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KEYWORD "Government" - 100 RESULTS
Shelter and Generation Rent demand rent controls in new Bill

The activists who were so influential in steering the shape of the Renters Reform Bill under the old Conservative government are...

18 July 2024

From: Breaking News

We're Off! - landlord exodus continues as even more sell up

There’s been a substantial rise in landlords exiting the market or downsizing their portfolios, analysis by TwentyEA has found.   Figures show that the number...

18 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Court Reform needed alongside end of Section 21, insists NRLA

The National Residential Landlords Association says ending Section 21 eviction powers in isolation, as some have suggested the new government should...

18 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Government releases official rental sector figures

Latest official figures from the government’s Office for National Statistics show that average UK private rents increased by 8.6% in the...

18 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - Labour's new Renters Rights Bill is on its way

A new Renters' Rights Bill is to be introduced into Parliament, it's been confirmed today. The announcement was made in the King's...

17 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Environmental Health bosses plea to Rayner to keep landlord licensing

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has written to Housing Secretary Angela Rayner urging her to make it even easier...

17 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Call for big push on energy efficient ‘Cleantech’ homes

A new report from the Sustainable Markets Initiative, highlights the important role that electrified ‘cleantech’ homes can play in reducing energy...

16 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill back in tomorrow’s King’s Speech

Informed leaks from unnamed government sources, and rolled out in the mainstream media, confirm that a version of the Renters Reform...

16 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords give five ways to boost council housing supply long-term

A group of 20 major local authorities - the biggest social landlords in England - have sent an open letter to...

16 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Good Landlord Charter launches today - Labour urges signing up

The much-publicised and long-awaited Good Landlords Charter for the Greater Manchester area has at last been launched. A statement from the local...

15 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Market has high hopes for imminent rate cut

The average price of a home coming to the market for sale has dipped 0.4% in the past month says Rightmove.  This...

15 July 2024

From: Breaking News

What Britain's Biggest Landlord Tells Its Tenants

Housing has emerged as a key talking point during Labour's first few days in government. This comes at a fractious time for...

13 July 2024

From: Agent Advice

Top Tips to Reduce Your Reliance on Fossil Fuels

Introducing renewable energy into your home can improve energy self-sufficiency, reduce electricity bills and contribute to a healthier environment. The Eco Experts...

13 July 2024

From: Top tips & guides

Generation Rent and trade union turn on “criminal landlords”

Activist group Generation Rent has produced a report in tandem with a trades union, focusing on key worker tenants - and...

12 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Boom On The Way? Optimism grows for property market

The latest residential sentiment survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests a currently-subdued housing market but with a more...

12 July 2024

From: Breaking News

London rents have been falling for past six months - new figures

Rents in London have dropped for the second consecutive quarter (Q1 and Q2 2024) new data from flatshare site SpareRoom reveals. The...

12 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Massive change to Airbnb rules likely be agreed next week

A council is next week considering a move which is seen as a trigger for wider national policy changes regarding Airbnbs...

11 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Short Lets boss praises Labour for “tackling real housing issues”

Chancellor Rachel Reeves' announcement of new measures to accelerate housebuilding in the UK is welcome news for the short lets sector,...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Green Party wants planning consent hurdle for Airbnbs and HMOs

A Green councillor in a city which has a Green MP is calling for the local authority to require planning consent...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Index shows growth but house price below last year’s level

The latest e.surv index shows that house prices in England and Wales are, on average, still some 1.6% below the level...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory leadership contender named as shadow housing secretary

The Conservatives, reeling from a General Election which left them with just 121 MPs, have revealed their new shadow cabinet. The shadow...

09 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords “must use agents to handle Labour’s reforms” - claim

A prominent property group says landlords can only cope with the upcoming rental reform programme under Labour if they work with...

09 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Activists demand immediate rent controls from Starmer government

In a blog released within minutes of Sir Kier Starmer becoming Prime Minister, activist group Generation Rent calls for rent controls. It...

08 July 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA Tells Labour - “we’ll work with you on Rental Reform”

The National Residential Landlords Association has congratulated Labour on its landslide election win and has extended the hand of cooperation for...

08 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Glut of S21 evictions in bid to beat Labour ban - Shamplina’s forecast

Paul Shamplina, head of Landlord Action, has admitted the Labour landslide win will cause “significant concern” amongst landlords. He says: “With Labour's...

08 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Several Mortgage Rate cuts in near future, says leading analyst

The Labour landslide victory in last week’s election won’t change the weather when it comes to mortgage rates, a leading analyst...

08 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Starmer names minister to steer through Rental Reform Legislation

Labour MP Matthew Pennycook has been named as the principal housing minister in the new government. He was shadow housing minister when...

06 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour’s Rental Reform Agenda - getting it right

As the new Labour Government settles into power, rental reform will be one of the items at the top of the...

06 July 2024

From: Rental Reform

Message To Labour - Give Us The Details!

With a historic majority for Keir Starmer and the Labour Party, there can be no doubt over which party will be...

06 July 2024

From: Rental Reform

Labour - This Is What The Next Five Years Look Like

The biggest rental sector headline from Labour’s manifesto may well be its pledge for the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction...

06 July 2024

From: Legislation & Compliance

Rental Reform a priority for Labour “because it’s cheap”

Labour is likely to make rental sector reform and regulation a priority - at least partly because it will be low-cost...

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Controversial Lettings Agency finds landlords against rent controls

A nationwide survey conducted by Leaders Romans Group shows significant concerns over proposed rent controls, property taxes, and regulatory changes. Controversially, LRG...

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour’s first days in office - What Happens Next?

With Labour set to have a substantial majority in the Commons, this is how the coming days will play out.  Over the...

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Government must build 120,000 homes to keep rent rises ‘normal’

Rightmove says the government elected today must build 120,000 homes to help return rents to what it believes are normal levels,...

04 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill must be passed ASAP insists landlord group

The National Residential Landlords Association is demanding that the new government elected tomorrow brings back the Renters Reform Bill “as a...

03 July 2024

From: Breaking News

High-end house prices stagnate due to election uncertainty

Price growth in high-value prime areas has been put on hold given uncertainty surrounding the General Election, according to the latest...

03 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Most landlords would fit EV car charger if asked by tenant - claim

A survey claims that 86 per cent of freehold landlords with a suitable property would install an electric vehicle (EV) charge...

02 July 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA slams politicians for complete silence on key private rental issue

The NRLA has slammed politicians in all major parties for their silence on one of the biggest issues for the private...

01 July 2024

From: Breaking News

HMRC's Property Tax Rules: Fines and Lesser-Known Facts

As a homeowner in the UK, navigating the complex landscape of taxes and regulations enforced by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)...

29 June 2024

From: Tax & Finance

Generation Rent chief's “horrendous exploitation” in search of a home

The deputy chief executive of Generation Rent claims to have suffered “horrendous exploitation” at the hands of lettings agents.  Dan Wilson Craw...

28 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show under a third of landlords back Tories in election

Only 31.8% of landlords questioned in a large survey back the Tories in next week’s election. Although this is the largest individual...

27 June 2024

From: Breaking News

No Surprise! Landlords have little faith in parties’ rental policies

With the General Election just one week away, a new poll shows the top landlord priorities when it comes to voting...

27 June 2024

From: Breaking News

What Happens To Rents after a General Election?

Rent prices tend to rise in the 12 months immediately after a General Election, by an average of 1.96%, according to...

27 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let - only a third of landlords feel positive about it

Fewer landlords feel negative about their buy to let business according to the latest Landbay landlord survey. The specialist lender’s surveys typically...

26 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters ‘may be put off buying by over-strict mortgage regulation’

Mortgage industry research on affordability estimates that the cumulative shortfall in first-time buyer numbers since the financial crisis reached 3.1m by...

26 June 2024

From: Breaking News

HMRC figures show tax soaring again as frozen thresholds bite

With the General Election campaign increasingly focusing on tax - on property and other assets and income - new figures from...

25 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Young people more worried about risk of homelessness - survey

More than one in four young people are worried that they or someone they know will become homeless in the next...

25 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords' trade body sets out three key election ‘asks’

The National Residential Landlords Association has set out what it calls “three key asks” of the new government to protect and...

25 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour vows to scrap Tories’ gas boiler ban

Labour is pledging to scrap the Conservatives’ plan to ban new gas boilers from 2035. The pledge has come from shadow energy...

24 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgages data shows uphill struggle for renters to become buyers

A new first-time buyer study from Rightmove reveals that the average first-time buyer mortgage payment has risen by 61% since the...

24 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour v Conservative Housing Policy - an analysis

“When it comes to housing policy, there is little difference between the two major parties” says Aneisha Beveridge, head of research...

22 June 2024

From: The Big Issues

Propertymark’s View on Improving Private Rental Sector Regulation

A call has come from the Welsh Government  to conduct an evaluation of Rent Smart Wales and its objectives.  There has been...

22 June 2024

From: Rental Reform

Call for more regulation over damp and mould in homes

A national trade body is calling for more regulation to shield people from the dangers of damp and mould in homes. The...

21 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Activists send “warning” letter to Major Party Leaders

A letter from a coalition of pro-tenant groups has been sent to the leaders of the Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Reform...

21 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Private Tenants pay three times as much for same space - claim

A think tank claims that when it comes to space within a home, private rental sector tenants pay three times as...

21 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Maybe 40 Years Before Housing Shortage Resolved - new analysis

The property consultancy Bidwells says that based on an average 300,000 new homes a year it could be four decades before...

21 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Rayner wants EPC targets and bidding wars ban in new clampdown

Labour has stepped up its programme clamping down on what it calls “unscrupulous landlords strangling growth.” Specifically this means ending bidding wars,...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Election Policies could Push Up Rents, warns leading analyst

A prominent economic analyst warns that many of the rental policies advocated by the major political parties in the General Election...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA says Rental Reform sabotaged by lack of tenant choice

A lack of choice for private renters about where they can live will undermine plans set out by political parties to...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

EPCs dismissed as “inaccurate” and “unhelpful”

Energy Performance Certificates can be riddled with inaccuracies and give unhelpful advice to property owners. That’s the view of consumer service...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Politicians’ house building targets will fail without more cash - claim

The Resolution Foundation - which describes itself as an independent think tank, and whose chief executive resigned this month to become...

19 June 2024

From: Breaking News

New Labour Manifesto hints at Rent Controls in Scotland

A manifesto just released by the Labour Party and dedicated to Scotland hints at ent controls. In recent years Labour has backed...

19 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Farage ’will reverse S24 Landlord Tax Change within 100 days’

Nigel Farage has pledged that his Reform UK party would reverse the Section 24 landlord tax changes within 100 days. Section 24...

18 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour Victory - Most landlords unfazed at prospect of Starmer win

A survey of over 1,000 landlords finds they appear largely reconciled to the election of a Labour government after 14 years...

18 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Pro-tenant activists slam Labour’s rental reform plans

Labour’s manifesto commitment to empower renters to challenge unreasonable rent increases has been slammed because it “would leave millions trapped in...

17 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Caps on Holiday Lets and Rent Controls in latest manifesto

Plaid Cymru, the party of Wales, has issued a manifesto with a clampdown on the private rental sector as one of...

17 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Shock Figures show New-Build levels plummeting further

The year to March 2024 saw the fewest new housing sites consented than during any 12-month period since the data collection...

15 June 2024

From: The Big Issues

Third Term Lucky for Mayor Sadiq Khan?

So Sadiq Khan has succeeded in winning a third term as Mayor of London – albeit with a smaller majority than...

15 June 2024

From: Agent Advice

NRLA ‘ready to work with Labour’ on new Rental Reform Bill

The National Residential Landlords Association says it’s ready and willing to work with a future Labour government on private rental sector...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour Capital Gains Tax Threat - a lawyer’s advice

The Labour manifesto has made no mention of Capital Gains Tax, and while Sir Kier Starmer has ruled out many mainstream...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges “immediate” scrapping of Section 21

Labour’s manifesto, just released, makes a pledge to enact the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction powers, along with other private...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Homelessness fear haunts a third of private renters, new poll suggests

More than one in five people in the UK fear they or someone they know could be homeless in the next...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Capital Appreciation - single digit growth by late 2025

A new house price forecast by peer-to-peer real estate investment platform, easyMoney, suggests average house price growth of 6.3% by the...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent says landlords should  share tax break with tenants

The Generation Rent activist group says the Conservative manifesto pledge to give a tax break to landlords selling to tenants should...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory Rental Reform and Housing Policies in Full

The Conservatives have set out a 78-page manifesto, of which just over two pages are given to housing and related issues.  Here...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent wants special treatment from next government

The British Property Federation wants the next government to give special assistance to Build To Rent developers to allow them to...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax scrapped for landlords selling to tenants - Tory pledge

The Conservatives say they will scrap Capital Gains Tax for landlords who sell to sitting tenants, if they win the General...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent quibbles over proposal for landlord register

Generation Rent has raised detailed concerns about a proposal from the Liberal Democrats to introduce a national register of landlords.  The Lib...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Liars! Politicians blasted for “blatant untruths” about rental sector

A lettings industry figure has let rip at politicians pitching for votes at next month’s General Election. HomeLet and Let Alliance chief...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Councils that regulate private landlords have 34,000 empty homes

An investigation by Sky News and a housing campaigner have revealed that there are some 33,993 vacant council properties in England...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Left wing renter groups slam Labour for prioritising first time buyers

The ink was hardly dry on Labour’s plan for a mortgage guarantee scheme for first time buyers before some left wing...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

New Rental Reform Bill needed to protect tenants, claims Zoopla

In an unusual intervention for a lettings industry supplier, Zoopla has made an impassioned plea for a new Renters Reform Bill. The...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

The Renters Reform Bill is Over: so what now?

Now a date for the General Election has been set, the Renters (Reform) Bill has expired with the proroguing and effective...

08 June 2024

From: Rental Reform

Rental Manifesto Wishlist - one letting agent chief's demands

Fiscal reform for the private rented sector  We’ve already seen some landlords leaving the private rented sector because of substantially increased taxes....

08 June 2024

From: Agent Advice

Labour upsets Generation Rent by prioritising first time buyers

The Generation Rent activist group has issued a statement appearing sharply critical of Labour’s first new policy on housing in the General...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA slams councils for failing to inspect rental homes with hazards

Private renters in England face a postcode lottery as councils are failing to properly inspect properties with potential hazards. That’s the view of...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Shock Figures - 15 tenants chasing every home for rent

Shock new figures from Zoopla show that although rental demand has softened over the last year there are still 15 people...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls? Agents say Labour crisis is chance to rule them out

Propertymark says the current political crisis in Wales - where the Labour Welsh Parliament leader has lost a confidence vote but...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Activists use homelessness issue to demand new Renters Reform Bill

The issue of homelessness and cost of temporary accommodation are being cited as reasons for a new version of the Renters...

06 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency appears not to know Renters Reform Bill is dead

A lettings agency has issued a statement seeking to woo landlords  and says the “forthcoming legislative changes such as the Rental...

06 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent demands Labour make “all evictions discretionary”

New demands from the Generation Rent group go much further than the original Renters Reform Bill in removing landlords’ rights. The group...

05 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour activist demanding Airbnb clampdown dropped by party

A Labour councillor who has wanted restricted rights for buy to let landlords and short let hosts has been dropped as...

05 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Eviction Court Delays will be huge challenge for new government

A prominent solicitors’ firm says the failure of the Renters Reform Bill to become law may have attracted headlines but the...

05 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Yes, it really DOES still pay to be a landlord

The Times recently calculated that recent tax and regulation changes made it unviable for many landlords to continue in the sector. We...

04 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Billions! Landlords adds so much to the economy, says NRLA

The Welsh private rented sector makes a gross value added (GVA) contribution of £1.6 billion to the UK economy, according to...

04 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter complains of high private rents - but has an alternative

Campaigning charity Shelter claims social rents are 64% more affordable than private rents, with social tenants in England having to pay...

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord sent abusive and racist emails to top politician

A landlord has pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, with the offence having been racially aggravated, having...

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

High Street Rental Auctions - problem solver or short term fix?

The Government has introduced the High Street Rental Auction scheme to tackle vacant high-street buildings and give local authorities more opportunities...

01 June 2024

From: Rental Reform

Tomorrow’s Stamp Duty Change “a missed opportunity to reform renting”

A controversial stamp duty change - announced months ago but coming into effect tomorrow - has been described as a missed...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Corbynite Rental Reform MP stopped from standing in election

A Labour MP who served in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow administration and has spent much of his Parliamentary career criticising the private...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

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