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KEYWORD "Parliament" - 118 RESULTS
New electrical safety regulations unlikely to affect ‘slum’ landlords

New electrical safety regulations were presented before Parliament on 13 January 2020 in a move by the government to strengthen electrical...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What key events do property investors need to be aware of in 2020?

Towards the end of last year, I wrote an article for Landlord Today outlining the difficulties many landlords in the UK...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical safety regulations to be introduced in England

The government plans to introduce mandatory electrical installation inspecting for all rented homes.  Detailed regulations for enforcing compulsory five-year electrical safety checks...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The best performing parliamentary constituencies for house price growth

What has happened to residential property prices since the last general election just two years ago? On a national scale, the...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

UK house prices ‘subdued’ amid Brexit impasse

Residential property price growth remains subdued owed largely to the ongoing uncertainty created by the Brexit shenanigans in Parliament.  The data from...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Lack of focus on housing will see many people ‘resigned to the rental sector’

Monday’s Queen's Speech opened a new session of parliament, setting out policies on crime, health, the environment, and Brexit.  But while the Queen’s Speech...

16 October 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

Fresh government guidance ‘could leave landlords open to prosecution’

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) not to follow new guidance from the government on its...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Esther McVey becomes Housing Minister, while Robert Jenrick is Housing Secretary

Robert Jenrick has been named the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, while Esther McVey has been...

25 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

Landlords want tenants claiming benefits to be treated ‘fairly and equally’

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) is calling for an urgent overhaul of how universal credit is paid, with most landlords north of...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish parliament consults on introducing rent controls

The Scottish government is consulting on introducing rent controls north of the border with a view to protecting private sector tenants...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and the Right to Rent for EU nationals

Few people familiar with the UK property market would dispute the fact that the Right to Rent scheme has been deeply...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA welcomes launch of new APPG looking into short-term lets

A new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been launched with a view to looking into short-term lets. The new group, which...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA welcomes tax relief for rental home improvements proposal

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has welcomed calls by a parliamentary committee for tax incentives for private landlords to improve the...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to abolish controversial Right to Rent policy

The government faces growing pressure to scrap Right to Rent, which forces landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants, after the...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest scraps ‘no DSS’ policy

NatWest has bowed to growing industry pressure by lifting restrictions on buy-to-let landlords renting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit. In...

04 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

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 Fees Bill receives Royal Assent

The Tenant Fees Bill, banning landlord and agents from charging fees to tenants, has become an Act of Parliament after being...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New petition calls for pet damage insurance to be paid by tenants with pets

Landlords and tenants are being urged to sign a new online petition calling for the government to better support tenants with...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants in for a ‘rocky ride this year’

Undoubtedly, 2018 was another tough year for landlords. With so many tax and regulatory changes over the past couple of years,...

31 January 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

The tenant fees ban is now inevitable after gaining Royal Assent

The ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents will be introduced in June after the Tenant Fees Bill passed...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to come into force on 1 June 2019

The introduction of a ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents look set to finally come into force on...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

2019 preview – what landlords need to look out for this year

With a new year now upon us, it’s time to look forward to what might happen (and what is definitely happening)...

15 January 2019

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The government is ‘not that bothered’ about helping BTL landlords, claims NLA

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has expressed its disappointment at the government’s decision not to address a major ruling that is...

09 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 law will give renters ‘greater protection’ against rogue landlords

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill will soon become law after passing its third reading at the House of Lords...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants set to be granted new powers to hold rogue landlords to account

Tenants are on the verge of being handed fresh powers to take action against rogue landlords thanks to the Homes (Fitness...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

LBTT Scottish stamp duty surcharge to increase to 4%

There was bad news for buy-to-let landlords in Scotland yesterday when the Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay proposed a 1% hike...

13 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

Tenant fee ban will not stop ‘hidden charges’

The government’s plan to introduce a ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents is likely to come into force...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Allowing banks to operate a “no DSS” policy is “housing discrimination”

Mortgage lenders have once again been criticised for not permitting landlords to rent property to people claiming benefits – this time...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency rules disadvantage landlords investing in rural homes

Landlords investing in the rural private rented sector face higher costs and fewer options to meet new requirements of minimum energy...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Bill reaches the committee stage in the House of Lords today

Tenant Fees Bill that will ban most charges set by landlords and letting agents to tenants in England will continue its...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Boost for renters as rent payments added to their credit score

Private tenants who pay their rent on time are set to benefit from better credit scores, after Experian said it was...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lenders slammed for preventing landlords renting to benefit claimants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has raised serious concerns that the majority of buy-to-let lenders are preventing landlords renting property to...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban on letting fees moves a step closer

The next stage of the Tenants’ Fees Bill through Parliament will be a Second Reading in the House of Lords this...

08 October 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 face losing millions as government cracks down on letting fees

Landlords are set to lose out on millions of pounds through a clampdown on rental fees after the government yesterday announced...

06 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

Rented housing chief confirmed as speaker at landlord conference

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

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants to be consulted over Scottish rent restrictions proposal

Landlords and tenants across Scotland will be consulted over plans to impose rent restrictions north of the border. Scottish Labour wants to...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Why you should consider Glasgow as your next property investment destination

Glasgow or Edinburgh? Glasgow is a lot like Edinburgh, only more affordable. Obviously don’t make that comment if you’re actually talking...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome MPs fire safety plans

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

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Strong support for petition calling for BTL tax relief changes to be reversed

An online petition calling for buy-to-let tax relief changes to be reversed has received almost 16,500 signatures. Buy-to-let landlord and property investment...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than four weeks until introduction of selective licensing in Nottingham

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

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Cap tenant deposits at three weeks as part of ‘fairer deal’ for renters, say Labour

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents should be capped at a maximum of three...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Celebrities back campaign to make homes safer

Singer Midge Ure and West End actress Carley Stenson have backed a campaign attempting to make homes in this country safer. Ure...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New campaign to make electrical testing a legal requirement in England

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

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government responds to petition demanding tax changes for landlords

The government has responded to a petition calling on the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief and the scrapping of the...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Third of landlords thinking of quitting BTL sector due to ‘challenging’ tenants

MakeUrMove is warning that a significant number of buy-to-let landlords are thinking about quitting the private rented sector due to problem tenants...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban will hit tenants hardest, says ARLA Propertymark

The ban on letting fees charged by landlords and letting agents is on its way, along with new rules on deposits,...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at six weeks rent

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents will be capped at a maximum of six...

03 May 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

BTL continues to supplement the PM’s income

With savers receiving miserable returns, many shrewd investors are turning to the buy-to-let sector as a means of supplementing their income,...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory HMO licensing extension to start in October

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

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Universal Credit debate should lead to ‘improvements for tenants and landlords’

The Liberal Democrat’s Work and Pensions Spokesperson, Stephen Lloyd MP, will today initiate a debate in Parliament on the impact of...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent payments should be added to tenant’s credit score, says PayProp

PayProp has added its voice to growing calls for rent payments to be added to a tenant’s credit score. The automated rental...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents set to rise in 2018, latest forecast suggests

Rent prices will increase next year, according to the latest property market analysis. Shortages of suitable properties to let and greater demand...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

InventoryBase supporting mandatory landlord inventories

InventoryBase has announced that it is supporting the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) in their bid for mandatory inventories for...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Ban on letting fees must not leave any exploitable loopholes, say Lib Dems

The government’s decision to introduce a draft bill to parliament this week to ban letting agents and landlords from charging introductory...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Draft Tenant Fees Bill is a ‘step in the right direction’

The government introduced a draft bill to parliament yesterday to ban letting agents and landlords from charging introductory fees to tenants...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Is buy-to-let still a good investment? The PM certainly seems to think so

Over the past couple of years, private landlords have suffered some disappointing blows compared with other investors, such as the scrapping...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent payments should automatically be added to tenant’s credit score, say MPs

Rent payments should be used as part of credit scores to help private renters secure a mortgage to buy a home...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Parliament to debate rent payments being added to tenant’s credit score

Private tenants who pay their rent on time could soon see their credit rating boosted in order to make it easier...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost one in five MPs are landlords

We all know that investing in buy-to-let property is a potentially great way to supplement our income, and so it is...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body supports MP’s proposals to improve housing standards

An MP’s bid to make homes in the rented sector ‘fit for human habitation’ has received support from the Residential Landlords...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposits to be capped

When renting out a property, most landlords or their letting agents opt to take an upfront deposit from the tenant prior...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing and Planning Bill may need amending after horrific tower block blaze

The fire that engulfed a 24-storey tower block in west London yesterday, tragically killing several people when flames tore through the...

15 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

MP tables early day motion urging landlords to improve gas safety

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

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Can you afford to ignore the Affordable Warmth Scheme?

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

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Delay on digital tax returns welcomed by trade body

The government’s decision to push back plans to make landlords submit tax returns digitally has been warmly welcomed by the Residential...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

RLA membership rises to 30,000

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

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

NLA urges landlords to lobby parliament over tax changes

The National Landlords Association (NLA) continues to urge landlords to lobby the government over taxation changes announced by the now former...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

High Court Brexit ruling will increase uncertainty in housing market

Last week’s High Court ruling that only parliament could start the process of leaving the EU is likely delay the triggering...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

MP backs call to cut tax for landlords

Kevin Hollinrake, the Conservative MP and co-founder of Hunters estate agents, has tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill calling for...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Jeremy Corbyn vows to better protect private tenants if elected PM

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has set out plans to introduce a new Tenants’ Rights Charter to increase protection for tenants in...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Housebuilding continues to fall well short of demand

There was a rise in the volume of housebuilding schemes started in England in the run-up to the EU referendum but...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Homeowners’ tax relief open to abuse

Greater scrutiny of the capital gains tax exemption, which is used by people selling their main home, is required to help...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

MP aims to stop landlords ‘ruining communities and neighbourhoods’

Over-extended student homes are not just an eyesore, but they are also ‘destroying family homes’ and creating ‘misery for local residents’, according...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New housing minister announced

Gavin Barwell has been appointed the new Minister for Housing, Planning and London, taking over from Brandon Lewis, who has moved...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords face £5K fine over smoke alarms

Wakefield Council is clamping down on landlords that do not have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors fitted in the homes that...

04 July 2016

From: Breaking News

MP backs bid to cut capital gains tax for landlords

An MP has spoken out in favour of buy-to-let landlords by insisting that they should never have been denied a tax...

04 July 2016

From: Breaking News

What will happen to the housing market if Britain votes to leave the EU today?

With just hours remaining until the polls close, the outcome of the EU referendum is too close to call. The sense of...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants in Scotland launch national union to challenge private landlords

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

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Senior politician accused of not declaring that he is a landlord

A top politician has been reported to the ethics watchdog following accusations that he broke strict parliamentary code on financial and...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of amateur landlords putting tenants’ lives at risk

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

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

MPs to consider amendments to Housing and Planning Bill today

MPs will offer their reaction to Lords amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill this afternoon, which may take a while given...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

MPs approve Immigration Bill changes

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

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Biggest monthly drop in Scottish rents on record

March saw the sharpest month-on-month fall in Scottish rents on record, according to the latest Scotland Buy-to-Let Index from Your Move.   Average...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Private renting has grown by 17,000 households a month in England claim

The government’s initiatives to try to increase house building and owner occupation will not stop demand for rented homes rising by...

04 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Eviction expert calls for a “rogue tenant” list

Eviction firm Landlord Action is calling for a blacklist of persistent rogue tenants to be made public. The Housing and Planning Bill...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords forcing tenants into a ‘living nightmare’

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

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Petition against buy to let tax changes passes 35,000 signatures

The online petition opposing the proposed tax changes for buy to let landlords has now reached 35,000 signatures – but is...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Torys under attack for “fit for habitation” comments

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

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Housing bill: rogue landlords to be banned

Rogue landlords will be banned from letting property under new measures to be brought in under the Housing and Planning Bill. The...

15 October 2015

From: Breaking News

MPs to probe rental energy efficiency

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the private rented sector has launched an inquiry into the energy efficiency of private...

14 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 September 2015

From: Breaking News

NLA urges landlords to lobby parliament over tax changes

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has urged landlords to lobby the government over taxation changes announced in July's Summer Budget.  The association...

25 September 2015

From: Breaking News

ARLA calls for smoke alarm rule to be delayed

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has raised concerns about the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015. Now...

18 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Government responds to tax change petition

The Government has responded to a petition opposing changes to tax relief on buy-to-let mortgages announced in the summer budget. From April...

01 September 2015

From: Breaking News

RLA launches “campaigning” toolkit for tax-hit landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has launched a new campaign page full of tools to enable landlords to lobby against the...

07 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Clarification on right-to-rent rules

Following several days of outrage and confusion over the clampdown on letting to illegal migrants, the National Landlords Association (NLA) has...

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Housing campaigner runs for London Mayor

Victorious housing campaigner Lindsey Garrett from the New Era Estate in Hackney is taking on Labour and the Conservatives for the...

15 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Take 2: Government now decides to keep former housing minister after all

If the first few hours of the new government’s approach to housing are anything to go by, it could be a...

12 May 2015

From: Breaking News

New government plans to provide 95% of UK with superfast broadband by 2017

After months of campaigning and deliberating, polling day is now behind us. With all the election stories doing the rounds, we...

11 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

From: Breaking News

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