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KEYWORD "Crisis" - 254 RESULTS
Households could save £8,638 by end of 2020 if they maintain spending habits

The Covid-19 pandemic has left many people, including private renters, facing financial difficulty, leading to some concerns that there will be...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rise in mortgage products ‘is a vote of confidence in the buy-to-let sector’

There has been a steady increase in the numbers of buy-to-let mortgage products since the start of May in a sign...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to boost the safety net available to young renters

Industry leaders are calling on the government to provide urgent support for young people living in private rented housing.  As the chancellor...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are ‘doing all they can to keep people in their homes’

Speculation that there will be a sharp increase in evictions once the existing evictions ban is lifted next month has been...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of tenants face losing home when eviction ban ends - claim

Thousands of tenants who have struggled to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic face the prospect of losing their home when...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

The NRLA slams Generation Rent for scaremongering tenants

Generation Rent has been criticised for claiming that homelessness could treble this year unless the government acts to help private renters. The...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Slump in mortgage approvals will inevitably see people ‘renting for longer’

Mortgage approvals plummeted to an all-time low in May, leaving many would-be buyers with no alternative but to rent for longer.  The...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Taxpayers urged not to defer self assessment payment on account

Buy-to-let landlords suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can defer their July tax payment on account, but taxpayers...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain’s fire safety regime is ‘a national disgrace and politicians are responsible’

Three years after the Grenfell fire, 257 tower blocks in Britain, housing about 56,000 people, are still to be made safe,...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to widen coronavirus government support scheme

A House of Commons Treasury Committee is calling on ministers to plug gaps in government schemes designed to support people during...

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

From: Sponsored Content

UK economy plummeted 20.4% in April

The UK economy shrank by a record 20.4% in April as the coronavirus caused huge swaths of businesses to seize trading and the government...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants turn to Google to provide key information and advice

Private renters naturally have rights and responsibilities,  but it would appear that uncertainty presented by the outbreak of Covid-19 has left...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage products increase as signs suggest the market is ‘starting to recover’

Consumer choice of buy-to-let (BTL) mortgage products has increased significantly in recent weeks, the latest figures show.  The data, taken from the...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are looking to support tenants wishing to ‘stay in their homes’

Speculation that there will be a spike in evictions once the existing evictions ban is lifted are wide of the mark,...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour MP calls for extension to evictions ban

A Labour MP has called for the ban on evictions to be extended until later in the year, as renters fear...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The Mortgage Lender slashes fees on large buy-to-let loans

All buy-to-let loans above £500,000 are now offered by The Mortgage Lender with a reduced completion fee of 0.5%, and from...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Government must protect people ‘who have fallen into arrears’

With the Coronavirus crisis widely expected to lead to a rise in rent arrears as many tenants face financial hardship, Citizens...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists encourage more than 2,500 households to withhold rent

More than 2,500 households have agreed not to pay rent thanks to a campaign, launched by the London Renters Union (LRU), which...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

One in eight tenants struggling with payments

A survey of tenants suggests around one in eight private sector tenants have fallen behind with housing costs since the coronavirus...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

London rents drop by up to 15% amid the coronavirus crisis

Private landlords in London have been forced to drop rents by up to 15% following a significant increase in the number...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists urge renters to tell landlords that ‘they can't, and won't, pay rent’

Activists are calling on tenants to withhold their payments to landlords, in an attempt to generalise a growing rent strike movement. The...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Digital tools can help ensure effective interactions with your tenants

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the property sector in unprecedented ways. The impact has been immediate and widespread – hitting everyone...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb lays off 25% of workforce as virus lockdowns weigh

Airbnb has confirmed that it is laying off 25% of its workforce as the short-term lets platform joins a slew of firms...

28 May 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

Tenants turn to Google to provide relevant information and advice

Private renters naturally have rights and responsibilities,  but it would appear that uncertainty presented by the outbreak of Covid-19 has left...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Economic impact of Covid-19 could ‘trigger big price reductions’

Many landlords and letting agents are increasingly concerned about the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their tenants and property...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Short-term accommodation sector urgently needs greater support - STAA

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devasting impact on the short-term let industry, with nearly all those short-letting their property seeing the...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Students march to demand greater help for tenants impacted by Covid-19 crisis

Students at the University of Bristol have taken part in a socially distant march demanding greater help for tenants adversely affected by...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

TDS to host a series of Covid-19 webinars

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has launched a series of Covid-19 webinars to provide answers to tenancy deposit questions during the existing...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Jason Berry, Group Sales Director of Crystal Specialist Finance

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Jason Berry – Group Sales Director What is ‘company name’ and...

14 May 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

New digital property management platform goes live

A new digital property management platform from Apropos by DJ Alexander, which covers almost half of the UK, including Edinburgh, Manchester,...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Unions demand that all rent payments are suspended immediately

Some of the UK’s largest tenants unions have joined forces to heap pressure on the government to suspend all rent immediately,...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: The pockets of the rental market registering the strongest yields

The current average UK rental yield has dropped slightly from 3.6% to 3.5%, according to the latest data from Howsy.  Despite the existing...

12 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

Labour unveils five-point plan to protect renters

Labour is calling on the government to unveil new measures to protect renters beyond June after the Bank of England warned...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual property auctions ‘are functioning well’ during lockdown - Auction House

Property auctions continue to prove popular and attract a number of investors, including buy-to-let landlords, despite the coronavirus crisis, according to...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices drop 0.6% as sales plummet during pandemic

The average UK house price dropped by 0.6% in April compared with the previous month as market activity ground to a...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19 crisis: New support for landlords whose tenants are struggling to pay rent

Landlords north of the border whose tenants are having difficulty paying rent during the coronavirus crisis can now apply for a...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants asked to sign a ‘moral contract’ committing to repay rental arrears

A letting agency is asking tenants to sign a ‘moral contract’ to express their unconditional commitment to repay their rental arrears...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council slammed for ignoring Covid-19 guidelines

Coventry Council has been accused of acting irresponsibly by introducing a licensing scheme for private rented housing earlier this week.  The council...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 2,500 homes available for NHS workers free of charge

There are now more than 2,500 homes available for NHS workers free of charge under the NHS Homes scheme launched by...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Remembering all the victims who have died

A leading estate agent is launching a campaign to get the UK to observe a minute’s silence for all coronavirus victims...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

The UK’s tax regime should be simplified to encourage inward investment

In an effort to get the UK economy open again, the UK’s tax regime should be simplified to encourage inward investment,...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

David Cox of ARLA Propertymark to co-host Goodlord’s webinar tomorrow

ARLA Propertymark chief executive, David Cox, will co-host Goodlord’s second webinar tomorrow, as part of its series of sessions designed to...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Ian Wiggett, Managing Director of Henry Adams

Who are you? Ian Wiggett What does it say on your business card? Managing Director of Henry Adams Lettings and Henry Adams...

27 April 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Love to Rent and UKAA to host Build-to-Rent webinar next week

Love to Rent is teaming up with the UK Apartment Association (UKAA) to host a webinar focusing on Covid-19 and the...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Goodlord to host a series of webinars to support landlords from today

Goodlord will host a series of webinars designed to support landlords and letting agents navigate the existing coronavirus crisis, starting with a...

23 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

Is there room for growth in rent prices once the lockdown is lifted?

With renters, landlords, buyers, and sellers being advised to delay their home moves if possible and not to allow new viewings,...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Around £4.5bn tied up in rental deposits

It is estimated that £4.5bn of cash is currently tied up in rental deposits, providing landlords with a degree of security...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to think ‘long and hard’ before requesting a mortgage holiday

One in nine mortgage holders in the UK has taken a so-called ‘payment holiday’ as their finances have been adversely affected...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market crash could be driven by the rental sector

Wage cuts and a surge in unemployment threaten to destabilize the housing market on an unprecedented scale, as the number of...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Majority of landlords and tenants ‘are concerned about rent payments’

Almost half of renters are currently worried about the impact Covid-19 could have on their living situation, while many landlords are...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants urged to work together during the Covid-19 crisis

The government has introduced a package of measures to protect renters affected by coronavirus. With these in force, no renter in...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords accuse ‘irresponsible’  council of ignoring Covid-19 guidelines

Coventry Council is acting irresponsibly by pressing ahead with plans to introduce a licensing scheme for private rented housing, according to...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to suspend rents during the Covid-19 pandemic

Renters’ unions are calling on the government to suspend rents for the duration of the coronavirus crisis after new research found...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Many tenants are struggling to pay rent, claims new poll

A number of tenants are now struggling to pay rent due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, according to new research.  Around...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More than 1,300 BTL mortgage products withdrawn due to coronavirus

There has been a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let mortgage products available due to the coronavirus crisis. Moneyfacts UK Mortgage...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage payment calculator launched by MoneySuperMarket

MoneySuperMarket has joined forces with its joint venture partner Podium to launch a mortgage payment holiday calculator to help people, including...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More than 2,500 homes now available for NHS workers free of charge

There has been a significant increase in the number of companies pledging their support for NHS Homes, a scheme launched by...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property market to bounce back once restrictions are lifted

The UK housing market will bounce back once the current coronavirus crisis has passed.  This is according to Guy Gittins, who is...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

The Treasury stands to lose almost £5bn in stamp duty amid the coronavirus crisis

The Treasury looks set to suffer a near £5bn tax hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Covid-19 outbreak has led to...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

UK housing market could bounce back in Q4 2020

Housing market activity is on track for a drastic fall this summer, as significantly fewer homes change hands due to the...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage products drop by a third

Almost a third of all mortgage deals, including buy-to-let products, have been pulled from the market in response to the coronavirus...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Why good communication is essential in these difficult times

As we keep being regularly told at the moment, we are living through unprecedented times, with the greatest restrictions on our civil...

06 April 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Housing market activity falls off the coronavirus cliff

There has unsurprisingly been a sharp slowdown across the UK property market over the past few weeks as a consequence of...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Landlords and tenants urged to have an ‘honest’ conversation

Renters facing financial hardship because of the coronavirus crisis are being encouraged to communicate with their landlords after emergency rental measures were...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property owners rush to remortgage amid coronavirus uncertainty

Remortgaging activity has surged in recent weeks as homeowners, including buy-to-let landlords, rush to lock into low-rate loans amid uncertainty over...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

All property moves should be delayed during coronavirus crisis

The Scottish government has released new guidance advising that all property moves north of the border should be delayed due to...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to halt buy-to-let changes

The Government should consider postponing upcoming tax changes because of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Apropos by DJ Alexander.  The property management...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mansfield BS caps BTL lending at 65% LTV

Mansfield Building Society has limited lending to 65% loan-to-value across its buy-to-let mortgage range in response to the coronavirus outbreak.  The Society has...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour calls for rent payments to be scrapped for three months

Labour is urging the government to permit private tenants who are struggling to pay their rent due to the coronavirus epidemic to...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus concerns: BTL borrowing options have been ‘drastically reduced’

Hundreds of buy-to-let mortgage products have been withdrawn from the market due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Property Master. The online buy-to-let...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

How to successfully navigate the property market in uncertain times

These are difficult times in the property market, with a constantly changing situation creating a great deal of uncertainty. The world...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Necessary COVID-19 information for landlords and agents

New guidance from ARLA Propertymark’s legal helpline aims to provide landlords and letting agents with greater clarity based on frequent queries they...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

UnderTheDoormat offers free accommodation for NHS workers

UnderTheDoormat, which provides short-let properties in London, is opening up its homes to doctors and nurses for free as they care...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

LRU release template letter for struggling renters to send to their landlords

The London Renters Union (LRU) has released a template letter for renters to send to their landlords if they are struggling...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be ‘as flexible as possible with tenants facing difficulties’

The government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak when it comes to protecting private landlords and tenants has been “right and fair”,...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Organisations welcome government action to support landlords and tenants

A number of property firms and landlord organisations have welcomed government action to support landlords and tenants affected by coronavirus. Private tenants...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Let tenants who contract coronavirus ‘live rent-free for up to three months’

Private renters who contract coronavirus should be able to live rent-free for up to three months, according to a leading tax...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Landlords urged to ‘not evict tenants’ who can’t pay their rent

Landlords are being urged not to evict tenants facing financial hardship as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.  Responding to a petition...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The government has failed to support those that may struggle financially

The government is being urged to do more to support renters who may struggle to pay their rent during the coronavirus...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What impact could coronavirus have on the housing market?

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

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tax clampdown has hit tenants ‘hardest’

The Government is failing to recognise clear warning signs that a rental crisis is on the horizon, the Residential Landlords Association...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Residential property prices in all English cities surpass 2007 peak

Residential property prices across all English Cities have risen above pre-crisis peaks for the first time since 2007, the latest Zoopla...

26 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

Supporting the UK’s construction industry in 2020

It is common knowledge the UK is facing an undersupply of housing. Unfortunately, this is not a sudden phenomenon – the...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain heading towards a rental crisis as BTL landlords switch to short-term lets

There has been a significant increase in the number of buy-to-let landlords who are considering converting their property to a short-term...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Growth in the number of short-term lets is bad news for the PRS

The tax and regulatory changes introduced in recent years have led to an increase in the number of landlords exiting the...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How confident are property investors in the Conservative government?

After two elections and three years of intense debate and hostility, the general election in December seemed to offer the political...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What key events do property investors need to be aware of in 2020?

Towards the end of last year, I wrote an article for Landlord Today outlining the difficulties many landlords in the UK...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

One in three landlords plan to sell in the next year

The UK could be heading for a rental crisis, with experts dreading the prospect of a chronic property shortage in the...

20 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

Radical reform needed to ensure ‘reluctant renters’ are not ‘ignored’

With house prices set to rise in 2020, on the back of greater political certainty and chronic housing shortage, the government...

17 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

Warning of rocketing rents amid a stark housing shortage

With more landlords selling properties than buying them, at a time when there is growing demand from tenants for rental properties, the private rental...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: Key housing policies, at a glance

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

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour vows to ‘put bad landlords out of business’ and introduce rent controls

Labour has pledged to clampdown on rogue landlords and restrict rent hikes in England if it wins next month’s general election.  A...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Lib Dem manifesto presents a  mixed bag for BTL landlords

The Liberal Democrats have launched their 2019 election manifesto, which sets out the polices the party aims to introduce should it...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent controls are not to the answer to London’s housing crisis

The mayor of London is being urged to forget about rent controls and instead focus on increasing the supply of rental...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental supply crisis looms as landlords continue to exit the PRS

There has been a further increase in the number of landlords exiting the buy-to-let market, according to new research by the...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

As UK edges towards recession, property expert urges  BTL landlords ‘to ride it out’

With Britain edging closer to its first recession since the financial crisis, a leading property auctioneer is urging property investors, including...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Lack of focus on housing will see many people ‘resigned to the rental sector’

Monday’s Queen's Speech opened a new session of parliament, setting out policies on crime, health, the environment, and Brexit.  But while the Queen’s Speech...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage activity dips

There was a further increase in mortgage lending for first-time-buyers and home movers in August compared with the previous month and...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Section 21 consultation ends tomorrow

With the government consultation on tenancy reform ending tomorrow, time is running out for landlords wishing to have their say by...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to invest in housing benefit so it 'reflects real costs of renting'

Three-quarters of people across the UK believe housing benefit should increase in line with rents to help combat homelessness, new research...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Moving home? Here’s your guide to property jargon

When it comes to buying, selling, letting or renting a property, you will likely be faced with words, phrases, acronyms and...

08 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Landlord ordered to pay £2k for failing to fit property with fire safety measures

Birmingham  City Council has taken action against a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlord in the Small Heath area in what...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Restore levels of housing benefit to ‘end homelessness for good’ - Crisis

The government is being urged to restore the levels of housing benefit, otherwise known as Local Housing Allowance (LHA), so they...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Private rents rise 1.3%

Private rents paid by tenants in the UK increased by 1.3% in the 12 months to July 2019 and is unchanged...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

More rented homes urgently needed in Cardiff

Cardiff based housing association Cadwyn is calling for more private landlords with properties in the city to lease their properties with...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Proposed changes mean the ‘current housing crisis would get worse’

The next prime minister, Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, will almost certainly face a housing crisis if the government does not...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government fails to respond to readers

Throughout April and May, we ran a high-profile campaign across our sites, Landlord Today, Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Petition calls for Sadiq Khan to ban holiday let adverts in London

More than 8,300 Londoners have called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to ban adverts ‘encouraging’ landlords to abandon long-term tenants for...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Hostmaker defends adverts that encourage short-term lettings

Controversial short-lets managing agents Hostmaker has defended its latest advertising campaign after once again sparking outrage among some industry professionals for...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Assault’ on landlords ‘contradicts the basic principles of sound tax policy’

Buy-to-let landlords are being unfairly penalised for the housing crisis, according to a new report by the Institute of Economic Affairs...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to ‘stimulate’ rental home supply with ‘pro-growth taxation’

The UK is facing a private rented housing crisis unless the government takes rapid action to stop landlords selling up, according...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Abolishing Section 21 could adversely affect housing supply

The government’s proposal to scrap Section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act is likely to deter many people from investing in...

30 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

Three in four Scots back rent caps

A new survey has revealed three in four Scots back rent caps north of the border to help curb increasing housing...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The best cities for millennial renters

The slump in the UK home ownership rate from 73% a decade ago to just 63% today reflects the fact that...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Many landlords now rely on council incentives to house homeless people

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

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Nationwide is the latest lender to remove restrictions on letting to DSS tenants

Nationwide has announced that it will no longer prevent buy-to-let landlords from letting property to tenants in receipt of benefits. The move...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains ‘one of the most lucrative investments one can make’

Despite recent tax and regulatory changes, investment in buy-to-let has outperformed most other major asset classes over the past 10 years,...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: ‘Chancellor's housing plans simply don't go far enough’

The chancellor Philip Hammond has once again failed to deliver for private landlords, with yesterday’s rather low-key Spring Statement yet another...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘National scandal’ as the number of empty homes across England rises 5%

Buy-to-let landlords are often blamed, primarily by those under the age of 40, for the existing housing crisis because property investors acquire...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing market stalemate means it falls to landlords to ‘pick up the pieces’

The latest UK Finance household lending and deposits data reveals that gross mortgage lending across the residential market dropped in January,...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What impact will Brexit have on property prices?

With just five weeks until the UK is set to leave the EU, the impact of leaving the bloc without a...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

How will a disorderly Brexit affect your property investment strategy?

A no-deal Brexit could trigger a deep and damaging recession with worse consequences for the UK economy than the 2008 financial...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Mayor of London to develop ‘rent control’ proposals

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan is developing rent control proposals as part of his 2020 re-election bid in the hope...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Renting became more affordable last year, says The DPS

A fall in annual rents and wage inflation helped ensure that renting became more affordable in 2018, according to The Deposit...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

What would a no-deal Brexit mean for the UK’s landlords?

Life just doesn’t get any easier for Theresa May. No sooner had her Brexit withdrawal plan been rejected by a record-breaking...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords earned £34bn in rental income last year

Private landlords across the UK collectively earned £33.8bn from their buy-to-let investments in the year from 5 April 2017 to 2018,...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

More pet-friendly rental properties needed, says SpareRoom

Almost four out five tenants who own at least one animal have struggled to find pet-friendly accommodation, according to new research. The...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage arrears fall, but concern grows about impact of Universal Credit

The number of buy-to-let mortgages in arrears of 2.5% or more of the outstanding balance dropped in the third quarter of...

09 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

UK rents facing first full year of negative growth since the global financial crisis

The UK rental market remained in recession during the third quarter of 2018, the latest figures from The Deposit Protection Service...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Conservative think tank is wrong in its call for landlords to ‘disinvest from the sector’

Proposals drawn up by Conservative think tank Onward to allow existing buy-to-let properties to be eligible for 100% capital gains tax...

09 October 2018

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Young renters forced to pay “unaffordable” level of rent

Two-thirds of Britain is effectively off-limits to many young people who want to rent a property of their own, a new...

05 October 2018

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Labour wants to offer private tenants greater power

Labour plans to abolish legislation permitting private landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason. Section 21 notices, which have been in...

25 September 2018

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Government’s housebuilding plans are insufficient to tackle housing crisis

The government remains committed to building more new homes, but their target of 300,000 a year is unlikely to be met. Sky-high...

21 September 2018

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Lib Dems want to introduce mandatory licences for private landlords

The Liberal Democrats once again called for the introduction of mandatory licensing for PRS homes as well as a publicly available...

19 September 2018

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Rental market is in recession, says The DPS

The UK rental market is in recession for the first time since the global financial crisis, according to The Deposit Protection...

17 September 2018

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Government’s tax changes have led to the ‘sledgehammering of the BTL industry’

Activity in the buy-to-let market dropped further in July as a result of government interventions and a wider housing slowdown, new...

13 September 2018

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New homes desperately needed for growing number of life-long renters

While most private renters in the UK aspire to buy property, the reality is that many people simply cannot afford to...

05 September 2018

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Home ownership is the ‘ultimate goal’ for young adults

The chances of a young adult owning a home in this country has dropped dramatically over the past two decades due...

29 August 2018

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Landlord incentivises needed to ‘stop rents from spiralling out of control’

The government must start to provide financial incentives for buy-to-let landlords prepared to offer longer tenancies or risk seeing rents soar,...

14 August 2018

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BTL landlords offered fresh incentives to take in people at risk of homelessness

Free gas and electrical checks are among the incentives being offered to landlords with properties in Barrow-in-Furness in a bid to...

31 July 2018

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Dominic Raab’s exit leaves us ‘staring down the barrel’ of a housing crisis

Kit Malthouse has been named as the government’s latest housing minister after Dominic Raab, who spent just six months in the...

10 July 2018

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Lib Dems renew ‘rent to buy’ pledge for first time homeowners

A number of young renters will be offered ‘rent to buy’ deposit-free homes as part of plans being proposed by the...

27 June 2018

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Changes to tax relief for landlords affect the armed services

Members of the armed forces deployed within the UK or overseas are being adversely affected by the government’s tax hikes on private...

01 June 2018

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Seven-day second charge loan enables landlord to grow BTL portfolio

Expert packager Crystal Specialist Finance and Together have teamed up to successfully deliver fast finance enabling their client, a property investment...

18 May 2018

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Welsh government to clampdown on ‘sex for rent’ landlords

Buy-to-let landlords in Wales who offer free accommodation in return for sex could lose their operating licences, according to plans being...

17 May 2018

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London housing shortage a ‘ticking time bomb’ for businesses

The growing housing crisis in London is forcing employees to quit their jobs and making it harder for firms to recruit...

27 April 2018

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High house prices will lead to a shift toward renting

High house prices and years without real-terms wages growth have prompted a growing number of young people to abandon the idea...

20 April 2018

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Shortage of retirement homes creates opportunities for BTL landlords

Older people are facing a shortage of suitable housing for their retirement, putting pressure on the wider property market. A new report...

13 April 2018

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More than half of BTL landlords to offload properties, says Property Partner

Over half of private landlords plan to sell some of their buy-to-let properties this year, it has been claimed. Some 54% of landlords...

12 April 2018

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New TV series to expose ‘Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords’

A new TV show called ‘Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords’, a companion series to ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’, starts today. Following the success...

05 April 2018

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Landlords should be offered tax incentives, says Tory peer

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

04 April 2018

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How BTL landlords can combat increases to the UK interest rate

When the Bank of England increased the interest rate to 0.5% in late 2017, buy-to-let landlords throughout the UK felt the...

03 April 2018

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Number of rental properties continues to fall

The number of homes available to rent in the UK dropped in February to a 21 month low which letting agents...

29 March 2018

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Landlords plan to sell up as buy-to-let crackdown bites

A growing number of private landlords are planning to exit the buy-to-let market, prompting fears that rents will rise sharply as the...

07 March 2018

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Treasury urged to ‘encourage and support landlords’

The Treasury should focus on easing the housing crisis by thinking more ‘creatively’ and using taxation to ‘encourage and support’ buy-to-let...

06 March 2018

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Controversial Section 21 evictions investigated by tonight’s BBC Panorama

Do private tenants deserve more protection in terms long-term right to stay in a property, or would new rules make the...

21 February 2018

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The PRS is increasingly relied upon to house young adults

Fresh research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which reveals that young adults are less likely to own a home...

20 February 2018

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New complaints system targets rogue landlords

A new rental complaints system has been proposed to help support private tenants who are forced to live in shoddy housing...

19 February 2018

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

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

30 January 2018

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London’s housing crisis putting greater pressure on the PRS

The housing crisis is the greatest challenge London faces. Years of not building enough new homes, including affordable housing, mean many...

29 January 2018

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Generation Rent: Young adults fear they will never be able to buy property

Home ownership is increasingly out of reach for young people without the bank of Mum and Dad, according to a new...

11 January 2018

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Appointing a new housing minister is ‘a step in the wrong direction’

Theresa May continued to shake-up her ministerial team yesterday by handing jobs to several junior ministers, but he her decision to...

10 January 2018

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Over four in 10 landlords are reluctant to rent to those without a British passport

Some 42% of private landlords say the Right to Rent scheme has made them less likely to let to those without...

18 December 2017

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Landlords call on chancellor to help homeless people rent

With Britain potentially facing its worst winter homelessness crisis for 20 years, the National Landlord Association (NLA) and Residential Landlords Association...

26 October 2017

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Horton and Garton: Committed to charity and the community

At Horton and Garton, our message to West London is simple: we want to make a difference. Not just to the...

12 October 2017

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A growing number of tenants are ‘stuck in a never ending rental trap’

The scare tactics adopted by the government to keep Britain in the EU ahead of last year’s Brexit referendum saw the...

13 September 2017

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

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

04 September 2017

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BTL tax changes the ‘next pension crisis’, warns NLA

Having long provided mega double-digit returns for investors, investment in buy-to-let has outperformed all major asset classes in recent years, but...

21 July 2017

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Iain Duncan Smith speaks out in support of private landlords

Many buy-to-let landlords will undoubtedly commend former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith for slamming anti-buy-to-let legislation introduced by the former chancellor...

19 July 2017

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Rents in the capital have gone up by 45% since 2007

Buy-to-let landlords in London have increased rents by 45% on average over the past decade, as the cost of renting in...

05 July 2017

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Tax hikes for landlords are ‘hurting but not working’

The stamp duty hike and mortgage tax relief cuts simply do not add up for buy-to-let landlords, leaving many with little...

04 July 2017

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London is the most expensive region to be a landlord

London has been identified as the most expensive region in Britain to be a landlord, according to fresh research by Kent...

19 June 2017

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Demand for buy-to-let falls as higher taxes bite

The number of buy-to-let landlords registering to buy property fell last month by 3.7% in England and Wales compared with the...

07 June 2017

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Private landlords provide part of the solution to the housing crisis

With the number of households living in the private rented sector continuing to grow, significantly more rental homes are needed to...

02 June 2017

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Conservative manifesto fails to support landlords, says Tory peer

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

31 May 2017

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It’s a tenant’s market in London

Private landlords in the capital are starting to feel the pinch from weaker tenant demand, with some landlords being forced to...

23 May 2017

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Buy-to-let landlords contribute £15.9bn a year to UK economy, study finds

Buy-to-let landlords currently contribute £15.9bn per year to the British economy through pre-tax spending on running their portfolios, which is more...

12 May 2017

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Caridon Calls for Coherent Housing Policies from Politicians

The policy focus of the upcoming election will be on Brexit, but political parties will do well to remember that housing...

11 May 2017

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Labour unveil plans to ‘call time on bad landlords’

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

02 May 2017

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Landlord licence plan consultation postponed until after election

A major consultation on a proposed new landlord license scheme has been delayed until after the general election. The idea of introducing...

02 May 2017

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Buy-to-let lending ‘unlikely to recover in the near future’

The UK property market continued to rally last month, with gross mortgage lending surging by 19% compared with February, but it...

21 April 2017

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

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

14 April 2017

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

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

13 April 2017

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Developers plead for rethink on buy-to-let tax

More than three quarters of housebuilders would like to see the government reconsider its buy-to-let tax policies as part of a...

12 April 2017

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Are short-term lets here to change the face of the private rental market?

Homestay networks and renting short-term lodgings are on the up – just look at the exponential rise of peer-to-peer sharing platform...

10 April 2017

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Buy-to-let is becoming a ‘less attractive investment for landlords’, says ARLA

The past year has been a challenging time for landlords, following a raft of changes introduced by the government, prompting concern...

04 April 2017

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

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

22 March 2017

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The government is ‘wiping out the buy-to-let economy’

Philip Hammond’s failure to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms will have far-reaching implications for the buy-to-let...

09 March 2017

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Mayor of London urges short-term agents to bring in 90-day limit

Short-term letting agents in the capital are being urged by the Mayor of London to follow Airbnb’s lead by blocking hosts...

07 March 2017

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Short-term letting industry vow to stop landlords converting ‘homes into hotels’

The short-term letting industry, which includes the likes of Airbnb, joined local authorities and community groups at City Hall yesterday to...

22 February 2017

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Council seeks to work with private landlords for housing solutions

Many private sector landlords see social housing tenancies as a higher risk than traditional rentals, and rising rents in the open...

10 February 2017

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Tenants’ union needed to improve ‘mediocre’ renting conditions

A major think-tank wants to see the government help hand back power to tenants, enabling them to improve conditions in the...

16 January 2017

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Ministers urged to scrap stamp duty surcharge to help solve housing crisis

Buy-to-let landlords are calling for the Welsh government to help get the housing market in Wales moving again by amending or...

11 January 2017

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More than £2bn in housing benefits paid to private landlords in Scotland

Private landlords north of the border have received more than £2bn in housing benefit over the past five years, new figures...

05 January 2017

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Why does the government have it in for buy-to-landlords?

In the UK, we have a chronic shortage of housing. Apparently we need 200,000 new houses a year but last year...

17 December 2016

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Landlord body welcome Airbnb’s decision to enforce 90-day limit on short-term lets

Airbnb’s announcement yesterday that it is banning hosts in London from renting out entire homes for more than 90 days a...

02 December 2016

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New guide launched for accidental landlords

Deciding to let your property because you cannot sell it is not an easy option and should not be undertaken lightly,...

11 November 2016

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Average Londoner left with no choice but to rent

The chances of would-be buyers in London getting a foothold on the housing ladder remain slim, mainly due to high property...

29 October 2016

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Expensive rents in London highlights ‘squeeze on workers and their families’

Significantly more homes urgently need to be developed for the private rented sector to curb rising rental values in London, according...

25 October 2016

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Tory peer condemns government’s attack on buy-to-let

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

22 October 2016

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Self-employed workers struggle to secure mortgages

Self-employed workers are struggling to secure home loans despite a sharp rise in the number of mortgage deals available, as banks favour...

07 October 2016

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New tool enables landlords to compare rents online

A new tool that allows landlords to compare rents online has been launched by Landbay. The peer to peer lender’s ‘Rent Check’...

05 October 2016

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Tenants now spending two-thirds of disposable income on rent

Tenants are now spending two-thirds of their disposable income on rent as sky-high prices put even more homes out of reach. The...

13 September 2016

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Scottish landlords support SNP's proposed changes to Finance Bill

The government’s proposed changes to mortgage interest relief, which will  see landlords taxed on their turnover rather than profit, has been...

06 September 2016

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Airbnb adding to London's housing crisis, says RLA

An increasing number of landlords are attempting to evade their legal responsibilities when it comes to renting out property by advertising...

02 September 2016

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Andy Burnham reveals string of proposals for Manchester PRS

Andy Burnham, former Labour leadership candidate and now the party's candidate for Greater Manchester Mayor, has put forward a number of...

19 August 2016

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Corbyn’s proposed ‘rent controls’ would be a ‘disaster for tenants’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to introduce rent controls and secure tenancies in the private rented sector (PRS) if elected prime...

08 August 2016

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Low ownership rates fuels rental demand

Home ownership has fallen to its lowest level for 30 years in England, with rising prices leaving many people with little...

03 August 2016

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Scrap stamp duty or watch tenants bear the brunt of buy-to-let tax hikes

The government is being urged to scrap stamp duty for buy-to-let landlords who want to add to their property portfolio and...

25 July 2016

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New Chancellor urged to suspend stamp duty

The former president of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) is calling on the new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, to consider...

18 July 2016

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Overcrowded: 28 tenants forced to share one bathroom

A landlord has been fined £20,000 after a raid revealed that 28 tenants were residing in “unsafe” cramped conditions in a...

07 July 2016

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Prime London property fund open to new investors

London Central Apartments III (LCA III), the latest property investment fund to invest in prime central London’s private rented sector (PRS)...

06 July 2016

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Fall in serious rent arrears

There has been a drop in the number of tenants falling into serious rent arrears, which is great news for renters...

15 June 2016

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Right to Buy should be extended to private tenants, says report

A radical proposal initially put forward by the leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, to extend the Right to Buy...

13 June 2016

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Sky-high London rents prompt calls for greater controls

London has become one of the most expensive cities in the world to rent a home, prompting a leading trade union...

08 June 2016

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What does Sadiq Khan’s victory mean for housing in London?

The new mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged to do all in his power to help make London “better” after...

09 May 2016

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Cash boost for rent-to-buy provider

Affordable housing provider Rentplus has secured up to £70 million funding to support the delivery of thousands of new rent-to-buy homes   The...

21 April 2016

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Demand on PRS “greater than ever before”

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has told the Government that it’s the lack of housing, not the number of private landlords,...

21 March 2016

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London councils vow to investigate “Housing Benefit Millionaires”

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

16 March 2016

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First-time buyers outnumber landlords three to one

Data released today by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) shows lending to first-time buyers continues to outnumber buy-to-let purchases by...

18 February 2016

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Tenants advised to wait for bailiffs before leaving rented property

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

12 January 2016

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BTL tax clampdown “won’t help Generation Rent”

The mortgage director of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations has said that George Osborne’s clampdown on buy-to-let...

03 December 2015

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RLA: stamp duty hike will drive up rents

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has warned that the stamp duty hike announced in the Autumn statement will only worsen the...

30 November 2015

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Eviction specialist warns about subletting scams

A tenant eviction specialist has warned that the Government’s proposal to introduce minimum room sizes will not prevent subletting scams which...

11 November 2015

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Don’t demonise private rented sector, urge Scottish landlords

As Scotland awaits the introduction of the Private Tenancies (Scotland) Bill later this week, the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has...

07 October 2015

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The gap between buying and renting narrows

The cost of buying a home for first-time buyers is £670 a year lower than renting, according to new research by...

25 August 2015

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Corbyn would introduce right-to-buy in private sector

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

07 August 2015

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Jail for landlords who house illegal immigrants

Landlords could face a prison sentence for breaching the Government’s ‘Right to Rent’ checks in a series of measures to tackle...

03 August 2015

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Living Wage renters priced out of London

A flat sharing website has claimed that London is on the verge of a labour crisis as low-paid workers are unable...

28 July 2015

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Interest rates could rise in the new year, warns Bank of England

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has indicated that UK interest rates could rise "at the turn of this year". In a...

20 July 2015

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Rent a room allowance upped to £7,500

There was good news for homeowners letting a room to lodgers in the summer Budget. The tax-free Rent-A-Room limit has been...

08 July 2015

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Female flatsharers “pay more rent”

Women living in shared, rented accommodation are £2,271 worse off than men, according to data from flat and house share site...

01 July 2015

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British Property Federation launches build-to-rent committee

The British Property Federation (BPF) has announced the creation of a new committee that will focus on promoting the emerging build-to-rent...

29 June 2015

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LSE: “Rent control is not the easy answer”

Rent controls and similar policies which are thought to work well in other countries cannot be easily replicated in the UK’s...

22 June 2015

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Charity claims half a million children living in unsafe private rented homes

Rogue landlords are raking in £5.6billion a year for unsafe homes that fail to meet legal standards, a report by Citizens...

22 May 2015

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Tenant arrears and evictions up

The latest Tenant Arrears Tracker from Your Move and Reeds Rains shows that the first quarter of 2015 saw the number...

21 May 2015

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Landlord support for Labour and Lib Dems halves since 2010 election

Landlord support for Labour and the Liberal Democrat Party has halved since the 2010 General Election because of their interventionist policies...

30 April 2015

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Labour’s rent controls under attack

Labour’s plans for private rented sector rent controls have been widely condemned by housing and landlord groups. Landlord Today reported yesterday how...

28 April 2015

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