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In Court At Last - landlord after two-year investigation

A private landlord who let three of his properties fall into dangerous disrepair has been ordered to pay almost £14,000 after...

21 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Government insulation scheme flops with tiny take-up so far

Figures from the Department for Energy and Net Zero indicate that only 4,648 households so far have taken advantage of the...

09 May 2024

From: Breaking News

E-bike fire leads to fine for landlord over unsafe HMO

A landlord has been fined over £3,800 for letting out an unsafe and unlicensed HMO. South Gloucestershire council issued the landlord a...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Four Ways To Improve A Property’s Energy Performance Certificate

The Eco Experts have come up with four ways to improve a home’s Energy Performance Certificate. 1. Add an insulating jacket to...

04 May 2024

From: Legislation & Compliance

Backfired! Councils LOSE money through second home tax premiums - claim

A politician is claiming that second home council tax premiums, where owners pay up to double the normal rate, is resulting...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Bizarre Behaviour Landlord back in court a second time

A landlord who has repeatedly flouted housing rules has been fined a further £36,000 following a prosecution brought by a council.  Giuseppe...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Police warn landlords to smoke out cannabis farms

Police have issued a warning to landlords after a property was left badly damaged by an illegal cannabis grow. The property -...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

HMO rogue owner pleads guilty to string of safety failings

A London council has prosecuted landlord Syed Shah, owner of an HMO, for a string of  breaches that posed significant risks...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Hidden Battery Fire Risk in the Private Rental Sector

Following a spate of fires in rental properties a home insurance expert is warning people of the hidden fire threat of...

13 April 2024

From: Legislation & Compliance

Would tenants really be better off if letting agents were regulated?

A trade body claims private tenants are ‘suffering’ because lettings agents are not regulated. Propertymark is demanding equal treatment between lettings agents...

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord must pay £45,000 for letting out unlicensed properties

A council has prosecuted a landlord for letting out two HMOs without a licence and failing to comply with HMO Management...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Jail for landlord who put lives of tenants at fire risk

A fire and rescue service has successfully prosecuted a landlord for failing to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Councils combine to take rogue HMO landlord to court

A landlord referred to only as ‘Mr Gurung’ has been named by two councils as being penalised £3,000 for an overcrowded...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Energy Theft is ticking time bomb for rental sector - claim

Anonymous reports of energy theft have skyrocketed by 62% since 2021, Crimestoppers’ figures reveal.  In 2023 alone, the charity received 11,552 reports...

22 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Camera ban - new concerns over landlords’ insurance

Insurance experts claim there are new issues facing short-let landlords following Airbnb's worldwide ban on the use of security cameras inside...

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

How Technology is Transforming Property Management

The management of BTL properties, whether it's a modest collection of three units or a more sizable portfolio of fifteen, can...

15 March 2024

From: Sponsored Content

Bond scheme will oblige landlords to let out at ‘affordable rents’

A council says a new bond scheme designed to increase the quality and availability of affordable housing for private renters across...

14 March 2024

From: Breaking News

E-bike Charging - worry over fire risk in rental properties

Despite several fires in rented properties, the government is proposing to double the maximum legal power of e-bikes. A Department of Transport...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with big fine after ignoring improvement notice

A landlord has been slammed with £9,000 in fines and costs for ignoring notices to improve his property. Following reports of disrepair...

27 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £45,000 for letting unlicensed properties

A council has prosecuted a landlord for letting two HMOs without a licence and failing to comply with HMO Management Regulations.Mohammed...

21 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Backfired! Rent Controls lead to Higher Rents, says Zoopla

Analysis by Zoopla says rent controls introduced in Scotland have directly led to higher rents. The property portal’s research team has analysed...

15 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Council slaps two Civil Penalty Notices on landlord after winning appeal

A council has won an appeal concerning two Civil Penalty Notices imposed on a landlord. The landlords had been issued two fines...

14 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Two chances to forge closer links between landlords and council

Two new forums to forge closer bonds between council and landlords in North Yorkshire are to take place in the coming...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter campaigns chief to be paid over £100,000

Campaigning charity Shelter - which has frequently been critical of landlords and their alleged treatment of poorer tenants - is advertising...

12 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Bad News on Interest Rates as inflation is set to RISE not fall

This week’s official inflation rate is now expected to show a possible rise, rather than a fall. Although there is widespread expectation...

12 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined for letting outbuilding to family of nine

A council has prosecuted a landlord after a family of nine were discovered living in an outbuilding. Tariq Khan of Peterborough was...

12 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Five figure fine for landlord’s HMO bin, garden and fire breaches

A landlord has been fined a total of £10,000 for breaching regulations when renting HMOs to vulnerable residents, as a supported...

09 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Free information forum for landlords will include NRLA, police and DWP

Private landlords and letting agents are being offered free advice and information at a networking event hosted by Cumberland council.  Property owners...

09 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord fails to attend court, fined thousands for safety offences

The landlord of a flat has been ordered to pay a total of £3,287 for failing to carry out repairs.  Carlo Ykhlef,...

06 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning that mortgage rates could move UP following Bank decision

There’s a warning today that the Bank of England’s decision to freeze base rate at the high level of 5.25 per...

02 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of financial penalties imposed on landlords by licensing 

A council claims “hundreds of residents have been made safer in their homes” thanks to a licencing regime. Sheffield council insists the...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Council Warns Landlords - big crackdown is coming this year!

A council is warning landlords of HMOs that they must meet all of their legal responsibilities ahead of a crackdown on...

26 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters may become first time buyers with just one per cent deposit

The government is considering allowing renters to buy their first homes with just one per cent deposits, according  to press reports...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

MPs want stricter damp, mould and housing standards imposed on landlords

Urgent action is needed by government to protect tenants who live in poor quality private rented homes, MPs have demanded. A report...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Daylight Robbery? Council’s 60 per cent rise in fees on landlords

Landlords who fail to ensure their private rented homes meet required standards face massively increased charges from a council. Bath & North...

15 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency of homes should determine social rent levels - call

A think tank says rents set in the social sector should reflect the energy efficiency of a property. It’s one of a...

15 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Investors could save tens of thousands with cash-only purchases

A new analysis of discounts available to cash buyer suggests they can save tens of thousands of pounds on some property...

28 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Another day, another landlord licensing scheme proposed by council

Gedling council in Nottinghamshire is launching a consultation to renew yet another selective licensing scheme. The scheme was launched in 2018 and...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord complaint leads to agency being expelled from Ombudsman scheme

A London lettings agency has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman for not paying compensation to a landlord following a failure...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Banning Order and call for people to watch out for rogue landlord

A council has secured a banning order against a landlord, taking effect almost immediately. The order is against Grzegorz Surminski, a landlord...

15 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords face sentencing after e-bike fire fatality

Two landlords who let their two-bedroom flat in Tower Hamlets to as many as 22 people, have pleaded guilty to nine...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Bankrupt! - Labour council which tomorrow launches huge licensing scheme

A controversial licensing scheme is due to come into force tomorrow - just as the council administering it has declared itself...

30 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords lead on energy-efficiency despite Sunak U-turn

Large upfront costs are deterring landlords and other home owners from making their homes more energy efficient, according to Lloyds Bank...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour to scrap Section 21 on first day in office, says Rayner

Labour’s shadow housing secretary and deputy leader Angela Rayner says her party will scrap Section 21 on its first day in...

20 November 2023

From: Breaking News

A Remarkable Story of A Leaseholder Seeking Justice

Lost in the noise of the King’s Speech, the general pledge to reform the leasehold system, and the subsequent political turmoil...

18 November 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

Half a million fine for HMO landlord who put tenants at risk

A landlord and a property management company have been found guilty of putting tenants at risk after a council probe. Kensington and...

08 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Government pledge to reduce leaseholder insurance premiums

The government has agreed a pledge with five insurance brokers which could mean thousands of leaseholders in buildings with identified fire...

08 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Legal info and regulation updates provided at new landlord forums

Two new forums for landlords and others serving the private rental sector are being held this month. The North Yorkshire council initiative...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords left in limbo by government confusion on rental reform

Uncertainty over government plans for the Private Rented Sector - including the controversial Renters Reform Bill - has left the industry...

28 October 2023

From: Rental Reform

Abusive landlord prosecuted for obstructing council officers

An unnamed landlord with a large portfolio of homes has been prosecuted by Portsmouth council for obstructing officers in carrying out...

26 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned about end of HMO licensing ‘grace period’

HMO landlords in Portsmouth are being urged to apply for a new licence before the grace period ends on December 1. Additional...

24 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Sentencing next year for landlord who controlled illegal HMOs

A landlord has been found guilty of operating eight unlicensed HMOs and a range of breaches of the HMO Management Regulations. Northampton...

23 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Anti-Landlord group is part of Labour teach-in for renters

A local authority’s teach-in for private tenants this weekend is to be addressed by a group which is known for its...

19 October 2023

From: Breaking News

NRLA Sells Out! Gove addresses annual conference

The National Residential Landlords’ Association’s annual conference next week is a sell out with all 800 or so tickets sold to...

16 October 2023

From: Breaking News

How to Achieve Low Season Holiday Let Bookings This year, with families across the UK facing a squeeze to their budgets, we’ve...

14 October 2023

From: Agent Advice

Council claims anti-social behaviour linked to some rental housing

Blackpool council will next week consider a new selective licensing scheme for some of the town’s privately rented properties. The scheme will...

13 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s Massive Housing Challenge Before Next Election

There is a real difficulty for Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party at the moment.  After 14 years in power, any failings land squarely...

07 October 2023

From: Agent Advice

Whopping £30,000 fine confirmed for rogue landlord’s HMO activities

A rogue landlord and his company have been found guilty of failing to licence an HMO and breaches of management regulations. Broadland...

06 October 2023

From: Breaking News

HMO licensing regime coming to an end - for now

The Additional Licensing HMO scheme in the Bath and North East Somerset area ends on New Year’s Eve.  The scheme covers around...

05 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Fire Alarm - landlords and tenants urged to know fire rights

A fire and rescue service is urging tenants to know their rights when it comes to fire safety. Warwickshire Fire and Rescue...

05 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Legal verdict means costs of ‘waking watches’ may fall on landlords

The Fire Protection Association says a recent First-Tier Tribunal decision and appeal dismissal highlight the responsibilities that landlords hold in relation...

03 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Four rogue landlords prosecuted by council in three days

A council has prosecuted four landlords in three days, with convictions secured for seven offences. Harold Mews Management Ltd of Margate was...

03 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Compliance for Landlords - Crash Course to be held this week

Next weekend sees a crash course event for landlords to bring them up to date with the 160 pieces of legislation...

03 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Do HMOs Still Stack Up As An Investment?

Over the last 15 years, the HMO market has been transformed.  Back in the ‘90s, multi-lets were mainly student housing or cheap...

16 September 2023

From: Agent Advice

Tenancy Agreement Clinic teach-in at free landlord and agent forum

Landlords and managing agents operating in South Warwickshire are being encouraged to take part in the next industry forum on Wednesday...

08 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord must pay over £27k for safety failings in HMO

A rogue landlord has been fined £27,460 for putting residents at risk by failing to maintain a property. Flintshire County Council brought...

04 September 2023

From: Breaking News

New insurance product targets landlords letting to students

Insurance broker Gallagher is launching a policy for student accommodation providers with insurance cover against damage to their properties. Traditional landlord insurance...

01 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Regulation - Last-ditch bid to stop “laughing stock” rules

Trade bodies and short let landlords have made a last-ditch appeal to politicians to stop new rules which could see the...

29 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords pay £20,000 for property management failings

A council has issued financial penalties of over £20,000 to landlords failing to manage their properties.   Three of the four cases...

24 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Tips for Renters - are you advising your tenants this way?

A loans company, Moneyboat, has issued a series of tips for renters before and during their tenancies.  It claims that by avoiding...

18 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord who crammed 40 people into house is banned

A criminal businessman has been given a London council’s first ever landlord banning order. Property dealer Jaydipkumar Rameshchandra Valand, who lives in...

17 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Don’t cut corners on mandatory EICR reports - warning

Landlords are unwittingly exposing their tenants to the serious danger of fire because they opt for the cheaper option when hiring...

16 August 2023

From: Breaking News

HMO landlord in court after Gangmasters investigation

A landlord responsible for the management of an HMO has been fined a total of £5,000. The penalties were imposed by Boston...

14 August 2023

From: Breaking News

This Is The Biggest Problem For The Rental Sector

I recently had the opportunity to challenge a lot of nonsense in Parliament. Or to put it another way, I was...

05 August 2023

From: Rental Reform

Council slammed for thousands of social housing safety failings

A council that is often outspoken in its criticism of rogue private landlords has been slammed for literally thousands of health...

01 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Michael Gove gives thumbs up to another Labour licensing scheme

A controversial licensing scheme will come into force this winter with the blessing of Housing Secretary Michael Gove. Nottingham council’s selective licensing...

01 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Is Your Holiday Home Let Under-Insured?

When a popular Dorset pub was devastated several years ago, thanks to a huge chimney fire, the owners were left with...

29 July 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

Bumper £68,000 fines for HMO landlord and his company

Mulberry Real Estate Ltd, and its director, David Bryant, who are landlords of properties in Cardiff, have been fined for a...

27 July 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC Climbdown - Gove to publish details of ‘relaxed’ deadline

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has pledged to publish “shortly” revised timetables for the implementation of further energy efficiency targets for the...

25 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Alarms - almost no one tests them as much as they should, study shows

A new survey has revealed that an overwhelming 94 per cent of people - tenants and homeowners alike - aren’t testing...

25 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Tough for Renters - Agent’s Insight Into London Market

The latest research by London lettings agency Benham and Reeves has revealed the uphill struggle facing those in search of a...

22 July 2023

From: Agent Advice

“Shocking discrimination” by many landlords, claim activists

New research has uncovered what the organisations behind it call “shocking discrimination towards migrant communities” while they try to find places...

19 July 2023

From: Breaking News

The priority for the majority of landlords is rental income that is paid on time, but there is also the priority...

15 July 2023

From: Agent Advice

MP wants landlords to be eligible for leaseholder protection funding

A Labour MP wants the government to include private landlords in the Building Safety Act’s leaseholder protections scheme.  The government introduced the...

11 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Conversions - should there be more of them?

Conversions, often seen as a likely property type for private landlords, are likely to be more common if two groups of...

11 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord in court with three property firms over HMO safety

A landlord and three property management companies have been fined approaching £80,000 for health and safety failings. Mohammed Ali Abbas Rasool, Cadogan...

06 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord refuses to identify himself - and gets hit with huge fine

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £44,000 after a court found him guilty of a serious housing offence. Giuseppe Sutera,...

03 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Top Ten Tips for landlords to avoid making insurance claims

Having insurance is a sensible way to protect yourself as a landlord against the financial cost of damage or liability claims....

01 July 2023

From: Tax & Finance

Council’s Rogue Landlord Project claims another scalp

Rogue landlord Hazmar Fauz of Welwyn in Hertfordshire has been given a hefty fine of over £15,000 for a series of...

29 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Call for landlords to check fire info is accurate and on display

A PropTech firm claims that its research shows a third of tenants have not seen fire safety certificates or information about...

23 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Fine of £40,000 for landlord who put tenants at risk

A landlord and his property company have been ordered to pay a total of £40,000 in fines after a council says...

22 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Police warn about surge in cannabis farms at rental properties

Police in North Yorkshire have given landlords a list of danger signs following a surge in cannabis farms. Rental properties in the...

07 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour call to campaign against “excessive rents”

A Labour pressure group wants the party to campaign on housing at the next General Election, including railing against what it...

07 June 2023

From: Breaking News

First time ever - Landlord loses right to overturn Banning Order

A landlord who was banned from letting properties after repeatedly failing to meet the required standards, has lost an appeal to...

01 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid on rogue landlord HMO after residents’ tip off

Council enforcement officers found 11 people crammed inside a three-bed semi in London following a tip-off from eagled-eyed residents. Brent council officers...

24 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord left tenant without proper heating for years

A landlord has been fined more than £8,000 for failing to complete necessary improvements to properties. Eric Bland pleaded guilty at Chesterfield...

23 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Give government and Renters Reform a chance, agent tells landlords

Private landlords should hold fire on plans to quit the private rental sector and give the government a chance to incentivise...

22 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Beware of incompetent letting agents - new warning to landlords

Landlords are urged to be cautious and do extensive research before signing up to a letting agent in the face of...

19 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Bail Out! Council’s desperate plea for help from private landlords

A council is apply to private landlords to help it solve its housing crisis. Peterborough council says it’s looking for family sized...

19 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Reform will backfire on government say top economists

A prominent group of economists has predicted the measures in the Renters Reform Bill will backfire on the government. Matthew Lesh, Director...

17 May 2023

From: Breaking News

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