants

Landlords have been warned not to try to deceive departing tenants after a controversial tribunal ruling. Lindsays law firm says Scotland’s first...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Not enough! Generation Rent slams latest eviction ban extension

Activists in Generation Rent have hit out at the latest extension to the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions.  The government has extended this...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting prompts court action against rogue tenant

A tenant who sub-let a property by falsely claiming to be its owner has been given a criminal record.  Sonia Nascimento rented...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit out at government ‘failing to get a grip on arrears’

The main landlords’ trade body has made a blistering attack on the government of one of the UK nations, asking it...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Student leader says landlords treated better than tenants in pandemic

Landlords have benefitted from tax breaks, subsidies and a weak eviction ban according to the National Union of Students. Larissa Kennedy, the...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban set to be central issue in spring local elections

Activists are aiming to make the eviction ban a central theme in this spring’s local elections. In early May there are elections...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Confiscation order for landlord after illegal property conversion

A landlord who illegally turned a London property into 13 flats has been hit by nearly £200,000 in fines, costs and...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter says renters are “frightened” of eviction, despite extension

The government’s latest extension for the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions - taking it up until the end of May - is...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Another political party wants eviction ban extended

Another political party has joined the chorus of voices calling for still-longer bans on evictions in the private rental sector. The ban...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Falling out of love with buy to let? You’re not alone…

A new survey suggests that landlords are less enthusiastic than in the past about buy to let. The study 1,004 UK landlords...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban given yet another extension by government

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. At that point...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council’s huge licensing plan divides opinion ahead of key vote

A Labour-controlled council says it’s confident a huge new licensing scheme for one of Britain’s most high-profile cities will be voted...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists press another council to get tough on landlords

Activists from the Acorn campaign are pressing a council to get tough on landlords. Acorn has waged anti-landlord and anti-letting agent campaigns...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London landlords have good news - renters are on the way back

Letting agents in London say there's more interest from prospective tenants now the vaccine and Coronavirus roadmap suggest something like normality...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

It CAN be done - Landlord loan scheme extended

Scottish private sector landlords and tenants who face financial difficulties caused by the pandemic have more time to access support after...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New way for landlords to judge accommodation demand and supply

A lettings platform specialising in student accommodation has a new way to spot locations with excess supply. UniHomes says Southampton, Portsmouth and...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Corporation Tax changes unlikely to worry landlords - prediction

A property analyst says landlords with company structures to handle their buy to let portfolios are unlikely to be worried by changes in...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour wants ban on in-person meter readings at rental properties

Labour wants the government to change its Coronavirus guidance to end the internal reading of electric and gas meters during lockdown. The party claims...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior church figure stands up for renting as a tenure

A senior Anglican priest has stood up for renting as a concept, and suggests Britain is too pre-occupied with home ownership. Angela...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord banned following third prosecution in eight years

A landlord who persistently broke residential lettings rules has been banned from operating in what a local council calls “a landmark...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords beware - pets are coming to the private rental sector

An inventory supplier to the lettings industry is advising landlords to make sure they spot early signs of pet damage in...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Hazards in rental units - landlords’ help wanted for assessment

The risk assessment system used by local authorities to judge health and safety issues relating to properties needs updating - and...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent discounts for students extended for another three weeks

The country’s largest landlord for students has extended its discounted rent scheme for another three weeks. Unite Group says its 50 per...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sharia-compliant funding for property investors now available

A company is offering Sharia-compliant bridging finance for property investors. Sharia compliance in the finance world means for savers and borrowers, instead...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

High Street bank may become huge private landlord

Lloyds Bank is considering entering the private rental sector as a landlord, according to a Financial Times scoop. The newspaper says it's...

05 March 2021

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Labour swipe at Budget “giveaway for landlords”

Labour has accused Chancellor Rishi Sunak of prioritising a tax break for landlords over the need for affordable housing or help for...

05 March 2021

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Tenants must demand eco-improvements say rent activists

A rental activists’ campaign group wants tenancies reformed to allow tenants to claim back rent and “give tenants the confidence to...

05 March 2021

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Longer Stamp Duty holiday will trigger buy to let purchases says lawyer

A combination of the longer stamp duty holiday and sustained low interest rates are likely to spur a new wave of...

05 March 2021

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Landlord Alert: faulty electrical appliances cause 43 fires a week in England

Faulty appliances cause an average of 43 fires a week in England alone, according to an electrical product platform. Research by Electrical Direct...

05 March 2021

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Where’s the support for landlords and the private rental sector?

The Budget has received short shrift from landlords and tenants, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak appeared to miss out the private rental...

04 March 2021

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Labour bid to halt in-person rental viewings rejected by government

A second attempt by Labour to halt in-person property viewings during the pandemic has been batted away by the government. Labour’s shadow...

04 March 2021

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Sigh of relief over no Capital Gains Tax hike - for now, at least

No news is good news, they say - and the absence of any announcement about Capital Gains Tax in thre Budget...

04 March 2021

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Landlord must repay thousands as council says “We’ll come and find you

A landlord who failed to licence his property has been ordered to pay back over £5,000 in rent. Michael Convery from Belfast...

04 March 2021

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Investment opportunity? Student demand growing as stock falls - claim

Demand for student accommodation is greater than ever, a specialist online platform suggests. This is despite high supply of new purpose built...

04 March 2021

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Landlords Alert: full details of Budget 2021 proposals

This afternoon's Budget has seen dramatic announcements from Chancellor Rishi Sunak referring to the private rental sector. For landlords buying properties, the stamp...

03 March 2021

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Anarchist group says activists should hold anti-landlord protests

An anarchist group has admitted that protests against landlords and letting agencies present opportunities for disruption. The Solidarity Federation says it aims to “advance...

03 March 2021

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Four year ban for landlord after children found in cupboards

A four year ban on letting any residential property has been imposed on a landlord found guilty of using accommodation that could...

03 March 2021

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This is how landlords who buy can beat the stamp duty holiday chaos

Specialist buy to let broker Mortgages for Business says landlords buying now can use four tips to beat the chaos in the...

03 March 2021

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Avoiding eviction - Council says it’s piloting mediation scheme

A local council has let it be known that it’s in a pilot mediation scheme set up by the government -...

03 March 2021

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“Don’t hand money to millionaire landlords” unions tell government

Trade unions have joined the call for renters with Covid-related arrears to get cash help from the government - but they...

02 March 2021

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Landlord ordered to repay almost £750,000 in “illicit earnings”

A Crown Court judge has ordered a landlord to pay back almost £750,000 in illicit earnings made from overcrowded properties in...

02 March 2021

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Covid arrears not such a big problem according to new survey

A major survey of landlords, tenants and letting agents suggests Covid-related arrears may not be the big problem as some fear. The...

02 March 2021

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Working From Home - is this the beginning of the end?

People are bored of working from home and want to return to the "comfort" of office work and city centre socialising. That’s...

02 March 2021

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Labour MP demands Covid rent arrears to be paid by public funds

Labour MP Stephen Timms has asked Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to commit to five measures to tighten controls on the private...

01 March 2021

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Baroness and rent union chief demand Budget action on arrears

The leader of the Generation Rent campaign group has joined forces with tenant activists to demand the Chancellor gives financial support...

01 March 2021

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Green Homes Grant farce - landlords may throw in the towel

A call has gone out for the overhaul of the Green Homes Grant scheme, which so far has left thousands of...

01 March 2021

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Landlord shocked at damage from cannabis factory in buy to let

A gas engineer was shocked to come across a large cannabis grow in a rental property after being called to change...

01 March 2021

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Landlords encouraged to use ‘under-utilised’ homes for council

Owners of apparently empty or under-utilised properties in a prime London area are being asked to bring them into use to...

01 March 2021

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Buy To Let sell-off underway as Capital Gains Tax threat rises

Landlords are exiting the office on greater numbers since the government called for a review of Capital Gains Tax last year, claims...

26 February 2021

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Tory MP criticised by councillor for sticking up for landlords

A councillor has criticised an MP who came out in favour of landlords in a dispute over licensing. Earlier this week Landlord Today...

26 February 2021

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Tenants authorise debit cards to landlord company at start of tenancy

Tenants at a Newcastle-upon-Tyne Build To Rent scheme are being offered deposit alternatives by the developer-cum-management firm, The High Street Group. The...

26 February 2021

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Another council offering £10k refurb grants to private landlords

A council says grants of up to £10,000 are available to landlords to refurbish homes which could ensure vulnerable people in...

26 February 2021

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Council teaching tenants how to reclaim rent from landlords

A London council is running what it describes as “an innovative project” to help private tenants reclaim rent from landlords who...

25 February 2021

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Six months notice mandatory for many evictions from 2022 in Wales

New simplified rental contracts are to be introduced from spring 2022 in Wales with minimum notice periods for evictions extended from...

25 February 2021

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The 10 biggest mistakes a landlord could make (according to a bank)

It might be thought that banks have made significant mistakes of their own in the recent past - including triggering the...

25 February 2021

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Rent payments can be ‘reported’ to credit rating agencies

A PropTech supplier claims landlords and letting agents can now offer tenants a new service potentially boosting credit scores with Equifax...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reprieve for landlords expanding portfolios right now

Landlords currently buying properties and concerned they may not make the March 31 stamp duty holiday deadline have good news -...

25 February 2021

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Tory MP says council licensing “just a charge on good landlords”

A Conservative MP is weighing in, in support of landlords arguing against a £700 licensing fee by the local council.  James Duddridge,...

24 February 2021

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Clear 700,000 private tenants’ arrears, demand Generation Rent

Generation Rent campaign activists say 700,000 private tenants on Universal Credit cannot afford to pay their rent. The campaign - led by...

24 February 2021

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Tax incentives needed to help energy efficiency in private renting

The landlords’ trade body says the tax system needs reforming to support energy improvements in the private rental sector. The intervention by...

24 February 2021

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Landlords can now compare more agents’ performances on website

All of Leaders Romans 130 branches are to be listed on a comparison website, Rentround. The site describes itself as “connecting landlords...

24 February 2021

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Hefty bill for landlords who ignored council Prohibition Orders

Two landlords have to pay almost £8,000 for letting their flats in defiance of a Prohibition Order.  The order came into force...

24 February 2021

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Jail for landlord and shop owner after death of tenant

Two men - one a landlord, the other a shopkeeper- have been jailed after being found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter. Mushtaq...

23 February 2021

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Scams are rife in the private lettings sector, says Trading Standards

Scams involving fake landlords and bogus lettings agents are rife in the private rentals sector, and may have been made worse...

23 February 2021

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Suspended prison sentence after HMO fire leaves landlord bankrupt

A landlord in south west of England has been given a nine month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, following a...

23 February 2021

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London council wants to double scale of HMO licensing

A London authority wants to extend its licensing regime for HMOs and landlords have just over two weeks left to respond. Lambeth...

23 February 2021

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Thousands of landlords set to miss out on Green Homes Grant

The chaos surrounding the government’s Green Homes Grant, which was to have helped thousands of landlords and owner occupiers, appears to...

22 February 2021

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Hundreds of buy to lets involved in UK’s largest single incorporation

Over 330 rental properties have been incorporated into a single company - thought to be the largest single incorporation in the...

22 February 2021

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Argument brewing over wording of ‘anti-landlord’ consultation

An argument is brewing with landlords angry at the wording of a council licensing consultation. Southend council wants landlords to pay a...

22 February 2021

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Airbnb landlord and tenant fined for breaking Covid lockdown

The owner of a property used for an illegal party has been fined by a London council for breaking lockdown. Police were called...

22 February 2021

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Landlords urged to come to their Census on March 21

It’s Census day on March 21 and for the first time it’s an all-digital affair. The National Residential Landlords Association is urging...

22 February 2021

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Own goal! Ex-footballer must repay £8,000 in 'unlicensed rent'

A landlord who failed to licence his properties has been ordered to pay back over £8,000 in rent. Dexter Blackstock, a former...

19 February 2021

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Suspended jail term for landlord failing to maintain gas appliances

A landlord has been sentenced for failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental property in accordance with the law. Swansea magistrates’...

19 February 2021

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Advice to landlords on changes to Electrical Safety Standards

A lettings agency is issuing general guidance to the landlord community ahead of changes to Electrical Safety Standards in April. Helen Hollingsworth,...

19 February 2021

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Call for landlords to help council boost emergency housing supply

An appeal has gone out to private landlords to lease their properties to a council seeking to boost its supply of...

19 February 2021

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Labour Mayor Khan to put rent controls at heart of election fight

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is to keep a call for rent controls in the capital as a major plank of his...

18 February 2021

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Eco-farce! Landlords join in MPs’ criticism of Green Homes Grant

The government’s Green Homes Grant has been slammed by MPs for its snail’s pace progress, complications and poor delivery. The all-party Environmental...

18 February 2021

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Sunak must help tenants in arrears, pleads coalition of rental groups

A coalition of rental groups with the same view on how to tackle arrears is calling on the Chancellor to help...

18 February 2021

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Landlord fined in blitz of private rental waste dumping

A landlord’s firm has been fined after waste accumulated in the rear yard of a tenanted property. Elahi Properties of Blackburn was...

18 February 2021

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Private landlord company launches PropTech app for residents

A private landlord operator has launched a dedicated and interactive app for its residents. DWP Housing Partnership in Dorset says it wants...

18 February 2021

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Generation Rent attacks landlords on Homes Under The Hammer

Generation Rent has criticised the aspirations of some landlords who appear on the daytime BBC show Homes Under The Hammer.  “The regular...

17 February 2021

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 Break clauses to be demanded by many students in future - claim

A website claims an average £1,621 has been ‘wasted’ by each student on accommodation they haven't used this academic year -...

17 February 2021

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How to navigate the deposit dispute maze - tips from the experts

The Deposit Protection Service has given its six top tips for landlords and tenants to navigate the deposit dispute maze. Here they...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s back! ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’ on TV tonight

This 10-part series - filmed before the pandemic - follows letting agents, eviction specialists and lawyers helping landlords chase rent arrears and...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC tax shock for Airbnb hosts - the clock is ticking…

A tax specialist says HM Revenue & Customs is mobilising its teams to probe Airbnb hosts - and he warns ‘the clock...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Nightmare scenario for some London landlords - warning

The latest rental market snapshot from the property website Home talks of “a nightmare scenario for London landlords”. Firstly, it says rents...

16 February 2021

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Landlords back call for fund to help tenants with arrears

Landlords are today backing a call by the Resolution Foundation think tank for tenant hardship loans for renters impacted by the...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Have you sent taps through the post to prove your tenants wrong?

A tenancy deposit service has listed the unexpected items it receives from landlords or tenants during deposit disputes - and it seems...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Jaw-dropping £500m spend on London Build To Rent by one firm

A property development firm says it’s to spend up to £500m in land acquisitions over the next three years, as part...

16 February 2021

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Cash purchases fall as more landlords rely on mortgages

There’s been another fall in the proportion of landlords purchasing their next buy to lets in cash. Research by Hamptons lettings agency...

15 February 2021

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Eviction ban extension not enough for campaigning Baroness

The Baroness leading the pressure group Generation Rent says the extension of the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions does not go far...

15 February 2021

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Pandemic means Inner London rents now little higher than Outer

Plummeting inner London rents mean the gap between central and outer areas of the capital is now far less than before. Data...

15 February 2021

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“Nobody should have to live like this” - shocking rogue landlords case

Two landlords who illegally let a London property without providing proper washing facilities or tackling serious fire hazards have been taken to...

15 February 2021

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Voyeur landlord put on sex offenders’ register for 10 years

A landlord has admitted voyeurism and has been handed a suspended prison sentence and placed on the sex offenders’ register for...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban on bailiff-enforced evictions extended yet again

The government has announced yet another ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector. The existing ban was due to expire...

14 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter expects eviction ban extension until end of lockdown

Shelter says it expects the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions to be extended until at least the end of the present...

12 February 2021

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Landlord didn't know of tenant’s worry over back to back viewings

A landlord in the east of England says she was unaware of her tenant’s worries over back to back viewings of the property...

12 February 2021

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Landlord’s repeat offence ends up with large fine

A landlord has been fined £6,000 for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation. Wolverhampton council prosecuted Aunberin Saddique after it...

12 February 2021

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Tenants increasingly worried over personal credit scores

Despite talk of increased arrears and wider economic concerns, it appears tenants are increasingly worried about the long-term effects of poor credit...

12 February 2021

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Buy to let investors wooed by barrister offering specialist advice

A tax barrister has restructured his way of working and is appealing to buy to let and other property investors as...

12 February 2021

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Warning over legal problems with buy to lets bought at auction

An investment company claims some investors who buy at auction lose money because of misrepresentations in the legal pack.  The Mistoria Group...

11 February 2021

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Landlord ordered to pay tenants £2,800 after deposit negligence

A landlord who did not secure the deposit of two students has been ordered to pay them £2,800.  The order was made...

11 February 2021

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Thousands of landlords lumbered with loans and unsellable flats

It’s feared that the government’s latest funding to solve the cladding crisis will leave thousands of landlords with loans and unsellable...

11 February 2021

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Rents rise across UK but worries grow over economic turmoil

Rents have risen gently across most regions of the UK but worries are growing over the longer-term economic landscape. HomeLet’s latest lettings...

11 February 2021

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Growing investment from landlords despite rents stagnating

There is substantial investment going in to the private rental sector by individual landlords, according to evidence from the latest edition...

11 February 2021

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Fears grow of Capital Gains Tax hike for landlords

Landlords are warning the government that if it increases Capital Gains Tax the rental market will freeze up. Chatter has increased in...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords wanted for scheme with improvement grants and loans

A council has launched a pilot scheme involving private landlords willing to lease their properties to the authority for five years. Cardiff...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants get on badly? Don't you believe it...

A survey claims that 75 per cent of tenants regard the relationship with their landlord as good or very good -...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector growth highest in the north

The proportion of the population in the private rented sector in England has risen three per cent in the past decade. Research...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Extend the eviction ban! Senior Labour politician leads call

One of the country’s best known Labour politicians wants the eviction ban extended yet again. Currently there is a moratorium on bailiff-enforced evictions...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Penalties on landlords betray Tory ethos, says party member

Some policies towards landlords show how the government has lost its conservative ethos of supporting businesses and being the party of low taxes.  Rosalind...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Houses letting much more quickly than apartments in city centres

New research out this morning suggests that Coronavirus continues to change the lettings landscape, with houses now renting more quickly than a...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords can still beat stamp duty holiday deadline this way

It seems as if the frenzied housing market has extended to the auction field, with one major player reporting a strong...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tradespeople are victims of ‘cowboy customers’ shows new study

Many landlords may be all-too-familiar with cowboy builders but new research reveals a problem with ‘cowboy customers’ robbing tradespeople of income. Mobile...

09 February 2021

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MP writes to private landlords asking for rent reductions

A Labour MP has written to private landlords asking for a rent reduction or release from a tenancy for students prevented...

08 February 2021

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MPs slam “snail’s pace” Green Homes Grant vouchers for landlords

The Green Homes Grant scheme is set to fail according to MPs, who claim the current slow roll-out means it would...

08 February 2021

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Senior Tory stands up for landlords suffering long-term arrears

A senior Conservative peer and consumer campaigner has spoken strongly in favour of landlords’ rights. In a House of Lords debate on...

08 February 2021

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Best yields for rural buy to lets identified by PropTech ‘prospector’

A PropTech ‘prospector’ tool which analyses Rightmove data from an investor’s perspective has produced a list of the 10 best average yields...

08 February 2021

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Landlords fined for ignoring regulations to keep tenants safe

Two men have been ordered to pay almost £8,000 for letting out flats in defiance of regulations designed to keep tenants...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords have no choice but to evict after new Universal Credit hitch

Landlords with tenants on Universal Credit are struggling to set up Alternative Payment Arrangements because the UC portal is closed to new...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New call to scrap stamp duty surcharge to stop supply dwindling

The National Residential Landlords Association is calling on the Chancellor to scrap the three per cent stamp duty levy on the...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Staycation explosion makes holiday lets a viable alternative to BTL

A holiday lets firm has outlined six reasons why that sector may be a good bet for property investors, despite recent...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Investment rush imminent as overseas buyers try to beat deadline

On top of the rush to beat the stamp duty holiday deadline and changes to Help To Buy - both with cliff...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Government told - Help ALL renters, not just students!

Landlords have told government that while they welcome new cash help for student tenants, the rest of the lettings sector needs...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Generous landlords praised for discounting rent to tenants

A not-for-profit educational charity that acts as a lettings agency has praised private landlords for contributing to a rent discount scheme. Sulets...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sell-off inevitable if government pushes EPC changes - claim

Up to 50,000 rental homes in the countryside could be sold off if the government presses ahead with stricter energy efficiency...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to respond to yet another licensing consultation

Landlords in the the Charnwood area of the Midlands are invited to give their views on the proposed conditions for two...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Multi-millionaire landlord tells council leader to kill himself - court claim

Multi-millionaire landlord Fergus Wilson - at one time described as Britain’s most successful buy to let landlord - is reported to...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists demand Covid Rent Debt Fund to wipe out 100% of arrears

The Generation Rent campaign wants public cash in a Covid Rent Debt Fund to clear rent arrears for tenants who have run...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Lords passes token vote urging more protection for tenants

The House of Lords has narrowly voted for a low-key motion expressing regret that the current eviction ban measures do not offer more...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs want better deal for landlords with break clauses for students

An influential all-party committee of MPs and members of the House of Lords is calling for a new council tax fund...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Take heart at strength of rental market’ says commentator

A leading market monitor suggests voids are increasing but otherwise states the rental market is in good health, one year on from...

03 February 2021

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Government tells landlords - no national licensing scheme planned

The government has revealed that it has no plans to introduce a national licensing scheme for landlords. Housing minister Chris Pincher MP...

02 February 2021

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Advice for landlords on how to reduce deposit dispute risk

Newly released data shows precisely what subjects lead to deposit disputes - and a long-standing issue is in the number one...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New loans for energy improvements under Green Homes Grant scheme

A prominent buy to let lender has launched a range of products to help landlords improve the energy efficiency of rental...

02 February 2021

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Agency holding two extra auctions before stamp duty deadline

Landlords who buy from auction may want to take advantage of an estate agent’s decision to hold two of its virtual...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Open Banking concept available to portfolio landlords

A portfolio management platform has launched an Open Banking integration for landlords. The Open Banking concept as it applies to the rental...

02 February 2021

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Landlords bite back at government call for pet-friendly tenancies

The National Residential Landlords Association has called for flexibility from government when it comes to insisting private rental sector properties have...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants demand politicians take action on ‘sex for rent’ scandal

A tenant organisation has written to almost 130 politicians asking them to do more to protect renters - especially lone females -...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Crisis, What Crisis? Record pipeline reported by BTL lender

A record pipeline has been reported by one of the leading buy to let mortgage lenders as landlords race to beat...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Listen Up Landlords! New podcast from the sector’s trade body

The National Residential Landlords Association has launched a new podcast series - Listen Up Landlords - for members and non-members. The association...

01 February 2021

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Government wants pet-friendly tenancy contracts as standard

The government’s model tenancy agreement has been amended to be pro-pet. The new agreement means renters with what are described as “well-behaved pets”...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s Down To The Wire! Landlords warned over stamp duty deadline

There’s a warning today that landlords need to move quickly and selectively if they are intending to purchase a property ahead...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords buy in cities, bucking the Covid countryside craze

Coronavirus has prompted much talk of landlords and tenants alike fleeing cities for the country - but some evidence suggests that...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdowns make good broadband more key than ever for renters

New research provides more evidence of the importance of good broadband links for tenants.  A survey of over 1,000 students earlier this week...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

No free ride for tenants in arrears despite new Breathing Spaces - lawyer

A leading property lawyer insists that a controversial new ‘debt moratorium’ system starting this spring will not mean a free ride...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agent ordered to compensate landlord after rent short cut

The Property Ombudsman has ordered a lettings agent to pay £200 compensation to a landlord after accepting a tenant on the...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Limited company mortgages launched by prominent BTL lender

The Mortgage Works, the specialist buy to let arm of Nationwide Building Society, today launches new limited company mortgages targeting the...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

 Landlords urged to respond to London council’s consultation

Landlords have only until February 11 to respond to the licensing proposals of the London council with the largest private rental...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists use agent’s blunder to accuse landlords of “moral bankruptcy”

A group of anti-landlord activists has used an incident involving an estate agency publicity leaflet as a reason to accuse all...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Chaos! Labour hits out at Green Homes Grant Scheme

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband, now the shadow energy secretary, says the green homes grant scheme is in chaos. Media reports in...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council defends licensing go-ahead in the midst of a pandemic

There is growing momentum for local councils to freeze their plans for landlord licensing while the pandemic continues. Lettings agency trade body...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Alert for landlords over dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms - a critical issue for landlords in light of recent legislation - are back in the...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Public funds to be used to help some students pay rent this year

Public funds are to be used to assist students in Northern Ireland cover rent this year as they cope with remote...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit hits rental market as number of EU nationals plummets

An analysis of the rental market in England has revealed a dramatic drop in the number of EU nationals taking up...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid causes rent levels to dip in many of the biggest cities

Research by lettings agency Keller Williams suggests the Coronavirus crisis has led to dip in rents across the UK - but...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour wants more eviction evidence after Wrongful Termination Order

The Scottish Labour Party has written to the SNP government of that country to demand more protection for private tenants. Labour housing...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert - just days left to respond to licensing consultation

Landlords concerned at licensing proposals put forward by Newcastle council have only until Sunday to respond with their views. The authority is re-designating...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Complexity: renters’ aspirations go beyond ‘move to the country’

An insurance firm's new survey giving new insights into the aspirations of tenants and homeowners in the light of the pandemic. Aviva spoke with...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Substantial arrears’ threshold stays at six months says government

Housing minister Chris Pincher has confirmed that the definition of ‘substantial arrears’ for the purposes of possession orders and evictions will...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on Airbnb and other short lets - support for council move

A council clampdown on four short let flats in Edinburgh has been backed by the Scottish Government. The council discovered that the...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the most profitable cities for landlords

Insurance company CIA landlord has prepared a league table of the most and least profitable locations for buy to let landlords. It’s...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Shut Down! Property investment schemes closed by Insolvency Service

Two property investment companies and an associated business have all been closed down “in the public interest” by the government’s Insolvency...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Millions of pounds in unclaimed deposits have been left by tenants

It’s been revealed that in just one part of Scotland, renters have failed to claim back over £188,000 in deposits at...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils told: ‘Stop pushing ahead with licensing during Covid crisis’

Momentum is building against councils pushing ahead with licensing schemes despite the pandemic. Earlier this week ARLA Propertymark, the letting agents’ trade...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls backed by self styled Citizens Assembly

A so-called Citizens Assembly set up by a leading politician has called for rent controls. The Citizen’s Assembly of Scotland was launched...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

All change: worried tenants rethinking how and where they want to live

Around half of renters are worried about financial security thanks to Coronavirus - and many are concerned their landlords will sell up. Aldermore Bank,...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Health and welfare of tenants jeopardised by landlord

A landlord has been hit with a fine of over £600 after failing to comply with an improvement notice - jeopardising...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Church of England appoints ‘Bishop for Housing’ to probe crisis

The Church of England has named its first Bishop for Housing, ahead of the publication of a report following a two...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Government panned for missing out landlords in new EPC enforcement

The government has been slammed for missing out landlords in proposals to enforce new energy efficiency regulations. Propertymark - the trade group...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord added to rogues' register after letting out illegal bank vault

A landlord who let out a former bank vault as an illegal flat described by the local council as “dangerous” has...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with first-ever Wrongful Termination Order

The first case of a landlord breaching new tenancy rules in Scotland has resulted with him being issued a ‘Wrongful Termination...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property let out in dangerous condition by rogue landlord

A landlord who failed to improve his rental property, leaving his tenants in dangerous conditions, has been fined. Haroon Karim from Nottingham...

21 January 2021

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Growing political anger over Sex For Rent landlords

Both Labour and the Scottish National Party have spoken out over online platforms carrying advertisements from landlords seeking sexual favours in...

20 January 2021

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Police probe homes let by landlords contrary to Covid rules

Police in Devon say they will be cracking down on holiday homes let by landlords in contravention of Coronavirus lockdown rules...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council resuscitates licensing consultation after Coronavirus pause

A council that put a selective licensing scheme consultation on pause because of the pandemic has resumed the exercise.  Oldham council says...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Will Storm Christoph hit insurance on your buy to let properties?

A comparison website is warning owners to check whether their insurance policies cover damage from extreme weather events such as the...

20 January 2021

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Some tenants will live in Airbnb-style short lets post-Covid - claim

Some tenants will spend years living in temporary Airbnb-style short let accommodation after the Coronavirus crisis ends, a lettings platform claims. The...

19 January 2021

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Landlords urged to switch to smart meters as tenants spend time at home

A leading utilities supplier to the rental sector says landlords should consider switching to smart meters, as tenants spend more time at...

19 January 2021

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One in six landlords unaware of mortgage tax relief phase-out - claim

A survey conducted for a mortgage broker suggests one in six landlords is unaware that 2019-2020 - tax assessments for which...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Coronavirus give short-term hit to London rental market

Figures from investment consultancy London Central Portfolio show how vulnerable the capital’s rental market is to Brexit and Coronavirus - but...

19 January 2021

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Landlords rush to incorporate - record numbers last year, says agency

New research suggests there’s been a rush amongst landlords to set up companies through which to manage or purchase buy to...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Breathing Space law will halt landlords seeking arrears or eviction

The government has set out details of its new Debt Respite Scheme - also known as Breathing Space - which comes...

18 January 2021

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Current eviction ban is “more balanced” says housing solicitor

The current extension to the eviction ban in England and Wales is “more balanced” than some past examples according to a...

18 January 2021

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Respite for landlords behind with buy to let mortgage payments

The Financial Conduct Authority is extending the ban on repossessions by two months until April 1, in light of the pandemic...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s huge fine follows 33 HMO offences

A landlord who committed 33 offences at a property he owns has been issued with civil penalties totalling £50,500. Zaheer Uddin Babar,...

18 January 2021

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Rental market slowing according to surveyors’ sentiment study

The latest sentiment survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests a drop in landlord activity across the UK. RICS does...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Yields dip but rental market strong says top lender

Popular buy to let lender Fleet Mortgages’ latest rental yield index shows the consequences of increasing property prices in many regions...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

 Students demand immediate rent rebates and government assistance

Over two thirds of student renters are worried about their ability to pay rent with around a quarter having been unable...

15 January 2021

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Renting in later life increasingly popular says specialist provider

Retirement rental specialist Girlings says the phenomenon of later life renting is growing in popularity. It says independent research from Paragon Bank...

15 January 2021

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International lettings platform expands European service

HousingAnywhere, an internet lettings platform that calls itself Europe’s largest online rental accommodation marketplace for young professionals and international students, has...

15 January 2021

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Renters Reform Bill to be introduced “very soon” says government

Junior housing minister Kelly Tolhurst says the government will introduce the controversial Renters Reform Bill “very soon.” This Bill is the one which...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Are longer leases required for tenants who work from home more?

A PropTech company has issued guidelines for landlords who want to prepare their properties for tenants doing increased volumes of home...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Private renters enjoy more life satisfaction than social sector tenants

Social renters have the lowest life satisfaction and experience the greatest anxiety according to analysis by a property management firm.  Lettings company...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords receiving Covid grants will have to declare in tax returns

Advice from a tax software consultancy suggests that landlords must declare Coronavirus grants in future tax returns, including the next self-assessment...

14 January 2021

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One in eight landlords wanted to evict tenant during pandemic

A lettings agency says there is very large scale support amongst tenants for the extension to the current bailiff-enforced eviction ban,...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown makes electrical compliance harder, warns trade body

A trade body says the current national lockdown may make it harder for the lettings industry to conform with an approaching deadline...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents booming in much of England and Wales away from London

Rents across much of England and Wales are performing strongly according to a new market analysis - and in some areas...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Record fine for landlord letting out HMO with safety failings

A landlord has been hit with what a local authority calls a record £66,000 fine after being found guilty of letting...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Dilemma: should I give discounts and refunds?

A landlord has opened up to a news website about the difficulties trying to accommodate student tenants during the lockdown.  Elizabeth Hunter is...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental quango slated as expensive, bureaucratic, unaccountable

The Rent Smart Wales quango, now five years old, has been sharply criticised by the National Residential Landlords Association.  A report commissioned...

12 January 2021

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Evicted tenant fined for racially abusing landlord

A former tenant has been fined for sending racially offensive messages to his former landlord over three years after being evicted...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity renews call for ‘targeted financial support’ for tenants

Citizens Advice has called once again for public funds to help tenants in Covid-related arrears. Alistair Cromwell, acting chief executive of the...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Government insists eviction ban “protects most vulnerable renters”

The government insists that its ban on bailiff-enforced evictions “protects the most vulnerable renters” during the pandemic. The claim comes in the...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants shouldn’t be obliged to attend possession hearings - call

Activists in a rental reform coalition say court possession hearings should be halted as well as bailiff-led evictions. They say the stress...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Big public support for students going rent-free during lockdown

The public believe students should go rent-free if they do not use their private or college accommodation in the coming term...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban is “just a sticking plaster” says landlords’ group

The government’s ban on bailiff-enforced evictions is just a “sticking plaster” and not a long-term answer for landlords and tenants. That’s the view...

11 January 2021

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Landlords wooed by council pledge of rent guarantees

Thirty properties owned by private landlords have been let thanks to a new rent guarantee scheme run by a Midlands council.  Let’s...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extended in England and Wales

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters has been extended in England and Wales. This will be until February 21 “at...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent freeze and eviction ban demanded by London Mayor Khan

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for an extension of the eviction ban and a two year rent freeze in the...

08 January 2021

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All eyes on Jenrick after Scotland extends its evictions ban

It’s regarded as extremely likely that Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick will announce an extension to the eviction ban in England today. Pleas...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Leasehold reforms should be good news for landlords

Landlords with leasehold properties should be able to enjoy reduced costs and red tape when they wish to extend their leases,...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Government to push Commonhold - but what is it?

The government is establishing a Commonhold Council - a partnership of leasehold groups, industry and government - that will prepare landlords,...

08 January 2021

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Beast from the East? Tips for landlords facing possible cold weather

With unusually cold weather even by winter standards expected later this month, Aviva has issued guidance for landlords and other home...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Celebrity campaigner calls for new ban on evictions and bailiff possessions

Martin Lewis, the celebrity consumer rights campaigner behind MoneySavingExpert, has called upon the government to extend the current ban on bailiffs...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Break Clauses: Student lockdown unlikely to affect contracts, says trade body

The National Residential Landlords Association says the latest stays report on students under the Coronavirus lockdown is unlikely to have an...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant income tumbles but so far no damage to rental market

The latest survey from PropTech platform Goodlord suggests the lettings landscape is relatively stable entering 2021 - but with the prospect...

07 January 2021

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PropTech firm says “powerless” landlords expected to prop up rental market

A PropTech firm says it’s wrong that landlords are expected to prop up the rental market during the pandemic in the...

07 January 2021

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Citizens Advice claims to have one private rental case every two minutes

The Citizens Advice charity claims to have dealt with a private rental sector case “every two minutes” during December - and...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant change makes finding installers easier

The landlords’ trade body says it welcomes a change of heart by the government over details of the Green Homes Grant scheme. Until now...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Mould? Oh that’s the landlord’s responsibility, say most tenants

Two thirds of people who have experienced mould are tenants in private, social or student housing according to a new survey. Comparison...

06 January 2021

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Landlords MUST get government support says Shamplina

Eviction guru and lettings sector expert Paul Shamplina has made an impassioned plea for government help for the rental sector. The founder...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Larger out-of-city properties likely to be in demand in 2021 says insurer

While there is optimism over Coronavirus vaccines, it’s likely that Covid-19 will continue to change tenants’ traditional aspirations in 2021 says...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Renting is becoming the cool choice, claims Build To Rent operator

Private renting is now “a future-forward choice, seen by many conscious consumers to be a cool and connected way of accessing...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction activists step up demand for another ban and rent hand-outs

Activists from Shelter and Generation Rent have led the charge for a renewed eviction ban in the light of the latest...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Licensing expires for 15,000 homes, with no alternative for months

It appears that a London borough council’s two licensing schemes have expired at the turn of the year, with no alternative...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

London lettings applications surge in first sign of capital turn-around

London agency Dexters says the number of lettings applicants rose 50 per cent in 2020 with a particular surge in November...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Many landlords optimistic about 2021, despite huge challenges - claim

Some 45 per cent of landlords remain optimistic about the year ahead, despite the obvious health and regulation challenges - and...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent reform activists hit trouble with recruitment drive

Generation Rent, the lobby group that tells the government how it thinks the lettings industry should operate, appears to have a...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Sex-For-Rent: Landlords named and shamed in newspaper sting

A Labour MP is demanding action against unscrupulous predator landlords who demand sex from tenants in lieu of rent. The Daily Mail...

04 January 2021

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Baby Boomer buy to lets are “devastating“ for young people - claim

A philanthropist claims the difficulty some younger people have in getting on the property ownership ladder is caused by Baby Boomers...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord slams council “money raising” licensing red tape

A landlord leader has hit out at a council’s selective licensing scheme, suggesting it is “bureaucracy for bureaucracy’s sake” and nothing...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus Cash Crisis - over half of landlords have lost income

More than 50 per cent of private landlords have lost rental income as a result of the pandemic says new research. A third of...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for Airbnb landlords to help domestic abuse victims

The Liberal Democrats want Airbnb to ensure its landlords offer free accommodation to victims and survivors of domestic abuse in Tier 3...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord-to-landlord sale of tenanted properties booms under Covid

An estate agency that bucks the industry trend by selling only tenanted properties to landlords says it’s had a record year. Portfolio,...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Should new HMOs have en suites to combat Coronavirus?

A councillor has called for all new HMOs to be created with en suite bathrooms, and not shared bathrooms. The call came during...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Regeneration areas tipped to be good investments for 2021

A property development consultancy is tipping five regeneration areas in England as potential good investments for the coming year. SevenCapital says they...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Landlord Today and Angels Media

Many of us will be glad to see the back of 2020 for obvious reasons. For landlords the Coronavirus crisis has been...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Insecure tenancies lead to worse Covid risks - claim

Insecure tenancies, poor housing conditions and overcrowding lead to health problems and worsen risks in the pandemic, a think tank claims. The...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

London Mayor wants windfall tax to fund cladding removal

London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan wants a £3 billion one-off windfall tax on private developers to fund replacement cladding on affected...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London rental woe may reverse thanks to vaccine - claim

The roll-out of a vaccine for Coronavirus could dramatically change the poor rental market performance in prime London in the coming...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Beware - new Coronavirus tiers could mean arrears rising in 2021

Covid-19 restrictions in force across the country for the foreseeable future means landlords must remain cautious in 2021 - and they...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tier 4 Landlords: Government publishes operating guidelines

The government has published official guidance for landlords on how they should operate in the new Tier 4 locations. Since Boxing Day,...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Short-term mortgages likely for landlords as uncertainty continues

Consumer service Which? says it anticipates landlords choosing short term mortgages in the coming year, rather than five year options. The service...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Cash help demanded for landlords to meet energy targets

Demands for ever-more energy efficient properties could drive landlords out of the sector, the government has been warned. In a response to...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords win thousands in compensation from council

Landlords of a property in Peterborough have been compensated £6,000 by the local council. The payment follows a delay in agreeing a...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Landlord Today and Angels Media

We’re delighted that landlords will be starting their Christmas break - and it’s rarely been more deserved after an immensely difficult...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour says Covid is no excuse for delaying on scrapping Section 21

A Labour housing politician is accusing the government of using Coronavirus as an excuse for dragging its feet over scrapping Section...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Government says no to petition calling for 14-days eviction powers

The government has rejected a call for landlords to have powers to evict tenants who fall 14 days into arrears. Property investor...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords can list their properties for free - but you must be quick

Landlords with London properties have a short-term opportunity to list and let them for free - but they’ll have to be...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

One month for landlords to bag early-bird London council licensing saving

Landlords with properties in the Havering area have until January 24 to submit a selective licence application, giving them a 50...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Pro-tenant activists recruit campaign staff for 2021 battle

Staff are being recruited by a coalition of groups campaigning for widespread restrictions on landlord powers in 2021. Called the Renters Reform...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Anger at shock rise in stamp duty on buy to lets and holiday homes

There’s been a howl of disgust from the UK’s major landlord group following the Welsh Government’s shock increase in stamp duty. Landlord...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Jail for landlord who breached harassment court order

A landlord who breached a court order not to harass or evict his tenants has been given a prison sentence.  Saakib Khan,...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent debt crisis engulfing private rental sector - NRLA

Seven per cent of private tenants now have arrears built up during the Coronavirus period. A survey of tenants for the National...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter says many landlords think they can get away with discrimination

A BBC investigation into ‘No DSS’ statements on two prominent landlord websites has provoked campaigning charity Shelter into an attack on the...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Private tenants want Flood Performance Certificates - claim

The government-backed reinsurance service Flood Re claims there’s substantial tenant support for the introduction of a Flood Performance Certificate. An FPC, similar...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords with flats in cladding crisis set to benefit from new fund

The unknown number of landlords with properties in blocks caught in the cladding crisis may be able to benefit from a...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

First-ever Rent To Buy scheme unveiled - with more to come…

Newcastle city council claims to be the first local authority in the UK to launch the rent-to-buy scheme allowing tenants to...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Prominent landlord websites may be unlawfully discriminating, claims BBC

An investigation by the BBC has found that 80 per cent of advertisements on two websites used by landlords say people...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants get more help from private landlords than social landlords

Private landlords have been giving more help to tenants who cannot pay their rent as a result of Covid than those...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent wants government to write off Covid arrears

The Generation Rent campaign wants the government to write off private renters’ arrears built up during the pandemic. And it has repeated...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent increases reducing in volume for three months on the run

For the third successive month the number of landlords increasing rent to tenants has dropped, according to the latest data from...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax-evading landlords each underpaid thousands last year

An accountancy firm claims that buy to let landlords who admit evading tax on their rental income have underpaid to HMRC...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Candidate makes pet-friendly tenancies a political hot potato

One of the candidates for next year’s London Mayoral election wants to put pet-friendly tenancies for the private rental sector as...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ leader tells MPs they should give cash help to rental sector

Senior MPs have been told by the chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association that they must provide financial assistance...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Twitter attack on landlords by Generation Rent deputy director

The latest attack on landlords by the Generation Rent group of activists is from its deputy director and concerns mould. It comes in...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord faces five-figure fine for not having HMO licence

A landlord has been fined £10,000 by her local council for failing to licence a HMO. Tracey Davies of Bath was found...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council, students and charities demand fair deal for tenants

The Labour-controlled Greater London Authority and 18 other groups of activists, charities and students have formed a new pro-renter coalition. Called the...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Taking landlords to court stops council’s ‘real’ work, it admits

A leading officer in a Labour council which has in the past taken landlords to court says this process is so...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let thriving but landlords should re-purpose properties for Covid

The number of UK landlords has risen 49 per cent in the last five years to an all-time high of 2.7m...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: Another part of UK falls in line with England

Wales is the latest part of the UK to follow the example of England and suspend evictions  until January 11 as...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New call for grants and loans for tenants to clear Covid arrears

Citizens Advice says the government should prioritise tenants with rent arrears who are the most significant victims of the financial fallout...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Move to regulate Airbnb and short lets opposed by pressure group

A move to regulate Airbnb and other short let platforms operating in Scotland has received a hostile welcome from a countryside...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Council urges private landlords to reach out to tenants

A county council and the local Citizens Advice service are asking private landlords in their area to reach out to tenants...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity wants landlords to provide accommodation in time for Christmas

A homelessness charity is calling for landlords to come forward with accommodation for clients to be housed over Christmas. Harbour Housing, a...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Boiling Over! Landlords face huge bills to meet eco-requirements

Two players in the domestic energy industry are warning landlords that it will be an expensive exercise to meet predicted future...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let Goldrush: 15% of sales last month went to landlords

No fewer than 15 per cent of all sales agreed in November went to landlords, the highest figure for four years. The data...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents hit all-time high according to government figures

The average monthly private sector rent in England over the 12 months to September was £725. The figure, released over the weekend,...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax tumult in 2021: webinar to help landlords prepare

This Thursday, December 17, sees The Great Tax Debate webinar aimed at helping landlords prepare for a year of change in 2021. The...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Pests! Landlords to get inside track on pest control

A virtual show about pest control is being targeted at landlords because of the strong links between pests and housing in...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

VAT threat to Airbnb and short lets in bid to fill tax 'black hole'

The government is reported to be considering applying VAT to the use of Airbnb and other short let platforms in a...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords can list properties free with agency during December

A London lettings agency is offering landlords the opportunity to list and let properties for free this month.  The offer comes from...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords set out key reform demands ahead of election

The National Residential Landlords Association has released its manifesto for the 2021 Welsh Parliament elections - and it makes the case...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters get ancillary services with property management platform

PropTech provider Canopy has linked with a string of insurance and other firms to improve its offer to renters. Canopy’s founder Tahir Farooqui...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords Beware - new How To Rent Guide issued by government

The government has issued a new How To Rent Guide - the critical document that landlords or their agents have to...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Gas boilers may be next problem issue hitting landlords

Gas boilers may be the next big issue for the private rental sector as an influential committee has called for them...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Backfire! Bid to curb rent rises could force the very opposite - claim

A warning has been issued that a bid to curb private rental sector rents in Scotland could well backfire with more...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

London rents set to fall according to vast majority of surveyors

The latest lettings market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests the vast majority of respondents expect rents in...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New app allows tenants to report problems and view rent documents

A new app is targeting tenants and says it allows them “to sort any issues at the click of a button.” The...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Repeat offender landlord gets fine for not licensing properties

A landlord has been ordered to pay £3,928.44 after failing to licence two properties he has been letting out in Nottingham.  Jaswinder...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

HMOs may be endangering tenants’ health claims YMCA chief

A YMCA chief executive claims the proliferation of HMOs may be endangering private tenants’ health by encouraging overcrowding and undersized-rooms. Alan Fraser,...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Abandoned! Landlords angry at being forgotten by government

Landlords are feeling abandoned by the government during the pandemic according to a new survey.  Some 64 per cent say they haven’t...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord mortgage tool uses AI to search for best deals

An online mortgage broker specialising in buy to let has launched a new tool using Artificial Intelligence to show landlords how...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New rent guarantee and legal cover Covid insurance for landlords

Insurance provider Berkeley Alexander has launched a Landlord Legal Expenses and Rent Guarantee product for use under Covid-19 restrictions. The company claims that...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

HMRC changes SDLT guide - buy to let investors may have overpaid

A tax specialist says the HMRC has amended its guidance on stamp duty in such a way as to suggest many...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord denied licences despite past conviction being ‘spent’

A London council has confirmed its right to refuse licenses to criminal landlords - even reformed ones. A story in the East...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News