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KEYWORD "Regulation" - 732 RESULTS
Council heralds “fantastic result” ending in a fine for landlord

A landlord has been ordered by a court to pay over £6,000 after admitting a string of regulation breaches.  Juliet Petrovic, of...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords outline financial losses caused by Covid

A new survey has revealed the scale of financial losses incurred by landlords during the early period of the pandemic. The study of...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Five Top Tips for landlords for Gas Safety Week

It’s Gas Safety Week and supplier Ideal Heating has produced five top tips for landlords. - 1. Check your appliances for warning signs -...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Solved? More landlords and tenants try to settle disputes without arbitration

More landlords and tenants are opting to solve disputes independently, saving them weeks of waiting and potential stress caused by lengthy...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council threat to landlords - Go Green or we’ll fine you

A council is threatening to fine private landlords whose properties do not meet energy efficiency standards. Darlington council’s cabinet will meet next...

03 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

Well over £700 fee for UK’s largest-ever HMO licensing scheme

Landlords must pay well over £700 for entry into what is now the UK’s largest ever HMO licensing scheme, at Westminster...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New Landlords Beware - hidden charges trap the inexperienced

Home repairs service Rightio has provided a useful checklist of the hidden costs of being a landlord. Many seasoned hands will...

26 August 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

Tenancy Deposit changes coming as MPs receive first-ever history

The first-ever history of Tenancy Deposit legislation, legal challenges and proposed future changes has been published by the House of Commons...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb fights back against criticism of short lets

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

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring Rent Repayment Orders and fines for landlords in two months

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

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined thousand after fire rips through illegal HMO

A landlord has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds by magistrates after a bedroom fire revealed tenants were living in...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed - landlord guilty of “atrocious case of mistreatment”

A rogue landlord who allowed vulnerable tenants to live in conditions without windows, proper washing facilities or fire safety measures at...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council claims landlord licensing helps stop falling house prices

Residents and landlords are to be consulted by yet another council wanting to renew its selective licensing regime - saying it...

14 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

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

Will new Bill help landlords caught in cladding crisis?

The government claims its new Building Safety Bill, published yesterday, will create “lasting generational change” after Grenfell and the cladding crisis...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Outdated! Some rental regulations date back to 18th century

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

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council wants to stop rogue landlord letting out homes anywhere

A council has gone on record saying it’s trying to stop a rogue landlord from letting out any property anywhere, ever...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

More new landlords replacing those quitting sector, survey shows

Nearly a million landlords plan to review their buy to let portfolios over the next two years with the number planning...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Is London’s international tenant market coming back at last?

The London international rental market, a long-term victim of the pandemic and travel restrictions, appears to be improving at last. High profile...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal Wrap: a summary of law changes impacting landlords

Landlord Today readers will be more than aware that legal changes happen often these days, and it can be understandably challenging...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

 New guidance given to first time landlords

The Association of Residential Landlords Association - part of Propertymark - has issued guidance to first time landlords letting out property.  Check...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb’s ‘responsible’ approach to short lets welcomed by trade body

Airbnb says it’s working to consider new approaches to short-term letting and the burgeoning holiday lets sector - and this has...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Civil Penalty Notice then a fine after HMO regulations breached

The Rogue Landlord Team of a local authority has triggered a civil penalty notice resulting in a fine of over £21,000...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord caught out over HMO housing migrant shift workers

Rogue landlord Siddika Begum of Salisbury has been prosecuted for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation in the town. Begum...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Outright ban on buy to let under debate in one part of the UK

It may not be a typical part of the country but on one of the Channel Islands there is now a...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Next Buy To Let growth sector identified by investment bank

Investment bank and wealth management consultancy Arbuthnot Latham predicts the next big growth area for buy to let will be Houses...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Message to government: Help landlords and support private renting, or else

One of the leading industry suppliers has given a warning to government that continual regulation and legal changes restricting landlords will...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Review compliance procedures or risk prosecution, landlords warned

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

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Warning to landlords over eviction paperwork change

Landlords are being warned of an urgent change to the arrears process thanks to the launch of the government’s Breathing Space...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

No widespread sell-off by landlords despite attacks on buy to let

New figures show that there is no widespread sell-off by landlords, despite the tax and regulation changes of recent years. Data from...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord to hand over 18 properties to experts after £30,000 fine

A landlord has been handed nearly £30,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to maintenance and safety failures at three...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Are you prepared to give more property details to letting agents?

Several high-flying lettings sector bodies say rental properties advertised on portals should carry much more upfront information. This means landlords who use agents...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord, 86, fined after rat droppings found at unsafe HMO

A landlord has been fined £6,000 for failing to properly maintain a HMO in Reading. Nidan Singh, 76, has also been ordered to...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock as council reveals new HMO licensing will costs over £1,000

Salford council in Greater Manchester is to introduce landlord licensing for HMOs where three or four tenants live - and the...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords face bill of over £60,000 over multiple housing offences

Two landlords of a property in East London have been ordered to pay costs and fines totalling £61,057.05 after they were prosecuted...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord and property company hit with £50,000 in fines and costs

A property company and its sole director landlord have been convicted and ordered to pay more than £50,000 in fines and...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Most landlords have doubts about staying in buy to let sector - survey

A survey of 20,000 landlords by a comparison website suggests 53 per cent are uncertain if they want to remain in buy to...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Council action means £90,000 bill for landlord and company

A landlord and a property company have a total of over £90,000 to pay after being found guilty of 27 charges...

13 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

Rogue landlord clobbered with ‘record’ five figure fine

A rogue landlord has been hit with a bill of £48,000 - a record for the council which brought the prosecution. Tariq...

01 April 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

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

Serial offender landlord in court again over HMO health and safety

A serial-offender landlord has been fined for putting tenants at serious harm from fire and exposing them to substandard and dangerous conditions. Nilendu...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords to face tougher fire regulations in HMOs and blocks

Landlords and managing agents of HMOs could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ comments wanted on concept of investing in empty homes

With buy to let and traditional commercial property both under challenge thanks to government regulations and Coronavirus, the government is now...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting prompts court action against rogue tenant

A tenant who sub-let a property by falsely claiming to be its owner has been given a criminal record.  Sonia Nascimento rented...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Confiscation order for landlord after illegal property conversion

A landlord who illegally turned a London property into 13 flats has been hit by nearly £200,000 in fines, costs and...

11 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

Falling out of love with buy to let? You’re not alone…

A new survey suggests that landlords are less enthusiastic than in the past about buy to let. The study 1,004 UK landlords...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

It CAN be done - Landlord loan scheme extended

Scottish private sector landlords and tenants who face financial difficulties caused by the pandemic have more time to access support after...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid arrears not such a big problem according to new survey

A major survey of landlords, tenants and letting agents suggests Covid-related arrears may not be the big problem as some fear. The...

02 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

Hefty bill for landlords who ignored council Prohibition Orders

Two landlords have to pay almost £8,000 for letting their flats in defiance of a Prohibition Order.  The order came into force...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail for landlord and shop owner after death of tenant

Two men - one a landlord, the other a shopkeeper- have been jailed after being found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter. Mushtaq...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb landlord and tenant fined for breaking Covid lockdown

The owner of a property used for an illegal party has been fined by a London council for breaking lockdown. Police were called...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail term for landlord failing to maintain gas appliances

A landlord has been sentenced for failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental property in accordance with the law. Swansea magistrates’...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Advice to landlords on changes to Electrical Safety Standards

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

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

“Nobody should have to live like this” - shocking rogue landlords case

Two landlords who illegally let a London property without providing proper washing facilities or tackling serious fire hazards have been taken to...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tradespeople are victims of ‘cowboy customers’ shows new study

Many landlords may be all-too-familiar with cowboy builders but new research reveals a problem with ‘cowboy customers’ robbing tradespeople of income. Mobile...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior Tory stands up for landlords suffering long-term arrears

A senior Conservative peer and consumer campaigner has spoken strongly in favour of landlords’ rights. In a House of Lords debate on...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords fined for ignoring regulations to keep tenants safe

Two men have been ordered to pay almost £8,000 for letting out flats in defiance of regulations designed to keep tenants...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

David Alexander is joint CEO of apropos

The last year has been one which has focused attention on dealing with the immediate, the here and now, in a...

04 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Rental sell-off inevitable if government pushes EPC changes - claim

Up to 50,000 rental homes in the countryside could be sold off if the government presses ahead with stricter energy efficiency...

04 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

Councils told: ‘Stop pushing ahead with licensing during Covid crisis’

Momentum is building against councils pushing ahead with licensing schemes despite the pandemic. Earlier this week ARLA Propertymark, the letting agents’ trade...

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

Police probe homes let by landlords contrary to Covid rules

Police in Devon say they will be cracking down on holiday homes let by landlords in contravention of Coronavirus lockdown rules...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Current eviction ban is “more balanced” says housing solicitor

The current extension to the eviction ban in England and Wales is “more balanced” than some past examples according to a...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s huge fine follows 33 HMO offences

A landlord who committed 33 offences at a property he owns has been issued with civil penalties totalling £50,500. Zaheer Uddin Babar,...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown makes electrical compliance harder, warns trade body

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

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Record fine for landlord letting out HMO with safety failings

A landlord has been hit with what a local authority calls a record £66,000 fine after being found guilty of letting...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Government to push Commonhold - but what is it?

The government is establishing a Commonhold Council - a partnership of leasehold groups, industry and government - that will prepare landlords,...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Many landlords optimistic about 2021, despite huge challenges - claim

Some 45 per cent of landlords remain optimistic about the year ahead, despite the obvious health and regulation challenges - and...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Move to regulate Airbnb and short lets opposed by pressure group

A move to regulate Airbnb and other short let platforms operating in Scotland has received a hostile welcome from a countryside...

15 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

Repeat offender landlord gets fine for not licensing properties

A landlord has been ordered to pay £3,928.44 after failing to licence two properties he has been letting out in Nottingham.  Jaswinder...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Short-lets chief advises tenants to “take the pub home” at Christmas

A leading figure in the short lets sector is advising tenants to “take the pub home” this Christmas. Merilee Karr, chair of...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Time for landlords to reflect and move forward

When 2020 began one of the biggest issues most landlords faced was the ending of tax relief introduced over four years...

01 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Regulator warns buy to let lenders to be strict on borrowers

The financial services regulator, the Prudential Regulation Authority, is warning mortgage lenders to be strict on their assessment of customers wanting...

30 November 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

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

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

Will landlords be caught in a Trading Standards clampdown?

The trading standards team charged with policing lettings and estate agents is to investigate whether a new guideline on referral fees...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tribunal upholds civil penalty notice and fine on landlord

A £4,550 fine has been upheld after an appeal by the landlord was rejected by a property tribunal. Fenland council served five...

19 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

HMO landlord fined £70,500 over homes in ‘shocking’ condition

A landlord who failed to properly look after two HMOs has been fined £70,500 by an Essex council. Lystra Dorval, of Ilford,...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Banks set to repossess substantial number of buy to lets - claim

A  leading property law firm says the government’s ‘eviction ban by the back door’ means many buy to let properties are...

10 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

What rental issues do landlords know most (and least) about?

A new survey suggests that one in five individual and multi-property landlords felt unprepared when they first started letting properties -...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits back at critics wanting tighter short lets regulation

Airbnb claims a proposal to regulate short lets could put 17,000 jobs at risk and take almost £1m a day out...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

The case for using an agent has got much stronger

The growth in the number of landlords and property investors in the UK has been astonishing over the last three decades....

02 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Advice for BTL landlords: How to operate successfully during a recession

The coronavirus crisis has hit the UK's economic outlook, and many buy-to-let landlords are understandably worried about their post-lockdown rental property...

30 October 2020

From: Conveyancing, Mortgages, Tax & Finance

National licensing of landlords “on the horizon” says regulation expert

A key member of the Regulation of Property Agents working party says the licensing of private landlords is “on the horizon”...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2020

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Asbestos: what are your responsibilities as a property owner?

It’s common knowledge that asbestos is a highly damaging group of microscopic fibres that can severely impact the health of our...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Carbon Monoxide detectors – What is the law on replacing expired alarms?

As all those responsible for managing property will be only too aware, landlords have many obligations under the laws and regulations...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

10 Essential Safety Requirements For New Landlords

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

29 October 2020

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Top tips to make your properties ‘gas secure’

Gas Safety Week is an annual event, that took place 14-20 September in 2020 and aims to raise awareness of gas safety...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

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

Landlord’s five figure fine for negligent management

A council has prosecuted a local landlord for failing to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of his tenants. Eastleigh council took...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Council imposes record fine on landlord with 54 HMO breaches

A collapsing ceiling, filthy facilities, and an abandoned car are among the dangerous defects leading to a Banbury landlord facing a...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for keeping tenant’s deposit in a tin

A landlord has been ordered to pay his ex-tenant £1,500 after failing to protect her deposit with an approved scheme. The Housing...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Notice period and other landlord-critical documents released

New versions of a model private residential tenancy agreement and other landlord-critical documentation have been issued by the Scottish Government. There’s also...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Asbestos Danger: reminder of landlords’ responsibilities

An environment services provider is reminding landlords of their responsibilities should asbestos be found in their properties. Although a high profile problem in the...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists accuse councils of doing nothing to stop retaliatory evictions

Generation Rent activists are back on the warpath, this time accusing councils of not doing enough - and sometimes nothing -...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Smoke alarms alert - are landlords keeping up with the law?

Over two million homes in England - that’s almost one in 10 - do not have a working smoke alarm according...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New editor takes over at Landlord Today

There’s a new editor of Landlord Today - Graham Norwood, currently editor of sister publications Letting Agent Today and Estate Agent...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in properties selling for above asking price as buyer demand spikes

One in eight properties sold for more than the original asking price in August as housing demand peaked following the chancellor’s...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Gas Safety Week: Top tips to make your properties ‘gas secure’

Landlords are being reminded this week that they are responsible for the safety of their tenants, as part of Gas Safety...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance to help landlords arrange student check-ins

The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) has issued new guidance to help student landlords in England and Wales arrange accommodation check-ins during the...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark reflects on changes to the notice periods

The length of notice periods landlords must provide tenants when using certain grounds for possession whilst the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New private rental electrical safety standards: What you need to know

New regulations on electrical safety standards for private rented accommodation have come into effect. Here is what landlords need to know. The ‘Electrical...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical  safety checks requested as part of short-let regulation

Electrical Safety First is calling for the introduction of mandatory electrical safety checks as part of the Scottish government’s plan to...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

UK Landlords need to prepare to survive these challenging times  By David Alexander, joint Managing Director of apropos

There has never been a harder time to be a landlord in the UK. The pressures that the last six months...

28 August 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

Recent rental boom could see a spike in number of electrical checks

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents could be required to process a high number of electrical checks (EICRs) if the recent upturn...

20 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

David Alexander, Joint Manager Director

Who are you? David Alexander What does it say on your business card? Joint Manager Director What is apropos? Apropos is a revolutionary...

05 August 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

NRLA joins forces with the Scottish Association of Landlords

Buy-to-let landlords who let properties in England, Wales and Scotland can now have joint membership of associations north and south of the...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Are you familiar with the new Electrical Safety Standards?

Buy-to-let landlords in England must now ensure that electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords need to assess how green their properties are right ‘now’

With just over a month until the opening of the Green Homes Grant, buy-to-let landlords in England should be in a...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital gains tax review: BTL landlords must ‘feel unfairly targeted’

Rishi Sunak is being urged not to increase capital gains tax, as part of the government’s attempts to claw back the...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in London’s East End forced to pay more than £100,000

Unscrupulous landlords in the East End of London been ordered to pay more than £100,000 over the past 12 months for...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New electrical safety rules to ensure that private tenants are protected

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

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Free virtual event aims to clarify new regulations

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

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance to help landlords arrange accommodation check-outs

The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) has issued fresh guidance to help students and landlords in England and Wales arrange accommodation check-outs...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The government’s attempt to remove cladding has been ‘too slow’

The government has been criticised by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) for taking far too long to remove all flammable cladding...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

NAPIT issues fresh electrical safety guidance for landlords and inspectors

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

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Guide for landlords: New electrical safety standards in the PRS

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

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents encouraged to offer virtual viewings post-lockdown

As more people start to think about moving home as the coronavirus restrictions are eased, sales and letting agents are being...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Economic impact of Covid-19 could ‘trigger big price reductions’

Many landlords and letting agents are increasingly concerned about the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their tenants and property...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Restarting the property market is ‘a catalyst for the broader economy’

Restarting the housing market could help kickstart the UK economy.  The government has relaxed lockdown rules from today to allow the UK...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property viewings and moves will be allowed from today

Property moves and viewings will be able to resume again in England from today, under new rules announced by the government...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents expelled from from TPO

Landlords should be aware that eight estate and letting agents have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO), which means...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to scrap stamp duty surcharge for landlords

The government should aim to stimulate housing market activity post-lockdown by abolishing the 3% stamp duty surcharge for buy-to-let landlords buying...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Collaboration is the key to keeping properties damp and mould free

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 has been applicable to all tenants in England for just over a month,...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Updated tenant fees ban matrix for England and Wales published by TDS

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has updated its Tenant Fees Matrix, initially introduced in 2019, with a view to simplifying the most...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

David Cox of ARLA Propertymark to co-host Goodlord’s webinar tomorrow

ARLA Propertymark chief executive, David Cox, will co-host Goodlord’s second webinar tomorrow, as part of its series of sessions designed to...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for rental homes set to ‘grow over the course of the year'

Buy-to-let remains an attractive asset class, according to Mary-Anne Bowring, managing director of Ringley Group.  The latest figures from Zoopla reveal that there was...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost half of landlords set to flee the market

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

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Nick Lyons, CEO of No Letting Go

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Nick Lyons CEO What is No Letting Go and what does it...

10 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

 Top tips for ensuring your rental's loft conversion meets MEES

With the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) coming into play last year, it's now more important than ever to ensure the...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The options set to reinvigorate the buy-to-let market

It’s no secret that the war on landlords has escalated heavily since 2016 and as we find ourselves in a new...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must protect tenants by delaying electrical safety regulations - RLA

The Residential Landlords Associations (RLA) is calling on the government to delay introducing new electrical safety rules to help ensure that...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The buy-to-let market is ‘finally starting to show signs that it is regaining strength’

A deluge of taxes and an uncertain market has seen a number of landlords abandon the buy-to-let industry in recent years.  Some...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

How to choose a buyer’s agent

A good buyer’s agent can save you money, provide you with expert advice, and secure you a great property. But how...

17 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Christopher Pincher replaces Esther McVey as the new housing minister

Boris Johnson has unveiled his new look cabinet, which includes the appointment of Christopher Pincher as the new housing minister. Pincher replaces Esther McVey,...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Newbury reduces rate on limited company BTL product

Newbury Building Society has cut rates on a limited company buy-to-let mortgage deal. The 75% loan-to-value three-year variable product has been reduced...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Is a mass landlord exodus upon us?

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

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords hope for change in next week’s Scottish Budget

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

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Four-fifths of tenants break landlord rules, study finds

The vast majority of renters engage in actions and behaviours that landlords would disapprove of, partly because they are not familiar...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords in ‘limbo’ due to a lack of guidance from the Scottish government

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border have come under increasing pressure ahead of the incoming changes to the energy efficiency of...

27 January 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

New electrical safety regulations unlikely to affect ‘slum’ landlords

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

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

A third of landlords plan to sell property in 2020

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

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Here is how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Following last week's announcement by the Welsh government that it plans to introduce new regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning, here are a...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning

An assembly member has welcomed the introduction of legislation for carbon monoxide detectors in rented homes in Wales. The Welsh Government says new...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical safety regulations to be introduced in England

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

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to prepare for new MEES regulations in April

Landlords of the draughtiest homes in England and Wales will be required to upgrade their properties ahead of new rules requiring...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined £27k for unsafe HMO

An unscrupulous landlord has been fined £27,000 over an unlicensed HMO in Luton with multiple fire and safety breaches. ​ Luton Magistrates Court...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes European Court of Justice ruling on Airbnb

The Short Term Accommodation Association (STAA), a UK trade body representing the entire short-term rental sector, from multinational platforms to individual...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed banning order for putting tenants' lives at risk

A rogue landlord in Doncaster has been given a banning order for two-and-a-half years after repeatedly putting tenants’ lives at risk...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord who put tenants' lives at risk ordered to pay £37,000

Slough Borough Council has taken action against an unscrupulous landlord in Slough who to date has refused to pay a fine...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord has fine for breaching HMO rules slashed by more than £28,000

A buy-to-let landlord who was originally fined £31,499 by Coventry City Council for breaches of the Housing Act 2004 has had...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for landlords on how to manage a Section 21 notice

Proposals by the main political parties, including the Tory government, to scrap Section 21 notices to evict tenants could potentially pave...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay more than £150k for safety failings

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay more than £150,000 after failing to fix several safety hazards in his property. Officers from...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

New matrix aims to simplify tenant fees ban

More than five months on from the introduction of the tenant fees ban, a number of landlords and agents are still...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Four upcoming legal changes you need to be aware of as a landlord in 2020

With the festive season fast approaching, it is completely natural for everyone to start winding down a bit at this time...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Serial offending landlord fined more than £25k for failing to maintain a property

A rogue landlord who repeatedly rented out a substandard property in Yeadon, West Yorkshire, has been fined more than £25,000. Jack Collins,...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let acquisitions drop 11% as tax and regulatory changes ‘hit the sector’

There was a significant fall in lending to buy-to-let landlords, according to the latest data from UK Finance.  The figures show that...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Wales urged to beware change in the law ‘with little notice’

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents in Wales will have to start supplying a list of information to tenants before taking a...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Be aware of the silent killer

To mark Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, landlords are being reminded that they have a legal obligation to keep tenants safe by...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay nearly £5k for fire safety breaches

A buy-to-let landlord in Sutton has been fined £2,694 and ordered to pay £1,994 in costs and a victim surcharge of...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The pros and pitfalls of letting an HMO

House sharing has becoming increasingly popular as more (and older) people opt to live with housemates over ownership or renting alone....

11 November 2019

From: Sponsored Content

An increasing number of regulations challenge BTL landlords

The government crackdown on the buy-to-let sector has seen landlord regulations increase by a third since the Conservative party came into...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Let’s not overlook the needs of UK landlords

Just when we thought we might have finally made some credible progress on Brexit, it looks as though looming uncertainty will...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address landlords at RLA conference

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has announced that the Welsh cabinet secretary responsible for housing policy, Julie James, will be the...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Could celebrities help market your rental properties in the future?

As landlords increasingly feel the squeeze, amid increasing regulation and tax changes, some are questioning more than ever the point of...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £3,000 for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Worcester has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 for operating an unlicensed House of Multiple Occupation (HMO)...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

HMRC could potentially take legal action against Airbnb

Airbnb has been warned that it could face legal proceedings after being contacted by HMRC over "tax laws or regulations impacting...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Hackney warned to expect “tough penalties”

Unscrupulous landlords in the London Borough of Hackney face more stringent regulation after Hackney Council agreed to new property licensing powers...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £7,500 after claiming student home was a holiday let

An unscruplous landlord has been handed a £7,500 fine after he broke tenancy laws by claiming a flat in the Warriston...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Moving home? Here’s your guide to property jargon

When it comes to buying, selling, letting or renting a property, you will likely be faced with words, phrases, acronyms and...

08 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

More than half of BTL landlords adversely affected by stringent tax regulations

More than half of buy-to-let landlords interviewed as part of a new study commissioned by secured property lender Fitzrovia Finance said...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Number of buy-to-let deals for first-time landlords hits record high

The number of first-time landlord buy-to-let mortgage products hit a record high of  1,474 in October, up 297 on the same...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords and tenants must work together to expose rogue operators

Letting agents are being urged to do more to raise consumer awareness about rogue operators in the industry by demonstrating their...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Edinburgh abandon short-term letting due to impending restrictions

An increasing number of Airbnb owners in Edinburgh are moving away from short-term letting in favour of traditional long-term tenancies as...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Chestertons to offer Zero Deposit guarantee

Chestertons has become the latest letting agency to sign up to the Zero Deposit guarantee, a tenant’s deposit replacement product that...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

How to fix mistakes landlords make when filing a self assessment tax return

Every year is the same. Come tax season, landlords all over the UK find themselves confused when filing a self assessment...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Bunk joins forces with Nationwide to support landlords

Bunk has teamed up with Nationwide Building Society to strengthen its service with a view to strengthening its landlord service to...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Transport for London bans short term letting ads

Transport for London (TfL) has finally bowed to pressure from campaigners and announced a ban on adverts that promote short-term letting...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The average BTL investment makes a return of just £2k a year, claims Howsy

Howsy has issued a stark warning over the health of the UK’s private rented sector as tax and regulation changes continue...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords who provide affordable homes should be given greater financial support

Scottish Land & Estates is calling on the Scottish government to ensure that private landlords who provide affordable homes to rent have...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fails in attempt to rent out bedrooms below national minimum size

An HMO landlord’s attempt to rent out bedrooms smaller than the national minimum size has been thwarted after his legal case...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £14,500

A private landlord in Evesham has been ordered to pay £14,500 after he was found to be illegally renting his property...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New deal to provide landlords with access to Landbay’s lending products

Landbay has announced a new partnership with the Next Intelligence mortgage club, Mortgage Intelligence, Mortgage Next and FYB Network brands that...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £2k for failing to fit property with fire safety measures

Birmingham  City Council has taken action against a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlord in the Small Heath area in what...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Coventry Council rejects claims that its licensing scheme is unlawful

Coventry City Council has dismissed claims that its landlord licensing and accreditation scheme is potentially unlawful. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) wrote...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £7k for providing substandard property

A buy-to-let landlord in South Ockendon has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fails in appeal over £2k fine for not protecting tenancy deposit

A buy-to-let landlord who failed to pay a tenancy deposit into an approved scheme for four years has proved unsuccessful in...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent damp in your rental properties

Damp problems can be a serious concern in any home. Not only are they unwelcoming, but they are also unhealthy, and...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Free launch event for scheme offering BTL landlords 12 months’ rent upfront

Choices Estate Agents will launch a new Advanced Rent Option (ARO) product later this month, which enables landlords to receive their...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA to ‘recommend’ Zero Deposit to its members

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has identified Zero Deposit as the only deposit replacement product worth recommending to its members. The landlord association...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

PM Johnson urged to ‘reinvigorate buy-to-let’ by introducing tax changes

Boris Johnson is being to urged to do more to support investment in the private rented sector, as research shows that...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting and managing agents in England face tougher regulation

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

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Mustafa Dervish, Owner of Two Six Homes

Who are you?  We are Two Six Homes, an independent sales and lettings agency based in Palmers Green, North London. Our record of success...

18 July 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government finally responds to readers

Just days after Landlord Today and sister publication, Estate Agent Today, published stories outlining the lack of government response to our...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Proposed changes mean the ‘current housing crisis would get worse’

The next prime minister, Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, will almost certainly face a housing crisis if the government does not...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Around 33,000 properties are potentially being let illegally

It is estimated that around 33,000 properties across the UK may be unwittingly let illegally, according to research. A recent study exploring...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boiler maintenance tips for first time landlords

Boilers can be expensive to repair, but they can be even more costly to replace. To help ensure that you keep...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

A high number of private renters living in ‘hazardous homes’ – Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice has called for more regulation of the private rented sector after research revealed that hundreds of thousands of tenants...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined almost £60,000 for putting vulnerable bedsit tenants at risk

A rogue landlord has been fined £55,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £2,989.67 as well as a victim surcharge...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Why the government’s scapegoating of landlords for the rental crisis must end

Earlier this month the Tenant Fee Ban was introduced, after much fanfare from the Government. However, it is not the only...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £13k for fire safety breaches

A buy-to-let landlord in north London has been ordered to pay more than £13,000 after breaching fire safety regulations and failing...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Hostmaker to pull their ‘misguided’ short-term rental ads

Hostmaker, which specialises in managing London properties put on to Airbnb and other short-let platforms, has apologised for causing controversy over...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Petition calls for Sadiq Khan to ban holiday let adverts in London

More than 8,300 Londoners have called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to ban adverts ‘encouraging’ landlords to abandon long-term tenants for...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA endorses Zero Deposit guarantee

Zero Deposit is the only deposit replacement product worth considering in the market, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The landlord...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban could see many landlords ‘opt to do without agents’

The next few months are likely to be challenging for letting agents as they adjust to an outright ban on letting...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Hostmaker defends adverts that encourage short-term lettings

Controversial short-lets managing agents Hostmaker has defended its latest advertising campaign after once again sparking outrage among some industry professionals for...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in Scotland need to prepare for new regulation

With less than a year until new legislation surrounding energy performance certificates (EPCs) is introduced in Scotland, buy-to-let landlords north of...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords ordered to pay more than £6k for HMO failings

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay more than £6,000 in relation to 12 charges under the Housing Act after...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon introduces short-term funding for landlords

Paragon has expanded its product range with the introduction of short-term finance for landlords to fund property refurbishment. The short-term finance products...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £25k for unlicensed HMO

An unscrupulous landlord has been told to pay close to £25,000 after being prosecuted for renting out rooms in an unlicensed...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord sees market share grow but it remains a ‘testing market for landlords’

There is no two ways about it, the buy-to-let market has become much more challenging for property investors of late for...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Parents of students warned not to take the decision to become a landlord lightly

Parents with children at university may be considering whether it is worth buying them a property while they continue their education,...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New research predicts that ‘worse is yet to come’ for private landlords

Returns for private landlords have dropped in recent years, while strong returns have instead come from investing in corporate residential landlords, according...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Castle Trust introduces new bridging loan product

Castle Trust has launched a new unregulated bridging loan product that can be used for first charge buy-to-let cases of up...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Report exposes ‘scandalous mis-selling of leasehold properties on an epic scale’

Leasehold property ownership has come under yet more fire today after a new report laid bare the scale of mis-selling in...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO landlord fined after council investigation

A private landlord has been ordered to pay £800 in fines and costs after investigators discovered several deficiencies in a property...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The best letter and number combination for the highest rental income unveiled

New research has looked at the best postcode combinations for a profitable buy-to-let investment, and found that outcodes (the first half...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £29,000 for harassing two tenants out of their homes

A private landlord in Telford has been ordered to pay £29,000 in costs and fines for harassing two tenants out of...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Greater protection for landlords as CMP is made compulsory for letting agents

All letting agents in England are now required to belong to an approved Client Money Protection scheme, a measure designed to...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage costs remain broadly unchanged

The cost of taking out a buy-to-let mortgage remains at an historic low, according to the latest analysis from Mortgage Brain. Despite...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords under pressure to increase rents

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

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

A growing number of landlords using limited company status

More than two thirds of landlords with four or more properties intend to use limited company status in order to acquire...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The most expensive landlord licence costs 21 times more than the cheapest

Landlord licensing schemes are being introduced across England, while they are mandatory in Scotland and Wales, as local authorities attempt to...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £5k for ‘cutting corners in terms of fire safety’

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay a fine of £2,646, costs of £2,000 and a victim surcharge of £170...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords association loses High Court battle to prevent new landlord rules

New enforcement rules covering living conditions in private rented housing in Hull look set to be introduced after Humber Landlords Association...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS reduces rates on select purchase and remortgage BTL products

Leeds Building Society has cut rates across its buy-to-let range to help landlords already facing a tax and mortgage squeeze to...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Four common landlord mistakes and how to avoid them

For landlords, buying a property, making a few renovations and renting it out may sound like a simple feat, but it...

12 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

HMO landlords ordered to pay more than £30k for breaching licence conditions

Two landlords have been ordered to pay more than £30,000 for breaching fire safety and over-occupancy licence conditions at their House...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Councils significantly reduce action against rogue landlords

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

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New ‘Let it, don’t forget it’ fire safety campaign launched

A new fire safety campaign urging private sector landlords and letting agents to always abide by the law and install smoke...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord secures £100,000 payout following ‘slander’ claim row

A buy-to-let landlord who threatened to take Doncaster Council to court over alleged slander has secured a £100,000 payout from the...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents help landlords break strict short-term letting laws in London

Buy-to-let landlords in London are being encouraged by property management firms to break strict short-term letting laws in the capital, an...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Positive news’ for landlords and tenants as new CMP scheme is approved

Client Money Protect, part of the Hamilton Fraser group, has been awarded consent to operate a client money protection scheme when...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined almost £3k for overcrowded flat

A buy-to-let landlord who crammed at least seven people into a two-bedroom flat has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 by...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentence for illegally evicting tenant

A buy-to-let landlord in Leeds who left his tenant homeless after changing the locks while he was on holiday has been...

18 February 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

Landlord ordered to pay £5,400 for poor management of unlicensed properties

A buy-to-let landlord in Doncaster has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 in fines and costs following a successful prosecution...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords ‘illegally’ letting energy inefficient homes

Tens of thousands of landlords across the UK could be unwittingly renting out property illegally because they have should have an...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £10k for badly maintained property

Toilet flushing discharged into the rear yard of a property, broken fire alarms and faulty electrics were among the defects found...

11 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

Letting agent welcomes tenant fees ban as it ‘rights a flawed piece of legislation’

The government’s ban on tenant fees is good for business and will strengthen the relationship between landlords and tenants, according to...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let yields drop to three-year low

A number of BTL landlords are beginning to feel the effects of recent tax changes, resulting in a squeeze on their...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord purchases fall sharply as tax assault bites

There has been a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let property purchases as a raft of government tax hikes continues...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Convicted landlord receives 500K in housing benefit payments despite ban

A rogue landlord deemed unfit to rent out property in the north London borough of Brent in 2015 has since received...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

What would a no-deal Brexit mean for the UK’s landlords?

Life just doesn’t get any easier for Theresa May. No sooner had her Brexit withdrawal plan been rejected by a record-breaking...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Brexit uncertainty good news for BTL landlords?

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

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Property management firm fined £5k for non-compliance

Property management company Titlecroft Limited has been fined £5,000 for failing to join a government-approved property redress scheme, which is a...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Hostmaker lists with Spotahome to offer landlords more flexible tenancy terms

Hostmaker, a leading Airbnb and holiday rental property management specialist, claims to have found a way to fill the low-season and...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

How much did Airbnb hosts in London make over the festive period?

Many buy-to-let landlords who own properties in London took advantage of their assets by renting out their homes on a short-term...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets for The South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre later this month and...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents must show that they are worth the money

As landlords increasingly feel the squeeze, with their reduction in yields principally due to increased regulation and tax changes, they are questioning...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord and building contractor fined over asbestos neglect

A landlord and building contractor have been prosecuted after workers were exposed to large quantities of asbestos fibres at a rented...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords should be offered incentives to ‘come back into the long-term market’

More needs to be done to stem the rise in short-term lets on Airbnb in Scotland to ensure that the market...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Council issues landlords with £300k worth of penalties in 2018

Havering Council continued to clampdown on rogue landlords in 2018, with new figures revealing that the local authority issued just over...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year to all our readers!

Following a year dominated by Brexit uncertainty, political instability, higher interest rates and more stringent mortgage regulations, many buy-to-let landlords will...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government introduces new room size guidance

The introduction of new guidance on room sizes in rented homes has been warmly welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords continue to exit the BTL market

There was a further rise in the number of landlords exiting the buy-to-let market, new data shows. Belvoir’s Q3 Rental Index, compiled...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of tenants turning to letting agents to find a place to live

There has been a notable increase in the number of renters turning to lettings agents to find a new property, research...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The rent most landlords receive is just servicing the interest on their mortgages

The rental income received by 79% of landlords with mortgages is only sufficient to service the interest element of their loans, and not...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips for first-time landlords

Letting a home can be an intimidating task if you’re doing it for the first time. You may have deliberately entered...

06 December 2018

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Councils struggling to take action over unlicensed HMOs

The new regulations introduced last month to bring mandatory licensing to all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) was designed to better...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Research reveals worrying lack of landlord awareness

The private rented sector is a challenging landscape to negotiate, with tax changes and ever-changing regulation meaning that landlords now, more...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Why it’s crucial to work with a reputable letting agent

Even though the most recent Budget offered some welcome relief for landlords and the buy-to-let sector as a whole, there are...

23 November 2018

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

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

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BOILER COVER

Landlord Gas Safety Certificate: How to Keep Your Tenants Safe There are plenty of safety considerations when renting out a property. Arguably,...

21 November 2018

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‘House of horrors’: Property firm ordered to pay back over £60k in rent

A London-based property firm has been ordered to pay back 70% of their profits gained from renting poorly converted flats in...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

UK’s ‘worst landlord’ owes more than £100k in unpaid fines

A buy-to-let investor, once dubbed “country’s worst landlord”, still owes more than £100,000 in unpaid fines in relation to over 60...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined almost £30k for running unsafe and unlicensed properties

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay close to £30,000 after being found guilty of a number of breaches relating...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL lending slumps to way below forecast

Buy-to-let lending for 2018 looks likely to fall well below its estimate of £12bn, as taxes and regulations continue to have an adverse...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency rules disadvantage landlords investing in rural homes

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

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

More landlords to be forced to improve energy efficiency of their properties

More landlords of the draughtiest homes in England and Wales will be required to upgrade their properties after amendments to regulations...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord uses bridging finance to add to portfolio

With many landlords finding it harder to secure a mortgage since the Prudential Regulation Authority’s changes were introduced last year, some...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Fresh calls for restrictions on Airbnb-style rentals to tackle housing shortage

There have been fresh calls for new restrictions on Airbnb and other short-term letting websites in this country, just days after...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing rules come into force today

BTL landlords in parts of Sheffield must now apply to the council for a licence to let their properties after selective licensing...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to the eviction rules now impact older tenancies

Good tenant selection can go a long way to reducing the likelihood that you will have to go through the eviction...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Where does the challenges faced by BTL landlords and lenders end?

Investing in buy-to-let property has long been a lucrative business opportunity for both recreational and professional investors, but could harsh tax...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords take a ‘long-term performance view of their portfolios’

The reversal of controversial alterations to mortgage interest relief and the scrapping of the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional properties understandably...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Five-year fixed rates drop to record low

The average rate on a five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage has fallen to an all-time low of 3.4%, the latest figures...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rise in remortgaging shows ‘landlords remain committed to the market’

Many landlords remain committed to the buy-to-let sector despite government interventions and a wider housing slowdown, new figures show. Despite the adverse...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces plans to improve property agent standards

New plans to raise standards across the property agent sector have been unveiled by the housing minister Heather Wheeler. A new working...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government changes leading to ‘confusion among tenants’

More than half - 53% - of tenants in this country do not understand their rights and new regulations brought in...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landbay partners with Julian Harris to ‘support’ landlords in ‘new world of BTL’

Landbay has partnered with Julian Harris Adviser Network to provide more mortgage brokers and their landlord clients with access to its...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Accord launches buy-to-let tax guide for landlords

A new guide to help brokers navigate recent and upcoming tax changes with their landlord clients’ has been launched by Accord...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to Section 21 eviction notices from today

From today, all BTL landlords in England with Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs), regardless of their start date, will need to comply...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for changes to Section 21 notices, from next week?

Buy-to-let landlords need to prepare themselves for changes to the Section 21 Notice coming into force next week. On 1st October 2018,...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

No sign of ‘mass landlord exodus’ from BTL market

Fears that regulatory changes will pave the way for an exodus from the buy-to-let market may be a little premature, according...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fire Door Safety Week: Landlords must recognise their fire safety obligations

Less than one in five BTL landlords have contacted with their tenants regarding basic fire safety precautions since the Grenfell Tower...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

TSB reduces buy-to-let rates by up to 0.3%

TSB has cut rates on selected two-, three- and five-year fixed rate buy-to-let purchase and remortgage products. Two-year fixed rates between 60%...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent fined £50k for breaching safety regulations in unlicensed property

SDV HQ Limited, trading as Sterling de Vere, has been ordered to pay more than £50,000 after letting an overcrowded flat...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New landlord licensing scheme announced in Brighton

Brighton and Hove Council has given the go-ahead for new selective landlord licensing to be introduced across 12 wards in the...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want to introduce mandatory licences for private landlords

The Liberal Democrats once again called for the introduction of mandatory licensing for PRS homes as well as a publicly available...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government’s tax changes have led to the ‘sledgehammering of the BTL industry’

Activity in the buy-to-let market dropped further in July as a result of government interventions and a wider housing slowdown, new...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading standards looking to clamp down on rogue landlords and letting agents

Trading Standards services in London are warning landlords and letting agents to ensure that they comply with the law and not...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending continues to fall as landlords back out of market

Tax and regulation changes continue to have an adverse impact on the buy-to-let market, with the value of mortgages taken out...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landmark report criticises government’s failed PRS policies

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

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fire safety regulations: are you aware of your responsibilities as a landlord?

As a landlord, it goes without saying that you must keep the property you provide your tenants with safe and free...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £177,000 for putting tenants at risk

A neglectful landlord, who allowed his tenants to occupy a property without working smoke alarms, a lack of sufficient fire doors...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New homes desperately needed for growing number of life-long renters

While most private renters in the UK aspire to buy property, the reality is that many people simply cannot afford to...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentence after failing to maintain gas appliances

A landlord from Blackburn has been fined after failing to maintain gas appliances at his rental properties in Norwich. Norwich Magistrates’ Court...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined heavily for allowing tenants to live in atrocious conditions

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay more than £37,000 for allowing tenants to live in what inspectors described as...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords offload almost 4,000 properties a month

Landlords are selling close to 4,000 buy-to-let properties a month resulting in the first recorded fall in the number of rental...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

How Brexit could impact the buy-to-let market

On 29 March 2019, the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union (EU). Despite the profound significance of this event,...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £5k for safety failings

A landlord has been ordered to pay just over £5,000 after admitting safety failings at a fire-hit house in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. Lawrence...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market to remain subdued until 2021

The buy-to-let market is expected to remain subdued for the next three years mired by tax changes and tougher mortgage lending...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Investors are starting to think twice about investing in buy-to-let

The attraction of buy-to-let is starting to wane as far as some people are concerned due to a series of recent...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Clock is ticking for landlords in parts of Sheffield to obtain a license

The deadline for the new selective licensing scheme which comes into effect at the start of November is looming, and time...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to do more to improve energy efficiency of rented homes

The government is coming under growing pressure from landlords to be more ambitious when it comes to the energy efficiency of...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme is ‘just a way of making money for the council’

Nottingham City Council became the latest local authority to introduce a landlord licensing scheme last week in an attempt to clampdown...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for not protecting tenancy deposit and operating an unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord has been found guilty of aggressive practices, failing to protect a tenancy deposit and operating an unlicensed House...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Chancellor plans another “tax attack” on buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let landlords could face another stamp duty rate hike in the Autumn Budget to further curb the acquisition of second homes. The...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £15k for allowing tenants to live in ‘appalling’ conditions

An unscrupulous landlord who allowed up to 40 tenants to live in poor conditions in a disused pub in North Wales...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

AIIC continue to push for mandatory independent inventories

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

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of landlords listing multiple properties on Airbnb

There has been a notable increase in the number of landlords listing multiple properties on Airbnb, according to fresh research from...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant ordered to pay more than £26k for subletting ‘death trap’ property

A tenant who illegally sublet an unlicensed and poorly-maintained bungalow in north London, which was described by Brent Council as a...

23 July 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

Landlord fined just over £2,500 for unlicensed property

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £2,525 after failing to obtain a license for a shared house in Thurrock, Essex. Adeola Makinde was...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Cost of five-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages fall

The cost of five-year fixed rate mortgages has continued to fall despite fears of an imminent interest rate rise, new figure...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Thurrock Council plans to introduce additional licensing for landlords

Thurrock Council is proposing to introduce additional licensing for private landlords renting rooms to tenants in specific parts of the borough...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to address ‘baffling’ housing complaints system

A single housing ombudsman is crucial to ensure that the current system for complaining about housing is no longer confusing, according...

18 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

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

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

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Paragon launches portfolio BTL range in Scotland

Paragon has expanded its buy-to-let mortgage offering in Scotland to include products for portfolio landlords. The new mortgage range is designed for landlords...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents increase further, Homelet says

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

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords must prepare for next EPC deadline

Buy-to-let landlords with existing tenancies on properties rented out in the private rented sector are being reminded to take note of...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of first-time landlord products hits record high

A record number of first-time landlord mortgage products have been made available to borrowers as lenders launched extra loans to attract...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to offer tax incentives to ‘support and encourage’ landlords

As a private landlord you have a crucial role in providing a much needed housing option for people and so why...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be cautious over limited company incorporation

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

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in landlords exiting the sector

There has been a rise in the number of buy-to-let landlords selling up and quitting the private rented sector, according to...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PRA changes will affect landlords’ ability to provide ‘quality affordable housing’

Mortgage brokers and lenders have been slammed by the National Landlords Association (NLA) for failing to do enough to communicate changes...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Brent Council aims to ‘foster good relationships with private landlords’

Brent Council insists that it wants to build better relationships with private landlords after successfully winning close to 150 prosecution cases...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Two-thirds of renters do not intend to purchase property

More than two thirds of UK renters have no plans to acquire a property, according to new research by landlord insurer...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

How much do you know about landlords’ rights and responsibilities?

As a private landlord you are bound by specific housing legislation, which provide tenants with certain basic rights. From keeping your property...

18 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

More landlords opting for 5-year fixed rate deals

A growing number of landlords are opting for five-year fixed rate mortgages in favour of short-term alternatives which demand more stringent...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

A fifth of landlords ‘fell into’ buy-to-let

One in five landlords in this country entered the buy-to-let sector without even planning to, finding themselves with a property ‘accidentally’...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Registration is live for the June 14th National Landlord Investment Show at Olympia

Celebrate the shows 5th Birthday and 57th event to date in the Landlord Investor Lounge with a glass of prosecco with...

06 June 2018

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New campaign to make electrical testing a legal requirement in England

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

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government 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

RLA inundated with calls from landlords asking for GDPR guidance

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is receiving an unprecedented number of calls from private landlords seeking last-minute advice on how to...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined £370k after breaching enforcement notices on flats

A landlord who built an outbuilding and converted it into eight small flats without planning consent has been ordered to pay...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Pepper Money reduces rates on selected buy-to-let deals

Pepper Money has cut rates across selected mortgage products as part of an overall revamp of its buy-to-let range. The specialist lender...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for GDPR?

From tomorrow a new law will make the consequences of failing to protect personal data for companies and others far more serious. The...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a letting agent worth the investment?

As a property professional working in the lettings market, I feel that the moves to stamp out poor landlord practice and...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Accidental landlords are confused over rental responsibilities

When it comes to rental responsibilities during a tenancy, there remains some confusion among so-called ‘accidental landlords’ when it comes to...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in number of fee-free BTL mortgages

Previously, nearly all buy-to-let mortgages charged a minimum 1% arrangement fee, but fresh data from specialist buy-to-let broker Mortgages for Business...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Hackitt report welcomed as a “step in the right direction”

The publication yesterday of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, confirming that landlords and building managers will...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Unscrupulous landlord fined for unsafe property

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 after being found guilty of a number of breaches relating to...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Greater demand for The Property Ombudsman services

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme has released its latest annual report revealing an increase in the number of consumers contacting the...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

NFB and RLA join forces to improve rental standards

Buy-to-let landlords will hopefully have better access to reputable builders when developing and maintaining homes across England and Wales, following a...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents fined £14k for unlicensed HMOs in Camden

Two letting agents have been hit with £14,000 fines for unlicensed shared properties in Camden, north London. The two rogue letting agents...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords adopt ‘wait and see’ approach due to market uncertainty

Almost half of private landlords have opted to wait to see what impact Brexit and regulatory changes will have on the...

09 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

Landlords face hefty costs for not providing ‘How to Rent’ guide to tenants

A number of buy-to-let landlords who failed to provide tenants with a copy of a ‘How to Rent’ guide – a...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord looks to bridging loan firm to expand portfolio

With many landlords finding harder to secure a mortgage since the Prudential Regulation Authority’s changes were introduced last year, some buy-to-let investors...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of small private landlords plan to sell up as BTL crackdown bites

From a landlord’s perspective, it has been a tough couple of years, with a raft of changes designed to bring the...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Unscrupulous landlord fined more than £180,000

A rogue landlord who left tenants living in substandard conditions in Selly Oak and Edgbaston has been ordered to pay in...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Some landlords struggling with ‘complex’ BTL legislation

New buy-to-let regulations are making it harder for landlords to keep up to speed with complex compliance responsibilities, as the government...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rise in UK landlords shows there is still an appetite for buy-to-let

Over the past year, the government has introduced 3% Stamp Duty levy, new stress tests for portfolio landlords and started to...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Raj Dhillon, Director of Remax Key Properties West Kensington

Who are you? I am Director of Remax Key Properties, West Kensington. How long have you been trading? I’ve worked in property since graduating...

13 April 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Sharp increase in English landlords renting out properties in Scotland

The number of English landlords renting out properties in Scotland has quadrupled since 2012, thanks to cheaper property prices north of...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £25k for poorly managed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Birmingham has been fined £25,000 after pleading guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court for regulation breaches in relation...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Post-Grenfell fire safety review ‘risks becoming a missed opportunity’

The government’s review into building and fire safety regulations is ‘missing the opportunity’ to assess fire safety regulations across all types...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New ‘BTL toolkit’ launched by GWlegal

GWlegal has launched a buy-to-let toolkit, available on its online case management system GWlive, as part of the company’s rebrand as...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Tory councillor fined AGAIN for being a rogue landlord

A Conservative councillor has been ordered to pay more than £57,000 after being taken to court by his own council for...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans refines BTL criteria for EPC regulation

Foundation Home Loans has made changes to its but-to-let criteria for landlords seeking fresh funds to help acquire property, in response...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits look set to be capped at five weeks rent

The security deposits that tenants leave with their landlord or their letting agent could be capped at no more than five...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New guides for landlords in Northern Ireland

Buy-to-let landlords who currently own property in Northern Ireland, or who are thinking about investing in the country’s buy-to-let sector, may...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL borrowers burdened by PRA rule change

A growing number of buy-to-let are struggling to obtain mortgages following the introduction of tougher lending conditions, including more rigid underwriting...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to invest in buy-to-let via crowdfunding

Buy-to-let landlords who are deterred from expanding their property portfolios due to recent legislative and tax changes, but still wanting greater...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils to be given new wave of powers to fine landlords

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

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Free landlord event in Gwent to offer advice on legislation and tax

Buy-to-let landlords will have an opportunity to gain free advice on legislation and tax at a free event being held in...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

One in three landlords still unaware of new BTL mortgage rules

Around a third of buy-to-let investors are still unaware of how regulatory changes could impact their ability to borrow or refinance...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Most landlords and tenants lack awareness of new energy efficiency rules

There is still a worrying lack of awareness regarding new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) being introduced next month, according to...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News