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KEYWORD "Consultation" - 100 RESULTS
Council marks 17 years taking licensing money from landlords

A north of England local authority is launching yet another consultation on licensing - 17 years after it became one of...

17 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Massive change to Airbnb rules likely be agreed next week

A council is next week considering a move which is seen as a trigger for wider national policy changes regarding Airbnbs...

11 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Higher rents a “positive impact” of licensing, claims Labour council

Salford council has launched a consultation on whether private housing landlords in parts of Broughton and Kersal should require a selective...

11 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Council charges over £1k for licence but wants to work with landlords”

A council is urging private landlords who let out properties locally to check if they need a licence under a new...

09 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform a priority for Labour “because it’s cheap”

Labour is likely to make rental sector reform and regulation a priority - at least partly because it will be low-cost...

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour v Conservative Housing Policy - an analysis

“When it comes to housing policy, there is little difference between the two major parties” says Aneisha Beveridge, head of research...

22 June 2024

From: The Big Issues

Advice for Landlords on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

In September the Prime Minister announced that landlords will no longer be required to meet the minimum EPC minimum energy rating...

15 June 2024

From: Legislation & Compliance

Yet More Licensing: another council consults on two schemes

A consultation on a new licensing scheme has been launched by Reading council. The consultation will look at extending the current HMO...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour council charging almost £1,000 per property for a license

Labour-controlled Lambeth council in south London is introducing a Selective Licensing Scheme at almost £1,000 per property. A statement from the council...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Councils waste millions fighting planning appeals - claim

Seventeen London boroughs wasted over £2m in the last five years fighting rejected planning applications that were subsequently approved on appeal,...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Council wants £724 from every private landlord in designated area

Blackburn with Darwen council in Lancashire is consulting on a new selective licensing regime covering 1,266 properties on 42 streets.  Running to...

10 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Website for tenants who don’t know where to turn to

A website is being prepared to assist private renters know where to turn if their landlord or lettings agent fail to...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit with higher court fees from Wednesday

Court fees levied on landlords are rising 10% from Wednesday - the result of a consultation process held shortly before Christmas. The...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Council offering landlords “training to help them improve”

Landlords have only until Friday to give their views on a controversial licensing consultation from a council known for its aggressive...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Council says it “didn’t want to go down licensing route” - but it has…

Consultation time is short for landlords wanting to comment on a new licensing scheme proposed for Scunthorpe. The public consultation closes at...

19 April 2024

From: Breaking News

A look into 2024 so far: 3 key insights for landlords

Twenty twenty-four is a pivotal year for landlords in the Private Rented Sector (PRS). It is still the Government’s aim that...

16 April 2024

From: Sponsored Content

New tax clampdown on landlords buying multiple properties

The Labour-led government in Wales has issued a consultation proposing the abolition of Land Transaction Tax Multiple Dwelling Relief from June...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA “disappointed” about big rises in landlords’ court costs

The NRLA says it is “profoundly disappointing” that the government has chosen to hike court fees for landlords at exactly the...

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Fines for non-compliant landlords skyrocket as councils cash in

Fines for rogue landlords and agents in London have surged past the £10 million mark.   With 19 council licensing schemes and...

10 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Another council set to implement a landlord licensing scheme

Burnley council says it’s considered the findings of a six-week public consultation and is set to increase planning controls over the...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent claims rent control proposal still not tough enough

The controversial proposal for permanent rent controls in Scotland, published just ahead of the Easter holiday, doesn’t go far enough for...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Lawyers ask: Why is Gove delaying ground rent reform?

The ban on the sale of new leasehold homes is welcome but there can be no further delay in announcing ground...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Energy costs could vary according to time of day

A consultation on how to develop a more dynamic energy price cap has been launched by the regulator, Ofgem. The regulator claims...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Another council slaps 100% extra tax on property owners

A council has agreed a council tax rise of an additional 100% on second home and long-term empty homes, despite widespread...

26 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New HMO clampdown launched by Labour council

A new additional HMO licensing scheme is about to hit landlords in part of London.  Haringey council claims its initiative aims to...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnb bans security cameras inside rental properties

Airbnb is banning the use of security cameras inside rental properties from the end of April. Airbnb currently allows security cameras in...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord Licensing - drop-in events to be part of formal consultation

Another council is consulting about a controversial selective licensing scheme.  North Lincolnshire council says the proposed scheme is “designed to improve housing...

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Advice for Landlords on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

In September the Prime Minister announced that landlords will no longer be required to meet the minimum EPC minimum energy rating...

09 March 2024

From: Agent Advice

I Quit!  Landlord sells up because of “unfair” licensing regime

A landlord has quit the private rental sector after a battle with his council over why his properties were put into...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

E-bike Charging - worry over fire risk in rental properties

Despite several fires in rented properties, the government is proposing to double the maximum legal power of e-bikes. A Department of Transport...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Another council jumps on the selective licensing bandwagon

Yet another council is consulting on whether to continue a selective licensing scheme. The scheme applies to several areas of Burnley and...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Crackdown - Labour council worry over brothels and parties

Government proposals on limiting short lets "fall a long way short of what's needed and will do nothing to put right...

28 February 2024

From: Breaking News

HMRC admits Making Tax Digital will cost landlords money and time

The government has confirmed that Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment (MTD for ITSA) will cost landlords both extra money...

22 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Licensing scheme fees based on landlords’ past performance

A London council is consulting on another controversial landlord licensing scheme. Barking and Dagenham council’s existing Selective Licensing Scheme has been applied to...

21 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent activists link Brownfield Homes with Section 21

Generation Rent has given a qualified thumbs up to Housing Secretary Michael Gove’s ideas for homes on brownfield land. This week Gove...

15 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords rebel against Labour council £1,800 licence fee

Bristol’s controversial Labour council is extending previous licensing schemes to other parts of the city at some £1,800 HMO per licence...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Council boss claims landlords and tenants “do not care” and must be licensed

A Selective Licensing scheme proposal is out for consultation in the Scunthorpe area -  with a harsh message from a council...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Record number of new rental licensing schemes set for 2024

A survey of local council private rental licensing schemes says 19 selective and additional licensing schemes and consultations will be taking...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Mental Health in the Rental Sector – Are We Doing Enough?

One might immediately answer 'no' to this question, but does the HMO property industry possess adequate understanding of this delicate subject...

03 February 2024

From: The Big Issues

Tougher Eviction Rules for social tenants - three strikes and you’re out!

The government may be keen on scrapping Section 21 powers for private landlords but it’s getting much tougher on social housing...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Row over Sunak’s ‘British Homes for British People’ proposal

A newspaper claims that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wants British families to be given higher priority for social housing. Implicitly this may...

25 January 2024

From: Breaking News

MPs want stricter damp, mould and housing standards imposed on landlords

Urgent action is needed by government to protect tenants who live in poor quality private rented homes, MPs have demanded. A report...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Letting agents could face regulation under Labour amendment tactic

Labour is using a Bill currently going through Parliament as a backdoor method to introduce the regulation of lettings, estate and...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - the lessons the industry should learn

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on migrating away from the emergency rent controls introduced in September 2022 and extended...

20 January 2024

From: The Big Issues

Rent Control proposals are complex, costly and won’t work - claim

New rent control proposals put forward by politicians are unnecessary and too costly according to a leading property expert.  David Alexander -...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour Mayor’s landlord clampdown backed by Build To Rent group

The Build To Rent trade body, the UK Apartment Association, is backing the proposals outlined to clampdown on rogue landlords put...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Time limits for landlord repairs proposed as part of Awaab’s Law

New plans to clamp down on rogue social landlords who fail to provide safe homes have been announced today. This is part...

09 January 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA welcomes Labour Mayor’s ‘get tough on landlords’ consultation

The National Residential Landlords Association has welcomed a consultation proposal by Greater Manchester’s Labour Mayor, Andy Burnham. Burnham’s Greater Manchester Good Landlord...

09 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords taking legal action against ‘eye watering’ council licensing

Four landlords are contemplating seeking a judicial review of a council’s proposed licensing scheme extension. Middlesbrough council is consulting on extending its...

08 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour plan to give tenants a right to demand Property Checks

Labour’s Mayor of Greater Manchester and former Cabinet minister Andy Burnham says this year is when he will ”get serious” about...

05 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Another council leaps on landlord licensing gravy train

Middlesbrough is the latest council wanting to expand its landlord licensing regime. It’s consulting on extending its existing scheme to another ward. The...

05 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Activist group makes formal public apology to landlords' chief

The controversial activist group Acorn has made a formal public apology to the chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association. On...

04 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords overwhelmingly back Airbnb clampdown - council’s claim

A local authority in a tourist hotspot claims that local landlords have “overwhelmingly” backed a move to clampdown on Airbnbs and...

03 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove’s Christmas Gift to Landlords - yet another licensing system

It’s emerged that Housing Secretary approved yet another vast landlord licensing system just days before Christmas. On December Gove gave approval to...

28 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Cash help on rental property refurbs and disability adaptations

A council is developing a new private sector housing renewal and disabled adaptations policy and is seeking the views of landlords,...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Another day, another landlord licensing scheme proposed by council

Gedling council in Nottinghamshire is launching a consultation to renew yet another selective licensing scheme. The scheme was launched in 2018 and...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Consultation starts on renewing and extending selective licensing regime

Landlords providing much-needed private rented accommodation in part of Merseyside are to fall under an expanded  licensing regime.  Wirral councillors have voted...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

New energy ratings to provide EPCs - government consultation opens

The government has launched a public consultation on a radical new UK home energy rating system to replace the long-standing Standard...

14 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Big Changes This Month for Holiday Lets

The short-term holiday letting industry has significantly expanded in recent years, but this could all change with the introduction of a...

02 December 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

London borough HMO licensing scheme goes out to consultation

Residents across part of London are invited to give their thoughts on yet another new rental licensing scheme. This is a new...

30 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on Airbnb is diversion to hide government failures - claim

A trade body representing short lets operators has slammed government housing failures. The Short Term Accommodation Association says it’s analysed local authority...

27 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax and Benefit Changes to impact landlords - Autumn Statement details

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has used his Autumn Statement to reveal measures affecting both the rental market and the wider property industry.  The Local Housing Allowance is...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Government announces changes to Renters Reform Bill

Changes put forward to the Renters Reform Bill to crack down on rogue landlords, protect vulnerable residents and improve the safety of...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Licensing Latest - another council goes out to consultation

Stockton-on-Tees is the latest council seeking people's views on the introduction of Selective Licensing for private rented housing. It launched a consultation...

09 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shock Rent Controls legal judgement - landlords and agents “disappointed”

Scotland’s Court of Session has come down in favour of the Scottish Government when it comes to rent controls. A case against...

03 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New Selective Licensing regime goes out for consultation

Plans to introduce Selective Licensing of privately rented properties have been agreed by leading Stockton-on-Tees councillors and now go for consultation. Under...

20 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on HMOs - another consultation process underway

A prominent north of England council has launched a six-week public consultation on proposals to tighten the planning rules around converting...

19 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenants on benefits get more public funds to help with court fees

Tenants claiming benefits are likely to get more assistance with court fees under a revised grant scheme starting this winter. The Help...

18 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Some 700 HMOs will soon be subject to licensing regime

Warwick council is the latest to introduce an Additional Licensing Scheme for HMOs. The district wide scheme will start on January 18...

12 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent may be exempt from rent controls - shock proposal

A controversial consultation document about rent controls is proposing that Build To Rent operators be exempt from the caps which may...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Don’t Even Think About It!   NRLA warns Wales off rent controls

The National Residential Landlords Association is warning the Welsh government to steer clear of rent controls. In its response to the Welsh...

22 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s Eco U-turn offers hope for beleaguered landlords

The u-turn by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on green policies may be seen by some landlords as a rare piece of...

22 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed HMOs produce £200k windfall for London council

Haringey council has got a £200,000 windfall from landlords of unlicensed HMOs. And now it’s set to get even more. Councillors are to...

22 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Anti-landlord policy will slash house values by 5% admits council

A local authority is reported to have said that a controversial new policy will reduce house values by five per cent. Gwynedd...

14 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Tougher powers over HMOs to be subject of autumn consultation

A northern council is considering tightening the planning rules around converting properties into HMOs. A report to Burnley council’s executive recommends removing...

13 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Consultation starts on ban for HMOs to become Airbnbs

A six week consultation is now underway as a council bids to stop HMOs being used as Airbnb or other short...

12 September 2023

From: Breaking News

EPCs and Energy Efficiency - the need for clarity

Landlords are operating in a fog when it comes to the Government’s thinking on the future of energy efficiency standards for...

02 September 2023

From: The Big Issues

Higher Taxes for Second Homes - landlords urged to have a say

There are only a few days left for landlords to have input to a government consultation on council tax hikes for...

22 August 2023

From: Breaking News

MEES, EPCs and Energy Efficiency - the government's next steps

Last month, Housing Secretary Michael Gove declared the Government was “asking too much, too quickly” of landlords by setting a 2028...

12 August 2023

From: Rental Reform

Crunch meeting tomorrow to decide on HMO licensing scheme

Councillors in Warwick look set to decide tomorrow whether to implement an additional licensing scheme for some HMOs.  Following a public consultation...

08 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Council threat to raise landlord licence fee by well over 100%

A statement from Oxford’s Labour controlled council says private landlords in the city have under a month to apply for a...

03 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Yet More Landlord Licensing: another council ponders controls

Landlords providing accommodation on the Wirral are likely to get further licensing as a new consultation goes ahead.  The proposals suggest continuing...

31 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and Short Let regulations must vary by locality - agents

The letting agents’ trade body ARLA Propertymark is urging the government to regulate Airbnb and other short let platforms but to...

28 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Council claims “thousands of complaints” about landlords and homes

Landlords of more than 5,000 homes must register for a license and ensure their tenants have good quality housing or face...

28 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour council spending £50k ‘exploring idea of landlord licensing’

A council in the south east of England says it is “exploring the possibility” of introducing a huge landlord licensing scheme. Councillors...

26 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Message to Gove - sort the EPC deadline and stick to it!

The landlords’ trade body has given a firm message to Housing Secretary Michael Gove - sort out a realistic deadline for...

24 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords' views sought - council extends consultation period

A north of England local authority has extended the period of time for landlords to respond to a consultation. Bolsover council says...

24 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency Retro-fitting - What do landlords think?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched an eight week long consultation in a bid to gather input on its...

20 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Council pockets £640 per landlord licence from next month

A new law requiring landlords in three wards of the London borough of Brent to pay for a selective licence will...

14 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb regulation hugely unpopular - government consultation results

An attempt to introducing statutory licensing for Airbnbs and some other tourist accommodation has got a frosty reception. The Welsh Government -...

14 July 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC Rule Changes - months more uncertainty for worried landlords

It appears that there may be months more uncertainty over new energy efficiency rules for the private rental sector. A statement from...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit with record licensing fines says PropTech firm

London landlords and letting agents have so far been hit with more than £900,000 in fines in the first half of...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

What Regulation is in Store for Holiday Lets in England? 

Recent years have seen a surge in the holiday lettings sector with the popularity of digital platforms like Air BnB.  It...

08 July 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

Give landlords a break – why they MUST have a new EPC deadline

Landlords need to know the true energy efficiency of their property and have a deadline for improvements to calm fears around...

24 June 2023

From: The Big Issues

Rent Control Failures - case studies wanted to prove the point

Landlords are being asked for any evidence or case studies that can help build a case against rent controls. The National Residential...

19 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Big new London licensing regime gets the green light

A new borough-wide additional licensing regime has been given the go ahead in part of London. Redbridge council’s scheme has extended licensing...

09 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Angry reaction to latest rent controls suggestion

The National Residential Landlords Association has reacted angrily to the latest UK government to flirt with adopting the Scottish example of...

07 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Activists take aim at holiday home owners in tourist areas

The Generation Rent activist group claims holiday homes are eroding the supply of available properties in key tourist areas.  It claims 80...

06 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Council pre-judges consultation saying licensing will improve renting

A council has gone out to formal consultation on a licensing scheme - but appears to have pre-judges the outcome. It says...

06 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Cap goes on for another six months despite industry opposition

The Scottish Government looks set to extend its rent cap for yet another six months - despite widespread opposition from the...

02 June 2023

From: Breaking News

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