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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

Top tips to prevent damp and mould this winter

Tenants sometimes complain their property is damp and mouldy, and request that their landlord take action to address the problem. Landlords,...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s a buyer’s market

It is a potentially good time for buy-to-let landlords to add to their portfolio, the latest housing market snapshot suggests.  With buy-to-let...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent burst and frozen pipes as Britan braces for snow

With the temperature plummeting across the UK, there are several weather warnings in place over the next few days, and some...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to winter-proof your properties

With the weather taking a turn for the worse in recent weeks, buy-to-let landlords would do well to ensure their properties are winter-ready before...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: Housing should be top ‘priority’

Boris Johnson’s call for a snap general election on December 12 to try to settle the issue of Brexit took very...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent controls ‘can make it more expensive and more difficult’ for tenants, says RLA

Ahead of next month’s general election, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is warning that any potential proposal to introduce rent controls...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Hackney warned to expect “tough penalties”

Unscrupulous landlords in the London Borough of Hackney face more stringent regulation after Hackney Council agreed to new property licensing powers...

22 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

10 ways tenants can beat damp and mould

As winter is coming, it’s time to think about how to protect your property from damp and mould. This silent assassin...

11 October 2019

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Here’s how to winter-proof your properties and save money in the process

With winter fast approaching the cold weather can be more than a discomfort for tenants. To help things run smoothly in your...

11 October 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

Tenant from hell shamelessly destroys rented property causing £20,000 damage

A private landlord in the Staffordshire was left horrified after nightmare tenants trashed her property and turned it into a drugs...

21 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

Four in 10 renters live in poorly maintained homes, survey suggests

More than a third of renters across the UK report being stuck in poorly maintained homes with landlords who refuse to...

05 June 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

Almost half of tenants claim poor health due to condition of their home

Nearly half of tenants in the UK claim to have suffered health problems and injury as a direct result of conditions...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

UK’s highest yields: the best postcodes for buy-to-let

Despite a number of tax and legislative changes making it harder to make money in buy-to-let, there are still pockets of...

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

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

Tenant sentenced to 12 years in prison for burning down rental property

A tenant who was found guilty of deliberately burning down a property he was renting four years ago was sentenced to...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending remains sluggish

Buy-to-let mortgage activity remained subdued in January with landlord investors taking out just 5,500 new buy-to-let home purchase mortgages, down 1.8%...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty continues to weigh heavily on the housing market

Confidence in the UK housing market has slumped amid Brexit uncertainty, according to Paragon’s latest Financial Adviser and Confidence Tracking (FACT)...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords accused of ‘exploiting’ student renters

Landlords are taking advantage of first-time student renters by failing to carry out repairs, according to a new poll. A fresh report...

19 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

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

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

UK rents to rise 11.4% by 2023 – CBRE

UK rents are predicted to rise 11.4% in the next five years, according to a forecast by CBRE. Alongside fairly ‘moderate’ growth...

14 January 2019

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

Rent controls would hurt both tenants and landlords, warns RLA

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

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

‘House of horrors’: Property firm ordered to pay back over £60k in rent

A London-based property firm has been ordered to pay back 70% of their profits gained from renting poorly converted flats in...

20 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

Decline of buy-to-let prompts ‘exciting time for renters’, says JLL

The number of properties acquired by landlords has dropped significantly over the past couple of years following the tax and regulatory...

15 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

What are your plumbing responsibilities as a landlord?

Being a landlord demands a high level of commitment, not only to reduce void periods and keep your property marketable but...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords need to be able to ‘regain their property’ when things go wrong

A proposal to scrap Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, the clause which allows landlords to evict tenants without cause, would...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants who complain almost twice as likely to be evicted, says Citizens Advice

Private renters who complain to their landlord about problems at their rental property, including issues such as damp and mould, are...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing raid finds 15 men living in two-bedroom north London bungalow

Brent Council officers discovered 15 men crammed inside a two-bedroom bungalow during an enforcement raid yesterday morning. Tenants were found sleeping on...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market to remain subdued until 2021

The buy-to-let market is expected to remain subdued for the next three years mired by tax changes and tougher mortgage lending...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant ordered to pay more than £26k for subletting ‘death trap’ property

A tenant who illegally sublet an unlicensed and poorly-maintained bungalow in north London, which was described by Brent Council as a...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord ordered to pay more than £12k for letting substandard property

A rogue landlord letting a cold, damp property with a lack of hot water and heating has been ordered to pay...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents accused of failing tenants

Letting agents are being accused of failing tenants, after a small group of cowboy agents showed prospective tenants around mouldy properties...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined after letting out flat with no heating

A landlord from Greater Manchester has been fined for letting out a flat which had no heating during winter. North Staffordshire Justice...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Major fine imposed ‘should act as a lesson to all landlords’ in the PRS

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined almost £34,000 for putting tenants at risk. Harbhajan Singh Dhami pleaded guilty to not one, but 32...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

The biggest turn-offs for prospective renters

A dirty property has been identified as the most off-putting factor for people looking for a new home to rent. New figures...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Wakefield will face fines up to £30,000 under new rules

Buy-to-let landlords who fail to comply with minimum standards will face fines up to £30,000 for each offence under tough new...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Checklist: How to winter-proof your rental properties

It is that time of year again! With a distinct chill in the air and dampness on the ground, the cold...

23 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £11,000 after being found guilty of multiple offences

A buy-to-let landlord in Flintshire has been given 28 days to pay a fine of £11,081 after being found guilty of...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let demand continues to slow

A series of fiscal and regulatory changes aimed at private landlords and challenging lending conditions are taking their toll on the...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Colchester landlord ordered to pay almost £9k for poor property management

A buy-to-let landlord in Colchester has been fined for poor property management that left a family in Wimpole Road, CO1, living...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Abandoned homes are ‘disgusting’ and ‘wearing me down’, says landlord

A landlord in Burnley fears that he will be left with no choice but to board up and abandon his rental...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New rules for landlords in Wales – have your say

The Welsh government is currently seeking views on proposed regulations, made under section 94 of the act, for determining if a...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New licensing for private landlords in West London

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

12 October 2017

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Landlords face bans from letting homes after renting out damp and mouldy house

A pair of private landlords who rented out a damp and mouldy house in Croydon to a family of four, including...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL tax changes push ‘amateur landlords out of the market’

The steady levels of mortgage activity seen through the first half of the year continued into July, with gross mortgage lending...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council ‘pressing the government’ to roll out selective licensing scheme

Borough wide selective licensing could soon be coming to Brent if the the local council gets its way. Brent Council wants the...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

TV show exposes ‘lack of communication’ between landlord and tenants

A BBC TV show challenging landlords to spend a week living in one of their own rentals, on their tenant's budget,...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent rises could ‘catch up with inflation, before the year is out’

Rental prices look set to increase in the coming months on the back of a growing supply-demand imbalance, as more people...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New charter to protect private tenants in Tower Hamlets

After lobbying Tower Hamlets Council for three years, private renters in the east London district have finally been granted a new...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to tackle the problem of damp and condensation

Buy-to-let landlords are being encouraged to improve the standard of their rental properties by keeping them free from damp, condensation and...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord fined almost £4k for failing to improve damp property

A landlord has been prosecuted by Barkingside Magistrates' Court for renting out a property in Dagenham with damp and mould issues,...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £3,000 for renting out garage as a flat

A landlord who was caught renting out a damp garage in north London, which had no gas, electrify or running water,...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £4,700 for placing ‘tenants at risk of harm’

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £4,700 by Blackburn magistrates after failing to make improvements to his property. Despite...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords adopting a ‘more strategic’ approach to investing in London

Recent tax changes mean that investing in buy-to-let property will no longer deliver the returns it once did for many landlords,...

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help you sell your property this Spring

First it was the change in Stamp duty and Landlord Taxation taking a large chunk of Investors out of the buying...

02 May 2017

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Sharp rise in landlords quitting the PRS

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords exiting the buy-to-let sector due to higher stamp duty costs...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Students ‘living in substandard conditions’ due to landlord neglect

Damp, a lack of running water and unwanted guests including rats, slugs and bed bugs, are among the main issues that...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent increases drop to lowest level since 2013 – while London prices fall

Rent increases across the UK have slowed to their lowest level since 2013, fresh data has revealed, with prices in London...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords undeterred by stamp duty surcharge

The number of second homes liable to pay stamp duty increased to 62,800 in the final quarter of last year, up...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Majority of renters have encountered damp and drainage problems

The majority of private renters have experienced problems with poor drainage or damp, according to a new study.  A survey of 1,000...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords borrowed an average of £15,000 more to buy property in 2016

Average buy-to-let loans and deposits increased last year, as a result of increasing property prices and the tougher stance by mortgage...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending ‘returned to normal’ in Q4 2016

Buy-to-let lending returned to some form of normality during the fourth quarter of 2016, according to fresh lending figures. The share of...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Prominent landlord fined for poor property management

A landlord in Bristol has been fined thousands of pounds after tenants and neighbours complained about the awful state of toilets,...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

One in five tenants fall victim to rogue landlords

There are a significant amount of private landlords who fail to keep rental properties in a safe condition for their tenants,...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for ‘extremely dangerous’ rental property

A private landlord has been ordered to pay just over £1,000 after being found guilty of providing an ‘extremely dangerous’ rental...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Don’t let damp and mould damage your property

Damp and mould can mean big problems for landlords, letting agents and tenants. It can cause stress and even health issues...

02 November 2016

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Man fined £7k for putting lives of tenants at risk, but says he's not a landlord

A man claiming not to be a landlord has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 for putting the lives of...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord launches appeal after losing damp house row

Controversial landlord Fergus Wilson has launched an appeal against a county court decision to award former tenants compensation following a row...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

All letting fees should be covered by landlords, says charity

All letting agency fees should be paid by landlords, rather than tenants, as is the case in Scotland, according to Citizens...

19 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord and agents fined £20k for failing to licence rental property

A  landlord and his letting agents have been slapped with a fine of more than £20,000 and given criminal records for failing...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £40,000 for cramming 24 tenants into one property

A criminal landlord has been handed a fine of almost £40,000 after he was caught housing 24 tenants in a rental...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords told to act on damp complaints quickly

Landlords have been warned that ignoring damp complaints could put their rental property at risk. The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) says...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

‘Slumlord’ handed a hefty fine for ignoring tenant’s pleas for repairs

A landlord has been fined £16,000 and now has a criminal record after being punished in court for refusing to make...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Lifting the Lid on Deposit Disputes

Our latest infographic shows figures of how the majority of deposits are repaid at the end of tenancy and goes into...

05 August 2016

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Too many landlords provide ‘cold, draughty and damp accommodation’

More than half of tenants that were surveyed claim that they are being forced to live in cold and draughty rental...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord says sorry for damp property but is still fined

The landlord of a house in St Helens has been fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £1,332.30 in costs, as well...

28 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord who put young family’s health and safety at risk fined

A landlord has been handed a major fine by Sunderland Magistrates' Court after repeatedly refusing to carry out improvements on his...

27 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Wirral landlord hit with record fine

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

06 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge won’t dampen buy-to-let market - Bank of England

There was enormous appetite among buy-to-let investors to purchase property before the stamp duty surcharge on second homes was introduced on...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Retirees’ love affair with buy-to-let continues

Retirement customers looking to invest the tax free cash lump sum from their pension pots into the buy-to-let property market has...

23 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let “still attractive” according to broker

A mortgage broking firm has analysed the market and concluded that buy-to-let remains an attractive investment in the immediate future.  However, Private...

26 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Two West London landlords fined for ignoring council notices

Two Southall landlords have been found guilty of failing to comply with notices and orders to make safe dangerous and illegal...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Massive £67,000 fine for letting out dirty and overcrowded property

A landlord who let out dark, damp and overcrowded rooms has been hit with a huge £67,000 fine. Rogue landlord Liakath Ali,...

15 January 2016

From: Breaking News

£30k fines for rogue landlords under new laws

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

22 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords forcing tenants into a ‘living nightmare’

Private housing tenants from across income scales are living in unsafe homes that fail to meet basic legal standards, a report...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Reduced tax relief is top worry for landlords thinking of selling up

The Government’s reduction of landlord buy-to-let tax relief to the 20% basic rate is a major factor for half (50%) of...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Winter voids risk damage to properties, warn inventory clerks

The risk of damage to rental properties heightens in winter – especially if homes are empty, according to the Association of...

06 November 2015

From: Breaking News

£4,000 bill for Sussex landlord who failed to fix toilet

A Worthing landlord has been ordered to pay more than £4,000 for ignoring a council improvement notice. Daniel Woulfe of Rugby Road,...

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

David Vieira, Go Commercial Finance Ltd

Q: Who Are Go Commercial Finance & why did you set up Go Commercial Finance? Go Commercial Finance is a true, whole...

09 September 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Guaranteed rent agent fined £12k for ignoring complaints

A Leicester estate agent which offers “guaranteed rent” has been ordered to pay more than £12,000 in fines and court costs...

08 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords “leave students at risk”

Landlords and letting agents of student accommodation are putting their tenants’ lives at risk by failing to fix serious safety hazards,...

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Guardian names UK’s worst landlord

The Guardian has named and shamed a North London landlord after she topped a list of letting agents and landlords who have...

24 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Islington Council continues crackdown on rogue landlords

Two private landlords have been fined for failing to tackle sub-standard conditions in their properties after successful prosecutions by Islington Council. In...

04 June 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Regular inspections

They may live there, but it's your responsibility to provide a safe environment. If you don't see, you don't know. Repairs and...

21 May 2015

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Landlord left with £1,600 bill for ignoring improvement notice

A Lincolnshire landlord has been left with a £1,600 bill for failing to comply with an improvement notice over a four-year...

06 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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