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KEYWORD "Private Rental Sector" - 366 RESULTS
Last ditch bid to get politicians to scrap threat to private rental sector

Housing groups have united to appeal to politicians to step back from new laws that threaten to “devastate” the number of...

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform - public survey backs landlords over tenants

The public at large are not falling behind the government’s proposals for private rental sector reforms, it seems. A survey conducted by...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

End of Section 21 no reason to quit buy to let - Shamplina

Landlords should not be downbeat about the scrapping of Section 21 eviction powers as proposed in the rental reform White Paper. That’s...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Private rental properties now “far safer” says charity

Private rental properties are now “far safer” than before thanks to recent legislation, according to the charity Electrical Safety First. Since five-year...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ biggest worries identified by PropTech site

PropTech supplier Inventorybase has drawn up a league table of what it calls the private rental sector’s most complained about issues.  After...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists' Victory? What campaigners think of the White Paper

One of the highest profile advocates of widespread reform in the private rental sector has been Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of...

18 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

Landlords Must Take Pets - government announcement likely

What looks suspiciously like a government leak to the Daily Mail says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will be unveiled...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Will Renters Reform Bill be delayed by Boris Johnson clinging to power?

Overnight speculation of a Cabinet reshuffle has yet again led to uncertainty over the Renters’ Reform Bill, pledging a radical shake-up...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords reveal what they REALLY think of letting agents

A new survey from an experienced company in the private rental sector has revealed shocking findings about what landlords really think...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

We Told You So!  Landlords React to Labour’s latest reform delay

Landlords have welcomed the latest delays to radical rental reforms which were due to be implemented next month. Ben Beadle, chief executive...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical prediction of next major trend for private landlords

A bank is forecasting that almost one in 10 rented homes in the UK within the next decade could be a...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls don't work - study is warning to UK lettings sector

A study of what has happened to a private rental sector hit by rent controls provides lessons to those in the UK...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

All-inclusive rent deals have to be re-thought - lettings chief

The cost of living crisis and soaring fuel bills mean landlords may have to rethink the concept of all-inclusive rents. That’s the...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord Register via new portal demanded by lettings industry chiefs

A collection of rental experts in a body called The Lettings Industry Council have called for the creation of a Landlord...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Council scraps landlord accreditation and launches ‘support package’

A council has launched what it calls a Landlord and Tenant Support Package in place of a previous landlord accreditation system.  Telford...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords rushing evictions to beat S21 ban - lawyer’s claim

The abolition of Section 21 eviction notices could lead to a surge in evictions by private landlords anxious to sell before...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Official stats show smaller rent rise than rival figures suggest

Contrary to recent figures from Zoopla and others, pointing to double-digit rental inflation in the past year, official statistics show the...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ critics rejoice as government caves in to their demands

Activists have expressed their delight that the government has “listed to the voice of renters” in its provisions for widespread reform...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists ask Boris Johnson to begin rental reform process tomorrow

Activists from pressure groups and London-focussed tenants’ bodies have handed in a letter to 10 Downing Street asking the Prime Minister...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians To Decide Future Shape of the Private Rental Sector

A report from the Public Accounts Committee on the regulation of the private rented sector (PRS) was issued with little notice...

07 May 2022

From: Rental Reform

Landlord-Tenant Tensions ahead of the Queen's Speech

What are the main causes of tension and disagreements between tenants and landlords ahead of the Rental Reform Bill, which is expected to...

07 May 2022

From: Rental Reform

Help to improve EPC ratings offered to landlords by another council

Another council has revealed it’s won funding from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to boost the EPCs of...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let loans fall over long term despite recent sector resurgence

Buy To Let may have had a resurgence in the past year but long-term lending patterns suggest landlords have been hit...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform - are landlords and tenants that far apart?

Renting is changing. That’s what we keep being told by the Government as it prepares the ground for its renters’ reform...

23 April 2022

From: Rental Reform

Two top Tories blast the quality of private rental sector

Two of the country’s leading Conservative MPs have spoken at a Shelter conference which claimed millions of private renters were being...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental sector “massively underperforming” say analysts

A long-term shortage of stock means the rental sector is “massively underperforming” according to the property analytics service TwentyCi. It says in...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Points-based system of rent controls demanded by activists

A points-based system of rent controls is being advocated by activists associated with a controversial pro-tenant group. Living Rent, which is calling...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians warned over rent controls - landlords will simply quit

A leading lettings industry figure is warning politicians that they risk shrinking the size of the private rental sector if they...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

“Uphill struggle to get landlords to fix anything” says activist chief

One of the leaders of the Generation Rent group claims it can be “an uphill struggle for private renters to get...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

MPs condemn rental conditions, councils and government

A senior committee of MPs claims that it’s “too difficult for renters to realise their legal right to a safe and...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants given 15 questions to ask landlords and agents

A controversial PropTech rental platform has issued a list of questions and issues to check when tenants rent from a landlord...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing minister consults with activists over rental reforms

Housing minister Eddie Hughes MP has met with activists to discuss the government’s reform proposals for the private rental sector.  They were...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Canapes and Cheque Books For Landlords?

I hope you weren’t holding your breath for the Chancellor to announce a package of help for landlords in his Spring...

02 April 2022

From: Agent Advice

Rental Reform White Paper - has it been delayed AGAIN?

The government appears to have admitted that the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper has now been delayed yet again, this time...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent not just for posh tenants, says business group

A report by a business campaign group claims Build To Rent is key to helping solve the housing crisis in London. Who...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Half of private rental sector will have tenants aged 45-plus by 2035

Homes headed by a person over the age of 45 will account for at least half of all privately renting households...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

New figures on EPC ratings in private rental sector

New research by the Mortgages for Business brokerage suggests that just under a quarter of landlords’ properties have an Energy Performance...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy to let ‘just an extension of social housing’ claims council

A council is launching a Private Tenants Charter which it says will set standards for landlords and private rental sector organisations...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - new-builds are streets ahead claim developers

A new report claims new builds have typical energy bills some £400 a year less than other properties.  The Home Builders’ Federation...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Council’s plea to landlords - help us with Ukranian refugees

A council in one of the remote parts of the UK is appealing for registered landlords who might be able to...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords try to head off rent controls plans by politicians

The National Residential Landlords Association is trying to head off the growing clamour for rent controls by setting out its own...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Call for pets to be allowed and tenancies to be 24 months long

A major think tank is calling for a radical reform of the private rental sector. A report from the cross-party independent Social...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

At Last! - Evidence shows most tenants like their homes and landlords

The significant majority of private renters are happy with their properties, status and their landlords according to a new survey. A report...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords should wise-up, not sell-up - and use a lettings agent

Agents’ trade body Propertymark says landlords should wise-up by using a letting agent to improve yields, rather than sell-up because of...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Private rental quality more vital in cities than towns - councillor

A local politician says the quality of the private rental sector appears to be more important in cities than in towns. Ian...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Thatcher’s Right To Buy damned as “a levelling down failure”

The programme of selling off council houses pioneered by Margaret Thatcher has been a strategic failure adding to inequality in Britain. That’s...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

New dispute resolution service for private rental sector

Trading Standards has approved a new alternative dispute resolution body for the private rental sector. It’s The Dispute Service Ltd, and it...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental reform threat to economic growth, warns top expert

A veteran lettings agency chief says future economic growth in part of the UK is under threat from a radical reform...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

100,000 Ukrainian refugees - how will landlords be able to help?

The National Residential Landlords Association is calling for clarity on how the private rental sector can help Ukraine. Home Secretary Priti Patel...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Red Tape leads to landlords quitting the sector - fact

The connection between rising volumes of red tape in the private rental sector and landlords quitting as a consequence appears to...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords ditching Airbnb ahead of short-let restrictions - claim

A lettings agent says his client landlords are already turning their back on short let platforms including Airbnb ahead of likely...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

One in four landlords are baffled by changing regulations

Almost exactly a quarter of landlords questioned in a survey admit to being baffled by the constantly changing regulations surrounding the...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Social renters SIX TIMES less satisfied than private renters - survey

Six times as many social renters in one part of the UK are dissatisfied with their homes compared to private renters...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency crisis for landlords - new working party set up

A bank is establishing a working group of industry professionals, landlords and policy makers to see how the private rental sector...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent says tenants amongst hardest hit by energy hike

Generation Rent claims private rental sector tenants are set to be most disadvantaged by the 54 per cent rise in the...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords face massive bills to meet energy efficiency goals

Almost a quarter of landlords say their properties are currently rated D or below for energy efficiency, according to a new...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Fledgling landlords trade group to stage tech exhibition this month

The Portfolio Landlords Action Network - PLAN - is to hold its first tech exhibition with five companies explaining their benefits...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax warning from finance chief celebrating buy to let

A finance chief is warning that the threat of possible rises in Capital Gains Tax should be dismissed by the government to...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter backs Boris Johnson levelling up rental reforms

Campaigning charity Shelter says the government’s rental reform programme is “a crucial step forward”.  The Levelling Up White Paper insists landlords ensure...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 scrapped as Gove hands rental power balance to tenants

The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper includes a dramatic reshaping of the private rental sector. Section 21 eviction powers will be...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Webinars for landlords puzzled by laws surrounding renting out

A specialist lettings agency is holding a series of webinars for landlords who may fell they need help navigating some 170-plus...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Awareness campaign for landlords as law change approaches

A national awareness campaign has been launched to prepare landlords for the implementation of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 on...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Why 2022 will be Build to Rent’s Year

New preliminary figures released by CBRE reveal that a record £4.1 billion was invested in the UK’s Build to Rent sector...

15 January 2022

From: The Big Issues

EPC targets - new revelations about domestic energy efficiency

With landlords under pressure to fund ever-stricter energy efficiency requirements, a new report appears to make the government’s ‘one size fits...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Lords report accuses private rental sector of being too expensive

A House of Lords report claims that the private rental sector has become ”increasingly unaffordable” and says out welcomes the proliferation...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Crisis - few landlords know of EPC legal changes

Only 15 per cent of landlords say they are fully aware of changes to laws surrounding Energy Performance Certificates in the...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords Beware - is Build To Rent coming to get Buy To Let?

The UK Build To Rent sector recorded a total of £2.1 billion of investment in the final three months of 2021...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Is The Private Rental Sector facing a Supply Crisis?

Bromsgrove is a classic rental market. The Worcestershire market town is enveloped by green space but is just a thirty-minute commute...

08 January 2022

From: Industry Views

Opposition to rent controls voiced by chief of new super-agency

A senior figure in a newly-enlarged agency that wants to become a national force in lettings has thrown his weight behind...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency backs landlords with sweeping attack on government

An agency has issued a statement standing shoulder-to-shoulder with landlords and rejecting the negative mood music surrounding the private rental sector. Chris...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims 200,000 children in private rental sector at risk of eviction

Shelter claims that 200,000 children living in privately rented homes are at risk of being evicted this winter – equivalent to one in every 50 children in England.   A study for the campaigning charity claims that 104,000 private...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

 Scrapping Section 21 may take three years says industry expert

A leading experts on the private rental sector predicts it will take three years for the government to scrap Section 21...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter backs call for rent controls and anti-eviction powers

Shelter has given what appears to be unconditional support to the SNP-Green proposals for reform of the private rental sector in...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

2022’s challenge for landlords - improving energy efficiency

Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson has given his prediction as to what the big issues will be in the 2022 lettings...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mandatory compensation for tenants mooted by letting agents

ARLA Propertymark has launched a radical programme of reform for the private rental sector - getting in before the government’s own...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Slammed! Government and councils condemned for rental failures

A report by the National Audit Office has sharply criticised the government and councils for not doing enough to help tenants...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords want more government and council 'vision' for rentals

The National Residential Landlords Association has thrown its weight behind the recommendations of the National Audit Office report urging the government...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government told to act over falling size of private rental sector

ARLA Propertymark is expressing concern at the latest figures showing a fall in the size of the private rental sector. The latest...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Council launches consultation on three licensing regimes

A council is consulting over a range of private rental sector measures.  Leicester council is proposing a range of measures requiring landlords...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

New info website set up purely for private tenants

A new website has been set up by a council purely for private rental sector tenants in one part of London. The...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back private leasing deal working with councils

Landlords have welcomed an initiative to provide £30m to work with the private rental sector to end homelessness. Local authorities in Wales...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs want renewable heating tech in private rental homes

A cross-party survey of MPs shows that they want to scale up the installation of renewable heating technologies in existing homes,...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Carbon Monoxide alarms must be fitted in private rentals with gas boilers

The government has announced that carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in all private rental properties with fixed appliances such as...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Scare stories unfounded - evictions did NOT rise after end of ban

Despite dire warnings from Generation Rent, Shelter and other campaigners, it appears that the end of the eviction ban did NOT...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

The man with a PLAN for portfolio landlords

I am the Chair of PLAN - the Portfolio Landlords Action Group - which had its formal launch this week. People...

13 November 2021

From: Rental Reform

EPC Crisis: Properties could be “unsellable and unrentable” by 2025

There is a fear that work required to bring rental units up to new Energy Performance Certificate levels by 2025 could...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Two month mediation project starts - is it really long enough to succeed?

An innovative pilot project aiming to reduce evictions by providing free mediation between private landlords and tenants has been launched in...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show over 100,000 homes let illegally

PropTech firm Kamma says well over 100,000 private rental homes across the UK are being let illegally because they already fail...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New trade body for landlords to launch this month

A new trade body called PLAN launches this month with the aim of representing large scale Portfolio Landlords with 75 properties...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government delays Rental Reform White Paper until 2022

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will now not be published until...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Poor rental conditions trigger mental health issues - claim

A property company claims that 14 per cent of renters are so distressed by their living situation they believe it is...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Boiling Over: NRLA slams government over boiler policy for landlords

A piecemeal approach to how the private rental sector meets government climate change targets is fraught with problems, the landlords trade...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Record high tenant demand - and even London is improving

Tenant demand across the private rental sector is at a record high according to buy to let specialist the Paragon Bank. A...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Shift poorest tenants from private rental to social housing - call

A call has gone out to shift tens of thousands of the poorest tenants in the private rental sector into social...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords set to get the hard sell on installing smart meters

Landlords may be about to be on the receiving end of a hard sell on installing smart meters, especially if they...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New insights into why many landlords use letting agents

Another report has highlighted how landlords feel intimidated into putting investment plans on ice because of red tape in the private...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Not all energy efficiency work saves money even after five years

With energy efficiency making headlines in the private rental sector, Norton Finance has calculated the cost of an average mid-terrace household...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

The view from Build To Rent: We’re better placed to improve quality

The dynamic of the private rental market has been changing in recent years. There's been a decline in private landlords, yet almost...

09 October 2021

From: Industry Views

EPC Upgrades - Raise cap for landlord spending, government told

The government has been told to raise the landlord cost cap to £10,000 to increase the number of private rental sector...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Back Off! Sunak told to stop hammering rental sector

One of the first submissions to Chancellor Rishi Sunak ahead of his autumn Budget and spending review later this month asks...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Tips for new landlords to optimise their tax position

Internet searches for ‘how to become a landlord’ have increased by 22 per cent according to Sheards Accountants, a chartered accountancy...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour warned that more landlord taxes could trigger sell-off

A leading agent is warning that any additional tax on landlords could lead to property sell-offs and a further supply shortage. Dominic...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council orders HMO landlords to clear graffiti within four weeks

A council is ordering all of its private rental sector landlords to clear graffiti from external walls within four weeks of...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity backs landlord case for cash help to meet new EPC targets

A charity is warning that landlords may not government help in reaching new EPC targets. Citizens Advice Scotland says the private rental...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - landlords must spend thousands to meet EPC standards

Landlords will have to spend thousands to meet new government demands to improve energy efficiency in rental properties. Geospatial technology company Kamma...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord triumphs in overturning council licensing fine

A landlord has overturned a council fine for letting her flat without a licence - and it’s the same local authority...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets In Lets back on the agenda thanks to petition

A petition has been launched on the Channel Island of Jersey to prevent landlords banning pets from the local private rental...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Council wants volunteer landlords to house Afghan refugee families

A council is asking private landlords to help house Afghan refugees. People who have worked for the UK government and British military...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Investor Show is back - and it’s REAL, not virtual

The Property Investor Show is back and in person, rather than virtual. It’s been announced that it will take place at London’s...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Only limited buy to let sell-off on the cards, latest research shows

Research by the buy to let specialist Sequre Property Investment suggests that landlords are largely undeterred by the slew of government...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Improve rental sector EPCs? A pipedream …

Government ambitions to improve the energy efficiency of the private rental sector are just “a pipedream” without financial assistance according to...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Self-employed tenants unlikely to quit rental sector for some time

The latest study of the mortgager market by Aldermore Bank suggests the self-employed are finding it harder than ever to get...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Help us Boris! Landlords to submit plea to PM for aid to sector

The National Residential Landlords Association says it’s going to submit a report to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New plan to buy back council houses, then re-let them

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to buy back former council houses now in the private rental sector. Right to Buy, part of...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy Back - Labour councils back purchases from landlords

Labour councils in London have backed the initiative from Mayor Sadiq Khan to buy back ex-council houses now in the private...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government rejects licensing scheme plea by local council

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

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Happy Tenants! Big majority of renters satisfied with landlords

Over 80 per cent of private renters in England are satisfied with their accommodation according to new data. Figures from the English...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New attack underway on rental and holiday homes

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

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Radical shake up likely for private rental sector in N Ireland

It looks certain that a substantial number of pro-tenant reforms are to be introduced in Northern Ireland in the near future. A...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - potential investment areas where renting is rising

A buy to let consultancy has identified those parts of the country where there’s been the biggest swing towards renting when...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent rises driven by higher taxes and regulations for landlords

A leading supplier says rent rises seen in recent months have been driven by increased taxes and regulations imposed on landlords. The...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New threat to buy to let? John Lewis gets into Build To Rent

Another new Build To Rent player is emerging - in the unlikely form of the John Lewis Partnership. The company has long...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Allowing pets makes commercial sense for landlords - claim

Yet another lettings agency says the private rental sector would be wise to encourage tenants with pets. Earlier this week it was...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency’s blunt message for landlords - Pets Get Lets

The controversy over whether pets should be allowed in the private rental sector continues apace with one major agency coming down...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Green issues increasingly important for landlords, says lender

Eco issues are increasingly important for landlords, a mortgage lender claims.  Hodge Bank says a new survey shows 82 per cent of...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak making landlords the scapegoat for Covid arrears - claim

A stinging attack on Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been made by the National Residential Landlords Association. The trade body has produced a...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords in high-level talks with government over rental reforms

The landlords’ trade body has been invited to join what it calls “high-level” talks with government over reforms to the private...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Major London licensing consultation closes this month

There are just three weeks left for landlords to respond to one of the largest consultations undertaken by a council in...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council wants taxpayers’ money to be used to pay Covid arrears

The resumption of bailiff-enforced evictions, banned for over a year until just days ago, could be “catastrophic” for one of the...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists thank unions ahead of week of tenants’ rights webinars

The tenants’ campaign group Generation Rent is planning a week of events to promote renters’ rights later this month. The campaign says...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive boost in private rental energy efficiency, new research shows

There’s been a wholesale lifting in standards of investment and quality in the private rental sector thanks to landlords, and in...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords can evict tenants for requesting repairs, claims Baroness

The Baroness who leads the Generation Rent campaign group says landlords are currently “able to evict tenants just for requesting repairs...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental White Paper - government gives hint of what it will contain

The government has pledged to  bring forward a White Paper in the Autumn, focussing on its commitments to reform the private...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

What impact has Covid had on landlords? Councils want to know…

A cluster of councils in the south of England want to know how Covid-19 has impacted landlords and letting agents in...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New finance deal to encourage more rental energy efficiency

Offa, the UK’s first Shariah-compliant bridging loan provider, has launched a short-term loan system for landlords which is open only in relation...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome Eviction Ban end but want cash help for renters

Landlords have welcomed the government’s announcement to end the eviction ban and reduce the notice period required for the private rental...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Reform to be implemented in the coming year

The government has confirmed that reform of the private rental sector will be a priority for the coming session of Parliament. A...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory MP demands rental MOTs and compulsory landlord accreditation

A Conservative MP claims there is a major power imbalance between tenants and landlords and widespread reforms are required to stop...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Council to pay £30,000 towards private rental sector deposits

A council has agreed to set aside £30,000 to pay for private rental deposits as a cheaper alternative to bed and breakfast accommodation. The ruling...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

It’ll take years for rents and evictions to return to normal - new report

A new academic report suggests that more than 400,000 private tenants may be in significant rent arrears by the end of...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Outlook uncertain for buy to let after recent retreat - Nationwide

The private rental sector is in slow retreat according to a new analysis by Nationwide-owned specialist lender, The Mortgage Works. Nationwide chief...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils accused by activists over rental licensing and safety

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

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter and tenants’ group set up city Fair Renting campaign

Shelter and tenants’ group in a major city have mobilised to set up a campaign called Fair Renting. The campaign is focussed...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government comes clean - it wants home owners, not renters

Housing minister Chris Pincher has made the most explicit admission yet of the government’s desire to diminish the private rental sector. In...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord group repeats call for upfront cash payments

The National Residential Landlords Association has repeated its backing for upfront cash payments and rent guarantees. A new study has found that...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

We’re Staying Put! Landlord sell-offs hits a seven year low

New data from lettings agency Hamptons suggests that despite the slew of challenges thrown at the private rental sector, the number...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords penalised by government will put up rent, warns key supplier

A key supplier is warning that landlords penalised by ever higher government taxes and rules will be forced to increase rents. Andy...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Too much, too quickly! Call for energy efficiency timescales to slow

A respected private rental sector body wants the government to slow its timetable for energy efficiency reform, warning that landlords could...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New mortgage range for buy to lets with good EPC ratings

Paragon Bank has launched a range of 80 per cent loan to value buy to let mortgages specifically for properties with...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

More funding, more long-term planning - landlords urge eco-action

The landlords’ trade body has urged the government to think more strategically about energy efficiency in the private rental sector, and...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Corporations are better than buy to let landlords, says Big Issue writer

A contributor to the Big Issue magazine says corporations that become landlords may be better at it - and better for...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid to make landlords improve energy efficiency in properties

Specialist buy to let lender Paragon has taken the unusual step of issuing a so-called Green Bond to fund attempts to make...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

One week before new electrical standards on existing tenancies

A reminder has gone to landlords about new electrical safety standards that come into effect for existing tenancies in a week’s...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Who knew? Grants available for landlords to adapt rental properties

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

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Practical tips to help landlords go green, from lettings agency chief

A prominent lettings agency chief says tenants are becoming more eco-conscious, putting increased emphasis on landlords to meet expectations. Mike Cook -...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax reform should encourage higher quality buy to let, says agent

The government should use today's ‘Tax Day’ consultation process to reform Capital Gains Tax so that it encourages a smaller, high...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs blast government as landlords miss out on Green Homes Grant funds

There’s a new call on the government to get its act together on the Green Homes Grant, which has failed to live...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Three year tenancies and much more licensing proposed by council

A council enquiry is proposing a flurry of new landlord licensing schemes in one county in England.  An inquiry into the private...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyer tells landlords: Don’t deceive tenants

Landlords have been warned not to try to deceive departing tenants after a controversial tribunal ruling. Lindsays law firm says Scotland’s first...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Another political party wants eviction ban extended

Another political party has joined the chorus of voices calling for still-longer bans on evictions in the private rental sector. The ban...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior church figure stands up for renting as a tenure

A senior Anglican priest has stood up for renting as a concept, and suggests Britain is too pre-occupied with home ownership. Angela...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords beware - pets are coming to the private rental sector

An inventory supplier to the lettings industry is advising landlords to make sure they spot early signs of pet damage in...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

High Street bank may become huge private landlord

Lloyds Bank is considering entering the private rental sector as a landlord, according to a Financial Times scoop. The newspaper says it's...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS    What...

04 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords Alert: full details of Budget 2021 proposals

This afternoon's Budget has seen dramatic announcements from Chancellor Rishi Sunak referring to the private rental sector. For landlords buying properties, the stamp...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Anarchist group says activists should hold anti-landlord protests

An anarchist group has admitted that protests against landlords and letting agencies present opportunities for disruption. The Solidarity Federation says it aims to “advance...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour MP demands Covid rent arrears to be paid by public funds

Labour MP Stephen Timms has asked Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to commit to five measures to tighten controls on the private...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory MP criticised by councillor for sticking up for landlords

A councillor has criticised an MP who came out in favour of landlords in a dispute over licensing. Earlier this week Landlord Today...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax incentives needed to help energy efficiency in private renting

The landlords’ trade body says the tax system needs reforming to support energy improvements in the private rental sector. The intervention by...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban on bailiff-enforced evictions extended yet again

The government has announced yet another ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector. The existing ban was due to expire...

14 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Growing investment from landlords despite rents stagnating

There is substantial investment going in to the private rental sector by individual landlords, according to evidence from the latest edition...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector growth highest in the north

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

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Penalties on landlords betray Tory ethos, says party member

Some policies towards landlords show how the government has lost its conservative ethos of supporting businesses and being the party of low taxes.  Rosalind...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords bite back at government call for pet-friendly tenancies

The National Residential Landlords Association has called for flexibility from government when it comes to insisting private rental sector properties have...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

 Landlords urged to respond to London council’s consultation

Landlords have only until February 11 to respond to the licensing proposals of the London council with the largest private rental...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls backed by self styled Citizens Assembly

A so-called Citizens Assembly set up by a leading politician has called for rent controls. The Citizen’s Assembly of Scotland was launched...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Government panned for missing out landlords in new EPC enforcement

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

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Respite for landlords behind with buy to let mortgage payments

The Financial Conduct Authority is extending the ban on repossessions by two months until April 1, in light of the pandemic...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Yields dip but rental market strong says top lender

Popular buy to let lender Fleet Mortgages’ latest rental yield index shows the consequences of increasing property prices in many regions...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill to be introduced “very soon” says government

Junior housing minister Kelly Tolhurst says the government will introduce the controversial Renters Reform Bill “very soon.” This Bill is the one which...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Private renters enjoy more life satisfaction than social sector tenants

Social renters have the lowest life satisfaction and experience the greatest anxiety according to analysis by a property management firm.  Lettings company...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental quango slated as expensive, bureaucratic, unaccountable

The Rent Smart Wales quango, now five years old, has been sharply criticised by the National Residential Landlords Association.  A report commissioned...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Government insists eviction ban “protects most vulnerable renters”

The government insists that its ban on bailiff-enforced evictions “protects the most vulnerable renters” during the pandemic. The claim comes in the...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extended in England and Wales

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters has been extended in England and Wales. This will be until February 21 “at...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims to have one private rental case every two minutes

The Citizens Advice charity claims to have dealt with a private rental sector case “every two minutes” during December - and...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant change makes finding installers easier

The landlords’ trade body says it welcomes a change of heart by the government over details of the Green Homes Grant scheme. Until now...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords MUST get government support says Shamplina

Eviction guru and lettings sector expert Paul Shamplina has made an impassioned plea for government help for the rental sector. The founder...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Landlord Today and Angels Media

Many of us will be glad to see the back of 2020 for obvious reasons. For landlords the Coronavirus crisis has been...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent debt crisis engulfing private rental sector - NRLA

Seven per cent of private tenants now have arrears built up during the Coronavirus period. A survey of tenants for the National...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Candidate makes pet-friendly tenancies a political hot potato

One of the candidates for next year’s London Mayoral election wants to put pet-friendly tenancies for the private rental sector as...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ leader tells MPs they should give cash help to rental sector

Senior MPs have been told by the chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association that they must provide financial assistance...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Pests! Landlords to get inside track on pest control

A virtual show about pest control is being targeted at landlords because of the strong links between pests and housing in...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Gas boilers may be next problem issue hitting landlords

Gas boilers may be the next big issue for the private rental sector as an influential committee has called for them...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Backfire! Bid to curb rent rises could force the very opposite - claim

A warning has been issued that a bid to curb private rental sector rents in Scotland could well backfire with more...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter advising tenants on winning a rent reduction

The campaigning charity Shelter is offering private rental sector tenants advice on how to negotiate a rent reduction during the remaining...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Green councillor wants tenants to lead private rental sector review

A Green Party councillor is demanding that tenants be allowed to write the local authority’s policy for the private rental sector. According...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords being supported by agents as rent rises dwindle

Landlords are being supported by letting agencies as the Coronavirus fall-out continues, according to the president of agents’ trade body ARLA...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Government has “sympathy” for landlords - but no assistance

The Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, says the government has sympathy for the plight of many landlords during...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock! Most tenants like renting their home and get on with the landlord

A survey of over 2,000 tenants by a specialist buy to let lender shows that contrary to the popular belief, most...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Carbon monoxide alarm regulations to be beefed up

There may be new and stricter legal requirements on the way for private landlords with regards to carbon monoxide alarm installation...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge to ‘ban’ on bailiff-enforced evictions

A legal challenge has been started to the government’s current ‘ban’ on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector. High profile property...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Plight of first time buyers shows landlords needed more than ever

A new survey shows almost two thirds of prospective first time buyers regard it as ‘impossible’ to get on the property...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Small-scale amateur landlords praised - but changes needed

A research project funded by the Nationwide Foundation has revealed widespread tenant satisfaction with small-scale landlords in Scotland.  The project, RentBetter, looks...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Under-insurance a massive problem for landlords - claim

Landlords have been told they face another invisible threat beyond Coronavirus - it’s under-insurance, which is apparently rife in the private...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords slammed by report that demands national register

A new report makes searing claims about the performance and quality of landlords and their homes in the private rental sector. Almost...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Plea to ensure landlords’ energy work is future-proofed

A trade body has told MPs the government must ensure work done to make homes energy efficient is ‘future-proofed’ to accept...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Is Boris Johnson trying to force landlords to evict and sell?

A prominent Conservative supporter and expert in the private rental sector has posed an interesting question - is Boris Johnson trying...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge arrears and 50,000 evictions in 2021, says academic study

An analysis of the private rental sector by the London School of Economics suggests there could be three times the current...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Council says it’s going to come down hard on rogue landlords

A council in the westcountry says it’s going to come down hard on rogue landlords and has identified ‘high risk’ properties...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Green Party wants landlords banned from evicting when they sell

The Green Party says there should be an end to private rental sector eviction grounds “such as the wish of the...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Renting Minefield? Council action week to bring landlords up to date

A local council is gathering key players from the private rental sector to help landlords and letting agents get up to date...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter in new attack on private landlords who house homeless

Campaigning charity Shelter is back on the warpath against private landlords, criticising how much of the country’s temporary accommodation budget for...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Council imposing “fair” two-stage fee for private rental licensing

A council wants to introduce private rental sector licensing as part of a pledge made back in 2018. Plymouth’s Labour controlled council pledged...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Abolishing Section 21 means rent up, stock down, tenant insecurity

The Lettings Industry Council has published a report outlining why Section 21 should not be abolished, despite the government’s commitment to...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Loans to tenants NOT the answer to arrears, survey suggests

A survey of private rental sector clients by accreditation body safeagent suggests 44 per cent feel government-backed loans for tenants to pay...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Petition to ban pet “discrimination” in private rental sector

An online petition calling for pets to be allowed in private rental properties has gained thousands of signatures. The petition - on...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Too dear, not transparent - landlords say why they don’t use agents

A new study of over 2,000 landlords reveals that only a quarter of them instruct agents to fully manage their investment properties...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Hit by Coronavirus - two-thirds of landlords fear for their business

The latest survey assessing damage to the private rental sector by the pandemic makes tough reading for landlords. The study - for...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing: council ponders selective scheme ‘to improve standards’

A selective licensing regime is being considered by a westcountry council following an enquiry into private rental sector conditions. Cornwall Council says 50...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Hot Air? Landlords face £30,000 fines under government energy plans

The government has launched an official consultation on proposals to make the private rental sector more energy-efficient - and they include...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Editor’s Letter: Goodbye and Thank You

Dear Readers, Today is my last day as editor of Landlord Today. Following more than four years in the role, I have...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

How to Improve the UK Lettings Market With Technology and Service

Not a whole lot has changed since the boom of the private rental sector in the 1980s. At least, not much...

17 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Investors are understandably hesitant but there is room for improvement

It is no secret that landlords have long been dissatisfied by the government’s approach to the buy-to-let market. The ongoing imposition...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand from landlords has increased ‘sharply in the last month’

There has been a significant increase in demand for buy-to-let properties in recent weeks, according to Landbay.  It would appear, based on...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Portico launches £1 letting service for private landlords

London-based estate agent Portico has digitalised its letting process, with the launch of a new online rental service for private landlords...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus could cost BTL landlords almost £15bn in lost rental income

The devastating impact of the Coronavirus could cost buy-to-let landlords nearly £14.9bn should tenants be unable to pay rent during the...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Servicing your tenants right: Five tips to enhance your credibility as a landlord

If the private rental sector and sharing economy is to continue to thrive, regular engagement with your tenants is required to...

27 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

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

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

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

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

UK’s Build to Rent sector continues to go from strength to strength

More than £2bn has been invested into the UK’s Build to Rent (BTR) sector in the first three quarters of 2019, according...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords firmly reject Labour’s ‘right to buy’ tenant plan

Private landlords in Newcastle have slammed the Labour Party’s proposed ‘right to buy’ policy that could see long-term tenants acquire buy-to-let...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal & General launches first ever rental protection plan for tenants

Legal & General has announced the launch of its rental protection plan following a successful pilot with Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB). Legal...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems vote to scrap Section 21

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to abolish Section 21 repossessions in the private rented sector if they come to power at...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of BTL landlords remain committed to the buy-to-let market

An overwhelming majority of buy-to-let landlords are optimistic about their future in the private rental sector with 84% looking to maintain...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rental sector generates more than £50bn in rental payments each year

The private rental sector in the UK generates more income than 130 world nations and FTSE 100 companies, new research shows. The...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Boris Johnson is a man without a plan to boost BTL activity levels, poll finds

The majority of landlords in the UK’s private rented sector do not believe that new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a...

02 August 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

ONS: Rents increased by 1.3% in the UK in the year to May 2019

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector increased by 1.3% in the 12 months to May 2019, up from 1.2% in April,...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters stand to save £192m a year as a result of the tenant fee ban

Private renters in the UK look set to save in the region of £192m a year as a consequence of the...

05 June 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

Abolishing Section 21 could adversely affect housing supply

The government’s proposal to scrap Section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act is likely to deter many people from investing in...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

UK's Build to Rent sector sees record levels of investment

The UK Build to Rent sector continues to go from strength to strength, with record levels of investment in the first...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Kensington Mortgages reduces buy-to-let rates

Kensington Mortgages has cut rates across its buy-to-let mortgage range by up to 0.4%. Rates on two-year fixed rate products now start...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

“A good time to be a landlord in London’ as renters seek long-term tenancies

A growing number of renters in the capital are looking for longer-term tenancies as home ownership becomes increasingly out of reach...

02 April 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

BTL landlords contribute £16.1bn a year to UK economy, research finds

Buy-to-let landlords collectively contribute £16.1bn to the British economy through pre-tax spending, which is almost double the estimated £8.5bn a decade...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Paul Shamplina, Founder and Director of Landlord Action and Brand Ambassador of Hamilton Fraser

Who are you?  Paul Shamplina What does it say on your business card? Founder and Director of Landlord Action and Brand Ambassador of...

15 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

The outlook for property investors ‘remains positive’ as rents rise again

The average cost of renting a property in the UK rose by 1.5% in the 12 months to December 2018, the...

10 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

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

Tenants need to ensure they are protected in the private rental sector

It may now be more than three months since thousands of households in Wales were faced with severe flooding in October...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of landlords selling up in the East of England

The number landlords exiting the market in the East of England last month was double the national average, ARLA Propertymark reveals. Landlords...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Communication and technology can help landlords stay on top of rental arrears

Unfortunately some renters appear to view owing their landlord money as a cheap loan - a debt with 0% interest no...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent controls would hurt both tenants and landlords, warns RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has warned that growing speculation the mayor of London Sadiq Khan is considering introducing rent controls...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Supply of rental properties drops as landlords exit the market

Rents in the UK’s private rental sector continue to rise as the supply of properties to let has dropped again on...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords earned £34bn in rental income last year

Private landlords across the UK collectively earned £33.8bn from their buy-to-let investments in the year from 5 April 2017 to 2018,...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey exposes tenants’ shocking lack of knowledge about tenancy deposits

A fresh survey of more than 1,000 people involved in the UK private rental sector has found a staggering and worrying...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Shop partners with ScottishPower to help landlords manage energy needs

Landlords, letting agents and tenants are being offered a bespoke void space solution when it comes to managing energy in their...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Croydon becomes first council to support campaign to scrap Section 21

Croydon Council has become the first local authority to support calls to scrap the so-called ‘no fault’ evictions in order to...

10 October 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

Tenants who complain almost twice as likely to be evicted, says Citizens Advice

Private renters who complain to their landlord about problems at their rental property, including issues such as damp and mould, are...

28 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

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

Three-year minimum tenancies – what are the legal implications for landlords?

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal which could have serious ramifications for thousands of private landlords –...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Many BTL landlords worried their properties won't ‘cover their own costs’

Bricks and mortar have provided stellar returns for many people over the past couple of decades, prompting many to rely on...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Dominic Raab’s exit leaves us ‘staring down the barrel’ of a housing crisis

Kit Malthouse has been named as the government’s latest housing minister after Dominic Raab, who spent just six months in the...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Metro Bank teams up with CreditLadder for rent reporting

Tenants who have a personal account with Metro Bank are now able to report their rent through CreditLadder to reference agency...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

More tenants faced rent rises in May

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

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Government to review selective licensing across the private rental sector

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

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Licencing doesn’t work’, says ARLA Propertymark

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

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

BTL investors in Scotland urged to ‘ride the storm’

Landlords continue to feel the pinch after the latest phase of the government crackdown on buy-to-let came into effect last month,...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Bill ‘could lead to rent rises’, says RLA

The government’s Tenant Fees Bill now introduced to the Commons is a ‘missed opportunity’ to make quicker and more lasting improvements in...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Homeownerships is not for everyone

Some people are simply not interested in owning their own home, as reflected by new research revealing that 16% of private...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Nine out of ten landlords would like to ditch letting agents and go it alone

A number of buy-to-let landlords currently do not use letting agents to find or manage properties, and it has been suggested...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage availability: a taxing challenge for would-be incorporated landlords

The majority of UK landlords did not set out to create significant property businesses and, even today, about half (49.7%) of...

23 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

Millennials will have spent over £110k on rent by the time they buy a home

Millennials renting in this country will have spent more than £110,000 in rent by the time they are finally in a...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental supply falls in October as letting agents predict price rises

The supply of rental properties fell by 3.7% during October when compared to the previous month, according to fresh data from...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 3,800 landlords could face fines for illegally renting out properties

There is growing concern that thousands of buy-to-let landlords could face fines and possibly even prosecution for failing to sign up...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New renting platform cuts ‘out the middle agent’ to ensure ‘happier tenancies’

A new online property letting website backed by newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror has been launched, offering to cut out the role...

08 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

Aldermore unveils limited edition BTL remortgage deals

Aldermore has launched two new limited edition five-year fixed rate remortgage deals aimed at buy-to-let landlords as the specialist lender looks...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposit protection training for landlords

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) will continue to offer buy-to-let landlords across the country special training on tenancy deposit schemes, as...

05 October 2017

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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

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Landlords urged to adopt a more professional approach

In an attempt to improve standards in the private rented sector, a London-based letting agent is calling on buy-to-let landlords to adopt...

22 August 2017

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A growing number of people are ‘coming to rely on the private rental sector’

A generation is being priced out of the housing market with homeownership levels set to fall further as younger people are...

10 August 2017

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Rents bounce back in July but London weak – HomeLet

UK rental prices returned to growth in July, the first rise recorded for three months, according to the latest HomeLet Rental...

07 August 2017

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Landlord confidence falls as tax burden increases

Landlord confidence declined across all key indicators during the second quarter of the year, the latest quarterly index from BM Solutions...

31 July 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

01 June 2017

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Unlicensed landlords with properties in Wales could be ‘breaking the law’

Unlicensed landlords with properties in Wales are being urged to register ‘to avoid legal action’, regardless of where they are based...

16 May 2017

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Reform the private rented sector so that it is fit for purpose, says expert

Stronger enforcement and streamlining of legislation in the private rental sector is urgently required to ensure the abolishment of what is in...

10 May 2017

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Cash-strapped millenials renting in the UK are struggling to live alone

Young private renters are facing staggering new hurdles to simply live alone and make a decent wage, new research shows.   Those attempting...

08 May 2017

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Call for rental sector reform to ‘protect landlords’ rights’ when evicting tenants

The private rental sector is in urgent need of reform to make it easier and less costly for buy-to-let landlords to...

04 May 2017

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Number of landlords looking to expand their portfolio falls to record-low

There has been a sharp fall in the number of landlords looking to expand their buy-to-let portfolios, according to the latest...

28 April 2017

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Just the two of us: Building a successful landlord-tenant relationship

Since 2004, the private rental sector has almost doubled in size to 4.5 million households. This may be good news, but this...

25 April 2017

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Rents rising ‘significantly below’ the general rate of inflation

Rental price growth in the UK remains sluggish, the latest HomeLet Rental Index shows. The annual rate of rental price inflation reached...

24 April 2017

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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

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

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

14 April 2017

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Tenant fees ban could leave landlords facing lengthy void periods

Changes to letting agent fees could lead to increased rent arrears and higher repossessions as a consequence of a potential reduction...

28 March 2017

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Vida Homeloans reduces buy-to-let rates by up to 0.6%

Vida Homeloans has cut its buy-to-let tracker and fixed rate mortgage rates by up to 0.6% as the lender looks to...

26 March 2017

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The government is ‘wiping out the buy-to-let economy’

Philip Hammond’s failure to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms will have far-reaching implications for the buy-to-let...

09 March 2017

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Aldermore cuts buy-to-let mortgage rate

Aldermore has reduced its buy-to-let mortgage rate by 0.2% as the lender looks to expand by targeting the private rental sector. The...

08 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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Private tenants are ‘enduring cold conditions’ out of fear of eviction

A high number of tenants in the private rented sector feel as though they are being left with little alternative but...

10 February 2017

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Maintenance reporting added to private landlord app

Private landlords who use Rentr, the property management app, can now take full advantage of a new complete maintenance reporting solution...

09 February 2017

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Landlords need ‘protection against rogue tenants’

The government has vowed to offer private renters extra protections and safeguards, as set out in the long-awaited white paper yesterday,...

08 February 2017

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Leaked email exposes unregistered landlords

An investigation has been launched after details of hundreds of landlords who have not yet registered on a Wales-wide scheme were...

06 February 2017

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Almost one in ten homes could become unrentable by 2018

Nearly one in ten properties currently available on the rental market could become unrentable by 2018 if government plans for new...

20 December 2016

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Modest annual growth as rents hit ‘an affordability ceiling’

Annual rental price growth reached 3.1% in November taking the average UK rent to £898 per month, which although higher than November...

16 December 2016

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Rents predicted to increase 15% by 2020

Rents across the UK are set to rise considerably faster than house prices over the next three years, according to the...

12 December 2016

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Thousands of landlords could face fines for illegally renting out properties

There is growing concern that thousands of buy-to-let landlords could face fines and possibly even prosecution for failing to sign up...

28 November 2016

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

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

23 November 2016

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Midnight deadline looms for landlords to register in Wales

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

22 November 2016

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Rent growth continued to slow in September

Annual rental growth slowed to 3% in September, which is the lowest rate of increase this year, HomeLet’s latest Rental Index has...

14 October 2016

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Rent rises are inevitable after tax clampdown on buy-to-let

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

12 October 2016

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Trade association calls for reversal of stamp duty hike on BTL homes

The chancellor Philip Hammond is being urged to reverse George Osborne’s outright assault on buy-to-let by scrapping the 3% stamp duty...

03 October 2016

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The rise of middle-aged renters

A growing number of private renters are now older than 40, a fundamental shift over the past decade that reflects the...

21 September 2016

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Buy-to-let moving towards ‘an era of professionalism’

Recent changes hitting buy-to-landlords, including the introduction of a 3% stamp duty surcharge and cuts to mortgage interest tax relief next...

20 September 2016

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Thousands of landlords have not signed up to Rent Smart Wales

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

15 September 2016

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Private rental sector continues to grow, says TDS

There has been a significant increase in the amount of tenancy deposits taken on assured shorthold tenancies in England and Wales...

14 September 2016

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Rents continue to rise in August

The rental market remains steady in the face of the various economic and political headwinds the sector has faced recently, according...

07 September 2016

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Pace of rental growth slows across UK, says HomeLet

Rents on new tenancies continued to increase across most parts of the UK over the three months to July, albeit at...

09 August 2016

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Edinburgh remains a ‘sound investment’ for landlords

There has been a sharp rise in interest from landlords in Edinburgh since the EU referendum, reflecting increased confidence in the...

01 August 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

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Rents continue to rise across the UK

Rents on new tenancies rose across most parts of the UK over the three months to June, albeit at a slower...

12 July 2016

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Investors want extra stamp duty scrapped

Professional investors should be exempt from the recently introduced 3% stamp duty surcharge, according to the Better Renting for Britain campaign. Some of...

06 June 2016

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Tenants face rent rises as supply of rental properties falls

Tenants are facing higher rents as the supply of rental properties continues to fall due to George Osborne’s hefty, punitive tax...

01 June 2016

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Brand new letting app for landlords

A brand new DIY letting app designed specifically for independent landlords has been launched. The Rentr app has been designed to give landlords...

18 May 2016

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

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

09 May 2016

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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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New custodial deposit schemes for landlords

Two new custodial deposit schemes have launched, meaning landlords who prefer a custodial deposit scheme now have a choice of three...

01 April 2016

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Stamp duty hike will push up rents, say letting agents

The new stamp duty reforms for buy-to-let properties, coming into effect on 1sApril will increase rent costs for tenants and trigger...

24 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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Property experts says tax changes will lead to higher rents

One of the country‘s leading rental sector analysts is warning that tax changes for landlords’ mortgage interest relief, and the imminent...

11 February 2016

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Rental supply and demand both down, according to ARLA

A seasonal lull kicked in as the supply of available rental properties dropped, alongside falling demand, according to the Association of...

26 January 2016

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Build To Rent will be 5% of private rented sector by 2020 says agent

Funding by large-scale investors into Britain’s burgeoning Build To Rent sector is set to triple by 2020 according to Knight Frank.  The...

10 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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Rent Smart Wales goes live

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

23 November 2015

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DCLG rogue landlords consultation outcome published

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

16 November 2015

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 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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Brent receives over 5,000 property licence applications

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

20 August 2015

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Is the Government back-tracking over longer-term tenancies?

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has backtracked on suggestions that the government may introduce longer standard tenancy agreements in the private rental...

18 August 2015

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Rents up 11.8% since this time last year

Rent prices continue to rise across the UK, with many diverse regions now keeping pace with, or exceeding, the pace of...

11 August 2015

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Well actually … most tenants are perfectly happy with their landlords

Research commissioned by specialist buy-to-let lender, Paragon Mortgages shows that 81 per cent of tenants living in the private rented sector...

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

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

22 May 2015

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Conservatives “will make life easier for landlords”

As David Cameron announced his cabinet, Brian Murphy of the Mortgage Advice Bureau has said that the new Government will make...

12 May 2015

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NLA urges last-gasp lobby to oppose Labour

Property industry figures opposed to Labour plans to impose three year tenancies and rent caps should lobby candidates in a bid...

01 May 2015

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Huge rise in referrals to The Property Ombudsman

There was a 42% rise in referrals to The Property Ombudsman (TPO) last year according to the annual report for 2014. TPO...

22 April 2015

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