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KEYWORD "Private Tenants" - 180 RESULTS
Arrears to rocket if Universal Credit cut is pushed says charity

A £360m ‘wall of rent debt’ built up during the pandemic, combined with cuts to Universal Credit, threatens to leave hundreds...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council chief says licensing deters “criminal landlords”

A London council is urging landlords to check whether their properties require licensing under a new scheme introduced this month. Enfield’s new...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Law Breakers: Shelter slams landlords for “criminal behaviour”

Campaigning charity Shelter has made a shocking attack on landlords, claiming many of them are acting illegally. It claims 45 per cent...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets In Lets: MPs urge government to enable tenants to keep animals

A respected political website claims that over 30 MPs from a range of political parties have written to the Housing Secretary...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Agents urge ‘gentle caution’ after political pledges

The letting agents’ trade body ARLA Propertymark has made a very cautious approach to the Scottish Government over its strident pledge...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent control momentum grows - petition nears 50,000 signatures

A petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners is now nearing its 50,000...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Here They Come: Rent controls to be introduced in part of the UK

Rent controls, possibly ensuring that rents do not exceed 25 per cent of household income, are poised to be introduced into...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

 Generous Landlords: almost half slashed rents during pandemic

Some 46 per cent of landlords reduced monthly rent payments for their tenants because of the pandemic, according to research from...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

First ever ‘ASBO Injunction’ served on landlord to stop illegal eviction

Camden council in north London has become the first local authority to secure an anti-social behaviour injunction against a landlord in...

30 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

Tiny number of tenants bother with contents insurance

An insurer says only seven per cent of private tenants bother to get contents insurance. GoCompare says approximately one in five UK...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New petition calls for rent controls and additional home taxes

A petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners has got 42,000 backers -...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Present and past private tenants to play major role in city housing strategy

Private tenants in a major city are being invited to take up a voluntary role helping to shape the local rental...

22 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

Landlords fear thousands of tenants will now fail referencing

Tenants with arrears accumulated during the pandemic are finding it tough to secure alternative accommodation because their credit scores have been...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Surge in tenants seeking charity advice - claim

A charity claims it’s seen increasing numbers of private tenants seeking help, just as the bailiff enforced eviction ban has ended...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council offer of help to landlords as bailiff-enforced eviction ban ends

A council in the north of England is offering help to landlords and private rental tenants as the bailiff-enforced eviction ban...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Taxpayers should pay Covid tenant rent arrears, say councils

The umbrella group representing London councils wants the government to use taxpayer money to help private tenants with Covid-related arrears. The call...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activist group wants more “engagement” between councils and tenants

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

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Guilty: Landlord admits throwing tenant out illegally

Landlord Antanas Klibavicius has pleaded guilty to illegally evicting his tenant and not taking any steps towards ending the tenancy properly...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Will these 10 points ensure tenants get their deposits back?

An interiors company claims a 10 point guide for private tenants will ensure they get all of their deposit back when...

17 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

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

Battling Baroness says S21 notices ‘pull rug from beneath tenants’ feet’

The Baroness who leads the Generation Rent campaign has made a sharp attack on section 21 notices. Baroness Alicia Kennedy says: “A Section 21...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists want Rent Control Board to limit rent rises

A pressure group for tenants wants the next Mayor of London to win powers from the government to reduce rents, through a...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back MPs’ call for clear exit plan from eviction ban era

The landlords’ trade body has backed a call from MPs demanding a clear exit strategy at the end of the latest...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban Own Goal: more tenants to lose their homes as a result

In the first anniversary of the initial ban on repossessions, it appears the move has backfired spectacularly. Research for the National Residential...

26 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

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

Council teaching tenants how to reclaim rent from landlords

A London council is running what it describes as “an innovative project” to help private tenants reclaim rent from landlords who...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Clear 700,000 private tenants’ arrears, demand Generation Rent

Generation Rent campaign activists say 700,000 private tenants on Universal Credit cannot afford to pay their rent. The campaign - led by...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Lords passes token vote urging more protection for tenants

The House of Lords has narrowly voted for a low-key motion expressing regret that the current eviction ban measures do not offer more...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour wants more eviction evidence after Wrongful Termination Order

The Scottish Labour Party has written to the SNP government of that country to demand more protection for private tenants. Labour housing...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

All change: worried tenants rethinking how and where they want to live

Around half of renters are worried about financial security thanks to Coronavirus - and many are concerned their landlords will sell up. Aldermore Bank,...

22 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

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

Private tenants want Flood Performance Certificates - claim

The government-backed reinsurance service Flood Re claims there’s substantial tenant support for the introduction of a Flood Performance Certificate. An FPC, similar...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants get more help from private landlords than social landlords

Private landlords have been giving more help to tenants who cannot pay their rent as a result of Covid than those...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords set out key reform demands ahead of election

The National Residential Landlords Association has released its manifesto for the 2021 Welsh Parliament elections - and it makes the case...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

HMOs may be endangering tenants’ health claims YMCA chief

A YMCA chief executive claims the proliferation of HMOs may be endangering private tenants’ health by encouraging overcrowding and undersized-rooms. Alan Fraser,...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants invited to complete anonymous Coronavirus survey

Councils in North Wales want to find out how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting private tenants. Nearly one in five households in...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

MP wants controls over HMOs used as supported accommodation

Labour MP Steve McCabe has introduced a 10 Minute Rule Bill into the House of Commons to address the problems of HMO’s being...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stop lockdown evictions now! Generation Rent renews its demand

Generation Rent says there should be a reinstatement of the eviction ban immediately, and appears to have been stung into the...

05 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

Landlords “not taking their share of the Covid crisis” says academic

A visiting professor and accountancy academic claims landlords are not carrying their fair share of the financial burden caused by the...

03 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

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

Is there a witch-hunt of landlords in the Labour Party?

A Labour activist claiming to represent tenants is putting the squeeze on party members who are also landlords. An article on the Labour...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Council introduces fresh strategy to improve conditions for private tenants

A new strategy has been launched today by Westminster City Council to help raise standards for tenants who rent privately.  Westminster, which...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands ‘extra powers to stop renters being evicted’

Shelter is calling for greater protection for renters facing financial difficulties.  The extended ban on evictions announced on Friday will not be...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Camden Council renew their additional landlord licensing scheme

Camden Council has approved the renewal of landlord licensing in the borough, extending the licensing to most Houses in Multiple Occupation...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

A flawed plan: ‘Rent controls are complex to introduce and deeply controversial’

The recent decision to abolish The Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill demonstrates the difficulty of introducing lettings regulation amid ongoing uncertainty, while...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ‘is not’ an inevitable outcome for tenants facing financial hardship

Concerns over a spike in evictions once the current ban is lifted are unfounded, according to the National Residential Landlords Association...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New rental protection service launched to ‘protect’ landlords

Portico has teamed up with Goodlord to offer a new rent protection service.  The Goodlord insurance policy is designed to allow Portico’s...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Council seeks government approval to renew landlord licensing scheme

Croydon Council has applied for government consent to renew the borough’s landlord licensing scheme that makes sure privately-let properties meet key...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Households could save £8,638 by end of 2020 if they maintain spending habits

The Covid-19 pandemic has left many people, including private renters, facing financial difficulty, leading to some concerns that there will be...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New service aims to reduce disputes over rent arrears

The Dispute Service (TDS) has launched a new service to help reduce tenant and landlord disputes over rent arrears.  TDS Resolution is...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Many private tenants ‘terrified’ that the eviction ban is coming to an end

The government’s decision to not extend the ban on landlords evicting renters beyond 23 August is a major concern for many...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Private renters are ‘increasingly satisfied with their housing’

Buy-to-let landlords have been commended for improving conditions in the private rented sector.  The majority of landlords take their responsibilities to their...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Many renters ‘are in danger of being evicted when the current ban lifts’ - claim

The number of private tenants in England who have fallen behind on rent has doubled during the coronavirus pandemic, according to...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New electrical safety rules to ensure that private tenants are protected

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

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Is the government planning to extend the ban on evictions?

There are growing concerns that buy-to-let landlords could be banned from evicting private tenants beyond next month due to the coronavirus...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA welcomes call for package to support tenants hit by coronavirus

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) supports calls for a package of measures from the government to support tenants affected by...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government’s job retention scheme extended until end of June

The government has extended its wage-subsidy programme for workers until the end of June, which should help ensure many private tenants are...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour calls for rent payments to be scrapped for three months

Labour is urging the government to permit private tenants who are struggling to pay their rent due to the coronavirus epidemic to...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New plans to impose a six-month ban on evictions of private tenants

Buy-to-let landlords could be banned from evicting private tenants in Scotland for up to six months if the Scottish government’s plans...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Organisations welcome government action to support landlords and tenants

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Brent Council’s application to extend its selective licensing scheme is rejected

Brent Council’s application to extend its selective licensing scheme in the north west London ward has been rejected by central government.  Brent...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are providing private tenants with long-term security

Whether a matter of choice or necessity, most private renters need long-term security and the vast majority of private landlords are...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Next UK government urged to ‘reduce’ upfront costs for tenants

The next UK government must do more to reduce the burden on private tenants by reducing upfront costs associated with renting...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shared ownership is a viable option for renters aiming to get onto housing ladder

With the number of renters across the UK more than doubling since 2001, there has been a sharp rise in the...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA sets out industry demands ahead of general election

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

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Three quarters of private tenants happy to remain renting

Fresh research shows that just a quarter of private tenants in the UK are interested in purchasing property in the near...

23 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

The majority of private tenants don’t want to buy a home, research shows

Most private tenants are not currently interested in buying a property, fresh research shows.  Just 42% of tenants are interested in purchasing...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are worried about the prospect of a Labour government

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

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords could lose £50bn under Labour’s ‘right to buy’ tenant plan

The Labour Party’s planned ‘right to buy’ policy could cost landlords almost £50bn, an average of £18,400 each, according to calculations...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords should fear the prospect of a Corbyn-led government - claim

The prospect of a general election is looming large after Boris Johnson signalled his determination to trigger a snap vote on...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Cabinet ministers supplementing salaries via buy-to-let investments

A number of MPs are currently earning rental income from properties let to private tenants, including eight ministers in Boris Johnson’s...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter urged to go back to drawing board on tenancy proposal

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has urged Shelter to go back to the drawing board after calling for England to adopt...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New Universal Credit system will see rent be paid directly to landlords

Significant changes are being made to the Universal Credit system that will see the housing element of the benefit paid directly...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Government set to abolish Section 21

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

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Two landlords in West Sussex lose appeal against CPNs

Two landlords who let substandard properties in Lancing and Southwick have had their appeals against Civil Penalty Notices (CPNs) rejected. Adur District...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme set to cost landlords £1,200

Buy-to-let landlords will need to pay £1,200 for a licence to rent their properties in Bristol as part of the local...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Haringey approves plan to introduce borough-wide additional licensing

Haringey Borough Council has given the go-ahead for borough-wide additional licensing to be introduced from 27 May 2019 for Houses in...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Proportion of income spent on rent by private tenants has fallen

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

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord handed £66k fine for operating unlicensed HMOs in Luton

Luton Council has successfully prosecuted an unscrupulous landlord for letting three unlicensed houses in which several people lived in squalor. Zenith Accommodation...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Cost of renting in the private sector falls

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

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Affordability is the most important factor for private tenants, study finds

Affordability is the overriding priority for renters of all ages when looking for private rented accommodation, according to a survey of...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents jailed for conning landlords and tenants

Three rogue directors of a letting agency in London who conned at least landlords and tenants out of more than £105,000 were...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The Scottish rental market – 2018 overview

It’s been a busy year in terms of legislation in the Scottish lettings industry. The introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Draconian tax changes shouldn’t spell the end for buy-to-let landlords

It’s now three years since the then Conservative Chancellor George Osborne introduced a series of measures aimed, principally, at cooling the...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants left £105,000 out of pocket by rogue letting agents

At least 19 landlords and tenants have been left £105,000 out of pocket by unscrupulous letting agents who ran London-based letting...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Private tenants want long-term security even after the landlord sells

Almost fourth-fifths of renters do not want to move property due to a change in ownership, a fresh study shows. The research,...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants set to be handed power to sue landlords over property conditions

Tenants look set to be given more powers to take action against rogue landlords renting out properties “unfit for human habitation”,...

29 October 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

Almost a third of renters saw rents increase in September

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

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour wants to offer private tenants greater power

Labour plans to abolish legislation permitting private landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason. Section 21 notices, which have been in...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost half of private tenants would prefer deposit-free renting

Close to half of private renters would like to see tenant deposits scrapped and replaced with deposit protection insurance, according to...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More than a third of tenants don’t know how to claim their deposit back

A high number of private tenants do not know how to claim their deposit back, a new survey has revealed. Research by...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government scraps plans to introduce three-year tenancies

The government appears to have scrapped proposals that will give tenants a minimum three-year contract. According to an article in The Sun...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords need to be able to ‘regain their property’ when things go wrong

A proposal to scrap Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, the clause which allows landlords to evict tenants without cause, would...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Why would landlords want rent in arrears when they can get paid up front?

Thousands of private landlords across the country understandably reject housing benefit claimants despite accusations that they are discriminating against those on...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents likely to rise as Bank of England increases interest rate to 0.75%

Many buy-to-let landlords have so far refrained from passing on extra costs to tenants despite feeling the squeeze from a stamp duty...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Most private tenants are happy with their homes

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

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Tougher electrical safety standards needed to protect private tenants

Tougher electrical safety standards for rented properties north of the border are needed to protect private tenants, according to a leading...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

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

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new selective licensing scheme

BTL landlords in Redbridge will have to abide by tougher rules after new rental licensing conditions proposed by Redbridge Council were...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to focus on improving conditions in the PRS

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

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid uncovers tenants living in unsafe conditions

An ‘unsafe’ house in multiple occupation (HMO) in north London has been uncovered by enforcement officers from Brent Council following a...

17 April 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

Council urged to get tough on Airbnb-style rentals

A north London council is being encouraged to take a tough stance on reported Airbnb and equivalent style rentals in an...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent welcomes plan for new rental complaints system

Plans to introduce a new rental complaints system to help support private tenants who are forced to live in shoddy housing...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Open Banking is ‘proving popular’ with tenants – claim

A growing number of private tenants are signing up to Open Banking, involving several banks, which was launched in the UK...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to get tough on rogue landlords

Rotherham Council wants to do more to protect private tenants by using tougher new laws to clamp down on rogue landlords. Local...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial Section 21 evictions investigated by tonight’s BBC Panorama

Do private tenants deserve more protection in terms long-term right to stay in a property, or would new rules make the...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New complaints system targets rogue landlords

A new rental complaints system has been proposed to help support private tenants who are forced to live in shoddy housing...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new PRS licensing scheme

A proposal to introduce a new licensing scheme for privately rented homes in Nottingham has been given the green light by...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

The government is “in the pockets of rogue landlords”, says Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Tory government of intentionally not fixing the housing crisis after revelations that thousands of...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the health and safety of your tenants being unwittingly compromised?

As a landlord you will undoubtedly be aware that you are responsible for the safety of your tenants, and that includes...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

West Suffolk councils approve new powers to combat rogue landlords

West Suffolk councils have agreed to clamp down on dodgy landlords by adopting new powers to tackle them, following a joint...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Legislation and technology is giving more power to tenants

As the letting fees ban looms ahead, it is clear that however it plays out we are seeing more and more...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost a quarter of tenants spend over half their pay on rent

Nearly a quarter of private tenants in the UK are spending more than half their take-home pay on rent, new figures...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Around 1.6 million rental homes at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning

Almost a third of rental properties in the UK are potentially at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to new research. The study, carried...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Landlord fined for putting tenants at ‘serious risk of death’

A private landlord in Liverpool has been handed a hefty fine for putting his tenants at risk of fire. Following an inspection...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Council approve revised selective licensing scheme

City councillors in Nottingham have approved a new licensing scheme aimed at improving housing standards in the city’s private rented sector.  Following...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Paying rent ‘in full and on time’ should boost a tenant’s credit score, says RLA

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

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Redbridge Council launches new licensing scheme

A new property licensing scheme has been introduced by Redbridge Council in order to crack down on rogue landlords – and...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Overseas landlords shun UK housing market after tax hikes

The number of overseas investors with buy-to-let properties has dropped sharply after a tax and regulatory clampdown, reducing the number of...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Plan to introduce landlord licence in Nottingham approved

Private landlords in Nottingham may soon have to obtain a licence after plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme were given...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rents increase by 1.8%, says ONS

UK rental prices paid by private tenants rose by 1.8% in the 12 months to June 2017, fresh figures from the...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New charter to protect private tenants in Tower Hamlets

After lobbying Tower Hamlets Council for three years, private renters in the east London district have finally been granted a new...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Do you meet new scheme’s ethical letting standards?

A new ‘Rent with Confidence’ scheme, which features a list of approved landlords and letting agents, has been created by local...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of older tenants

There has been a significant increase in the number of people renting homes when they retire over the past decade, according...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lack of due diligence could have ‘financial implication for landlords’

Following a recent report which claimed that one third of private tenants would not tell their landlord if they did significant...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

A number of tenants would try to hide damage from landlords

One third of private tenants would not tell their landlord if they did significant damage to their rental property, fresh research...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to allow tenants to personalise their rental properties

Landlords should be more open-minded to tenants’ requests to make home improvements to their rental properties, according to the Association of...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

PRS charity project awarded £250k lottery funding

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

22 February 2017

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Landlord fined for failing to make safety improvements

A landlord who failed to comply with an Improvement Notice and carry out essential repairs to his property was ordered to...

17 February 2017

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Tenants’ backlash against Santander over mortgage clause continues

Santander continues to face the wrath of private tenants after it emerged last month that there is a clause in its...

16 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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The government’s private rented sector policy is ‘hypocritical’

New housing policies affecting the private rented sector, including longer tenancies, boosting the supply of much needed housing and plans to...

08 February 2017

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Free landlord tax tutorials – download them now!

A series of tax tutorials have been launched for buy-to-let landlords and their professional advisers by Property118 and The Landlords Union. These...

25 January 2017

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Council launches consultation on new selective licensing scheme

Nottingham City Council has launched a public consultation on plans to introduce a selective landlord licensing scheme in the city. The consultation,...

19 January 2017

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Tenants’ union needed to improve ‘mediocre’ renting conditions

A major think-tank wants to see the government help hand back power to tenants, enabling them to improve conditions in the...

16 January 2017

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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

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Are you aware of your obligations as a landlord?

Landlord obligations can be difficult. Electrical safety, fire safety, deposit protection, licensing and consent, the list is endless - leaving some...

21 December 2016

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Government consults over ‘banning orders’ for rogue landlords

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

17 December 2016

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Scrapping agent fees set to lead to higher rents

Letting agents in England will be banned from charging fees to tenants under plans announced by the chancellor in his Autumn...

24 November 2016

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Renting is now cheaper than buying in 84% of UK

It is now cheaper to make monthly rent payments than pay for a mortgage in 84% of the UK, new figures...

08 November 2016

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

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

31 October 2016

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Harrow Council to impose new licensing rules on landlords

Harrow Council will take fresh measures to tackle rogue landlords by introducing new licensing schemes next week in Wealdstone and Edgware,...

27 October 2016

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New landlord checking service launched

Private tenants can now verify a landlord's credentials for any UK rental opportunity following the launch of a new landlord checking...

20 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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Private rents rose 2.3% in August – ONS

Average rents paid by private tenants increased by 2.3% in the 12 months to August 2016, as demand for rental housing...

30 September 2016

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Thousands of private landlords suffer abuse from tenants

Thousands of private tenants claim to have suffered abuse at the hands of landlords according to Shelter, which include threats, assaults...

23 September 2016

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Bad eviction advice can prove costly

Unfortunately for private landlords looking to regain possession of their rental home, private tenants are often advised by local councils and...

15 September 2016

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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

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New initiative enables tenants to strengthen credit score

Landlords in Merseyside may now have a better chance of attracting quality tenants thanks to the introduction of a new initiative...

31 August 2016

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More than £9bn in housing benefits paid to private landlords last year

Private landlords pocketed in the region of £9.3bn in housing benefit last year – double the amount they received a decade...

22 August 2016

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New licensing scheme to cost landlords upwards of £650 a year

A new additional property licensing scheme has been introduced this week for landlords operating in the London borough of Barnet in north...

07 July 2016

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Scottish rents reach record high

The average rent paid by private tenants in Scotland hit a record high of £549 per month in May, compared with...

24 June 2016

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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

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Right to Buy should be extended to private tenants, says report

A radical proposal initially put forward by the leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, to extend the Right to Buy...

13 June 2016

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Housing Minister wades into eviction debate

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

22 March 2016

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NLA speaks out about councils’ bailiffs advice

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

29 January 2016

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Generation Rent calling for compensation for evicted tenants

Campaign group Generation Rent is calling for tenants who are served notice to leave a property to be compensated by landlords.  The...

28 January 2016

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

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

08 October 2015

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Corbyn would introduce right-to-buy in private sector

Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn would introduce right-to-buy for private tenants if he came to power. Corbyn has a published his proposed...

07 August 2015

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