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Government pledges to “shift the odds in favour of renters”

A government housing minister says the Boris Johnson administration wants to shift the balance of power in the rental sector favour...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Awareness campaign for landlords as law change approaches

A national awareness campaign has been launched to prepare landlords for the implementation of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 on...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short lets wreck local housing markets, say conservationists

The Council for the Protection of Rural England is the latest body to blast Airbnb and other short lets for their...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax clampdown on holiday lets will help 'genuine’ agents - claim

A tourism chief has stood up in favour of closing what the government calls a tax loophole for landlords letting out...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to apply for hardship grant if they have Covid debts

A local authority in Scotland is calling on private landlords to get in touch if they have suffered hardship as a...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New landlord contracts with tenants explained by government

The Welsh Government has set out how the housing law in that country is set to change significantly from July 15...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Charities want insulation boost for poorer tenants

An alliance of 25 major charities have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, calling for urgent action...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

60 Second Interview with Paul Wootton, The Landlord Works

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Paul Wootton, Director of The Landlord Works, a new...

13 January 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

EPC targets - new revelations about domestic energy efficiency

With landlords under pressure to fund ever-stricter energy efficiency requirements, a new report appears to make the government’s ‘one size fits...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords to pay Net Zero costs without tax or grant help - claim

Landlords will have to foot the bill for the government’s energy efficiency proposals without any apparent tax or grant help. That’s the...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Lords report accuses private rental sector of being too expensive

A House of Lords report claims that the private rental sector has become ”increasingly unaffordable” and says out welcomes the proliferation...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax loophole closed for landlords claiming business rates

Landlords who let out holiday properties as businesses may have to fork out as much as £1,000 more per year as...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Banned! Landlord ‘with history of poor property management’

A landlord who let out a property that raised serious concerns for the safety of 18 residents, including six children, has...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Compulsory Landlord Register? Clamp-down likely on holiday lets

The government looks set to clamp down on holiday rentals and will this year formally consult on the concept of a...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Un-vaxxed tenants given new guidance on moving home

The government has issued updated guidance on renters moving home during the pandemic, and for the first time the rules change...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Is The Private Rental Sector facing a Supply Crisis?

Bromsgrove is a classic rental market. The Worcestershire market town is enveloped by green space but is just a thirty-minute commute...

08 January 2022

From: Industry Views

Landlords’ extra time to submit self-assessment tax returns

Sarah Coles, senior personal finance analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, writes: The government has announced extra breathing space for anyone who hasn’t...

08 January 2022

From: Tax & Finance

Don’t call me ‘Landlord’ - is the title discredited?

The majority of the buy to let community want the name ‘landlord’ dropped and replaced by something like ‘small housing provider’ That’s...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how much rents went up in your area in 2021

One of the major lettings market indices has produced figures showing how much rents rose in 2021. HomeLet says the average rent...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory complains about “coughing up most of income to landlords”

A prominent Conservative has complained that her party, and others, have failed to do anything about a housing market in which...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Opposition to rent controls voiced by chief of new super-agency

A senior figure in a newly-enlarged agency that wants to become a national force in lettings has thrown his weight behind...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Now Labour jumps on the bandwagon

Labour is the latest political party to call for rent controls following similar pleas from the Green Party and the Scottish Nationalists. Paul...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stop landlords buying properties to let out, says Tory activist

A former Conservative councillor has used a leading party website to call on the government to restrict the purchase of buy...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC’s Tax changes for landlords in 2022

With 2022 just hours away, here’s a reminder of two tax changes that will directly affect landlords next year - and...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexiteer MPs campaign against Net Zero EPC targets

Two prominent Brexiteer MPs are spearheading a campaign that claims Net Zero energy efficiency policies are unpopular. In their launch statement, they...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency backs landlords with sweeping attack on government

An agency has issued a statement standing shoulder-to-shoulder with landlords and rejecting the negative mood music surrounding the private rental sector. Chris...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency: Another call for landlords to get help to hit targets

Another council is encouraging landlords and tenants to get help to improve the energy efficiency of rented properties. Shropshire Council says there...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

 Scrapping Section 21 may take three years says industry expert

A leading experts on the private rental sector predicts it will take three years for the government to scrap Section 21...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government issues new Right To Rent guidance for landlords

The Home Office has issued yet another iteration of its guidance for landlords on how to conduct Right To Rent checks. The...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive rent rise for social housing tenants expected in the spring

Private landlords get it in the neck for allegedly-high rents but 4.75m families living in social housing in England are facing...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - consultation opens for landlords and general public

Scotland’s controversial Green Party housing chief - who is part of a governing arrangement with Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party -...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter backs call for rent controls and anti-eviction powers

Shelter has given what appears to be unconditional support to the SNP-Green proposals for reform of the private rental sector in...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rent rises are “going ballistic” according to analyst

A leading market forecaster has described the level of rent rises in one part of the country as “going ballistic”. “The London...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax Tips: Are you filing to HMRC over the Christmas period?

It’s likely that you’ll have something festive lined up over the Christmas period, but in case not - here are a...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Hot Air! Call for rethink of rental energy efficiency measures

Proposals to force landlords to pay up to £10,000 to improve energy efficiency of rental properties require a rethink, according to...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Extended notice period is ‘another body blow to landlords’

The National Residential Landlords Association has described a six months notice period for tenants as “yet another body blow to landlords.” Over...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid - Minister tells landlords how to tackle ‘Winter Plan’

Housing minister Chris Pincher has written an open letter to all landlords in England, telling them how to enact the government’s...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks: Rental Reform to dominate 2022

As I write, at home in bed recovering from Covid, I can’t fail to notice the irony of attempting to predict...

18 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

Will 2022 present energy efficiency and rent control challenges?

As we enter 2022 the private rented sector can look back on a year which marked the start of its recovery...

18 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

New Year - time for landlords to step up a gear

The dusk of 2021 is upon us and, as is customary in property circles at this juncture, we look forward to...

18 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

2022’s challenge for landlords - improving energy efficiency

Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson has given his prediction as to what the big issues will be in the 2022 lettings...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mandatory compensation for tenants mooted by letting agents

ARLA Propertymark has launched a radical programme of reform for the private rental sector - getting in before the government’s own...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

High profile MP claims government 'turns a blind eye' on bad landlords

High profile MP Caroline Lucas has told a newspaper that the government turns a blind eye to bad landlords. “This government, like previous...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC Targets - government tipped to give landlords an extra year

It’s being reported in the mainstream press that the government may give landlords an extra year to make rental homes more energy efficient. This...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Switch from long-term lets to Airbnb 'worsens housing crisis'

Landlords selling up or converting to short lets have led to a growing housing crisis, according to a trade body of...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness leads call for ‘winter truce’ on evictions

Activists in the Generation Rent campaign group are urging the government to introduce what it calls “a winter truce” with no...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Slammed! Government and councils condemned for rental failures

A report by the National Audit Office has sharply criticised the government and councils for not doing enough to help tenants...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords want more government and council 'vision' for rentals

The National Residential Landlords Association has thrown its weight behind the recommendations of the National Audit Office report urging the government...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government told to act over falling size of private rental sector

ARLA Propertymark is expressing concern at the latest figures showing a fall in the size of the private rental sector. The latest...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Fewer tenants have Covid arrears, but average debt is still rising

The National Residential Landlords Association says fewer tenants now have Covid-related arrears - but for those who do, the debt is...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Controversial council’s chief slams “dangerously unregulated” rental sector

A housing chief in a controversial council has tweeted that “Private landlords must be held accountable!”. She also claims on social media...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Council may fund landlords’ energy efficiency measures if tenants qualify

Landlords with properties in part of Lincolnshire could benefit from Government funding secured by North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government backs controversial licensing scheme after two years

The government has approved a vast landlord licensing scheme in Liverpool - but even including 45,000 homes it is still much...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

 Landlords offered advice line to save energy and improve EPCs

Landlords in the west country struggling with high fuel bills are being urged to take advantage of a free money-saving advice...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Special: Can landlords afford to meet new EPC targets?

With currently less than four years before all new tenancies need to be in properties rated EPC ‘C’ or above, there...

04 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

Capital Gains Tax reform: Government decision at last

The long-awaited government response to calls to tighten up Capital Gains Tax has come at last - and it’s no change...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

We Quit! Landlords may sell over strict EPC targets

More than half of landlords with properties rated EPC D or below are considering selling because of stringent energy efficiency rules...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs want renewable heating tech in private rental homes

A cross-party survey of MPs shows that they want to scale up the installation of renewable heating technologies in existing homes,...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid to get landlords to long-term lease properties to councils

The Welsh Government has announced a £30m pot from which councils can pay for easing properties from private landlords. Under the Welsh Government’s...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

 More legal aid for tenants facing eviction - proposals unveiled

The government is proposing that tenants facing eviction receive additional legal assistance through an enhancement of the current free ‘on-the-day’ law...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets licensing schemes to start next year in Scotland

Councils north of the border will be given powers to ensure short-term lets are safe and meet the needs of local...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

If you think residential Covid arrears are bad….see this…

Residential landlords need no reminding of the restrictions that have prevented possessions for substantial periods during the pandemic. Nor do they...

27 November 2021

From: The Big Issues

Letting a holiday home? Here’s how to make it more sustainable

Harry Roberts, managing director of My Favourite Cottages, outlines how holiday homes can be made more sustainable. Earlier this month, world leaders...

27 November 2021

From: Industry Views

Buy to Let Investment guide – Free to Download

In recent years, letting property has become more challenging due to a range of tax and regulation changes and since March...

25 November 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks refuses to give details of tenancy deposit failure

Purplebricks is refusing to say how many landlords were affected by its failure to comply with the law requiring tenants’ deposits to...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent blasts “dodgy landlords” for sabotaging energy efficiency goals

A lettings agent claims progress on climate change and energy efficiency is likely to be undermined by what he calls “dodgy...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council may help with rent payments for hard-pressed tenants

A council is appealing to landlords to reach out if they are having problems with a tenant - instead of possibly...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Carbon Monoxide alarms must be fitted in private rentals with gas boilers

The government has announced that carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in all private rental properties with fixed appliances such as...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Commuter belt city wants private landlords to house Afghan refugees

Landlords in the heart of the London commuter belt are being asked to come forward if they can provide accommodation for...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Section 21 possession cases plummet - despite what some say

The number of repossession cases in the courts involving landlords using Section 21 notices has plummeted over the past two years. A...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lights Out at Bulb - what this may mean for landlords

Bulb Energy, which has 1.7m customers - including, it is thought, many thousands of landlords - is to be put into...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bravo for second home-owners - senior politician speaks up for sector

A leading politician in Wales has spoken out in favour of second homeowners, who are under increasing scrutiny in that country...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Sex For Rent landlords to be discussed in the House of Lords

The long-running saga of unscrupulous landlords taking advantage of lone tenants to suggest a ‘sex for rent’ arrangement continues with a...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t over-regulate landlords! Warning to UK governments

Avoiding over-regulation across the UK should be a priority to keep existing landlords in the sector as well as attracting buy...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to landlords - capital appreciation for older homes may fall

A business analyst is warning owners of older properties that the value of their assets may be cut if energy efficiency...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper under discussion with landlord trade group

A statement on the National Residential Landlords Association’s website says the group has had talks with government over rental reform. The long-awaited...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Sleaze: MPs rent out their own homes and then claim expenses

The sleaze allegations engulfing the government have moved to those MPs letting out their London homes while claiming money from taxpayers...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rents have risen 38 per cent in 12 months

The Home property website has identified locations where rents have risen by up to 38 per cent in the past 12...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

The man with a PLAN for portfolio landlords

I am the Chair of PLAN - the Portfolio Landlords Action Group - which had its formal launch this week. People...

13 November 2021

From: Rental Reform

Pathetic! Councils blasted for failure to prosecute rogue landlords

A lettings sector trade body is blasting local authorities for their poor record on trying to eliminate rogue landlords. The National Residential...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC and Valuation Office working on new tax regime for holiday lets

A government housing minister has confirmed to the House of Lords that a new tax regime for Airbnb hosts and holiday...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity wants check on how £65m is spent on Covid-arrears tenants

Another charity has criticised landlords using eviction powers on tenants with Covid-related arrears.  StepChange, a debt advice charity, says it wants to...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

EPCs and energy efficiency - Landlords appear ahead of the game

A new report from the government’s Office for National Statistics appears to show landlords are ahead of the game when it...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government asks tenants if they want to see landlord contact details

The government has launched a survey of private tenants in which it asks them whether they would like to be given...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC Crisis: Properties could be “unsellable and unrentable” by 2025

There is a fear that work required to bring rental units up to new Energy Performance Certificate levels by 2025 could...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Think twice before signing up to new register, landlords told

A landlord group is advising members to think carefully about a ‘special offer’ from a local authority attempting to tie them into...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to ‘portfolio criminal landlords’ as clampdown gathers strength

Rogue landlords who create portfolios of overcrowded, unregulated and unsafe properties - including the infamous beds in sheds - now face...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords of homes with illegal EPCs threatened with enforcement

A council in the north of England has identified 166 private rental properties within the district that do not comply with...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Most landlords subsidising tenants during Covid dipped into savings

The majority of private landlords helping tenants out during the pandemic by cutting their rent absorbed the losses from their savings...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

What are the Alternatives to Gas Boilers?

The UK government’s target to reach net zero emissions by 2050 has necessitated the introduction of initiatives aimed at reducing fossil...

06 November 2021

From: The Big Issues

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

Labour says S21 eviction power “unjustly uproots families”

Labour has echoed campaign groups Generation Rent and Shelter in calling for the speediest possible ending of Section 21 eviction powers,...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show over 100,000 homes let illegally

PropTech firm Kamma says well over 100,000 private rental homes across the UK are being let illegally because they already fail...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Hot Air? EPC targets cannot be achieved with government funding

Savills estimates that £330 billion is needed to implement all energy efficiency improvements to the UK housing sector to meet EPC...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Delaying scrapping Section 21 is the right thing to do, say agents

The scrapping of Section 21 and other provisions expected in the government’s White Paper on rental reform have been delayed until...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New cash boost for courts may ease possession backlog

There may be a breakthrough in clearing the huge backlog of possession cases as the government is allocating an extra £324m...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Free Home Safety Improvements: Landlords may be eligible

Landlords, tenants and residents in parts of Nottingham may be eligible for free home safety improvements to crackdown on burglary. Nottinghamshire police...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New trade body for landlords to launch this month

A new trade body called PLAN launches this month with the aim of representing large scale Portfolio Landlords with 75 properties...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Arrears - More should still be done to clear them

This week’s Budget saw the Chancellor loosen the Treasury’s purse strings in a number of areas.  Yet this was a quiet Autumn...

30 October 2021

From: The Big Issues

Shock stamp duty hike was considered for Budget

It now appears that landlords had a narrow escape with this week’s Budget. The Daily Telegraph has discovered that a report by...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

£70,000 to “engage” with landlords over energy efficiency

A council says it’s going to spend £70,000 of central government money to help “engage” with landlords over issues of energy...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government delays Rental Reform White Paper until 2022

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will now not be published until...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Not enough! Landlords say Budget does too little to clear arrears

The Budget revealed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak does too little to help many of those struggling most to pay their rents. That’s...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news - Capital Gains Tax reporting time doubled for landlords

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget has made one small but welcome change to Capital Gains Tax.  For those selling UK residential property, including...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Think-tank backs Generation Rent call for greater controls on landlords

An independent think-tank is the latest organisation wanting landlord licensing schemes across England plus a nationa landlord register, emulating similar schemes...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government red tape still an obstacle to buy to let investors

Landlords are hesitant about buying more property according to a new study by Simply Business. The study of 560 landlords from across...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Register could lead to tax clampdown, say activists

The Generation Rent activist group has repeated its call for a landlord register in England, saying it could mean more tax...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday Lets backlash - protest claims local being priced out

The protest movement against second homes in Wales appears to be gathering pace. The BBC reports that over 150 campaigners have gathered...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

£65m for tenant arrears - but it’s not enough for Generation Rent

The activist group Generation Rent says the £65m package announced by the government over the weekend is not enough and must...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be helped by new Covid arrears fund

Landlords in England with tenants in rent arrears because of Covid are to be helped via a new £65m debt fund. Although announced today...

23 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New eco-clampdown on landlords announced by government

The government has today announced a new cash injection for councils to clampdown on landlords whose properties fail to meet energy...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords need ‘green grants’ to make basic eco-improvements - claim

The head of a building body says landlords and home owners need a replacement for the defunct Green Homes Grant to...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Shocking statistics for unregulated rental accommodation

Over 150,000 households in Britain are in ‘exempt’ accommodation, a rental sector which some say is “dangerously under-regulated.” ‘Exempt accommodation’ is intended...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Boiling Over: NRLA slams government over boiler policy for landlords

A piecemeal approach to how the private rental sector meets government climate change targets is fraught with problems, the landlords trade...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent says Net Zero targets don’t cover basic insulation

Generation Rent has commented on the government’s Net Zero goals, involving phasing out boilers and introducing heat pumps into rental properties. While...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Net Zero: Landlords in different areas need different incentives - claim

The government should factor in the property market’s huge regional variations when offering landlords incentives to become more energy efficient. That’s the call...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New Boiler Ban - Problems already emerge with heat pump alternative

Experts are already warning of shortcomings in the government’s latest Green initiative, banning new boilers from 2035 and offering £5,000 grants...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Will landlords install heat pumps with just £5,000 help?

It’s been confirmed that landlords and other home owners in England and Wales will be offered subsidies of £5,000 from April...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Shift poorest tenants from private rental to social housing - call

A call has gone out to shift tens of thousands of the poorest tenants in the private rental sector into social...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Gas boilers to be banned and replaced by heat pumps - claim

The government is poised to announce a ban on the installation of gas boilers by 2035. Instead home owners including landlords will...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Looming rent controls may be deterring landlords from buy to let

A leading market analyst says the looming threat of rent controls may be deterring landlords entering the buy to let sector,...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Is Buy To Let still worth the effort? You Bet!

£223.7 billion. That’s how much better off UK landlords are than five years ago when you do the maths on the...

16 October 2021

From: Industry Views

Going Green: What landlords need to know now

Landlords can be forgiven for being exasperated by the government’s exhortations to go green.   I don’t need to rehearse here again...

16 October 2021

From: The Big Issues

Landlords tell Sunak to help tenants pay off Covid-related arrears

The proportion of private renters in arrears in England has more than doubled during the Covid-19 pandemic according to government data. The...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks - Landlords Are At A Crossroads

As founder of Landlord Action and chief operating officer at Hamilton Fraser, I’ve been talking to landlords for over 25 years...

09 October 2021

From: The Big Issues

EPC Upgrades - Raise cap for landlord spending, government told

The government has been told to raise the landlord cost cap to £10,000 to increase the number of private rental sector...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Tomorrow! - the launch of Landlord Today's weekend features

We hope you enjoy our Breaking News service each weekday - and from tomorrow we have additional weekend features too. Each weekend...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Urgent warning over new smoke and CO alarm regulations

A warning has gone out to landlords with properties in Scotland regarding legislation coming into effect in early 2022. Trade association SELECT is...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New! Starting Saturday - Landlord Today's weekend features

We hope you enjoy our Breaking News service each weekday - and from this Saturday we have additional weekend features too. Each...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Who’d have thought it? Shelter boss praises some private landlords

In an unexpected turn of events at a Conservative party conference fringe meeting, the chief executive of Shelter heaped praise on...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit cut today - landlords’ last gasp criticism

Today the government will go ahead with a planned cut to Universal Credit of £20 per week.  The level of welfare support...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - stand by for details today

The government is expected to give at least some details today of the principles enshrined in a new White Paper on...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession Process - new guidance issued for landlords

The government has issued new guidance for landlords and tenants concerning the possession process as applied to those on an Assured...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Back Off! Sunak told to stop hammering rental sector

One of the first submissions to Chancellor Rishi Sunak ahead of his autumn Budget and spending review later this month asks...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring Energy Bills: Landlords urged to help tenants understand options

With the government lifting the price cap on energy suppliers at the start of this month, PropTech supplier Goodlord has produced...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears likely thanks to Universal Credit cutback - warning

New analysis of government data by the national homelessness charity Crisis suggests that in England over 100,000 low income renters on Universal Credit will be at least two or more months behind on...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

How agents can support tenants with rising energy bills

Rik Smith, Head of Tenant Services at Goodlord, outlines in this tips piece how agents can support tenants with rising energy...

29 September 2021

From: Agent Advice

More cash for tenants - Shelter and Generation Rent set out demands

Shelter and Generation Rent have separately made a case for more cash help for tenants, claiming the current pandemic and energy...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Blaze casualties prompt fire warning to private landlords

A company behind a fire safety initiative has surveyed tenants in both the private and social rental sectors, and claims shortcomings...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears soar across country thanks to Covid claims agency

Arrears have soared during the pandemic according to a lettings agency. Birmingham-based Barrows and Forrester says government data suggests 335,860 homes -...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction notice ruling “another blow to landlords” - claim

The Welsh government has again extended the notice period which landlords must give tenants - it’s at least six months. The Coronavirus...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears to rocket if Universal Credit cut is pushed says charity

A £360m ‘wall of rent debt’ built up during the pandemic, combined with cuts to Universal Credit, threatens to leave hundreds...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent steps up pressure for ‘lifetime deposits’

Activists group Generation Rent is urging renters who have renewed their tenancy but not moved since May 2019 to check if...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords renew call for help after benefit and furlough cuts

Private renters and landlords face a cliff edge as the end of furlough coincides with cuts to benefits, says a leading...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

The market now? It’s all about stock shortages

Growing numbers of landlords are quitting the sector, prompting a supply shortage and rent rises according to a market snapshot by...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour warned that more landlord taxes could trigger sell-off

A leading agent is warning that any additional tax on landlords could lead to property sell-offs and a further supply shortage. Dominic...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t sell that Buy To Let yet - capital values are set to soar

There’s good news for landlords who anticipate holding on to their property investments at least until 2031 - capital values are...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Gove must give tenants more rights says campaigning Baroness

The new Housing Secretary, Michael Gove, must remake the rental sector in a fairer and more stable form. That’s the view of...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Corbyn shadow minister leads MP support for Generation Rent

A former member of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet has thrown his weight behind Generation Rent’s latest campaign. Lloyd Russell-Moyle - chair of...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council needs private landlords to help meet rehousing targets

A council in the north of England is launching a new programme which it says offers support for private landlords -...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Law Breakers: Shelter slams landlords for “criminal behaviour”

Campaigning charity Shelter has made a shocking attack on landlords, claiming many of them are acting illegally. It claims 45 per cent...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent to lead activists’ lobby of MPs today

Activists including Generation Rent are to lobby MPs this afternoon, to complain against eviction notice periods in England reverting to pre-Covid...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Updated Right To Rent user guide for landlords launched

The Home Office has launched a new User Guide for Right To Rent, aimed at landlords and tenants. This guidance provides information...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour to propose landlord tax to fund social care

Labour says the funding of social care could be achieved by increasing tax on landlords. Party leader Sir Keir Starmer is today expected...

11 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent angry over return of normal eviction notice periods

Activists’ group Generation Rent says it’s to lobby MPs on Tuesday next week against the return of normal eviction notice periods...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector ahead of the game on carbon monoxide detectors

Landlords appear to be well ahead of the game when it comes to carbon monoxide detectors. For around six years it’s been...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Cities Are Back! Rental growth best for years thanks to city renaissance

The UK rental market has revved up amidst a sharp rise in demand for city living, driving the highest rate of...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Hopeless - Finance watchdog slams government’s Green Homes Grant

The government’s Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme - which left thousands of landlords in the lurch when it collapsed earlier this...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Government says No to separate fees for pets in rental properties

The government is not budging on the Tenant Fees Act and will not amend it to allow separate and additional charging...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Solved? More landlords and tenants try to settle disputes without arbitration

More landlords and tenants are opting to solve disputes independently, saving them weeks of waiting and potential stress caused by lengthy...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Good EPCs won’t help landlords achieve better capital appreciation

With landlords under pressure to improve energy efficiency, a new report suggests that even significant improvements in EPC levels won’t be...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Afghan Refugees: Councils still asking landlords to come forward

Wiltshire council is the latest to ask private landlords who have affordable homes which are ready to let, to get in...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets may require planning consent - government source

The government is considering forcing landlords who rent out homes as Airbnb-style short lets to apply for planning consent. This would not...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Guilty! Landlord admits illegal eviction during pandemic

A landlord has pleaded guilty to the unlawful eviction of his tenant. Jalal Uddin of Wellingborough has pleaded guilty at the town’s...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords tell government: Don’t cut £20 from Universal Credit

The National Residential Landlords Association has joined over 100 other organisations across the UK to urge government to scrap the planned...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council not using social housing for Afghans, instead wants private landlords

Dorset council is the latest to appeal to landlords to house Afghan refugees who are in this country having helped UK...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New guidance for landlords: Understanding the possession action process

The government has updated its guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rental sectors in England and Wales. The...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets In Lets: MPs urge government to enable tenants to keep animals

A respected political website claims that over 30 MPs from a range of political parties have written to the Housing Secretary...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Agents urge ‘gentle caution’ after political pledges

The letting agents’ trade body ARLA Propertymark has made a very cautious approach to the Scottish Government over its strident pledge...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Renter Power! UK's first-ever Minister for Tenants' Rights appointed

The prospect of increased renters’ power has already been seen north of the border with the pledge to introduce rent controls...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls needed because tenants “pay way over the odds”

The UK’s first Minister for Tenants’ Rights says he will introduce rent controls because renters currently “pay way over the odds”. Although...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Government issues formal change to Right To Rent guidance

The government has updated its formal guidance to landlords and letting agents on Right To Rent. This sets out the continuation of...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Incentives for landlords to shun Airbnb short lets - council call

The leader of a council in one of the areas of the UK with the highest number of Airbnb-style short lets...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

 Plea to landlords to help Afghan refugee families

Another council is appealing to private landlords to help provide accommodation for Afghan refugees. Maidstone council in Kent wants self-contained rental apartments...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council criticised by government sets licensing deadline

A Labour council that lost government support for its landlord licensing regime says it’s reviewing its options and will produce new...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent flip flop - another rule change by government

Virtual Right To Rent checks by landlords, which were to have been illegal from just next week, are now permissible until...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

More enforcement, more arbitration - landlords set out demands

The government needs to beef up enforcement if it wants to address rogue landlords who put tenants at risk, says the...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists accuse landlords of tearing apart communities via short lets

The Generation Rent group has renewed its attack on landlords who let properties to holidaymakers rather than long term tenants.  The group...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC cost crisis - new fear that landlords may not meet new rules

With less than four years left until the government wants all new private rented properties to be rated at least EPC...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Can landlords take advantage of new Permitted Development Rights?

Landlords are being invited to a free webinar that promises to bring them up to date with the new planning regime...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Here They Come: Rent controls to be introduced in part of the UK

Rent controls, possibly ensuring that rents do not exceed 25 per cent of household income, are poised to be introduced into...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Government has no record of landlord convictions, says campaigner

A letting agent who campaigns against rogue landlords says the government has “no idea” how many convictions there have been regarding...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Info: League table of room rents across major UK cities

The SpareRoom online service has drawn up what it calls an affordability guide, which is effectively a league table of room...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords - would you house an Afghan refugee family?

A local authority is appealing directly to landlords to join a scheme rehousing Afghan refugee families. Wrexham council says the families will...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants ‘pushed into poverty by benefit cuts' say landlords

The National Residential Landlords Association has joined a series of charities and Propertymark to warn about the poverty risk of expected...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity backs landlord case for cash help to meet new EPC targets

A charity is warning that landlords may not government help in reaching new EPC targets. Citizens Advice Scotland says the private rental...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - landlords must spend thousands to meet EPC standards

Landlords will have to spend thousands to meet new government demands to improve energy efficiency in rental properties. Geospatial technology company Kamma...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Curbs on Airbnb and short lets “devastating” say critics

Proposals to impose strict controls on Airbnb and other short lets - including possibly requiring planning consent and licensing - will be...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent advises landlords to use easy-to-read version of official guide

A leading lettings agent in the south west is advising landlords to take advantage of a new ‘easy to read’ guide...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness claims many more “facing” eviction than actually evicted

The Baroness leading the campaign group Generation Rent claims the official figure for evictions in the second quarter of this year...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant replacement may help landlords slash carbon

It appears that the government is considering a replacement for the ill-fated Green Homes Grant, which was to have helped thousands...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb fights back against criticism of short lets

Airbnb has issued a lengthy statement in response to a recent raft of criticisms about the effects of soaring numbers of...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Government rejects local licensing - Council pondering next steps

A council in the unusual position of having its landlord licensing proposals rejected by the government says it’s pondering its next...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour wants Green New Deal to replace axed government scheme

Labour has called for what it describes as a Green New Deal to replace the axed government scheme which had been...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

More help needed for landlords to adapt homes for older and disabled

Too little is being done to help landlords access funding to adapt their property to meet the needs of older or...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Cheaper Rents - tenants' protest scheduled for next week

Protesters in a part of the UK with high numbers of holiday lets will stage a demonstration next week demanding cheaper...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rental stock is in short supply across England

New research by a property investment consultancy has revealed which regions of England present the most promising opportunities for buy to...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Large-scale landlords should automate Right To Rent - PropTech firm

Landlords facing upcoming changes to Right To Rent procedures should invest in automation to ease the red tape burden. That’s the call...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Council wants volunteer landlords to house Afghan refugee families

A council is asking private landlords to help house Afghan refugees. People who have worked for the UK government and British military...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour unhappy at multi-month up-front rent demanded by landlords

Labour’s shadow housing secretary has branded “outrageous” moves by landlords and letting agents to demand multiple months of rent upfront.  Lucy Powell...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Politicians want action on Airbnb lets using ex-council houses

Politicians of both major parties have voiced concern over former council houses being used as Airbnb and other short lets in...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Only limited buy to let sell-off on the cards, latest research shows

Research by the buy to let specialist Sequre Property Investment suggests that landlords are largely undeterred by the slew of government...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Improve rental sector EPCs? A pipedream …

Government ambitions to improve the energy efficiency of the private rental sector are just “a pipedream” without financial assistance according to...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Glimmer of hope for landlords owning cladding leaseholds

Landlords directly affected by the cladding scandal - because they own units in low and medium-rise blocks - have some good...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government updates Covid guidance for landlords and tenants

The government has updated its guidance for landlords and tenants to explain the possession action process in the county courts in...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Nationalist politicians complain about promoting buy to let

Welsh Nationalist politicians are complaining about a finance company which identified part of Wales as having attractive yields for buy to...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Net Zero: More pressure on landlords to improve EPC rating

A Bill is being introduced into both Houses of Parliament this week which will ramp up the pressure on the private...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords kick back against government licensing plan

A licensing scheme proposed for one part of the UK has been branded as “intrusive” for tenants and expensive for the...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday let landlords advised to ‘invest in luxury’ to bag more tenants

New research shows that holiday let features appear to be the most in demand, based on Google searches.  Prospective renters appear most...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists demand another eviction ban until law is changed

There’s a new call for all Section 24 evictions to be suspended until the passing of the Rental Reform Act -...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords wanted to help Afghans working for UK forces

A local authority participating in a government scheme designed to protect Afghan personnel employed by UK armed forces is seeking help...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Emergency finance help needed for arrears - Propertymark

Landlords require help in the shape of an emergency package to assist tenants clear Covid-related arrears. That’s the view of Propertymark, which...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Help us Boris! Landlords to submit plea to PM for aid to sector

The National Residential Landlords Association says it’s going to submit a report to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New plan to buy back council houses, then re-let them

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to buy back former council houses now in the private rental sector. Right to Buy, part of...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents are falling in real terms - and that’s official

Private sector rents are falling in real terms according to government figures. Data from the Office for National Statistics show that private...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

£100,000 public cash to be spent on landlord database study

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is spending £100,000 on a feasibility study to investigate the setting up of...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government rejects licensing scheme plea by local council

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has said No to a plea by a south east council to renew...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New attack underway on rental and holiday homes

An estate agent in Scotland is warning that a new attack on the rental sector and holiday homes may be underway.  Jennifer...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday lets set to face extra financial penalties in one part of UK

Landlords in the holiday let market in Wales look almost certain to face hefty new barriers under proposals being considered by...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent rises driven by higher taxes and regulations for landlords

A leading supplier says rent rises seen in recent months have been driven by increased taxes and regulations imposed on landlords. The...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Will new Bill help landlords caught in cladding crisis?

The government claims its new Building Safety Bill, published yesterday, will create “lasting generational change” after Grenfell and the cladding crisis...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban on eight Airbnb landlords operating on the same street

Eight landlords letting flats on the same street have been banned from renting them out on Airbnb. The Edinburgh News website says...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Outdated! Some rental regulations date back to 18th century

Some laws underpinning the private rented sector date back to the 18th century and are no longer fit for purposes, according...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Allowing pets makes commercial sense for landlords - claim

Yet another lettings agency says the private rental sector would be wise to encourage tenants with pets. Earlier this week it was...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords not the bad guys of the pandemic says industry figure

One of the leading figures in the lettings industry says landlords are not the bad guys of the pandemic, as some...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back £10m for tenants with Covid-related arrears

The National Residential Landlords Association is backing the introduction of a £10m grant fund for tenants with Covid-related  arrears. The fund, announced...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency’s blunt message for landlords - Pets Get Lets

The controversy over whether pets should be allowed in the private rental sector continues apace with one major agency coming down...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Cash help to get empty homes back to habitable condition

A grant scheme helping buyers to get empty properties back into use has been relaunched in part of Wales. The Valleys Taskforce...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s dilemma highlights problem with new EPC targets

A landlord has been ordered by his local council to remove energy efficient triple glazed windows installed at a cost of...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Government website asks tenants if they fear 'revenge eviction'

The government has launched an online checker in a bid to avoid disputes between landlords and tenants over the entitlement for...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Top tips - how to handle mediation

Since the eviction ban was lifted on May 31, landlords are once again able to move forward with eviction proceedings. However,...

25 June 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Official figures show big FALL in possessions during pandemic

Contrary to the impression put forward by some pressure groups, there’s been a continued fall in landlord possession claims between April...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Is London’s international tenant market coming back at last?

The London international rental market, a long-term victim of the pandemic and travel restrictions, appears to be improving at last. High profile...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears worse because of longer notice period, insist landlords

A landlord trade body says the lengthening of notice periods during the pandemic have made matters worse for tenants, not better. John...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Appeal to landlords to house refugees in government-funded scheme

A council is appealing to landlords to help it fulfil a pledge to be a sanctuary to vulnerable refugees. Bristol council has...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Extended Notice period will last until end of September, politicians rule

The Welsh Government says the mandatory six month notice period which landlords must give their tenants will now last until the...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Angry activists ask: Why do businesses have an eviction ban, but not us?

Campaign group Generation Rent has issued an angry statement in response to the government’s decision to extend the eviction ban for...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Insight - major changes to household size in recent years

A new analysis of government figures shows major changes in Britain’s families and the ‘home unit’ between 2015 and 2020. This may be...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak making landlords the scapegoat for Covid arrears - claim

A stinging attack on Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been made by the National Residential Landlords Association. The trade body has produced a...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Relief for landlords as mandatory mediation threat is lifted

The government has surprised observers by announcing that compulsory mediation over Covid-related arrears would happen in the commercial sector - but not...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New league table of rental yields shows big regional split

A new league table of rental yields available to landlords has been drawn up by PropTech company Inventory Base. It’s examined government...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back landlords' plea for government help over Covid arrears

Propertymark, the trade body for letting agents, has joined landlords in writing to junior housing minister Eddie Hughes to call for...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Relief for lettings sector as mandatory mediation threat is lifted

The government has surprised observers by announcing that compulsory mediation over Covid-related arrears would happen in the commercial sector - but not...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory Lord promotes campaign for pets to be allowed in private lets

Conservative Peer Lord Black of Brentwood - Guy Black, a former newspaper magnate and Conservative activist - has urged the government...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour MPs quiz government on effects of eviction ban ending

Labour MPs have quizzed junior housing minister Eddie Hughes over the effects of the ending of the eviction ban. At the regular...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Fake investment scams on the rise, warns Citizens Advice

The Citizens Advice consumer charity is warning that fake investment scams are amongst the fraudulent activity that’s on the rise across...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords in high-level talks with government over rental reforms

The landlords’ trade body has been invited to join what it calls “high-level” talks with government over reforms to the private...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock as government rejects council’s landlord licensing bid

The government has taken the unusual step of denying a local council its request for an extended term for a landlord...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal Wrap: a summary of law changes impacting landlords

Landlord Today readers will be more than aware that legal changes happen often these days, and it can be understandably challenging...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Bright Idea? Light bulb changes will impact landlords’ properties

The government has come up with another bright idea which will impact landlords’ rental properties - changes to the availability of...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Remarkable - New licensing scheme will be FREE for landlords

It’s already a very un-typical part of the United Kingdom but now Jersey has set itself apart in a different way...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb’s ‘responsible’ approach to short lets welcomed by trade body

Airbnb says it’s working to consider new approaches to short-term letting and the burgeoning holiday lets sector - and this has...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction activists tell renters to check landlord paperwork

Activist group Generation Rent are telling tenants to use the slightest documentation error by landlords to avoid eviction. It claims as many...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord-Tenant Mediation: no pilot scheme results yet

There appears to be no evidence yet as to the effectiveness or otherwise of the government’s mediation scheme, introduced ahead of...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

 Landlords given five low-cost ways to improve a property’s EPC

Rightmove has identified five ways that landlords and other property owners can improve their property’s EPC rating - some for well...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax: government issues revised guidance for landlords

The government has issued revised guidance for landlords on the subject of tax - specifically about rental income and self assessment. In...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council wants taxpayers’ money to be used to pay Covid arrears

The resumption of bailiff-enforced evictions, banned for over a year until just days ago, could be “catastrophic” for one of the...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New tenancy forms - landlords must use now or risk possessions being invalid

The government has released new forms for secure and assured tenancies - and agents who fail to use them risk having...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New Eviction Mediation guidelines issued to landlords by government

The government has revised its guidelines for its new mediation scheme, which it says will avoid some possessions now that the...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords fear thousands of tenants will now fail referencing

Tenants with arrears accumulated during the pandemic are finding it tough to secure alternative accommodation because their credit scores have been...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Lifting of eviction ban “beginning of the end for many renters” - claim

Campaigning charity Shelter says the lifting of the bailiff-enforced eviction ban, which happened over the weekend, is “the beginning of the...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Surge in tenants seeking charity advice - claim

A charity claims it’s seen increasing numbers of private tenants seeking help, just as the bailiff enforced eviction ban has ended...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive boost in private rental energy efficiency, new research shows

There’s been a wholesale lifting in standards of investment and quality in the private rental sector thanks to landlords, and in...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords can evict tenants for requesting repairs, claims Baroness

The Baroness who leads the Generation Rent campaign group says landlords are currently “able to evict tenants just for requesting repairs...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Council offer of help to landlords as bailiff-enforced eviction ban ends

A council in the north of England is offering help to landlords and private rental tenants as the bailiff-enforced eviction ban...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Official - no significant Covid rent arrears, no pile-up of possession cases

The government has produced figures that counter the long-running claims by rental sector activists that there has been a build up...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental White Paper - government gives hint of what it will contain

The government has pledged to  bring forward a White Paper in the Autumn, focussing on its commitments to reform the private...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Taxpayers should pay Covid tenant rent arrears, say councils

The umbrella group representing London councils wants the government to use taxpayer money to help private tenants with Covid-related arrears. The call...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activist group wants more “engagement” between councils and tenants

Tenant activist group Generation Rent says it’s working with five councils to find out more about private renters in those areas. The...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back proposal to extend Capital Gains Tax deadline

Landlords have welcomed a proposal by the Office for Tax Simplification to extend the 30 day payment of Capital Gains Tax...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Sacked Labour left-winger speaks up for pro-renter campaigns

Rebecca Long Bailey, a left wing MP sacked in controversial circumstances by party leader Sir Kier Starmer, has spoken up for...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Incorporated Landlords get unexpected investment tax boost

A change in government policy will allow landlords to fund investment that will help businesses recover, says tax and advisory firm...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

This is how landlords should choose an agent - according to ARLA

Propertymark has issued a guide to help landlords choose lettings agents.   Angela Davey, ARLA Propertymark president, says she has five tips aimed...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords with flats may soon have to face Commonhold tenure

A new government-created committee is considering the introduction of the new Commonhold tenure. Commonhold is a form of freehold ownership, largely for...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Portugal’s Golden Visa scheme – what is changing from January 2022?

Since it was launched in 2012 to help the Portuguese economy bounce back from a damaging financial crisis, the Portuguese Golden...

19 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

New finance deal to encourage more rental energy efficiency

Offa, the UK’s first Shariah-compliant bridging loan provider, has launched a short-term loan system for landlords which is open only in relation...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords slam government for failing all sides of rental sector

The pandemic-related debts of tenants and landlords should be top of the in tray of the new housing minister in Wales. That’s...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Lifetime Deposits may be more complicated than government hopes

There’s a warning that the government’s pledge to introduce a lifetime deposits concept, theoretically making it easier and cheaper for tenants...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists request meeting with government over rental reform

A coalition of 20 pro-tenant organisations - including at least one actively campaigning against some government measures - wants a meeting...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t evict without getting in touch - council plea to landlords

A council is urging landlord not to evict tenants when the current ban ends on May 31 without getting in touch...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Outright ban on buy to let under debate in one part of the UK

It may not be a typical part of the country but on one of the Channel Islands there is now a...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent-A-Room tax free rental still popular even in age of Airbnb

The total value of tax relief declared as a result of the government’s Rent a Room Scheme has soared 187 per...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent video checks extended until late June

The Home Office has told agents that Right To Rent checks can continue to be conducted via video calls until June...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome Eviction Ban end but want cash help for renters

Landlords have welcomed the government’s announcement to end the eviction ban and reduce the notice period required for the private rental...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Next Buy To Let growth sector identified by investment bank

Investment bank and wealth management consultancy Arbuthnot Latham predicts the next big growth area for buy to let will be Houses...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Full details of Notice and Eviction changes

The government has announced changes to tenancy notice periods in line with the phased easing of the pandemic restrictions.  Whilst some notice...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists demand mandatory register to root out “criminal landlords”

Activists led by Baroness Alicia Kennedy of Generation Rent say the proposed reform of the private rental system must include a...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord relief at consultation before Renters Reform Bill becomes law

The landlords’ trade body has given its support to the principle of consultation before the much-hyped Renters Reform Bill becomes law. Yesterday’s...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Reform to be implemented in the coming year

The government has confirmed that reform of the private rental sector will be a priority for the coming session of Parliament. A...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Think-tank calls for more renters’ rights and new law

A think-tank, UK Onward, has called for radical rental reform. In a statement released to coincide with today’s Queen’s Speech, the think-tank...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Council to pay £30,000 towards private rental sector deposits

A council has agreed to set aside £30,000 to pay for private rental deposits as a cheaper alternative to bed and breakfast accommodation. The ruling...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands widespread rental reform starting tomorrow

Shelter says tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech should herald the start of a widespread reform of all renting, particularly the private sector. In a blog...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Experienced Labour heavyweight becomes shadow housing spokesperson

Labour’s new housing spokesperson is the experienced MP Lucy Powell, who until last weekend was shadow business and consumer affairs minister.  She...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Message to government: Help landlords and support private renting, or else

One of the leading industry suppliers has given a warning to government that continual regulation and legal changes restricting landlords will...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation index shows unexpected house price winner

Landlords looking mostly long-term capital appreciation rather than yields may have to invest in an unlikely location which topped a league...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Outlook uncertain for buy to let after recent retreat - Nationwide

The private rental sector is in slow retreat according to a new analysis by Nationwide-owned specialist lender, The Mortgage Works. Nationwide chief...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent offers existing tenants advice on getting a pet

The growing debate over whether pets should be allowed in private rental property has attracted the attention of activists’ group Generation Rent. In...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to landlords over eviction paperwork change

Landlords are being warned of an urgent change to the arrears process thanks to the launch of the government’s Breathing Space...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness urges police to get tough with “criminal landlords”

The Generation Rent campaign group has entered the fray for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections which will be held in some...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in Rental Properties - vets join the campaign

A leading veterinary body - the National Office of Animal Health, or NOAH - has started a campaign to have pets allowed...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government comes clean - it wants home owners, not renters

Housing minister Chris Pincher has made the most explicit admission yet of the government’s desire to diminish the private rental sector. In...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

May 11 - is this when we’ll know about abolishing Section 21?

The State Opening of Parliament will take place on Tuesday May 11, with many expecting this to be when the government confirms...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Section 21 ‘homelessness threat’ has fallen 50% says government

The government says the number of households facing possible homelessness after a Section 21 eviction has fallen 50 per cent in...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords complain of lack of support from government

Hundreds of landlords and property professionals say their national economic contribution is under-appreciated and inadequately supported. Landlords have hit out at a lack...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Order in Court! TV Star says he wants Section 21 scrapped

TV star Robert Rinder - best known for his performances under the guise of Judge Rinder - has made an outspoken...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t give up on Green Homes, top MP tells government

The chair of the all-party Environmental Audit Committee of MPs is urging the government to introduce an alternative to the disastrous Green...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

U-turn on Right To Rent means ‘remote ID checks’ stand

Landlords are not required to conduct retrospective Right to Rent verification on tenants who had a Covid-adjusted check since March 30...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord group repeats call for upfront cash payments

The National Residential Landlords Association has repeated its backing for upfront cash payments and rent guarantees. A new study has found that...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

 Students “left to fall prey to landlords” claims union

Over a fifth of students questioned in a new survey say they have been unable to pay rent in full over...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring number of second homes jumping on staycation bandwagon

The number of second homes in the UK has risen 30 per cent over the last five years, according to a...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Taper changes to notice periods ASAP, landlords tell government

The landlords' main trade body wants a tapering down of notice periods for Section 8 and Section 21. The government has already...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Half of landlords back measures to get pets in rented property - claim

A controversial survey by an insurance firm suggests almost half of landlords welcome the government’s new Model Tenancy Agreement which allows...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Battling Baroness says S21 notices ‘pull rug from beneath tenants’ feet’

The Baroness who leads the Generation Rent campaign has made a sharp attack on section 21 notices. Baroness Alicia Kennedy says: “A Section 21...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

£15m in government cash for students struggling to pay rent

The Department for Education has announced that its to make available an additional £15 million in hardship funding to support those students...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour anti-eviction activists outline three-stage campaign

The Momentum group on the left of the Labour Party has outlined a three-stage campaign to secure a longer term ban on...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

The importance of landlords keeping records during Covid

Oliver Andrews, editor at Property Claim Assist, outlines why it’s vitally important for landlords to keep record during the current Covid...

13 April 2021

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Boris Johnson becomes a landlord (and will allow pets)

The Daily Mail is reporting that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to let his Oxfordshire cottage out - and he’s taking...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender says new eco-loan will be 'push for landlords'

The Mortgage Works, the specialist buy to let arm of the Nationwide, is trying to woo landlords to make properties more...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Accountants warn landlords who have not declared to HMRC

A property accountant is warning that ‘accidental landlords’ may not have been aware of the complexity of property taxation and so...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords slam Sadiq Khan’s rent control power grab

The main landlords’ trade body has hit out at a bid by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to secure powers to impose private...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords penalised by government will put up rent, warns key supplier

A key supplier is warning that landlords penalised by ever higher government taxes and rules will be forced to increase rents. Andy...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour criticises court delays as backlog hits all-time high

Many landlords awaiting the hearing of possession cases will hardly need reminding, but new figures from the Ministry of Justice give...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Too much, too quickly! Call for energy efficiency timescales to slow

A respected private rental sector body wants the government to slow its timetable for energy efficiency reform, warning that landlords could...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Mediation instead of eviction - will it work?

The government has released details of its mediation scheme, which has already won the in-principle support of the National Residential Landlords...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists want Rent Control Board to limit rent rises

A pressure group for tenants wants the next Mayor of London to win powers from the government to reduce rents, through a...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Buying is cheaper than renting, but deposit remains big obstacle

New research shows that monthly payments for the mortgage are likely to be cheaper than rent for a comparable home -...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders flop - average of just 13 issued a year

Only 39 rogue landlords and letting agents have been hit with banning orders in the first three years of their existence. The...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

MP backs law change to allow tenants to pay pet damage insurance

Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell, who is moving a Bill through Parliament urging landlords to accept pets, says he backs a law...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant failure down to outsourcing logistics to US - claim

A logistics software company with clients across the property spectrum has become the latest critic of the government’s axing of the...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back MPs’ call for clear exit plan from eviction ban era

The landlords’ trade body has backed a call from MPs demanding a clear exit strategy at the end of the latest...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

This is where landlords are hit most by Green Homes Grant axe

An analysis of the Green Homes Grant applications show exactly which areas will be hit most when the scheme comes to...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New mortgage range for buy to lets with good EPC ratings

Paragon Bank has launched a range of 80 per cent loan to value buy to let mortgages specifically for properties with...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

More funding, more long-term planning - landlords urge eco-action

The landlords’ trade body has urged the government to think more strategically about energy efficiency in the private rental sector, and...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant scrapped at almost no notice

The government is axing the Green Homes Grant scheme from 5pm on March 31 - putting a much criticised scheme out...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Closing tax loophole for rentals doesn’t go far enough for some

The closing of a tax loophole which allow some owners of holiday lets to avoid paying council tax does not go...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban Own Goal: more tenants to lose their homes as a result

In the first anniversary of the initial ban on repossessions, it appears the move has backfired spectacularly. Research for the National Residential...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid to make landlords improve energy efficiency in properties

Specialist buy to let lender Paragon has taken the unusual step of issuing a so-called Green Bond to fund attempts to make...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidelines for landlords as ‘stay at home’ goes

The government has revised official guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the light of imminently-changing Coronavirus advice. The revisions are not fundamental...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned tax change could have surprising impact

The government’s much-hyped ‘tax day’ yesterday had - by comment consent - an underwhelming impact on the property sector. However, one tax...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords demand more info on energy improvements

The National Residential Landlords Association says it backs a report by MPs sharply criticising EPCs and urging more effective modern energy...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Who knew? Grants available for landlords to adapt rental properties

The landlords’ trade body wants more co-operation between the private rental sector and local councils as tenants’ needs change thanks to...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Practical tips to help landlords go green, from lettings agency chief

A prominent lettings agency chief says tenants are becoming more eco-conscious, putting increased emphasis on landlords to meet expectations. Mike Cook -...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax reform should encourage higher quality buy to let, says agent

The government should use today's ‘Tax Day’ consultation process to reform Capital Gains Tax so that it encourages a smaller, high...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government may take over council at centre of rental licensing storm

News reports suggest the government may be about to step in and use commissioners to take over Liverpool council, which has...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Incentives to work from home and locally, says Build To Rent provider

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent players says the government should incentivise working from home and the use of...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs blast government as landlords miss out on Green Homes Grant funds

There’s a new call on the government to get its act together on the Green Homes Grant, which has failed to live...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Three year tenancies and much more licensing proposed by council

A council enquiry is proposing a flurry of new landlord licensing schemes in one county in England.  An inquiry into the private...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pet plan pawsed? Minister explains how landlords can refuse pets

The controversy over government proposals to increase the numbers of pets in private rental properties has taken an unexpected twist. Two measures...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax threat makes landlords consider selling - Zoopla

One of the country’s leading property experts says landlords are now reassessing their portfolios as a result of possible Capital Gains...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords to face tougher fire regulations in HMOs and blocks

Landlords and managing agents of HMOs could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction ban extension has NO extreme arrears opt-out

Wales has extended its eviction ban from March 31 until the end of June - but it is more severe than...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

£24,000 - landlord’s average loss from Capital Gains Tax threat

A lettings agency has suggested that the typical landlord could lose as much as £24,000 if the government increases Capital Gains...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

150,000 tenants at risk of eviction, claims new charity campaign

A charity warns today that 150,000 private renters are at risk of eviction when restrictions are lifted because of mounting Covid-related...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Unregulated Rental Properties: landlords urged to sign new charter

A council which has 20,000 unregulated rental properties within its area has launched a new charter to improve standards. The unregulated properties...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-landlord group objects to curbs on protests

The activists group Acorn, which has staged several anti-landlord demonstrations including some outside homes, is opposing a new Bill going through...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Scandal brewing as almost £500,000 rent left unpaid to landlords

A lettings agency being put into liquidation owes landlords almost £500,000 in unpaid rent.  Local media in the Midlands report that the...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ comments wanted on concept of investing in empty homes

With buy to let and traditional commercial property both under challenge thanks to government regulations and Coronavirus, the government is now...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council demands government approval for clampdown on landlords

A council has now approved plans for two of the country’s largest licensing schemes - one is so large it needs...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government updates official guidance for private landlords

The government has reissued its official guidance on the possession process for private landlord. The document was originally published last September but...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Not enough! Generation Rent slams latest eviction ban extension

Activists in Generation Rent have hit out at the latest extension to the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions.  The government has extended this...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting prompts court action against rogue tenant

A tenant who sub-let a property by falsely claiming to be its owner has been given a criminal record.  Sonia Nascimento rented...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit out at government ‘failing to get a grip on arrears’

The main landlords’ trade body has made a blistering attack on the government of one of the UK nations, asking it...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Student leader says landlords treated better than tenants in pandemic

Landlords have benefitted from tax breaks, subsidies and a weak eviction ban according to the National Union of Students. Larissa Kennedy, the...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter says renters are “frightened” of eviction, despite extension

The government’s latest extension for the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions - taking it up until the end of May - is...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Another political party wants eviction ban extended

Another political party has joined the chorus of voices calling for still-longer bans on evictions in the private rental sector. The ban...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Falling out of love with buy to let? You’re not alone…

A new survey suggests that landlords are less enthusiastic than in the past about buy to let. The study 1,004 UK landlords...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban given yet another extension by government

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. At that point...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council’s huge licensing plan divides opinion ahead of key vote

A Labour-controlled council says it’s confident a huge new licensing scheme for one of Britain’s most high-profile cities will be voted...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

It CAN be done - Landlord loan scheme extended

Scottish private sector landlords and tenants who face financial difficulties caused by the pandemic have more time to access support after...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour wants ban on in-person meter readings at rental properties

Labour wants the government to change its Coronavirus guidance to end the internal reading of electric and gas meters during lockdown. The party claims...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords beware - pets are coming to the private rental sector

An inventory supplier to the lettings industry is advising landlords to make sure they spot early signs of pet damage in...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Hazards in rental units - landlords’ help wanted for assessment

The risk assessment system used by local authorities to judge health and safety issues relating to properties needs updating - and...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent discounts for students extended for another three weeks

The country’s largest landlord for students has extended its discounted rent scheme for another three weeks. Unite Group says its 50 per...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS    What...

04 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Where’s the support for landlords and the private rental sector?

The Budget has received short shrift from landlords and tenants, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak appeared to miss out the private rental...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour bid to halt in-person rental viewings rejected by government

A second attempt by Labour to halt in-person property viewings during the pandemic has been batted away by the government. Labour’s shadow...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sigh of relief over no Capital Gains Tax hike - for now, at least

No news is good news, they say - and the absence of any announcement about Capital Gains Tax in thre Budget...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords Alert: full details of Budget 2021 proposals

This afternoon's Budget has seen dramatic announcements from Chancellor Rishi Sunak referring to the private rental sector. For landlords buying properties, the stamp...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Avoiding eviction - Council says it’s piloting mediation scheme

A local council has let it be known that it’s in a pilot mediation scheme set up by the government -...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

“Don’t hand money to millionaire landlords” unions tell government

Trade unions have joined the call for renters with Covid-related arrears to get cash help from the government - but they...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid arrears not such a big problem according to new survey

A major survey of landlords, tenants and letting agents suggests Covid-related arrears may not be the big problem as some fear. The...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour MP demands Covid rent arrears to be paid by public funds

Labour MP Stephen Timms has asked Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to commit to five measures to tighten controls on the private...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness and rent union chief demand Budget action on arrears

The leader of the Generation Rent campaign group has joined forces with tenant activists to demand the Chancellor gives financial support...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant farce - landlords may throw in the towel

A call has gone out for the overhaul of the Green Homes Grant scheme, which so far has left thousands of...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords encouraged to use ‘under-utilised’ homes for council

Owners of apparently empty or under-utilised properties in a prime London area are being asked to bring them into use to...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let sell-off underway as Capital Gains Tax threat rises

Landlords are exiting the office on greater numbers since the government called for a review of Capital Gains Tax last year, claims...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory MP criticised by councillor for sticking up for landlords

A councillor has criticised an MP who came out in favour of landlords in a dispute over licensing. Earlier this week Landlord Today...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Six months notice mandatory for many evictions from 2022 in Wales

New simplified rental contracts are to be introduced from spring 2022 in Wales with minimum notice periods for evictions extended from...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Clear 700,000 private tenants’ arrears, demand Generation Rent

Generation Rent campaign activists say 700,000 private tenants on Universal Credit cannot afford to pay their rent. The campaign - led by...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax incentives needed to help energy efficiency in private renting

The landlords’ trade body says the tax system needs reforming to support energy improvements in the private rental sector. The intervention by...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords set to miss out on Green Homes Grant

The chaos surrounding the government’s Green Homes Grant, which was to have helped thousands of landlords and owner occupiers, appears to...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb landlord and tenant fined for breaking Covid lockdown

The owner of a property used for an illegal party has been fined by a London council for breaking lockdown. Police were called...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eco-farce! Landlords join in MPs’ criticism of Green Homes Grant

The government’s Green Homes Grant has been slammed by MPs for its snail’s pace progress, complications and poor delivery. The all-party Environmental...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak must help tenants in arrears, pleads coalition of rental groups

A coalition of rental groups with the same view on how to tackle arrears is calling on the Chancellor to help...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

 Break clauses to be demanded by many students in future - claim

A website claims an average £1,621 has been ‘wasted’ by each student on accommodation they haven't used this academic year -...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back call for fund to help tenants with arrears

Landlords are today backing a call by the Resolution Foundation think tank for tenant hardship loans for renters impacted by the...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension not enough for campaigning Baroness

The Baroness leading the pressure group Generation Rent says the extension of the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions does not go far...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban on bailiff-enforced evictions extended yet again

The government has announced yet another ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector. The existing ban was due to expire...

14 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter expects eviction ban extension until end of lockdown

Shelter says it expects the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions to be extended until at least the end of the present...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning over legal problems with buy to lets bought at auction

An investment company claims some investors who buy at auction lose money because of misrepresentations in the legal pack.  The Mistoria Group...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords lumbered with loans and unsellable flats

It’s feared that the government’s latest funding to solve the cladding crisis will leave thousands of landlords with loans and unsellable...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fears grow of Capital Gains Tax hike for landlords

Landlords are warning the government that if it increases Capital Gains Tax the rental market will freeze up. Chatter has increased in...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords wanted for scheme with improvement grants and loans

A council has launched a pilot scheme involving private landlords willing to lease their properties to the authority for five years. Cardiff...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector growth highest in the north

The proportion of the population in the private rented sector in England has risen three per cent in the past decade. Research...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Extend the eviction ban! Senior Labour politician leads call

One of the country’s best known Labour politicians wants the eviction ban extended yet again. Currently there is a moratorium on bailiff-enforced evictions...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Penalties on landlords betray Tory ethos, says party member

Some policies towards landlords show how the government has lost its conservative ethos of supporting businesses and being the party of low taxes.  Rosalind...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

MP writes to private landlords asking for rent reductions

A Labour MP has written to private landlords asking for a rent reduction or release from a tenancy for students prevented...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs slam “snail’s pace” Green Homes Grant vouchers for landlords

The Green Homes Grant scheme is set to fail according to MPs, who claim the current slow roll-out means it would...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior Tory stands up for landlords suffering long-term arrears

A senior Conservative peer and consumer campaigner has spoken strongly in favour of landlords’ rights. In a House of Lords debate on...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords have no choice but to evict after new Universal Credit hitch

Landlords with tenants on Universal Credit are struggling to set up Alternative Payment Arrangements because the UC portal is closed to new...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

David Alexander is joint CEO of apropos

The last year has been one which has focused attention on dealing with the immediate, the here and now, in a...

04 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Government told - Help ALL renters, not just students!

Landlords have told government that while they welcome new cash help for student tenants, the rest of the lettings sector needs...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sell-off inevitable if government pushes EPC changes - claim

Up to 50,000 rental homes in the countryside could be sold off if the government presses ahead with stricter energy efficiency...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists demand Covid Rent Debt Fund to wipe out 100% of arrears

The Generation Rent campaign wants public cash in a Covid Rent Debt Fund to clear rent arrears for tenants who have run...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Lords passes token vote urging more protection for tenants

The House of Lords has narrowly voted for a low-key motion expressing regret that the current eviction ban measures do not offer more...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs want better deal for landlords with break clauses for students

An influential all-party committee of MPs and members of the House of Lords is calling for a new council tax fund...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Government tells landlords - no national licensing scheme planned

The government has revealed that it has no plans to introduce a national licensing scheme for landlords. Housing minister Chris Pincher MP...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New loans for energy improvements under Green Homes Grant scheme

A prominent buy to let lender has launched a range of products to help landlords improve the energy efficiency of rental...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords bite back at government call for pet-friendly tenancies

The National Residential Landlords Association has called for flexibility from government when it comes to insisting private rental sector properties have...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Government wants pet-friendly tenancy contracts as standard

The government’s model tenancy agreement has been amended to be pro-pet. The new agreement means renters with what are described as “well-behaved pets”...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News