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Rogue landlord unlawfully harassed and evicted a tenant

A man has pleaded guilty in a magistrates’ court after he evicted a tenant by unlawfully harassing him and obliging him...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and other short lets performing strongly for investors

A tracking study, conducted in partnership with the UK Short Term Accommodation Association, shows exactly how well Airbnb and other short...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Five figure fine for landlord ignoring council warning on overcrowding

A private landlord operating an unlicensed and overcrowded property in London has been hit with a fine of more than £21,000.  The...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let pipeline is massive, says high profile mortgage lender

The buy to let pipeline for one of the sector’s main mortgage lenders is now £911.4m some 39.9 per cent up...

02 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

Landlord fined thousand after fire rips through illegal HMO

A landlord has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds by magistrates after a bedroom fire revealed tenants were living in...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday let landlords starting to use virtual tours in marketing

A virtual tour company says this kind of property viewing is now being adopted by holiday let operators as well as...

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

Politicians want action on Airbnb lets using ex-council houses

Politicians of both major parties have voiced concern over former council houses being used as Airbnb and other short lets in...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Eco-credentials key to capital appreciation in future - Rightmove

Landlords with an eye to optimising capital appreciation ought to be considering the sustainability features of properties, Rightmove has suggested. The portal...

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

Property Investor Show is back - and it’s REAL, not virtual

The Property Investor Show is back and in person, rather than virtual. It’s been announced that it will take place at London’s...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let may work better if landlords allow pets - claim

It’s a controversial view but a respected buy to let mortgage monitor suggests that landlords may be more successful if they...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Only limited buy to let sell-off on the cards, latest research shows

Research by the buy to let specialist Sequre Property Investment suggests that landlords are largely undeterred by the slew of government...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord who put tenants’ lives in danger must pay £21,500

A landlord has been given a hefty fine for housing vulnerable tenants in hazardous conditions in a case brought by a...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

A deal! Prominent buy to let lender snapped up by bank

Starling Bank has snapped up specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender Fleet Mortgages in a £50 million cash and share deal. Fleet Mortgages, based...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Improve rental sector EPCs? A pipedream …

Government ambitions to improve the energy efficiency of the private rental sector are just “a pipedream” without financial assistance according to...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Glimmer of hope for landlords owning cladding leaseholds

Landlords directly affected by the cladding scandal - because they own units in low and medium-rise blocks - have some good...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech summer offer for landlords setting up companies

A digital platform that combines buy to let company formation, management and current accounts, has launched a special offer for landlords...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government updates Covid guidance for landlords and tenants

The government has updated its guidance for landlords and tenants to explain the possession action process in the county courts in...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

He Can’t Get No Satisfaction - Stones promoter must repay tenants

A one-time promoter of The Rolling Stones was so busy on the road that he forgot to get an HMO licence...

21 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

Council wants witnesses to alleged illegal eviction

A council is appealing for witnesses to help with its prosecution of a landlord for illegal eviction. Sohila Tamiz who is a...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

The 7 metrics all landlords should be tracking

Understanding the exact position of your property portfolio is crucial, this means, you need to   get constant access to accurate information. The...

16 July 2021

From: Sponsored Content

New service offers incorporation and mortgage lending online

PropTech firms GetGround and Molo are partnering to offer landlords a one-stop-shop for dealing with the administrative details of buy to let...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords will still have virtual auction options in future

A favourite route for a landlord acquiring properties - at auction - is likely to remain at least partly virtual in...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent share of planning approvals down on pre-Covid peak

Build To Rent planning application requests have risen 52 per cent in the past year according to the latest research. However they...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy Back - Labour councils back purchases from landlords

Labour councils in London have backed the initiative from Mayor Sadiq Khan to buy back ex-council houses now in the private...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents are falling in real terms - and that’s official

Private sector rents are falling in real terms according to government figures. Data from the Office for National Statistics show that private...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive fall in HMRC tax take from ‘Let Property’ campaign

There’s been a sharp fall in money raised from a campaign encouraging landlords to voluntarily disclose tax owed on rental properties...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council claims landlord licensing helps stop falling house prices

Residents and landlords are to be consulted by yet another council wanting to renew its selective licensing regime - saying it...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New league table shows best yields by regions and towns

The best buy to let yields can be found in the North East of England according to new research.  The region as...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let in a National Park? It might work says mortgage broker

A buy to let mortgage broker says that investment in a National Park property could help landlords cash in on the...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

£100,000 public cash to be spent on landlord database study

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is spending £100,000 on a feasibility study to investigate the setting up of...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Upbeat figures show strong rental market performance

There's more good news about the rental market across the country, with rents rising 8.5 per cent year-on-year. The data comes from...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

First Inner London monthly rent rise for over a year, reports agency

The lettings agency Hamptons has declared the bottom of the rental market for Inner London, saying it’s now on the way...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government rejects licensing scheme plea by local council

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has said No to a plea by a south east council to renew...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

MP wanting ‘pets in lets’ in hot water over benefits

The MP who is the architect of a Private Members Bill to allow pets in privately rented property is facing a...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Get Rich Quick courses in spotlight after MP’s intervention

The potential dangers of Get Rich Quick property investment schemes have been highlighted once again, this time by an MP. Some 18...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord sentenced over “catastrophic” safety breaches

A landlord has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years for breaches of fire safety legislation. Thirunavukkaradu Kuladaisamy, the...

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

Smart system could ultimately slash landlords’ energy bills

The people behind a new smart system for controlling electric heating and household appliances claim it has the potential to save...

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

Holiday lets set to face extra financial penalties in one part of UK

Landlords in the holiday let market in Wales look almost certain to face hefty new barriers under proposals being considered by...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Early signs of strong student rental demand for 2021-22

An online student accommodation platform has identified where demand from students is strongest as they prepare for the next academic year. UniHomes...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent rises driven by higher taxes and regulations for landlords

A leading supplier says rent rises seen in recent months have been driven by increased taxes and regulations imposed on landlords. The...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Will new Bill help landlords caught in cladding crisis?

The government claims its new Building Safety Bill, published yesterday, will create “lasting generational change” after Grenfell and the cladding crisis...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Relaxing Covid restrictions will trigger more tenant moves - claim

A prominent PropTech supplier to the lettings sector predicts that as summer continues and Covid restrictions reduce, so more tenants will...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban on eight Airbnb landlords operating on the same street

Eight landlords letting flats on the same street have been banned from renting them out on Airbnb. The Edinburgh News website says...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New threat to buy to let? John Lewis gets into Build To Rent

Another new Build To Rent player is emerging - in the unlikely form of the John Lewis Partnership. The company has long...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Outdated! Some rental regulations date back to 18th century

Some laws underpinning the private rented sector date back to the 18th century and are no longer fit for purposes, according...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords not the bad guys of the pandemic says industry figure

One of the leading figures in the lettings industry says landlords are not the bad guys of the pandemic, as some...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council wants to stop rogue landlord letting out homes anywhere

A council has gone on record saying it’s trying to stop a rogue landlord from letting out any property anywhere, ever...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

More new landlords replacing those quitting sector, survey shows

Nearly a million landlords plan to review their buy to let portfolios over the next two years with the number planning...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent’s top tips for letting properties quickly

High end lettings agency Carter Jonas has offered landlords a series of tips to renting out their properties quickly and successfully. They...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government website asks tenants if they fear 'revenge eviction'

The government has launched an online checker in a bid to avoid disputes between landlords and tenants over the entitlement for...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Are landlords and tenants paying too much for utilities?

A new report shows a growing difference in customer service levels between the best and worst energy suppliers in Britain -...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Top tips - how to handle mediation

Since the eviction ban was lifted on May 31, landlords are once again able to move forward with eviction proceedings. However,...

25 June 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Lettings chief gives advice on preparing rental units for pets

Momentum for pets to routinely be allowed in rental properties has chiefly come from politicians and tenant groups - but now...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Official figures show big FALL in possessions during pandemic

Contrary to the impression put forward by some pressure groups, there’s been a continued fall in landlord possession claims between April...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Is London’s international tenant market coming back at last?

The London international rental market, a long-term victim of the pandemic and travel restrictions, appears to be improving at last. High profile...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord in hot water after ignoring council abatement notice

A tenant was put at risk from a ceiling that partially collapsed and was left unable to use her shower after...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how many tenants get 100% deposit back after a dispute

New figures show that in England and Wales, 69 per cent of disputed deposits are split between the landlord and tenant,...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

He’s Back! Shamplina’s Nightmare Tenants back on TV tonight

Evictions guru Paul Shamplina returns to the TV this evening but his Channel5 show has had a name change - it...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Present and past private tenants to play major role in city housing strategy

Private tenants in a major city are being invited to take up a voluntary role helping to shape the local rental...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Investment firm says serviced apartments now an option for investors

Investment consultancy Thirlmere Deacon says serviced apartments, typically for visitors, can provide an attractive option for investors right now. Thirlmere Deacon director...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord's bill for thousands after dumping rubbish when tenant quits

A landlord who fly-tipped the contents of a flat so another tenant could move in has been ordered to pay thousands...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to virtual forum for trade body update

Anglesey’s Annual Landlord Forum takes place tomorrow online, with landlords operating in the area invited to attend between 2pm and 3.30pm. An...

21 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

At last! London rental market shows strong signs of recovery

After months in the doldrums thanks to tenants moving away and an excess of supply, London’s rental sector is recovering. The Home...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Insight - major changes to household size in recent years

A new analysis of government figures shows major changes in Britain’s families and the ‘home unit’ between 2015 and 2020. This may be...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent pipeline dips with London units showing sharper fall

Build To Rent specialist Ascend Properties says latest data on the sector shows that across the UK some 36,054 BTR units...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New league table of rental yields shows big regional split

A new league table of rental yields available to landlords has been drawn up by PropTech company Inventory Base. It’s examined government...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour MPs quiz government on effects of eviction ban ending

Labour MPs have quizzed junior housing minister Eddie Hughes over the effects of the ending of the eviction ban. At the regular...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Fake investment scams on the rise, warns Citizens Advice

The Citizens Advice consumer charity is warning that fake investment scams are amongst the fraudulent activity that’s on the rise across...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Furnishing a property? Top tips for best quality and best value

If you are furnishing your long-term let or holiday let, a new guide to the best value second hand furniture may...

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

 Platform allows landlords to set up companies to buy properties

A platform claims it allows buy to let landlords to set up limited companies within 30 minutes, through which they can...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Renting cheaper than buying for first time since 2014

For the first time in seven years it’s now cheaper to rent a home than buy one. So says the Hamptons lettings...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Is Covid forcing landlords to give up on HMOs?

A landlord group in a major city in the south of England says many are giving up on HMOs and converting...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Why Portugal is a great country for digital nomads

The Covid-19 pandemic sparked a global trend of remote working and companies realising that work can now be where your laptop...

14 June 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Shock as government rejects council’s landlord licensing bid

The government has taken the unusual step of denying a local council its request for an extended term for a landlord...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal Wrap: a summary of law changes impacting landlords

Landlord Today readers will be more than aware that legal changes happen often these days, and it can be understandably challenging...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Large number of tenants eligible for controversial Breathing Space - claim

A large number of private rental tenants may be eligible to take advantage of the new and controversial Breathing Space debt...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

App which predicts appliance and building repairs wins extra funding

A cloud-based property management platform aimed at landlords has secured over £1m in addition funding. In its own words, Lofti’s platform will...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Remarkable - New licensing scheme will be FREE for landlords

It’s already a very un-typical part of the United Kingdom but now Jersey has set itself apart in a different way...

10 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

Soaring house prices lure expat and foreign national investors

There’s been a “huge demand” for buy to let mortgages spurred on by dramatic house prices rises, according to a major...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb’s ‘responsible’ approach to short lets welcomed by trade body

Airbnb says it’s working to consider new approaches to short-term letting and the burgeoning holiday lets sector - and this has...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Civil Penalty Notice then a fine after HMO regulations breached

The Rogue Landlord Team of a local authority has triggered a civil penalty notice resulting in a fine of over £21,000...

09 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

Student yields stay strong despite pandemic - claim

Research by student accommodation platform UniHomes says rental demand on student properties has not suffered long term harm from the pandemic. It...

07 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

Rogue landlord fined for breaching prohibition order

A rogue landlord has been fined £2,000 and must pay a victim surcharge of £22 after pleading guilty to breaching a...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax: government issues revised guidance for landlords

The government has issued revised guidance for landlords on the subject of tax - specifically about rental income and self assessment. In...

03 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

Another council urges landlords to think twice before evicting

Another council is urging landlords to seek alternative solutions to tenancy issues how the eviction ban is at an end. The emergency...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New Eviction Mediation guidelines issued to landlords by government

The government has revised its guidelines for its new mediation scheme, which it says will avoid some possessions now that the...

01 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

Licensing landlords would help students, insists charity and union

A Citizens Advice and Students Union study into student accommodation in its patch says there should be an additional licensing scheme...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council interventions can stop evictions and help landlords - claim

A local council which is inviting some 300 landlords to a virtual summit in the near future says it’s helped a...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Let’s Dance! Here are the biggest landlord sensations on TikTok

Lettings platform Mashroom has pulled together what it suggests are the most influential landlords using the social media service TikTok. For the...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord begins legal action against activists protesting outside her home

A landlord has begun legal proceedings against a pressure group after being the victim of a four-month campaign of harassment. Lawyers acting...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal reminder to landlords of Coronavirus restrictions on giving notice

A specialist law firm is reminding landlords considering possession proceedings that they still need to be aware of key changes to...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Council offer of help to landlords as bailiff-enforced eviction ban ends

A council in the north of England is offering help to landlords and private rental tenants as the bailiff-enforced eviction ban...

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

Mortgage bonus for landlords expanding rental portfolios

There’s good news for landlords considering investing or refinancing in the buy to let sector as interest rates are beginning to...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Council appeals to private landlords to help with homelessness problem

Landlords in a Midlands city are being asked to help find safe places to live for homeless individuals and families. The council...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

What impact has Covid had on landlords? Councils want to know…

A cluster of councils in the south of England want to know how Covid-19 has impacted landlords and letting agents in...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Taxpayers should pay Covid tenant rent arrears, say councils

The umbrella group representing London councils wants the government to use taxpayer money to help private tenants with Covid-related arrears. The call...

24 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

Landlord caught out over HMO housing migrant shift workers

Rogue landlord Siddika Begum of Salisbury has been prosecuted for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation in the town. Begum...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

All Aboard! Crossrail still a good buy to let investment - claim

A London lettings agency says that despite its four year delay, Crossrail still presents opportunities for buy to let investors. Benham and...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back proposal to extend Capital Gains Tax deadline

Landlords have welcomed a proposal by the Office for Tax Simplification to extend the 30 day payment of Capital Gains Tax...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail for man who used terrorist attack for revenge on landlord

A man who tried to frame his landlord’s partner as being involved in the Westminster terrorist attack has been jailed. Gerald Banyard,...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

This is how landlords should choose an agent - according to ARLA

Propertymark has issued a guide to help landlords choose lettings agents.   Angela Davey, ARLA Propertymark president, says she has five tips aimed...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords with flats may soon have to face Commonhold tenure

A new government-created committee is considering the introduction of the new Commonhold tenure. Commonhold is a form of freehold ownership, largely for...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Smoked Out: The signs a property is used for Cannabis cultivation

Direct Line Business Insurance has outlined seven tell-tale signs of cannabis cultivation, which it says is an increasing problem for landlords across...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Buying at auction? It’ll never be the same again insists industry leader

The auction process, for years a favourite with landlords, will never be the same again according to one of the industry’s...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Portugal’s Golden Visa scheme – what is changing from January 2022?

Since it was launched in 2012 to help the Portuguese economy bounce back from a damaging financial crisis, the Portuguese Golden...

19 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Tenants flee London as pandemic changes rental landscape

Private sector tenants are leaving London in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, changing the rental market fundamentally. According to new research, landlords...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords slam government for failing all sides of rental sector

The pandemic-related debts of tenants and landlords should be top of the in tray of the new housing minister in Wales. That’s...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Online platform simplifies mandatory property checks - claim

A new online platform for landlords claims to allow them to manage property certifications and inspections for single or multiple properties...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax problems hit landlords who sell, accountant warns

Some landlords have hit Capital Gains Tax problems when selling properties in consecutive years, an accountant warns. Elaine Shiels of RSM says:...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Guilty: Landlord admits throwing tenant out illegally

Landlord Antanas Klibavicius has pleaded guilty to illegally evicting his tenant and not taking any steps towards ending the tenancy properly...

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

Rent-A-Room tax free rental still popular even in age of Airbnb

The total value of tax relief declared as a result of the government’s Rent a Room Scheme has soared 187 per...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent video checks extended until late June

The Home Office has told agents that Right To Rent checks can continue to be conducted via video calls until June...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Optimism and tight supply fuel rentals boom, according to surveyors

The latest sentiment survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors makes welcome reading for most landlords. RICS deals only with broad...

14 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

Police hunt tenant who used terror attack for revenge on landlord

A former tenant who tried two frame his landlord’s partner as being involved in the Westminster terrorist attack has been convicted...

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

Cannabis Cost - this is how much landlords lose thanks to rogue tenants

An expert assessment of the average cost of damage caused by rogue tenants growing cannabis suggests landlords will typically pay almost...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ IDs not always checked thoroughly by agents - claim

Landlords have frequently not had obligatory ID checks conducted on them by letting agents, an industry supplier is claiming.  Blinc UK says...

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

Council to pay £30,000 towards private rental sector deposits

A council has agreed to set aside £30,000 to pay for private rental deposits as a cheaper alternative to bed and breakfast accommodation. The ruling...

10 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

Message to government: Help landlords and support private renting, or else

One of the leading industry suppliers has given a warning to government that continual regulation and legal changes restricting landlords will...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is co-living a good rent investment? One operator boasts big annual growth

An operator in the co-living rental niche in London has recorded an average 44 per cent annual growth over the past...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Review compliance procedures or risk prosecution, landlords warned

A warning has been issued to landlords about a crackdown on compliance issues surrounding property management. No Letting Go, the country’s largest...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Guidance for landlords on preparing buy to lets for summer

The letting agents’ trade body has released guidance on how landlords can prepare their investment properties for summer. Angela Davey, president of...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

High level of tenant and owner movement expected post-Covid

A new analysis suggests that as many as 40 per cent of people in the UK are at last considering moving...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined after Gangmasters authority investigates rental property

A landlord has been convicted and ordered to pay more than £11,500 in fines and legal costs for the offence of...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent offers existing tenants advice on getting a pet

The growing debate over whether pets should be allowed in private rental property has attracted the attention of activists’ group Generation Rent. In...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s fine slashed after fightback against council court move

A landlord who was hit with a £66,000 fine over safety breaches at a rental property has fought back - and...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s shock after flat is stripped of items by evicted tenant

It’s a story that’s seldom told - how some tenants steal items from landlords’ properties when a tenancy ends. Now the Oxford...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid prompts surge in niche ‘medium term’ rentals

An online corporate rental platform says Covid 19 has led to a six-fold increase in demand for medium-term rentals in this...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news - Buy To Let tide turns for first time in four years

For the first time in four years, the proportion of landlords who say they plan to expand their portfolios is higher...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Breathing Spaces “not a fix to keep creditors at bay” admits charity

The controversial Breathing Space policy comes into effect from next Tuesday, May 4, and a charity is admitting it is not...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Tips for landlords to keep their properties occupied year-round

The Hunters lettings agency has set out tips for landlords to keep their rental properties occupied all year round. The firm -...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb blocks 80,000 reservations in bid to curb anti-social behaviour

Airbnb has blocked nearly 80,000 UK reservation attempts following the introduction of restrictions that prevent under 25-year-olds from making entire home...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Under 30s form vast majority of prime London lettings, says consultancy

One of the leading consultancies involved in prime London lettings says 86 per cent of new tenancies in Q1 2021 were...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness urges police to get tough with “criminal landlords”

The Generation Rent campaign group has entered the fray for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections which will be held in some...

26 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

Prime London flats rentals still in doldrums - but for how long?

Reduced demand and falling rents continue throughout the London prime flats market, with values down in all areas except the south west...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb management service announces coastal expansion

Airbnb management company Houst is expanding its service into a new area. Houst has identified Kent as an area expecting one of...

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

Section 21 ‘homelessness threat’ has fallen 50% says government

The government says the number of households facing possible homelessness after a Section 21 eviction has fallen 50 per cent in...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord, 86, fined after rat droppings found at unsafe HMO

A landlord has been fined £6,000 for failing to properly maintain a HMO in Reading. Nidan Singh, 76, has also been ordered to...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Everything first time landlords need to know - new guide

ARLA Propertymark, the letting agents’ main trade body, has prepared a ‘top tips’ guide for first time landlords. Association president Angela Davey...

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

Don’t give up on Green Homes, top MP tells government

The chair of the all-party Environmental Audit Committee of MPs is urging the government to introduce an alternative to the disastrous Green...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

U-turn on Right To Rent means ‘remote ID checks’ stand

Landlords are not required to conduct retrospective Right to Rent verification on tenants who had a Covid-adjusted check since March 30...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord group repeats call for upfront cash payments

The National Residential Landlords Association has repeated its backing for upfront cash payments and rent guarantees. A new study has found that...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Matching Service - council will pair tenants with landlords

A council in the Lake District is inviting new and existing private landlords to register with Property Links, its free matching...

21 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

Council staging virtual forum to help landlords during pandemic

A council is holding a virtual landlords’ forum to support them navigate the Covid-19 pandemic. Normally, Ryedale council works in partnership with...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New landlord charter is Labour’s big idea for Mayor election

Greater Manchester’s Labour Mayor, Andy Burnham, wants to introduce a £1.5m Good Landlord Charter This would work in partnership with the city’s...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock as council reveals new HMO licensing will costs over £1,000

Salford council in Greater Manchester is to introduce landlord licensing for HMOs where three or four tenants live - and the...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords face bill of over £60,000 over multiple housing offences

Two landlords of a property in East London have been ordered to pay costs and fines totalling £61,057.05 after they were prosecuted...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord and property company hit with £50,000 in fines and costs

A property company and its sole director landlord have been convicted and ordered to pay more than £50,000 in fines and...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

£15m in government cash for students struggling to pay rent

The Department for Education has announced that its to make available an additional £15 million in hardship funding to support those students...

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

Should investors take advantage of Florida’s market boom?

The spring market in Florida is white-hot at the moment, rivalling the increasing temperatures across the state as people begin their...

13 April 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Top tips on how landlords can look for an ideal tenant

Oliver Andrews, editor at Property Assist Claim, sets out how landlords can find the ideal tenants for their rental homes.  If you...

13 April 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

The importance of landlords keeping records during Covid

Oliver Andrews, editor at Property Claim Assist, outlines why it’s vitally important for landlords to keep record during the current Covid...

13 April 2021

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Boris Johnson becomes a landlord (and will allow pets)

The Daily Mail is reporting that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to let his Oxfordshire cottage out - and he’s taking...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Council action means £90,000 bill for landlord and company

A landlord and a property company have a total of over £90,000 to pay after being found guilty of 27 charges...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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