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KEYWORD "Conservatives" - 100 RESULTS
Third Term Lucky for Mayor Sadiq Khan?

So Sadiq Khan has succeeded in winning a third term as Mayor of London – albeit with a smaller majority than...

15 June 2024

From: Agent Advice

NRLA ‘ready to work with Labour’ on new Rental Reform Bill

The National Residential Landlords Association says it’s ready and willing to work with a future Labour government on private rental sector...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges “immediate” scrapping of Section 21

Labour’s manifesto, just released, makes a pledge to enact the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction powers, along with other private...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord Tax scheme could cost HMRC millions in lost income - claim

It’s been suggested that a Tory manifesto policy could create a tax loophole that would cost HMRC millions of pounds in...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent says landlords should  share tax break with tenants

The Generation Rent activist group says the Conservative manifesto pledge to give a tax break to landlords selling to tenants should...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory Rental Reform and Housing Policies in Full

The Conservatives have set out a 78-page manifesto, of which just over two pages are given to housing and related issues.  Here...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax scrapped for landlords selling to tenants - Tory pledge

The Conservatives say they will scrap Capital Gains Tax for landlords who sell to sitting tenants, if they win the General...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent says current eviction rules work “at a landlord’s whim”

The chief executive of the Generation Rent group has made another attack on landlords who ask tenants to vacate properties. He says...

29 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour wanted Reform Bill to pass but government said No

It now appears that Labour wanted the Renters Reform Bill to be waved through into law last week - but the...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - what next, after General Election is called?

A General Election has been called for July 4. So what happens to the Renters Reform Bill, which has been the subject...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Has Labour’s secret rent control plan been revealed by accident?

Just days after suggesting rent controls of any kind were off the table, it now appears Labour may be considering them...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency retrofit course ahead of Labour EPC rule changes

The National Residential Landlords Association is introducing a new energy efficiency retrofitting course this summer - ahead of possible EPC rule...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rehashed research again slams MPs who are landlords

A new version of research first released in May 2023 once again lashes some MPs for being landlords. 38 Degrees - an...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove ‘to rely on Labour to pass Renters Reform Bill’

A newspaper reports that Housing Secretary Michael Gove is willing to rely on Labour votes to pass the Renters Reform Bill...

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax Grab from landlords closely resembles Generation Rent advice

A controversial proposal for a £300m tax grab on landlords appears to closely follow a policy suggestion put forward by activists...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA accused of putting landlord profits before society’s interests

A leader of the Renters Reform Coalition activist lobby has made a specific targeted attack on the motives and honesty of...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax Raid planned on landlords in Budget - report

The Budget on Wednesday will contain a £300m tax raid on the private rental sector according to a report this morning...

03 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory council chief backs Gove’s clampdown on short let landlords

The Conservative leader of a council which claims it has had problems with Airbnbs and short lets has given wholehearted backing...

20 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental sector rivals unite against Tory First Time Buyer plans

Both sides of the rental divide have criticised Conservative proposals to boost housing demand while doing nothing about supply. Over the New...

02 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory MPs lobby government demanding Airbnb crackdown

A group of Conservative MPs has organised a lobby of the government to demand a clampdown on Airbnbs and other short...

08 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s Massive Housing Challenge Before Next Election

There is a real difficulty for Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party at the moment.  After 14 years in power, any failings land squarely...

07 October 2023

From: Agent Advice

Growing optimism for prime property markets under Labour

Middleton Advisors commissions ongoing research to investigate key trends and structural changes in prime UK housing markets.  Our latest research considers the...

07 October 2023

From: The Big Issues

Hardline activists claim over 600,000 evictions using Section 21

The hardline activist group Acorn - part of the Renters Reform Coalition involving Generation Rent - now claims that some 600,000...

02 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Politicians Warned - speak to experts before making rental policies

Politicians meeting at party conferences this week are being urged to listen to property professionals before setting policies about the private...

02 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent automates ‘protest’ letters to Tory and Labour MPs

The Generation Rent activist group is urging its supporters to email MPs to protest about delays in the parliamentary progress of...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Should Landlords Be Given Buy To Let Mortgage Support?

To help or not to help: that is the question the government is facing with regard to under-pressure private rented sector...

16 September 2023

From: Tax & Finance

Landlords blame Tories for buy to let problems, says top agent

Landlords are reducing their stock - and they’re blaming the Tories for creating a hostile environment.  This is according to the latest...

13 September 2023

From: Breaking News

New housing minister likely as reshuffle rumours gather pace

It may be all change - again - at the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities if the government’s poor...

21 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Successive Chancellors (we’re looking at you Gordon Brown and George Osborne) have monkeyed around with the market as if it was...

15 July 2023

From: The Big Issues

Tory hard liners want stamp duty to stay on additional homes

A vocal group of around 50 Conservative right wing MPs wants an end to stamp duty - except for additional homes...

07 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Political Heat Intensifies in the Property Market

An uneasy relationship exists between UK politicians and the residential property market. Emotions have been running particularly high recently. More details were...

27 May 2023

From: Rental Reform

Renters Reform Bill - Tories worried about AirBnb growth

A newspaper claims  unrest about the Renters Reform Bill amongst Tory MPs revolves around fears that buy to let landlords will...

16 May 2023

From: Breaking News

MPs make millions as private landlords - claim

A campaign group claims that current MPs in the House of Commons make as much as £2m a year. 38 Degrees, which...

10 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Tory MPs unhappy at anti-landlord tone of Rental Reform Bill

A newspaper report claims that some Conservative MPs are unhappy at the anti-landlord tone of the Renters Reform Bill which is...

09 May 2023

From: Breaking News

New Tory super-council’s first act is clampdown on landlords

A new Tory-controlled super-council, which came into force at the weekend and combines eight previous local authorities, has announced an immediate...

05 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Top Tories and Shelter release blueprint for rental reform

A Conservative-leaning think tank and campaigning charity Shelter have released a book of essays on renting and housing. A statement from Bright...

04 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Political leader slams Right To Buy as “slum landlord charter”

The Green Party’s co-leader Carla Denyer has branded the government’s Right To Buy scheme as a “slum landlord’s charter”.  Denyer made the...

30 March 2023

From: Breaking News

High rents force tenants to put life on hold, says online chief

The head of online room-matching service SpareRoom says tenants are putting their lives on hold because rents are so high. Matt Hutchinson,...

16 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Tories and Lib Dems unite to hammer holiday let landlords

There’s been something of a love-in on a local authority in a popular tourist area of the UK - with second...

20 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems resuscitate eviction ban in run-up to Christmas

The government is under new pressure to introduce a last minute eviction ban to avoid private renters facing homelessness over Christmas. Liberal...

19 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory slams government over second homes and “stuck” first time buyers

A prominent Conservative has described as “infuriating and saddening” the fact that so many Millennials are stuck renting and cannot afford...

12 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory Tax Threat - party warned over yet more property taxation

A prominent figure in the lettings industry is warning the Tories against ‘stealth increases’ for Capital Gains and Inheritance taxes. David Alexander...

09 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 Bombshell - it may NOT be scrapped after all

The government may be changing its mind on scrapping Section 21 eviction powers according to a bombshell story in The Times. Outlining what...

11 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour unveils radical Renters Charter - more powers for tenants

Shadow housing minister Lisa Nandy has unveiled a Charter for Renters which she says will be implemented within 100 days of...

26 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill not law until late 2023 or beyond

There is still time for landlords to influence the specific provisions of the Renters Reform Bill according to one of the...

08 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks - So what do YOU want to tell the government?

In June, the government finally released its long-awaited White Paper ‘A Fairer Private Rented Sector’. You will almost certainly have seen...

06 August 2022

From: Rental Reform

Liz Truss says she wants to make it easier for tenants to buy homes

A review of the mortgage system would ensure that tenants’ records in paying rent would contribute towards their ability to secure...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Stop knocking landlords!  Trade body’s key message to government

The National Residential Landlords Association has identified five key areas for its campaigning in the short term, as the Conservatives elect...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation for landlords won’t be hit by Tories - prediction

Lettings agency Knight Frank says it doubts the current high levels of capital appreciation will be derailed this year by uncertainty...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Which Government is the lesser of two evils for property? 

Our politics seems pretty broken to me and whilst I don’t wish to take a side between one flavour or the...

09 July 2022

From: Agent Advice

Opinion: Is Rental Reform contaminated by Johnson’s involvement?

With the (eventual) departure of Boris Johnson, the next question for landlords and indeed much of the property industry is: What’s going...

08 July 2022

From: Breaking News

New Housing Secretary announced as Johnson begins caretaker role

Greg Clark is the new Housing Secretary, with responsibilities including steering the Renters' Reform Bill through parliament. He is part of a...

07 July 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

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

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

House of Commons asks: What’s the problem with Section 21?

For landlords who may want a brief update on Section 21, the House of Commons Library has published a concise description...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stop landlords buying properties to let out, says Tory activist

A former Conservative councillor has used a leading party website to call on the government to restrict the purchase of buy...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Last-minute U-turn on licensing forced on council

Conservative opposition councillors have derailed a local authority’s plan to introduce a landlord licensing scheme this week. Southend council is run by...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour says S21 eviction power “unjustly uproots families”

Labour has echoed campaign groups Generation Rent and Shelter in calling for the speediest possible ending of Section 21 eviction powers,...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government delays Rental Reform White Paper until 2022

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will now not be published until...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government rejects licensing scheme plea by local council

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

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New petition calls for rent controls and additional home taxes

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

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists request meeting with government over rental reform

A coalition of 20 pro-tenant organisations - including at least one actively campaigning against some government measures - wants a meeting...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Penalties on landlords betray Tory ethos, says party member

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

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords need support too during coronavirus crisis, says Tory politician

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

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Will the PM’s ‘Build, Build, Build' policy boost housebuilding?

Boris Johnson’s “Build Build Build” announcement yesterday was designed to help drag the UK economy out of what could prove to...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

England developed more homes last year ‘than at any time since financial crash’

Fresh figures show that there was a rise in the number of housebuilders completing new homes in England last year, helping to alleviate...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

What impact could coronavirus have on the housing market?

The property market had enjoyed a boost thanks to the outcome of the general election in December, but now the market faces...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords and sellers no longer holding back

The Conservatives’ general election victory in December has triggered a new burst of housing market activity as confidence flows back into...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

What the UK’s property industry requires of the new Conservative government

Just over a month on from the Conservative Party's election victory and all eyes are firmly fixed on Boris Johnson and...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How will the election result impact landlords and tenants?

Although the recent election was indisputably dominated by the Brexit question, the fact is that there’s far more to managing the...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental reform: The government must act to ‘have the full confidence of landlords’

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on the government to ensure that reforms are made to the way good landlords...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: Key housing policies, at a glance

With just one day until voting day, each of the main political parties has outlined its plans for the country, including for...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing policies ‘should not compromise the supply of homes for sale or to rent’

With the general election just over a week away, each of the main political parties has outlined its plans for the...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landord voters could be a crucial force at the general election

Which party will win the landlord vote?  Given that the mainstream parties all have policies that appear to work against BTL landlords,...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory manifesto ‘cripples landlords’ ability to run a functioning letting business’

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has slammed the Conservative Party manifesto for proposing nothing to encourage and support landlords to continue...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories confirm plan to scrap Section 21 and introduce Lifetime Deposit

Boris Johnson launched the Conservative Party manifesto yesterday with a promise to “Get Brexit done”, and although the document was rather...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories target renters with pledge to introduce Lifetime Rental Deposits

The Conservatives have pledged to introduce a new scheme to allow tenants to transfer their tenancy deposits when they move homes.  The...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

An increasing number of regulations challenge BTL landlords

The government crackdown on the buy-to-let sector has seen landlord regulations increase by a third since the Conservative party came into...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The Tories have lost the trust of BTL landlords

With less than a week until the European elections take place, a new poll conducted by the National Landlords Association (NLA)...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Barnet Council plans to introduce tougher licensing controls

Barnet Council is planning to introduce a stricter licensing scheme designed to clampdown on rogue landlords across the borough in north...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Future elections expected to be influenced powerfully by private renters

Recent changes in legislation, as part of government policy to encourage first-time buyers and owner-occupier purchases, have led to a tax...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancy plans appear to be a ‘political move’ aimed at the renter vote

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has once again voiced its opposition to plans to introduce mandatory three year tenancies. Responding to the...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer-term tenancy plan is ‘a political move aimed at the renter vote’

The idea of the property-owning democracy has deep roots and has long defined housing policy in this country, with various schemes...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Councillor in charge of punishing rogue landlords failed to declare rental property

A Labour councillor tasked with clamping down on rogue landlords has found herself in hot water after failing to declare a...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords should be offered tax incentives, says Tory peer

Lord Flight, a former Conservative Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has once again criticised his own party’s buy-to-let tax changes,...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

The government is “in the pockets of rogue landlords”, says Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Tory government of intentionally not fixing the housing crisis after revelations that thousands of...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Four in 10 homes bought under Right to Buy now owned by private landlords

Ever since Margaret Thatcher declared her belief in a ‘property-owning democracy’ and introduced Right to Buy in 1980, the UK was...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Government has made landlords ‘public enemy number one’, says Tory councillor

A Camden councillor who was prosecuted last year by the council he works for in north west London after failing to...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents welcome government’s pledge to ‘regulate’ the PRS

The Conservative Party’s pledge to give tenants greater rights as part of a regulatory shake-up of the private rented sector has...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Around £2.5bn a year handed out to landlords renting out ‘non-decent’ homes

Rogue landlords receive in the region of £2.5bn a year for renting out ‘non-decent’ properties, which includes homes that are unsafe,...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Theresa May’s plan to govern with DUP will not halt ‘landlord bashing’

Over the weekend Number 10 said that a deal with the Democratic Unionists had been reached, but was then forced to...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Just a few hours until the polls close #GE2017

With only a few hours left of voting in the general election, the balance of power will have a major impact...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Conservative manifesto fails to support landlords, says Tory peer

The Conservatives have announced a range of housing policies designed to help them win the general election, including pledging to build...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour unveil plans to ‘call time on bad landlords’

Labour has pledged a “consumer rights revolution” which will introduce legal minimum standards for all rental homes because people currently have...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Licensing scheme dropped after 'Tory revolt'

A proposed selective landlord licensing scheme has been pulled after Conservative councillors could not agree on how it could move forward. Plans...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords need support to deal with changing ‘illegal immigrants’ legislation

The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) wants to see more ‘support and information’ offered to landlords to help ensure that they properly...

08 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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