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KEYWORD "David Smith" - 100 RESULTS
Free Renters Reform Bill teach-in for landlords of students

As the Renters Reform Bill heads towards the House of Lords, a free webinar is targeting landlords operating in the student...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister to tell landlords about rental reform - maybe...

The National Residential Landlords Association says housing minister Andrew Stephenson will give a key-note address at its annual conference. The only problem...

24 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert - New Carbon Monoxide alarm requirements coming

The government is pondering beefing up mandatory alarm requirements which landlords have to meet in England. Until now private landlords have to...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tomorrow - webinar for landlords on upcoming Right To Rent changes

One of the country’s most respected property lawyers is to discuss changes to rental processes live at a webinar tomorrow.  David Smith,...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Excluding landlords will lead to cladding safety problems

Experts are predicting that the exclusion of large scale landlords from cladding relief may lead to significant delays in some safety...

18 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Legal Warning — some buy to lets will never meet new EPC targets

One of the industry’s leading legal voices is warning that the next change proposed to EPC requirements will affect almost half...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Fight Back: legal threat to council licensing proposals

A well-organised group of local landlords is threatening a city council with legal action over plans to expand a licensing scheme. The...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge to ‘ban’ on bailiff-enforced evictions

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

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to challenge eviction restrictions in Corona hotspots

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

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Investment Show prepares for trio of online events

The National Landlord Investment Show is preparing three online events this month and next as it creates virtual versions of its respected...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Staycation boost for short-term let landlords

A number of buy-to-let landlords have switched to short-term lets in recent years, as a consequence of skewed policy that favours...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA appoints new legal counsel

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

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Free virtual event aims to clarify new regulations

New rules and how the Electrical Inspection Condition Reports (EICRs) requirements for rented homes in England are changing have sparked debate...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Lawyer to host a masterclass on possession claims

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

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must protect tenants by delaying electrical safety regulations - RLA

The Residential Landlords Associations (RLA) is calling on the government to delay introducing new electrical safety rules to help ensure that...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government policy is deterring landlords from providing long-term homes to rent

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are switching to short-term lets, as a consequence of skewed policy that favours holiday homes...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Free entry registration - The National Landlord Investment Show

The National Landlord Show arrives at Olympia on Thursday 19th March to offer advice via complimentary seminars, major suppliers and landlord debates where you...

18 February 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

The Guild supports clampdown on rogue landlords

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

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Scrapping Section 21 is ‘another attack’ against BTL landlords

The Queen has announced the new government's priorities for its coming term, and it includes a proposal to abolish Section 21...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental reform: The government must act to ‘have the full confidence of landlords’

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on the government to ensure that reforms are made to the way good landlords...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant drop in properties to let placing upward pressure on rents

Rents are forecast to see strong growth over the next five years, according to the latest residential property forecast from the...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landord voters could be a crucial force at the general election

Which party will win the landlord vote?  Given that the mainstream parties all have policies that appear to work against BTL landlords,...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let repossessions surge in Q3 2019

The number of private landlords’ properties being repossessed jumped by 40% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2019, figures from 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

Landlord confidence continues to plummet

Landlords’ confidence in the buy-to-let sector continues to fall with the majority less confident about the PRS than they were three...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Council slammed for ‘doing nothing to find and root out bad landlords’

Nottingham City Council has been criticised for targeting responsible landlords whilst doing little to clampdown on rogue operators in the local...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord installs ‘cage’ around thermostat to stop tenants turning heating up

Brits are in for a chilly week with temperatures continuing to drop, but that has not deterred a landlord in west...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Investment Show to address important issues today

A number of buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will visit the Olympia Conference Centre in London today in order to obtain...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

An increasing number of regulations challenge BTL landlords

The government crackdown on the buy-to-let sector has seen landlord regulations increase by a third since the Conservative party came into...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address landlords at RLA conference

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

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA sets out industry demands ahead of general election

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

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord show to address key issues affecting landlords ahead of election

Journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil will once again chair the Government Panel Debate at the National Landlord Investment Show in London...

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

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

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

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

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears ‘are lower under direct payments to landlords’

With new research showing that direct payment of benefits to landlords contributed most to reductions in rent arrears, the Residential Landlords...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA slams London Trading Standards for failing landlords and tenants

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

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government attacked for ‘incoherent’ approach to PRS

The government has been attacked by a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee for its “incoherent” approach...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

More than half of Universal Credit claimants are in rent arrears - RLA

More than half the people claiming Universal Credit are in rent arrears, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). It reports that 54% of...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Coventry Council rejects claims that its licensing scheme is unlawful

Coventry City Council has dismissed claims that its landlord licensing and accreditation scheme is potentially unlawful. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) wrote...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government’s focus on homeownership ‘serves only to hurt tenants’

New communities secretary Robert Jenrick and housing minister Esther McVey look set to focus on increasing homeownership, but this appears to...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to bring forward its plans for court reform

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

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fresh government guidance ‘could leave landlords open to prosecution’

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

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme is potentially unlawful, warns RLA

Buy-to-let landlords who own property in Coventry should be wary of Coventry Council’s landlord licensing and accreditation scheme as it is...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords set to become more selective if the government removes Section 21

Vulnerable tenants and those at higher risk of rent arrears are likely to suffer most as a result of the government’s...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Most tenants satisfied with private rented housing, says new report

The majority of private renters were satisfied or very satisfied with their current accommodation, according to the English Housing Survey report...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Smart tax needed to support investment in energy efficiency measures, says RLA

A cap limiting landlord spending on energy efficiency improvements to £3,500 should be scrapped and replaced with a new £5,000 figure,...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 July 2019

From: Rental Reform

Tory leadership candidates urged to ‘encourage more investment’ in the PRS

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson, the two men competing to become the next Conservative Party leader, are being to urged to...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

A national register of landlords would add ‘unnecessary’ layer of bureaucracy – RLA

The recommendation for a national register of landlords in the government’s review of selective licensing published today would prove ‘unnecessary’ and...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory leadership candidates urged to scrap controversial Right to Rent scheme

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

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter urged to go back to drawing board on tenancy proposal

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

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rising rents ‘make young people less mobile’

High rents mean young people are less likely to move to UK cities where average salaries are higher, a new report...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost half of landlords expected to exit the PRS

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

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

London mayor Sadiq Khan urged to crackdown on short-term letting adverts

London mayor Sadiq Khan is being urged to pull advertisements encouraging landlords to move into tourist lets. Following a significant drop in...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Record response to new survey on Section 21

A record number of landlords have responded to the Residential Landlord Association’s (RLA) survey asking what a post-Section 21 private rented...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New post-Brexit Right to Rent guidance issued by the government

New guidance on Right to Rent checks for EU citizens after Britain leaves the European Union has been published by the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New Oxford accreditation scheme is ‘unlawful’, says RLA

A new landlord accreditation scheme in Oxford has been deemed both discriminatory and unlawful by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The association...

09 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

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

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

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government set to abolish Section 21

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

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are simply not prepared for Brexit, says RLA

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

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent branded ‘a farce’ by RLA

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents help landlords break strict short-term letting laws in London

Buy-to-let landlords in London are being encouraged by property management firms to break strict short-term letting laws in the capital, an...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords will be legally required to join a redress scheme, or face £5,000 fine

For the first time ever, buy-to-let landlords will be legally required to become members of a redress scheme, as part of measures...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Hull accused of ‘getting away with murder’

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

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise 7.5% over the next three years

UK rents are expected to increase by 7.5% over the next three years, as the supply of rental accommodation dwindles while...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government introduces new room size guidance

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

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

High Court review of Right to Rent policy begins today

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

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Government urged to rethink rent protection scheme

The government’s existing strategy to protect rent paid by tenants to letting agents will fail to provide adequate protection for landlords,...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at five weeks rent

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents will be capped at a maximum of five...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Minister to address Future Renting Wales conference next week

The Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, Justin Tomlinson, will address the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) Future Renting Wales conference...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Government benefit cuts fuel surge in homelessness from rented housing

Government benefit changes, including cuts to housing benefit, are to blame for increasing levels of homelessness from private rented housing, according...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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