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Shelter and Generation Rent demand rent controls in new Bill

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

18 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Government releases official rental sector figures

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

18 July 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill back in tomorrow’s King’s Speech

Informed leaks from unnamed government sources, and rolled out in the mainstream media, confirm that a version of the Renters Reform...

16 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Market has high hopes for imminent rate cut

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

15 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent and trade union turn on “criminal landlords”

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

12 July 2024

From: Breaking News

We're Raising Rents in the next year, admits vast majority of landlords

The majority of buy to let landlords plan to raise rents in the coming 12 months, new data suggests. Some 85% of...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Activists demand immediate rent controls from Starmer government

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

08 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour - This Is What The Next Five Years Look Like

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

06 July 2024

From: Legislation & Compliance

Controversial Lettings Agency finds landlords against rent controls

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

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Government must build 120,000 homes to keep rent rises ‘normal’

Rightmove says the government elected today must build 120,000 homes to help return rents to what it believes are normal levels,...

04 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Political dithering allows tenants to stay a year rent-free

A prominent industry figure has criticised politicians for leaving all sides of the private lettings sector with uncertainty - and allowing...

04 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning as “downward pressure on rent intensifies”

Knight Frank is warning that as supply increases and demand drops back to normal levels, so the pressure to drop rents...

03 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit with up to 21% rise in sales agency fees - new stats

A new analysis of property sales expenses suggests that landlords who sell now are paying up to 21% more in estate...

28 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour v Conservative Housing Policy - an analysis

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

22 June 2024

From: The Big Issues

No Chance of Interest Rate Cut Today despite inflation good news

Experts say there is no chance of a cut in interest rates being announced by the Bank of England ’s Monetary...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Growth Stabilising with only one area seeing rents fall

Rental growth seems to be stabilising, says lettings agency Hamptons.   It says the cost of a newly let home in Great Britain...

19 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

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

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

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour Capital Gains Tax Threat - a lawyer’s advice

The Labour manifesto has made no mention of Capital Gains Tax, and while Sir Kier Starmer has ruled out many mainstream...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges “immediate” scrapping of Section 21

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

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent says landlords should  share tax break with tenants

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

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent quibbles over proposal for landlord register

Generation Rent has raised detailed concerns about a proposal from the Liberal Democrats to introduce a national register of landlords.  The Lib...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Liars! Politicians blasted for “blatant untruths” about rental sector

A lettings industry figure has let rip at politicians pitching for votes at next month’s General Election. HomeLet and Let Alliance chief...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Why Inventories Are Important - everything landlords should know

What is a property inventory? A property inventory is a detailed document that records the condition of a property and its contents...

01 June 2024

From: The Big Issues

Tomorrow’s Stamp Duty Change “a missed opportunity to reform renting”

A controversial stamp duty change - announced months ago but coming into effect tomorrow - has been described as a missed...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents Still Rising in Double Digits in parts of UK - agency figures

Landlords in London are benefitting from double digit increases in rents, outdoing every other region of Great Britain.  London rents increased by...

21 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent rises stabilising across the country says Hamptons

The annual pace of rental growth on newly let homes in Great Britain continued to slow in April, with growth falling...

21 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Revealed - How Landlords Have Cut Costs in Challenging Times

Many buy to let landlords have made financial changes during the cost of living crisis to mitigate the rising costs of...

18 May 2024

From: Tax & Finance

Half of tenant moves triggered by landlord sales - new survey

There’s been another survey of landlord activity in the private rental sector - and this one shows that 50% of tenants...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

It’s War! Activist groups in conflict over Labour report and rent controls

The fragile peace between different groups in the Renters Reform Coalition has ended in a dispute about a Labour-commissioned report on...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Here We Go Again: Renters Reform Bill back in Parliament this week

The Renters Reform Bill returns to Parliament this week, with a First Reading of the measure in the House of Lords...

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Bad news for landlords as lender increases rates on BTL mortgages

Santander today in increases selected residential new business fixed-rate deals, as well as some landlord and residential offers. It is also lifting the...

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

University Challenge - students chose places based on rent costs

Availability in the private student halls sector is at a three-year high, according to new data from marketing and insights platform...

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Politicians make landlords feel like pariahs in society - claim

Red tape and a hostile attitude towards landlords from government is fuelling Scotland’s housing crisis, experts warn. John Blackwood, chief executive of...

10 May 2024

From: Breaking News

New batch of landlords preparing to sell, warns leading agency

The research head of Knight Frank is warning that a new batch of landlords are preparing to sell up and leave...

07 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

Warning to landlords: Ignorance over tenancy types can cost you

A call has gone out from an industry group for landlords and letting agents to be sure they know the distinctions...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - should rents be lower in poor EPC homes?

A housing industry group wants the energy efficiency of a social rented property to be factored into the rent the tenant...

02 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit with higher court fees from Wednesday

Court fees levied on landlords are rising 10% from Wednesday - the result of a consultation process held shortly before Christmas. The...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

More tenants must borrow to fund deposits - survey’s claim

The percentage of tenants borrowing money to fund their cash deposits on their next property has risen over the last 12...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Control zealot dropped from Scottish government

The architect of the controversial rent control policies in Scotland has left the government. It is not known what long-term implication this...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Surprise move as agents issue ‘how to complain’ guide to tenants

A new guide from Propertymark explains the rights which private rental tenants have - and sets out how they can challenge...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill U-turn by tenant activists

The coalition of 20-plus groups which have previously spoken enthusiastically about the Renters Reform Bill has now changed its mind. On April...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants’ energy costs set to fall in coming months - lettings agency

Rental growth in Britain has slowed says lettings agency Hamptons, with the average newly let rent rising 6.7% over the past...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

A look into 2024 so far: 3 key insights for landlords

Twenty twenty-four is a pivotal year for landlords in the Private Rented Sector (PRS). It is still the Government’s aim that...

16 April 2024

From: Sponsored Content

Pressure on Labour to introduce beefed-up rental reform

An activist group says any future Labour government should introduce a beefed-up version of the Renters Reform Bill - whether or...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Hidden Battery Fire Risk in the Private Rental Sector

Following a spate of fires in rental properties a home insurance expert is warning people of the hidden fire threat of...

13 April 2024

From: Legislation & Compliance

NRLA “disappointed” about big rises in landlords’ court costs

The NRLA says it is “profoundly disappointing” that the government has chosen to hike court fees for landlords at exactly the...

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA and Generation Rent daggers drawn over controversial report

Landlords and renters’ activists are at either end of the spectrum reacting to a controversial report on the private rental sector. Yesterday...

09 April 2024

From: Breaking News

House Prices Down and Up, in mixed data from the Halifax

UK house prices grew in March on a quarterly basis, by 2.0%, with annual growth slowing to 0.3%, from 1.6% in...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants buddy up with friends to reduce costs of renting

The percentage of tenants choosing to live alone has dropped over the last three years, research suggests.  A study compiled by Reposit,...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Worried renters suffer hair loss and weight gain - wealth firm’s claim

A controversial wealth management company claims that almost two thirds of private tenants have suffered a deterioration in their mental and...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords can afford much tougher regulation, says think tank

A think tank based in central London says landlords would not quit the sector if much tougher - and more expensive...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Scrapping S21 “a disaster” if court reform doesn’t happen - warning

The abolition of Section 21 evictions will be a disaster without improvement to the courts system, a property industry chief insists.  Ian...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Opposition building to controversial rent control proposals

Scotland’s new Housing Bill - introducing a laborious eviction process and rent caps across the country - will ‘compound the mistakes’...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent claims rent control proposal still not tough enough

The controversial proposal for permanent rent controls in Scotland, published just ahead of the Easter holiday, doesn’t go far enough for...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Energy costs could vary according to time of day

A consultation on how to develop a more dynamic energy price cap has been launched by the regulator, Ofgem. The regulator claims...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Renting set to boom as buying is even less affordable

The average house prices in England was £290,000 last year, some 8.3 times average annual earnings. This was actually down from 8.5...

26 March 2024

From: Breaking News

 Landlords’ Top Worries, Challenges and Expectations for the Future

The Property Redress Scheme, one of two approved ombudsman-style schemes for the private rental sector, has published the findings from a...

23 March 2024

From: The Big Issues

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

Rents rising above-inflation despite growing stability

Rental growth continued to cool in February, says the latest market snapshot from lettings agency Hamptons.   Last month, the average rent on...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Camera ban - new concerns over landlords’ insurance

Insurance experts claim there are new issues facing short-let landlords following Airbnb's worldwide ban on the use of security cameras inside...

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Property values still thousands below peak despite good start to 2024

The average price of property coming to the market for sale rises by 1.5% (+£5,279) this month to £368,118, as the...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Massive rise in complaints from social housing tenants

The Housing Ombudsman has revealed figures showing huge increases in the numbers of complaints from tenants on social housing. The Ombudsman says...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord maintenance costs continue to mount

If interest rate rises weren’t enough to drive landlords out the market, mounting maintenance costs could be. Various studies and surveys have...

12 March 2024

From: Sponsored Content

Capital Appreciation boost as prices nearly back to 2022 peak

UK house prices rose for the fifth consecutive month in February, up by 0.4 per cent or £1,091 in cash terms,...

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Working From Home adds to pressure to raise rents - claim

Towns within commuting distance of big cities have seen some of the UK’s largest rent rises in recent years, says Zoopla. The...

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA and Generation Rent argue over tax ahead of Budget

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

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

I Quit!  Landlord sells up because of “unfair” licensing regime

A landlord has quit the private rental sector after a battle with his council over why his properties were put into...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Radical reforms to rejuvenate renting, by industry commentator

A property industry commentator has set out what he calls a plan of action to rejuvenate the buy to let sector. Jonathan...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Three-tier housing market now operating - Zoopla

Zoopla’s latest market snapshot, used as a guide to capital appreciation by some landlords, says there’s now a three-tier housing market...

01 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing market ‘back to normal’ across most of UK - new stats

A property firm which has analysed transactions across the UK suggests the market is, at last, ‘back to normal’ in almost...

29 February 2024

From: Breaking News

HMRC admits Making Tax Digital will cost landlords money and time

The government has confirmed that Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment (MTD for ITSA) will cost landlords both extra money...

22 February 2024

From: Breaking News

It’s Over - Rental growth “passed its peak” says top agency

Average rents on newly let properties across Britain rose 8.3 per cent year-on-year in January, the slowest pace for 13 months...

20 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Lower-rate Green Mortgage deals offered to landlords

Buy to let specialist lender Paragon Bank has introduced offers on its two-year fixed rate BTL mortgages, including its lowest rate...

16 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Backfired! Rent Controls lead to Higher Rents, says Zoopla

Analysis by Zoopla says rent controls introduced in Scotland have directly led to higher rents. The property portal’s research team has analysed...

15 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Big Housing Market Boost from two new snapshots

Landlords seeking capital appreciation will be encouraged from two new housing market surveys - one showing a surprise rise in house...

08 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Here We Go Again - demand for rental properties rising once more

Six in 10 landlords recorded increased tenant demand for their properties in the final quarter of 2023, Paragon Bank research has...

05 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let lender offers new green mortgage products to landlords

Buy To Let lender Paragon Bank has added five-year fixed-rate ‘green’ products to its range of BTL mortgages. Rates start at 4.89...

05 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Think tank blasts “ineffectual landlords” letting out “poor quality housing”

A think tank claims that the government will pay landlords in the private sector six times the expected spend on new affordable homes in the five-year period between 2021 and 2026. The New...

01 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Most private tenants have problems with property conditions - claim

Two thirds of private renters have experienced a problem with the quality or condition of their property in the past six...

24 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters may become first time buyers with just one per cent deposit

The government is considering allowing renters to buy their first homes with just one per cent deposits, according  to press reports...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - the lessons the industry should learn

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on migrating away from the emergency rent controls introduced in September 2022 and extended...

20 January 2024

From: The Big Issues

Rents dip slightly in almost every UK region

The latest HomeLet rental index begins 2024 with a glimmer of hope for tenants as rents have fallen for the second...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Over 1.5m private tenants to be better off thanks to LHA move

An estimated 1.6m private renters are set to receive an uplift to their housing support for 12 months from April 2024,...

11 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Control proposals are complex, costly and won’t work - claim

New rent control proposals put forward by politicians are unnecessary and too costly according to a leading property expert.  David Alexander -...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Crisis? What Crisis? House prices actually WENT UP in 2023

The latest Halifax house price index shows average house prices rose by 1.1 per cent in December, the third monthly rise...

08 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Higher rents mean first time buyers compromise on size - claim

Escalating rents have led many first time buyers to adjust their property expectations and accept smaller homes when they purchase, a...

03 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims landlords evict tenants “to avoid doing repairs”

A spokesperson for the Citizens Advice charity has claimed at a public meeting that private landlords serve Section 21 notices on...

02 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of landlords ‘not optimistic’ about 2024

The substantial majority of landlords lack any optimism about their sector as they enter 2024. That’s the result of a new sentiment...

29 December 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Unknown Energy Costs could hurt tenants this winter

A lack of Energy Performance Certificate enforcement is putting tenants at risk from high energy costs or cold homes, according to...

23 December 2023

From: The Big Issues

Landlords warned over looming electrical checks crisis

Repairs and maintenance supplier Fixflo is warning landlords of a surge in demand for Electrical Installation Condition Reports in the short...

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords Warn Tenants - rents up in 2024 thanks to mortgage costs

Almost two thirds of private landlords expect to see their mortgage payments increase over the next 12 months with warnings that...

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Paragon launches nil-fee five-year BTL fixed-rate mortgages

Paragon Bank has launched new five-year fixed-rate buy-to-let mortgages with nil product fees. Rates start at 5.80 per cent and there is...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

New energy ratings to provide EPCs - government consultation opens

The government has launched a public consultation on a radical new UK home energy rating system to replace the long-standing Standard...

14 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Transactions tumble to 17 year low but light at end of tunnel - surveyors

Cash and mortgage housing market data show average prices decline by an annual 4.6 per cent says e.surv. But the monthly trend...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

New way of measuring rent rises coming in next March

The government’s Office for National Statistics is introducing a new way of measuring rent rises from the spring. It will double the...

05 December 2023

From: Breaking News

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