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KEYWORD "Housing" - 100 RESULTS
Labour’s Renters Rights Bill - the government explains

The government has released more information on its new Renters Rights Bill, which is expected to be launched into Parliament in...

20 July 2024

From: Rental Reform

Labour’s First 100 Days: What landlords and tenants want

In a survey conducted just before the General Election by Leaders Romans Group, 60% of tenants and landlords believe a reduction...

20 July 2024

From: Agent Advice

HMRC and Labour council in joint clampdown on landlords

A controversial council claims that HMRC is working with its enforcement team because many landlords who avoid licensing schemes are also...

19 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Planning consent needed to become Airbnb in this area

A council has become the first to require home owners to secure planning consent before their property can be used as...

19 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent claims ethnic minority tenants live in colder homes

Generation Rent research claims that minority ethnic communities are more likely to be living in colder homes that are more difficult...

19 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Another council launches small HMO licensing consultation

Enfield council in North London is running a consultation on its proposals for a licensing scheme for small, shared HMOs in...

19 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter and Generation Rent demand rent controls in new Bill

The activists who were so influential in steering the shape of the Renters Reform Bill under the old Conservative government are...

18 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Court Reform needed alongside end of Section 21, insists NRLA

The National Residential Landlords Association says ending Section 21 eviction powers in isolation, as some have suggested the new government should...

18 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Government releases official rental sector figures

Latest official figures from the government’s Office for National Statistics show that average UK private rents increased by 8.6% in the...

18 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - Labour's new Renters Rights Bill is on its way

A new Renters' Rights Bill is to be introduced into Parliament, it's been confirmed today. The announcement was made in the King's...

17 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Council considers ‘taking over’ unlicensed private rental properties

A council has reported that its Selective Licensing scheme has had only 43% take-up from landlords after two years.  And a report...

17 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Council marks 17 years taking licensing money from landlords

A north of England local authority is launching yet another consultation on licensing - 17 years after it became one of...

17 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Free Webinar for landlords expanding portfolios

Aspiring and existing landlords are invited to a free Buy To Let Webinar next week. Hosted on Zoom from 12 noon to...

17 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Environmental Health bosses plea to Rayner to keep landlord licensing

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has written to Housing Secretary Angela Rayner urging her to make it even easier...

17 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Call for big push on energy efficient ‘Cleantech’ homes

A new report from the Sustainable Markets Initiative, highlights the important role that electrified ‘cleantech’ homes can play in reducing energy...

16 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank launches bid to become major player in rental sector

Lloyds Bank - already a player of growing importance in the Build To Rent niche - is now to publish what...

16 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Resident-run council wants private landlords to help solve homeless crisis

A council dominated by a residents association is looking for landlords of three-, four- and five-bedroom houses to sign up to...

16 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords give five ways to boost council housing supply long-term

A group of 20 major local authorities - the biggest social landlords in England - have sent an open letter to...

16 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Good Landlord Charter launches today - Labour urges signing up

The much-publicised and long-awaited Good Landlords Charter for the Greater Manchester area has at last been launched. A statement from the local...

15 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Pressure to be eco-friendly drives demand for new builds - claim

A new sentiment survey by Knight Frank reveals a shift in housing preferences, with one-fifth of respondents expressing an interest in...

15 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Lender launches new mortgage product for landlords

Specialist lender Aldermore has launched new and reduced limited edition Buy To Let and residential owner-occupier mortgage products. For individual and company...

15 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Market has high hopes for imminent rate cut

The average price of a home coming to the market for sale has dipped 0.4% in the past month says Rightmove.  This...

15 July 2024

From: Breaking News

What Britain's Biggest Landlord Tells Its Tenants

Housing has emerged as a key talking point during Labour's first few days in government. This comes at a fractious time for...

13 July 2024

From: Agent Advice

Generation Rent and trade union turn on “criminal landlords”

Activist group Generation Rent has produced a report in tandem with a trades union, focusing on key worker tenants - and...

12 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Council wants private landlords to help solve its homelessness crisis

A council has thanked private landlords who have helped it cope with a homelessness crisis - but it says it wants...

12 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Boom On The Way? Optimism grows for property market

The latest residential sentiment survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests a currently-subdued housing market but with a more...

12 July 2024

From: Breaking News

London rents have been falling for past six months - new figures

Rents in London have dropped for the second consecutive quarter (Q1 and Q2 2024) new data from flatshare site SpareRoom reveals. The...

12 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Named and Shamed - 27 councils and social landlords accused

The latest report from the Housing Ombudsman, which presides over social landlords, has named 27 local authorities and social housing providers...

11 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Massive change to Airbnb rules likely be agreed next week

A council is next week considering a move which is seen as a trigger for wider national policy changes regarding Airbnbs...

11 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Higher rents a “positive impact” of licensing, claims Labour council

Salford council has launched a consultation on whether private housing landlords in parts of Broughton and Kersal should require a selective...

11 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Short Lets boss praises Labour for “tackling real housing issues”

Chancellor Rachel Reeves' announcement of new measures to accelerate housebuilding in the UK is welcome news for the short lets sector,...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Green Party wants planning consent hurdle for Airbnbs and HMOs

A Green councillor in a city which has a Green MP is calling for the local authority to require planning consent...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Index shows growth but house price below last year’s level

The latest e.surv index shows that house prices in England and Wales are, on average, still some 1.6% below the level...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert: beware local council  ‘Safer Renting’ schemes

A legal expert is warning landlords to be wary of joining local council 'Safer Renting' schemes These seemingly well-intentioned projects may have...

09 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Council charges over £1k for licence but wants to work with landlords”

A council is urging private landlords who let out properties locally to check if they need a licence under a new...

09 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory leadership contender named as shadow housing secretary

The Conservatives, reeling from a General Election which left them with just 121 MPs, have revealed their new shadow cabinet. The shadow...

09 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords “must use agents to handle Labour’s reforms” - claim

A prominent property group says landlords can only cope with the upcoming rental reform programme under Labour if they work with...

09 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Activists demand immediate rent controls from Starmer government

In a blog released within minutes of Sir Kier Starmer becoming Prime Minister, activist group Generation Rent calls for rent controls. It...

08 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Several Mortgage Rate cuts in near future, says leading analyst

The Labour landslide victory in last week’s election won’t change the weather when it comes to mortgage rates, a leading analyst...

08 July 2024

From: Breaking News

House prices to rise rest of 2024 and next year - Halifax

UK house prices stayed relatively flat for the third successive month in June, according to figures released over the weekend by...

08 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Starmer names minister to steer through Rental Reform Legislation

Labour MP Matthew Pennycook has been named as the principal housing minister in the new government. He was shadow housing minister when...

06 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour’s Rental Reform Agenda - getting it right

As the new Labour Government settles into power, rental reform will be one of the items at the top of the...

06 July 2024

From: Rental Reform

Message To Labour - Give Us The Details!

With a historic majority for Keir Starmer and the Labour Party, there can be no doubt over which party will be...

06 July 2024

From: Rental Reform

Labour - This Is What The Next Five Years Look Like

The biggest rental sector headline from Labour’s manifesto may well be its pledge for the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction...

06 July 2024

From: Legislation & Compliance

Mortgage lender encourages landlords to sell to tenants at cut price

A mortgage lender has introduced a product which effectively encourages a landlord to sell to a sitting tenant at a discounted...

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform a priority for Labour “because it’s cheap”

Labour is likely to make rental sector reform and regulation a priority - at least partly because it will be low-cost...

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Controversial Lettings Agency finds landlords against rent controls

A nationwide survey conducted by Leaders Romans Group shows significant concerns over proposed rent controls, property taxes, and regulatory changes. Controversially, LRG...

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

The election’s over - but did it even matter to landlords?

A survey by agency Foxtons suggests the election has had no substantial effect on landlords’ decisions to grow or sell portfolios.  Conducted...

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour’s first days in office - What Happens Next?

With Labour set to have a substantial majority in the Commons, this is how the coming days will play out.  Over the...

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory Downfall Will Transform Property Landscape says top agency

There’s a property revolution starting today with a large scale defeat expected for the Tories - that’s the view of a...

04 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Huge £45,000 bill for landlord after fire alarm offences

A council has prosecuted a landlord for letting out two HMOs without a licence and failing to comply with HMO Management...

04 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill must be passed ASAP insists landlord group

The National Residential Landlords Association is demanding that the new government elected tomorrow brings back the Renters Reform Bill “as a...

03 July 2024

From: Breaking News

High-end house prices stagnate due to election uncertainty

Price growth in high-value prime areas has been put on hold given uncertainty surrounding the General Election, according to the latest...

03 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Capital Appreciation up but values still below 2022 peak

UK house prices edged up by 0.2% in June, according to the Nationwide. This resulted in the annual rate of growth rising...

02 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Tribunal backs landlord’s huge fine after family left without heating

A landlord must pay £24,000 for failing to comply with an Improvement Notice issued to him.  Landlord Lakhbir Singh Rakhra was reported...

02 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Shamplina, a Stats Man, and a Dragon - welcome to the NRLA Conference

Entrepreneur and former star of TV show Dragon’s Den James Caan will be the keynote speaker at the National Residential Landlords...

02 July 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA slams politicians for complete silence on key private rental issue

The NRLA has slammed politicians in all major parties for their silence on one of the biggest issues for the private...

01 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour plans three big housing announcements within a fortnight

If Labour wins Thursday’s General Election. expect three major housing announcements within a fortnight. That’s the exclusive claim from the Sunday Times...

01 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Bank changes loan rules to encourage wider property investment

Shawbrook Bank has rolled out a series of criteria changes designed to support both new entrants and seasoned investors in expanding...

01 July 2024

From: Breaking News

A Warning to All Landlords Over Selective Licensing Schemes

The recent unveiling by several London councils of selective licensing schemes should raise concerns among private sector landlords - especially 'amateur'...

29 June 2024

From: Legislation & Compliance

Capital Appreciation to rise in second half of 2024 predicts Zoopla

House prices will be 1.5% higher by the end of the year says Zoopla.  It suggests that homebuyers are largely shrugging off...

28 June 2024

From: Breaking News

One rule for councils, another for private landlords - claim

A move by one London council to refer itself to the Regulator of Social Housing should be seen as a 'national...

27 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show under a third of landlords back Tories in election

Only 31.8% of landlords questioned in a large survey back the Tories in next week’s election. Although this is the largest individual...

27 June 2024

From: Breaking News

No Surprise! Landlords have little faith in parties’ rental policies

With the General Election just one week away, a new poll shows the top landlord priorities when it comes to voting...

27 June 2024

From: Breaking News

What Happens To Rents after a General Election?

Rent prices tend to rise in the 12 months immediately after a General Election, by an average of 1.96%, according to...

27 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let - only a third of landlords feel positive about it

Fewer landlords feel negative about their buy to let business according to the latest Landbay landlord survey. The specialist lender’s surveys typically...

26 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Fines for HMO landlord who allowed sleeping in forbidden rooms

A landlord with previous offences for breaching safety regulations has been hit with a series of fines in a new case.  Norfolk...

26 June 2024

From: Breaking News

HMO landlords heavily reliant on property for sole income

Half of HMO landlords say their property or portfolio is their sole source of income. Just under 30% of landlords who took...

25 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Young people more worried about risk of homelessness - survey

More than one in four young people are worried that they or someone they know will become homeless in the next...

25 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords' trade body sets out three key election ‘asks’

The National Residential Landlords Association has set out what it calls “three key asks” of the new government to protect and...

25 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets banned by 2028 - could it happen here too?

The mayor of Barcelona has pledged to eliminate Airbnb-style short lets in the city within five years.  Socialist Jaume Collboni claims he...

24 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgages data shows uphill struggle for renters to become buyers

A new first-time buyer study from Rightmove reveals that the average first-time buyer mortgage payment has risen by 61% since the...

24 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord caused “significant risk to health” of tenants - fined £20k

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 after being found guilty of offences related to the living conditions...

24 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Will Renters Get The Help They Need To Become Buyers?

Speculation is growing ahead of the General Election around how first-time buyers will fair, and if they’ll receive the support they...

22 June 2024

From: Agent Advice

Labour v Conservative Housing Policy - an analysis

“When it comes to housing policy, there is little difference between the two major parties” says Aneisha Beveridge, head of research...

22 June 2024

From: The Big Issues

Activists send “warning” letter to Major Party Leaders

A letter from a coalition of pro-tenant groups has been sent to the leaders of the Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Reform...

21 June 2024

From: Breaking News

George Galloway slams “wealthy buy to let pensioners”

Controversial politician George Galloway has issued a party manifesto saying the payment of “exorbitant rents to wealthy buy to let pensioners”...

21 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Private Tenants pay three times as much for same space - claim

A think tank claims that when it comes to space within a home, private rental sector tenants pay three times as...

21 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Maybe 40 Years Before Housing Shortage Resolved - new analysis

The property consultancy Bidwells says that based on an average 300,000 new homes a year it could be four decades before...

21 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate Decision announced by Bank of England

The Bank of England has kept base interest rate at 5.25%. Some industry figures hoped for a cut following yesterday’s inflation news,...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Rayner wants EPC targets and bidding wars ban in new clampdown

Labour has stepped up its programme clamping down on what it calls “unscrupulous landlords strangling growth.” Specifically this means ending bidding wars,...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Election Policies could Push Up Rents, warns leading analyst

A prominent economic analyst warns that many of the rental policies advocated by the major political parties in the General Election...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA says Rental Reform sabotaged by lack of tenant choice

A lack of choice for private renters about where they can live will undermine plans set out by political parties to...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Politicians’ house building targets will fail without more cash - claim

The Resolution Foundation - which describes itself as an independent think tank, and whose chief executive resigned this month to become...

19 June 2024

From: Breaking News

New Labour Manifesto hints at Rent Controls in Scotland

A manifesto just released by the Labour Party and dedicated to Scotland hints at ent controls. In recent years Labour has backed...

19 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Farage ’will reverse S24 Landlord Tax Change within 100 days’

Nigel Farage has pledged that his Reform UK party would reverse the Section 24 landlord tax changes within 100 days. Section 24...

18 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Landslide Labour Council set to force landlords to buy £1,000 licence

Local media in the Midlands say another Labour council is set to charge private landlords £1,000 for a licence allowing them...

18 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Reform UK policies dismissed as return to Liz Truss disaster

Mortgage experts have criticised the Reform UK housing and tax policies as being superficially appealing but risking a return to the...

18 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Pro-tenant activists slam Labour’s rental reform plans

Labour’s manifesto commitment to empower renters to challenge unreasonable rent increases has been slammed because it “would leave millions trapped in...

17 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Caps on Holiday Lets and Rent Controls in latest manifesto

Plaid Cymru, the party of Wales, has issued a manifesto with a clampdown on the private rental sector as one of...

17 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants Disadvantaged in Elections Compared to Landlords - claim

One of the more unexpected claims from Generation Rent activists is that when it comes to democracy, tenants are disadvantaged compared...

17 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Election Delay - some sellers hold back until after July 4

Rightmove says that while much of the housing market is carrying on regardless, some higher end potential vendors are now sitting...

17 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Shock Figures show New-Build levels plummeting further

The year to March 2024 saw the fewest new housing sites consented than during any 12-month period since the data collection...

15 June 2024

From: The Big Issues

Third Term Lucky for Mayor Sadiq Khan?

So Sadiq Khan has succeeded in winning a third term as Mayor of London – albeit with a smaller majority than...

15 June 2024

From: Agent Advice

NRLA ‘ready to work with Labour’ on new Rental Reform Bill

The National Residential Landlords Association says it’s ready and willing to work with a future Labour government on private rental sector...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Yet More Licensing: another council consults on two schemes

A consultation on a new licensing scheme has been launched by Reading council. The consultation will look at extending the current HMO...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

HMO Neglect leads to Five Figure Fine for landlord

The owners of a large HMO in London have been fined £13,500 after failing to repair multiple hazards within their property. A...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges “immediate” scrapping of Section 21

Labour’s manifesto, just released, makes a pledge to enact the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction powers, along with other private...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Over 40 tenants compete for every Gumtree rental in key towns

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

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Radical EPC Targets and Rent Controls are latest party pledges

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

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

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