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Energy efficiency surveys for landlords offered by local council

Cotswold council, using cash from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is targeting properties that fall below the minimum...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Awareness campaign for landlords as law change approaches

A national awareness campaign has been launched to prepare landlords for the implementation of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 on...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short lets wreck local housing markets, say conservationists

The Council for the Protection of Rural England is the latest body to blast Airbnb and other short lets for their...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to apply for hardship grant if they have Covid debts

A local authority in Scotland is calling on private landlords to get in touch if they have suffered hardship as a...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New landlord contracts with tenants explained by government

The Welsh Government has set out how the housing law in that country is set to change significantly from July 15...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Why 2022 will be Build to Rent’s Year

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

15 January 2022

From: The Big Issues

How Tenants Can Build a Credit Score

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

15 January 2022

From: Top tips & guides

HMRC Tax Changes under the spotlight in free webinar for landlords

An accountancy firm is holding a free webinar for landlords and other property investors to look east ongoing changes to tax...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

60 Second Interview with Paul Wootton, The Landlord Works

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Paul Wootton, Director of The Landlord Works, a new...

13 January 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

Flats at £1,000 a week called 'competitive' by Build To Rent developer

High end agency Savills and a London developer have launched apartments in a new Build To Rent scheme costing tenants up...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords - should you tell tenants about another tax?

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

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC targets - new revelations about domestic energy efficiency

With landlords under pressure to fund ever-stricter energy efficiency requirements, a new report appears to make the government’s ‘one size fits...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Lords report accuses private rental sector of being too expensive

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

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC gives landlords deadline for digital tax payments

Landlords who make tax returns on their investment properties via VAT-registered companies must sign up to the HMRC’s Making Tax Digital...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Crisis - few landlords know of EPC legal changes

Only 15 per cent of landlords say they are fully aware of changes to laws surrounding Energy Performance Certificates in the...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Compulsory Landlord Register? Clamp-down likely on holiday lets

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

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords Beware - is Build To Rent coming to get Buy To Let?

The UK Build To Rent sector recorded a total of £2.1 billion of investment in the final three months of 2021...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Is The Private Rental Sector facing a Supply Crisis?

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

08 January 2022

From: Industry Views

The power of quality appliances in the rental market 

For landlords, finding a tenant for a property can be challenging. Today, people expect modern, high quality, clean appliances as standard...

07 January 2022

From: Sponsored Content

HMRC to clamp down on landlords in 2022, warns accountancy firm

A leading accountancy firm says the relative good health of the rental market and house price appreciation will trigger stricter enforcement...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Calling all landlords - should pets be allowed in rental properties?

Northumbria Law School and the Open University are conducting research into whether private landlords rent to tenants with pets and the...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency - another council spending thousands on education

A local council is inviting landlords within its boundaries to take up funding from a £49,057 pot it has to improve...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Opposition to rent controls voiced by chief of new super-agency

A senior figure in a newly-enlarged agency that wants to become a national force in lettings has thrown his weight behind...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Most expensive homes in UK purchased as investments

One of the UK’s most prestigious agencies claims that deals to buy the country’s dearest homes have been negotiated using asset-backed...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Now Labour jumps on the bandwagon

Labour is the latest political party to call for rent controls following similar pleas from the Green Party and the Scottish Nationalists. Paul...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

House of Commons asks: What’s the problem with Section 21?

For landlords who may want a brief update on Section 21, the House of Commons Library has published a concise description...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stop landlords buying properties to let out, says Tory activist

A former Conservative councillor has used a leading party website to call on the government to restrict the purchase of buy...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord prosecuted and fined for operating unlicensed HMO

A landlord who has been operating a licensable HMO without a licence has been fined £5,000 at a prosecution brought by...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter says high rents impact women with threat of homelessness

Shelter claims that women are impacted by homelessness more than men, and says rising private rents are a contributory factor. In a...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Wanted: private landlords with one bedroom homes to let

A council in the south of England is urgently looking for private landlords with self-contained one bedroomed flats or studios to house...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency backs landlords with sweeping attack on government

An agency has issued a statement standing shoulder-to-shoulder with landlords and rejecting the negative mood music surrounding the private rental sector. Chris...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims 200,000 children in private rental sector at risk of eviction

Shelter claims that 200,000 children living in privately rented homes are at risk of being evicted this winter – equivalent to one in every 50 children in England.   A study for the campaigning charity claims that 104,000 private...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid to involve landlords in resolving homelessness problem

A company that works with private landlords to supply homes to ease London councils’ homeless issues, has won funds to secure...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

 Scrapping Section 21 may take three years says industry expert

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

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC Warned - half of landlords not investing because of tax hikes

Over half of private landlords responding to a new survey say recent tax changes in the rental market have had a...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive rent rise for social housing tenants expected in the spring

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

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - consultation opens for landlords and general public

Scotland’s controversial Green Party housing chief - who is part of a governing arrangement with Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party -...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter backs call for rent controls and anti-eviction powers

Shelter has given what appears to be unconditional support to the SNP-Green proposals for reform of the private rental sector in...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rent rises are “going ballistic” according to analyst

A leading market forecaster has described the level of rent rises in one part of the country as “going ballistic”. “The London...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Hot Air! Call for rethink of rental energy efficiency measures

Proposals to force landlords to pay up to £10,000 to improve energy efficiency of rental properties require a rethink, according to...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks: Rental Reform to dominate 2022

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

18 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

Will 2022 present energy efficiency and rent control challenges?

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

18 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

Landlords braced for more interest rate rises in New Year

The Bank of England has raised interest rates for the first time in more than three years, in response to calls...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

2022’s challenge for landlords - improving energy efficiency

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

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mandatory compensation for tenants mooted by letting agents

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

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Expensive new licensing scheme on its way - discussions to be held today

Proposals to introduce an Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs in yet another part of the country are to be discussed by...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Switch from long-term lets to Airbnb 'worsens housing crisis'

Landlords selling up or converting to short lets have led to a growing housing crisis, according to a trade body of...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness leads call for ‘winter truce’ on evictions

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

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Slammed! Government and councils condemned for rental failures

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

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords want more government and council 'vision' for rentals

The National Residential Landlords Association has thrown its weight behind the recommendations of the National Audit Office report urging the government...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government told to act over falling size of private rental sector

ARLA Propertymark is expressing concern at the latest figures showing a fall in the size of the private rental sector. The latest...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Accredition scheme with NRLA involvement launched by council

A  council is set to ask local landlords of rental properties to join an accreditation scheme to improve standards and deliver...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

High-end Build To Rent scheme for students unveiled by operator

A new large-scale Build To Rent landlord, which describes itself as providing “high-quality luxury student accommodation,” has revealed a second scheme...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgages linked to better EPCs are ‘key’ for buy to let lender

Paragon Bank increased buy to let lending to landlords by 33.9 per cent to £1.61 billion in its last financial year,...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

High-end Build To Rent scheme for students unveiled by operator

A new large-scale Build To Rent landlord, which describes itself as providing “high-quality luxury student accommodation,” has revealed a second scheme...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Controversial council’s chief slams “dangerously unregulated” rental sector

A housing chief in a controversial council has tweeted that “Private landlords must be held accountable!”. She also claims on social media...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of working with police and ‘talking tough’ to landlords

A council says it’s working with police to target landlords which it claims are flouting the law and illegally eviction and...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council moves against “shoddy landlords”

A Labour council in London has announced plans to expand its crackdown on what it calls “shoddy landlords.” Southwark council says the...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government backs controversial licensing scheme after two years

The government has approved a vast landlord licensing scheme in Liverpool - but even including 45,000 homes it is still much...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

 Landlords offered advice line to save energy and improve EPCs

Landlords in the west country struggling with high fuel bills are being urged to take advantage of a free money-saving advice...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Council launches consultation on three licensing regimes

A council is consulting over a range of private rental sector measures.  Leicester council is proposing a range of measures requiring landlords...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

New info website set up purely for private tenants

A new website has been set up by a council purely for private rental sector tenants in one part of London. The...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back private leasing deal working with councils

Landlords have welcomed an initiative to provide £30m to work with the private rental sector to end homelessness. Local authorities in Wales...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs want renewable heating tech in private rental homes

A cross-party survey of MPs shows that they want to scale up the installation of renewable heating technologies in existing homes,...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

New HMO licensing regime to be launched in London borough

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

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Last-minute U-turn on licensing forced on council

Conservative opposition councillors have derailed a local authority’s plan to introduce a landlord licensing scheme this week. Southend council is run by...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid to get landlords to long-term lease properties to councils

The Welsh Government has announced a £30m pot from which councils can pay for easing properties from private landlords. Under the Welsh Government’s...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Special Citizens Advice helpline opens for landlords AND tenants

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

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords need stimulus to stick with buy to let, trade chief says

Demand for private rental housing is at an all time high according to new research by the National Residential Landlords Association. A...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies make inventories and inspections vital - claim

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

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord ignored Emergency Prohibition Order given hefty fine

A private landlord who failed to carry out essential safety work has been fined for ignoring an Emergency Prohibition Order. Mohammed Deryo,...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to Let Investment guide – Free to Download

In recent years, letting property has become more challenging due to a range of tax and regulation changes and since March...

25 November 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agent blasts “dodgy landlords” for sabotaging energy efficiency goals

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

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Carbon Monoxide alarms must be fitted in private rentals with gas boilers

The government has announced that carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in all private rental properties with fixed appliances such as...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Commuter belt city wants private landlords to house Afghan refugees

Landlords in the heart of the London commuter belt are being asked to come forward if they can provide accommodation for...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

London council pledges HMO inspections at least once every five years

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

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council pushing landlords over energy efficiency

A council in a largely-rural area of Suffolk is the latest to have won additional funding to push landlords into making...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bravo for second home-owners - senior politician speaks up for sector

A leading politician in Wales has spoken out in favour of second homeowners, who are under increasing scrutiny in that country...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Is Buy To Let Over? Not yet it isn’t…

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

20 November 2021

From: Tax & Finance

Regional Rents Bounce. And London Is Next…

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

20 November 2021

From: Top tips & guides

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

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

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Licensing on the march - another city goes to consultation

Salford is the latest city to launch a consultation seeking views on plans to expand its selective licensing scheme - claiming...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy project may involve trading standards spotting rogue landlords

Private sector landlords are being warned by a council to check their investments meet the legal minimum energy efficiency standard, or...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper under discussion with landlord trade group

A statement on the National Residential Landlords Association’s website says the group has had talks with government over rental reform. The long-awaited...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council unanimously passes motion calling for rent controls

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

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Sleaze: MPs rent out their own homes and then claim expenses

The sleaze allegations engulfing the government have moved to those MPs letting out their London homes while claiming money from taxpayers...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour call to name and shame rogue landlords

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

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Scare stories unfounded - evictions did NOT rise after end of ban

Despite dire warnings from Generation Rent, Shelter and other campaigners, it appears that the end of the eviction ban did NOT...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rents have risen 38 per cent in 12 months

The Home property website has identified locations where rents have risen by up to 38 per cent in the past 12...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks: How guaranteed is ‘guaranteed rent’?

Something that has been touching a raw nerve with me for some time now is the issue of so called ‘rent...

13 November 2021

From: The Big Issues

The man with a PLAN for portfolio landlords

I am the Chair of PLAN - the Portfolio Landlords Action Group - which had its formal launch this week. People...

13 November 2021

From: Rental Reform

Capital Letters - can landlords and councils really work together?

The relationship between the overwhelming number of good landlords and local authorities tends to be limited or possibly non-existent. With the far...

13 November 2021

From: Industry Views

Pathetic! Councils blasted for failure to prosecute rogue landlords

A lettings sector trade body is blasting local authorities for their poor record on trying to eliminate rogue landlords. The National Residential...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Many tenants ‘more interested in tidiness than electric safety’ - claim

A poll suggests that many private tenants admit to being more interested in the tidiness of their properties than safety within...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

EPCs and energy efficiency - Landlords appear ahead of the game

A new report from the government’s Office for National Statistics appears to show landlords are ahead of the game when it...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government asks tenants if they want to see landlord contact details

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

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council 'recovers' £2.5m in charges from landlords

A London council is consulting on what it claims to be “a groundbreaking property licensing scheme.” Newham council says its licensing of more...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers pitch for business by claiming serious delays for repairs

A firm of solicitors claims that private and social sector tenants face long delays for repairs to be addressed - and...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Two month mediation project starts - is it really long enough to succeed?

An innovative pilot project aiming to reduce evictions by providing free mediation between private landlords and tenants has been launched in...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords of homes with illegal EPCs threatened with enforcement

A council in the north of England has identified 166 private rental properties within the district that do not comply with...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Most landlords subsidising tenants during Covid dipped into savings

The majority of private landlords helping tenants out during the pandemic by cutting their rent absorbed the losses from their savings...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal Warning — some buy to lets will never meet new EPC targets

One of the industry’s leading legal voices is warning that the next change proposed to EPC requirements will affect almost half...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council offers landlords ‘enforcement amnesty’ over energy efficiency

A council says it’s offering landlords what it calls ‘an enforcement amnesty’ if they have failed to bring their rental units...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour says S21 eviction power “unjustly uproots families”

Labour has echoed campaign groups Generation Rent and Shelter in calling for the speediest possible ending of Section 21 eviction powers,...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rajiv Singh - Founder & CEO RentOnCloud

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

04 November 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Shock figures show over 100,000 homes let illegally

PropTech firm Kamma says well over 100,000 private rental homes across the UK are being let illegally because they already fail...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Good Times Back? Landlords more optimistic over lettings prospects

The proportion of landlords feeling optimistic about different aspects of letting is at the highest level for five years. As part of research...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council urging private landlords to offer longest-possible tenancies

Private landlords, tenants and letting agents are being asked to give their views on a Labour council’s tenancy strategy in London.  The...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent supply rises as agency sets challenge for landlords

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

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Karl Ullrich, Customer Service Technology Group Manager at BSH

Tell us about your role. I am the Customer Service Technology Group Manager at BSH (group brands include Bosch, NEFF and Siemens)...

02 November 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Home for sale - but not to landlords

A social landlord is selling a home on the open market but says it should go only to a first time...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bright spark letting agent prepares tenants’ guide to Bonfire Night

The Barrows and Forrester agency has prepared a tenant guide for those hoping to hold fireworks displays at their rental home...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New trade body for landlords to launch this month

A new trade body called PLAN launches this month with the aim of representing large scale Portfolio Landlords with 75 properties...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Licensing schemes explainer for landlords at virtual meeting

Landlords in the East Midlands are invited to a virtual forum to find out about the implementation of two new licensing...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council cannot find rental accommodation for Afghan refugees

Reigate and Banstead council is appealing to private landlords with vacant, or soon-to-be vacant, two, three or four-bedroom homes for rent. The...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Arrears - More should still be done to clear them

This week’s Budget saw the Chancellor loosen the Treasury’s purse strings in a number of areas.  Yet this was a quiet Autumn...

30 October 2021

From: The Big Issues

How landlords can help the UK hit Net Zero by 2050

Climate change is at the top of the political agenda this week thanks to Cop26 taking place in Glasgow in a...

30 October 2021

From: Agent Advice

£70,000 to “engage” with landlords over energy efficiency

A council says it’s going to spend £70,000 of central government money to help “engage” with landlords over issues of energy...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Council gloats over fines on rogue landlords

The council in Harrogate, Yorkshire, has issued what appears to be a celebration statement about its legal action against rogue landlords. The...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government delays Rental Reform White Paper until 2022

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will now not be published until...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Not enough! Landlords say Budget does too little to clear arrears

The Budget revealed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak does too little to help many of those struggling most to pay their rents. That’s...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news - Capital Gains Tax reporting time doubled for landlords

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget has made one small but welcome change to Capital Gains Tax.  For those selling UK residential property, including...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants’ Covid arrears scheme launched by faith-based charity

The UK Muslim charity National Zakat Foundation has introduced a Covid Recovery Scheme to support tenants at risk of eviction. The charity...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Appeal to landlords - Far-flung council wants homes for refugees

Orkney Council wants private landlords who hold family accommodation to come forward if they would be suitable for Afghan families. Councillors recently...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Poor rental conditions trigger mental health issues - claim

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

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Register could lead to tax clampdown, say activists

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

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

 Politician demands immediate windfall tax on private landlords

Adrian Ramsay, newly-elected co-leader of the Green Party, wants a windfall tax on the value of investment properties owned by private...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New eco-clampdown on landlords announced by government

The government has today announced a new cash injection for councils to clampdown on landlords whose properties fail to meet energy...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords need ‘green grants’ to make basic eco-improvements - claim

The head of a building body says landlords and home owners need a replacement for the defunct Green Homes Grant to...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

10 easy mistakes by landlords - do you agree with this bank?

Private and commercial bank Arbuthnot Latham has set out what it considers to be the 10 easy mistakes which some landlords...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Boiling Over: NRLA slams government over boiler policy for landlords

A piecemeal approach to how the private rental sector meets government climate change targets is fraught with problems, the landlords trade...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent says Net Zero targets don’t cover basic insulation

Generation Rent has commented on the government’s Net Zero goals, involving phasing out boilers and introducing heat pumps into rental properties. While...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Net Zero: Landlords in different areas need different incentives - claim

The government should factor in the property market’s huge regional variations when offering landlords incentives to become more energy efficient. That’s the call...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Record high tenant demand - and even London is improving

Tenant demand across the private rental sector is at a record high according to buy to let specialist the Paragon Bank. A...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord anger as council fails to find accommodation for tenant

A landlord has taken to the local media in his area to express outrage that a council has failed to find...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Shift poorest tenants from private rental to social housing - call

A call has gone out to shift tens of thousands of the poorest tenants in the private rental sector into social...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords set to get the hard sell on installing smart meters

Landlords may be about to be on the receiving end of a hard sell on installing smart meters, especially if they...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Why quality matters

Home appliances are often an area that can be overlooked when it comes to finalising kitchen designs, but having quality machines...

18 October 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Looming rent controls may be deterring landlords from buy to let

A leading market analyst says the looming threat of rent controls may be deterring landlords entering the buy to let sector,...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Going Green: What landlords need to know now

Landlords can be forgiven for being exasperated by the government’s exhortations to go green.   I don’t need to rehearse here again...

16 October 2021

From: The Big Issues

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

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

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New PropTech service allowing direct contact with tenants

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

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Why council’s new licensing regime will backfire badly - a case study

A lettings agent says a new HMO licensing regime in one of London’s highest profile boroughs will reduce the number of rental...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New insights into why many landlords use letting agents

Another report has highlighted how landlords feel intimidated into putting investment plans on ice because of red tape in the private...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Why landlords shouldn’t use credit cards to pay for refurbs

Around 20 per cent of landlords surveyed by a bank used a credit card or short-term finance to fund a recent...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

See You In Court! Landlord tries to recover £150,000 from agent

A landlord is going to court to try to recover £150,000 allegedly owed by an agency in the form of guaranteed...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC discovers huge numbers of landlords avoiding paying tax

A national accountancy firm says HM Revenue & Customs has discovered huge numbers of landlords avoiding paying tax - as many as...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Not all energy efficiency work saves money even after five years

With energy efficiency making headlines in the private rental sector, Norton Finance has calculated the cost of an average mid-terrace household...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Civil Penalty Notice and hefty fine for HMO landlord without licence

A landlord has been fined over £7,000 for letting out an unsafe and unlicensed HMO. South Gloucestershire council’s private sector housing team...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 October 2021

From: Industry Views

Taxing Times: How to become an accidental landlord pain free

It’s a common scenario: you put your house on the market, struggle to find a buyer, and then end up renting...

09 October 2021

From: Tax & Finance

Shamplina Speaks - Landlords Are At A Crossroads

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

09 October 2021

From: The Big Issues

EPC Upgrades - Raise cap for landlord spending, government told

The government has been told to raise the landlord cost cap to £10,000 to increase the number of private rental sector...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Should private landlords be lectured by the social housing sector?

A small proportion of private landlords grab the spotlight because of their poor treatment of tenants and properties - yet figures...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand Easy! Rental Reform White Paper appears some way off

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

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail for tenant who threatened landlord with screwdriver

A man who broke into the home of his prospective landlord and threatened him with a screwdriver has been jailed for...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit cut today - landlords’ last gasp criticism

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

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - stand by for details today

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

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession Process - new guidance issued for landlords

The government has issued new guidance for landlords and tenants concerning the possession process as applied to those on an Assured...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Back Off! Sunak told to stop hammering rental sector

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

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Refugees still need homes - another council seeks landlord help

Epsom & Ewell council is the latest to seek private landlords’ help to house five households of Afghan refugees fleeing the...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council threatens landlords with huge fines over electrical safety

Landlords in one part of the Midlands are being warned that they could face fines of up to £30,000 if they...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Tips for new landlords to optimise their tax position

Internet searches for ‘how to become a landlord’ have increased by 22 per cent according to Sheards Accountants, a chartered accountancy...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Up to six months rent for private landlords guaranteed by council

Private landlords could receive between three and six months’ rent in advance by putting their properties forward to help people who...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Flipping ‘eck - tips for landlords wanting to flip properties

A specialist investment lender has set out tips for how landlords can succeed at flipping - purchasing homes and selling relatively...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Accreditation scheme relaunched in bid to attract more landlords

Plans are underway to relaunch a landlord accreditation scheme - with a difference.  Barnsley’s landlord accreditation scheme began in 2010 and the...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Blaze casualties prompt fire warning to private landlords

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

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to bail out council as housing shortage worsens

Coventry council is the latest to appeal to private landlords to help it meet its housing obligations. It wants to sign up...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears soar across country thanks to Covid claims agency

Arrears have soared during the pandemic according to a lettings agency. Birmingham-based Barrows and Forrester says government data suggests 335,860 homes -...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction notice ruling “another blow to landlords” - claim

The Welsh government has again extended the notice period which landlords must give tenants - it’s at least six months. The Coronavirus...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears much worse in some parts of UK

Figures show that rent arrears are 20 per cent higher in Wales than England over the first half of 2021 New research published...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord accused of showing contempt for council

A landlord has been prosecuted for a second time for breaches of Wirral council’s selective licensing scheme. The council’s housing standards team...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears to rocket if Universal Credit cut is pushed says charity

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

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords renew call for help after benefit and furlough cuts

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

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour warned that more landlord taxes could trigger sell-off

A leading agent is warning that any additional tax on landlords could lead to property sell-offs and a further supply shortage. Dominic...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Gove must give tenants more rights says campaigning Baroness

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

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord trade body welcomes Gove as new Housing Secretary

Michael Gove - one of the most senior and controversial figures in modern politics - is the new Housing Secretary.  Ben Beadle,...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council needs private landlords to help meet rehousing targets

A council in the north of England is launching a new programme which it says offers support for private landlords -...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council chief says licensing deters “criminal landlords”

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

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Law Breakers: Shelter slams landlords for “criminal behaviour”

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

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent to lead activists’ lobby of MPs today

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

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour to propose landlord tax to fund social care

Labour says the funding of social care could be achieved by increasing tax on landlords. Party leader Sir Keir Starmer is today expected...

11 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent angry over return of normal eviction notice periods

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

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council says rental market “out of control” but wants landlords’ help

A council says the private rental market is “out of control” and he wants rent controls - but nonetheless is asking...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantees for landlords joining new leasing scheme

Private landlords interested in leasing properties in Bridgend, south Wales, are being invited to join a scheme which would see them...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters are big losers from soaring house prices - mortgage boss

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

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Government says No to separate fees for pets in rental properties

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

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Afghan Refugees: Councils still asking landlords to come forward

Wiltshire council is the latest to ask private landlords who have affordable homes which are ready to let, to get in...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets may require planning consent - government source

The government is considering forcing landlords who rent out homes as Airbnb-style short lets to apply for planning consent. This would not...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Commuter Belt rental shortage as tenants still leave London

Demand for private rented housing in the South East is the second highest in England - and it is thought to be...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council threat to landlords - Go Green or we’ll fine you

A council is threatening to fine private landlords whose properties do not meet energy efficiency standards. Darlington council’s cabinet will meet next...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council not using social housing for Afghans, instead wants private landlords

Dorset council is the latest to appeal to landlords to house Afghan refugees who are in this country having helped UK...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New guidance for landlords: Understanding the possession action process

The government has updated its guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rental sectors in England and Wales. The...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Agents urge ‘gentle caution’ after political pledges

The letting agents’ trade body ARLA Propertymark has made a very cautious approach to the Scottish Government over its strident pledge...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

 Plea to landlords to help Afghan refugee families

Another council is appealing to private landlords to help provide accommodation for Afghan refugees. Maidstone council in Kent wants self-contained rental apartments...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council criticised by government sets licensing deadline

A Labour council that lost government support for its landlord licensing regime says it’s reviewing its options and will produce new...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent control momentum grows - petition nears 50,000 signatures

A petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners is now nearing its 50,000...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

More enforcement, more arbitration - landlords set out demands

The government needs to beef up enforcement if it wants to address rogue landlords who put tenants at risk, says the...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord must pay thousands for ignoring Improvement Notices

A landlord who failed to comply with improvement notices for a vulnerable tenant and threatened to evict her if the improvements...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC cost crisis - new fear that landlords may not meet new rules

With less than four years left until the government wants all new private rented properties to be rated at least EPC...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Council orders HMO landlords to clear graffiti within four weeks

A council is ordering all of its private rental sector landlords to clear graffiti from external walls within four weeks of...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Market Madness? £7,000 pcm unit let in hours and 78 viewings on an HMO

If evidence was needed that the rental market is booming right now, here’s the proof - a property with an asking...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Here They Come: Rent controls to be introduced in part of the UK

Rent controls, possibly ensuring that rents do not exceed 25 per cent of household income, are poised to be introduced into...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Two tier lettings market, with London lagging behind

Demand for private rented housing has reached a five year high says the National Residential Landlords Association. In the association’s survey of...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords - would you house an Afghan refugee family?

A local authority is appealing directly to landlords to join a scheme rehousing Afghan refugee families. Wrexham council says the families will...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants ‘pushed into poverty by benefit cuts' say landlords

The National Residential Landlords Association has joined a series of charities and Propertymark to warn about the poverty risk of expected...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity backs landlord case for cash help to meet new EPC targets

A charity is warning that landlords may not government help in reaching new EPC targets. Citizens Advice Scotland says the private rental...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - landlords must spend thousands to meet EPC standards

Landlords will have to spend thousands to meet new government demands to improve energy efficiency in rental properties. Geospatial technology company Kamma...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords Beware - stamp duty probes likely to soar in near future

The many thousands of landlords who have snapped up properties have been advised to be on alert - a tax consultancy...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Deposit changes coming as MPs receive first-ever history

The first-ever history of Tenancy Deposit legislation, legal challenges and proposed future changes has been published by the House of Commons...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb fights back against criticism of short lets

Airbnb has issued a lengthy statement in response to a recent raft of criticisms about the effects of soaring numbers of...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge fine for landlord with unlicensed and overcrowded property

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

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Government rejects local licensing - Council pondering next steps

A council in the unusual position of having its landlord licensing proposals rejected by the government says it’s pondering its next...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord triumphs in overturning council licensing fine

A landlord has overturned a council fine for letting her flat without a licence - and it’s the same local authority...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Another bank enters rental sector with plan for 2,500 homes

A retail bank has announced the launch of a £500m project to fund the construction of up to 2,500 suburban, purpose-built...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets In Lets back on the agenda thanks to petition

A petition has been launched on the Channel Island of Jersey to prevent landlords banning pets from the local private rental...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New policy sets out strict controls on future and existing HMOs

A local authority with a rapidly-growing number of HMOs is to consult over a new policy later this month. The Houses in...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rental stock is in short supply across England

New research by a property investment consultancy has revealed which regions of England present the most promising opportunities for buy to...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords accuse councils of doing too little to crackdown on rogues

Over half of local authorities in England have not issued any civil penalties against rogue or criminal landlords in the last...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Ten Top Tips for landlords to keep cash flow in shape

An accountancy firm is giving landlords 10 top tips to keep their cash flow in a healthy condition.  The Sheards Accountants firm...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Council cracks down on 171 buy to lets in just one week

Redbridge council in east London has undertaken its toughest ever clampdown on buy to let, visiting 171 properties in a week. The...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Challenges for landlords - council to organise special event

The latest updates affecting the work of local landlords, letting agents and property managers, plus a chance to network and catch...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

 Generous Landlords: almost half slashed rents during pandemic

Some 46 per cent of landlords reduced monthly rent payments for their tenants because of the pandemic, according to research from...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Council wants volunteer landlords to house Afghan refugee families

A council is asking private landlords to help house Afghan refugees. People who have worked for the UK government and British military...

03 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

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

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

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

Lettings agent makes another blistering attack on landlords

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

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how many MPs are landlords

A website has lifted the lid on how many MPs in the current parliament are landlords. Open Democracy - which describes itself...

26 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

Another council poised to introduce new licensing regime

A council in Leicestershire is poised to introduce two new licensing schemes for private landlords. Charnwood council has now approved the conditions...

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

Mystery of expelled Tory councillor and £50k owed to landlords

A London news website has lifted the lid on speculation surrounding a councillor who appears to have been booted out of...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants afraid to complain about conditions, claims academic study

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

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord prosecuted because buy to let was unclean and unsafe

A landlord who failed to ensure his property was clean and safe for tenants to live in has been prosecuted by...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Net Zero: More pressure on landlords to improve EPC rating

A Bill is being introduced into both Houses of Parliament this week which will ramp up the pressure on the private...

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

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

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

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists demand another eviction ban until law is changed

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

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord hands over £2m in assets to National Crime Agency

London based landlord and property developer Richard Leahy has agreed to hand over assets worth almost £2m. This settles a civil recovery...

19 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

Landlords wanted to help Afghans working for UK forces

A local authority participating in a government scheme designed to protect Afghan personnel employed by UK armed forces is seeking help...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Help us Boris! Landlords to submit plea to PM for aid to sector

The National Residential Landlords Association says it’s going to submit a report to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New plan to buy back council houses, then re-let them

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to buy back former council houses now in the private rental sector. Right to Buy, part of...

15 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

£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

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

Happy Tenants! Big majority of renters satisfied with landlords

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

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax advice for landlords ahead of HMRC deadline

Landlords looking for tips on tax and how to prepare for incoming Making Tax Digital rules are being invited to an...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New attack underway on rental and holiday homes

An estate agent in Scotland is warning that a new attack on the rental sector and holiday homes may be underway.  Jennifer...

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

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

Tenants happy to pay for furnished flats, says Build To Rent supplier

A supplier to the niche Build To Rent sector claims new research shows private rental tenants happy to pay a premium...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - potential investment areas where renting is rising

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

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Tiny number of tenants bother with contents insurance

An insurer says only seven per cent of private tenants bother to get contents insurance. GoCompare says approximately one in five UK...

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

Holiday let landlord could win £10,000 cash

A holiday lettings agency is offering £10,000 to the owner of what it declares to be Britain’s Best Holiday Let. Sykes Holiday...

06 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

Allowing pets makes commercial sense for landlords - claim

Yet another lettings agency says the private rental sector would be wise to encourage tenants with pets. Earlier this week it was...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of massive clampdown on landlords

Fines totalling more than £250,000 were issued to rogue landlords in Barking and Dagenham last year. Offences included failing to have a...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back £10m for tenants with Covid-related arrears

The National Residential Landlords Association is backing the introduction of a £10m grant fund for tenants with Covid-related  arrears. The fund, announced...

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

Agency’s blunt message for landlords - Pets Get Lets

The controversy over whether pets should be allowed in the private rental sector continues apace with one major agency coming down...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Green issues increasingly important for landlords, says lender

Eco issues are increasingly important for landlords, a mortgage lender claims.  Hodge Bank says a new survey shows 82 per cent of...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Cash help to get empty homes back to habitable condition

A grant scheme helping buyers to get empty properties back into use has been relaunched in part of Wales. The Valleys Taskforce...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s dilemma highlights problem with new EPC targets

A landlord has been ordered by his local council to remove energy efficient triple glazed windows installed at a cost of...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Firm claims tamper-proof heaters are ideal for rental units

A company claims its new range of so-called ‘no control’ heaters is ideal for private rental units because it offers a...

28 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

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

New petition calls for rent controls and additional home taxes

A petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners has got 42,000 backers -...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears worse because of longer notice period, insist landlords

A landlord trade body says the lengthening of notice periods during the pandemic have made matters worse for tenants, not better. John...

23 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

Another council poised to extend licensing regime

A property licensing scheme covering hundreds of private rented homes in Newcastle looks set to be renewed for a third time. Newcastle...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Threat to small-scale landlords as Lloyds Bank buys and lets flats

It’s been reported that the Lloyds Banking Group is set to buy its first property as it seeks to become a...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Appeal to landlords to house refugees in government-funded scheme

A council is appealing to landlords to help it fulfil a pledge to be a sanctuary to vulnerable refugees. Bristol council has...

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

Sunak making landlords the scapegoat for Covid arrears - claim

A stinging attack on Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been made by the National Residential Landlords Association. The trade body has produced a...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords in high-level talks with government over rental reforms

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

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

Fraudster fake landlords scam tenant out of deposit cash

A genuine tenant who advertised on social media for a property has been scammed out of £450 by fraudsters posing as...

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

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

Another council asks landlords how Covid has hit rental sector

Another council in the south of England is asking landlords and letting agents in its area how the Coronavirus crisis has...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Most tenants unimpressed with high-tech homes - survey

A new survey suggests that most tenants are uniikely to pay more for high tech homes - or even want the...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord-Tenant Mediation: no pilot scheme results yet

There appears to be no evidence yet as to the effectiveness or otherwise of the government’s mediation scheme, introduced ahead of...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Major London licensing consultation closes this month

There are just three weeks left for landlords to respond to one of the largest consultations undertaken by a council in...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

 Landlords given five low-cost ways to improve a property’s EPC

Rightmove has identified five ways that landlords and other property owners can improve their property’s EPC rating - some for well...

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

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

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

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists thank unions ahead of week of tenants’ rights webinars

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

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Surge in tenants seeking charity advice - claim

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

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Buy To Let resurgence sees landlords getting younger

The average age of British landlords has decreased, with some 47 per cent now aged under 40.  That compares to just three...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Women increase their share of landlord investment

The landlord gender gap is closing, with women now accounting for half of private landlords in the UK. New research by Yieldit...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Fight Back: legal threat to council licensing proposals

A well-organised group of local landlords is threatening a city council with legal action over plans to expand a licensing scheme. The...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive boost in private rental energy efficiency, new research shows

There’s been a wholesale lifting in standards of investment and quality in the private rental sector thanks to landlords, and in...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords can evict tenants for requesting repairs, claims Baroness

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

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Enforcing rental regulation is a postcode lottery in part of the UK - claim

The landlords’ trade body says there’s an enforcement postcode lottery across part of the UK. The National Residential Landlords Association’s Welsh Enforcement...

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

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

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

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

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Incorporated Landlords get unexpected investment tax boost

A change in government policy will allow landlords to fund investment that will help businesses recover, says tax and advisory firm...

21 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

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

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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

New finance deal to encourage more rental energy efficiency

Offa, the UK’s first Shariah-compliant bridging loan provider, has launched a short-term loan system for landlords which is open only in relation...

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

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

Will these 10 points ensure tenants get their deposits back?

An interiors company claims a 10 point guide for private tenants will ensure they get all of their deposit back when...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome Eviction Ban end but want cash help for renters

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

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Next Buy To Let growth sector identified by investment bank

Investment bank and wealth management consultancy Arbuthnot Latham predicts the next big growth area for buy to let will be Houses...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Rental Sector Reform to be implemented in the coming year

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

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory MP demands rental MOTs and compulsory landlord accreditation

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

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Tenant activists team up with council to consult private renters

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

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Experienced Labour heavyweight becomes shadow housing spokesperson

Labour’s new housing spokesperson is the experienced MP Lucy Powell, who until last weekend was shadow business and consumer affairs minister.  She...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

 Row blows up over rental perk for university Vice Chancellor

A row has blown up in Cheshire over a claim by a student tenant that she pays more rent than the college’s...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

It’ll take years for rents and evictions to return to normal - new report

A new academic report suggests that more than 400,000 private tenants may be in significant rent arrears by the end of...

07 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

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

Council sends 3,000 warnings to landlords in one year

A Midlands council says it’s sent thousands of letters to landlords in the last 12 months in response to complaints from...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Outlook uncertain for buy to let after recent retreat - Nationwide

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

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

 Flatfair revamps deposit alternative service for landlords

Flatfair has revamped its deposit alternative service, claiming its new offer gives twice the protection of a traditional deposit scheme. From this...

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

Market forces will decide whether landlords accept pets - lettings expert

One of the country’s leading lettings experts has written that whether landlords will accept pets in rental properties will not be...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils accused by activists over rental licensing and safety

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

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

Shelter and tenants’ group set up city Fair Renting campaign

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

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Pets in Rental Properties - vets join the campaign

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

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government comes clean - it wants home owners, not renters

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

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords complain of lack of support from government

Hundreds of landlords and property professionals say their national economic contribution is under-appreciated and inadequately supported. Landlords have hit out at a lack...

23 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

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

 Students “left to fall prey to landlords” claims union

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

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged: Embrace housing benefit tenants, don't reject them

The head of an agency is urging landlords to “embrace” tenants on housing benefits, instead of seeking to avoid them. Mish Liyanage,...

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

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

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

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Three agencies must stop trading after failing to compensate landlords

Three lettings agencies have been expelled for The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay compensation to landlords. And as they are now...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants should “suss out” landlords about decorating, says website

The chief executive of a private rental platform is telling tenants to “suss out” landlords about decorating their property themselves.  “The freedom...

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

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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

Buy to let lender says new eco-loan will be 'push for landlords'

The Mortgage Works, the specialist buy to let arm of the Nationwide, is trying to woo landlords to make properties more...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls help turn Berlin into “mini Venezuela” - claim

An economist at a right-leaning think tank says Berlin - often regarded as a model for state-regulated private renting - has...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

We’re Staying Put! Landlord sell-offs hits a seven year low

New data from lettings agency Hamptons suggests that despite the slew of challenges thrown at the private rental sector, the number...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords slam Sadiq Khan’s rent control power grab

The main landlords’ trade body has hit out at a bid by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to secure powers to impose private...

09 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

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

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

Activists want Rent Control Board to limit rent rises

A pressure group for tenants wants the next Mayor of London to win powers from the government to reduce rents, through a...

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

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

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

This is where landlords are hit most by Green Homes Grant axe

An analysis of the Green Homes Grant applications show exactly which areas will be hit most when the scheme comes to...

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

Huge rise in complaints about landlords, claims charity

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

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council gives notice of two new licensing schemes later this year

A Midlands council has given notice of two landlord licensing schemes set to be introduced later this year. Charnwood council has been...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Corporations are better than buy to let landlords, says Big Issue writer

A contributor to the Big Issue magazine says corporations that become landlords may be better at it - and better for...

26 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

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

One week before new electrical standards on existing tenancies

A reminder has gone to landlords about new electrical safety standards that come into effect for existing tenancies in a week’s...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords demand more info on energy improvements

The National Residential Landlords Association says it backs a report by MPs sharply criticising EPCs and urging more effective modern energy...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Who knew? Grants available for landlords to adapt rental properties

The landlords’ trade body wants more co-operation between the private rental sector and local councils as tenants’ needs change thanks to...

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

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

Government may take over council at centre of rental licensing storm

News reports suggest the government may be about to step in and use commissioners to take over Liverpool council, which has...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs blast government as landlords miss out on Green Homes Grant funds

There’s a new call on the government to get its act together on the Green Homes Grant, which has failed to live...

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