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

The house price inflation facing first time buyers is “frankly frightening” according to a new analysis which suggests typical FTB house...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

The abolition of Section 21 eviction notices could lead to a surge in evictions by private landlords anxious to sell before...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent on rent freeze and eviction ban warpath again

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

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing minister to speak directly to landlords at new conference

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

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

Demand for apartment living across much of Britain has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels despite a move back to normality...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Bloodbath - tenant guilty of murdering two landlords

A private tenant who stabbed his landlords to death has been convicted of murder. Daniel Garcia unleashed what an Old Bailey trial...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb claims no link between short lets and housing crisis

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

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Insurer warns landlords of scale of losses from tenant damage

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

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Official stats show smaller rent rise than rival figures suggest

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

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

National scheme wants landlords to lease homes to councils

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

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring rents keep rest of housing market buoyant - analyst

A business analyst has given an interesting interpretation of the soaring rental market - and says it keeps the wider sales...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Negative perception of landlords 'makes housing crisis worse'

Landowners are claiming that the negative stereotype given to private landlords in recent years by government contributes to the overall housing...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords can spread fee payment with new PropTech platform - claim

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

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Another consultation, another licensing scheme extension…

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

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Costs - would frequent reviews help landlords and tenants?

Energy regulator Ofgem is suggesting that the energy price cap be updated quarterly rather than every six months.  This is only a...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters under pressure as cost of living crisis hits - Zoopla

The highest rental growth since the Global Financial Crisis, coupled with the cost of living crisis, is putting increased pressure on...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning to landlords over alarms required under new laws

Landlords are being warned by the Fire Protection Association of major changes ahead for those letting properties in Wales. The Fitness for...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Houses amongst worst fire offenders, safety inspectors report

A safety organisation is warning of a “tragedy waiting to happen” because three quarters of fire doors fail to meet the...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Airbnb landlord register: Could it avert housing crisis?

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

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC help for landlords via ‘ethical lettings agency'

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

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Another record rent rise fuelled by shortage of stock

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

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Licensing regime to start after consultation held two years ago

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

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Higher interest rates spark cooling in new-build market

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

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Most landlords ‘behind’ on energy efficiency improvements - claim

A survey of over 600 landlords by a business insurance service has found that 55 per cent have still to make...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Council named and shamed by government housing regulator

The Regulator of Social Housing has named and shamed a London council for its failure to provide assurance that it consistently...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Most profitable student accommodation investments revealed

A new study has compiled a league table of the best cities in the UK for investment in student accommodation. CIA Landlord...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Switch from paper to online for Housing Benefit payment schedules

A council is notifying its landlords with tenants on housing benefit that it is switching its payment schedule from paper to...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Gove accuses landlords of letting tenants live in unsafe homes

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has made a sweeping attack on the conditions of homes run by private landlords. In a statement backing...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

£125,000 fine for infamous landlord - maybe more to come

A court has told a multi-millionaire landlord he must pay £125,000 after a 10-year campaign of abuse against a local council.  Last...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Study reveals number of Airbnb-style short lets in London

Research by a rental platform suggests there are currently over 65,000 short let properties being advertised in London alone. The platform, Rentd,...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to check safety qualifications of gas fitters

The Health and Safety Executive is urging landlords to check the credentials of gas fitters following a case heard recently in...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Do you run the best holiday let in the UK and Ireland?

Landlords renting out to holidaymakers could be in with a chance of winning £10,000 as part of a nationwide search for...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ critics rejoice as government caves in to their demands

Activists have expressed their delight that the government has “listed to the voice of renters” in its provisions for widespread reform...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - in the government’s own words

This is the entirety of the detail given by the government about the Renters’ Reform Bill, confirmed in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech. --- Renters Reform...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Bondage Landlord first to be jailed in sex-for-rent scandal

A landlord has been jailed for a year after making a homeless woman perform sexual favours for him in return for...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Mortgage costs soar for landlords, with worse to come - warning

Landlords have been hit with steep rises in the cost of buy to let fixed rate mortgages even before the Bank...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenant choice plummets as HMO numbers collapse up to 59%

The number of HMOs in England has fallen as a result of government intervention in the market. In 2018 new regulations were...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government's new Landlord Ombudsman scheme plus eviction reforms

The Queen’s Speech has confirmed that a radical re-shaping of the rental sector in England is being pushed ahead by the...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

 Labour calls for rent freeze now and rent controls long term

Labour’s London Mayor - buoyed up after the party’s successes in the capital in last week’s elections - has renewed his...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Brexit threat to cleaning could hurt private landlords - claim

A cleaning crisis caused by Brexit and Covid could threaten the well-being of the buy to let sector according to a...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Bye Bye Buy To Let? Big investors want to take over rental sector

The strong fundamentals of a rental market with a chronic undersupply are attracting a growing amount of institutional capital says Knight...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords on standby for scrapping of Section 21 today

The government is widely expected to announce that Section 21 eviction powers will be scrapped in new legislation coming to Parliament...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Licensing “allows council to work with private landlords” - claim

A consultation is underway into the extension of yet another private landlord licensing scheme for a further five years. Since March 2018...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation roars ahead but won’t last much longer - warning

Landlords have enjoyed more capital appreciation with the average UK house price rising again in April, up by 1.1 per cent...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists ask Boris Johnson to begin rental reform process tomorrow

Activists from pressure groups and London-focussed tenants’ bodies have handed in a letter to 10 Downing Street asking the Prime Minister...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour Rent Control advocate set to lose his job

Voters in Bristol have decided to abolish the city’s directly elected mayor following a referendum. The city was given the choice of...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Prime London’s lack of stock leading to soaring rents - LonRes

The lack of stock available to rent continues to limit lettings activity and drive rents higher in areas of prime London,...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Four out of five tenants have never missed rent claims PropTech firm

PropTech firm Canopy says four out of five tenants have never missed a rent payment and that this should give them...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Three year tenancies, pets welcome - major landlord’s initiative

The UK’s largest listed provider of private rental homes, Grainger, is proposing pet-friendly ‘stay as long as you like up to...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rate rise likely to hit landlords quickly - maybe with worse to come

A prominent buy to let mortgage expert says yesterday base rate rise by the Bank of England is expected to hit...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - now a trade union wants government action

A trade union has called on the government to “look at all forms of rent control” as a way of combatting...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Drop buy to let stamp duty tax or risk supply crisis - warning

Taxes on buy to let investment are fuelling a supply crisis, hiking rents and making homeownership more difficult to afford. That’s the...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Levels: every UK region up and London slump ends at last

The average rent in the UK has hit another record high of £1,091 after a 1.2 per cent increase in the...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

See You In Court! Landlord’s legal challenge to council

A legal challenge has been launched on a local authority accused of charging “disproportionate” sums for repair work on a block...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Teach-in for landlords ahead of revolutionary rental law change

A lettings agency is to hold free events to support landlords ahead of what it calls a “landmark transformation” in rental...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government criticised over timing of Section 21 scrapping

The National Association of Property Buyers says soaring numbers of landlords are looking to sell homes - slashing stock and therefore...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New platform will help landlords optimise yields from property

A new version of PropTech platform Yuno claims to solve the problem of how a landlord should decide what is the...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government backs landlord licensing despite objectives being achieved

The government has given the green light to two selective licensing schemes in areas of Burnley. The previous five-year schemes expired at...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

EPCs - Battling Baroness slams landlords, councils and government

The latest attack on landlords by Generation Rent director Baroness Alicia Kennedy concerns insulation and household warmth. She claims a quarter of...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter accused of sensationalising Section 21 evictions

The National Residential Landlords Association has hit back at allegations made by Shelter, accusing the charity of sensationalising the way landlords...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit with higher stamp duty thanks to house price surge

Landlords are being hit with more stamp duty as they expand their portfolios, thanks to the house price surge pushing homes...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Dramatic rise in typical tenant’s income - new figures

A lettings market snapshot prepared each month by PropTech firm Goodlord claims there has been a dramatic rise in the typical...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New scheme aims to be the Rolls Royce of Build To Rent

Grainger, the UK’s largest listed provider of private rental homes, is launching its first Build To Rent development in Derby.  It is...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government considers giving more tenants the Right To Buy

The government is reported to be considering extending the Right To Buy from just council tenants in England to housing association...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Eco-Craze - bank marketing cheap buy to let loans linked to EPCs

Gatehouse Bank is the latest mortgage lender to try to woo landlords with preferential rates for buy to let properties with...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ capital appreciation still high - but slowdown starts

House prices rose less than expected last month after expanding at the fastest rate for almost two decades.  The Nationwide says annual...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

More licensing revenue-raising - Council resuscitates consultation

Gedling council in Nottinghamshire is the latest local authority to resume consultations on Selective Licensing after putting initial proposals on ice...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Many landlords still excluded from new Building Safety Law

The Building Safety Bill has become law - and while it does offer help to leaseholder landlords with one or two...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Some tenants exploit eviction ban to avoid rent - shocking figures

Eviction specialist Landlord Action says it’s seen a sharp rise in landlords seeking to use its debt recovery service against tenants...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Ban evictions and clear tenant arrears with public cash - latest demands

Activists in the Generation Rent group have made seven demands on government including a rent freeze, the clearing of tenants’ arrears,...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour council’s huge licensing scheme wins government backing

All private rented homes in Oxford will need a licence from this September, following a green light from the government. Some 49.3...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Help to improve EPC ratings offered to landlords by another council

Another council has revealed it’s won funding from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to boost the EPCs of...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Investing in seaside holiday hotspots? Expect to pay dearly

A new league table of capital values in seaside locations shows the affordability challenge of investing in areas with guaranteed holiday...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Stop Scaremongering! Landlords slams exaggerated Shelter claims

Shelter’s latest accusations about private landlords and evictions have been slammed as “scaremongering.” The charity claims that a private renter in England...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Market Boom - forecast rents could rise by up to £1,500 next year

A rental platform forecasts that within 12 months the average UK tenant could be paying £800 more a year in rent...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - best capital appreciation areas of prime London

Landlords seeking capital appreciation from a recovering prime London market have been provided with a league table by a debt advisory...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let loans fall over long term despite recent sector resurgence

Buy To Let may have had a resurgence in the past year but long-term lending patterns suggest landlords have been hit...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Cost of living crisis hitting renters most, suggests advice service

Renters without a property to sell are likely to be the worst demographic sector affected by the cost of living crisis...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 notice handed out every seven minutes - claim

Campaigning charity Shelter claims that a private renter in England is handed a Section 21  eviction every seven minutes.  In a new...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent activists demand national rent freeze

Generation Rent is calling for a national rent freeze in the private sector for an unspecified period “for the duration of...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Race - growing number of tenants paying above asking price

Average UK rents have increased for the sixth consecutive quarter - but some tenants are paying above the going rate to...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Fixer-Uppers may cost landlords more than pre-modernised homes

Are fixer-uppers really the cheap and cost-effective investment many believe? They are popular amongst landlords but research by lettings agency Benham and...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Selling Up? New service offered to landlord trade body members

The National Residential Landlords Association has teamed up with a property sales management firm to offer a new service to landlords...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets Ban: Tenant ‘MARRIES’ cat to ensure it moves to rental property

Bizarre but true - a tenant has undergone a pseudo-marriage ceremony with her cat in a bid to get around any...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation boost for landlords as asking prices soar again

It looks as if landlords have enjoyed further capital appreciation with the latest housing market index showing still-rising asking prices for...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters will feel vulnerable because of inflation - warning

A warning has been issued by a business consultancy that renters are set to feel particularly vulnerable this year because of...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Can landlords help tenants who are hoarders?

A local authority is staging a webinar which focuses on hoarding and what landlords can do if they have a tenant with...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Virtual forum to brief landlords ahead of major changes

Landlords are being invited to attend an online meeting with local authority and Welsh Government officers to learn about changes in...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb disowns landlords who evict long-term tenants for short-let gains

Airbnb, so often criticised for operating in the largely-unregulated short lets market, has called on the UK government to scrap Section...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

EPCs - challenge for landlords with mid- and low-value properties

New data from the Savills agency shows how difficult it will be for typical landlords with mid- to low-value houses and...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

“Disgusting offence” by landlord - but he narrowly escapes jail

A landlord has been accused of a “disgusting offence” after installing a camera in the bathroom of a house he let...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper ‘may be pushed back until October’

Landlord Action supremo Paul Shamplina says he anticipates the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper may now be delayed further, possibly until...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Date revealed for ban on charging ground rent on new leases

The government has announced that its ban on charging ground rent on new leases in England and Wales comes into force...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Should landlords go it alone and not bother with agents?

Looking after rental property is more complicated and more important than it was 20 years ago according to a leading lettings...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Salvation Army slammed as a rogue landlord to its private tenants

A council has served improvement notices on a number of properties owned by the Salvation Army and let to private tenants...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

BBC wants to get to bottom of rental stock shortage

Landlords are being invited to let the BBC know what it believes lies behind the current rental market stock shortage.  The corporation...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour MP backs buy to let landlords over cladding cash help

Labour MP Hilary Benn has spoken out in favour of buy to let landlords currently expected to pay towards remediation work...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive 29,000-property licensing scheme launches

A new and huge landlord licensing scheme has launched in County Durham. A total of at least 29,000 properties, or 42 per...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Two top Tories blast the quality of private rental sector

Two of the country’s leading Conservative MPs have spoken at a Shelter conference which claimed millions of private renters were being...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Veteran Labour MP joins activists in survey of private tenants

A survey by the activist group Generation Rent is asking a series of detailed questions of private tenants in the constituency...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Up! Up! Up! Huge leap in demand for rental properties

The proportion of landlords reporting increasing tenant demand has hit an all-time high of 62 per cent. Research undertaken on behalf of...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Triple Whammy - top awards go to landlords’ trade body

The National Residential Landlords Association has scooped three top accolades at an awards event, including the prestigious National Association of the...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental sector “massively underperforming” say analysts

A long-term shortage of stock means the rental sector is “massively underperforming” according to the property analytics service TwentyCi. It says in...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert - new smoke and carbon monoxide rules are imminent

An industry trade body is alerting landlords that new smoke and carbon monoxide alarm rules are likely to be introduced soon -...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders may be imposed on 'social media landlords'

A council is considering imposing Banning Orders on unregulated and ‘informal’ landlords who have no lettings background and who advertise on...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Points-based system of rent controls demanded by activists

A points-based system of rent controls is being advocated by activists associated with a controversial pro-tenant group. Living Rent, which is calling...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb properties will return to mainstream use, pledges politicians

Politicians in a city with one of the UK’s most frenzied short lets markets are pledging to return Airbnb style units...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Council offers subsidy for improvements on low-EPC rental units

Another council is offering landlords financial assistance in improving energy efficiency in their investment properties.  North Norfolk District Council has won £3.85m...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21: What now for landlords after crucial Supreme Court ruling?

Landlords will be breathing a sigh of relief following a Supreme Court decision delivered just before the Easter holiday. The court refused...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be forced to let out empty shops

Newspapers have been told by the government that next month’s Queen's Speech will include dramatic measures to bring empty retail units...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental demand grows in secondary areas as stock drought goes on

The continuing shortage of supply in the lettings market is not only producing record high asking rents, but is also pushing demand...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians warned over rent controls - landlords will simply quit

A leading lettings industry figure is warning politicians that they risk shrinking the size of the private rental sector if they...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Saddled with Buy To Let - premium rents for cycle lane properties

Analysis by property portal Boomin claims that rental properties on cycle lanes in London are showing premium returns above those of...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Ban Them! Call for rival bids on rental properties to be outlawed

The homelessness charity Step By Step is demanding that rival bidding on rental property be outlawed to give the poorest prospective...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

“Uphill struggle to get landlords to fix anything” says activist chief

One of the leaders of the Generation Rent group claims it can be “an uphill struggle for private renters to get...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Boom! Years of rental market growth ahead, predicts agency

The latest forecast for the UK lettings market this year is that there will be a four per cent rise in...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Investor bargains to be had in parts of London, admits agent

Prime central London may not seem to most obvious part of the UK for buy to let investors but a leading...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Small-scale landlords to benefit from new cladding scandal deal

The government says major house builders have agreed to spend £2 billion on fixing the dangerous cladding on their own buildings,...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

MPs condemn rental conditions, councils and government

A senior committee of MPs claims that it’s “too difficult for renters to realise their legal right to a safe and...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC changes to hit landlords - spend thousands or lose thousands?

Landlords could lose up to £9,500 a year if they are unable to make changes to the energy efficiency of their...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord group backs MPs’ condemnation of rental property conditions

The National Residential Landlords Association has backed a far-reaching report by a group of MPs which has condemned the quality of...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Lender drops red tape for landlords helping Ukraine refugees

Landlords who have mortgages from the Yorkshire Building Society have been told that they do not need to inform the lender...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Room Rents hit record highs across most of urban Britain

Room rents in most major UK urban locations are now at a record high according to flatshare service SpareRoom.  Some 41 out...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants given 15 questions to ask landlords and agents

A controversial PropTech rental platform has issued a list of questions and issues to check when tenants rent from a landlord...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Here we go again! Activists prepare new attack on landlords

Rental activists have made clear that they are not going to stop when their objective to scrap Section 21 eviction powers...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

 EU returnees likely to be hit most be rent controls - claim

EU citizens returning to the UK following the disruptions of the pandemic and Brexit May be the biggest losers from rental...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive leap in rents in prime central London, agency claims

There’s been a remarkable 15 per cent leap in average rents achieved in prime central London over the past year, according...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where tenants on Universal Credit have the biggest shortfall

Almost 70 per cent of private tenants in the North East relying on Universal Credit to pay their rent have a...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords buying in high-yield areas as hedge against inflation - claim

Buy to let landlords are increasingly looking to the highest yielding areas of the country as a way to maximise their...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Taxing landlords has directly led to some rent increases, survey shows

Some landlords admit to increasing their rents directly as a result of being taxed more through the various fiscal changes introduced...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords feel they should help tenants offset energy bills, claims suppler

Growing concerns over inflation and the cost of living are changing the way landlords interact with their tenants, it’s being claimed. A...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Controversial Labour council extends landlord licensing regime

A Labour city council that has already called for powers to impose rent controls has now extended its existing landlord licensing...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined in pioneering electrical safety court case

A landlord has been fined in one of the first cases in England, for failing to comply with Electrical Safety Standards. Regulations...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation boost for landlords in every region of the UK

Capital appreciation for landlords has seen another surge according to the latest house price index, just released by the Halifax. It shows...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rents have risen over 25% in a year

Knight Frank says landlords are in the driving seat in the prime rental market across London and the Home Counties. Low supply...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Bad News - Lenders speed up passing on interest rate rises to landlords

An online specialist mortgage broker claims that lenders are getting quicker at passing in interest rate rises to landlords. Property Master says...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants saving to buy are ‘running to stand still’ says analyst

Private renters who are trying to save a deposit on a home to buy are having to run in order to...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Short Lets and Holiday Lets cash in on eco-conscious vacationers

Representatives of holiday let landlords say they hope to capitalise on the increased number of staycations for economic-conscious  holidaymakers. They claim the...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls Campaign takes to the streets this weekend

A pressure group of campaigners highly critical of landlords and letting agents is organising protests at cities this weekend. Acorn - which...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation - new league table shows unexpected winner

New research has produced a league table of locations where capital appreciation in the past year has exceeded the average wage...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reforms - activists heap pressure on election candidates

A campaign group wants local candidates fighting elections in London next month sign up to a set of policies including rent...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Yet more government guidance for landlords on Right To Rent

The Home Office has issued yet another update of its Right To Rent guidance for landlords and tenants. It advises them on...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Investor Scammer banned from being a director for 11 years

The head of a guaranteed rent business has been given an 11-year ban for scamming £6.7m from property investors. Sam Eustace, 36,...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Activist group must pay £100,000 damages to landlord

Local media in Sheffield are reporting that the activist group Acorn must pay just under £100,000 in costs and damages to...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Women-only rental website expands service to tenants

A lettings platform that operates for female tenants has announced enhancements to its service.  Her Roomies differentiates itself by being a female-focused...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants branded as “clueless” over their liabilities

New research from an insurer shows many renters are acutely vulnerable to financial loss due to unawareness of their liabilities. And a...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Confused landlords given advice by agent over EPCs

Proposals to make rental properties greener by enforcing a minimum energy performance certificate rating of C, is causing widespread confusion throughout...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Eco-friendly to boost capital appreciation identified by agent

Letting agent Barrows and Forrester has identified how eco-improvements can add value to properties. Insulation - Upgrading a home’s insulation, specifically solid wall...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech boost for landlords using TDS deposit system

The Tenancy Deposit Service API has now integrated with Yaris, a cloud-based property management software provider. The integration allows landlords, agents and operators...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC - record tax relief claimed by landlords despite increased restrictions

Buy to let landlords claimed a record £18.5 in tax relief in the year to April 2021, the most recent data...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Boom Continues: Rents up and voids down as landlords prosper

There’s been a big rise in rents in the past month according to PropTech supplier Goodlord. They are now at their highest...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Cost of living crisis for landlords and tenants set to worsen

There’s a new warning that the cost of living crisis facing landlords and tenants could get sizeably worse thanks to yet...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Prime London landlords rejoice - rent rises highest for over a decade

Annual rental growth in prime London reached 11.1 per cent in the first quarter of this year, following a 3.4 increase...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters amongst those set to be hit most by inflation

Renters are amongst the three groups likely to suffer worst as the cost of living crisis unfolds, an analyst has warned.  Sarah...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Paws For Thought - trade bodies survey landlords’ attitude to pets

Thousands of landlords are to be quizzed to establish the true cost of damages to rental accommodation by tenants. The “What’s the...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘should cover tenant fuel bills for some weeks’ - surprise call

A surprising call has come from a major industry supplier - it wants landlords to set up standing orders with their...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing minister consults with activists over rental reforms

Housing minister Eddie Hughes MP has met with activists to discuss the government’s reform proposals for the private rental sector.  They were...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenant or Landlord? Who is responsible for garden maintenance?

A study by the Tenancy Deposit Service has found that garden maintenance remains one of the most common reasons behind deposit...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

 Rent Repayment Order threat for landlord already fined thousands

A landlord has been fined £5,000 for letting an unlicensed HMO in London. The fine was issued by Haringey council after the...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Remarkable capital appreciation - house price inflation up again

It’s not an April Fool - capital appreciation of homes really is running at 14.3 per cent a year according to...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter says renters hardest hit of all by cost of living crisis

Campaigning charity Shelter claims renters’ pockets are being hit the hardest of any demographic group in Britain in terms of the...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Ukraine refugees connect with UK landlords via new platform

Rooms-to-rent platform Ministry of Rooms has launched a new initiative to make it easier for Ukrainian refugees to connect with landlords...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Supply drought continues - with rents rising as a consequence

The great imbalance between tenant demand and available stock continues, according to the latest market snapshot from the letting agencies’ trade...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Register - first details emerge of new scheme

The government has indirectly given away early details of its long-expected National Landlord Register - but it still appears to be...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Charge! Some landlords eligible for grants towards EV chargers

Some landlords of rental properties can now apply for grants to contribute towards the cost of installing Electric Vehicle chargers. To access...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - has it been delayed AGAIN?

The government appears to have admitted that the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper has now been delayed yet again, this time...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Shocking data on tenants who rely on Universal Credit to pay rent

More than 50 per cent of private tenants who rely on Universal Credit to pay their rent have a shortfall between...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent not just for posh tenants, says business group

A report by a business campaign group claims Build To Rent is key to helping solve the housing crisis in London. Who...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Now trade unions join the call for urgent rent controls

Trade unions in Scotland are demanding that local council candidates sign a pledge to support “urgent” rent controls in that country. The...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Nine bad landlords named and shamed under government’s new scheme

The government says it’s going to name and shame what it considers to be bad social landlords, using social media to...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned not to delay talking to tenants about mould

The Deposit Protection Service is warning landlords not to delay discussions about damp and mould until the end of the tenancies. DPS...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Holiday Lets increasingly attractive investment for new landlords

The staycation craze has made holiday lets a far more attractive proposition to many would-be landlords, according to a new survey. Research...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Half of private rental sector will have tenants aged 45-plus by 2035

Homes headed by a person over the age of 45 will account for at least half of all privately renting households...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Council urges tenants to inform if properties have poor EPCs

A council is telling private tenants to inform on their landlords if the properties they are renting having an unacceptable EPC. Hastings...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Long term capital appreciation - where performs best over 25 years?

For investors who keep their buy to lets for substantial periods - up to 25 years in some cases - a...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

More assistance for private renters hit by pandemic

PropTech supplier Canopy has launched a new service to help tenants affected by the pandemic.  Last year Canopy was awarded a grant...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Renting forever? Many older tenants accept they may rent long-term

A new report from the Social Market Foundation and sponsored by the Paragon Bank has thrown new light on what today’s...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Over 100 experts to woo landlords at investment show this week

The Property Investor Show is back for its 20th year with 100 property sector experts and exhibitors in London this week. The...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Green mortgages - huge rise in number aimed at buy to let landlords

There’s been a large rise in the number of buy to let green mortgages as the push for greater energy efficiency...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Investors no longer driving force behind off-plan sales

The extreme shortage of properties for sale has fuelled the first rise in new homes sold off-plan since 2016 - but...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

New figures on EPC ratings in private rental sector

New research by the Mortgages for Business brokerage suggests that just under a quarter of landlords’ properties have an Energy Performance...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to check if they are in new licensing regime

Private landlords who let out properties in Central West Bromwich are being urged to check if they need to apply for...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Affordability worsens for rental accommodation in much of England

Rental affordability is deteriorating in parts of England. The research by rental platform Rentd looked at the current average income of a...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords told to show compassion when setting rent rises

A property company director is telling landlords to show compassion when they consider rent rises, because of the cost of living...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Sunak stacking economy against tenants, says campaigning Baroness

The leader of the Generation Rent campaign group has accused Chancellor Rishi Sunak of “stacking the economy against private renters who...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Investing in London? Regeneration hotspot tipped to outperform

Property consultancy JLL says it’s identified one hitherto-unfashionable part of London as an area set to outperform the rest of the...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy to let ‘just an extension of social housing’ claims council

A council is launching a Private Tenants Charter which it says will set standards for landlords and private rental sector organisations...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - is Sunak's VAT initiative enough for landlords?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement was something - but not enough. That’s the view of Ben Beadle - chief executive of the...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists want holiday lets allowed only to long-term local residents

The activist group Acorn is lobbying a local council to deny people the right to buy a second home or let...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Will landlords take up £5,000 heat pumps grant?

A question mark has been raised over the suitability of a scheme starting next month to encourage the switch from gas...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

 Landlords helping Ukranians offered assistance by mortgage lender

Specialist but to let lender Keystone Property Finance has pledged to help UK landlords who want to house Ukrainian refugees.  There have...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists demand indefinite tenancies at heart of rental reform

The Renters’ Reform Coalition, a combination of some 20 groups of activists wanting to transform the lettings sector, has set its...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC told: “Don’t hit landlords with rules change”

Tax experts have warned HMRC not to add to the burden of red tape already falling on landlords. The Chartered Institute of...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb landlords accused of massive price hike at special events

Shock figures suggest that Airbnb owners are charging up to 600 per cent more to stay at their properties during major...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive fine for landlord exposing vulnerable tenants to fire risks

A landlord has been hit with a bill of almost £25,000 for allegedly exposing vulnerable tenants to serious fire risks in...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Failure to make improvements demanded by council triggers landlord fine

A landlord has been fined £6,250 for failing to make a series of improvements to the property he lets out in...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Prominent Labour MP wants rent controls to aid economic recovery

The former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer says rent controls are a vital part of a four-pronged ‘Radical Recovery Programme’. John McDonnell has...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords “devastated” by politicians extending tenants' powers

Plans to extend tenants’ rights that were introduced as an emergency measure during pandemic will have a ‘devastating’ effect on the...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - new-builds are streets ahead claim developers

A new report claims new builds have typical energy bills some £400 a year less than other properties.  The Home Builders’ Federation...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Council’s plea to landlords - help us with Ukranian refugees

A council in one of the remote parts of the UK is appealing for registered landlords who might be able to...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

More leaseholders freed from doubling ground rents

Fifteen businesses which had bought freeh­olds from housing developer Countryside have now given formal undertakings to remove terms that cause ground...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Newspaper campaign to scrap Section 21 and clamp down on landlords

The Mirror newspaper has launched a campaign to “make rented homes safer”. It says its campaign - called Safe As Houses -...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords try to head off rent controls plans by politicians

The National Residential Landlords Association is trying to head off the growing clamour for rent controls by setting out its own...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters should join tenants’ union, urges Labour council

Oxford’s Labour-run council has called on private renters to join a new tenants union. A statement from the authority says some private...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment threat after landlord fined by court

A London landlord has been fined £5,000 for letting an unlicensed HMO. The fine was issued after the landlord ignored repeated warnings...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Tributes for senior NRLA executive who has died of cancer

A senior figure in the National Residential Landlords Association died over the weekend after being diagnosed with cancer. It was the Deputy...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to sign ‘Green Pledge’ and oversee tenants' recycling

A London council is urging private sector landlords with properties in their patch to sign a pledge urging their tenants to...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Hijacking Warning to Landlords - don’t let property fraud hit you

A prominent lettings agency is warning its own and all other landlords that they are particularly vulnerable to the growing threat...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Town given £650,000 by Michael Gove to clampdown on landlords

Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has given £650,000 to one town to clampdown on rogue landlords. A statement...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC and HMO teach-in for landlords as councils unite over renting

Landlords with property in Breckland, South Norfolk and Broadland have been invited to attend a free online Landlord Forum networking and...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax on buy to lets and landlords - tell the government what should change

The independent Office for Tax Simplification wants to know how it can make landlords’ tax issues simpler - and it’s started...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Control threat now hurting capital values - analyst’s warning

The threat of rent controls in two parts of the country may now be so severe that buy to let landlords...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC Clampdown - landlords told to check properties’ energy ratings

Another council is urging private landlords to check the Energy Performance Certificate ratings on their properties to ensure they comply with...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Deposit Disputes - free webinars for landlords on how to avoid them

The Deposit Protection Service is hosting two webinars this Spring to help landlords and letting agents reduce the chances of deposit...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Call for pets to be allowed and tenancies to be 24 months long

A major think tank is calling for a radical reform of the private rental sector. A report from the cross-party independent Social...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Shock decision to stop selective licensing scheme after criticisms

In a surprise move, a local authority has suspended a consultation process into a proposed selective licensing scheme following criticisms.  The leader...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive licensing scheme offers discount for good EPC rating

Applications open later this week for one of the country’s largest and most controversial landlord licensing schemes - in Liverpool. The new...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Tomorrow - webinar for landlords on upcoming Right To Rent changes

One of the country’s most respected property lawyers is to discuss changes to rental processes live at a webinar tomorrow.  David Smith,...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Second-offence landlord guilty of nine safety violations

A second-offence landlord has received fines totalling £5,259.75 after council officers found nine different safety violations at a single property. The building...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

At Last! - Evidence shows most tenants like their homes and landlords

The significant majority of private renters are happy with their properties, status and their landlords according to a new survey. A report...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Q: How to boost rental supply? A: Scrap stamp duty surcharge

The government could benefit to the tune of £10 billion and the rental market could have soaring supply if stamp duty...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Guidance on Possession Process changes to reflect Covid relaxations

The government has issued revised guidelines for the possession process in the private and social rented sectors in the light of...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords should wise-up, not sell-up - and use a lettings agent

Agents’ trade body Propertymark says landlords should wise-up by using a letting agent to improve yields, rather than sell-up because of...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Private rental quality more vital in cities than towns - councillor

A local politician says the quality of the private rental sector appears to be more important in cities than in towns. Ian...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour MP launches ‘First Homes, Not Second Homes’ campaign

A Labour MP in the westcountry appears to be winning support for a campaign he has launched called First Homes, Not...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Success for landlord when Civil Penalty Notice fine is halved

A £5,000 fine handed to a landlord for not having an HMO licence has been slashed by 50 per cent. The landlord...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Need help solving a tenant dispute? New redress service launched

A new voluntary redress scheme has been launched to help landlords and tenants solve disputes.  The scheme - by the National Residential...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Good Times Over? Rental growth to slow as tenants feel the pinch

A prominent lettings agency says the rental growth seen in the past year will not be repeated in 2022, as tenants...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Husband-and-wife landlords let HMO unfit for human habitation

Husband-and-wife landlords Robin and Susan Kirstein have been landed with a massive fine for letting a home that was deemed by...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour Mayor and ex-Labour Baroness demand rent freeze

A Labour Mayor and a former Labour baroness have teamed up to call for rent freezes in London, claiming they slash...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

How tenants pay rent is no business of landlords, claims Shelter

Campaigning charity Shelter claims that in one part of the UK alone, some 75,000 tenants have been discriminated against by landlords. The...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Cladding Scandal: MPs call on government to reverse anti-landlord position

A cross-party group of MPs has opposed government plans to make many buy to let landlords pay for the replacement of...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Online PropTech conference for portfolio landlords later this month

A fledgling trade group its holding an online PropTech conference later this month. The Portfolio Landlords Action Network - PLAN - is...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords Alert - record month for new licensing starts soon

PropTech firm Kamma says 11 new discretionary licensing schemes for landlords are set to launch in April - a record. This is the...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Thatcher’s Right To Buy damned as “a levelling down failure”

The programme of selling off council houses pioneered by Margaret Thatcher has been a strategic failure adding to inequality in Britain. That’s...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let mortgage costs soar as interest rate rises fees through

Landlords now have to pay as much as £40 extra per property because of interest rate rises. That’s the calculation of online...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Joy for landlords as voids show steep drop in buoyant market

A strong rental market means fewer and shorter void periods - and that’s exactly what’s happening now. Rental platform Rentd analysed the...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Council’s desperate plea to private landlords to step in

A Devon council is promoting a scheme to lease properties from private landlords to provide homes for those in need.  In exchange...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC must tax AirBnb landlords heavily, insist activists

The Generation Rent activist group has launched a lobbying campaign, giving a template letter for people to send to MPs ahead...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where landlords are buying now for optimum returns

Buy to let landlords are increasingly targeting smaller, secondary towns and cities rather than big urban centres. Data from Paragon Bank shows...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Crisis: worries over retrofitting homes as heating costs rise

The Chartered Institute of Housing says it’s concerned about the rapidly rising gas and home heating oil prices and the impact...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and buy to let mortgages for ex-pat investors

There’s more evidence of ex-pats re-entering the buy to let and holiday let markets. The Cambridge Building Society has introduced three buy...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ capital appreciation running high in regions outside London

Capital appreciation for landlords is running at an average double-digit strength in seven regions of the UK according to the Halifax. Its...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Seven landlords removed from lettings register by council

Local media in Scotland report that no fewer than seven landlords have been struck off the register of landlords operating in...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Financial incentives “may be available” for landlords helping council

Eden council in Cumbria says it needs private landlords’ help to solve its housing problems - and there “may” be financial...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

HMO controls - another council introduces additional licensing

Another council has started consultations about stiffer controls on HMOs. Walsall council is proposing additional licensing to improve conditions and management of...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

MP worried landlords won't pass council tax rebate to tenants

A senior Labour MP has written to the Housing Secretary Michael Gove seeking reassurances that landlords will not keep council tax...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Refugees - how on earth will we house them? asks top agent

A prominent lettings agent says politicians wanting an open door policy for refugees from Ukraine do not explain how they will...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

New dispute resolution service for private rental sector

Trading Standards has approved a new alternative dispute resolution body for the private rental sector. It’s The Dispute Service Ltd, and it...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent controls would add to London’s lettings stock shortfall

A new calculation suggests London needs almost 85,000 new private rented homes a year to meet its housing needs. And it adds...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords switch on to investment potential of upgrading EPCs

New research suggests that some landlords are now deliberately choosing to buy properties with weak EPCs in order to upgrade and...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Brexit on the agenda for the National Landlord Investment Show

The National Landlord Investment Show is back in London next week with a pledge that it will be the most spectacular...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Possessions Backlog - government shuts half of Nightingale courts

Around half of the Nightingale courts set up in 2020 at the height of the pandemic are to close, with the...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Council bags £85,000 through licensing fines

A private landlord has been fined £1,760 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs after failing to properly licence four properties in...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent provider targets suburbs of smaller urban centres

Build To Rent provider Wise Living is to deliver 90 new homes in two small schemes alongside an existing development of...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Big rise in Capital Gains Tax paid by Buy To Let landlords

New figures show that buy to let landlords quitting the sector or at least reducing their portfolios have helped the government...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords enjoy enormous capital appreciation - Nationwide

Annual house price growth accelerated to 12.6 per cent in February, up from 11.2 per cent in January and the strongest...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive tax hike and stiffer rules for holiday lets in one part of UK

The Welsh Government has announced an increase to the maximum level of council tax premiums for second homes, as well as...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Cost of living crisis makes rent protection insurance vital - claim

A player in the rental insurance field is warning landlords that the growing cost of living crisis makes it more important...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental reform threat to economic growth, warns top expert

A veteran lettings agency chief says future economic growth in part of the UK is under threat from a radical reform...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC’s tax revaluation ‘is stealth tax on landlords’ - claim

Landlords of HMOs are being faced with a revaluation of their properties by HMRC which could result in many suffering tax...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

£700 Landlord Licence: 40,000 homes to come under new scheme

Birmingham’s Labour controlled council is writing to Housing Secretary Michael Gove for consent to apply a new licensing scheme over 25...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Heartless Evictions’ - new Labour call to scrap Section 21

A Labour activist has written to the government urging a ban on what she calls ‘heartless’ Section 21 evictions. Milton Keynes councillor...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb offers free short-term housing for 100,000 Ukraine refugees

Airbnb says it will offer free short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine.  These stays will be funded by Airbnb...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

100,000 Ukrainian refugees - how will landlords be able to help?

The National Residential Landlords Association is calling for clarity on how the private rental sector can help Ukraine. Home Secretary Priti Patel...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Lenders urged to accept first time landlords with poor credit records

Many first time landlords do not have the credit records that accord with lenders’ algorithms, denying them finance unreasonably. That’s the view...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Red Tape leads to landlords quitting the sector - fact

The connection between rising volumes of red tape in the private rental sector and landlords quitting as a consequence appears to...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

 Landlords offered leasing scheme to bring empty homes back to use

A council is calling on landlords of empty properties to take the necessary actions to get their homes back into use...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Beware Japanese Knotweed - flood warning for landlords

A specialist company is warning landlords that the recent spate of named storms across the UK may have heightened the risk...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Auditors may probe council’s selective licensing scheme - report

It’s been reported by local media that a controversial landlord licensing scheme introduced by a council may now be investigated by...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords ditching Airbnb ahead of short-let restrictions - claim

A lettings agent says his client landlords are already turning their back on short let platforms including Airbnb ahead of likely...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Council says landlords must be on call 24 hours a day if they run HMOs

Private landlords in a major UK city must now provide an emergency out-of-hours contact number for dealing with anti-social behaviour, the...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss wants rental reform - but landlords must be kept on-side

A leading figure in the PropTech sector says more regulation could make the rental sector fairer and more transparent - but...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Letting an Airbnb will require planning consent if council succeeds

Landlords wanting to let out via Airbnb and other short let platforms in Edinburgh will have to apply for planning consent...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail term for builder with fake window safety consent

A London council has prosecuted a builder - Valeriu Sandu, of Valmic Properties Limited - for lying about fitting sufficiently fireproof...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Litter-bug landlord pays hundreds after fly-tipping

A private landlord has been slapped with a £400 fine for allowing a tenant’s waste to be fly-tipped on the site...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Big rent premiums possible on new-builds - claim

New build homes command rental premiums of as high as 41 per cent in the current market, it’s been claimed. The Unlatch...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent Changes: new deadline for landlords

There’s been yet another deadline change for the revised Right To Rent rules. Temporary checks introduced at the height of the pandemic...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent controls “heavy handed and economically illiterate” - top Tory

A prominent Conservative has branded the rush towards rent controls by some politicians as “heavy-handed and economically illiterate”. Janet Finch Saunders, an...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords face fines of up to 36 months’ rent under government plans

A proposal that landlords be fined up to 36 months rent has been put forward in a consultation paper. The Scottish Government’s...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

London’s smallest buy to let - high yield but unmortgageable

A property described as London’s smallest flat allegedly has a rental yield of 10 per cent - yet it cannot be...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

One in four landlords are baffled by changing regulations

Almost exactly a quarter of landlords questioned in a survey admit to being baffled by the constantly changing regulations surrounding the...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters caught out by long-running shortage of homes to let

Renters are finding it tough to locate a new home because of the continuing shortage of supply according to the National...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists want controls on rents, house prices, planning consents

A protest by Welsh nationalists has called for a new Property Act to be passed by the Welsh Parliament, which would...

23 February 2022

From: Breaking News

£60,000 bill for landlord leaving tenants in “atrocious conditions”

A landlord who harassed tenants and left them in dangerous accommodation hit has been branded “atrocious” and has been hit with...

23 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Good news for London investors as yields bounce back

Research by rental portal Rentd suggests improved London yields this year after being in the doldrums during the pandemic. Rentd analysed the...

23 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Hammered! Flying start for online auctions in 2022

Auction House London has sold the highest number of lots in one sale in over a year, at its first auction...

23 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Gove slammed for “lazy and false” views about landlords

The government has been accused of basing its policy to solve the cladding crisis on the assumption that landlords are Property...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental property listings will require additional details in future

Landlords are likely to be obliged to supply agents with additional details in future, before their properties are listed to let...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Six figure discounts right now on some prime London investments

Landlords with large budgets and who are seeking a surprising discount, even in today’s market, could be tempted by research which...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Council launching landlord accreditation at energy efficiency teach-in

A council is inviting landlords to an event at which it will both launch a new accreditation scheme and offer guidance...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

No prosecutions of landlords means good news, insists council

A local authority says the fact that it has conducted no prosecutions against private landlords despite over 1,100 complaints from tenants...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC blasted for forcing landlords to change to Making Tax Digital

A group of MPs has unveiled a scathing report about the inadequacies of HM Revenue & Customs, with a particular reference...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit by rent controls would move to Airbnb - claim

A prominent property website, which monitors the lettings market, suggests that rent controls would drive a proportion of rental stock to...

21 February 2022

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New bid for landlords to be treated equally in cladding safety work

A last ditch bid is underway to include the properties of all landlords in the programme of financial help to remove...

21 February 2022

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Uninsured tenants say they will pay for rental damage themselves

New research from insurance provider Paymentshield has found that over one in five UK tenants have experienced a negative property event...

21 February 2022

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Justice For Tenants wins Rent Repayment Order against landlord

A non-profit organisation called Justice For Tenants has spearheaded a campaign which has ultimately led to a Rent Repayment Order being...

21 February 2022

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Excluding landlords will lead to cladding safety problems

Experts are predicting that the exclusion of large scale landlords from cladding relief may lead to significant delays in some safety...

18 February 2022

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Council pledge to fine landlords “keeping deposits unnecessarily”

A council says it’s going to clampdown on landlords who are “keeping deposits unnecessarily” and agents “charging unpermitted fees.” The pledge comes...

18 February 2022

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Landlords sheltered from worst effect of interest rate rise - claim

Landlords are being insulated from the worst effects of interest rate rises because lenders are so keen to win and keep...

18 February 2022

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Check whether you need a licence, landlords told by council

A London council is urging landlords in the area to check whether they require a license ahead of a new regime...

18 February 2022

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Property wins Britons’ investment poll as best bet of 2022

Nearly one in three British adults think property will be the best performing investment in 2022, making it the top pick...

18 February 2022

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Bigger fines for landlords and more compensation for tenants - Khan

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wants rogue landlords to pay bigger fines and more compensation to tenants. He is also introducing...

17 February 2022

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I want to make buy to let less financially attractive, admits politician

A prominent Welsh politician says rent controls should be introduced across that country to “make landlordism less financially attractive.” The Welsh nationalist...

17 February 2022

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Short Lets getting longer as 28-night bookings more common

Airbnb says its short lets business is back almost to 2019 pre-Covid levels in cities, and it reports many work-from-home renters...

17 February 2022

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MP demands probe into role of ‘super-landlords’

An MP is calling on the authorities to investigate how 15 so-called ‘super landlords’ allegedly dominate the rental market in one...

17 February 2022

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Labour chief demands rent controls and powers over landlords

The mayor of Labour-controlled Bristol council is teaming up with local anti-landlord activists to look at how to introduce local rent...

16 February 2022

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“We’re sick of rip off landlords” says rent control activist

One of the driving forces behind a summit being held to consider rent controls in a major city says she is...

16 February 2022

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Government steps up pressure on landlords to house refugees

The government is calling on landlords with suitable properties to submit Afghan resettlement offers through a relaunched housing portal. Landlords are being...

16 February 2022

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Huge Build To Rent programme announced by pension provider

Legal & General’s Retirement Institutional division has announced a massive £2.5 billion investment to deliver as many as 7,000 Build To...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls and EPCs - landlords urged to respond to consultation

A prominent country property expert has issued an urgent appeal to rural landlords to become involved in the consultation process which...

16 February 2022

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Energy Efficiency - landlords shun older homes as EPC targets loom

The draconian new rules governing EPC targets are driving some landlords to favour new build properties when expanding their portfolios. That appears...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Wanted - quarter of a million new rental properties every year

New research commissioned by the landlords’ trade body shows that the UK needs almost 230,000 new private rented homes a year...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Failure? Long-standing rental app disappears

A rental app which was pitched to landlords and tenants as “making renting a seamless and transparent experience” appears to have...

15 February 2022

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Tenants face looming pension crisis warns business consultancy

Renters are much less likely than homeowners to have at least a moderate income in retirement according to business consultancy Hargreaves...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Anti-discrimination guide for landlords issued by government

The government has issued a new guide to ensure landlords do not discriminate while enforcing the Right To Rent regulations.  It applies...

14 February 2022

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Richer tenants set to benefit from stricter financial referencing

Wealthier tenants will benefit from stiffer affordability criteria as stock levels fall and demand increases according to DJ Alexander Ltd, part...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent praised by council as “secure and affordable”

A new Build To Rent scheme in London has received lavish praise from a local council. Railpen, the investment manager for the...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined after failing to provide safety certificates

A landlord has been fined for failing to ensure that gas fittings, appliances and associated flues were checked for safety. Edinburgh Sheriffs...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Epic Fail: many councils do not report rental sector complaints

The majority of local authorities in England do not accurately record the number of private rented sector tenure complaints which they...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets in rental properties - is more due diligence the answer?

A major supplier to the lettings industry has just acquired a pet referencing company and suggests that greater due diligence could...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Surprise rise in number of buy to lets despite attacks on landlords

The number of private rental homes has increased by 18,610 in the last five years - defying those suggesting an exodus...

11 February 2022

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Government issues revised Right To Rent guidance for landlords

The government has issued new Right To Rent guidance for landlords. It makes only minor modifications to previous versions but the latest...

11 February 2022

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Foreign buy to let investors should sign ownership register says Mayor

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wants the government to put a stop to the capital being used for international money...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory supporter condemns government anti-landlord gesture politics

The government’s pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords and agents is  “the worst form of gesture politics in...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

We’re Staying - no evidence of landlords quitting despite increased red tape

There is no evidence of a mass exodus of landlords from the sector despite the new regulations and slashed tax benefits...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Social renters SIX TIMES less satisfied than private renters - survey

Six times as many social renters in one part of the UK are dissatisfied with their homes compared to private renters...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Cannabis Farms: police raid reveals property swamped with plants

Police have arrested a teenager who they found hiding in the loft of a rented house filled with cannabis plants -...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Conservatives increasingly keen on helping renters rather than landlords

A poll of Conservative voters shows strong majorities for higher taxes on second homes and empty properties, and tougher demands on...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New housing minister is a landlord with a history

The new housing minister is a landlord - and has already attracted criticism from some sections of the media. Yesterday Chris Pincher...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Exclusive - fixed-rate lettings platform to roll out across the UK

A new fixed-rate platform has been launched that says it will save landlords thousands of pounds in management fees. Rentd claims to...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency crisis for landlords - new working party set up

A bank is establishing a working group of industry professionals, landlords and policy makers to see how the private rental sector...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent says tenants amongst hardest hit by energy hike

Generation Rent claims private rental sector tenants are set to be most disadvantaged by the 54 per cent rise in the...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Base Rate Fallout: Review your mortgages now, landlords urged

Buy to let mortgage rates will rise “very quickly” this year according to a leading broker. Last week base rate was increased...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

EPCs to be reviewed - so have they been wrong all this time?

A national newspaper says the current ratings of the Energy Performance Certificate are under review by the Department for Business, Energy...

08 February 2022

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Banned! Four rogue landlords penalised by council

A London council has secured banning orders against four rogue landlords after they were found to be letting an unlicensed and...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour MP suspects some landlords may keep energy rebate

The Labour MP Dame Meg Hillier is warning that some landlords of HMOs may receive the government’s financial energy assistance- and...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord faces Collection Order if he doesn’t pay over £57,500

A rogue landlord has been fined a total of £57,577.92 for running an HMO without a licence.  Fahed Alam Choudhry’s property in...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital growth running into the sand as cost of living crisis grows

The Halifax is suggesting that while capital values are still high - in fact running at a record - growth is...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords face massive bills to meet energy efficiency goals

Almost a quarter of landlords say their properties are currently rated D or below for energy efficiency, according to a new...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Selling a buy to let? Just months left to maximise appreciation

The average capital appreciation is forecast to break the £100,000 barrier this year.  Official data revealed those selling up last year received...

07 February 2022

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Fledgling landlords trade group to stage tech exhibition this month

The Portfolio Landlords Action Network - PLAN - is to hold its first tech exhibition with five companies explaining their benefits...

07 February 2022

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Council launches building firm to construct ‘affordable rent’ units

Manchester council has launched its own building company - called This City - to construct affordable and market homes to rent. The...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax warning from finance chief celebrating buy to let

A finance chief is warning that the threat of possible rises in Capital Gains Tax should be dismissed by the government to...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents and voids stay strong thanks to ongoing lack of stock

It’s a familiar story from PropTech supplier Goodlord as it releases its latest rental market snapshot - a lack of stock...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Mortgage choice soars for first time landlords

The choice of buy to let mortgage deals for first time landlords has soared according to the independent market monitor Moneyfacts.  “Our...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Help us change lives - council’s plea to private landlords

A London council chief is asking for help from private landlords.  The leader of Kingston council in the south west of the...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants ‘will pay more for homes with improved internal air quality’

A study suggests that 70 per cent of tenants would be willing to pay more for a property with good indoor...

04 February 2022

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Tory MP lobbies Sunak over “tax-avoiding absentee landlords”

An MP has lobbied Chancellor Rishi Sunak about what he calls “tax avoiding absentee landlords” who have moved into the holiday...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Government backing wrong horse on rental standards - landlords

The National Residential Landlords Association says the government has chosen the wrong benchmark against which to judge property conditions. Responding to proposals...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter backs Boris Johnson levelling up rental reforms

Campaigning charity Shelter says the government’s rental reform programme is “a crucial step forward”.  The Levelling Up White Paper insists landlords ensure...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of licence success - and announces new clampdown

New selective licensing schemes are now live in areas of north and east Manchester covering more than 1,400 properties.  This means compulsory...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 scrapped as Gove hands rental power balance to tenants

The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper includes a dramatic reshaping of the private rental sector. Section 21 eviction powers will be...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

UK Holiday lets attracting more landlords, says mortgage lender

The specialist holiday let market is becoming increasingly attractive to ex-pat investors - and another mortgage lender has entered the sector...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Where have London landlords gone? Agents ring alarm bell

Letting agents’ trade group ARLA Propertymark is raising the alarm over what it believes is a particular shortage of landlords in...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Expanded legal services for landlords prompt group rebrand

Eviction and housing law specialist Landlord Action has rebranded to support its expansion into a wider range of legal services. There’s a...

02 February 2022

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Landlord sentiment improves in London as Covid restrictions ease

There’s been a bounce back in confidence amongst London landlords - although they remain more pessimistic than their peers elsewhere in...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent claims victory over landlord register

The activist group Generation Rent says it’s celebrating a victory in its campaign to secure a national mandatory landlord register. Newspaper leaks...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Deposit problems at Purplebricks now resolved, claims agency

Purplebricks claims that its failure to comply with tenant deposit legislation last year is now in the past and was merely...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Top agent says tenants find it tough to pay rent and for basics

A lettings agency says renters must pay an average of up to 77 per cent of their monthly household income to...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Cladding Help: Government still considering including BTL landlords

The government has hit back at claims from the National Residential Landlords Association that buy to let landlords are being left...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Council to use Zoom to unveil new initiatives for landlords   

A council is to unveil its latest initiatives for landlords via a webinar. West Berkshire council will be running a virtual landlord...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical rental reforms to be announced this week

The government is expected to announce the introduction of a national landlord register in England on Wednesday as part of its...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter seeks cash claiming eviction powers add to homelessness

Shelter claims that 397 households became homeless every day between July and September 2021 - the first three months after the eviction ban ended.  And...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Don’t exclude landlords from cladding help, politicians will be told

Government plans to rectify dangerous cladding are riddled with confusion and risk needless delays to addressing the problem. That’s the warning from...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Government slams insurance firms over premiums on blocks

Property insurers have forced “crippling costs” on to residents of medium and high-rise apartment blocks in the aftermath of the Grenfell...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Call for action ahead of new Carbon Monoxide alarm laws

A lettings sector trade body is calling for action now by landlords and agents ahead of laws extending the need for...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

What a waste - rubbish leads to big fine for landlord

Complaints from the public about rubbish left in front of a house have led to a landlord being hit with a...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Check EPCs before buying new investment properties - advice

A prominent buy to let mortgage provider is advising landlords to ensure they check EPCs and energy efficiency issues on properties...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Yet Again! Repeat offender landlord in court once more

A rogue landlord who has already been fined on numerous occasions for similar offences has now been served with a £5,000...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

The Lowdown on London’s rental market

Foxtons has issued a wide-ranging snapshot of the London private rental market. Overall some 27 per cent of Londoners are  now privately...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Refugee Crisis: landlords get urgent appeal from council

A council is making an urgent appeal to private landlords with vacant, or soon-to-be vacant, three or four-bedroom family homes for...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings Market On Fire - Rental yields now highest for six years

Newly published rental yield from Rightmove reveals that the average yield across Great Britain is 5.5 per cent. This is the highest...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let losing its appeal, warns leading London buying expert

One of the most respected buying agents in London says buy to let in the capital is losing its appeal for...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Closure Order put on landlord’s flat after anti-social behaviour

Police have imposed a Closure Order on a property in Southampton under Section 80 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act. The...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Councils MUST give cash help to tenants with Covid arrears - NRLA

Approaching one in four private landlords have suffered income losses as a result of the pandemic. As a result the sector’s trade...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert - Court of Appeal rules in landmark eviction case

A key judgment from the Court of Appeal, announced today, is reported to have gone in favour of landlords and letting...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC landlord tax - new PropTech tool aimed at investors

A personal finance app says it’s teamed up with a new technology firm to provide a service helping landlords prepare for...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Bills - New EPC targets to cost landlords over £10k per unit

Landlords believe that energy efficiency upgrades required to comply with Net Zero regulations may cost up to £10,400 per property. From 2025...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Combative agent hits out at landlords over property condition

A lettings agent who also acts on behalf of tenants against landlords claims to have received 1,000 enquiries from frustrated private...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lenders battle to win growing holiday let landlord market

Yesterday Landlord Today reported that there was now a 15 year record high in the number of buy to let mortgage...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord must pay thousands for not installing smoke detectors

A landlord has been fined almost £5,000 for failing to install smoke detectors into a house he let to a family. The...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Heaven - biggest buy to let product choice since 2017

There’s a 15 year record high in the number of buy to let mortgage products available for current or new landlords. The...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Ambulance crew trigger probe into rogue landlord’s dangerous house

A landlord has been fined £3,607 over properties that were so dangerous tenants’ lives were at risk. North Lincolnshire council brought a...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Licensing Clampdown - another council goes out to consultation

West Lindsey council in Lincolnshire is launching a consultation on proposals to change how some private rented homes are managed and...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Seven per cent yield predicted from latest student development

Student accommodation specialist Unite Students has acquired a site for a 270-bed scheme in one of the country’s biggest academic centres,...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Taxing Times - tips for landlords facing self-assessment deadline

A tax consultancy has produced tips for those faced with the self-assessment tax filing deadline of next Monday - and who...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax threat to buy to let from Labour Shadow Chancellor

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves says Labour would increase tax on buy to let properties and on investment income for landlords.  Reeves was...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC property tax plan rejected by financial experts

A plan to reform Income Tax Self-Assessment for individuals with income from property or self-employment has been panned by the Association...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Another Green mortgage launched for good EPC buy to lets

One of the biggest buy to let lenders is the latest mortgage firm to launch a green product. From today the Barclays...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord accreditation system gives scores for performance

A council has launched what it calls a “scores on the doors” style accreditation scheme for landlords. The Decent and Safe Homes...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

DWP to slash repayment of arrears timescale - report

The Department of Work and Pensions is to slash the timescale for repayment of arrears for tenants on Universal Credit. It has...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Government told: Don’t penalise landlords over cladding

The campaign to ensure that landlords are included in the government’s measures to alleviate the problem of dangerous cladding is gathering...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Benefit cuts hitting almost one in 10 landlords - claim

Almost 10 per cent of private landlords letting properties to Universal Credit claimants have experienced at least one tenant having difficulties...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring Market - no end in sight as demand overwhelms supply

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ latest index suggests there’s no end in sight to rent rises in 2022. RICS’ monthly sentiment...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Webinars for landlords puzzled by laws surrounding renting out

A specialist lettings agency is holding a series of webinars for landlords who may fell they need help navigating some 170-plus...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Rises: ‘North-South divide for landlords has never been wider’

Rents are rising at around twice the level of a year ago according to the latest market snapshot by lettings agency...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentence for landlord who evicted tenant overnight

A landlord has been jailed for six months, suspended for a year, after being found guilty of illegally evicting a tenant...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Demolish or Go To Jail!  Millionaire landlord has ignored order

A landlord must demolish two penthouse apartments by mid July - or else go to jail. It’s being reported that a case...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents rising much faster than official figures, claims analyst

Official government data suggests that rents are rising by 1.8 per cent a year - but a prominent analyst has gone...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Many renters want to buy out their landlord, survey shows

A large scale survey of over 4,000 private and social tenants suggests that a significant proportion would like to buy their...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

It’s Not That Bad - many landlords to expand portfolio in 2022

A relatively optimistic sentiment survey of landlords suggests many remain upbeat about the prospects for the sector.  According to the Shawbrook Bank...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Another energy supplier goes bust - advice for landlords and tenants

Together Energy, which has 176,000 households on its books, has become the latest supplier to collapse in the wake of the...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Why are landlords deliberately excluded from cladding help?

The National Residential Landlords Association is seeking clarification from gov ernment about whether landlords are included in the latest measure to...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stock shortage risks derailing economic recovery - lettings chief

The Scottish private rental market is facing shortages according to one of that country’s most prominent lettings experts.  David Alexander, head of...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - new ID technology can be used in Right To Rent

The Home Office has confirmed that landlords, letting agents and employers will be able to use certified new technology to digitally...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Leaks and water supply problems plague most landlords - survey

Almost three quarters of landlords have experienced an escape of water incident in their properties over the last five years, according...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Will politicians who own Buy To Lets scupper plans?

A newspaper is suggesting that proposals for rent controls could be scuppered because of the relatively large proportion of elected politicians...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency surveys for landlords offered by local council

Cotswold council, using cash from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is targeting properties that fall below the minimum...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to “shift the odds in favour of renters”

A government housing minister says the Boris Johnson administration wants to shift the balance of power in the rental sector favour...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Awareness campaign for landlords as law change approaches

A national awareness campaign has been launched to prepare landlords for the implementation of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 on...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short lets wreck local housing markets, say conservationists

The Council for the Protection of Rural England is the latest body to blast Airbnb and other short lets for their...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax-efficient landlords rush to set up companies for buy to lets

A record number of companies were set up last year to hold buy to let property.   In total there were 47,400 new...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax clampdown on holiday lets will help 'genuine’ agents - claim

A tourism chief has stood up in favour of closing what the government calls a tax loophole for landlords letting out...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to apply for hardship grant if they have Covid debts

A local authority in Scotland is calling on private landlords to get in touch if they have suffered hardship as a...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New landlord contracts with tenants explained by government

The Welsh Government has set out how the housing law in that country is set to change significantly from July 15...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC Tax Changes under the spotlight in free webinar for landlords

An accountancy firm is holding a free webinar for landlords and other property investors to look east ongoing changes to tax...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News