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 Tax clampdown on landlords planned for New Year - claim

If you let out holiday properties or have switched to Airbnb or similar platforms, tax inspectors may be coming for you. Accountancy...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords tell Sunak to help tenants pay off Covid-related arrears

The proportion of private renters in arrears in England has more than doubled during the Covid-19 pandemic according to government data. The...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New PropTech service allowing direct contact with tenants

A new PropTech platform says it allows easy digital contact between tenants, landlords and third party suppliers avoiding the need to...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Council using covert cameras to spy on landlords when tenants leave

A local authority admits it is using covert cameras to spot landlords illegally fly-tipping. Darlington council claims there have been several incidents...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Confiscation Order means landlord must pay quarter of a million pounds

A London landlord has been ordered to pay almost £275,000 for failing to comply with an existing planning enforcement notice. Mrs Anja...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

One in five renters ill because of property condition, claims Shelter

Shelter says 20 per cent of private and social renters in England suffer poor health because of the condition of their...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Not so grim up north as yields beat the rest of the UK

New research shows that the average rental yield in Britain has remained at roughly 4.2 per cent throughout the pandemic. Regionally, the...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Great opportunity for landlords - if they’re rich enough…

Letting agency Knight Frank has identified an opportunity for landlords to cash in on a supply shortage - but only if...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Staycation yield boom likely to stay for up to two years - forecast

Fabrik Invest, which works with holiday parks across the UK, says the staycation boom is here to stay despite the easing...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Why Not Allow Pets? Tight clauses in contracts cut risks, says supplier

A major supplier to the lettings sector says there’s no reason landlords should not allow pets into properties so long as there...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Why council’s new licensing regime will backfire badly - a case study

A lettings agent says a new HMO licensing regime in one of London’s highest profile boroughs will reduce the number of rental...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New insights into why many landlords use letting agents

Another report has highlighted how landlords feel intimidated into putting investment plans on ice because of red tape in the private...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Why landlords shouldn’t use credit cards to pay for refurbs

Around 20 per cent of landlords surveyed by a bank used a credit card or short-term finance to fund a recent...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

See You In Court! Landlord tries to recover £150,000 from agent

A landlord is going to court to try to recover £150,000 allegedly owed by an agency in the form of guaranteed...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Solicitors slam landlords in bid to trigger tenant legal action

A solicitors’ practice claims repairs initiated by landlords take an average of 41 days to be completed after a tenant complains...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New investment league table’s ringing endorsement to city buy to lets

A new league table of investment potential has given a ringing endorsement to buy to let in cities. Select Property Group has...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Did the stamp duty holiday persuade you to buy? It seems not…

Relatively few landlords were persuaded to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday according to analysis by the lettings agency Hamptons.  The...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC discovers huge numbers of landlords avoiding paying tax

A national accountancy firm says HM Revenue & Customs has discovered huge numbers of landlords avoiding paying tax - as many as...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Not all energy efficiency work saves money even after five years

With energy efficiency making headlines in the private rental sector, Norton Finance has calculated the cost of an average mid-terrace household...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Civil Penalty Notice and hefty fine for HMO landlord without licence

A landlord has been fined over £7,000 for letting out an unsafe and unlicensed HMO. South Gloucestershire council’s private sector housing team...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental growth “amongst fastest in a generation” says agency

Average annual rental growth across Britain hit 8.0 per cent in September, the third fastest annual rate of growth recorded this...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London new tenancies running at highest number for decade

The number of new tenancies started in September in prime areas of London was the highest monthly total in the last...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC Upgrades - Raise cap for landlord spending, government told

The government has been told to raise the landlord cost cap to £10,000 to increase the number of private rental sector...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Should private landlords be lectured by the social housing sector?

A small proportion of private landlords grab the spotlight because of their poor treatment of tenants and properties - yet figures...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rubbish! Record fine for landlord after illegal waste dumping

A landlord in the north of England has received the largest fine that his local council has ever secured for a...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Some student rents up over 25% in past five years

Some student rents have increased by over 25 per cent in the past five years according to new research. Specialist rental industry...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Tomorrow! - the launch of Landlord Today's weekend features

We hope you enjoy our Breaking News service each weekday - and from tomorrow we have additional weekend features too. Each weekend...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Urgent warning over new smoke and CO alarm regulations

A warning has gone out to landlords with properties in Scotland regarding legislation coming into effect in early 2022. Trade association SELECT is...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New! Starting Saturday - Landlord Today's weekend features

We hope you enjoy our Breaking News service each weekday - and from this Saturday we have additional weekend features too. Each...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

2022 Investment Hotspots? New survey claims to have found them…

A survey of over 500 property investors claims to have uncovered the UK’s hotspots for the coming year. It says some 44...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Student landlords slammed by PropTech boss for “unfit” homes

A PropTech supplier claims 83 per cent of students have lived in accommodation considered ‘unfit for habitation’ under the Homes Act...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand Easy! Rental Reform White Paper appears some way off

The White Paper on rental reform may still be some time away, with a minister at the centre of its preparation saying...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Who’d have thought it? Shelter boss praises some private landlords

In an unexpected turn of events at a Conservative party conference fringe meeting, the chief executive of Shelter heaped praise on...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New tech platform allows landlords to manage properties

A free service has been launched by the Nationwide to help landlords manage properties and get through the maze of laws and...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail for tenant who threatened landlord with screwdriver

A man who broke into the home of his prospective landlord and threatened him with a screwdriver has been jailed for...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit cut today - landlords’ last gasp criticism

Today the government will go ahead with a planned cut to Universal Credit of £20 per week.  The level of welfare support...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - stand by for details today

The government is expected to give at least some details today of the principles enshrined in a new White Paper on...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession Process - new guidance issued for landlords

The government has issued new guidance for landlords and tenants concerning the possession process as applied to those on an Assured...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Back Off! Sunak told to stop hammering rental sector

One of the first submissions to Chancellor Rishi Sunak ahead of his autumn Budget and spending review later this month asks...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Tips for landlords to maximise holiday let income in 2022

Landlords in or anticipating entering the holiday let market are being offered a series of tips by one of the country’s...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Refugees still need homes - another council seeks landlord help

Epsom & Ewell council is the latest to seek private landlords’ help to house five households of Afghan refugees fleeing the...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Ghost Tenants’ - £190,000 fine for landlords after four year court battle

A remarkable four year court battle has ended with £190,000 in fines for a rogue landlord couple who falsely claimed they...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring Energy Bills: Landlords urged to help tenants understand options

With the government lifting the price cap on energy suppliers at the start of this month, PropTech supplier Goodlord has produced...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council threatens landlords with huge fines over electrical safety

Landlords in one part of the Midlands are being warned that they could face fines of up to £30,000 if they...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday Lets may be the next Buy To Let, says Moneyfacts

Independent finance service Moneyfacts says increasing numbers of people are keen to explore alternative investment options - with holiday lets a...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Licensing help for landlords available through NRLA deal

The National Residential Landlords Association has entered into partnership with a tech company to assist landlords with regulatory compliance. This partnership will...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords will have to pay more for most properties from today

The end of the stamp duty holiday means landlords will have to pay more for almost all properties from today. They have...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Tips for new landlords to optimise their tax position

Internet searches for ‘how to become a landlord’ have increased by 22 per cent according to Sheards Accountants, a chartered accountancy...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord taken to court by second council in two years

A London council has prosecuted a rogue landlord and his associated property firm for letting unsafe properties and being unlicensed -...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Up to six months rent for private landlords guaranteed by council

Private landlords could receive between three and six months’ rent in advance by putting their properties forward to help people who...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord pays thousands after Wrongful Termination Order

A landlord has been ordered to pay £2,400 to his former tenants after a tribunal appeal following the issuing of a...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Flipping ‘eck - tips for landlords wanting to flip properties

A specialist investment lender has set out tips for how landlords can succeed at flipping - purchasing homes and selling relatively...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Accreditation scheme relaunched in bid to attract more landlords

Plans are underway to relaunch a landlord accreditation scheme - with a difference.  Barnsley’s landlord accreditation scheme began in 2010 and the...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears likely thanks to Universal Credit cutback - warning

New analysis of government data by the national homelessness charity Crisis suggests that in England over 100,000 low income renters on Universal Credit will be at least two or more months behind on...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New forms which landlords MUST use from October 1

New forms have been posted which must be used by landlords and letting agents from October 1. New legislation regarding eviction notices...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to landlords about lengthy delays for review court hearings

Landlord Action, the high profile eviction and housing law consultancy, has seen a 43 per cent rise in instructions from landlords...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Available rental stock volumes lower now than just before pandemic

Research by buy to let consultancy Sequre Property Investment suggests that despite the return to near-normal in much of the country,...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

More landlords selling up according to latest Zoopla research

More landlords are quitting the sector and bringing properties to the sales market, according to research from Zoopla.  In its latest snapshot...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

More cash for tenants - Shelter and Generation Rent set out demands

Shelter and Generation Rent have separately made a case for more cash help for tenants, claiming the current pandemic and energy...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords treated less well than owner-occupiers in new green initiative

A local council is one of the first to be offering new Go Green Grants to landlords to improve energy efficiency...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Highest rent not always top priority for landlords - survey

New independent research among 512 landlords show how they have reacted to the pandemic. It found that 65 per cent of landlords...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Property management platform wants big cash injection

Renterz, a digital property management service, is aiming to raise an unspecified “six figure sum” through crowdfunding. The company claims it’s committed...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC change of heart is good news for landlords - claim

Landlords have been given a boost from an unlikely source - HM Revenue & Customs. HMRC has given landlords and other businesses...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Reasons To Be Cheerful - rent and capital appreciation to rise next year

Rents and capital appreciation will both rise next year - but to a significantly lesser degree than in 2021. That’s the verdict...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal webinar aims to identify “the missing landlords”

A free one-hour legal webinar tomorrow aims to identify the so-called “missing landlords”. Leaseholders in particular are invited to gain insights from...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Blaze casualties prompt fire warning to private landlords

A company behind a fire safety initiative has surveyed tenants in both the private and social rental sectors, and claims shortcomings...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge student flats project may stifle buy to let landlord returns

Investors considering letting properties to students in one of the country’s major university cities may have to think again. A huge scheme...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to bail out council as housing shortage worsens

Coventry council is the latest to appeal to private landlords to help it meet its housing obligations. It wants to sign up...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Record fine issued to London landlord over planning offence

A landlord who built extensions and converted them into flats and bedsits all without planning permission has been given a record...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New lettings industry forum to include landlords’ spokesman

Ben Beadle, chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, is to sit on a new Lettings sector body set up...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears soar across country thanks to Covid claims agency

Arrears have soared during the pandemic according to a lettings agency. Birmingham-based Barrows and Forrester says government data suggests 335,860 homes -...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Record figures as another market snapshot shows booming rents

For the second month running the number of prospective tenants registered per lettings agency branch has shown a big jump, Data from...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned! Outrageous landlord slapped with permanent injunction

Outspoken landlord Fergus Wilson, who has reportedly become a millionaire through his buy to let investments, has been hit with a...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction notice ruling “another blow to landlords” - claim

The Welsh government has again extended the notice period which landlords must give tenants - it’s at least six months. The Coronavirus...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where investors’ returns may be better than expected

It looks as if buy to let investors looking for capital returns over yield may have struck lucky - so long...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears much worse in some parts of UK

Figures show that rent arrears are 20 per cent higher in Wales than England over the first half of 2021 New research published...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Some tenants would pay 10% more for advanced technology

A Build To Rent operator claims some tenants - around a fifth - are willing to pay more for properties with...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord accused of showing contempt for council

A landlord has been prosecuted for a second time for breaches of Wirral council’s selective licensing scheme. The council’s housing standards team...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears to rocket if Universal Credit cut is pushed says charity

A £360m ‘wall of rent debt’ built up during the pandemic, combined with cuts to Universal Credit, threatens to leave hundreds...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental stock slumps in tourist areas thanks to Staycation craze

New data from Rightmove reveals the effect the staycation boom is having on the rental market across Britain. Seaside towns and other...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Double digit annual rent rises in many parts of Britain

Rents across Britain continue to bounce back according to the Hamptons agency.  The average rent of a new let rose 7.4 per...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent steps up pressure for ‘lifetime deposits’

Activists group Generation Rent is urging renters who have renewed their tenancy but not moved since May 2019 to check if...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords renew call for help after benefit and furlough cuts

Private renters and landlords face a cliff edge as the end of furlough coincides with cuts to benefits, says a leading...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in Lets -  Build To Rent cashing in on tenant preferences

The most common feature in Build To Rent developments is an issue dividing landlords - pet-friendly homes. Some 47 per cent of...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

The market now? It’s all about stock shortages

Growing numbers of landlords are quitting the sector, prompting a supply shortage and rent rises according to a market snapshot by...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord takes over branch of national lettings agency

A branch of national lettings agency Martin & Co is to be run by a landlord. Grant Simpson - who describes himself...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Professional Crook’ tenants exploit eviction laws, says agent

Some tenants are effectively “professional crooks” taking advantage of Coronavirus law changes to avoid paying landlords, a leading letting agent says. Benham...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - landlords who tell HMRC they’re evading tax

Substantial numbers of expats who own a buy to let property in the UK are approaching HMRC to admit they have...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour warned that more landlord taxes could trigger sell-off

A leading agent is warning that any additional tax on landlords could lead to property sell-offs and a further supply shortage. Dominic...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Gloves Off! Lively debate on the agenda at Property Investor Show

The Property Investor Show returns to London’s Excel Centre next month – the first major UK property event to go ‘face...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Scam! Police warning over fake landlords and rental fraud

Landlords, letting agents and tenants in South Yorkshire are being warned about an increase in rental fraud. Local police there say they...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant Data: New insights into Millennials’ rental patterns

New research by lettings agency Hamptons shows the total amount of rent paid by tenants across Britain has actually fallen eight...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Does your tenant have a pet, even if you haven’t given permission?

An agency says its bizarre list of items left behind by departing tenants shows how many renters actually appear to keep pets...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t sell that Buy To Let yet - capital values are set to soar

There’s good news for landlords who anticipate holding on to their property investments at least until 2031 - capital values are...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Gove must give tenants more rights says campaigning Baroness

The new Housing Secretary, Michael Gove, must remake the rental sector in a fairer and more stable form. That’s the view of...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Big boost in holiday let mortgage deals available to landlords

Independent mortgage market monitor Moneyfacts says there’s been a big increase in choice available to landlords wanting to enter the holiday...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords getting less for their money now as property sizes fall

Landlords buying property today will get less for their money than in the past, as the average size of homes in...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Corbyn shadow minister leads MP support for Generation Rent

A former member of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet has thrown his weight behind Generation Rent’s latest campaign. Lloyd Russell-Moyle - chair of...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord trade body welcomes Gove as new Housing Secretary

Michael Gove - one of the most senior and controversial figures in modern politics - is the new Housing Secretary.  Ben Beadle,...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental properties letting almost a week faster than in 2020

Zoopla says rental properties are typically letting almost a week faster than a year ago. It claims that with supply and demand...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council needs private landlords to help meet rehousing targets

A council in the north of England is launching a new programme which it says offers support for private landlords -...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Crisis - council urges action from Housing Minister

A council has written to Housing Minister Chris Pincher calling for a new approach to the short lets issue. Oxford council leader...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council chief says licensing deters “criminal landlords”

A London council is urging landlords to check whether their properties require licensing under a new scheme introduced this month. Enfield’s new...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord harassed tenant during eviction ban period

A landlord has pleaded guilty to harassing one of his tenants during the eviction ban period. Abid Butt from Sheffield has been...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hosting is now standard element of insurance application

The comparison website GoCompare is to routinely ask home insurance applicants whether they are going to be Airbnb-style short let landlords. GoCompare...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector critic says affordability crisis now at boiling point

A mortgage expert who is a prominent sceptic about the lettings market has stepped up his criticisms, saying renting is no...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Investors warned about care needed when buying property with land

Demand for property with land has risen significantly over the last 18 months according to a buying agency - but it’s...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Law Breakers: Shelter slams landlords for “criminal behaviour”

Campaigning charity Shelter has made a shocking attack on landlords, claiming many of them are acting illegally. It claims 45 per cent...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent to lead activists’ lobby of MPs today

Activists including Generation Rent are to lobby MPs this afternoon, to complain against eviction notice periods in England reverting to pre-Covid...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council heralds “fantastic result” ending in a fine for landlord

A landlord has been ordered by a court to pay over £6,000 after admitting a string of regulation breaches.  Juliet Petrovic, of...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency seeks landlords for Afghan refugee families

A council’s own lettings agency is coordinating the call for landlords to house Afghan refugees, in one of the country’s most...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Top MP tells Airbnb it’s doing “nowhere near enough” about rental crisis

Former Liberal Democrat party leader and Lake District MP Tim Farron has met with bosses from Airbnb to challenge them on...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears In Retreat! Rental debt slashed during pandemic, report shows

A new report to be released on Wednesday reveals that far from the pandemic building up arrears, it significantly reduced them. A...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Updated Right To Rent user guide for landlords launched

The Home Office has launched a new User Guide for Right To Rent, aimed at landlords and tenants. This guidance provides information...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords outline financial losses caused by Covid

A new survey has revealed the scale of financial losses incurred by landlords during the early period of the pandemic. The study of...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Five Top Tips for landlords for Gas Safety Week

It’s Gas Safety Week and supplier Ideal Heating has produced five top tips for landlords. - 1. Check your appliances for warning signs -...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour to propose landlord tax to fund social care

Labour says the funding of social care could be achieved by increasing tax on landlords. Party leader Sir Keir Starmer is today expected...

11 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent angry over return of normal eviction notice periods

Activists’ group Generation Rent says it’s to lobby MPs on Tuesday next week against the return of normal eviction notice periods...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council says rental market “out of control” but wants landlords’ help

A council says the private rental market is “out of control” and he wants rent controls - but nonetheless is asking...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Investment guide identifies buy to let hotspots by using algorithms

The North East has overtaken the North West as the best location in the UK for residential property investment.  That’s the view...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector ahead of the game on carbon monoxide detectors

Landlords appear to be well ahead of the game when it comes to carbon monoxide detectors. For around six years it’s been...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New portal to “revolutionise” borrowing for buy to let landlords

A new portal set up by a leading buy to let mortgage provider claims it will “revolutionise” the borrowing process for...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb cost league table shows London well down the list

A new league table has been prepared showing the average costs of listings on Airbnb - and London features outside the...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Out of balance: Huge number of renters as rental stock still very limited

The latest rental market snapshot by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests supply and demand in the lettings sector still...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantees for landlords joining new leasing scheme

Private landlords interested in leasing properties in Bridgend, south Wales, are being invited to join a scheme which would see them...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Cities Are Back! Rental growth best for years thanks to city renaissance

The UK rental market has revved up amidst a sharp rise in demand for city living, driving the highest rate of...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters are big losers from soaring house prices - mortgage boss

Celebrations amongst landlords and home owners over the latest record house price figures mask growing disadvantages for renters, claims a mortgage...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Hopeless - Finance watchdog slams government’s Green Homes Grant

The government’s Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme - which left thousands of landlords in the lurch when it collapsed earlier this...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Government says No to separate fees for pets in rental properties

The government is not budging on the Tenant Fees Act and will not amend it to allow separate and additional charging...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Solved? More landlords and tenants try to settle disputes without arbitration

More landlords and tenants are opting to solve disputes independently, saving them weeks of waiting and potential stress caused by lengthy...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Good EPCs won’t help landlords achieve better capital appreciation

With landlords under pressure to improve energy efficiency, a new report suggests that even significant improvements in EPC levels won’t be...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s company fined for failing to improve housing conditions

A landlord company has been fined more than £15,000 for failing to improve housing conditions in three properties. North Somerset council received...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Afghan Refugees: Councils still asking landlords to come forward

Wiltshire council is the latest to ask private landlords who have affordable homes which are ready to let, to get in...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord with poor fire alarm paperwork refused letting licence

A landlord has been refused a lettings licence by a local council because he failed to keep fire safety alarm records...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets may require planning consent - government source

The government is considering forcing landlords who rent out homes as Airbnb-style short lets to apply for planning consent. This would not...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears not a significant cause of despite disputes - TDS

Yet again the issue of cleaning has been identified as the single largest cause of end-of-tenancy disputes leading to deposits being...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Guilty! Landlord admits illegal eviction during pandemic

A landlord has pleaded guilty to the unlawful eviction of his tenant. Jalal Uddin of Wellingborough has pleaded guilty at the town’s...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Commuter Belt rental shortage as tenants still leave London

Demand for private rented housing in the South East is the second highest in England - and it is thought to be...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords tell government: Don’t cut £20 from Universal Credit

The National Residential Landlords Association has joined over 100 other organisations across the UK to urge government to scrap the planned...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council threat to landlords - Go Green or we’ll fine you

A council is threatening to fine private landlords whose properties do not meet energy efficiency standards. Darlington council’s cabinet will meet next...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council not using social housing for Afghans, instead wants private landlords

Dorset council is the latest to appeal to landlords to house Afghan refugees who are in this country having helped UK...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Market snapshot - latest on rents and voids across the regions

The latest rental market snapshot from PropTech supplier Goodlord suggests that the market is still strong as we head into autumn...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New guidance for landlords: Understanding the possession action process

The government has updated its guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rental sectors in England and Wales. The...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets In Lets: MPs urge government to enable tenants to keep animals

A respected political website claims that over 30 MPs from a range of political parties have written to the Housing Secretary...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Agents urge ‘gentle caution’ after political pledges

The letting agents’ trade body ARLA Propertymark has made a very cautious approach to the Scottish Government over its strident pledge...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Well over £700 fee for UK’s largest-ever HMO licensing scheme

Landlords must pay well over £700 for entry into what is now the UK’s largest ever HMO licensing scheme, at Westminster...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency may be make or break for tenants, survey claims

A survey claims that 80 per cent of prospective tenants would consider energy efficiency as one of the critical items determining...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Renter Power! UK's first-ever Minister for Tenants' Rights appointed

The prospect of increased renters’ power has already been seen north of the border with the pledge to introduce rent controls...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls needed because tenants “pay way over the odds”

The UK’s first Minister for Tenants’ Rights says he will introduce rent controls because renters currently “pay way over the odds”. Although...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Webinar on Afghan refugees to tell landlords how they can transform lives

Landlords are being invited to a webinar which is billed as helping them understand how letting their properties to Afghan refugees...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Government issues formal change to Right To Rent guidance

The government has updated its formal guidance to landlords and letting agents on Right To Rent. This sets out the continuation of...

01 September 2021

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Student tenants complaining about quality of furniture

A survey suggests students do not feel the furniture provided within student accommodation reflects the price they pay to live there. Manor...

01 September 2021

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Landlords must pay tenants’ moving costs when they sell - demand

Activists in Generation Rent are now making a new demand - that landlords must pay the moving costs of tenants when...

31 August 2021

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Incentives for landlords to shun Airbnb short lets - council call

The leader of a council in one of the areas of the UK with the highest number of Airbnb-style short lets...

31 August 2021

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Four out of five landlords secure a profit from buy to let

Some 83 per cent of landlords have made a profit from their lettings activities in the second quarter of 2021 -...

31 August 2021

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 Plea to landlords to help Afghan refugee families

Another council is appealing to private landlords to help provide accommodation for Afghan refugees. Maidstone council in Kent wants self-contained rental apartments...

31 August 2021

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Labour council criticised by government sets licensing deadline

A Labour council that lost government support for its landlord licensing regime says it’s reviewing its options and will produce new...

27 August 2021

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Rent control momentum grows - petition nears 50,000 signatures

A petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners is now nearing its 50,000...

27 August 2021

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Right To Rent flip flop - another rule change by government

Virtual Right To Rent checks by landlords, which were to have been illegal from just next week, are now permissible until...

27 August 2021

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Build To Rent boost with huge scheme winning planning approval

The Build To Rent sector continues to grow, with the news that a 650-home scheme in the city of Bath has...

27 August 2021

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New Landlords Beware - hidden charges trap the inexperienced

Home repairs service Rightio has provided a useful checklist of the hidden costs of being a landlord. Many seasoned hands will...

26 August 2021

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Pet-friendly properties have soared in popularity say agents

Letting agents have reported huge surges in demand for pet-friendly properties.  Richard O’Neill, managing director at Romans Lettings, says: “There has certainly...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental activists want their homes nationalised - could it happen here?

A referendum in Berlin next month is being watched closely by rental activists in the UK, in case it offers them...

26 August 2021

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Early warning of student complaints about Covid-compliant lettings

A new survey has shown what may be an early warning of complaints over the Covid-compliance of purpose built student accommodation...

26 August 2021

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Are letting agents doing a good enough job for landlords?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, landlords formed the bulk of the complainants about letting agents in the 2020 calendar year according to The Property...

25 August 2021

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More enforcement, more arbitration - landlords set out demands

The government needs to beef up enforcement if it wants to address rogue landlords who put tenants at risk, says the...

25 August 2021

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Activists accuse landlords of tearing apart communities via short lets

The Generation Rent group has renewed its attack on landlords who let properties to holidaymakers rather than long term tenants.  The group...

25 August 2021

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Landlord must pay thousands for ignoring Improvement Notices

A landlord who failed to comply with improvement notices for a vulnerable tenant and threatened to evict her if the improvements...

25 August 2021

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EPC cost crisis - new fear that landlords may not meet new rules

With less than four years left until the government wants all new private rented properties to be rated at least EPC...

24 August 2021

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Council orders HMO landlords to clear graffiti within four weeks

A council is ordering all of its private rental sector landlords to clear graffiti from external walls within four weeks of...

24 August 2021

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Can landlords take advantage of new Permitted Development Rights?

Landlords are being invited to a free webinar that promises to bring them up to date with the new planning regime...

24 August 2021

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Market Madness? £7,000 pcm unit let in hours and 78 viewings on an HMO

If evidence was needed that the rental market is booming right now, here’s the proof - a property with an asking...

24 August 2021

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Here They Come: Rent controls to be introduced in part of the UK

Rent controls, possibly ensuring that rents do not exceed 25 per cent of household income, are poised to be introduced into...

23 August 2021

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Government has no record of landlord convictions, says campaigner

A letting agent who campaigns against rogue landlords says the government has “no idea” how many convictions there have been regarding...

23 August 2021

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Landlord Info: League table of room rents across major UK cities

The SpareRoom online service has drawn up what it calls an affordability guide, which is effectively a league table of room...

23 August 2021

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Buy To Let specialist identifies upcoming boom area

A nationwide buy to let consultancy says it believes one specific area of the country is on the verge of a...

23 August 2021

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Rental market pointer? Regional cities set to see biggest growth

Post-Covid economic recovery in the UK is being channeled towards regional cities, says a leading investment expert.  Martha Peyton, managing director and...

23 August 2021

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Lloyds Bank landlord plans even bigger than first anticipated

More details have emerged of Lloyds Bank’s plan to become a landlord - and the proposal is even more ambitious than...

20 August 2021

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Landlord urges others to offer homes to refugee families

A landlord has set out why he helped a refugee family resettle through renting one of his properties. The landlord - who...

20 August 2021

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Two tier lettings market, with London lagging behind

Demand for private rented housing has reached a five year high says the National Residential Landlords Association. In the association’s survey of...

20 August 2021

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Office workers’ return boosts rental market says London BTR firm

Build To Rent giant Grainger says east London’s lettings sector is seeing improvements thanks to returning office workers as the pandemic...

20 August 2021

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Warning - HMRC watching for landlords using Airbnb for events

A tax expert is warning professional and amateur landlords that if they switch from conventional rentals to Airbnb-style short lets for...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords - would you house an Afghan refugee family?

A local authority is appealing directly to landlords to join a scheme rehousing Afghan refugee families. Wrexham council says the families will...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Climate Change alarm - office and shop conversions may be poor quality

There’s a warning today that some office-to-resi and shop-to-resi conversions - often thought to be popular purchases by buy-to-let investors -...

19 August 2021

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Rents for homes next to shopping centres may reduce - not rise

The popular belief that homes in close proximity to shops inevitably pushes up the rent is being challenged by new research. The...

19 August 2021

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Exposed - the council that flouted its own policies to fine landlords

A local newspaper’s investigation has revealed that a London council flouted its own policies to maximise the number of landlords it...

18 August 2021

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Banning Order landlord pleads guilty to breaching conditions

The first landlord in the country to receive a Banning Order under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 when the new...

18 August 2021

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Portfolio landlords most upbeat about income and asset wealth

Some 30 per cent of landlords who plan to remortgage by mid-2022 intent to release equity from their properties according to...

18 August 2021

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Tenants ‘pushed into poverty by benefit cuts' say landlords

The National Residential Landlords Association has joined a series of charities and Propertymark to warn about the poverty risk of expected...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity backs landlord case for cash help to meet new EPC targets

A charity is warning that landlords may not government help in reaching new EPC targets. Citizens Advice Scotland says the private rental...

17 August 2021

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Rent rises slow but no falls forecast for rest of 2021 at least

The Hamptons lettings agency says the rate of annual rental growth is slowing slightly - but there’s no suggestion of a...

17 August 2021

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Top tips for landlords faced with empty properties

ARLA Propertymark has issued five top tips to landlords whose properties may be left empty by tenants on holiday.  ARLA president Maxine...

17 August 2021

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Prime London - limited improvement as lettings leave the doldrums

High end lettings agency Strutt & Parker says the outlook for Prime Central London is improving slightly with more activity reported...

17 August 2021

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Revealed - landlords must spend thousands to meet EPC standards

Landlords will have to spend thousands to meet new government demands to improve energy efficiency in rental properties. Geospatial technology company Kamma...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Curbs on Airbnb and short lets “devastating” say critics

Proposals to impose strict controls on Airbnb and other short lets - including possibly requiring planning consent and licensing - will be...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Student rents set for boom during 2021-22 academic year

Rental yields on student lets are climbing steadily across England according to a new analysis by Goodlord.  In good news for landlords,...

16 August 2021

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Agent advises landlords to use easy-to-read version of official guide

A leading lettings agent in the south west is advising landlords to take advantage of a new ‘easy to read’ guide...

16 August 2021

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Landlords Beware - stamp duty probes likely to soar in near future

The many thousands of landlords who have snapped up properties have been advised to be on alert - a tax consultancy...

13 August 2021

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Baroness claims many more “facing” eviction than actually evicted

The Baroness leading the campaign group Generation Rent claims the official figure for evictions in the second quarter of this year...

13 August 2021

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Best Investment - resi or commercial? An agent advises landlords

A new analysis by a London lettings agency has assessed the relative investment merits of residential and commercial property. Benham and Reeves...

13 August 2021

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Arrears Fears Foiled - more evidence that rental sector relatively unchanged

There’s more evidence that the feared avalanche of debt and evictions post-Covid has failed to materialise. Research for buy to let lender...

13 August 2021

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Tenancy Deposit changes coming as MPs receive first-ever history

The first-ever history of Tenancy Deposit legislation, legal challenges and proposed future changes has been published by the House of Commons...

13 August 2021

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Green Homes Grant replacement may help landlords slash carbon

It appears that the government is considering a replacement for the ill-fated Green Homes Grant, which was to have helped thousands...

12 August 2021

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Airbnb fights back against criticism of short lets

Airbnb has issued a lengthy statement in response to a recent raft of criticisms about the effects of soaring numbers of...

12 August 2021

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Guide for landlords - these are the UK’s most affordable cities

A new table of UK city affordability offers some guidance for landlords looking for urban properties in some of the least...

12 August 2021

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Good news for investors in prime areas outside central London

Estate agency Savills has upgraded its forecasts for the UK’s prime housing markets - good news for investors in this niche. The...

12 August 2021

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Huge fine for landlord with unlicensed and overcrowded property

A private landlord operating an unlicensed and overcrowded property in London has been hit with a fine of more than £21,000. Brent...

12 August 2021

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Government rejects local licensing - Council pondering next steps

A council in the unusual position of having its landlord licensing proposals rejected by the government says it’s pondering its next...

11 August 2021

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Landlord triumphs in overturning council licensing fine

A landlord has overturned a council fine for letting her flat without a licence - and it’s the same local authority...

11 August 2021

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Labour wants Green New Deal to replace axed government scheme

Labour has called for what it describes as a Green New Deal to replace the axed government scheme which had been...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

More help needed for landlords to adapt homes for older and disabled

Too little is being done to help landlords access funding to adapt their property to meet the needs of older or...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Furnished v Unfurnished - research shows city premiums for furniture

New research shows how the rental premium for a furnished property compares to the cost of furnishing a rental home individually. The...

11 August 2021

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Another bank enters rental sector with plan for 2,500 homes

A retail bank has announced the launch of a £500m project to fund the construction of up to 2,500 suburban, purpose-built...

10 August 2021

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Legendary landlord reported to have been arrested in ‘Hitler’ row

Legendary south of England landlord Fergus Wilson is reported to have been arrested after a dispute in which he allegedly called...

10 August 2021

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Buy to let mortgage app expands thanks to landlords’ input

Buy to let mortgage app Rightrate is to expand its support for landlords after passing the 500 downloads milestone since launch...

10 August 2021

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Pets In Lets back on the agenda thanks to petition

A petition has been launched on the Channel Island of Jersey to prevent landlords banning pets from the local private rental...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Petition to increase lettings tax nears 45,000-signature target

A petition calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to increase tax on holiday lettings has neared its 45,000-signature target over the weekend. Former...

09 August 2021

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Cheaper Rents - tenants' protest scheduled for next week

Protesters in a part of the UK with high numbers of holiday lets will stage a demonstration next week demanding cheaper...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail term and massive fines after fire safety breaches

A landlord in the north of England has been given a suspended prison sentence and a huge fine for fire safety...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New policy sets out strict controls on future and existing HMOs

A local authority with a rapidly-growing number of HMOs is to consult over a new policy later this month. The Houses in...

09 August 2021

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Drugs In Lets: Landlords urged to report suspicious activity

Landlords are being urged to check their premises after officers recovered a huge stack of prepared cannabis from an empty café...

09 August 2021

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The cities where landlords most likely to make a LOSS…

An agency and law firm, Coulters, has produced a league table of where landlords are most likely to make a loss...

06 August 2021

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Landlord Tip-Off - where to find discounted homes in London

Landlords wanting to break into London buy to let have been provided with a guide to boroughs with the most discounted...

06 August 2021

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Students rents are soaring according to bank study

Landlords with student tenants, as well as the growing number of institutional landlords of purpose built student accommodation, appear to be...

06 August 2021

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Landlord in court for failing to produce gas safety certificate

Hastings council has taken a landlord to court for failing to obtain a gas safety certificate, which is required by law...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring Rent Repayment Orders and fines for landlords in two months

Fines for landlords and lettings agents in Greater London have soared from just £22,000 in May to a huge £139,146 in...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rental stock is in short supply across England

New research by a property investment consultancy has revealed which regions of England present the most promising opportunities for buy to...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Top tips for landlords to avoid garden disputes with tenants

Gardens have always been a mixed blessing for landlords - currently they’re popular with tenants but there is the problem of...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Large-scale landlords should automate Right To Rent - PropTech firm

Landlords facing upcoming changes to Right To Rent procedures should invest in automation to ease the red tape burden. That’s the call...

05 August 2021

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Landlords accuse councils of doing too little to crackdown on rogues

Over half of local authorities in England have not issued any civil penalties against rogue or criminal landlords in the last...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Ten Top Tips for landlords to keep cash flow in shape

An accountancy firm is giving landlords 10 top tips to keep their cash flow in a healthy condition.  The Sheards Accountants firm...

04 August 2021

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Council cracks down on 171 buy to lets in just one week

Redbridge council in east London has undertaken its toughest ever clampdown on buy to let, visiting 171 properties in a week. The...

04 August 2021

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Voids down, Rents up - latest market snapshot

Voids are at their lowest level since August 2019 while rents are on the rise, according to the latest Goodlord snapshot...

04 August 2021

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Challenges for landlords - council to organise special event

The latest updates affecting the work of local landlords, letting agents and property managers, plus a chance to network and catch...

04 August 2021

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 Generous Landlords: almost half slashed rents during pandemic

Some 46 per cent of landlords reduced monthly rent payments for their tenants because of the pandemic, according to research from...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord unlawfully harassed and evicted a tenant

A man has pleaded guilty in a magistrates’ court after he evicted a tenant by unlawfully harassing him and obliging him...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

London rental market set for boom as first timers look outside M25

The London rental market may be in for a boom as figures show Londoners purchased over 60,000 homes outside the capital...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Council wants volunteer landlords to house Afghan refugee families

A council is asking private landlords to help house Afghan refugees. People who have worked for the UK government and British military...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and other short lets performing strongly for investors

A tracking study, conducted in partnership with the UK Short Term Accommodation Association, shows exactly how well Airbnb and other short...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let voids now very low across the country, survey shows

Void periods of vacancy within rental properties are relatively rare within several parts of the UK, new research has revealed. Intus Lettings...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Five figure fine for landlord ignoring council warning on overcrowding

A private landlord operating an unlicensed and overcrowded property in London has been hit with a fine of more than £21,000.  The...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let pipeline is massive, says high profile mortgage lender

The buy to let pipeline for one of the sector’s main mortgage lenders is now £911.4m some 39.9 per cent up...

02 August 2021

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Coup for landlords’ group winning prestigious national award

The magazine produced by the National Residential Landlords Association has won a prestigious award.  The publication - called Property - has been...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

First ever ‘ASBO Injunction’ served on landlord to stop illegal eviction

Camden council in north London has become the first local authority to secure an anti-social behaviour injunction against a landlord in...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market still breaking records as agents call the top

The latest rental market snapshot released by ARLA Propertymark shows a little of the heat coming out of the rental market...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined thousand after fire rips through illegal HMO

A landlord has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds by magistrates after a bedroom fire revealed tenants were living in...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency predicts student surge to accelerate East London market

Lettings agency JLL says improved interest in East London’s lettings market is being accelerated by the expected surge in demand from...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday let landlords starting to use virtual tours in marketing

A virtual tour company says this kind of property viewing is now being adopted by holiday let operators as well as...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour unhappy at multi-month up-front rent demanded by landlords

Labour’s shadow housing secretary has branded “outrageous” moves by landlords and letting agents to demand multiple months of rent upfront.  Lucy Powell...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Politicians want action on Airbnb lets using ex-council houses

Politicians of both major parties have voiced concern over former council houses being used as Airbnb and other short lets in...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Eco-credentials key to capital appreciation in future - Rightmove

Landlords with an eye to optimising capital appreciation ought to be considering the sustainability features of properties, Rightmove has suggested. The portal...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech chief warns that stamp duty holiday may have hurt renters

The chief finance officer of a PropTech company says the effects of the stamp duty holiday on house prices must not...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Controversial Pay Per Viewing service open to some landlords

A controversial PropTech service that proposes agents charge prospective tenants £30 or more simply to view a property on the market,...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Overwhelming support amongst renters for 12 month-plus tenancies

New research suggests an overwhelming number of renters want longer tenancies, a trend pushed further by the uncertainties of the pandemic.  A...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords with houses see dramatic uplift in capital appreciation

Landlords with houses in their portfolios will have seen a dramatic increase in their capital value according to Zoopla. It says demand...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Investor Show is back - and it’s REAL, not virtual

The Property Investor Show is back and in person, rather than virtual. It’s been announced that it will take place at London’s...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let may work better if landlords allow pets - claim

It’s a controversial view but a respected buy to let mortgage monitor suggests that landlords may be more successful if they...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraudsters a growing problem in rental sector says trade body

Propertymark wants to hear about examples of fraudulent tenancy applications - a growing problem in the rental sector. A statement from the ARLA wing...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Only limited buy to let sell-off on the cards, latest research shows

Research by the buy to let specialist Sequre Property Investment suggests that landlords are largely undeterred by the slew of government...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord who put tenants’ lives in danger must pay £21,500

A landlord has been given a hefty fine for housing vulnerable tenants in hazardous conditions in a case brought by a...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

A deal! Prominent buy to let lender snapped up by bank

Starling Bank has snapped up specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender Fleet Mortgages in a £50 million cash and share deal. Fleet Mortgages, based...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agent makes another blistering attack on landlords

A lettings agent who has started a rental insurance business has launched another attack on landlords. Ajay Jagota, who runs KIS Lettings...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how many MPs are landlords

A website has lifted the lid on how many MPs in the current parliament are landlords. Open Democracy - which describes itself...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Improve rental sector EPCs? A pipedream …

Government ambitions to improve the energy efficiency of the private rental sector are just “a pipedream” without financial assistance according to...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid fall-out makes life worse for renters, claims new report

The pandemic has made future prospects for renters worse, according to a new survey.  Four out of 10 tenants questioned by the...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Glimmer of hope for landlords owning cladding leaseholds

Landlords directly affected by the cladding scandal - because they own units in low and medium-rise blocks - have some good...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council poised to introduce new licensing regime

A council in Leicestershire is poised to introduce two new licensing schemes for private landlords. Charnwood council has now approved the conditions...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech summer offer for landlords setting up companies

A digital platform that combines buy to let company formation, management and current accounts, has launched a special offer for landlords...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Data crisis for council wanting taxpayer cash to clear arrears

A council that recently demanded public cash to help Covid-related arrears has found itself in hot water over its own rent...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax clampdown on landlords: HMRC webinars aimed at investors

HM Revenue & Customs has announced webinars aimed at landlords in its latest bid to extract the maximum tax from buy...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Mystery of expelled Tory councillor and £50k owed to landlords

A London news website has lifted the lid on speculation surrounding a councillor who appears to have been booted out of...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants afraid to complain about conditions, claims academic study

A new study by a university suggests that some tenants are apparently afraid to speak out about the condition of the...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord prosecuted because buy to let was unclean and unsafe

A landlord who failed to ensure his property was clean and safe for tenants to live in has been prosecuted by...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government updates Covid guidance for landlords and tenants

The government has updated its guidance for landlords and tenants to explain the possession action process in the county courts in...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

He Can’t Get No Satisfaction - Stones promoter must repay tenants

A one-time promoter of The Rolling Stones was so busy on the road that he forgot to get an HMO licence...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Nationalist politicians complain about promoting buy to let

Welsh Nationalist politicians are complaining about a finance company which identified part of Wales as having attractive yields for buy to...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council fines landlord thousands and says “this isn’t profit-making”

A landlord has been fined more than £16,000 for failing to license his property. It is the first time South Tyneside Council...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Net Zero: More pressure on landlords to improve EPC rating

A Bill is being introduced into both Houses of Parliament this week which will ramp up the pressure on the private...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed - landlord guilty of “atrocious case of mistreatment”

A rogue landlord who allowed vulnerable tenants to live in conditions without windows, proper washing facilities or fire safety measures at...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords kick back against government licensing plan

A licensing scheme proposed for one part of the UK has been branded as “intrusive” for tenants and expensive for the...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Self-employed tenants unlikely to quit rental sector for some time

The latest study of the mortgager market by Aldermore Bank suggests the self-employed are finding it harder than ever to get...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday let landlords advised to ‘invest in luxury’ to bag more tenants

New research shows that holiday let features appear to be the most in demand, based on Google searches.  Prospective renters appear most...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists demand another eviction ban until law is changed

There’s a new call for all Section 24 evictions to be suspended until the passing of the Rental Reform Act -...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord hands over £2m in assets to National Crime Agency

London based landlord and property developer Richard Leahy has agreed to hand over assets worth almost £2m. This settles a civil recovery...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council wants witnesses to alleged illegal eviction

A council is appealing for witnesses to help with its prosecution of a landlord for illegal eviction. Sohila Tamiz who is a...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords wanted to help Afghans working for UK forces

A local authority participating in a government scheme designed to protect Afghan personnel employed by UK armed forces is seeking help...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Emergency finance help needed for arrears - Propertymark

Landlords require help in the shape of an emergency package to assist tenants clear Covid-related arrears. That’s the view of Propertymark, which...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Help us Boris! Landlords to submit plea to PM for aid to sector

The National Residential Landlords Association says it’s going to submit a report to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New service offers incorporation and mortgage lending online

PropTech firms GetGround and Molo are partnering to offer landlords a one-stop-shop for dealing with the administrative details of buy to let...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords will still have virtual auction options in future

A favourite route for a landlord acquiring properties - at auction - is likely to remain at least partly virtual in...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent share of planning approvals down on pre-Covid peak

Build To Rent planning application requests have risen 52 per cent in the past year according to the latest research. However they...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New plan to buy back council houses, then re-let them

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to buy back former council houses now in the private rental sector. Right to Buy, part of...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage boost for landlords with buy to let deals on the rise

New research from online buy to let mortgage broker Property Master reveals there are currently 41 BTL mortgages at the record...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy Back - Labour councils back purchases from landlords

Labour councils in London have backed the initiative from Mayor Sadiq Khan to buy back ex-council houses now in the private...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents are falling in real terms - and that’s official

Private sector rents are falling in real terms according to government figures. Data from the Office for National Statistics show that private...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council in talks with landlords to buy back empty homes

Bury council is to spend £1m buying empty homes from landlords and other owners. The council says it will shortly identify which...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive fall in HMRC tax take from ‘Let Property’ campaign

There’s been a sharp fall in money raised from a campaign encouraging landlords to voluntarily disclose tax owed on rental properties...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council claims landlord licensing helps stop falling house prices

Residents and landlords are to be consulted by yet another council wanting to renew its selective licensing regime - saying it...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New league table shows best yields by regions and towns

The best buy to let yields can be found in the North East of England according to new research.  The region as...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let in a National Park? It might work says mortgage broker

A buy to let mortgage broker says that investment in a National Park property could help landlords cash in on the...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

£100,000 public cash to be spent on landlord database study

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is spending £100,000 on a feasibility study to investigate the setting up of...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Upbeat figures show strong rental market performance

There's more good news about the rental market across the country, with rents rising 8.5 per cent year-on-year. The data comes from...

13 July 2021

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First Inner London monthly rent rise for over a year, reports agency

The lettings agency Hamptons has declared the bottom of the rental market for Inner London, saying it’s now on the way...

13 July 2021

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New mortgage options for first time landlords buying HMOs

Specialist lender Landbay has launched two new buy to let mortgage products for first time landlords who want to invest in...

13 July 2021

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Government rejects licensing scheme plea by local council

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has said No to a plea by a south east council to renew...

12 July 2021

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Happy Tenants! Big majority of renters satisfied with landlords

Over 80 per cent of private renters in England are satisfied with their accommodation according to new data. Figures from the English...

12 July 2021

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Tax advice for landlords ahead of HMRC deadline

Landlords looking for tips on tax and how to prepare for incoming Making Tax Digital rules are being invited to an...

12 July 2021

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New attack underway on rental and holiday homes

An estate agent in Scotland is warning that a new attack on the rental sector and holiday homes may be underway.  Jennifer...

12 July 2021

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MP wanting ‘pets in lets’ in hot water over benefits

The MP who is the architect of a Private Members Bill to allow pets in privately rented property is facing a...

12 July 2021

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Landlords condemned for ‘quick buck’ shift to short lets

A council leader has criticised landlords in a tourist hotspot for evicting long term tenants and switching to higher paying Airbnb...

09 July 2021

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Get Rich Quick courses in spotlight after MP’s intervention

The potential dangers of Get Rich Quick property investment schemes have been highlighted once again, this time by an MP. Some 18...

09 July 2021

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Rogue landlord sentenced over “catastrophic” safety breaches

A landlord has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years for breaches of fire safety legislation. Thirunavukkaradu Kuladaisamy, the...

09 July 2021

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Radical shake up likely for private rental sector in N Ireland

It looks certain that a substantial number of pro-tenant reforms are to be introduced in Northern Ireland in the near future. A...

09 July 2021

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Labour and Generation Rent unite to demand rent controls

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and the Baroness leading the Generation Rent campaign have called for powers to control rents. Khan claims...

08 July 2021

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Smart system could ultimately slash landlords’ energy bills

The people behind a new smart system for controlling electric heating and household appliances claim it has the potential to save...

08 July 2021

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Tenants happy to pay for furnished flats, says Build To Rent supplier

A supplier to the niche Build To Rent sector claims new research shows private rental tenants happy to pay a premium...

08 July 2021

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Revealed - potential investment areas where renting is rising

A buy to let consultancy has identified those parts of the country where there’s been the biggest swing towards renting when...

08 July 2021

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Month of free landlord ‘dispute’ webinars begins today

Today sees the first of three free webinars for landlords run by The Deposit Protection Service to help landlords and letting agents navigate the dispute resolution...

08 July 2021

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Pet references - should landlords or tenants pay?

A pet referencing service is courting controversy by suggesting more animals should be allowed in rental properties - and that landlords,...

07 July 2021

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Holiday lets set to face extra financial penalties in one part of UK

Landlords in the holiday let market in Wales look almost certain to face hefty new barriers under proposals being considered by...

07 July 2021

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Early signs of strong student rental demand for 2021-22

An online student accommodation platform has identified where demand from students is strongest as they prepare for the next academic year. UniHomes...

07 July 2021

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Tiny number of tenants bother with contents insurance

An insurer says only seven per cent of private tenants bother to get contents insurance. GoCompare says approximately one in five UK...

07 July 2021

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Rent rises driven by higher taxes and regulations for landlords

A leading supplier says rent rises seen in recent months have been driven by increased taxes and regulations imposed on landlords. The...

06 July 2021

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Will new Bill help landlords caught in cladding crisis?

The government claims its new Building Safety Bill, published yesterday, will create “lasting generational change” after Grenfell and the cladding crisis...

06 July 2021

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Relaxing Covid restrictions will trigger more tenant moves - claim

A prominent PropTech supplier to the lettings sector predicts that as summer continues and Covid restrictions reduce, so more tenants will...

06 July 2021

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Holiday let landlord could win £10,000 cash

A holiday lettings agency is offering £10,000 to the owner of what it declares to be Britain’s Best Holiday Let. Sykes Holiday...

06 July 2021

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Ban on eight Airbnb landlords operating on the same street

Eight landlords letting flats on the same street have been banned from renting them out on Airbnb. The Edinburgh News website says...

05 July 2021

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New threat to buy to let? John Lewis gets into Build To Rent

Another new Build To Rent player is emerging - in the unlikely form of the John Lewis Partnership. The company has long...

05 July 2021

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Outdated! Some rental regulations date back to 18th century

Some laws underpinning the private rented sector date back to the 18th century and are no longer fit for purposes, according...

05 July 2021

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Landlords warned of high cost of keeping properties empty

Landlords in one part of England are being urged to get their properties back on the market or face inevitable council...

05 July 2021

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Allowing pets makes commercial sense for landlords - claim

Yet another lettings agency says the private rental sector would be wise to encourage tenants with pets. Earlier this week it was...

02 July 2021

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Council boasts of massive clampdown on landlords

Fines totalling more than £250,000 were issued to rogue landlords in Barking and Dagenham last year. Offences included failing to have a...

02 July 2021

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Landlords not the bad guys of the pandemic says industry figure

One of the leading figures in the lettings industry says landlords are not the bad guys of the pandemic, as some...

02 July 2021

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Build To Rent hits the suburbs with new scheme

A proposed new Build To Rent scheme is thought to be the first in the UK to be in a suburb,...

02 July 2021

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Council wants to stop rogue landlord letting out homes anywhere

A council has gone on record saying it’s trying to stop a rogue landlord from letting out any property anywhere, ever...

01 July 2021

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Landlords back £10m for tenants with Covid-related arrears

The National Residential Landlords Association is backing the introduction of a £10m grant fund for tenants with Covid-related  arrears. The fund, announced...

01 July 2021

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More new landlords replacing those quitting sector, survey shows

Nearly a million landlords plan to review their buy to let portfolios over the next two years with the number planning...

01 July 2021

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Agent’s top tips for letting properties quickly

High end lettings agency Carter Jonas has offered landlords a series of tips to renting out their properties quickly and successfully. They...

01 July 2021

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Agency’s blunt message for landlords - Pets Get Lets

The controversy over whether pets should be allowed in the private rental sector continues apace with one major agency coming down...

30 June 2021

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Good news for landlords as rental demand hits another record

The agents’ trade body ARLA Propertymark says more records have been set in the lettings market in terms of tenant demand. It...

30 June 2021

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Green issues increasingly important for landlords, says lender

Eco issues are increasingly important for landlords, a mortgage lender claims.  Hodge Bank says a new survey shows 82 per cent of...

30 June 2021

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Cash help to get empty homes back to habitable condition

A grant scheme helping buyers to get empty properties back into use has been relaunched in part of Wales. The Valleys Taskforce...

30 June 2021

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Landlord’s dilemma highlights problem with new EPC targets

A landlord has been ordered by his local council to remove energy efficient triple glazed windows installed at a cost of...

29 June 2021

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New property management app monitors repairs progress

A new maintenance management app connecting landlords, agents and property managers to their tenants allows the tracking of repairs. Refectio compiles tenants’...

29 June 2021

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Buy to let lender says landlords push for holiday let products

Buy to let lender Keystone says demand from landlords making the switch to holiday lets have driven it to expand its...

29 June 2021

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New portal for landlords aims to make onboarding easier

UK rental guarantor service Housing Hand  has launched a new portal which it claims creates a “slicker onboarding experience” for landlords.  It...

29 June 2021

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Government website asks tenants if they fear 'revenge eviction'

The government has launched an online checker in a bid to avoid disputes between landlords and tenants over the entitlement for...

28 June 2021

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Are landlords and tenants paying too much for utilities?

A new report shows a growing difference in customer service levels between the best and worst energy suppliers in Britain -...

28 June 2021

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MPs start carbon monoxide campaign to alert ‘new landlords’

MPs have launched a campaign called ‘Carbon Monoxide Safe 4 Summer’ to highlight concerns over risks associated with the poisonous gas. They...

28 June 2021

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Firm claims tamper-proof heaters are ideal for rental units

A company claims its new range of so-called ‘no control’ heaters is ideal for private rental units because it offers a...

28 June 2021

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Lettings chief gives advice on preparing rental units for pets

Momentum for pets to routinely be allowed in rental properties has chiefly come from politicians and tenant groups - but now...

25 June 2021

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Official figures show big FALL in possessions during pandemic

Contrary to the impression put forward by some pressure groups, there’s been a continued fall in landlord possession claims between April...

25 June 2021

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Is London’s international tenant market coming back at last?

The London international rental market, a long-term victim of the pandemic and travel restrictions, appears to be improving at last. High profile...

25 June 2021

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Landlord in hot water after ignoring council abatement notice

A tenant was put at risk from a ceiling that partially collapsed and was left unable to use her shower after...

25 June 2021

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Revealed - how many tenants get 100% deposit back after a dispute

New figures show that in England and Wales, 69 per cent of disputed deposits are split between the landlord and tenant,...

24 June 2021

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Council warns landlords of higher tax if homes remain empty

Landlords across North Lincolnshire are being urged to get their properties back on the market or face inevitable council tax rises. It...

24 June 2021

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He’s Back! Shamplina’s Nightmare Tenants back on TV tonight

Evictions guru Paul Shamplina returns to the TV this evening but his Channel5 show has had a name change - it...

24 June 2021

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Big fine for landlord failing to keep tenants safe in property

A landlord has been hit with a fine of more than £4,200 for failing to keep tenants safe in their homes. North...

24 June 2021

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Complain about your landlord, insurance seller tells tenants

A new scheme has been launched encouraging tenants to complain about their landlords and seek compensation. Ajay Jagota - who used to...

23 June 2021

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Another mortgage lender urges landlords to improve buy to let EPCs

Specialist buy to let lender Landbay is the latest to try to turn landlords green by offering discounted mortgages for rental...

23 June 2021

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New petition calls for rent controls and additional home taxes

A petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners has got 42,000 backers -...

23 June 2021

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Arrears worse because of longer notice period, insist landlords

A landlord trade body says the lengthening of notice periods during the pandemic have made matters worse for tenants, not better. John...

23 June 2021

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Present and past private tenants to play major role in city housing strategy

Private tenants in a major city are being invited to take up a voluntary role helping to shape the local rental...

22 June 2021

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Investment firm says serviced apartments now an option for investors

Investment consultancy Thirlmere Deacon says serviced apartments, typically for visitors, can provide an attractive option for investors right now. Thirlmere Deacon director...

22 June 2021

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Another council poised to extend licensing regime

A property licensing scheme covering hundreds of private rented homes in Newcastle looks set to be renewed for a third time. Newcastle...

22 June 2021

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Council hits out at ‘slum landlords’ after unsafe property case

A landlord has been prosecuted for failure to make improvements to his tenanted property, including failing to install a fire detection...

22 June 2021

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Threat to small-scale landlords as Lloyds Bank buys and lets flats

It’s been reported that the Lloyds Banking Group is set to buy its first property as it seeks to become a...

21 June 2021

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Appeal to landlords to house refugees in government-funded scheme

A council is appealing to landlords to help it fulfil a pledge to be a sanctuary to vulnerable refugees. Bristol council has...

21 June 2021

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Extended Notice period will last until end of September, politicians rule

The Welsh Government says the mandatory six month notice period which landlords must give their tenants will now last until the...

21 June 2021

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Landlord's bill for thousands after dumping rubbish when tenant quits

A landlord who fly-tipped the contents of a flat so another tenant could move in has been ordered to pay thousands...

21 June 2021

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Landlords invited to virtual forum for trade body update

Anglesey’s Annual Landlord Forum takes place tomorrow online, with landlords operating in the area invited to attend between 2pm and 3.30pm. An...

21 June 2021

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Angry activists ask: Why do businesses have an eviction ban, but not us?

Campaign group Generation Rent has issued an angry statement in response to the government’s decision to extend the eviction ban for...

18 June 2021

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Funding platform matches landlords with appropriate lenders

A PropTech platform called Pitch 4 Finance has launched to help landlords and other investors source the best deals to finance...

18 June 2021

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At last! London rental market shows strong signs of recovery

After months in the doldrums thanks to tenants moving away and an excess of supply, London’s rental sector is recovering. The Home...

18 June 2021

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Insight - major changes to household size in recent years

A new analysis of government figures shows major changes in Britain’s families and the ‘home unit’ between 2015 and 2020. This may be...

18 June 2021

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Build To Rent pipeline dips with London units showing sharper fall

Build To Rent specialist Ascend Properties says latest data on the sector shows that across the UK some 36,054 BTR units...

18 June 2021

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Sunak making landlords the scapegoat for Covid arrears - claim

A stinging attack on Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been made by the National Residential Landlords Association. The trade body has produced a...

17 June 2021

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Relief for landlords as mandatory mediation threat is lifted

The government has surprised observers by announcing that compulsory mediation over Covid-related arrears would happen in the commercial sector - but not...

17 June 2021

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New league table of rental yields shows big regional split

A new league table of rental yields available to landlords has been drawn up by PropTech company Inventory Base. It’s examined government...

17 June 2021

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Council considers 50% tax premium on second homes

A public consultation is underway on proposals for a local authority to increase the council tax premium for second homes -...

17 June 2021

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Agents back landlords' plea for government help over Covid arrears

Propertymark, the trade body for letting agents, has joined landlords in writing to junior housing minister Eddie Hughes to call for...

17 June 2021

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Relief for lettings sector as mandatory mediation threat is lifted

The government has surprised observers by announcing that compulsory mediation over Covid-related arrears would happen in the commercial sector - but not...

16 June 2021

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Tory Lord promotes campaign for pets to be allowed in private lets

Conservative Peer Lord Black of Brentwood - Guy Black, a former newspaper magnate and Conservative activist - has urged the government...

16 June 2021

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Labour MPs quiz government on effects of eviction ban ending

Labour MPs have quizzed junior housing minister Eddie Hughes over the effects of the ending of the eviction ban. At the regular...

16 June 2021

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Landlord pays out £980 compensation over condition of flat

A landlord in Norwich has paid almost £1,000 in compensation following the discovery of black mould and damp in a property...

16 June 2021

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Fake investment scams on the rise, warns Citizens Advice

The Citizens Advice consumer charity is warning that fake investment scams are amongst the fraudulent activity that’s on the rise across...

16 June 2021

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Furnishing a property? Top tips for best quality and best value

If you are furnishing your long-term let or holiday let, a new guide to the best value second hand furniture may...

16 June 2021

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Landlords in high-level talks with government over rental reforms

The landlords’ trade body has been invited to join what it calls “high-level” talks with government over reforms to the private...

15 June 2021

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 Platform allows landlords to set up companies to buy properties

A platform claims it allows buy to let landlords to set up limited companies within 30 minutes, through which they can...

15 June 2021

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Renting cheaper than buying for first time since 2014

For the first time in seven years it’s now cheaper to rent a home than buy one. So says the Hamptons lettings...

15 June 2021

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Is Covid forcing landlords to give up on HMOs?

A landlord group in a major city in the south of England says many are giving up on HMOs and converting...

15 June 2021

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Shock as government rejects council’s landlord licensing bid

The government has taken the unusual step of denying a local council its request for an extended term for a landlord...

14 June 2021

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Up and Up - rents reach new record high says top agency

Rental growth accelerated in May to reach a new record high according to Connells-owned lettings agency Hamptons.   Last month the average cost...

14 June 2021

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Legal Wrap: a summary of law changes impacting landlords

Landlord Today readers will be more than aware that legal changes happen often these days, and it can be understandably challenging...

14 June 2021

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Fraudster fake landlords scam tenant out of deposit cash

A genuine tenant who advertised on social media for a property has been scammed out of £450 by fraudsters posing as...

14 June 2021

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Labour pressure group tweets: “All landlords are bastards”

A Labour Party pressure group has tweeted the message: “All landlords are bastards.” The tweet, from Labour Tenants United, is the latest...

11 June 2021

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Large number of tenants eligible for controversial Breathing Space - claim

A large number of private rental tenants may be eligible to take advantage of the new and controversial Breathing Space debt...

11 June 2021

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Bright Idea? Light bulb changes will impact landlords’ properties

The government has come up with another bright idea which will impact landlords’ rental properties - changes to the availability of...

11 June 2021

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App which predicts appliance and building repairs wins extra funding

A cloud-based property management platform aimed at landlords has secured over £1m in addition funding. In its own words, Lofti’s platform will...

11 June 2021

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Remarkable - New licensing scheme will be FREE for landlords

It’s already a very un-typical part of the United Kingdom but now Jersey has set itself apart in a different way...

10 June 2021

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 New guidance given to first time landlords

The Association of Residential Landlords Association - part of Propertymark - has issued guidance to first time landlords letting out property.  Check...

10 June 2021

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London council fines landlord for HMO health and safety breaches

A London council has prosecuted a landlord for renting out an unauthorised and unsafe House in Multiple Occupation. Daniella Mbachu, who owns...

10 June 2021

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Soaring house prices lure expat and foreign national investors

There’s been a “huge demand” for buy to let mortgages spurred on by dramatic house prices rises, according to a major...

10 June 2021

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Airbnb’s ‘responsible’ approach to short lets welcomed by trade body

Airbnb says it’s working to consider new approaches to short-term letting and the burgeoning holiday lets sector - and this has...

09 June 2021

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Investor Tip: Top agency identifies next London property hotspot

Knight Frank has identified part of central London which it describes as being historically overlooked but likely to be transformed in...

09 June 2021

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Civil Penalty Notice then a fine after HMO regulations breached

The Rogue Landlord Team of a local authority has triggered a civil penalty notice resulting in a fine of over £21,000...

09 June 2021

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Another council asks landlords how Covid has hit rental sector

Another council in the south of England is asking landlords and letting agents in its area how the Coronavirus crisis has...

09 June 2021

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Revealed - the major cities with the best rental yields for buy to let

A property investment firm has drawn up a league table of cities with significant rental yields.  Sequre Property Investment analysed the average rental...

08 June 2021

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Landlords losing tenants taking up 95 per cent mortgage deals

One in six landlords have allegedly lost tenants who have taken advantage of new five per cent deposit mortgage schemes. Online agency Accommodation says...

08 June 2021

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Online rental management platform seeks crowdfunding cash

An online platform that places landlords’ listings on portals and manages bookings is seeking new funding through the Seedrs crowdfunding site. Smarthost...

08 June 2021

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Most tenants unimpressed with high-tech homes - survey

A new survey suggests that most tenants are uniikely to pay more for high tech homes - or even want the...

08 June 2021

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Anti-eviction activists tell renters to check landlord paperwork

Activist group Generation Rent are telling tenants to use the slightest documentation error by landlords to avoid eviction. It claims as many...

07 June 2021

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Landlord-Tenant Mediation: no pilot scheme results yet

There appears to be no evidence yet as to the effectiveness or otherwise of the government’s mediation scheme, introduced ahead of...

07 June 2021

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Major London licensing consultation closes this month

There are just three weeks left for landlords to respond to one of the largest consultations undertaken by a council in...

07 June 2021

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Student yields stay strong despite pandemic - claim

Research by student accommodation platform UniHomes says rental demand on student properties has not suffered long term harm from the pandemic. It...

07 June 2021

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Council says: “We’re very clear - we’re on the side of tenants”

A council says it’s “on the side of tenants” against landlords. The London borough of Tower Hamlets has renewed its Selective Licensing...

04 June 2021

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 Landlords given five low-cost ways to improve a property’s EPC

Rightmove has identified five ways that landlords and other property owners can improve their property’s EPC rating - some for well...

04 June 2021

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“Bumper summer of lettings” on the way for landlords

We’re on track for a bumper summer of lettings according to one of the sector’s most authoritative rental market monitors. Goodlord’s latest...

04 June 2021

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Rogue landlord fined for breaching prohibition order

A rogue landlord has been fined £2,000 and must pay a victim surcharge of £22 after pleading guilty to breaching a...

04 June 2021

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Tax: government issues revised guidance for landlords

The government has issued revised guidance for landlords on the subject of tax - specifically about rental income and self assessment. In...

03 June 2021

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Council wants taxpayers’ money to be used to pay Covid arrears

The resumption of bailiff-enforced evictions, banned for over a year until just days ago, could be “catastrophic” for one of the...

03 June 2021

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Activists thank unions ahead of week of tenants’ rights webinars

The tenants’ campaign group Generation Rent is planning a week of events to promote renters’ rights later this month. The campaign says...

03 June 2021

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