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Rising rents now massive problem for older tenants too, claims analyst

A prominent financial analyst says the fast-rising costs of renting mean tenants are becoming less financially resilient - and this applies...

28 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

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

Up and Up! More capital appreciation likely for landlords

A prominent agency has revised its market forecast for the rest of 2022 and says prices will rise more and for...

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

Private rental properties now “far safer” says charity

Private rental properties are now “far safer” than before thanks to recent legislation, according to the charity Electrical Safety First. Since five-year...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Council brings civil case against rogue landlord

A rogue landlord has been fined £5,500 following a successful prosecution by Mendip council in Somerset. The council’s private sector housing team brought a...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

House price falls coming soon may be opportunity for landlords

Rightmove is warning of likely price falls in the second half of 2022. Its latest monthly market snapshot actually shows yet another...

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

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

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

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 threatened with enforcement action by council

A local authority in London is threatening landlords with enforcement action if they don’t pay up for a new license. Lewisham’s Labour...

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

Housing minister to tell landlords how to improve their properties

Housing minister Eddie Hughes is to spell out how landlords can improve their properties ahead of legislation expected when the Renters...

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

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

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

Shelter turns its fire on rogue social landlords

Shelter - for so long an outspoken critic of private rental landlords and letting agencies - has now turned its fire...

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

Landlords now being hit by benefits freeze - call for government help

Some 820,000 private rented households in Britain are routinely hit by a shortfall between their housing benefit and their monthly rents...

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

Tenants take landlord to court and win £15,000

The Guardian newspaper has given an aggrieved tenant the opportunity to explain how he and other renters took a landlord to...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Government clampdown on sociallandlords in new Bill launched today

Failing social housing landlords could face unlimited fines and Ofsted-style inspections, under the Social Housing (Regulation) Bill being introduced into Parliament...

08 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

Will Renters Reform Bill be delayed by Boris Johnson clinging to power?

Overnight speculation of a Cabinet reshuffle has yet again led to uncertainty over the Renters’ Reform Bill, pledging a radical shake-up...

07 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

Investment opportunities aplenty as auction market starts to soften

A prominent auction house says bids are fewer in number than before - a sign that the market is softening, presenting...

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

Rogue landlord fined for putting tenants at risk

A rogue landlord that put tenants at risk has been fined for £4,808 for breaking housing regulations on a property in...

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

Capital appreciation still high for landlords - but slowdown looms

A new survey by Zoopla suggests the average property price has hit £250,200 for the first time - but a slowdown...

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

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

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

Rental Reform - are government proposals the right proposals?

Wherever you stand, whether you’re a landlord or tenant, the supply and demand issues impacting the private rented sector are at...

28 May 2022

From: Rental Reform

Rent Controls don't work - study is warning to UK lettings sector

A study of what has happened to a private rental sector hit by rent controls provides lessons to those in the UK...

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

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

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 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

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

Banned and added to Rogues' Database!  Council swoops on landlord

A council has secured a banning order against a rogue landlord who was found guilty of failing to comply with legal...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Council scraps landlord accreditation and launches ‘support package’

A council has launched what it calls a Landlord and Tenant Support Package in place of a previous landlord accreditation system.  Telford...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Goodbye to Section 21 - a short history

Housing has always been one of the most sensitive political issues, meaning that legislation in this area is unusually sensitive to...

21 May 2022

From: Rental Reform

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

Housing minister to speak directly to landlords at new conference

Housing minister Eddie Hughes - the politician leading for the government own the renters’ Reform Bill - will be the keynote...

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

Official stats show smaller rent rise than rival figures suggest

Contrary to recent figures from Zoopla and others, pointing to double-digit rental inflation in the past year, official statistics show the...

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

Renters under pressure as cost of living crisis hits - Zoopla

The highest rental growth since the Global Financial Crisis, coupled with the cost of living crisis, is putting increased pressure on...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Houses amongst worst fire offenders, safety inspectors report

A safety organisation is warning of a “tragedy waiting to happen” because three quarters of fire doors fail to meet the...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Airbnb landlord register: Could it avert housing crisis?

Consultation events are to be held this week to gauge the reaction to a possible compulsory register for all Airbnb and...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Licensing regime to start after consultation held two years ago

A Midlands council is the latest to introduce an additional licensing regime for HMOs - but it’s based on a consultation...

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

Council named and shamed by government housing regulator

The Regulator of Social Housing has named and shamed a London council for its failure to provide assurance that it consistently...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Switch from paper to online for Housing Benefit payment schedules

A council is notifying its landlords with tenants on housing benefit that it is switching its payment schedule from paper to...

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

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

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

Landlords on standby for scrapping of Section 21 today

The government is widely expected to announce that Section 21 eviction powers will be scrapped in new legislation coming to Parliament...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Licensing “allows council to work with private landlords” - claim

A consultation is underway into the extension of yet another private landlord licensing scheme for a further five years. Since March 2018...

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

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

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

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

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

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 backs landlord licensing despite objectives being achieved

The government has given the green light to two selective licensing schemes in areas of Burnley. The previous five-year schemes expired at...

05 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

Government considers giving more tenants the Right To Buy

The government is reported to be considering extending the Right To Buy from just council tenants in England to housing association...

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

Some tenants exploit eviction ban to avoid rent - shocking figures

Eviction specialist Landlord Action says it’s seen a sharp rise in landlords seeking to use its debt recovery service against tenants...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

Rental Reform - are landlords and tenants that far apart?

Renting is changing. That’s what we keep being told by the Government as it prepares the ground for its renters’ reform...

23 April 2022

From: Rental Reform

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

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

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

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

Banning Orders may be imposed on 'social media landlords'

A council is considering imposing Banning Orders on unregulated and ‘informal’ landlords who have no lettings background and who advertise on...

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

“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

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

 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

Revealed - where tenants on Universal Credit have the biggest shortfall

Almost 70 per cent of private tenants in the North East relying on Universal Credit to pay their rent have a...

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

Landlord fined in pioneering electrical safety court case

A landlord has been fined in one of the first cases in England, for failing to comply with Electrical Safety Standards. Regulations...

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

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

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

Rent Controls Campaign takes to the streets this weekend

A pressure group of campaigners highly critical of landlords and letting agents is organising protests at cities this weekend. Acorn - which...

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

HMRC - record tax relief claimed by landlords despite increased restrictions

Buy to let landlords claimed a record £18.5 in tax relief in the year to April 2021, the most recent data...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Paws For Thought - trade bodies survey landlords’ attitude to pets

Thousands of landlords are to be quizzed to establish the true cost of damages to rental accommodation by tenants. The “What’s the...

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

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

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

Charge! Some landlords eligible for grants towards EV chargers

Some landlords of rental properties can now apply for grants to contribute towards the cost of installing Electric Vehicle chargers. To access...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - has it been delayed AGAIN?

The government appears to have admitted that the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper has now been delayed yet again, this time...

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

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

More assistance for private renters hit by pandemic

PropTech supplier Canopy has launched a new service to help tenants affected by the pandemic.  Last year Canopy was awarded a grant...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Renting forever? Many older tenants accept they may rent long-term

A new report from the Social Market Foundation and sponsored by the Paragon Bank has thrown new light on what today’s...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

New figures on EPC ratings in private rental sector

New research by the Mortgages for Business brokerage suggests that just under a quarter of landlords’ properties have an Energy Performance...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to check if they are in new licensing regime

Private landlords who let out properties in Central West Bromwich are being urged to check if they need to apply for...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Sunak stacking economy against tenants, says campaigning Baroness

The leader of the Generation Rent campaign group has accused Chancellor Rishi Sunak of “stacking the economy against private renters who...

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

 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

Massive fine for landlord exposing vulnerable tenants to fire risks

A landlord has been hit with a bill of almost £25,000 for allegedly exposing vulnerable tenants to serious fire risks in...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Prominent Labour MP wants rent controls to aid economic recovery

The former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer says rent controls are a vital part of a four-pronged ‘Radical Recovery Programme’. John McDonnell has...

22 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

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

Landlords try to head off rent controls plans by politicians

The National Residential Landlords Association is trying to head off the growing clamour for rent controls by setting out its own...

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

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

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

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

Need help solving a tenant dispute? New redress service launched

A new voluntary redress scheme has been launched to help landlords and tenants solve disputes.  The scheme - by the National Residential...

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

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

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

Cladding Scandal: MPs call on government to reverse anti-landlord position

A cross-party group of MPs has opposed government plans to make many buy to let landlords pay for the replacement of...

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

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

Landlords’ capital appreciation running high in regions outside London

Capital appreciation for landlords is running at an average double-digit strength in seven regions of the UK according to the Halifax. Its...

08 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

MP worried landlords won't pass council tax rebate to tenants

A senior Labour MP has written to the Housing Secretary Michael Gove seeking reassurances that landlords will not keep council tax...

07 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

New dispute resolution service for private rental sector

Trading Standards has approved a new alternative dispute resolution body for the private rental sector. It’s The Dispute Service Ltd, and it...

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

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

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

Big rise in Capital Gains Tax paid by Buy To Let landlords

New figures show that buy to let landlords quitting the sector or at least reducing their portfolios have helped the government...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

Rental reform threat to economic growth, warns top expert

A veteran lettings agency chief says future economic growth in part of the UK is under threat from a radical reform...

03 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

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

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

Rent controls “heavy handed and economically illiterate” - top Tory

A prominent Conservative has branded the rush towards rent controls by some politicians as “heavy-handed and economically illiterate”. Janet Finch Saunders, an...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords face fines of up to 36 months’ rent under government plans

A proposal that landlords be fined up to 36 months rent has been put forward in a consultation paper. The Scottish Government’s...

24 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

Gove slammed for “lazy and false” views about landlords

The government has been accused of basing its policy to solve the cladding crisis on the assumption that landlords are Property...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Justice For Tenants wins Rent Repayment Order against landlord

A non-profit organisation called Justice For Tenants has spearheaded a campaign which has ultimately led to a Rent Repayment Order being...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

First-time Landlords: key tips to remember in buy to let

Has there ever been a better time to buy-to-let?  Zoopla just last week revealed that demand and rent prices, especially in city...

19 February 2022

From: Top tips & guides

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

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

I want to make buy to let less financially attractive, admits politician

A prominent Welsh politician says rent controls should be introduced across that country to “make landlordism less financially attractive.” The Welsh nationalist...

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

“We’re sick of rip off landlords” says rent control activist

One of the driving forces behind a summit being held to consider rent controls in a major city says she is...

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

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

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

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

Epic Fail: many councils do not report rental sector complaints

The majority of local authorities in England do not accurately record the number of private rented sector tenure complaints which they...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

We’re Staying - no evidence of landlords quitting despite increased red tape

There is no evidence of a mass exodus of landlords from the sector despite the new regulations and slashed tax benefits...

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

Landlords face massive bills to meet energy efficiency goals

Almost a quarter of landlords say their properties are currently rated D or below for energy efficiency, according to a new...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Selling a buy to let? Just months left to maximise appreciation

The average capital appreciation is forecast to break the £100,000 barrier this year.  Official data revealed those selling up last year received...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Council launches building firm to construct ‘affordable rent’ units

Manchester council has launched its own building company - called This City - to construct affordable and market homes to rent. The...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords' New Property Battleground - the semi-detached house

Landlords are targeting semi-detached homes over terraced houses for the first time, but with limited stock availability and strong competition from...

05 February 2022

From: Tax & Finance

London’s Investment Hotspots in 2022

With Christmas and the New Year now over, landlords, investors and property experts are back to questioning what the coming twelve...

05 February 2022

From: Agent Advice

Help us change lives - council’s plea to private landlords

A London council chief is asking for help from private landlords.  The leader of Kingston council in the south west of the...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter backs Boris Johnson levelling up rental reforms

Campaigning charity Shelter says the government’s rental reform programme is “a crucial step forward”.  The Levelling Up White Paper insists landlords ensure...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of licence success - and announces new clampdown

New selective licensing schemes are now live in areas of north and east Manchester covering more than 1,400 properties.  This means compulsory...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 scrapped as Gove hands rental power balance to tenants

The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper includes a dramatic reshaping of the private rental sector. Section 21 eviction powers will be...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Where have London landlords gone? Agents ring alarm bell

Letting agents’ trade group ARLA Propertymark is raising the alarm over what it believes is a particular shortage of landlords in...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Expanded legal services for landlords prompt group rebrand

Eviction and housing law specialist Landlord Action has rebranded to support its expansion into a wider range of legal services. There’s a...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent claims victory over landlord register

The activist group Generation Rent says it’s celebrating a victory in its campaign to secure a national mandatory landlord register. Newspaper leaks...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Cladding Help: Government still considering including BTL landlords

The government has hit back at claims from the National Residential Landlords Association that buy to let landlords are being left...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical rental reforms to be announced this week

The government is expected to announce the introduction of a national landlord register in England on Wednesday as part of its...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Don’t exclude landlords from cladding help, politicians will be told

Government plans to rectify dangerous cladding are riddled with confusion and risk needless delays to addressing the problem. That’s the warning from...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Government slams insurance firms over premiums on blocks

Property insurers have forced “crippling costs” on to residents of medium and high-rise apartment blocks in the aftermath of the Grenfell...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Call for action ahead of new Carbon Monoxide alarm laws

A lettings sector trade body is calling for action now by landlords and agents ahead of laws extending the need for...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks - Understand your competition and your customers

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

29 January 2022

From: The Big Issues

Check EPCs before buying new investment properties - advice

A prominent buy to let mortgage provider is advising landlords to ensure they check EPCs and energy efficiency issues on properties...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Yet Again! Repeat offender landlord in court once more

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

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Refugee Crisis: landlords get urgent appeal from council

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

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Combative agent hits out at landlords over property condition

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

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord must pay thousands for not installing smoke detectors

A landlord has been fined almost £5,000 for failing to install smoke detectors into a house he let to a family. The...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Ambulance crew trigger probe into rogue landlord’s dangerous house

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

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Licensing Clampdown - another council goes out to consultation

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

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord accreditation system gives scores for performance

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

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rising Inflation and the Impact On Landlords

The Covid pandemic has had a significant impact on the economy, with long term consequences that are still not fully appreciated....

22 January 2022

From: Industry Views

The True Costs of Being A Landlord In 2022

Covid-19 has undoubtedly shifted the way new landlords will be looking to invest in 2022, and our ranking makes it clear...

22 January 2022

From: Tax & Finance

A Long Term Vision for the Housing Market

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

22 January 2022

From: The Big Issues

Government told: Don’t penalise landlords over cladding

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

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Benefit cuts hitting almost one in 10 landlords - claim

Almost 10 per cent of private landlords letting properties to Universal Credit claimants have experienced at least one tenant having difficulties...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentence for landlord who evicted tenant overnight

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

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Why are landlords deliberately excluded from cladding help?

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

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to “shift the odds in favour of renters”

A government housing minister says the Boris Johnson administration wants to shift the balance of power in the rental sector favour...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short lets wreck local housing markets, say conservationists

The Council for the Protection of Rural England is the latest body to blast Airbnb and other short lets for their...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New landlord contracts with tenants explained by government

The Welsh Government has set out how the housing law in that country is set to change significantly from July 15...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Why 2022 will be Build to Rent’s Year

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

15 January 2022

From: The Big Issues

Rents skyrocketing in London according to latest index

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

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Lords report accuses private rental sector of being too expensive

A House of Lords report claims that the private rental sector has become ”increasingly unaffordable” and says out welcomes the proliferation...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax loophole closed for landlords claiming business rates

Landlords who let out holiday properties as businesses may have to fork out as much as £1,000 more per year as...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Jail for landlord if he does not meet Confiscation Order

A London landlord has been ordered to pay over £64,000 for breaking housing regulations. In July last year Sumon Miah was found...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Un-vaxxed tenants given new guidance on moving home

The government has issued updated guidance on renters moving home during the pandemic, and for the first time the rules change...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords given thousands to stay quiet on drug tenants - claim

Local media are reporting that landlords on a housing estate known to harbour drug traffickers and criminal gangs are being given...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Is The Private Rental Sector facing a Supply Crisis?

Bromsgrove is a classic rental market. The Worcestershire market town is enveloped by green space but is just a thirty-minute commute...

08 January 2022

From: Industry Views

Don’t call me ‘Landlord’ - is the title discredited?

The majority of the buy to let community want the name ‘landlord’ dropped and replaced by something like ‘small housing provider’ That’s...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory complains about “coughing up most of income to landlords”

A prominent Conservative has complained that her party, and others, have failed to do anything about a housing market in which...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Opposition to rent controls voiced by chief of new super-agency

A senior figure in a newly-enlarged agency that wants to become a national force in lettings has thrown his weight behind...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Now Labour jumps on the bandwagon

Labour is the latest political party to call for rent controls following similar pleas from the Green Party and the Scottish Nationalists. Paul...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stop landlords buying properties to let out, says Tory activist

A former Conservative councillor has used a leading party website to call on the government to restrict the purchase of buy...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord prosecuted and fined for operating unlicensed HMO

A landlord who has been operating a licensable HMO without a licence has been fined £5,000 at a prosecution brought by...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter says high rents impact women with threat of homelessness

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

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity says end of eviction ban directly led to homelessness

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

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Wanted: private landlords with one bedroom homes to let

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

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid to involve landlords in resolving homelessness problem

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

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive rent rise for social housing tenants expected in the spring

Private landlords get it in the neck for allegedly-high rents but 4.75m families living in social housing in England are facing...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - consultation opens for landlords and general public

Scotland’s controversial Green Party housing chief - who is part of a governing arrangement with Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party -...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter backs call for rent controls and anti-eviction powers

Shelter has given what appears to be unconditional support to the SNP-Green proposals for reform of the private rental sector in...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Hot Air! Call for rethink of rental energy efficiency measures

Proposals to force landlords to pay up to £10,000 to improve energy efficiency of rental properties require a rethink, according to...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Extended notice period is ‘another body blow to landlords’

The National Residential Landlords Association has described a six months notice period for tenants as “yet another body blow to landlords.” Over...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid - Minister tells landlords how to tackle ‘Winter Plan’

Housing minister Chris Pincher has written an open letter to all landlords in England, telling them how to enact the government’s...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks: Rental Reform to dominate 2022

As I write, at home in bed recovering from Covid, I can’t fail to notice the irony of attempting to predict...

18 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

Will 2022 present energy efficiency and rent control challenges?

As we enter 2022 the private rented sector can look back on a year which marked the start of its recovery...

18 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

New Year - time for landlords to step up a gear

The dusk of 2021 is upon us and, as is customary in property circles at this juncture, we look forward to...

18 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

2022’s challenge for landlords - improving energy efficiency

Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson has given his prediction as to what the big issues will be in the 2022 lettings...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market likely to benefit as first timers frustrated by buying

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

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine for landlord without HMO license

A landlord operating a House in Multiple Occupation without a licence has been fined £5,000. An officer from Chesterfield council carried out an...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise may be put off despite another house price record

Landlords with mortgages may be sighing with relief as some commentators are forecasting that the Bank of England will not, after...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mandatory compensation for tenants mooted by letting agents

ARLA Propertymark has launched a radical programme of reform for the private rental sector - getting in before the government’s own...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Expensive new licensing scheme on its way - discussions to be held today

Proposals to introduce an Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs in yet another part of the country are to be discussed by...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

High profile MP claims government 'turns a blind eye' on bad landlords

High profile MP Caroline Lucas has told a newspaper that the government turns a blind eye to bad landlords. “This government, like previous...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Switch from long-term lets to Airbnb 'worsens housing crisis'

Landlords selling up or converting to short lets have led to a growing housing crisis, according to a trade body of...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Slammed! Government and councils condemned for rental failures

A report by the National Audit Office has sharply criticised the government and councils for not doing enough to help tenants...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government told to act over falling size of private rental sector

ARLA Propertymark is expressing concern at the latest figures showing a fall in the size of the private rental sector. The latest...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Fewer tenants have Covid arrears, but average debt is still rising

The National Residential Landlords Association says fewer tenants now have Covid-related arrears - but for those who do, the debt is...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Accredition scheme with NRLA involvement launched by council

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

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest no-deposit scheme pledges landlords won’t be out of pocket

Another no-deposit renting scheme has been launched, pledging to make life easier for landlords and tenants.  Rental guarantor service Housing Hand’s new...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Controversial council’s chief slams “dangerously unregulated” rental sector

A housing chief in a controversial council has tweeted that “Private landlords must be held accountable!”. She also claims on social media...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Council may fund landlords’ energy efficiency measures if tenants qualify

Landlords with properties in part of Lincolnshire could benefit from Government funding secured by North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council moves against “shoddy landlords”

A Labour council in London has announced plans to expand its crackdown on what it calls “shoddy landlords.” Southwark council says the...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs want renewable heating tech in private rental homes

A cross-party survey of MPs shows that they want to scale up the installation of renewable heating technologies in existing homes,...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

New HMO licensing regime to be launched in London borough

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

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord portfolios to dip in value before rebound - forecast

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

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers back enhanced help for tenants facing eviction

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

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

 More legal aid for tenants facing eviction - proposals unveiled

The government is proposing that tenants facing eviction receive additional legal assistance through an enhancement of the current free ‘on-the-day’ law...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets licensing schemes to start next year in Scotland

Councils north of the border will be given powers to ensure short-term lets are safe and meet the needs of local...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies make inventories and inspections vital - claim

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

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord ignored Emergency Prohibition Order given hefty fine

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

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned! Landlord cannot let property until major improvements made

An unnamed landlord has been banned from letting out his property after allowing it to fall into poor condition.  He was served...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Carbon Monoxide alarms must be fitted in private rentals with gas boilers

The government has announced that carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in all private rental properties with fixed appliances such as...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls on the agenda for another part of the UK

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

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-second home campaigners set up Parliamentary petition

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

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

London council pledges HMO inspections at least once every five years

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

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bravo for second home-owners - senior politician speaks up for sector

A leading politician in Wales has spoken out in favour of second homeowners, who are under increasing scrutiny in that country...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Is Buy To Let Over? Not yet it isn’t…

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

20 November 2021

From: Tax & Finance

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

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

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Licensing on the march - another city goes to consultation

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

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Unlawful eviction of tenants leads to five figure fines for rogue couple

A couple have been fined over £13,000 after they were found guilty of unlawfully evicting four tenants and breaching management regulations...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy project may involve trading standards spotting rogue landlords

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

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper under discussion with landlord trade group

A statement on the National Residential Landlords Association’s website says the group has had talks with government over rental reform. The long-awaited...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council unanimously passes motion calling for rent controls

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

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls hurt future tenants after helping current ones - claim

A right wing think tank has published a blog post suggesting that while rent controls appear a popular help for current...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Sleaze: MPs rent out their own homes and then claim expenses

The sleaze allegations engulfing the government have moved to those MPs letting out their London homes while claiming money from taxpayers...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour call to name and shame rogue landlords

A Labour councillor in a Green Party-controlled local authority wants the body to name and shame rogue landlords on a publicly-available...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Letters - can landlords and councils really work together?

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

13 November 2021

From: Industry Views

Pathetic! Councils blasted for failure to prosecute rogue landlords

A lettings sector trade body is blasting local authorities for their poor record on trying to eliminate rogue landlords. The National Residential...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC and Valuation Office working on new tax regime for holiday lets

A government housing minister has confirmed to the House of Lords that a new tax regime for Airbnb hosts and holiday...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity wants check on how £65m is spent on Covid-arrears tenants

Another charity has criticised landlords using eviction powers on tenants with Covid-related arrears.  StepChange, a debt advice charity, says it wants to...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government asks tenants if they want to see landlord contact details

The government has launched a survey of private tenants in which it asks them whether they would like to be given...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC Crisis: Properties could be “unsellable and unrentable” by 2025

There is a fear that work required to bring rental units up to new Energy Performance Certificate levels by 2025 could...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert - detailed forecast for rent and capital growth

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

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers pitch for business by claiming serious delays for repairs

A firm of solicitors claims that private and social sector tenants face long delays for repairs to be addressed - and...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Call Before You Serve’ initiative tries to avoid evictions

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

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords paying more for BTL mortgages despite base rate hold

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

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour says S21 eviction power “unjustly uproots families”

Labour has echoed campaign groups Generation Rent and Shelter in calling for the speediest possible ending of Section 21 eviction powers,...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council urging private landlords to offer longest-possible tenancies

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

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

City clampdown on HMOs with Article 4 Direction

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

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Hot Air? EPC targets cannot be achieved with government funding

Savills estimates that £330 billion is needed to implement all energy efficiency improvements to the UK housing sector to meet EPC...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Delaying scrapping Section 21 is the right thing to do, say agents

The scrapping of Section 21 and other provisions expected in the government’s White Paper on rental reform have been delayed until...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Home for sale - but not to landlords

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

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Arrears - More should still be done to clear them

This week’s Budget saw the Chancellor loosen the Treasury’s purse strings in a number of areas.  Yet this was a quiet Autumn...

30 October 2021

From: The Big Issues

Free advice for landlords on lettings incentives

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

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government delays Rental Reform White Paper until 2022

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will now not be published until...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Not enough! Landlords say Budget does too little to clear arrears

The Budget revealed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak does too little to help many of those struggling most to pay their rents. That’s...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord illegally let two properties - one a storage area

A planning inspector has ordered a rogue landlord to comply with enforcement notices after being found to be illegally renting two...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday Lets backlash - protest claims local being priced out

The protest movement against second homes in Wales appears to be gathering pace. The BBC reports that over 150 campaigners have gathered...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be helped by new Covid arrears fund

Landlords in England with tenants in rent arrears because of Covid are to be helped via a new £65m debt fund. Although announced today...

23 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords need ‘green grants’ to make basic eco-improvements - claim

The head of a building body says landlords and home owners need a replacement for the defunct Green Homes Grant to...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Shocking statistics for unregulated rental accommodation

Over 150,000 households in Britain are in ‘exempt’ accommodation, a rental sector which some say is “dangerously under-regulated.” ‘Exempt accommodation’ is intended...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Net Zero: Landlords in different areas need different incentives - claim

The government should factor in the property market’s huge regional variations when offering landlords incentives to become more energy efficient. That’s the call...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Orders and Fines used heavily by council

A Labour-controlled local authority with a reputation for clampdowns on rogue landyhas issued a statement celebrating its successes. Tower Hamlets council in...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord anger as council fails to find accommodation for tenant

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

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Shift poorest tenants from private rental to social housing - call

A call has gone out to shift tens of thousands of the poorest tenants in the private rental sector into social...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils continue to clampdown on landlords’ fly tipping

There’s more evidence of councils clamping down on landlords fly tipping - Landlord Today has run a series of reports on...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Is Buy To Let still worth the effort? You Bet!

£223.7 billion. That’s how much better off UK landlords are than five years ago when you do the maths on the...

16 October 2021

From: Industry Views

How Landlords and their Agents can talk with Generation Z

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

16 October 2021

From: Top tips & guides

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

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

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Solicitors slam landlords in bid to trigger tenant legal action

A solicitors’ practice claims repairs initiated by landlords take an average of 41 days to be completed after a tenant complains...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Civil Penalty Notice and hefty fine for HMO landlord without licence

A landlord has been fined over £7,000 for letting out an unsafe and unlicensed HMO. South Gloucestershire council’s private sector housing team...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Taxing Times: How to become an accidental landlord pain free

It’s a common scenario: you put your house on the market, struggle to find a buyer, and then end up renting...

09 October 2021

From: Tax & Finance

Shamplina Speaks - Landlords Are At A Crossroads

As founder of Landlord Action and chief operating officer at Hamilton Fraser, I’ve been talking to landlords for over 25 years...

09 October 2021

From: The Big Issues

EPC Upgrades - Raise cap for landlord spending, government told

The government has been told to raise the landlord cost cap to £10,000 to increase the number of private rental sector...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Should private landlords be lectured by the social housing sector?

A small proportion of private landlords grab the spotlight because of their poor treatment of tenants and properties - yet figures...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Student landlords slammed by PropTech boss for “unfit” homes

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

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand Easy! Rental Reform White Paper appears some way off

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

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Who’d have thought it? Shelter boss praises some private landlords

In an unexpected turn of events at a Conservative party conference fringe meeting, the chief executive of Shelter heaped praise on...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit cut today - landlords’ last gasp criticism

Today the government will go ahead with a planned cut to Universal Credit of £20 per week.  The level of welfare support...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - stand by for details today

The government is expected to give at least some details today of the principles enshrined in a new White Paper on...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession Process - new guidance issued for landlords

The government has issued new guidance for landlords and tenants concerning the possession process as applied to those on an Assured...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Up to six months rent for private landlords guaranteed by council

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

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Accreditation scheme relaunched in bid to attract more landlords

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

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears likely thanks to Universal Credit cutback - warning

New analysis of government data by the national homelessness charity Crisis suggests that in England over 100,000 low income renters on Universal Credit will be at least two or more months behind on...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to landlords about lengthy delays for review court hearings

Landlord Action, the high profile eviction and housing law consultancy, has seen a 43 per cent rise in instructions from landlords...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

More landlords selling up according to latest Zoopla research

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

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

More cash for tenants - Shelter and Generation Rent set out demands

Shelter and Generation Rent have separately made a case for more cash help for tenants, claiming the current pandemic and energy...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Blaze casualties prompt fire warning to private landlords

A company behind a fire safety initiative has surveyed tenants in both the private and social rental sectors, and claims shortcomings...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to bail out council as housing shortage worsens

Coventry council is the latest to appeal to private landlords to help it meet its housing obligations. It wants to sign up...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where investors’ returns may be better than expected

It looks as if buy to let investors looking for capital returns over yield may have struck lucky - so long...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord accused of showing contempt for council

A landlord has been prosecuted for a second time for breaches of Wirral council’s selective licensing scheme. The council’s housing standards team...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears to rocket if Universal Credit cut is pushed says charity

A £360m ‘wall of rent debt’ built up during the pandemic, combined with cuts to Universal Credit, threatens to leave hundreds...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords renew call for help after benefit and furlough cuts

Private renters and landlords face a cliff edge as the end of furlough coincides with cuts to benefits, says a leading...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t sell that Buy To Let yet - capital values are set to soar

There’s good news for landlords who anticipate holding on to their property investments at least until 2031 - capital values are...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Gove must give tenants more rights says campaigning Baroness

The new Housing Secretary, Michael Gove, must remake the rental sector in a fairer and more stable form. That’s the view of...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Corbyn shadow minister leads MP support for Generation Rent

A former member of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet has thrown his weight behind Generation Rent’s latest campaign. Lloyd Russell-Moyle - chair of...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord trade body welcomes Gove as new Housing Secretary

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

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council needs private landlords to help meet rehousing targets

A council in the north of England is launching a new programme which it says offers support for private landlords -...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Crisis - council urges action from Housing Minister

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

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council chief says licensing deters “criminal landlords”

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

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord harassed tenant during eviction ban period

A landlord has pleaded guilty to harassing one of his tenants during the eviction ban period. Abid Butt from Sheffield has been...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency seeks landlords for Afghan refugee families

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

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantees for landlords joining new leasing scheme

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

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters are big losers from soaring house prices - mortgage boss

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

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Government says No to separate fees for pets in rental properties

The government is not budging on the Tenant Fees Act and will not amend it to allow separate and additional charging...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Good EPCs won’t help landlords achieve better capital appreciation

With landlords under pressure to improve energy efficiency, a new report suggests that even significant improvements in EPC levels won’t be...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s company fined for failing to improve housing conditions

A landlord company has been fined more than £15,000 for failing to improve housing conditions in three properties. North Somerset council received...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Afghan Refugees: Councils still asking landlords to come forward

Wiltshire council is the latest to ask private landlords who have affordable homes which are ready to let, to get in...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets may require planning consent - government source

The government is considering forcing landlords who rent out homes as Airbnb-style short lets to apply for planning consent. This would not...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Commuter Belt rental shortage as tenants still leave London

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

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council threat to landlords - Go Green or we’ll fine you

A council is threatening to fine private landlords whose properties do not meet energy efficiency standards. Darlington council’s cabinet will meet next...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council not using social housing for Afghans, instead wants private landlords

Dorset council is the latest to appeal to landlords to house Afghan refugees who are in this country having helped UK...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets In Lets: MPs urge government to enable tenants to keep animals

A respected political website claims that over 30 MPs from a range of political parties have written to the Housing Secretary...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Agents urge ‘gentle caution’ after political pledges

The letting agents’ trade body ARLA Propertymark has made a very cautious approach to the Scottish Government over its strident pledge...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Well over £700 fee for UK’s largest-ever HMO licensing scheme

Landlords must pay well over £700 for entry into what is now the UK’s largest ever HMO licensing scheme, at Westminster...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls needed because tenants “pay way over the odds”

The UK’s first Minister for Tenants’ Rights says he will introduce rent controls because renters currently “pay way over the odds”. Although...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

 Plea to landlords to help Afghan refugee families

Another council is appealing to private landlords to help provide accommodation for Afghan refugees. Maidstone council in Kent wants self-contained rental apartments...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council criticised by government sets licensing deadline

A Labour council that lost government support for its landlord licensing regime says it’s reviewing its options and will produce new...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent control momentum grows - petition nears 50,000 signatures

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

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord must pay thousands for ignoring Improvement Notices

A landlord who failed to comply with improvement notices for a vulnerable tenant and threatened to evict her if the improvements...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Here They Come: Rent controls to be introduced in part of the UK

Rent controls, possibly ensuring that rents do not exceed 25 per cent of household income, are poised to be introduced into...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord urges others to offer homes to refugee families

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

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Two tier lettings market, with London lagging behind

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

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords - would you house an Afghan refugee family?

A local authority is appealing directly to landlords to join a scheme rehousing Afghan refugee families. Wrexham council says the families will...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Order landlord pleads guilty to breaching conditions

The first landlord in the country to receive a Banning Order under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 when the new...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants ‘pushed into poverty by benefit cuts' say landlords

The National Residential Landlords Association has joined a series of charities and Propertymark to warn about the poverty risk of expected...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity backs landlord case for cash help to meet new EPC targets

A charity is warning that landlords may not government help in reaching new EPC targets. Citizens Advice Scotland says the private rental...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - landlords must spend thousands to meet EPC standards

Landlords will have to spend thousands to meet new government demands to improve energy efficiency in rental properties. Geospatial technology company Kamma...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Curbs on Airbnb and short lets “devastating” say critics

Proposals to impose strict controls on Airbnb and other short lets - including possibly requiring planning consent and licensing - will be...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Deposit changes coming as MPs receive first-ever history

The first-ever history of Tenancy Deposit legislation, legal challenges and proposed future changes has been published by the House of Commons...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb fights back against criticism of short lets

Airbnb has issued a lengthy statement in response to a recent raft of criticisms about the effects of soaring numbers of...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news for investors in prime areas outside central London

Estate agency Savills has upgraded its forecasts for the UK’s prime housing markets - good news for investors in this niche. The...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Government rejects local licensing - Council pondering next steps

A council in the unusual position of having its landlord licensing proposals rejected by the government says it’s pondering its next...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Cheaper Rents - tenants' protest scheduled for next week

Protesters in a part of the UK with high numbers of holiday lets will stage a demonstration next week demanding cheaper...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New policy sets out strict controls on future and existing HMOs

A local authority with a rapidly-growing number of HMOs is to consult over a new policy later this month. The Houses in...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord in court for failing to produce gas safety certificate

Hastings council has taken a landlord to court for failing to obtain a gas safety certificate, which is required by law...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring Rent Repayment Orders and fines for landlords in two months

Fines for landlords and lettings agents in Greater London have soared from just £22,000 in May to a huge £139,146 in...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rental stock is in short supply across England

New research by a property investment consultancy has revealed which regions of England present the most promising opportunities for buy to...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords accuse councils of doing too little to crackdown on rogues

Over half of local authorities in England have not issued any civil penalties against rogue or criminal landlords in the last...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Council wants volunteer landlords to house Afghan refugee families

A council is asking private landlords to help house Afghan refugees. People who have worked for the UK government and British military...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Five figure fine for landlord ignoring council warning on overcrowding

A private landlord operating an unlicensed and overcrowded property in London has been hit with a fine of more than £21,000.  The...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined thousand after fire rips through illegal HMO

A landlord has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds by magistrates after a bedroom fire revealed tenants were living in...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour unhappy at multi-month up-front rent demanded by landlords

Labour’s shadow housing secretary has branded “outrageous” moves by landlords and letting agents to demand multiple months of rent upfront.  Lucy Powell...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Politicians want action on Airbnb lets using ex-council houses

Politicians of both major parties have voiced concern over former council houses being used as Airbnb and other short lets in...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords with houses see dramatic uplift in capital appreciation

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

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord who put tenants’ lives in danger must pay £21,500

A landlord has been given a hefty fine for housing vulnerable tenants in hazardous conditions in a case brought by a...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agent makes another blistering attack on landlords

A lettings agent who has started a rental insurance business has launched another attack on landlords. Ajay Jagota, who runs KIS Lettings...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Improve rental sector EPCs? A pipedream …

Government ambitions to improve the energy efficiency of the private rental sector are just “a pipedream” without financial assistance according to...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News