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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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

Warning over cowboy builders exploiting Green Homes Grant

Landlords considering taking advantage of the government’s new Green Homes Grant are being warned of a surge in cowboy building works. Sheffield...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Council set to extend landlord licensing scheme

Havering council has agreed to the extension of its landlord licensing scheme.  It currently covers 12 wards and will be rolled out ...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Is Retail-to-Resi the next property investment opportunity?

The government has launched an unexpected consultation which may indirectly highlight a new opportunity for landlords and other investors - converting...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Amazing story of landlord dynasty convicted of benefits fraud

Members of a wealthy Blackburn family of landlords with a portfolio of properties have been sentenced for defrauding the Department for...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists create crib-sheet to influence licensing consultation

The Acorn group of rental activists has created a detailed crib sheet of responses to a council consultation on landlord licensing. Acorn,...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter advising tenants on winning a rent reduction

The campaigning charity Shelter is offering private rental sector tenants advice on how to negotiate a rent reduction during the remaining...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New analysis of London's yield and capital growth hotspots

An analysis by a lettings management service has identified those parts of London with the strongest yields and capital growth in...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing ‘risks giving vulnerable people Covid-19’ - claim

A lettings trade body says expensive council licensing schemes could force landlords to sell, making vulnerable tenants homeless or obliged to...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban until mid-March introduced by Scottish Government

An eviction ban has been introduced by the Scottish Government to take effect until well into the New Year.  Because of the...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 is sometimes mis-used, admits landlords’ chief

The chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association has admitted in a newspaper article that some landlords do misuse their...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Green councillor wants tenants to lead private rental sector review

A Green Party councillor is demanding that tenants be allowed to write the local authority’s policy for the private rental sector. According...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

London rents fall but stronger performance in rest of the UK

The latest HomeLet rental index suggests that the average rent in the UK is now £974 after a 2.9 per cent...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks may rescue landlords from Right To Rent backlog

A possible backlog of Right To Rent checks created by new Home Office rules could be alleviated by inventory clerks. Since March,...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage choices reduce as rates rise - landlords' update

The number of buy to let mortgages for landlords has dropped to 1,792 - and in comparison to last year that’s...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Do you know your Wear and Tear from your Residual Lifespan?

An online quiz with 4,000 landlord participants suggests that landlords are well informed - they scored an average 70 per cent...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Don’t write off student rental market, warns PropTech platform

Tenant software supplier Bunk says the media’s writing off of the student accommodation rental market is misplaced - and it claims...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant hardship loan fund opens north of the border

A tenant hardship loan fund is to open next week in Scotland - and many rental bodies in England and Wales...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Fightback Begins: landlords demand radical repossession changes

Private landlords are setting out a manifesto of radical changes for the rental sector, starting with more repossession rights. The demands are...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Short-lets chief advises tenants to “take the pub home” at Christmas

A leading figure in the short lets sector is advising tenants to “take the pub home” this Christmas. Merilee Karr, chair of...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords could discriminate against EU citizens, fears Mayor Khan

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says landlords in the capital could  discriminate against EU citizens living in the UK capital if those...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Post-Lockdown league table shows where to find the best yields

A new league table from comparison website Rentround shows how the lockdown has impacted yields around the country. The site has analysed...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants invited to complete anonymous Coronavirus survey

Councils in North Wales want to find out how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting private tenants. Nearly one in five households in...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

More red tape for landlords - courts set up Review Hearings

Courts are now introducing Review Hearings to prioritise eviction cases during lockdown, adding more red tape for anxious landlords. The purpose of...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour, Shelter and Greens team up with demand for eviction ban

Labour politicians, union leaders and Shelter are amongst those writing to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon demanding an eviction ban. The protest...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

More criticism of landlords claiming Coronavirus business grants

There’s been renewed media spotlight on landlords who register their holiday lets as businesses, and can thus claim a key grant. The...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech service offers perks to tenants in co-living units

An operator of co-living rental units in London has linked with a PropTech platform to reward tenants for their loyalty.  Built Asset...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords being supported by agents as rent rises dwindle

Landlords are being supported by letting agencies as the Coronavirus fall-out continues, according to the president of agents’ trade body ARLA...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Regulator warns buy to let lenders to be strict on borrowers

The financial services regulator, the Prudential Regulation Authority, is warning mortgage lenders to be strict on their assessment of customers wanting...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Government has “sympathy” for landlords - but no assistance

The Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, says the government has sympathy for the plight of many landlords during...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Former Big Brother star now has large buy to let empire

The first-ever winner of Big Brother in the year 2000 says his best decision was not going on the show, but...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Good news: Landlords don’t need EWS1 for no-cladding buildings

One hidden aspect of the recent cladding controversy has been that many landlords have been unable to sell or remortgage flats...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Many overseas landlords confessing to tax avoidance - claim

The number of overseas landlords admitting tax avoidance has risen 65 per cent in five years according to an accountancy firm. Moore,...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock! Most tenants like renting their home and get on with the landlord

A survey of over 2,000 tenants by a specialist buy to let lender shows that contrary to the popular belief, most...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Local politician slams landlords as “not caring” about balanced community

A cluster of owner occupiers living near a city centre are demanding that landlords win planning consent before operating HMOs. The Gloucestershire...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Fine “sends a message” to landlords over licensing

A landlord has been fined £2,500 for failing to licence a property that she had been renting out for several years...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord must pay £280,000 - or go to jail

A London landlord must pay over £280,000 in three months after housing eight people in a flat deems illegal for even...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords blast Sunak for making rent payments harder

Landlords have sharply criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for cutting the amount tenants relying on benefits will be able to claim to...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge costs of emergency call-outs identified by insurer’s research

Research by an insurance firm has identified the high costs incurred by landlords on emergency call-outs. Whilst inevitably promoting the merits of...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Working From Home leads to rent falls in least affordable cities

Many of our less affordable cities have seen rent levels drop because of the trend for tenants to work from home...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

How the other half make money - huge tax perks for overseas investors

An international consultancy specialising in investors’ residency and citizenship has lifted the lid on the huge tax savings open to overseas...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords given check-list of preparing property for a hard winter

An insurance company is offering a checklist for landlords - and indeed all property owners - to prepare their homes for...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

What tenants want now: Findings from survey of 2,000 renters

The findings of a survey conducted with 2,000 tenants give an insight into what renters want now, eight months on from...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Is it time for government to give grants to landlords?

A property industry accreditation service is asking whether it’s now time for the government to offer grants to help landlords through...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Seven Emergency Prohibition Orders served on one landlord

Seven Emergency Prohibition Orders have been served on one landlord by a Nottinghamshire Police force and local authority. The seven properties in...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s family step in to manage repairs after tribunal hearing

The family of an 80-year-old landlord fined for failing to maintain a block of flats in Wisbech has stepped in to...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Supplier says landlords fail to fully understand guarantor companies

A guarantor company says landlords may fail to understand the advantages of using services such as those it provides. Housing Hand says...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

 Landlords “facilitating race discrimination” claims law firm

A law firm says landlords being obliged to conduct checks on the immigration status of potential tenants is encouraging and even...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax change could mean landlords pay LESS, not more

A leading housing market analyst suggests that the implementation of a Capital Gains Tax change could actually mean landlords paying less...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned over threat from rogue locksmiths

Landlords who frequently have to change locks after tenants leave are being warned to be on their guard against rogue locksmiths...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Yield Update: Good and bad locations, revealed by mortgage company

A ‘city tracker’ operated by a specialist buy to let mortgage company has outlined the best - and worst - places...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Another landlord confronted at home by anti-eviction activists

Anti-eviction campaigners have confronted two landlords over an alleged planned eviction.  Members of the Living Rent tenants union are pictured by the...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Carbon monoxide alarm regulations to be beefed up

There may be new and stricter legal requirements on the way for private landlords with regards to carbon monoxide alarm installation...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm launches ‘game-changing’ deposit alternative

PropTech company Reposit has launched a product allowing properties to be let on a deposit-free basis whilst ensuring landlords are protected...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb under scrutiny over threat of money laundering

Airbnb’s UK operation is under scrutiny by the City watchdog over fears it could be exploited for money laundering purposes Although there...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

MP wants controls over HMOs used as supported accommodation

Labour MP Steve McCabe has introduced a 10 Minute Rule Bill into the House of Commons to address the problems of HMO’s being...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Game changer’ up-front rental payment system to roll out nationwide

The Advanced Rent Option, which offers landlords a year’s rent up-front, is being rolled out across the UK. The ARO is the brainchild...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Investment tips for landlords threatened by Capital Gains Tax hike

A property investment firm has given tips to landlords who may feel m threatened by the prospect of a hike in Capital Gain...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Unlikely allies back online landlord licence checker idea

Pressure groups attacking landlords and letting agents are usually on the other side of the fence from property industry professionals but...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Samsung teams up with Build To Rent firm to deliver hi-tech homes

Technology colossus Samsung has teamed up with a Build To Rent provider to create what it calls “next generation neighbourhoods” of...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords have extra year for Green Homes Grant projects

Landlords now have another year to apply for the government’s Green Homes Grant scheme. The 12 months extension, announced last evening, follows...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will landlords be caught in a Trading Standards clampdown?

The trading standards team charged with policing lettings and estate agents is to investigate whether a new guideline on referral fees...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour Mayor in bid to help tenants reclaim thousands in rent rebates

London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a new tool for tenants to check on their landlords - and possibly claim...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tribunal upholds civil penalty notice and fine on landlord

A £4,550 fine has been upheld after an appeal by the landlord was rejected by a property tribunal. Fenland council served five...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents up across most of the UK but London landlords miss out

Rents rose 1.4 per cent in the year to October, a drop from the 1.5 per cent growth recorded in September...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Government slammed for encouraging 'rent dodgers'

The leading landlords trade body is accusing the government of rewarding rent dodgers with its latest restrictions on eviction. The National Residential...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Insurance firm tells landlords to do more to educate tenants

An insurance firm says landlords should “educate” their tenants on the apparent need to get increased insurance cover. Paymentshield claims that a...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Government warned on Right To Rent - landlords can't meet guidelines

The government is being warned landlords won’t be able to meet new guidelines being set for Right To Rent once the Coronavirus...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown means more stable tenancies - claim

A rental property consultancy says its experience this year convinces it that the Coronavirus crisis has led to more stable tenancies. Apropos...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New direction for Build To Rent as major player targets suburbia

Build To Rent, which has predominantly focussed on secondary sites in major city centres, is branching out to the suburbs. One of...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction change - tenants with ‘severe arrears’ can be evicted

From today possession cases with severe rent arrears will be exempt from the effective ban on evictions applying to the England...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Advice to landlords on how to prepare for possible CGT change

A financial planner is advising landlords on how to minimise their current Capital Gains Tax liability ahead of possible change. Chancellor Rishi...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge to ‘ban’ on bailiff-enforced evictions

A legal challenge has been started to the government’s current ‘ban’ on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector. High profile property...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Fixed penalty notice for landlord - yet no one saw his offence

A council has issued a £445 Fixed Penalty Notice to a local landlord who disposed of his renovation waste in a...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Plight of first time buyers shows landlords needed more than ever

A new survey shows almost two thirds of prospective first time buyers regard it as ‘impossible’ to get on the property...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent demands more public cash for renting families

Activists in Generation Rent claim that a fifth of families in the lettings sector suffer a shortfall between benefits and rent. Using selected data...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Some London rents down near 30% while other regions prosper

Renters are quitting London and heading for the regions in search of more space and bigger homes and gardens. That’s the claim...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

HMO landlord fined £70,500 over homes in ‘shocking’ condition

A landlord who failed to properly look after two HMOs has been fined £70,500 by an Essex council. Lystra Dorval, of Ilford,...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Insight into problems for tenants in shared flats and houses

A new survey gives an insight into problems involving tenants who share apartments and houses - and how those difficulties could...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property expert's dispute resolution service to avoid evictions

A property expert in the Home Counties has launched a dispute resolution service to avoid evictions. Julie Ford - who’s been in...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in landlords seeking limited company status - claim

Increasing numbers of landlords are registering as limited companies to reduce their tax liability, an investment specialist claims.  Thirlmere Deacon says there’s...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Can HMOs be made attractive to tenants worried about Covid?

The HMO market is buoyant, not over-saturated, and it can survive suspicions from tenants worried about Coronavirus. That’s the view of Stephanie...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit Disputes - guess the number one cause of disagreement...

There’s been a modest increase in deposit protections across England and Wales in the past year. Data from the Tenancy Deposit Service...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants risk Covid because of inadequate benefits, say landlords

A landlord body says some tenants will have little choice but to increase their risk of contracting Coronavirus because of inadequate...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Small-scale amateur landlords praised - but changes needed

A research project funded by the Nationwide Foundation has revealed widespread tenant satisfaction with small-scale landlords in Scotland.  The project, RentBetter, looks...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords targeted for another huge tax from government

Landlords could be in line for another huge tax burden - a doubling of Capital Gains Tax.  A report commissioned by the government...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 will remain until pandemic eases, government confirms

The government has confirmed its long-standing intention to scrap Section 21 eviction powers which currently sit with landlords - but the appropriate...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid fears mean tenants are avoiding HMOs and shared units

There’s been a significant slump in the number of new enquiry levels from landlords seeking property management and tenant-related services, according...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Help for landlords on maximising use of Green Homes Grant Scheme

A property specialist at Perrys Chartered Accountants has issued new advice for landlords on how they can reap the benefits of...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council asked to rethink private rental licensing proposals

The Labour-controlled Swansea council in south Wales is being asked by a landlord body to rethink its licensing proposals. The authority is...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Pandemic Impact Survey: how have landlords been hit?

A new survey by rental sector PropTech supplier Fixflo asks landlords and agents how they have been impacted by the pandemic. The...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Misery for landlords caught in never-ending eviction moratorium

An industry service supplier has revealed the scale of the backlog in possession cases which cannot be pursued to eviction because of...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

High-deposit cities may prove rich pickings for buy to let landlords

A league table of UK cities where it takes the longest for first time buyers to save for a deposit may...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

App claims to cut out “low service standards” of London letting agents

A PropTech company claims to have created a Covid-friendly app for landlords in London, challenging traditional agents’ models for finding tenants. Rentd, which...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Under-insurance a massive problem for landlords - claim

Landlords have been told they face another invisible threat beyond Coronavirus - it’s under-insurance, which is apparently rife in the private...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Banks set to repossess substantial number of buy to lets - claim

A  leading property law firm says the government’s ‘eviction ban by the back door’ means many buy to let properties are...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in landlord optimism as they plan to buy outside cities

One in 10 landlords wants to buy another investment property in the coming year according to a new survey.  This compares to...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

It's a two-tier rental market with London trailing badly

Zoopla says it’s a two-tier market with London trailing badly trailing the rest of the country. UK rents outside London are up...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb locks down bookings until December 2

Airbnb in the UK has imposed stark restrictions on bookings during the current England lockdown period. Until December 2 those who are...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Auctions vie for attention of buy to let investment purchasers

Auctioneers are keener than ever to vie for the attention of buy to let purchasers in the current competitive market. Auction House...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Voyeur landlord banned from working in financial services industry

Mark Horsey, a landlord who has been convicted of voyeurism, has now been banned from continuing to work in the financial...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest two month eviction halt not enough for Generation Rent

The government’s announcement at the end of next week that almost no evictions would be possible before January 11 at the...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Can mediation solve arrears problems? Webinar for landlords

A webinar being held tomorrow will consider whether mediation is a valid way of addressing tenant arrears during the Coronavirus pandemic. A...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords get new guide to Covid-safe Green Homes Grant installation

Revised guidance from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy outlines how landlords and other applicants can handle Green Homes...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

'Extreme arrears' is one of few reasons for eviction during lockdown

It’s been confirmed that during the current one month lockdown in England there will be no enforcement of possession orders except...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords slammed by report that demands national register

A new report makes searing claims about the performance and quality of landlords and their homes in the private rental sector. Almost...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Plea to ensure landlords’ energy work is future-proofed

A trade body has told MPs the government must ensure work done to make homes energy efficient is ‘future-proofed’ to accept...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will Lockdown 2 produce another surge in tenancies?

Research from a deposit replacement scheme, Ome, suggests the first lockdown was sharply followed by a surge in tenancies - begging...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents fall further as short lets make supply glut worse

There’s more bad news for landlords and investors looking at prime London properties according to a market snapshot from Knight Frank. It...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stop lockdown evictions now! Generation Rent renews its demand

Generation Rent says there should be a reinstatement of the eviction ban immediately, and appears to have been stung into the...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent online system tweaked later this month

It’s been confirmed that a new online system allowing landlords to check the Right to Rent status of prospective tenants will...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Older renters and retirees now the fastest-growing tenant groups

A new report from respected specialist mortgage provider Paragon Bank shows that retiree renters and those in the upper-middle age category...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

What rental issues do landlords know most (and least) about?

A new survey suggests that one in five individual and multi-property landlords felt unprepared when they first started letting properties -...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Former Labour leader joins Shelter board

The former leader of the Labour Party in Scotland has joined the board of Shelter, the campaigning charity that has often...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Is Boris Johnson trying to force landlords to evict and sell?

A prominent Conservative supporter and expert in the private rental sector has posed an interesting question - is Boris Johnson trying...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits back at critics wanting tighter short lets regulation

Airbnb claims a proposal to regulate short lets could put 17,000 jobs at risk and take almost £1m a day out...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New HMO landlord scheme launched to protect against arrears

A new rent arrears protection service has launched to cater specifically for settings with tenants renting rooms rather than entire apartments or...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Council urges private landlords to provide one-bed units

A local authority is urging private landlords to provide one bedroom properties for formerly homeless people moving out of supported accommodation.  Since...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords “not taking their share of the Covid crisis” says academic

A visiting professor and accountancy academic claims landlords are not carrying their fair share of the financial burden caused by the...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New 43-page Right To Rent guide for landlords with Covid changes

The government has this week revealed temporary changes to the way landlords can check documents required for Right To Rent. There have...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge arrears and 50,000 evictions in 2021, says academic study

An analysis of the private rental sector by the London School of Economics suggests there could be three times the current...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Council says it’s going to come down hard on rogue landlords

A council in the westcountry says it’s going to come down hard on rogue landlords and has identified ‘high risk’ properties...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 40 seminars for landlords at today’s Landlord Investment Show

Over 40 seminars will be held today at the latest Landlord Investment Show, which will also host a lively debate on...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists demand furlough-type hand outs to pay tenants’ arrears

Generation Rent is calling for a furlough-type scheme aimed at helping tenants. The group says that following news of the four week...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let exodus underway? Rise in landlord numbers selling units

New data from letting agents suggests that there’s been a substantial rise in the number of landlords selling buy to let...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Council is first in country to offer Covid-helpline for landlords

A local authority is thought to be the first in the country to be offering a Coronavirus lifeline to hard-pressed landlords. Leicester...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Drop rents, Don’t evict! Think-tank says tenants need more protection

A think tank is calling for landlords to consider rent reductions and is also suggesting the return of an eviction ban...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough fear adds to call that renters should get cash help

The furlough scheme has been extended for a month and while it’s being replaced eventually by a less generous scheme, there is...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

National licensing of landlords “on the horizon” says regulation expert

A key member of the Regulation of Property Agents working party says the licensing of private landlords is “on the horizon”...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to challenge eviction restrictions in Corona hotspots

A leading property lawyers says he’s willing to act for landlords to take the government to judicial review over its latest...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New advice on Capital Gains Tax on sale of rental units

Tax experts at specialist landlord accountancy firm Gorilla Accounting are giving the sector fresh advice on minimising CGT liability when selling...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 20% of renters could fall into arrears in Corona hotspots - claim

A PropTech company claims a quarter of private renters in towns and cities most affected by pandemic could fall into arrears. Deposit...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Majority oppose licensing - but Labour council set to ignore verdict

South Tyneside council is considering a selective licensing in two areas of South Shields - and looks likely to ignore its...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak given landlords’ wish-list as he reveals spending review date

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce government spending plans for the next 12 months on November 25 - and he already has...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Hot Cakes - landlords urged to act quick on Green Homes Grants

Just under half of landlords say they intend to make energy efficiency improvements to properties as part of the government's Green Homes Grant...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Complete Rubbish? Landlord’s four figure waste bill

A council has prosecuted a landlord who failed to ensure waste from his property was properly disposed of. Mohammed Hussain from Leeds...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent advising tenants to negotiate lower rents

Generation Rent, the pressure group led by Baroness Alicia Kennedy, is tweeting advice to tenants on how to negotiate a lower...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Charging Order for landlord who ignored civil penalty notice

Northampton council is seeking a so-called Charging Order against a landlord who failed to carry out improvements to her property and then...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Green Party wants landlords banned from evicting when they sell

The Green Party says there should be an end to private rental sector eviction grounds “such as the wish of the...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Socially conscious renting’ promoted by Build To Rent operator

A Build To Rent operator claims to be promoting what it calls “socially conscious renting” as people seek to live more...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction activists stage protest outside home of landlord

It’s being reported that a so-called ‘rental union’ group of activists has staged a protest outside a landlord’s own home. Acorn - a...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Spending Spree: more landlords plan to purchase

Around 10 per cent of landlords plan to purchase properties and expand their portfolio in the coming year according to a...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid: Tips for landlords on preparing for pandemic problems

Insurance firm CIA Landlord is offering advice to landlords on how to prepare for five likely problems to appear this winter...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Renting Minefield? Council action week to bring landlords up to date

A local council is gathering key players from the private rental sector to help landlords and letting agents get up to date...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions effectively halted across much of England and Wales

Bailiffs have agreed to a government request not to enforce court orders against tenants in Tier 2 and Tier 3 locations. This...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant dies in HMO fire - private landlord sentenced

A landlord has been prosecuted following the death of a tenant in a house fire at an HMO said to have...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter in new attack on private landlords who house homeless

Campaigning charity Shelter is back on the warpath against private landlords, criticising how much of the country’s temporary accommodation budget for...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s five figure fine for negligent management

A council has prosecuted a local landlord for failing to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of his tenants. Eastleigh council took...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Double whammy: Council extends licensing and adds new scheme

A London local authority is to extend its current additional licensing scheme from 12 council wards to 18 - and is...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Who Knew? Buy to let investors have little-known 'bare trust' purchase option

An investment consultancy says landlords seeking mortgages to acquire new properties via a company have been finding some applications rejected as...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Want the best yields and least hassle? Choose a low-wage area…

Lower income areas - often with lower-priced homes too - produce higher yields than more affluent locations, new research shows. Lettings management...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Petition for National Landlord Register struggles for signatures

A petition created by the Generation Rent group of activists and seeking a national landlord register appears to be struggling to...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Not just home owners - tenants also want to escape to the country

Just over a fifth of landlords predict their tenants will escape to the country in search of more space because they...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Prison threat for landlord hit with £300,000 planning penalties

A London landlord who ignored six enforcement notices served by his local council has been ordered to pay over £300,000. Salim Mussa Patel...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

£130,000 bill for landlords letting “criminally improper” flats

Two landlords have been fined over £100,000 after 35 people were found living in what a judge called “criminally improper conditions.” Arun...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Council imposing “fair” two-stage fee for private rental licensing

A council wants to introduce private rental sector licensing as part of a pledge made back in 2018. Plymouth’s Labour controlled council pledged...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New boutique Build To Rent brand snaps up developers’ units

A new Build To Rent brand - Kooky - has acquired 208 units in High Wycombe from a developer, Inland Homes. The...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Co-living in London - young renters boost demand for new concept

One of London’s largest co-living property operators claims there’s been a marked increase in demand from young renters.  Built Asset Management says...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London may never regain pre-Covid appeal to tenants - rental chief

A lettings chief says London may never regain its appeal to the typical renter, as new data shows the capital still...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Lockdown rules published - list of landlords’ Covid-safe responsibilities

The Welsh Government has set out how its two week ‘fire break’ lockdown will impact the rental industry, including landlords' responsibilities in...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Race Against Time! Landlord buyers may not make stamp duty deadline

There’s another warning today that buy to let landlords wanting to expand their portfolio are in a race against time to...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Massive spike in landlords reducing rents in London, admits agency

The challenges of London’s rental market continue to play out in the latest market snapshot from one of the capital’s biggest...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Additional home buyers should require planning consent - claim

Buyers of second or holiday homes in Snowdonia National Park should require planning permission to purchase. That’s the view of the park's...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Abolishing Section 21 means rent up, stock down, tenant insecurity

The Lettings Industry Council has published a report outlining why Section 21 should not be abolished, despite the government’s commitment to...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord told to repay £28,000 rent after tribunal backs tenants

A landlord in Winchester has been ordered to pay nearly £30,000 in rent after a tribunal backed his tenants in a...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Council imposes record fine on landlord with 54 HMO breaches

A collapsing ceiling, filthy facilities, and an abandoned car are among the dangerous defects leading to a Banbury landlord facing a...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where there are the strongest levels of rental demand

A new survey of 700 landlords from a respected buy to let lender reveals the regions with the strongest levels of...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

More advice to landlords on preparing homes for winter

There’s no shortage of advice for landlords as winter approaches - the latest comes from the Deposit Protection Service.  Here’s its four...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Loans to tenants NOT the answer to arrears, survey suggests

A survey of private rental sector clients by accreditation body safeagent suggests 44 per cent feel government-backed loans for tenants to pay...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Is there a witch-hunt of landlords in the Labour Party?

A Labour activist claiming to represent tenants is putting the squeeze on party members who are also landlords. An article on the Labour...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Council pledges guaranteed rents to woo private landlords

Landlords are being invited to get involved in a scheme which a local council describes as “an attractive, risk-free financial offer.” Cambridge...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Ugh! Cockroach guide created for landlords

A pest control body has issued guidance for landlords about the emergence of cockroaches when heating is turned on. Heating ducts and pipes...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Politicians making rental laws with too little information - claim

The leading landlord trade body wants a new and regular study of housing in Wales, to make its politicians better-informed. The National Residential...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords asked not to evict as council pleads poverty

A London council is writing to thousands of private landlords in its borough urging them not to evict people. Southwark council says this...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Petition to ban pet “discrimination” in private rental sector

An online petition calling for pets to be allowed in private rental properties has gained thousands of signatures. The petition - on...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New legal guidance on S8 notices - landlords can issue two of them

There’s new legal guidance for landlords faced with long-standing arrears and it says it’s possible to serve a second Section 8...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

It's like saying 'You can only afford two-thirds rent’” - furlough criticised

The government’s former homelessness guru has criticised the Boris Johnson administration for risking the country entering a period of destitution, with...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords still bullish despite Covid and Brexit - poll

A developer claims a poll of its clients show landlords to be bullish about the market, despite Coronavirus and Brexit. The company...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for keeping tenant’s deposit in a tin

A landlord has been ordered to pay his ex-tenant £1,500 after failing to protect her deposit with an approved scheme. The Housing...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London supply glut sees rents plummet 10% since Covid

A lettings market monitor says the Greater London rental sector has in recent months switched from one of scarcity of properties...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

No DSS: MPs warned affordability checks likely to increase

The ‘No DSS’ issue has been effectively settled by a landmark court case, but a new document for MPs says ‘affordability...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Second homes under attack from locals hit by high house prices

Local people in a part of Wales claim they are being priced out of their communities by investment buyers and second home...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Notice period and other landlord-critical documents released

New versions of a model private residential tenancy agreement and other landlord-critical documentation have been issued by the Scottish Government. There’s also...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Small-scale landlords need agents more than ever, insists Rightmove

Small scale or accidental landlords will need agents to help them let studio and one-bedroom properties, Rightmove says in a market...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Angry landlord denies HMO licensing charge

An angry landlord has appeared at a magistrates court to deny a charge relating to local council licensing.  Local media report that...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London landlords testing the water for possible sales, says agency

Some London landlords are testing the water to see if they can downsize or sell their entire portfolios. Chestertons, a London-focussed high end...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Possible refund for investors caught out by planning consent scam

The Financial Conduct Authority wants to find people who unwittingly invested in an unauthorised land banking scheme - they may be...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords should consider Covid break clauses - PropTech chief

A student accommodation search platform says Coronavirus means landlords and academic authorities have to consider possible break clauses and premature tenancy ends...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Will HMRC’s tax grab spell the end of the short-let landlord?

A rental sector management firm is asking whether possible upcoming tax probes by HMRC may spell the end of the short-let...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental portfolio producing £75k a year - all yours for £10

Would-be landlords are being wooed by an opportunity to win a 13-apartment portfolio in return for ... just a £10 ticket. It's...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Asbestos Danger: reminder of landlords’ responsibilities

An environment services provider is reminding landlords of their responsibilities should asbestos be found in their properties. Although a high profile problem in the...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Too dear, not transparent - landlords say why they don’t use agents

A new study of over 2,000 landlords reveals that only a quarter of them instruct agents to fully manage their investment properties...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists accuse councils of doing nothing to stop retaliatory evictions

Generation Rent activists are back on the warpath, this time accusing councils of not doing enough - and sometimes nothing -...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Hit by Coronavirus - two-thirds of landlords fear for their business

The latest survey assessing damage to the private rental sector by the pandemic makes tough reading for landlords. The study - for...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New survey sees London rents plummeting as rest of GB is static

Rental growth across Great Britain was flat in September according to the latest market survey by Countrywide brand Hamptons International. Average rents...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s ‘local furlough’ scheme not enough to help renters - claim

The latest financial measures introduced over the weekend by Chancellor Rishi Sunak are not likely to help rental sector problems in...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb landlords beware - HMRC may be investigating you

An accountancy firm is warning Airbnb landlords they may be investigated following a decision by the short lets platform to share data...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Note to government - give landlords and tenants financial support

The National Residential Landlords Association is calling on the government to ensure a comprehensive financial package is provided for landlords themselves,...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus set to hit income of large-scale student landlord

One of Britain’s biggest corporate student landlords is warning of reduced income in the year ahead thanks to Coronavirus. Unite has told shareholders...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Brrrr! Here's how to prepare for cold-weather rentals

Lettings agents’ group ARLA Propertymark has issued a seven point guide for landlords as winter approaches. The guide ensures the points are...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords lose out as buy to let may be changed forever

Two thirds of landlords have suffered financially during the pandemic and four out of 10 fear their investments will be impacted...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour pushing for tenant loans scheme to cover arrears

Labour wants to see a tenant loans scheme in England similar to one now operating in Wales. Easington Labour MP Grahame Morris...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London still in the slow lane while rest of market accelerates

The latest study from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows a strong lettings market across the UK - except in London. “London...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing: council ponders selective scheme ‘to improve standards’

A selective licensing regime is being considered by a westcountry council following an enquiry into private rental sector conditions. Cornwall Council says 50...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

You’re Wrong Boris! Landlords tell PM to back rental sector

A landlords’ trade body has ticked off Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his attitude towards the rental sector. He suggested in his...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Judge Rinder praises Shelter campaigns to help tenants

Robert Rinder, the reality TV celebrity and barrister, has joined the campaigning charity Shelter to oppose what he describes as illegal...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London’s now a tenant’s market as supply soars - top agency

Prime Central London rents fell by an average 2.3 per cent in the third quarter of 2020 according to Savills. In prime...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property management chief backs Shelter over poor quality homes

A prominent rental industry figure has backed Shelter’s sweeping condemnation of the lettings sector - but insists landlords are not to...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory landlord register demanded by Generation Rent activists

The Generation Rent campaign says a mandatory landlord register is necessary - and would have stopped the actions of a rogue...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Private landlords wanted to help council tackle waiting lists

Birmingham city council is providing incentives to landlords who offer 12 month fixed tenancies to those on the authority’s homeless and housing...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Nightmare tenant’s community service after landlord feared for safety

A landlord says he feared for his safety and locked himself in his bedroom following a drunken rampage by a tenant. The...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where London may see a glut of new rental stock

Data from estate agency Carter Jonas reveals which borough in the capital appears to be seeing the largest number of people...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stay Secure! Landlords given five top tips to boost home security

The National Residential Landlords Association has given the sector five top tips to improve home security - marking October as Home...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents leap four per cent in three months, but big regional differences

HomeLet’s latest monthly index shows a four per cent surge in the all-UK average rent over just three months, but there...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent checks to be easier for landlords (well, that’s the theory)

Tweaks being made to the Right To Rent system should make it easier for landlords to complete the controversial process. The government...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Smoke alarms alert - are landlords keeping up with the law?

Over two million homes in England - that’s almost one in 10 - do not have a working smoke alarm according...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual forum happening today for landlords to discuss licensing

A local authority is inviting landlords to a virtual forum to be held today to canvas views on two proposed licensing...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Banned for life: rogue landlord faces jail if he lets another home

A landlord who unlawfully let cramped and overcrowded bedsits and then harassed tenants who complained has been fined thousands of pounds...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Long-term buy to let investment beats other options - new research

The absence of good alternative investments and the modest pace of capital growth for property in recent years are thought to...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

The Covid Effect - how the virus is changing some rental trends

New research from SpareRoom reveals the majority of sharers now want evidence of kindness, empathy and thinking of others in people they...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Investment Show prepares for trio of online events

The National Landlord Investment Show is preparing three online events this month and next as it creates virtual versions of its respected...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Hot Air? Landlords face £30,000 fines under government energy plans

The government has launched an official consultation on proposals to make the private rental sector more energy-efficient - and they include...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Here’s where bulk of landlords may be eligible for Green Homes Grant

A PropTech firm has drawn up a list of those regions with the highest proportion of rental properties with EPC rating...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New short-let provider in London aims to disrupt traditional PRS

Is a new short-let accommodation provider in the capital likely to prove a further threat to traditional landlords? Stayo - described as...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency tries to reassure landlords in prime markets as economy worsens

One of the leading agents is advising landlords that the high-end housing market is ‘edgier’ than before - but there’s no...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New editor takes over at Landlord Today

There’s a new editor of Landlord Today - Graham Norwood, currently editor of sister publications Letting Agent Today and Estate Agent...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Editor’s Letter: Goodbye and Thank You

Dear Readers, Today is my last day as editor of Landlord Today. Following more than four years in the role, I have...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals surge as landlords look to ‘diversify their property portfolios’

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to take advantage of cheaper borrowing rates, growing demand from renters, and the...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The private rental market ‘still isn’t showing any signs of slowing down’

The number of new prospective tenants continued to increase last month, reaching an all-time high, according to ARLA Propertymark’s latest PRS...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers frozen out of the market

Demand for rented homes looks set to increase in the coming months as new data suggests that many people who do...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be on guard against cannabis farms

Landlords are being urged to remain attentive when viewing or inspecting rental homes in order to weed out tenants that may...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Urgent action needed to address mounting tenant debt

A lot more needs to be done to financially support landlords and renters during the existing Covid-19 pandemic, according to Housing...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in properties selling for above asking price as buyer demand spikes

One in eight properties sold for more than the original asking price in August as housing demand peaked following the chancellor’s...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips to winter-proof your garden

With the weather taking a turn for the worse in recent days, buy-to-let landlords who own properties with gardens would do...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

LendInvest introduces products for first-time landlords and student lets

Lendinvest has revamped its buy-to-let range, with new products for student lets and deals for first-time landlords, while the lending platform...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A missed opportunity ‘to provide support to individual landlords’

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s new 'Job Support Scheme', unveiled last week, has been welcomed by millions of workers across the country, but...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agent stole rent deposits to support failing business

A letting agent in Nottinghamshire stole close to £30,000 from several landlord clients and tenants to help prevent his business from...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Council warns landlords against illegal extensions after issuing £375k in fines

Buy-to-let landlords in Walthamstow, north east London, have been ordered to pay a collective total of £375,000 after modifying their buy-to-let...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Precise Mortgages cuts BTL rates

Precise Mortgages has reduced mortgage rates across its buy-to-let range by up to 0.4%.  The specialist lender’s buy-to-let range, which is available...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to introduce hardship loans for tenants in England

The government is once again being urged to follow the example set in Wales and Scotland and develop interest free, guaranteed...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Plans to deliver 3,000 new rental homes in London

Sigma Capital has joined forces with Swedish investment firm EQT to create a £1bn housing joint venture, with a view to...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New Delivery Hub aims to meet environmental targets

A Delivery Hub will be set up by a new cross sector Future Homes Task Force, comprising of representatives from across...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money reduces buy-to-let rates

Pepper Money has cut rates across its buy-to-let range by up to 0.4%. The Pepper48 product, which is available up to 70%...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Have your say on plans to introduce licensing schemes

Landlords are being encouraged to give their views on plans to introduce licensing schemes in a number of regions across the...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Channel 5 show to follow yet more difficult tenants

Channel 5 will continue to provide an insight into a number of tenants and landlords across the UK, as feuds between...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Vida launches flexible buy-to-let mortgage

Vida Homeloans has introduced a new flexible mortgage product designed for budding buy-to-let investors including professional and first-time landlords.  The launch of...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The Nottingham withdraws mortgage range

The Nottingham for Intermediaries has temporarily withdrawn its mortgage range. Nikki Warren-Dean, head of intermediary sales, said: "The aim of this temporary measure...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The UK’s most profitable cities for BTL landlords unveiled

Salford has been identified as the most profitable buy-to-let city for landlords, according to research by CIA Landlord.  The study found that...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New partnership aims to help landlords regain possession of their properties

Landlord Action and the Property Redress Scheme, both part of the Hamilton Fraser group, have teamed up to help buy-to-let landlords...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Council introduces fresh strategy to improve conditions for private tenants

A new strategy has been launched today by Westminster City Council to help raise standards for tenants who rent privately.  Westminster, which...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundation reduces buy-to-let rates

Foundation Home Loans has cut its buy-to-let rates across all product tiers and property types. Foundation’s 80% loan-to-value (LTV) two-year fix has...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Law firm says that it is highly unlikely that there will be a ‘spike in evictions’

The government’s decision to not extend the ban on landlords evicting renters beyond 20 September is a major concern for many private...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in illegal evictions

There has been a sharp rise in illegal evictions by rogue landlords, it has been claimed.  According to The Independent, illegal evictions...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Spike in demand from first-time landlords

From accidental landlords to those wanting to embark on buy-to-let as a business, renting out property can be extremely rewarding, and...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

More than £1.7bn worth of unclaimed property lying vacant

There is currently around £1.744bn worth of unclaimed property lying vacant across England and Wales, according to the latest research by...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ‘can start to take action’ following end of the evictions ban

The six-month tenant eviction ban, which finally ended yesterday, has helped renters that are suffering financial difficulty, but it has also...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity slows in August

There was a sharp drop in letting market activity in August, according to the latest figures from the Agency Express Property...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can help landlords ‘reduce the need for evictions caused by rent arrears’

With courts now prepared to hear rental property repossession cases again following the end of the ban on evictions, there will...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Plans approved for 460-home build to rent scheme in west London

Plans to develop 460 build to rent flats next to Southall train station in west London have been given the go-ahead.  The...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Six month notice for evictions extended into next year

Rules which were due to expire at the end of September have been extended meaning buy-to-let landlords in Wales must now...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords need support too during coronavirus crisis, says Tory politician

Renters across Wales received greater protection this week after the Welsh government extended the six month notice for evictions, which was...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Court rules that landlords must not discriminate against benefit claimants

A second UK court has ruled that ‘No DSS’ is unlawful, after a renter won a legal trial against housing benefit...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Can you still get possession? Top tips for landlords

As has been broadcast widely in the news the government has been going to extraordinary lengths to enforce their message that...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Buckinghamshire Building Society reintroduce ex-pat buy-to-let product

Buckinghamshire Building Society has relaunched its ex-pat buy-to-let product. The mortgage deal is available at 70% loan-to-value (LTV) on a two-year discount...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London mayor Sadiq Khan calls for two-year rent freeze

Rents should be frozen in London to avert mass evictions, city mayor Sadiq Khan has told the government. Khan wants new powers...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A rent freeze is quite simply ‘another type of rent control’

Sadiq Khan’s proposal to introduce rent controls in London risks reducing the number of private homes available for rent, as landlords...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Optimism remains high among letting agents

Letting agents are feeling more optimistic about the letting sector than they were at the outset of 2020 despite the challenges...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Canopy urges landlords to ‘hand back deposits to renters in dire need’

More needs to be done to help support tenants, especially those facing financial hardship as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic,...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Zooploma attracts 25,000 BTL landlords and investors in just over a week

Zoopla has attracted around 25,000 property investors and landlords just over a week after launching Zooploma, a two week email programme...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Many landlords are ‘struggling financially’ and cannot subsidise rents

Less than half of landlords have received full rent since March 2020, when Covid-19 lockdown rules were introduced, according to new...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Fury at potential evictions ban extension

There was widespread disappointment among buy-to-let landlords when the government decided to prolong the existing ban on tenant evictions until 20...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in England look to avoid ‘confrontation’

Buy-to-let landlords in England could learn a thing or two from the Scottish market as the eviction deadline approaches, according to...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundation withdraws two-year BTL deals

Foundation Home Loans is planning to pull some of its buy-to-let products tomorrow.  On Thursday, the specialist lender will remove its two-year...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant evictions will not be enforced in areas subject to local lockdowns

Many renters have welcomed the government's latest announcement around protecting tenants from eviction over the winter period, but tenants and landlords...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Gas Safety Week: Top tips to make your properties ‘gas secure’

Landlords are being reminded this week that they are responsible for the safety of their tenants, as part of Gas Safety...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News