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Shamplina Speaks - Understand your competition and your customers

Last month, I wrote about what’s in store for the private rented sector in 2022 and, like most commentators in our...

29 January 2022

From: The Big Issues

An Agency's Top Tips for a Smooth Lettings Process

For landlords looking to find tenants fast, London-based lettings agency Douglas & Gordon has put together a 12 tip guide to ensure landlords have a smooth letting process – perfect for...

29 January 2022

From: Agent Advice

Yet Again! Repeat offender landlord in court once more

A rogue landlord who has already been fined on numerous occasions for similar offences has now been served with a £5,000...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

The Lowdown on London’s rental market

Foxtons has issued a wide-ranging snapshot of the London private rental market. Overall some 27 per cent of Londoners are  now privately...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Refugee Crisis: landlords get urgent appeal from council

A council is making an urgent appeal to private landlords with vacant, or soon-to-be vacant, three or four-bedroom family homes for...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Closure Order put on landlord’s flat after anti-social behaviour

Police have imposed a Closure Order on a property in Southampton under Section 80 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act. The...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Councils MUST give cash help to tenants with Covid arrears - NRLA

Approaching one in four private landlords have suffered income losses as a result of the pandemic. As a result the sector’s trade...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Bills - New EPC targets to cost landlords over £10k per unit

Landlords believe that energy efficiency upgrades required to comply with Net Zero regulations may cost up to £10,400 per property. From 2025...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Combative agent hits out at landlords over property condition

A lettings agent who also acts on behalf of tenants against landlords claims to have received 1,000 enquiries from frustrated private...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lenders battle to win growing holiday let landlord market

Yesterday Landlord Today reported that there was now a 15 year record high in the number of buy to let mortgage...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Ambulance crew trigger probe into rogue landlord’s dangerous house

A landlord has been fined £3,607 over properties that were so dangerous tenants’ lives were at risk. North Lincolnshire council brought a...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Licensing Clampdown - another council goes out to consultation

West Lindsey council in Lincolnshire is launching a consultation on proposals to change how some private rented homes are managed and...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Seven per cent yield predicted from latest student development

Student accommodation specialist Unite Students has acquired a site for a 270-bed scheme in one of the country’s biggest academic centres,...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Taxing Times - tips for landlords facing self-assessment deadline

A tax consultancy has produced tips for those faced with the self-assessment tax filing deadline of next Monday - and who...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Another Green mortgage launched for good EPC buy to lets

One of the biggest buy to let lenders is the latest mortgage firm to launch a green product. From today the Barclays...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord accreditation system gives scores for performance

A council has launched what it calls a “scores on the doors” style accreditation scheme for landlords. The Decent and Safe Homes...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

A Long Term Vision for the Housing Market

Our housing market needs a long-term vision, and one which is co-ordinated across government and the wider industry. And it is...

22 January 2022

From: The Big Issues

Government told: Don’t penalise landlords over cladding

The campaign to ensure that landlords are included in the government’s measures to alleviate the problem of dangerous cladding is gathering...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentence for landlord who evicted tenant overnight

A landlord has been jailed for six months, suspended for a year, after being found guilty of illegally evicting a tenant...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Demolish or Go To Jail!  Millionaire landlord has ignored order

A landlord must demolish two penthouse apartments by mid July - or else go to jail. It’s being reported that a case...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents rising much faster than official figures, claims analyst

Official government data suggests that rents are rising by 1.8 per cent a year - but a prominent analyst has gone...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Many renters want to buy out their landlord, survey shows

A large scale survey of over 4,000 private and social tenants suggests that a significant proportion would like to buy their...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Why are landlords deliberately excluded from cladding help?

The National Residential Landlords Association is seeking clarification from gov ernment about whether landlords are included in the latest measure to...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - new ID technology can be used in Right To Rent

The Home Office has confirmed that landlords, letting agents and employers will be able to use certified new technology to digitally...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency surveys for landlords offered by local council

Cotswold council, using cash from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is targeting properties that fall below the minimum...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

Why 2022 will be Build to Rent’s Year

New preliminary figures released by CBRE reveal that a record £4.1 billion was invested in the UK’s Build to Rent sector...

15 January 2022

From: The Big Issues

Can BTR Renting Be As Satisfying As Home Ownership?

There are numerous reasons as to why renting is the way forward and how it can bring just as much, if...

15 January 2022

From: Industry Views

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

Boris Johnson dodges question on timing of rental reform

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dodged a question from an MP about the timing of the long-awaited Rental Reform Bill and...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Flats at £1,000 a week called 'competitive' by Build To Rent developer

High end agency Savills and a London developer have launched apartments in a new Build To Rent scheme costing tenants up...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents skyrocketing in London according to latest index

Rents in Greater London are up an annualised 25 per cent, with much of the increase attributed to the stock of...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords - should you tell tenants about another tax?

A little-known law unearthed by a lettings agency may be bad news because it means some private renters are likely to...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

Buy To Let investment platform expands to all of Britain

A new PropTech platform that claims to make buy to let investment simpler, faster and more accessible than ever before, is...

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

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

2022 Rental Trends - a Build To Rent perspective

1. Outdoor space: After nearly two years of restrictions, 2022 will see renters continuing to prioritise outdoor space. For residents of...

08 January 2022

From: The Big Issues

The power of quality appliances in the rental market 

For landlords, finding a tenant for a property can be challenging. Today, people expect modern, high quality, clean appliances as standard...

07 January 2022

From: Sponsored Content

HMRC to clamp down on landlords in 2022, warns accountancy firm

A leading accountancy firm says the relative good health of the rental market and house price appreciation will trigger stricter enforcement...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Low-cost investments fade away with few homes below £150,000

Landlords adopting a strategy of buying cheap in search of high yields are having a tougher task in finding the right...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Leasehold landlords to be more proactive ahead of sale - forecast

A leasehold expert says existing owners - including landlords - are expected to be more proactive in 2022 as they seek...

07 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

Energy efficiency - another council spending thousands on education

A local council is inviting landlords within its boundaries to take up funding from a £49,057 pot it has to improve...

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

Most expensive homes in UK purchased as investments

One of the UK’s most prestigious agencies claims that deals to buy the country’s dearest homes have been negotiated using asset-backed...

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

Landlords flee capital for higher yields elsewhere, says agency

This year, landlord and owner-occupier Londoners purchased 112,780 homes outside the capital, the highest number since 2007. New data, from Connells-owned agency...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter says high rents impact women with threat of homelessness

Shelter claims that women are impacted by homelessness more than men, and says rising private rents are a contributory factor. In a...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity says end of eviction ban directly led to homelessness

The charity Crisis has identified the end of the eviction ban as one of the factors directly leading to homelessness over...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Wanted: private landlords with one bedroom homes to let

A council in the south of England is urgently looking for private landlords with self-contained one bedroomed flats or studios to house...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims 200,000 children in private rental sector at risk of eviction

Shelter claims that 200,000 children living in privately rented homes are at risk of being evicted this winter – equivalent to one in every 50 children in England.   A study for the campaigning charity claims that 104,000 private...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid to involve landlords in resolving homelessness problem

A company that works with private landlords to supply homes to ease London councils’ homeless issues, has won funds to secure...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC Warned - half of landlords not investing because of tax hikes

Over half of private landlords responding to a new survey say recent tax changes in the rental market have had a...

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

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

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

Omicron: how the rental sector can adopt best practice

Inventory clerks can play a part in reducing the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid, by being sensible and safe. “Throughout...

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

Council strategy emphasises punishment for rogue landlords

Rogue landlords in one area of London could face unlimited fines, criminal convictions and bans from letting out properties. The measures are...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Rental market likely to benefit as first timers frustrated by buying

As many as one in four young Britons are seriously considering moving abroad because the cost of housing. Despite four in every...

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

Rejection of first time buyer mortgages keeps rental sector buoyant

New data suggesting that only a third of first time buyers are able to secure a mortgage at their first attempt...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental firm gives tenants five New Year Resolutions to follow

Build To Rent apartment brand Essential Living is giving its tenants five New Year’s Resolutions for 2022. 1. Create Home Working Space:...

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

Many tenants spend over £1,000 decorating landlord’s property - claim

A lettings platform claims a substantial number of tenants spend over £1,000 on decorating their landlord’s property.  Flatshare platform SpareRoom claims that...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets - Short Lets say they're more dog-friendly than mainstream rentals

The trade body representing Airbnb and other short let providers and sector suppliers says the short let industry is best placed...

13 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

My service aims to fix ‘toxic’ rental market for young people

Every year there is an influx of students that hate renting, and I was one of them.  Students should be excited about...

11 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

Energy Efficiency: The best thing landlords can do to help tenants

Households across the country are seeing their energy costs going up, so it is more important than ever that landlords do...

11 December 2021

From: Top tips & guides

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

Mortgage lenders stop landlords letting to asylum seekers - claim

An investigation conducted by The Mirror newspaper claims to have found that 55 out of 72 buy to let mortgage lenders...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims end of eviction ban adds to mass homelessness

Shelter claims the end of the eviction ban has contributed to creating over 274,000 people who are homeless in England right now, including 126,000 children. Shelter’s interpretation of official...

09 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

Accredition scheme with NRLA involvement launched by council

A  council is set to ask local landlords of rental properties to join an accreditation scheme to improve standards and deliver...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgages linked to better EPCs are ‘key’ for buy to let lender

Paragon Bank increased buy to let lending to landlords by 33.9 per cent to £1.61 billion in its last financial year,...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Can I afford rent? Can I afford fuel? Tenants say that’s the dilemma

Some two thirds of tenants say they may struggle to pay their energy bills this winter - and almost as many...

07 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 boasts of working with police and ‘talking tough’ to landlords

A council says it’s working with police to target landlords which it claims are flouting the law and illegally eviction and...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Police urge landlords to appoint agents to vet dodgy tenants

Detectives are urging landlords to remain cautious following to discovery of a number of cannabis farms in rented properties. In the past...

06 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

Council spends £30,000 on rent to help private tenants avoid eviction

An initiative set up earlier this year to help support private rented sector tenants and landlords has proved its worth according...

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

Six Hacks for Landlords to Slash Energy Bills

It’s probably in the interest of landlords as much as tenants to slash energy bills now, even before new EPC ratings...

04 December 2021

From: Top tips & guides

Give landlords better due diligence on future tenants - call

A high profile PropTech entrepreneur has come out against the scrapping of Section 21 eviction powers for landlords. Alexander Siedes, chief executive and...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

What’s hot, What’s not for capital appreciation in prime London

Investors seeking capital appreciation in the country’s most expensive residential markets have been given new data by a leading agency. Bective has...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Landlords back private leasing deal working with councils

Landlords have welcomed an initiative to provide £30m to work with the private rental sector to end homelessness. Local authorities in Wales...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Room rental market sees demand soar and supply slump

Demand for rooms has rocketed in recent months, coinciding with a huge shortage in the number of rooms available in the...

02 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 HMO licensing regime to be launched in London borough

Lewisham council in London is introducing a new licensing scheme for all Houses of Multiple Occupancy - claiming it will improve...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord portfolios to dip in value before rebound - forecast

Property prices will fall 1.1 per cent this month - December - according to a forecast by comparison service Reallymoving. However any...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims 1,000 calls a day since eviction ban eased

Shelter claims its helpline has received 1,000 callers a day since the eviction ban began easing at the start of summer. It says...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers back enhanced help for tenants facing eviction

The Law Society of England and Wales has welcomed the proposal for tenants facing eviction to receive enhanced legal assistance. “It would be...

30 November 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

Special Citizens Advice helpline opens for landlords AND tenants

A Citizens Advice helpline has opened in Wales for both renters struggling with arrears, and for landlords who believe their tenants...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords need stimulus to stick with buy to let, trade chief says

Demand for private rental housing is at an all time high according to new research by the National Residential Landlords Association. A...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

First snow of winter arrives - Protect your investment property

Heavy snowfall can present a number of dangers to your property.  Gutters can become clogged or even frozen due to snow and...

27 November 2021

From: Top tips & guides

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

Longer tenancies make inventories and inspections vital - claim

The UK’s largest provider of inventory services says rising tenancy lengths make a combination of inventories and regular inspections more valuable...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid still making cities a ‘big ask’ for many working renters

A large scale survey of tenants suggests there’s a real enthusiasm for them to leave major cities and relocate elsewhere, so...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Hotspot’s second homes council tax premium to be agreed soon

Councillors in a second home hotspot will be asked to decide on the level of council tax premium for the next...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord ignored Emergency Prohibition Order given hefty fine

A private landlord who failed to carry out essential safety work has been fined for ignoring an Emergency Prohibition Order. Mohammed Deryo,...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

Rental Market Update - big regional variations continue

Landlords are benefitting from widespread rent rises across the UK - with even London seeing a turnaround.  This is according to lettings...

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

Rogue tenants make Short Lets the Wild West of Renting, survey shows

Over half of tenants who have stayed at short let home-based properties via Airbnb or similar platforms have broken or damaged...

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

Rent controls on the agenda for another part of the UK

The new coalition of the Scottish National Party and the Greens in Scotland has pledged to introduce rent controls - and...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords with larger family homes enjoying bigger rent increases

Landlords with family properties are in the pound seats when it comes to rent increases, according to data from lettings agency...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-second home campaigners set up Parliamentary petition

Some 6,000 signatures have so far been added to an online petition calling on the Welsh Parliament to “address” the issue...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

London council pledges HMO inspections at least once every five years

Lewisham council in south London is introducing a new licensing scheme for all HMOs in the borough. It claims this will help...

22 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

Is Buy To Let Over? Not yet it isn’t…

The demise of the buy to let market has been much predicted over recent years. Major tax changes, a three per...

20 November 2021

From: Tax & Finance

It’s War! Activists and Green Party at loggerheads over landlords

Activists in the Acorn pro-tenant movement have sharply criticised the Green Party which runs Brighton council for allegedly failing to prosecute...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Licensing on the march - another city goes to consultation

Salford is the latest city to launch a consultation seeking views on plans to expand its selective licensing scheme - claiming...

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

Energy project may involve trading standards spotting rogue landlords

Private sector landlords are being warned by a council to check their investments meet the legal minimum energy efficiency standard, or...

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

Council unanimously passes motion calling for rent controls

Belfast council has unanimously passed a motion calling for the Northern Ireland Executive to introduce a rent control scheme for the...

16 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

Capital Letters - can landlords and councils really work together?

The relationship between the overwhelming number of good landlords and local authorities tends to be limited or possibly non-existent. With the far...

13 November 2021

From: Industry Views

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

Many tenants ‘more interested in tidiness than electric safety’ - claim

A poll suggests that many private tenants admit to being more interested in the tidiness of their properties than safety within...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council 'recovers' £2.5m in charges from landlords

A London council is consulting on what it claims to be “a groundbreaking property licensing scheme.” Newham council says its licensing of more...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Are green mortgages just hot air? Low take up, say brokers

Only six per cent of brokers questioned in a survey have ever sold a green mortgage, despite the high public profile...

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

Landlord Alert - detailed forecast for rent and capital growth

Many agencies give their forecasts for the following year or years in the late autumn, but one of the most detailed...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Pipe Down! Landlord warned over tenant’s bagpipes habit

A landlord has been given a severe warning over a Glasgow apartment that has been home to a noisy bagpiper and has...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Two month mediation project starts - is it really long enough to succeed?

An innovative pilot project aiming to reduce evictions by providing free mediation between private landlords and tenants has been launched in...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Impact on landlords and renters far less than feared

A series of online interviews with landlords suggests far fewer of them have been seriously impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic than...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Call Before You Serve’ initiative tries to avoid evictions

A local authority has launched a free service seeking to avoid evictions. New Forest council says its 'Call Before You Serve' programme is a no-charge service providing...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC and possession process changes to dominate NRLA forum

The National Residential Landlords Association is joining forces with Flintshire council in Wales to stage a virtual landlord forum. The Zoom event,...

09 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

Interest Rates - what about Unlucky Accidental Landlords?

Many homeowners face situations where they have no other option but to rent out their home. Often there are periods where...

06 November 2021

From: Tax & Finance

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

Landlords paying more for BTL mortgages despite base rate hold

The Bank of England may have voted to keep its base rate at a historic low of 0.1 per cent yesterday,...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council offers landlords ‘enforcement amnesty’ over energy efficiency

A council says it’s offering landlords what it calls ‘an enforcement amnesty’ if they have failed to bring their rental units...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rajiv Singh - Founder & CEO RentOnCloud

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Rajiv Singh |Founder & CEO RentOnCloud www.rentoncloud.com Tell me about RentOnCloud, what does...

04 November 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

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

Council urging private landlords to offer longest-possible tenancies

Private landlords, tenants and letting agents are being asked to give their views on a Labour council’s tenancy strategy in London.  The...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

City clampdown on HMOs with Article 4 Direction

A Midlands city is starting consultation on a major extension of powers over HMOs. Leicester council wants to have an extended Article...

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

Some tenants would pay 20% more for eco-efficient homes - claim

A new survey from an online rental platform claims tenants are willing to pay for greener homes. Some 98 per cent of...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

High annual rent rise despite monthly dip - and strong market in 2022

HomeLet says the average rent in the UK is now £1,059, down a tiny 0.2 per cent from a month ago. However, the...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent supply rises as agency sets challenge for landlords

Build To Rent is recovering well from the pandemic across the UK according to a survey. Construction sites across the UK ground...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Karl Ullrich, Customer Service Technology Group Manager at BSH

Tell us about your role. I am the Customer Service Technology Group Manager at BSH (group brands include Bosch, NEFF and Siemens)...

02 November 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Home for sale - but not to landlords

A social landlord is selling a home on the open market but says it should go only to a first time...

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

Bright spark letting agent prepares tenants’ guide to Bonfire Night

The Barrows and Forrester agency has prepared a tenant guide for those hoping to hold fireworks displays at their rental home...

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

Council cannot find rental accommodation for Afghan refugees

Reigate and Banstead council is appealing to private landlords with vacant, or soon-to-be vacant, two, three or four-bedroom homes for rent. The...

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

Here’s How NOT To Buy An Investment Property At Auction

Daytime TV programmes often feature amazing property bargains that can be won at auction - and there are fantastic bargains to...

30 October 2021

From: Top tips & guides

How landlords can help the UK hit Net Zero by 2050

Climate change is at the top of the political agenda this week thanks to Cop26 taking place in Glasgow in a...

30 October 2021

From: Agent Advice

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

Landlords warned over large-scale property fraud scams

There’s a new warning to landlords purchasing properties about a spike in scams which have seen victims defrauded out of hundreds...

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

Free advice for landlords on lettings incentives

Landlords and owners of empty homes in North Somerset are invited to a free event next month to find out more...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Appeal to landlords - Far-flung council wants homes for refugees

Orkney Council wants private landlords who hold family accommodation to come forward if they would be suitable for Afghan families. Councillors recently...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Poor rental conditions trigger mental health issues - claim

A property company claims that 14 per cent of renters are so distressed by their living situation they believe it is...

27 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

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

Are detached homes a better investment than apartments?

New figures from the National Home Building Council suggests the popularity of detached properties has soared during the pandemic - prompting...

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

 Politician demands immediate windfall tax on private landlords

Adrian Ramsay, newly-elected co-leader of the Green Party, wants a windfall tax on the value of investment properties owned by private...

25 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

Winter’s Coming - Advice for Landlords

With a week to go before we ‘lose’ an hour, and the weather finally cooling to something like the seasonal norm,...

23 October 2021

From: Top tips & guides

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

10 easy mistakes by landlords - do you agree with this bank?

Private and commercial bank Arbuthnot Latham has set out what it considers to be the 10 easy mistakes which some landlords...

22 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

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

Labour councillor want holiday lets to pay five times normal council tax

A Labour councillor in the Lake District says second home owners who let their properties should be obliged to pay five...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

London rents and demand both go through the roof, says agency

London lettings agency Chestertons says the number of tenants in the capital is now at an annual high.  The agency’s latest market...

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

Landlord anger as council fails to find accommodation for tenant

A landlord has taken to the local media in his area to express outrage that a council has failed to find...

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

Why quality matters

Home appliances are often an area that can be overlooked when it comes to finalising kitchen designs, but having quality machines...

18 October 2021

From: Sponsored Content

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

Another mortgage lender incentivises landlords to Go Green

Foundation Home Loans has launched its new ‘Green ABC+’ fixed rate products for both buy to let and owner occupied mortgages, with...

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

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

How Landlords and their Agents can talk with Generation Z

The Victorian phrase “as safe as houses” well describes the security of the housing market as, whether they are buying or...

16 October 2021

From: Top tips & guides

 Tax clampdown on landlords planned for New Year - claim

If you let out holiday properties or have switched to Airbnb or similar platforms, tax inspectors may be coming for you. Accountancy...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New PropTech service allowing direct contact with tenants

A new PropTech platform says it allows easy digital contact between tenants, landlords and third party suppliers avoiding the need to...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

One in five renters ill because of property condition, claims Shelter

Shelter says 20 per cent of private and social renters in England suffer poor health because of the condition of their...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Staycation yield boom likely to stay for up to two years - forecast

Fabrik Invest, which works with holiday parks across the UK, says the staycation boom is here to stay despite the easing...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New insights into why many landlords use letting agents

Another report has highlighted how landlords feel intimidated into putting investment plans on ice because of red tape in the private...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Why landlords shouldn’t use credit cards to pay for refurbs

Around 20 per cent of landlords surveyed by a bank used a credit card or short-term finance to fund a recent...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Did the stamp duty holiday persuade you to buy? It seems not…

Relatively few landlords were persuaded to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday according to analysis by the lettings agency Hamptons.  The...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Not all energy efficiency work saves money even after five years

With energy efficiency making headlines in the private rental sector, Norton Finance has calculated the cost of an average mid-terrace household...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental growth “amongst fastest in a generation” says agency

Average annual rental growth across Britain hit 8.0 per cent in September, the third fastest annual rate of growth recorded this...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

The view from Build To Rent: We’re better placed to improve quality

The dynamic of the private rental market has been changing in recent years. There's been a decline in private landlords, yet almost...

09 October 2021

From: Industry Views

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

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

Student landlords slammed by PropTech boss for “unfit” homes

A PropTech supplier claims 83 per cent of students have lived in accommodation considered ‘unfit for habitation’ under the Homes Act...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand Easy! Rental Reform White Paper appears some way off

The White Paper on rental reform may still be some time away, with a minister at the centre of its preparation saying...

06 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

Jail for tenant who threatened landlord with screwdriver

A man who broke into the home of his prospective landlord and threatened him with a screwdriver has been jailed for...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Tips for landlords to maximise holiday let income in 2022

Landlords in or anticipating entering the holiday let market are being offered a series of tips by one of the country’s...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Refugees still need homes - another council seeks landlord help

Epsom & Ewell council is the latest to seek private landlords’ help to house five households of Afghan refugees fleeing the...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Ghost Tenants’ - £190,000 fine for landlords after four year court battle

A remarkable four year court battle has ended with £190,000 in fines for a rogue landlord couple who falsely claimed they...

04 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

Landlords will have to pay more for most properties from today

The end of the stamp duty holiday means landlords will have to pay more for almost all properties from today. They have...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Up to six months rent for private landlords guaranteed by council

Private landlords could receive between three and six months’ rent in advance by putting their properties forward to help people who...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord pays thousands after Wrongful Termination Order

A landlord has been ordered to pay £2,400 to his former tenants after a tribunal appeal following the issuing of a...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Flipping ‘eck - tips for landlords wanting to flip properties

A specialist investment lender has set out tips for how landlords can succeed at flipping - purchasing homes and selling relatively...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Accreditation scheme relaunched in bid to attract more landlords

Plans are underway to relaunch a landlord accreditation scheme - with a difference.  Barnsley’s landlord accreditation scheme began in 2010 and the...

30 September 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

Available rental stock volumes lower now than just before pandemic

Research by buy to let consultancy Sequre Property Investment suggests that despite the return to near-normal in much of the country,...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

More landlords selling up according to latest Zoopla research

More landlords are quitting the sector and bringing properties to the sales market, according to research from Zoopla.  In its latest snapshot...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Landlords treated less well than owner-occupiers in new green initiative

A local council is one of the first to be offering new Go Green Grants to landlords to improve energy efficiency...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Record fine issued to London landlord over planning offence

A landlord who built extensions and converted them into flats and bedsits all without planning permission has been given a record...

24 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

Some tenants would pay 10% more for advanced technology

A Build To Rent operator claims some tenants - around a fifth - are willing to pay more for properties with...

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

Pets in Lets -  Build To Rent cashing in on tenant preferences

The most common feature in Build To Rent developments is an issue dividing landlords - pet-friendly homes. Some 47 per cent of...

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

Does your tenant have a pet, even if you haven’t given permission?

An agency says its bizarre list of items left behind by departing tenants shows how many renters actually appear to keep pets...

17 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

Landlords getting less for their money now as property sizes fall

Landlords buying property today will get less for their money than in the past, as the average size of homes in...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surge - why it's important for homes to have good broadband and TV packages

The end of the stamp duty holiday, which was introduced in July 2020, is now only a few weeks away. The upcoming...

16 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Landlord trade body welcomes Gove as new Housing Secretary

Michael Gove - one of the most senior and controversial figures in modern politics - is the new Housing Secretary.  Ben Beadle,...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Crisis - council urges action from Housing Minister

A council has written to Housing Minister Chris Pincher calling for a new approach to the short lets issue. Oxford council leader...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council chief says licensing deters “criminal landlords”

A London council is urging landlords to check whether their properties require licensing under a new scheme introduced this month. Enfield’s new...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hosting is now standard element of insurance application

The comparison website GoCompare is to routinely ask home insurance applicants whether they are going to be Airbnb-style short let landlords. GoCompare...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector critic says affordability crisis now at boiling point

A mortgage expert who is a prominent sceptic about the lettings market has stepped up his criticisms, saying renting is no...

15 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

Lettings agency seeks landlords for Afghan refugee families

A council’s own lettings agency is coordinating the call for landlords to house Afghan refugees, in one of the country’s most...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Top MP tells Airbnb it’s doing “nowhere near enough” about rental crisis

Former Liberal Democrat party leader and Lake District MP Tim Farron has met with bosses from Airbnb to challenge them on...

13 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

Council says rental market “out of control” but wants landlords’ help

A council says the private rental market is “out of control” and he wants rent controls - but nonetheless is asking...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New portal to “revolutionise” borrowing for buy to let landlords

A new portal set up by a leading buy to let mortgage provider claims it will “revolutionise” the borrowing process for...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Out of balance: Huge number of renters as rental stock still very limited

The latest rental market snapshot by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests supply and demand in the lettings sector still...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantees for landlords joining new leasing scheme

Private landlords interested in leasing properties in Bridgend, south Wales, are being invited to join a scheme which would see them...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters are big losers from soaring house prices - mortgage boss

Celebrations amongst landlords and home owners over the latest record house price figures mask growing disadvantages for renters, claims a mortgage...

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

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

Commuter Belt rental shortage as tenants still leave London

Demand for private rented housing in the South East is the second highest in England - and it is thought to be...

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

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

Webinar on Afghan refugees to tell landlords how they can transform lives

Landlords are being invited to a webinar which is billed as helping them understand how letting their properties to Afghan refugees...

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

Landlords must pay tenants’ moving costs when they sell - demand

Activists in Generation Rent are now making a new demand - that landlords must pay the moving costs of tenants when...

31 August 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

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

Rent control momentum grows - petition nears 50,000 signatures

A petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners is now nearing its 50,000...

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

Build To Rent boost with huge scheme winning planning approval

The Build To Rent sector continues to grow, with the news that a 650-home scheme in the city of Bath has...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New Landlords Beware - hidden charges trap the inexperienced

Home repairs service Rightio has provided a useful checklist of the hidden costs of being a landlord. Many seasoned hands will...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Pet-friendly properties have soared in popularity say agents

Letting agents have reported huge surges in demand for pet-friendly properties.  Richard O’Neill, managing director at Romans Lettings, says: “There has certainly...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental activists want their homes nationalised - could it happen here?

A referendum in Berlin next month is being watched closely by rental activists in the UK, in case it offers them...

26 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

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

Buy To Let specialist identifies upcoming boom area

A nationwide buy to let consultancy says it believes one specific area of the country is on the verge of a...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank landlord plans even bigger than first anticipated

More details have emerged of Lloyds Bank’s plan to become a landlord - and the proposal is even more ambitious than...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord urges others to offer homes to refugee families

A landlord has set out why he helped a refugee family resettle through renting one of his properties. The landlord - who...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Two tier lettings market, with London lagging behind

Demand for private rented housing has reached a five year high says the National Residential Landlords Association. In the association’s survey of...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning - HMRC watching for landlords using Airbnb for events

A tax expert is warning professional and amateur landlords that if they switch from conventional rentals to Airbnb-style short lets for...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Climate Change alarm - office and shop conversions may be poor quality

There’s a warning today that some office-to-resi and shop-to-resi conversions - often thought to be popular purchases by buy-to-let investors -...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents for homes next to shopping centres may reduce - not rise

The popular belief that homes in close proximity to shops inevitably pushes up the rent is being challenged by new research. The...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Portfolio landlords most upbeat about income and asset wealth

Some 30 per cent of landlords who plan to remortgage by mid-2022 intent to release equity from their properties according to...

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

Rent rises slow but no falls forecast for rest of 2021 at least

The Hamptons lettings agency says the rate of annual rental growth is slowing slightly - but there’s no suggestion of a...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Top tips for landlords faced with empty properties

ARLA Propertymark has issued five top tips to landlords whose properties may be left empty by tenants on holiday.  ARLA president Maxine...

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

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

Best Investment - resi or commercial? An agent advises landlords

A new analysis by a London lettings agency has assessed the relative investment merits of residential and commercial property. Benham and Reeves...

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

Guide for landlords - these are the UK’s most affordable cities

A new table of UK city affordability offers some guidance for landlords looking for urban properties in some of the least...

12 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

Furnished v Unfurnished - research shows city premiums for furniture

New research shows how the rental premium for a furnished property compares to the cost of furnishing a rental home individually. The...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Another bank enters rental sector with plan for 2,500 homes

A retail bank has announced the launch of a £500m project to fund the construction of up to 2,500 suburban, purpose-built...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Petition to increase lettings tax nears 45,000-signature target

A petition calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to increase tax on holiday lettings has neared its 45,000-signature target over the weekend. Former...

09 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

The cities where landlords most likely to make a LOSS…

An agency and law firm, Coulters, has produced a league table of where landlords are most likely to make a loss...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Tip-Off - where to find discounted homes in London

Landlords wanting to break into London buy to let have been provided with a guide to boroughs with the most discounted...

06 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

Challenges for landlords - council to organise special event

The latest updates affecting the work of local landlords, letting agents and property managers, plus a chance to network and catch...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

London rental market set for boom as first timers look outside M25

The London rental market may be in for a boom as figures show Londoners purchased over 60,000 homes outside the capital...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and other short lets performing strongly for investors

A tracking study, conducted in partnership with the UK Short Term Accommodation Association, shows exactly how well Airbnb and other short...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let pipeline is massive, says high profile mortgage lender

The buy to let pipeline for one of the sector’s main mortgage lenders is now £911.4m some 39.9 per cent up...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

First ever ‘ASBO Injunction’ served on landlord to stop illegal eviction

Camden council in north London has become the first local authority to secure an anti-social behaviour injunction against a landlord in...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency predicts student surge to accelerate East London market

Lettings agency JLL says improved interest in East London’s lettings market is being accelerated by the expected surge in demand from...

30 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

Eco-credentials key to capital appreciation in future - Rightmove

Landlords with an eye to optimising capital appreciation ought to be considering the sustainability features of properties, Rightmove has suggested. The portal...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech chief warns that stamp duty holiday may have hurt renters

The chief finance officer of a PropTech company says the effects of the stamp duty holiday on house prices must not...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Overwhelming support amongst renters for 12 month-plus tenancies

New research suggests an overwhelming number of renters want longer tenancies, a trend pushed further by the uncertainties of the pandemic.  A...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords with houses see dramatic uplift in capital appreciation

Landlords with houses in their portfolios will have seen a dramatic increase in their capital value according to Zoopla. It says demand...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let may work better if landlords allow pets - claim

It’s a controversial view but a respected buy to let mortgage monitor suggests that landlords may be more successful if they...

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

Covid fall-out makes life worse for renters, claims new report

The pandemic has made future prospects for renters worse, according to a new survey.  Four out of 10 tenants questioned by the...

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

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

Self-employed tenants unlikely to quit rental sector for some time

The latest study of the mortgager market by Aldermore Bank suggests the self-employed are finding it harder than ever to get...

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

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

Right To Buy Back - Labour councils back purchases from landlords

Labour councils in London have backed the initiative from Mayor Sadiq Khan to buy back ex-council houses now in the private...

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

Council in talks with landlords to buy back empty homes

Bury council is to spend £1m buying empty homes from landlords and other owners. The council says it will shortly identify which...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New league table shows best yields by regions and towns

The best buy to let yields can be found in the North East of England according to new research.  The region as...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Upbeat figures show strong rental market performance

There's more good news about the rental market across the country, with rents rising 8.5 per cent year-on-year. The data comes from...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

First Inner London monthly rent rise for over a year, reports agency

The lettings agency Hamptons has declared the bottom of the rental market for Inner London, saying it’s now on the way...

13 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

Radical shake up likely for private rental sector in N Ireland

It looks certain that a substantial number of pro-tenant reforms are to be introduced in Northern Ireland in the near future. A...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Smart system could ultimately slash landlords’ energy bills

The people behind a new smart system for controlling electric heating and household appliances claim it has the potential to save...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants happy to pay for furnished flats, says Build To Rent supplier

A supplier to the niche Build To Rent sector claims new research shows private rental tenants happy to pay a premium...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - potential investment areas where renting is rising

A buy to let consultancy has identified those parts of the country where there’s been the biggest swing towards renting when...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Pet references - should landlords or tenants pay?

A pet referencing service is courting controversy by suggesting more animals should be allowed in rental properties - and that landlords,...

07 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

Early signs of strong student rental demand for 2021-22

An online student accommodation platform has identified where demand from students is strongest as they prepare for the next academic year. UniHomes...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Tiny number of tenants bother with contents insurance

An insurer says only seven per cent of private tenants bother to get contents insurance. GoCompare says approximately one in five UK...

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

New threat to buy to let? John Lewis gets into Build To Rent

Another new Build To Rent player is emerging - in the unlikely form of the John Lewis Partnership. The company has long...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned of high cost of keeping properties empty

Landlords in one part of England are being urged to get their properties back on the market or face inevitable council...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of massive clampdown on landlords

Fines totalling more than £250,000 were issued to rogue landlords in Barking and Dagenham last year. Offences included failing to have a...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent hits the suburbs with new scheme

A proposed new Build To Rent scheme is thought to be the first in the UK to be in a suburb,...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council wants to stop rogue landlord letting out homes anywhere

A council has gone on record saying it’s trying to stop a rogue landlord from letting out any property anywhere, ever...

01 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

More new landlords replacing those quitting sector, survey shows

Nearly a million landlords plan to review their buy to let portfolios over the next two years with the number planning...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent’s top tips for letting properties quickly

High end lettings agency Carter Jonas has offered landlords a series of tips to renting out their properties quickly and successfully. They...

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

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

Council warns landlords of higher tax if homes remain empty

Landlords across North Lincolnshire are being urged to get their properties back on the market or face inevitable council tax rises. It...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Big fine for landlord failing to keep tenants safe in property

A landlord has been hit with a fine of more than £4,200 for failing to keep tenants safe in their homes. North...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Complain about your landlord, insurance seller tells tenants

A new scheme has been launched encouraging tenants to complain about their landlords and seek compensation. Ajay Jagota - who used to...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New petition calls for rent controls and additional home taxes

A petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners has got 42,000 backers -...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council poised to extend licensing regime

A property licensing scheme covering hundreds of private rented homes in Newcastle looks set to be renewed for a third time. Newcastle...

22 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

Landlord's bill for thousands after dumping rubbish when tenant quits

A landlord who fly-tipped the contents of a flat so another tenant could move in has been ordered to pay thousands...

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

At last! London rental market shows strong signs of recovery

After months in the doldrums thanks to tenants moving away and an excess of supply, London’s rental sector is recovering. The Home...

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

Council considers 50% tax premium on second homes

A public consultation is underway on proposals for a local authority to increase the council tax premium for second homes -...

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

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

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

Renting cheaper than buying for first time since 2014

For the first time in seven years it’s now cheaper to rent a home than buy one. So says the Hamptons lettings...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Is Covid forcing landlords to give up on HMOs?

A landlord group in a major city in the south of England says many are giving up on HMOs and converting...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Why Portugal is a great country for digital nomads

The Covid-19 pandemic sparked a global trend of remote working and companies realising that work can now be where your laptop...

14 June 2021

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Up and Up - rents reach new record high says top agency

Rental growth accelerated in May to reach a new record high according to Connells-owned lettings agency Hamptons.   Last month the average cost...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraudster fake landlords scam tenant out of deposit cash

A genuine tenant who advertised on social media for a property has been scammed out of £450 by fraudsters posing as...

14 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

 New guidance given to first time landlords

The Association of Residential Landlords Association - part of Propertymark - has issued guidance to first time landlords letting out property.  Check...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council asks landlords how Covid has hit rental sector

Another council in the south of England is asking landlords and letting agents in its area how the Coronavirus crisis has...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Online rental management platform seeks crowdfunding cash

An online platform that places landlords’ listings on portals and manages bookings is seeking new funding through the Seedrs crowdfunding site. Smarthost...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Most tenants unimpressed with high-tech homes - survey

A new survey suggests that most tenants are uniikely to pay more for high tech homes - or even want the...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Student yields stay strong despite pandemic - claim

Research by student accommodation platform UniHomes says rental demand on student properties has not suffered long term harm from the pandemic. It...

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

“Bumper summer of lettings” on the way for landlords

We’re on track for a bumper summer of lettings according to one of the sector’s most authoritative rental market monitors. Goodlord’s latest...

04 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

Top Labour MP speaks out against “greed of the mega-landlords”

Former Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has spoken out against what he calls “the greed of the mega-landlords.” The veteran MP -...

02 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

Council interventions can stop evictions and help landlords - claim

A local council which is inviting some 300 landlords to a virtual summit in the near future says it’s helped a...

28 May 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

Let’s Dance! Here are the biggest landlord sensations on TikTok

Lettings platform Mashroom has pulled together what it suggests are the most influential landlords using the social media service TikTok. For the...

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

Landlord begins legal action against activists protesting outside her home

A landlord has begun legal proceedings against a pressure group after being the victim of a four-month campaign of harassment. Lawyers acting...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Council appeals to private landlords to help with homelessness problem

Landlords in a Midlands city are being asked to help find safe places to live for homeless individuals and families. The council...

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

All Aboard! Crossrail still a good buy to let investment - claim

A London lettings agency says that despite its four year delay, Crossrail still presents opportunities for buy to let investors. Benham and...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords Beware: fraudulent tenancy applications soar

There’s a warning that there’s been a huge rise in fraudulent tenant applications since the start of the pandemic. In terms of...

21 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

Another council invites landlords to comment on licensing shift

A London council is inviting landlords and others to respond to a consultation on changes to its licensing regime.  Ealing council claims...

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

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Tenants flee London as pandemic changes rental landscape

Private sector tenants are leaving London in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, changing the rental market fundamentally. According to new research, landlords...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Landlord Optimism: many have bought or will buy new investments

A new survey shows that just over a third of landlords have recently purchased another buy to let property or intend...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Guilty: Landlord admits throwing tenant out illegally

Landlord Antanas Klibavicius has pleaded guilty to illegally evicting his tenant and not taking any steps towards ending the tenancy properly...

18 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

Double Digit rent rises across many parts of Britain in past year

Lettings agency Hamptons says that across Great Britain rents rose 5.9 per cent annually in April, the fastest rate since January...

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