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KEYWORD "Local Authorities" - 198 RESULTS
Latest eviction notice ruling “another blow to landlords” - claim

The Welsh government has again extended the notice period which landlords must give tenants - it’s at least six months. The Coronavirus...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Afghan Refugees: Councils still asking landlords to come forward

Wiltshire council is the latest to ask private landlords who have affordable homes which are ready to let, to get in...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord with poor fire alarm paperwork refused letting licence

A landlord has been refused a lettings licence by a local council because he failed to keep fire safety alarm records...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Incentives for landlords to shun Airbnb short lets - council call

The leader of a council in one of the areas of the UK with the highest number of Airbnb-style short lets...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

More enforcement, more arbitration - landlords set out demands

The government needs to beef up enforcement if it wants to address rogue landlords who put tenants at risk, says the...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb fights back against criticism of short lets

Airbnb has issued a lengthy statement in response to a recent raft of criticisms about the effects of soaring numbers of...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

More help needed for landlords to adapt homes for older and disabled

Too little is being done to help landlords access funding to adapt their property to meet the needs of older or...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring Rent Repayment Orders and fines for landlords in two months

Fines for landlords and lettings agents in Greater London have soared from just £22,000 in May to a huge £139,146 in...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords accuse councils of doing too little to crackdown on rogues

Over half of local authorities in England have not issued any civil penalties against rogue or criminal landlords in the last...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

£100,000 public cash to be spent on landlord database study

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is spending £100,000 on a feasibility study to investigate the setting up of...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government rejects licensing scheme plea by local council

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has said No to a plea by a south east council to renew...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New attack underway on rental and holiday homes

An estate agent in Scotland is warning that a new attack on the rental sector and holiday homes may be underway.  Jennifer...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday lets set to face extra financial penalties in one part of UK

Landlords in the holiday let market in Wales look almost certain to face hefty new barriers under proposals being considered by...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Outdated! Some rental regulations date back to 18th century

Some laws underpinning the private rented sector date back to the 18th century and are no longer fit for purposes, according...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back £10m for tenants with Covid-related arrears

The National Residential Landlords Association is backing the introduction of a £10m grant fund for tenants with Covid-related  arrears. The fund, announced...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Extended Notice period will last until end of September, politicians rule

The Welsh Government says the mandatory six month notice period which landlords must give their tenants will now last until the...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Remarkable - New licensing scheme will be FREE for landlords

It’s already a very un-typical part of the United Kingdom but now Jersey has set itself apart in a different way...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council asks landlords how Covid has hit rental sector

Another council in the south of England is asking landlords and letting agents in its area how the Coronavirus crisis has...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Enforcing rental regulation is a postcode lottery in part of the UK - claim

The landlords’ trade body says there’s an enforcement postcode lottery across part of the UK. The National Residential Landlords Association’s Welsh Enforcement...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Official - no significant Covid rent arrears, no pile-up of possession cases

The government has produced figures that counter the long-running claims by rental sector activists that there has been a build up...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activist group wants more “engagement” between councils and tenants

Tenant activist group Generation Rent says it’s working with five councils to find out more about private renters in those areas. The...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Review compliance procedures or risk prosecution, landlords warned

A warning has been issued to landlords about a crackdown on compliance issues surrounding property management. No Letting Go, the country’s largest...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils accused by activists over rental licensing and safety

There are now 10 councils with licensing schemes covering more than 20 per cent of the rental market according to activists’...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness urges police to get tough with “criminal landlords”

The Generation Rent campaign group has entered the fray for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections which will be held in some...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders flop - average of just 13 issued a year

Only 39 rogue landlords and letting agents have been hit with banning orders in the first three years of their existence. The...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant scrapped at almost no notice

The government is axing the Green Homes Grant scheme from 5pm on March 31 - putting a much criticised scheme out...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidelines for landlords as ‘stay at home’ goes

The government has revised official guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the light of imminently-changing Coronavirus advice. The revisions are not fundamental...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Who knew? Grants available for landlords to adapt rental properties

The landlords’ trade body wants more co-operation between the private rental sector and local councils as tenants’ needs change thanks to...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction ban extension has NO extreme arrears opt-out

Wales has extended its eviction ban from March 31 until the end of June - but it is more severe than...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban given yet another extension by government

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. At that point...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Post-Budget BTL hacks - advice for landlords trying to beat stamp duty extension chaos

Landlords trying to expand their portfolios can avoid delays caused by residential buyers taking advantage of the Chancellor's stamp duty extension by using four 'buy-to-let hacks', according to broker Mortgages for...

10 March 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Hazards in rental units - landlords’ help wanted for assessment

The risk assessment system used by local authorities to judge health and safety issues relating to properties needs updating - and...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Where’s the support for landlords and the private rental sector?

The Budget has received short shrift from landlords and tenants, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak appeared to miss out the private rental...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

This is how landlords who buy can beat the stamp duty holiday chaos

Specialist buy to let broker Mortgages for Business says landlords buying now can use four tips to beat the chaos in the...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Advice to landlords on changes to Electrical Safety Standards

A lettings agency is issuing general guidance to the landlord community ahead of changes to Electrical Safety Standards in April. Helen Hollingsworth,...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector growth highest in the north

The proportion of the population in the private rented sector in England has risen three per cent in the past decade. Research...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Government tells landlords - no national licensing scheme planned

The government has revealed that it has no plans to introduce a national licensing scheme for landlords. Housing minister Chris Pincher MP...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Government panned for missing out landlords in new EPC enforcement

The government has been slammed for missing out landlords in proposals to enforce new energy efficiency regulations. Propertymark - the trade group...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown makes electrical compliance harder, warns trade body

A trade body says the current national lockdown may make it harder for the lettings industry to conform with an approaching deadline...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction activists step up demand for another ban and rent hand-outs

Activists from Shelter and Generation Rent have led the charge for a renewed eviction ban in the light of the latest...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Government says no to petition calling for 14-days eviction powers

The government has rejected a call for landlords to have powers to evict tenants who fall 14 days into arrears. Property investor...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

First-ever Rent To Buy scheme unveiled - with more to come…

Newcastle city council claims to be the first local authority in the UK to launch the rent-to-buy scheme allowing tenants to...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Taking landlords to court stops council’s ‘real’ work, it admits

A leading officer in a Labour council which has in the past taken landlords to court says this process is so...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing ‘risks giving vulnerable people Covid-19’ - claim

A lettings trade body says expensive council licensing schemes could force landlords to sell, making vulnerable tenants homeless or obliged to...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban until mid-March introduced by Scottish Government

An eviction ban has been introduced by the Scottish Government to take effect until well into the New Year.  Because of the...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough fear adds to call that renters should get cash help

The furlough scheme has been extended for a month and while it’s being replaced eventually by a less generous scheme, there is...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

What should any prospective holiday let investor ask themselves before investing?

With the staycation boom caused by Covid-19, which is likely to continue for the foreseeable future as travel restrictions remain for...

29 October 2020

From: Property Investment & Strategy

10 Essential Safety Requirements For New Landlords

With new regulations and rules now in place for landlords, our in-house property experts outline their 10 essential safety requirements for...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Have your say on plans to introduce licensing schemes

Landlords are being encouraged to give their views on plans to introduce licensing schemes in a number of regions across the...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property litigation firm expects ‘a surge’ of repossession cases in London

There could be a significant increase in repossession cases in London once the tenant eviction ban ends this weekend, legal experts...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords to face fines of up to £30,000 if they fail to comply with new regulations

New regulation introduced yesterday could see unscrupulous landlords fined up to £30,000 if they do not comply with the rules.  Under the...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New electrical safety rules to ensure that private tenants are protected

New regulations that are designed to strengthen electrical safety practices and bring in line with those already well-established within gas safety regulations...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

NAPIT issues fresh electrical safety guidance for landlords and inspectors

The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) has produced fresh guidance designed to help landlords and the electrical industry...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Guide for landlords: New electrical safety standards in the PRS

New electrical safety rules have been introduced to ensure that private tenants are protected.  New regulations, which were introduced yesterday, are designed to strengthen...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council slammed for ignoring Covid-19 guidelines

Coventry Council has been accused of acting irresponsibly by introducing a licensing scheme for private rented housing earlier this week.  The council...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords accuse ‘irresponsible’  council of ignoring Covid-19 guidelines

Coventry Council is acting irresponsibly by pressing ahead with plans to introduce a licensing scheme for private rented housing, according to...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Organisations welcome government action to support landlords and tenants

A number of property firms and landlord organisations have welcomed government action to support landlords and tenants affected by coronavirus. Private tenants...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government is failing ‘good landlords’ by ‘attacking’ the PRS, says RLA

The latest data demonstrates the failure of government policy for the private rented sector, which in turn is having an adverse...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Major landlord exhibition returns to Bristol

The west of England’s Landlord Expo returns to Bristol next month.  The free-to-attend event, organised by the four West of England Local...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Trade bodies seek further clarity on new short-term letting regulations

The minister for local government, housing and planning in Scotland, Kevin Stewart, has received a joint letter from the UK Short...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Landlords want to comply with the law and offer a good home to their tenants’

While some rogue landlords and bad players grab the headlines, the reality is that the vast majority of private sector landlords...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Scottish government announces plans to regulate short-term lets

The Scottish government has announced new measures to regulate short-term lets north of the border.  The government is handing local authorities fresh...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Preparing for property emergencies

Britain has faced terrible flooding this year. Floods and other property emergency can take minutes to occur and years to remedy....

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

New £3.8m fund to help local authorities crackdown on rogue landlords

Fresh funding for local councils in England to tackle unscrupulous landlords has been made available, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

New toolkit to help local authorities clampdown on rogue landlords

A new PRS interactive learning toolkit for local authorities to help them take action against rogue landlords and letting agents has...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA slams London Trading Standards for failing landlords and tenants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has criticised the London Trading Standards (LTS) for what it says is an admission of failure in...

17 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

Retail to residential conversions drop 17% as councils restrict developers’ rights

With the government consistently missing its housebuilding targets, Britain’s housing shortage has now reached crisis point, with the number of prospective...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA dismisses government’s claim that Section 21 is driving up homelessness

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has rejected the government’s claim that landlords’ use of Section 21 eviction notices is the leading...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Sensible rules will ensure ‘responsible growth’ of short-term letting sector

It is not always possible for an individual or company to improve its image beyond that of its industry, and that is...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Council tenant fined £100,000 for sub-letting his studio flat on Airbnb

An Airbnb host who rented out his council flat in central London has been fined £100,000 and evicted by Westminster City...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Manchester trials restricting short-term lets

When people think of Manchester these days, possibly their first thought is of its thriving economy and the opportunities it now...

29 July 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

Letting and managing agents in England face tougher regulation

Letting and managing agents in England face the prospect of having to abide by a new regulatory framework, in accordance with...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Technology is crucial in helping landlords remain complaint, says Gas Tag

With the number of PRS regulations continuing to rise, technology is growing increasingly more important in aiding compliance and ensuring that...

17 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

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

New book aims to help landlords thrive in buy-to-let sector

With more than 170 pieces of landlord legislation in place, property experts, Paul Shamplina and Kate Faulkner, have once again joined...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for first-time landlords

We all know that investing in a buy-to-let (BTL) property is a huge responsibility, but for those of you who are...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sunil Sharma, Director at Regal Estates

Who are you? Sunil Sharma, Director at Regal Estates. Who are Regal Estates? We are an established independent lettings and management company based in...

11 April 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Fresh online support for councils to crackdown on rogue landlords

Fresh guidance for local authorities to crackdown on rogue landlords has been unveiled by housing minister Heather Wheeler. Local authorities across the...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Short-term letting: growing concern over loss of ‘much-needed’ long-term lets

More needs to be done to stem the increase in short-term lets on Airbnb and similar platforms to ensure that there...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New app makes repairs reporting easier

A new property repair and maintenance reporting app has been launched by Scottish Land & Estates (SLE). The system, which can be...

26 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

Councils significantly reduce action against rogue landlords

Local authorities across England are spending significantly less on dealing with rogue landlords than in 2009-10, new research shows. According to Residential...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s time to tackle the scourge of sub-standard rental homes, says PayProp chief

Tenants living in sub-standard rented accommodation need greater support, according to Neil Cobbold, chief operating officer of PayProp UK, who has...

20 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

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

Four in 10 Right to Buy homes in London now owned by private landlords

Ever since Margaret Thatcher declared her belief in a ‘property-owning democracy’ and introduced Right to Buy in 1980, the UK was...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New landlord seminars to help landlords tackle disrepair in common areas

With research showing that around 61% of privately rented flats in Scotland currently have common areas like stairways and roofs in...

23 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

Almost £2.4m for councils to crack down on rogue landlords

Close to £2.4m of additional funding designed to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords will be made available for more than 50 councils...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Here’s how to ensure your next property purchase is gas safe

If you are planning to add to your property portfolio, it is important to ensure that the property is gas safe. Here’s...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords accused of taking advantage of the growing homeless population

We all know that buy-to-let investors provide a vital service for people looking for housing, and yet an article in The...

02 January 2019

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

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

Good landlords are being let down by councils and minority of criminals

Two thirds of councils in England and Wales responding to a FOI request by the Residential Landlords Association brought no prosecutions...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants will be relied upon to help enforce letting fees ban

Trading standards will almost certainly need help from consumers to help police the ban on letting fees, according to PayProp. As part...

27 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

Government’s new £2m rogue landlord crackdown is a step in the right direction

Yesterday’s announcement that councils in England are going to be handed an additional £2m in government funding to tackle the small...

09 November 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

Government releases £400m for cladding upgrades

The government has released the first tranche of an estimated £400m to fund the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding on...

19 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

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 blockchain database to track changes in the PRS

Citylets has adopted blockchain technology to help track and store rental data in Scotland.   The Scottish property rental portal has teamed...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords ‘have no place in the market’, says RLA

Councils must do more to root out unscrupulous landlords that give the sector a bad name, according to the Residential Landlords...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

House of Commons briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes published

A briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes has been published by the House of Commons ahead of the Report Stage and...

04 September 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

New electrical regulation ‘can only be seen as a positive’

Landlords generally believe that many recent regulation changes have gone too far and want to see the government rethink the swathes...

17 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

Top 10 buy-to-let hotspots unveiled

Buy-to-let has recently taken a bit of a bashing with some landlords forced to exit the market as profits drop amid...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords offered fresh incentives to take in people at risk of homelessness

Free gas and electrical checks are among the incentives being offered to landlords with properties in Barrow-in-Furness in a bid to...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Greater regulation for Airbnb-style landlords may be needed, say MPs

With more Airbnb listings in this country than ever before, there is growing concern among MPs that the home sharing website...

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

Government slammed for failing to act on report that suggests improvements to PRS

The government has been criticised for continuing to drag its heels over taking on key recommendations made in a recent report...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

The rise in 'staycations' and the opportunities they create for landlords

Overseas family holidays are a relatively recent concept in the UK. They came about as a result of air travel becoming...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Random rental property spot checks could improve standards in the PRS

Most private landlords would oppose the idea of arbitrary checks of their rental properties by local authorities, but that has not...

28 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

Universal credit flaws leads to tragic death of a tenant

A benefit claimant who faced debt, rent arrears and potential eviction as a result of policy design flaws in universal credit,...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

London housing shortage a ‘ticking time bomb’ for businesses

The growing housing crisis in London is forcing employees to quit their jobs and making it harder for firms to recruit...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Give councils power to ‘confiscate’ properties from rogue landlords, say MPs

Local authorities should be given the power to confiscate properties from landlords who break the law, according to a committee of...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to focus on improving conditions in the PRS

The government must focus on urgently improving dangerous housing conditions across the country after new figures revealed that thousands of private...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils to be given new wave of powers to fine landlords

Councils will be handed tough new powers to punish rogue landlords up to £30,000. Under the new legislation, being introduced in October,...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Article 4 is nothing more than a ‘revenue generating exercise’, NLA says

The government is being urged by the National Landlords Association (NLA) to repeal the fee that councils can now charge when...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for new minimum energy efficiency standards?

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

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords allegedly making millions out of housing benefits

Rogue landlords are profiting from the housing benefit system by enticing desperate local authorities to place single homeless people into small...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA supports new measures to improve the safety of tenants

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

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants to be given legal right to challenge landlords

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

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Four in 10 homes bought under Right to Buy now owned by private landlords

Ever since Margaret Thatcher declared her belief in a ‘property-owning democracy’ and introduced Right to Buy in 1980, the UK was...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter Scotland welcomes ‘reform of private renting’

The introduction of a new form of Scottish private residential tenancy has been welcomed by Shelter Scotland. The new private residential tenancy...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Major PRS changes in Scotland

A new form of Scottish private residential tenancy will be introduced tomorrow. The new private residential tenancy (PRT) will replace the existing...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget: Key points at-a-glance

The Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his Autumn Budget. Here are the key points of his speech impacting private landlords and...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord event to provide advice about new tenancy agreements

With just over a month until a new form of private residential tenancy (PRT) will be introduced north of the border,...

23 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

New HMO changes good for tenants, and landlords too

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

12 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

New blacklist will be a ‘valuable tool in protecting tenants’

The new blacklist of rogue agents and landlords, introduced as part of the Housing and Planning Bill, will go a long...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Crossrail 2 delay would be a ‘hammer blow’

Following the news that Transport for London has privately warned that Crossrail 2 could be delayed by a decade, to the...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New guidance to regulate who can operate as a private landlord

New landlord registration enforcement guidance has been issued by the Scottish government to all local authorities on regulating landlords in the...

08 September 2017

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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

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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

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

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

09 August 2017

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

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

02 August 2017

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

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

01 August 2017

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Council makes several unannounced inspections of rental properties

West Lindsey District Council made a number of unannounced inspections of private rental homes in Gainsborough yesterday, supported by police officers,...

22 June 2017

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London is the most expensive region to be a landlord

London has been identified as the most expensive region in Britain to be a landlord, according to fresh research by Kent...

19 June 2017

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Just a few hours until the polls close #GE2017

With only a few hours left of voting in the general election, the balance of power will have a major impact...

08 June 2017

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Caridon Calls for Coherent Housing Policies from Politicians

The policy focus of the upcoming election will be on Brexit, but political parties will do well to remember that housing...

11 May 2017

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

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

14 April 2017

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Council hopes to ‘improve standards’ in PRS by giving landlords greater support

In a concerted effort to improve standards in the private rented sector (PRS), the North Tyneside Council has joined forces with...

30 March 2017

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

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

22 March 2017

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Top tips for improving your property’s energy efficiency rating

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

11 March 2017

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Investment in transport infrastructure could boost rents

The chancellor’s pledge to create a £690m competition fund for English councils to tackle urban congestion and develop local transport networks,...

09 March 2017

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Mayor of London urges short-term agents to bring in 90-day limit

Short-term letting agents in the capital are being urged by the Mayor of London to follow Airbnb’s lead by blocking hosts...

07 March 2017

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

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

22 February 2017

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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

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New landlord registration system goes live

A new digital application for a register of landlords has gone live across Scotland. The application will make it significantly easier for...

14 February 2017

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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

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Government consults over ‘banning orders’ for rogue landlords

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

17 December 2016

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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

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Expensive rents in London highlights ‘squeeze on workers and their families’

Significantly more homes urgently need to be developed for the private rented sector to curb rising rental values in London, according...

25 October 2016

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Developer welcomes housing minister’s call for greater investment in PRS

The housing minister’s call this week for significantly more homes “of every single type” to be built, including significantly more homes for...

16 September 2016

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Housing association seeks landlords to join new letting scheme

A Hertfordshire-based housing association is looking for landlords to join a newly launched social letting scheme to help tackle the increasing...

09 August 2016

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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

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Private renters need greater protection from rogue landlords

Unscrupulous landlords are providing vulnerable tenants with substandard housing and getting away with it due to low levels of enforcement of...

05 May 2016

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Landlord in NW London faces prosecution

A landlord in Wembley, north west London, faces prosecution after 11 people were found living in a three-bedroom house that he...

03 May 2016

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Housing Minister wades into eviction debate

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has written to all local councils in England in order to clarify homelessness guidance following pressure from...

22 March 2016

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Demand on PRS “greater than ever before”

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has told the Government that it’s the lack of housing, not the number of private landlords,...

21 March 2016

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London councils vow to investigate “Housing Benefit Millionaires”

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

16 March 2016

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NLA speaks out about councils’ bailiffs advice

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has criticised local councils for telling private tenants to ignore eviction notices served by their landlords...

29 January 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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Tenants advised to wait for bailiffs before leaving rented property

The Telegraph has raised the issue of how local authorities are increasingly encouraging evicted tenants to stay put in a property...

12 January 2016

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Councils call for new powers to tackle rogue landlords

The legislative system dealing with rogue landlords is ‘unfit for purpose’ and should be replaced with a national database covering all...

15 December 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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DCLG rogue landlords consultation outcome published

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

16 November 2015

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Council's new powers to fine agents flouting redress schemes

One of Britain’s largest local authorities has beefed up its powers so it can issue fines of up to £5,000 on...

13 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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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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Government drags feet over smoke alarm legislation

The landlord community has hit out at government for unnecessary delays in the introduction of legislation which will make it compulsory...

10 September 2015

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RLA appoints David Smith as new policy director

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has appointed leading housing lawyer David Smith as its new policy director.  Smith succeeds long-standing RLA board...

23 July 2015

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RLA: Enforcement, not regulation, needed to protect tenants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has said the key to protecting tenants is enforcement of existing rules and regulations rather than...

15 July 2015

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MP plans for new criminal landlord crackdown

MPs have introduced two new bills that will crackdown on rogue landlords. The first measure introduced to parliament yesterday was by the...

25 June 2015

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RLA calls for clampdown on criminal landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on ministers to take action to find and root out the criminals who bring...

27 May 2015

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Charity claims half a million children living in unsafe private rented homes

Rogue landlords are raking in £5.6billion a year for unsafe homes that fail to meet legal standards, a report by Citizens...

22 May 2015

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Panorama responds to RLA

The BBC’s Panorama programme has responded to a letter from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) about the depiction of landlords on...

07 May 2015

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RLA responds to BBC Panorama

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has written to the BBC to complain how landlords were portrayed in a negative light in...

30 April 2015

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Robert Murphy, Director of Operations at Orchard & Shipman

Q: What does it say on your business card?  Director of Operations – South Q: Who are Orchard and Shipman?  Orchard and Shipman is...

23 April 2015

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NLA makes it easier for tenants to check their landlords

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched an initiative to enable tenants to check if their landlord is accredited.   Tenants can check...

22 April 2015

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