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KEYWORD "Licensing" - 337 RESULTS
New digital service designed to clampdown on rogue landlords

Marks Out Of Tenancy, a letting review website, has launched a digital service to help local authorities crackdown on unscrupulous landlords...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Government has no plans for a national register of landlords

Proposals for a national register of landlords have been rejected by the government.  A report on the joint research project between the...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £1,200 for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Lincolnshire been ordered to pay just over £1,200 following a breach of HMO licensing rules.  Nicholas Moyses allowed...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Let’s not overlook the needs of UK landlords

Just when we thought we might have finally made some credible progress on Brexit, it looks as though looming uncertainty will...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Brent Council agrees to introduce  additional and selective licensing

London Borough of Brent has approved the renewal and extension of borough-wide additional licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) for...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb tenant subletting scam exposed

There is a growing issue of tenants subletting their rental properties on websites like Airbnb, with some renters inappropriately using it...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal crowdfunding campaign to help landlords oust tenants who don’t pay rent

Tenants are often able to live rent-free for weeks, if not months, when they are in dispute with their landlord about moving...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents could potentially be prosecuted instead of landlords for unlicensed homes

Letting agents who fail to obtain licences for rented properties that fall under selective licensing rules could be prosecuted either alongside...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Hackney warned to expect “tough penalties”

Unscrupulous landlords in the London Borough of Hackney face more stringent regulation after Hackney Council agreed to new property licensing powers...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Premiership footballer ordered to pay more than £25k for unlicensed properties

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham has been fined £24,000 and told to pay £1,100 costs as well as a victim surcharge...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

More than 130,000 unlicensed rental homes in London

There are more than 130,000 unlicensed properties in London that should be licensed under either selective, additional or mandatory HMO licensing...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay almost £8k for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham been fined £6,000 and instructed to pay  £1,583.18 costs, along with a £170 victim surcharge following...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Enfield Council plans to introduce landlord licensing scheme

Private landlords in Enfield may soon have to obtain new licences after the local council launched a consultation aimed at gaining...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fails in attempt to rent out bedrooms below national minimum size

An HMO landlord’s attempt to rent out bedrooms smaller than the national minimum size has been thwarted after his legal case...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hounslow Council has u-turned on plans for a landlord licensing scheme

Hounslow Council has u-turned on plans to introduce a licensing scheme for landlords.  Plans for an additional licensing scheme for landlords were...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hackney Council takes legal action against HMO landlords

Following the introduction of new HMO licences in Hackney, east London, the local council has taken legal action against four landlords...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Wales must not ‘fall foul of their new compliance obligations’

With just a few days until the Welsh tenant fee ban is introduced, landlords in Wales are being urged to adapt...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant posing as landlord fined £4,000 for creating illegal HMO

A tenant posing as a landlord converted two bedrooms in a flat into four bedsits, putting residents at risk. The fake landlord...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Coventry Council rejects claims that its licensing scheme is unlawful

Coventry City Council has dismissed claims that its landlord licensing and accreditation scheme is potentially unlawful. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) wrote...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £3,700 for unlicensed HMO

A landlord has been penalised for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupancy  (HMO) in south London. Fouad Ahmad, from Streatham, pleaded...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme is potentially unlawful, warns RLA

Buy-to-let landlords who own property in Coventry should be wary of Coventry Council’s landlord licensing and accreditation scheme as it is...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords database may be a pointless exercise, warns NLA

Introducing a ‘rogue landlords’ database without better enforcement would be a pointless exercise, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). A rogue...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Councillors who are landlords or tenants banned from debating licensing scheme

Portsmouth City Council is controversially planning to introduce a landlord licensing scheme in the city without potentially allowing around half of...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £66k for ‘gross mistreatment’ of tenants

A rogue landlord in north London has been ordered to pay more than £66,000 after being found guilty of making tenants'...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective Licensing Review will fail to ‘root out the bad landlords’

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has slammed the government’s Selective Licensing Review for failing to listen to landlords. The report, which was...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords struggling to keep up with recent legislative reforms

A high number of landlords are struggling to keep up with new policy reforms, new research suggests. Market Financial Solutions has surveyed...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

A national register of landlords would add ‘unnecessary’ layer of bureaucracy – RLA

The recommendation for a national register of landlords in the government’s review of selective licensing published today would prove ‘unnecessary’ and...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £5k for safety breaches

A buy-to-let landlord in South Yorkshire has been fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,121 as well as a...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say on Brent landlord licensing scheme

Members of the general public are being offered the opportunity to have their say on Brent’s landlord licensing scheme. Brent Council wants...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords need new licence to rent out properties in Slough

Private landlords will soon need to obtain a new licence to rent out property with multiple individually let rooms in Slough,...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Government approves new PRS licensing scheme

Plans to introduce a new licensing scheme for privately rented homes in Barking and Dagenham has been approved by the government. Under...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban could see many landlords ‘opt to do without agents’

The next few months are likely to be challenging for letting agents as they adjust to an outright ban on letting...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tougher HMO licencing rules: awareness ‘remains limited’ says agent

Six months on from the introduction of licencing that regulates Homes for Multiple Occupation (HMOs), and awareness of the new laws...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO drop-in events to be held in Manchester

Manchester City Council will hold a couple of HMO drop-in events over the next few days for private landlords and letting...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £25k for unlicensed HMO

An unscrupulous landlord has been told to pay close to £25,000 after being prosecuted for renting out rooms in an unlicensed...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New Oxford accreditation scheme is ‘unlawful’, says RLA

A new landlord accreditation scheme in Oxford has been deemed both discriminatory and unlawful by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The association...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BBC explores challenges and opportunities for renters in coastal areas

In an attempt to help crackdown on poor quality housing, BBC News is exploring the challenges and the opportunities for communities...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Daniel Gibson, director at Daniel Craig Residential

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  My name is Daniel and I’m a director at...

30 April 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Landlords in Newcastle fear proposed licensing will ‘push rents up for tenants’

Private landlords in Newcastle have rejected a new licensing policy put forward by Newcastle City Council, which would require them to...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Last opportunity to have your say on Weymouth landlord licensing scheme

Today is the final day for the public to have their say on the possible introduction of the Weymouth landlord licensing...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme set to cost landlords £1,200

Buy-to-let landlords will need to pay £1,200 for a licence to rent their properties in Bristol as part of the local...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £9k for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in London has been ordered to pay more than £9,000 for failing to license a HMO. Across Tower Hamlets,...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage costs remain broadly unchanged

The cost of taking out a buy-to-let mortgage remains at an historic low, according to the latest analysis from Mortgage Brain. Despite...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Early bird discount for landlords in new selective licensing scheme

From Monday, landlords will be able to apply for an early bird discount for Scarborough Borough Council’s new selective licensing scheme,...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say on Weymouth landlord licensing scheme

Members of the general public are being offered the opportunity to have their say on the possible introduction of the Weymouth...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Discount for landlords who sign up early for new licensing scheme

Buy-to-let landlords will soon be able to apply for an early bird discount for Scarborough Borough Council’s new selective licensing scheme,...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The most expensive landlord licence costs 21 times more than the cheapest

Landlord licensing schemes are being introduced across England, while they are mandatory in Scotland and Wales, as local authorities attempt to...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Haringey approves plan to introduce borough-wide additional licensing

Haringey Borough Council has given the go-ahead for borough-wide additional licensing to be introduced from 27 May 2019 for Houses in...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO landlords ordered to pay more than £30k for breaching licence conditions

Two landlords have been ordered to pay more than £30,000 for breaching fire safety and over-occupancy licence conditions at their House...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord let off paying £16k licensing fees as not in the ‘public interest’

A buy-to-let landlord appears to have been let off paying fees of around £16,700 to license 37 rental properties in Stoke-on-Trent,...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing for private landlords could be introduced in Walsall

Walsall Council is considering introducing new selective landlord licensing in Walsall town centre and Willenhall with a view to raising standards in...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords are being ‘persecuted’ under landlord licensing scheme – claim

Buy-to-let investors should be ‘extremely wary’ of buying property in an area affected by selective licensing rules because many local authorities...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £5,400 for poor management of unlicensed properties

A buy-to-let landlord in Doncaster has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 in fines and costs following a successful prosecution...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for allowing tenants to live in property deemed ‘unfit for purpose’

A rogue landlord who allowed a family to live in a house described as “unfit for human habitation” has been fined...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to have their say on local licensing consultations

With several licensing consultations currently being run by local authorities across the country, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is encouraging buy-to-let...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants discovered living in cramped conditions following dawn raid

Brent Council in north London looks set to take action against a buy-to-let landlord who is accused of “exploiting tenants” after ...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing set to be extended in Burnley

Councillors in Burnley are expected to extend the existing selective licensing schemes in Trinity, Gannow and Queensgate, as well as introduce...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Free landlord events to be held in Croydon

Croydon Council is inviting private landlords to attend a free public event this week that will offer expert buy-to-let tips and...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Barnet Council plans to introduce tougher licensing controls

Barnet Council is planning to introduce a stricter licensing scheme designed to clampdown on rogue landlords across the borough in north...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Just 135 of 3,000 landlords have signed up to new statuary license

There is growing concern in Reading that thousands of landlords could soon face enforcement action if they do not sign up...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord sees HMO license application rejected due to fire safety concerns

A buy-to-let landlord in Glasgow will be left out of pocket after the renewal of her house in multiple occupation (HMO)...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Councils are choosing to enforce the ‘harshest options’ to punish landlords

A growing number of local authorities are using selective licensing to introduce penalties for buy-to-let landlords that go well beyond the...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord family ordered to pay £250k under Proceeds of Crime Act

A family of slum landlords who crammed 31 people into a suburban four-bedroom house has been ordered to pay back almost...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Council issues landlords with £300k worth of penalties in 2018

Havering Council continued to clampdown on rogue landlords in 2018, with new figures revealing that the local authority issued just over...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government introduces new room size guidance

The introduction of new guidance on room sizes in rented homes has been warmly welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing being considered in Weymouth

People in Weymouth are being invited to have their say on Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s plans to introduce selective licensing...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

With excessive competition and ample supply, is there still demand for HMOs?

HMO properties look very good on paper. Why charge a single rent when you can charge four or five lots of...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The rent most landlords receive is just servicing the interest on their mortgages

The rental income received by 79% of landlords with mortgages is only sufficient to service the interest element of their loans, and not...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils struggling to take action over unlicensed HMOs

The new regulations introduced last month to bring mandatory licensing to all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) was designed to better...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Research reveals worrying lack of landlord awareness

The private rented sector is a challenging landscape to negotiate, with tax changes and ever-changing regulation meaning that landlords now, more...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘House of horrors’: Property firm ordered to pay back over £60k in rent

A London-based property firm has been ordered to pay back 70% of their profits gained from renting poorly converted flats in...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Bonkers’: More than 3,500 licensing applications rejected by council

More than three months on from the introduction of a selective licensing scheme in Nottingham, thousands of landlords remain unlicensed because...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Free Landlord Information Evening to be held for landlords in Reading

Buy-to-let landlords in Reading are invited to attend a free Landlord Information Evening being held at Reading’s Civic Offices in Bridge...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord could have license revoked after tenant disputes legality of eviction

A buy-to-let landlord in Edinburgh, who faces losing his license after evicting a young family, is appealing to his other tenants...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Council threatened with a judicial review over ‘unlawful’ licensing plan

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has threatened Great Yarmouth Borough Council with a judicial review over ‘unlawful’ licensing plan because it...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing rules come into force today

BTL landlords in parts of Sheffield must now apply to the council for a licence to let their properties after selective licensing...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Where does the challenges faced by BTL landlords and lenders end?

Investing in buy-to-let property has long been a lucrative business opportunity for both recreational and professional investors, but could harsh tax...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property licensing: too many landlords face ‘unnecessary criminal proceedings’

Landlord licensing schemes are popping up all over the UK as local authorities step up their efforts to clampdown on rogue...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Failure of licensing system allows rogue landlords to ‘operate with impunity’

The government’s attempts to clampdown on rogue landlords have been branded ‘weak and pathetic’, partly due to the vast and complex...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined for breaching his licence

A landlord in County Durham has been ordered to pay just over £450 for breaching his licence. Matthew Snowdon, of Cows Hill...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Managing agent fined £26k for cramming 16 tenants into family home

A rogue managing agent of an overcrowded house of multiple occupation (HMO) in east London has been fined £26,000 for breaches...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hackney Council targets dodgy landlords with licensing

Landlords with property in Hackney, east London, should be aware that following a consultation earlier this year Hackney Council has now...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Free conference for landlords in Croydon

Buy-to-let landlords with properties in Croydon, south London, are being invited to attend a free conference being run this week by...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Middlesborough Council to extend licensing scheme to additional ward

Middlesborough Council is hoping to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords operating in the Newport ward, particularly in and around the Gresham area,...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory licensing for HMOs is extended

Changes to mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing come into force in England today, requiring properties with five or more...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Concern grows over unregistered landlords of HMOs

With just a few days left until changes to mandatory HMO licensing are introduced, there is growing concern that many landlords...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords at risk of hefty fines if they miss next week’s HMO deadline

Landlords of HMOs are being urged to get licensed before changes to mandatory HMO licensing are introduced next week to avoid...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New HMO rules to cost landlords an extra £79m

Changes to mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing coming into force in England on 1 October 2018 will collectively cost...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New landlord licensing scheme announced in Brighton

Brighton and Hove Council has given the go-ahead for new selective landlord licensing to be introduced across 12 wards in the...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want to introduce mandatory licences for private landlords

The Liberal Democrats once again called for the introduction of mandatory licensing for PRS homes as well as a publicly available...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than two weeks until new HMO rules are introduced

Buy-to-let landlords must prepare for new licensing laws for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) to ensure that they do not fall...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Council plans to clampdown on rogue landlords

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has vowed to clampdown on rogue landlords who allow tenants to live in poor housing standards in...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent fined more than £32k over unsafe tiny room

A managing agent has been fined more than £30,000 for allowing a tenant to occupy an unsafe tiny room behind a...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

The RLA’s next Future Renting Conference takes place tomorrow

The Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference takes places in London tomorrow. The one-day conference, which will be held at...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Are landlord licensing schemes actually a good idea?

Licensing schemes can serve purposes which are indisputably genuine and valid. They can, however, also be used as money-making schemes, particularly...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rented housing chief confirmed as speaker at landlord conference

The deputy director the private rented sector in the Ministry of Housing, Anne Frost, has been confirmed as one of the...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing being considered in Stoke-on-Trent

People in Stoke-on-Trent are being invited to have their say on city council plans to designate 14 areas under ‘selective licensing...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Have some local authorities been charging too much for HMO licenses?

Buy-to-let landlords could have grounds to challenge HMO licensing fees which could save them hundreds of pounds each year, according to...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Clock is ticking for landlords in parts of Sheffield to obtain a license

The deadline for the new selective licensing scheme which comes into effect at the start of November is looming, and time...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New online fire safety course for landlords

Private landlords looking for fresh fire safety guidance can now gain access to an online fire safety course that has been...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme is ‘just a way of making money for the council’

Nottingham City Council became the latest local authority to introduce a landlord licensing scheme last week in an attempt to clampdown...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Selective licensing being considered in parts of Leeds

People are being invited to share their views on the possible introduction of licensing for private sector rented housing in some...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

The landlord licensing system should be simpler, says PayProp

The government’s decision to review how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector presents an ideal opportunity to look...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords shun new controversial licensing scheme

The new licensing scheme for rented homes in Nottingham is set to come into force on Wednesday, August 1, and yet...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tickets now on sale for the RLA’s next Future Renting Conference

Tickets are now on sale for the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference in London. The one-day conference, which will...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant ordered to pay more than £26k for subletting ‘death trap’ property

A tenant who illegally sublet an unlicensed and poorly-maintained bungalow in north London, which was described by Brent Council as a...

23 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

Thurrock Council plans to introduce additional licensing for landlords

Thurrock Council is proposing to introduce additional licensing for private landlords renting rooms to tenants in specific parts of the borough...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Cheshire East revises HMO licensing fees

Buy-to-let landlords who operate houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Cheshire East will face new licensing fees after the local council...

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

ARLA Propertymark launches licensing scheme database

ARLA Propertymark has launched a new database in partnership with GetRentr, a technology platform which automatically monitors property portfolios for compliance...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than four weeks until introduction of selective licensing in Nottingham

BTL landlords in Nottingham will soon face tougher rules with new rental licensing conditions set to be introduced in the city. The...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Healthy homes zones’ proposed by Labour

Plans to create ‘healthy homes zones’, as part of an effort to reduce housing-related health inequalities, have been proposed by the...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

More tenants faced rent rises in May

There was an increase in the number of tenants in the private rented sector experiencing a rent increase in May compared...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Broker braced for buy-to-let remortgage rush

A number of buy-to-let landlords are expected to rush to complete last-minute mortgages, including remortgage deals, ahead of new licensing laws,...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA has released tickets for its Future Renting conference in London

Tickets have been released for the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) next Future Renting conference in London. The one-day conference, which will be...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Brent Council aims to ‘foster good relationships with private landlords’

Brent Council insists that it wants to build better relationships with private landlords after successfully winning close to 150 prosecution cases...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government publishes new guidance for landlords to further protect tenants

New guidance for landlords to further protect tenants from poor living conditions has been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to review selective licensing across the private rental sector

The government yesterday announced a review to look at how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector in order...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Licencing doesn’t work’, says ARLA Propertymark

The government’s decision to review how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector in order to find out how well...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Telford & Wrekin Council handed £388k cash boost to tackle rogue landlords

The government is hoping to improve standards in the private rented sector in Telford by handing £388,925 to Telford & Wrekin...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

London council extends licensing scheme to five additional wards

One of the most active councils in London when it comes to prosecuting rogue landlords and letting agents has now extended...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new selective licensing scheme

BTL landlords in Redbridge will have to abide by tougher rules after new rental licensing conditions proposed by Redbridge Council were...

05 June 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

Landlords slapped with hefty fine after ignoring planning and licensing laws

A buy-to-let landlord in North West London has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 for licensing breaches in connection with...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of small private landlords plan to sell up as BTL crackdown bites

From a landlord’s perspective, it has been a tough couple of years, with a raft of changes designed to bring the...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £25k for poorly managed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Birmingham has been fined £25,000 after pleading guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court for regulation breaches in relation...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords are ‘sick of being utilised as a cash cow’

Buy-to-let landlords who own properties in Blackpool are being urged to lobby against plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme in...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Additional license will force rogue landlords to bring ‘homes up to scratch’

Unscrupulous landlords in Hackney, east London, who leave tenants living in substandard conditions, will be forced to improve the condition of...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined more than £20k for overcrowding

A rogue landlord has been fined in excess of £20,000 after renting a single house out to three separate families. Veli Bunul...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Gedling Borough Council approve plans for mandatory licences

Gedling Borough Council yesterday voted to approve plans to impose selective licensing charges on private landlords in the Nottinghamshire district. Following a consultation...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to get tough on rogue landlords

Rotherham Council wants to do more to protect private tenants by using tougher new laws to clamp down on rogue landlords. Local...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Investment Show addresses key issues plaguing landlords in 2018 at Olympia on 15 March

The National Landlord Show arrives at Olympia on Thursday 15 March to give advice via complimentary seminars, leading suppliers and two...

02 March 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Mandatory HMO licensing extension to start in October

The government has confirmed that the long-awaited extension of Mandatory HMO Licensing will be introduced from 1st October 2018, subject to...

02 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

Rogue landlord fined for once again breaching safety regulations

A private landlord in Lincoln has been fined more than £10,000 after being caught breaking safety rules for a second time. Missing...

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

Selective licensing is a minefield of regulation

In 2006, selective licensing was introduced, giving councils the power to force landlords to clean up their acts. These licenses allow...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new selective licensing schemes

Plans to introduce new licensing schemes for privately rented homes across parts of North West London have been given the go-ahead by...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Burnley handed major fines

Two buy-to-let landlords in Burnley have been fined a total of £27,500 as part of Burnley Council’s campaign to clamp down...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new PRS licensing scheme

A proposal to introduce a new licensing scheme for privately rented homes in Nottingham has been given the green light by...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Proposed selective licensing scheme scrapped

A plan to introduce a new selective licensing scheme in Telford has been scrapped by Telford & Wrekin Council after more...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government must support ‘prominent role’ the PRS plays in housing sector

A mix of tax reforms and tighter regulation for the buy-to-let sector must not prevent private landlords from being able to...

12 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

Arthur Jones: Business Development Manager at Glide

Who are you?   Arthur Jones, I’m Glide’s London Business Development Manager. I joined Glide in November 2016 to head up London. My...

18 January 2018

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What does 2018 have in store for landlords?

Undoubtedly, 2017 was another tough year for landlords. With so many legislative changes in the last 18 months (wear and tear...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Scarborough face £100 fine for late application

The deadline for landlords in parts of Scarborough’s Castle and North Bay wards to apply for a license under the local...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces further crackdown on ‘rogue landlords’

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) yesterday announced fresh plans to clamp down on rogue landlord practices such as...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property investment decisions need to be made with a ‘long-term view’

With the new year almost upon us, now is a good time to think about your property investment strategy and potentially...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New database leaves rogue landlords with ‘nowhere to hide’

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan yesterday launched a new public online database which ‘names and shames’ dodgy landlords and letting...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Council plans 1,100% selective licensing fee hike for some landlords

Buy-to-let landlords with rental properties in Peterborough will now have to pay £600 for a five-year licence to rent out a...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Haringey Council launches consultation on new Selective Licensing Scheme

Haringey Council has launched a public consultation on plans to introduce two new Selective Landlord Licensing schemes in the London borough. The...

15 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

Landlord fined for putting ‘safety, well-being and lives’ of tenants at risk

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay almost £6,500 for renting out four houses in Nottingham without a license. Dilip Gohil...

04 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

New tool to help landlords comply with licensing schemes

A new online platform designed to help landlords keep on top of new licensing schemes and consultations has been launched by...

01 December 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

Over 500 landlords attend Brent forum event

More than 500 landlords attended Brent Council’s latest Landlord Forum in north London last week where they were given presentations from...

08 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

Legislation and technology is giving more power to tenants

As the letting fees ban looms ahead, it is clear that however it plays out we are seeing more and more...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Four landlords collectively fined over £200k for unlicensed properties

Four landlords in Gainsborough have been heavily penalised after failing to comply with West Lindsey District Council’s selective licensing scheme. The quartet...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords are increasingly turning to auctions for ‘a quick sale and exit’

There has been a sharp rise in the number of landlords in Manchester offloading buy-to-let properties at auction due to tougher...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation proposal on licensing scheme for private landlords in Gedling

Gedling Borough Council has proposed a five year licensing scheme for private landlords in Gedling, Nottinghamshire, in an effort to improve...

26 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

Four landlords fined £232,000 for failing to licence properties

Four landlords in Lincolnshire have been ordered to pay a collective fine of £232,155.68 for failing to comply with licensing regulations. The...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New inquiry into PRS welcomed by letting agents

The decision to launch a new inquiry into the private rented sector has been welcomed by letting agents. The Communities and Local...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Havering Council approves landlord licensing scheme

Plans to introduce an additional licensing scheme across 12 wards in Havering, east London, have been approved. Local councillors met on Wednesday...

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

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New HMO changes good for tenants, and landlords too

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

12 October 2017

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Landlord licensing scheme considered in Weymouth

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme in an effort to clamp down on unscrupulous...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in York could soon face fines of up to £30k

New rules to help crack down on rogue landlords in York could soon come into force. City of York Council is considering...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Havering Council set to approve landlord licensing scheme

Plans to introduce an additional licensing scheme across 12 wards in Havering, east London, look set to be approved tomorrow. Local councillor will...

10 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

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

Landlords prosecuted for failing to licence or maintain their BTL properties

A landlord in Sheffield, who also happens to be a company director and letting agent, has been handed a hefty fine...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing scheme considered in Hackney

  Hackney Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme in an effort to clamp down on unscrupulous landlords in the...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £200,000 for endangering lives of tenants

A landlord who endangered the lives of his tenants has been successfully prosecuted and fined more than £200,000 for failing to...

19 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

Free advice event for landlords and investors

Landlords across the East Midlands are being invited to attend a free event offering mortgage, tax and new legislation advice. The event,...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords face bans from letting homes after renting out damp and mouldy house

A pair of private landlords who rented out a damp and mouldy house in Croydon to a family of four, including...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords need to be ‘fully up-to-speed with legislation’

With a high number of laws affecting buy-to-let landlords and changing frequently, it is now more important than ever to keep...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords and agents invited to have their say on proposed licensing scheme

Private landlords and letting agents in Wisbech, a market town in Fenland, Cambridgeshire, are being invited to offer their views this...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for putting tenants at ‘serious risk of death’

A private landlord in Liverpool has been handed a hefty fine for putting his tenants at risk of fire. Following an inspection...

05 September 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

Landlord licensing scheme considered in parts of Barnsley

Barnsley Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme in an effort to clamp down on rogue landlords in the...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £10,000 for failing to license property

A private landlord has been prosecuted by Hastings Borough Council for failing to license his rented property in Surrey. Philip Dempsey of Malden...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council approve revised selective licensing scheme

City councillors in Nottingham have approved a new licensing scheme aimed at improving housing standards in the city’s private rented sector.  Following...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords first to be fined under new licensing scheme

Four landlords in Peterborough have become the first to have been fined for not holding a licence under a new city...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council ‘pressing the government’ to roll out selective licensing scheme

Borough wide selective licensing could soon be coming to Brent if the the local council gets its way. Brent Council wants the...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council identifies 13,000 landlords who have failed to declare rental income

A London council has been working with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to identify landlords that have failed to declare their...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Redbridge Council launches new licensing scheme

A new property licensing scheme has been introduced by Redbridge Council in order to crack down on rogue landlords – and...

09 August 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

Tenants found living in crammed conditions following dawn raid

No fewer than 16 men were found to be living in a one-bedroom flat filled with bunk beds made out of...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Plan to introduce landlord licence in Nottingham approved

Private landlords in Nottingham may soon have to obtain a licence after plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme were given...

20 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 landlord licensing scheme comes into force today in Redbridge

The London Borough of Redbridge has from today introduced new selective licensing schemes in the wards of Valentines and Clementswood. The...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Proposed selective licensing for Luton

Luton Council is considering introducing a ‘selective licensing’ within the town, and has this week launched a consultation regarding proposals to...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord fined for poorly maintained rental property

A landlord who allowed tenants to live in substandard conditions in Oxford has been handed a fine of £2,500. The poorly-maintained six-bedroom...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Additional landlord licence plan consultation launched in Havering

More private landlords with rental homes in the London borough of Havering may soon have to apply for a license after...

05 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

Brent moves closer to borough-wide landlord licensing regime

Most buy-to-let landlords could soon be required to licence their properties in the London borough of Brent if the government agrees...

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

Landlords fork out over £500,000 in fines due to council’s ‘zero-tolerance’ approach

Landlords renting out properties in the London borough of Brent have been ordered to pay fines totalling more than £500,000 over...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord in Newport becomes first to be fined under Rent Smart Wales scheme

A buy-to-let landlord in Newport has become the first to be prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding that all private landlords...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord body calls for housing court to speed up justice for landlords and tenants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling for the introduction of a specialist new court to deal solely with housing issues...

23 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

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

Air your views on selective licensing in Manchester and Salford

There could soon be no fewer than eight separate selective licensing areas in Manchester and Salford if proposed schemes are approved,...

11 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

Trade bodies join forces to launch new ‘Rental Standard’ in Leeds

The Residential Landlord Association (RLA), National Landlord Association (NLA), Leeds Landlords’ Accreditation Scheme (LLAS) and​​ Unipol have teamed up with Leeds...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £6,000 for not having HMO licenses

A landlord has been fined for not licensing 12 buy-to-let properties in the North Ormesby area of Middlesbrough. John Bradley, 39, was...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord licence plan consultation postponed until after election

A major consultation on a proposed new landlord license scheme has been delayed until after the general election. The idea of introducing...

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

Discounted property license available to landlords in Ashfield

Landlords in Ashfield are being encouraged to take advantage of discounted property licensing fees. From 1 May, landlords in Ashfield will require...

20 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

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

Landlord fined for breaching property license

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £800 for various breaches of his selective license. Stephen Halliday, 50, of Bingley,...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Proposed licence is a stealth tax and ‘hard-hit’ landlords ‘have had enough’

Private landlords in Telford have reacted furiously to plans by Telford & Wrekin Council to introduce a Selective Licensing in parts...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Four rogue landlords, including child sex offender, banned from renting properties

A man who is currently serving six years in prison for child sex abuse offences is among four rogue landlords in...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for unlicensed property

A landlord from Solihull in the West Midlands has been ordered to pay £1,500 for failing to comply with licensing regulations...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords facing £610 licences to rent out properties in Telford

Telford & Wrekin Council has launched a consultation on its plans to introduce a Selective Licensing in parts of Telford in...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £21k for unlicensed property

A landlord has been ordered to pay £21,000 for renting out an unlicensed house in Oxford. Six people were found to be...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord first to be prosecuted under new licensing scheme

A landlord who let out 12 properties in Middleborough has become the first in the local area to be prosecuted for...

28 February 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

Landlord licensing scheme could be introduced in Scarborough

Landlords in parts of Scarborough may soon have to apply for a licence to let their properties after initial plans to...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Brent Council raise almost £100,000 in landlord fines in just four weeks

Four weeks of prosecutions by Brent Council in north London has seen six successful results with total court fines for rogue...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Council considers introducing selective licensing scheme

A local council is planning to crackdown on rogue landlords by potentially introducing a selective licensing scheme, it has been revealed. Barrow-in-Furness...

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

Buy-to-let landlords are 'suffering from recent tax changes'

The government is being urged to reconsider punitive tax relief changes for buy-to-let income which is set to be introduced in...

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

Licensing scheme dropped after 'Tory revolt'

A proposed selective landlord licensing scheme has been pulled after Conservative councillors could not agree on how it could move forward. Plans...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Council launches consultation on new selective licensing scheme

Nottingham City Council has launched a public consultation on plans to introduce a selective landlord licensing scheme in the city. The consultation,...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords face ‘robust enforcement action’ unless they join new scheme

Landlords in Peterborough are being warned to sign up to a new licensing scheme or end up in court. Peterborough City Council...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

More landlords opt for higher yielding HMO conversions

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to boost rental profits to help cope with pending tax hikes by converting...

17 January 2017

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

Why does the government have it in for buy-to-landlords?

In the UK, we have a chronic shortage of housing. Apparently we need 200,000 new houses a year but last year...

17 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

Council adopts ‘zero-tolerance approach’ to rogue landlords

A private landlord has been fined by Willesden Magistrates Court for poor and potentially dangerous housing conditions following a prosecution by...

05 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

MP wants to see more done to clampdown on rogue landlords

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint is calling for selective licensing to be extended across the borough, after visiting Newham in London,...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord fined £3k

An unlicensed landlord who rented out a property in Margate has been fined £3,000. The property on Northdown Road, CT9, is located...

29 November 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

Licensing delays mean no action against landlords who’ve obeyed the law

Landlords in Wales who have not yet signed up to Rent Smart Wales, but have started the application process will not...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing sessions for landlords

Understanding property licensing is not an easy task and that is why two drop-in sessions will be held by Peterborough City...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Midnight deadline looms for landlords to register in Wales

Landlords in Wales who have not yet signed up to Rent Smart Wales, designed to drive up the quality of rented...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for HMO licence breaches

A landlord has pleaded guilty for failing to comply with license conditions at a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) she ran...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords at risk of ‘penalties, stopping orders and prosecution’

With less than two weeks until the new registration and licensing system in Wales, Rent Smart Wales, becomes a mandatory requirement, thousands...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Anyone looking inside this landlord’s house of horrors will think it is Halloween

An unscrupulous landlord who failed to fix a toilet which had became detached from the soil pipe, leaking all over the...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Harrow Council to impose new licensing rules on landlords

Harrow Council will take fresh measures to tackle rogue landlords by introducing new licensing schemes next week in Wealdstone and Edgware,...

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

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

Build-to-rent 'must be exempt' from minimum space requirements

One of UK’s leading developers of homes for private rent is calling on the government to exempt the build-to-rent sector from...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Tighter licensing requirements for HMOs won’t improve standards for tenants

The government’s plan to tighten licensing requirements for landlords of shared accommodation in an effort to clamp down on rogue landlords...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

RLA slams Shelter’s ‘extravagant claims’ about housing standards

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has once again defended the private rented sector (PRS) after Shelter’s latest analysis of housing trends...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Bristol landlords to take on council over extended licensing scheme

Landlords in Bristol are planning to file a complaint against Bristol City Council regarding the authority's intention to extend the city's...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

New landlord licensing scheme announced

Ashfield District Council has given the go-ahead for new selective landlord licensing to be introduced in two areas of the western...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlords fined in Oldham

Two landlords have been fined for failing to sign up to Oldham Council’s Selective Licensing scheme, designed to improve the management...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords have not signed up to Rent Smart Wales

There is growing concern that thousands of landlords in Wales have not yet signed up for Rent Smart Wales, designed to...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord and agents fined £20k for failing to licence rental property

A  landlord and his letting agents have been slapped with a fine of more than £20,000 and given criminal records for failing...

15 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

Landlord fined £29,000 for “filthy and verminous” property

A Nottingham landlord has been ordered to pay £29,000 in fines after a rental property was found to be in what...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Council abandons proposed landlord licensing scheme

A local authority has opted not to introduce a new landlord licensing scheme, an investigation by London Property Licensing has revealed. Wandsworth...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Sheffield landlord fined over £4,000

Sajid Bashir, of Page Hall, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court where he was found guilty of failing to pay licence fees...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords fined for renting out unlicensed properties in Blackburn

No fewer than seven landlords have been fined thousands of pounds for renting out unlicensed properties in Blackburn as part of...

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

Property licensing seminars launched in London

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

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Landlords to challenge Redbridge Council’s planned licensing schemes

Landlords in Redbridge are being invited to put any questions they have over new controversial licensing schemes to council officers at...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Andy Burnham reveals string of proposals for Manchester PRS

Andy Burnham, former Labour leadership candidate and now the party's candidate for Greater Manchester Mayor, has put forward a number of...

19 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Councillor calls for further landlord licensing in Bristol

A Bristol councillor has called for additional selective landlord licensing in the city.  Clifton Down councillor, Carla Denyer, says that even in...

19 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £40,000 for cramming 24 tenants into one property

A criminal landlord has been handed a fine of almost £40,000 after he was caught housing 24 tenants in a rental...

18 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

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

Government gives go-ahead to Peterborough landlord scheme

A new selective landlord licensing scheme will be introduced by Peterborough City Council in parts of the city where there are...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Unscrupulous landlord pocketed £80,000 a year from 'appalling' house in Wembley

No fewer than 31 people were found to be living in cramped conditions in a four bedroom house in north-west London...

28 July 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

Ealing Council to introduce new landlord licensing scheme

Private landlords in Ealing, one of London’s largest boroughs, will soon have to obtain a licence to operate a house in...

26 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

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

Unlicensed HMO landlady fined

A landlady in Southampton has been fined more than £700 for failing to licence a house in the city. Anuoluwapo Olaosun pleaded...

22 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

Landlords oppose licensing scheme

A newly introduced license scheme designed to improve ‘poor quality rented housing’ in Weston-super-Mare has been slammed for being ‘short-sighted’ and nothing...

08 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme to cost landlords upwards of £650 a year

A new additional property licensing scheme has been introduced this week for landlords operating in the London borough of Barnet in north...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Redbridge councillors to press ahead with ‘cynical’ landlord licensing scheme

Councillors in Redbridge have agreed to move forward with proposals to introduce a selective registration scheme for landlords across 14 wards...

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

Landlord licensing plan could be introduced in Manchester

Landlords in parts of Manchester may soon have to apply for a licence to let their properties as part of a...

21 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

Landlord hit with £25k fine for safety failings

The owner of a house in Colindale, north London, let out to tenants in a dangerous condition has been fined £25,000. Habib...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord slapped with £24,000 fine

A Birmingham landlord has been handed a fine of more than £24,000 after being prosecuted for a string of offences. Salih Mahfood...

01 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

Landlord ordered to repay £3k received in housing benefit

Private landlord Pierce Mullally has been ordered to repay more than £3,000 for operating in Burnley without a proper licence. He admitted...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Is Liverpool’s private landlord licence scheme flawed?

A compulsory licence for landlords aimed at improving Liverpool's private rented housing has been panned by a local landlord in the...

26 May 2016

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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

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Waltham Forest landlords fined £60k

A dozen landlords in Waltham Forest, north east London, have been prosecuted and fined a total of £60,000 after failing to...

11 May 2016

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What does Sadiq Khan’s victory mean for housing in London?

The new mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged to do all in his power to help make London “better” after...

09 May 2016

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NLA to provide training for landlords in Wales

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has been officially approved as an official Rent Smart Wales training provider. Working in association with the...

06 May 2016

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“Dangerous house” shut down by Newham Council

A “dangerous and dilapidated” three-bedroom house rented to a family with two young children has been closed down by Newham Council.  The...

06 April 2016

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Fee hike for Lewisham landlords

The London Borough of Lewisham has dramatically increased the fees for licencing HMOs above or below commercial premises in the borough. Following...

25 March 2016

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Rent-to-rent gang fined

Newham Council has prosecuted what it called a “group of criminals” running a dodgy letting business with an estimated income of...

24 March 2016

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Waltham Forest prosecutes first landlord under licencing scheme

A landlord has become the first to be prosecuted by Waltham Forest council for failing to obtain one of its controversial...

22 March 2016

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RLA: Housing Commission wrong on licensing

Proposals to make it easier for London boroughs to introduce landlord licensing schemes will do nothing to root out criminal landlords,...

09 March 2016

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'Embarrassing' 2% of landlord licenses issued by Liverpool Council

Liverpool City Council (LCC) has issued just 2% of licensing applications since launching its citywide landlord licensing scheme in April last...

08 February 2016

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Industry body hits at £80,000-per-council to root out criminal landlords

New funding from the government to tackle criminal landlords is just not sufficient according to the Residential Landlords Association. It has been...

22 January 2016

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Consultation underway on new licensing for 20,000 properties to let

Ealing Council in London is undergoing a formal consultation about a proposal that all houses in multiple occupation within its boundaries...

18 January 2016

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Council ‘disappointed’ as licensing scheme is refused

Plans to introduce landlord licences in Redbridge have been thrown out by the Secretary of State. Redbridge Council said it was “extremely...

23 December 2015

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Two Brighton unregistered HMO landlords fined

Two Brighton & Hove landlords of shared houses have been prosecuted for failing to license their properties as Houses in Multiple...

14 December 2015

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Rent Smart Wales goes live

Rent Smart Wales, the new registration and licensing system in Wales, goes live today  – a and it represents a major...

23 November 2015

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RLA “exposes the expensive folly of licensing”

Local authorities that charge landlords for licences solely to collect information on the number of landlords in an area have been...

18 November 2015

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Eviction specialist warns about subletting scams

A tenant eviction specialist has warned that the Government’s proposal to introduce minimum room sizes will not prevent subletting scams which...

11 November 2015

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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

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RLA: Landlord licensing not needed

Local councils are being urged to drop landlord licensing schemes following the publication of new laws showing that they are not...

15 October 2015

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First landlords fined under selective licensing scheme

Three landlords have been fined in Hyndburn, Lancashire – the first to be prosecuted under the local council's selective licensing scheme. Suzanne...

07 October 2015

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Rogue landlords should face tougher sentences, say local councils

Councils need to be handed greater powers to tackle rogue landlords ‘taking advantage’ and ‘ripping off’ tenants. This is the call from...

21 September 2015

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Lewisham consulting on licensing

Landlords in Lewisham are invited to a public meeting on Tuesday (15 September) to discuss proposals for selective licencing in the...

11 September 2015

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Ealing rogue landlord slapped with £75k penalty

A west London landlord has been ordered to pay a total of £75,215 for failing to licence four properties, protect tenants,...

24 August 2015

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“Countdown” is on for Rent Smart Wales – only there is still no date

The Welsh Government has announced that the “countdown” has begun for Rent Smart Wales – but it must be the vaguest...

21 August 2015

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Brent receives over 5,000 property licence applications

Brent Council has received more than 5,000 online applications from landlords seeking to have their Brent rental properties licensed since it...

20 August 2015

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Dawn swoop in east London finds 55 living in three houses

Enforcement officers from Barking and Dagenham Council swooped on three addresses in east London last week as part of clamp down...

17 August 2015

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Croydon licensing to go ahead

A legal bid to stop Croydon Council’s plans to license private landlords has been unsuccessful in the High Court. At the Royal...

14 August 2015

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Stalker denied licence for rental property

A local authority has refused to issue a private landlord licence after it was revealed the applicant had a conviction for...

30 July 2015

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Landlords in Wales to 'Rent Smart' from the Autumn

The Welsh Government has launched the ‘Rent Smart Wales’ brand ahead of introducing licensing of all private landlords in the Autumn....

16 July 2015

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First prosecution under selective licencing for Carmarthenshire

A Welsh landlord has become the first to be prosecuted by Carmarthenshire County Council under its selective licensing scheme. The council introduced...

14 July 2015

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Flagship pro-licensing council does sharp U-turn

The council which became a standard bearer for so-called ‘landlord licensing’ - Enfield in north London – appears to have abandoned...

13 July 2015

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Legal challenge against Croydon licensing

Croydon landlords have launched a legal challenge against selective licensing in the borough. A group of landlords operating as the Croydon Property...

02 July 2015

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Landlords get criminal records and fine over HMO safety

Two landlords each face a bill of well over £4,000 each after being found guilty of charges relating to their three...

18 June 2015

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Landlords may seek judicial review of another council licensing scheme

Landlords may look at launching a judicial review of a new licensing scheme in Redbridge, it has been suggested. The Ilford Recorder,...

16 June 2015

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RLA urges Camden to reconsider HMO licensing

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has written to Camden Council urging reconsideration of a borough-wide additional licensing scheme for houses in...

09 June 2015

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Update on mandatory licencing

New information has come to light about the Government’s plans to licence landlords. In a speech last week, Prime Minister David Cameron...

29 May 2015

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RLA: Questions remain over immigration plans

Serious questions hang over the Prime Minister’s plans to clamp down on illegal immigration, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). In...

28 May 2015

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Conservatives to introduce mandatory licencing

In a surprise move, Prime Minister David Cameron said the Tories will introduce a mandatory licencing scheme for private landlords. In a...

26 May 2015

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First landlord fined under new licensing scheme in Brent

A rogue landlord who rented out a sub-standard property in Brent has become the first to be fined under Brent Council’s...

29 April 2015

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Wirral council greenlight selecting licencing

Proposals for a selective licensing scheme in parts of Birkenhead and Wallasey have been approved by Wirral Borough Council.   The scheme is...

22 April 2015

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Spot checks on Glasgow HMO landlords

Council bosses in Glasgow are clamping down on HMOs in the city. According to a report in the Evening Times, council licensing staff...

22 April 2015

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Green Party manifesto “an attack on landlords”

The Green Party has launched its manifesto which contains what the National Landlords Association (NLA) described as a “one-sided view of...

22 April 2015

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