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KEYWORD "David Smith" - 82 RESULTS
Government’s new £2m rogue landlord crackdown is a step in the right direction

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

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lenders slammed for preventing landlords renting to benefit claimants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has raised serious concerns that the majority of buy-to-let lenders are preventing landlords renting property to...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rent arrears involving tenants on Universal Credit

Universal Credit was described by one national newspaper as an ‘ill-conceived shambles’ over the weekend, after former prime ministers Gordon Brown...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

EU citizens could face repeat of Windrush scandal post-Brexit, says RLA

EU citizens living in the UK are at risk of facing some of the same difficulties caused for the Windrush generation...

09 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

From: Breaking News

Ban on letting fees moves a step closer

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords should be offered tax incentives for longer tenancies, says RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling for tax reforms to encourage and support more landlords to offer longer tenancies. In its...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Early bird tickets now on sale for RLA’s next Future Renting Conference

Early bird tickets are now on sale for the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference in Cardiff. The one-day conference,...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

It’s time to suspend ‘unfair’ Right to Rent scheme, says RLA

The Home Office is to reconvene its Private Rented Sector (PRS) stakeholder panel on Right to Rent. The government plans to take...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

The RLA’s next Future Renting Conference takes place tomorrow

The Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference takes places in London tomorrow. The one-day conference, which will be held at...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Government must work with landlords on longer tenancy plans, says RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has reacted furiously to growing speculation that the government will press ahead with its plans to...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

EU citizens could be evicted from their rental homes in Britain, warns RLA

Thousands of EU nationals could inadvertently lose their rental homes due uncertainty about their status post-Brexit, according to the Residential Landlords...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent legal challenge date set for December

The government’s controversial Right to Rent scheme, which forces landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants, is to be challenged in...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to do more to improve energy efficiency of rented homes

The government is coming under growing pressure from landlords to be more ambitious when it comes to the energy efficiency of...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tickets now on sale for the RLA’s next Future Renting Conference

Tickets are now on sale for the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference in London. The one-day conference, which will...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome MPs fire safety plans

A call by a Parliamentary committee for the government to fund certain fire safety improvements in privately owned residential blocks has...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Most private tenants are happy with their homes

The vast majority of private sector tenants are satisfied with their housing, the English Housing Survey report for 2016/17 has found. The...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could be offered tax incentives for longer tenancies

Private landlords are welcoming proposals being considered by the government to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies. In its consultation...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA has released tickets for its Future Renting conference in London

Tickets have been released for the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) next Future Renting conference in London. The one-day conference, which will be...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to offer tax incentives to ‘support and encourage’ landlords

As a private landlord you have a crucial role in providing a much needed housing option for people and so why...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Onward’s report is wrong and fails to address need for ‘more homes to rent’

A Conservative think tank has been slammed by the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) for its inaccurate analysis of the private rental...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government faces High Court challenge over Right to Rent scheme

The High Court has given the go-ahead for a legal review to be launched into the government’s Right to Rent policy. The...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2018

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Landlords’ immigration checks ‘creating a hostile environment’, says RLA

The controversial Right to Rent scheme requiring landlords to check the immigration status of new tenants is fuelling discrimination and should...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

More than 400 landlords fined for Right to Rent breaches

Buy-to-let landlords have been fined on average just over £654 each by the Home office for failing to meet their obligations...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Changes to landlords’ tax rules needed to boost supply of new homes to rent

With the number of homes coming up to let in short supply, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on the...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to push for longer tenancies

With more than a quarter of those in their late thirties and early forties now renting, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA)...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government must ‘support, rather than attack’, private landlords, says RLA

Private landlords provide an increasingly vital source of affordable and flexible accommodation for many people and the government should do more...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent is a ‘failing policy’ that uses landlords as ‘scapegoats’

The government’s Right to Rent' policy has been slammed by a government inspector for failing “to demonstrate its worth” by encouraging...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposit cap risks leaving landlords out of pocket at the end of the tenancy

Plans to cap the security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents at no more than six weeks...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Should renters with pets be given greater rights?

Many people with pets still find it difficult to find a rental property, and that is largely due to the potential...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

RLA cautious over Labour's proposal for pets in rented homes

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is seeking greater clarification from the Labour party after it put forward new proposals this week...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent controls would ‘act against the interests of tenants’

Private rental prices paid by tenants continued to slow last month suggesting that rent controls may leave tenants worse off. Rent paid...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Legal challenges launched against Right to Rent policy

Two separate legal challenges have been launched against government's 'Right to Rent' policy. The scheme, which requires landlords to check the immigration...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address Future Renting Wales conference today

The Welsh minister for housing and regeneration, Rebecca Evans AM, will address the RLA’s Future Renting Wales conference in Cardiff today.  The Future...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Government fails to offer landlords tax relief for offering longer-term tenancies

Buy-to-let landlords avoided a further tax clampdown in the Budget yesterday, while the Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed government plans to review...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Philip Hammond urged to scrap stamp duty

The Chancellor Philip Hammond should scrap stamp duty because it would encourage more buy-to-let landlords to invest in the private rented...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

More than 450 landlords attend show in London

Over 450 buy-to-let landlords and property investors attended the Olympia Conference Centre in London last week where they were able to...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords back calls for Universal Credit waiting time to be cut

Buy-to-let landlords have welcomed reports that Universal Credit waiting time could be cut from six weeks to a month Former work and...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address landlords at conference next month

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has announced that the Welsh cabinet secretary responsible for housing policy, Carl Sargeant, will be the...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord immigration checks fuelling ‘black market’

A scheme requiring landlords to check the immigration status of new tenants is fuelling a ‘black market in forged Ids’, a...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents welcome government’s pledge to ‘regulate’ the PRS

The Conservative Party’s pledge to give tenants greater rights as part of a regulatory shake-up of the private rented sector has...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

More tenants face eviction and rent arrears due to universal credit

Delays in universal credit benefit payments for housing costs are leaving claimants unable to pay rent and pushing some deep into...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

A growing number of BTL landlords turn to short term holiday let market

More than 130,000 homes have potentially been taken out of the long term private rented sector as more buy-to-let landlords list...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Regulation needed to ensure evictions are ‘conducted professionally and sensitively’

Thousands of tenants are evicted from their homes every year, but to make sure that eviction firms follow correct procedure they...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body supports MP’s proposals to improve housing standards

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

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Britons with no passport struggling to rent due to immigration checks

Almost half of private landlords say the Right to Rent scheme has made them less likely to let to those without...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Political parties urged to deliver for ‘tenants and good landlords alike’

The campaign to woo voters across the country has already started following the UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s surprise announcement that...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Government urged to reconsider changes to tax relief for residential landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is urging the government to reconsider pending taxation changes announced by the now former chancellor George...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Private sector rents rise in line with wages

Private rental price increases have accelerated modestly, in line with earnings across England, according to a new report from the National...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Enforcement is ‘fundamental’ to ensure criminal landlords are prosecuted

New measures under the Immigration Act 2016, which came into play yesterday, will only be welcomed by those operating in the...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Landlords not responsible for paying council tax, court rules

Landlords have welcomed an Appeal Court ruling that buy-to-let landlords are not responsible for paying the council tax on a property...

19 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Almost half of landlords refuse to let to those without a UK passport

Britons without a passport are struggling to rent due to immigration checks introduced for earlier this year, according to a new survey. The...

19 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Significant drop in landlord possession claims

There has been a sharp decline in the volume of claims made by private sector landlords to repossess a property over...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Disappointment for landlords as court rejects full judicial review of BTL tax

Landlords represented by Cherie Blair have failed in their legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set...

08 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords likely to increase rents to offset higher costs

Many tenants renting privately are likely to be hit with rent hikes following recent changes to the tax regime for landlords,...

08 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord association hits back at Corbyn's 'misguided' accusations

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has hit back at accusations made by Jeremy Corbyn in his Labour conference speech that private...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Council abandons proposed landlord licensing scheme

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

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

MP backs call to cut tax for landlords

Kevin Hollinrake, the Conservative MP and co-founder of Hunters estate agents, has tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill calling for...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

MP backs bid to cut capital gains tax for landlords

An MP has spoken out in favour of buy-to-let landlords by insisting that they should never have been denied a tax...

04 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Supreme Court ruling good news for landlords

The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed an appeal in which it was argued that, where private sector residential landlords seek to evict...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Name and shame ‘minority’ who provide substandard accommodation, say landlords

The mayor of London’s pledge to publically name ‘bad’ landlords who have been convicted of housing-related offences is supported by the...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Warning against falling for stamp duty surcharge 'avoidance' scam

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is warning private investors not to be lured by firms offering schemes which allegedly promise to...

10 February 2016

From: Breaking News

RLA: Government has “declared war” on landlords

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

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

RLA offers energy advice to HMO landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has offered advice to HMO landlords affected by the new regulations affecting the provision of heat...

11 November 2015

From: Breaking News

MPs challenge immigration minister over RLA concerns

MPs scrutinising the Government’s latest immigration proposals have used Residential Landlords Association (RLA) background briefings to challenge the immigration minister over...

03 November 2015

From: Breaking News

'Two thirds of landlords face tax bombshell' - RLA

Over 60% of private landlords face being pushed from basic to higher rates of income tax as a result of reforms...

23 September 2015

From: Breaking News

RLA appoints David Smith as new policy director

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has appointed leading housing lawyer David Smith as its new policy director.  Smith succeeds long-standing RLA board...

23 July 2015

From: Breaking News

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