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KEYWORD "Licensing" - 100 RESULTS
Council says it “didn’t want to go down licensing route” - but it has…

Consultation time is short for landlords wanting to comment on a new licensing scheme proposed for Scunthorpe. The public consultation closes at...

19 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill back in the Commons next week

A government-supporting newspaper says the Renters Reform Bill will be back in the House of Commons next week. Observers have been expecting...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

HMO rogue owner pleads guilty to string of safety failings

A London council has prosecuted landlord Syed Shah, owner of an HMO, for a string of  breaches that posed significant risks...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

MPs return at last - Renters Reform Bill on the agenda

MPs return to the Commons today after a substantial Easter recess - and with progress on the Renters Reform Bill on...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill changes not as key as opponents claim - expert comment

Amendments to be made to the Renters Reform Bill when it returns to the Hoise of Commons next week won’t significantly...

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Fines for non-compliant landlords skyrocket as councils cash in

Fines for rogue landlords and agents in London have surged past the £10 million mark.   With 19 council licensing schemes and...

10 April 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Activists trying to push Labour into imposing rent controls

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

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent turns rent control screw on election hopefuls

The Generation Rent activist group is placing its hopes for pro-renter policies on newly-elected Metro Mayors, who will be elected on...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords can afford much tougher regulation, says think tank

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

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Another council set to implement a landlord licensing scheme

Burnley council says it’s considered the findings of a six-week public consultation and is set to increase planning controls over the...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Spotlight on council licensing schemes in new report

An industry supplier is analysing licensing schemes and whether they achieve anything to improve rental housing standards. Yuno says questions need to be...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour council celebrates leading role in clampdown on landlords

A Labour council in London has issued a statement appearing to celebrate its role cracking down on landlords. The statement from Brent...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove bringing Renters Reform Bill back to Commons in mid-April

The government has committed to returning the amended Renters Reform Bill to the House of Commons in mid-April. MPs return from their...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Changes to Renters Reform Bill after Easter

The government has written to Conservative MPs promising changes to the Renters Reform Bill to ease concerns over its anti-landlord bias. Amendments...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Call for “sentencing guidelines” to punish landlords over licensing

A charity is calling for landlord licensing schemes which cost enough to fund annual inspections, and the issuing of “sentencing guidelines”...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

HMO clampdown after worry over bins, parking and loss of housing

A south coast council is set to clampdown on HMOs after a report highlighted alleged issues with the likes of bins,...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Free training for landlords with cooperation of the NRLA

Landlords can benefit from a wealth of free training, courtesy of a north of England council. Cumberland council is providing the training...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Controversial council wants every single private rental home licensed

Private landlords applied for licences covering more than 12,000 homes during the first year of a controversial council’s selective licensing scheme. The...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New HMO clampdown launched by Labour council

A new additional HMO licensing scheme is about to hit landlords in part of London.  Haringey council claims its initiative aims to...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Jeremy Hunt has “rendered hundreds of businesses unviable - overnight”

The Chancellor has rendered hundreds of lettings businesses unviable overnight as a result of his Budget tax clampdown. That’s the view of...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord Licensing - drop-in events to be part of formal consultation

Another council is consulting about a controversial selective licensing scheme.  North Lincolnshire council says the proposed scheme is “designed to improve housing...

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Jeremy Hunt slashes the values of holiday homes

A legal firm says Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has effectively slashed the value of holiday homes which are sold from April 2025...

08 March 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Radical reforms to rejuvenate renting, by industry commentator

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

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Another council jumps on the selective licensing bandwagon

Yet another council is consulting on whether to continue a selective licensing scheme. The scheme applies to several areas of Burnley and...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Supporters of council selective licensing start rearguard action

Supporters of council selective licensing start rearguard action  Some of those involved in local councils have started a campaign to save selective...

01 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill compromise 'near' but activists re-ignite arguments

Generation Rent has issued an angry statement about amendments to the Renters Reform Bill - just as one MP says agreement...

29 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants advised to check their shared rental is licensed HMO

A council is reminding prospective tenants about the importance of making sure their next shared rental is licensed as a house...

27 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Council asks landlords to self-declare they are letting safe properties

A council is asking landlords to sign a document declaring they are letting safe and compliant properties. Dorset council has launched the...

23 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £45,000 for letting unlicensed properties

A council has prosecuted a landlord for letting two HMOs without a licence and failing to comply with HMO Management Regulations.Mohammed...

21 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Licensing scheme fees based on landlords’ past performance

A London council is consulting on another controversial landlord licensing scheme. Barking and Dagenham council’s existing Selective Licensing Scheme has been applied to...

21 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Activists slam Gove for being too soft on short let landlords

Housing Secretary Michael Gove’s proposals to restrict Airbnb-style short lets do not go far enough, a group of activists has said. Yesterday...

20 February 2024

From: Breaking News

“My tenants will have to pay for licensing” warns landlord

A landlord has warned her local authority that high charges for licensing are unaffordable without the fee being passed on to...

20 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Council offers free “fundamental training” for private landlords

A council says it’s offering “fundamental training” to private landlords via an online day-long course on March 8. The training covers pre-tenancy...

20 February 2024

From: Breaking News

“Seize bad landlords' properties” Generation Rent demands

Activists in the Generation Rent campaign says big city Mayors should “tackle the worst landlords and seize their properties.” It also wants...

16 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Two landlords with dangerous properties fined thousands

Renting out dangerous properties in Cardiff has cost two landlords thousands of pounds. Rowshanara Begum has been fined £20,000 at Cardiff Magistrates'...

15 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords rebel against Labour council £1,800 licence fee

Bristol’s controversial Labour council is extending previous licensing schemes to other parts of the city at some £1,800 HMO per licence...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Council boss claims landlords and tenants “do not care” and must be licensed

A Selective Licensing scheme proposal is out for consultation in the Scunthorpe area -  with a harsh message from a council...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Financial Penalty Notice slapped on landlord after appeal case

A council has won an appeal to enforce a Financial Penalty Notice that was served on a landlord who let out...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Record number of new rental licensing schemes set for 2024

A survey of local council private rental licensing schemes says 19 selective and additional licensing schemes and consultations will be taking...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Panic U-turn on HMO regulation changes for asylum seekers

The government has overturned its policy to relax HMO regulations on private rental properties used by asylum seekers. The policy had previously been...

08 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert: licensing risks of double jeopardy and entrapment

A legal services provider is claiming that landlords risk criminal prosecution for breaches of licensing rules that are often “unreasonable and...

02 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Controversial council threatens series of new licensing regimes

New additional and selective licensing schemes are to be considered by the controversial Bristol city council. The council’s Labour Mayor - Marvin...

01 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of financial penalties imposed on landlords by licensing 

A council claims “hundreds of residents have been made safer in their homes” thanks to a licencing regime. Sheffield council insists the...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Council Warns Landlords - big crackdown is coming this year!

A council is warning landlords of HMOs that they must meet all of their legal responsibilities ahead of a crackdown on...

26 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Amendments to Renters Reform Bill backed by senior industry figure

Amendments to the Renters Reform Bill, designed to give landlords more protection, have won the backing of a prominent industry figure. Neil Cobbold,...

23 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Another council raising revenue through licensing scheme

Warwick council is the latest to launch an Additional Licensing Scheme - it came into force just before last weekend. The district...

23 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Letting agents could face regulation under Labour amendment tactic

Labour is using a Bill currently going through Parliament as a backdoor method to introduce the regulation of lettings, estate and...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA accepts S21 abolition but wants “pragmatic” amendments to Bill

The National Residential Landlords Association is urging MPs to back what it describes as “pragmatic” changes to the Renters Reform Bill...

19 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Banning order victory for council after landlord appeal

Newham council in London has won what it calls a landmark case against a convicted rogue landlord. The court has dismissed the...

18 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Short Lets registration scheme introduced in part of UK

A mandatory short lets registration and licensing scheme is to be introduced in part of the UK, described as a system...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Council wants private landlords as part of “real decisive action”

A Labour-controlled council is inviting private rental sector representatives to a round-table event which it pledges will not be a talking...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords taking legal action against ‘eye watering’ council licensing

Four landlords are contemplating seeking a judicial review of a council’s proposed licensing scheme extension. Middlesbrough council is consulting on extending its...

08 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Another council leaps on landlord licensing gravy train

Middlesbrough is the latest council wanting to expand its landlord licensing regime. It’s consulting on extending its existing scheme to another ward. The...

05 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Activist group makes formal public apology to landlords' chief

The controversial activist group Acorn has made a formal public apology to the chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association. On...

04 January 2024

From: Breaking News

HMO licensing scheme is “a step forward” claims council

An additional licensing scheme for HMOs has come into effect in a London borough.  The new scheme will cover properties in Greenwich which...

03 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Latest council licensing scheme takes over £900 from each landlord

A new council licensing scheme has been given the go ahead by the government. Peterborough council’s selective licensing scheme will be run...

29 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove’s Christmas Gift to Landlords - yet another licensing system

It’s emerged that Housing Secretary approved yet another vast landlord licensing system just days before Christmas. On December Gove gave approval to...

28 December 2023

From: Breaking News

How will the Build To Rent market look in 2024?

By Luke Lightfoot, Regional Director of Asset Management at Sigma Capital As the fastest growing sub-sector in the UK rental market, it’s...

23 December 2023

From: Top tips & guides

Landlords intimidate tenants into not reporting faults, says Generation Rent

Christmas goodwill towards landlords seems in short supply from activist group Generation Rent.  It has this week issued a statement saying the...

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Another day, another landlord licensing scheme proposed by council

Gedling council in Nottinghamshire is launching a consultation to renew yet another selective licensing scheme. The scheme was launched in 2018 and...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Consultation starts on renewing and extending selective licensing regime

Landlords providing much-needed private rented accommodation in part of Merseyside are to fall under an expanded  licensing regime.  Wirral councillors have voted...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Shadow Chancellor Reeves campaigns for selective licensing regime

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves has campaigned for a selective licensing regime in her Leeds constituency. She joined the city council leader...

14 December 2023

From: Breaking News

We want more selective licensing insists environmental health chiefs

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has given a warm welcome to many of the provision in the Renters Reform Bill...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with half million pound fine after using fake name

A landlord who used a fake name to evade detection has been hit with £485,000 in fines after illegally renting out...

11 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Councils charge landlords thousands of pounds for “officer time”

Councils in Greater Manchester admit to charging landlords over £14,000 for “officer time” involved in licensing schemes. There are currently eight selective...

11 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Rogue Landlord hit with huge Rent Repayment Order

A landlord in London has been ordered to refund 12 months’ rent to tenants after failing to license their HMO. The fine...

11 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove gives go-ahead to one of UK’s largest licensing schemes

Almost all landlords letting out properties in a London borough will soon be legally required to have a selective license. It’s one...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

New Taskforce launched to hit back at criminal landlords

Some £2m of government money has been channeled into a brand new country cil Taskforce aimed at identifying and clamping down...

04 December 2023

From: Breaking News

A Comprehensive Guide to HMO Mortgages

Property investment is a dynamic and diverse field, offering numerous opportunities for investors to grow their wealth. At Mortgage Scout, we...

02 December 2023

From: Agent Advice

Big Changes This Month for Holiday Lets

The short-term holiday letting industry has significantly expanded in recent years, but this could all change with the introduction of a...

02 December 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

Council says ‘good landlords’ can have cheaper, longer licences

A council statement announcing a complex new licensing regime for the local private rental sector claims “landlords and agents who are...

01 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Bankrupt! - Labour council which tomorrow launches huge licensing scheme

A controversial licensing scheme is due to come into force tomorrow - just as the council administering it has declared itself...

30 November 2023

From: Breaking News

London borough HMO licensing scheme goes out to consultation

Residents across part of London are invited to give their thoughts on yet another new rental licensing scheme. This is a new...

30 November 2023

From: Breaking News

HMO license failure leads to five figure fine for landlord

A landlord has been hit with an £11,800 fine for operating an HMO without a licence. Stoke-on-Trent council launched an investigation into...

21 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Desperate plea for private landlords to help social housing shortfall

Help2Rent, a social housing platform that matches housing list tenants with available homes, has made a desperate plea to private landlords. An...

14 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Licensing Latest - another council goes out to consultation

Stockton-on-Tees is the latest council seeking people's views on the introduction of Selective Licensing for private rented housing. It launched a consultation...

09 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb sub-letting call explodes into national media controversy

An Airbnb survey first reported last week on Landlord Today has exploded into a national newspaper controversy. Airbnb claims that almost 80...

07 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Asylum seekers and HMOs - legal challenge to rules relaxation

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health gas come out in support of a legal challenge to the government’s draft regulations exempting...

02 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New landlords charged full five-year licence fee on scheme ending soon

A north of England council says it’s reviewing the fees for its selective licensing scheme “in terms of potential impact on...

31 October 2023

From: Breaking News

HMO Council Tax breakthrough 'may not save landlords money'

The breakthrough on council tax and HMOs, announced just before the weekend, may not be all that it seems. That’s the view...

31 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Massive £50,000 fine for landlord ignoring licensing warnings

A landlord has been ordered to pay almost £50,000 for failing to adhere to licensing legal requirements on several rental properties,...

30 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Interactive map for landlords to check if they must apply for licence

A council’s new selective property licensing scheme for rented properties will be live and open for applications from Wednesday November 1. Ilford...

27 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Devastating impact of Renters Reform Bill revealed by legal expert

The Renters Reform Bill could end up with landlords going bankrupt, a housing law specialist is warning. Des Taylor, director of compliance...

26 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned about end of HMO licensing ‘grace period’

HMO landlords in Portsmouth are being urged to apply for a new licence before the grace period ends on December 1. Additional...

24 October 2023

From: Breaking News

New Selective Licensing regime goes out for consultation

Plans to introduce Selective Licensing of privately rented properties have been agreed by leading Stockton-on-Tees councillors and now go for consultation. Under...

20 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Council claims anti-social behaviour linked to some rental housing

Blackpool council will next week consider a new selective licensing scheme for some of the town’s privately rented properties. The scheme will...

13 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Some 700 HMOs will soon be subject to licensing regime

Warwick council is the latest to introduce an Additional Licensing Scheme for HMOs. The district wide scheme will start on January 18...

12 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Nationalise private rental homes, demands new manifesto

A collection of pressure groups, fronted by Generation Rent, wants all private rental homes going on sale to be offered first...

06 October 2023

From: Breaking News

HMO licensing regime coming to an end - for now

The Additional Licensing HMO scheme in the Bath and North East Somerset area ends on New Year’s Eve.  The scheme covers around...

05 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Compliance for Landlords - Crash Course to be held this week

Next weekend sees a crash course event for landlords to bring them up to date with the 160 pieces of legislation...

03 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord training conference set for early 2024

The London Landlord Accreditation Scheme is hosting a virtual conference and training day in the New Year. It promises to “bring you...

28 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Taxpayers Not Tenants should foot license cost, Labour council says

A council is telling landlords that its new selective licensing fee is so low it should be entirely tax deductible and...

25 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Is it illegal to Airbnb your garden retreat?

The rise of platforms such as Airbnb has opened up new possibilities to generate extra income by renting out spaces.  From spare...

23 September 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

Unlicensed HMOs produce £200k windfall for London council

Haringey council has got a £200,000 windfall from landlords of unlicensed HMOs. And now it’s set to get even more. Councillors are to...

22 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb controls may breach data laws and Human Rights Convention

Scotland’s controversial licensing regime on Airbnbs and other short lets, due to start next month, may breach the European Convention on...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Politician likens buying a second home to “forced eviction”

The Scottish National Party councillor for Oban North and Lorn - which includes the village of Plockton, made famous by the...

19 September 2023

From: Breaking News

London council launches selective licensing regime

Brent council in North London has launched a new selective licensing regime across part of the borough. Landlords who let properties in the...

19 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Yet more London council landlord licensing on the cards

A London council is looking to introduce new licensing for landlords. Currently Wandsworth council operates mandatory licensing for HMOs with five or...

18 September 2023

From: Breaking News

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