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KEYWORD "Court" - 831 RESULTS
Landlord harassed tenant during eviction ban period

A landlord has pleaded guilty to harassing one of his tenants during the eviction ban period. Abid Butt from Sheffield has been...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Investors warned about care needed when buying property with land

Demand for property with land has risen significantly over the last 18 months according to a buying agency - but it’s...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council heralds “fantastic result” ending in a fine for landlord

A landlord has been ordered by a court to pay over £6,000 after admitting a string of regulation breaches.  Juliet Petrovic, of...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantees for landlords joining new leasing scheme

Private landlords interested in leasing properties in Bridgend, south Wales, are being invited to join a scheme which would see them...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Guilty! Landlord admits illegal eviction during pandemic

A landlord has pleaded guilty to the unlawful eviction of his tenant. Jalal Uddin of Wellingborough has pleaded guilty at the town’s...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New guidance for landlords: Understanding the possession action process

The government has updated its guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rental sectors in England and Wales. The...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent boost with huge scheme winning planning approval

The Build To Rent sector continues to grow, with the news that a 650-home scheme in the city of Bath has...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

More enforcement, more arbitration - landlords set out demands

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

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord must pay thousands for ignoring Improvement Notices

A landlord who failed to comply with improvement notices for a vulnerable tenant and threatened to evict her if the improvements...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Government has no record of landlord convictions, says campaigner

A letting agent who campaigns against rogue landlords says the government has “no idea” how many convictions there have been regarding...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Exposed - the council that flouted its own policies to fine landlords

A local newspaper’s investigation has revealed that a London council flouted its own policies to maximise the number of landlords it...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Order landlord pleads guilty to breaching conditions

The first landlord in the country to receive a Banning Order under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 when the new...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge fine for landlord with unlicensed and overcrowded property

A private landlord operating an unlicensed and overcrowded property in London has been hit with a fine of more than £21,000. Brent...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord triumphs in overturning council licensing fine

A landlord has overturned a council fine for letting her flat without a licence - and it’s the same local authority...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail term and massive fines after fire safety breaches

A landlord in the north of England has been given a suspended prison sentence and a huge fine for fire safety...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord in court for failing to produce gas safety certificate

Hastings council has taken a landlord to court for failing to obtain a gas safety certificate, which is required by law...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring Rent Repayment Orders and fines for landlords in two months

Fines for landlords and lettings agents in Greater London have soared from just £22,000 in May to a huge £139,146 in...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Challenges for landlords - council to organise special event

The latest updates affecting the work of local landlords, letting agents and property managers, plus a chance to network and catch...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord unlawfully harassed and evicted a tenant

A man has pleaded guilty in a magistrates’ court after he evicted a tenant by unlawfully harassing him and obliging him...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Five figure fine for landlord ignoring council warning on overcrowding

A private landlord operating an unlicensed and overcrowded property in London has been hit with a fine of more than £21,000.  The...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined thousand after fire rips through illegal HMO

A landlord has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds by magistrates after a bedroom fire revealed tenants were living in...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord who put tenants’ lives in danger must pay £21,500

A landlord has been given a hefty fine for housing vulnerable tenants in hazardous conditions in a case brought by a...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agent makes another blistering attack on landlords

A lettings agent who has started a rental insurance business has launched another attack on landlords. Ajay Jagota, who runs KIS Lettings...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government updates Covid guidance for landlords and tenants

The government has updated its guidance for landlords and tenants to explain the possession action process in the county courts in...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed - landlord guilty of “atrocious case of mistreatment”

A rogue landlord who allowed vulnerable tenants to live in conditions without windows, proper washing facilities or fire safety measures at...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord hands over £2m in assets to National Crime Agency

London based landlord and property developer Richard Leahy has agreed to hand over assets worth almost £2m. This settles a civil recovery...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council wants witnesses to alleged illegal eviction

A council is appealing for witnesses to help with its prosecution of a landlord for illegal eviction. Sohila Tamiz who is a...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord sentenced over “catastrophic” safety breaches

A landlord has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years for breaches of fire safety legislation. Thirunavukkaradu Kuladaisamy, the...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Pet references - should landlords or tenants pay?

A pet referencing service is courting controversy by suggesting more animals should be allowed in rental properties - and that landlords,...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council wants to stop rogue landlord letting out homes anywhere

A council has gone on record saying it’s trying to stop a rogue landlord from letting out any property anywhere, ever...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Top tips - how to handle mediation

Since the eviction ban was lifted on May 31, landlords are once again able to move forward with eviction proceedings. However,...

25 June 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Official figures show big FALL in possessions during pandemic

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

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord in hot water after ignoring council abatement notice

A tenant was put at risk from a ceiling that partially collapsed and was left unable to use her shower after...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

He’s Back! Shamplina’s Nightmare Tenants back on TV tonight

Evictions guru Paul Shamplina returns to the TV this evening but his Channel5 show has had a name change - it...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Complain about your landlord, insurance seller tells tenants

A new scheme has been launched encouraging tenants to complain about their landlords and seek compensation. Ajay Jagota - who used to...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council hits out at ‘slum landlords’ after unsafe property case

A landlord has been prosecuted for failure to make improvements to his tenanted property, including failing to install a fire detection...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord's bill for thousands after dumping rubbish when tenant quits

A landlord who fly-tipped the contents of a flat so another tenant could move in has been ordered to pay thousands...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak making landlords the scapegoat for Covid arrears - claim

A stinging attack on Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been made by the National Residential Landlords Association. The trade body has produced a...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal Wrap: a summary of law changes impacting landlords

Landlord Today readers will be more than aware that legal changes happen often these days, and it can be understandably challenging...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction activists tell renters to check landlord paperwork

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

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord-Tenant Mediation: no pilot scheme results yet

There appears to be no evidence yet as to the effectiveness or otherwise of the government’s mediation scheme, introduced ahead of...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined for breaching prohibition order

A rogue landlord has been fined £2,000 and must pay a victim surcharge of £22 after pleading guilty to breaching a...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New Eviction Mediation guidelines issued to landlords by government

The government has revised its guidelines for its new mediation scheme, which it says will avoid some possessions now that the...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords fear thousands of tenants will now fail referencing

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

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Sex-Pest Landlords face prosecution under proposed new legislation

A Labour MP is proposing legislation which would mean that landlords who offer accommodation in exchange for sexual favours could be...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal reminder to landlords of Coronavirus restrictions on giving notice

A specialist law firm is reminding landlords considering possession proceedings that they still need to be aware of key changes to...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Council offer of help to landlords as bailiff-enforced eviction ban ends

A council in the north of England is offering help to landlords and private rental tenants as the bailiff-enforced eviction ban...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Official - no significant Covid rent arrears, no pile-up of possession cases

The government has produced figures that counter the long-running claims by rental sector activists that there has been a build up...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental White Paper - government gives hint of what it will contain

The government has pledged to  bring forward a White Paper in the Autumn, focussing on its commitments to reform the private...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord caught out over HMO housing migrant shift workers

Rogue landlord Siddika Begum of Salisbury has been prosecuted for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation in the town. Begum...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail for man who used terrorist attack for revenge on landlord

A man who tried to frame his landlord’s partner as being involved in the Westminster terrorist attack has been jailed. Gerald Banyard,...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Guilty: Landlord admits throwing tenant out illegally

Landlord Antanas Klibavicius has pleaded guilty to illegally evicting his tenant and not taking any steps towards ending the tenancy properly...

18 May 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

Police hunt tenant who used terror attack for revenge on landlord

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

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord relief at consultation before Renters Reform Bill becomes law

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

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Think-tank calls for more renters’ rights and new law

A think-tank, UK Onward, has called for radical rental reform. In a statement released to coincide with today’s Queen’s Speech, the think-tank...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Council sends 3,000 warnings to landlords in one year

A Midlands council says it’s sent thousands of letters to landlords in the last 12 months in response to complaints from...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

London council acts against landlord’s lettings company

A London council has taken a landlord company to court after complaints of poor housing conditions in five of its rented...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to landlords over eviction paperwork change

Landlords are being warned of an urgent change to the arrears process thanks to the launch of the government’s Breathing Space...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s fine slashed after fightback against council court move

A landlord who was hit with a £66,000 fine over safety breaches at a rental property has fought back - and...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s shock after flat is stripped of items by evicted tenant

It’s a story that’s seldom told - how some tenants steal items from landlords’ properties when a tenancy ends. Now the Oxford...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government comes clean - it wants home owners, not renters

Housing minister Chris Pincher has made the most explicit admission yet of the government’s desire to diminish the private rental sector. In...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

May 11 - is this when we’ll know about abolishing Section 21?

The State Opening of Parliament will take place on Tuesday May 11, with many expecting this to be when the government confirms...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Order in Court! TV Star says he wants Section 21 scrapped

TV star Robert Rinder - best known for his performances under the guise of Judge Rinder - has made an outspoken...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Taper changes to notice periods ASAP, landlords tell government

The landlords' main trade body wants a tapering down of notice periods for Section 8 and Section 21. The government has already...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords face bill of over £60,000 over multiple housing offences

Two landlords of a property in East London have been ordered to pay costs and fines totalling £61,057.05 after they were prosecuted...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson becomes a landlord (and will allow pets)

The Daily Mail is reporting that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to let his Oxfordshire cottage out - and he’s taking...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Council action means £90,000 bill for landlord and company

A landlord and a property company have a total of over £90,000 to pay after being found guilty of 27 charges...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour criticises court delays as backlog hits all-time high

Many landlords awaiting the hearing of possession cases will hardly need reminding, but new figures from the Ministry of Justice give...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Mediation instead of eviction - will it work?

The government has released details of its mediation scheme, which has already won the in-principle support of the National Residential Landlords...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord who refused to make safety improvements hit with £5,000 fine

A landlord that refused to make safety improvements at two of her properties in Folkestone has been fined nearly £5,000. Madeleine Scott,...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Council says licensing needed to expose landlords like this one…

A landlord has been handed penalties totalling nearly £8,000 after being found guilty of operating an unlicensed HMO. This follows an investigation...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord clobbered with ‘record’ five figure fine

A rogue landlord has been hit with a bill of £48,000 - a record for the council which brought the prosecution. Tariq...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions could take six months longer than usual post-ban - warning

An eviction specialist says the average time to evict a tenant could soar by six months once the current ban comes to...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban Own Goal: more tenants to lose their homes as a result

In the first anniversary of the initial ban on repossessions, it appears the move has backfired spectacularly. Research for the National Residential...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shocking lack of toilet facilities for rogue landlord's tenants

A landlord who allowed his tenants to live in squalid conditions, has been ordered by the court to pay £5,000 for...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Some landlords more authoritarian now, claims lawyer

The eviction ban may have made life less stressful for tenants but a housing lawyer claims otherwise. David Renton, writing in the...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Serial offender landlord in court again over HMO health and safety

A serial-offender landlord has been fined for putting tenants at serious harm from fire and exposing them to substandard and dangerous conditions. Nilendu...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property investment firms to be investigated over ground rents

The Competition and Markets Authority is to probe property investment companies that have purchased freeholds from developers and that go on...

22 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

Landlords to face tougher fire regulations in HMOs and blocks

Landlords and managing agents of HMOs could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Police help landlords conduct illegal and violent evictions - claim

A group of activists at the centre of campaigns for renters’ rights has claimed the police help landlords commit illegal acts. The London...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-landlord group objects to curbs on protests

The activists group Acorn, which has staged several anti-landlord demonstrations including some outside homes, is opposing a new Bill going through...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Prison sentence for elderly landlord claiming to be ‘helping people’

A landlord in his 70s who claims he was just ‘helping people’ has been handed a suspended prison sentence. That’s because he...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Not enough! Generation Rent slams latest eviction ban extension

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

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting prompts court action against rogue tenant

A tenant who sub-let a property by falsely claiming to be its owner has been given a criminal record.  Sonia Nascimento rented...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Confiscation order for landlord after illegal property conversion

A landlord who illegally turned a London property into 13 flats has been hit by nearly £200,000 in fines, costs and...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord banned following third prosecution in eight years

A landlord who persistently broke residential lettings rules has been banned from operating in what a local council calls “a landmark...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Advice - how landlords can survive the pandemic

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

03 March 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Avoiding eviction - Council says it’s piloting mediation scheme

A local council has let it be known that it’s in a pilot mediation scheme set up by the government -...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to repay almost £750,000 in “illicit earnings”

A Crown Court judge has ordered a landlord to pay back almost £750,000 in illicit earnings made from overcrowded properties in...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord shocked at damage from cannabis factory in buy to let

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

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Six months notice mandatory for many evictions from 2022 in Wales

New simplified rental contracts are to be introduced from spring 2022 in Wales with minimum notice periods for evictions extended from...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail for landlord and shop owner after death of tenant

Two men - one a landlord, the other a shopkeeper- have been jailed after being found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter. Mushtaq...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Own goal! Ex-footballer must repay £8,000 in 'unlicensed rent'

A landlord who failed to licence his properties has been ordered to pay back over £8,000 in rent. Dexter Blackstock, a former...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail term for landlord failing to maintain gas appliances

A landlord has been sentenced for failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental property in accordance with the law. Swansea magistrates’...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined in blitz of private rental waste dumping

A landlord’s firm has been fined after waste accumulated in the rear yard of a tenanted property. Elahi Properties of Blackburn was...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s back! ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’ on TV tonight

This 10-part series - filmed before the pandemic - follows letting agents, eviction specialists and lawyers helping landlords chase rent arrears and...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back call for fund to help tenants with arrears

Landlords are today backing a call by the Resolution Foundation think tank for tenant hardship loans for renters impacted by the...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension not enough for campaigning Baroness

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

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

“Nobody should have to live like this” - shocking rogue landlords case

Two landlords who illegally let a London property without providing proper washing facilities or tackling serious fire hazards have been taken to...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Voyeur landlord put on sex offenders’ register for 10 years

A landlord has admitted voyeurism and has been handed a suspended prison sentence and placed on the sex offenders’ register for...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter expects eviction ban extension until end of lockdown

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

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s repeat offence ends up with large fine

A landlord has been fined £6,000 for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation. Wolverhampton council prosecuted Aunberin Saddique after it...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants increasingly worried over personal credit scores

Despite talk of increased arrears and wider economic concerns, it appears tenants are increasingly worried about the long-term effects of poor credit...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors wooed by barrister offering specialist advice

A tax barrister has restructured his way of working and is appealing to buy to let and other property investors as...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords fined for ignoring regulations to keep tenants safe

Two men have been ordered to pay almost £8,000 for letting out flats in defiance of regulations designed to keep tenants...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Multi-millionaire landlord tells council leader to kill himself - court claim

Multi-millionaire landlord Fergus Wilson - at one time described as Britain’s most successful buy to let landlord - is reported to...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants demand politicians take action on ‘sex for rent’ scandal

A tenant organisation has written to almost 130 politicians asking them to do more to protect renters - especially lone females -...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

No free ride for tenants in arrears despite new Breathing Spaces - lawyer

A leading property lawyer insists that a controversial new ‘debt moratorium’ system starting this spring will not mean a free ride...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour wants more eviction evidence after Wrongful Termination Order

The Scottish Labour Party has written to the SNP government of that country to demand more protection for private tenants. Labour housing...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Shut Down! Property investment schemes closed by Insolvency Service

Two property investment companies and an associated business have all been closed down “in the public interest” by the government’s Insolvency...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Health and welfare of tenants jeopardised by landlord

A landlord has been hit with a fine of over £600 after failing to comply with an improvement notice - jeopardising...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord added to rogues' register after letting out illegal bank vault

A landlord who let out a former bank vault as an illegal flat described by the local council as “dangerous” has...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Respite for landlords behind with buy to let mortgage payments

The Financial Conduct Authority is extending the ban on repossessions by two months until April 1, in light of the pandemic...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill to be introduced “very soon” says government

Junior housing minister Kelly Tolhurst says the government will introduce the controversial Renters Reform Bill “very soon.” This Bill is the one which...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Evicted tenant fined for racially abusing landlord

A former tenant has been fined for sending racially offensive messages to his former landlord over three years after being evicted...

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

Tenants shouldn’t be obliged to attend possession hearings - call

Activists in a rental reform coalition say court possession hearings should be halted as well as bailiff-led evictions. They say the stress...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extended in England and Wales

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters has been extended in England and Wales. This will be until February 21 “at...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Celebrity campaigner calls for new ban on evictions and bailiff possessions

Martin Lewis, the celebrity consumer rights campaigner behind MoneySavingExpert, has called upon the government to extend the current ban on bailiffs...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction activists step up demand for another ban and rent hand-outs

Activists from Shelter and Generation Rent have led the charge for a renewed eviction ban in the light of the latest...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail for landlord who breached harassment court order

A landlord who breached a court order not to harass or evict his tenants has been given a prison sentence.  Saakib Khan,...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Prominent landlord websites may be unlawfully discriminating, claims BBC

An investigation by the BBC has found that 80 per cent of advertisements on two websites used by landlords say people...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord faces five-figure fine for not having HMO licence

A landlord has been fined £10,000 by her local council for failing to licence a HMO. Tracey Davies of Bath was found...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Taking landlords to court stops council’s ‘real’ work, it admits

A leading officer in a Labour council which has in the past taken landlords to court says this process is so...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords set out key reform demands ahead of election

The National Residential Landlords Association has released its manifesto for the 2021 Welsh Parliament elections - and it makes the case...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Repeat offender landlord gets fine for not licensing properties

A landlord has been ordered to pay £3,928.44 after failing to licence two properties he has been letting out in Nottingham.  Jaswinder...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord denied licences despite past conviction being ‘spent’

A London council has confirmed its right to refuse licenses to criminal landlords - even reformed ones. A story in the East...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 is sometimes mis-used, admits landlords’ chief

The chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association has admitted in a newspaper article that some landlords do misuse their...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Fightback Begins: landlords demand radical repossession changes

Private landlords are setting out a manifesto of radical changes for the rental sector, starting with more repossession rights. The demands are...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

More red tape for landlords - courts set up Review Hearings

Courts are now introducing Review Hearings to prioritise eviction cases during lockdown, adding more red tape for anxious landlords. The purpose of...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour, Shelter and Greens team up with demand for eviction ban

Labour politicians, union leaders and Shelter are amongst those writing to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon demanding an eviction ban. The protest...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Government slammed for encouraging 'rent dodgers'

The leading landlords trade body is accusing the government of rewarding rent dodgers with its latest restrictions on eviction. The National Residential...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction change - tenants with ‘severe arrears’ can be evicted

From today possession cases with severe rent arrears will be exempt from the effective ban on evictions applying to the England...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge to ‘ban’ on bailiff-enforced evictions

A legal challenge has been started to the government’s current ‘ban’ on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector. High profile property...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Misery for landlords caught in never-ending eviction moratorium

An industry service supplier has revealed the scale of the backlog in possession cases which cannot be pursued to eviction because of...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Banks set to repossess substantial number of buy to lets - claim

A  leading property law firm says the government’s ‘eviction ban by the back door’ means many buy to let properties are...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Voyeur landlord banned from working in financial services industry

Mark Horsey, a landlord who has been convicted of voyeurism, has now been banned from continuing to work in the financial...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest two month eviction halt not enough for Generation Rent

The government’s announcement at the end of next week that almost no evictions would be possible before January 11 at the...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

'Extreme arrears' is one of few reasons for eviction during lockdown

It’s been confirmed that during the current one month lockdown in England there will be no enforcement of possession orders except...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stop lockdown evictions now! Generation Rent renews its demand

Generation Rent says there should be a reinstatement of the eviction ban immediately, and appears to have been stung into the...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge arrears and 50,000 evictions in 2021, says academic study

An analysis of the private rental sector by the London School of Economics suggests there could be three times the current...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists demand furlough-type hand outs to pay tenants’ arrears

Generation Rent is calling for a furlough-type scheme aimed at helping tenants. The group says that following news of the four week...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Council is first in country to offer Covid-helpline for landlords

A local authority is thought to be the first in the country to be offering a Coronavirus lifeline to hard-pressed landlords. Leicester...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to challenge eviction restrictions in Corona hotspots

A leading property lawyers says he’s willing to act for landlords to take the government to judicial review over its latest...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Complete Rubbish? Landlord’s four figure waste bill

A council has prosecuted a landlord who failed to ensure waste from his property was properly disposed of. Mohammed Hussain from Leeds...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid: Tips for landlords on preparing for pandemic problems

Insurance firm CIA Landlord is offering advice to landlords on how to prepare for five likely problems to appear this winter...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions effectively halted across much of England and Wales

Bailiffs have agreed to a government request not to enforce court orders against tenants in Tier 2 and Tier 3 locations. This...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant dies in HMO fire - private landlord sentenced

A landlord has been prosecuted following the death of a tenant in a house fire at an HMO said to have...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s five figure fine for negligent management

A council has prosecuted a local landlord for failing to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of his tenants. Eastleigh council took...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Prison threat for landlord hit with £300,000 planning penalties

A London landlord who ignored six enforcement notices served by his local council has been ordered to pay over £300,000. Salim Mussa Patel...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

£130,000 bill for landlords letting “criminally improper” flats

Two landlords have been fined over £100,000 after 35 people were found living in what a judge called “criminally improper conditions.” Arun...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Abolishing Section 21 means rent up, stock down, tenant insecurity

The Lettings Industry Council has published a report outlining why Section 21 should not be abolished, despite the government’s commitment to...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New legal guidance on S8 notices - landlords can issue two of them

There’s new legal guidance for landlords faced with long-standing arrears and it says it’s possible to serve a second Section 8...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

No DSS: MPs warned affordability checks likely to increase

The ‘No DSS’ issue has been effectively settled by a landmark court case, but a new document for MPs says ‘affordability...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Angry landlord denies HMO licensing charge

An angry landlord has appeared at a magistrates court to deny a charge relating to local council licensing.  Local media report that...

14 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

Judge Rinder praises Shelter campaigns to help tenants

Robert Rinder, the reality TV celebrity and barrister, has joined the campaigning charity Shelter to oppose what he describes as illegal...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory landlord register demanded by Generation Rent activists

The Generation Rent campaign says a mandatory landlord register is necessary - and would have stopped the actions of a rogue...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Nightmare tenant’s community service after landlord feared for safety

A landlord says he feared for his safety and locked himself in his bedroom following a drunken rampage by a tenant. The...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Banned for life: rogue landlord faces jail if he lets another home

A landlord who unlawfully let cramped and overcrowded bedsits and then harassed tenants who complained has been fined thousands of pounds...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agent stole rent deposits to support failing business

A letting agent in Nottinghamshire stole close to £30,000 from several landlord clients and tenants to help prevent his business from...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New partnership aims to help landlords regain possession of their properties

Landlord Action and the Property Redress Scheme, both part of the Hamilton Fraser group, have teamed up to help buy-to-let landlords...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ‘can start to take action’ following end of the evictions ban

The six-month tenant eviction ban, which finally ended yesterday, has helped renters that are suffering financial difficulty, but it has also...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can help landlords ‘reduce the need for evictions caused by rent arrears’

With courts now prepared to hear rental property repossession cases again following the end of the ban on evictions, there will...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Court rules that landlords must not discriminate against benefit claimants

A second UK court has ruled that ‘No DSS’ is unlawful, after a renter won a legal trial against housing benefit...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Can you still get possession? Top tips for landlords

As has been broadcast widely in the news the government has been going to extraordinary lengths to enforce their message that...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Canopy urges landlords to ‘hand back deposits to renters in dire need’

More needs to be done to help support tenants, especially those facing financial hardship as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic,...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant evictions will not be enforced in areas subject to local lockdowns

Many renters have welcomed the government's latest announcement around protecting tenants from eviction over the winter period, but tenants and landlords...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Why should landlords ‘subsidise those who are struggling to pay their rent’?

The government has been slammed for attempting to shift the responsibility for renters in need onto landlords.  Chris Town a landlord and...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Are there legal issues with the six-month notice period for possession claims?

Buy-to-let landlords must now provide tenants with at least six months’ notice period prior to seeking possession through the courts in...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New six-month notice period is introduced

Buy-to-let landlords must now provide tenants with at least six months’ notice period prior to seeking possession through the courts in...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants require a ‘solution that can provide financial support’

More money needs to be made available to support landlords and renters during the existing Covid-19 pandemic, according to Bankrate UK.  The...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA demand reopening of courts

The government has finally confirmed how repossession cases in the rental market will be handled from 20 September.    Buy-to-let landlords are now...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension could leave landlords facing two years without rent

Buy-to-let landlords could be facing up to two years without rent due to the government’s decision to extend the evictions ban,...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Government U-turn on evictions ban ‘is a misstep’

The government has made a grave mistake extending the evictions ban in England and Wales by four weeks, it has been...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Notice periods extended with a view to ‘supporting renters over winter’

Buy-to-let landlords in England will now have to give tenants six months’ notice to vacate their property except in cases involving...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants must ‘come to an agreement on rent owed’

A number of buy-to-let landlords continue to work closely with tenants to support those in rent arrears as a result of...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property litigation firm expects ‘a surge’ of repossession cases in London

There could be a significant increase in repossession cases in London once the tenant eviction ban ends this weekend, legal experts...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

LRU to hold a day of action demanding eviction ban extension

The London Renters Union (RLU) will hold a day of action next week demanding that the government acts to protect renters,...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Courts must prioritise rent arrears, anti-social behaviour and domestic violence

While the five-month tenant eviction ban has helped renters that are suffering financial difficulty, it has left landlords powerless to take...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Why landlords need to be vigilant for cannabis farms

As a landlord, it’s vital to conduct periodic inspections throughout each tenancy to ensure that the condition of your rental property...

17 August 2020

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Landlords must reveal if tenant they wish to evict has been affected by Covid-19

Buy-to-let landlords planning to evict tenants who have failed to pay rent when the existing evictions ban is scrapped on 23...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New tenancy mediation service proves a success

A new tenancy mediation service for landlords and tenants has successfully resolved 50% of cases where the renter was willing to...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in Scotland have served 350 eviction notices since lockdown

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland have been left with little alternative but to serve 350 eviction notices since the beginning of lockdown,...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to review ‘advertising material and vetting policies’

A specialist property litigation firm is warning buy-to-let landlords not to discriminate against benefit claimants, following a recent landmark ruling that...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Council targets rogue landlords

Buy-to-let landlords in Bury now face the prospect of major fines if they are caught providing tenants with unsafe and substandard...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Why landlords must not use ‘no DSS’ to discriminate against benefit tenants

In recent years, there has been considerable controversy over the use of ‘no DSS’ in homes being listed for let, with...

29 July 2020

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NRLA appoints new legal counsel

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has appointed a new legal counsel.  Housing lawyer and former Residential Landlords Association (RLA) policy director...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money relaunches BTL products

Pepper Money has reintroduced buy-to-let purchase mortgages for individual investors and limited companies. The lender has also announced that it will be...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord loses appeal at High Court over extension

A buy-to-let landlord in Doncaster has lost an appeal at the High Court after he built an extension on a property...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Refusing DSS tenants is ‘not’ discrimination, say most landlords in poll

The practice of refusing to rent homes to those in receipt of housing benefit has been ruled unlawful this week, but...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal victory over 'No DSS' BTL landlords

Buy-to-let landlords must not discriminate against benefit claimants, a court has ruled.  A court case in York has ruled that blanket bans...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New service aims to reduce disputes over rent arrears

The Dispute Service (TDS) has launched a new service to help reduce tenant and landlord disputes over rent arrears.  TDS Resolution is...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £5,200

A buy-to-let landlord has been left with a £5,200 legal bill following a string of drug-dealing and possible exploitation offences linked...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on tenant evictions will not be extended beyond next month

The government has confirmed that it will not extend the ban on landlords evicting renters beyond 23 August. Renters across England and Wales received greater...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Minister’s comments ‘provide greater certainty for the rental market’

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has welcomed confirmation from a government minister that the courts will begin to hear possession...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rent arrears as eviction cases surge

Rent arrears have increased to more than £3m, with almost 2,500 eviction cases waiting to go through the courts, according to...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Court ruling will be ‘a huge relief to private and social landlords’

The Court of Appeal’s decision to back landlords in the gas safety certificate challenge last week was an enormous relief to...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Court of Appeal sides with landlords in landmark case ruling

The Court of Appeal yesterday ruled that Section 21 notices issued by landlords are valid provided a gas safety certificate is...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA welcomes clarity on repossession notices

Yesterday’s Court of Appeal ruling in the case of Trecarrell House Limited v Rouncefield has provided landlords with much-needed clarity on...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Lawyer to host a masterclass on possession claims

A leading property litigation and housing lawyer will host a masterclass on possession claims today at 10am following yesterday's landmark case ruling.  David Smith,...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

What impact will landmark case ruling have on future possession claims?

David Smith, renowned property litigation and housing lawyer, will host a masterclass on possession claims this Friday following a landmark case...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Extension to eviction ban – three things landlords need to know

Earlier this month, the government confirmed that its ban on evictions due to the coronavirus pandemic is to be extended for...

12 June 2020

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A careful reopening of the evictions process ‘needs to take place’

A number of buy-to-let landlords face financial hardship because of the coronavirus crisis, especially if the existing ban of tenant evictions...

01 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

Many BTL landlords face financial ruin if eviction ban is extended

A number of buy-to-let landlords face financial hardship because of the coronavirus crisis, especially if the existing ban of tenant evictions...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Collaboration is the key to keeping properties damp and mould free

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 has been applicable to all tenants in England for just over a month,...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New tenancy mediation service launched by the PRS

Property Redress Scheme (PRS) has launched a tenancy mediation service for residential and commercial landlords, or their appointed letting agent, and...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Three quarters of landlords contacted by tenants warning they will fail to pay rent

Three quarters of landlords warn that tenants will not be in a financial position to pay their rent if the coronavirus...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Appeal against ruling on Right to Rent judicial review

The controversial Right to Rent scheme, which requires landlords in England to check the immigration status of their tenants, often leads...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

MHCLG issues coronavirus guidance for landlords and tenants

COVID-19 has presented a hugely challenging and uncertain time for everyone, with many landlords and tenants in desperate need of fresh...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters from today

The court service has from today suspended all ongoing housing possession action, which means that neither cases currently in the or...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What happens when tenants leave in the middle of an agreement?

In principle, tenancy contracts are binding upon both parties and hence can be enforced in a court of law. In practice,...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus could cost BTL landlords almost £15bn in lost rental income

The devastating impact of the Coronavirus could cost buy-to-let landlords nearly £14.9bn should tenants be unable to pay rent during the...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

TDS updates tenancy deposit protection guidance for landlords with tenants

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has published updated guidance to the tenancy deposit protection (TDP) legislation in England and Wales. The information...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord handed suspended sentence after failing to maintain gas appliances

A buy-to-let landlord has been sentenced after failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental property he owns in Plymouth.  Plymouth Crown...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Drop in the cost of borrowing ‘will be a boost for landlords’

The cost of buy-to-let mortgages has continued to fall, according to the latest research from Property Master.  The biggest month-on-month fall in...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

England striker sues former landlord for £100,000 over offensive word

Former Liverpool FC star and England striker Daniel Sturridge is suing his ex-landlord for £100,000 after finding a Netflix account had...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £190,000 for renting out illegal flats

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay back a whopping £190,000 after he was caught receiving rental from illegal flats. A...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £9,500 for failing to maintain property

A buy-to-let landlord in Liverpool has been ordered to pay almost £9.500 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions for his...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord jailed after failing to pay £12k fine

An unscrupulous landlord who illegally rented out properties in Fife has been sentenced to two years in prison after failing to...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The Tories are chasing the tenant vote, but what about landlords?

Given that the number of people living in private rented accommodation has grown, doubling in the past three decades, renters are...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New bill will make it harder ‘for landlords to reclaim possession of their property’

A new bill that could potentially make it harder for landlords to evict problem tenants swiftly and efficiently due to current...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord handed £90k fine for license breaches

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay just over £90,000 for repeatedly ignoring selective licensing laws in north London.  Stephen Ige...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord claims Romania still owes him £75k in rent for ambassador’s residence

Chasing an ex-tenant for money owed on unpaid rent is challenging at the best of times, and so imagine the difficulty...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council tenant who owns three BTL properties ordered to pay almost £90k

A now-former council tenant in north London has been handed a suspended sentence and ordered to pay close to £90,000 after...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £2k for failing to comply with improvement notices

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 after ignoring several requests to carry out important repairs to...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New housing court needed ‘for the benefit of landlords and tenants alike’

It now takes private landlords across the UK more than five months on average from making a claim to the courts...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £3,000 for failing to comply with two improvement notices

A property firm has been fined £3,000 after neglecting a property in Derbyshire.  A & S Milward Property Limited was found guilty...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing scheme launched in parts of Leeds

A selective licensing scheme covering two areas in the suburbs of Leeds has been introduced by Leeds City Council.  Under the new...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Court delays causing ‘extreme stress’ for landlords

Under-resourced county courts are struggling to cope with the number of possession claims being put forward, ‘causing misery for landlords’ not...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined £27k for unsafe HMO

An unscrupulous landlord has been fined £27,000 over an unlicensed HMO in Luton with multiple fire and safety breaches. ​ Luton Magistrates Court...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes European Court of Justice ruling on Airbnb

The Short Term Accommodation Association (STAA), a UK trade body representing the entire short-term rental sector, from multinational platforms to individual...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Man who sublet hundreds of properties to criminal gangs jailed

A man who rented hundreds of properties that he sub-let to criminal gangs running brothels and cannabis farms has been jailed...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay almost £2k for unlicensed property in Scarborough

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £1,384 after pleading guilty to failing to selectively license a rental property he owns in...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson’s housing plans are a ‘crisis waiting to happen’

The housing plans being put forward by Boris Johnson have been described by the National Landlords Association (NLA) as “ruinous” and...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who crammed 15 tenants into three-bed house ordered to pay £430k

A rogue landlord who squeezed 15 people into a modest home in west London has been ordered to pay more than...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent jailed for ripping off landlords and tenants

An unscrupulous letting agent has been jailed for two years for conning landlords and tenants out of almost a quarter of...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA urges new government to introduce housing court and reform Section 8

The National Landlords’ Association (NLA) has once again called for the introduction of a properly funded housing court to cope with...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord who put tenants' lives at risk ordered to pay £37,000

Slough Borough Council has taken action against an unscrupulous landlord in Slough who to date has refused to pay a fine...

12 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

Rogue landlord ordered to pay more than £150k for safety failings

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay more than £150,000 after failing to fix several safety hazards in his property. Officers from...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Woman denies trying to kill her landlord

A woman in Cutteslowe, north Oxford, has pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder against her landlord.  A jury at...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £35,000 for selective licensing breaches

A buy-to-let landlord who owns two properties in Scarborough has been fined £35,000 for breaches of his Selective Licence following a...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants discovered living in cramped conditions during dawn raid

Brent Council in north London will be taking action against a buy-to-let landlord who is accused of “exploiting tenants” after  17...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Serial offending landlord fined more than £25k for failing to maintain a property

A rogue landlord who repeatedly rented out a substandard property in Yeadon, West Yorkshire, has been fined more than £25,000. Jack Collins,...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Council obtains London’s first landlord banning order

London’s first rogue landlord banning order has been issued after tenants’ lives were put at risk through the letting of unsafe...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA calls for court reform as the time it takes to repossess a rental home rises

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has once again called for the introduction of a properly funded housing court to cope with...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent who conned landlords told to repay just £850

A letting agent has been ordered to pay back just £850 despite pocketing more than £16,000 at the expense of three...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £1,200 for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Lincolnshire been ordered to pay just over £1,200 following a breach of HMO licensing rules.  Nicholas Moyses allowed...

05 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

Legal crowdfunding campaign to help landlords oust tenants who don’t pay rent

Tenants are often able to live rent-free for weeks, if not months, when they are in dispute with their landlord about moving...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £3,000 for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Worcester has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 for operating an unlicensed House of Multiple Occupation (HMO)...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue agents sentenced after receiving fraudulent rental payments

Three rogue operators in London have been sentenced after pleading guilty to money laundering fraudulent rental payments received for properties that...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Premiership footballer ordered to pay more than £25k for unlicensed properties

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham has been fined £24,000 and told to pay £1,100 costs as well as a victim surcharge...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined almost £3,000 for unsafe HMO

A buy-to-landlord in Worcester has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 for failing to install adequate safety measures.  Mohammed Rafiq, who was...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 ‘will just make life more difficult for tenants’

The government’s proposal to scrap the use of Section 21 notices to evict tenants has been poorly received by landlords, with...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Former X Factor judge ordered to pay more than £70k for ‘trashed’ rented flat

Pop star Tulisa Contostavlos has been ordered to pay £70,000 in compensation to her former landlord after she trashed a rented...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined for letting uninhabitable property

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay almost £4,000 after tenants were discovered living in an appalling and unsafe property.  Officers...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Death-trap landlord fined for demanding rent from a tenant despite council ban

A buy-to-let investor, who previously spent time in prison for perjury after he lied during an inquiry into the deaths of...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA calls for new housing court to speed up justice for landlords and tenants

A new, properly funded housing court is urgently required to cope with proposed regulatory changes, according to the Residential Landlords Association...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £2k for providing substandard property

A buy-to-let landlord in Sutton has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions for...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO landlord hit with £40k fine

City of Lincoln Council has taken action against a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlord in Lincoln for failing to comply...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 would lead to an acute shortage of rental homes

Abolishing the use of Section 21 notices to evict tenants would lead to a dearth of private rental properties across the...

30 September 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

BTL landlord ordered to pay almost £8k for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham been fined £6,000 and instructed to pay  £1,583.18 costs, along with a £170 victim surcharge following...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords evict fewer tenants

The number of tenants evicted by private landlords has continued to fall, according to data from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). From...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fails in attempt to rent out bedrooms below national minimum size

An HMO landlord’s attempt to rent out bedrooms smaller than the national minimum size has been thwarted after his legal case...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal & General's success in Manchester shows BTR model ‘will continue to thrive’

Build to Rent (BTR) continues to go from strength to strength with record levels of investment in the sector, which explains...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord denies  sending several naked videos to his tenant

A private landlord in the Scottish Borders has been accused of sending a number of videos of him performing an explicit...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to ‘fight’ to protect their rights to legitimately repossess properties

Buy-to-let landlords are being encouraged to back a legal case aimed at protecting their rights to repossess properties by making a...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The Guild explains what impact proposed Section 21 changes will have

The government’s existing consultation on the abolition of Section 21 does not close until Saturday 12th October, but its proposal to remove...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £3,500 for failing to repair BTL property

A buy-to-let landlord has been found guilty of failing to comply with a notice from Bradford Council ordering him to improve...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA dismisses government’s claim that Section 21 is driving up homelessness

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has rejected the government’s claim that landlords’ use of Section 21 eviction notices is the leading...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £7k for providing substandard property

A buy-to-let landlord in South Ockendon has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence at an all-time low

Landlords’ confidence in the buy-to-let sector has collapsed, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). Confidence in landlords’ business expectations has tumbled...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent damp in your rental properties

Damp problems can be a serious concern in any home. Not only are they unwelcoming, but they are also unhealthy, and...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to bring forward its plans for court reform

It now takes private landlords an average of 22.5 weeks from making a claim to the courts for a property to...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £3,700 for unlicensed HMO

A landlord has been penalised for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupancy  (HMO) in south London. Fouad Ahmad, from Streatham, pleaded...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Sensible rules will ensure ‘responsible growth’ of short-term letting sector

It is not always possible for an individual or company to improve its image beyond that of its industry, and that is...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fresh government guidance ‘could leave landlords open to prosecution’

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) not to follow new guidance from the government on its...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who lived in a council house ordered to pay £48k or face prison

A buy-to-let landlord who claimed that he needed a council home has been ordered to pay back more than £48,000 or...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Evictions specialist wants landlords to have a say on Section 21

There is no such thing as 'no-fault' eviction under Section 21, according to evictions specialist Paul Shamplina. The founder of Landlord Action insists...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Nine out of ten landlords would support a new dedicated housing court

The vast majority of private landlords are dissatisfied with the existing courts process to repossess properties and would support an alternative...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord slapped with £25k fine for overcrowded property

An unscrupulous landlord who housed at least 25 tenants in a rundown property in north-west London has been ordered to pay...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

PM Johnson urged to ‘reinvigorate buy-to-let’ by introducing tax changes

Boris Johnson is being to urged to do more to support investment in the private rented sector, as research shows that...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ripped off by rogue agent

A managing agent who defrauded buy-to-let landlords out of £16,500 over an 18-month period will face a Proceeds of Crime Act...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Council tenant fined £100,000 for sub-letting his studio flat on Airbnb

An Airbnb host who rented out his council flat in central London has been fined £100,000 and evicted by Westminster City...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £5k for overcrowded property in Nottingham

A private landlord in Nottingham has appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to breaching a prohibition order requiring...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged not to underestimate impact of removing Section 21

The government’s plan to scrap Section 21 without improving the court system and alternative process for regaining possession of a property,...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords cast doubt on government's plan to scrap Section 21

Buy-to-let landlords are concerned about the proposed scrapping of Section 21 in the absence of a new system that allows them...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord prosecuted for a second time

An unscrupulous landlord in Chesterfield has been ordered to pay a total of £5,684.91 after being prosecuted by a second time...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Dishonest tenant jailed after being exposed by landlord

An unscrupulous tenant who forged a statement to back up a county court claim against her landlord has been jailed for...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords look set to influence the future of the Right to Rent scheme

Private landlords will have a major say in a court case considering the future of the government’s Right to Rent scheme. The...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in fraudulent letting applications

The level of fraudulent rental applications being received by letting agents is on the up, new research shows. The study by Benham...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Glasgow’s first major city centre Build to Rent development successfully delivered

Construction has been completed on the first major city centre Build to Rent development in Glasgow. With young professionals flocking to the...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Four out of 10 landlords call for a fast track housing tribunal

Almost four out of ten adults would like to see the government introduce a fast track housing tribunal if the Section...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £39k for putting tenants’ lives at risk

A private landlord who put the lives of his tenants at risk has been ordered to pay a £20,000 fine and...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Couple falsely claim £50,000 from DWP by pretending to be landlord and tenant

A couple from Barry in Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, have been handed suspended prison sentences for benefit fraud after being convicted...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £66k for ‘gross mistreatment’ of tenants

A rogue landlord in north London has been ordered to pay more than £66,000 after being found guilty of making tenants'...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £10,000 for renting out poor quality housing

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay a fine of £10,000 after being convicted for renting out two unlicensed properties...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Cowardly man who stabbed his landlord sentenced to over six years in prison

A man has been jailed for a six years and three months for stabbing his landlord in an unprovoked attack. Ainars Jozans,...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £3k for trying to avoid paying council tax

A buy-to-let landlord in Telford has been fined £1,000, ordered to pay £2,183 costs and a £100 victim surcharge after pleading...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory leadership candidates urged to scrap controversial Right to Rent scheme

The two candidates for Conservative leader are being urged to make a public commitment to abolishing the controversial Right to Rent...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined almost £60,000 for putting vulnerable bedsit tenants at risk

A rogue landlord has been fined £55,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £2,989.67 as well as a victim surcharge...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord jailed for illegally converted flats and failing to repay £130k

A rogue landlord who made almost £130,000 in illegal rent after converting his three-bedroom house in east London into two flats...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined £7k for allowing garden to become ‘extensively’ overgrown

A landlord has been ordered to pay £7,000 for neglecting the garden at one of his properties and allowing to become...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you entitled to a stamp duty rebate following landmark court case?

Primas Law is urging landlords and property developers to seek legal advice about potential stamp duty rebates on ‘uninhabitable’ second properties...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter urged to go back to drawing board on tenancy proposal

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has urged Shelter to go back to the drawing board after calling for England to adopt...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £5k for safety breaches

A buy-to-let landlord in South Yorkshire has been fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,121 as well as a...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined more than £1,600 for assaulting a council officer

A private landlord in Doncaster has been found guilty of pushing a council officer down stairs during an inspection of his...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants can now ‘quickly’ share data and it’s a ‘complete game-changer’

We all know that high quality detailed tenant references are crucial to ensure that people placed in rental properties have been...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord to be sentenced for secretly recording tenant in the bathroom

A buy-to-let landlord will be sentenced today in Plymouth Crown Court after he admitted to using a secret camera to spy...

07 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

Axing Section 21 will leave landlords ‘powerless’ to evict anti-social tenants

The government’s controversial plans to scrap Section 21 of the Housing and Planning Act, the so-called ‘no fault eviction’, will leave...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord groups form coalition to oppose scrapping of Section 21

Landlords and letting agents have joined forces to campaign against government plans to scrap Section 21, the so-called ‘no fault eviction’. ‘Fair...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost half of landlords expected to exit the PRS

Removing Section 21 could prove devastating for the private rented sector, with almost half of landlords and letting agents more likely...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to behave himself after being abusive towards tenant

A BTL landlord who lost his cool during a heated exchange with a tenant over unpaid rent has been ordered to...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £1,600 for leaving tenants in ‘cold and scruffy’ flat

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham has been ordered to pay just over £1,600 for allowing five tenants to live in what...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords ordered to pay more than £6k for HMO failings

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay more than £6,000 in relation to 12 charges under the Housing Act after...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Man denies posing as a landlord in a deposit scam

A man in Dundee has denied that he fraudulently pretended to be a landlord who asked for an up-front deposit from...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage specialist sees record first quarter

Charter Court has reported a record first quarter with new loan originations of £710m, up from £668m during the corresponding period...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA welcomes MP’s pledge to fix court system before Section 21 is scrapped

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has welcomed the housing minister’s pledge to make changes to the courts to speed up the...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £25k for unlicensed HMO

An unscrupulous landlord has been told to pay close to £25,000 after being prosecuted for renting out rooms in an unlicensed...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and the Right to Rent for EU nationals

Few people familiar with the UK property market would dispute the fact that the Right to Rent scheme has been deeply...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £1.1m after converting flats into ‘cramped bedsits’

A buy-to-let landlord who converted a flat in London Bridge into ‘cramped bedsits’ without planning consent has been ordered to pay...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money revamps rates and cuts cost of valuation fees

Pepper Money has revised rates across its buy-to-let and residential products and reduced the cost of valuation fees. The specialist lender has...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to simplify the benefits system to prevent discrimination

Nationwide were among a small group of mortgage lenders asked to give evidence at a select committee yesterday on restrictions around...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £50,000 for HMO offences

Lettings of London Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £50,000 after pleading guilty to 18 offences largely relating to...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New survey provides landlords with a chance to shape the future of the PRS

Following the government’s recent announcement that it is to consult on ending Section 21 repossessions, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government accused of having ‘a Dickensian view of private landlords’

The government’s announcement earlier this week that there will be radical reforms of the PRS will not just create open-ended tenancies...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 ban without making Section 8 fully ‘fit for purpose’ would be an error

Abolishing Section 21 without making Section 8 fully “fit for purpose” will have dire consequences on our housing supply. This week, the...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government warned against banning Section 21

The housing minister James Brokenshire’s announcement yesterday that there will be a consultation period on the ability of landlords to remove...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government set to abolish Section 21

The government is today proposing to consult on scrapping Section 21, so-called  ‘no fault’, repossessions in the private rented sector in favour...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Sunil Sharma, Director at Regal Estates

Who are you? Sunil Sharma, Director at Regal Estates. Who are Regal Estates? We are an established independent lettings and management company based in...

11 April 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

HMO landlord fined after council investigation

A private landlord has been ordered to pay £800 in fines and costs after investigators discovered several deficiencies in a property...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are simply not prepared for Brexit, says RLA

EU citizens may face problems getting rented accommodation in the UK after Brexit due to a lack of guidance for landlords...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £29,000 for harassing two tenants out of their homes

A private landlord in Telford has been ordered to pay £29,000 in costs and fines for harassing two tenants out of...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentence after hiding tenants in windowless rooms

A buy-to-let landlord who allowed tenants to occupy rooms without windows after failing to get planning consent for a block of...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £9k for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in London has been ordered to pay more than £9,000 for failing to license a HMO. Across Tower Hamlets,...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent branded ‘a farce’ by RLA

The controversial Right to Rent scheme, which requires landlords in England to check the immigration status of their tenants, has been...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords must ensure properties ‘comply with the required standards’ or face court

Landlords are being urged to prepare for the new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, which came into effect earlier...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants can sue landlords for damp homes under new laws

Tenants now have the right to sue their landlords for cold or damp homes under new laws that have come into...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘The landlord rules, not the tenant’, Fergus Wilson tells Panorama

Fergus Wilson was courting controversy long before he appeared on last night’s episode of Panorama. The buy-to-let landlord, widely considered to be...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA campaign to protect the rights of landlords to repossess their properties

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has launched a fresh campaign fighting for landlords’ repossession rights. The landlord organisation has decided to take...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What issues can cause a property to be classed unfit under new law?

The new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 will be introduced from tomorrow giving tenants the tenants the right to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £5k for ‘cutting corners in terms of fire safety’

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay a fine of £2,646, costs of £2,000 and a victim surcharge of £170...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords association loses High Court battle to prevent new landlord rules

New enforcement rules covering living conditions in private rented housing in Hull look set to be introduced after Humber Landlords Association...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who ‘pinched, punched and kicked’ his female tenant is prosecuted

A buy-to-let landlord who used violence and intimidation to illegally evict his tenant has been handed a suspended jail sentence and...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO landlords ordered to pay more than £30k for breaching licence conditions

Two landlords have been ordered to pay more than £30,000 for breaching fire safety and over-occupancy licence conditions at their House...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Office to review Right to Rent checks following High Court ruling

The Home Office has announced that it plans to reassess its Right to Rent scheme that requires landlords in England to...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to abolish controversial Right to Rent policy

The government faces growing pressure to scrap Right to Rent, which forces landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants, after the...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New ‘Let it, don’t forget it’ fire safety campaign launched

A new fire safety campaign urging private sector landlords and letting agents to always abide by the law and install smoke...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord secures £100,000 payout following ‘slander’ claim row

A buy-to-let landlord who threatened to take Doncaster Council to court over alleged slander has secured a £100,000 payout from the...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined almost £3k for overcrowded flat

A buy-to-let landlord who crammed at least seven people into a two-bedroom flat has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 by...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentence for illegally evicting tenant

A buy-to-let landlord in Leeds who left his tenant homeless after changing the locks while he was on holiday has been...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord jailed for forging HMO documents

An unscrupulous landlord who converted three family homes into houses in multiple occupation (HMO) without planning consent has been jailed for...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Paul Shamplina, Founder and Director of Landlord Action and Brand Ambassador of Hamilton Fraser

Who are you?  Paul Shamplina What does it say on your business card? Founder and Director of Landlord Action and Brand Ambassador of...

15 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

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

Landlord ordered to pay £5,400 for poor management of unlicensed properties

A buy-to-let landlord in Doncaster has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 in fines and costs following a successful prosecution...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for allowing tenants to live in property deemed ‘unfit for purpose’

A rogue landlord who allowed a family to live in a house described as “unfit for human habitation” has been fined...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

How will the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 affect you?

Following the passing of Karen Buck’s Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 into law, it is important that landlords are aware...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £10k for badly maintained property

Toilet flushing discharged into the rear yard of a property, broken fire alarms and faulty electrics were among the defects found...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord handed £66k fine for operating unlicensed HMOs in Luton

Luton Council has successfully prosecuted an unscrupulous landlord for letting three unlicensed houses in which several people lived in squalor. Zenith Accommodation...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 8 delays force many landlords to serve Section 21 notices instead

Section 8 delays are leaving more than half of landlords with no alternative but serve Section 21 notices, according to new...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £7,500 for safety hazards

A landlord who failed to install a proper heating system and left safety hazards across a house in Peterborough has been...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £6,500 for poor standards

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined close to £6,500 after failing to make improvements to a house in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, including...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents jailed for conning landlords and tenants

Three rogue directors of a letting agency in London who conned at least landlords and tenants out of more than £105,000 were...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The Civil Justice Council doesn’t support plans for a housing court

The Civil Justice Council has said it cannot support government plans for a specialist housing court, deeming it unnecessary.  Responding to the...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £4,500 for breaching a prohibition order

A landlord in Stevenage who allowed his tenant to live in an excessively cold attic with a serious fire safety hazard...

23 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

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £12,500

An unscrupulous landlord has been punished for providing his tenant with poor living conditions by being ordered to pay more than...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants from hell leave property in ‘horrendous’ state

A private landlord in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire was left horrified after nightmare tenants left his property in a...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The government is ‘not that bothered’ about helping BTL landlords, claims NLA

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has expressed its disappointment at the government’s decision not to address a major ruling that is...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Corrupt lawyer jailed for helping fraudster build a £10.8m BTL property empire

Dodgy solicitor Ross McKay, who helped a fraudster create a £10.8m property empire with the help of Tameside’s criminal underworld, has...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord family ordered to pay £250k under Proceeds of Crime Act

A family of slum landlords who crammed 31 people into a suburban four-bedroom house has been ordered to pay back almost...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let investors ripped off by unscrupulous developers

Six directors have been banned for a total of 54 years after misleading more than 300 investors who collectively invested at...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord and building contractor fined over asbestos neglect

A landlord and building contractor have been prosecuted after workers were exposed to large quantities of asbestos fibres at a rented...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £6k after failing to licence property in Bristol

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined more than £6,000 after failing to obtain a license for a shared house in Bristol. John Elwes...

27 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

Tenancy deposit theft total exceeds £1.3m so far this year

The recent conviction of former letting agent Heather Crabb for illegally pocketing £260,000 from renters in Plymouth has contributed significantly to...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords give preference to white people with British passports, court told

A number of buy-to-let landlords are discriminating against prospective tenants based on their nationality and ethnicity due to the impact that...

19 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

High Court review of Right to Rent policy begins today

A Judicial Review of the government’s controversial Right to Rent policy, which forces landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants, will...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for renting out poorly converted garage

A buy-to-let landlord in Luton has been ordered to pay £8,510 by Luton Magistrates Court for continuing to rent out a...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords who disregarded planning rules ordered to pay £322k or face prison

Rogue landlords who converted terrace houses into shoebox flats without planning permission have been ordered to re-pay illegal income or face...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord fined £25k for leaving disabled tenant without hot water

One of the UK’s biggest and arguably most contentious buy-to-let landlords has been ordered to pay £25,000 after ignoring a notice...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants left £105,000 out of pocket by rogue letting agents

At least 19 landlords and tenants have been left £105,000 out of pocket by unscrupulous letting agents who ran London-based letting...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord who threw young family out awarded £1,250 by TV’s Judge Rinder

A landlord in Edinburgh who evicted a young family and dumped their belongings in the garden after they fell into rent...

10 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

You could qualify for an inheritance tax exemption on your holiday lettings?

If you have inherited a holiday home or B&B you could save thousands of pounds in inheritance tax, according to Kirwans...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords must wait five months to gain possession of property through courts

It now takes more than five months on average for private landlords to regain possession of a property when applying to...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlawful ‘beds-in-sheds’ landlord ordered to pay £450k

A woman who repeatedly ignored council orders to stop renting ‘beds in sheds’ has been ordered to pay back almost £450,000...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Prosecution of high-profile landlord ‘shows we have teeth’, says councillor

Folkestone Magistrates Court’s decision last week to find high profile landlord, Judith Wilson, guilty of failing to comply with an enforcement...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Council spends £95k taking landlord to Supreme Court and loses

Nottingham City Council has been slammed for wasting taxpayers’ money after spending £95,000 taking a landlord to the Supreme Court and...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

UK’s ‘worst landlord’ owes more than £100k in unpaid fines

A buy-to-let investor, once dubbed “country’s worst landlord”, still owes more than £100,000 in unpaid fines in relation to over 60...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Scarborough Council votes in powers to fine rogue landlords up to £30,000

Rogue landlords with properties in Scarborough now face fines of up to £30,000 as the local council looks to clampdown on...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New government housing court plan is ‘good news for landlords and tenants’

The launch yesterday of a consultation by the government on establishing a new housing court has been welcomed by the Residential...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord faces huge fine for leaving disabled tenant without hot water

Britain’s biggest and arguably most contentious buy-to-let landlord could be slapped with an ‘unlimited’ fine after leaving a wheelchair-bound tenant without...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Section 8 process is ‘no longer fit for purpose’, NLA says

A review of the section 8 possession process is urgently required, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). As many of you...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s son ordered to pay £1,650 after changing locks over rent arrears

A landlord’s son has been ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to a tenant after changing the locks with her belongings still...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant causes almost £6k worth of damage after refusing to pay rent

A tenant who caused almost £6,000 worth of damage to his rented home after refusing to vacate the flat, despite being...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord who ignored Improvement Notices is ordered to pay almost £3,000

Reading Borough Council has won a case against a buy-to-let landlord who allowed his tenants to live in unsafe conditions, despite...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord hit with £21k fine for safety failings

A private landlord from St Helens has been ordered to pay £21,000 after a prosecution by the local council found a...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

£20m ‘Ponzi’ property scheme shut down

The High Court has shut down a Ponzi scheme operated by a property investment firm after ruling that it was misusing...

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

Landlord fined for allowing tenants to live among cockroaches, rats and raw sewage

A rogue landlord whose tenants were living in degrading conditions has been ordered to pay £9,000. Housing enforcement officers from Harrow Council...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to pay private landlords £5,000 reward to house tenants

A new landlord reward scheme designed to increase the stock of private rented accommodation in the marketplace in Rochford, Essex, has...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined for breaching his licence

A landlord in County Durham has been ordered to pay just over £450 for breaching his licence. Matthew Snowdon, of Cows Hill...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News