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BTL landlords will benefit from £2bn home insulation scheme

The new £2bn grant scheme in England for projects such as insulation, unveiled yesterday by the chancellor Rishi Sunak as part...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Free virtual event aims to clarify new regulations

New rules and how the Electrical Inspection Condition Reports (EICRs) requirements for rented homes in England are changing have sparked debate...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ben Hall, Managing Director of LOFT

Who are you? My name is Benjamin Hall and I’m the Founder and Managing Director of LOFT. What services does LOFT provide? LOFT delivers...

26 June 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Under-estimation of Wales’ population set to lead to ‘increased housing need’

An error in the processing of cross-border flows between Wales and England has resulted in the under-estimation of Wales’ net population...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Unscrupulous landlord becomes second in England to be banned from the PRS

A man deemed not to be a fit and proper person to hold a licence for a house in multiple occupation...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

What will being a landlord look like after Covid-19?

Do you think Covid-19 been a stress test for the property sector? Have you made knee-jerk decisions? Have you been adversely...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are committed to improving energy efficiency but appeal for support

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border are urging the Scottish government to take into consideration the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Expert advice for newcomer landlords

With buy-to-let returns continuing to beat all other mainstream investments, including commercial property, UK government bonds and cash, while remaining a...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Key predictions for the PRS: leading expert’s must-watch market analysis

With the number of new tenancies currently being agreed at an historic low, there is evidence to suggest that there will...

09 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

One in eight tenants struggling with payments

A survey of tenants suggests around one in eight private sector tenants have fallen behind with housing costs since the coronavirus...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Are you familiar with the Electrical Safety Standards being introduced in the PRS?

Buy-to-let landlords in England will soon need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New tenancy mediation service launched by the PRS

Property Redress Scheme (PRS) has launched a tenancy mediation service for residential and commercial landlords, or their appointed letting agent, and...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Is there room for growth in rent prices once the lockdown is lifted?

With renters, landlords, buyers, and sellers being advised to delay their home moves if possible and not to allow new viewings,...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

MHCLG issues coronavirus guidance for landlords and tenants

COVID-19 has presented a hugely challenging and uncertain time for everyone, with many landlords and tenants in desperate need of fresh...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to halt buy-to-let changes

The Government should consider postponing upcoming tax changes because of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Apropos by DJ Alexander.  The property management...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost half of landlords set to flee the market

Fresh research shows almost half of landlords are considering divesting their portfolios and leaving the PRS due to an increase in regulation...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget 2020: what Rishi Sunak’s announcement means for the PRS

Rishi Sunak's first Budget included new taxes for overseas property buyers, funding to remove unsafe cladding, fresh funds to support the...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget 2020: ‘There must be no further taxation on landlords’

The Guild of Property Professionals is calling on the new chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to use his Budget speech, which will take...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Proposed rent controls will 'drive landlords out of the market'

Labour’s proposals to introduce rent controls in London risks reducing the number of private homes available for rent, as landlords look...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Why new EPC rules favour new-builds as investment properties

The UK government has legally committed to going carbon neutral by 2050. That’s going to require a huge effort and significant...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand hits record high as housing supply falls

Rental demand reached a record high of 88 prospective tenants per letting agency branch in January, up 57% from an average...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence in BTL market improves after the election

Boris Johnson’s emphatic December general election victory has triggered fresh optimism among buy-to-let landlords, despite tax and regulatory changes hitting their...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

What steps do landlords need to take when it comes to MEES regulations?

Most landlords will already be familiar with the Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency (MEES) Regulations which came into force on 1 April...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Number of landlords in the PRS drops to a seven-year low

The number of landlords in the private rental sector has fallen to a seven-year low, according to Hamptons International’s latest monthly...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More than a quarter of landlords saw an increase in tenant demand in Q4 2019

The private rented sector ended 2019 strongly, with 27% of landlords experiencing an increase in tenant demand, according to the latest...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New chancellor urged to use Budget to ‘encourage’ investment in the PRS

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the National Landlords Association (NLA) are calling on the new chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to use...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Linking rent rises to wages could have a ‘severe’ impact on the PRS

A proposed Bill to protect private sector tenants by introducing measures to limit rent increases could drive many buy-to-let landlords out...

17 February 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

Average rents in Scotland increase 3.5% year-on-year - CityLets

The cost of renting a home in Scotland continued to rise during the final quarter of 2019, new figures show.  The Scottish...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New Airbnb rental calculator highlights how much more rent landlords can make

A new online calculator highlighting how much more rent landlords can make by letting to holidaymakers via Airbnb across a range...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome delay to minimum energy efficiency standards

The decision to delay the minimum energy efficiency standards deadline in Scotland has been welcomed by landlords as a ‘sensible one’.  The...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Is a mass landlord exodus upon us?

Is the UK on the brink of a mass landlord exodus? It may seem like an ominous question, but ask people...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain heading towards a rental crisis as BTL landlords switch to short-term lets

There has been a significant increase in the number of buy-to-let landlords who are considering converting their property to a short-term...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Growth in the number of short-term lets is bad news for the PRS

The tax and regulatory changes introduced in recent years have led to an increase in the number of landlords exiting the...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords hope for change in next week’s Scottish Budget

Buy-to-let landlords are demanding change in next week’s Scottish Budget to help ensure rental price growth eases.  The number of tenants experiencing...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors frustrated by ‘how much red tape there now is within the PRS’

Buy-to-let landlords are becoming more frustrated by tax and regulatory changes in the private rented sector, according to fresh research from...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

An increasing number of BTL landlords set sights on high-yielding HMO market

Buy-to-let landlords currently looking to buy property are targeting Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) more than any other property type, according...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

A third of landlords plan to sell property in 2020

More than a third of buy-to-let landlords are planning to reduce the number of homes they rent out or exit the...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

A high number of private renters are ‘suffering from housing worries’

Renters have higher levels of harmful stress levels than homeowners, according to new research.  A survey of almost 4,000 renters by Shelter...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from everyone at Landlord Today

After yet another year dominated by Brexit uncertainty, political instability, tax, and regulatory changes, most buy-to-let landlords will be looking for...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landbay sees sharp rise in lending volume

Landbay has achieved a rather impressive 200% growth in lending volumes over the past 12 months.  The buy-to-let lender reports that recent...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Despite tax and regulatory changes ‘there is still money to be made in the PRS’

With savers receiving poor returns from banks and building societies, thousands of people unsurprisingly continue to turn to residential property as...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise in 2020 as landlords continue to exit the PRS

Rents look set to rise across much of the UK next year owed in part to a further increase in the...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rents increase 3.2% year-on-year - HomeLet

Rents in the PRS continued to grow at a modest pace in November, the latest figures from HomeLet show.  The data reveals...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

One in three landlords plan to sell in the next year

The UK could be heading for a rental crisis, with experts dreading the prospect of a chronic property shortage in the...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA urges new government to introduce housing court and reform Section 8

The National Landlords’ Association (NLA) has once again called for the introduction of a properly funded housing court to cope with...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning of rocketing rents amid a stark housing shortage

With more landlords selling properties than buying them, at a time when there is growing demand from tenants for rental properties, the private rental...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

The UK’s next prime minister needs to take housing seriously

Thursday’s general election presents the main political parties with an opportunity to address voters’ concerns about housing, and not just focus...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Many landlords ‘have not recognised the need to educate themselves’

How do you potentially balance property buying and management with a full-time job? What strategies have you developed to build wealth...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landord voters could be a crucial force at the general election

Which party will win the landlord vote?  Given that the mainstream parties all have policies that appear to work against BTL landlords,...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Council pledges to improve conditions in the PRS

City of York Council has vowed to crack down on rogue landlords looking to exploit the housing market, as part of...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing in the manifestos: how could the main policies affect landlords?

The main political parties have laid out their blueprints for government ahead of what is likely to be one of the...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL investors and renters can ‘benefit from the realistic prices’ in the North East

Buy-to-let landlords looking to add to their portfolio should consider buying property in the North East of England where rents are...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory manifesto ‘cripples landlords’ ability to run a functioning letting business’

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has slammed the Conservative Party manifesto for proposing nothing to encourage and support landlords to continue...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour manifesto is ‘too extreme’ and ‘unrealistic’

Labour’s general election manifesto promises to “transform” the UK with what some commentators view as the most ambitious - and most...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s rent control proposals will leave tenants worse off

Labour’s proposals to introduce rent controls risks reducing the number of private homes available for rent, as landlords look to exit...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish landlords remain confident in long-term prospects of PRS

Despite the political and economic uncertainty, SafeDeposits Scotland has found that the vast majority of landlords north of the border remain...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Lib Dem manifesto presents a  mixed bag for BTL landlords

The Liberal Democrats have launched their 2019 election manifesto, which sets out the polices the party aims to introduce should it...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence continues to plummet

Landlords’ confidence in the buy-to-let sector continues to fall with the majority less confident about the PRS than they were three...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Council slammed for ‘doing nothing to find and root out bad landlords’

Nottingham City Council has been criticised for targeting responsible landlords whilst doing little to clampdown on rogue operators in the local...

20 November 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

Rent controls are not to the answer to London’s housing crisis

The mayor of London is being urged to forget about rent controls and instead focus on increasing the supply of rental...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Clydesdale Bank remains committed to BTL but withdraws from bridging market

Clydesdale Bank has reiterated its commitment to supporting buy-to-let landlords looking to invest in the PRS by announcing plans to focus...

11 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

Landlords forced to shell out £4.5bn on emergency contractors in past 12 months

With demand still far outstripping supply, buy-to-let remains an attractive asset class, but while the majority of landlords say they are...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: Housing should be top ‘priority’

Boris Johnson’s call for a snap general election on December 12 to try to settle the issue of Brexit took very...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA sets out industry demands ahead of general election

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has compiled a manifesto that it hopes all political parties will take note of ahead of...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent controls ‘can make it more expensive and more difficult’ for tenants, says RLA

Ahead of next month’s general election, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is warning that any potential proposal to introduce rent controls...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental supply crisis looms as landlords continue to exit the PRS

There has been a further increase in the number of landlords exiting the buy-to-let market, according to new research by the...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents continue to rise, albeit at a slower pace

There was a marginal drop in the number of tenants experiencing rent increases in September but they remained high overall, ARLA...

29 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

National Landlord Investment Show to address key issues affecting the PRS

Buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will once again descend on the Olympia Conference Centre in London next month where they will...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Proportion of ‘accidental’ landlords falls for first time since 2014

The proportion of ‘accidental’ landlords has dropped year-on-year for the first time since 2014, fresh analysis shows.  One in 14, or 7.1%,...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Section 21 consultation ends tomorrow

With the government consultation on tenancy reform ending tomorrow, time is running out for landlords wishing to have their say by...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 ‘will just make life more difficult for tenants’

The government’s proposal to scrap the use of Section 21 notices to evict tenants has been poorly received by landlords, with...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Build to Rent set to grow as individual BTL landlords exit the market

The Build to Rent development pipeline has grown dramatically in recent years and there are clear signs of the sector becoming...

09 October 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

Rents edge up amid increase in demand from renters

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises hit yet another record high in August, the latest ARLA Propertymark PRS report shows. The...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New Build to Rent homes in Manchester prove popular

Phases one and two of the Clippers Quay and Salford Quays Build to Rent (BTR) developments in Manchester have now been fully...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

The government has become too reliant on private landlords

All the main political parties are targeting the Generation Rent vote ahead of a potential snap general election, at the expense...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

More than half of landlords likely to reuse same broker for their next mortgage

The majority of landlords are most likely to source their next buy-to-let mortgage from their existing broker, new research shows.  According to...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant improvement in PRS housing standards

Standards in the private rented sector have improved as buy-to-let landlords respond to legislation aimed at improving living conditions for tenants,...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Message to Labour conference: ‘Rent controls do not work’

Labour’s plan to introduce a rent cap has been slammed by ARLA Propertymark.  Labour has proposed capping rents and with Labour’s conference...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

NRLA names Ben Beadle as new chief executive

The newly formed National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has announced Ben Beadle as its new chief executive.  Beadle will become the organisation’s...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of landlords report a rise in tenant demand

There was an increase in the number of landlords reporting growth in tenant demand in the third quarter of the year. Paragon’s...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord becomes first in England to be banned from the PRS

A man deemed not to be a fit and proper person to hold a licence for a house in multiple occupation...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords back RLA and NLA merger

Landlords have backed a merger between the two largest landlord organisations in England and Wales, the National Landlords Association (NLA) and...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘can reap the benefits’ by catering for older tenants and families

Buy-to-let landlords could benefit financially by catering their offerings towards the growing older renter and family tenant demographics, according to the...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government attacked for ‘incoherent’ approach to PRS

The government has been attacked by a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee for its “incoherent” approach...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are worried about the prospect of a Labour government

Hundreds of buy-to-let landlords have expressed concerns for the future of the buy-to-let industry if Labour comes into power.  Boris Johnson is...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s private tenants ‘right to buy’ policy is a ‘cash grab’ from the PRS

The Labour Party’s proposed ‘right to buy’ policy would have a devasting impact on the private rented sector and lead to...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA and RLA to join forces

The two largest landlord organisations in England and Wales, the National Landlords Association (NLA) and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), have...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents in the private rented sector continue to rise as supply falls

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises hit the highest level on record in July, according to ARLA Propertymark’s latest PRS...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents Increase Across UK

The most reliable indicator of rental trends in the UK As the largest provider of deposit protection in the UK, our database...

27 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

A better regulated PRS would ‘enhance the landlord-tenant relationship’

More needs to be done to improve transparency and standards in the private rented sector, according to the Royal Institute Of...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit Cap Calculator to the rescue

Do you know how much your deposits should be? Since June 1 of this year, the government has capped deposits at...

15 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

More needs to be done to help landlords and tenants deal with moving day stress

The letting industry needs to do more to reduce moving stress for tenants and landlords by increasing awareness of some of...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Misery for tenants as rent prices increase

There has been a sharp rise in the number of tenants experiencing rent rises following the introduction of the tenant fees...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost £360m of institutional investment into the UK PRS in Q2

There was £359.4m of institutional investment into the UK private rented sector in second quarter of the year, according to CBRE...

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

Cap rents in London: Sadiq Khan ‘has failed to learn the lessons of history’

The mayor of London has called for additional powers so he can introduce rent controls in the capital. Sadiq Khan believes greater...

22 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

Rental yields hit two-year high

Rental yields have increased to their highest level for two years, according to the latest edition of Kent Reliance for Intermediaries’...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Four out of 10 landlords call for a fast track housing tribunal

Almost four out of ten adults would like to see the government introduce a fast track housing tribunal if the Section...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory leadership candidates urged to ‘encourage more investment’ in the PRS

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson, the two men competing to become the next Conservative Party leader, are being to urged to...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The next chancellor must reverse ‘tax changes impacting private landlords’

The Tory leadership contest is well underway with just two candidates - Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt - left in the...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Do more to inform tenants of their rights, NLA urges government

The government needs to do more to provide tenants with better information on their rights and responsibilities if it is to...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New guidance to help landlords protect themselves against major risks

Buy-to-let landlords need to minimise potential risks that make the difference between ‘profitable calm’ and ‘money-pit worry’ to help ensure that...

14 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

Sharp rise in disputes handled by the Property Redress Scheme

There was a significant increase in the number of disputes under the Property Redress Scheme last year, according to the organisation’s...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost half of landlords expected to exit the PRS

Removing Section 21 could prove devastating for the private rented sector, with almost half of landlords and letting agents more likely...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter launches £600k fund to help vulnerable renters in Greater Manchester

Housing charity Shelter has launched a £600,000 fund in Greater Manchester today with a view to finding real-life solutions to the...

10 May 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

‘Assault’ on landlords ‘contradicts the basic principles of sound tax policy’

Buy-to-let landlords are being unfairly penalised for the housing crisis, according to a new report by the Institute of Economic Affairs...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to ‘stimulate’ rental home supply with ‘pro-growth taxation’

The UK is facing a private rented housing crisis unless the government takes rapid action to stop landlords selling up, according...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New technology aims to provide greater gas safety accountability in the PRS

New technology has been launched in an attempt to improve gas safety accountability in the private rental sector. The existing system makes...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent rises slow despite a high number of landlords continuing to exit the PRS

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases dropped slightly in March thanks partly to a sharp rise in the number of...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New survey provides landlords with a chance to shape the future of the PRS

Following the government’s recent announcement that it is to consult on ending Section 21 repossessions, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents in London hit record high as number of homes continues to decline

Average asking rents in London rose to an all-time high of £2,091 a month in the first quarter of the year...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government accused of having ‘a Dickensian view of private landlords’

The government’s announcement earlier this week that there will be radical reforms of the PRS will not just create open-ended tenancies...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 ban without making Section 8 fully ‘fit for purpose’ would be an error

Abolishing Section 21 without making Section 8 fully “fit for purpose” will have dire consequences on our housing supply. This week, the...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government set to abolish Section 21

The government is today proposing to consult on scrapping Section 21, so-called  ‘no fault’, repossessions in the private rented sector in favour...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remortgage activity set to fall

With some landlords finding it harder to make a profit as a result of changes to buy-to-let taxation, remortgage activity looks...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

The best cities for millennial renters

The slump in the UK home ownership rate from 73% a decade ago to just 63% today reflects the fact that...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents increase as landlords ‘continue exiting the market’

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases in February rose to the highest figure since August, as supply of new property...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords under pressure to increase rents

Tax and legislative changes have unsurprisingly left many buy-to-let investors with little alternative but to pass costs onto tenants by pushing up...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New workshops to improve relationships between agents, landlords and tenants

In a bid to improve relationships between letting agents, landlords, and tenants north of the border, fresh funding has been made...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: ‘Chancellor's housing plans simply don't go far enough’

The chancellor Philip Hammond has once again failed to deliver for private landlords, with yesterday’s rather low-key Spring Statement yet another...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to ‘breathe life back into the private landlord sector’

Buy-to-let landlords believe that today’s Spring Statement provides the chancellor Philip Hammond with an opportunity to bolster activity in the buy-to-let...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government makes funds available to help house homeless in the PRS

The Ministry for Housing, Community and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that £45.5m will be made available to help find homeless...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for renting out your property

ARLA Propertymark has compiled some top tips aimed at novice landlords that some experienced buy-to-let landlords may also find useful. Peter Savage,...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Major ‘blow for tenants’ as rents rise

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases in January rose for the first time since September 2018, according to ARLA Propertymark’s...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords need support to ‘keep up-to-date’ with regulation changes

Landlords are being urged to seek guidance to ensure that they are clear on the ‘bombardment’ of regulatory changes that could...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand increases in London as number of properties for rent falls

Demand from new tenants in London’s private rented sector is rising at a time when the number of homes available to...

20 February 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

Proportion of income spent on rent by private tenants has fallen

The proportion of income spent on rent in the private rented sector has fallen from 35.4% in 2010/11 to 32.9% in...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

How will the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 affect you?

Following the passing of Karen Buck’s Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 into law, it is important that landlords are aware...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PRS should cooperate to raise standards, says property commentator

Cooperation has been identified as key to improving standards in the private rented sector (PRS), according to a report by Kate Faulkner,...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish rents jump 5% in a year

Rental prices in Scotland increased further in the fourth quarter of 2018, the latest data shows. The Scottish national average increased to...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Key trends that are are set to dominate the PRS over the next few years

A new multi-housing report reveals five trends that are set to dominate the private rented sector between now and 2025.   The...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Spike in landlord exodus in London

There was a significant increase in the number of landlords exiting the rental market in December 2018 as rents increased for...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Cost of renting in the private sector falls

The proportion of income spent by private tenants on rents in England has continued to fall, according to an official report...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords face tough new rules on electrical safety

The government has committed to introduce mandatory five yearly electrical safety checks in the private rented sector. No time date has been...

30 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

Is Brexit uncertainty good news for BTL landlords?

Many people tend to hold off on buying property during times of uncertainty and that appears to be precisely what is...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rents to rise 11.4% by 2023 – CBRE

UK rents are predicted to rise 11.4% in the next five years, according to a forecast by CBRE. Alongside fairly ‘moderate’ growth...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

MOT-style reports needed in rental sector, says inventory specialist

No Letting Go, one of the UK’s largest providers of inventory services, is calling for the introduction of MOT-style certificates to...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent rises in Scotland may not always be legal

The introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) in December 2017 has led to major changes in the industry in Scotland,...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA membership hits all-time high

More buy-to-let landlords are adopting a more professional approach to running their property business, as reflected by the number of people...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New portal aims to set ‘new standard in property management’

A new property management portal claims to be on a mission to raise the standard of the property industry by establishing...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for landlords in NI as less than 1% of tenancies end with deposit dispute

Less than 1% of private tenancies in Northern Ireland ended in a dispute over the deposit in the 12 months to...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in rental deposit numbers as PRS continues to grow

There has been a sharp rise in the number of tenancy deposits held across the UK, new figures provided by deposit...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Minister to address Future Renting Wales conference next week

The Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, Justin Tomlinson, will address the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) Future Renting Wales conference...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords invited to enter PRS awards

Nominations for the ATLAS (Accreditation & Training for Landlords and Agents Service) and LLAS (London Landlord Accreditation Scheme) Awards 2019 are now open...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Government benefit cuts fuel surge in homelessness from rented housing

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

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

A ban on letting fees will have a ‘significant impact’ on the PRS in Wales

Landlords and letting agents could be banned from charging fees to private rental tenants in Wales under plans for a new...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents in central London rise as number of rental homes drops by 18% in a year

Renters in central London now face having to bid against each other, pushing rents up in the process, as a result...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Increasing the ‘financial burden’ faced by landlords is ‘bad news’ for the PRS

This week’s announcement that landlords will need to pay the first £3,500 to make improvements to their properties to ensure they...

07 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

Strong demand for rental homes as standards ‘higher than ever before’

Buying a property is cheaper than renting in every area of the UK, a recent study found, and yet a growing...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget delivers ‘another tax hit for landlords’ – industry reaction

Philip Hammond has once again failed to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms that have had far-reaching...

30 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

Almost a third of renters saw rents increase in September

Some 31% of private tenants saw their rent payments rise last month, up from 27% in September 2017 and 24% in...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents look set to rise as demand outstrips supply

Rental prices in the UK look set to increase as demand for property continue to rise, but the number of homes...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches £20m fund to help homeless into private rented homes

Thousands of vulnerable people facing homelessness look set to benefit from a new £20m initiative designed to help them secure a private...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New landlords association urges Chancellor to reverse BTL tax changes

Philip Hammond is coming under increasing pressure to reverse draconian tax changes applying to buy-to-let landlords. A number of landlords have been...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancy plans could deter a third of BTL landlords

One third of landlords say they would be less likely to acquire property if three-year tenancies are made compulsory, according to...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Early bird tickets now on sale for RLA’s next Future Renting Conference

Early bird tickets are now on sale for the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference in Cardiff. The one-day conference,...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Average rents hit new record-high

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes in August increased to an all-time high of 40%, up from 31% a month...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to use Autumn Budget to ‘encourage’ investment in the PRS

Philip Hammond is being urged to use his Autumn Budget, which will take place on 29 October, to support investment in...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

London rents rising amid shortage of properties

Rent prices in London are forecast to see strong growth following a significant drop in the number of homes available to rent...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government’s housebuilding plans are insufficient to tackle housing crisis

The government remains committed to building more new homes, but their target of 300,000 a year is unlikely to be met. Sky-high...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PRS housing standards are up, but there’s still room for improvement

Standards in the private rented sector have got better as buy-to-let landlords respond to a flurry of legislation aimed at improving...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s time to suspend ‘unfair’ Right to Rent scheme, says RLA

The Home Office is to reconvene its Private Rented Sector (PRS) stakeholder panel on Right to Rent. The government plans to take...

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

Housing fund plans to invest heavily in the PRS

The Multifamily Housing REIT, a regional UK private rented sector (PRS) property group, is planning to compete against buy-to-let landlords in...

14 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

New PRS scheme aimed at buy-to-let investors

Buy-to-let landlords potentially interested in investing in the Midlands may wish to check out a new PRS investment scheme being launched...

12 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

Landmark report criticises government’s failed PRS policies

The government’s private rented sector policies are failing tenants, mainly because they are ‘not joined up or thought through’, a new...

11 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

Landlords and letting agents turn to SAL to cope with regulation changes

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords and letting agents joining Scotland’s largest membership organisation for landlords. The...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA launches new training academy for landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has launched a new training academy to help landlords better manage their property portfolios. There are various...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental demand continues to increase, but supply dwindles

The number of prospective tenants looking for new homes to rent has increased to the highest level seen since September 2017,...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to stop ‘penalising’ BTL landlords

The government must move now to start supporting those that invest in the private rented sector or risk seeing significantly more...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords selling up in droves, says Belvoir

There has been a significant increase in the number of buy-to-let landlords selling up, along with a notable reduction in the...

24 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

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

Tenancy overhaul in Scotland is starting to ‘unnerve investors’

Buy-to-let landlords are leaving the private rented sector north of the border in their droves as a direct result of Scottish...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in properties to let placing upward pressure on rents

Rents are forecast to see strong growth over the next five years, according to the latest residential property forecast from the...

10 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

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

Rental prices edge up again in Scotland

Rental prices in Scotland continued to edge upwards in the second quarter of the year, the latest figures reveal. The Scottish national...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

AIIC continue to push for mandatory independent inventories

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) remains hopeful that independent inventory reporting will become a compulsory requirement. The AIIC, the UK’s...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords offered cash incentive to meet minimum housing standards

A pilot scheme has been launched with a view to improving property standards, increasing awareness, boosting engagement and increasing housing supply...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Regular electrical checks in the PRS are ‘essential’

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

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Most private tenants are happy with their homes

The vast majority of private sector tenants are satisfied with their housing, the English Housing Survey report for 2016/17 has found. The...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer contracts could drive yet more buy-to-let landlords out of the PRS

Small scale buy-to-let investors and accidental landlords face more upheaval under the government’s plan to introduce mandatory minimum three-year tenancies, according...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents increase further, Homelet says

Annual rental price growth in the UK increased in June, HomeLet said on Tuesday. The latest HomeLet Rental Index shows that the...

11 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

Rents in prime central London rise for the first time in two and a half years

Rents in London’s prime property market have moved into positive territory for the first time since January 2016, increasing by 0.8%...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let is still an attractive investment

The attraction of buy-to-let may be waning as far as some people are concerned due to a series of tax changes,...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could be offered tax incentives for longer tenancies

Private landlords are welcoming proposals being considered by the government to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies. In its consultation...

03 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

Landlords urged to be cautious over limited company incorporation

Landlords are being advised by buy-to let broker Commercial Trust Limited to seek specialist tax advice before making the decision to...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Onward’s report is wrong and fails to address need for ‘more homes to rent’

A Conservative think tank has been slammed by the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) for its inaccurate analysis of the private rental...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Crest Nicolson and M&G Real Estate to fund BTR scheme in Berkshire

Crest Nicolson and M&G Real Estate have teamed up once again to fund the construction of 114 private rental homes in...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents set to rise as demand outstrips supply

Rents in the UK are set to increase as demand for rental properties grows, but the number of homes coming on...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in the number of homes to let

The UK is facing a critical rental shortage as many landlords continue to offload properties due to recent tax a change,...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Jump in landlords leaving the PRS

The number private landlords selling their buy-to-let properties reached a record high in April due to a raft of recent tax...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Claim of ‘mass exodus’ of BTL landlords has been overstated

The private rented sector will not experience a “mass exodus” of private landlords as a result of tax changes and tougher...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Grainger acquires Southampton PRS scheme for £27m

Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, has purchased a Private Rented Sector (PRS) build-to-rent development on East Street, an...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Lomond Capital expands rental management business in Birmingham

Lomond Capital has acquired a major Birmingham residential letting portfolio from national property services business SDL Group. SDL Property Management has decided...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New Home Secretary urged to address concerns about Right to Rent

There is growing speculation that the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid is paving the way to become the next Prime Minister....

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fewer lenders for portfolio landlords to choose from

Almost half of portfolio landlords who had submitted a mortgage application since the introduction of the new rules reported a reduction...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to ‘embrace’ tax changes and ‘watch their portfolio thrive’

A combination of tax reform and stricter regulation for landlords is slowing the growth of the private rented sector (PRS), but private...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Gearing among BTL landlords is getting lower

Many people feel anxious and uncomfortable when getting themselves into debt and understandably this is why many of us strive to...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Government must ‘support, rather than attack’, private landlords, says RLA

Private landlords provide an increasingly vital source of affordable and flexible accommodation for many people and the government should do more...

18 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

New banning orders will ensure tenants live in ‘safe and good quality’ homes

Unscrupulous landlords who rent out substandard properties face being driven out of the private rented sector as new banning orders are...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market ‘resilient’ despite uncertainly

A number of landlords remain confident about the buy-to-let sector despite tax hikes and tougher mortgage rules hitting the private rented...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Prime central London rents rise may signal upward trend

Rents in prime central London increased by 0.2% between February and March, the first monthly rise since September 2015, according to...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

NLA seeking regional reps

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is seeking property professionals to be its local representatives across the country. The trade body has described...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp fall in rental stock coming onto the market

There was a significant decline in rental stock coming on to the market in the final quarter of 2017, placing greater...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA unveils rebrand to mark 20th anniversary

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) today unveiled its modernised branding to reflect what it describes as its ‘new corporate identity, as...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches major private rented sector survey

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents working in the private rented sector in England are being invited to offer their views in...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

The PRS is increasingly relied upon to house young adults

Fresh research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which reveals that young adults are less likely to own a home...

20 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

New platform to help landlords buy and sell property while tenanted

Many buy-to-let landlords are reluctant to sell a tenanted property because it can increase the chances of the sale falling through...

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

Investor interest in buy-to-let nosedives

  There has been a significant decline in buy-to-let acquisitions since 2015 owed primary to tax and regulatory changes, new figures show. A...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Major fine imposed ‘should act as a lesson to all landlords’ in the PRS

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined almost £34,000 for putting tenants at risk. Harbhajan Singh Dhami pleaded guilty to not one, but 32...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

London’s housing crisis putting greater pressure on the PRS

The housing crisis is the greatest challenge London faces. Years of not building enough new homes, including affordable housing, mean many...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental stock hits all-time high

The number of properties letting agents managed in December reached a record-high, according to ARLA Propertymark’s December Private Rented Sector (PRS) report. The 200 properties...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Scottish rents dipped in the final quarter of 2017

Rents in Scotland fell marginally in the final three months of 2017, the latest figures show. Fresh data from letting agent portal...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be ready for next year’s letting fees crackdown

The government announced yesterday that the implementation of the ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants will not take place...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Grainger set to acquire Sheffield PRS scheme for £32m

Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, has exchanged contracts with Abode Hallam Limited after agreeing a deal to acquire...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL sector is becoming the preserve of experienced long-term investors

A combination of tax reform and stricter regulation for landlords is slowing the growth of the private rented sector (PRS), despite...

08 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

Letting fees crackdown may deter many landlords from using agents

The government’s plan to ban letting agents in England from charging fees to tenants will deter up to 30% of buy-to-let...

30 November 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

Philip Hammond urged to scrap stamp duty

The Chancellor Philip Hammond should scrap stamp duty because it would encourage more buy-to-let landlords to invest in the private rented...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

More than 450 landlords attend show in London

Over 450 buy-to-let landlords and property investors attended the Olympia Conference Centre in London last week where they were able to...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords face compulsory ombudsman scheme

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

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

How technology will shape the PRS in the future

The latest figures show that there are over one million apps available across leading app stores such as Google Play, Apple...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents welcome government’s pledge to ‘regulate’ the PRS

The Conservative Party’s pledge to give tenants greater rights as part of a regulatory shake-up of the private rented sector has...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

TDS Charitable Foundation donates £94k towards improving PRS

The Charitable Foundation of TDS, the deposit protection scheme, has announced that it made just over £94,000 in awards in its...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Grainger on course for growth thanks to ‘substantial’ PRS investments

Grainger PLC saw adjusted earnings for the full year to the end of September increase by more than 30% thanks to a...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Bleak picture’ for tenants as rents continue to rise

A growing number of landlords are passing extra costs onto tenants by increasing rents, while others are simply opting to exit...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Have your say on the state of the PRS

Buy-to-let landlords are being invited to take part in the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) latest quarter survey, designed to improve conditions...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

It’s ‘business as usual’ for Foundation Home Loans despite PRS changes

Foundation Home Loans will continue to provide its range of competitive mortgage products to portfolio landlords when new PRA underwriting standards...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Complaints against letting agents soar

With more sales and letting agent branches than ever before now signed up to redress schemes, partly because it has been...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Avoid problem tenants’ with this new online tool

Investing in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) can be extremely profitable, but there are times when issues, which are simply out...

06 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

Landlords are ‘stuck between a rock and a hard place’ as rents rise

Private landlords faced with significantly higher costs, as a result of recent tax changes, are being left with little alternative but...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Families and professionals ‘most likely to experience rent rises’

Rents are likely to rise in the third quarter of year as fewer rental homes come on to the market because...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants and landlords make up bulk of complaints to redress scheme

Tenants and landlords accounted for over 85% of complaints made to The Property Redress Scheme (The PRS) in 2016.  The organisation's annual...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords remain ‘positive’ about buy-to-let market

The government’s decision to introduce a number of measures to curb the growth of private landlords has prompted concern that the buy-to-let...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ‘remain resilient’ despite ‘ever-changing property marketplace’

But-to-let landlords are a resilient bunch of people who continue to adopt a ‘positive’ attitude towards the private rented sector (PRS)...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips: A few options to help protect your profits and limit loss

The anti-landlord policies adopted by the government has had an adverse impact on private landlords, especially the smaller players, over the...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for DIY landlords

Demand for good quality rental homes continues to rise across all regions in Scotland, according to property consultancy Galbraith. With the PRS...

14 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

Landlords urged to tackle the problem of damp and condensation

Buy-to-let landlords are being encouraged to improve the standard of their rental properties by keeping them free from damp, condensation and...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tax u-turn needed to ensure PRS ‘continues to perform well’

Given that Britain will soon have one of the toughest tax regimes for private landlords in the western world once mortgage...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Reality TV show fails to reveal any great insights into the PRS

Landlords Dan and Jamie started building their property portfolio at the age of 19. Still in their early 20s, they now...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Proposed energy efficiency standards could damage PRS in rural Scotland

The Scottish government’s proposed new minimum energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector could risk having an adverse impact on...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax rises targeting landlords end up hurting tenants, says ex-BoE policymaker

The government’s decision to increase taxes for landlords over the past 18 months or so have been described as ‘profoundly wrongheaded’...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Confidence in buy-to-let market slips due to tax hikes

Recent changes to tax for buy-to-let property has dented confidence among landlords with new research showing many are set to revise...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in homes to let

There has been a major slump in the number of homes for rent over the past six years, fresh figures show. There...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost a quarter of households will be renting privately by end of 2021

With home ownership levels continuing to fall, almost a quarter of all UK households are expected to be living in private...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New government needs to focus on attracting BTL landlords

The new Tory-led government is being urged to reverse punitive tax policies affecting private landlords in order to increase much needed...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Number of rental homes coming on to the market drops sharply

The number of properties coming on to the private rental market continues to fall, driving up rents across many parts of...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New PRS contract is a key moment for the ‘wider private rental sector’

A major new contract that will apparently ‘change the perception of the rental sector’, by setting a new standard of offering...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Major landlord to scrap tenancy deposits

Rental operator Get Living has announced that it is to abolish tenancy deposits for new residents from July and return existing...

26 May 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

TPO appoints new council chair

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

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market activity slows sharply

There was a significant fall in both the number of new listings and properties let last month, as a lack of...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

A well-served BTL market is needed to ‘support’ those unable to buy property

Despite the fact that UK house prices are continuing to slow, with yesterday’s figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

A high number of tenants happy to rent long-term

While the majority of private renters have the ambition to eventually own their own home, almost a quarter of existing renters...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Where are rents rising fastest in England and Wales?

Across the whole of England and Wales the average rent in the PRS stood at £800 in March, up £2 compared...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in landlords quitting the PRS

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords exiting the buy-to-let sector due to higher stamp duty costs...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Southampton’s first purpose-built PRS scheme set to launch soon

The first large-scale PRS development along the south coast is set to launch soon as part of the Bow Square scheme...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords optimistic as they plan for tax changes

Optimism among landlords has improved modestly over the past 12 months and suggests confidence is returning to the market following a...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

The DPS has played a ‘massive role’ in driving up standards in the PRS

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) is celebrating a decade of custodial deposit protection this week as it marks the 10th...

07 April 2017

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Gearing among buy-to-let landlords is ‘low and getting lower’

Gearing among landlords remained low in the first quarter of the year, with the average loan-to-value (LTV) ratio falling by 2%...

04 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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Lincoln Council launching new landlord accreditation scheme this week

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

27 March 2017

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Work on Manchester’s largest PRS scheme set to start in August

Construction work on the largest fully funded Build to Rent scheme in Manchester is set to get underway in August after...

20 March 2017

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Chancellor fails to deliver for buy-to-let landlords

Despite pressure from the property industry, including landlords, letting agents and housebuilders, the chancellor Philip Hammond opted not to reverse the...

09 March 2017

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Rents fall in London

London rents fell in the final quarter of last year, according to the latest Foxtons letting report. The fall was triggered by...

28 February 2017

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Housing shortage set to drive up rents

Rental prices look set to increase in the coming months on the back of a growing supply-demand imbalance, the latest Private...

24 February 2017

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Inventories offer peace of mind and could save you money

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords, and because it tends to vary...

22 February 2017

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PRS charity project awarded £250k lottery funding

An initiative designed to promote equality and diversity in the private rented sector in Wales has been awarded a £249,425 lottery...

22 February 2017

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Increase in long-term rentals

Four in 10 people who rent a home expect to be renting a property for up to a decade; an attractive...

21 February 2017

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Where are rents rising fastest?

Rents in the residential property sector are continuing to rise across many parts of the UK with no fewer than 20...

13 February 2017

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Rents to rise faster than house prices in next five years, says RICS

Rental prices look set to increase faster than house prices over the next five years, according to the Royal Institution of...

10 February 2017

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Small landlords are ‘vital to the health of our rental sector’

Letting agents broadly welcomed yesterday’s housing white paper, which raises many of the significant issues the housing sector is facing, including...

08 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

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Landlords warned to be wary of rogue contractors

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) is reminding us to remain vigilant to unscrupulous maintenance contractors. To help avoid being ripped...

02 February 2017

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Government urged to reconsider changes to tax relief for residential landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is urging the government to reconsider pending taxation changes announced by the now former chancellor George...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Over half of renters fear they will never own a home

More than half of renters do not believe they will ever be able to afford to buy their own home, a...

26 January 2017

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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

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Ministers urged to scrap stamp duty surcharge to help solve housing crisis

Buy-to-let landlords are calling for the Welsh government to help get the housing market in Wales moving again by amending or...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of letting agents expect rents to rise in 2017

Rents will continue to increase next year, owed in part to a reduction in housing supply in the private rented sector...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government policy towards the PRS ‘will increase costs for landlords’

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

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Grainger acquires Bristol PRS scheme for £46m

Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, has acquired a Private Rented Sector (PRS), build-to-rent development at Finzels Reach in...

29 November 2016

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Poor conditions for older renters ‘need to be addressed’

Better standards of private rented homes are needed to accommodate the growing number of people living in the private rented sector,...

25 November 2016

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Prime London PRS fund to target Sharia-conscious investors

Asset manager, LCP, is set to launch a new Sharia-compliant fund with a view to investing in the mainstream private rented...

18 November 2016

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Thousands of tenants may be driven from PRS due to new benefit cap

Close to 100,000 households, including more than 40,000 single parents with a child under the age of five will be materially...

11 November 2016

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BM Solutions revises rental cover calculations

BM Solutions has unveiled a fresh approach to addressing the upcoming buy-to-let tax changes by developing a new rental income calculator...

09 November 2016

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Rents set to rise significantly

Rents across the UK are set to increase sharply over the next five years, as more people choose to rent, rather...

07 November 2016

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Safety and Energy issues - have your say

Over the past 12 months there have been considerable energy and safety changes to the private rented sector that will affect...

03 November 2016

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Rents rise by 2.3% over the last year, but clamp down on PRS anticipated

Private tenants saw average rents rise by 2.3% in the 12 months to September 2016, unchanged compared with the year to...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of older tenants set to soar, but ‘awful conditions’ must improve

The number of older people living in the private rented sector is expected to rise sharply over the next few years,...

29 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 October 2016

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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

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

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UK faces shortage of 1.8 million rental homes, says RICS

The UK is facing a chronic shortage of homes to rent, chartered surveyors have said, largely because of tax changes for...

08 October 2016

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Plans approved for PRS waterfront tower in Liverpool

Planning consent for the construction of an £82m private rented sector (PRS) residential waterfront tower in Liverpool has been approved by...

21 September 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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Surge in buy-to-let activity post-Brexit

Buy-to-let activity surged in August despite the various economic and political challenges that the sector has faced recently, fresh research shows. Despite the...

12 September 2016

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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

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Scottish landlords support SNP's proposed changes to Finance Bill

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

06 September 2016

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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

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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

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Shortage of family homes available to rent, agent claims

There is a shortage of rental properties suitable for families, according to the latest rental index from 170 branch letting agency...

16 August 2016

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Government’s energy efficiency policy will drive up rents

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

15 August 2016

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Buy-to-let landlords could face tighter borrowing rules

Buy-to-let landlords could soon find it harder to secure finance to acquire property following the news that buy-to-let mortgage lenders may...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

EU tenants concerned post-Brexit

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

11 August 2016

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Corbyn’s proposed ‘rent controls’ would be a ‘disaster for tenants’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to introduce rent controls and secure tenancies in the private rented sector (PRS) if elected prime...

08 August 2016

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Lifting the Lid on Deposit Disputes

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

05 August 2016

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The PRS is fit for purpose despite claims to the contrary, says RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has defended the private rented sector after the Resolution Foundation’s latest analysis of housing trends in...

03 August 2016

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New training programme for landlords in Northern Ireland

Landlords in Northern Ireland can now gain recognition for their commitment to professionalism, after the CIH, in conjunction with the Department...

28 July 2016

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Lack of supply will push up cost of renting, says ARLA

Almost half of letting agents have witnessed uncertainty from landlords looking to let properties, which ‘could cause waves in the rental...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit leaves an uncertain future for landlords

‘Uncertainty’, ‘disbelief’ and ‘concern’ are the words one landlord used to describe his reaction to last month’s Brexit result. But it would...

22 July 2016

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New Chancellor urged to suspend stamp duty

The former president of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) is calling on the new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, to consider...

18 July 2016

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NLA installs new board members

Three new non-executive directors have been appointed to the board of the National Landlords Association (NLA). Adrian Jeakings, Steve Simpson and Dietmar...

18 July 2016

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Private investment is crucial for housing delivery in PRS

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on Theresa May’s new government to back private landlords, rather than institutional investors, to...

15 July 2016

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New training scheme to help improve standards of service in the PRS

The UK Apartment Association (UKAA) has launched a new training programme to help improve standards of service in the private rental...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London property fund open to new investors

London Central Apartments III (LCA III), the latest property investment fund to invest in prime central London’s private rented sector (PRS)...

06 July 2016

From: Breaking News

What impact will Britain’s vote to leave the EU have on the PRS?

The public vote in favour of Brexit is a shock to many people and has already resulted in a sharp decline...

24 June 2016

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More families living in private rented accommodation

There has been an increase in the number of landlords letting homes to families with children, fresh research reveals. The latest findings...

22 June 2016

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Keepmoat to deliver 5,000 rental homes

Keepmoat has struck an agreement with investment partner Sigma Capital Group to invest in the region of £800m in developing private...

06 June 2016

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Inventory industry committed to ensuring customers’ rights are met

It is good practice to have a detailed and accurate inventory completed at the start of the tenancy, and again when...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

PRS remains ‘fundamental part’ of housing market despite uncertain outlook

With tenant demand continuing to rise, the private rented sector (PRS) will remain a “fundamental part” of the UK’s housing market...

26 May 2016

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Energy efficiency targets will push rents higher, says RLA

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

19 May 2016

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Rents set to rise further as demand grows and supply falls

Rents will continue to rise over the next few months, owed in part to a reduction in housing supply in the...

04 May 2016

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Average UK rents up 2.6% in March

Rental prices in the private rented sector (PRS) rose by an average of 2.6% over the year to March 2016, unchanged...

04 May 2016

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Supply of rental stock falls

The supply of rental housing stock on letting agents’ books fell in March, to the lowest level since the start of...

29 April 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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RLA demands action on Flood Re

The RLA has submitted an official response to a Government consultation into future flood prevention. Swathes of the UK were left devastated...

18 March 2016

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Paragon calls for halt on landlord tax changes

Specialist mortgage lender Paragon has called on the Chancellor to make no further changes to the taxation of landlords in today's...

16 March 2016

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Rental supply down, says ARLA

The supply of rental accommodation is the lowest in the past year, while demand for rented accommodation is still rising, according...

26 February 2016

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RLA: Government has “declared war” on landlords

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

05 January 2016

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Treasury proposals risk reducing PRS supply, say landlords

Proposals by the Treasury to hand greater powers to the Bank of England to make access to buy-to let-lending harder risks...

21 December 2015

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Landlords put brakes on rent hikes

Fewer tenants are experiencing rent increases, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) monthly Private Rental Sector (PRS) Report.    The...

24 November 2015

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Agents and campaigners join forces to challenge government's rent proposals

A Scottish letting agency and rental campaign group are working in partnership to assess the implications of what they call the...

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Don’t demonise private rented sector, urge Scottish landlords

As Scotland awaits the introduction of the Private Tenancies (Scotland) Bill later this week, the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has...

07 October 2015

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One redress scheme refreshes Codes of Practice while another offers ADR

Two of the three government-approved property redress schemes have made announcements in recent days.  The Property Ombudsman Scheme (TPO) has revised its...

05 October 2015

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Charity criticises incoming fire safety regulations

A charity claims there is a blind spot in the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 coming into force next month.  Electrical...

23 September 2015

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HomeLet: Rents 10.5% up on last year

The rate of rent price increases across the UK is slowing – but rents are still 10.5% higher than a year...

15 September 2015

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Mystery over expelled agent’s redress scheme membership

Mystery surrounds the redress scheme membership status of a letting agent expelled from The Property Ombudsman (TPO). Bruten & Co Ltd, an agent...

07 September 2015

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 ARLA: Supply up and demand down…except in London

The number of available private rented properties rose in July, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) monthly Private...

28 August 2015

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PRS expels agent for failing to pay award to tenant

The Property Redress Scheme (PRS) has expelled Croydon-based Jordan Residential following non-compliance with a redress decision. The complaint regarded a holding deposit....

10 August 2015

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LSE: “Rent control is not the easy answer”

Rent controls and similar policies which are thought to work well in other countries cannot be easily replicated in the UK’s...

22 June 2015

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British landlords saw returns of £112bn in past year

Landlords in Great Britain have seen total annual returns of £111.5bn in the last year, as the private rented sector continued...

01 June 2015

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Rents up in April, say agents

Three in ten (32%) ARLA letting agents reported that rents increased in April, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents...

29 May 2015

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Landlord support for Labour and Lib Dems halves since 2010 election

Landlord support for Labour and the Liberal Democrat Party has halved since the 2010 General Election because of their interventionist policies...

30 April 2015

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Dundee council aiming to improve standards in PRS

A new project which would work with private landlords to improve standards could be launched in Dundee later this year. Shelter Scotland...

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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