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KEYWORD "Rent Controls" - 100 RESULTS
Don’t Do It - property portal warns politicians over rent controls

A property portal has taken the unusual step of warning politicians about the dire impact of rent controls on the private...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

It’s War! Activist groups in conflict over Labour report and rent controls

The fragile peace between different groups in the Renters Reform Coalition has ended in a dispute about a Labour-commissioned report on...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Official - Labour will NOT introduce rent controls if it wins election

The Labour Party will not introduce rent controls if it wins the election. A spokesperson for the party is quoted on today’s...

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Politicians make landlords feel like pariahs in society - claim

Red tape and a hostile attitude towards landlords from government is fuelling Scotland’s housing crisis, experts warn. John Blackwood, chief executive of...

10 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour left puts Khan under pressure over housing policies

Sadiq Khan, newly elected for a third term as London Mayor, is already under pressure from the Labour Left to be...

10 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour Rental Sector Review launch with Generation Rent

The chief executive of Generation Rent is one of the speakers at the launch of a review of the private rental...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Mayor election hopefuls told to clampdown on Airbnbs

Agents’ trade group Propertymark is demanding London Mayor candidates tackle what it calls “the unique housing challenges that the capital experiences.” Londoners...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Control zealot dropped from Scottish government

The architect of the controversial rent control policies in Scotland has left the government. It is not known what long-term implication this...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Coming Soon - “Bold” new proposals for private rental sector

An influential Labour website says a raft of proposed reforms for the private rental sector will be unveiled next month -...

09 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Activists trying to push Labour into imposing rent controls

Activists are beginning to pile pressure on London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan, claiming the public will be disappointed if he toes...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent turns rent control screw on election hopefuls

The Generation Rent activist group is placing its hopes for pro-renter policies on newly-elected Metro Mayors, who will be elected on...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - Local Election manifesto aims to “tame” rental market

Rent controls are at the heart of the local election manifesto of the Green Party of England and Wales. Co-leader Carla Denyer,...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords can afford much tougher regulation, says think tank

A think tank based in central London says landlords would not quit the sector if much tougher - and more expensive...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Opposition building to controversial rent control proposals

Scotland’s new Housing Bill - introducing a laborious eviction process and rent caps across the country - will ‘compound the mistakes’...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent claims rent control proposal still not tough enough

The controversial proposal for permanent rent controls in Scotland, published just ahead of the Easter holiday, doesn’t go far enough for...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Politicians propose State Control of private rents in Scotland

The Scottish Government’s Housing Bill allows SNP and Green politicians to create rent control areas, triggered by local authorities, and this...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Senior Labour figures divided over rent controls

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer and the party’s controversial Mayor of London Sadiq Khan are at loggerheads over rent controls. Khan has...

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove ‘to rely on Labour to pass Renters Reform Bill’

A newspaper reports that Housing Secretary Michael Gove is willing to rely on Labour votes to pass the Renters Reform Bill...

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Green activist fighting election on Rent Controls platform

A prominent Green Party politician is arguing for rent controls - and accuses Labour of watering down its commitment to the...

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Eco-activists slam landlords selling up because of rent controls

Green Party activists responsible for rent controls on Scotland have now slammed landlords who claim the number of rented homes is...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent wants rent controls to be election issue

Generation Rent has yet again come out for rent control over the private sector - and wants it to be an...

22 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent control activists play the mental health card

A survey by an activist group suggests that one in three tenants claim that their private renting conditions are impacting their...

19 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Backfired! Rent Controls lead to Higher Rents, says Zoopla

Analysis by Zoopla says rent controls introduced in Scotland have directly led to higher rents. The property portal’s research team has analysed...

15 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords rebel against Labour council £1,800 licence fee

Bristol’s controversial Labour council is extending previous licensing schemes to other parts of the city at some £1,800 HMO per licence...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Is a change of government Starmergeddon for Britain’s landlords? 

I’m not especially political and certainly carry no candle for one flavour or another. I might argue that they’re all pretty...

10 February 2024

From: Legislation & Compliance

Sadiq Khan challenged by new candidate seeking rental reform

A newly-nominated candidate in this spring’s London Mayoral election has vowed to lower private rents if he wins. Serge Crowbolder, currently a...

06 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Controversial council threatens series of new licensing regimes

New additional and selective licensing schemes are to be considered by the controversial Bristol city council. The council’s Labour Mayor - Marvin...

01 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - the lessons the industry should learn

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on migrating away from the emergency rent controls introduced in September 2022 and extended...

20 January 2024

From: The Big Issues

Rent Control Mayor dismissed as “well meaning but naive”

Rents across the UK continue to retreat from their 2023 highs, falling by 2.9 per cent over the last three months,...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Control proposals are complex, costly and won’t work - claim

New rent control proposals put forward by politicians are unnecessary and too costly according to a leading property expert.  David Alexander -...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Why are some Labour politicians still arguing for Rent Controls?

A Labour politician has returned to the subject of rent controls - even though the party has officially abandoned this as...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

How will the Build To Rent market look in 2024?

By Luke Lightfoot, Regional Director of Asset Management at Sigma Capital As the fastest growing sub-sector in the UK rental market, it’s...

23 December 2023

From: Top tips & guides

Labour to scrap Section 21 on first day in office, says Rayner

Labour’s shadow housing secretary and deputy leader Angela Rayner says her party will scrap Section 21 on its first day in...

20 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shock Rent Controls legal judgement - landlords and agents “disappointed”

Scotland’s Court of Session has come down in favour of the Scottish Government when it comes to rent controls. A case against...

03 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Tory and Labour big hitters address landlords’ annual conference

Housing Secretary Michael Gove says a healthy private rented sector is a “critical” part of the housing market. The comments came as he addressed...

27 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenants given powers to force EPC upgrades on landlords - proposal

The Green Party wants private tenants to be able to force landlords to improve the energy efficiency of homes. The scheme -...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent may be exempt from rent controls - shock proposal

A controversial consultation document about rent controls is proposing that Build To Rent operators be exempt from the caps which may...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Nationalise private rental homes, demands new manifesto

A collection of pressure groups, fronted by Generation Rent, wants all private rental homes going on sale to be offered first...

06 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter wants rent controls at heart of future housing policy

Shelter has published what it calls a General Election manifesto with rent controls at its heart. Called The Way Home: a manifesto to...

26 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Don’t Even Think About It!   NRLA warns Wales off rent controls

The National Residential Landlords Association is warning the Welsh government to steer clear of rent controls. In its response to the Welsh...

22 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Typical tenant pays £2,800 more per year than in 2020 - Zoopla

Zoopla has given its latest market update on the private rental sector, with the headline rent rise now being 10.5 per...

18 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls would force a third of landlords to quit Buy To Let

Over a third of private landlords would sell properties if rent controls were introduced in their area, according to a trade...

07 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls Here To Stay says Scottish Government

The Scottish Government says rent controls - already existing as a so-called emergency measure - will become permanent. Scottish First Minister Humza...

07 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent control experiment at risk of continuing for years

The long running experiment with rent controls and an eviction ban north of the border may yet continue for years to...

18 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan and activist leader launch rent control social media campaign

London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Labour-supporting leader of the Generation Rent pressure group have starred in a lengthy social...

16 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan and Generation Rent link up over rental policy

London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan and activist group Generation Rent have issued a joint appeal for rent controls in the capital. Khan’s...

07 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour dispute over call for landlords to compensate evicted tenants

A left-wing pressure group wants new laws to force landlords to pay hefty relocation expenses to tenants who claim high rents...

31 July 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC Climbdown - Gove to publish details of ‘relaxed’ deadline

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has pledged to publish “shortly” revised timetables for the implementation of further energy efficiency targets for the...

25 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Government to ‘relax the pace’ of threatened EPC reform

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has this morning said his government should ‘relax the pace’ of EPC reforms expected from private landlords. In...

23 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan wants Airbnb and short-let licensing for London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who wants the government to give him the powers to impose rent controls, is now demanding licensing...

21 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour council defies party by demanding rent controls

The Labour dominated council in Bristol has written to Housing Secretary Michael Gove demanding that he gives it the powers to...

05 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform - Labour says Tories are divided and Bill is at risk

A newspaper which often carries leaks of new Labour policies has produced an interesting theory on the fate of the Renters...

30 June 2023

From: Breaking News

NRLA delight that Labour now opposes rent controls

The National Residential Landlords Associations has expressed relief that Labour appears to be backing away from rent controls. Association chief executive Ben...

29 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan on collision course with Starmer over rent controls

London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has returned to his demand for powers to control rents in the private sector, citing a...

27 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Control Mayor wants to be MP after post abolished

A Labour Mayor whose post was abolished by a public vote last year now wants to become an MP. Marvin Rees’ position...

22 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Control Failures - case studies wanted to prove the point

Landlords are being asked for any evidence or case studies that can help build a case against rent controls. The National Residential...

19 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Angry reaction to latest rent controls suggestion

The National Residential Landlords Association has reacted angrily to the latest UK government to flirt with adopting the Scottish example of...

07 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Eco-activist wants Renters Reform Bill to be tougher on landlords

The co-leader of the Green Party wants the Renters Reform Bill to go further in restricting the powers of private landlords. Carla...

25 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Starmer rejects Sadiq Khan’s demand for rent controls

The Financial Times says the Labour Party is poised to reject the increasingly shrill calls for rent controls made by the...

19 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Activists want more anti-landlord measures even before Bill is published

Activists are demanding that the government stop landlords circumnavigating an imminent eviction ban by hiking rents so tenants leave anyway. The London...

10 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Politicians reject rent controls and open-ended tenancies

Politicians have rejected calls for rent controls, open ended tenancies and slower evictions - although this has not happened on the...

04 May 2023

From: Breaking News

More evidence that rent controls hurt landlords and tenants

Research from Propertymark highlights a growing concern for the private rental sector in Scotland. As the Scottish National Party lurches from crisis...

25 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - how they make part of the UK un-investable

Rent controls and political uncertainty are affecting investor appetite to fund and deliver Build to Rent homes in Scotland, according to...

22 April 2023

From: The Big Issues

Rent Controls - Twitter spat between high-profile campaigners

Two of the most prominent campaigners over rent controls - albeit one on either side of the argument - have had...

11 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Freeze at centre of local election party pledges

An immediate private sector rent freeze and eviction ban for the duration of the cost of living crisis is the key...

06 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform laws to be launched in two months time

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has pledged that the long awaited Rental Reform Bill will be introduced into the Commons in two...

27 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls legislation to be unveiled next autumn

The Scottish Government, despite being in the middle of electing a new First Minister, is pressing ahead with legislation for long-term...

06 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Shock alliance blocks council call for rent control powers

An unexpected and unlikely political alliance has prevented another city council demanding powers to freeze private rents. London, Bristol, Liverpool and Manchester...

27 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Myth of rent controls is exploded by property industry chief

A leading property industry figure has exploded the myths that lie behind the calls for private rent controls. Ian Fletcher, director of...

22 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Sweeping controls on rents and Airbnbs - could they happen here?

The Portuguese government has announced sweeping measures, mostly against landlords, which some activists want introduced in the UK too. Portuguese Prime Minister...

20 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent control Twitter rant backfires on London Mayor

A rant about rent controls by London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan appears to have backfired. Khan - who has repeatedly demanded that...

15 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Cap - another council wants it but has no powers to implement it

Another council says it wants to implement private sector rent controls - although it has no power to do so. Belfast council...

10 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Bizarre ban on landlords speaking about rent controls is now lifted

A Labour council which banned councillors who were landlords from contributing to a key debate has done a U-turn on legal...

23 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge to rent controls moves a step closer

A coalition of landlords and lettings groups has submitted a Petition to the Court of Session in Edinburgh seeking a Judicial...

23 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord councillors banned from debate on city rent freeze

Bristol councillors who are landlords have been told they cannot speak in a debate on rent controls.  Earlier this week we explained...

12 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour council will back rent controls … but cannot implement them

A Labour council is being tipped to vote tomorrow to introduce rent controls for the private sector, even though it has...

09 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Could Starmer’s local devolution mean rent controls?

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has set out a radical programme of devolution to local authorities at city and county level...

06 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords “don’t contribute anything to society” says politician

Landlords are not “contributing anything useful to society” a politician has claimed. Over the Christmas and New year break Ross Greer, a...

03 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Stricter EPCs, Rent Controls, S21 Scrapping - is this 2023?

Yes, it’s that time again when the property hoi polloi impose their predictions for the following year on us and so,...

17 December 2022

From: The Big Issues

Activists turn on “derisory” Shelter management

Tenant activists have turned on the bosses of Shelter - just as the charity wants to maximise income from its annual Christmas...

15 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: landlords forced to raise rents and sell up

Propertymark says some 85 per cent of its member agents in Scotland have landlord clients who have expressed a wish to...

15 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Reform Activists turn on each other in factional feud

Two groups of activists who campaign for rent controls and reform of the private lettings sector have turned on each other. Acorn...

29 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - most landlords staying the course in Scotland

Scottish landlords have been targeted with a raft of restrictive legislation in recent years but most are staying the course and...

26 November 2022

From: Agent Advice

“No private renter is safe” claims Generation Rent leader

The leader of the Generation Rent activist group says that the shortage of homes to rent means no private sector tenant...

18 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Ignore political rhetoric - private renting is here to stay

It’s disappointing to say, but once again the rhetoric from both the Labour and Conservative party conferences towards the private rented...

29 October 2022

From: Rental Reform

Labour peer shows the damage rent controls can do to housing

A Labour peer who was to have invested £1 billion in affordable homes has halted his scheme because of the threat...

21 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Shock as Labour ministers vote down rent freeze

Labour is backing a rent freeze in Scotland and flirting with one in England - but it’s just stopped one being...

13 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour criticises Budget for not including rent freeze

The mini-Budget was always billed as a tax-cutting, growth-generating affair - and so it proved - but Labour has criticised it...

26 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords challenge Tory MP on call for two-year rent freeze

* Angels Media and Landlord Today are deeply saddened by the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II * - The landlords’ main trade...

09 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour demands emergency rent freeze across Scotland

Scottish Labour Party leader Anas Sarwar has called for the Scottish Government to implement an emergency rent freeze. The freeze, which Sarwar...

30 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Government ponders rent controls for social housing - report

The authoritative publication Inside Housing says the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is pondering a formal consultation on limiting...

23 August 2022

From: Breaking News

New political party calls for rent controls and no “landlordism”

A new political party called Breakthrough is campaigning for radical reform of the rental sector and housing in general. The party -...

18 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Right wing attack on “profiteering” landlords who should be “curbed”

A senior figure at the right wing magazine The Spectator has slammed landlords for blatant profiteering. The magazine’s assistant online editor says...

17 August 2022

From: Breaking News

All homes at least EPC rating C by 2033 says national housing chief

The housing chief of the Scottish Government says that all homes in that country - irrespective of tenure - must hit...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour call for rent caps and landlords to pay tenant moving costs

London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has claimed credit for many of the measures contained in the government’s Fairer Private Rented Sector...

05 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent controls council pays housing boss £280,000 a year

Bristol’s Labour council has made a name for itself with policies shifting power from landlords to tenants. Earlier this year the Mayor,...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

A Legal Take on the Rental Reform White Paper

On 16 June 2022, the Government introduced a White Paper called “A Fairer Rented Private Sector”. It proposes the biggest changes...

23 July 2022

From: Rental Reform

Council plea to government for rent and Airbnb controls

Highland Council is going to ask the Scottish Government for a rent control zone in part of its patch. This is despite...

05 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls hit capital values according to letting expert’s analysis

Landlords and owner occupiers alike could lose the most financially from rent controls according to a prominent rentals expert. The claim comes...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Another opponent of rent controls speak out

Opposition continues to build to the prospect of rent controls in part of the UK, with the latest voice citing the...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

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