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KEYWORD "Housing Costs" - 96 RESULTS
Private Tenants pay three times as much for same space - claim

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

21 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Pro-tenant activists slam Labour’s rental reform plans

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

17 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter complains of high private rents - but has an alternative

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

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Huge corporate landlord targeted by protesting activists

Grainger, the Stock Market listed corporate landlord, has been targeted by protesters over rent levels. A protest outside Grainger’s London HQ marks...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents and Service Charges blamed for higher housing costs

Housing costs - rents and mortgages - are rising by about 3.6% a year according to a Barclays Bank assessment. This figure...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Extra spending on rent is less than inflation rate - bank data

New data sourced from millions of Barclays current accounts reveals growing stability in UK housing costs, which saw their lowest uplift...

09 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Activists trying to push Labour into imposing rent controls

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

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Gift Vouchers for union members discussing with Generation Rent

Members of the union UNISON who participate in round-table discussions with activist group Generation Rents are to receive gift vouchers for...

26 March 2024

From: Breaking News

UK housing is expensive, small and old - new report

Britain’s housing stock offers the worst value for money of any advanced economy, according new analysis published by the Resolution Foundation. The...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Older Renters’ group takes up Generation Rent’s demands

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

22 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Council Tax Rebates for renters - think tank’s suggestion

A think tank is urging the UK government to consider tax perks for private renters to help them save faster for...

21 March 2024

From: Breaking News

MPs want Local Housing Allowance and other benefits updated annually

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

21 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Long term Renting risks ruining our retirement resilience

Renting affects the resilience of all age groups.  Only one fifth of Millennial/Gen Z households who rent are on track for a...

16 March 2024

From: Tax & Finance

Budget Must Fix Housing Benefit, says NRLA

Almost a million private rented households reliant on Universal Credit experience a shortfall between the benefit payments they receive and the...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Millennials to become the wealthiest generation ever - claim

Millennials, long seen as a financially disadvantaged generation, are on the brink of becoming the wealthiest generation in history thanks to...

01 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter links with High Street bank to campaign on housing

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

25 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Why are some Labour politicians still arguing for Rent Controls?

A Labour politician has returned to the subject of rent controls - even though the party has officially abandoned this as...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Inflation Drop’s Big Question - will interest rates fall sooner, not later?

Consumer Price Inflation in November was 3.9 per cent - significantly lower than the 4.4 per cent expected by many analysts. It’s...

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

HMRC Self-Assessment Helpline slammed for not helping callers

A business consultancy claims the HMNRC Self-Assessment helpline - set up to assist those compiling and filing tax returns as the...

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental homes blighted by high cost and low quality - claim

Many households are struggling with rising costs, while renters in particular continue to struggle with low quality housing, the Resolution Foundation...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan to buy 10,000 private homes to become social rent properties

London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan wants 10,000 private homes in the capital to be brought into the social rental sector within...

20 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter goes on warpath ahead of festive fundraising campaign

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

17 November 2023

From: Breaking News

London Renters at risk of homelessness without government action - claim

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

10 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Santander slammed for last-minute anti Buy To Let mortgage change

Santander has been sharply criticised for increasing its Interest Coverage Ratio just as other lenders have been making it easier to...

29 August 2023

From: Breaking News

London’s private rental sector slashed - new figures

New research shows a 41 per cent reduction in the number of London properties available for private rent since the Covid-19...

05 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters face grim retirement according to pension survey

One in three Britons could be facing poverty in retirement according to Scottish Widows - with renters amongst the most vulnerable. The...

28 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Cap goes on for another six months despite industry opposition

The Scottish Government looks set to extend its rent cap for yet another six months - despite widespread opposition from the...

02 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters described as having “a pension problem”

Renters in both the private and social housing sectors have been described as having “a pension problem” by a financial analyst. Helen...

04 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Government minister clueless about tenants who cannot afford rent

The government has made no estimate of the number of people unable to meet housing costs due to the freeze on...

18 April 2023

From: Breaking News

What’s Cheaper? Buying or Renting?

The monthly cost of owning a home for first-time buyers is now £971 - £42 or four per cent lower than...

18 March 2023

From: Tax & Finance

IKEA teams up with Shelter to highlight homelessness issue

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

09 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenants “at sharp end of cost of living crisis” - claim

A think tank says household costs are under more pressure from the cost of living crisis than in the pandemic, with...

30 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Victory - rent rises allowed after politicians’ U-turn

Ruling politicians in Scotland have agreed that from April private rents can rise by 3.0 per cent in a 12 month period...

20 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity claims 15% of private renters “face eviction this winter”

A charity claims 15 per cent of private renters believe they face eviction this winter. Homelessness charity Crisis polled 2,000 people -...

13 December 2022

From: Breaking News

The Deck’s Stacked Against Renters - Gove may be a lifeline 

Renters don’t have it easy. Housemates can be unpredictable, rules can be strict, but worst of all – it’s expensive.  Most tenants...

19 November 2022

From: Rental Reform

Rental Reform Now! Charity wants help for tenants

Crisis, the homelessness charity, is demanding financial and legislative help for tenants. Matt Downie, Crisis chief executive, says: “This is a time of...

14 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter signs Christmas funding deal with Marks & Spencer

Campaigning charity Shelter is warning this winter could be one of the toughest yet - and it claims high rents are...

10 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords accused of discrimination by charity and council

Richmond council in London is joining forces with the charity Citizens Advice to help stop what it calls ‘discrimination’ against renters...

02 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour, Greens and Nationalists rubber-stamp rent freeze

A combination of Labour, the Green Party and the Scottish Nationalists have pushed through a rent freeze proposal. The Cost of Living...

07 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Freeze politician slams landlords for “hard to justify” increases

The politician who is the architect of an emergency private sector rent freeze set to come into force this week has attacked...

05 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands more cash for tenants facing rent rise “timebomb”

Shelter claims that almost 1.1m private renters in England – one in seven – had their rent increased in the last...

23 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-lets failing to beat inflation

As inflation passes the 10% mark, it’s no surprise that many landlords are hurriedly reviewing the health of their buy to...

17 September 2022

From: The Big Issues

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

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

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants cutting back on food to pay the rent claims analyst

A prominent personal finance analyst says renters in the private sector are amongst the most badly hit by the cost of...

10 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Why Are Landlords Reluctant To Let To Benefit Claimants?

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

23 July 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

Dramatic rise in adults returning to live with parents

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

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Two top Tories blast the quality of private rental sector

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

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where tenants on Universal Credit have the biggest shortfall

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

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Prominent Labour MP wants rent controls to aid economic recovery

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

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter says high rents impact women with threat of homelessness

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

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive rent rise for social housing tenants expected in the spring

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

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Arrears - More should still be done to clear them

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

30 October 2021

From: The Big Issues

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

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

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Shift poorest tenants from private rental to social housing - call

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

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Government urged to boost the safety net available to young renters

Industry leaders are calling on the government to provide urgent support for young people living in private rented housing.  As the chancellor...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of tenants face losing home when eviction ban ends - claim

Thousands of tenants who have struggled to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic face the prospect of losing their home when...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Fresh data exposes ‘the threat that coronavirus poses to the rental market’

New research shows that renters are more vulnerable to economic shocks compared to homeowners.  Renters typically spend a higher proportion of their...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

One in eight tenants struggling with payments

A survey of tenants suggests around one in eight private sector tenants have fallen behind with housing costs since the coronavirus...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Unions demand that all rent payments are suspended immediately

Some of the UK’s largest tenants unions have joined forces to heap pressure on the government to suspend all rent immediately,...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New chancellor urged to use Budget to ‘encourage’ investment in the PRS

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the National Landlords Association (NLA) are calling on the new chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to use...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

A high number of private renters are ‘suffering from housing worries’

Renters have higher levels of harmful stress levels than homeowners, according to new research.  A survey of almost 4,000 renters by Shelter...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rising rents ‘make young people less mobile’

High rents mean young people are less likely to move to UK cities where average salaries are higher, a new report...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Three in four Scots back rent caps

A new survey has revealed three in four Scots back rent caps north of the border to help curb increasing housing...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

People who live alone are more likely to be renting

The cost of living alone has hit 92% of income, making it far harder for single people to get a foot...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Gap between buying and renting hits nine-year low

The gap between the cost of buying and renting is down 59%, its lowest level in nine years, according to the...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords accused of ‘exploiting’ student renters

Landlords are taking advantage of first-time student renters by failing to carry out repairs, according to a new poll. A fresh report...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains an attractive asset class with the best yields up north

Buy-to-let returns continue to outperform many major asset classes with property investors in northern areas benefitting from higher yields, owed in...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

London housing shortage a ‘ticking time bomb’ for businesses

The growing housing crisis in London is forcing employees to quit their jobs and making it harder for firms to recruit...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Fewer private landlords will lead to rent hikes and higher rates of homelessness

Hundreds of thousands of people are experiencing acute forms of homelessness across Britain, with rough sleeping set to increase sharply over...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

London’s housing crisis putting greater pressure on the PRS

The housing crisis is the greatest challenge London faces. Years of not building enough new homes, including affordable housing, mean many...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

UK government urged to follow Scotland’s lead to reduce rent arrears

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has hailed the Scottish government for offering people receiving Universal Credit north of the border more...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

More tenants face eviction and rent arrears due to universal credit

Delays in universal credit benefit payments for housing costs are leaving claimants unable to pay rent and pushing some deep into...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent ‘don't want the burden’ of homeownership

The percentage of people in the UK who own their own home is currently falling, and not just because housing is...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Where can landlords achieve the best rental yields?

Buy-to-let returns continued to outperform many major asset classes in the second half of last year, with landlords earning an average...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Londoners now spending more than two-thirds of income on rent

Londoners are now spending a whopping 70% of average income on rent and essential bills as sky-high prices put even more...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers need to earn £50,000 to get on the property ladder

New research by Gocompare.com claims that first-time buyers need on average a minimum household income of £50,000 to purchase a house...

05 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords 'discriminated against' in Universal Credit roll-out - claim

Private sector landlords are facing discrimination as the government rolls out Universal Credit, according to the Residential Landlords Association. The Department for...

15 June 2015

From: Breaking News

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