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Wrong insulation in a buy to let? It may be unmortgageable…

A warning has been issued that as many as 250,000 homes - some likely to be in the private rental sector...

19 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Council is latest to advise landlords to improve safety - or else

Landlords in Carlisle are being urged to put in place safety measures to protect their tenants with the local council join...

19 August 2022

From: Breaking News

New political party calls for rent controls and no “landlordism”

A new political party called Breakthrough is campaigning for radical reform of the rental sector and housing in general. The party -...

18 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords offered up to £10k of energy-saving measures

A local council is working with energy company E.ON to offer private landlords in the local patch up to £10,000 worth...

18 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Fewer mortgages available in rest of 2022 - forecast

Mortgage activity is forecast to fall by six per cent by year-end as the market feels the brunt of interest rate...

17 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Over 1,000 responses to consultation on HMO licensing

A 10 week consultation by Portsmouth council on proposals for new HMO licensing has finished with 1,050 responses. Licences are required for...

17 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Will revolutionary workplace changes affect buy to let properties?

A new survey shows that UK workers are going into the office on average just 1.5 days a week - a...

16 August 2022

From: Breaking News

League table of high-yielding holiday let locations revealed

A new analysis by a lending company has revealed the average rent secured on a holiday let in 21 areas of...

16 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants increasingly worried about arrears or homelessness - claim

A new survey suggests large numbers of tenants are worried about the risk of falling behind with the rent or even...

16 August 2022

From: Breaking News

All homes at least EPC rating C by 2033 says national housing chief

The housing chief of the Scottish Government says that all homes in that country - irrespective of tenure - must hit...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

House prices dip - it’s just the time of year, insists Rightmove

Landlords may be alarmed at Rightmove’s latest asking price market snapshot which shows an average 1.3 per cent fall this month. But...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Call for landlords to discuss energy efficiency improvements

Citizens Advice wants landlords and tenants in a specific part of the country to help inform government about improving the uptake...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Evictions - Activist Baroness demands rent freeze, says worse to come

New government figures show 3,405 households in the private rented sector were evicted by bailiffs in England between April and June this year...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord breaches Criminal Behaviour Order and risks prison sentence

A landlord has pleaded guilty of four counts of breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order and told to expect to pay “a...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

The Golden Age of Buy To Let is Over

Amateur landlords have fallen out of favour. Buy-to-let properties – once the darling of budding investors looking for stable, long-term returns...

13 August 2022

From: Agent Advice

Green Drive - Grants to Help Landlords with EV Charge Points

The UK government’s ban on the sale of new combustion cars from 2030 is fuelling a surge in Electric Vehicle adoption....

13 August 2022

From: The Big Issues

More Airbnbs and fewer long term lets would be ‘catastrophic’ - claim

ARLA Propertymark has released details of its written response to a Parliamentary committee investigating the impact of Airbnb-style short lets on...

12 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Sell Up! Labour Mayor wants landlords to get rid of ex-council flats

London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan wants private landlords letting ex-council properties to consider selling the properties to local councils.  Since launching in...

12 August 2022

From: Breaking News

New builds far more expensive for landlords than existing homes

Existing homes have risen some eight per cent in value in the past year while the price of a typical new...

12 August 2022

From: Breaking News

£5,000 for every tenant at risk of eviction - new council scheme

A pilot scheme described as helping “tenants threatened with eviction to stay in their homes” has been extended after Cornwall Council...

11 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent promoting new rent freeze campaign

Generation Rent is promoting another rent freeze campaign. In a short series of tweets, and in relation to the predicted energy price...

11 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy to let bank reveals its tip for latest regional rental hotspot

Tenant demand is surging in Outer London areas according tones research undertaken on behalf of specialist buy to let lender Paragon...

11 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Council’s new HMO policy not taking effect for another year

Hounslow council in London has introduced new measures for conversions of family homes into HMOs for three to six tenants. Investors will...

10 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Saving on inventories is a false economy claims trade body

Refusing to have a professional inventory on a property could be a false economy for landlords. That’s the view of the Association...

09 August 2022

From: Breaking News

House prices dip for the first time in a year

House prices fell marginally by 0.1 per cent in July – the first decrease since June 2021, says the Halifax. Annual rate...

08 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Sunak wants renters to be capitalists and Truss urges loan reform

Conservative party leadership hopeful Rishi Sunak says he wants today’s renters, along with young adults obliged to live at home with...

08 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to discuss practical ways to boost energy efficiency

Landlords interested in improving energy efficiency in their investment properties can see and hear tips on how to do it at...

08 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks - So what do YOU want to tell the government?

In June, the government finally released its long-awaited White Paper ‘A Fairer Private Rented Sector’. You will almost certainly have seen...

06 August 2022

From: Rental Reform

Energy Efficiency - Funding Options for Retro-fitting Properties

In the drive for the UK to be net zero by 2050, residential landlords are facing costly green refurbishments.   Already, landlords...

06 August 2022

From: Tax & Finance

Pets In Lets - can landlords and tenants REALLY agree on this?

Industry supplier the Lettings Hub has brought together industry leads from across the lettings and pet sectors to discuss how to...

06 August 2022

From: The Big Issues

Can quality appliances contribute to higher rental yield?

Homes in the rental sector are more likely to have old and inefficient appliances for tenants to use in order to...

05 August 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Pressure mounting on landlords to accept pets in lets

New research from animal welfare charity Battersea - the new name for the Battersea Cats and Dogs Home - claims 50...

05 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Council in desperate plea for help from private landlords

A council in a second home and short let hotspot is making a desparate plea to private landlords for help. Torbay Council,...

05 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Bad news for landlords as big interest rate rise announced

The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee has announced that base rate is rising from 1.25 to 1.75 per cent. The rate is now...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Historic low for voids as rental market under-supply goes on

Voids hit what has been described as an historic low in recent weeks, according to PropTech firm Goodlord. It says the average...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Controversial city-wide licensing - landlords told to sign up now

With a month to go until a new licensing scheme for private rented homes starts, Oxford council is urging landlords to...

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation on the rise for 12 months in a row

Annual house price growth in the UK accelerated to 11 per cent last month, a smidgeon up on June’s 10.7 per...

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Market is “unsustainable” with rents too high and supply too low

Today’s rental market is unsustainable according to a leading industry supplier. HomeLet’s latest monthly market snapshot says the average rent in the...

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Jason Harris-Cohen, Managing Director of Open Property Group

Who are you? My name is Jason Harris-Cohen and I am the Managing Director of Open Property Group. What is your company and...

02 August 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

Rent controls council pays housing boss £280,000 a year

Bristol’s Labour council has made a name for itself with policies shifting power from landlords to tenants. Earlier this year the Mayor,...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency enforcement warning to landlords

A council in Wales is warning landlords that enforcement action is on its way for those who fail to meet Minimum...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation to rumble into 2023 despite gradual slowdown

Zoopla’s latest house price index suggests capital appreciation will rumble into next year despite the slowdown.  Levels of price growth will return...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Electrical risk to tenants because of rental reform delays

Renters are being placed at unnecessary risk due to a delay in reforms that would allegedly give them greater protection, it’s...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Eviction is major cause of homelessness - Shelter claim

Shelter has again linked private rental evictions to the rising levels of homelessness. The campaigning charity says government figures released show 74,230...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Anti-second home sentiment builds as building society stops lending

A building society will no longer lend for the purchase of second homes, saying they reduce the stock available for first...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords threatened with fixed penalties  and HMO licence suspensions

Landlords have been warned they risk fixed penalty notices and the loss of HMO licences if students leave rubbish in public...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Liz Truss says she wants to make it easier for tenants to buy homes

A review of the mortgage system would ensure that tenants’ records in paying rent would contribute towards their ability to secure...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Charity wants Thatcher's Right To Buy extended to private tenants

A charity, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, wants a form of Right To Buy to be given to private tenants.  Right To Buy...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Have Your Say! Consultation opens on Rental Reform White Paper

The National Residential Landlords Association is asking all landlords - not just its members - to contribute to a consultation on...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Evictions are falling over the long term, latest figures suggest

Fresh government data shows that over 2021-22, some 12,965 rental properties were repossessed - a huge increase on the previous year,...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Commuter hotspot is latest to see new Build To Rent investment

A new £71m Build To Rent scheme is on its way to commuter hotspot Leatherhead. BTR operator Get Living and developer Watkin...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Delay in council tax premiums imposed on second homes

One of the country’s second home and holiday let hotspots has been told it will be unable to levy extra council...

28 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Free guide to help landlords understand upcoming rental reforms

A group of health and safety experts has created a guide to help landlords understand major rental reform being introduced in...

28 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Selling a low-EPC Buy To Let? You may have to slash the price…

Rightmove is warning landlords and other sellers that properties with poor levels of energy efficiency may have to sell with a discount.  The...

27 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents back landlord warning that homes will fail new EPC minimum

Letting agents have come out with figures to back up an argument that landlords have been making for some time  -...

27 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent To Own pilot scheme launched ahead of national roll-out

A new rent-to-own scheme means some tenants can save a slice of their rent to help build a deposit to buy. Financial...

27 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Investment firm to buy and refurb thousands of low-EPC rental units

A property investment platform is to spend £1 billion buying and retrofitting thousands of homes in the private rental sector, The...

26 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Super-App allows tenants to arrange viewings and make offers

A digital platform that claims it will “finally bring renting into the modern age” says it has secured £4.5m in funding. A...

26 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on HMOs in 12 months time

A council says it’s going to introduce stricter regulations for HMOs - and it hasn’t yet even finished its formal consultation. Hounslow...

26 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Gap - landlords cannot afford to fund essential upgrades

There’s a gulf in the amount that landlords are willing to pay to meet proposed new EPC requirements and what they...

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Need £3,000? - Cash incentive for landlords with the right properties

A council is offering a £3,000 cash incentive to any landlord of a three or four bedroom property available for immediate...

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents rise three times faster than pre-pandemic - Rightmove data

New analysis from Rightmove reveals that first-time buyer asking prices and equivalent asking rents have risen three times faster compared with...

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Why Are Landlords Reluctant To Let To Benefit Claimants?

The House of Commons Library provides books, journals and online resources for MPs, MPs' staff and parliamentary staff. Some of this is...

23 July 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

Summer Isn't Over Yet - Hot Tips for Landlords

So the heatwave is over - well, at least this week's heatwave is over. But who would bet against another with...

23 July 2022

From: The Big Issues

Energy Efficiency: landlords need subsidies to make changes - claim

A new analysis of household energy consumption has found that a combination of green technologies could reduce bills by up to...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Yet another MPs' committee probes private rental sector

Yet another committee of MPs has launched a ‘call for evidence’ as it starts an investigation into the private rental sector. The...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

4 ways landlords can protect their tenants

As the providers of housing for tenants, landlords are responsible for ensuring the property is safe for those living in it. Various...

21 July 2022

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

London landlords contribute to eye-watering stamp duty payments

Landlords in London contributed to an extraordinary £440m in stamp duty paid on purchases in the first six months since the...

21 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Want a good investment? Try bricks and mortar …

Bricks and mortar have become one of the best investment classes over the past year, according to new research. The Stripe Property...

21 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour war on holiday lets - UK-wide licensing scheme proposed

Labour wants to bring in a UK-wide licensing system for holiday lets to preserve the “spirit” of costal and rural communities. The...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent launches Twitter attack on holiday lets

Generation Rent, which typically attacks all landlords and especially those involved in buy to let, has instead focussed its latest social...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Media backing for buying private homes and letting them via councils

A national newspaper has backed a scheme by a council to purchase private properties and them let them out to lower...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Why you should consider letting your home internet-ready

A good broadband connection is one of the main amenities tenants expect from a rental property and something you, as a...

19 July 2022

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Holiday lets do not impact housing affordability - claim

Holiday lets and second homes in one hotspot in the UK have not, after all, impacted on house prices and affordability,...

19 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Property risks to watch out for as Britain faces record temperatures

Simply Business is one of the UK’s biggest providers of small business and landlord insurance. Insuring over 350,000 landlords has given...

18 July 2022

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Airbnb restrictions will hit millions in the UK - claim

Any restrictions on Airbnb and other short lets platforms will hit millions in the UK, according to the people behind new...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation up but market moves from boiling to simmering…

The latest Rightmove asking price market snapshot represents more good news for landlords relying on capital appreciation. The average price of property...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental growth rising as supply shortage starts to ease - new data

Rental growth rates slipped back slightly during the early part of summer according to an analysis by the Hamptons lettings agency,...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

White Paper - government should beware unintended consequences

Unintended consequences. Let’s face it, they happen across lots of different areas of our lives. We start out with the best...

16 July 2022

From: Rental Reform

EPC Chaos, Regulation Fears, Harsh Winter Ahead - agents tell of landlord woe

The latest rentals market snapshot by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors gives the now-familiar story of how demand is far...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Next PM must reset attitude to private rental sector - call

The next Prime Minister must address the supply crisis in the private rented sector if homeownership ambitions are to become a...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove rewrites rental record books with new market highs

Average asking rents outside London have hit another new record of £1,126 per calendar month according to Rightmove. This figure, for the...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax Threat to Holiday Lets - three investigations under way

Three projects are underway investigating how a tourist tax, including a levy on holiday let renters, could apply in Wales. The three...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Stop knocking landlords!  Trade body’s key message to government

The National Residential Landlords Association has identified five key areas for its campaigning in the short term, as the Conservatives elect...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory MP backs tighter rules on Airbnbs and other short lets

A Conservative MP who has already suggested a 25 mile limit around some rental properties to reserve them for people with...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent rises outstripping interest rate hikes, says market monitor

The continuing rent rises seen across much of the country are outpacing increases in interest rates, it’s been claimed.  Property website Home,...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

New claim that heat pumps save 20%-plus on energy bills

Heat pumps - central to a government energy efficiency drive started under Boris Johnson - could save 20 per cent higher...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

City licensing scheme to cost landlords over £1,000 per property

New selective licensing measures are to be introduced across three parts of Leicester in a new clampdown on landlords. The combined areas...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Plea to house Ukrainian and Afghan refugees plus locals in need

A council says it’s offering private sector landlords an opportunity to lease their vacant property and help support local residents who...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Social Media property influencers blasted for dodgy claims

A quarter of TikTok influencer videos claiming to offer guidance or advice on property investment have been found to be misleading. The...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Council claims it will inspect 29,000 rental homes

A council says it’s launching a rolling programme of inspections of all 29,000 rental properties in its selective licensing scheme. The scheme...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Lower interest rate for investors in A-to-C EPC rated homes

A residential investment loan has been relaunched with the aim of incentivising investors to invest in energy efficient homes. The Green Investment...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of tenants satisfied with landlord and rental property

The latest English Housing Survey report on the private rental sector gives the lie to the perception that most tenants are...

11 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenant now able to sue landlord for damages after court fine

A landlord has been fined and must pay compensation after being involved in an illegal eviction. The landlord - Tahir Aziz - was...

11 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency: Do park homes beat mainstream rental properties?

A park home specialist is claiming that this property niche is better suited than conventional rental or owned homes for energy...

11 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Which Government is the lesser of two evils for property? 

Our politics seems pretty broken to me and whilst I don’t wish to take a side between one flavour or the...

09 July 2022

From: Agent Advice

Shamplina Speaks - It’s Key To Level With Landlords

Lack of rental stock is now the biggest challenge facing letting agents today. That is what every agent I’ve spoken to...

09 July 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

Clarity Not Confusion - White Paper reforms must be detailed

With speculation about what happens next in Westminster at fever pitch, now isn’t the time to make predictions as to how...

09 July 2022

From: The Big Issues

Torment For Tenants - one analyst’s interpretation of latest house prices

Startling new housing market data has been interpreted as “torment for tenants” according to a business analyst. The latest Halifax house price...

08 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Big leap in landlords setting up limited companies for buy to let

The proportion of landlords who plan to purchase their next buy to let property through a limited company has hit the...

07 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be offered incentives at council talk-in

Landlords and owners of empty homes iare being invited to a free event next week to find out more about help...

07 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Government clampdown on Airbnbs, holiday lets and second homes

Councils will be able to control numbers of second homes and holiday lets under new plans unveiled by the Welsh Government. There...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency chain to offer ‘EPC-on-steroids’ to landlord clients

A national lettings agency chain is offering what it calls “first-of-its-kind EPC+” to landlords. Connells says this will provide landlords with better...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Selling Up? Be quick - glut of properties on the market soon

Landlords considering selling up because of the tighter regulations and larger tax bills forced on the rental sector may be alarmed...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental market set to stay strong if new survey proves accurate

Research commissioned by a mortgage lender suggests that 74 per cent of key workers believe they may never own their own...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Big rise in Green mortgages as energy efficiency drive is on

Recent research shows an 18 per cent increase in the number of Green mortgages available in just a six month period. Financial...

05 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on 'exempt' landlords exploiting vulnerable tenants

Unscrupulous landlords in the ‘exempt rental’ niche will be driven out by a new clampdown, the government insists. The exempt sector provides...

05 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent rises moderating as summer market kicks in

Rents rose by an average of 2.8 per cent during June, taking the average cost of a rental property in England...

04 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022: What you need to know

In its latest plans, the government is hoping to make the leasehold system fairer for leaseholders through a brand new Reform...

02 July 2022

From: The Big Issues

Government has itself to blame for AirBnb bonanza - claim

The government only has itself to blame for the explosion in AirBnb and other short lets properties. That’s the view of the...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital Appreciation still in double figures but growth rate slows

Annual house price growth slowed slightly last month, dipping to 10.7 in June from 11.2 per cent in May, according to...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

UK’s most controversial licensing scheme has to extend discount period

The early bird discount period for what many regard as the country’s most controversial landlord licensing scheme has been extended. The discount...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Government wants national register of short term lets

A review into the effect of short-term lets has been launched by the government.  The government says future policies could involve physical...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords slammed for discriminating on grounds of sexual orientation

An activist group that campaigns against landlords has accused some of discriminating against tenants on the ground of their sexual orientation. Baroness...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Re-offending landlord hit with big fine over ‘death trap’ home

A re-offending landlord housed himself and five tenants in what has been described as a death trap property.  The rogue Harrow landlord...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform: Build To Rent sector takes credit for many proposals

An organisation that helps promote the Build To Rent sector says BTR should take credit for many of the changes proposed...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Party Houses - new bid to change law for short lets sector

An MP has introduced a Private Member’s Bill which, if successful, would reduce what she calls the “nightmare” of Airbnb party...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Last ditch bid to get politicians to scrap threat to private rental sector

Housing groups have united to appeal to politicians to step back from new laws that threaten to “devastate” the number of...

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New advice to cut utility bills in rental properties this summer

A utilities advice service has come up with a list of measures which it says can reduce expenditure by tenants and...

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Confidential consultation quizzes landlords on property conditions

East Lothian council has launched a survey about the operation of the private rented sector and its role in meeting housing...

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform - public survey backs landlords over tenants

The public at large are not falling behind the government’s proposals for private rental sector reforms, it seems. A survey conducted by...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents still rising as demand and supply remain out of kilter

The great rent rise continues according to new data from ARLA Propertymark.  The trade body says while there has been a long...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Arrears - top worry for landlords and tenants right now

A survey of 12,000 tenants suggests that over three-quarters are concerned about the impact of the cost of living crisis on...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Reforms can create a professional PRS - if it’s properly policed

Leading rental payment platform PayProp has welcomed the added protections for landlords and renters outlined in the UK government’s rental reform...

25 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

Why the Boiler Upgrade Scheme isn’t fit for purpose

Ofgem has announced that the energy price cap will further rise from £1,971 to £2,800 in October this year, amid an...

25 June 2022

From: The Big Issues

Furnished or Unfurnished? What’s the rental difference?

A new survey claims to show the rent differences between furnished and unfurnished homes to let in various cities. For example London...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - why landlords are tempted to go to AirBnb

New research suggests that a like-for-like comparison shows short lets earning 21 per cent more than the same home let out...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let hotspots identified in new market survey

New figures indicate the ongoing growth of buy to let. Analysing data on additional property purchases made in the financial year 2020/21,...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Eye-watering rent rises as increasing inflation grips the UK

Rents are up year-on-year across all regions, according to the property website Home.   The mix-adjusted average rise across the UK is a...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax Take - Investors make up almost half of stamp duty receipts

New figures released this morning show that buy to let investors and second home buyers now pay almost half of the...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants down-sizing to combat rising rents and inflation

Down-sizing, once the preserve of retired home owners, is now a phenomenon in the rental market too. That’s the claim of Sarah...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Lodging becoming less popular despite HMRC tax break

The number of households taking lodgers has declined in recent years according to new research. The number of homes taking one lodger...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords discriminated against in re-insurance scheme - claim

A prominent London council wants rental properties to be included in the government’s Flood Re reinsurance scheme. Westminster council says the current...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed: top 5 energy efficiency tips for landlords

Energy bills have increased for around 22 million energy consumers – and they’re expected to escalate again later this year when...

21 June 2022

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Interest rate hike means it’s cheaper to rent than to own

The most recent interest rate rise has swung the balance making it cheaper to rent than to buy, according to lettings...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets cost for damage and cleaning come back to bite owners

A new survey has painted a daunting picture of how much it may cost a landlord to remedy damage from pets. Amidst...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Heat Pumps - the future for heating in rental properties?

A trade body is calling for a partnership with the government to push the domestic heating market towards heat pumps as...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Problem Tenants: can private landlords learn from housing associations?

A pioneering project is matching private landlords with tenant management skills in a local housing association. Salford council and the Irwell Valley...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

What does being a letting agent involve?

Letting agents are relied on to make the letting process easier for landlords and tenants. As a landlord, there is a long...

20 June 2022

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Anti-holiday let rules are like a Stalinist regime - claim

A tourism chief has likened new anti-holiday let regulations to those of a Stalinist dictatorship. Ashford Price, secretary of the Welsh Association...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Is Rental Reform just a diversion for Boris? ask suppliers

Thank goodness the uncertainty is over - but is it all too skewed towards tenants? That’s the worry of suppliers as Daniel...

18 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

Activists' Victory? What campaigners think of the White Paper

One of the highest profile advocates of widespread reform in the private rental sector has been Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of...

18 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

The 12 Key Points from the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper

The architects of the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper have been housing minister Eddie Hughes MP, Housing Secretary Michael Gove...

18 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

Shelter love-in with government over rental reform measures

The campaigning charity Shelter - once a critic of government policies over letting agents and landlords - has given a ringing...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets In Lets: deposit firm gives landlords tips on how to prepare

The Deposit Protection Service has given landlords tips on how to prepare their homes for pets because, it says, the single...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls hit capital values according to letting expert’s analysis

Landlords and owner occupiers alike could lose the most financially from rent controls according to a prominent rentals expert. The claim comes...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Top family-friendly London investor hotspots named by lettings agency

A lettings agency claims to have identified which boroughs in the capital offer the best prospects for buy to let investors...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Power swings to tenants under Government Reform Measures

The government has released the full details of what it calls the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper. This is to form...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Reforms must win confidence of landlords, says NRLA chief

The chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association says the devil is in the detail when it comes to the...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords Must Take Pets - government announcement likely

What looks suspiciously like a government leak to the Daily Mail says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will be unveiled...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive red tape of new rental laws revealed in guidelines

The Welsh Government, which recently pushed back its so-called rental revolution until December, has nonetheless published extensive new guidelines about the...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Landslide win for anti-holiday let vote - but a very low turnout

A campaign to stop new build homes being sold to second home buyers for holiday lets has won a decisive victory...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental demand cooling in hotspots busiest during pandemic

New data from Rightmove suggests that rental demand is cooling in some areas where the market was busiest during the pandemic. And...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

How much is too much? Only two thirds of rents “affordable” - claim

An online rental platform suggests almost a third of rental homes may be deemed unaffordable. Ocasa, using Office for National Statistics data,...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy to let purchasers have new auction house in-person and online

Landmark Auctions, a new property auctioneer has launched its services offering residential and commercial property, development, investment and land through in-house,...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

What’s your view on short-lets? Mayor Khan wants to know…

London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to know the views of individuals on letting out homes in the capital via short...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New energy efficiency guide issued for landlords

A prominent energy industry organisation has just issued a new guide for landlords to improve their properties.  The Energy Saving Trust -...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

John Lewis to offer short- and long-term lets in its new flats

The John Lewis Partnership is to offer short- and long-term lets when it builds flats to rent at three locations in...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax experts warn government to lay off buy to let landlords

Don’t pick on landlords - that’s the message from a leading tax and advisory consultancy. Blick Rothenberg warns that the government needs...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Dramatic rise in adults returning to live with parents

The number of adults living at home with parents has increased 20 per cent in the past 10 years, it’s been...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

HMO minimum space standards may be changed by council

HMO minimum space standards may be changed by council A council has launched a six week consultation on proposals to change size...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Government Beware - you're driving landlords out of the sector

Landlords are in danger of losing the narrative again. With rental inflation hitting record levels, much of the noise we see in...

11 June 2022

From: The Big Issues

Why a green mortgage could be the answer to new EPC regulation

Whether it’s increasing the amount we recycle, choosing sustainable products, or reducing our carbon footprint by limiting the amount we travel,...

11 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

How landlords can profit from having a digital billboard on a property

Property owners who have a building or disused piece of land by a high traffic road can make a significant profit...

11 June 2022

From: Lettings PropTech

Tax Grab! Massive premiums paid by landlords to HMRC

New research shows that, since 2016, the average stamp duty payment on buy to let homes has increased by £11,848 in...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Council offers rent guarantee scheme to private landlords

A council is offering a no-commission rent guarantee service to private landlords. A statement from Elbridge council claims that it offers not...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords ”in a position of real power” if they don't quit - claim

A business analyst at a prominent consultancy says landlords who resist the temptation to quit the sector are “in a position...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Government says landlords should modify homes for disabled tenants

The government is today launching a consultation on a policy obliging landlords to make changes to communal spaces outside disabled tenants’...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Jailed and Must Pay Compensation - rogue landlord illegally evicted tenant

A landlord has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for the illegal eviction and harassment of a tenant, and has been...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital Appreciation still substantial but slowdown gathers pace

The housing market is showing signs of cooling, says the Halifax, as its latest index shows growing caution.  The lender says that...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Revamped Right To Buy is Johnson’s ‘big idea’ to reset leadership

It’s been confirmed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to announce plans to extend the Right To Buy to housing associations. Under...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

FT Columnist makes strong case for opposing rent controls

Financial Times columnist and radio presenter James Max has made a strong case for opposing rent controls. Appearing on the Jeremy Vine...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Anger as politicians accused of caving in to landlords

There has been an angry response by some politicians in Wales to the decision by the Labour administration to delay implementation...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Expert stands up for holiday lets after attacks on second homes

An insurance chief with expertise in the holiday lets sector has stood up for owners who let their properties to holidaymakers...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Proof - taxes and restrictions make landlords quit rental market

The clearest indication of the rate at which the private rented market is shrinking is revealed in new research by Propertymark. It...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Double Digit Boom - Capital appreciation still over 10 per cent

May saw a slight slowing in the rate of annual house price growth to 11.2 per cent from 12.1 per cent...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Thousands offered to private landlords by desperate council

A London council is relaunching an appeal for private landlords to help house homeless people with mobility issues. Landlords in Camden and...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

We Told You So!  Landlords React to Labour’s latest reform delay

Landlords have welcomed the latest delays to radical rental reforms which were due to be implemented next month. Ben Beadle, chief executive...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical rental reforms delayed for six months

There’s embarrassment all round for the Labour-run Welsh Government as it reveals a late delay to its much-hyped rental reform. The reform...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Hot Stuff! Renters experiment with wallpaper that heats homes

No it’s not an April Fool - some tenants in Wales are experimenting with an alternative to radiators and heat pumps....

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical prediction of next major trend for private landlords

A bank is forecasting that almost one in 10 rented homes in the UK within the next decade could be a...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme spurred by expanded rental sector

A new Selective Licensing scheme for private landlords in Nottingham has been approved by the city council and now goes for...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit with fines for failing to produce paperwork

A council has imposed fines on five landlords for licensing breaches. Doncaster’s Selective Licensing scheme was introduced - so the council claims...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Architect of rental reform set to address landlord webinar

The architect of one of the largest rental reform initiatives in the UK is set to address landlords at a webinar...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks - What of Section 8 after Section 21 is Abolished?

We know that Section 21 and so called ‘no fault’ evictions, are definitely going to be abolished as part of the...

28 May 2022

From: The Big Issues

How to Level Up your holiday home in 2022

The popularity of staycations is set to continue into 2022, with bookings for UK holiday lets reportedly up 22 per cent compared...

28 May 2022

From: Agent Advice

All-inclusive rent deals have to be re-thought - lettings chief

The cost of living crisis and soaring fuel bills mean landlords may have to rethink the concept of all-inclusive rents. That’s the...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Five million renters in unhealthy homes - industry supplier’s claim

A PropTech company which aims its products at landlords, claim that over 600,000 landlords are breaking the rules when it comes...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Sustainable Properties - stronger interest as eco issues dominate

The importance of improved energy efficiency in the private rented and owner occupied sectors has led to a surge in interest...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent accuses landlords of failing to sell after evictions

The Baroness leading the Generation Rent campaign group is accusing many landlords of failing to sell - despite having said they...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Row intensifies over council’s massive new licensing scheme

It’s now daggers-drawn between the National Residential Landlords Association and Oxford’s Labour-run council over a huge new licensing scheme. Government approval of...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Increasing your portfolio? Don’t panic buy, landlords told

Landlords are being advised not to panic buy ahead of what may be more difficult lending conditions as the cost of...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Pioneering door-to-door consultation over landlord licensing proposal

A market research company is to go door-to-door to seek residents’ views as part of a council’s consultation on landlord licensing. MEL...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords told to 'up their game' to compete with Build To Rent

A furniture firm which supplies to some Build To Rent operators has told buy to let landlords to up their game...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords demand 'Property Passports' to prove housing conditions

Brand new ‘property passports’ would help landlords prove their homes are compliant and assist tenants to identify decent and safe housing,...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Don't Delay - Shelter wants Section 21 scrapping accelerated

Campaigning charity Shelter wants the government to fast-track its pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers. The government pledged a White Paper...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents and mortgages cost roughly the same, claims Rightmove

New analysis by Rightmove is tracking first-time buyer affordability over the last 10 years - and it shows why so many...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shock (for some) - Landlords actually want to help their tenants

Landlords work harder to ensure properties are suitable for their preferred tenant type, more than they do to achieve maximum profits.  That’s...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax cuts for landlords considered by government - report

A report in a government-supporting newspaper suggests that a proposal to cut Capital Gains Tax for landlords who sell to first...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Boiler Upgrade scheme now open for landlords to apply

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has now opened its controversial boiler upgrade scheme. Landlords across England and Wales as...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation still strong despite flurry of interest rate rises

Analysis by Rightmove suggests that capital appreciation remains strong for landlords and owner occupiers alike, despite the recent flurry of interest...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Don't settle for poor inventories - There is a better way

As a landlord, you will know and recognise that your inventory is one of the most important pieces of documentation that...

21 May 2022

From: Top tips & guides

Renting set to prosper as FTBs face “frightening” price rise

The house price inflation facing first time buyers is “frankly frightening” according to a new analysis which suggests typical FTB house...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords rushing evictions to beat S21 ban - lawyer’s claim

The abolition of Section 21 eviction notices could lead to a surge in evictions by private landlords anxious to sell before...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent on rent freeze and eviction ban warpath again

Activists in Generation Rent have repeated once again their call for a rent freeze and yet another eviction ban.  “Rents have been...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Glory days of the apartment market still some way off - claim

Demand for apartment living across much of Britain has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels despite a move back to normality...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb claims no link between short lets and housing crisis

Airbnb’s general manager is claiming that there is no fact-based evidence to link the proliferation of short lets across the UK...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

National scheme wants landlords to lease homes to councils

Details have been released of a scheme seeking to encourage private landlords to lease their properties to local councils. The scheme in...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring rents keep rest of housing market buoyant - analyst

A business analyst has given an interesting interpretation of the soaring rental market - and says it keeps the wider sales...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Negative perception of landlords 'makes housing crisis worse'

Landowners are claiming that the negative stereotype given to private landlords in recent years by government contributes to the overall housing...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords can spread fee payment with new PropTech platform - claim

A PropTech platform says it’s giving landlords the opportunity to spread their management fees and marketing costs across the duration of...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC help for landlords via ‘ethical lettings agency'

A west country council is the latest to launch an initiative aimed at helping landlords meet the new Minimum Energy Efficiency...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Another record rent rise fuelled by shortage of stock

The cost of a newly let home rose 9.8 per cent over the last 12 months to £1,125 pcm, marking the...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Higher interest rates spark cooling in new-build market

An online property platform says it expects May’s sales figures for new build searches to be slightly below expectations. This is as...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Take Shelter - why video was just a cheap PR stunt

The property industry has this week remonstrated at the video that housing charity Shelter has published and in which they portray...

14 May 2022

From: Agent Advice

Charge! Landlords eligible for home charging point grants

One in five properties in the UK could benefit from new government grants to help fund electric vehicle home charging points...

14 May 2022

From: The Big Issues

Energy Efficiency - What to consider if you switch from gas

If rising energy costs are your immediate concern, it may not be feasible to invest in new solutions for your home...

14 May 2022

From: Top tips & guides

Most landlords ‘behind’ on energy efficiency improvements - claim

A survey of over 600 landlords by a business insurance service has found that 55 per cent have still to make...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Gove accuses landlords of letting tenants live in unsafe homes

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has made a sweeping attack on the conditions of homes run by private landlords. In a statement backing...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Study reveals number of Airbnb-style short lets in London

Research by a rental platform suggests there are currently over 65,000 short let properties being advertised in London alone. The platform, Rentd,...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ critics rejoice as government caves in to their demands

Activists have expressed their delight that the government has “listed to the voice of renters” in its provisions for widespread reform...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - in the government’s own words

This is the entirety of the detail given by the government about the Renters’ Reform Bill, confirmed in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech. --- Renters Reform...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Bondage Landlord first to be jailed in sex-for-rent scandal

A landlord has been jailed for a year after making a homeless woman perform sexual favours for him in return for...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government's new Landlord Ombudsman scheme plus eviction reforms

The Queen’s Speech has confirmed that a radical re-shaping of the rental sector in England is being pushed ahead by the...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

How Newable Finance are helping UK landlords meet EPC legislations

Are you a landlord with an EPC rating of D or below? Newable Finance has launched EPC Finance – a range of...

10 May 2022

From: Sponsored Content

 Labour calls for rent freeze now and rent controls long term

Labour’s London Mayor - buoyed up after the party’s successes in the capital in last week’s elections - has renewed his...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation roars ahead but won’t last much longer - warning

Landlords have enjoyed more capital appreciation with the average UK house price rising again in April, up by 1.1 per cent...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists ask Boris Johnson to begin rental reform process tomorrow

Activists from pressure groups and London-focussed tenants’ bodies have handed in a letter to 10 Downing Street asking the Prime Minister...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour Rent Control advocate set to lose his job

Voters in Bristol have decided to abolish the city’s directly elected mayor following a referendum. The city was given the choice of...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Four out of five tenants have never missed rent claims PropTech firm

PropTech firm Canopy says four out of five tenants have never missed a rent payment and that this should give them...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians To Decide Future Shape of the Private Rental Sector

A report from the Public Accounts Committee on the regulation of the private rented sector (PRS) was issued with little notice...

07 May 2022

From: Rental Reform

Landlord-Tenant Tensions ahead of the Queen's Speech

What are the main causes of tension and disagreements between tenants and landlords ahead of the Rental Reform Bill, which is expected to...

07 May 2022

From: Rental Reform

Wind Of Change on Ground Rents - but past problems endure

For many years now developers, freeholders and landlords have been engaged in the practice of utilising ground rents as lucrative investments...

07 May 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

Three year tenancies, pets welcome - major landlord’s initiative

The UK’s largest listed provider of private rental homes, Grainger, is proposing pet-friendly ‘stay as long as you like up to...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - now a trade union wants government action

A trade union has called on the government to “look at all forms of rent control” as a way of combatting...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Drop buy to let stamp duty tax or risk supply crisis - warning

Taxes on buy to let investment are fuelling a supply crisis, hiking rents and making homeownership more difficult to afford. That’s the...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Levels: every UK region up and London slump ends at last

The average rent in the UK has hit another record high of £1,091 after a 1.2 per cent increase in the...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Teach-in for landlords ahead of revolutionary rental law change

A lettings agency is to hold free events to support landlords ahead of what it calls a “landmark transformation” in rental...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government criticised over timing of Section 21 scrapping

The National Association of Property Buyers says soaring numbers of landlords are looking to sell homes - slashing stock and therefore...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

EPCs - Battling Baroness slams landlords, councils and government

The latest attack on landlords by Generation Rent director Baroness Alicia Kennedy concerns insulation and household warmth. She claims a quarter of...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter accused of sensationalising Section 21 evictions

The National Residential Landlords Association has hit back at allegations made by Shelter, accusing the charity of sensationalising the way landlords...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit with higher stamp duty thanks to house price surge

Landlords are being hit with more stamp duty as they expand their portfolios, thanks to the house price surge pushing homes...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Dramatic rise in typical tenant’s income - new figures

A lettings market snapshot prepared each month by PropTech firm Goodlord claims there has been a dramatic rise in the typical...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New scheme aims to be the Rolls Royce of Build To Rent

Grainger, the UK’s largest listed provider of private rental homes, is launching its first Build To Rent development in Derby.  It is...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Eco-Craze - bank marketing cheap buy to let loans linked to EPCs

Gatehouse Bank is the latest mortgage lender to try to woo landlords with preferential rates for buy to let properties with...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Many landlords still excluded from new Building Safety Law

The Building Safety Bill has become law - and while it does offer help to leaseholder landlords with one or two...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

From ‘Buy to Let’ to ‘Fly to Let’?

A new kind of property investor is evolving. They’ve enjoyed the fruits of their labours, creating UK investments in property but...

30 April 2022

From: The Big Issues

Five Top Tips To Help Property Entrepreneurs

Here are five top tips worth considering if you’re an aspiring or ambitious property entrepreneur. 1. Take Your Time to Find the...

30 April 2022

From: Top tips & guides

The Ultimate Guide to Investing in a Holiday Home

With the rising cost of living and the UK’s inflation crisis creating financial uncertainty, many are looking to make more secure...

30 April 2022

From: Agent Advice

Ban evictions and clear tenant arrears with public cash - latest demands

Activists in the Generation Rent group have made seven demands on government including a rent freeze, the clearing of tenants’ arrears,...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour council’s huge licensing scheme wins government backing

All private rented homes in Oxford will need a licence from this September, following a green light from the government. Some 49.3...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Help to improve EPC ratings offered to landlords by another council

Another council has revealed it’s won funding from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to boost the EPCs of...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Investing in seaside holiday hotspots? Expect to pay dearly

A new league table of capital values in seaside locations shows the affordability challenge of investing in areas with guaranteed holiday...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Market Boom - forecast rents could rise by up to £1,500 next year

A rental platform forecasts that within 12 months the average UK tenant could be paying £800 more a year in rent...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - best capital appreciation areas of prime London

Landlords seeking capital appreciation from a recovering prime London market have been provided with a league table by a debt advisory...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Cost of living crisis hitting renters most, suggests advice service

Renters without a property to sell are likely to be the worst demographic sector affected by the cost of living crisis...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 notice handed out every seven minutes - claim

Campaigning charity Shelter claims that a private renter in England is handed a Section 21  eviction every seven minutes.  In a new...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent activists demand national rent freeze

Generation Rent is calling for a national rent freeze in the private sector for an unspecified period “for the duration of...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Race - growing number of tenants paying above asking price

Average UK rents have increased for the sixth consecutive quarter - but some tenants are paying above the going rate to...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Fixer-Uppers may cost landlords more than pre-modernised homes

Are fixer-uppers really the cheap and cost-effective investment many believe? They are popular amongst landlords but research by lettings agency Benham and...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets Ban: Tenant ‘MARRIES’ cat to ensure it moves to rental property

Bizarre but true - a tenant has undergone a pseudo-marriage ceremony with her cat in a bid to get around any...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation boost for landlords as asking prices soar again

It looks as if landlords have enjoyed further capital appreciation with the latest housing market index showing still-rising asking prices for...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

EPCs - challenge for landlords with mid- and low-value properties

New data from the Savills agency shows how difficult it will be for typical landlords with mid- to low-value houses and...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Date revealed for ban on charging ground rent on new leases

The government has announced that its ban on charging ground rent on new leases in England and Wales comes into force...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords look out: Nine key changes in 2022

Whether you own a leasehold or freehold property, if you’re an HMO landlord who rents out rooms, individual flats or even...

23 April 2022

From: The Big Issues

Energy Efficiency - could you be walking on the answer?

The recent energy price cap increase implemented has prompted households across the UK to consider ways to make their home more...

23 April 2022

From: Top tips & guides

Should landlords go it alone and not bother with agents?

Looking after rental property is more complicated and more important than it was 20 years ago according to a leading lettings...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Salvation Army slammed as a rogue landlord to its private tenants

A council has served improvement notices on a number of properties owned by the Salvation Army and let to private tenants...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

BBC wants to get to bottom of rental stock shortage

Landlords are being invited to let the BBC know what it believes lies behind the current rental market stock shortage.  The corporation...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Two top Tories blast the quality of private rental sector

Two of the country’s leading Conservative MPs have spoken at a Shelter conference which claimed millions of private renters were being...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Up! Up! Up! Huge leap in demand for rental properties

The proportion of landlords reporting increasing tenant demand has hit an all-time high of 62 per cent. Research undertaken on behalf of...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert - new smoke and carbon monoxide rules are imminent

An industry trade body is alerting landlords that new smoke and carbon monoxide alarm rules are likely to be introduced soon -...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Points-based system of rent controls demanded by activists

A points-based system of rent controls is being advocated by activists associated with a controversial pro-tenant group. Living Rent, which is calling...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb properties will return to mainstream use, pledges politicians

Politicians in a city with one of the UK’s most frenzied short lets markets are pledging to return Airbnb style units...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Council offers subsidy for improvements on low-EPC rental units

Another council is offering landlords financial assistance in improving energy efficiency in their investment properties.  North Norfolk District Council has won £3.85m...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians warned over rent controls - landlords will simply quit

A leading lettings industry figure is warning politicians that they risk shrinking the size of the private rental sector if they...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Saddled with Buy To Let - premium rents for cycle lane properties

Analysis by property portal Boomin claims that rental properties on cycle lanes in London are showing premium returns above those of...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Mark Walton, Managing Director of Walton Robinson

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Mark Walton and I am the Managing...

14 April 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

Ban Them! Call for rival bids on rental properties to be outlawed

The homelessness charity Step By Step is demanding that rival bidding on rental property be outlawed to give the poorest prospective...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

“Uphill struggle to get landlords to fix anything” says activist chief

One of the leaders of the Generation Rent group claims it can be “an uphill struggle for private renters to get...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Boom! Years of rental market growth ahead, predicts agency

The latest forecast for the UK lettings market this year is that there will be a four per cent rise in...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Investor bargains to be had in parts of London, admits agent

Prime central London may not seem to most obvious part of the UK for buy to let investors but a leading...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Small-scale landlords to benefit from new cladding scandal deal

The government says major house builders have agreed to spend £2 billion on fixing the dangerous cladding on their own buildings,...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

MPs condemn rental conditions, councils and government

A senior committee of MPs claims that it’s “too difficult for renters to realise their legal right to a safe and...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord group backs MPs’ condemnation of rental property conditions

The National Residential Landlords Association has backed a far-reaching report by a group of MPs which has condemned the quality of...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Lender drops red tape for landlords helping Ukraine refugees

Landlords who have mortgages from the Yorkshire Building Society have been told that they do not need to inform the lender...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants given 15 questions to ask landlords and agents

A controversial PropTech rental platform has issued a list of questions and issues to check when tenants rent from a landlord...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Here we go again! Activists prepare new attack on landlords

Rental activists have made clear that they are not going to stop when their objective to scrap Section 21 eviction powers...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

 EU returnees likely to be hit most be rent controls - claim

EU citizens returning to the UK following the disruptions of the pandemic and Brexit May be the biggest losers from rental...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords buying in high-yield areas as hedge against inflation - claim

Buy to let landlords are increasingly looking to the highest yielding areas of the country as a way to maximise their...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Controversial Labour council extends landlord licensing regime

A Labour city council that has already called for powers to impose rent controls has now extended its existing landlord licensing...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Now is the time to change outdated perceptions of landlords

Let’s face facts, landlords and the private rented sector have a reputation problem. Perceived to be the poor relation of housing provision, the sector is...

09 April 2022

From: The Big Issues

Spring cleaning your mortgage tips

As the weather begins to warm up, many will be starting to think about giving their homes a seasonal spring clean....

09 April 2022

From: Tax & Finance

Capital appreciation boost for landlords in every region of the UK

Capital appreciation for landlords has seen another surge according to the latest house price index, just released by the Halifax. It shows...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rents have risen over 25% in a year

Knight Frank says landlords are in the driving seat in the prime rental market across London and the Home Counties. Low supply...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants saving to buy are ‘running to stand still’ says analyst

Private renters who are trying to save a deposit on a home to buy are having to run in order to...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Short Lets and Holiday Lets cash in on eco-conscious vacationers

Representatives of holiday let landlords say they hope to capitalise on the increased number of staycations for economic-conscious  holidaymakers. They claim the...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation - new league table shows unexpected winner

New research has produced a league table of locations where capital appreciation in the past year has exceeded the average wage...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reforms - activists heap pressure on election candidates

A campaign group wants local candidates fighting elections in London next month sign up to a set of policies including rent...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Yet more government guidance for landlords on Right To Rent

The Home Office has issued yet another update of its Right To Rent guidance for landlords and tenants. It advises them on...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Activist group must pay £100,000 damages to landlord

Local media in Sheffield are reporting that the activist group Acorn must pay just under £100,000 in costs and damages to...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Women-only rental website expands service to tenants

A lettings platform that operates for female tenants has announced enhancements to its service.  Her Roomies differentiates itself by being a female-focused...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Eco-friendly to boost capital appreciation identified by agent

Letting agent Barrows and Forrester has identified how eco-improvements can add value to properties. Insulation - Upgrading a home’s insulation, specifically solid wall...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech boost for landlords using TDS deposit system

The Tenancy Deposit Service API has now integrated with Yaris, a cloud-based property management software provider. The integration allows landlords, agents and operators...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters amongst those set to be hit most by inflation

Renters are amongst the three groups likely to suffer worst as the cost of living crisis unfolds, an analyst has warned.  Sarah...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘should cover tenant fuel bills for some weeks’ - surprise call

A surprising call has come from a major industry supplier - it wants landlords to set up standing orders with their...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing minister consults with activists over rental reforms

Housing minister Eddie Hughes MP has met with activists to discuss the government’s reform proposals for the private rental sector.  They were...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Will Tenants Seek Cheaper Energy Efficient Homes?

The increased energy price cap could mean bills for the average band G home hit almost £5,000 a year, up £145...

02 April 2022

From: The Big Issues

Canapes and Cheque Books For Landlords?

I hope you weren’t holding your breath for the Chancellor to announce a package of help for landlords in his Spring...

02 April 2022

From: Agent Advice

Tips For Landlords Entering The Holiday Let Market

Even before the pandemic, we were seeing dramatic changes across the buy-to-let landscape with holiday lets steadily increasing in appeal –...

02 April 2022

From: Top tips & guides

Remarkable capital appreciation - house price inflation up again

It’s not an April Fool - capital appreciation of homes really is running at 14.3 per cent a year according to...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter says renters hardest hit of all by cost of living crisis

Campaigning charity Shelter claims renters’ pockets are being hit the hardest of any demographic group in Britain in terms of the...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Ukraine refugees connect with UK landlords via new platform

Rooms-to-rent platform Ministry of Rooms has launched a new initiative to make it easier for Ukrainian refugees to connect with landlords...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Register - first details emerge of new scheme

The government has indirectly given away early details of its long-expected National Landlord Register - but it still appears to be...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Shocking data on tenants who rely on Universal Credit to pay rent

More than 50 per cent of private tenants who rely on Universal Credit to pay their rent have a shortfall between...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent not just for posh tenants, says business group

A report by a business campaign group claims Build To Rent is key to helping solve the housing crisis in London. Who...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Now trade unions join the call for urgent rent controls

Trade unions in Scotland are demanding that local council candidates sign a pledge to support “urgent” rent controls in that country. The...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Nine bad landlords named and shamed under government’s new scheme

The government says it’s going to name and shame what it considers to be bad social landlords, using social media to...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Holiday Lets increasingly attractive investment for new landlords

The staycation craze has made holiday lets a far more attractive proposition to many would-be landlords, according to a new survey. Research...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Half of private rental sector will have tenants aged 45-plus by 2035

Homes headed by a person over the age of 45 will account for at least half of all privately renting households...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Council urges tenants to inform if properties have poor EPCs

A council is telling private tenants to inform on their landlords if the properties they are renting having an unacceptable EPC. Hastings...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Long term capital appreciation - where performs best over 25 years?

For investors who keep their buy to lets for substantial periods - up to 25 years in some cases - a...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Investors no longer driving force behind off-plan sales

The extreme shortage of properties for sale has fuelled the first rise in new homes sold off-plan since 2016 - but...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Affordability worsens for rental accommodation in much of England

Rental affordability is deteriorating in parts of England. The research by rental platform Rentd looked at the current average income of a...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

New Landlords Beware - these are the Biggest Bugbears

Letting agency Bramleys has canvassed the opinions of its clients to produce a league table of the biggest bugbears identified by...

26 March 2022

From: Agent Advice

Investing in London? Regeneration hotspot tipped to outperform

Property consultancy JLL says it’s identified one hitherto-unfashionable part of London as an area set to outperform the rest of the...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy to let ‘just an extension of social housing’ claims council

A council is launching a Private Tenants Charter which it says will set standards for landlords and private rental sector organisations...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - is Sunak's VAT initiative enough for landlords?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement was something - but not enough. That’s the view of Ben Beadle - chief executive of the...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists want holiday lets allowed only to long-term local residents

The activist group Acorn is lobbying a local council to deny people the right to buy a second home or let...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Will landlords take up £5,000 heat pumps grant?

A question mark has been raised over the suitability of a scheme starting next month to encourage the switch from gas...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

 Landlords helping Ukranians offered assistance by mortgage lender

Specialist but to let lender Keystone Property Finance has pledged to help UK landlords who want to house Ukrainian refugees.  There have...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists demand indefinite tenancies at heart of rental reform

The Renters’ Reform Coalition, a combination of some 20 groups of activists wanting to transform the lettings sector, has set its...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords “devastated” by politicians extending tenants' powers

Plans to extend tenants’ rights that were introduced as an emergency measure during pandemic will have a ‘devastating’ effect on the...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - new-builds are streets ahead claim developers

A new report claims new builds have typical energy bills some £400 a year less than other properties.  The Home Builders’ Federation...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Council’s plea to landlords - help us with Ukranian refugees

A council in one of the remote parts of the UK is appealing for registered landlords who might be able to...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

More leaseholders freed from doubling ground rents

Fifteen businesses which had bought freeh­olds from housing developer Countryside have now given formal undertakings to remove terms that cause ground...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Newspaper campaign to scrap Section 21 and clamp down on landlords

The Mirror newspaper has launched a campaign to “make rented homes safer”. It says its campaign - called Safe As Houses -...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters should join tenants’ union, urges Labour council

Oxford’s Labour-run council has called on private renters to join a new tenants union. A statement from the authority says some private...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Net Tightens On Airbnb - So What Next For Landlords?

Talk is getting louder about restrictions surrounding Airbnb and other short let platforms - and nowhere is the volume greater than...

19 March 2022

From: The Big Issues

Is It Time For Landlords to Cash Out?

As we approach what is commonly the busiest month of the year, there is one question many in the sector many...

19 March 2022

From: Agent Advice

Town given £650,000 by Michael Gove to clampdown on landlords

Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has given £650,000 to one town to clampdown on rogue landlords. A statement...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC and HMO teach-in for landlords as councils unite over renting

Landlords with property in Breckland, South Norfolk and Broadland have been invited to attend a free online Landlord Forum networking and...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax on buy to lets and landlords - tell the government what should change

The independent Office for Tax Simplification wants to know how it can make landlords’ tax issues simpler - and it’s started...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Control threat now hurting capital values - analyst’s warning

The threat of rent controls in two parts of the country may now be so severe that buy to let landlords...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Call for pets to be allowed and tenancies to be 24 months long

A major think tank is calling for a radical reform of the private rental sector. A report from the cross-party independent Social...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive licensing scheme offers discount for good EPC rating

Applications open later this week for one of the country’s largest and most controversial landlord licensing schemes - in Liverpool. The new...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Tomorrow - webinar for landlords on upcoming Right To Rent changes

One of the country’s most respected property lawyers is to discuss changes to rental processes live at a webinar tomorrow.  David Smith,...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

At Last! - Evidence shows most tenants like their homes and landlords

The significant majority of private renters are happy with their properties, status and their landlords according to a new survey. A report...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Q: How to boost rental supply? A: Scrap stamp duty surcharge

The government could benefit to the tune of £10 billion and the rental market could have soaring supply if stamp duty...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Guidance on Possession Process changes to reflect Covid relaxations

The government has issued revised guidelines for the possession process in the private and social rented sectors in the light of...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour MP launches ‘First Homes, Not Second Homes’ campaign

A Labour MP in the westcountry appears to be winning support for a campaign he has launched called First Homes, Not...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Husband-and-wife landlords let HMO unfit for human habitation

Husband-and-wife landlords Robin and Susan Kirstein have been landed with a massive fine for letting a home that was deemed by...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks - Redress: Should greater accountability be feared?

It goes without saying that any decent landlord wants to provide their tenants with a safe and secure home and to...

12 March 2022

From: The Big Issues

Buy To Let Lending Hits its Highest Ever Level – so what’s next?

Buy-to-let lending hit its highest ever level last year, spurred on by record levels of tenant demand, the Stamp Duty Holiday...

12 March 2022

From: Tax & Finance

Levelling Up Lettings – why the stock shortage needs addressing now

In this weekend feature, Daniel Evans, chair of the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) and the managing director of Home...

12 March 2022

From: Rental Reform

Labour Mayor and ex-Labour Baroness demand rent freeze

A Labour Mayor and a former Labour baroness have teamed up to call for rent freezes in London, claiming they slash...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

How tenants pay rent is no business of landlords, claims Shelter

Campaigning charity Shelter claims that in one part of the UK alone, some 75,000 tenants have been discriminated against by landlords. The...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Thatcher’s Right To Buy damned as “a levelling down failure”

The programme of selling off council houses pioneered by Margaret Thatcher has been a strategic failure adding to inequality in Britain. That’s...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Council’s desperate plea to private landlords to step in

A Devon council is promoting a scheme to lease properties from private landlords to provide homes for those in need.  In exchange...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC must tax AirBnb landlords heavily, insist activists

The Generation Rent activist group has launched a lobbying campaign, giving a template letter for people to send to MPs ahead...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Crisis: worries over retrofitting homes as heating costs rise

The Chartered Institute of Housing says it’s concerned about the rapidly rising gas and home heating oil prices and the impact...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Financial incentives “may be available” for landlords helping council

Eden council in Cumbria says it needs private landlords’ help to solve its housing problems - and there “may” be financial...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Refugees - how on earth will we house them? asks top agent

A prominent lettings agent says politicians wanting an open door policy for refugees from Ukraine do not explain how they will...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent controls would add to London’s lettings stock shortfall

A new calculation suggests London needs almost 85,000 new private rented homes a year to meet its housing needs. And it adds...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Top Tips when Buying a Property at Auction

With the housing market showing little sign of a slowdown, interest in auction properties also signals a busy year ahead. Here's my...

05 March 2022

From: Top tips & guides

What the new Building Safety Bill means for Leaseholders

As the government continues to assess the future state of building regulation in the UK, developers and leaseholders continue to remain...

05 March 2022

From: The Big Issues

Landlords switch on to investment potential of upgrading EPCs

New research suggests that some landlords are now deliberately choosing to buy properties with weak EPCs in order to upgrade and...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Council bags £85,000 through licensing fines

A private landlord has been fined £1,760 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs after failing to properly licence four properties in...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent provider targets suburbs of smaller urban centres

Build To Rent provider Wise Living is to deliver 90 new homes in two small schemes alongside an existing development of...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Giles Atkinson, Director of Atkinson McLeod

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Giles Atkinson and I’m one part of...

03 March 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

Landlords enjoy enormous capital appreciation - Nationwide

Annual house price growth accelerated to 12.6 per cent in February, up from 11.2 per cent in January and the strongest...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive tax hike and stiffer rules for holiday lets in one part of UK

The Welsh Government has announced an increase to the maximum level of council tax premiums for second homes, as well as...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Cost of living crisis makes rent protection insurance vital - claim

A player in the rental insurance field is warning landlords that the growing cost of living crisis makes it more important...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC’s tax revaluation ‘is stealth tax on landlords’ - claim

Landlords of HMOs are being faced with a revaluation of their properties by HMRC which could result in many suffering tax...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

£700 Landlord Licence: 40,000 homes to come under new scheme

Birmingham’s Labour controlled council is writing to Housing Secretary Michael Gove for consent to apply a new licensing scheme over 25...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Heartless Evictions’ - new Labour call to scrap Section 21

A Labour activist has written to the government urging a ban on what she calls ‘heartless’ Section 21 evictions. Milton Keynes councillor...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb offers free short-term housing for 100,000 Ukraine refugees

Airbnb says it will offer free short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine.  These stays will be funded by Airbnb...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

100,000 Ukrainian refugees - how will landlords be able to help?

The National Residential Landlords Association is calling for clarity on how the private rental sector can help Ukraine. Home Secretary Priti Patel...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Red Tape leads to landlords quitting the sector - fact

The connection between rising volumes of red tape in the private rental sector and landlords quitting as a consequence appears to...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

 Landlords offered leasing scheme to bring empty homes back to use

A council is calling on landlords of empty properties to take the necessary actions to get their homes back into use...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Beware Japanese Knotweed - flood warning for landlords

A specialist company is warning landlords that the recent spate of named storms across the UK may have heightened the risk...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords ditching Airbnb ahead of short-let restrictions - claim

A lettings agent says his client landlords are already turning their back on short let platforms including Airbnb ahead of likely...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Ukraine Crisis - it will hit landlords and tenants this spring

Russia sending tanks into Ukraine sounds terrifying, but it also sounds a long way away. Unfortunately, in a world of global...

26 February 2022

From: The Big Issues

The Worst Winter Yet for Mould?

In this feature article, Stuart Kerr from Restorations UK sets out why this could be the worst winter yet for mould...

26 February 2022

From: Top tips & guides

Energy Efficiency - landlords should pay attention to flooring

In this guest piece, Josh Barber from Flooring Superstore sets out why landlords must pay attention to flooring when it comes...

26 February 2022

From: The Big Issues

Letting an Airbnb will require planning consent if council succeeds

Landlords wanting to let out via Airbnb and other short let platforms in Edinburgh will have to apply for planning consent...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Big rent premiums possible on new-builds - claim

New build homes command rental premiums of as high as 41 per cent in the current market, it’s been claimed. The Unlatch...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent Changes: new deadline for landlords

There’s been yet another deadline change for the revised Right To Rent rules. Temporary checks introduced at the height of the pandemic...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters caught out by long-running shortage of homes to let

Renters are finding it tough to locate a new home because of the continuing shortage of supply according to the National...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists want controls on rents, house prices, planning consents

A protest by Welsh nationalists has called for a new Property Act to be passed by the Welsh Parliament, which would...

23 February 2022

From: Breaking News

£60,000 bill for landlord leaving tenants in “atrocious conditions”

A landlord who harassed tenants and left them in dangerous accommodation hit has been branded “atrocious” and has been hit with...

23 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Six figure discounts right now on some prime London investments

Landlords with large budgets and who are seeking a surprising discount, even in today’s market, could be tempted by research which...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Council launching landlord accreditation at energy efficiency teach-in

A council is inviting landlords to an event at which it will both launch a new accreditation scheme and offer guidance...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit by rent controls would move to Airbnb - claim

A prominent property website, which monitors the lettings market, suggests that rent controls would drive a proportion of rental stock to...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Excluding landlords will lead to cladding safety problems

Experts are predicting that the exclusion of large scale landlords from cladding relief may lead to significant delays in some safety...

18 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Council pledge to fine landlords “keeping deposits unnecessarily”

A council says it’s going to clampdown on landlords who are “keeping deposits unnecessarily” and agents “charging unpermitted fees.” The pledge comes...

18 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Bigger fines for landlords and more compensation for tenants - Khan

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wants rogue landlords to pay bigger fines and more compensation to tenants. He is also introducing...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Short Lets getting longer as 28-night bookings more common

Airbnb says its short lets business is back almost to 2019 pre-Covid levels in cities, and it reports many work-from-home renters...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

MP demands probe into role of ‘super-landlords’

An MP is calling on the authorities to investigate how 15 so-called ‘super landlords’ allegedly dominate the rental market in one...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour chief demands rent controls and powers over landlords

The mayor of Labour-controlled Bristol council is teaming up with local anti-landlord activists to look at how to introduce local rent...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Government steps up pressure on landlords to house refugees

The government is calling on landlords with suitable properties to submit Afghan resettlement offers through a relaunched housing portal. Landlords are being...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge Build To Rent programme announced by pension provider

Legal & General’s Retirement Institutional division has announced a massive £2.5 billion investment to deliver as many as 7,000 Build To...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls and EPCs - landlords urged to respond to consultation

A prominent country property expert has issued an urgent appeal to rural landlords to become involved in the consultation process which...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - landlords shun older homes as EPC targets loom

The draconian new rules governing EPC targets are driving some landlords to favour new build properties when expanding their portfolios. That appears...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Wanted - quarter of a million new rental properties every year

New research commissioned by the landlords’ trade body shows that the UK needs almost 230,000 new private rented homes a year...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants face looming pension crisis warns business consultancy

Renters are much less likely than homeowners to have at least a moderate income in retirement according to business consultancy Hargreaves...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Anti-discrimination guide for landlords issued by government

The government has issued a new guide to ensure landlords do not discriminate while enforcing the Right To Rent regulations.  It applies...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Richer tenants set to benefit from stricter financial referencing

Wealthier tenants will benefit from stiffer affordability criteria as stock levels fall and demand increases according to DJ Alexander Ltd, part...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Levelling Up Is A Fantasy

In recent days we have heard Michael Gove trumpet his plans to ‘level up’ the UK.  We knew that he would be...

12 February 2022

From: The Big Issues

Landlord Woes - Rising Costs, Levelling Up, Cladding Confusion

Last October, stakeholders across the private rented sector were told by ministers that the Government needed extra time to create a...

12 February 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

Surprise rise in number of buy to lets despite attacks on landlords

The number of private rental homes has increased by 18,610 in the last five years - defying those suggesting an exodus...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Government issues revised Right To Rent guidance for landlords

The government has issued new Right To Rent guidance for landlords. It makes only minor modifications to previous versions but the latest...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory supporter condemns government anti-landlord gesture politics

The government’s pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords and agents is  “the worst form of gesture politics in...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Social renters SIX TIMES less satisfied than private renters - survey

Six times as many social renters in one part of the UK are dissatisfied with their homes compared to private renters...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Conservatives increasingly keen on helping renters rather than landlords

A poll of Conservative voters shows strong majorities for higher taxes on second homes and empty properties, and tougher demands on...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New housing minister is a landlord with a history

The new housing minister is a landlord - and has already attracted criticism from some sections of the media. Yesterday Chris Pincher...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Exclusive - fixed-rate lettings platform to roll out across the UK

A new fixed-rate platform has been launched that says it will save landlords thousands of pounds in management fees. Rentd claims to...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent says tenants amongst hardest hit by energy hike

Generation Rent claims private rental sector tenants are set to be most disadvantaged by the 54 per cent rise in the...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

EPCs to be reviewed - so have they been wrong all this time?

A national newspaper says the current ratings of the Energy Performance Certificate are under review by the Department for Business, Energy...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Banned! Four rogue landlords penalised by council

A London council has secured banning orders against four rogue landlords after they were found to be letting an unlicensed and...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital growth running into the sand as cost of living crisis grows

The Halifax is suggesting that while capital values are still high - in fact running at a record - growth is...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News