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KEYWORD "Homelessness" - 100 RESULTS
Radical EPC Targets and Rent Controls are latest party pledges

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

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent says landlords should  share tax break with tenants

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

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Left wing renter groups slam Labour for prioritising first time buyers

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

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Manifesto Wishlist - one letting agent chief's demands

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

08 June 2024

From: Agent Advice

Labour upsets Generation Rent by prioritising first time buyers

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

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Activists use homelessness issue to demand new Renters Reform Bill

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

06 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Another Labour council launching huge expansion of licensing scheme

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

06 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour activist demanding Airbnb clampdown dropped by party

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

05 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter complains of high private rents - but has an alternative

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

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Corbynite Rental Reform MP stopped from standing in election

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

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Councils demand Gove restricts Airbnb and short lets even further

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

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Soaring interest rates claim more landlords as possessions rise

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

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent wants landlords to pay if a tenant moves

The Generation Rent activist group has once again repeated its demand for a series of reforms surrounding the scrapping of Section...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Council wants landlords to back controversial leasing scheme

A council is seeking private landlords to participate in a controversial leasing scheme in a bid to curb homelessness. The use of...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill: An ongoing tale of promises and problems

Back in 2019, the Government promised a ban on so-called no-fault evictions. Section 21 was to be outlawed. While some housing...

27 April 2024

From: Legislation & Compliance

Scrapping Section 21 - Mismanaged from start to finish

The government has been accused of mismanaging reforms to no-fault evictions saying: “It’s created uncertainty upon uncertainty”. Theresa May first made the...

27 April 2024

From: Rental Reform

Generation Rent activists spurn Reform Bill olive branch from NRLA

The National Residential Landlords Association has taken the unusual step of extending an olive branch to the activists who run the...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Activists line up to criticise Renters Reform Bill amendments

The Renters Reform Bill returns to the House of Commons today with activist groups critical of amendments put forward to reach...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Eviction Notice for Gove! - activists mark Section 21 anniversary

A small number of activists have tried to erect a four metre high mock eviction notice on one of Housing Secretary...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

MPs return at last - Renters Reform Bill on the agenda

MPs return to the Commons today after a substantial Easter recess - and with progress on the Renters Reform Bill on...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Council pleads with private landlords to help solve its housing problem

A council is looking to work with more private landlords to help reduce homelessness. Over the past few years Shropshire council has...

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Activists trying to push Labour into imposing rent controls

Activists are beginning to pile pressure on London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan, claiming the public will be disappointed if he toes...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove bringing Renters Reform Bill back to Commons in mid-April

The government has committed to returning the amended Renters Reform Bill to the House of Commons in mid-April. MPs return from their...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Older Renters’ group takes up Generation Rent’s demands

A charity representing older people has taken up almost all of the key demands of activist group Generation Rent. Independent Age says...

22 March 2024

From: Breaking News

MPs want Local Housing Allowance and other benefits updated annually

An all-party House of Commons committee is calling on Local Housing Allowance to be updated automatically and annually. LHA rates have been...

21 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Senior Labour figures divided over rent controls

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer and the party’s controversial Mayor of London Sadiq Khan are at loggerheads over rent controls. Khan has...

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘should only get lower tax if they sell with sitting tenants’

An activist group is demanding that the lower Capital Gains Tax should apply only to landlords who sell with sitting tenants. In...

08 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Newspaper claims Renters Reform Bill “on brink of collapse”

A national newspaper says the Renters Reform Bill is “on the brink of collapse” as Tory MPs are divided on their views...

08 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Did Generation Rent see a different Budget to the rest of us?

In what may appear a surprise to almost everyone, the Generation Rent activist group has described yesterday’s Budget as a “giveaway...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA and Generation Rent argue over tax ahead of Budget

In a final call on the Chancellor to help the private rental sector in today’s Budget, the National Residential Landlords Association...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent: homeless data shows “whole new level of horror”

Activist group Generation Rent has described the latest homelessness data from the government as showing “a whole new level of horror.” It...

01 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with big fine after ignoring improvement notice

A landlord has been slammed with £9,000 in fines and costs for ignoring notices to improve his property. Following reports of disrepair...

27 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Landmark joint session between NRLA and homelessness charity

The National Residential Landlords Association will jointly host a networking and information session with homelessness charity Crisis. It will take place on...

23 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter campaigns chief to be paid over £100,000

Campaigning charity Shelter - which has frequently been critical of landlords and their alleged treatment of poorer tenants - is advertising...

12 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent asks: How Can You Stand By As We’re Turfed From Homes?

Generation Rent has launched a double-pronged attack on landlords and the government. The activist group claims that the latest possession statistics from...

09 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill: government reveals another Commons delay

The Renters Reform Bill will not go for its Third Reading in the House of Commons for at least another fortnight. The...

05 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour claims link between Section 21 and homelessness

Labour says there’s a link between Section 21 powers granted to landlords and what it claims is a total of 4,400...

02 February 2024

From: Breaking News

“Don’t Serve Notice On Tenants” council tells landlords

‘Save the tenancy – don’t serve notice.’ That’s the message to landlords from a west country council. Landlords and tenants are being...

29 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter links with High Street bank to campaign on housing

HSBC bank is working with Shelter on housing campaigns. A statement from the charity says: “With support from partners including HSBC UK,...

25 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour council doubles tax on short lets and second homes

Labour-controlled Haringey Council in London says the owners of short lets and furnished holiday homes will be forced to pay double...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency of homes should determine social rent levels - call

A think tank says rents set in the social sector should reflect the energy efficiency of a property. It’s one of a...

15 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Has your tenant been told to wait for the bailiff to arrive?

The National Residential Landlords Association wants to show the government that some local councils still advise tenants served with a valid...

08 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental activists claim public support for radical five point 2024 wish list

The controversial Renters Reform Coalition - a band of campaigners including the Acorn and Generation Rent ginger groups - claims public...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent boss in new attack on landlords

The chief executive of the Generation Rent ginger group has called on his former employer to make a case against landlords,...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Free event to update landlords on new laws and grants

A local authority is hosting a free event for local landlords which will give them insights into latest developments in the...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord exodus prompts council to spend millions buying homes

A council is to spend £10m to buy homes on the open market to house local people - some at risk...

15 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter boss says “skyrocketing rents” are cause of homelessness

The chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter is blaming “skyrocketing rents” for a crisis of homelessness. As part of an appeal for...

14 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove gives go-ahead to one of UK’s largest licensing schemes

Almost all landlords letting out properties in a London borough will soon be legally required to have a selective license. It’s one...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Slap taxes on short lets and holiday homes, urges countryside charity

A countryside body is blaming the government’s failure to provide affordable housing and the rise in short lets for a homelessness...

06 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter wants Local Housing Allowance rise now, not in April

Campaigning charity Shelter has welcomed the decision by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to unfreeze Local Housing Allowance - but it wants it...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Hunt’s dramatic Local Housing Allowance move not enough for activists

Many have welcomed the move by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to unfreeze the Local Housing Allowance - but some tenant activists say...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Councils claim one-in-50 Londoners are now homeless

The rising cost of living - especially housing - remains the top issue on Londoners’ minds for the second year in...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter and Generation Rent accuse mortgage-free landlords of cashing in

The two most aggressively pro-tenant activist bodies have accused landlords without mortgages of “cashing in.” According to a poll of more than...

20 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter goes on warpath ahead of festive fundraising campaign

Shelter has issued new claims about homelessness triggered in part by private rents, as it prepares for its annual festive fundraising...

17 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity repeats claim scrapping S21 will reduce homelessness

A charity is suggesting that if only the government got on with abolishing S21 eviction powers, homelessness would be eased. Crisis -...

16 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter complains about Housing Minister revolving door

Shelter and other campaigning organisations have spoken out in dismay at the latest ‘housing minister revolving door’. Yesterday Rachel Maclean was sacked...

14 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims s21 eviction court proceedings hit seven-year high 

New Ministry of Justice data shows that between July and September 8,399 landlords in England started Section 21 no fault eviction...

10 November 2023

From: Breaking News

London Renters at risk of homelessness without government action - claim

Almost 60,000 Londoners in the private rented sector are likely to become homeless over the next six years if the government...

10 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Council declares Housing Emergency ‘with private rents partly to blame’

A major council has declared a Housing Emergency for its city, attributing part of the problem to rising private rents. A statement...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Will the Renters Reform Bill REALLY reduce homelessness?

Recent data from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities show that 24,260 households served a valid Section 21 notice...

04 November 2023

From: Rental Reform

Labour council to buy back homes it built and sold years ago

A local authority in London is to buy back over 300 properties it built and sold off years ago under Right...

25 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour accuses Tories of ‘foot dragging’ over rental reform

Shadow housing secretary and Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner has accused the government of “foot dragging” over the slow progress of...

24 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Date set for Renters Reform Bill next stage

The Renters Reform Bill is to get its long awaited Second Reading on Monday, October 23. The claim comes from the Financial Times...

18 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Council offers incentives to private landlords taking homeless tenants

Another council is advertising a package of incentives for private landlords to help solve its housing shortage. Exeter council is aiming to...

16 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims “skyrocketing rents” lie behind homelessness spending

Shelter says “skyrocketing rents” and the government’s freeze on housing allowance lie behind the increased spend on temporary accommodation for homeless...

13 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Tory identifies single individual responsible for rent rises

A Conservative politician has named an individual who he claims is responsible for high rent rises and increasing homelessness. Murdo Fraser, the...

28 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter wants rent controls at heart of future housing policy

Shelter has published what it calls a General Election manifesto with rent controls at its heart. Called The Way Home: a manifesto to...

26 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Repeal Section 24 is key political priority says industry leader

A leading lettings industry figure says politicians should have the repeal of Section 24 as a major priority. Section 24 removes a...

25 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Older tenants distraught at Renters Reform Bill delay - claim

A charity claims that apparent delays to the Renters Reform Bill, which has yet to get a Second Reading in the...

18 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Councils should buy landlords’ homes to ease housing crisis - new call

More councils should be encouraged to buy homes from landlords, an industry expert says. This follows reports last week which revealed that...

13 September 2023

From: Breaking News

I Quit! Landlords exit the temporary accommodation sector

London local authorities say there’s been a surge in landlords withdrawing from the sector providing temporary accommodation for homeless households. A survey by the...

31 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims many renters are ‘one cheque from homelessness’

Campaigning charity Shelter claims that half the working private renters in England have too little saved to pay rent for more...

22 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Appeal to private landlords to house ex-offenders

A council is appealing to landlords to work with the local authority and the Probation Service to help ex-offenders fit accommodation...

18 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Homelessness charity boss reported to be on £189,000

Homelessness charities often berate private landlords for putting income before service to tenants. But a bitter dispute at one organisation has apparently revealed...

10 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Give councils cash to buy homes off private landlords - call

A group of local authorities is asking the government to give individual councils the cash to buy properties off private landlords. London...

09 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter blames Section 21 for increasing homelessness

New government figures show 79,840 households faced homelessness in England between January and March 2023 – the highest number on record.  Now...

26 July 2023

From: Breaking News

New attempt to woo unhappy landlords with leasing deals

A housing trust says landlords fed up with higher taxes and red tape should not sell up but instead lease their...

20 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour activists' call to buy 500,000 private rental properties

A pressure group within the Labour Party wants a future government to provide £15 billion over 10 years to allow half...

17 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent boss promoted to Chief Executive within a month

The head of the tenants’ activist group Generation Rent started work in the role of director in mid-June - and has...

14 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnbs and Short Lets to be probed by new housing commission

A team of experts will look into the impact ofd Airbnbs and other short lets in a part of the UK...

13 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Conversions - should there be more of them?

Conversions, often seen as a likely property type for private landlords, are likely to be more common if two groups of...

11 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan on collision course with Starmer over rent controls

London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has returned to his demand for powers to control rents in the private sector, citing a...

27 June 2023

From: Breaking News

At Last! Rogue Landlords to be driven from Supported Housing

The Supported Housing (Regulatory Oversight) Bill has passed its third reading in the House of Lords and is set to become law...

24 June 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

New leader takes over at Generation Rent today

The new director of Generation Rent, Ben Twomey, takes over from Baroness Alicia Kennedy this morning. A statement announcing his appointment earlier...

14 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter and Crisis make new claims about Section 21 evictions

A charity claims that landlords across England and Wales are seeking to evict tenants using Section 21 powers at a higher...

22 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour local politicians back Michael Gove’s Rental Reform Bill

The body representing local councils is backing the government’s Renters Reform Bill - even though Labour dominates most local authorities. Councillor Darren...

18 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Will Renters Reform Bill Disrupt the Student Accommodation Market?

2023 could be a landmark year for the private rented sector if Michael Gove succeeds in his pursuit of reforming the...

13 May 2023

From: Rental Reform

Domestic abuse survivors ‘failed’ by landlords - claim

A new report claims that many social landlords have inadequate policies to support survivors of domestic abuse. The report, published this week...

26 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks - A step in the right direction, but it isn’t enough

Recently the government once again committed to banning 'no-fault' evictions, with the new government housing minister Rachel Maclean promising the ban on...

15 April 2023

From: Rental Reform

Top Tories and Shelter release blueprint for rental reform

A Conservative-leaning think tank and campaigning charity Shelter have released a book of essays on renting and housing. A statement from Bright...

04 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour activist appointed as director of Generation Rent

The new director of Generation Rent is Ben Twomey, who takes over from Baroness Alicia Kennedy on June 14. A statement from...

29 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Mediation Scheme flops with almost no users

A much-hyped government proposal to introduce a Rental Mediation Service to resolve disputes, sustain tenancies and reduce pressure on the courts...

16 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Baroness angry over Hunt’s ‘nothing for renters’ Budget

Baroness Alicia Kennedy, the outgoing director of Generation Rent, is angry with Jeremy Hunt. The Baroness claims “the cost of living crisis...

16 March 2023

From: Breaking News

IKEA teams up with Shelter to highlight homelessness issue

Flat-pack furniture giant IKEA has teamed up with campaigning charity Shelter to highlight the issue of homelessness. The Scandinavian firm, citing Shelter’s...

09 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent claims landlords “silence” tenants in mouldy flats

Activist group Generation Rent has accused landlords of “silencing” private tenants who live in flats hit with damp and mould. The claim...

03 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter uses repossession figures to attack Section 21

The chief executive of Shelter claims that Section 21 evictions are a leading cause of homelessness. Polly Neate was making her remarks...

13 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Council “pleased” with landlord interest at leasing their properties

A council at the heart of a controversial scheme claims to be “pleased” with the interest shown by private landlords. Leasing Scheme...

06 February 2023

From: Breaking News

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