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KEYWORD "Housing " - 1000 RESULTS
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

Glimmer of hope for landlords owning cladding leaseholds

Landlords directly affected by the cladding scandal - because they own units in low and medium-rise blocks - have some good...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council poised to introduce new licensing regime

A council in Leicestershire is poised to introduce two new licensing schemes for private landlords. Charnwood council has now approved the conditions...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants afraid to complain about conditions, claims academic study

A new study by a university suggests that some tenants are apparently afraid to speak out about the condition of the...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord prosecuted because buy to let was unclean and unsafe

A landlord who failed to ensure his property was clean and safe for tenants to live in has been prosecuted by...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Nationalist politicians complain about promoting buy to let

Welsh Nationalist politicians are complaining about a finance company which identified part of Wales as having attractive yields for buy to...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Emergency finance help needed for arrears - Propertymark

Landlords require help in the shape of an emergency package to assist tenants clear Covid-related arrears. That’s the view of Propertymark, which...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

The 7 metrics all landlords should be tracking

Understanding the exact position of your property portfolio is crucial, this means, you need to   get constant access to accurate information. The...

16 July 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Help us Boris! Landlords to submit plea to PM for aid to sector

The National Residential Landlords Association says it’s going to submit a report to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New plan to buy back council houses, then re-let them

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to buy back former council houses now in the private rental sector. Right to Buy, part of...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage boost for landlords with buy to let deals on the rise

New research from online buy to let mortgage broker Property Master reveals there are currently 41 BTL mortgages at the record...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy Back - Labour councils back purchases from landlords

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

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents are falling in real terms - and that’s official

Private sector rents are falling in real terms according to government figures. Data from the Office for National Statistics show that private...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council in talks with landlords to buy back empty homes

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

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council claims landlord licensing helps stop falling house prices

Residents and landlords are to be consulted by yet another council wanting to renew its selective licensing regime - saying it...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

£100,000 public cash to be spent on landlord database study

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is spending £100,000 on a feasibility study to investigate the setting up of...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government rejects licensing scheme plea by local council

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has said No to a plea by a south east council to renew...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Happy Tenants! Big majority of renters satisfied with landlords

Over 80 per cent of private renters in England are satisfied with their accommodation according to new data. Figures from the English...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New attack underway on rental and holiday homes

An estate agent in Scotland is warning that a new attack on the rental sector and holiday homes may be underway.  Jennifer...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords condemned for ‘quick buck’ shift to short lets

A council leader has criticised landlords in a tourist hotspot for evicting long term tenants and switching to higher paying Airbnb...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour and Generation Rent unite to demand rent controls

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and the Baroness leading the Generation Rent campaign have called for powers to control rents. Khan claims...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday lets set to face extra financial penalties in one part of UK

Landlords in the holiday let market in Wales look almost certain to face hefty new barriers under proposals being considered by...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent rises driven by higher taxes and regulations for landlords

A leading supplier says rent rises seen in recent months have been driven by increased taxes and regulations imposed on landlords. The...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Will new Bill help landlords caught in cladding crisis?

The government claims its new Building Safety Bill, published yesterday, will create “lasting generational change” after Grenfell and the cladding crisis...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of massive clampdown on landlords

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

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent hits the suburbs with new scheme

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

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back £10m for tenants with Covid-related arrears

The National Residential Landlords Association is backing the introduction of a £10m grant fund for tenants with Covid-related  arrears. The fund, announced...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Green issues increasingly important for landlords, says lender

Eco issues are increasingly important for landlords, a mortgage lender claims.  Hodge Bank says a new survey shows 82 per cent of...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New portal for landlords aims to make onboarding easier

UK rental guarantor service Housing Hand  has launched a new portal which it claims creates a “slicker onboarding experience” for landlords.  It...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Government website asks tenants if they fear 'revenge eviction'

The government has launched an online checker in a bid to avoid disputes between landlords and tenants over the entitlement for...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Top tips - how to handle mediation

Since the eviction ban was lifted on May 31, landlords are once again able to move forward with eviction proceedings. However,...

25 June 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

He’s Back! Shamplina’s Nightmare Tenants back on TV tonight

Evictions guru Paul Shamplina returns to the TV this evening but his Channel5 show has had a name change - it...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Big fine for landlord failing to keep tenants safe in property

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

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New petition calls for rent controls and additional home taxes

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

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Present and past private tenants to play major role in city housing strategy

Private tenants in a major city are being invited to take up a voluntary role helping to shape the local rental...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Threat to small-scale landlords as Lloyds Bank buys and lets flats

It’s been reported that the Lloyds Banking Group is set to buy its first property as it seeks to become a...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Extended Notice period will last until end of September, politicians rule

The Welsh Government says the mandatory six month notice period which landlords must give their tenants will now last until the...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to virtual forum for trade body update

Anglesey’s Annual Landlord Forum takes place tomorrow online, with landlords operating in the area invited to attend between 2pm and 3.30pm. An...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Angry activists ask: Why do businesses have an eviction ban, but not us?

Campaign group Generation Rent has issued an angry statement in response to the government’s decision to extend the eviction ban for...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak making landlords the scapegoat for Covid arrears - claim

A stinging attack on Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been made by the National Residential Landlords Association. The trade body has produced a...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council considers 50% tax premium on second homes

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

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back landlords' plea for government help over Covid arrears

Propertymark, the trade body for letting agents, has joined landlords in writing to junior housing minister Eddie Hughes to call for...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour MPs quiz government on effects of eviction ban ending

Labour MPs have quizzed junior housing minister Eddie Hughes over the effects of the ending of the eviction ban. At the regular...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords in high-level talks with government over rental reforms

The landlords’ trade body has been invited to join what it calls “high-level” talks with government over reforms to the private...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Is Covid forcing landlords to give up on HMOs?

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

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock as government rejects council’s landlord licensing bid

The government has taken the unusual step of denying a local council its request for an extended term for a landlord...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal Wrap: a summary of law changes impacting landlords

Landlord Today readers will be more than aware that legal changes happen often these days, and it can be understandably challenging...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour pressure group tweets: “All landlords are bastards”

A Labour Party pressure group has tweeted the message: “All landlords are bastards.” The tweet, from Labour Tenants United, is the latest...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

London council fines landlord for HMO health and safety breaches

A London council has prosecuted a landlord for renting out an unauthorised and unsafe House in Multiple Occupation. Daniella Mbachu, who owns...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring house prices lure expat and foreign national investors

There’s been a “huge demand” for buy to let mortgages spurred on by dramatic house prices rises, according to a major...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb’s ‘responsible’ approach to short lets welcomed by trade body

Airbnb says it’s working to consider new approaches to short-term letting and the burgeoning holiday lets sector - and this has...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council asks landlords how Covid has hit rental sector

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

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord-Tenant Mediation: no pilot scheme results yet

There appears to be no evidence yet as to the effectiveness or otherwise of the government’s mediation scheme, introduced ahead of...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined for breaching prohibition order

A rogue landlord has been fined £2,000 and must pay a victim surcharge of £22 after pleading guilty to breaching a...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council wants taxpayers’ money to be used to pay Covid arrears

The resumption of bailiff-enforced evictions, banned for over a year until just days ago, could be “catastrophic” for one of the...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent provider launches scheme within Taylor Wimpey estate

A Build To Rent operator, Kooky, has launched a 39-unit scheme within a new Taylor Wimpey housing estate. The estate is Oakleigh...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council urges landlords to think twice before evicting

Another council is urging landlords to seek alternative solutions to tenancy issues how the eviction ban is at an end. The emergency...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New Eviction Mediation guidelines issued to landlords by government

The government has revised its guidelines for its new mediation scheme, which it says will avoid some possessions now that the...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords fear thousands of tenants will now fail referencing

Tenants with arrears accumulated during the pandemic are finding it tough to secure alternative accommodation because their credit scores have been...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Licensing landlords would help students, insists charity and union

A Citizens Advice and Students Union study into student accommodation in its patch says there should be an additional licensing scheme...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council interventions can stop evictions and help landlords - claim

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

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords can evict tenants for requesting repairs, claims Baroness

The Baroness who leads the Generation Rent campaign group says landlords are currently “able to evict tenants just for requesting repairs...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal reminder to landlords of Coronavirus restrictions on giving notice

A specialist law firm is reminding landlords considering possession proceedings that they still need to be aware of key changes to...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Enforcing rental regulation is a postcode lottery in part of the UK - claim

The landlords’ trade body says there’s an enforcement postcode lottery across part of the UK. The National Residential Landlords Association’s Welsh Enforcement...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Official - no significant Covid rent arrears, no pile-up of possession cases

The government has produced figures that counter the long-running claims by rental sector activists that there has been a build up...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental White Paper - government gives hint of what it will contain

The government has pledged to  bring forward a White Paper in the Autumn, focussing on its commitments to reform the private...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Council appeals to private landlords to help with homelessness problem

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

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord caught out over HMO housing migrant shift workers

Rogue landlord Siddika Begum of Salisbury has been prosecuted for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation in the town. Begum...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Sacked Labour left-winger speaks up for pro-renter campaigns

Rebecca Long Bailey, a left wing MP sacked in controversial circumstances by party leader Sir Kier Starmer, has spoken up for...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords with flats may soon have to face Commonhold tenure

A new government-created committee is considering the introduction of the new Commonhold tenure. Commonhold is a form of freehold ownership, largely for...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords slam government for failing all sides of rental sector

The pandemic-related debts of tenants and landlords should be top of the in tray of the new housing minister in Wales. That’s...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists request meeting with government over rental reform

A coalition of 20 pro-tenant organisations - including at least one actively campaigning against some government measures - wants a meeting...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t evict without getting in touch - council plea to landlords

A council is urging landlord not to evict tenants when the current ban ends on May 31 without getting in touch...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Outright ban on buy to let under debate in one part of the UK

It may not be a typical part of the country but on one of the Channel Islands there is now a...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome Eviction Ban end but want cash help for renters

Landlords have welcomed the government’s announcement to end the eviction ban and reduce the notice period required for the private rental...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Next Buy To Let growth sector identified by investment bank

Investment bank and wealth management consultancy Arbuthnot Latham predicts the next big growth area for buy to let will be Houses...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Full details of Notice and Eviction changes

The government has announced changes to tenancy notice periods in line with the phased easing of the pandemic restrictions.  Whilst some notice...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory MP demands rental MOTs and compulsory landlord accreditation

A Conservative MP claims there is a major power imbalance between tenants and landlords and widespread reforms are required to stop...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists attack Labour housing chief for letting out a room

A little-known group called Labour Tenants United has criticised the party’s new housing spokeswoman. Initially the group welcomed the appointment to the role...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Think-tank calls for more renters’ rights and new law

A think-tank, UK Onward, has called for radical rental reform. In a statement released to coincide with today’s Queen’s Speech, the think-tank...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Council to pay £30,000 towards private rental sector deposits

A council has agreed to set aside £30,000 to pay for private rental deposits as a cheaper alternative to bed and breakfast accommodation. The ruling...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Experienced Labour heavyweight becomes shadow housing spokesperson

Labour’s new housing spokesperson is the experienced MP Lucy Powell, who until last weekend was shadow business and consumer affairs minister.  She...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Council sends 3,000 warnings to landlords in one year

A Midlands council says it’s sent thousands of letters to landlords in the last 12 months in response to complaints from...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Outlook uncertain for buy to let after recent retreat - Nationwide

The private rental sector is in slow retreat according to a new analysis by Nationwide-owned specialist lender, The Mortgage Works. Nationwide chief...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

London council acts against landlord’s lettings company

A London council has taken a landlord company to court after complaints of poor housing conditions in five of its rented...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Breathing Spaces “not a fix to keep creditors at bay” admits charity

The controversial Breathing Space policy comes into effect from next Tuesday, May 4, and a charity is admitting it is not...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness urges police to get tough with “criminal landlords”

The Generation Rent campaign group has entered the fray for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections which will be held in some...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in Rental Properties - vets join the campaign

A leading veterinary body - the National Office of Animal Health, or NOAH - has started a campaign to have pets allowed...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government comes clean - it wants home owners, not renters

Housing minister Chris Pincher has made the most explicit admission yet of the government’s desire to diminish the private rental sector. In...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Section 21 ‘homelessness threat’ has fallen 50% says government

The government says the number of households facing possible homelessness after a Section 21 eviction has fallen 50 per cent in...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords complain of lack of support from government

Hundreds of landlords and property professionals say their national economic contribution is under-appreciated and inadequately supported. Landlords have hit out at a lack...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord, 86, fined after rat droppings found at unsafe HMO

A landlord has been fined £6,000 for failing to properly maintain a HMO in Reading. Nidan Singh, 76, has also been ordered to...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t give up on Green Homes, top MP tells government

The chair of the all-party Environmental Audit Committee of MPs is urging the government to introduce an alternative to the disastrous Green...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord group repeats call for upfront cash payments

The National Residential Landlords Association has repeated its backing for upfront cash payments and rent guarantees. A new study has found that...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Matching Service - council will pair tenants with landlords

A council in the Lake District is inviting new and existing private landlords to register with Property Links, its free matching...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

 Students “left to fall prey to landlords” claims union

Over a fifth of students questioned in a new survey say they have been unable to pay rent in full over...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring number of second homes jumping on staycation bandwagon

The number of second homes in the UK has risen 30 per cent over the last five years, according to a...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged: Embrace housing benefit tenants, don't reject them

The head of an agency is urging landlords to “embrace” tenants on housing benefits, instead of seeking to avoid them. Mish Liyanage,...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New landlord charter is Labour’s big idea for Mayor election

Greater Manchester’s Labour Mayor, Andy Burnham, wants to introduce a £1.5m Good Landlord Charter This would work in partnership with the city’s...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock as council reveals new HMO licensing will costs over £1,000

Salford council in Greater Manchester is to introduce landlord licensing for HMOs where three or four tenants live - and the...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords face bill of over £60,000 over multiple housing offences

Two landlords of a property in East London have been ordered to pay costs and fines totalling £61,057.05 after they were prosecuted...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Half of landlords back measures to get pets in rented property - claim

A controversial survey by an insurance firm suggests almost half of landlords welcome the government’s new Model Tenancy Agreement which allows...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour anti-eviction activists outline three-stage campaign

The Momentum group on the left of the Labour Party has outlined a three-stage campaign to secure a longer term ban on...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Should investors take advantage of Florida’s market boom?

The spring market in Florida is white-hot at the moment, rivalling the increasing temperatures across the state as people begin their...

13 April 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Top tips on how landlords can look for an ideal tenant

Oliver Andrews, editor at Property Assist Claim, sets out how landlords can find the ideal tenants for their rental homes.  If you...

13 April 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Landlords slam Sadiq Khan’s rent control power grab

The main landlords’ trade body has hit out at a bid by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to secure powers to impose private...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords penalised by government will put up rent, warns key supplier

A key supplier is warning that landlords penalised by ever higher government taxes and rules will be forced to increase rents. Andy...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Too much, too quickly! Call for energy efficiency timescales to slow

A respected private rental sector body wants the government to slow its timetable for energy efficiency reform, warning that landlords could...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Mediation instead of eviction - will it work?

The government has released details of its mediation scheme, which has already won the in-principle support of the National Residential Landlords...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord who refused to make safety improvements hit with £5,000 fine

A landlord that refused to make safety improvements at two of her properties in Folkestone has been fined nearly £5,000. Madeleine Scott,...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders flop - average of just 13 issued a year

Only 39 rogue landlords and letting agents have been hit with banning orders in the first three years of their existence. The...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Council says licensing needed to expose landlords like this one…

A landlord has been handed penalties totalling nearly £8,000 after being found guilty of operating an unlicensed HMO. This follows an investigation...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back MPs’ call for clear exit plan from eviction ban era

The landlords’ trade body has backed a call from MPs demanding a clear exit strategy at the end of the latest...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour tenants slam party housing spokeswoman over protests

A Labour housing pressure group has made strong public criticism of the party’s shadow housing spokeswoman, Thangam Debbonaire. Labour Tenants United was...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid to make landlords improve energy efficiency in properties

Specialist buy to let lender Paragon has taken the unusual step of issuing a so-called Green Bond to fund attempts to make...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidelines for landlords as ‘stay at home’ goes

The government has revised official guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the light of imminently-changing Coronavirus advice. The revisions are not fundamental...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs blast government as landlords miss out on Green Homes Grant funds

There’s a new call on the government to get its act together on the Green Homes Grant, which has failed to live...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Some landlords more authoritarian now, claims lawyer

The eviction ban may have made life less stressful for tenants but a housing lawyer claims otherwise. David Renton, writing in the...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Serial offender landlord in court again over HMO health and safety

A serial-offender landlord has been fined for putting tenants at serious harm from fire and exposing them to substandard and dangerous conditions. Nilendu...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Three year tenancies and much more licensing proposed by council

A council enquiry is proposing a flurry of new landlord licensing schemes in one county in England.  An inquiry into the private...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pet plan pawsed? Minister explains how landlords can refuse pets

The controversy over government proposals to increase the numbers of pets in private rental properties has taken an unexpected twist. Two measures...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax threat makes landlords consider selling - Zoopla

One of the country’s leading property experts says landlords are now reassessing their portfolios as a result of possible Capital Gains...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

John Lewis says house rental to provide growing share of profits

Retail giant John Lewis says it is expecting 40 per cent of its profits to come from non-retail activities such as...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction ban extension has NO extreme arrears opt-out

Wales has extended its eviction ban from March 31 until the end of June - but it is more severe than...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Posh university towns have high rents but low yields, survey shows

Areas boasting Russell Group universities - considered the best in the UK - have the highest rents but disappointing yields.  Returns from a...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords told they should take more benefit claimant tenants

A lettings agency is telling landlords to take more tenants claiming housing benefits. The agency in question says it’s wrong that some...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

150,000 tenants at risk of eviction, claims new charity campaign

A charity warns today that 150,000 private renters are at risk of eviction when restrictions are lifted because of mounting Covid-related...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Unregulated Rental Properties: landlords urged to sign new charter

A council which has 20,000 unregulated rental properties within its area has launched a new charter to improve standards. The unregulated properties...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter says over a quarter of tenants ‘afraid of homelessness’

The campaigning charity Shelter claims 14 per cent of adults in England - that’s six million people - are more worried...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ comments wanted on concept of investing in empty homes

With buy to let and traditional commercial property both under challenge thanks to government regulations and Coronavirus, the government is now...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council demands government approval for clampdown on landlords

A council has now approved plans for two of the country’s largest licensing schemes - one is so large it needs...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting prompts court action against rogue tenant

A tenant who sub-let a property by falsely claiming to be its owner has been given a criminal record.  Sonia Nascimento rented...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Student leader says landlords treated better than tenants in pandemic

Landlords have benefitted from tax breaks, subsidies and a weak eviction ban according to the National Union of Students. Larissa Kennedy, the...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban set to be central issue in spring local elections

Activists are aiming to make the eviction ban a central theme in this spring’s local elections. In early May there are elections...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter says renters are “frightened” of eviction, despite extension

The government’s latest extension for the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions - taking it up until the end of May - is...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Another political party wants eviction ban extended

Another political party has joined the chorus of voices calling for still-longer bans on evictions in the private rental sector. The ban...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban given yet another extension by government

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. At that point...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council’s huge licensing plan divides opinion ahead of key vote

A Labour-controlled council says it’s confident a huge new licensing scheme for one of Britain’s most high-profile cities will be voted...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

It CAN be done - Landlord loan scheme extended

Scottish private sector landlords and tenants who face financial difficulties caused by the pandemic have more time to access support after...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior church figure stands up for renting as a tenure

A senior Anglican priest has stood up for renting as a concept, and suggests Britain is too pre-occupied with home ownership. Angela...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord banned following third prosecution in eight years

A landlord who persistently broke residential lettings rules has been banned from operating in what a local council calls “a landmark...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Hazards in rental units - landlords’ help wanted for assessment

The risk assessment system used by local authorities to judge health and safety issues relating to properties needs updating - and...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

High Street bank may become huge private landlord

Lloyds Bank is considering entering the private rental sector as a landlord, according to a Financial Times scoop. The newspaper says it's...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour swipe at Budget “giveaway for landlords”

Labour has accused Chancellor Rishi Sunak of prioritising a tax break for landlords over the need for affordable housing or help for...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS    What...

04 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Where’s the support for landlords and the private rental sector?

The Budget has received short shrift from landlords and tenants, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak appeared to miss out the private rental...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour bid to halt in-person rental viewings rejected by government

A second attempt by Labour to halt in-person property viewings during the pandemic has been batted away by the government. Labour’s shadow...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord must repay thousands as council says “We’ll come and find you

A landlord who failed to licence his property has been ordered to pay back over £5,000 in rent. Michael Convery from Belfast...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Avoiding eviction - Council says it’s piloting mediation scheme

A local council has let it be known that it’s in a pilot mediation scheme set up by the government -...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

“Don’t hand money to millionaire landlords” unions tell government

Trade unions have joined the call for renters with Covid-related arrears to get cash help from the government - but they...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour MP demands Covid rent arrears to be paid by public funds

Labour MP Stephen Timms has asked Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to commit to five measures to tighten controls on the private...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords encouraged to use ‘under-utilised’ homes for council

Owners of apparently empty or under-utilised properties in a prime London area are being asked to bring them into use to...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council offering £10k refurb grants to private landlords

A council says grants of up to £10,000 are available to landlords to refurbish homes which could ensure vulnerable people in...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Six months notice mandatory for many evictions from 2022 in Wales

New simplified rental contracts are to be introduced from spring 2022 in Wales with minimum notice periods for evictions extended from...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Clear 700,000 private tenants’ arrears, demand Generation Rent

Generation Rent campaign activists say 700,000 private tenants on Universal Credit cannot afford to pay their rent. The campaign - led by...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax incentives needed to help energy efficiency in private renting

The landlords’ trade body says the tax system needs reforming to support energy improvements in the private rental sector. The intervention by...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Hefty bill for landlords who ignored council Prohibition Orders

Two landlords have to pay almost £8,000 for letting their flats in defiance of a Prohibition Order.  The order came into force...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Suspended prison sentence after HMO fire leaves landlord bankrupt

A landlord in south west of England has been given a nine month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, following a...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Argument brewing over wording of ‘anti-landlord’ consultation

An argument is brewing with landlords angry at the wording of a council licensing consultation. Southend council wants landlords to pay a...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb landlord and tenant fined for breaking Covid lockdown

The owner of a property used for an illegal party has been fined by a London council for breaking lockdown. Police were called...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Own goal! Ex-footballer must repay £8,000 in 'unlicensed rent'

A landlord who failed to licence his properties has been ordered to pay back over £8,000 in rent. Dexter Blackstock, a former...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Advice to landlords on changes to Electrical Safety Standards

A lettings agency is issuing general guidance to the landlord community ahead of changes to Electrical Safety Standards in April. Helen Hollingsworth,...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for landlords to help council boost emergency housing supply

An appeal has gone out to private landlords to lease their properties to a council seeking to boost its supply of...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak must help tenants in arrears, pleads coalition of rental groups

A coalition of rental groups with the same view on how to tackle arrears is calling on the Chancellor to help...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Private landlord company launches PropTech app for residents

A private landlord operator has launched a dedicated and interactive app for its residents. DWP Housing Partnership in Dorset says it wants...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back call for fund to help tenants with arrears

Landlords are today backing a call by the Resolution Foundation think tank for tenant hardship loans for renters impacted by the...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension not enough for campaigning Baroness

The Baroness leading the pressure group Generation Rent says the extension of the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions does not go far...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s repeat offence ends up with large fine

A landlord has been fined £6,000 for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation. Wolverhampton council prosecuted Aunberin Saddique after it...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay tenants £2,800 after deposit negligence

A landlord who did not secure the deposit of two students has been ordered to pay them £2,800.  The order was made...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords lumbered with loans and unsellable flats

It’s feared that the government’s latest funding to solve the cladding crisis will leave thousands of landlords with loans and unsellable...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Growing investment from landlords despite rents stagnating

There is substantial investment going in to the private rental sector by individual landlords, according to evidence from the latest edition...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fears grow of Capital Gains Tax hike for landlords

Landlords are warning the government that if it increases Capital Gains Tax the rental market will freeze up. Chatter has increased in...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector growth highest in the north

The proportion of the population in the private rented sector in England has risen three per cent in the past decade. Research...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Extend the eviction ban! Senior Labour politician leads call

One of the country’s best known Labour politicians wants the eviction ban extended yet again. Currently there is a moratorium on bailiff-enforced evictions...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords can still beat stamp duty holiday deadline this way

It seems as if the frenzied housing market has extended to the auction field, with one major player reporting a strong...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords fined for ignoring regulations to keep tenants safe

Two men have been ordered to pay almost £8,000 for letting out flats in defiance of regulations designed to keep tenants...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords have no choice but to evict after new Universal Credit hitch

Landlords with tenants on Universal Credit are struggling to set up Alternative Payment Arrangements because the UC portal is closed to new...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New call to scrap stamp duty surcharge to stop supply dwindling

The National Residential Landlords Association is calling on the Chancellor to scrap the three per cent stamp duty levy on the...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

David Alexander is joint CEO of apropos

The last year has been one which has focused attention on dealing with the immediate, the here and now, in a...

04 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Generous landlords praised for discounting rent to tenants

A not-for-profit educational charity that acts as a lettings agency has praised private landlords for contributing to a rent discount scheme. Sulets...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sell-off inevitable if government pushes EPC changes - claim

Up to 50,000 rental homes in the countryside could be sold off if the government presses ahead with stricter energy efficiency...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists demand Covid Rent Debt Fund to wipe out 100% of arrears

The Generation Rent campaign wants public cash in a Covid Rent Debt Fund to clear rent arrears for tenants who have run...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Lords passes token vote urging more protection for tenants

The House of Lords has narrowly voted for a low-key motion expressing regret that the current eviction ban measures do not offer more...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Government tells landlords - no national licensing scheme planned

The government has revealed that it has no plans to introduce a national licensing scheme for landlords. Housing minister Chris Pincher MP...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Crisis, What Crisis? Record pipeline reported by BTL lender

A record pipeline has been reported by one of the leading buy to let mortgage lenders as landlords race to beat...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Government wants pet-friendly tenancy contracts as standard

The government’s model tenancy agreement has been amended to be pro-pet. The new agreement means renters with what are described as “well-behaved pets”...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s Down To The Wire! Landlords warned over stamp duty deadline

There’s a warning today that landlords need to move quickly and selectively if they are intending to purchase a property ahead...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords buy in cities, bucking the Covid countryside craze

Coronavirus has prompted much talk of landlords and tenants alike fleeing cities for the country - but some evidence suggests that...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

 Landlords urged to respond to London council’s consultation

Landlords have only until February 11 to respond to the licensing proposals of the London council with the largest private rental...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Chaos! Labour hits out at Green Homes Grant Scheme

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband, now the shadow energy secretary, says the green homes grant scheme is in chaos. Media reports in...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council defends licensing go-ahead in the midst of a pandemic

There is growing momentum for local councils to freeze their plans for landlord licensing while the pandemic continues. Lettings agency trade body...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour wants more eviction evidence after Wrongful Termination Order

The Scottish Labour Party has written to the SNP government of that country to demand more protection for private tenants. Labour housing...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Substantial arrears’ threshold stays at six months says government

Housing minister Chris Pincher has confirmed that the definition of ‘substantial arrears’ for the purposes of possession orders and evictions will...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on Airbnb and other short lets - support for council move

A council clampdown on four short let flats in Edinburgh has been backed by the Scottish Government. The council discovered that the...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls backed by self styled Citizens Assembly

A so-called Citizens Assembly set up by a leading politician has called for rent controls. The Citizen’s Assembly of Scotland was launched...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

All change: worried tenants rethinking how and where they want to live

Around half of renters are worried about financial security thanks to Coronavirus - and many are concerned their landlords will sell up. Aldermore Bank,...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Health and welfare of tenants jeopardised by landlord

A landlord has been hit with a fine of over £600 after failing to comply with an improvement notice - jeopardising...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Church of England appoints ‘Bishop for Housing’ to probe crisis

The Church of England has named its first Bishop for Housing, ahead of the publication of a report following a two...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord added to rogues' register after letting out illegal bank vault

A landlord who let out a former bank vault as an illegal flat described by the local council as “dangerous” has...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property let out in dangerous condition by rogue landlord

A landlord who failed to improve his rental property, leaving his tenants in dangerous conditions, has been fined. Haroon Karim from Nottingham...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Growing political anger over Sex For Rent landlords

Both Labour and the Scottish National Party have spoken out over online platforms carrying advertisements from landlords seeking sexual favours in...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council resuscitates licensing consultation after Coronavirus pause

A council that put a selective licensing scheme consultation on pause because of the pandemic has resumed the exercise.  Oldham council says...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Current eviction ban is “more balanced” says housing solicitor

The current extension to the eviction ban in England and Wales is “more balanced” than some past examples according to a...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s huge fine follows 33 HMO offences

A landlord who committed 33 offences at a property he owns has been issued with civil penalties totalling £50,500. Zaheer Uddin Babar,...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Renting in later life increasingly popular says specialist provider

Retirement rental specialist Girlings says the phenomenon of later life renting is growing in popularity. It says independent research from Paragon Bank...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

International lettings platform expands European service

HousingAnywhere, an internet lettings platform that calls itself Europe’s largest online rental accommodation marketplace for young professionals and international students, has...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill to be introduced “very soon” says government

Junior housing minister Kelly Tolhurst says the government will introduce the controversial Renters Reform Bill “very soon.” This Bill is the one which...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Private renters enjoy more life satisfaction than social sector tenants

Social renters have the lowest life satisfaction and experience the greatest anxiety according to analysis by a property management firm.  Lettings company...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Record fine for landlord letting out HMO with safety failings

A landlord has been hit with what a local authority calls a record £66,000 fine after being found guilty of letting...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental quango slated as expensive, bureaucratic, unaccountable

The Rent Smart Wales quango, now five years old, has been sharply criticised by the National Residential Landlords Association.  A report commissioned...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Government insists eviction ban “protects most vulnerable renters”

The government insists that its ban on bailiff-enforced evictions “protects the most vulnerable renters” during the pandemic. The claim comes in the...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban is “just a sticking plaster” says landlords’ group

The government’s ban on bailiff-enforced evictions is just a “sticking plaster” and not a long-term answer for landlords and tenants. That’s the view...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extended in England and Wales

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters has been extended in England and Wales. This will be until February 21 “at...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

All eyes on Jenrick after Scotland extends its evictions ban

It’s regarded as extremely likely that Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick will announce an extension to the eviction ban in England today. Pleas...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Celebrity campaigner calls for new ban on evictions and bailiff possessions

Martin Lewis, the celebrity consumer rights campaigner behind MoneySavingExpert, has called upon the government to extend the current ban on bailiffs...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Mould? Oh that’s the landlord’s responsibility, say most tenants

Two thirds of people who have experienced mould are tenants in private, social or student housing according to a new survey. Comparison...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction activists step up demand for another ban and rent hand-outs

Activists from Shelter and Generation Rent have led the charge for a renewed eviction ban in the light of the latest...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord slams council “money raising” licensing red tape

A landlord leader has hit out at a council’s selective licensing scheme, suggesting it is “bureaucracy for bureaucracy’s sake” and nothing...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Insecure tenancies lead to worse Covid risks - claim

Insecure tenancies, poor housing conditions and overcrowding lead to health problems and worsen risks in the pandemic, a think tank claims. The...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Cash help demanded for landlords to meet energy targets

Demands for ever-more energy efficient properties could drive landlords out of the sector, the government has been warned. In a response to...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour says Covid is no excuse for delaying on scrapping Section 21

A Labour housing politician is accusing the government of using Coronavirus as an excuse for dragging its feet over scrapping Section...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Government says no to petition calling for 14-days eviction powers

The government has rejected a call for landlords to have powers to evict tenants who fall 14 days into arrears. Property investor...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter says many landlords think they can get away with discrimination

A BBC investigation into ‘No DSS’ statements on two prominent landlord websites has provoked campaigning charity Shelter into an attack on the...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Private tenants want Flood Performance Certificates - claim

The government-backed reinsurance service Flood Re claims there’s substantial tenant support for the introduction of a Flood Performance Certificate. An FPC, similar...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

First-ever Rent To Buy scheme unveiled - with more to come…

Newcastle city council claims to be the first local authority in the UK to launch the rent-to-buy scheme allowing tenants to...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants get more help from private landlords than social landlords

Private landlords have been giving more help to tenants who cannot pay their rent as a result of Covid than those...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent wants government to write off Covid arrears

The Generation Rent campaign wants the government to write off private renters’ arrears built up during the pandemic. And it has repeated...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ leader tells MPs they should give cash help to rental sector

Senior MPs have been told by the chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association that they must provide financial assistance...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Taking landlords to court stops council’s ‘real’ work, it admits

A leading officer in a Labour council which has in the past taken landlords to court says this process is so...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: Another part of UK falls in line with England

Wales is the latest part of the UK to follow the example of England and suspend evictions  until January 11 as...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Move to regulate Airbnb and short lets opposed by pressure group

A move to regulate Airbnb and other short let platforms operating in Scotland has received a hostile welcome from a countryside...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity wants landlords to provide accommodation in time for Christmas

A homelessness charity is calling for landlords to come forward with accommodation for clients to be housed over Christmas. Harbour Housing, a...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Pests! Landlords to get inside track on pest control

A virtual show about pest control is being targeted at landlords because of the strong links between pests and housing in...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords set out key reform demands ahead of election

The National Residential Landlords Association has released its manifesto for the 2021 Welsh Parliament elections - and it makes the case...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters get ancillary services with property management platform

PropTech provider Canopy has linked with a string of insurance and other firms to improve its offer to renters. Canopy’s founder Tahir Farooqui...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords Beware - new How To Rent Guide issued by government

The government has issued a new How To Rent Guide - the critical document that landlords or their agents have to...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Repeat offender landlord gets fine for not licensing properties

A landlord has been ordered to pay £3,928.44 after failing to licence two properties he has been letting out in Nottingham.  Jaswinder...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

HMOs may be endangering tenants’ health claims YMCA chief

A YMCA chief executive claims the proliferation of HMOs may be endangering private tenants’ health by encouraging overcrowding and undersized-rooms. Alan Fraser,...

09 December 2020

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Is Retail-to-Resi the next property investment opportunity?

The government has launched an unexpected consultation which may indirectly highlight a new opportunity for landlords and other investors - converting...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists create crib-sheet to influence licensing consultation

The Acorn group of rental activists has created a detailed crib sheet of responses to a council consultation on landlord licensing. Acorn,...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban until mid-March introduced by Scottish Government

An eviction ban has been introduced by the Scottish Government to take effect until well into the New Year.  Because of the...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Green councillor wants tenants to lead private rental sector review

A Green Party councillor is demanding that tenants be allowed to write the local authority’s policy for the private rental sector. According...

04 December 2020

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Good news: Landlords don’t need EWS1 for no-cladding buildings

One hidden aspect of the recent cladding controversy has been that many landlords have been unable to sell or remortgage flats...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Fine “sends a message” to landlords over licensing

A landlord has been fined £2,500 for failing to licence a property that she had been renting out for several years...

27 November 2020

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Rogue landlord must pay £280,000 - or go to jail

A London landlord must pay over £280,000 in three months after housing eight people in a flat deems illegal for even...

27 November 2020

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Landlords blast Sunak for making rent payments harder

Landlords have sharply criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for cutting the amount tenants relying on benefits will be able to claim to...

26 November 2020

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Is it time for government to give grants to landlords?

A property industry accreditation service is asking whether it’s now time for the government to offer grants to help landlords through...

25 November 2020

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Supplier says landlords fail to fully understand guarantor companies

A guarantor company says landlords may fail to understand the advantages of using services such as those it provides. Housing Hand says...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax change could mean landlords pay LESS, not more

A leading housing market analyst suggests that the implementation of a Capital Gains Tax change could actually mean landlords paying less...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

MP wants controls over HMOs used as supported accommodation

Labour MP Steve McCabe has introduced a 10 Minute Rule Bill into the House of Commons to address the problems of HMO’s being...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Government slammed for encouraging 'rent dodgers'

The leading landlords trade body is accusing the government of rewarding rent dodgers with its latest restrictions on eviction. The National Residential...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Insurance firm tells landlords to do more to educate tenants

An insurance firm says landlords should “educate” their tenants on the apparent need to get increased insurance cover. Paymentshield claims that a...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New direction for Build To Rent as major player targets suburbia

Build To Rent, which has predominantly focussed on secondary sites in major city centres, is branching out to the suburbs. One of...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Advice to landlords on how to prepare for possible CGT change

A financial planner is advising landlords on how to minimise their current Capital Gains Tax liability ahead of possible change. Chancellor Rishi...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent demands more public cash for renting families

Activists in Generation Rent claim that a fifth of families in the lettings sector suffer a shortfall between benefits and rent. Using selected data...

16 November 2020

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HMO landlord fined £70,500 over homes in ‘shocking’ condition

A landlord who failed to properly look after two HMOs has been fined £70,500 by an Essex council. Lystra Dorval, of Ilford,...

16 November 2020

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Property expert's dispute resolution service to avoid evictions

A property expert in the Home Counties has launched a dispute resolution service to avoid evictions. Julie Ford - who’s been in...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants risk Covid because of inadequate benefits, say landlords

A landlord body says some tenants will have little choice but to increase their risk of contracting Coronavirus because of inadequate...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 will remain until pandemic eases, government confirms

The government has confirmed its long-standing intention to scrap Section 21 eviction powers which currently sit with landlords - but the appropriate...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Pandemic Impact Survey: how have landlords been hit?

A new survey by rental sector PropTech supplier Fixflo asks landlords and agents how they have been impacted by the pandemic. The...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips on investing in student HMOs

HMOs are an important part of the UK housing market as they offer students and young professionals affordable accommodation. There is...

10 November 2020

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Latest two month eviction halt not enough for Generation Rent

The government’s announcement at the end of next week that almost no evictions would be possible before January 11 at the...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords slammed by report that demands national register

A new report makes searing claims about the performance and quality of landlords and their homes in the private rental sector. Almost...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will Lockdown 2 produce another surge in tenancies?

Research from a deposit replacement scheme, Ome, suggests the first lockdown was sharply followed by a surge in tenancies - begging...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stop lockdown evictions now! Generation Rent renews its demand

Generation Rent says there should be a reinstatement of the eviction ban immediately, and appears to have been stung into the...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Former Labour leader joins Shelter board

The former leader of the Labour Party in Scotland has joined the board of Shelter, the campaigning charity that has often...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Is Boris Johnson trying to force landlords to evict and sell?

A prominent Conservative supporter and expert in the private rental sector has posed an interesting question - is Boris Johnson trying...

04 November 2020

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New HMO landlord scheme launched to protect against arrears

A new rent arrears protection service has launched to cater specifically for settings with tenants renting rooms rather than entire apartments or...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge arrears and 50,000 evictions in 2021, says academic study

An analysis of the private rental sector by the London School of Economics suggests there could be three times the current...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

The case for using an agent has got much stronger

The growth in the number of landlords and property investors in the UK has been astonishing over the last three decades....

02 November 2020

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Activists demand furlough-type hand outs to pay tenants’ arrears

Generation Rent is calling for a furlough-type scheme aimed at helping tenants. The group says that following news of the four week...

02 November 2020

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Buy To Let exodus underway? Rise in landlord numbers selling units

New data from letting agents suggests that there’s been a substantial rise in the number of landlords selling buy to let...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Council is first in country to offer Covid-helpline for landlords

A local authority is thought to be the first in the country to be offering a Coronavirus lifeline to hard-pressed landlords. Leicester...

02 November 2020

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Drop rents, Don’t evict! Think-tank says tenants need more protection

A think tank is calling for landlords to consider rent reductions and is also suggesting the return of an eviction ban...

02 November 2020

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Furlough fear adds to call that renters should get cash help

The furlough scheme has been extended for a month and while it’s being replaced eventually by a less generous scheme, there is...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips on virtual viewings when buying or selling a home

Virtual viewings are on the increase according to a new study by the UK's technology-led estate agent, Purplebricks, with one in six buyers...

29 October 2020

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Make a grand entrance: 6 expert tips to maximise kerb appeal when renovating your home

According to recent statistics, British homeowners have spent an average of £4,035.70 each on house renovations this year. With people spending...

29 October 2020

From: Property Investment & Strategy

10 Essential Safety Requirements For New Landlords

With new regulations and rules now in place for landlords, our in-house property experts outline their 10 essential safety requirements for...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Majority oppose licensing - but Labour council set to ignore verdict

South Tyneside council is considering a selective licensing in two areas of South Shields - and looks likely to ignore its...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak given landlords’ wish-list as he reveals spending review date

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce government spending plans for the next 12 months on November 25 - and he already has...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Hot Cakes - landlords urged to act quick on Green Homes Grants

Just under half of landlords say they intend to make energy efficiency improvements to properties as part of the government's Green Homes Grant...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Green Party wants landlords banned from evicting when they sell

The Green Party says there should be an end to private rental sector eviction grounds “such as the wish of the...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter in new attack on private landlords who house homeless

Campaigning charity Shelter is back on the warpath against private landlords, criticising how much of the country’s temporary accommodation budget for...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s five figure fine for negligent management

A council has prosecuted a local landlord for failing to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of his tenants. Eastleigh council took...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Council imposing “fair” two-stage fee for private rental licensing

A council wants to introduce private rental sector licensing as part of a pledge made back in 2018. Plymouth’s Labour controlled council pledged...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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Who are you? Craig Hayward How do you help landlords and property investors? With over 10 years’ experience we have been helping landlords and...

20 October 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Abolishing Section 21 means rent up, stock down, tenant insecurity

The Lettings Industry Council has published a report outlining why Section 21 should not be abolished, despite the government’s commitment to...

20 October 2020

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 Council imposes record fine on landlord with 54 HMO breaches

A collapsing ceiling, filthy facilities, and an abandoned car are among the dangerous defects leading to a Banbury landlord facing a...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Politicians making rental laws with too little information - claim

The leading landlord trade body wants a new and regular study of housing in Wales, to make its politicians better-informed. The National Residential...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords asked not to evict as council pleads poverty

A London council is writing to thousands of private landlords in its borough urging them not to evict people. Southwark council says this...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for keeping tenant’s deposit in a tin

A landlord has been ordered to pay his ex-tenant £1,500 after failing to protect her deposit with an approved scheme. The Housing...

15 October 2020

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London supply glut sees rents plummet 10% since Covid

A lettings market monitor says the Greater London rental sector has in recent months switched from one of scarcity of properties...

15 October 2020

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No DSS: MPs warned affordability checks likely to increase

The ‘No DSS’ issue has been effectively settled by a landmark court case, but a new document for MPs says ‘affordability...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Second homes under attack from locals hit by high house prices

Local people in a part of Wales claim they are being priced out of their communities by investment buyers and second home...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Angry landlord denies HMO licensing charge

An angry landlord has appeared at a magistrates court to deny a charge relating to local council licensing.  Local media report that...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London landlords testing the water for possible sales, says agency

Some London landlords are testing the water to see if they can downsize or sell their entire portfolios. Chestertons, a London-focussed high end...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stuart Aikman & Mathew Walters, co-founders - Story of Home

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Stuart Aikman & Mathew Walters, co-founders - Story of...

13 October 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Activists accuse councils of doing nothing to stop retaliatory evictions

Generation Rent activists are back on the warpath, this time accusing councils of not doing enough - and sometimes nothing -...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Hit by Coronavirus - two-thirds of landlords fear for their business

The latest survey assessing damage to the private rental sector by the pandemic makes tough reading for landlords. The study - for...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s ‘local furlough’ scheme not enough to help renters - claim

The latest financial measures introduced over the weekend by Chancellor Rishi Sunak are not likely to help rental sector problems in...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Note to government - give landlords and tenants financial support

The National Residential Landlords Association is calling on the government to ensure a comprehensive financial package is provided for landlords themselves,...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour pushing for tenant loans scheme to cover arrears

Labour wants to see a tenant loans scheme in England similar to one now operating in Wales. Easington Labour MP Grahame Morris...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing: council ponders selective scheme ‘to improve standards’

A selective licensing regime is being considered by a westcountry council following an enquiry into private rental sector conditions. Cornwall Council says 50...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Judge Rinder praises Shelter campaigns to help tenants

Robert Rinder, the reality TV celebrity and barrister, has joined the campaigning charity Shelter to oppose what he describes as illegal...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property management chief backs Shelter over poor quality homes

A prominent rental industry figure has backed Shelter’s sweeping condemnation of the lettings sector - but insists landlords are not to...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Private landlords wanted to help council tackle waiting lists

Birmingham city council is providing incentives to landlords who offer 12 month fixed tenancies to those on the authority’s homeless and housing...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Here’s where bulk of landlords may be eligible for Green Homes Grant

A PropTech firm has drawn up a list of those regions with the highest proportion of rental properties with EPC rating...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency tries to reassure landlords in prime markets as economy worsens

One of the leading agents is advising landlords that the high-end housing market is ‘edgier’ than before - but there’s no...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers frozen out of the market

Demand for rented homes looks set to increase in the coming months as new data suggests that many people who do...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Urgent action needed to address mounting tenant debt

A lot more needs to be done to financially support landlords and renters during the existing Covid-19 pandemic, according to Housing...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in properties selling for above asking price as buyer demand spikes

One in eight properties sold for more than the original asking price in August as housing demand peaked following the chancellor’s...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Plans to deliver 3,000 new rental homes in London

Sigma Capital has joined forces with Swedish investment firm EQT to create a £1bn housing joint venture, with a view to...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New Delivery Hub aims to meet environmental targets

A Delivery Hub will be set up by a new cross sector Future Homes Task Force, comprising of representatives from across...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Channel 5 show to follow yet more difficult tenants

Channel 5 will continue to provide an insight into a number of tenants and landlords across the UK, as feuds between...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New partnership aims to help landlords regain possession of their properties

Landlord Action and the Property Redress Scheme, both part of the Hamilton Fraser group, have teamed up to help buy-to-let landlords...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Council introduces fresh strategy to improve conditions for private tenants

A new strategy has been launched today by Westminster City Council to help raise standards for tenants who rent privately.  Westminster, which...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in illegal evictions

There has been a sharp rise in illegal evictions by rogue landlords, it has been claimed.  According to The Independent, illegal evictions...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Six month notice for evictions extended into next year

Rules which were due to expire at the end of September have been extended meaning buy-to-let landlords in Wales must now...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords need support too during coronavirus crisis, says Tory politician

Renters across Wales received greater protection this week after the Welsh government extended the six month notice for evictions, which was...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Court rules that landlords must not discriminate against benefit claimants

A second UK court has ruled that ‘No DSS’ is unlawful, after a renter won a legal trial against housing benefit...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A rent freeze is quite simply ‘another type of rent control’

Sadiq Khan’s proposal to introduce rent controls in London risks reducing the number of private homes available for rent, as landlords...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for property may have intensified, but pricing remains sensitive

The post-lockdown rebound in buying momentum looks set to continue in and around London as we head into Autumn, according to...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing charities call on the government to extend the ban on evictions

Housing charities want the government to extend the ban on landlords evicting renters beyond 20 September. Renters across England and Wales received...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Why should landlords ‘subsidise those who are struggling to pay their rent’?

The government has been slammed for attempting to shift the responsibility for renters in need onto landlords.  Chris Town a landlord and...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New private rental electrical safety standards: What you need to know

New regulations on electrical safety standards for private rented accommodation have come into effect. Here is what landlords need to know. The ‘Electrical...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL sector ‘can make a strong recovery in the second half of the year’

There has been a drop in buy-to-let lending, but the decline is less dramatic than the general purchase market, according to the latest...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Scottish government updates guidance for private landlords

The Scottish government has published updated guidance for private landlords and letting agents to help cope with the existing Covid-19 pandemic.  The...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Are there legal issues with the six-month notice period for possession claims?

Buy-to-let landlords must now provide tenants with at least six months’ notice period prior to seeking possession through the courts in...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property transactions set to rise, ‘particularly in buy-to-let’ market

There has been a sharp rise in mortgage approvals, as reported by the Bank of England yesterday.  The latest data reveals that...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New interest-free, tenant hardship loan scheme launched in Scotland

A new Tenant Hardship Loan Fund to help renters cope with housing costs during the Covid-19 pandemic has been launched north...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants require a ‘solution that can provide financial support’

More money needs to be made available to support landlords and renters during the existing Covid-19 pandemic, according to Bankrate UK.  The...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension could leave landlords facing two years without rent

Buy-to-let landlords could be facing up to two years without rent due to the government’s decision to extend the evictions ban,...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Strettons fears ‘unintended consequences’ of extended eviction ban

Strettons has described the government’s decision to extend the ban of tenant evictions until 20 September as a ‘pragmatic and humane decision’...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property prices stable as pent-up demand leads to quicker home sales

Residential property prices look set to hold firm for the remainder of the year - despite the onset of recession and...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ‘cannot be expected to foot the bill for government failure’

The government has been slammed for its 11th-hour U-turn after extending the eviction ban for four weeks and instructing landlords to...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Notice periods extended with a view to ‘supporting renters over winter’

Buy-to-let landlords in England will now have to give tenants six months’ notice to vacate their property except in cases involving...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants must ‘come to an agreement on rent owed’

A number of buy-to-let landlords continue to work closely with tenants to support those in rent arrears as a result of...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands ‘extra powers to stop renters being evicted’

Shelter is calling for greater protection for renters facing financial difficulties.  The extended ban on evictions announced on Friday will not be...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Long, ‘bumpy’ road to recovery predicted for UK property market

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that the housing market continued to recover at the tail...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Useful tips for students planning to rent

Student property is one of the most lucrative investments available to landlords, with sky-high double-digit yields currently on offer in many...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Why landlords need to be vigilant for cannabis farms

As a landlord, it’s vital to conduct periodic inspections throughout each tenancy to ensure that the condition of your rental property...

17 August 2020

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Housing market strength proves itself once again

The UK housing market is in growth mode as the recovery gathers pace, the latest figures show.  According to Rightmove, the post-lockdown...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour MP calls for shake-up to ‘end landlordism’ and extend evictions ban

A Labour MP has called for the ban on evictions to be extended until next year, as renters fear a sharp...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday triggers unseasonal rise in housing transactions

The number of residential property sales agreed have surged in the month since the chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday, with...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market recovery could be short-lived, warn RICS

The UK housing market could see what first looks like a V-shaped recovery only for it to be quickly flattened out,...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in Scotland have served 350 eviction notices since lockdown

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland have been left with little alternative but to serve 350 eviction notices since the beginning of lockdown,...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Foreign investors eye UK property ahead of stamp duty surcharge

A growing number of international property investors are expected to increase their presence in the UK buy-to-let market over the next...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Retail to residential conversions set to rise

The government’s decision to grant new housing applications in England “automatic” consent as part of planning reforms should lead to a...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to review ‘advertising material and vetting policies’

A specialist property litigation firm is warning buy-to-let landlords not to discriminate against benefit claimants, following a recent landmark ruling that...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Council targets rogue landlords

Buy-to-let landlords in Bury now face the prospect of major fines if they are caught providing tenants with unsafe and substandard...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA joins forces with the Scottish Association of Landlords

Buy-to-let landlords who let properties in England, Wales and Scotland can now have joint membership of associations north and south of the...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Why landlords must not use ‘no DSS’ to discriminate against benefit tenants

In recent years, there has been considerable controversy over the use of ‘no DSS’ in homes being listed for let, with...

29 July 2020

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The government puts plans to scrap Section 21 on hold

The government has indicated that it will not scrap Section 21 evictions through the Renters' Reform Bill until at least 2021.  The...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Post lockdown surge in demand for homes with a garden

Since the housing market reopened in May there has been a significant increase in demand for homes with a garden as...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA appoints new legal counsel

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has appointed a new legal counsel.  Housing lawyer and former Residential Landlords Association (RLA) policy director...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity springs back into life

Activity levels in the rental market bounced back to pre-lockdown levels in June, as the reopening of the housing market released...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council seeks government approval to renew landlord licensing scheme

Croydon Council has applied for government consent to renew the borough’s landlord licensing scheme that makes sure privately-let properties meet key...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council appeals to private landlords to help solve the housing crisis

West Lothian Council is appealing to buy-to-let landlords to provide private let accommodation as a means of accommodating those on the...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to protect renters from eviction

Thousands of renters face the prospect of losing their homes when the rental eviction ban lifts next month unless the government...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to invest in property sooner rather than later

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to take advantage of the stamp duty tax savings announced in the chancellor’s summer statement by...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of vulnerable Londoners face ‘the threat of eviction’

The government’s decision not to remove the cap on Universal Credit for all claimants and increase housing benefit to cover local...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News