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KEYWORD "Rent arrears" - 104 RESULTS
Are you overstepping the mark when communicating with tenants?

Communicating with tenants can be a tricky business. The appropriate method and style of communication is usually determined by the relationship between...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 could fuel a rise in homelessness, warns Landlord Action

Tenant eviction specialist, Landlord Action, reports that up to half of Section 21 cases they handle are as a consequence of...

23 September 2019

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Rent arrears ‘are lower under direct payments to landlords’

With new research showing that direct payment of benefits to landlords contributed most to reductions in rent arrears, the Residential Landlords...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Birmingham City Council ordered to pay landlord more than £1,200

Birmingham City Council has been instructed to pay a private landlord £1,269.20 after mistakingly paying housing benefit directly to his tenant.  The...

10 September 2019

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More than half of Universal Credit claimants are in rent arrears - RLA

More than half the people claiming Universal Credit are in rent arrears, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). It reports that 54% of...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA dismisses government’s claim that Section 21 is driving up homelessness

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has rejected the government’s claim that landlords’ use of Section 21 eviction notices is the leading...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Evictions specialist wants landlords to have a say on Section 21

There is no such thing as 'no-fault' eviction under Section 21, according to evictions specialist Paul Shamplina. The founder of Landlord Action insists...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged not to underestimate impact of removing Section 21

The government’s plan to scrap Section 21 without improving the court system and alternative process for regaining possession of a property,...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords set to become more selective if the government removes Section 21

Vulnerable tenants and those at higher risk of rent arrears are likely to suffer most as a result of the government’s...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Dishonest tenant jailed after being exposed by landlord

An unscrupulous tenant who forged a statement to back up a county court claim against her landlord has been jailed for...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Bexley’s annual landlords meeting to take place next week

Bexley’s annual Landlords Meeting will be held next week at the Hall Place & Gardens. The aim of the event, which takes...

10 July 2019

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Landlords will become ‘more selective’ if the government scraps Section 21

But-to-let landlords will have little alternative but to become more selective over what tenants they are willing to accept if the...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 June 2019

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Almost half of landlords expected to exit the PRS

Removing Section 21 could prove devastating for the private rented sector, with almost half of landlords and letting agents more likely...

23 May 2019

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Record response to new survey on Section 21

A record number of landlords have responded to the Residential Landlord Association’s (RLA) survey asking what a post-Section 21 private rented...

17 May 2019

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New survey provides landlords with a chance to shape the future of the PRS

Following the government’s recent announcement that it is to consult on ending Section 21 repossessions, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 ban without making Section 8 fully ‘fit for purpose’ would be an error

Abolishing Section 21 without making Section 8 fully “fit for purpose” will have dire consequences on our housing supply. This week, the...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government set to abolish Section 21

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

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for Universal Credit overhaul as many claimants fall into rent arrears

Half the people seeking help with their Universal Credit claim are in rent arrears, according to Citizens Advice. More generous advance loans...

08 February 2019

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Section 8 delays force many landlords to serve Section 21 notices instead

Section 8 delays are leaving more than half of landlords with no alternative but serve Section 21 notices, according to new...

05 February 2019

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Agents vows to return £20m to tenants who sign up to deposit-free scheme

Deposit-free renting is growing increasingly popular, with more providers than ever before now providing tenants with a range of nil deposit...

15 January 2019

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Universal Credit to be taken from claimants and paid directly to landlords

The government has announced a new online system that will pay private landlords of those on Universal Credit directly. It is hoped...

14 January 2019

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Landlord who dumped mum of nine’s belongings in the street may lose license

A buy-to-let landlord in Edinburgh who evicted a young family and dumped their belongings in the garden after they fell into...

14 January 2019

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The Scottish rental market – 2018 overview

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

28 December 2018

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Tenancy deposit theft total exceeds £1.3m so far this year

The recent conviction of former letting agent Heather Crabb for illegally pocketing £260,000 from renters in Plymouth has contributed significantly to...

20 December 2018

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

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

12 December 2018

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Landlord who threw young family out awarded £1,250 by TV’s Judge Rinder

A landlord in Edinburgh who evicted a young family and dumped their belongings in the garden after they fell into rent...

10 December 2018

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Will paying 50% more council tax get landlords ‘a return on their investment’?

A 50% council tax increase could be on the way for owners of empty properties across many parts of the country...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than 1% of tenancies end in a deposit dispute

Just 0.85% of all tenancies ended in a dispute over the tenancy deposit in the 12 months to March 2018, according...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to TDS adjudication training session in London

Tenant deposit protection scheme, TDS, will be hosting a half-day workshop in London in February, designed to give landlords and property...

23 November 2018

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Government benefit cuts fuel surge in homelessness from rented housing

Government benefit changes, including cuts to housing benefit, are to blame for increasing levels of homelessness from private rented housing, according...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposit free renting could be a ‘benefit to landlords’, says anti-deposit campaigner

With Universal Credit problems forcing a growing number of claimants into destitution and rent arrears, anti-deposit campaigner Ajay Jagota is urging more...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord left with more than £4,000 rent arrears by unscrupulous tenant

A buy-to-let landlord has been left with a major clean-up bill after a tenant from hell trashed his rented home in...

13 November 2018

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Landlord’s son ordered to pay £1,650 after changing locks over rent arrears

A landlord’s son has been ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to a tenant after changing the locks with her belongings still...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Lenders need to keep an eye on BTL landlords with tenants on Universal Credit

Almost two-thirds of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have had problems with non-payment and arrears, according to the latest...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

IPSE backs Vince Cable’s call for halt to Universal Credit roll-out

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has backed the Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable’s calls for a halt...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit sends rent arrears soaring

The number of people seeking advice over rent arrears has increased by 47% over the past five years due primarily to...

19 October 2018

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Landlords to be offered training to deal with hike in rent arrears

Rent arrears are a real concern for a number of landlords across the UK, especially as it can have a significant...

19 October 2018

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LetHQ launches new rent guarantee service

LetHQ has launched a new rent guarantee service to help safeguard landlords from losing out on rental income. Unpaid rent and rent...

16 October 2018

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Sharp rise in rent arrears involving tenants on Universal Credit

Universal Credit was described by one national newspaper as an ‘ill-conceived shambles’ over the weekend, after former prime ministers Gordon Brown...

15 October 2018

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Student landlords forced to deduct money from tenants’ deposits

Almost a quarter of students lost part of their rental deposit when they left their accommodation at the end of the...

04 October 2018

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IPSE calls on government to halt Universal Credit rollout

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) is the latest organisation to call on the government to immediately pause...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Cleaning is still the biggest cause of deposit disputes

Cleaning has once again been identified as the most common cause of a tenancy deposit dispute in the private rented property...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantee insurance provide landlords with ‘peace of mind’

Unpaid rent and rent arrears are a constant concern for landlords as they can cause major financial problems.   To help safeguard landlords...

29 August 2018

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

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

28 August 2018

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Rent arrears are a ‘real and serious issue’ for landlords, RentalStep warns

The number of tenants falling behind with their rent payments is likely to rise if rents continue to increase and wage growth...

18 July 2018

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Rent collection service aims to offer landlords ‘financial security’

Unpaid rent and rent arrears are the main reason for tenant evictions, according to Belvoir’s Q1 rental index, but that could...

06 July 2018

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Universal credit flaws leads to tragic death of a tenant

A benefit claimant who faced debt, rent arrears and potential eviction as a result of policy design flaws in universal credit,...

18 June 2018

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Sharp rise in number of young people applying for a rent guarantor

There has been a significant increase in the number of students and young professionals applying for a rent guarantor to secure...

12 June 2018

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Parents face financial risks when agreeing to be a rent guarantor

Young people, particularly students, are increasingly required to provide guarantors when they rent a property, ensuring that if they default on...

07 June 2018

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Landlords who refuse to let to tenants on DSS are “beyond bonkers”

Buy-to-let landlords who reject housing benefit claimants could be breaking the law. A recent legal case which saw single mother Rosie Keogh...

26 March 2018

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Universal credit could cause up to 1.3 million evictions

Universal credit will cause up to 1.3 million evictions from privately rented homes, Liberal Democrat Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)...

23 March 2018

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New rent collection service aims to ‘minimise’ risk of late or missed payments

A new rent collection service that offers landlords the same power as large financial institutions to incentivise on-time payments from their...

21 March 2018

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Could direct debit be the answer to rental arrears?

Rental arrears – or the potential for rent arrears – are the bane of every landlord’s life, to the degree that...

22 January 2018

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New deposit protection training for landlords in Norwich

Landlords in Norwich are being offered an opportunity to attend a couple of workshops designed to give landlords and property professionals...

22 January 2018

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Here’s why many landlords won’t rent to Universal Credit claimants

Earlier this week, the Liberal Democrat’s Work and Pensions spokesperson, Stephen Lloyd, warned that the government needed to introduce default payments to...

12 January 2018

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Universal Credit debate should lead to ‘improvements for tenants and landlords’

The Liberal Democrat’s Work and Pensions Spokesperson, Stephen Lloyd MP, will today initiate a debate in Parliament on the impact of...

09 January 2018

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Trade body welcomes changes to Universal Credit

The government’s decision to make it easier for landlords to apply for Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) without the consent of tenants’...

08 January 2018

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Tenancy deposit theft total hits £926k in 2017

Rogue letting agents were reportedly convicted of stealing just over £926,000 worth of tenancy deposits in 2017, fresh analysis from deposit-free...

02 January 2018

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Landlords welcome changes to Universal Credit but ‘further reforms’ needed

Recent changes to Universal Credit have been broadly welcomed, which largely explains why more buy-to-let landlords are prepared to rent to...

05 December 2017

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Many renters will ‘end up worse off’ unless the law is changed

The government’s proposal to cap tenancy deposits to six weeks’ rent will save many tenants money, given that a number of...

15 November 2017

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Cleaning remains the number one cause of deposit disputes

When renting out a property, most landlords opt to take a deposit from the tenant before the tenancy starts. The deposit...

09 November 2017

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Landlord faced with eviction costs after council tells tenant to break into his flat

A landlord in Essex has had to start eviction proceedings to remove a sitting tenant after she broke back into a...

07 November 2017

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Landlords back calls for Universal Credit waiting time to be cut

Buy-to-let landlords have welcomed reports that Universal Credit waiting time could be cut from six weeks to a month Former work and...

24 October 2017

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Landlords urge government to pause the rollout of Universal Credit

Labour’s symbolic victory over the rollout of universal credit on Wednesday night will have been welcomed by many buy-to-let landlords. Tory MPs were...

20 October 2017

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UK government urged to follow Scotland’s lead to reduce rent arrears

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has hailed the Scottish government for offering people receiving Universal Credit north of the border more...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Deposit-free renting’ necessary to protect tenancies, says agent

With personal debt burden continuing to rise, anti-deposit campaigner Ajay Jagota of Dlighted has once again called for tenant deposits to be scrapped. The...

26 September 2017

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More tenants face eviction and rent arrears due to universal credit

Delays in universal credit benefit payments for housing costs are leaving claimants unable to pay rent and pushing some deep into...

18 September 2017

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Universal credit is leading ‘many more tenants into rent arrears’

More than a third of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have said that they are now in rent arrears,...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Your letting agent could save you thousands by reviewing rent collection

Private landlords are being urged to only instruct letting agents that adopt a modern approach to rent payments so that they...

31 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

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Why are landlords turning student tenants down?

After a lifetime with the parents, students naturally want to let their hair down before the serious study starts, and that...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for changing the locks to keep tenant out

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay just over £2,800 after pleading guilty to a charge of ‘harassing an occupier...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for DIY landlords

Demand for good quality rental homes continues to rise across all regions in Scotland, according to property consultancy Galbraith. With the PRS...

14 July 2017

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New rent guarantee launched by Direct Line Landlord Insurance

To help safeguard landlords from losing out on rental income, Direct Line Landlord Insurance has launched a new rent guarantee product...

14 June 2017

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Number of rental homes coming on to the market drops sharply

The number of properties coming on to the private rental market continues to fall, driving up rents across many parts of...

07 June 2017

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Over a quarter of landlords experienced rent arrears in last 12 months - top tips

Rent arrears are a real concern for a number of landlords across the UK, especially as it can have a significant...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

More than 150 tenants evicted in Hull

More private landlords are needed to house the high number of tenants being thrown out of social housing in Hull, new...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Why you really should consider taking out rental payment insurance

Most landlords hope that their experience of letting a property is a positive one but, whether you are a seasoned landlord...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Cleaning is the main cause for deposit disputes between landlords and tenants

The most common cause of a tenancy deposit dispute in the private rented property sector is cleaning, while disputes over rent...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords require ‘more protection’ say couple left with £10k clean-up bill

Significantly more must be done to protect landlords from rogue tenants, according to a couple who were left with a £10,000...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant fees ban could leave landlords facing lengthy void periods

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

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords need protection from rogue tenants

Given the financial issues that landlords can experience when they rent their property out to a nightmare tenant, especially those that...

03 January 2017

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How to deal with a tenant that is not paying rent

Recovering rental arrears from non-paying tenants is one of a landlord’s biggest challenges. But while no-one actually enjoys chasing money, it...

08 December 2016

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Tenant arrears set to soar

Tenant defaults could increase significantly over the next 12 months amid reports that many buy-to-let landlords plan to increase rents next...

19 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit disputes at a record high

Tenancy deposit disputes are at their highest level since records began in 2007, new figures from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS)...

27 September 2016

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New initiative enables tenants to strengthen credit score

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

31 August 2016

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How can you protect yourself from costly property damage?

Landlords in the UK are out of pocket to the tune of over £5bn every year because of damage to property...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New 'Landlord Vision' to help you keep on top of your property business

A new cloud based software to help landlords manage almost every aspect of their tenancies has been launched by the National...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged not to push for rent increases

With tenants being hit by record-high rents, landlords should refrain from putting extra pressure on those tenants who are already struggling...

05 July 2016

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Fall in serious rent arrears

There has been a drop in the number of tenants falling into serious rent arrears, which is great news for renters...

15 June 2016

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Landlords facing constant onslaught of stress

Ever mounting issues such as regulation, rent arrears, handling tenant complaints, immigration checks, tax and inland revenue are causing many landlords...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Avoid nightmare tenants with this rather clever tool

Selecting the right tenant can save a long, costly eviction process further down the line, and that is why it is...

25 May 2016

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Tenants reverse trend to serious rent arrears

Those renting their homes from private landlords are now less likely to suffer from a serious build-up of late rent, according...

08 March 2016

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NLA launches “Rent on Time” service

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched a new service, NLA Rent on Time, in order to guarantee landlords’ rental income...

15 January 2016

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Serious rent arrears worsening towards 2013 highs

The number of tenants seriously behind on rent has risen by 13.8% on a quarterly basis, according to the latest Tenant...

08 January 2016

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NLA launches new campaign

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched its latest campaign, Reinventing Renting, which identifies opportunities for landlords to enhance their lettings...

15 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Ascent launches landlord rent recovery service

Law firm Ascent has launched a new service for landlords which is designed to speed up and increase the recovery of...

29 October 2015

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Serious tenant arrears at two year high, agents report

The number of tenants seriously behind on their rent payments has risen to the highest level in two years. There are now...

30 September 2015

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Landlords lose £9.9 billion to rent arrears and damage every year

A law firm specialising in landlord law claims landlords are losing £9.9bn to rent arrears and property damage each year. Access Legal’s...

07 September 2015

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Sharp rise in arrears as rents soar, say letting agents

There has been a sharp rise in rent arrears –  they made up 8.7% of all rent payable in June, according...

20 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent expelled from redress service

MT Properties Central Limited (MTPC), a Birmingham-based sales and letting agent, has been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman (TPO)...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenant arrears and evictions up

The latest Tenant Arrears Tracker from Your Move and Reeds Rains shows that the first quarter of 2015 saw the number...

21 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Pop star £30,000 in rent arrears evicted from flat

A pop star has been evicted from his London flat owing his landlord more than £30,000 in rent and causing him...

22 April 2015

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