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Seven Emergency Prohibition Orders served on one landlord

Seven Emergency Prohibition Orders have been served on one landlord by a Nottinghamshire Police force and local authority. The seven properties in...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s family step in to manage repairs after tribunal hearing

The family of an 80-year-old landlord fined for failing to maintain a block of flats in Wisbech has stepped in to...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour Mayor in bid to help tenants reclaim thousands in rent rebates

London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a new tool for tenants to check on their landlords - and possibly claim...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tribunal upholds civil penalty notice and fine on landlord

A £4,550 fine has been upheld after an appeal by the landlord was rejected by a property tribunal. Fenland council served five...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Fixed penalty notice for landlord - yet no one saw his offence

A council has issued a £445 Fixed Penalty Notice to a local landlord who disposed of his renovation waste in a...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

HMO landlord fined £70,500 over homes in ‘shocking’ condition

A landlord who failed to properly look after two HMOs has been fined £70,500 by an Essex council. Lystra Dorval, of Ilford,...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council asked to rethink private rental licensing proposals

The Labour-controlled Swansea council in south Wales is being asked by a landlord body to rethink its licensing proposals. The authority is...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips on investing in student HMOs

HMOs are an important part of the UK housing market as they offer students and young professionals affordable accommodation. There is...

10 November 2020

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Banks set to repossess substantial number of buy to lets - claim

A  leading property law firm says the government’s ‘eviction ban by the back door’ means many buy to let properties are...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits back at critics wanting tighter short lets regulation

Airbnb claims a proposal to regulate short lets could put 17,000 jobs at risk and take almost £1m a day out...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Council urges private landlords to provide one-bed units

A local authority is urging private landlords to provide one bedroom properties for formerly homeless people moving out of supported accommodation.  Since...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Council says it’s going to come down hard on rogue landlords

A council in the westcountry says it’s going to come down hard on rogue landlords and has identified ‘high risk’ properties...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Council is first in country to offer Covid-helpline for landlords

A local authority is thought to be the first in the country to be offering a Coronavirus lifeline to hard-pressed landlords. Leicester...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Advice for BTL landlords: How to operate successfully during a recession

The coronavirus crisis has hit the UK's economic outlook, and many buy-to-let landlords are understandably worried about their post-lockdown rental property...

30 October 2020

From: Conveyancing, Mortgages, Tax & Finance

Considerations for landlords and investors when purchasing a property

When it comes to conveyancing for landlords and investors, the purchasing process itself doesn’t differ that much from residential conveyancing, there...

29 October 2020

From: Property Investment & Strategy

10 Essential Safety Requirements For New Landlords

With new regulations and rules now in place for landlords, our in-house property experts outline their 10 essential safety requirements for...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Majority oppose licensing - but Labour council set to ignore verdict

South Tyneside council is considering a selective licensing in two areas of South Shields - and looks likely to ignore its...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Complete Rubbish? Landlord’s four figure waste bill

A council has prosecuted a landlord who failed to ensure waste from his property was properly disposed of. Mohammed Hussain from Leeds...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Charging Order for landlord who ignored civil penalty notice

Northampton council is seeking a so-called Charging Order against a landlord who failed to carry out improvements to her property and then...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Renting Minefield? Council action week to bring landlords up to date

A local council is gathering key players from the private rental sector to help landlords and letting agents get up to date...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant dies in HMO fire - private landlord sentenced

A landlord has been prosecuted following the death of a tenant in a house fire at an HMO said to have...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter in new attack on private landlords who house homeless

Campaigning charity Shelter is back on the warpath against private landlords, criticising how much of the country’s temporary accommodation budget for...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s five figure fine for negligent management

A council has prosecuted a local landlord for failing to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of his tenants. Eastleigh council took...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Double whammy: Council extends licensing and adds new scheme

A London local authority is to extend its current additional licensing scheme from 12 council wards to 18 - and is...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Prison threat for landlord hit with £300,000 planning penalties

A London landlord who ignored six enforcement notices served by his local council has been ordered to pay over £300,000. Salim Mussa Patel...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

£130,000 bill for landlords letting “criminally improper” flats

Two landlords have been fined over £100,000 after 35 people were found living in what a judge called “criminally improper conditions.” Arun...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Council imposing “fair” two-stage fee for private rental licensing

A council wants to introduce private rental sector licensing as part of a pledge made back in 2018. Plymouth’s Labour controlled council pledged...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Abolishing Section 21 means rent up, stock down, tenant insecurity

The Lettings Industry Council has published a report outlining why Section 21 should not be abolished, despite the government’s commitment to...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord told to repay £28,000 rent after tribunal backs tenants

A landlord in Winchester has been ordered to pay nearly £30,000 in rent after a tribunal backed his tenants in a...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Council imposes record fine on landlord with 54 HMO breaches

A collapsing ceiling, filthy facilities, and an abandoned car are among the dangerous defects leading to a Banbury landlord facing a...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Council pledges guaranteed rents to woo private landlords

Landlords are being invited to get involved in a scheme which a local council describes as “an attractive, risk-free financial offer.” Cambridge...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords asked not to evict as council pleads poverty

A London council is writing to thousands of private landlords in its borough urging them not to evict people. Southwark council says this...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Second homes under attack from locals hit by high house prices

Local people in a part of Wales claim they are being priced out of their communities by investment buyers and second home...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Angry landlord denies HMO licensing charge

An angry landlord has appeared at a magistrates court to deny a charge relating to local council licensing.  Local media report that...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists accuse councils of doing nothing to stop retaliatory evictions

Generation Rent activists are back on the warpath, this time accusing councils of not doing enough - and sometimes nothing -...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing: council ponders selective scheme ‘to improve standards’

A selective licensing regime is being considered by a westcountry council following an enquiry into private rental sector conditions. Cornwall Council says 50...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Private landlords wanted to help council tackle waiting lists

Birmingham city council is providing incentives to landlords who offer 12 month fixed tenancies to those on the authority’s homeless and housing...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Smoke alarms alert - are landlords keeping up with the law?

Over two million homes in England - that’s almost one in 10 - do not have a working smoke alarm according...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual forum happening today for landlords to discuss licensing

A local authority is inviting landlords to a virtual forum to be held today to canvas views on two proposed licensing...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Banned for life: rogue landlord faces jail if he lets another home

A landlord who unlawfully let cramped and overcrowded bedsits and then harassed tenants who complained has been fined thousands of pounds...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Here’s where bulk of landlords may be eligible for Green Homes Grant

A PropTech firm has drawn up a list of those regions with the highest proportion of rental properties with EPC rating...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Council warns landlords against illegal extensions after issuing £375k in fines

Buy-to-let landlords in Walthamstow, north east London, have been ordered to pay a collective total of £375,000 after modifying their buy-to-let...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Have your say on plans to introduce licensing schemes

Landlords are being encouraged to give their views on plans to introduce licensing schemes in a number of regions across the...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Council introduces fresh strategy to improve conditions for private tenants

A new strategy has been launched today by Westminster City Council to help raise standards for tenants who rent privately.  Westminster, which...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New private rental electrical safety standards: What you need to know

New regulations on electrical safety standards for private rented accommodation have come into effect. Here is what landlords need to know. The ‘Electrical...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Councils unite to launch a new service to help prevent a potential spike in evictions

Private landlords and tenants across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire are being urged to seek further advice if they are having problems with...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord banned from listing property for short-term letting

A landlord in Oxford is no longer allowed to offer a local property for short-term lets following a lengthy planning battle...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

LRU to hold a day of action demanding eviction ban extension

The London Renters Union (RLU) will hold a day of action next week demanding that the government acts to protect renters,...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Camden Council renew their additional landlord licensing scheme

Camden Council has approved the renewal of landlord licensing in the borough, extending the licensing to most Houses in Multiple Occupation...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Council targets rogue landlords

Buy-to-let landlords in Bury now face the prospect of major fines if they are caught providing tenants with unsafe and substandard...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing scheme approved

Scarborough Council has approved the introduction of a compulsory selective licensing scheme in parts of Scarborough’s Weaponness and Ramshill ward.  The decision...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Advice for BTL landlords: How to operate successfully during a recession

The coronavirus crisis has hit the UK's economic outlook, and many buy-to-let landlords are understandably worried about their post-lockdown rental property...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA appoints new legal counsel

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has appointed a new legal counsel.  Housing lawyer and former Residential Landlords Association (RLA) policy director...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council and police work together to crack down on rogue landlords

Ashfield District Council has joined forces with police officers in the Sutton area of Nottinghamshire to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords operating...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council seeks government approval to renew landlord licensing scheme

Croydon Council has applied for government consent to renew the borough’s landlord licensing scheme that makes sure privately-let properties meet key...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council appeals to private landlords to help solve the housing crisis

West Lothian Council is appealing to buy-to-let landlords to provide private let accommodation as a means of accommodating those on the...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Barnsley will not allow their investments to go to pot

With a growing number of rental properties being targeted by gangs of cannabis cultivators looking to house their criminal activities, landlords...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord looks to add value to property despite local opposition

A buy-to-let landlord is looking to increase the rental value as well as the future sale price of a property in...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Harrow Council plans to renew landlord licensing scheme

Buy-to-let landlords with a rental property in Harrow have just a few weeks left to have their say in a consultation...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme proposed to crack down on rogue landlords

A new licensing scheme designed to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords has been put forward for consideration by  Liverpool City Council. The new...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord loses appeal at High Court over extension

A buy-to-let landlord in Doncaster has lost an appeal at the High Court after he built an extension on a property...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £5,200

A buy-to-let landlord has been left with a £5,200 legal bill following a string of drug-dealing and possible exploitation offences linked...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance for those renting a property

ARLA Propertymark has compiled some fresh advice and top tips for those starting to think about their living circumstances and renting...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in London’s East End forced to pay more than £100,000

Unscrupulous landlords in the East End of London been ordered to pay more than £100,000 over the past 12 months for...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rent arrears as eviction cases surge

Rent arrears have increased to more than £3m, with almost 2,500 eviction cases waiting to go through the courts, according to...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord forced to handback housing benefits

A buy-to-let landlord in Bristol has been forced to hand £1,569 back to the council for housing benefit payments he received. Charles...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain’s fire safety regime is ‘a national disgrace and politicians are responsible’

Three years after the Grenfell fire, 257 tower blocks in Britain, housing about 56,000 people, are still to be made safe,...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £3,000 after harassing tenants

A buy-to-let landlord in Bristol has been ordered to repay more than £3,000 following investigations by the council’s Private Housing Rogue...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The government’s attempt to remove cladding has been ‘too slow’

The government has been criticised by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) for taking far too long to remove all flammable cladding...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council urges investors to let out vacant Airbnb properties

Renting out a property as a short-term let or holiday home has proved extremely profitable for some property investors, and a...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The tenant eviction ban in England and Wales ‘is not without victims’

The government’s decision to extend the ban on evictions in England and Wales by a further two months has left victims...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Harrow Council consults on Edgware landlord licensing scheme

Harrow Council is looking to renew its landlord licensing scheme in Edgware, enabling tougher enforcement action on rogue landlords. It is consulting...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents encouraged to offer virtual viewings post-lockdown

As more people start to think about moving home as the coronavirus restrictions are eased, sales and letting agents are being...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London council asks landlords to support tenants hit by coronavirus

With a number of tenants suffering financial hardship due to coronavirus, Wandsworth Council is among a number of councils in the...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council slammed for ignoring Covid-19 guidelines

Coventry Council has been accused of acting irresponsibly by introducing a licensing scheme for private rented housing earlier this week.  The council...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit payments should ‘cover the full cost of rents’

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has criticised the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after it announced yesterday that the...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Appeal against ruling on Right to Rent judicial review

The controversial Right to Rent scheme, which requires landlords in England to check the immigration status of their tenants, often leads...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Southwark Council approves borough-wide licensing scheme

Southwark Council has given the go-ahead for the introduction of a new licensing scheme which could see landlords across the borough...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords accuse ‘irresponsible’  council of ignoring Covid-19 guidelines

Coventry Council is acting irresponsibly by pressing ahead with plans to introduce a licensing scheme for private rented housing, according to...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Four in 10 tenants will struggle to pay rent, research suggests

The government is currently protecting renters from eviction as a result of enacting the Coronavirus Act 2020, ensuring that anyone struggling...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must do ‘whatever it takes’ to protect tenants during corona outbreak

The government’s decision to bring forward emergency legislation to protect private renters from eviction has been warmly welcomed by ARLA Propertymark.  Many...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The government has failed to support those that may struggle financially

The government is being urged to do more to support renters who may struggle to pay their rent during the coronavirus...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £87,000 for putting tenants in ‘serious danger’

A private landlord has been prosecuted by Bristol City Council for providing private rented accommodation that posed a “serious risk to life”.  Nine...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must ‘get to grips with root causes pushing people into homelessness’

With buy-to-let landlords across the country being pushed out of the market by increasing costs and legislation, and new investors deterred...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

London councils call for mandatory registration system for short-term lettings

Those who rent out homes short-term in either the London borough of Camden or Westminster could soon face fresh restrictions. Both councils...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £190,000 for renting out illegal flats

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay back a whopping £190,000 after he was caught receiving rental from illegal flats. A...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Brent Council’s application to extend its selective licensing scheme is rejected

Brent Council’s application to extend its selective licensing scheme in the north west London ward has been rejected by central government.  Brent...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £9,500 for failing to maintain property

A buy-to-let landlord in Liverpool has been ordered to pay almost £9.500 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions for his...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord jailed after failing to pay £12k fine

An unscrupulous landlord who illegally rented out properties in Fife has been sentenced to two years in prison after failing to...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Major landlord exhibition returns to Bristol

The west of England’s Landlord Expo returns to Bristol next month.  The free-to-attend event, organised by the four West of England Local...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New Airbnb rental calculator highlights how much more rent landlords can make

A new online calculator highlighting how much more rent landlords can make by letting to holidaymakers via Airbnb across a range...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council appeals to landlords to take tenants off the housing waiting list

A local council has moved to try and attract more buy-to-let landlords with a range of new services, aimed at boosting...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord handed £90k fine for license breaches

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay just over £90,000 for repeatedly ignoring selective licensing laws in north London.  Stephen Ige...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New technology designed for those buying new build homes

New VR technology has been launched that will allow prospective homebuyers, including property investors, an opportunity to view developments, ahead of...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Council tenant who owns three BTL properties ordered to pay almost £90k

A now-former council tenant in north London has been handed a suspended sentence and ordered to pay close to £90,000 after...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

MPs urged to back ‘common sense proposal’ when it comes to EU citizens

MPs are being encouraged to ensure EU citizens with settled status can continue to rent a property in this country and...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Trade bodies seek further clarity on new short-term letting regulations

The minister for local government, housing and planning in Scotland, Kevin Stewart, has received a joint letter from the UK Short...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £2k for failing to comply with improvement notices

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 after ignoring several requests to carry out important repairs to...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

A high number of private renters are ‘suffering from housing worries’

Renters have higher levels of harmful stress levels than homeowners, according to new research.  A survey of almost 4,000 renters by Shelter...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Landlords want to comply with the law and offer a good home to their tenants’

While some rogue landlords and bad players grab the headlines, the reality is that the vast majority of private sector landlords...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Scottish government announces plans to regulate short-term lets

The Scottish government has announced new measures to regulate short-term lets north of the border.  The government is handing local authorities fresh...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £3,000 for failing to comply with two improvement notices

A property firm has been fined £3,000 after neglecting a property in Derbyshire.  A & S Milward Property Limited was found guilty...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing scheme launched in parts of Leeds

A selective licensing scheme covering two areas in the suburbs of Leeds has been introduced by Leeds City Council.  Under the new...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The Guild supports clampdown on rogue landlords

The government’s decision to invest an additional £4m in funding for local councils to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents has...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord set to be sentenced for unlawful harassment and misleading practices

A rogue landlord in Gainsborough will be sentenced later this month after being found guilty of unlawful harassment towards his tenants...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales - have your say

The Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) research exchange, PEARL, is currently seeking views on Rent Smart Wales (RSW), the overseeing authority for...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined £27k for unsafe HMO

An unscrupulous landlord has been fined £27,000 over an unlicensed HMO in Luton with multiple fire and safety breaches. ​ Luton Magistrates Court...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay almost £2k for unlicensed property in Scarborough

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £1,384 after pleading guilty to failing to selectively license a rental property he owns in...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who crammed 15 tenants into three-bed house ordered to pay £430k

A rogue landlord who squeezed 15 people into a modest home in west London has been ordered to pay more than...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed banning order for putting tenants' lives at risk

A rogue landlord in Doncaster has been given a banning order for two-and-a-half years after repeatedly putting tenants’ lives at risk...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords: here’s how to research your next property investment

Whether you’re a first-time landlord or a seasoned investor, finding the right buy-to-let investment is far from simple. With many factors to...

17 December 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Top UK regeneration hotspots unveiled

When it comes to investing in property, it pays to know about the latest property hotspots and up-and-coming areas whether you...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord who put tenants' lives at risk ordered to pay £37,000

Slough Borough Council has taken action against an unscrupulous landlord in Slough who to date has refused to pay a fine...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord has fine for breaching HMO rules slashed by more than £28,000

A buy-to-let landlord who was originally fined £31,499 by Coventry City Council for breaches of the Housing Act 2004 has had...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: Key housing policies, at a glance

With just one day until voting day, each of the main political parties has outlined its plans for the country, including for...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay more than £150k for safety failings

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay more than £150,000 after failing to fix several safety hazards in his property. Officers from...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Holiday let or buy to let?

It’s impossible to ignore the recent boom of the short let market, as more and more buy-to-let owners opt to try...

04 December 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Council pledges to improve conditions in the PRS

City of York Council has vowed to crack down on rogue landlords looking to exploit the housing market, as part of...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £35,000 for selective licensing breaches

A buy-to-let landlord who owns two properties in Scarborough has been fined £35,000 for breaches of his Selective Licence following a...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants discovered living in cramped conditions during dawn raid

Brent Council in north London will be taking action against a buy-to-let landlord who is accused of “exploiting tenants” after  17...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Serial offending landlord fined more than £25k for failing to maintain a property

A rogue landlord who repeatedly rented out a substandard property in Yeadon, West Yorkshire, has been fined more than £25,000. Jack Collins,...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Council slammed for ‘doing nothing to find and root out bad landlords’

Nottingham City Council has been criticised for targeting responsible landlords whilst doing little to clampdown on rogue operators in the local...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Council obtains London’s first landlord banning order

London’s first rogue landlord banning order has been issued after tenants’ lives were put at risk through the letting of unsafe...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay nearly £5k for fire safety breaches

A buy-to-let landlord in Sutton has been fined £2,694 and ordered to pay £1,994 in costs and a victim surcharge of...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

London council calls for all estate agency and letting boards to be banned

‘For Sale’ and ‘To Let’ boards are one of the oldest and most important property marketing tools, even in this modern...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

New digital service designed to clampdown on rogue landlords

Marks Out Of Tenancy, a letting review website, has launched a digital service to help local authorities crackdown on unscrupulous landlords...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The pros and pitfalls of letting an HMO

House sharing has becoming increasingly popular as more (and older) people opt to live with housemates over ownership or renting alone....

11 November 2019

From: Sponsored Content

New £3.8m fund to help local authorities crackdown on rogue landlords

Fresh funding for local councils in England to tackle unscrupulous landlords has been made available, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £1,200 for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Lincolnshire been ordered to pay just over £1,200 following a breach of HMO licensing rules.  Nicholas Moyses allowed...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

An increasing number of regulations challenge BTL landlords

The government crackdown on the buy-to-let sector has seen landlord regulations increase by a third since the Conservative party came into...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA sets out industry demands ahead of general election

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has compiled a manifesto that it hopes all political parties will take note of ahead of...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Brent Council agrees to introduce  additional and selective licensing

London Borough of Brent has approved the renewal and extension of borough-wide additional licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) for...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £6,000 for failing to comply with the council

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay almost £6,000 after the council was unable to determine if his property in...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £3,000 for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Worcester has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 for operating an unlicensed House of Multiple Occupation (HMO)...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents could potentially be prosecuted instead of landlords for unlicensed homes

Letting agents who fail to obtain licences for rented properties that fall under selective licensing rules could be prosecuted either alongside...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Hackney warned to expect “tough penalties”

Unscrupulous landlords in the London Borough of Hackney face more stringent regulation after Hackney Council agreed to new property licensing powers...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined almost £3,000 for unsafe HMO

A buy-to-landlord in Worcester has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 for failing to install adequate safety measures.  Mohammed Rafiq, who was...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined for letting uninhabitable property

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay almost £4,000 after tenants were discovered living in an appalling and unsafe property.  Officers...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Death-trap landlord fined for demanding rent from a tenant despite council ban

A buy-to-let investor, who previously spent time in prison for perjury after he lied during an inquiry into the deaths of...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £2k for providing substandard property

A buy-to-let landlord in Sutton has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions for...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO landlord hit with £40k fine

City of Lincoln Council has taken action against a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlord in Lincoln for failing to comply...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Brent and Harrow Trading Standards target rogue letting agents

Council officers from Brent and Harrow Trading Standards have pledged to clampdown on unscrupulous letting agents in the London boroughs of...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 could fuel a rise in homelessness, warns Landlord Action

Tenant eviction specialist, Landlord Action, reports that up to half of Section 21 cases they handle are as a consequence of...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord becomes first in England to be banned from the PRS

A man deemed not to be a fit and proper person to hold a licence for a house in multiple occupation...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Transport for London bans short term letting ads

Transport for London (TfL) has finally bowed to pressure from campaigners and announced a ban on adverts that promote short-term letting...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears ‘are lower under direct payments to landlords’

With new research showing that direct payment of benefits to landlords contributed most to reductions in rent arrears, the Residential Landlords...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA slams London Trading Standards for failing landlords and tenants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has criticised the London Trading Standards (LTS) for what it says is an admission of failure in...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants to see the government get tough on rogue letting agents

ARLA Propertymark is urging the government to continue taking action to clampdown on unscrupulous agents in the letting industry.  A significant number...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants warned to beware of rogue letting agents

With new figures showing that almost half of letting agents do not comply with the law, London Trading Standards (LTS) has...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay almost £8k for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham been fined £6,000 and instructed to pay  £1,583.18 costs, along with a £170 victim surcharge following...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Birmingham City Council ordered to pay landlord more than £1,200

Birmingham City Council has been instructed to pay a private landlord £1,269.20 after mistakingly paying housing benefit directly to his tenant.  The...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Enfield Council plans to introduce landlord licensing scheme

Private landlords in Enfield may soon have to obtain new licences after the local council launched a consultation aimed at gaining...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are worried about the prospect of a Labour government

Hundreds of buy-to-let landlords have expressed concerns for the future of the buy-to-let industry if Labour comes into power.  Boris Johnson is...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fails in attempt to rent out bedrooms below national minimum size

An HMO landlord’s attempt to rent out bedrooms smaller than the national minimum size has been thwarted after his legal case...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hounslow Council has u-turned on plans for a landlord licensing scheme

Hounslow Council has u-turned on plans to introduce a licensing scheme for landlords.  Plans for an additional licensing scheme for landlords were...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hackney Council takes legal action against HMO landlords

Following the introduction of new HMO licences in Hackney, east London, the local council has taken legal action against four landlords...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £14,500

A private landlord in Evesham has been ordered to pay £14,500 after he was found to be illegally renting his property...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £2k for failing to fit property with fire safety measures

Birmingham  City Council has taken action against a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlord in the Small Heath area in what...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Council hits new heights to catch dozens of rogue landlords

A council used a plane with thermal imaging to catch unscrupulous landlords that allowed tenants to live in substandard conditions.  Several people...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban comes into force in Wales

It is now illegal for tenants to be charged by landlords or letting agents in Wales in order to set up or...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban in Wales comes into play this weekend

On Sunday 1st September 2019, the Renting Homes (fees etc) (Wales) Act will come into force in Wales. The Act means that...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for short term rentals

The Airbnb revolution has widely changed perceptions of short lets, opening up a potentially lucrative market for buy-to-let investors.  For landlords, short...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The Welsh tenant fee ban comes into force this weekend

The Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019, banning landlords and letting agents from charging fees to tenants, will come into...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant posing as landlord fined £4,000 for creating illegal HMO

A tenant posing as a landlord converted two bedrooms in a flat into four bedsits, putting residents at risk. The fake landlord...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Welsh government launches new guide on the Welsh tenant fee ban

The Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019, banning landlords and agents from charging fees to tenants, will come into effect...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Retail to residential conversions drop 17% as councils restrict developers’ rights

With the government consistently missing its housebuilding targets, Britain’s housing shortage has now reached crisis point, with the number of prospective...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New online tool allows landlords to earn money when tenants switch utilities

A new utility management and transfer tool, available to both landlords and letting agents, has been launched by LetHQ. The company, which...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £3,500 for failing to repair BTL property

A buy-to-let landlord has been found guilty of failing to comply with a notice from Bradford Council ordering him to improve...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Coventry Council rejects claims that its licensing scheme is unlawful

Coventry City Council has dismissed claims that its landlord licensing and accreditation scheme is potentially unlawful. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) wrote...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £7k for providing substandard property

A buy-to-let landlord in South Ockendon has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

More rented homes urgently needed in Cardiff

Cardiff based housing association Cadwyn is calling for more private landlords with properties in the city to lease their properties with...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £3,700 for unlicensed HMO

A landlord has been penalised for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupancy  (HMO) in south London. Fouad Ahmad, from Streatham, pleaded...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Sensible rules will ensure ‘responsible growth’ of short-term letting sector

It is not always possible for an individual or company to improve its image beyond that of its industry, and that is...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £50k for overcrowded property

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay £47,500 after council officers found 11 people living in a small flat in...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord may need to convert flats into houses after failing to gain consent

A landlord who converted a house in north London into flats without consent could face legal action. Javad Aghababazadeh was given permission...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who lived in a council house ordered to pay £48k or face prison

A buy-to-let landlord who claimed that he needed a council home has been ordered to pay back more than £48,000 or...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme is potentially unlawful, warns RLA

Buy-to-let landlords who own property in Coventry should be wary of Coventry Council’s landlord licensing and accreditation scheme as it is...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Evictions specialist wants landlords to have a say on Section 21

There is no such thing as 'no-fault' eviction under Section 21, according to evictions specialist Paul Shamplina. The founder of Landlord Action insists...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord slapped with £25k fine for overcrowded property

An unscrupulous landlord who housed at least 25 tenants in a rundown property in north-west London has been ordered to pay...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal & General to complete largest privately funded development in Wales

Legal & General will develop 318 Build to Rent flats as part of a £400m regeneration of Cardiff’s Central Square district...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Council tenant fined £100,000 for sub-letting his studio flat on Airbnb

An Airbnb host who rented out his council flat in central London has been fined £100,000 and evicted by Westminster City...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £14,500 for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay £14,500 for illegally renting out an overcrowded House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) without...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £5k for overcrowded property in Nottingham

A private landlord in Nottingham has appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to breaching a prohibition order requiring...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit currently ‘isn’t working as it needs to’

Universal credit is not working in its existing form, with households on the benefit significantly more likely to have housing debt than...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord prosecuted for a second time

An unscrupulous landlord in Chesterfield has been ordered to pay a total of £5,684.91 after being prosecuted by a second time...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Councillors who are landlords or tenants banned from debating licensing scheme

Portsmouth City Council is controversially planning to introduce a landlord licensing scheme in the city without potentially allowing around half of...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Bexley’s annual landlords meeting to take place next week

Bexley’s annual Landlords Meeting will be held next week at the Hall Place & Gardens. The aim of the event, which takes...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Local authorities ‘failing’ to stop agents that ‘poison’ landlord-tenant relationship

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is calling on local authorities to take much firmer action against rogue letting agents that tarnish...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Why landlords must work hard to keep void periods at a minimum

Void periods are one of landlords’ most dreaded occurrences. This is because you are not only failing to collect rental income,...

03 July 2019

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Government urges Hull City Council to stop ‘unfairly penalising landlords’

Hull City Council has come under pressure for unjustly taking an aggressive stance against landlords after a sharp rebuke from the...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Hertsmere praise new incentive scheme

Private landlords have praised a new scheme in Hertsmere, which offers financial incentives and support for those looking to rent out...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Couple falsely claim £50,000 from DWP by pretending to be landlord and tenant

A couple from Barry in Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, have been handed suspended prison sentences for benefit fraud after being convicted...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £66k for ‘gross mistreatment’ of tenants

A rogue landlord in north London has been ordered to pay more than £66,000 after being found guilty of making tenants'...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

A high number of private renters living in ‘hazardous homes’ – Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice has called for more regulation of the private rented sector after research revealed that hundreds of thousands of tenants...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective Licensing Review will fail to ‘root out the bad landlords’

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has slammed the government’s Selective Licensing Review for failing to listen to landlords. The report, which was...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £10,000 for renting out poor quality housing

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay a fine of £10,000 after being convicted for renting out two unlicensed properties...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £3k for trying to avoid paying council tax

A buy-to-let landlord in Telford has been fined £1,000, ordered to pay £2,183 costs and a £100 victim surcharge after pleading...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory leadership candidates urged to scrap controversial Right to Rent scheme

The two candidates for Conservative leader are being urged to make a public commitment to abolishing the controversial Right to Rent...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined almost £60,000 for putting vulnerable bedsit tenants at risk

A rogue landlord has been fined £55,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £2,989.67 as well as a victim surcharge...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Why the government’s scapegoating of landlords for the rental crisis must end

Earlier this month the Tenant Fee Ban was introduced, after much fanfare from the Government. However, it is not the only...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord jailed for illegally converted flats and failing to repay £130k

A rogue landlord who made almost £130,000 in illegal rent after converting his three-bedroom house in east London into two flats...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants found living inside garden shed during dawn raid

Brent Council in north London discovered three tenants living inside a shed in the garden of a three-bedroom semi-detached house in...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined £7k for allowing garden to become ‘extensively’ overgrown

A landlord has been ordered to pay £7,000 for neglecting the garden at one of his properties and allowing to become...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Planning for retirement: wealth ‘intrinsically linked to bricks and mortar’

With fresh analysis revealing that national property wealth has surpassed £4 trillion, a growing number of older homeowners are now factoring...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £5k for safety breaches

A buy-to-let landlord in South Yorkshire has been fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,121 as well as a...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined more than £1,600 for assaulting a council officer

A private landlord in Doncaster has been found guilty of pushing a council officer down stairs during an inspection of his...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say on Brent landlord licensing scheme

Members of the general public are being offered the opportunity to have their say on Brent’s landlord licensing scheme. Brent Council wants...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Pair fined more than £5,000

Two landlords in Staffordshire have been ordered to pay more £5,000 after allowing their tenants to live in poor conditions   Brian...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords need new licence to rent out properties in Slough

Private landlords will soon need to obtain a new licence to rent out property with multiple individually let rooms in Slough,...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s new ‘tax bombshell’ – party plans to scrap council tax for renters

Renters would stop paying council tax under radical plans being considered by the Labour Party. A Labour-commissioned report calls on the party...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Hostmaker to pull their ‘misguided’ short-term rental ads

Hostmaker, which specialises in managing London properties put on to Airbnb and other short-let platforms, has apologised for causing controversy over...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Petition calls for Sadiq Khan to ban holiday let adverts in London

More than 8,300 Londoners have called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to ban adverts ‘encouraging’ landlords to abandon long-term tenants for...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Government approves new PRS licensing scheme

Plans to introduce a new licensing scheme for privately rented homes in Barking and Dagenham has been approved by the government. Under...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Mansfield Building Society launches expat BTL range

Mansfield Building Society has introduced two new expat consumer buy-to-let mortgage products for borrowers who want to let out their property...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Hostmaker defends adverts that encourage short-term lettings

Controversial short-lets managing agents Hostmaker has defended its latest advertising campaign after once again sparking outrage among some industry professionals for...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

What do landlords need to know about the deposit cap?

The Tenant Fees Act, better known simply as the tenant fees ban, is coming into force from June 1 2019. It...

24 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Tougher HMO licencing rules: awareness ‘remains limited’ says agent

Six months on from the introduction of licencing that regulates Homes for Multiple Occupation (HMOs), and awareness of the new laws...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Retirees urged to consider renting in retirement rather than take equity release

It may actually make more financial sense for older people to rent rather than withdraw equity from their properties, according to...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £1,600 for leaving tenants in ‘cold and scruffy’ flat

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham has been ordered to pay just over £1,600 for allowing five tenants to live in what...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Welsh Renting Homes (Fees etc.) Bill receives Royal Assent

The ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents in Wales will be introduced in September, after it received Royal...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords ordered to pay more than £6k for HMO failings

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay more than £6,000 in relation to 12 charges under the Housing Act after...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO drop-in events to be held in Manchester

Manchester City Council will hold a couple of HMO drop-in events over the next few days for private landlords and letting...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter launches £600k fund to help vulnerable renters in Greater Manchester

Housing charity Shelter has launched a £600,000 fund in Greater Manchester today with a view to finding real-life solutions to the...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £25k for unlicensed HMO

An unscrupulous landlord has been told to pay close to £25,000 after being prosecuted for renting out rooms in an unlicensed...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to repay £52,000 within three months or face prison

A private landlord in Lincoln has been warned that he could be given a prison sentence of up to 15 months...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New Oxford accreditation scheme is ‘unlawful’, says RLA

A new landlord accreditation scheme in Oxford has been deemed both discriminatory and unlawful by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The association...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BBC explores challenges and opportunities for renters in coastal areas

In an attempt to help crackdown on poor quality housing, BBC News is exploring the challenges and the opportunities for communities...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £1.1m after converting flats into ‘cramped bedsits’

A buy-to-let landlord who converted a flat in London Bridge into ‘cramped bedsits’ without planning consent has been ordered to pay...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords ordered to pay more than £5k after letting flat with no windows

Two landlords have been fined for letting out a flat that had no heating or windows. The flat, located above commercial premises,...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA welcomes launch of new APPG looking into short-term lets

A new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been launched with a view to looking into short-term lets. The new group, which...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Newcastle fear proposed licensing will ‘push rents up for tenants’

Private landlords in Newcastle have rejected a new licensing policy put forward by Newcastle City Council, which would require them to...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £50,000 for HMO offences

Lettings of London Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £50,000 after pleading guilty to 18 offences largely relating to...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Greedy’ landlords punished for their ‘total negligence’

A husband and wife have been issued with fines, penalties and costs totalling more than £8,000 after showing a complete disregard...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Three in four Scots back rent caps

A new survey has revealed three in four Scots back rent caps north of the border to help curb increasing housing...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Last opportunity to have your say on Weymouth landlord licensing scheme

Today is the final day for the public to have their say on the possible introduction of the Weymouth landlord licensing...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency changes are around the corner for Scotland

Following the changes introduced in England and Wales last year, an important piece of legislation is coming into force in Scotland...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO landlord fined after council investigation

A private landlord has been ordered to pay £800 in fines and costs after investigators discovered several deficiencies in a property...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fresh online support for councils to crackdown on rogue landlords

Fresh guidance for local authorities to crackdown on rogue landlords has been unveiled by housing minister Heather Wheeler. Local authorities across the...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban in Wales is now inevitable

The ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents in Wales will be introduced in September, subject to it receiving...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £17k for endangering the lives of his tenants

A buy-to-let landlord in Stevenage has been fined £14,000 and told to pay Stevenage Borough Council’s legal costs of £2,845.50 and...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

THE UK’S HIDDEN PROPERTY INVESTMENT HOTSPOTS

Recent years have seen a shift in buyer activity across the UK’s property market, with London’s much publicised decline in popularity...

05 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Two landlords in West Sussex lose appeal against CPNs

Two landlords who let substandard properties in Lancing and Southwick have had their appeals against Civil Penalty Notices (CPNs) rejected. Adur District...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme set to cost landlords £1,200

Buy-to-let landlords will need to pay £1,200 for a licence to rent their properties in Bristol as part of the local...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £29,000 for harassing two tenants out of their homes

A private landlord in Telford has been ordered to pay £29,000 in costs and fines for harassing two tenants out of...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentence after hiding tenants in windowless rooms

A buy-to-let landlord who allowed tenants to occupy rooms without windows after failing to get planning consent for a block of...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £9k for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in London has been ordered to pay more than £9,000 for failing to license a HMO. Across Tower Hamlets,...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

Landlords and letting agents will soon be banned from charging fees to private rental tenants in Wales after a Bill banning...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Early bird discount for landlords in new selective licensing scheme

From Monday, landlords will be able to apply for an early bird discount for Scarborough Borough Council’s new selective licensing scheme,...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Many landlords now rely on council incentives to house homeless people

The widening gap between housing benefit rates and market rents means that many buy-to-let landlords are now forced to rely on...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say on Weymouth landlord licensing scheme

Members of the general public are being offered the opportunity to have their say on the possible introduction of the Weymouth...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Discount for landlords who sign up early for new licensing scheme

Buy-to-let landlords will soon be able to apply for an early bird discount for Scarborough Borough Council’s new selective licensing scheme,...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The most expensive landlord licence costs 21 times more than the cheapest

Landlord licensing schemes are being introduced across England, while they are mandatory in Scotland and Wales, as local authorities attempt to...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘The landlord rules, not the tenant’, Fergus Wilson tells Panorama

Fergus Wilson was courting controversy long before he appeared on last night’s episode of Panorama. The buy-to-let landlord, widely considered to be...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant sentenced to 12 years in prison for burning down rental property

A tenant who was found guilty of deliberately burning down a property he was renting four years ago was sentenced to...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £5k for ‘cutting corners in terms of fire safety’

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay a fine of £2,646, costs of £2,000 and a victim surcharge of £170...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Pilot launched to improve energy efficiency of rented accommodation

A new pilot has been launched by TrustMark, the government endorsed quality scheme, in partnership with East Sussex Trading Standards, to...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords association loses High Court battle to prevent new landlord rules

New enforcement rules covering living conditions in private rented housing in Hull look set to be introduced after Humber Landlords Association...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who ‘pinched, punched and kicked’ his female tenant is prosecuted

A buy-to-let landlord who used violence and intimidation to illegally evict his tenant has been handed a suspended jail sentence and...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Haringey approves plan to introduce borough-wide additional licensing

Haringey Borough Council has given the go-ahead for borough-wide additional licensing to be introduced from 27 May 2019 for Houses in...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Five tips for reducing void periods

For landlords, experiencing occasional void periods is inevitable and often out of your control. If a tenant’s circumstances change, they could...

11 March 2019

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HMO landlords ordered to pay more than £30k for breaching licence conditions

Two landlords have been ordered to pay more than £30,000 for breaching fire safety and over-occupancy licence conditions at their House...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government makes funds available to help house homeless in the PRS

The Ministry for Housing, Community and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that £45.5m will be made available to help find homeless...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Prince William concerned by slum conditions faced by some private renters

Prince William has expressed concern at the ‘slum’ conditions faced by some private renters following a trip to Blackpool where he...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Office to review Right to Rent checks following High Court ruling

The Home Office has announced that it plans to reassess its Right to Rent scheme that requires landlords in England to...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord let off paying £16k licensing fees as not in the ‘public interest’

A buy-to-let landlord appears to have been let off paying fees of around £16,700 to license 37 rental properties in Stoke-on-Trent,...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to abolish controversial Right to Rent policy

The government faces growing pressure to scrap Right to Rent, which forces landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants, after the...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Councils significantly reduce action against rogue landlords

Local authorities across England are spending significantly less on dealing with rogue landlords than in 2009-10, new research shows. According to Residential...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord secures £100,000 payout following ‘slander’ claim row

A buy-to-let landlord who threatened to take Doncaster Council to court over alleged slander has secured a £100,000 payout from the...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing for private landlords could be introduced in Walsall

Walsall Council is considering introducing new selective landlord licensing in Walsall town centre and Willenhall with a view to raising standards in...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

INVEST IN LUXURY FOR LESS IN BICESTER

Renowned internationally for its designer shopping outlet, Bicester has long been the jewel in Oxfordshire’s crown, attracting millions of visitors annually...

27 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Britain’s noisiest neighbourhoods unveiled

As an income investment, buy-to-let continues to look attractive, especially compared to low savings rates and stock market swings, but when...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Less than 3% of BTL landlords offer informal short-term lets

Despite the growing popularity of Airbnb and other short-term letting websites, less than 3% of landlords are currently engaged in the informal...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s time to tackle the scourge of sub-standard rental homes, says PayProp chief

Tenants living in sub-standard rented accommodation need greater support, according to Neil Cobbold, chief operating officer of PayProp UK, who has...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined almost £3k for overcrowded flat

A buy-to-let landlord who crammed at least seven people into a two-bedroom flat has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 by...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed suspended sentence for illegally evicting tenant

A buy-to-let landlord in Leeds who left his tenant homeless after changing the locks while he was on holiday has been...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord jailed for forging HMO documents

An unscrupulous landlord who converted three family homes into houses in multiple occupation (HMO) without planning consent has been jailed for...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords are being ‘persecuted’ under landlord licensing scheme – claim

Buy-to-let investors should be ‘extremely wary’ of buying property in an area affected by selective licensing rules because many local authorities...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £5,400 for poor management of unlicensed properties

A buy-to-let landlord in Doncaster has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 in fines and costs following a successful prosecution...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New tenant packs could help save lives

New tenant packs designed to help landlords raise awareness of fire and carbon monoxide dangers have been launched by Aico Ltd. Aico,...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for allowing tenants to live in property deemed ‘unfit for purpose’

A rogue landlord who allowed a family to live in a house described as “unfit for human habitation” has been fined...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to have their say on local licensing consultations

With several licensing consultations currently being run by local authorities across the country, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is encouraging buy-to-let...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

The most uninhabitable London boroughs for tenants unveiled

New research has identified London’s most uninhabitable boroughs for the capital’s tenants, based on the cost of living there to the...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £10k for badly maintained property

Toilet flushing discharged into the rear yard of a property, broken fire alarms and faulty electrics were among the defects found...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants discovered living in cramped conditions following dawn raid

Brent Council in north London looks set to take action against a buy-to-let landlord who is accused of “exploiting tenants” after ...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord handed £66k fine for operating unlicensed HMOs in Luton

Luton Council has successfully prosecuted an unscrupulous landlord for letting three unlicensed houses in which several people lived in squalor. Zenith Accommodation...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing set to be extended in Burnley

Councillors in Burnley are expected to extend the existing selective licensing schemes in Trinity, Gannow and Queensgate, as well as introduce...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Key trends that are are set to dominate the PRS over the next few years

A new multi-housing report reveals five trends that are set to dominate the private rented sector between now and 2025.   The...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £7,500 for safety hazards

A landlord who failed to install a proper heating system and left safety hazards across a house in Peterborough has been...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Cost of renting in the private sector falls

The proportion of income spent by private tenants on rents in England has continued to fall, according to an official report...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £6,500 for poor standards

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined close to £6,500 after failing to make improvements to a house in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, including...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal & General acquires its first BTR scheme in Scotland

Legal & General has unveiled its first Build to Rent (BTR) scheme in Scotland to help meet the increasing demand for...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents jailed for conning landlords and tenants

Three rogue directors of a letting agency in London who conned at least landlords and tenants out of more than £105,000 were...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The Civil Justice Council doesn’t support plans for a housing court

The Civil Justice Council has said it cannot support government plans for a specialist housing court, deeming it unnecessary.  Responding to the...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Ealing has more accredited landlords than any other borough in London

Ealing council has praised buy-to-let landlords operating in the local area after fresh figures revealed that there are more properly accredited...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord event to be held in Croydon next week

Buy-to-let landlords looking to invest in Croydon or stay on top of industry best practice are invited to attend a free...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Four in 10 Right to Buy homes in London now owned by private landlords

Ever since Margaret Thatcher declared her belief in a ‘property-owning democracy’ and introduced Right to Buy in 1980, the UK was...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £4,500 for breaching a prohibition order

A landlord in Stevenage who allowed his tenant to live in an excessively cold attic with a serious fire safety hazard...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Convicted landlord receives 500K in housing benefit payments despite ban

A rogue landlord deemed unfit to rent out property in the north London borough of Brent in 2015 has since received...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Hull accused of ‘getting away with murder’

Buy-to-let landlords are “getting away with murder” according to Advice4Renters, after new figures revealed that just two out of almost 2,000...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Free landlord events to be held in Croydon

Croydon Council is inviting private landlords to attend a free public event this week that will offer expert buy-to-let tips and...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Barnet Council plans to introduce tougher licensing controls

Barnet Council is planning to introduce a stricter licensing scheme designed to clampdown on rogue landlords across the borough in north...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Just 135 of 3,000 landlords have signed up to new statuary license

There is growing concern in Reading that thousands of landlords could soon face enforcement action if they do not sign up...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord sees HMO license application rejected due to fire safety concerns

A buy-to-let landlord in Glasgow will be left out of pocket after the renewal of her house in multiple occupation (HMO)...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Councils are choosing to enforce the ‘harshest options’ to punish landlords

A growing number of local authorities are using selective licensing to introduce penalties for buy-to-let landlords that go well beyond the...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost £2.4m for councils to crack down on rogue landlords

Close to £2.4m of additional funding designed to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords will be made available for more than 50 councils...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who dumped mum of nine’s belongings in the street may lose license

A buy-to-let landlord in Edinburgh who evicted a young family and dumped their belongings in the garden after they fell into...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £12,500

An unscrupulous landlord has been punished for providing his tenant with poor living conditions by being ordered to pay more than...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property management firm fined £5k for non-compliance

Property management company Titlecroft Limited has been fined £5,000 for failing to join a government-approved property redress scheme, which is a...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS becomes first TDP scheme to appoint independent complaints reviewer

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), one of three government-backed tenancy deposit protection (TDP) schemes, has appointed a new external independent complaints...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Can a tenant who can’t afford the deposit be trusted to pay the rent?

Deposit-free renting is growing increasingly popular, with more providers than ever before now providing tenants with a range of nil deposit...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord family ordered to pay £250k under Proceeds of Crime Act

A family of slum landlords who crammed 31 people into a suburban four-bedroom house has been ordered to pay back almost...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords accused of taking advantage of the growing homeless population

We all know that buy-to-let investors provide a vital service for people looking for housing, and yet an article in The...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let investors ripped off by unscrupulous developers

Six directors have been banned for a total of 54 years after misleading more than 300 investors who collectively invested at...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords should be offered incentives to ‘come back into the long-term market’

More needs to be done to stem the rise in short-term lets on Airbnb in Scotland to ensure that the market...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Council issues landlords with £300k worth of penalties in 2018

Havering Council continued to clampdown on rogue landlords in 2018, with new figures revealing that the local authority issued just over...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £6k after failing to licence property in Bristol

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined more than £6,000 after failing to obtain a license for a shared house in Bristol. John Elwes...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government introduces new room size guidance

The introduction of new guidance on room sizes in rented homes has been warmly welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New law will give renters ‘greater protection’ against rogue landlords

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill will soon become law after passing its third reading at the House of Lords...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing being considered in Weymouth

People in Weymouth are being invited to have their say on Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s plans to introduce selective licensing...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords give preference to white people with British passports, court told

A number of buy-to-let landlords are discriminating against prospective tenants based on their nationality and ethnicity due to the impact that...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants set to be granted new powers to hold rogue landlords to account

Tenants are on the verge of being handed fresh powers to take action against rogue landlords thanks to the Homes (Fitness...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

High Court review of Right to Rent policy begins today

A Judicial Review of the government’s controversial Right to Rent policy, which forces landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants, will...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for renting out poorly converted garage

A buy-to-let landlord in Luton has been ordered to pay £8,510 by Luton Magistrates Court for continuing to rent out a...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords who disregarded planning rules ordered to pay £322k or face prison

Rogue landlords who converted terrace houses into shoebox flats without planning permission have been ordered to re-pay illegal income or face...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

With excessive competition and ample supply, is there still demand for HMOs?

HMO properties look very good on paper. Why charge a single rent when you can charge four or five lots of...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord fined £25k for leaving disabled tenant without hot water

One of the UK’s biggest and arguably most contentious buy-to-let landlords has been ordered to pay £25,000 after ignoring a notice...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants left £105,000 out of pocket by rogue letting agents

At least 19 landlords and tenants have been left £105,000 out of pocket by unscrupulous letting agents who ran London-based letting...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent controls would hurt both tenants and landlords, warns RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has warned that growing speculation the mayor of London Sadiq Khan is considering introducing rent controls...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Will paying 50% more council tax get landlords ‘a return on their investment’?

A 50% council tax increase could be on the way for owners of empty properties across many parts of the country...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with record £1.5m fine for flouting planning rules

A notorious rogue landlord who illegally built a number of tiny bedsits across North West London has been ordered to pay...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils struggling to take action over unlicensed HMOs

The new regulations introduced last month to bring mandatory licensing to all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) was designed to better...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Hackney Council extends licence applications deadline

The deadline for submitting additional and selective licence applications in Hackney has been extended until 1 March 2019.  The deadline for applications...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Good landlords are being let down by councils and minority of criminals

Two thirds of councils in England and Wales responding to a FOI request by the Residential Landlords Association brought no prosecutions...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants will be relied upon to help enforce letting fees ban

Trading standards will almost certainly need help from consumers to help police the ban on letting fees, according to PayProp. As part...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlawful ‘beds-in-sheds’ landlord ordered to pay £450k

A woman who repeatedly ignored council orders to stop renting ‘beds in sheds’ has been ordered to pay back almost £450,000...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Prosecution of high-profile landlord ‘shows we have teeth’, says councillor

Folkestone Magistrates Court’s decision last week to find high profile landlord, Judith Wilson, guilty of failing to comply with an enforcement...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘House of horrors’: Property firm ordered to pay back over £60k in rent

A London-based property firm has been ordered to pay back 70% of their profits gained from renting poorly converted flats in...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Council spends £95k taking landlord to Supreme Court and loses

Nottingham City Council has been slammed for wasting taxpayers’ money after spending £95,000 taking a landlord to the Supreme Court and...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

UK’s ‘worst landlord’ owes more than £100k in unpaid fines

A buy-to-let investor, once dubbed “country’s worst landlord”, still owes more than £100,000 in unpaid fines in relation to over 60...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined almost £30k for running unsafe and unlicensed properties

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay close to £30,000 after being found guilty of a number of breaches relating...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Bonkers’: More than 3,500 licensing applications rejected by council

More than three months on from the introduction of a selective licensing scheme in Nottingham, thousands of landlords remain unlicensed because...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Scarborough Council votes in powers to fine rogue landlords up to £30,000

Rogue landlords with properties in Scarborough now face fines of up to £30,000 as the local council looks to clampdown on...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord faces huge fine for leaving disabled tenant without hot water

Britain’s biggest and arguably most contentious buy-to-let landlord could be slapped with an ‘unlimited’ fine after leaving a wheelchair-bound tenant without...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Free Landlord Information Evening to be held for landlords in Reading

Buy-to-let landlords in Reading are invited to attend a free Landlord Information Evening being held at Reading’s Civic Offices in Bridge...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord could have license revoked after tenant disputes legality of eviction

A buy-to-let landlord in Edinburgh, who faces losing his license after evicting a young family, is appealing to his other tenants...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s son ordered to pay £1,650 after changing locks over rent arrears

A landlord’s son has been ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to a tenant after changing the locks with her belongings still...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Government’s new £2m rogue landlord crackdown is a step in the right direction

Yesterday’s announcement that councils in England are going to be handed an additional £2m in government funding to tackle the small...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord who ignored Improvement Notices is ordered to pay almost £3,000

Reading Borough Council has won a case against a buy-to-let landlord who allowed his tenants to live in unsafe conditions, despite...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord hit with £21k fine for safety failings

A private landlord from St Helens has been ordered to pay £21,000 after a prosecution by the local council found a...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Eight men found crammed in one-bedroom flat

Eight men were found living in cramped conditions in a one-bedroom flat in east London during a raid by Barking and...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Bill reaches the committee stage in the House of Lords today

Tenant Fees Bill that will ban most charges set by landlords and letting agents to tenants in England will continue its...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Council threatened with a judicial review over ‘unlawful’ licensing plan

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has threatened Great Yarmouth Borough Council with a judicial review over ‘unlawful’ licensing plan because it...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Fresh calls for restrictions on Airbnb-style rentals to tackle housing shortage

There have been fresh calls for new restrictions on Airbnb and other short-term letting websites in this country, just days after...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing rules come into force today

BTL landlords in parts of Sheffield must now apply to the council for a licence to let their properties after selective licensing...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property licensing: too many landlords face ‘unnecessary criminal proceedings’

Landlord licensing schemes are popping up all over the UK as local authorities step up their efforts to clampdown on rogue...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants set to be handed power to sue landlords over property conditions

Tenants look set to be given more powers to take action against rogue landlords renting out properties “unfit for human habitation”,...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord database to be made freely available, says PM

Tenants will be offered access to the government’s rogue landlord database under fresh plans unveiled by Theresa May. The Prime Minister was...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for allowing tenants to live among cockroaches, rats and raw sewage

A rogue landlord whose tenants were living in degrading conditions has been ordered to pay £9,000. Housing enforcement officers from Harrow Council...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord who gutted a listed manor house ordered to pay £82k

A private landlord who illegally modernised an historic house in Brighton has been told by a judge to pay out more...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to pay private landlords £5,000 reward to house tenants

A new landlord reward scheme designed to increase the stock of private rented accommodation in the marketplace in Rochford, Essex, has...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Grants of up to £25,500 offered to landlords to restore empty homes

Private landlords are being offered money to help encourage them to restore their empty homes in the London borough of Barnet.  Empty...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined for breaching his licence

A landlord in County Durham has been ordered to pay just over £450 for breaching his licence. Matthew Snowdon, of Cows Hill...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government releases £400m for cladding upgrades

The government has released the first tranche of an estimated £400m to fund the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding on...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord who kept 23 people in overcrowded conditions fined £7,500

A landlord in Ilford, Essex, who allowed 23 people to live in overcrowded conditions has been fined £7,500. Tenants in a house...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Managing agent fined £26k for cramming 16 tenants into family home

A rogue managing agent of an overcrowded house of multiple occupation (HMO) in east London has been fined £26,000 for breaches...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches £20m fund to help homeless into private rented homes

Thousands of vulnerable people facing homelessness look set to benefit from a new £20m initiative designed to help them secure a private...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Croydon becomes first council to support campaign to scrap Section 21

Croydon Council has become the first local authority to support calls to scrap the so-called ‘no fault’ evictions in order to...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New landlords association urges Chancellor to reverse BTL tax changes

Philip Hammond is coming under increasing pressure to reverse draconian tax changes applying to buy-to-let landlords. A number of landlords have been...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban on letting fees moves a step closer

The next stage of the Tenants’ Fees Bill through Parliament will be a Second Reading in the House of Lords this...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hackney Council targets dodgy landlords with licensing

Landlords with property in Hackney, east London, should be aware that following a consultation earlier this year Hackney Council has now...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent and companies slapped with a £60k fine for unlicensed HMO

A rogue agent and two lettings companies in north west London have been heavily fined for operating a dangerous unlicensed house...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Free conference for landlords in Croydon

Buy-to-let landlords with properties in Croydon, south London, are being invited to attend a free conference being run this week by...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants leave property in a disgusting state before fleeing owing £1,700 rent

A landlord was handed a huge cleaning bill after his house was left in a horrific and disgusting state. The landlord was...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Middlesborough Council to extend licensing scheme to additional ward

Middlesborough Council is hoping to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords operating in the Newport ward, particularly in and around the Gresham area,...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined almost £3k for overcrowded house

An unscrupulous landlord who crammed six families into a three-bedroom house has been ordered to pay just under £3,000 by a...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory licensing for HMOs is extended

Changes to mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing come into force in England today, requiring properties with five or more...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Early bird tickets now on sale for RLA’s next Future Renting Conference

Early bird tickets are now on sale for the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference in Cardiff. The one-day conference,...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

More than 20 men found crammed into ‘slum-like’ three-bedroom house

More than 20 men were discovered living in cramped conditions in a three-bedroom house in north-west London during a raid by...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Concern grows over unregistered landlords of HMOs

With just a few days left until changes to mandatory HMO licensing are introduced, there is growing concern that many landlords...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord cleared of assault

A buy-to-let landlord who pushed a council employee out of one of his properties in Blackpool has been cleared of assault. Landlord...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New HMO rules to cost landlords an extra £79m

Changes to mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing coming into force in England on 1 October 2018 will collectively cost...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent fined £50k for breaching safety regulations in unlicensed property

SDV HQ Limited, trading as Sterling de Vere, has been ordered to pay more than £50,000 after letting an overcrowded flat...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s time to suspend ‘unfair’ Right to Rent scheme, says RLA

The Home Office is to reconvene its Private Rented Sector (PRS) stakeholder panel on Right to Rent. The government plans to take...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New landlord licensing scheme announced in Brighton

Brighton and Hove Council has given the go-ahead for new selective landlord licensing to be introduced across 12 wards in the...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £4,000 and do 100 hours community service

A buy-to-let landlord has been handed a two-year suspended sentence, ordered to pay more than £4,000 and given 100 hours of...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than two weeks until new HMO rules are introduced

Buy-to-let landlords must prepare for new licensing laws for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) to ensure that they do not fall...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Council plans to clampdown on rogue landlords

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has vowed to clampdown on rogue landlords who allow tenants to live in poor housing standards in...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent fined more than £32k over unsafe tiny room

A managing agent has been fined more than £30,000 for allowing a tenant to occupy an unsafe tiny room behind a...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £5k for failing to improve condition of BTL property

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £5,000 for letting a property with a number of hazards that could have endangered the...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New blockchain database to track changes in the PRS

Citylets has adopted blockchain technology to help track and store rental data in Scotland.   The Scottish property rental portal has teamed...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

The RLA’s next Future Renting Conference takes place tomorrow

The Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference takes places in London tomorrow. The one-day conference, which will be held at...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords ‘have no place in the market’, says RLA

Councils must do more to root out unscrupulous landlords that give the sector a bad name, according to the Residential Landlords...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £177,000 for putting tenants at risk

A neglectful landlord, who allowed his tenants to occupy a property without working smoke alarms, a lack of sufficient fire doors...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined heavily for allowing tenants to live in atrocious conditions

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay more than £37,000 for allowing tenants to live in what inspectors described as...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Are landlord licensing schemes actually a good idea?

Licensing schemes can serve purposes which are indisputably genuine and valid. They can, however, also be used as money-making schemes, particularly...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rented housing chief confirmed as speaker at landlord conference

The deputy director the private rented sector in the Ministry of Housing, Anne Frost, has been confirmed as one of the...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing being considered in Stoke-on-Trent

People in Stoke-on-Trent are being invited to have their say on city council plans to designate 14 areas under ‘selective licensing...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

More than £1,000 of rent recovered from rogue landlord in landmark case

An unscrupulous landlord who forced a tenant to live in appalling conditions has been ordered to repay more than £1,000 in...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New Forest council calls on private landlords to help reduce homelessness

Rough sleeping in England has sadly increased for the seventh consecutive year, official figures show, and now New Forest District Council...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £10k for illegally evicting tenant

A private tenant was shocked when he returned home to find the locks to his rental property had been changed and...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing raid finds 15 men living in two-bedroom north London bungalow

Brent Council officers discovered 15 men crammed inside a two-bedroom bungalow during an enforcement raid yesterday morning. Tenants were found sleeping on...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £5k for safety failings

A landlord has been ordered to pay just over £5,000 after admitting safety failings at a fire-hit house in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. Lawrence...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Clock is ticking for landlords in parts of Sheffield to obtain a license

The deadline for the new selective licensing scheme which comes into effect at the start of November is looming, and time...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £2,000 for failing to comply with an improvement notice

A private landlord in St Leonards has been fined £2,000 for failing to comply with an improvement notice.   Hastings Borough Council decided...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord to be prosecuted after 31 beds found in ‘appalling’ three-bedroom house

A landlord faces prosecution after police found he had squeezed 31 beds into a very overcrowded three-bedroom house that had just...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent legal challenge date set for December

The government’s controversial Right to Rent scheme, which forces landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants, is to be challenged in...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme is ‘just a way of making money for the council’

Nottingham City Council became the latest local authority to introduce a landlord licensing scheme last week in an attempt to clampdown...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for not protecting tenancy deposit and operating an unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord has been found guilty of aggressive practices, failing to protect a tenancy deposit and operating an unlicensed House...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Selective licensing being considered in parts of Leeds

People are being invited to share their views on the possible introduction of licensing for private sector rented housing in some...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Nightmare tenants leave landlord thousands of pounds out of pocket

A buy-to-let landlord has been left with a major clean-up bill after ‘tenants from hell’ whose rent had fallen into severe...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £15k for allowing tenants to live in ‘appalling’ conditions

An unscrupulous landlord who allowed up to 40 tenants to live in poor conditions in a disused pub in North Wales...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords offered fresh incentives to take in people at risk of homelessness

Free gas and electrical checks are among the incentives being offered to landlords with properties in Barrow-in-Furness in a bid to...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Cheshire East Council sets out on rogue landlord crackdown

Cheshire East Council has pledged to clampdown on rogue landlords who allow tenants to live in poor housing standards within the...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords shun new controversial licensing scheme

The new licensing scheme for rented homes in Nottingham is set to come into force on Wednesday, August 1, and yet...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Why you should consider Glasgow as your next property investment destination

Glasgow or Edinburgh? Glasgow is a lot like Edinburgh, only more affordable. Obviously don’t make that comment if you’re actually talking...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for using garden as a dumping ground

A landlord who infuriated neighbours by using a back garden at one of his rental properties to dump rubbish has been...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tickets now on sale for the RLA’s next Future Renting Conference

Tickets are now on sale for the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference in London. The one-day conference, which will...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant ordered to pay more than £26k for subletting ‘death trap’ property

A tenant who illegally sublet an unlicensed and poorly-maintained bungalow in north London, which was described by Brent Council as a...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords offered cash incentive to meet minimum housing standards

A pilot scheme has been launched with a view to improving property standards, increasing awareness, boosting engagement and increasing housing supply...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Race row landlord vows to evict single mums with babies

One of the UK’s largest and arguably most controversial buy-to-let landlord who last year banned &lsquo