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Landlords tell of distress over thousands owed by agency

Two landlords have spoken out about their losses and treatment from a lettings agency which has collapsed. Last month we reported that...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Big rise in rents outside London as demands outstrips supply

New figures suggest a large average rise in rents over the past year in almost every region outside of London. According to...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords penalised by government will put up rent, warns key supplier

A key supplier is warning that landlords penalised by ever higher government taxes and rules will be forced to increase rents. Andy...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour criticises court delays as backlog hits all-time high

Many landlords awaiting the hearing of possession cases will hardly need reminding, but new figures from the Ministry of Justice give...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Too much, too quickly! Call for energy efficiency timescales to slow

A respected private rental sector body wants the government to slow its timetable for energy efficiency reform, warning that landlords could...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Mediation instead of eviction - will it work?

The government has released details of its mediation scheme, which has already won the in-principle support of the National Residential Landlords...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord who refused to make safety improvements hit with £5,000 fine

A landlord that refused to make safety improvements at two of her properties in Folkestone has been fined nearly £5,000. Madeleine Scott,...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Big surge in choice of mortgages for holiday let landlords

There’s been a surge in the number of mortgage products aimed at landlords in the holiday let market. There’s been a 45...

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

Dispute Resolution service extends remit to cover more rental issues

A resolution service set up last summer for landlords is extending its remit to cover a much wider range of disputes. TDS...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Council says licensing needed to expose landlords like this one…

A landlord has been handed penalties totalling nearly £8,000 after being found guilty of operating an unlicensed HMO. This follows an investigation...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Big drop in ‘super prime’ tenancies starting in central London

Few landlords deal in the rarified surroundings of the central London market, and new figures from lettings agency Knight Frank show...

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

Rogue landlord clobbered with ‘record’ five figure fine

A rogue landlord has been hit with a bill of £48,000 - a record for the council which brought the prosecution. Tariq...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant failure down to outsourcing logistics to US - claim

A logistics software company with clients across the property spectrum has become the latest critic of the government’s axing of the...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Overseas landlords still investing in UK property in large numbers

A lettings agency estimates that the number of overseas landlords owning property in the UK has hit a five-year high -...

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

New mortgage range for buy to lets with good EPC ratings

Paragon Bank has launched a range of 80 per cent loan to value buy to let mortgages specifically for properties with...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

More funding, more long-term planning - landlords urge eco-action

The landlords’ trade body has urged the government to think more strategically about energy efficiency in the private rental sector, and...

30 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

London landlords fined in council clampdown

Two landlords have been handed hefty fines after pleading guilty to renting out shared houses without the correct paperwork. The owner of...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant scrapped at almost no notice

The government is axing the Green Homes Grant scheme from 5pm on March 31 - putting a much criticised scheme out...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban Own Goal: more tenants to lose their homes as a result

In the first anniversary of the initial ban on repossessions, it appears the move has backfired spectacularly. Research for the National Residential...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid to make landlords improve energy efficiency in properties

Specialist buy to let lender Paragon has taken the unusual step of issuing a so-called Green Bond to fund attempts to make...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shocking lack of toilet facilities for rogue landlord's tenants

A landlord who allowed his tenants to live in squalid conditions, has been ordered by the court to pay £5,000 for...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidelines for landlords as ‘stay at home’ goes

The government has revised official guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the light of imminently-changing Coronavirus advice. The revisions are not fundamental...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned tax change could have surprising impact

The government’s much-hyped ‘tax day’ yesterday had - by comment consent - an underwhelming impact on the property sector. However, one tax...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Practical tips to help landlords go green, from lettings agency chief

A prominent lettings agency chief says tenants are becoming more eco-conscious, putting increased emphasis on landlords to meet expectations. Mike Cook -...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Investors and traders – What to look for when viewing auction property

Investors viewing auction property A property investor is a long-term investor who lives by the fact they will be substantially better off...

23 March 2021

From: Property Auctions

Traditional auctions vs Modern Method of Auction

Sellers look to achieve three main tasks when selling their property via auction. Speed – Sell in the shortest possible timeframe. Whether this...

23 March 2021

From: Property Auctions

Tax reform should encourage higher quality buy to let, says agent

The government should use today's ‘Tax Day’ consultation process to reform Capital Gains Tax so that it encourages a smaller, high...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord refused entry to his property rumbles cannabis farm

A landlord refused entry to a property he owned has tipped off police who discovered a cannabis farm in the Nottinghamshire...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Incentives to work from home and locally, says Build To Rent provider

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent players says the government should incentivise working from home and the use of...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Some landlords more authoritarian now, claims lawyer

The eviction ban may have made life less stressful for tenants but a housing lawyer claims otherwise. David Renton, writing in the...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Serial offender landlord in court again over HMO health and safety

A serial-offender landlord has been fined for putting tenants at serious harm from fire and exposing them to substandard and dangerous conditions. Nilendu...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property investment firms to be investigated over ground rents

The Competition and Markets Authority is to probe property investment companies that have purchased freeholds from developers and that go on...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

9 most common boiler faults - tips to check & fix

As a landlord, there may be times when you face boiler issues and tenants asking you to resolve problems. It is...

21 March 2021

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Owe council tax and worried about the upcoming price hike? Here's what to do

From April, almost two-thirds (67%) of England’s councils are set to increase their council tax by 4.90 – 5.0%. However, the pandemic has...

21 March 2021

From: Conveyancing, Mortgages, Tax & Finance

Pet plan pawsed? Minister explains how landlords can refuse pets

The controversy over government proposals to increase the numbers of pets in private rental properties has taken an unexpected twist. Two measures...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords to face tougher fire regulations in HMOs and blocks

Landlords and managing agents of HMOs could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction ban extension has NO extreme arrears opt-out

Wales has extended its eviction ban from March 31 until the end of June - but it is more severe than...

18 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

How the other half rent - an insight into Mayfair’s rental sector

One of the most respected and experienced agents in Prime Central London has given an insight into the lettings market in...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yield hot spots in London identified by letting agent

London-focussed lettings agency Portico has drawn up highly localised hotspots within the capital for landlords seeking the best yields.  According to the...

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

Unregulated Rental Properties: landlords urged to sign new charter

A council which has 20,000 unregulated rental properties within its area has launched a new charter to improve standards. The unregulated properties...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-landlord group objects to curbs on protests

The activists group Acorn, which has staged several anti-landlord demonstrations including some outside homes, is opposing a new Bill going through...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Scandal brewing as almost £500,000 rent left unpaid to landlords

A lettings agency being put into liquidation owes landlords almost £500,000 in unpaid rent.  Local media in the Midlands report that the...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Commons issues summary of Covid help for landlords, tenants

It’s almost exactly a year since Britain went into its first lockdown, heralding a large number of measures affecting renting, notably...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ comments wanted on concept of investing in empty homes

With buy to let and traditional commercial property both under challenge thanks to government regulations and Coronavirus, the government is now...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council demands government approval for clampdown on landlords

A council has now approved plans for two of the country’s largest licensing schemes - one is so large it needs...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government updates official guidance for private landlords

The government has reissued its official guidance on the possession process for private landlord. The document was originally published last September but...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

David Alexander is joint Chief Executive Officer of property lettings firm apropos

Many landlords and property investors will have watched the Chancellor’s budget with a feeling of trepidation. There had been hints of...

12 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

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

Sub-letting prompts court action against rogue tenant

A tenant who sub-let a property by falsely claiming to be its owner has been given a criminal record.  Sonia Nascimento rented...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Post-Budget BTL hacks - advice for landlords trying to beat stamp duty extension chaos

Landlords trying to expand their portfolios can avoid delays caused by residential buyers taking advantage of the Chancellor's stamp duty extension by using four 'buy-to-let hacks', according to broker Mortgages for...

10 March 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

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

Activists press another council to get tough on landlords

Activists from the Acorn campaign are pressing a council to get tough on landlords. Acorn has waged anti-landlord and anti-letting agent campaigns...

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

It CAN be done - Landlord loan scheme extended

Scottish private sector landlords and tenants who face financial difficulties caused by the pandemic have more time to access support after...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Corporation Tax changes unlikely to worry landlords - prediction

A property analyst says landlords with company structures to handle their buy to let portfolios are unlikely to be worried by changes in...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior church figure stands up for renting as a tenure

A senior Anglican priest has stood up for renting as a concept, and suggests Britain is too pre-occupied with home ownership. Angela...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord banned following third prosecution in eight years

A landlord who persistently broke residential lettings rules has been banned from operating in what a local council calls “a landmark...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

What should you do to maximise the rental potential of your property?

The first thing you need to consider when you’re buying a second property is what are you buying it for –...

08 March 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

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

Hazards in rental units - landlords’ help wanted for assessment

The risk assessment system used by local authorities to judge health and safety issues relating to properties needs updating - and...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sharia-compliant funding for property investors now available

A company is offering Sharia-compliant bridging finance for property investors. Sharia compliance in the finance world means for savers and borrowers, instead...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

High Street bank may become huge private landlord

Lloyds Bank is considering entering the private rental sector as a landlord, according to a Financial Times scoop. The newspaper says it's...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS    What...

04 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Where’s the support for landlords and the private rental sector?

The Budget has received short shrift from landlords and tenants, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak appeared to miss out the private rental...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour bid to halt in-person rental viewings rejected by government

A second attempt by Labour to halt in-person property viewings during the pandemic has been batted away by the government. Labour’s shadow...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sigh of relief over no Capital Gains Tax hike - for now, at least

No news is good news, they say - and the absence of any announcement about Capital Gains Tax in thre Budget...

04 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

Landlords Alert: full details of Budget 2021 proposals

This afternoon's Budget has seen dramatic announcements from Chancellor Rishi Sunak referring to the private rental sector. For landlords buying properties, the stamp...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Anarchist group says activists should hold anti-landlord protests

An anarchist group has admitted that protests against landlords and letting agencies present opportunities for disruption. The Solidarity Federation says it aims to “advance...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

This is how landlords who buy can beat the stamp duty holiday chaos

Specialist buy to let broker Mortgages for Business says landlords buying now can use four tips to beat the chaos in the...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Landlord ordered to repay almost £750,000 in “illicit earnings”

A Crown Court judge has ordered a landlord to pay back almost £750,000 in illicit earnings made from overcrowded properties in...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid arrears not such a big problem according to new survey

A major survey of landlords, tenants and letting agents suggests Covid-related arrears may not be the big problem as some fear. The...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Working From Home - is this the beginning of the end?

People are bored of working from home and want to return to the "comfort" of office work and city centre socialising. That’s...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord shocked at damage from cannabis factory in buy to let

A gas engineer was shocked to come across a large cannabis grow in a rental property after being called to change...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords encouraged to use ‘under-utilised’ homes for council

Owners of apparently empty or under-utilised properties in a prime London area are being asked to bring them into use to...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory MP criticised by councillor for sticking up for landlords

A councillor has criticised an MP who came out in favour of landlords in a dispute over licensing. Earlier this week Landlord Today...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants authorise debit cards to landlord company at start of tenancy

Tenants at a Newcastle-upon-Tyne Build To Rent scheme are being offered deposit alternatives by the developer-cum-management firm, The High Street Group. The...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

The 10 biggest mistakes a landlord could make (according to a bank)

It might be thought that banks have made significant mistakes of their own in the recent past - including triggering the...

25 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

Suspended prison sentence after HMO fire leaves landlord bankrupt

A landlord in south west of England has been given a nine month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, following a...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of buy to lets involved in UK’s largest single incorporation

Over 330 rental properties have been incorporated into a single company - thought to be the largest single incorporation in the...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb landlord and tenant fined for breaking Covid lockdown

The owner of a property used for an illegal party has been fined by a London council for breaking lockdown. Police were called...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to come to their Census on March 21

It’s Census day on March 21 and for the first time it’s an all-digital affair. The National Residential Landlords Association is urging...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail term for landlord failing to maintain gas appliances

A landlord has been sentenced for failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental property in accordance with the law. Swansea magistrates’...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eco-farce! Landlords join in MPs’ criticism of Green Homes Grant

The government’s Green Homes Grant has been slammed by MPs for its snail’s pace progress, complications and poor delivery. The all-party Environmental...

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

How to navigate the deposit dispute maze - tips from the experts

The Deposit Protection Service has given its six top tips for landlords and tenants to navigate the deposit dispute maze. Here they...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC tax shock for Airbnb hosts - the clock is ticking…

A tax specialist says HM Revenue & Customs is mobilising its teams to probe Airbnb hosts - and he warns ‘the clock...

16 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

Have you sent taps through the post to prove your tenants wrong?

A tenancy deposit service has listed the unexpected items it receives from landlords or tenants during deposit disputes - and it seems...

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

Pandemic means Inner London rents now little higher than Outer

Plummeting inner London rents mean the gap between central and outer areas of the capital is now far less than before. Data...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

“Nobody should have to live like this” - shocking rogue landlords case

Two landlords who illegally let a London property without providing proper washing facilities or tackling serious fire hazards have been taken to...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Shelter expects eviction ban extension until end of lockdown

Shelter says it expects the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions to be extended until at least the end of the present...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s repeat offence ends up with large fine

A landlord has been fined £6,000 for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation. Wolverhampton council prosecuted Aunberin Saddique after it...

12 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

Buy to let investors wooed by barrister offering specialist advice

A tax barrister has restructured his way of working and is appealing to buy to let and other property investors as...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay tenants £2,800 after deposit negligence

A landlord who did not secure the deposit of two students has been ordered to pay them £2,800.  The order was made...

11 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

Extend the eviction ban! Senior Labour politician leads call

One of the country’s best known Labour politicians wants the eviction ban extended yet again. Currently there is a moratorium on bailiff-enforced evictions...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Penalties on landlords betray Tory ethos, says party member

Some policies towards landlords show how the government has lost its conservative ethos of supporting businesses and being the party of low taxes.  Rosalind...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords can still beat stamp duty holiday deadline this way

It seems as if the frenzied housing market has extended to the auction field, with one major player reporting a strong...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tradespeople are victims of ‘cowboy customers’ shows new study

Many landlords may be all-too-familiar with cowboy builders but new research reveals a problem with ‘cowboy customers’ robbing tradespeople of income. Mobile...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

MP writes to private landlords asking for rent reductions

A Labour MP has written to private landlords asking for a rent reduction or release from a tenancy for students prevented...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs slam “snail’s pace” Green Homes Grant vouchers for landlords

The Green Homes Grant scheme is set to fail according to MPs, who claim the current slow roll-out means it would...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior Tory stands up for landlords suffering long-term arrears

A senior Conservative peer and consumer campaigner has spoken strongly in favour of landlords’ rights. In a House of Lords debate on...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Best yields for rural buy to lets identified by PropTech ‘prospector’

A PropTech ‘prospector’ tool which analyses Rightmove data from an investor’s perspective has produced a list of the 10 best average yields...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords fined for ignoring regulations to keep tenants safe

Two men have been ordered to pay almost £8,000 for letting out flats in defiance of regulations designed to keep tenants...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords have no choice but to evict after new Universal Credit hitch

Landlords with tenants on Universal Credit are struggling to set up Alternative Payment Arrangements because the UC portal is closed to new...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New call to scrap stamp duty surcharge to stop supply dwindling

The National Residential Landlords Association is calling on the Chancellor to scrap the three per cent stamp duty levy on the...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Staycation explosion makes holiday lets a viable alternative to BTL

A holiday lets firm has outlined six reasons why that sector may be a good bet for property investors, despite recent...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Investment rush imminent as overseas buyers try to beat deadline

On top of the rush to beat the stamp duty holiday deadline and changes to Help To Buy - both with cliff...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

David Alexander is joint CEO of apropos

The last year has been one which has focused attention on dealing with the immediate, the here and now, in a...

04 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

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

Rental sell-off inevitable if government pushes EPC changes - claim

Up to 50,000 rental homes in the countryside could be sold off if the government presses ahead with stricter energy efficiency...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

MPs want better deal for landlords with break clauses for students

An influential all-party committee of MPs and members of the House of Lords is calling for a new council tax fund...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Take heart at strength of rental market’ says commentator

A leading market monitor suggests voids are increasing but otherwise states the rental market is in good health, one year on from...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Crisis, What Crisis? Record pipeline reported by BTL lender

A record pipeline has been reported by one of the leading buy to let mortgage lenders as landlords race to beat...

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

Landlords buy in cities, bucking the Covid countryside craze

Coronavirus has prompted much talk of landlords and tenants alike fleeing cities for the country - but some evidence suggests that...

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

The top 10 tips for preventing pet damage in your home

Whilst 24% of adults have welcomed a new pet into their home since March 2020, or are planning to before Easter...

28 January 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Lettings agent ordered to compensate landlord after rent short cut

The Property Ombudsman has ordered a lettings agent to pay £200 compensation to a landlord after accepting a tenant on the...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Chaos! Labour hits out at Green Homes Grant Scheme

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband, now the shadow energy secretary, says the green homes grant scheme is in chaos. Media reports in...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council defends licensing go-ahead in the midst of a pandemic

There is growing momentum for local councils to freeze their plans for landlord licensing while the pandemic continues. Lettings agency trade body...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert - just days left to respond to licensing consultation

Landlords concerned at licensing proposals put forward by Newcastle council have only until Sunday to respond with their views. The authority is re-designating...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on Airbnb and other short lets - support for council move

A council clampdown on four short let flats in Edinburgh has been backed by the Scottish Government. The council discovered that the...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls backed by self styled Citizens Assembly

A so-called Citizens Assembly set up by a leading politician has called for rent controls. The Citizen’s Assembly of Scotland was launched...

22 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

Health and welfare of tenants jeopardised by landlord

A landlord has been hit with a fine of over £600 after failing to comply with an improvement notice - jeopardising...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Government panned for missing out landlords in new EPC enforcement

The government has been slammed for missing out landlords in proposals to enforce new energy efficiency regulations. Propertymark - the trade group...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord added to rogues' register after letting out illegal bank vault

A landlord who let out a former bank vault as an illegal flat described by the local council as “dangerous” has...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property let out in dangerous condition by rogue landlord

A landlord who failed to improve his rental property, leaving his tenants in dangerous conditions, has been fined. Haroon Karim from Nottingham...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Dealing with winter damp: Top causes and how to treat it

In this article, the experts at Good Move give their top tips for dealing with damp in your home. Damp is something...

20 January 2021

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Growing political anger over Sex For Rent landlords

Both Labour and the Scottish National Party have spoken out over online platforms carrying advertisements from landlords seeking sexual favours in...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Will Storm Christoph hit insurance on your buy to let properties?

A comparison website is warning owners to check whether their insurance policies cover damage from extreme weather events such as the...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to switch to smart meters as tenants spend time at home

A leading utilities supplier to the rental sector says landlords should consider switching to smart meters, as tenants spend more time at...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Coronavirus give short-term hit to London rental market

Figures from investment consultancy London Central Portfolio show how vulnerable the capital’s rental market is to Brexit and Coronavirus - but...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Breathing Space law will halt landlords seeking arrears or eviction

The government has set out details of its new Debt Respite Scheme - also known as Breathing Space - which comes...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Respite for landlords behind with buy to let mortgage payments

The Financial Conduct Authority is extending the ban on repossessions by two months until April 1, in light of the pandemic...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market slowing according to surveyors’ sentiment study

The latest sentiment survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests a drop in landlord activity across the UK. RICS does...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Yields dip but rental market strong says top lender

Popular buy to let lender Fleet Mortgages’ latest rental yield index shows the consequences of increasing property prices in many regions...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Income Taxation: A Landlord Impact Analysis

The changes to Mortgage Interest Tax Relief and impact on your wallet Before April 2017 landlords with a mortgage on their buy-to-let...

14 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

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

One in eight landlords wanted to evict tenant during pandemic

A lettings agency says there is very large scale support amongst tenants for the extension to the current bailiff-enforced eviction ban,...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown makes electrical compliance harder, warns trade body

A trade body says the current national lockdown may make it harder for the lettings industry to conform with an approaching deadline...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents booming in much of England and Wales away from London

Rents across much of England and Wales are performing strongly according to a new market analysis - and in some areas...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Expert tips - How to set up and manage a holiday let

Britain’s holiday rental market is preparing for a busy year ahead, as many travellers are expected to opt for staycations over...

12 January 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Landlord Dilemma: should I give discounts and refunds?

A landlord has opened up to a news website about the difficulties trying to accommodate student tenants during the lockdown.  Elizabeth Hunter is...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental quango slated as expensive, bureaucratic, unaccountable

The Rent Smart Wales quango, now five years old, has been sharply criticised by the National Residential Landlords Association.  A report commissioned...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Evicted tenant fined for racially abusing landlord

A former tenant has been fined for sending racially offensive messages to his former landlord over three years after being evicted...

12 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

Government to push Commonhold - but what is it?

The government is establishing a Commonhold Council - a partnership of leasehold groups, industry and government - that will prepare landlords,...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Beast from the East? Tips for landlords facing possible cold weather

With unusually cold weather even by winter standards expected later this month, Aviva has issued guidance for landlords and other home...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant income tumbles but so far no damage to rental market

The latest survey from PropTech platform Goodlord suggests the lettings landscape is relatively stable entering 2021 - but with the prospect...

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

Landlords MUST get government support says Shamplina

Eviction guru and lettings sector expert Paul Shamplina has made an impassioned plea for government help for the rental sector. The founder...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Larger out-of-city properties likely to be in demand in 2021 says insurer

While there is optimism over Coronavirus vaccines, it’s likely that Covid-19 will continue to change tenants’ traditional aspirations in 2021 says...

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

Licensing expires for 15,000 homes, with no alternative for months

It appears that a London borough council’s two licensing schemes have expired at the turn of the year, with no alternative...

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

Call for Airbnb landlords to help domestic abuse victims

The Liberal Democrats want Airbnb to ensure its landlords offer free accommodation to victims and survivors of domestic abuse in Tier 3...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord-to-landlord sale of tenanted properties booms under Covid

An estate agency that bucks the industry trend by selling only tenanted properties to landlords says it’s had a record year. Portfolio,...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Regeneration areas tipped to be good investments for 2021

A property development consultancy is tipping five regeneration areas in England as potential good investments for the coming year. SevenCapital says they...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Insecure tenancies lead to worse Covid risks - claim

Insecure tenancies, poor housing conditions and overcrowding lead to health problems and worsen risks in the pandemic, a think tank claims. The...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

London Mayor wants windfall tax to fund cladding removal

London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan wants a £3 billion one-off windfall tax on private developers to fund replacement cladding on affected...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London rental woe may reverse thanks to vaccine - claim

The roll-out of a vaccine for Coronavirus could dramatically change the poor rental market performance in prime London in the coming...

30 December 2020

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

Tier 4 Landlords: Government publishes operating guidelines

The government has published official guidance for landlords on how they should operate in the new Tier 4 locations. Since Boxing Day,...

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

Landlords can list their properties for free - but you must be quick

Landlords with London properties have a short-term opportunity to list and let them for free - but they’ll have to be...

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

Anger at shock rise in stamp duty on buy to lets and holiday homes

There’s been a howl of disgust from the UK’s major landlord group following the Welsh Government’s shock increase in stamp duty. Landlord...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Jail for landlord who breached harassment court order

A landlord who breached a court order not to harass or evict his tenants has been given a prison sentence.  Saakib Khan,...

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

Prominent landlord websites may be unlawfully discriminating, claims BBC

An investigation by the BBC has found that 80 per cent of advertisements on two websites used by landlords say people...

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

Landlords’ leader tells MPs they should give cash help to rental sector

Senior MPs have been told by the chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association that they must provide financial assistance...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord faces five-figure fine for not having HMO licence

A landlord has been fined £10,000 by her local council for failing to licence a HMO. Tracey Davies of Bath was found...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

COVID-19: How landlords can cope with tenants that can’t pay

The coronavirus pandemic has brought instability to the UK rental market, with tenants struggling to pay rents and landlords battling to...

16 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

Buy to let thriving but landlords should re-purpose properties for Covid

The number of UK landlords has risen 49 per cent in the last five years to an all-time high of 2.7m...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New call for grants and loans for tenants to clear Covid arrears

Citizens Advice says the government should prioritise tenants with rent arrears who are the most significant victims of the financial fallout...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Move to regulate Airbnb and short lets opposed by pressure group

A move to regulate Airbnb and other short let platforms operating in Scotland has received a hostile welcome from a countryside...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Boiling Over! Landlords face huge bills to meet eco-requirements

Two players in the domestic energy industry are warning landlords that it will be an expensive exercise to meet predicted future...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Pests! Landlords to get inside track on pest control

A virtual show about pest control is being targeted at landlords because of the strong links between pests and housing in...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords can list properties free with agency during December

A London lettings agency is offering landlords the opportunity to list and let properties for free this month.  The offer comes from...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords set out key reform demands ahead of election

The National Residential Landlords Association has released its manifesto for the 2021 Welsh Parliament elections - and it makes the case...

11 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

Landlords Beware - new How To Rent Guide issued by government

The government has issued a new How To Rent Guide - the critical document that landlords or their agents have to...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Repeat offender landlord gets fine for not licensing properties

A landlord has been ordered to pay £3,928.44 after failing to licence two properties he has been letting out in Nottingham.  Jaswinder...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

HMOs may be endangering tenants’ health claims YMCA chief

A YMCA chief executive claims the proliferation of HMOs may be endangering private tenants’ health by encouraging overcrowding and undersized-rooms. Alan Fraser,...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New rent guarantee and legal cover Covid insurance for landlords

Insurance provider Berkeley Alexander has launched a Landlord Legal Expenses and Rent Guarantee product for use under Covid-19 restrictions. The company claims that...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Warning over cowboy builders exploiting Green Homes Grant

Landlords considering taking advantage of the government’s new Green Homes Grant are being warned of a surge in cowboy building works. Sheffield...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Is Retail-to-Resi the next property investment opportunity?

The government has launched an unexpected consultation which may indirectly highlight a new opportunity for landlords and other investors - converting...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Amazing story of landlord dynasty convicted of benefits fraud

Members of a wealthy Blackburn family of landlords with a portfolio of properties have been sentenced for defrauding the Department for...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter advising tenants on winning a rent reduction

The campaigning charity Shelter is offering private rental sector tenants advice on how to negotiate a rent reduction during the remaining...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New analysis of London's yield and capital growth hotspots

An analysis by a lettings management service has identified those parts of London with the strongest yields and capital growth in...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban until mid-March introduced by Scottish Government

An eviction ban has been introduced by the Scottish Government to take effect until well into the New Year.  Because of the...

04 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