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Has Labour’s secret rent control plan been revealed by accident?

Just days after suggesting rent controls of any kind were off the table, it now appears Labour may be considering them...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Official - Labour will NOT introduce rent controls if it wins election

The Labour Party will not introduce rent controls if it wins the election. A spokesperson for the party is quoted on today’s...

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Up-and-Coming London Rental Hotspots revealed in new analysis

New data from flat share website SpareRoom has revealed what it calls “the up-and-coming London rental hotspots” with properties further away...

11 May 2024

From: The Big Issues

Labour Rental Sector Review launch with Generation Rent

The chief executive of Generation Rent is one of the speakers at the launch of a review of the private rental...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Coming Soon - “Bold” new proposals for private rental sector

An influential Labour website says a raft of proposed reforms for the private rental sector will be unveiled next month -...

09 April 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

How Technology is Transforming Property Management

The management of BTL properties, whether it's a modest collection of three units or a more sizable portfolio of fifteen, can...

15 March 2024

From: Sponsored Content

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

The Rich Embrace Renting Over Selling

Deciding on a residence in the bustling city of London is no small feat, especially when faced with the dichotomy of...

17 February 2024

From: Agent Advice

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

Agent lifts lid on what high-end tenants expect…and what they get

According to a London property management company, the profile of renters in prime London is varying hugely.  Glenfield Property Management says that...

28 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Activists say they know rent levels two years from now

Generation Rent says it’s worked out what rent levels will be in two years’ time. The activists say rents will rise 14...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords want Local Housing Allowance uprated annually

The National Residential Landlords Association wants the government to commit to annual uprating of the Local Housing Allowance. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter wants Local Housing Allowance rise now, not in April

Campaigning charity Shelter has welcomed the decision by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to unfreeze Local Housing Allowance - but it wants it...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Hunt’s dramatic Local Housing Allowance move not enough for activists

Many have welcomed the move by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to unfreeze the Local Housing Allowance - but some tenant activists say...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax and Benefit Changes to impact landlords - Autumn Statement details

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has used his Autumn Statement to reveal measures affecting both the rental market and the wider property industry.  The Local Housing Allowance is...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Chancellor Should Provide Targeted Support for Landlords and Tenants

When Chancellor Jeremy Hunt gets to his feet on Wednesday to deliver his Autumn Statement, he should consider offering support to...

18 November 2023

From: Tax & Finance

Charity repeats claim scrapping S21 will reduce homelessness

A charity is suggesting that if only the government got on with abolishing S21 eviction powers, homelessness would be eased. Crisis -...

16 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove presses Sunak to increase Local Housing Allowance next week

Housing Secretary MIchael Gove is reported to be pressing Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to increase Local Housing Allowance in next week’s...

13 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

Will Labour end “travesty” of frozen Housing Allowance?

The ongoing freeze on housing benefit rates is a travesty that needs reversing immediately, the National Residential Landlords Association is warning.  The...

12 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour activists' call to buy 500,000 private rental properties

A pressure group within the Labour Party wants a future government to provide £15 billion over 10 years to allow half...

17 July 2023

From: Breaking News

The NRLA Demands Change in the Private Rental Sector

Across the country landlords and renters are struggling as mortgage costs soar, tax hikes bite and uncertainty remains about the impact...

08 July 2023

From: Tax & Finance

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

Short Lets Bonanza - high end units in demand in London

A property management company is forecasting that Prime Central London’s short-lets summer is set to be record breaking. Glenfield Property Management says...

26 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords guide to making the right decisions in 2023

This year is set to bring sweeping rental reforms that will change the face of lettings forever. Landlords should be following...

02 June 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Should benefits be increased to help poorest tenants?

Propertymark has told a group of MPs that many benefit recipients are excluded from the private rented sector due to the...

19 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

Labour to launch major review of private rental sector

The Labour Party is to launch a major review of the private rental sector, led by the head of a London...

30 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter makes new claims on arrears and eviction threats

Campaigning charity Shelter claims that last month 482,000 private renters were behind on their rent. It also claims that 504,000 people have...

01 December 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

Investor bargains to be had in parts of London, admits agent

Prime central London may not seem to most obvious part of the UK for buy to let investors but a leading...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Giles Atkinson, Director of Atkinson McLeod

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Giles Atkinson and I’m one part of...

03 March 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

Rents skyrocketing in London according to latest index

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

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Ker-ching! - Councils in the money as fines on landlords ramp up

Fines on landlords and letting agents that fall foul of London council regulations have risen dramatically in the past month alone. Research...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Letters - can landlords and councils really work together?

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

13 November 2021

From: Industry Views

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

Agent’s top tips for letting properties quickly

High end lettings agency Carter Jonas has offered landlords a series of tips to renting out their properties quickly and successfully. They...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation index shows unexpected house price winner

Landlords looking mostly long-term capital appreciation rather than yields may have to invest in an unlikely location which topped a league...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

It's a Renter's Market - London affordability improves during pandemic

Rental affordability in the capital has improved markedly during the pandemic according to London lettings agency Benham and Reeves.  The firm analysed...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand by for weekend of protests by anti-eviction campaigners

The Momentum movement on the left wing of the Labour Party is staging a series of protests this weekend targeting landlords...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

London landlords fined in council clampdown

Two landlords have been handed hefty fines after pleading guilty to renting out shared houses without the correct paperwork. The owner of...

30 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

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

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

Rental Income Taxation: A Landlord Impact Analysis

The changes to Mortgage Interest Tax Relief and impact on your wallet Before April 2017 landlords with a mortgage on their buy-to-let...

14 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

From: Breaking News

Some London rents down near 30% while other regions prosper

Renters are quitting London and heading for the regions in search of more space and bigger homes and gardens. That’s the claim...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Landlords’ losses to hit £5.7bn by 2024 as rents look set to fall

Buy-to-let landlords face having to reduce rents by at least 5% over the next five years as a growing number of...

28 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

Landlord's kind gesture for his tenants goes viral on Twitter

A BTL landlord has proved to be a big social media hit after issuing his tenants with a bonus when returning...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Reforms to housing benefits ‘are needed urgently’

The government is being urged to increase housing benefits and remove the benefit cap to help support more tenants, especially in...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agent launches ‘let for free’ initiative to celebrate 10th anniversary

Draker Lettings is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the launch of its ‘let for free’ initiative aimed at landlords with properties...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Fewer landlords are letting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit

There has been a notable drop in the number of private landlords letting to tenants in receipt of local housing allowance...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Government to end Local Housing Allowance rate freeze

Around 900,000 people across the UK could see their housing benefit payments increase by around £120 a year from April after...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The most popular rental areas unveiled

Property search data from Rightmove over the past 12 months has been analysed to reveal the most sought-after areas for a...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour manifesto: Right to Rent, Section 21, rent controls, licensing

Labour has launched its general election manifesto, promising to “transform” the UK with what some commentators view as the most ambitious...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to invest in housing benefit so it 'reflects real costs of renting'

Three-quarters of people across the UK believe housing benefit should increase in line with rents to help combat homelessness, new research...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Restore levels of housing benefit to ‘end homelessness for good’ - Crisis

The government is being urged to restore the levels of housing benefit, otherwise known as Local Housing Allowance (LHA), so they...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Local authorities ‘failing’ to stop agents that ‘poison’ landlord-tenant relationship

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is calling on local authorities to take much firmer action against rogue letting agents that tarnish...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to repay £52,000 within three months or face prison

A private landlord in Lincoln has been warned that he could be given a prison sentence of up to 15 months...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Top 10 most popular rental areas in London unveiled

Property search data from Zoopla over the past 12 months has been analysed to reveal the most sought-after areas for a...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime London letting market is ‘strong and stable’

Rental values in prime London remain firm on the back of greater demand from tenants, as continued political uncertainty continues to...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New mortgage and protection service launched by Portico

Portico has expanded its client offering with the launch of Portico Finance, a mortgage broker and protection service, designed to offer...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Many landlords now rely on council incentives to house homeless people

The widening gap between housing benefit rates and market rents means that many buy-to-let landlords are now forced to rely on...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: how the cost of renting a room varies across London

A growing number of young professionals and students are choosing to house share, driving up the average cost of renting room...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Green shoots’ of recovery emerging in London’s buy-to-let sector

There are growing signs of confidence returning to the London market, with a resurgence in house prices being anticipated owed in...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords earned £34bn in rental income last year

Private landlords across the UK collectively earned £33.8bn from their buy-to-let investments in the year from 5 April 2017 to 2018,...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government benefit cuts fuel surge in homelessness from rented housing

Government benefit changes, including cuts to housing benefit, are to blame for increasing levels of homelessness from private rented housing, according...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Where in London has seen the biggest surge in rental returns over the past year?

Rental yields in London have increased over the past 12 months and the signs are that they could rise further moving...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

 My London Home’s lettings book to rebrand as Stirling Ackroyd

If you own a house or flat in London, there is a fair chance that you may have heard of, and...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Increasing housing supply offers tenants ‘more power to negotiate lower rents’

Rents for residential properties fell across parts of London in quarterly terms as the supply of properties coming on to the...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for breaching HMO rules

A buy-to-let landlord in Immingham, near Gimsby, has been ordered to pay £1,380 after being found guilty of renting an unlicensed...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Horton and Garton: Committed to charity and the community

At Horton and Garton, our message to West London is simple: we want to make a difference. Not just to the...

12 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

New licensing for private landlords in West London

A new licensing system in the West London neighbourhoods of Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Fulham, Chiswick and Ealing aims to protect landlords...

12 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

New HMO changes good for tenants, and landlords too

Local authorities now have greater powers to control properties rented out in their areas, thanks to changes in the mandatory HMO...

12 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Where can you achieve the highest rental yields?

Some buy-to-let landlords are bracing themselves for smaller profits over the coming years as a result of the new mortgage interest...

14 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Council offers five-year tenancy agreements to house Syrian refugees

Landlords with family size homes in East Devon are being urged to rent their properties to vulnerable Syrian refugees after East...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Significantly more ‘truly affordable rented homes’ needed to reduce homelessness

A lack of affordable rented homes are contributing to rising levels of homelessness, according to a new report from the national...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Council seeks to work with private landlords for housing solutions

Many private sector landlords see social housing tenancies as a higher risk than traditional rentals, and rising rents in the open...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Property licensing seminars launched in London

Property licensing seminars will be held in London to help landlords and letting agents make sense of what is required when...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Lifting the Lid on Deposit Disputes

Our latest infographic shows figures of how the majority of deposits are repaid at the end of tenancy and goes into...

05 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Who’s renting where in London?

Success in the letting industry hinges largely on the ability to find good tenants. And while it may be obvious what...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Cash incentives to help bring empty properties back into use

Homeowners and prospective landlords across the Deepings and Bourne districts of Lincolnshire are being offered grants of up to £5,000 to...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents support CO and smoke alarm rules but criticise government deadline

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) says it is 'entirely supportive' of today's regulation change which requires landlords to install...

01 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Looking for London Lets? Why Fulham is a Great Option

Living in London is something many of us dream of; it really is a city that never sleeps and you can...

01 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

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