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Activists use ‘Tenant Charter’ bid to win over local councils

The Baroness leading a renters’ pressure group wants to work with councils to push tenants’ rights.   Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of Generation...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Arrears - top worry for landlords and tenants right now

A survey of 12,000 tenants suggests that over three-quarters are concerned about the impact of the cost of living crisis on...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Reforms can create a professional PRS - if it’s properly policed

Leading rental payment platform PayProp has welcomed the added protections for landlords and renters outlined in the UK government’s rental reform...

25 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

Tenants down-sizing to combat rising rents and inflation

Down-sizing, once the preserve of retired home owners, is now a phenomenon in the rental market too. That’s the claim of Sarah...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords discriminated against in re-insurance scheme - claim

A prominent London council wants rental properties to be included in the government’s Flood Re reinsurance scheme. Westminster council says the current...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed: top 5 energy efficiency tips for landlords

Energy bills have increased for around 22 million energy consumers – and they’re expected to escalate again later this year when...

21 June 2022

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Why do Rental Reforms favour tenants?

Trade bodies have vigorously lobbied government during the two and a half year process leading to the delivery of the Fairer...

18 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

Is Rental Reform just a diversion for Boris? ask suppliers

Thank goodness the uncertainty is over - but is it all too skewed towards tenants? That’s the worry of suppliers as Daniel...

18 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

Activists' Victory? What campaigners think of the White Paper

One of the highest profile advocates of widespread reform in the private rental sector has been Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of...

18 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

The 12 Key Points from the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper

The architects of the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper have been housing minister Eddie Hughes MP, Housing Secretary Michael Gove...

18 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

Shelter love-in with government over rental reform measures

The campaigning charity Shelter - once a critic of government policies over letting agents and landlords - has given a ringing...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Power swings to tenants under Government Reform Measures

The government has released the full details of what it calls the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper. This is to form...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Reforms must win confidence of landlords, says NRLA chief

The chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association says the devil is in the detail when it comes to the...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords threatened with enforcement action by council

A local authority in London is threatening landlords with enforcement action if they don’t pay up for a new license. Lewisham’s Labour...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords Must Take Pets - government announcement likely

What looks suspiciously like a government leak to the Daily Mail says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will be unveiled...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental demand cooling in hotspots busiest during pandemic

New data from Rightmove suggests that rental demand is cooling in some areas where the market was busiest during the pandemic. And...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New energy efficiency guide issued for landlords

A prominent energy industry organisation has just issued a new guide for landlords to improve their properties.  The Energy Saving Trust -...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing minister to tell landlords how to improve their properties

Housing minister Eddie Hughes is to spell out how landlords can improve their properties ahead of legislation expected when the Renters...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax experts warn government to lay off buy to let landlords

Don’t pick on landlords - that’s the message from a leading tax and advisory consultancy. Blick Rothenberg warns that the government needs...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords ”in a position of real power” if they don't quit - claim

A business analyst at a prominent consultancy says landlords who resist the temptation to quit the sector are “in a position...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords now being hit by benefits freeze - call for government help

Some 820,000 private rented households in Britain are routinely hit by a shortfall between their housing benefit and their monthly rents...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants take landlord to court and win £15,000

The Guardian newspaper has given an aggrieved tenant the opportunity to explain how he and other renters took a landlord to...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Revamped Right To Buy is Johnson’s ‘big idea’ to reset leadership

It’s been confirmed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to announce plans to extend the Right To Buy to housing associations. Under...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Will Renters Reform Bill be delayed by Boris Johnson clinging to power?

Overnight speculation of a Cabinet reshuffle has yet again led to uncertainty over the Renters’ Reform Bill, pledging a radical shake-up...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Proof - taxes and restrictions make landlords quit rental market

The clearest indication of the rate at which the private rented market is shrinking is revealed in new research by Propertymark. It...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Hot Stuff! Renters experiment with wallpaper that heats homes

No it’s not an April Fool - some tenants in Wales are experimenting with an alternative to radiators and heat pumps....

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s energy support package not enough for Generation Rent

The support package to help combat soaring fuel bills and the cost of living crisis - introduced at the end of...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks - What of Section 8 after Section 21 is Abolished?

We know that Section 21 and so called ‘no fault’ evictions, are definitely going to be abolished as part of the...

28 May 2022

From: The Big Issues

Rental Reform - are government proposals the right proposals?

Wherever you stand, whether you’re a landlord or tenant, the supply and demand issues impacting the private rented sector are at...

28 May 2022

From: Rental Reform

Five million renters in unhealthy homes - industry supplier’s claim

A PropTech company which aims its products at landlords, claim that over 600,000 landlords are breaking the rules when it comes...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent rises to moderate by year end as affordability bites - Zoopla

The surge in rents will subside and the market will normalise before the end of the year. That’s the prediction from Zoopla...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent accuses landlords of failing to sell after evictions

The Baroness leading the Generation Rent campaign group is accusing many landlords of failing to sell - despite having said they...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord Register via new portal demanded by lettings industry chiefs

A collection of rental experts in a body called The Lettings Industry Council have called for the creation of a Landlord...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords told to 'up their game' to compete with Build To Rent

A furniture firm which supplies to some Build To Rent operators has told buy to let landlords to up their game...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords demand 'Property Passports' to prove housing conditions

Brand new ‘property passports’ would help landlords prove their homes are compliant and assist tenants to identify decent and safe housing,...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Don't Delay - Shelter wants Section 21 scrapping accelerated

Campaigning charity Shelter wants the government to fast-track its pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers. The government pledged a White Paper...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Evictions running ahead of official figure - activist claim

Activists claim that the number of evictions using Section 21 is actually in excess of the reported by government. Ministry of Justice...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Goodbye to Section 21 - a short history

Housing has always been one of the most sensitive political issues, meaning that legislation in this area is unusually sensitive to...

21 May 2022

From: Rental Reform

Landlords rushing evictions to beat S21 ban - lawyer’s claim

The abolition of Section 21 eviction notices could lead to a surge in evictions by private landlords anxious to sell before...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent on rent freeze and eviction ban warpath again

Activists in Generation Rent have repeated once again their call for a rent freeze and yet another eviction ban.  “Rents have been...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing minister to speak directly to landlords at new conference

Housing minister Eddie Hughes - the politician leading for the government own the renters’ Reform Bill - will be the keynote...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring rents keep rest of housing market buoyant - analyst

A business analyst has given an interesting interpretation of the soaring rental market - and says it keeps the wider sales...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords can spread fee payment with new PropTech platform - claim

A PropTech platform says it’s giving landlords the opportunity to spread their management fees and marketing costs across the duration of...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters under pressure as cost of living crisis hits - Zoopla

The highest rental growth since the Global Financial Crisis, coupled with the cost of living crisis, is putting increased pressure on...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Take Shelter - why video was just a cheap PR stunt

The property industry has this week remonstrated at the video that housing charity Shelter has published and in which they portray...

14 May 2022

From: Agent Advice

Gove accuses landlords of letting tenants live in unsafe homes

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has made a sweeping attack on the conditions of homes run by private landlords. In a statement backing...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ critics rejoice as government caves in to their demands

Activists have expressed their delight that the government has “listed to the voice of renters” in its provisions for widespread reform...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - in the government’s own words

This is the entirety of the detail given by the government about the Renters’ Reform Bill, confirmed in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech. --- Renters Reform...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government's new Landlord Ombudsman scheme plus eviction reforms

The Queen’s Speech has confirmed that a radical re-shaping of the rental sector in England is being pushed ahead by the...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

 Labour calls for rent freeze now and rent controls long term

Labour’s London Mayor - buoyed up after the party’s successes in the capital in last week’s elections - has renewed his...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords on standby for scrapping of Section 21 today

The government is widely expected to announce that Section 21 eviction powers will be scrapped in new legislation coming to Parliament...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists ask Boris Johnson to begin rental reform process tomorrow

Activists from pressure groups and London-focussed tenants’ bodies have handed in a letter to 10 Downing Street asking the Prime Minister...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Four out of five tenants have never missed rent claims PropTech firm

PropTech firm Canopy says four out of five tenants have never missed a rent payment and that this should give them...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians To Decide Future Shape of the Private Rental Sector

A report from the Public Accounts Committee on the regulation of the private rented sector (PRS) was issued with little notice...

07 May 2022

From: Rental Reform

Landlord-Tenant Tensions ahead of the Queen's Speech

What are the main causes of tension and disagreements between tenants and landlords ahead of the Rental Reform Bill, which is expected to...

07 May 2022

From: Rental Reform

EPCs - Battling Baroness slams landlords, councils and government

The latest attack on landlords by Generation Rent director Baroness Alicia Kennedy concerns insulation and household warmth. She claims a quarter of...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter accused of sensationalising Section 21 evictions

The National Residential Landlords Association has hit back at allegations made by Shelter, accusing the charity of sensationalising the way landlords...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Dramatic rise in typical tenant’s income - new figures

A lettings market snapshot prepared each month by PropTech firm Goodlord claims there has been a dramatic rise in the typical...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government considers giving more tenants the Right To Buy

The government is reported to be considering extending the Right To Buy from just council tenants in England to housing association...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Five Top Tips To Help Property Entrepreneurs

Here are five top tips worth considering if you’re an aspiring or ambitious property entrepreneur. 1. Take Your Time to Find the...

30 April 2022

From: Top tips & guides

Some tenants exploit eviction ban to avoid rent - shocking figures

Eviction specialist Landlord Action says it’s seen a sharp rise in landlords seeking to use its debt recovery service against tenants...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Ban evictions and clear tenant arrears with public cash - latest demands

Activists in the Generation Rent group have made seven demands on government including a rent freeze, the clearing of tenants’ arrears,...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Market Boom - forecast rents could rise by up to £1,500 next year

A rental platform forecasts that within 12 months the average UK tenant could be paying £800 more a year in rent...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Cost of living crisis hitting renters most, suggests advice service

Renters without a property to sell are likely to be the worst demographic sector affected by the cost of living crisis...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 notice handed out every seven minutes - claim

Campaigning charity Shelter claims that a private renter in England is handed a Section 21  eviction every seven minutes.  In a new...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent activists demand national rent freeze

Generation Rent is calling for a national rent freeze in the private sector for an unspecified period “for the duration of...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Race - growing number of tenants paying above asking price

Average UK rents have increased for the sixth consecutive quarter - but some tenants are paying above the going rate to...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets Ban: Tenant ‘MARRIES’ cat to ensure it moves to rental property

Bizarre but true - a tenant has undergone a pseudo-marriage ceremony with her cat in a bid to get around any...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters will feel vulnerable because of inflation - warning

A warning has been issued by a business consultancy that renters are set to feel particularly vulnerable this year because of...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform - are landlords and tenants that far apart?

Renting is changing. That’s what we keep being told by the Government as it prepares the ground for its renters’ reform...

23 April 2022

From: Rental Reform

Landlords look out: Nine key changes in 2022

Whether you own a leasehold or freehold property, if you’re an HMO landlord who rents out rooms, individual flats or even...

23 April 2022

From: The Big Issues

BBC wants to get to bottom of rental stock shortage

Landlords are being invited to let the BBC know what it believes lies behind the current rental market stock shortage.  The corporation...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Two top Tories blast the quality of private rental sector

Two of the country’s leading Conservative MPs have spoken at a Shelter conference which claimed millions of private renters were being...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental sector “massively underperforming” say analysts

A long-term shortage of stock means the rental sector is “massively underperforming” according to the property analytics service TwentyCi. It says in...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental demand grows in secondary areas as stock drought goes on

The continuing shortage of supply in the lettings market is not only producing record high asking rents, but is also pushing demand...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

“Uphill struggle to get landlords to fix anything” says activist chief

One of the leaders of the Generation Rent group claims it can be “an uphill struggle for private renters to get...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

MPs condemn rental conditions, councils and government

A senior committee of MPs claims that it’s “too difficult for renters to realise their legal right to a safe and...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord group backs MPs’ condemnation of rental property conditions

The National Residential Landlords Association has backed a far-reaching report by a group of MPs which has condemned the quality of...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants given 15 questions to ask landlords and agents

A controversial PropTech rental platform has issued a list of questions and issues to check when tenants rent from a landlord...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Here we go again! Activists prepare new attack on landlords

Rental activists have made clear that they are not going to stop when their objective to scrap Section 21 eviction powers...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where tenants on Universal Credit have the biggest shortfall

Almost 70 per cent of private tenants in the North East relying on Universal Credit to pay their rent have a...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Controversial Labour council extends landlord licensing regime

A Labour city council that has already called for powers to impose rent controls has now extended its existing landlord licensing...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Now is the time to change outdated perceptions of landlords

Let’s face facts, landlords and the private rented sector have a reputation problem. Perceived to be the poor relation of housing provision, the sector is...

09 April 2022

From: The Big Issues

Tenants saving to buy are ‘running to stand still’ says analyst

Private renters who are trying to save a deposit on a home to buy are having to run in order to...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls Campaign takes to the streets this weekend

A pressure group of campaigners highly critical of landlords and letting agents is organising protests at cities this weekend. Acorn - which...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reforms - activists heap pressure on election candidates

A campaign group wants local candidates fighting elections in London next month sign up to a set of policies including rent...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants branded as “clueless” over their liabilities

New research from an insurer shows many renters are acutely vulnerable to financial loss due to unawareness of their liabilities. And a...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Boom Continues: Rents up and voids down as landlords prosper

There’s been a big rise in rents in the past month according to PropTech supplier Goodlord. They are now at their highest...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters amongst those set to be hit most by inflation

Renters are amongst the three groups likely to suffer worst as the cost of living crisis unfolds, an analyst has warned.  Sarah...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing minister consults with activists over rental reforms

Housing minister Eddie Hughes MP has met with activists to discuss the government’s reform proposals for the private rental sector.  They were...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter says renters hardest hit of all by cost of living crisis

Campaigning charity Shelter claims renters’ pockets are being hit the hardest of any demographic group in Britain in terms of the...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Register - first details emerge of new scheme

The government has indirectly given away early details of its long-expected National Landlord Register - but it still appears to be...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - has it been delayed AGAIN?

The government appears to have admitted that the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper has now been delayed yet again, this time...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Shocking data on tenants who rely on Universal Credit to pay rent

More than 50 per cent of private tenants who rely on Universal Credit to pay their rent have a shortfall between...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned not to delay talking to tenants about mould

The Deposit Protection Service is warning landlords not to delay discussions about damp and mould until the end of the tenancies. DPS...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

More assistance for private renters hit by pandemic

PropTech supplier Canopy has launched a new service to help tenants affected by the pandemic.  Last year Canopy was awarded a grant...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Renting forever? Many older tenants accept they may rent long-term

A new report from the Social Market Foundation and sponsored by the Paragon Bank has thrown new light on what today’s...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Sunak stacking economy against tenants, says campaigning Baroness

The leader of the Generation Rent campaign group has accused Chancellor Rishi Sunak of “stacking the economy against private renters who...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - is Sunak's VAT initiative enough for landlords?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement was something - but not enough. That’s the view of Ben Beadle - chief executive of the...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists demand indefinite tenancies at heart of rental reform

The Renters’ Reform Coalition, a combination of some 20 groups of activists wanting to transform the lettings sector, has set its...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Newspaper campaign to scrap Section 21 and clamp down on landlords

The Mirror newspaper has launched a campaign to “make rented homes safer”. It says its campaign - called Safe As Houses -...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters should join tenants’ union, urges Labour council

Oxford’s Labour-run council has called on private renters to join a new tenants union. A statement from the authority says some private...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Control threat now hurting capital values - analyst’s warning

The threat of rent controls in two parts of the country may now be so severe that buy to let landlords...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Deposit Disputes - free webinars for landlords on how to avoid them

The Deposit Protection Service is hosting two webinars this Spring to help landlords and letting agents reduce the chances of deposit...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Call for pets to be allowed and tenancies to be 24 months long

A major think tank is calling for a radical reform of the private rental sector. A report from the cross-party independent Social...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

At Last! - Evidence shows most tenants like their homes and landlords

The significant majority of private renters are happy with their properties, status and their landlords according to a new survey. A report...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour MP launches ‘First Homes, Not Second Homes’ campaign

A Labour MP in the westcountry appears to be winning support for a campaign he has launched called First Homes, Not...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Good Times Over? Rental growth to slow as tenants feel the pinch

A prominent lettings agency says the rental growth seen in the past year will not be repeated in 2022, as tenants...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks - Redress: Should greater accountability be feared?

It goes without saying that any decent landlord wants to provide their tenants with a safe and secure home and to...

12 March 2022

From: The Big Issues

Labour Mayor and ex-Labour Baroness demand rent freeze

A Labour Mayor and a former Labour baroness have teamed up to call for rent freezes in London, claiming they slash...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

New dispute resolution service for private rental sector

Trading Standards has approved a new alternative dispute resolution body for the private rental sector. It’s The Dispute Service Ltd, and it...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent provider targets suburbs of smaller urban centres

Build To Rent provider Wise Living is to deliver 90 new homes in two small schemes alongside an existing development of...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Giles Atkinson, Director of Atkinson McLeod

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Giles Atkinson and I’m one part of...

03 March 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

Renters caught out by long-running shortage of homes to let

Renters are finding it tough to locate a new home because of the continuing shortage of supply according to the National...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit by rent controls would move to Airbnb - claim

A prominent property website, which monitors the lettings market, suggests that rent controls would drive a proportion of rental stock to...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Uninsured tenants say they will pay for rental damage themselves

New research from insurance provider Paymentshield has found that over one in five UK tenants have experienced a negative property event...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Justice For Tenants wins Rent Repayment Order against landlord

A non-profit organisation called Justice For Tenants has spearheaded a campaign which has ultimately led to a Rent Repayment Order being...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Bigger fines for landlords and more compensation for tenants - Khan

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wants rogue landlords to pay bigger fines and more compensation to tenants. He is also introducing...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Short Lets getting longer as 28-night bookings more common

Airbnb says its short lets business is back almost to 2019 pre-Covid levels in cities, and it reports many work-from-home renters...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour chief demands rent controls and powers over landlords

The mayor of Labour-controlled Bristol council is teaming up with local anti-landlord activists to look at how to introduce local rent...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Failure? Long-standing rental app disappears

A rental app which was pitched to landlords and tenants as “making renting a seamless and transparent experience” appears to have...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants face looming pension crisis warns business consultancy

Renters are much less likely than homeowners to have at least a moderate income in retirement according to business consultancy Hargreaves...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Richer tenants set to benefit from stricter financial referencing

Wealthier tenants will benefit from stiffer affordability criteria as stock levels fall and demand increases according to DJ Alexander Ltd, part...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord Woes - Rising Costs, Levelling Up, Cladding Confusion

Last October, stakeholders across the private rented sector were told by ministers that the Government needed extra time to create a...

12 February 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

Tory supporter condemns government anti-landlord gesture politics

The government’s pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords and agents is  “the worst form of gesture politics in...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Social renters SIX TIMES less satisfied than private renters - survey

Six times as many social renters in one part of the UK are dissatisfied with their homes compared to private renters...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Conservatives increasingly keen on helping renters rather than landlords

A poll of Conservative voters shows strong majorities for higher taxes on second homes and empty properties, and tougher demands on...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New housing minister is a landlord with a history

The new housing minister is a landlord - and has already attracted criticism from some sections of the media. Yesterday Chris Pincher...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent says tenants amongst hardest hit by energy hike

Generation Rent claims private rental sector tenants are set to be most disadvantaged by the 54 per cent rise in the...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

A Greener Home Time For Tenants?

The latest research from NatWest and IHS Markit has revealed that just seven per cent of homeowners with a gas boiler are...

05 February 2022

From: The Big Issues

Shelter backs Boris Johnson levelling up rental reforms

Campaigning charity Shelter says the government’s rental reform programme is “a crucial step forward”.  The Levelling Up White Paper insists landlords ensure...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 scrapped as Gove hands rental power balance to tenants

The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper includes a dramatic reshaping of the private rental sector. Section 21 eviction powers will be...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent claims victory over landlord register

The activist group Generation Rent says it’s celebrating a victory in its campaign to secure a national mandatory landlord register. Newspaper leaks...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Top agent says tenants find it tough to pay rent and for basics

A lettings agency says renters must pay an average of up to 77 per cent of their monthly household income to...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical rental reforms to be announced this week

The government is expected to announce the introduction of a national landlord register in England on Wednesday as part of its...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks - Understand your competition and your customers

Last month, I wrote about what’s in store for the private rented sector in 2022 and, like most commentators in our...

29 January 2022

From: The Big Issues

Combative agent hits out at landlords over property condition

A lettings agent who also acts on behalf of tenants against landlords claims to have received 1,000 enquiries from frustrated private...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord accreditation system gives scores for performance

A council has launched what it calls a “scores on the doors” style accreditation scheme for landlords. The Decent and Safe Homes...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Webinars for landlords puzzled by laws surrounding renting out

A specialist lettings agency is holding a series of webinars for landlords who may fell they need help navigating some 170-plus...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents rising much faster than official figures, claims analyst

Official government data suggests that rents are rising by 1.8 per cent a year - but a prominent analyst has gone...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Many renters want to buy out their landlord, survey shows

A large scale survey of over 4,000 private and social tenants suggests that a significant proportion would like to buy their...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to “shift the odds in favour of renters”

A government housing minister says the Boris Johnson administration wants to shift the balance of power in the rental sector favour...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Why 2022 will be Build to Rent’s Year

New preliminary figures released by CBRE reveal that a record £4.1 billion was invested in the UK’s Build to Rent sector...

15 January 2022

From: The Big Issues

Can BTR Renting Be As Satisfying As Home Ownership?

There are numerous reasons as to why renting is the way forward and how it can bring just as much, if...

15 January 2022

From: Industry Views

How Tenants Can Build a Credit Score

The New Year is typically a time for people to take stock of their finances and ensure that they’re on strong...

15 January 2022

From: Top tips & guides

Landlord anger over agent switching energy supplier without consent

A tenant has received what has been described as a “grovelling” apology from the Connells lettings agency after it switched her...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson dodges question on timing of rental reform

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dodged a question from an MP about the timing of the long-awaited Rental Reform Bill and...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords - should you tell tenants about another tax?

A little-known law unearthed by a lettings agency may be bad news because it means some private renters are likely to...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Lords report accuses private rental sector of being too expensive

A House of Lords report claims that the private rental sector has become ”increasingly unaffordable” and says out welcomes the proliferation...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Compulsory Landlord Register? Clamp-down likely on holiday lets

The government looks set to clamp down on holiday rentals and will this year formally consult on the concept of a...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Un-vaxxed tenants given new guidance on moving home

The government has issued updated guidance on renters moving home during the pandemic, and for the first time the rules change...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Is The Private Rental Sector facing a Supply Crisis?

Bromsgrove is a classic rental market. The Worcestershire market town is enveloped by green space but is just a thirty-minute commute...

08 January 2022

From: Industry Views

2022 Rental Trends - a Build To Rent perspective

1. Outdoor space: After nearly two years of restrictions, 2022 will see renters continuing to prioritise outdoor space. For residents of...

08 January 2022

From: The Big Issues

Tory complains about “coughing up most of income to landlords”

A prominent Conservative has complained that her party, and others, have failed to do anything about a housing market in which...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

 Scrapping Section 21 may take three years says industry expert

A leading experts on the private rental sector predicts it will take three years for the government to scrap Section 21...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive rent rise for social housing tenants expected in the spring

Private landlords get it in the neck for allegedly-high rents but 4.75m families living in social housing in England are facing...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks: Rental Reform to dominate 2022

As I write, at home in bed recovering from Covid, I can’t fail to notice the irony of attempting to predict...

18 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

Will 2022 present energy efficiency and rent control challenges?

As we enter 2022 the private rented sector can look back on a year which marked the start of its recovery...

18 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

New Year - time for landlords to step up a gear

The dusk of 2021 is upon us and, as is customary in property circles at this juncture, we look forward to...

18 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

2022’s challenge for landlords - improving energy efficiency

Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson has given his prediction as to what the big issues will be in the 2022 lettings...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mandatory compensation for tenants mooted by letting agents

ARLA Propertymark has launched a radical programme of reform for the private rental sector - getting in before the government’s own...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental firm gives tenants five New Year Resolutions to follow

Build To Rent apartment brand Essential Living is giving its tenants five New Year’s Resolutions for 2022. 1. Create Home Working Space:...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

High profile MP claims government 'turns a blind eye' on bad landlords

High profile MP Caroline Lucas has told a newspaper that the government turns a blind eye to bad landlords. “This government, like previous...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Many tenants spend over £1,000 decorating landlord’s property - claim

A lettings platform claims a substantial number of tenants spend over £1,000 on decorating their landlord’s property.  Flatshare platform SpareRoom claims that...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness leads call for ‘winter truce’ on evictions

Activists in the Generation Rent campaign group are urging the government to introduce what it calls “a winter truce” with no...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

My service aims to fix ‘toxic’ rental market for young people

Every year there is an influx of students that hate renting, and I was one of them.  Students should be excited about...

11 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

Slammed! Government and councils condemned for rental failures

A report by the National Audit Office has sharply criticised the government and councils for not doing enough to help tenants...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Fewer tenants have Covid arrears, but average debt is still rising

The National Residential Landlords Association says fewer tenants now have Covid-related arrears - but for those who do, the debt is...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Can I afford rent? Can I afford fuel? Tenants say that’s the dilemma

Some two thirds of tenants say they may struggle to pay their energy bills this winter - and almost as many...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Council spends £30,000 on rent to help private tenants avoid eviction

An initiative set up earlier this year to help support private rented sector tenants and landlords has proved its worth according...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Room rental market sees demand soar and supply slump

Demand for rooms has rocketed in recent months, coinciding with a huge shortage in the number of rooms available in the...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

New HMO licensing regime to be launched in London borough

Lewisham council in London is introducing a new licensing scheme for all Houses of Multiple Occupancy - claiming it will improve...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Special Citizens Advice helpline opens for landlords AND tenants

A Citizens Advice helpline has opened in Wales for both renters struggling with arrears, and for landlords who believe their tenants...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies make inventories and inspections vital - claim

The UK’s largest provider of inventory services says rising tenancy lengths make a combination of inventories and regular inspections more valuable...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid still making cities a ‘big ask’ for many working renters

A large scale survey of tenants suggests there’s a real enthusiasm for them to leave major cities and relocate elsewhere, so...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent blasts “dodgy landlords” for sabotaging energy efficiency goals

A lettings agent claims progress on climate change and energy efficiency is likely to be undermined by what he calls “dodgy...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council may help with rent payments for hard-pressed tenants

A council is appealing to landlords to reach out if they are having problems with a tenant - instead of possibly...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

London council pledges HMO inspections at least once every five years

Lewisham council in south London is introducing a new licensing scheme for all HMOs in the borough. It claims this will help...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Is Buy To Let Over? Not yet it isn’t…

The demise of the buy to let market has been much predicted over recent years. Major tax changes, a three per...

20 November 2021

From: Tax & Finance

Regional Rents Bounce. And London Is Next…

Earlier this week Zoopla released some rather healthy statistics on the UK rental market. In recent months, the rental market has been...

20 November 2021

From: Top tips & guides

It’s War! Activists and Green Party at loggerheads over landlords

Activists in the Acorn pro-tenant movement have sharply criticised the Green Party which runs Brighton council for allegedly failing to prosecute...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t over-regulate landlords! Warning to UK governments

Avoiding over-regulation across the UK should be a priority to keep existing landlords in the sector as well as attracting buy...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb reforms show it wants traditional landlords’ business

Airbnb is making more overt attempts to lure long term renters away from traditional landlords. In recent days it’s revealed new policies...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council unanimously passes motion calling for rent controls

Belfast council has unanimously passed a motion calling for the Northern Ireland Executive to introduce a rent control scheme for the...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour call to name and shame rogue landlords

A Labour councillor in a Green Party-controlled local authority wants the body to name and shame rogue landlords on a publicly-available...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity wants check on how £65m is spent on Covid-arrears tenants

Another charity has criticised landlords using eviction powers on tenants with Covid-related arrears.  StepChange, a debt advice charity, says it wants to...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government asks tenants if they want to see landlord contact details

The government has launched a survey of private tenants in which it asks them whether they would like to be given...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC Crisis: Properties could be “unsellable and unrentable” by 2025

There is a fear that work required to bring rental units up to new Energy Performance Certificate levels by 2025 could...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Impact on landlords and renters far less than feared

A series of online interviews with landlords suggests far fewer of them have been seriously impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic than...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rajiv Singh - Founder & CEO RentOnCloud

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Rajiv Singh |Founder & CEO RentOnCloud www.rentoncloud.com Tell me about RentOnCloud, what does...

04 November 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Some tenants would pay 20% more for eco-efficient homes - claim

A new survey from an online rental platform claims tenants are willing to pay for greener homes. Some 98 per cent of...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Delaying scrapping Section 21 is the right thing to do, say agents

The scrapping of Section 21 and other provisions expected in the government’s White Paper on rental reform have been delayed until...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent supply rises as agency sets challenge for landlords

Build To Rent is recovering well from the pandemic across the UK according to a survey. Construction sites across the UK ground...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Poor rental conditions trigger mental health issues - claim

A property company claims that 14 per cent of renters are so distressed by their living situation they believe it is...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Think-tank backs Generation Rent call for greater controls on landlords

An independent think-tank is the latest organisation wanting landlord licensing schemes across England plus a nationa landlord register, emulating similar schemes...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Register could lead to tax clampdown, say activists

The Generation Rent activist group has repeated its call for a landlord register in England, saying it could mean more tax...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

£65m for tenant arrears - but it’s not enough for Generation Rent

The activist group Generation Rent says the £65m package announced by the government over the weekend is not enough and must...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Is Buy To Let still worth the effort? You Bet!

£223.7 billion. That’s how much better off UK landlords are than five years ago when you do the maths on the...

16 October 2021

From: Industry Views

How Landlords and their Agents can talk with Generation Z

The Victorian phrase “as safe as houses” well describes the security of the housing market as, whether they are buying or...

16 October 2021

From: Top tips & guides

Landlords tell Sunak to help tenants pay off Covid-related arrears

The proportion of private renters in arrears in England has more than doubled during the Covid-19 pandemic according to government data. The...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New PropTech service allowing direct contact with tenants

A new PropTech platform says it allows easy digital contact between tenants, landlords and third party suppliers avoiding the need to...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

One in five renters ill because of property condition, claims Shelter

Shelter says 20 per cent of private and social renters in England suffer poor health because of the condition of their...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Solicitors slam landlords in bid to trigger tenant legal action

A solicitors’ practice claims repairs initiated by landlords take an average of 41 days to be completed after a tenant complains...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New investment league table’s ringing endorsement to city buy to lets

A new league table of investment potential has given a ringing endorsement to buy to let in cities. Select Property Group has...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

The view from Build To Rent: We’re better placed to improve quality

The dynamic of the private rental market has been changing in recent years. There's been a decline in private landlords, yet almost...

09 October 2021

From: Industry Views

Shamplina Speaks - Landlords Are At A Crossroads

As founder of Landlord Action and chief operating officer at Hamilton Fraser, I’ve been talking to landlords for over 25 years...

09 October 2021

From: The Big Issues

Stand Easy! Rental Reform White Paper appears some way off

The White Paper on rental reform may still be some time away, with a minister at the centre of its preparation saying...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Who’d have thought it? Shelter boss praises some private landlords

In an unexpected turn of events at a Conservative party conference fringe meeting, the chief executive of Shelter heaped praise on...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit cut today - landlords’ last gasp criticism

Today the government will go ahead with a planned cut to Universal Credit of £20 per week.  The level of welfare support...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - stand by for details today

The government is expected to give at least some details today of the principles enshrined in a new White Paper on...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Back Off! Sunak told to stop hammering rental sector

One of the first submissions to Chancellor Rishi Sunak ahead of his autumn Budget and spending review later this month asks...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears likely thanks to Universal Credit cutback - warning

New analysis of government data by the national homelessness charity Crisis suggests that in England over 100,000 low income renters on Universal Credit will be at least two or more months behind on...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

More cash for tenants - Shelter and Generation Rent set out demands

Shelter and Generation Rent have separately made a case for more cash help for tenants, claiming the current pandemic and energy...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Blaze casualties prompt fire warning to private landlords

A company behind a fire safety initiative has surveyed tenants in both the private and social rental sectors, and claims shortcomings...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New lettings industry forum to include landlords’ spokesman

Ben Beadle, chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, is to sit on a new Lettings sector body set up...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Some tenants would pay 10% more for advanced technology

A Build To Rent operator claims some tenants - around a fifth - are willing to pay more for properties with...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears to rocket if Universal Credit cut is pushed says charity

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

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent steps up pressure for ‘lifetime deposits’

Activists group Generation Rent is urging renters who have renewed their tenancy but not moved since May 2019 to check if...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords renew call for help after benefit and furlough cuts

Private renters and landlords face a cliff edge as the end of furlough coincides with cuts to benefits, says a leading...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

The market now? It’s all about stock shortages

Growing numbers of landlords are quitting the sector, prompting a supply shortage and rent rises according to a market snapshot by...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant Data: New insights into Millennials’ rental patterns

New research by lettings agency Hamptons shows the total amount of rent paid by tenants across Britain has actually fallen eight...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Does your tenant have a pet, even if you haven’t given permission?

An agency says its bizarre list of items left behind by departing tenants shows how many renters actually appear to keep pets...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Gove must give tenants more rights says campaigning Baroness

The new Housing Secretary, Michael Gove, must remake the rental sector in a fairer and more stable form. That’s the view of...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Corbyn shadow minister leads MP support for Generation Rent

A former member of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet has thrown his weight behind Generation Rent’s latest campaign. Lloyd Russell-Moyle - chair of...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental properties letting almost a week faster than in 2020

Zoopla says rental properties are typically letting almost a week faster than a year ago. It claims that with supply and demand...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council chief says licensing deters “criminal landlords”

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

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Law Breakers: Shelter slams landlords for “criminal behaviour”

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

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent to lead activists’ lobby of MPs today

Activists including Generation Rent are to lobby MPs this afternoon, to complain against eviction notice periods in England reverting to pre-Covid...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent angry over return of normal eviction notice periods

Activists’ group Generation Rent says it’s to lobby MPs on Tuesday next week against the return of normal eviction notice periods...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Out of balance: Huge number of renters as rental stock still very limited

The latest rental market snapshot by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests supply and demand in the lettings sector still...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Cities Are Back! Rental growth best for years thanks to city renaissance

The UK rental market has revved up amidst a sharp rise in demand for city living, driving the highest rate of...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters are big losers from soaring house prices - mortgage boss

Celebrations amongst landlords and home owners over the latest record house price figures mask growing disadvantages for renters, claims a mortgage...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Government says No to separate fees for pets in rental properties

The government is not budging on the Tenant Fees Act and will not amend it to allow separate and additional charging...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears not a significant cause of despite disputes - TDS

Yet again the issue of cleaning has been identified as the single largest cause of end-of-tenancy disputes leading to deposits being...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency may be make or break for tenants, survey claims

A survey claims that 80 per cent of prospective tenants would consider energy efficiency as one of the critical items determining...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Renter Power! UK's first-ever Minister for Tenants' Rights appointed

The prospect of increased renters’ power has already been seen north of the border with the pledge to introduce rent controls...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls needed because tenants “pay way over the odds”

The UK’s first Minister for Tenants’ Rights says he will introduce rent controls because renters currently “pay way over the odds”. Although...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords must pay tenants’ moving costs when they sell - demand

Activists in Generation Rent are now making a new demand - that landlords must pay the moving costs of tenants when...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Pet-friendly properties have soared in popularity say agents

Letting agents have reported huge surges in demand for pet-friendly properties.  Richard O’Neill, managing director at Romans Lettings, says: “There has certainly...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental activists want their homes nationalised - could it happen here?

A referendum in Berlin next month is being watched closely by rental activists in the UK, in case it offers them...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists accuse landlords of tearing apart communities via short lets

The Generation Rent group has renewed its attack on landlords who let properties to holidaymakers rather than long term tenants.  The group...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Government has no record of landlord convictions, says campaigner

A letting agent who campaigns against rogue landlords says the government has “no idea” how many convictions there have been regarding...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents for homes next to shopping centres may reduce - not rise

The popular belief that homes in close proximity to shops inevitably pushes up the rent is being challenged by new research. The...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London - limited improvement as lettings leave the doldrums

High end lettings agency Strutt & Parker says the outlook for Prime Central London is improving slightly with more activity reported...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent advises landlords to use easy-to-read version of official guide

A leading lettings agent in the south west is advising landlords to take advantage of a new ‘easy to read’ guide...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness claims many more “facing” eviction than actually evicted

The Baroness leading the campaign group Generation Rent claims the official figure for evictions in the second quarter of this year...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

More help needed for landlords to adapt homes for older and disabled

Too little is being done to help landlords access funding to adapt their property to meet the needs of older or...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

The cities where landlords most likely to make a LOSS…

An agency and law firm, Coulters, has produced a league table of where landlords are most likely to make a loss...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency predicts student surge to accelerate East London market

Lettings agency JLL says improved interest in East London’s lettings market is being accelerated by the expected surge in demand from...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour unhappy at multi-month up-front rent demanded by landlords

Labour’s shadow housing secretary has branded “outrageous” moves by landlords and letting agents to demand multiple months of rent upfront.  Lucy Powell...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech chief warns that stamp duty holiday may have hurt renters

The chief finance officer of a PropTech company says the effects of the stamp duty holiday on house prices must not...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Overwhelming support amongst renters for 12 month-plus tenancies

New research suggests an overwhelming number of renters want longer tenancies, a trend pushed further by the uncertainties of the pandemic.  A...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agent makes another blistering attack on landlords

A lettings agent who has started a rental insurance business has launched another attack on landlords. Ajay Jagota, who runs KIS Lettings...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid fall-out makes life worse for renters, claims new report

The pandemic has made future prospects for renters worse, according to a new survey.  Four out of 10 tenants questioned by the...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants afraid to complain about conditions, claims academic study

A new study by a university suggests that some tenants are apparently afraid to speak out about the condition of the...

22 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

Self-employed tenants unlikely to quit rental sector for some time

The latest study of the mortgager market by Aldermore Bank suggests the self-employed are finding it harder than ever to get...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday let landlords advised to ‘invest in luxury’ to bag more tenants

New research shows that holiday let features appear to be the most in demand, based on Google searches.  Prospective renters appear most...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists demand another eviction ban until law is changed

There’s a new call for all Section 24 evictions to be suspended until the passing of the Rental Reform Act -...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Happy Tenants! Big majority of renters satisfied with landlords

Over 80 per cent of private renters in England are satisfied with their accommodation according to new data. Figures from the English...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords condemned for ‘quick buck’ shift to short lets

A council leader has criticised landlords in a tourist hotspot for evicting long term tenants and switching to higher paying Airbnb...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Radical shake up likely for private rental sector in N Ireland

It looks certain that a substantial number of pro-tenant reforms are to be introduced in Northern Ireland in the near future. A...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour and Generation Rent unite to demand rent controls

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and the Baroness leading the Generation Rent campaign have called for powers to control rents. Khan claims...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - potential investment areas where renting is rising

A buy to let consultancy has identified those parts of the country where there’s been the biggest swing towards renting when...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Pet references - should landlords or tenants pay?

A pet referencing service is courting controversy by suggesting more animals should be allowed in rental properties - and that landlords,...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Complain about your landlord, insurance seller tells tenants

A new scheme has been launched encouraging tenants to complain about their landlords and seek compensation. Ajay Jagota - who used to...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Angry activists ask: Why do businesses have an eviction ban, but not us?

Campaign group Generation Rent has issued an angry statement in response to the government’s decision to extend the eviction ban for...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back landlords' plea for government help over Covid arrears

Propertymark, the trade body for letting agents, has joined landlords in writing to junior housing minister Eddie Hughes to call for...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory Lord promotes campaign for pets to be allowed in private lets

Conservative Peer Lord Black of Brentwood - Guy Black, a former newspaper magnate and Conservative activist - has urged the government...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords in high-level talks with government over rental reforms

The landlords’ trade body has been invited to join what it calls “high-level” talks with government over reforms to the private...

15 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

Anti-eviction activists tell renters to check landlord paperwork

Activist group Generation Rent are telling tenants to use the slightest documentation error by landlords to avoid eviction. It claims as many...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council says: “We’re very clear - we’re on the side of tenants”

A council says it’s “on the side of tenants” against landlords. The London borough of Tower Hamlets has renewed its Selective Licensing...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

“Bumper summer of lettings” on the way for landlords

We’re on track for a bumper summer of lettings according to one of the sector’s most authoritative rental market monitors. Goodlord’s latest...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council wants taxpayers’ money to be used to pay Covid arrears

The resumption of bailiff-enforced evictions, banned for over a year until just days ago, could be “catastrophic” for one of the...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists thank unions ahead of week of tenants’ rights webinars

The tenants’ campaign group Generation Rent is planning a week of events to promote renters’ rights later this month. The campaign says...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency tells renters how to pass tenant referencing

Online lettings platform Mashroom says there are four tips for tenants who want to boost their credit ratings to have a...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords fear thousands of tenants will now fail referencing

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

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Lifting of eviction ban “beginning of the end for many renters” - claim

Campaigning charity Shelter says the lifting of the bailiff-enforced eviction ban, which happened over the weekend, is “the beginning of the...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Surge in tenants seeking charity advice - claim

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

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords can evict tenants for requesting repairs, claims Baroness

The Baroness who leads the Generation Rent campaign group says landlords are currently “able to evict tenants just for requesting repairs...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental White Paper - government gives hint of what it will contain

The government has pledged to  bring forward a White Paper in the Autumn, focussing on its commitments to reform the private...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activist group wants more “engagement” between councils and tenants

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

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Sacked Labour left-winger speaks up for pro-renter campaigns

Rebecca Long Bailey, a left wing MP sacked in controversial circumstances by party leader Sir Kier Starmer, has spoken up for...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Lifetime Deposits may be more complicated than government hopes

There’s a warning that the government’s pledge to introduce a lifetime deposits concept, theoretically making it easier and cheaper for tenants...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists request meeting with government over rental reform

A coalition of 20 pro-tenant organisations - including at least one actively campaigning against some government measures - wants a meeting...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t evict without getting in touch - council plea to landlords

A council is urging landlord not to evict tenants when the current ban ends on May 31 without getting in touch...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome Eviction Ban end but want cash help for renters

Landlords have welcomed the government’s announcement to end the eviction ban and reduce the notice period required for the private rental...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Most tenants still want to own despite pandemic upheaval

Despite the global pandemic putting many major life plans on hold, almost three fifths of renters continue to have ownership as...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Full details of Notice and Eviction changes

The government has announced changes to tenancy notice periods in line with the phased easing of the pandemic restrictions.  Whilst some notice...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists demand mandatory register to root out “criminal landlords”

Activists led by Baroness Alicia Kennedy of Generation Rent say the proposed reform of the private rental system must include a...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord relief at consultation before Renters Reform Bill becomes law

The landlords’ trade body has given its support to the principle of consultation before the much-hyped Renters Reform Bill becomes law. Yesterday’s...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Reform to be implemented in the coming year

The government has confirmed that reform of the private rental sector will be a priority for the coming session of Parliament. A...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory MP demands rental MOTs and compulsory landlord accreditation

A Conservative MP claims there is a major power imbalance between tenants and landlords and widespread reforms are required to stop...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Think-tank calls for more renters’ rights and new law

A think-tank, UK Onward, has called for radical rental reform. In a statement released to coincide with today’s Queen’s Speech, the think-tank...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands widespread rental reform starting tomorrow

Shelter says tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech should herald the start of a widespread reform of all renting, particularly the private sector. In a blog...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant activists team up with council to consult private renters

Tenant activist group Generation Rent is working with a council on a new consultation process - with a chance to win...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Outlook uncertain for buy to let after recent retreat - Nationwide

The private rental sector is in slow retreat according to a new analysis by Nationwide-owned specialist lender, The Mortgage Works. Nationwide chief...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils accused by activists over rental licensing and safety

There are now 10 councils with licensing schemes covering more than 20 per cent of the rental market according to activists’...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter and tenants’ group set up city Fair Renting campaign

Shelter and tenants’ group in a major city have mobilised to set up a campaign called Fair Renting. The campaign is focussed...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in Rental Properties - vets join the campaign

A leading veterinary body - the National Office of Animal Health, or NOAH - has started a campaign to have pets allowed...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government comes clean - it wants home owners, not renters

Housing minister Chris Pincher has made the most explicit admission yet of the government’s desire to diminish the private rental sector. In...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

May 11 - is this when we’ll know about abolishing Section 21?

The State Opening of Parliament will take place on Tuesday May 11, with many expecting this to be when the government confirms...

23 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

Order in Court! TV Star says he wants Section 21 scrapped

TV star Robert Rinder - best known for his performances under the guise of Judge Rinder - has made an outspoken...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

 Students “left to fall prey to landlords” claims union

Over a fifth of students questioned in a new survey say they have been unable to pay rent in full over...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring number of second homes jumping on staycation bandwagon

The number of second homes in the UK has risen 30 per cent over the last five years, according to a...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Top 20 best places to invest as a landlord - new league table

A new league table has been created of the best places for landlords to invest in buy to let. The Compare The...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour anti-eviction activists outline three-stage campaign

The Momentum group on the left of the Labour Party has outlined a three-stage campaign to secure a longer term ban on...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

We're sticking with cities and towns, say most tenants

The much-hyped move from cities to the country thanks to the pandemic is happening - but it’s much more likely to...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Buying is cheaper than renting, but deposit remains big obstacle

New research shows that monthly payments for the mortgage are likely to be cheaper than rent for a comparable home -...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders flop - average of just 13 issued a year

Only 39 rogue landlords and letting agents have been hit with banning orders in the first three years of their existence. The...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

MP backs law change to allow tenants to pay pet damage insurance

Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell, who is moving a Bill through Parliament urging landlords to accept pets, says he backs a law...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour tenants slam party housing spokeswoman over protests

A Labour housing pressure group has made strong public criticism of the party’s shadow housing spokeswoman, Thangam Debbonaire. Labour Tenants United was...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in complaints about landlords, claims charity

A charity claims it’s helping one person every minute with problems relating to renting from a private landlord. In the first two...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Are tenancy agreements being broken by uninsured renters?

A survey of 1,000 tenants suggests that only around half have contents insurance. Nationwide, which conducted the poll, says the contents of...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Police help landlords conduct illegal and violent evictions - claim

A group of activists at the centre of campaigns for renters’ rights has claimed the police help landlords commit illegal acts. The London...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

150,000 tenants at risk of eviction, claims new charity campaign

A charity warns today that 150,000 private renters are at risk of eviction when restrictions are lifted because of mounting Covid-related...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter says over a quarter of tenants ‘afraid of homelessness’

The campaigning charity Shelter claims 14 per cent of adults in England - that’s six million people - are more worried...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Not enough! Generation Rent slams latest eviction ban extension

Activists in Generation Rent have hit out at the latest extension to the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions.  The government has extended this...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit out at government ‘failing to get a grip on arrears’

The main landlords’ trade body has made a blistering attack on the government of one of the UK nations, asking it...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban set to be central issue in spring local elections

Activists are aiming to make the eviction ban a central theme in this spring’s local elections. In early May there are elections...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter says renters are “frightened” of eviction, despite extension

The government’s latest extension for the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions - taking it up until the end of May - is...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council’s huge licensing plan divides opinion ahead of key vote

A Labour-controlled council says it’s confident a huge new licensing scheme for one of Britain’s most high-profile cities will be voted...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London landlords have good news - renters are on the way back

Letting agents in London say there's more interest from prospective tenants now the vaccine and Coronavirus roadmap suggest something like normality...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords beware - pets are coming to the private rental sector

An inventory supplier to the lettings industry is advising landlords to make sure they spot early signs of pet damage in...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour swipe at Budget “giveaway for landlords”

Labour has accused Chancellor Rishi Sunak of prioritising a tax break for landlords over the need for affordable housing or help for...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants must demand eco-improvements say rent activists

A rental activists’ campaign group wants tenancies reformed to allow tenants to claim back rent and “give tenants the confidence to...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Advice - how landlords can survive the pandemic

Around 840,000 private renters in England and Wales have built up rent arrears since lockdown measures began and one in five...

03 March 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Avoiding eviction - Council says it’s piloting mediation scheme

A local council has let it be known that it’s in a pilot mediation scheme set up by the government -...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

“Don’t hand money to millionaire landlords” unions tell government

Trade unions have joined the call for renters with Covid-related arrears to get cash help from the government - but they...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour MP demands Covid rent arrears to be paid by public funds

Labour MP Stephen Timms has asked Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to commit to five measures to tighten controls on the private...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness and rent union chief demand Budget action on arrears

The leader of the Generation Rent campaign group has joined forces with tenant activists to demand the Chancellor gives financial support...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council teaching tenants how to reclaim rent from landlords

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

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Scams are rife in the private lettings sector, says Trading Standards

Scams involving fake landlords and bogus lettings agents are rife in the private rentals sector, and may have been made worse...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour Mayor Khan to put rent controls at heart of election fight

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is to keep a call for rent controls in the capital as a major plank of his...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak must help tenants in arrears, pleads coalition of rental groups

A coalition of rental groups with the same view on how to tackle arrears is calling on the Chancellor to help...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent attacks landlords on Homes Under The Hammer

Generation Rent has criticised the aspirations of some landlords who appear on the daytime BBC show Homes Under The Hammer.  “The regular...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back call for fund to help tenants with arrears

Landlords are today backing a call by the Resolution Foundation think tank for tenant hardship loans for renters impacted by the...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension not enough for campaigning Baroness

The Baroness leading the pressure group Generation Rent says the extension of the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions does not go far...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban on bailiff-enforced evictions extended yet again

The government has announced yet another ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector. The existing ban was due to expire...

14 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants increasingly worried over personal credit scores

Despite talk of increased arrears and wider economic concerns, it appears tenants are increasingly worried about the long-term effects of poor credit...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fears grow of Capital Gains Tax hike for landlords

Landlords are warning the government that if it increases Capital Gains Tax the rental market will freeze up. Chatter has increased in...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants get on badly? Don't you believe it...

A survey claims that 75 per cent of tenants regard the relationship with their landlord as good or very good -...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Houses letting much more quickly than apartments in city centres

New research out this morning suggests that Coronavirus continues to change the lettings landscape, with houses now renting more quickly than a...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Government told - Help ALL renters, not just students!

Landlords have told government that while they welcome new cash help for student tenants, the rest of the lettings sector needs...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Lea Savage, landlord for 12 years

What is your name and how long have you been a landlord? My name is Lea Savage, and I have been a...

03 February 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Activists demand Covid Rent Debt Fund to wipe out 100% of arrears

The Generation Rent campaign wants public cash in a Covid Rent Debt Fund to clear rent arrears for tenants who have run...

03 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

Tenants demand politicians take action on ‘sex for rent’ scandal

A tenant organisation has written to almost 130 politicians asking them to do more to protect renters - especially lone females -...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Listen Up Landlords! New podcast from the sector’s trade body

The National Residential Landlords Association has launched a new podcast series - Listen Up Landlords - for members and non-members. The association...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Government wants pet-friendly tenancy contracts as standard

The government’s model tenancy agreement has been amended to be pro-pet. The new agreement means renters with what are described as “well-behaved pets”...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdowns make good broadband more key than ever for renters

New research provides more evidence of the importance of good broadband links for tenants.  A survey of over 1,000 students earlier this week...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists use agent’s blunder to accuse landlords of “moral bankruptcy”

A group of anti-landlord activists has used an incident involving an estate agency publicity leaflet as a reason to accuse all...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit hits rental market as number of EU nationals plummets

An analysis of the rental market in England has revealed a dramatic drop in the number of EU nationals taking up...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Complexity: renters’ aspirations go beyond ‘move to the country’

An insurance firm's new survey giving new insights into the aspirations of tenants and homeowners in the light of the pandemic. Aviva spoke with...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Millions of pounds in unclaimed deposits have been left by tenants

It’s been revealed that in just one part of Scotland, renters have failed to claim back over £188,000 in deposits at...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

 Students demand immediate rent rebates and government assistance

Over two thirds of student renters are worried about their ability to pay rent with around a quarter having been unable...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill to be introduced “very soon” says government

Junior housing minister Kelly Tolhurst says the government will introduce the controversial Renters Reform Bill “very soon.” This Bill is the one which...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Private renters enjoy more life satisfaction than social sector tenants

Social renters have the lowest life satisfaction and experience the greatest anxiety according to analysis by a property management firm.  Lettings company...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity renews call for ‘targeted financial support’ for tenants

Citizens Advice has called once again for public funds to help tenants in Covid-related arrears. Alistair Cromwell, acting chief executive of the...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Government insists eviction ban “protects most vulnerable renters”

The government insists that its ban on bailiff-enforced evictions “protects the most vulnerable renters” during the pandemic. The claim comes in the...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants shouldn’t be obliged to attend possession hearings - call

Activists in a rental reform coalition say court possession hearings should be halted as well as bailiff-led evictions. They say the stress...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extended in England and Wales

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters has been extended in England and Wales. This will be until February 21 “at...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent freeze and eviction ban demanded by London Mayor Khan

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for an extension of the eviction ban and a two year rent freeze in the...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Celebrity campaigner calls for new ban on evictions and bailiff possessions

Martin Lewis, the celebrity consumer rights campaigner behind MoneySavingExpert, has called upon the government to extend the current ban on bailiffs...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm says “powerless” landlords expected to prop up rental market

A PropTech firm says it’s wrong that landlords are expected to prop up the rental market during the pandemic in the...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims to have one private rental case every two minutes

The Citizens Advice charity claims to have dealt with a private rental sector case “every two minutes” during December - and...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Renting is becoming the cool choice, claims Build To Rent operator

Private renting is now “a future-forward choice, seen by many conscious consumers to be a cool and connected way of accessing...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction activists step up demand for another ban and rent hand-outs

Activists from Shelter and Generation Rent have led the charge for a renewed eviction ban in the light of the latest...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent reform activists hit trouble with recruitment drive

Generation Rent, the lobby group that tells the government how it thinks the lettings industry should operate, appears to have a...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Baby Boomer buy to lets are “devastating“ for young people - claim

A philanthropist claims the difficulty some younger people have in getting on the property ownership ladder is caused by Baby Boomers...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Beware - new Coronavirus tiers could mean arrears rising in 2021

Covid-19 restrictions in force across the country for the foreseeable future means landlords must remain cautious in 2021 - and they...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour says Covid is no excuse for delaying on scrapping Section 21

A Labour housing politician is accusing the government of using Coronavirus as an excuse for dragging its feet over scrapping Section...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Government says no to petition calling for 14-days eviction powers

The government has rejected a call for landlords to have powers to evict tenants who fall 14 days into arrears. Property investor...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Pro-tenant activists recruit campaign staff for 2021 battle

Staff are being recruited by a coalition of groups campaigning for widespread restrictions on landlord powers in 2021. Called the Renters Reform...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent debt crisis engulfing private rental sector - NRLA

Seven per cent of private tenants now have arrears built up during the Coronavirus period. A survey of tenants for the National...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter says many landlords think they can get away with discrimination

A BBC investigation into ‘No DSS’ statements on two prominent landlord websites has provoked campaigning charity Shelter into an attack on the...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Private tenants want Flood Performance Certificates - claim

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

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants get more help from private landlords than social landlords

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

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent wants government to write off Covid arrears

The Generation Rent campaign wants the government to write off private renters’ arrears built up during the pandemic. And it has repeated...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council, students and charities demand fair deal for tenants

The Labour-controlled Greater London Authority and 18 other groups of activists, charities and students have formed a new pro-renter coalition. Called the...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: Another part of UK falls in line with England

Wales is the latest part of the UK to follow the example of England and suspend evictions  until January 11 as...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters get ancillary services with property management platform

PropTech provider Canopy has linked with a string of insurance and other firms to improve its offer to renters. Canopy’s founder Tahir Farooqui...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists create crib-sheet to influence licensing consultation

The Acorn group of rental activists has created a detailed crib sheet of responses to a council consultation on landlord licensing. Acorn,...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 is sometimes mis-used, admits landlords’ chief

The chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association has admitted in a newspaper article that some landlords do misuse their...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Green councillor wants tenants to lead private rental sector review

A Green Party councillor is demanding that tenants be allowed to write the local authority’s policy for the private rental sector. According...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks may rescue landlords from Right To Rent backlog

A possible backlog of Right To Rent checks created by new Home Office rules could be alleviated by inventory clerks. Since March,...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Fightback Begins: landlords demand radical repossession changes

Private landlords are setting out a manifesto of radical changes for the rental sector, starting with more repossession rights. The demands are...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock! Most tenants like renting their home and get on with the landlord

A survey of over 2,000 tenants by a specialist buy to let lender shows that contrary to the popular belief, most...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords blast Sunak for making rent payments harder

Landlords have sharply criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for cutting the amount tenants relying on benefits will be able to claim to...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge costs of emergency call-outs identified by insurer’s research

Research by an insurance firm has identified the high costs incurred by landlords on emergency call-outs. Whilst inevitably promoting the merits of...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

What tenants want now: Findings from survey of 2,000 renters

The findings of a survey conducted with 2,000 tenants give an insight into what renters want now, eight months on from...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Yield Update: Good and bad locations, revealed by mortgage company

A ‘city tracker’ operated by a specialist buy to let mortgage company has outlined the best - and worst - places...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Insurance firm tells landlords to do more to educate tenants

An insurance firm says landlords should “educate” their tenants on the apparent need to get increased insurance cover. Paymentshield claims that a...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent demands more public cash for renting families

Activists in Generation Rent claim that a fifth of families in the lettings sector suffer a shortfall between benefits and rent. Using selected data...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Some London rents down near 30% while other regions prosper

Renters are quitting London and heading for the regions in search of more space and bigger homes and gardens. That’s the claim...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants risk Covid because of inadequate benefits, say landlords

A landlord body says some tenants will have little choice but to increase their risk of contracting Coronavirus because of inadequate...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Small-scale amateur landlords praised - but changes needed

A research project funded by the Nationwide Foundation has revealed widespread tenant satisfaction with small-scale landlords in Scotland.  The project, RentBetter, looks...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 will remain until pandemic eases, government confirms

The government has confirmed its long-standing intention to scrap Section 21 eviction powers which currently sit with landlords - but the appropriate...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in landlord optimism as they plan to buy outside cities

One in 10 landlords wants to buy another investment property in the coming year according to a new survey.  This compares to...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest two month eviction halt not enough for Generation Rent

The government’s announcement at the end of next week that almost no evictions would be possible before January 11 at the...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

'Extreme arrears' is one of few reasons for eviction during lockdown

It’s been confirmed that during the current one month lockdown in England there will be no enforcement of possession orders except...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords slammed by report that demands national register

A new report makes searing claims about the performance and quality of landlords and their homes in the private rental sector. Almost...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will Lockdown 2 produce another surge in tenancies?

Research from a deposit replacement scheme, Ome, suggests the first lockdown was sharply followed by a surge in tenancies - begging...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stop lockdown evictions now! Generation Rent renews its demand

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

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Older renters and retirees now the fastest-growing tenant groups

A new report from respected specialist mortgage provider Paragon Bank shows that retiree renters and those in the upper-middle age category...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent changes – are landlords up to speed?

In March 2020, the Home Office made a number of changes to the Right to Rent scheme to make it easier...

04 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Is Boris Johnson trying to force landlords to evict and sell?

A prominent Conservative supporter and expert in the private rental sector has posed an interesting question - is Boris Johnson trying...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists demand furlough-type hand outs to pay tenants’ arrears

Generation Rent is calling for a furlough-type scheme aimed at helping tenants. The group says that following news of the four week...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Drop rents, Don’t evict! Think-tank says tenants need more protection

A think tank is calling for landlords to consider rent reductions and is also suggesting the return of an eviction ban...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough fear adds to call that renters should get cash help

The furlough scheme has been extended for a month and while it’s being replaced eventually by a less generous scheme, there is...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News