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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

15 January 2019

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

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

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buy-to-let boom is coming to an end

Fewer people are looking to invest in buy-to-let property as new regulations and a cooler market deter prospective property investors.   A...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New BTL service launched by GWlegal

GWlegal has launched a new service tailored to specialist buy-to-let brokers and landlords. The service, called GW Expert Buy-To-Let, will provide buy-to-let...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for new minimum energy efficiency standards?

There is less than four weeks remaining until new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into force across England and Wales,...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory HMO licensing extension to start in October

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

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be given greater flexibility in new gas safety rules

Failure to comply with gas and other safety standards in rented properties are likely to be less tolerated by the regulator once...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined for once again breaching safety regulations

A private landlord in Lincoln has been fined more than £10,000 after being caught breaking safety rules for a second time. Missing...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Private landlords in England need to be prepared for increasing regulation

Buy-to-let landlords need to be prepared for more regulations coming in, following the publication of a government consultation on electrical safety...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords to face remortgaging difficulties

Over the next few months, it is anticipated that tens of thousands of private landlords in the UK will face struggles...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Burnley handed major fines

Two buy-to-let landlords in Burnley have been fined a total of £27,500 as part of Burnley Council’s campaign to clamp down...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents rise across every UK region for the first time in 19 months

The average cost of renting a home is now increasing across every UK region for the first time in 19 months,...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landmark legal decision could see rogue landlords forced to give up all earnings

Criminal landlords who crammed up to 40 migrants inside their semi-detached townhouse in north-west London face losing hundreds of thousands of...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

What should landlords be aware of going into 2018?

The buy-to-let property market is currently experiencing a wave of reforms, with the government looking to alter the way in which...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t cut corners with gas

As a landlord you should be aware that you are responsible for the safety of your tenants, and that is why...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to improve your properties’ EPC ratings

With less than three months until the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are introduced in April 2018, Mike Feely of...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £70,000 for safety breaches

A landlord in Luton has been handed the largest fine the town has ever seen for breaches of the law regarding...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord set to appeal against convictions

A buy-to-let landlord who was convicted of nine counts of breaching regulations for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) that he...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £20k

A buy-to-let landlord has been convicted of nine counts of breaching regulations for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) that he...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord database ‘will save lives’ says LFB

The mayor of London’s decision to launch a new public online database which ‘names and shames’ rogue landlords and letting agents...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

NLA won’t endorse new cost cap for energy efficiency improvements

The government’s proposal to introduce a cost cap of £2,500, down from £5,000, on the amount any landlord would need to...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £5k for putting tenants at risk

A private landlord in Northampton has been fined £3,300 and ordered to pay the council’s £1,890.26 legal costs along with a...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Heavy fines for illegal subletters

A property firm with assets in the Virgin Islands has paid a £8,000 civil penalty to Brent Council after two tenants...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Database of rogue landlords and agents to be introduced in April

It has been confirmed that a database of rogue landlords and letting agents as well as new banning orders will be...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New tool to help landlords comply with licensing schemes

A new online platform designed to help landlords keep on top of new licensing schemes and consultations has been launched by...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address Future Renting Wales conference today

The Welsh minister for housing and regeneration, Rebecca Evans AM, will address the RLA’s Future Renting Wales conference in Cardiff today.  The Future...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord who rented out an illegally converted property is jailed

A landlord who failed to provide his tenants with adequate living conditions has been sent to jail. Majid Saniinejad, of Stoke Newington,...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms – have your say

The government’s decision to review the effectiveness of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 will have an impact...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords are unsure of their responsibilities, research shows

As a landlord do you know your rights and responsibilities? Well, it would appear that many people, including tenants, do not...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Could you spot a household carbon monoxide leak?

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, non-irritant and therefore undetectable gas, which is why more than half of Britons would...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let investing to ‘fall most dramatically’ - Savills

The number of properties acquired by buy-to-let investors using a mortgage will plummet by more than a quarter over the next...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address landlords at conference next month

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

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Don’t let the energy efficiency standards leave you with ‘unrentable’ properties

There are now only six months until the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are implemented – a sweeping change due...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Four landlords fined £232,000 for failing to licence properties

Four landlords in Lincolnshire have been ordered to pay a collective fine of £232,155.68 for failing to comply with licensing regulations. The...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Government issues guidance on complying with minimum EPC standards

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations make it unlawful from April 2018 to let domestic and commercial buildings in England...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New rules for landlords in Wales – have your say

The Welsh government is currently seeking views on proposed regulations, made under section 94 of the act, for determining if a...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Around 1.6 million rental homes at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning

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

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New HMO changes good for tenants, and landlords too

Local authorities now have greater powers to control properties rented out in their areas, thanks to changes in the mandatory HMO...

12 October 2017

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Landlord licensing scheme considered in Weymouth

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme in an effort to clamp down on unscrupulous...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in York could soon face fines of up to £30k

New rules to help crack down on rogue landlords in York could soon come into force. City of York Council is considering...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

One in 20 BTL homes would fail new minimum energy efficiency standards

Around 5% of buy-to-let properties are set to fail new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES) that come into effect in April...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

What’s new in the London letting market?

With all the doom and gloom in the press about the poor performance of the property market as a whole, landlords...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Greater Manchester mayor vows to clamp down on rogue landlords

A cap on rents and more stringent regulations are among the proposals put forward by the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

More landlords likely to use specialist lenders due to new changes - Together

As the buy-to-let industry braces itself for yet more changes, a growing number of private landlords are likely to turn to...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords prosecuted for failing to licence or maintain their BTL properties

A landlord in Sheffield, who also happens to be a company director and letting agent, has been handed a hefty fine...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £200,000 for endangering lives of tenants

A landlord who endangered the lives of his tenants has been successfully prosecuted and fined more than £200,000 for failing to...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Funding available to help landlords install ‘vital’ energy efficiency improvements

From the 1st April 2018, it will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum energy...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords need to be ‘fully up-to-speed with legislation’

With a high number of laws affecting buy-to-let landlords and changing frequently, it is now more important than ever to keep...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord given suspended sentence for putting residents ‘at risk of harm’

A private landlord from Cornwall has been given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 24 months, fined £5,000, and ordered to...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of renters fear they will never own a home

Nearly a third of renters do not believe they will ever be able to afford to buy their own home, according...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New online fire safety course for landlords

Buy-to-let landlords seeking fire safety guidance following the Grenfell Tower tragedy can now gain access to an online fire safety course...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord who put tenants at risk is brought to justice

A landlord has been fined after being found guilty of letting out a student property in Selly Oak which had a...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to remortgage ahead of tougher BTL regulations

If the existing mortgage deal on your buy-to-let property is about to come to an end, you may want to change...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips to improve your property’s EPC rating

From the 1st April 2018, it will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum energy...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for evicting an unwanted tenant

As the buy-to-let industry has grown, so too have the many rules and regulations involved with letting a property. Keeping up with...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Here’s how to ensure your buy-to-let investment is gas safe

When investing in buy-to-let, you can’t always be sure when the appliances and pipe work in the property were last serviced...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord given suspended sentence for endangering tenants with illegal gas work

A buy-to-let landlord in Ilfracombe, a seaside resort on the North Devon coast, has been given a suspended prison sentence for...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Greater energy efficiency regulations required in Scotland, says Labour

The Scottish government is being urged to set a higher benchmark for the energy efficiency of private rented homes to help...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for gas safety breaches

A private landlord has been prosecuted after failing to maintain gas appliances at his rental property in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Llanelli Magistrates’ Court...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

RLA calls for a ‘full review of fire safety standards’

Contradictory and outdated fire safety guidance urgently needs updating to better support private landlords, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords step up post-Grenfell fire safety checks

A number of buy-to-let landlords are taking measures to check the fire safety of their buy-to-let properties in the wake of...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon makes portfolio BTL changes to comply with PRA’s new requirements

Paragon Mortgages is the latest in a long line of lenders to implement changes for portfolio landlords ahead of the Prudential...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents continue to slow across the UK

The average rental value of a new letting in the UK increased by just 0.24% in the first six months of...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New guide to help you understand portfolio landlord rule changes

Specialist bank Aldermore has launched a new guide to help buy-to-let investors and mortgage brokers understand its underwriting changes ahead of...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Barrister who turned out to be a rogue landlord is brought to justice

A barrister, who often represented landlords and tenants, has been fined for breaking the law, after it turned out that he...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Proposed energy efficiency standards could damage PRS in rural Scotland

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

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £135k or go to jail

A rogue landlord who made almost £130,000 in illegal rent after converting his three-bedroom house into two flats without planning consent...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords ordered to pay £13k for ‘total disregard’ for safety of tenants

Two landlords have been ordered to pay more than £13,000 after showing what was described as a “total disregard” for the...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Conservative manifesto fails to support landlords, says Tory peer

The Conservatives have announced a range of housing policies designed to help them win the general election, including pledging to build...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Ipswich BS increases mortgage range to meet the ‘needs of borrowers’

Ipswich Building Society has expanded its ever growing range of mortgages with the launch of three new five-year fixed rate products,...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for the new minimum energy efficiency standards?

If you fail to take action to ensure that your rental properties comply with the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for letting out ‘dangerous’ property

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined for renting out ‘dangerous and poor’ accommodation after a fire broke out at her property...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Scottish court grants first private landlord disqualification order

The first disqualification order against a private landlord north of the border has been granted by a court in Fife. The man,...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £5k for exposing tenants to ‘miserable living conditions’

A landlord has been fined more than £5,000 after St Helens Council’s private sector housing team inspectors found fire safety issues...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Political parties urged to deliver for ‘tenants and good landlords alike’

The campaign to woo voters across the country has already started following the UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s surprise announcement that...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £45,000 for ‘putting people’s lives at risk’ in shared flat

A landlord has been fined more than £45,000 after 12 people were found living in slum-like conditions in a four storey...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Two-third of landlords unaware of new energy efficiency rules

Around two-thirds of buy-to-let landlords lack awareness of new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES) that come into effect in April 2018,...

14 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Free Right to Rent insurance for all RLA members

All members of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) can now expect to receive free Right to Rent legal expenses when they...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Are short-term lets here to change the face of the private rental market?

Homestay networks and renting short-term lodgings are on the up – just look at the exponential rise of peer-to-peer sharing platform...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £7,000 for putting tenants at risk

A landlord had been ordered to pay more than £7,000 after putting the lives of his tenants at risk. Daniel Woulfe of...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Luke Burton, Sales & Marketing Director at Rent4sure

What does it say on your business card? Luke Burton Sales and Marketing Director, Rent4sure Who is Rent4sure? Rent4sure, is an established tenant referencing company. We provide...

29 March 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

NLA and NIA join forces to help landlords meet new regulations

National Landlords Association (NLA) has teamed up with the National Insulation Association (NIA) to provide landlords with an easy to use...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for unlicensed property

A landlord from Solihull in the West Midlands has been ordered to pay £1,500 for failing to comply with licensing regulations...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for improving your property’s energy efficiency rating

The 2015 Energy Efficiency Regulations, passed in March 2015, set out minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for England and Wales. These...

11 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Mayor of London urges short-term agents to bring in 90-day limit

Short-term letting agents in the capital are being urged by the Mayor of London to follow Airbnb’s lead by blocking hosts...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £21k for unlicensed property

A landlord has been ordered to pay £21,000 for renting out an unlicensed house in Oxford. Six people were found to be...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords handed a hefty fine

Two unscrupulous landlords in Reading have been fined almost £9,000 for poor housing standards and a complete disregard for the welfare...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Short-term letting industry vow to stop landlords converting ‘homes into hotels’

The short-term letting industry, which includes the likes of Airbnb, joined local authorities and community groups at City Hall yesterday to...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

What opportunities and challenges lie ahead for BTL landlords this year?

We all know that buy-to-let investors face a challenging time, but what are the key issues affecting landlords? Karen Bennett looks...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent causing landlords to discriminate against foreign students

Many landlords are being left with little alternative but to discriminate against international students as a result of the government’s Right...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Brent Council raise almost £100,000 in landlord fines in just four weeks

Four weeks of prosecutions by Brent Council in north London has seen six successful results with total court fines for rogue...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 17% of homes could become unrentable by 2018

Nearly 17% of properties currently available on the private rented sector could become unrentable by 2018 if government plans for new...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord narrowly escapes prison over gas safety failings

A buy-to-let landlord has narrowly escaped jail after failing to ensure gas appliances in one of her properties were checked for...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned of dangers of ignoring new electrical regulations

A property management firm has urged Scottish landlords to take electrical safety legislation seriously. Ross and Liddell says that landlords who fail...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

More buy-to-let landlords turn to bridging finance

The Bank of England’s decision to crack down on buy-to-let lending through the introduction of tighter borrowing rules and stricter affordability...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Council vows to clamp down on rogue landlords

Sheffield Council has promised to continue targeting rogue landlords after bringing its highest-ever number of successful prosecutions. Seven individuals and companies were...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Turning a house into flats

Converting houses into flats is becoming increasingly popular. There’s a high demand for flats in London, and splitting a property into...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Top tips for buy-to-let landlords purchasing property at auction

Investing in property at auction is a popular choice for many buy-to-let landlords as there are some good bargains to be...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Almost one in ten homes could become unrentable by 2018

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

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord body welcome Airbnb’s decision to enforce 90-day limit on short-term lets

Airbnb’s announcement yesterday that it is banning hosts in London from renting out entire homes for more than 90 days a...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for breaching new licensing rules

A landlord from Sheffield has been fined more than £1,000 for failing to comply with new licensing regulations for properties in...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Strong rental demand means ‘growing need for professional landlords’

Specialist lender Paragon remains positive about buy-to-let, despite a tightening of regulations in the market that has included a major crackdown...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Minimum energy efficiency standards for rented properties – are you prepared?

Ian Shipley provides an insight into how you can prepare for the new minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) set to come...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £7,000 and do 150 hours community service

A buy-to-let landlord was ordered to pay in excess of £7,000 and given 150 hours of community service at Birmingham Magistrates...

19 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords at risk of ‘penalties, stopping orders and prosecution’

With less than two weeks until the new registration and licensing system in Wales, Rent Smart Wales, becomes a mandatory requirement, thousands...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for ‘extremely dangerous’ rental property

A private landlord has been ordered to pay just over £1,000 after being found guilty of providing an ‘extremely dangerous’ rental...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Greater ‘appetite’ for buy-to-let properties after ‘topsy-turvy’ summer

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

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £5k for unlicensed student property

A Birmingham landlord from Hall Green was fined £5,037.97 at Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday after pleading guilty to failing to obtain...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Chancellor must invest in housing and give buy-to-let landlords a break

Our new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, looks like a considered man and one hopes that he will be able to ‘kick away’...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Build-to-rent 'must be exempt' from minimum space requirements

One of UK’s leading developers of homes for private rent is calling on the government to exempt the build-to-rent sector from...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

RLA slams Shelter’s ‘extravagant claims’ about housing standards

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has once again defended the private rented sector (PRS) after Shelter’s latest analysis of housing trends...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £10,000 for regulatory breaches

A private landlord has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 in fines and costs for breaching regulations for private accommodation. Piang...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Private landlords urged to brush up on legislation

Private landlords and letting agents are failing to get to grips with several legislative changes in the private rented sector, it...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to attend free rental workshop

Landlords and letting agents across Scotland are being urged to attend a series of free workshops held by tenancy deposit scheme SafeDeposits Scotland...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords need support to deal with changing ‘illegal immigrants’ legislation

The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) wants to see more ‘support and information’ offered to landlords to help ensure that they properly...

08 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Are you aware of your gas safety responsibilities?

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

19 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord and accomplice fined £28k for scam

A landlord and her accomplice have been ordered to pay close to £28,000 after being caught out trying to con investigators...

16 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £29,000 for “filthy and verminous” property

A Nottingham landlord has been ordered to pay £29,000 in fines after a rental property was found to be in what...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Airbnb adding to London's housing crisis, says RLA

An increasing number of landlords are attempting to evade their legal responsibilities when it comes to renting out property by advertising...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed £1,800 fine for failing to comply with regulations

A landlord has been order to pay just over £1,800 for failing to provide an energy certificate and not complying with...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords could face tighter borrowing rules

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

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Top tips for landlords

With the manically busy September and October periods in the letting market rapidly approaching, which marks the start of the academic...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

‘Greedy and selfish’ landlord narrowly avoids prison

A landlord who continued to rent out a house to tenants despite being warned that it posed serious health and a...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Unsafe log burner costs landlord £1,100

A landlord in South Gloucestershire has been handed a £500 fine and ordered to pay £600 for six offences relating to...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Three landlords fined £11,000 for housing offences

Three landlords in Oxford have been fined a total of £11,000 after being convicted of housing offences. Environmental Health Officers from Oxford...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Private investment is crucial for housing delivery in PRS

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

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landmark case could have 'massive impact' for people renting in Scotland

Last week, a landmark case in Scotland highlighted the need for deposit protection, after a letting agent in North Ayrshire became...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Wirral landlord hit with record fine

A landlord in Wirral has been slapped with the highest ever fine handed out across the borough after pleading guilty for...

06 July 2016

From: Breaking News