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KEYWORD "Councils" - 215 RESULTS
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

Review compliance procedures or risk prosecution, landlords warned

A warning has been issued to landlords about a crackdown on compliance issues surrounding property management. No Letting Go, the country’s largest...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils accused by activists over rental licensing and safety

There are now 10 councils with licensing schemes covering more than 20 per cent of the rental market according to activists’...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Landlords urged: Embrace housing benefit tenants, don't reject them

The head of an agency is urging landlords to “embrace” tenants on housing benefits, instead of seeking to avoid them. Mish Liyanage,...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New landlord charter is Labour’s big idea for Mayor election

Greater Manchester’s Labour Mayor, Andy Burnham, wants to introduce a £1.5m Good Landlord Charter This would work in partnership with the city’s...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders flop - average of just 13 issued a year

Only 39 rogue landlords and letting agents have been hit with banning orders in the first three years of their existence. The...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Who knew? Grants available for landlords to adapt rental properties

The landlords’ trade body wants more co-operation between the private rental sector and local councils as tenants’ needs change thanks to...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Owe council tax and worried about the upcoming price hike? Here's what to do

From April, almost two-thirds (67%) of England’s councils are set to increase their council tax by 4.90 – 5.0%. However, the pandemic has...

21 March 2021

From: Conveyancing, Mortgages, Tax & Finance

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

Senior church figure stands up for renting as a tenure

A senior Anglican priest has stood up for renting as a concept, and suggests Britain is too pre-occupied with home ownership. Angela...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

This is how landlords who buy can beat the stamp duty holiday chaos

Specialist buy to let broker Mortgages for Business says landlords buying now can use four tips to beat the chaos in the...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour MP demands Covid rent arrears to be paid by public funds

Labour MP Stephen Timms has asked Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to commit to five measures to tighten controls on the private...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Extend the eviction ban! Senior Labour politician leads call

One of the country’s best known Labour politicians wants the eviction ban extended yet again. Currently there is a moratorium on bailiff-enforced evictions...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Council defends licensing go-ahead in the midst of a pandemic

There is growing momentum for local councils to freeze their plans for landlord licensing while the pandemic continues. Lettings agency trade body...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert - just days left to respond to licensing consultation

Landlords concerned at licensing proposals put forward by Newcastle council have only until Sunday to respond with their views. The authority is re-designating...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils told: ‘Stop pushing ahead with licensing during Covid crisis’

Momentum is building against councils pushing ahead with licensing schemes despite the pandemic. Earlier this week ARLA Propertymark, the letting agents’ trade...

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

Landlord’s huge fine follows 33 HMO offences

A landlord who committed 33 offences at a property he owns has been issued with civil penalties totalling £50,500. Zaheer Uddin Babar,...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental quango slated as expensive, bureaucratic, unaccountable

The Rent Smart Wales quango, now five years old, has been sharply criticised by the National Residential Landlords Association.  A report commissioned...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Government insists eviction ban “protects most vulnerable renters”

The government insists that its ban on bailiff-enforced evictions “protects the most vulnerable renters” during the pandemic. The claim comes in the...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Is Retail-to-Resi the next property investment opportunity?

The government has launched an unexpected consultation which may indirectly highlight a new opportunity for landlords and other investors - converting...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing ‘risks giving vulnerable people Covid-19’ - claim

A lettings trade body says expensive council licensing schemes could force landlords to sell, making vulnerable tenants homeless or obliged to...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants invited to complete anonymous Coronavirus survey

Councils in North Wales want to find out how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting private tenants. Nearly one in five households in...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

More criticism of landlords claiming Coronavirus business grants

There’s been renewed media spotlight on landlords who register their holiday lets as businesses, and can thus claim a key grant. The...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour Mayor in bid to help tenants reclaim thousands in rent rebates

London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a new tool for tenants to check on their landlords - and possibly claim...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits back at critics wanting tighter short lets regulation

Airbnb claims a proposal to regulate short lets could put 17,000 jobs at risk and take almost £1m a day out...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Advice for BTL landlords: How to operate successfully during a recession

The coronavirus crisis has hit the UK's economic outlook, and many buy-to-let landlords are understandably worried about their post-lockdown rental property...

30 October 2020

From: Conveyancing, Mortgages, Tax & Finance

10 Essential Safety Requirements For New Landlords

With new regulations and rules now in place for landlords, our in-house property experts outline their 10 essential safety requirements for...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Shelter in new attack on private landlords who house homeless

Campaigning charity Shelter is back on the warpath against private landlords, criticising how much of the country’s temporary accommodation budget for...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists accuse councils of doing nothing to stop retaliatory evictions

Generation Rent activists are back on the warpath, this time accusing councils of not doing enough - and sometimes nothing -...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Smoke alarms alert - are landlords keeping up with the law?

Over two million homes in England - that’s almost one in 10 - do not have a working smoke alarm according...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Here’s where bulk of landlords may be eligible for Green Homes Grant

A PropTech firm has drawn up a list of those regions with the highest proportion of rental properties with EPC rating...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Councils unite to launch a new service to help prevent a potential spike in evictions

Private landlords and tenants across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire are being urged to seek further advice if they are having problems with...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

The government’s attempt to remove cladding has been ‘too slow’

The government has been criticised by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) for taking far too long to remove all flammable cladding...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council urges investors to let out vacant Airbnb properties

Renting out a property as a short-term let or holiday home has proved extremely profitable for some property investors, and a...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The tenant eviction ban in England and Wales ‘is not without victims’

The government’s decision to extend the ban on evictions in England and Wales by a further two months has left victims...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

London council asks landlords to support tenants hit by coronavirus

With a number of tenants suffering financial hardship due to coronavirus, Wandsworth Council is among a number of councils in the...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must ‘get to grips with root causes pushing people into homelessness’

With buy-to-let landlords across the country being pushed out of the market by increasing costs and legislation, and new investors deterred...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

London councils call for mandatory registration system for short-term lettings

Those who rent out homes short-term in either the London borough of Camden or Westminster could soon face fresh restrictions. Both councils...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Trade bodies seek further clarity on new short-term letting regulations

The minister for local government, housing and planning in Scotland, Kevin Stewart, has received a joint letter from the UK Short...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

A high number of private renters are ‘suffering from housing worries’

Renters have higher levels of harmful stress levels than homeowners, according to new research.  A survey of almost 4,000 renters by Shelter...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Landlords want to comply with the law and offer a good home to their tenants’

While some rogue landlords and bad players grab the headlines, the reality is that the vast majority of private sector landlords...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Scottish government announces plans to regulate short-term lets

The Scottish government has announced new measures to regulate short-term lets north of the border.  The government is handing local authorities fresh...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The Guild supports clampdown on rogue landlords

The government’s decision to invest an additional £4m in funding for local councils to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents has...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Top UK regeneration hotspots unveiled

When it comes to investing in property, it pays to know about the latest property hotspots and up-and-coming areas whether you...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord has fine for breaching HMO rules slashed by more than £28,000

A buy-to-let landlord who was originally fined £31,499 by Coventry City Council for breaches of the Housing Act 2004 has had...

11 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

New £3.8m fund to help local authorities crackdown on rogue landlords

Fresh funding for local councils in England to tackle unscrupulous landlords has been made available, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local...

05 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

RLA sets out industry demands ahead of general election

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has compiled a manifesto that it hopes all political parties will take note of ahead of...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £6,000 for failing to comply with the council

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay almost £6,000 after the council was unable to determine if his property in...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents could potentially be prosecuted instead of landlords for unlicensed homes

Letting agents who fail to obtain licences for rented properties that fall under selective licensing rules could be prosecuted either alongside...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 could fuel a rise in homelessness, warns Landlord Action

Tenant eviction specialist, Landlord Action, reports that up to half of Section 21 cases they handle are as a consequence of...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA slams London Trading Standards for failing landlords and tenants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has criticised the London Trading Standards (LTS) for what it says is an admission of failure in...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants warned to beware of rogue letting agents

With new figures showing that almost half of letting agents do not comply with the law, London Trading Standards (LTS) has...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are worried about the prospect of a Labour government

Hundreds of buy-to-let landlords have expressed concerns for the future of the buy-to-let industry if Labour comes into power.  Boris Johnson is...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hounslow Council has u-turned on plans for a landlord licensing scheme

Hounslow Council has u-turned on plans to introduce a licensing scheme for landlords.  Plans for an additional licensing scheme for landlords were...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Retail to residential conversions drop 17% as councils restrict developers’ rights

With the government consistently missing its housebuilding targets, Britain’s housing shortage has now reached crisis point, with the number of prospective...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit currently ‘isn’t working as it needs to’

Universal credit is not working in its existing form, with households on the benefit significantly more likely to have housing debt than...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Local authorities ‘failing’ to stop agents that ‘poison’ landlord-tenant relationship

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is calling on local authorities to take much firmer action against rogue letting agents that tarnish...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

A high number of private renters living in ‘hazardous homes’ – Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice has called for more regulation of the private rented sector after research revealed that hundreds of thousands of tenants...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective Licensing Review will fail to ‘root out the bad landlords’

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has slammed the government’s Selective Licensing Review for failing to listen to landlords. The report, which was...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Why the government’s scapegoating of landlords for the rental crisis must end

Earlier this month the Tenant Fee Ban was introduced, after much fanfare from the Government. However, it is not the only...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s new ‘tax bombshell’ – party plans to scrap council tax for renters

Renters would stop paying council tax under radical plans being considered by the Labour Party. A Labour-commissioned report calls on the party...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tougher HMO licencing rules: awareness ‘remains limited’ says agent

Six months on from the introduction of licencing that regulates Homes for Multiple Occupation (HMOs), and awareness of the new laws...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA welcomes launch of new APPG looking into short-term lets

A new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been launched with a view to looking into short-term lets. The new group, which...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fresh online support for councils to crackdown on rogue landlords

Fresh guidance for local authorities to crackdown on rogue landlords has been unveiled by housing minister Heather Wheeler. Local authorities across the...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Many landlords now rely on council incentives to house homeless people

The widening gap between housing benefit rates and market rents means that many buy-to-let landlords are now forced to rely on...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The most expensive landlord licence costs 21 times more than the cheapest

Landlord licensing schemes are being introduced across England, while they are mandatory in Scotland and Wales, as local authorities attempt to...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government makes funds available to help house homeless in the PRS

The Ministry for Housing, Community and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that £45.5m will be made available to help find homeless...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Councils significantly reduce action against rogue landlords

Local authorities across England are spending significantly less on dealing with rogue landlords than in 2009-10, new research shows. According to Residential...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Britain’s noisiest neighbourhoods unveiled

As an income investment, buy-to-let continues to look attractive, especially compared to low savings rates and stock market swings, but when...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Less than 3% of BTL landlords offer informal short-term lets

Despite the growing popularity of Airbnb and other short-term letting websites, less than 3% of landlords are currently engaged in the informal...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s time to tackle the scourge of sub-standard rental homes, says PayProp chief

Tenants living in sub-standard rented accommodation need greater support, according to Neil Cobbold, chief operating officer of PayProp UK, who has...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords are being ‘persecuted’ under landlord licensing scheme – claim

Buy-to-let investors should be ‘extremely wary’ of buying property in an area affected by selective licensing rules because many local authorities...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Key trends that are are set to dominate the PRS over the next few years

A new multi-housing report reveals five trends that are set to dominate the private rented sector between now and 2025.   The...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Cost of renting in the private sector falls

The proportion of income spent by private tenants on rents in England has continued to fall, according to an official report...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Four in 10 Right to Buy homes in London 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...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Hull accused of ‘getting away with murder’

Buy-to-let landlords are “getting away with murder” according to Advice4Renters, after new figures revealed that just two out of almost 2,000...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Just 135 of 3,000 landlords have signed up to new statuary license

There is growing concern in Reading that thousands of landlords could soon face enforcement action if they do not sign up...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Councils are choosing to enforce the ‘harshest options’ to punish landlords

A growing number of local authorities are using selective licensing to introduce penalties for buy-to-let landlords that go well beyond the...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost £2.4m for councils to crack down on rogue landlords

Close to £2.4m of additional funding designed to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords will be made available for more than 50 councils...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Can a tenant who can’t afford the deposit be trusted to pay the rent?

Deposit-free renting is growing increasingly popular, with more providers than ever before now providing tenants with a range of nil deposit...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords accused of taking advantage of the growing homeless population

We all know that buy-to-let investors provide a vital service for people looking for housing, and yet an article in The...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords should be offered incentives to ‘come back into the long-term market’

More needs to be done to stem the rise in short-term lets on Airbnb in Scotland to ensure that the market...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government introduces new room size guidance

The introduction of new guidance on room sizes in rented homes has been warmly welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New law will give renters ‘greater protection’ against rogue landlords

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill will soon become law after passing its third reading at the House of Lords...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants set to be granted new powers to hold rogue landlords to account

Tenants are on the verge of being handed fresh powers to take action against rogue landlords thanks to the Homes (Fitness...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent controls would hurt both tenants and landlords, warns RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has warned that growing speculation the mayor of London Sadiq Khan is considering introducing rent controls...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Will paying 50% more council tax get landlords ‘a return on their investment’?

A 50% council tax increase could be on the way for owners of empty properties across many parts of the country...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with record £1.5m fine for flouting planning rules

A notorious rogue landlord who illegally built a number of tiny bedsits across North West London has been ordered to pay...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils struggling to take action over unlicensed HMOs

The new regulations introduced last month to bring mandatory licensing to all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) was designed to better...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Good landlords are being let down by councils and minority of criminals

Two thirds of councils in England and Wales responding to a FOI request by the Residential Landlords Association brought no prosecutions...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants will be relied upon to help enforce letting fees ban

Trading standards will almost certainly need help from consumers to help police the ban on letting fees, according to PayProp. As part...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Government’s new £2m rogue landlord crackdown is a step in the right direction

Yesterday’s announcement that councils in England are going to be handed an additional £2m in government funding to tackle the small...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Bill reaches the committee stage in the House of Lords today

Tenant Fees Bill that will ban most charges set by landlords and letting agents to tenants in England will continue its...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Council threatened with a judicial review over ‘unlawful’ licensing plan

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has threatened Great Yarmouth Borough Council with a judicial review over ‘unlawful’ licensing plan because it...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property licensing: too many landlords face ‘unnecessary criminal proceedings’

Landlord licensing schemes are popping up all over the UK as local authorities step up their efforts to clampdown on rogue...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants set to be handed power to sue landlords over property conditions

Tenants look set to be given more powers to take action against rogue landlords renting out properties “unfit for human habitation”,...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord database to be made freely available, says PM

Tenants will be offered access to the government’s rogue landlord database under fresh plans unveiled by Theresa May. The Prime Minister was...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches £20m fund to help homeless into private rented homes

Thousands of vulnerable people facing homelessness look set to benefit from a new £20m initiative designed to help them secure a private...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban on letting fees moves a step closer

The next stage of the Tenants’ Fees Bill through Parliament will be a Second Reading in the House of Lords this...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory licensing for HMOs is extended

Changes to mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing come into force in England today, requiring properties with five or more...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Concern grows over unregistered landlords of HMOs

With just a few days left until changes to mandatory HMO licensing are introduced, there is growing concern that many landlords...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New HMO rules to cost landlords an extra £79m

Changes to mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing coming into force in England on 1 October 2018 will collectively cost...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than two weeks until new HMO rules are introduced

Buy-to-let landlords must prepare for new licensing laws for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) to ensure that they do not fall...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New blockchain database to track changes in the PRS

Citylets has adopted blockchain technology to help track and store rental data in Scotland.   The Scottish property rental portal has teamed...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords ‘have no place in the market’, says RLA

Councils must do more to root out unscrupulous landlords that give the sector a bad name, according to the Residential Landlords...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Cheshire East revises HMO licensing fees

Buy-to-let landlords who operate houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Cheshire East will face new licensing fees after the local council...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Ashford Borough Council to adopt new powers to crackdown on rogue landlords

Rogue landlords in Ashford will now face fines of up to £30,000 after Ashford Borough Council voted to adopt new rules...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

More tenants faced rent rises in May

There was an increase in the number of tenants in the private rented sector experiencing a rent increase in May compared...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to take action to restrict BTL landlords

Buy-to-let landlords are having an adverse impact on home ownership, according to new research. Fresh analysis by Onward suggests that the government...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government publishes new guidance for landlords to further protect tenants

New guidance for landlords to further protect tenants from poor living conditions has been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to review selective licensing across the private rental sector

The government yesterday announced a review to look at how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector in order...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Licencing doesn’t work’, says ARLA Propertymark

The government’s decision to review how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector in order to find out how well...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

London council extends licensing scheme to five additional wards

One of the most active councils in London when it comes to prosecuting rogue landlords and letting agents has now extended...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Registration is live for the June 14th National Landlord Investment Show at Olympia

Celebrate the shows 5th Birthday and 57th event to date in the Landlord Investor Lounge with a glass of prosecco with...

06 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

New landlord group launches in the North East

A consortium of businesses has joined forces to form a new regional landlords association in the North East of England. The North...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

All rogue landlords to be ‘named and shamed’ in the capital

Criminal landlords across London will be named and shamed on an online database after all London boroughs signed up to a rogue...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Bill ‘could lead to rent rises’, says RLA

The government’s Tenant Fees Bill now introduced to the Commons is a ‘missed opportunity’ to make quicker and more lasting improvements in...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Give councils power to ‘confiscate’ properties from rogue landlords, say MPs

Local authorities should be given the power to confiscate properties from landlords who break the law, according to a committee of...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Free industry guidance to help landlords ‘stay on ‘right side of the law’

New ‘Home Safety Guidance’ has been released by the Electrical Safety Roundtable (ESR) to help landlords meet their obligations and ensure...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Plans to clamp down on rogue landlords in Doncaster

Doncaster Council’s Cabinet will be discussing new ways to tackle rogue landlords at their meeting later today. The proposal is to introduce...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New banning orders will ensure tenants live in ‘safe and good quality’ homes

Unscrupulous landlords who rent out substandard properties face being driven out of the private rented sector as new banning orders are...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits look set to be capped at five weeks rent

The security deposits that tenants leave with their landlord or their letting agent could be capped at no more than five...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils to be given new wave of powers to fine landlords

Councils will be handed tough new powers to punish rogue landlords up to £30,000. Under the new legislation, being introduced in October,...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Lean on landlords that aren't doing the job’, says shadow housing minister

Councils are being urged to do more to crack down on rogue landlords who are leaving thousands of tenants living in...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Article 4 is nothing more than a ‘revenue generating exercise’, NLA says

The government is being urged by the National Landlords Association (NLA) to repeal the fee that councils can now charge when...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to get tough on rogue landlords

Rotherham Council wants to do more to protect private tenants by using tougher new laws to clamp down on rogue landlords. Local...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Investment Show addresses key issues plaguing landlords in 2018 at Olympia on 15 March

The National Landlord Show arrives at Olympia on Thursday 15 March to give advice via complimentary seminars, leading suppliers and two...

02 March 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Councils restricted by new licensing conditions on private rented homes

Councils cannot use selective licensing conditions to impose new standards on private rented homes, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. The case...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing is a minefield of regulation

In 2006, selective licensing was introduced, giving councils the power to force landlords to clean up their acts. These licenses allow...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

What should landlords be aware of going into 2018?

The buy-to-let property market is currently experiencing a wave of reforms, with the government looking to alter the way in which...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords allegedly making millions out of housing benefits

Rogue landlords are profiting from the housing benefit system by enticing desperate local authorities to place single homeless people into small...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA supports new measures to improve the safety of tenants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has expressed its support for new legislation that will help ensure rented homes are safe and...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants to be given legal right to challenge landlords

Tenants will be given the right to take legal action against landlords who offer properties that are not ‘fit for human...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

West Suffolk councils approve new powers to combat rogue landlords

West Suffolk councils have agreed to clamp down on dodgy landlords by adopting new powers to tackle them, following a joint...

12 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

Council tax discount for landlords may be scrapped

Buy-to-let landlords could soon be hit with an empty homes tax after the Chancellor Philip Hammond yesterday gave local councils the...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Legislation and technology is giving more power to tenants

As the letting fees ban looms ahead, it is clear that however it plays out we are seeing more and more...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Residents in high rise blocks let down by ‘confused’ guidance on fire safety

People living in high rise tower blocks across the UK are being let down by a system in which it is...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The Bournemouth & Poole Landlord Exhibition to take place tomorrow

The 10th annual Bournemouth and Poole Landlord Exhibition will take place tomorrow (Wednesday). The event, which is being organised in conjunction with...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New inquiry into PRS welcomed by letting agents

The decision to launch a new inquiry into the private rented sector has been welcomed by letting agents. The Communities and Local...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New licensing for private landlords in West London

A new licensing system in the West London neighbourhoods of Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Fulham, Chiswick and Ealing aims to protect landlords...

12 October 2017

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New guidance to regulate who can operate as a private landlord

New landlord registration enforcement guidance has been issued by the Scottish government to all local authorities on regulating landlords in the...

08 September 2017

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RLA calls for a ‘full review of fire safety standards’

Contradictory and outdated fire safety guidance urgently needs updating to better support private landlords, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

01 August 2017

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Trade body supports MP’s proposals to improve housing standards

An MP’s bid to make homes in the rented sector ‘fit for human habitation’ has received support from the Residential Landlords...

19 July 2017

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Do you meet new scheme’s ethical letting standards?

A new ‘Rent with Confidence’ scheme, which features a list of approved landlords and letting agents, has been created by local...

11 July 2017

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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

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Landlord in Newport becomes first to be fined under Rent Smart Wales scheme

A buy-to-let landlord in Newport has become the first to be prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding that all private landlords...

01 June 2017

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Reform the private rented sector so that it is fit for purpose, says expert

Stronger enforcement and streamlining of legislation in the private rental sector is urgently required to ensure the abolishment of what is in...

10 May 2017

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UK’s most prosecuted landlord unveiled

A charity that receives thousands of pounds in housing benefit to accommodate vulnerable people, including the homeless with addiction problems, has...

08 May 2017

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North East sees almost 6,300 rogue landlord complaints in three years

Close to 6,300 private renters in the North East of England lodged formal complaints to their local council about their landlord between...

08 May 2017

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Call for rental sector reform to ‘protect landlords’ rights’ when evicting tenants

The private rental sector is in urgent need of reform to make it easier and less costly for buy-to-let landlords to...

04 May 2017

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Tories urged to back rent controls to kick-start a seaside town renaissance

The Conservative party should put rent controls at the heart of their general election manifesto as part of a wider effort...

03 May 2017

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Criminal landlords to be ‘named and shamed’ in London

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has vowed to crackdown on criminal landlords by ensuring that they are ‘named and shamed’...

27 April 2017

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The reputations of ‘good landlords’ being ‘tarnished by the bad ones’, says LGA

Local councils are calling on the government to close a legal loophole that allows landlords to get away with converting properties...

14 April 2017

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Buy-to-let property continues to deliver ‘strong returns’

Having long provided mega double-digit returns for investors, investment in buy-to-let continues to outperform other major asset classes, including bonds, cash...

13 April 2017

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Council hopes to ‘improve standards’ in PRS by giving landlords greater support

In a concerted effort to improve standards in the private rented sector (PRS), the North Tyneside Council has joined forces with...

30 March 2017

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MPs call for greater powers to ‘clamp down’ on illegal lets in London

With a growing number of buy-to-let landlords in London now using short-term letting platforms like Airbnb to breach the rules for...

22 March 2017

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Significantly more ‘truly affordable rented homes’ needed to reduce homelessness

A lack of affordable rented homes are contributing to rising levels of homelessness, according to a new report from the national...

22 March 2017

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Investment in transport infrastructure could boost rents

The chancellor’s pledge to create a £690m competition fund for English councils to tackle urban congestion and develop local transport networks,...

09 March 2017

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Private rented sector has major role to play in preventing homelessness

The appalling rise in the number of people sleeping rough in England illustrates the importance of private rented accommodation, according to...

31 January 2017

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Tenants ‘need better protection’, says trade body for landlords

Councils across the country are being urged to raise their game when it comes to protecting private tenants from a minority...

04 January 2017

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Landlords, are you paying for council tax unnecessarily?

Aaron Cambden reflects on the Leeds City Council v Broadley Appeal Court ruling, including his tips for landlords.  Landlords are not responsible...

17 December 2016

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Government set to extend mandatory licensing of HMOs in England

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has ended a consultation on ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and residential property...

13 December 2016

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Thousands of landlords could face fines for illegally renting out properties

There is growing concern that thousands of buy-to-let landlords could face fines and possibly even prosecution for failing to sign up...

28 November 2016

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Midnight deadline looms for landlords to register in Wales

Landlords in Wales who have not yet signed up to Rent Smart Wales, designed to drive up the quality of rented...

22 November 2016

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Top tips for investing in student accommodation

John Warburton, director of Belvoir Leamington Spa, reveals some simple steps to investing in a successful student let. Providing properties for students...

04 November 2016

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Chancellor must invest in housing and give buy-to-let landlords a break

Our new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, looks like a considered man and one hopes that he will be able to ‘kick away’...

24 October 2016

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Tighter licensing requirements for HMOs won’t improve standards for tenants

The government’s plan to tighten licensing requirements for landlords of shared accommodation in an effort to clamp down on rogue landlords...

19 October 2016

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RLA slams Shelter’s ‘extravagant claims’ about housing standards

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has once again defended the private rented sector (PRS) after Shelter’s latest analysis of housing trends...

18 October 2016

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Thousands of private landlords suffer abuse from tenants

Thousands of private tenants claim to have suffered abuse at the hands of landlords according to Shelter, which include threats, assaults...

23 September 2016

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Bad eviction advice can prove costly

Unfortunately for private landlords looking to regain possession of their rental home, private tenants are often advised by local councils and...

15 September 2016

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Council abandons proposed landlord licensing scheme

A local authority has opted not to introduce a new landlord licensing scheme, an investigation by London Property Licensing has revealed. Wandsworth...

08 September 2016

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NLA supports bill to reduce homelessness

The Homelessness Reduction Bill, which was published by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee last week, has received backing from...

31 August 2016

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Landlords in Cumbria offered chance to install central heating for free

Landlords in Cumbria are being offered grants to install gas or oil fuelled central heating systems in their homes for free...

05 August 2016

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New housing minister announced

Gavin Barwell has been appointed the new Minister for Housing, Planning and London, taking over from Brandon Lewis, who has moved...

18 July 2016

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Letting agents accused of ‘ripping off’ landlords and tenants

We all know headlines sell newspapers, but a report in yesterday’s Daily Mirror brought shame on a host of letting agents...

08 July 2016

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Wirral landlord hit with record fine

A landlord in Wirral has been slapped with the highest ever fine handed out across the borough after pleading guilty for...

06 July 2016

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Calls for greater powers to clampdown on rogue landlords

The government and local councils are not doing enough to clampdown on rogue landlords, according to a new report. A survey of...

24 June 2016

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Landlord hit with £100k fine for building illegal flats

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £100,000 for developing illegal flats at her property after being prosecuted by...

17 May 2016

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Private renters need greater protection from rogue landlords

Unscrupulous landlords are providing vulnerable tenants with substandard housing and getting away with it due to low levels of enforcement of...

05 May 2016

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RLA calls for action on empty homes in the capital

Action is needed to tackle the scandal of ‘buy-to-leave’ investors who are denying Londoners the homes they need, according to the...

12 April 2016

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Housing Minister wades into eviction debate

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has written to all local councils in England in order to clarify homelessness guidance following pressure from...

22 March 2016

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London councils vow to investigate “Housing Benefit Millionaires”

Several local authorities in London have launched an investigation into a multi-million pound business model where a number of letting agents...

16 March 2016

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RLA: Housing Commission wrong on licensing

Proposals to make it easier for London boroughs to introduce landlord licensing schemes will do nothing to root out criminal landlords,...

09 March 2016

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Illegal eviction prosecutions show councils are cracking down on rogues

Rogue landlords are being weeded out by councils for some of the worst cases of illegal eviction, according to the Local...

01 February 2016

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NLA speaks out about councils’ bailiffs advice

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has criticised local councils for telling private tenants to ignore eviction notices served by their landlords...

29 January 2016

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Criticism of government’s ‘insufficient’ £5m to tackle rogue landlords

The consumer charity Citizens Advice is the latest body to say the government’s heavily-publicised £5m given to councils to tackle rogue...

25 January 2016

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Industry body hits at £80,000-per-council to root out criminal landlords

New funding from the government to tackle criminal landlords is just not sufficient according to the Residential Landlords Association. It has been...

22 January 2016

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Consultation underway on new licensing for 20,000 properties to let

Ealing Council in London is undergoing a formal consultation about a proposal that all houses in multiple occupation within its boundaries...

18 January 2016

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Tenants advised to wait for bailiffs before leaving rented property

The Telegraph has raised the issue of how local authorities are increasingly encouraging evicted tenants to stay put in a property...

12 January 2016

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West of England Rental Standard launches

A joint scheme for accrediting landlord and agents has been launched by four county authorities in the West of England. The West...

07 January 2016

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RLA: Government has “declared war” on landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has accused the Government of declaring war on individual landlords and described 2015 as an “annus...

05 January 2016

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£30k fines for rogue landlords under new laws

The Government is poised to introduce tough new laws for landlords this week – with fines of up to £30,000 for...

22 December 2015

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Councils call for new powers to tackle rogue landlords

The legislative system dealing with rogue landlords is ‘unfit for purpose’ and should be replaced with a national database covering all...

15 December 2015

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RLA “exposes the expensive folly of licensing”

Local authorities that charge landlords for licences solely to collect information on the number of landlords in an area have been...

18 November 2015

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£5m government to crack down on rogue landlords

The government has announced new funding to crack down on rogue landlords and tackle 'beds in sheds'. Communities secretary Greg Clark said...

13 November 2015

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RLA: Landlord licensing not needed

Local councils are being urged to drop landlord licensing schemes following the publication of new laws showing that they are not...

15 October 2015

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Eviction specialist questions whether councils can enforce new Section 21 rules

Evictions firm Landlord Action has questioned whether the government has enough resources in place to enforce new Section 21 measures introduced...

02 October 2015

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Majority of tenants unaware of today's Section 21 law change

The vast majority of tenants are unaware of new laws introduced today which change the Section 21 evictions process.  From today, under...

01 October 2015

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Rogue landlords should face tougher sentences, say local councils

Councils need to be handed greater powers to tackle rogue landlords ‘taking advantage’ and ‘ripping off’ tenants. This is the call from...

21 September 2015

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Council benefit payment delays affect half of tenants

Half (52%) of private sector tenants on housing benefit have experienced delays over its payment from their local council, according to...

15 September 2015

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Corbyn would introduce right-to-buy in private sector

Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn would introduce right-to-buy for private tenants if he came to power. Corbyn has a published his proposed...

07 August 2015

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MP plans for new criminal landlord crackdown

MPs have introduced two new bills that will crackdown on rogue landlords. The first measure introduced to parliament yesterday was by the...

25 June 2015

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RLA urges Camden to reconsider HMO licensing

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has written to Camden Council urging reconsideration of a borough-wide additional licensing scheme for houses in...

09 June 2015

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RLA calls for clampdown on criminal landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on ministers to take action to find and root out the criminals who bring...

27 May 2015

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Conservatives to introduce mandatory licencing

In a surprise move, Prime Minister David Cameron said the Tories will introduce a mandatory licencing scheme for private landlords. In a...

26 May 2015

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Housing campaigner runs for London Mayor

Victorious housing campaigner Lindsey Garrett from the New Era Estate in Hackney is taking on Labour and the Conservatives for the...

15 May 2015

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New government plans to provide 95% of UK with superfast broadband by 2017

After months of campaigning and deliberating, polling day is now behind us. With all the election stories doing the rounds, we...

11 May 2015

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Robert Murphy, Director of Operations at Orchard & Shipman

Q: What does it say on your business card?  Director of Operations – South Q: Who are Orchard and Shipman?  Orchard and Shipman is...

23 April 2015

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Councils 'pay private landlords £4k to take tenants'

Local councils are offering landlords cash payments of up to £4,000 to accommodate homeless families as a shortage of social housing...

22 April 2015

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NLA makes it easier for tenants to check their landlords

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched an initiative to enable tenants to check if their landlord is accredited.   Tenants can check...

22 April 2015

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