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KEYWORD "Rents" - 100 RESULTS
Radical EPC Targets and Rent Controls are latest party pledges

Another raft of General Election pledges have been made to transform the private rental sector - this time from the Green...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Over 40 tenants compete for every Gumtree rental in key towns - new analysis

Some locations in the UK are seeing as many as 40-plus prospective tenants racing for the keys of every available rental...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent says landlords should  share tax break with tenants

The Generation Rent activist group says the Conservative manifesto pledge to give a tax break to landlords selling to tenants should...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory Rental Reform and Housing Policies in Full

The Conservatives have set out a 78-page manifesto, of which just over two pages are given to housing and related issues.  Here...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax scrapped for landlords selling to tenants - Tory pledge

The Conservatives say they will scrap Capital Gains Tax for landlords who sell to sitting tenants, if they win the General...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Clampdown, S21 Scrapped, and other manifesto pledges

The Liberal Democrats have set out a predictable set of pledges in their manifesto for next mon this election, centred on...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Liars! Politicians blasted for “blatant untruths” about rental sector

A lettings industry figure has let rip at politicians pitching for votes at next month’s General Election. HomeLet and Let Alliance chief...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Left wing renter groups slam Labour for prioritising first time buyers

The ink was hardly dry on Labour’s plan for a mortgage guarantee scheme for first time buyers before some left wing...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour upsets Generation Rent by prioritising first time buyers

The Generation Rent activist group has issued a statement appearing sharply critical of Labour’s first new policy on housing in the General...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Shock Figures - 15 tenants chasing every home for rent

Shock new figures from Zoopla show that although rental demand has softened over the last year there are still 15 people...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent demands Labour make “all evictions discretionary”

New demands from the Generation Rent group go much further than the original Renters Reform Bill in removing landlords’ rights. The group...

05 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Yes, it really DOES still pay to be a landlord

The Times recently calculated that recent tax and regulation changes made it unviable for many landlords to continue in the sector. We...

04 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Billions! Landlords adds so much to the economy, says NRLA

The Welsh private rented sector makes a gross value added (GVA) contribution of £1.6 billion to the UK economy, according to...

04 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter complains of high private rents - but has an alternative

Campaigning charity Shelter claims social rents are 64% more affordable than private rents, with social tenants in England having to pay...

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Row over landlord critic who mysteriously wins Labour nomination

A row has broken out over the head of a think tank who surprised Labour Party members by being appointed as...

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Tomorrow’s Stamp Duty Change “a missed opportunity to reform renting”

A controversial stamp duty change - announced months ago but coming into effect tomorrow - has been described as a missed...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Do High Rents Mean London is Losing Its Edge?

Higher borrowing costs have created a mood of hesitancy in property markets. Rising mortgage rates mean UK residential sales are increasingly...

25 May 2024

From: The Big Issues

Rent Rises Slowing - and that’s official

Average UK private rents were up 8.9% in the year to April according to the Office for National Statistics. This is a...

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Councils demand Gove restricts Airbnb and short lets even further

London councils have slammed government plans for regulating the short-term and holiday lets sector. In a letter to Housing Secretary Michael Gove,...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour council says it’s protecting 5,000 homes from rogue landlords

All private landlords in four areas of Islington in north London - where the council claims there are particular problems with...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents Still Rising in Double Digits in parts of UK - agency figures

Landlords in London are benefitting from double digit increases in rents, outdoing every other region of Great Britain.  London rents increased by...

21 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent rises stabilising across the country says Hamptons

The annual pace of rental growth on newly let homes in Great Britain continued to slow in April, with growth falling...

21 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Has Labour’s secret rent control plan been revealed by accident?

Just days after suggesting rent controls of any kind were off the table, it now appears Labour may be considering them...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Huge corporate landlord targeted by protesting activists

Grainger, the Stock Market listed corporate landlord, has been targeted by protesters over rent levels. A protest outside Grainger’s London HQ marks...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Revealed - How Landlords Have Cut Costs in Challenging Times

Many buy to let landlords have made financial changes during the cost of living crisis to mitigate the rising costs of...

18 May 2024

From: Tax & Finance

Don’t Do It - property portal warns politicians over rent controls

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

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

What Can Landlords Buy for the Average House Price?

Brand new data from online mortgage broker Mojo Mortgages has revealed significant differences in the types of properties the average UK house...

11 May 2024

From: Tax & Finance

Housing Market Snapshot - rental demand slows, sales stagnate

The latest RICS UK Residential Survey results shows the recent recovery in buyer demand has mellowed slightly, with the market impacted...

09 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - Students accuse government of ‘folding’

The National Union of Students claims the government has “folded to landlord’s lobbying” and watering down the Renters Reform Bill so...

09 May 2024

From: Breaking News

New batch of landlords preparing to sell, warns leading agency

The research head of Knight Frank is warning that a new batch of landlords are preparing to sell up and leave...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents and Service Charges blamed for higher housing costs

Housing costs - rents and mortgages - are rising by about 3.6% a year according to a Barclays Bank assessment. This figure...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Unlucky for some - 13 enquiries for each rental listing

Demand is still way ahead of supply min he private rental sector, a Rightmove survey has round. The property portal says there...

04 May 2024

From: Agent Advice

Energy Efficiency - should rents be lower in poor EPC homes?

A housing industry group wants the energy efficiency of a social rented property to be factored into the rent the tenant...

02 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent wants landlords to pay if a tenant moves

The Generation Rent activist group has once again repeated its demand for a series of reforms surrounding the scrapping of Section...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental market snapshot - that latest from Goodlord

The latest Rental Index from Goodlord reveals that rents are now up by 5.7% over the year.  The price per property over...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty causes Buy To Let investment to plummet in key areas

The proportion of buy to let properties purchased in Southern England fell to a record low last year, continuing a trend...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Up Again! Rents hit new high for 17th successive month

The average advertised rent of new properties coming onto the market hits a 17th consecutive record, with the average price of...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 - Mismanaged from start to finish

The government has been accused of mismanaging reforms to no-fault evictions saying: “It’s created uncertainty upon uncertainty”. Theresa May first made the...

27 April 2024

From: Rental Reform

Paul Shamplina demands government set date for Section 21 abolition

Landlord Action founder Paul Shamplina says the government must set a date for Section 21 abolition to give all sides of...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

More tenants must borrow to fund deposits - survey’s claim

The percentage of tenants borrowing money to fund their cash deposits on their next property has risen over the last 12...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Jonathan Rolande - Why the Section 21 Debate Is a Smokescreen

Jonathan Rolande is a property industry and housing market commentator, and is founder of the National Association of Property Buyers.  It’s almost...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Surprise move as agents issue ‘how to complain’ guide to tenants

A new guide from Propertymark explains the rights which private rental tenants have - and sets out how they can challenge...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

How To Finance Different Types of Property Purchase

If you’re moving home and have either plenty of equity or savings you can use for a deposit, plus a decent...

20 April 2024

From: Tax & Finance

Shelter claims evictions cost tenants £669 on average

Renters allegedly pay £669 in un-recoverable costs for each ‘unwanted’ move as a result of eviction, claims campaigning charity Shelter. It says...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants staying put far longer than before - new figures

Renters are typically staying in their properties for a third longer than they did four years ago, says the Deposit Protection...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent rises near double figures as interest rate cuts put on ice

The latest official government rent index shows that average private rents across the UK as a whole increased by 9.2% in...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Superdry unilaterally cutting rent it pays to commercial landlords

Superdry wants to slash the rent it pays the landlords of 39 of its UK city centre stores, as part of...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Market set to strengthen as First Time Buyers hold back

Around half of first-time buyers say their prospects of owning a home are further away than ever due to the ongoing...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Parents ‘feel guilty’ if they can’t help children buy property

Over half of current home owners with adult children have or expect to help their children financially to buy a property...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants’ energy costs set to fall in coming months - lettings agency

Rental growth in Britain has slowed says lettings agency Hamptons, with the average newly let rent rising 6.7% over the past...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Pressure on Labour to introduce beefed-up rental reform

An activist group says any future Labour government should introduce a beefed-up version of the Renters Reform Bill - whether or...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Squeezed landlords increasingly tempted by HMO returns

Houses in Multiple Occupation are making up an increasing percentage of buy-to-let business, according specialist lender Shawbrook.  In both 2022 and 2023,...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Famous music shop boss may launch landlord accreditation system

Julian Richer - the founder of Richer Sounds, the UK's largest hi-fi retailer - says he may set up a landlord...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill changes not as key as opponents claim - expert comment

Amendments to be made to the Renters Reform Bill when it returns to the Hoise of Commons next week won’t significantly...

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA and Generation Rent daggers drawn over controversial report

Landlords and renters’ activists are at either end of the spectrum reacting to a controversial report on the private rental sector. Yesterday...

09 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Activists trying to push Labour into imposing rent controls

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

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent turns rent control screw on election hopefuls

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

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants want Rental Reform... but can't name the Housing Minister

According to a poll of 1,476 renters by SpareRoom the ongoing housing crisis (85%) tops the list of key priorities to...

06 April 2024

From: Rental Reform

Tenant referencing provider Canopy has released data from a  rental affordability index, which claims most tenants are at the very limit...

06 April 2024

From: Tax & Finance

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

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

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants buddy up with friends to reduce costs of renting

The percentage of tenants choosing to live alone has dropped over the last three years, research suggests.  A study compiled by Reposit,...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords can afford much tougher regulation, says think tank

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

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

London Population Bounces Back - is it ripe for rental investment?

Four years after the first Covid restrictions, new research by Centre for Cities shows Londoners’ escape to the country during the...

30 March 2024

From: Top tips & guides

Politicians propose State Control of private rents in Scotland

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

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Lawyers ask: Why is Gove delaying ground rent reform?

The ban on the sale of new leasehold homes is welcome but there can be no further delay in announcing ground...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents soar by almost half since 2014 - deposit service’s latest claim

A deposit alternative service claims rents have risen an average 46% in the last decade. Zero Deposit claims it’s analysed rental market...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Gift Vouchers for union members discussing with Generation Rent

Members of the union UNISON who participate in round-table discussions with activist group Generation Rents are to receive gift vouchers for...

26 March 2024

From: Breaking News

UK housing is expensive, small and old - new report

Britain’s housing stock offers the worst value for money of any advanced economy, according new analysis published by the Resolution Foundation. The...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New Tax Year - the Winners and Losers

It’s all change at the start of the new tax year, and with so many tweaks to so many rules, it’s...

23 March 2024

From: Tax & Finance

 Landlords’ Top Worries, Challenges and Expectations for the Future

The Property Redress Scheme, one of two approved ombudsman-style schemes for the private rental sector, has published the findings from a...

23 March 2024

From: The Big Issues

Older Renters’ group takes up Generation Rent’s demands

A charity representing older people has taken up almost all of the key demands of activist group Generation Rent. Independent Age says...

22 March 2024

From: Breaking News

MPs want Local Housing Allowance and other benefits updated annually

An all-party House of Commons committee is calling on Local Housing Allowance to be updated automatically and annually. LHA rates have been...

21 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents rising above-inflation despite growing stability

Rental growth continued to cool in February, says the latest market snapshot from lettings agency Hamptons.   Last month, the average rent on...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Senior Labour figures divided over rent controls

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

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Prime London Rents Retreat as Supply Builds

Seasonality is returning to the prime London lettings market after three tumultuous years.  The pandemic meant the market was initially flooded with...

16 March 2024

From: Agent Advice

Capital Gains Tax cut won’t encourage landlords to sell - agent

A prominent agent who advises many landlord clients says the Capital Gains Tax cuts announced in the Budget are too small...

15 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent fall could be start of market turnaround, says website chief

Newly released data by flatshare website SpareRoom reveals average rental prices in Greater London have seen a drop. Average rental prices in...

15 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents rise in most areas as landlords quit lettings sector

A new market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows tenant demand rising but at a rather more modest...

15 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove urged to force landlords into deals with tenants in arrears

A string of debt advice charities want Housing Secretary Michael Gove to go well beyond merely banning Section 21 in a...

14 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Bond scheme will oblige landlords to let out at ‘affordable rents’

A council says a new bond scheme designed to increase the quality and availability of affordable housing for private renters across...

14 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Anxiety over financial issues plague landlords - new figures

A new survey reveals what it calls “the deep-rooted concerns” of landlords with inflation and the Cost of Living Crisis coming...

14 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord maintenance costs continue to mount

If interest rate rises weren’t enough to drive landlords out the market, mounting maintenance costs could be. Various studies and surveys have...

12 March 2024

From: Sponsored Content

Rents slump up to 10% as new tenants fail to materialise

Latest data from agency Chestertons reveals a 125 per cent increase in the number of landlords choosing to reduce asking rents...

12 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Green activist fighting election on Rent Controls platform

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

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Working From Home adds to pressure to raise rents - claim

Towns within commuting distance of big cities have seen some of the UK’s largest rent rises in recent years, says Zoopla. The...

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Estate agents back Airbnb clampdown “to be on same terms as rental sector”

Agents’ trade body Propertymark has called for equal parity between short-term lets and the private rented sector to ensure they meet...

08 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘should only get lower tax if they sell with sitting tenants’

An activist group is demanding that the lower Capital Gains Tax should apply only to landlords who sell with sitting tenants. In...

08 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Two landlords to pay £600,000 for ignoring planning and improvement notice

A London council has successfully prosecuted two landlords who failed to comply with a planning enforcement notice originally issued against substandard...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New league table identifies best yields for landlords

Buy to let lender Aldermore has named Bristol, as the best city for landlords to invest in for 2024.  Manchester, Coventry, Brighton...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Budget Must Fix Housing Benefit, says NRLA

Almost a million private rented households reliant on Universal Credit experience a shortfall between the benefit payments they receive and the...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent up, Voids down - new snapshot of lettings market today

The latest Rental Index from PropTech supplier Goodlord has recorded a rent rise and a reduction in void lengths over the...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Millennials to become the wealthiest generation ever - claim

Millennials, long seen as a financially disadvantaged generation, are on the brink of becoming the wealthiest generation in history thanks to...

01 March 2024

From: Breaking News

What’s your view on tenants getting 99% mortgages?

Rental sector and property industry views are split over the controversial idea of allowing first time buyers to put down a...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent backs building society’s holiday lets mortgage ban

The Generation Rent group has thrown its weight behind a ban on mortgages for holiday homes buyers - and its chief...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Easing tax on landlords would end Airbnb ‘problem’ says NRLA boss

Reversing the tax penalties imposed on buy to let landlords in recent years would reduce the impact of short lets on...

23 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Worries grow over dramatic slump in older buy to let landlords

New figures from lenders trade body UK Finance show a massive fall in buy to let loans for those aged 55...

22 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent wants rent controls to be election issue

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

22 February 2024

From: Breaking News

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