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A Commercial View - landlord/tenant relationships are still vital

The government recently passed into law the much-anticipated Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022. This effectively ends government interventions to prevent commercial...

21 May 2022

From: The Big Issues

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

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

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

Energy Efficiency - What to consider if you switch from gas

If rising energy costs are your immediate concern, it may not be feasible to invest in new solutions for your home...

14 May 2022

From: Top tips & guides

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

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

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

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

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

Politicians To Decide Future Shape of the Private Rental Sector

A report from the Public Accounts Committee on the regulation of the private rented sector (PRS) was issued with little notice...

07 May 2022

From: Rental Reform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canapes and Cheque Books For Landlords?

I hope you weren’t holding your breath for the Chancellor to announce a package of help for landlords in his Spring...

02 April 2022

From: Agent Advice

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

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

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

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

New Landlords Beware - these are the Biggest Bugbears

Letting agency Bramleys has canvassed the opinions of its clients to produce a league table of the biggest bugbears identified by...

26 March 2022

From: Agent Advice

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

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

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

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

Net Tightens On Airbnb - So What Next For Landlords?

Talk is getting louder about restrictions surrounding Airbnb and other short let platforms - and nowhere is the volume greater than...

19 March 2022

From: The Big Issues

Shamplina Speaks - Redress: Should greater accountability be feared?

It goes without saying that any decent landlord wants to provide their tenants with a safe and secure home and to...

12 March 2022

From: The Big Issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ukraine Crisis - it will hit landlords and tenants this spring

Russia sending tanks into Ukraine sounds terrifying, but it also sounds a long way away. Unfortunately, in a world of global...

26 February 2022

From: The Big Issues

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

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

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

From: Breaking News

You can’t just rely on Airbnb to make Holiday Lets Profitable

Airbnb entered the realm of holiday lettings in 2009, but it wasn’t until 2016 that it really started to gain traction...

19 February 2022

From: Top tips & guides

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

From: Breaking News

How can you protect your tenancy deposit: TDS' top 10 Tips for landlords to pass on to tenants

Nobody wants to have to end a tenancy with deductions from a tenancy deposit! Here we share our expert tips for landlords to pass...

17 February 2022

From: Sponsored Content

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

Levelling Up Is A Fantasy

In recent days we have heard Michael Gove trumpet his plans to ‘level up’ the UK.  We knew that he would be...

12 February 2022

From: The Big Issues

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

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

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

Shamplina Speaks - Understand your competition and your customers

Last month, I wrote about what’s in store for the private rented sector in 2022 and, like most commentators in our...

29 January 2022

From: The Big Issues

Five Things You Need To Consider About Your Airbnb

With over 40m Airbnb users across Europe and the US, and approximately 250,000 listings in the UK alone, the short-term accommodation...

29 January 2022

From: Top tips & guides

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can BTR Renting Be As Satisfying As Home Ownership?

There are numerous reasons as to why renting is the way forward and how it can bring just as much, if...

15 January 2022

From: Industry Views

How Tenants Can Build a Credit Score

The New Year is typically a time for people to take stock of their finances and ensure that they’re on strong...

15 January 2022

From: Top tips & guides

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

Charities want insulation boost for poorer tenants

An alliance of 25 major charities have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, calling for urgent action...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Lords report accuses private rental sector of being too expensive

A House of Lords report claims that the private rental sector has become ”increasingly unaffordable” and says out welcomes the proliferation...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC gives landlords deadline for digital tax payments

Landlords who make tax returns on their investment properties via VAT-registered companies must sign up to the HMRC’s Making Tax Digital...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Compulsory Landlord Register? Clamp-down likely on holiday lets

The government looks set to clamp down on holiday rentals and will this year formally consult on the concept of a...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Brace, Brace - landlords warned mortgage rates are set to rise

Landlords are being warned that the next Bank of England base rate rise, possibly at its next meeting in early February,...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ extra time to submit self-assessment tax returns

Sarah Coles, senior personal finance analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, writes: The government has announced extra breathing space for anyone who hasn’t...

08 January 2022

From: Tax & Finance

Landlords may need £850 licensing for city centre HMOs

A council is considering an additional licensing scheme for HMOs in and around the High Street and town centres areas of...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New bid to involve landlords in resolving homelessness problem

A company that works with private landlords to supply homes to ease London councils’ homeless issues, has won funds to secure...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Hot Air! Call for rethink of rental energy efficiency measures

Proposals to force landlords to pay up to £10,000 to improve energy efficiency of rental properties require a rethink, according to...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

New Year - time for landlords to step up a gear

The dusk of 2021 is upon us and, as is customary in property circles at this juncture, we look forward to...

18 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

High profile MP claims government 'turns a blind eye' on bad landlords

High profile MP Caroline Lucas has told a newspaper that the government turns a blind eye to bad landlords. “This government, like previous...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness leads call for ‘winter truce’ on evictions

Activists in the Generation Rent campaign group are urging the government to introduce what it calls “a winter truce” with no...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

My service aims to fix ‘toxic’ rental market for young people

Every year there is an influx of students that hate renting, and I was one of them.  Students should be excited about...

11 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

Airbnb v Long-Lets: the benefits of holiday-lets for landlords

Airbnb can make life easier for UK landlords by increasing yields, simplifying the rental process and providing peace of mind against...

11 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

Energy Efficiency: The best thing landlords can do to help tenants

Households across the country are seeing their energy costs going up, so it is more important than ever that landlords do...

11 December 2021

From: Top tips & guides

HMO Consultation wants views of people working nearby

Tenants, landlords and those living or working near houses in multiple occupation in Portsmouth are being urged to share their experiences...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government backs controversial licensing scheme after two years

The government has approved a vast landlord licensing scheme in Liverpool - but even including 45,000 homes it is still much...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Council spends £30,000 on rent to help private tenants avoid eviction

An initiative set up earlier this year to help support private rented sector tenants and landlords has proved its worth according...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Special: Can landlords afford to meet new EPC targets?

With currently less than four years before all new tenancies need to be in properties rated EPC ‘C’ or above, there...

04 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

Six Hacks for Landlords to Slash Energy Bills

It’s probably in the interest of landlords as much as tenants to slash energy bills now, even before new EPC ratings...

04 December 2021

From: Top tips & guides

Give landlords better due diligence on future tenants - call

A high profile PropTech entrepreneur has come out against the scrapping of Section 21 eviction powers for landlords. Alexander Siedes, chief executive and...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

We Quit! Landlords may sell over strict EPC targets

More than half of landlords with properties rated EPC D or below are considering selling because of stringent energy efficiency rules...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord portfolios to dip in value before rebound - forecast

Property prices will fall 1.1 per cent this month - December - according to a forecast by comparison service Reallymoving. However any...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent blasts “dodgy landlords” for sabotaging energy efficiency goals

A lettings agent claims progress on climate change and energy efficiency is likely to be undermined by what he calls “dodgy...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Market Update - big regional variations continue

Landlords are benefitting from widespread rent rises across the UK - with even London seeing a turnaround.  This is according to lettings...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Commuter belt city wants private landlords to house Afghan refugees

Landlords in the heart of the London commuter belt are being asked to come forward if they can provide accommodation for...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bravo for second home-owners - senior politician speaks up for sector

A leading politician in Wales has spoken out in favour of second homeowners, who are under increasing scrutiny in that country...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Is Buy To Let Over? Not yet it isn’t…

The demise of the buy to let market has been much predicted over recent years. Major tax changes, a three per...

20 November 2021

From: Tax & Finance

Regional Rents Bounce. And London Is Next…

Earlier this week Zoopla released some rather healthy statistics on the UK rental market. In recent months, the rental market has been...

20 November 2021

From: Top tips & guides

Don’t over-regulate landlords! Warning to UK governments

Avoiding over-regulation across the UK should be a priority to keep existing landlords in the sector as well as attracting buy...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

The man with a PLAN for portfolio landlords

I am the Chair of PLAN - the Portfolio Landlords Action Group - which had its formal launch this week. People...

13 November 2021

From: Rental Reform

Pathetic! Councils blasted for failure to prosecute rogue landlords

A lettings sector trade body is blasting local authorities for their poor record on trying to eliminate rogue landlords. The National Residential...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Two month mediation project starts - is it really long enough to succeed?

An innovative pilot project aiming to reduce evictions by providing free mediation between private landlords and tenants has been launched in...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Interest Rates - what about Unlucky Accidental Landlords?

Many homeowners face situations where they have no other option but to rent out their home. Often there are periods where...

06 November 2021

From: Tax & Finance

What are the Alternatives to Gas Boilers?

The UK government’s target to reach net zero emissions by 2050 has necessitated the introduction of initiatives aimed at reducing fossil...

06 November 2021

From: The Big Issues

The Property Investor’s Little Black Book

People you can trust are an essential part of your team when you get into investing in property. If you’re using solicitors,...

06 November 2021

From: Top tips & guides

Landlords paying more for BTL mortgages despite base rate hold

The Bank of England may have voted to keep its base rate at a historic low of 0.1 per cent yesterday,...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal Warning — some buy to lets will never meet new EPC targets

One of the industry’s leading legal voices is warning that the next change proposed to EPC requirements will affect almost half...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show over 100,000 homes let illegally

PropTech firm Kamma says well over 100,000 private rental homes across the UK are being let illegally because they already fail...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Hot Air? EPC targets cannot be achieved with government funding

Savills estimates that £330 billion is needed to implement all energy efficiency improvements to the UK housing sector to meet EPC...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent supply rises as agency sets challenge for landlords

Build To Rent is recovering well from the pandemic across the UK according to a survey. Construction sites across the UK ground...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New cash boost for courts may ease possession backlog

There may be a breakthrough in clearing the huge backlog of possession cases as the government is allocating an extra £324m...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

How landlords can help the UK hit Net Zero by 2050

Climate change is at the top of the political agenda this week thanks to Cop26 taking place in Glasgow in a...

30 October 2021

From: Agent Advice

Government red tape still an obstacle to buy to let investors

Landlords are hesitant about buying more property according to a new study by Simply Business. The study of 560 landlords from across...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Register could lead to tax clampdown, say activists

The Generation Rent activist group has repeated its call for a landlord register in England, saying it could mean more tax...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

£65m for tenant arrears - but it’s not enough for Generation Rent

The activist group Generation Rent says the £65m package announced by the government over the weekend is not enough and must...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be helped by new Covid arrears fund

Landlords in England with tenants in rent arrears because of Covid are to be helped via a new £65m debt fund. Although announced today...

23 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Winter’s Coming - Advice for Landlords

With a week to go before we ‘lose’ an hour, and the weather finally cooling to something like the seasonal norm,...

23 October 2021

From: Top tips & guides

10 easy mistakes by landlords - do you agree with this bank?

Private and commercial bank Arbuthnot Latham has set out what it considers to be the 10 easy mistakes which some landlords...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New Boiler Ban - Problems already emerge with heat pump alternative

Experts are already warning of shortcomings in the government’s latest Green initiative, banning new boilers from 2035 and offering £5,000 grants...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords set to get the hard sell on installing smart meters

Landlords may be about to be on the receiving end of a hard sell on installing smart meters, especially if they...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Why quality matters

Home appliances are often an area that can be overlooked when it comes to finalising kitchen designs, but having quality machines...

18 October 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Is Buy To Let still worth the effort? You Bet!

£223.7 billion. That’s how much better off UK landlords are than five years ago when you do the maths on the...

16 October 2021

From: Industry Views

Going Green: What landlords need to know now

Landlords can be forgiven for being exasperated by the government’s exhortations to go green.   I don’t need to rehearse here again...

16 October 2021

From: The Big Issues

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

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

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Not all energy efficiency work saves money even after five years

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

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

The view from Build To Rent: We’re better placed to improve quality

The dynamic of the private rental market has been changing in recent years. There's been a decline in private landlords, yet almost...

09 October 2021

From: Industry Views

Shamplina Speaks - Landlords Are At A Crossroads

As founder of Landlord Action and chief operating officer at Hamilton Fraser, I’ve been talking to landlords for over 25 years...

09 October 2021

From: The Big Issues

Top things agents should look for in a valuation tool

Here at The ValPal Network, we know that there are other options available when considering to use a valuation tool, so...

29 September 2021

From: Agent Advice

How agents can support tenants with rising energy bills

Rik Smith, Head of Tenant Services at Goodlord, outlines in this tips piece how agents can support tenants with rising energy...

29 September 2021

From: Agent Advice

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

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

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Some tenants would pay 10% more for advanced technology

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

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears to rocket if Universal Credit cut is pushed says charity

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

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent steps up pressure for ‘lifetime deposits’

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

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Gove must give tenants more rights says campaigning Baroness

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

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords getting less for their money now as property sizes fall

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

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surge - why it's important for homes to have good broadband and TV packages

The end of the stamp duty holiday, which was introduced in July 2020, is now only a few weeks away. The upcoming...

16 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Landlord trade body welcomes Gove as new Housing Secretary

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

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Five Top Tips for landlords for Gas Safety Week

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

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent angry over return of normal eviction notice periods

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

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector ahead of the game on carbon monoxide detectors

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

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Good EPCs won’t help landlords achieve better capital appreciation

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

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 September 2021

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

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

02 September 2021

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New Landlords Beware - hidden charges trap the inexperienced

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

26 August 2021

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More enforcement, more arbitration - landlords set out demands

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

25 August 2021

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Activists accuse landlords of tearing apart communities via short lets

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

25 August 2021

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

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

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - landlords must spend thousands to meet EPC standards

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

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness claims many more “facing” eviction than actually evicted

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

13 August 2021

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Tenancy Deposit changes coming as MPs receive first-ever history

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

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb fights back against criticism of short lets

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

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Furnished v Unfurnished - research shows city premiums for furniture

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

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Students rents are soaring according to bank study

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

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

 Generous Landlords: almost half slashed rents during pandemic

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

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how many MPs are landlords

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

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Data crisis for council wanting taxpayer cash to clear arrears

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

23 July 2021

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Tax clampdown on landlords: HMRC webinars aimed at investors

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

22 July 2021

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Activists demand another eviction ban until law is changed

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

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Emergency finance help needed for arrears - Propertymark

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

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Happy Tenants! Big majority of renters satisfied with landlords

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

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour and Generation Rent unite to demand rent controls

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

08 July 2021

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Early signs of strong student rental demand for 2021-22

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

07 July 2021

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Holiday let landlord could win £10,000 cash

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

06 July 2021

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Council boasts of massive clampdown on landlords

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

02 July 2021

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Landlords not the bad guys of the pandemic says industry figure

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

02 July 2021

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More new landlords replacing those quitting sector, survey shows

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

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Official figures show big FALL in possessions during pandemic

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

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 June 2021

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Appeal to landlords to house refugees in government-funded scheme

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

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 June 2021

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

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

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

 Platform allows landlords to set up companies to buy properties

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

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Renting cheaper than buying for first time since 2014

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

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Why Portugal is a great country for digital nomads

The Covid-19 pandemic sparked a global trend of remote working and companies realising that work can now be where your laptop...

14 June 2021

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Bright Idea? Light bulb changes will impact landlords’ properties

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

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction activists tell renters to check landlord paperwork

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

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists thank unions ahead of week of tenants’ rights webinars

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

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords fear thousands of tenants will now fail referencing

Tenants with arrears accumulated during the pandemic are finding it tough to secure alternative accommodation because their credit scores have been...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council interventions can stop evictions and help landlords - claim

A local council which is inviting some 300 landlords to a virtual summit in the near future says it’s helped a...

28 May 2021

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Landlords can evict tenants for requesting repairs, claims Baroness

The Baroness who leads the Generation Rent campaign group says landlords are currently “able to evict tenants just for requesting repairs...

26 May 2021

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Activist group wants more “engagement” between councils and tenants

Tenant activist group Generation Rent says it’s working with five councils to find out more about private renters in those areas. The...

24 May 2021

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All Aboard! Crossrail still a good buy to let investment - claim

A London lettings agency says that despite its four year delay, Crossrail still presents opportunities for buy to let investors. Benham and...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent video checks extended until late June

The Home Office has told agents that Right To Rent checks can continue to be conducted via video calls until June...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Optimism and tight supply fuel rentals boom, according to surveyors

The latest sentiment survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors makes welcome reading for most landlords. RICS deals only with broad...

14 May 2021

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Police hunt tenant who used terror attack for revenge on landlord

A former tenant who tried two frame his landlord’s partner as being involved in the Westminster terrorist attack has been convicted...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Next Buy To Let growth sector identified by investment bank

Investment bank and wealth management consultancy Arbuthnot Latham predicts the next big growth area for buy to let will be Houses...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists demand mandatory register to root out “criminal landlords”

Activists led by Baroness Alicia Kennedy of Generation Rent say the proposed reform of the private rental system must include a...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord relief at consultation before Renters Reform Bill becomes law

The landlords’ trade body has given its support to the principle of consultation before the much-hyped Renters Reform Bill becomes law. Yesterday’s...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

What’s that smell? It must be a Build To Rent scheme…

A Build To Rent operator is introducing “signature scents” into its properties “to lift moods and enhance the rental experience.” Fig, orange...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory MP demands rental MOTs and compulsory landlord accreditation

A Conservative MP claims there is a major power imbalance between tenants and landlords and widespread reforms are required to stop...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

 Row blows up over rental perk for university Vice Chancellor

A row has blown up in Cheshire over a claim by a student tenant that she pays more rent than the college’s...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

It’ll take years for rents and evictions to return to normal - new report

A new academic report suggests that more than 400,000 private tenants may be in significant rent arrears by the end of...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

 Flatfair revamps deposit alternative service for landlords

Flatfair has revamped its deposit alternative service, claiming its new offer gives twice the protection of a traditional deposit scheme. From this...

05 May 2021

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Market forces will decide whether landlords accept pets - lettings expert

One of the country’s leading lettings experts has written that whether landlords will accept pets in rental properties will not be...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter and tenants’ group set up city Fair Renting campaign

Shelter and tenants’ group in a major city have mobilised to set up a campaign called Fair Renting. The campaign is focussed...

27 April 2021

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Baroness urges police to get tough with “criminal landlords”

The Generation Rent campaign group has entered the fray for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections which will be held in some...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

 Students “left to fall prey to landlords” claims union

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

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 April 2021

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

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

15 April 2021

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

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

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Should investors take advantage of Florida’s market boom?

The spring market in Florida is white-hot at the moment, rivalling the increasing temperatures across the state as people begin their...

13 April 2021

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Top tips on how landlords can look for an ideal tenant

Oliver Andrews, editor at Property Assist Claim, sets out how landlords can find the ideal tenants for their rental homes.  If you...

13 April 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Labour tenants slam party housing spokeswoman over protests

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

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Are tenancy agreements being broken by uninsured renters?

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

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Three year tenancies and much more licensing proposed by council

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

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

9 most common boiler faults - tips to check & fix

As a landlord, there may be times when you face boiler issues and tenants asking you to resolve problems. It is...

21 March 2021

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

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

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

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yield hot spots in London identified by letting agent

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

18 March 2021

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Unregulated Rental Properties: landlords urged to sign new charter

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

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Not enough! Generation Rent slams latest eviction ban extension

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

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban set to be central issue in spring local elections

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

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Corporation Tax changes unlikely to worry landlords - prediction

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

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS    What...

04 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Advice - how landlords can survive the pandemic

Around 840,000 private renters in England and Wales have built up rent arrears since lockdown measures began and one in five...

03 March 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Baroness and rent union chief demand Budget action on arrears

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

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord shocked at damage from cannabis factory in buy to let

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

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory MP criticised by councillor for sticking up for landlords

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

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants authorise debit cards to landlord company at start of tenancy

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

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

London council wants to double scale of HMO licensing

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

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Argument brewing over wording of ‘anti-landlord’ consultation

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

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Private landlord company launches PropTech app for residents

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

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent attacks landlords on Homes Under The Hammer

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

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension not enough for campaigning Baroness

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

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter expects eviction ban extension until end of lockdown

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

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior Tory stands up for landlords suffering long-term arrears

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

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Lords passes token vote urging more protection for tenants

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Substantial arrears’ threshold stays at six months says government

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

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Millions of pounds in unclaimed deposits have been left by tenants

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

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Government panned for missing out landlords in new EPC enforcement

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

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property let out in dangerous condition by rogue landlord

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

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Dealing with winter damp: Top causes and how to treat it

In this article, the experts at Good Move give their top tips for dealing with damp in your home. Damp is something...

20 January 2021

From: Legislation & Compliance

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

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

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

 Students demand immediate rent rebates and government assistance

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

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Renting in later life increasingly popular says specialist provider

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

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News