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KEYWORD "Legal " - 479 RESULTS
Three-year minimum tenancies – what are the legal implications for landlords?

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal which could have serious ramifications for thousands of private landlords –...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Regular electrical checks in the PRS are ‘essential’

Plans to introduce new tougher electrical safety standards in the private rented sector aimed at protecting tenants by reducing the risk...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined just over £2,500 for unlicensed property

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £2,525 after failing to obtain a license for a shared house in Thurrock, Essex. Adeola Makinde was...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome MPs fire safety plans

A call by a Parliamentary committee for the government to fund certain fire safety improvements in privately owned residential blocks has...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total hits almost £1m in just six months

Rogue letting agents and landlords have reportedly been convicted of stealing almost £1m worth of tenancy deposits so far this year,...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Principality reduces 5-year fixed rate deal

Principality Building Society has cut the rate on its five-year buy-to-let mortgage product at 75% loan-to-value by 0.1% to 2.75%, making...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Ashford Borough Council to adopt new powers to crackdown on rogue landlords

Rogue landlords in Ashford will now face fines of up to £30,000 after Ashford Borough Council voted to adopt new rules...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord offers cheaper mortgage deals

Accord Buy to Let has reduced rates on selected mortgage deals, with products now available from below 2%. Buy-to-let landlords looking to...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord ordered to pay more than £12k for letting substandard property

A rogue landlord letting a cold, damp property with a lack of hot water and heating has been ordered to pay...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans launches short-term lets product

Foundation Home Loans has launched a new short-term let product, as part of the buy-to-let range, available exclusively through Legal &...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent collection service aims to offer landlords ‘financial security’

Unpaid rent and rent arrears are the main reason for tenant evictions, according to Belvoir’s Q1 rental index, but that could...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Legal & General completes acquisition of BTR site in Woolwich

Legal & General has exchanged contracts on its largest build-to-rent (BTR) site to date located in Woolwich. The scheme, which has been...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New government guidance to clampdown on rogue landlords and agents

The government has launched new online information designed to help renters and landlords know their rights. The rental guides, published by the...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Virgin Money confirm support for buy-to-let portfolio landlords

Virgin Money is now accepting buy-to-let portfolio landlord applications, ensuring that customers who have four mortgaged rental properties or more are...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Skipton reduces BTL rates by up to 0.23%

Skipton Building Society has cut rates by up to 0.23% across its buy-to-let range on both new acquisition and remortgage deals. The...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant jailed for illegally subletting house

A private tenant occupying a three-bedroom house in north-west London has been jailed after he was caught illegally subletting the property...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgages for unemployed landlord applicants

If you’re a landlord who is currently out of work or unemployed who wishes to buy a new BTL property or...

19 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Landlords owed thousands by collapsed letting firm

Landlords in Norfolk claim that they are owed thousands in unpaid rent while tenant deposits were left unprotected by a local...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS expands buy-to-let mortgage range

Leeds Building Society has added new fixed rate products to its range of mortgage deals. The new mortgages include a 1.44% two-year...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

How to avoid fines as a BTL landlord

As a landlord, you have a number of different responsibilities and obligations that you need to stay on top of, in...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords: How to sell your unwanted rental properties quickly for cash

Having a poor performing rental property or one you simply wish to get rid of quickly can be a real drain...

08 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Landlords urged to make clear they are complying with their legal obligations

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border are being urged to demonstrate that they are complying with all of their legal obligations...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government faces High Court challenge over Right to Rent scheme

The High Court has given the go-ahead for a legal review to be launched into the government’s Right to Rent policy. The...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New campaign to make electrical testing a legal requirement in England

Industry experts have joined forces to launch a campaign urging policy makers to create legislation on appliance testing in rental properties. It...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ immigration checks ‘creating a hostile environment’, says RLA

The controversial Right to Rent scheme requiring landlords to check the immigration status of new tenants is fuelling discrimination and should...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

LendInvest launches buy-to-let legal panel

LendInvest has named firms JMW Solicitors LLP and Lightfoots Solicitors on its first official panel of solicitors for its buy-to-let products.  The...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords advised to prepare for letting fees ban

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to prepare for the introduction of the letting fees ban, which will make it illegal to...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

TMW launches new 50% LTV BTL products

A new range of 50% loan-to-value (LTV) two-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage deals are being launched by The Mortgage Works (TMW). Rates...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The South West’s biggest landlord exhibition returns to Bristol

There are a number of key changes facing private landlords at the moment, which is why this year’s Landlord Expo, to...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for GDPR?

From tomorrow a new law will make the consequences of failing to protect personal data for companies and others far more serious. The...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

All rogue landlords to be ‘named and shamed’ in the capital

Criminal landlords across London will be named and shamed on an online database after all London boroughs signed up to a rogue...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Accidental landlords are confused over rental responsibilities

When it comes to rental responsibilities during a tenancy, there remains some confusion among so-called ‘accidental landlords’ when it comes to...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Unscrupulous landlord fined for unsafe property

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 after being found guilty of a number of breaches relating to...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Legal and General Mortgage Club adds Landbay to its lender panel

Legal and General Mortgage Club has added Landbay to its lender panel, offering members immediate access to a wide range of...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

A quarter of landlords have the wrong property insurance

Often the best way for a landlord to protect themselves, their property and indeed their tenants is to take out appropriate...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords face hefty costs for not providing ‘How to Rent’ guide to tenants

A number of buy-to-let landlords who failed to provide tenants with a copy of a ‘How to Rent’ guide – a...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord lowers rates on BTL remortgages

Accord Buy To Let has reduced rates on two and five-year fixed-rate remortgage products by up to 0.18%. Accord, which is part...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for forcing tenants to live in ‘uninhabitable and unsafe conditions’

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottinghamshire has been ordered to pay almost £6,500 after failing to comply with an improvement relating to...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord cuts cost of fixed-rate deals

Accord Buy To Let has reduced rates on selected fixed-rate products by up to 0.15%. These reductions are being applied to two-...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Aldermore reduces buy-to-let rates

Aldermore has cut rates on its buy-to-let mortgage range for company landlords, ensuring that they are now aligned with buy-to-let deals...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants should be able to improve credit score by paying rent on time

RentalStep has added its voice to growing calls for rent payments to be added to a tenant’s credit score. The PropTech startup supports...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

The Cambridge and L&G team up to offer landlords more choice

Cambridge Building Society has joined forces with Legal & General Mortgage Club to offer its buy-to-let range to landlords across England...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid uncovers tenants living in unsafe conditions

An ‘unsafe’ house in multiple occupation (HMO) in north London has been uncovered by enforcement officers from Brent Council following a...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp increase in English landlords renting out properties in Scotland

The number of English landlords renting out properties in Scotland has quadrupled since 2012, thanks to cheaper property prices north of...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent who stole from clients ordered to payback £22k in compensation

The law has finally caught up with a letting agent who stole £22,000 from clients, including landlords. Peter Bell, now the former...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Plans to clamp down on rogue landlords in Doncaster

Doncaster Council’s Cabinet will be discussing new ways to tackle rogue landlords at their meeting later today. The proposal is to introduce...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Richard Lowry, Founder of Home Counties Estate

Who are you? We are Home Counties: an independent agency in Potters Bar established by me, Richard Lowry. I’m passionate about property...

05 April 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

New ‘BTL toolkit’ launched by GWlegal

GWlegal has launched a buy-to-let toolkit, available on its online case management system GWlive, as part of the company’s rebrand as...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £31k for failing to deal with noisy pigeons

A landlord in North West London who failed to deal with noisy pigeons nesting at one of its properties has been...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits look set to be capped at five weeks rent

The security deposits that tenants leave with their landlord or their letting agent could be capped at no more than five...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent is a ‘failing policy’ that uses landlords as ‘scapegoats’

The government’s Right to Rent' policy has been slammed by a government inspector for failing “to demonstrate its worth” by encouraging...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords who refuse to let to tenants on DSS are “beyond bonkers”

Buy-to-let landlords who reject housing benefit claimants could be breaking the law. A recent legal case which saw single mother Rosie Keogh...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

EastEnders praised for tenancy deposit storyline

EastEnders has been praised by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) for a recent storyline tackling tenancy deposit issues faced by some...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentences for harassment and illegal eviction

A pair of private landlords from Sheffield who harassed and illegal evicted their tenant have been handed suspended prison sentences. Mark Cashin...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord unveils new loan for remortgaging landlords

Private landlords are now being offered more choice when looking to remortgage after Accord Buy To Let launched a new mortgage...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Lean on landlords that aren't doing the job’, says shadow housing minister

Councils are being urged to do more to crack down on rogue landlords who are leaving thousands of tenants living in...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New BTL service launched by GWlegal

GWlegal has launched a new service tailored to specialist buy-to-let brokers and landlords. The service, called GW Expert Buy-To-Let, will provide buy-to-let...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips for new landlords

Whether you are a first-time landlord or have let properties before, there are a number of factors to consider in order...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for new minimum energy efficiency standards?

There is less than four weeks remaining until new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into force across England and Wales,...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New EPC rating retriever for landlords launched by Mortgages for Business

A new tool that enables landlords to get an instant EPC rating on their rental properties has been launched by Mortgages...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total hits £750k so far this year

Rogue letting agents have reportedly been convicted of stealing more than £750,000 worth of tenancy deposits so far this year –...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

‘No DSS’ landlords may be breaking equality laws

Private landlords who reject housing benefit claimants could be breaking the law. A recent legal case saw single mother Rosie Keogh win...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you aware of your obligations when it comes to issuing section 21 notices?

Less than one in five landlords in England can legally issue section 21 notices in England, according to Cover4LetProperty.co.uk. The landlord insurance...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Subletting tenants who crammed 35 men into single house sentenced in court

Three tenants who sub-let a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Kingsbury, north-west London, to 35 men have been fined more than 23,000. The residents...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils restricted by new licensing conditions on private rented homes

Councils cannot use selective licensing conditions to impose new standards on private rented homes, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. The case...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

How does GDPR affect small landlords?

The introduction of the EU-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a little over three months away, and the legislation will...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to service boilers to reduce risk of heating system failure

Britain has been hit with a snow and ice warning that is set to put thousands of homes at risk of...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord given suspended prison sentence for illegal eviction

A buy-to-let landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence, handed a 16-week curfew and ordered to pay more than £10,600...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New free tenancy agreement tool launched for DIY landlords

A new free Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) contract creator tool that allows DIY landlords to create a bespoke, legally-binding tenancy agreement...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property manager hit with £10,500 fine for unlicensed HMO

A company and the manager of a house of multiple occupation (HMO) in South Hampstead, north-west London, have been hit with...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landmark legal decision could see rogue landlords forced to give up all earnings

Criminal landlords who crammed up to 40 migrants inside their semi-detached townhouse in north-west London face losing hundreds of thousands of...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Legal challenges launched against Right to Rent policy

Two separate legal challenges have been launched against government's 'Right to Rent' policy. The scheme, which requires landlords to check the immigration...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

How to improve the rental market for tenants

Landlord licensing, a database of rogue landlords and improved rent controls are among some of the primary measures proposed by renters...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

What should landlords be aware of going into 2018?

The buy-to-let property market is currently experiencing a wave of reforms, with the government looking to alter the way in which...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Legal & General announces Brighton as next city for Build to Rent homes

Legal & General has announced that it will be creating 200 new Build to Rent (BTR) homes in Brighton as part...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

What’s the true cost of holding an empty property?

According to official figures, more than 200,000 homes in England were empty for at least six months during 2016. In London,...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t cut corners with gas

As a landlord you should be aware that you are responsible for the safety of your tenants, and that is why...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the health and safety of your tenants being unwittingly compromised?

As a landlord you will undoubtedly be aware that you are responsible for the safety of your tenants, and that includes...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

The new tenant legislation ‘needs to go much further’, says leading agent

A leading letting agent has warned that new measures to protect tenants do not go far enough. The government announced earlier this...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How to be a successful landlord in five easy steps

Tenants that have nothing but respect and praise for their landlords are the sort of tenants that are likely to be...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA supports new measures to improve the safety of tenants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has expressed its support for new legislation that will help ensure rented homes are safe and...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Parliament to discuss giving tenants legal right to challenge landlords this week

A Private Members’ Bill put forward by Labour MP, Karen Buck, which offers tenants the legal right to take action against...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Skipton unveils new retention range

It was announced this morning that Skipton Building Society has launched a range of retention buy-to-let and residential mortgage products in...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants to be given legal right to challenge landlords

Tenants will be given the right to take legal action against landlords who offer properties that are not ‘fit for human...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned of growing residential subletting trend

In most cases, a tenant needs their landlord’s consent before they can sublet their home, and yet some tenants seem to...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords will still claim £16.7bn in relief despite tax changes

Buy-to-let landlords will still benefit from £16.7bn worth of tax relief, based on claims from the latest year’s tax returns, even...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord offers to help landlords manage ‘upfront costs of remortgaging a property’

Accord Buy To Let is offering landlords who remortgage a £500 cashback on selected loans, including eight remortgage deals. The intermediary-only lender,...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips on how to finance a property purchase at auction

Auction rooms across the UK are often filled with property investors, including many buy-to-let landlords, looking to buy property, ensuring that...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total hits £926k in 2017

Rogue letting agents were reportedly convicted of stealing just over £926,000 worth of tenancy deposits in 2017, fresh analysis from deposit-free...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord database ‘will save lives’ says LFB

The mayor of London’s decision to launch a new public online database which ‘names and shames’ rogue landlords and letting agents...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Over four in 10 landlords are reluctant to rent to those without a British passport

Some 42% of private landlords say the Right to Rent scheme has made them less likely to let to those without...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £5k for putting tenants at risk

A private landlord in Northampton has been fined £3,300 and ordered to pay the council’s £1,890.26 legal costs along with a...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Heavy fines for illegal subletters

A property firm with assets in the Virgin Islands has paid a £8,000 civil penalty to Brent Council after two tenants...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL launches new exclusive BTL deals with Leeds BS

LSL Group has launched two new five-year fixed rate buy-to-let products with Leeds Building Society The products, with rates of 2.94% and...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Database of rogue landlords and agents to be introduced in April

It has been confirmed that a database of rogue landlords and letting agents as well as new banning orders will be...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Council is slammed for siding with landlord who ‘illegally’ evicted family

Maidstone Borough Council has been criticised by a government watchdog and ordered to pay in excess of £4,000 after a private...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address Future Renting Wales conference today

The Welsh minister for housing and regeneration, Rebecca Evans AM, will address the RLA’s Future Renting Wales conference in Cardiff today.  The Future...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord who rented out an illegally converted property is jailed

A landlord who failed to provide his tenants with adequate living conditions has been sent to jail. Majid Saniinejad, of Stoke Newington,...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 3,800 landlords could face fines for illegally renting out properties

There is growing concern that thousands of buy-to-let landlords could face fines and possibly even prosecution for failing to sign up...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Is the new Electronic Communications Code a hazard for landlords?

Many property owners agree to electronic communications operators, such as mobile phone companies, installing aerials and other equipment, for example on...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Newcastle Intermediaries reduces BTL rates

Newcastle Intermediaries has cut rates across its buy-to-let ranges. The new buy-to-let remortgage deals are available at 2.85% for two years or...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Are you assured of compliance?

There is a lot for landlords to consider when letting a property and what is required often relates to the date...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales needs full compliance to raise standards in the PRS

First introduced in November 2015, The Welsh government’s Rent Smart Wales (RSW) scheme was designed to drive up standards in the...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Accord reduces buy-to-let remortgage rates

Accord Buy to Let has cut selected remortgage rates for buy-to-let landlords by up to 0.17%. The intermediary-only lender, which is part...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Will longer tenancies restrict rent rises?

The forthcoming Autumn Budget is set to unveil the government’s plans to encourage landlords to offer longer tenancies of at least...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Many renters will ‘end up worse off’ unless the law is changed

The government’s proposal to cap tenancy deposits to six weeks’ rent will save many tenants money, given that a number of...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Colchester landlord ordered to pay almost £9k for poor property management

A buy-to-let landlord in Colchester has been fined for poor property management that left a family in Wimpole Road, CO1, living...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs call for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all homes to let

Buy-to-let landlords across the UK should be responsible for the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, according to a new report. Under...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords face compulsory ombudsman scheme

In order to solve tenant disputes, landlords will soon be required to register with a redress scheme, helping to improve operating...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant had the ‘legal right’ to break back into landlord’s property, says council

Havering Council has defended its decision to advise a tenant to break back into a rental property that she had vacated...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £12k for illegally renting out basement

A landlord has been fined just over £12,000 after repeatedly ignoring warnings from council planning enforcement officers not to carry on...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord faced with eviction costs after council tells tenant to break into his flat

A landlord in Essex has had to start eviction proceedings to remove a sitting tenant after she broke back into a...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New powers will make it ‘quicker and easier’ to tackle rogue landlords

Hefty fines could soon be issued to rogue landlords in Bradford without being taken to court, under plans due to be...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage brokers can save you thousands of pounds

A new campaign is being launched today to tackle mortgage myths and highlight the importance of professional advice when it comes...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Could you spot a household carbon monoxide leak?

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, non-irritant and therefore undetectable gas, which is why more than half of Britons would...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent hit by rising house prices

The annual rate of house price growth increased to 2.5% in October, according to the latest figures, pushing homes further out...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips to protect landlords against allegations of ‘revenge evictions’

A number of landlords are leaving themselves wide open to legal claims of retaliatory eviction and property disrepair by failing to...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord given 12-month community service order for illegally evicting tenants

A landlord has been given a 12-month community service order with a rehabilitation activity requirement of 20 days after being convicted...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Hackney now face fines of up to £30,000

Rogue landlords in Hackney face heavy fines after the local council gained new powers to issue penalties of up to £30,000.  Landlords...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord inspections ‘are not something to be afraid of’

When a landlord let his property in Hartlepool to two cousins, he did not expect them to be sent to jail...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total hits £850k so far this year

The recent conviction of letting agent Lee Grace for illegally keeping £45,000 of tenancy deposits has contributed significantly to the near...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work for unlawfully subletting home

In most cases, a tenant needs their landlord’s consent before they can sublet their home, otherwise they risk breaking the term...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New rules for landlords in Wales – have your say

The Welsh government is currently seeking views on proposed regulations, made under section 94 of the act, for determining if a...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Dagenham fined almost £80,000

A pair of landlords in Dagenham have been slapped with a hefty fine for renting out two illegally converted flats over...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord immigration checks fuelling ‘black market’

A scheme requiring landlords to check the immigration status of new tenants is fuelling a ‘black market in forged Ids’, a...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £11,600 for overcrowding

A landlord in Luton has been fined £11,620 for letting an unlicensed and poorly-maintained house in the town which is classed...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Around 1.6 million rental homes at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning

Almost a third of rental properties in the UK are potentially at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to new research. The study, carried...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Legal & General announces Birmingham as next city for Build to Rent homes

Legal & General has announced that it will be creating 220 new Build to Rent (BTR) homes in Birmingham, as part...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Bath pair fined £16k for holding wrong HMO licenses

Two landlords in Bath have been ordered to more than £16,000 for failing to hold the correct HMO licences. Elizabeth Vowles, 48,...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Landlord faces jail if £102k fine is not paid in two months

A landlord in east London will have to cough up more than £100,000 or face going to jail for illegally converting...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Legal & General Mortgage Club updates BTL matrix

Legal & General Mortgage Club’s Buy to Let Matrix has been updated to include the positions of all lenders on portfolio...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord who illegally converted houses ordered to pay £340k

A private landlord who converted several houses into bedsits without planning consent has been ordered to pay more than £340,000. Latif Rehman,...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord ordered to pay £1,300

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £1,000 for renting out a property in Peterborough without a licence which he was legally...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New interactive fire door checker launched

A new fire door checker has been launched as part of Fire Door Safety Week (25 September - 1 October), designed...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords slapped with heavy fine for cramming tenants into rat-infested home

Two landlords have been fined more than £85,000 for illegally cramming tenants into a rental property in Leytonstone, east London, and...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Deposit-free renting’ necessary to protect tenancies, says agent

With personal debt burden continuing to rise, anti-deposit campaigner Ajay Jagota of Dlighted has once again called for tenant deposits to be scrapped. The...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord ordered to pay over £2,600

A private landlord has been fined £2,000 for renting out two properties in Peterborough without a licence which he was legally...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TMW launches two limited edition BTL products

Two new limited edition fixed rate buy-to-let remortgage products have been launched by The Mortgage Works (TMW). The new mortgage deals, which...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Free online training on fire doors launched for private landlords

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy and in support of this year’s Fire Door Safety Week (25 September – 1 October 2017),...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Two new fee-free mortgage products to help ‘support’ landlords

Buy-to-let landlords looking to acquire properties in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Suffolk, can now apply for two...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined £339k for allowing tenants to live in ‘atrocious conditions’

A rogue landlord who rented out squalid flats, which breached council planning laws and failed to meet basic living standards, has...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord pleads guilty to harassing tenants

A buy-to-let landlord pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the harassment of his tenants during a short hearing at Sheffield...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent’s behaviour ‘affected the lives of several landlords’

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has opted to extend its exclusion of a letting agency by an additional four years after seven...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips every landlord should consider when investing in student property

A number of buy-to-let landlords are turning their attention to student housing, which is regarded by many property investors as a...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s prosecution must act as a ‘warning to others’, says councillor

A landlord in Sheffield has been prosecuted for illegally evicting his tenant by simply giving him just a few hours notice...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant slams landlord for rejecting his right to pay cheap rent for life

A tenant who has won a legal case permitting him to pay cheap rent for life has panned his landlord for...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

How Wales is leading the way in raising standards in the PRS

This month has seen the approval or introduction of a number of new licensing schemes for landlords in several English cities,...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

No ‘compelling evidence’ as to why tenants should pay letting fees

Buy-to-let landlords should be responsible for paying letting agent fees in Wales, despite some concerns that this will lead to higher...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to adopt a more professional approach

In an attempt to improve standards in the private rented sector, a London-based letting agent is calling on buy-to-let landlords to adopt...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for evicting an unwanted tenant

As the buy-to-let industry has grown, so too have the many rules and regulations involved with letting a property. Keeping up with...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords slammed for ‘knowingly renting property to illegal migrants’

Buy-to-let landlords allowing illegal immigrants to live in their properties may face jail after hundreds of people suspected of not having...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Here’s how to ensure your buy-to-let investment is gas safe

When investing in buy-to-let, you can’t always be sure when the appliances and pipe work in the property were last serviced...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord given suspended sentence for endangering tenants with illegal gas work

A buy-to-let landlord in Ilfracombe, a seaside resort on the North Devon coast, has been given a suspended prison sentence for...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Fed up with lettings agents?​ No Agent​ brings a fair service for both landlords and tenants

No Agent’s innovative technology and in-house property experts offers landlords a simpler, flexible and low-fee way to manage everything from start...

02 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Tenants launch fundraising page to pay for ‘independent’ fire safety checks

A crowdfunding page has been set up by concerned tenants who are looking to pay for an independent fire safety inspection...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Sex-for-rent landlords could face up to seven years in prison

Rogue landlords who target vulnerable people for sex by posting online classified adverts offering accommodation in exchange for other services, could...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

RLA calls for a ‘full review of fire safety standards’

Contradictory and outdated fire safety guidance urgently needs updating to better support private landlords, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents expelled by TPO following landlord and tenant complaints

After a tenant paid his rent, he did not expect a few weeks later to be contacted by the landlord wanting...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords step up post-Grenfell fire safety checks

A number of buy-to-let landlords are taking measures to check the fire safety of their buy-to-let properties in the wake of...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Licensed homes reduces anti-social behaviour, claims councillor

There is a direct correlation between licensed rental properties and a reduction in anti-social behaviour, according to a north London based...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Leeds cut buy-to-let rates by up to 0.25%

Leeds Building Society has reduced rates on its fixed rate buy-to-let deals by up to 0.25%. New products include a 2.09% two-year...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent4sure offers a service ‘landlords can rely on’, says IT director

Living next to inconsiderate neighbours can be a nightmare, but letting to bad tenants can prove costly, especially when issues, which...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Discover Legal Advice For Landlords With The Experts At Tozers Solicitors

The Landlord team at Tozers Solicitors act for a wide variety of landlords, from social landlords with a mixed portfolio of...

19 July 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Rent Smart Wales licence breach leads to fine

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay more than £4,000 after being prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding that all...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for changing the locks to keep tenant out

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay just over £2,800 after pleading guilty to a charge of ‘harassing an occupier...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Private renters reluctant to ask for repairs to their home due to ‘fear of retaliation’

Fears about potential eviction, blacklisting, and rent increases are stopping four in ten private tenants from making complaints about or requesting...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New charter to protect private tenants in Tower Hamlets

After lobbying Tower Hamlets Council for three years, private renters in the east London district have finally been granted a new...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New insurance service launched for buy-to-let landlords

Landbay, the specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender, has joined forces with financial services giant Legal & General to launch Landbay Insurance, a...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

More would-be buyers turning to PRS for ‘more affordable accommodation’

Millions of people are being priced out of buying a property due to high house prices, the latest figures suggest. A dearth...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord is fined for 'blighting' neighbours by dumping rubbish

A landlord has been fined almost £1,300 for dumping rubbish at the rear of his rental property in Grays. Ardon Jardine, who...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Skipton reduce BTL rates

Skipton Building Society reduced its borrowing rates across its buy-to-let mortgage range by up to 0.28% this morning. Skipton’s new buy-to-let range for...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Barrister who turned out to be a rogue landlord is brought to justice

A barrister, who often represented landlords and tenants, has been fined for breaking the law, after it turned out that he...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Private landlords in Wales offered free cladding tests

Private landlords of high-rise buildings in Wales are being encouraged to take up an offer of free cladding safety checks following...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords face Section 21 confusion over new AST agreements

A number of landlords are unwittingly issuing incorrect Section 21 notices, resulting in thousands of pounds being wasted on aborted possession...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord fined almost £4k for failing to improve damp property

A landlord has been prosecuted by Barkingside Magistrates' Court for renting out a property in Dagenham with damp and mould issues,...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £135k or go to jail

A rogue landlord who made almost £130,000 in illegal rent after converting his three-bedroom house into two flats without planning consent...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Barclays are now offering ‘stunning’ BTL rates

Barclays has reduced rates on buy-to-let and residential products, as part of a wider revamp of its product range, with BTL...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Save on tax: 10 ways to potentially cut what you pay to HMRC

Very few of us enjoy filling in a tax return. But here are a few suggestions put forward by London based...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Council insists ‘homes are homes, not hotels’, as it aims to curb short lets

Southwark council in south London is warning local leaseholders to refrain from renting out properties via short term holiday rental sites,...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords sought for post-election panel debate

Buy-to-let landlords from across the UK are being invited to join a post-election panel debate on the afternoon of Thursday 13...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord networking event in Southport - free entry

From unfavourable tax changes to tougher mortgage lending conditions, the past 18 months or so have been difficult for many buy-to-let...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New rent guarantee launched by Direct Line Landlord Insurance

To help safeguard landlords from losing out on rental income, Direct Line Landlord Insurance has launched a new rent guarantee product...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Accord offers landlords up to £750 cashback when securing any of its deals

Landlords who agree to take out any of Accord’s buy-to-let mortgage products are being offered a lump sum of up to...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent – what landlords need to know

Steve Wood, Wales and West chairman of the Council of the Certificated Enforcement Agents Association, offers a guide to the 'Right...

10 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Steve Cox - Business Account Manager

Alan Boswell Group’s Steve Cox tells us a bit more about himself, and why the company’s landlord insurance is market-leading. Tell us...

09 June 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Leeds BS introduces new buy-to-let tracker with no early repayments charge

Leeds Building Society has added to its buy-to-let range by launching a new buy-to-let five-year tracker with no early redemption charges. The...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Sleazy landlord sentenced to 13 years in prison

A rogue landlord who forced susceptible women into prostitution and sexually assaulted others while ruling his £16m property empire has been...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Over a quarter of landlords experienced rent arrears in last 12 months - top tips

Rent arrears are a real concern for a number of landlords across the UK, especially as it can have a significant...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

How to reference check potential tenants

As a landlord, you should know exactly who a potential tenant is before you hand over the keys to your property...

01 June 2017

From: Sponsored Content

The north of England is rapidly becoming a ‘landlord hotspot’

The north of England, supported by the Northern Powerhouse concept, has already attracted a lot of investment, helping to drive up...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Race row landlord wants specialist insurance to deal with smell of curry

Britain’s biggest and arguably most contentious buy-to-let landlord, who recently banned ‘coloured people’ from renting any of his properties has suggested...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO appoints new council chair

When a tenant paid his initial one month’s rent in addition to a tenancy deposit in exchange for the keys to...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for the new minimum energy efficiency standards?

If you fail to take action to ensure that your rental properties comply with the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Don’t leave your rental properties unprotected, urges Lloyds

Living next to inconsiderate neighbours can be a nightmare, but letting to bad tenants can prove costly. Investing in the private rented...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £4,700 for placing ‘tenants at risk of harm’

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £4,700 by Blackburn magistrates after failing to make improvements to his property. Despite...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Race row landlord facing legal action

The UK’s largest and arguably most controversial buy-to-let landlord who banned ‘coloured people’ from renting his properties because ‘they make them...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

The Landlord Law Conference takes place tomorrow

Despite recent tax changes, buy-to-let property remains an attractive investment at a time of low interest rates and volatile stock markets,...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Government threatened with legal action over landlord immigration checks

The government is facing a legal challenge over its controversial Right to Rent scheme, which effectively forces buy-to-let landlords to act...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlords with properties in Wales could be ‘breaking the law’

Unlicensed landlords with properties in Wales are being urged to register ‘to avoid legal action’, regardless of where they are based...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Pepper launches five-year buy-to-let fix

Pepper Homeloans has launched a new limited edition buy-to-let five-year fixed rate mortgage at 2.98% up to 75% loan-to-value (LTV). The product...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords contribute £15.9bn a year to UK economy, study finds

Buy-to-let landlords currently contribute £15.9bn per year to the British economy through pre-tax spending on running their portfolios, which is more...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Legal & General announces Leeds as next city for Build to Rent homes

Legal & General has announced that it will be creating over 250 new Build to Rent (BTR) homes in Leeds, as...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Barclays introduces new BTL mortgage products

Barclays is launching a new buy-to-let mortgage range and exclusive offers for existing mortgage customers, while it has also announced that...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for letting out ‘dangerous’ property

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined for renting out ‘dangerous and poor’ accommodation after a fire broke out at her property...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Why you really should consider taking out rental payment insurance

Most landlords hope that their experience of letting a property is a positive one but, whether you are a seasoned landlord...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Reform the private rented sector so that it is fit for purpose, says expert

Stronger enforcement and streamlining of legislation in the private rental sector is urgently required to ensure the abolishment of what is in...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

New legal helpline launched for landlords

A new telephone service to help landlords resolve property matters more promptly and economically has been launched by a legal firm...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed two-year ban and £41k bill for putting tenants’ lives at risk

A man who rented out rooms above a town centre bar has been banned from being a landlord after putting the...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £5k for exposing tenants to ‘miserable living conditions’

A landlord has been fined more than £5,000 after St Helens Council’s private sector housing team inspectors found fire safety issues...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for rental sector reform to ‘protect landlords’ rights’ when evicting tenants

The private rental sector is in urgent need of reform to make it easier and less costly for buy-to-let landlords to...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour unveil plans to ‘call time on bad landlords’

Labour has pledged a “consumer rights revolution” which will introduce legal minimum standards for all rental homes because people currently have...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-PM Tony Blair plans to expand buy-to-let portfolio

Former British prime minister Tony Blair made headlines over the Bank Holiday weekend for announcing a return to domestic politics to...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Criminal landlords to be ‘named and shamed’ in London

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has vowed to crackdown on criminal landlords by ensuring that they are ‘named and shamed’...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Accord attempts to lure buy-to-let investors with lower rate deals

Accord Buy to Let is hoping to help mortgage brokers attract more buy-to-let landlords who may be looking to ‘refinance some,...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Just the two of us: Building a successful landlord-tenant relationship

Since 2004, the private rental sector has almost doubled in size to 4.5 million households. This may be good news, but this...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £235k for renting out illegal bedsits

A landlord has been ordered to pay in excess of £235,000 for renting out illegal bedsits in east London after pleading...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed prison sentence for illegal eviction

A landlord has been sentenced to six weeks in prison following the illegal evicting of one of his tenants and for...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords are offering ‘sex for rent’ deals

Some rogue landlords are targeting young, vulnerable people for sex by posting online classified adverts offering accommodation in exchange for other...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

2017 tenancy deposit theft total passes £300k

The recent conviction of letting agent Thirunga Damayantharan for illegally keeping £15,000 of tenancy deposits has taken the total value of...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £45,000 for ‘putting people’s lives at risk’ in shared flat

A landlord has been fined more than £45,000 after 12 people were found living in slum-like conditions in a four storey...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

The reputations of ‘good landlords’ being ‘tarnished by the bad ones’, says LGA

Local councils are calling on the government to close a legal loophole that allows landlords to get away with converting properties...

14 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Free Right to Rent insurance for all RLA members

All members of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) can now expect to receive free Right to Rent legal expenses when they...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Best buy-to-let mortgages: rates at a record low

Looking for a buy-to-let mortgage? There are some excellent deals available – provided you know where to look. The number of buy-to-let...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Are short-term lets here to change the face of the private rental market?

Homestay networks and renting short-term lodgings are on the up – just look at the exponential rise of peer-to-peer sharing platform...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords, get receipt savvy for the new tax year

With the new tax year upon us - it’s time for some of you to start getting into better habits to...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord who rented out illegal flats could be forced to repay rent

A landlord who broke the law by converting a building into seven flats in east London without planning consent could be...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £7,000 for putting tenants at risk

A landlord had been ordered to pay more than £7,000 after putting the lives of his tenants at risk. Daniel Woulfe of...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Luke Burton, Sales & Marketing Director at Rent4sure

What does it say on your business card? Luke Burton Sales and Marketing Director, Rent4sure Who is Rent4sure? Rent4sure, is an established tenant referencing company. We provide...

29 March 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Top tips to help you stay safe and beat the fraudsters and scammers

The vast majority of landlords are unable to identify a fake passport when presented with one leaving them vulnerable to fraudsters...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords require ‘more protection’ say couple left with £10k clean-up bill

Significantly more must be done to protect landlords from rogue tenants, according to a couple who were left with a £10,000...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

MP tables early day motion urging landlords to improve gas safety

Labour MP and gas safety campaigner George Howarth has tabled an early day motion (EDM) calling on landlords and social housing...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords hit with £18k penalty for letting hazardous property

Three landlords have been ordered to pay costs totalling £18,000 for renting out an unsafe house in High Wycombe, which included...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Lincoln Council launching new landlord accreditation scheme this week

The City of Lincoln Council will launch the Trusted Landlord Scheme this week in an effort to promote best practice and...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing firm celebrates helping millionth tenant move home

Rent4sure made history last week when they helped their one millionth tenant move property. The tenant referencing company, which now helps over...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs call for greater powers to ‘clamp down’ on illegal lets in London

With a growing number of buy-to-let landlords in London now using short-term letting platforms like Airbnb to breach the rules for...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Plans unveiled for major Build to Rent scheme in Bath

A new Build to Rent (BTR) development featuring over 170 homes will be built in Bath city centre by Legal &...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Council targets landlords that allow homes to fall into disrepair

Buy-to-let investors are being warned not to leave their properties to fall into disrepair after a landlord was found guilty of...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Ipswich launches new buy-to-let mortgage products

Ipswich Building Society has launched a new two-year fix rate buy-to-let product at 3.39% and a two-year discount at 3.44% for...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Can you afford to ignore the Affordable Warmth Scheme?

The UK government’s Affordable Warmth Scheme (AWS) has been in place since 2013, as part of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO).   The...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

NLA and NIA join forces to help landlords meet new regulations

National Landlords Association (NLA) has teamed up with the National Insulation Association (NIA) to provide landlords with an easy to use...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord accepted £40,000 stolen whisky as rent payment

A landlord has been found guilty of being in possession of stolen goods, having accepted £40,000 worth of stolen whisky in...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord in Sheffield continues to ‘tarnish the private rented sector’

A buy-to-let landlord in Sheffield has been told that he has to pay £2,412 in court costs, fines and compensation after...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for improving your property’s energy efficiency rating

The 2015 Energy Efficiency Regulations, passed in March 2015, set out minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for England and Wales. These...

11 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS adds BTL products to range

Lender Leeds Building Society has launched two new deals to its buy-to-let mortgage range in an effort to entice more landlords...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New TV series to expose ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’

Following the success of the first two series, the third series of “Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords”, starts this Sunday. The observational documentary highlights alarming...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

RLA membership rises to 30,000

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are adopting a more professional approach to their lettings business, as reflected by the fact...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New TV series to expose ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’

Following the success of the first two series, the third series of “Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords”, starts this Sunday. The observational documentary highlights alarming...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

MP slams subsidy for ‘slum’ landlords

A new scheme launched to help landlords with housing repairs in Peterborough has been panned by the local MP. Stewart Jackson MP...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

New training opportunities launched for landlords and agents

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords handed a hefty fine

Two unscrupulous landlords in Reading have been fined almost £9,000 for poor housing standards and a complete disregard for the welfare...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Short-term letting industry vow to stop landlords converting ‘homes into hotels’

The short-term letting industry, which includes the likes of Airbnb, joined local authorities and community groups at City Hall yesterday to...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord faces £108,000 bill or jail

A landlord has been ordered to pay £108,000 within three months or go to jail. Mohamed Omar Hassibi was refused consent to...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent causing landlords to discriminate against foreign students

Many landlords are being left with little alternative but to discriminate against international students as a result of the government’s Right...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 17% of homes could become unrentable by 2018

Nearly 17% of properties currently available on the private rented sector could become unrentable by 2018 if government plans for new...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord narrowly escapes prison over gas safety failings

A buy-to-let landlord has narrowly escaped jail after failing to ensure gas appliances in one of her properties were checked for...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord opposed to licensing scheme plans to hold a referendum

After forcing Burnley Council to hold a referendum on a directly-elected mayor, a disgruntled buy-to-let landlord has now vowed to do...

14 February 2017

From: Breaking News

WHAT’S TO COME FOR THE UK HOUSING MARKET?

Following the events of 2016, it’s easy to see why experts across the country are torn when it comes to the...

10 February 2017

From: Sponsored Content

TMW aims to ‘offer a wider range of options for landlords’

The Mortgage Works (TMW) is looking to broaden its range of options for buy-to-let landlords, balancing those seeking lower rates but...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Leaked email exposes unregistered landlords

An investigation has been launched after details of hundreds of landlords who have not yet registered on a Wales-wide scheme were...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Making the switch to commercial property – how to avoid the risks

Daniel Stern explains the risks associated with leasing commercial property and how to best mitigate against them.  Given that tax relief on...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Furness launches new 5-year fix rate products from 3.2%

Furness for Intermediaries has launched two new five year fixed rate buy-to-let products to strengthen its product range. The first is a...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Here are some top tips to keep your boiler running smoothly this winter

Well cared for central heating systems will help keep your rental properties warm and cosy. But be warned, fresh analysis by...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Free landlord tax tutorials – download them now!

A series of tax tutorials have been launched for buy-to-let landlords and their professional advisers by Property118 and The Landlords Union. These...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Cheaper LTV options available from today for BTL landlords

As part of its commitment to support buy-to-let landlords, Accord Buy to Let has from today reduced rates on selected lower...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £8,000 for catalogue of health and safety hazards

An unscrupulous landlord who failed to maintain his rental property, which included mould and a leaking toilet, has been prosecuted by...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants’ union needed to improve ‘mediocre’ renting conditions

A major think-tank wants to see the government help hand back power to tenants, enabling them to improve conditions in the...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Thousands of amateur landlords don’t understand their legal responsibilities

Thousands of private landlords in Scotland require greater support to help give tenants a better service, according to housing and homeless charity...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Lender launches ‘a great deal for landlords’

A new two-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage at a borrowing rate of just 1.59% a year has been launched by Virgin Money. The...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants ‘need better protection’, says trade body for landlords

Councils across the country are being urged to raise their game when it comes to protecting private tenants from a minority...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Turning a house into flats

Converting houses into flats is becoming increasingly popular. There’s a high demand for flats in London, and splitting a property into...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Are you aware of your obligations as a landlord?

Landlord obligations can be difficult. Electrical safety, fire safety, deposit protection, licensing and consent, the list is endless - leaving some...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Top tips for buy-to-let landlords purchasing property at auction

Investing in property at auction is a popular choice for many buy-to-let landlords as there are some good bargains to be...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Almost one in ten homes could become unrentable by 2018

Nearly one in ten properties currently available on the rental market could become unrentable by 2018 if government plans for new...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Buying bargains at property auctions

Auctions are a great way to add to a buy-to-let portfolio, with a wide range of bargains often going under the...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

This service can help landlords save almost £2,000 a year

It is not the best time to be a buy-to-let landlord, with a raft of ‘anti-landlord’ policies being introduced prompting concern...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Are your tenants planning to secretly sublet their home this Christmas?

Total Landlord Insurance is warning landlords to be extra vigilant over the festive period as it reports a 14% year-on-year increase...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord given suspended prison sentence after putting lives at risk

A buy-to-let landlord in Plymouth put the lives of his tenants at risk of a gas explosion after carrying out gas...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government consults over ‘banning orders’ for rogue landlords

The government has launched an official consultation process on plans to for new banning orders to clampdown on rogue landlords and...

17 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Can a landlord turn a tenant’s electricity off?

When a landlord switched off his tenants’ electricity, leaving them without heating, hot water, lighting or cooking facilities, in a bid...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government set to extend mandatory licensing of HMOs in England

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has ended a consultation on ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and residential property...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Company hit with £250,000 confiscation order following ‘blatant disregard for planning rules’

A company letting out an illegally converted house in North West London has been ordered to pay £250,000 under the Proceeds...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over 2,000 landlords at risk of prosecution

Barnet Council has issued a stark warning to the 2,000 landlords without correct licences across the north London borough. The council says...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

How to deal with a tenant that is not paying rent

Recovering rental arrears from non-paying tenants is one of a landlord’s biggest challenges. But while no-one actually enjoys chasing money, it...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay back £700,000 in ‘illegal rent’ is repossessed

A Cricklewood landlord who was ordered in September to pay more than £700,000 after he breached Barnet Council’s planning enforcement rules...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Enforcement is ‘fundamental’ to ensure criminal landlords are prosecuted

New measures under the Immigration Act 2016, which came into play yesterday, will only be welcomed by those operating in the...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for breaching new licensing rules

A landlord from Sheffield has been fined more than £1,000 for failing to comply with new licensing regulations for properties in...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords could face fines for illegally renting out properties

There is growing concern that thousands of buy-to-let landlords could face fines and possibly even prosecution for failing to sign up...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Is this product set to become a ‘Genius’ piece of inventory software for landlords?

A new web-based inventory software system called Inventory Genius, designed to take the hassle and legal pitfalls out of the inventory...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord faces jail unless she pays back £140k

A landlord in Hayes, west London, has been ordered to pay back more than £140,000 in rent she received unlawfully after...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Lender cuts rates to help landlords ‘plan and balance’ their costs

The Mortgage Works (TMW), the specialist buy-to-let arm of Nationwide Building Society, has cut interest rates on some of its two-year...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Minimum energy efficiency standards for rented properties – are you prepared?

Ian Shipley provides an insight into how you can prepare for the new minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) set to come...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Almost half of landlords refuse to let to those without a UK passport

Britons without a passport are struggling to rent due to immigration checks introduced for earlier this year, according to a new survey. The...

19 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £7,000 and do 150 hours community service

A buy-to-let landlord was ordered to pay in excess of £7,000 and given 150 hours of community service at Birmingham Magistrates...

19 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords to take action against solicitors who advised Bank of Ireland

A group of landlords has suspended its plans to take the Bank of Ireland to court over their tracker rate being...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord borrowing falls by 7% as lull hits buy-to-let market

The level of buy-to-let borrowing was down 7% between August and September as the introduction of the 3% stamp duty surcharge...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

How should you respond to complaints? Join #Section21 Twitter debate today

A Twitter debate on Section 21 notices will take place today from midday to help property professionals, including landlords, properly understand...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

‘Despicable’ landlord ordered to pay £42k for poor property management

A private landlord was described as “despicable” by a local councillor after being found guilty this week of 18 offences relating...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for ‘extremely dangerous’ rental property

A private landlord has been ordered to pay just over £1,000 after being found guilty of providing an ‘extremely dangerous’ rental...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Man fined £7k for putting lives of tenants at risk, but says he's not a landlord

A man claiming not to be a landlord has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 for putting the lives of...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

RLA continuing to lobby Treasury for buy-to-let tax changes

Buy-to-let landlords may have failed in their legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set to be...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Conditional discharge for unlicensed landlord

A landlord has been issued with a conditional discharge by Sheffield Magistrates Court after failing to license two rental properties that...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Plans approved for 400-home build-to-rent scheme in Walthamstow

Waltham Forest Council’s planning committee has awarded planning consent for the construction of a 440-home build-to-rent scheme in Walthamstow on the site...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for refusing to join Liverpool’s new licensing scheme

A landlord has become the first to be prosecuted for not signing up to Liverpool council’s new landlord licensing scheme which...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Up to 70% of eviction notices could be illegal, says law firm

A large share of buy-to-let landlords trying to evict tenants are being delayed in doing so by defective Section 21 and...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises are inevitable after tax clampdown on buy-to-let

Buy-to-let landlords may have failed last week in their legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Disappointment for landlords as court rejects full judicial review of BTL tax

Landlords represented by Cherie Blair have failed in their legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set...

08 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords need support to deal with changing ‘illegal immigrants’ legislation

The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) wants to see more ‘support and information’ offered to landlords to help ensure that they properly...

08 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Government to be challenged in court today over BTL tax grab

Landlords fighting to prevent punitive tax relief changes for buy-to-let income being introduced in April 2017 are ‘hopeful’ that a hearing...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

 Landlord fined for fly-tipping

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay £5,600 after rubbish from three of his rental properties was found fly-tipped in...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants fined for holding housing enforcement officer against his will

Two tenants in Kingsbury, north-west London, have been handed fines totalling £4,500 after being convicted of obstructing a Brent Council housing...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Society of Mortgage Professionals launches buy-to-let CPD events

The Society of Mortgage Professionals (SMP) has announced that it will deliver a CPD event programme dedicated to buy-to-let following the...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

London’s £2bn rental deposits are simply ‘gathering dust’

Dlighted is trying to persuade more landlords and tenants to use its deposit-free renting service by claiming that at least £2bn...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Berkeley Alexander unveils new buy-to-let insurance product

Berkeley Alexander has launched a new buy-to-let landlord insurance that not only helps more landlords properly protect themselves and their investment...

26 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £8,500 for renting out unsafe property

A landlord who confessed to renting out houses in Stotfold and Arlesey with serious safety hazards has been ordered to pay...

26 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Top tips to ensure your tenants stick to the rules

While we all know that it is important for all landlords to have a watertight legal contract in place to fall...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

One in seven renters breach tenancy rules

One in seven renters have broken one or more rules outlined in their tenancy agreement, while 11% of renters surveyed claimed...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord launches appeal after losing damp house row

Controversial landlord Fergus Wilson has launched an appeal against a county court decision to award former tenants compensation following a row...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of private landlords suffer abuse from tenants

Thousands of private tenants claim to have suffered abuse at the hands of landlords according to Shelter, which include threats, assaults...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Knockout blow for landlord Mohammed Ali

A landlord operating in the London borough of Brent has been has been ordered to pay close to £7,500 for cramming...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Are you aware of your gas safety responsibilities?

Landlords are being reminded this week that they are responsible for the safety of their tenants, as part of Gas Safety...

19 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord hands over drugs cash

A landlord who was jailed earlier this year after being found guilty of cultivating a cannabis crop of £75,000 in two...

19 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign to reintroduce proposed landlord licensing scheme

A petition has been set up to overturn what has been described as a ‘shameful’ decision to abolish a selective licensing...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords set to start legal action against Bank of Ireland

It is now been three years since Property 118 questioned West Brom’s – the now obsolete specialist lending arm - decision...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal Documents

Legal documents are a necessary requirement for landlords. From tenancy agreements, deposit protection schemes and demand for rent, making sure you...

13 September 2016

From: Video Articles

Scottish landlords support SNP's proposed changes to Finance Bill

The government’s proposed changes to mortgage interest relief, which will  see landlords taxed on their turnover rather than profit, has been...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

New digital letting service could save landlords up to £1,600 a year

A new digital letting service that aims to save landlords up to £1,600 per year has been launched.  NoAgent.co.uk uses technology to...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Airbnb adding to London's housing crisis, says RLA

An increasing number of landlords are attempting to evade their legal responsibilities when it comes to renting out property by advertising...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

A third of tenants are paying for energy efficiency improvements

Around a third of tenants that were surveyed claim that they are being forced to pay for energy efficiency improvements in...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

When can a tenant withhold rent?

A fundamental part of any tenancy agreement is the tenant’s obligation to pay rent to live in the  property. In return,...

30 August 2016

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Vulnerable families being exploited by ‘rogue landlords’, BBC report claims

Vulnerable families are being exploited by ‘rogue landlords’ in the Govanhill area of Glasgow, according to a BBC Scotland investigation. The report...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants concerned about deposit protection

The majority of tenants are concerned that their deposit has not been placed in a tenancy protection scheme and fear that...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Victory for landlords as council scraps proposed licensing scheme

A landlord group has successfully halted the planned introduction of a selective licensing scheme proposed by its local council. More than 80...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let rates cut by Skipton

Skipton Building Society has launched a range of new fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage products with interest rates lowered on certain products...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord prosecuted after leaving tenant 'homeless'

A landlord has been fined almost £500 after changing the locks on his rental property.  Peter Lamont was prosecuted by Halton Council...

19 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for letting unlicensed property

A company has been handed a hefty fine by Islington Council for letting an unlicensed flat in the north London borough. Landhouse...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Government’s energy efficiency policy will drive up rents

The government’s policy to improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s housing stock will almost certainly place upward pressure on rents...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Is your rental property potentially being used as a cannabis farm?

With an increasing numbers of rental properties being targeted by gangs of cannabis cultivators looking to house their criminal activities, it...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord falsely claimed council tax support

A landlord has been prosecuted for illegally claiming council tax support for his primary residence while receiving rent from an undeclared...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

EU tenants concerned post-Brexit

A significant number of EU citizens living in the private rented sector (PRS) say they are worried that the result of...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Top tips for landlords

With the manically busy September and October periods in the letting market rapidly approaching, which marks the start of the academic...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords could launch legal challenge against licensing scheme

More than 80 buy-to-let landlords in Weston-super-Mare have joined forces with a view to taking North Somerset Council to court in...

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Accord announces cuts to its fixed BTL range

Accord Buy To Let has reduced rates on its entire fixed rate range by up to 0.3% and launched new remortgage...

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New training programme launched for landlords in Northern Ireland

A new training academy for landlords, letting agents and other property professionals has been launched by TDS Northern Ireland, the Belfast...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

‘Burdensome approaches’ to regulate landlords would be ineffective

The government will not force landlords of leasehold properties to belong to a redress scheme, despite growing pressure from conveyancers pushing...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Too many landlords provide ‘cold, draughty and damp accommodation’

More than half of tenants that were surveyed claim that they are being forced to live in cold and draughty rental...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord who put young family’s health and safety at risk fined

A landlord has been handed a major fine by Sunderland Magistrates' Court after repeatedly refusing to carry out improvements on his...

27 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlords in Oldham warned to get their acts together

Landlords in Oldham must not shirk their responsibilities and legal obligations, which includes signing up to the Selective Licensing scheme or...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenancy length hits five-year high

The average length of tenancy in the private rented sector has increased by 300% over the last two years, from 16...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Wales encouraged to improve professional development

Ceredigion County Council completed its one month long RentSmart Wales Roadshow yesterday at an event in Lampeter, South West Wales, designed...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Demand for buy-to-let set to ‘remain strong’ this year

Despite the government’s decision to cut tax incentives and increase stamp duty rates for landlords, many mortgage brokers believe that demand...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords to start legal action against BoI and Skipton

A group of disgruntled customers are expected to start legal action against Skipton Building Society and Bank of Ireland next month...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices rose in May despite higher stamp duty bill for landlords

Residential property prices increased across Britain in May despite uncertainty ahead of the EU referendum and significantly higher stamp duty bills...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord jailed for illegally evicting tenants

A private landlord in north London has been sentenced to four months imprisonment and fined £20,000 after pleading guilty to intimidating his...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landmark case could have 'massive impact' for people renting in Scotland

Last week, a landmark case in Scotland highlighted the need for deposit protection, after a letting agent in North Ayrshire became...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

A third of tenants are subletting without landlord’s consent

Around a third of private rented sector tenants in the UK admit that they are currently subletting their rented accommodation without...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents accused of ‘ripping off’ landlords and tenants

We all know headlines sell newspapers, but a report in yesterday’s Daily Mirror brought shame on a host of letting agents...

08 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Forbes launches new legal advice service for landlords

Forbes Solicitors has set up a new team dedicated to helping private landlords with a wide range of legal issues.  From drafting...

06 July 2016

From: Breaking News

‘Tenants from hell’ exposed

In what is a welcome change to the landlord bashing articles often featured in the media, the Daily Mirror and Daily...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Calls for greater powers to clampdown on rogue landlords

The government and local councils are not doing enough to clampdown on rogue landlords, according to a new report. A survey of...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants in Scotland launch national union to challenge private landlords

Private tenants north of the border have come together to launch Scotland’s first national union for people living in the private...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined more than £9,000 for various offences

A landlord who was convicted of multiple building regulation offences and for failing to disclose information in relation to ownership of...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Furness launches new BTL products from 2.85%

Furness Building Society has launched two new dedicated consumer products after announcing that it will now consider all consumer buy-to-let mortgage...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

How to build a high yielding HMO portfolio

Daniel Hill, managing director of Multi-Let UK, explains how you could build and manage a profitable HMO portfolio. Recent research fromMortgages...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending plummets

Mortgage lending to landlords plunged by 65% in April compared with the previous month, owed largely to the unusually high level...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Leeds Building Society launches ‘exclusive’ BTL product

Leeds Building Society has launched a new 2-year 70% loan-to-value buy-to-let fixed rate, available exclusively to the LSL group, including TMA...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Name and shame ‘minority’ who provide substandard accommodation, say landlords

The mayor of London’s pledge to publically name ‘bad’ landlords who have been convicted of housing-related offences is supported by the...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords facing constant onslaught of stress

Ever mounting issues such as regulation, rent arrears, handling tenant complaints, immigration checks, tax and inland revenue are causing many landlords...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords fight back against BTL tax grab, but low chance of success

A legal campaign to fight punitive tax relief changes for buy-to-let landlords continues to build momentum as campaigners move closer to...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Barnet council clamping down on unlicensed landlords

Rogue landlords in the London Borough of Barnet are being targeted by the local council as part of a crackdown on...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of letting agents sign up to Code of Practice

There has been a sharp rise in the volume of agents that have signed up to The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme’s...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords aim to exceed tenant expectations

With growing competition to attract the best tenants, more landlords are now going out of their way to provide an enhanced...

02 June 2016

From: Breaking News

PPN expands bespoke management service for HMOs

A bespoke management service is being rolled out to support landlords and investors running HMO, or multi-let portfolios. The service provided by...

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Landmark case sees landlord in court for sub-letting council home

A man who illegally sub-let his council home in Sheffield and then evicted his tenant using force has been prosecuted in...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Abandoned properties a ‘common’ problem for landlords

Have you ever had a tenant move out of a property that you own before the tenancy has ended, without informing...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency targets will push rents higher, says RLA

Rents in the private rented sector will increase as a result of the planned introduction of energy efficiency targets, a leading...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of amateur landlords putting tenants’ lives at risk

Many part-time landlords across the UK are putting their tenants’ lives at risk and could face hefty fines for breaking basic...

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with £100k fine for building illegal flats

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £100,000 for developing illegal flats at her property after being prosecuted by...

17 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Holiday rental sites being abused for long term letting

A growing number of landlords are attempting to shirk their legal responsibilies of renting out property by advertising it as a holiday...

16 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Free landlords open evening to be held in Teignbridge

A free open evening is being held by Teignbridge Council for anyone interested in letting property in the South Devon district. The...

12 May 2016

From: Breaking News

MPs approve Immigration Bill changes

Members of Parliament have approved measures that will give greater protection to landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants. Changes to the Immigration...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent guidance to change

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) understands the Government is planning to update its Right to Rent guidance following the roll out...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants charged up to £780 to move home

Generation Rent has renewed its calls for the government to ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants.  The group’s ongoing research...

19 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Phase two of Tenant Tax campaign launches

A group campaigning for the abolition of the buy-to-let tax grab have launched the second phase of its crowdfunding campaign and...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Matt Tooth, LendInvest Head of Distribution

Who are you? Matt Tooth What does it say on your business card? Head of Distribution, LendInvest What is LendInvest? LendInvest is the UK’s leading online...

14 April 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Suspended sentence for fake Gas Safe engineer

An unregistered gas fitter has been received a suspended prison sentence for illegally installing a gas boiler and undertaking landlord’s gas...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

One in 10 landlords have no formal tenancy agreement in place

Research by landlord insurance provider Direct Line for Business has revealed that one in 10 private landlords has no formal tenancy...

07 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Birmingham landlord jailed

A Birmingham landlord has been sent to prison for 19 months and ordered to pay £13,820 costs over a catalogue of...

07 April 2016

From: Breaking News

New custodial deposit schemes for landlords

Two new custodial deposit schemes have launched, meaning landlords who prefer a custodial deposit scheme now have a choice of three...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

£116,000 bill for London landlords breaching planning regulations

Two north London landlords who breached planning regulations by converting a house into seven studio flats have been ordered to pay...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

London councils vow to investigate “Housing Benefit Millionaires”

Several local authorities in London have launched an investigation into a multi-million pound business model where a number of letting agents...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Training partnership launched

A new partnership between the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the TDS Charitable Foundation will help charities and other organisations offer...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail sentence for dodgy gas supply landlord

A buy-to-let landlord in Stockton-on-Tees, has been sentenced after illegally uncapping and reconnecting a gas supply. Teeside Magistrates’ Court heard that David...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Will changes to the immigration bill protect landlords?

Landlords will no longer be immediately criminalised for failing to pick up illegal tenants, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

04 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Accord cuts remortgage rates

Accord Buy to Let has reduced selected rates by up to 0.15% on its range of two-year fixed rate 60% and...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Skipton cuts BTL mortgage interest rates

Skipton Building Society has launched a refreshed range of fixed rate buy-to-let products with interest rates lowered on certain products by...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

More concerns raised over Right To Rent

A recent judgment in a court case may significantly reduce the Government’s ability to enforce its ‘right to rent’ policy, according...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Local letting agent guilty of unlawful eviction

A Cambridge letting agent who unlawfully evicted a tenant from a property has been ordered to pay a total of £4,315...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Investors claims new rules will force them out of BTL in 2016

Research by property crowdfunding site The House Crowd shows that buy-to-let investors are predicting a stormy ride in 2016, with nearly...

05 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Government to be challenged in court over BTL tax grab

A legal campaign to fight punitive tax relief changes for buy-to-let landlords has progressed to the next stage. Two landlords, Steve...

02 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent goes live

The controversial Right to Rent scheme has affected fresh criticism on the day it goes live. From today, 1 February, landlords are...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Illegal eviction prosecutions show councils are cracking down on rogues

Rogue landlords are being weeded out by councils for some of the worst cases of illegal eviction, according to the Local...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords say “reasonable chance” of judicial review of BTL tax change

The two landlords behind a campaign to seek a judicial review of George Osborne’s controversial mortgage interest tax relief change say...

25 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Two West London landlords fined for ignoring council notices

Two Southall landlords have been found guilty of failing to comply with notices and orders to make safe dangerous and illegal...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Birmingham landlord fined £2,200 for illegal eviction

A Birmingham landlord has been fined £700 and order to pay £1,500 costs for illegally evicting a family of nine. Mirsad Solakovic,...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Here's how we support landlords

Navigating your way through the landlord world can sometimes be tricky, with so many things to consider. Here at HomeLet we...

11 January 2016

From: Sponsored Content

West of England Rental Standard launches

A joint scheme for accrediting landlord and agents has been launched by four county authorities in the West of England. The West...

07 January 2016

From: Breaking News

RLA: Government has “declared war” on landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has accused the Government of declaring war on individual landlords and described 2015 as an “annus...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Investors challenge controversial clause 24

A group of landlords and property investors have mounted a legal challenge to the Government’s proposals to increase tax on buy-to-let...

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

“Tenants will damage properties to avoid eviction” claims online lettings agent

Tenants could be trying to avoid eviction by damaging property and abusing the new legal system designed to ban revenge evictions,...

23 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords forcing tenants into a ‘living nightmare’

Private housing tenants from across income scales are living in unsafe homes that fail to meet basic legal standards, a report...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Illegal eviction landlord ordered to pay £3,000

A landlord in Cornwall, who has not been named, has been fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £2,000 costs after illegally...

11 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Are court call centres fuelling possession delays?

Eviction specialist Landlord Action has claimed that courts call centres run by inexperienced temporary staff are slowing down possession claims. A year...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent One51 is an independent, dynamic, and innovative company

Providing an extensive range of property services including sales, lettings, management, development and investment. With our main office located in Elmers...

16 November 2015

From: Sponsored Content

DCLG rogue landlords consultation outcome published

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published the full outcome of its consultation: Tackling rogue landlords and improving...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlord landed with £200,000 bill for ignoring planning rules

A North London landlord has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 by Harrow Crown Court for illegally converting two Brent...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

MyDeposits given go ahead to operate custodial deposit scheme

Mydeposits has been given government approval to operate a custodial based tenancy deposit protection scheme in England and Wales from April...

12 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Government consulting on minimum bedroom size

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has announced new measures that will clamp down on “criminal” landlords who “trap and cram vulnerable tenants...

10 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New website launches clampdown on subletting in Southwark

London’s biggest social landlord, Southwark Council, has launched a new anti-fraud tool to prevent illegal subletting.   The new website (www.ilatch.co.uk) will help...

03 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Fee-free BTL products increase

The number of arrangement fee-free buy-to-let mortgage products rose in Q3, according to figures from Mortgages For Business. The findings from the...

29 October 2015

From: Breaking News

£16,000 fine for Swindon landlord

A Swindon HMO landlord has been fined more than £16,000 for cramming too many tenants into a converted guesthouse. Javaid Lone, 59,...

27 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Lenders unleash series of buy-to-let deals

The buy-to-let mortgage market is on course for a busy end to a successful year as lenders jostle to bring more...

22 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent start date announced

The Government has announced that from 1 February 2016 all private landlords in England will have to check new tenants have...

21 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Torys under attack for “fit for habitation” comments

A Conservative MP has been widely criticised in the press for saying the proposed law for landlords saying they need to...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Investment portal attracts 5,000 agents

A web portal which radically changes the way investors search for their next investment property has signed up 5,000 agents, less...

13 October 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Eviction specialist questions whether councils can enforce new Section 21 rules

Evictions firm Landlord Action has questioned whether the government has enough resources in place to enforce new Section 21 measures introduced...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Majority of tenants unaware of today's Section 21 law change

The vast majority of tenants are unaware of new laws introduced today which change the Section 21 evictions process.  From today, under...

01 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Another deadline for landlords – this time for self-assessment

A law firm has highlighted another approaching deadline for landlords, which it says is particularly important to those new to letting property. Legal...

01 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Don’t extend Immigration Bill eviction measures to Scotland, says housing institute

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has spoken out against the Right to Rent scheme which will require landlords to...

28 September 2015

From: Breaking News

 RLA: “Major error” in new section 21 notice

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) claims there is a major drafting error in Government regulations affecting the end of private sector...

18 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Aldermore refreshes bridging offering

Aldermore has enhanced its bridging loan offering, by reducing its minimum valuation for light refurbishment to £75,000, down from £100,000, in...

17 September 2015

From: Breaking News

£7,000 bill for Islington HMO landlord

An Islington landlord has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 after failing to licence a house in multiple occupation (HMO). Christos...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

East London police station turned into illegal hostel

Police and housing officers raided an unused police station in Barking, East London and found up to 30 people living there. An...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

David Vieira, Go Commercial Finance Ltd

Q: Who Are Go Commercial Finance & why did you set up Go Commercial Finance? Go Commercial Finance is a true, whole...

09 September 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Right to rent seeing lawful tenants refused housing

The complexity of the Government’s plans to turn landlords into border police is seeing lawful tenants being refused housing, according to...

08 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords lose £9.9 billion to rent arrears and damage every year

A law firm specialising in landlord law claims landlords are losing £9.9bn to rent arrears and property damage each year. Access Legal’s...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News