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Radical EPC Targets and Rent Controls are latest party pledges

Another raft of General Election pledges have been made to transform the private rental sector - this time from the Green...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Over 40 tenants compete for every Gumtree rental in key towns - new analysis

Some locations in the UK are seeing as many as 40-plus prospective tenants racing for the keys of every available rental...

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

Landlord Tax scheme could cost HMRC millions in lost income - claim

It’s been suggested that a Tory manifesto policy could create a tax loophole that would cost HMRC millions of pounds in...

12 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

Airbnb Clampdown, S21 Scrapped, and other manifesto pledges

The Liberal Democrats have set out a predictable set of pledges in their manifesto for next mon this election, centred on...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Lenders step up pitch for buy to let landlords

Several lenders have revised their products as competition for buy to let landlords hots up. Melton Building Society has launched four new...

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

Capital Appreciation steady as house prices show no major movements

Average house prices remained broadly stable in May, down just 0.1% on a monthly basis. This actually took the annual rate of...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

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

Five Ways to Boost Holiday Let Profitability in Peak Season

The days of simply listing your property on Airbnb and waiting for the bookings to roll-in are sadly over. With the...

08 June 2024

From: The Big Issues

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

Lenders vie for landlord borrowers as mortgage market hots up

Two lenders are making a pitch for landlord borrowers as the buy to let mortgage market continues to be highly competitive. Buy...

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

Landlords take legal action against Labour council over licensing

Legal action has been launched against Middlesbrough’s Labour council amid claims a licensing scheme which charges landlords almost £1,000 for each...

06 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

Another Labour council launching huge expansion of licensing scheme

From July 1 most privately rented properties in Lewisham, south London, will need a property licence.  With one in four households in...

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

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

NRLA’s compliance service links with high-profile PropTech firm

PropTech platform Goodlord has partnered with safety certificate provider Safe2 to offer compliance work for the lettings sector.  Safe2 - recently acquired...

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

Free Energy Efficiency teach-in for landlords

An event being held this month is aiming to help private landlords in part of Wales transform their properties into energy-efficient,...

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

Row over landlord critic who mysteriously wins Labour nomination

A row has broken out over the head of a think tank who surprised Labour Party members by being appointed as...

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Capital Appreciation Boost - house prices are strengthening

Average house prices rose 0.4% in May, taking the annual growth rate up to 1.3%, from 0.6% in April. The figures come...

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Danger Weed - is your property at risk?

Invasive plant species such as Japanese knotweed are developing much earlier in 2024 due to the warm, wet winter, a plant...

01 June 2024

From: Top tips & guides

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

At Last! Senior agent stands up for holiday homes and second properties

A senior Propertymark figure has made the case for second and holiday homes - against the recent trend of criticism. The issue...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Most renters consider moving back to the family home - new figures

Almost one in four (23%) young private renters defined as 21 to 34-year-olds  regularly consider moving back into their family home. Another...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Pair of Portfolio Landlords hit with hefty fine over their HMO

A couple who are portfolio landlords in the London borough of Haringey have been ordered to pay £10,000 after failing to...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Calling Landlords - what do you think of student accommodation?

A survey by an organisation called the International Union of Property Owners is seeking UK private landlords’ views on student accommodation. A...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Sell off of Airbnbs leads to glut of properties on market

There’s been a big rise in the supply of homes for sale - 20% up on this time last year. This is...

30 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

Tenant Arrears? Ask them what they can afford to pay, suggests industry figure

A property industry commentator has given a five point guide to landlords faced with rising arrears from tenants. And one of them...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let lender slashes rates on mortgages

Foundation Home Loans has cut rates across its buy to let, core and ‘specials’ range and changed some residential rates as...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Huge surge in Right To Rent checks as non-compliance fines soar

There’s been a surge in Right to Rent checks - up 577% year on year. Under the Right to Rent Scheme, civil...

29 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Case against landlord takes 18 months to reach court

The landlord of a property has been hit with over £23,000 in legal costs after being found guilty of operating an...

29 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Banned! HMO Landlord cannot let properties for next three years

A council has obtained a Banning Order against a rogue landlord preventing him letting houses in England for three years. A First...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Council kicks out private tenants while charging landlords £1,000

A council which this week announced that it would charge landlords almost £1,000 for a licence, is now being accused of kicking...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA will work with new government on next Renters Reform Bill

The National Residential Landlords Association says it’s “hugely disappointing” that the Renters Reform Bill will not become law. This is despite the...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Bonanza - huge rise in short let property numbers

Figures publicised in a new House of Commons report suggests there’s been a huge rise in the number of short lets...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of landlords says demand is strong

Over eight in 10 landlords are reporting strong levels of tenant demand, Paragon Bank research has revealed. As part of research carried...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy set to slash housing stock still further - warning

England’s dwindling social housing stock is poised to plummet by an additional 189,000 properties through the controversial Right to Buy scheme...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Unhappy Tenants - half say finding a new home is tough

Half of all tenants who moved during the past 12 months found it ‘difficult’ or ‘very difficult’ to secure a new...

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Councils demand Gove restricts Airbnb and short lets even further

London councils have slammed government plans for regulating the short-term and holiday lets sector. In a letter to Housing Secretary Michael Gove,...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour council says it’s protecting 5,000 homes from rogue landlords

All private landlords in four areas of Islington in north London - where the council claims there are particular problems with...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

HMRC launches tax clampdown on Airbnb and short lets landlords

HM Revenue and Customs has opened almost 2,000 investigations into landlords letting out via Airbnb or other short let platforms. The Daily...

21 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Now a cat charity complains about landlords’ S21 and no-pets policies

A cat charity claims it takes in an average of three cats daily because of landlords using Section 21 powers to...

21 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent rises stabilising across the country says Hamptons

The annual pace of rental growth on newly let homes in Great Britain continued to slow in April, with growth falling...

21 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour council charging almost £1,000 per property for a license

Labour-controlled Lambeth council in south London is introducing a Selective Licensing Scheme at almost £1,000 per property. A statement from the council...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords Selling Up? Generation Rent says it makes no difference!

The Generation Rent group of activists says it doesn’t matter if landlords sell up and leave the private rental sector. Appearing to...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Huge corporate landlord targeted by protesting activists

Grainger, the Stock Market listed corporate landlord, has been targeted by protesters over rent levels. A protest outside Grainger’s London HQ marks...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords - Under-estimated, Under-appreciated and Un-loved

* This piece is written jointly by Richard Rowntree (Managing Director, Paragon Bank) and Ben Beadle (Chief Executive of the National...

18 May 2024

From: Rental Reform

Revealed - How Landlords Have Cut Costs in Challenging Times

Many buy to let landlords have made financial changes during the cost of living crisis to mitigate the rising costs of...

18 May 2024

From: Tax & Finance

Has Sadiq Khan Delivered Enough New Homes for London?

Research by PropTech firm APRAO has asked whether London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has delivered on new homes for the capital. On...

18 May 2024

From: The Big Issues

Labour Mayor splashes council tax cash on landlord clampdown

Newly re-elected Greater Manchester Labour Mayor Andy Burnham is to spend £600,000 of council tax payers’ cash on a clampdown on...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Half of tenant moves triggered by landlord sales - new survey

There’s been another survey of landlord activity in the private rental sector - and this one shows that 50% of tenants...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Soaring interest rates claim more landlords as possessions rise

New figures from the Ministry of Justice show how hard interest rate rises are hitting landlords. Compared to the same quarter in...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA and council combine to stage free forum for landlords

Landlords and managing agents in South Warwickshire are being encouraged to take part in an industry forum on Tuesday May 21...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

New Build premiums hit decade-high levels across most of Britain

A study by property software firm APRAO shows new-build house price premiums at their highest in a decade. The supplier analysed existing...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Don’t Do It - property portal warns politicians over rent controls

A property portal has taken the unusual step of warning politicians about the dire impact of rent controls on the private...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Landmark court ruling means home owner loses compensation

A landmark ruling about the invasive plant Japanese knotweed has been over-turned - with implications for landlords and other property owners.  In...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Are EPCs Accurate? Energy experts say recent criticism is unfair

A group of energy professionals in the property sector are taking issue with a claim by consumer organisation Which? over the...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

It’s War! Activist groups in conflict over Labour report and rent controls

The fragile peace between different groups in the Renters Reform Coalition has ended in a dispute about a Labour-commissioned report on...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Councils waste millions fighting planning appeals - claim

Seventeen London boroughs wasted over £2m in the last five years fighting rejected planning applications that were subsequently approved on appeal,...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Official - Labour will NOT introduce rent controls if it wins election

The Labour Party will not introduce rent controls if it wins the election. A spokesperson for the party is quoted on today’s...

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

University Challenge - students chose places based on rent costs

Availability in the private student halls sector is at a three-year high, according to new data from marketing and insights platform...

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord who suffered cancer duped by ruthless rogue tenant

A woman who faked documents and posed as a private landlord in an elaborate tenancy scam has been jailed. Natalie Chamberlain, aged...

13 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Anger as figures show how many Right To Buy homes are now privately let

Over 40% of council houses and flats sold under the long-standing Right To Buy scheme are now owned by private landlords. That’s...

13 May 2024

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage lender launches short let products, and cuts some rates

Foundation Home Loans’ buy to let product range - Buy to Let by Foundation - has cut fees on some options...

13 May 2024

From: Breaking News

What Can Landlords Buy for the Average House Price?

Brand new data from online mortgage broker Mojo Mortgages has revealed significant differences in the types of properties the average UK house...

11 May 2024

From: Tax & Finance

Up-and-Coming London Rental Hotspots revealed in new analysis

New data from flat share website SpareRoom has revealed what it calls “the up-and-coming London rental hotspots” with properties further away...

11 May 2024

From: The Big Issues

Clampdown on Airbnbs may be dropped due to council delays

It looks as if a prominent local authority in Scotland is going to temporarily scrap the country’s tight rules on who...

10 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Politicians make landlords feel like pariahs in society - claim

Red tape and a hostile attitude towards landlords from government is fuelling Scotland’s housing crisis, experts warn. John Blackwood, chief executive of...

10 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour left puts Khan under pressure over housing policies

Sadiq Khan, newly elected for a third term as London Mayor, is already under pressure from the Labour Left to be...

10 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Government insulation scheme flops with tiny take-up so far

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

09 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord “accepts council penalty but only if not named”

A council has fined a landlord £17,500 for failing to license two of his properties in the area. However, the identify of...

09 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are good … at least for house values

Buy to let landlords with properties inside controversial ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhoods’ or LTNs may be in for a windfall. That’s because new...

09 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnb rips into politicians and restrictions on short lets

Airbnb has ripped into politicians in Scotland who have implemented restrictions on short lets. The former SNP-Green coalition government allowed local councils...

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Re-elected Labour Mayor pledges crackdown on rogue landlords

The newly re-elected Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester - Andy Burnham - wants to end Right To Buy on new-build homes...

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Buyers aim for smaller properties despite prices stay roughly static

House prices last month were just 1.1% higher than April 2023, according to the latest Halifax House Price Index. The average house...

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

EPCs are often wrong and need major overhaul - Which?

An influential consumer body is demanding a complete overhaul of Energy Performance Certificates. Which? says that with millions of households across the...

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Savage attack on buy to let landlords by Build To Rent cheerleader

Buy to let landlords have been savagely attacked by the country’s biggest investment company - which just happens to be a...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents and Service Charges blamed for higher housing costs

Housing costs - rents and mortgages - are rising by about 3.6% a year according to a Barclays Bank assessment. This figure...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Four Ways To Improve A Property’s Energy Performance Certificate

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

04 May 2024

From: Legislation & Compliance

Unlucky for some - 13 enquiries for each rental listing

Demand is still way ahead of supply min he private rental sector, a Rightmove survey has round. The property portal says there...

04 May 2024

From: Agent Advice

Government could snoop on Landlords’ bank accounts - claim

A Labour member of the House of Lords is warning that a new law could allow landlords’ bank accounts to be...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Heat Pumps Flop - low level in installation in new-builds

As the deadline approaches for banning gas boilers in newly constructed homes from 2025, a new analysis shows that only a...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter offers high salary to fill ‘Activism and Advocacy’ post

Charity Shelter is advertising for the post of ‘Assistant Director: Activism and Advocacy’ - with the postholder charged with supporting “...

02 May 2024

From: Breaking News

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