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Landlords urged to bail out council as housing shortage worsens

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

24 September 2021

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Record fine issued to London landlord over planning offence

A landlord who built extensions and converted them into flats and bedsits all without planning permission has been given a record...

24 September 2021

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Banned! Outrageous landlord slapped with permanent injunction

Outspoken landlord Fergus Wilson, who has reportedly become a millionaire through his buy to let investments, has been hit with a...

23 September 2021

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Landlord accused of showing contempt for council

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

22 September 2021

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Another council needs private landlords to help meet rehousing targets

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

16 September 2021

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Short Lets Crisis - council urges action from Housing Minister

A council has written to Housing Minister Chris Pincher calling for a new approach to the short lets issue. Oxford council leader...

16 September 2021

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Labour council chief says licensing deters “criminal landlords”

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

15 September 2021

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Landlord harassed tenant during eviction ban period

A landlord has pleaded guilty to harassing one of his tenants during the eviction ban period. Abid Butt from Sheffield has been...

15 September 2021

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Council heralds “fantastic result” ending in a fine for landlord

A landlord has been ordered by a court to pay over £6,000 after admitting a string of regulation breaches.  Juliet Petrovic, of...

14 September 2021

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Lettings agency seeks landlords for Afghan refugee families

A council’s own lettings agency is coordinating the call for landlords to house Afghan refugees, in one of the country’s most...

14 September 2021

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Labour to propose landlord tax to fund social care

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

11 September 2021

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

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

10 September 2021

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Rent guarantees for landlords joining new leasing scheme

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

09 September 2021

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Landlord’s company fined for failing to improve housing conditions

A landlord company has been fined more than £15,000 for failing to improve housing conditions in three properties. North Somerset council received...

07 September 2021

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Afghan Refugees: Councils still asking landlords to come forward

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

07 September 2021

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Landlord with poor fire alarm paperwork refused letting licence

A landlord has been refused a lettings licence by a local council because he failed to keep fire safety alarm records...

07 September 2021

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Airbnb short lets may require planning consent - government source

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

06 September 2021

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Guilty! Landlord admits illegal eviction during pandemic

A landlord has pleaded guilty to the unlawful eviction of his tenant. Jalal Uddin of Wellingborough has pleaded guilty at the town’s...

06 September 2021

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

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

03 September 2021

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

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

03 September 2021

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Well over £700 fee for UK’s largest-ever HMO licensing scheme

Landlords must pay well over £700 for entry into what is now the UK’s largest ever HMO licensing scheme, at Westminster...

02 September 2021

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Webinar on Afghan refugees to tell landlords how they can transform lives

Landlords are being invited to a webinar which is billed as helping them understand how letting their properties to Afghan refugees...

01 September 2021

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Incentives for landlords to shun Airbnb short lets - council call

The leader of a council in one of the areas of the UK with the highest number of Airbnb-style short lets...

31 August 2021

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 Plea to landlords to help Afghan refugee families

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

31 August 2021

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Labour council criticised by government sets licensing deadline

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

27 August 2021

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Rent control momentum grows - petition nears 50,000 signatures

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

27 August 2021

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New Landlords Beware - hidden charges trap the inexperienced

Home repairs service Rightio has provided a useful checklist of the hidden costs of being a landlord. Many seasoned hands will...

26 August 2021

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

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

26 August 2021

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More enforcement, more arbitration - landlords set out demands

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

25 August 2021

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Activists accuse landlords of tearing apart communities via short lets

The Generation Rent group has renewed its attack on landlords who let properties to holidaymakers rather than long term tenants.  The group...

25 August 2021

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Landlord must pay thousands for ignoring Improvement Notices

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

25 August 2021

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Council orders HMO landlords to clear graffiti within four weeks

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

24 August 2021

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

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

23 August 2021

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Landlord urges others to offer homes to refugee families

A landlord has set out why he helped a refugee family resettle through renting one of his properties. The landlord - who...

20 August 2021

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Landlords - would you house an Afghan refugee family?

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

19 August 2021

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Exposed - the council that flouted its own policies to fine landlords

A local newspaper’s investigation has revealed that a London council flouted its own policies to maximise the number of landlords it...

18 August 2021

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Banning Order landlord pleads guilty to breaching conditions

The first landlord in the country to receive a Banning Order under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 when the new...

18 August 2021

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Airbnb fights back against criticism of short lets

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

12 August 2021

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Huge fine for landlord with unlicensed and overcrowded property

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

12 August 2021

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Government rejects local licensing - Council pondering next steps

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

11 August 2021

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Landlord triumphs in overturning council licensing fine

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

11 August 2021

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Legendary landlord reported to have been arrested in ‘Hitler’ row

Legendary south of England landlord Fergus Wilson is reported to have been arrested after a dispute in which he allegedly called...

10 August 2021

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Petition to increase lettings tax nears 45,000-signature target

A petition calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to increase tax on holiday lettings has neared its 45,000-signature target over the weekend. Former...

09 August 2021

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Cheaper Rents - tenants' protest scheduled for next week

Protesters in a part of the UK with high numbers of holiday lets will stage a demonstration next week demanding cheaper...

09 August 2021

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New policy sets out strict controls on future and existing HMOs

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

09 August 2021

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Landlord in court for failing to produce gas safety certificate

Hastings council has taken a landlord to court for failing to obtain a gas safety certificate, which is required by law...

06 August 2021

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Soaring Rent Repayment Orders and fines for landlords in two months

Fines for landlords and lettings agents in Greater London have soared from just £22,000 in May to a huge £139,146 in...

05 August 2021

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Landlords accuse councils of doing too little to crackdown on rogues

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

04 August 2021

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

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

04 August 2021

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Challenges for landlords - council to organise special event

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

04 August 2021

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Rogue landlord unlawfully harassed and evicted a tenant

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

03 August 2021

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Council wants volunteer landlords to house Afghan refugee families

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

03 August 2021

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Five figure fine for landlord ignoring council warning on overcrowding

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

02 August 2021

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First ever ‘ASBO Injunction’ served on landlord to stop illegal eviction

Camden council in north London has become the first local authority to secure an anti-social behaviour injunction against a landlord in...

30 July 2021

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Landlord fined thousand after fire rips through illegal HMO

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

30 July 2021

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Politicians want action on Airbnb lets using ex-council houses

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

29 July 2021

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

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

27 July 2021

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Lettings agent makes another blistering attack on landlords

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

26 July 2021

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Improve rental sector EPCs? A pipedream …

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

26 July 2021

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Another council poised to introduce new licensing regime

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

23 July 2021

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Data crisis for council wanting taxpayer cash to clear arrears

A council that recently demanded public cash to help Covid-related arrears has found itself in hot water over its own rent...

23 July 2021

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

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

22 July 2021

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Landlord prosecuted because buy to let was unclean and unsafe

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

22 July 2021

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

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

21 July 2021

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Nationalist politicians complain about promoting buy to let

Welsh Nationalist politicians are complaining about a finance company which identified part of Wales as having attractive yields for buy to...

21 July 2021

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Council fines landlord thousands and says “this isn’t profit-making”

A landlord has been fined more than £16,000 for failing to license his property. It is the first time South Tyneside Council...

21 July 2021

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Named and shamed - landlord guilty of “atrocious case of mistreatment”

A rogue landlord who allowed vulnerable tenants to live in conditions without windows, proper washing facilities or fire safety measures at...

20 July 2021

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Council wants witnesses to alleged illegal eviction

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

19 July 2021

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Landlords wanted to help Afghans working for UK forces

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

19 July 2021

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

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

15 July 2021

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Right To Buy Back - Labour councils back purchases from landlords

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

15 July 2021

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Council in talks with landlords to buy back empty homes

Bury council is to spend £1m buying empty homes from landlords and other owners. The council says it will shortly identify which...

15 July 2021

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Council claims landlord licensing helps stop falling house prices

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

14 July 2021

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Government rejects licensing scheme plea by local council

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

12 July 2021

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Landlords condemned for ‘quick buck’ shift to short lets

A council leader has criticised landlords in a tourist hotspot for evicting long term tenants and switching to higher paying Airbnb...

09 July 2021

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

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

07 July 2021

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Ban on eight Airbnb landlords operating on the same street

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

05 July 2021

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Outdated! Some rental regulations date back to 18th century

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

05 July 2021

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Landlords warned of high cost of keeping properties empty

Landlords in one part of England are being urged to get their properties back on the market or face inevitable council...

05 July 2021

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Council boasts of massive clampdown on landlords

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

02 July 2021

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Build To Rent hits the suburbs with new scheme

A proposed new Build To Rent scheme is thought to be the first in the UK to be in a suburb,...

02 July 2021

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Council wants to stop rogue landlord letting out homes anywhere

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

01 July 2021

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Cash help to get empty homes back to habitable condition

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

30 June 2021

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Landlord’s dilemma highlights problem with new EPC targets

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

29 June 2021

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Government website asks tenants if they fear 'revenge eviction'

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

28 June 2021

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Landlord in hot water after ignoring council abatement notice

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

25 June 2021

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Council warns landlords of higher tax if homes remain empty

Landlords across North Lincolnshire are being urged to get their properties back on the market or face inevitable council tax rises. It...

24 June 2021

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

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

24 June 2021

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Big fine for landlord failing to keep tenants safe in property

A landlord has been hit with a fine of more than £4,200 for failing to keep tenants safe in their homes. North...

24 June 2021

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New petition calls for rent controls and additional home taxes

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

23 June 2021

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

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

22 June 2021

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Another council poised to extend licensing regime

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

22 June 2021

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Council hits out at ‘slum landlords’ after unsafe property case

A landlord has been prosecuted for failure to make improvements to his tenanted property, including failing to install a fire detection...

22 June 2021

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Appeal to landlords to house refugees in government-funded scheme

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

21 June 2021

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

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

21 June 2021

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Landlords invited to virtual forum for trade body update

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

21 June 2021

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Council considers 50% tax premium on second homes

A public consultation is underway on proposals for a local authority to increase the council tax premium for second homes -...

17 June 2021

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Labour MPs quiz government on effects of eviction ban ending

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

16 June 2021

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Is Covid forcing landlords to give up on HMOs?

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

15 June 2021

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Shock as government rejects council’s landlord licensing bid

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

14 June 2021

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London council fines landlord for HMO health and safety breaches

A London council has prosecuted a landlord for renting out an unauthorised and unsafe House in Multiple Occupation. Daniella Mbachu, who owns...

10 June 2021

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Civil Penalty Notice then a fine after HMO regulations breached

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

09 June 2021

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Another council asks landlords how Covid has hit rental sector

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

09 June 2021

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Anti-eviction activists tell renters to check landlord paperwork

Activist group Generation Rent are telling tenants to use the slightest documentation error by landlords to avoid eviction. It claims as many...

07 June 2021

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Major London licensing consultation closes this month

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

07 June 2021

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

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

04 June 2021

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Rogue landlord fined for breaching prohibition order

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

04 June 2021

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

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

03 June 2021

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Top Labour MP speaks out against “greed of the mega-landlords”

Former Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has spoken out against what he calls “the greed of the mega-landlords.” The veteran MP -...

02 June 2021

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Another council urges landlords to think twice before evicting

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

02 June 2021

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Landlords fear thousands of tenants will now fail referencing

Tenants with arrears accumulated during the pandemic are finding it tough to secure alternative accommodation because their credit scores have been...

01 June 2021

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Licensing landlords would help students, insists charity and union

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

01 June 2021

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Council interventions can stop evictions and help landlords - claim

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

28 May 2021

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Landlord Fight Back: legal threat to council licensing proposals

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

27 May 2021

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

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

26 May 2021

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

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

26 May 2021

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Council appeals to private landlords to help with homelessness problem

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

25 May 2021

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

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

25 May 2021

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Taxpayers should pay Covid tenant rent arrears, say councils

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

24 May 2021

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Activist group wants more “engagement” between councils and tenants

Tenant activist group Generation Rent says it’s working with five councils to find out more about private renters in those areas. The...

24 May 2021

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Landlord caught out over HMO housing migrant shift workers

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

24 May 2021

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Landlords with flats may soon have to face Commonhold tenure

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

20 May 2021

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Another council invites landlords to comment on licensing shift

A London council is inviting landlords and others to respond to a consultation on changes to its licensing regime.  Ealing council claims...

20 May 2021

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Guilty: Landlord admits throwing tenant out illegally

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

18 May 2021

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Don’t evict without getting in touch - council plea to landlords

A council is urging landlord not to evict tenants when the current ban ends on May 31 without getting in touch...

17 May 2021

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Next Buy To Let growth sector identified by investment bank

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

13 May 2021

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

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

10 May 2021

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Tenant activists team up with council to consult private renters

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

10 May 2021

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Review compliance procedures or risk prosecution, landlords warned

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

06 May 2021

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Council sends 3,000 warnings to landlords in one year

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

05 May 2021

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Landlord fined after Gangmasters authority investigates rental property

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

05 May 2021

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London council acts against landlord’s lettings company

A London council has taken a landlord company to court after complaints of poor housing conditions in five of its rented...

05 May 2021

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Landlord’s fine slashed after fightback against council court move

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

04 May 2021

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

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

30 April 2021

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Councils accused by activists over rental licensing and safety

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

30 April 2021

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Shelter and tenants’ group set up city Fair Renting campaign

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

27 April 2021

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Landlord to hand over 18 properties to experts after £30,000 fine

A landlord has been handed nearly £30,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to maintenance and safety failures at three...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness urges police to get tough with “criminal landlords”

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

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Matching Service - council will pair tenants with landlords

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

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Council staging virtual forum to help landlords during pandemic

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

20 April 2021

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

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

19 April 2021

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

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

19 April 2021

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

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

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Elderly landlord claims he’s being pursued by agency’s liquidators

An 83-year-old landlord who let a property through collapsed agency Homepoint says he is being pursued for nearly £2,400 by liquidators. Homepoint...

16 April 2021

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

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

16 April 2021

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

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

16 April 2021

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

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

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders flop - average of just 13 issued a year

Only 39 rogue landlords and letting agents have been hit with banning orders in the first three years of their existence. The...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Council says licensing needed to expose landlords like this one…

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

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord clobbered with ‘record’ five figure fine

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

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

London landlords fined in council clampdown

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

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Closing tax loophole for rentals doesn’t go far enough for some

The closing of a tax loophole which allow some owners of holiday lets to avoid paying council tax does not go...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council gives notice of two new licensing schemes later this year

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

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shocking lack of toilet facilities for rogue landlord's tenants

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

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council says it’s tracking down landlords with too-low EPCs

A council says it’s on the hunt for landlords letting properties with EPCs below the minimum standard.  Working with Exeter Community Energy,...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned tax change could have surprising impact

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

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Who knew? Grants available for landlords to adapt rental properties

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

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government may take over council at centre of rental licensing storm

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

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Three year tenancies and much more licensing proposed by council

A council enquiry is proposing a flurry of new landlord licensing schemes in one county in England.  An inquiry into the private...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 March 2021

From: Conveyancing, Mortgages, Tax & Finance

Capital Gains Tax threat makes landlords consider selling - Zoopla

One of the country’s leading property experts says landlords are now reassessing their portfolios as a result of possible Capital Gains...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords to face tougher fire regulations in HMOs and blocks

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

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Unregulated Rental Properties: landlords urged to sign new charter

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

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council demands government approval for clampdown on landlords

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

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Prison sentence for elderly landlord claiming to be ‘helping people’

A landlord in his 70s who claims he was just ‘helping people’ has been handed a suspended prison sentence. That’s because he...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting prompts court action against rogue tenant

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

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Confiscation order for landlord after illegal property conversion

A landlord who illegally turned a London property into 13 flats has been hit by nearly £200,000 in fines, costs and...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 March 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Labour council’s huge licensing plan divides opinion ahead of key vote

A Labour-controlled council says it’s confident a huge new licensing scheme for one of Britain’s most high-profile cities will be voted...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists press another council to get tough on landlords

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

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior church figure stands up for renting as a tenure

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

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord banned following third prosecution in eight years

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

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord must repay thousands as council says “We’ll come and find you

A landlord who failed to licence his property has been ordered to pay back over £5,000 in rent. Michael Convery from Belfast...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Anarchist group says activists should hold anti-landlord protests

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

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Four year ban for landlord after children found in cupboards

A four year ban on letting any residential property has been imposed on a landlord found guilty of using accommodation that could...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Avoiding eviction - Council says it’s piloting mediation scheme

A local council has let it be known that it’s in a pilot mediation scheme set up by the government -...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour MP demands Covid rent arrears to be paid by public funds

Labour MP Stephen Timms has asked Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to commit to five measures to tighten controls on the private...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory MP criticised by councillor for sticking up for landlords

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

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council offering £10k refurb grants to private landlords

A council says grants of up to £10,000 are available to landlords to refurbish homes which could ensure vulnerable people in...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Council teaching tenants how to reclaim rent from landlords

A London council is running what it describes as “an innovative project” to help private tenants reclaim rent from landlords who...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory MP says council licensing “just a charge on good landlords”

A Conservative MP is weighing in, in support of landlords arguing against a £700 licensing fee by the local council.  James Duddridge,...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Hefty bill for landlords who ignored council Prohibition Orders

Two landlords have to pay almost £8,000 for letting their flats in defiance of a Prohibition Order.  The order came into force...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail for landlord and shop owner after death of tenant

Two men - one a landlord, the other a shopkeeper- have been jailed after being found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter. Mushtaq...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Suspended prison sentence after HMO fire leaves landlord bankrupt

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

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

London council wants to double scale of HMO licensing

A London authority wants to extend its licensing regime for HMOs and landlords have just over two weeks left to respond. Lambeth...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Argument brewing over wording of ‘anti-landlord’ consultation

An argument is brewing with landlords angry at the wording of a council licensing consultation. Southend council wants landlords to pay a...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb landlord and tenant fined for breaking Covid lockdown

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

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Own goal! Ex-footballer must repay £8,000 in 'unlicensed rent'

A landlord who failed to licence his properties has been ordered to pay back over £8,000 in rent. Dexter Blackstock, a former...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for landlords to help council boost emergency housing supply

An appeal has gone out to private landlords to lease their properties to a council seeking to boost its supply of...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined in blitz of private rental waste dumping

A landlord’s firm has been fined after waste accumulated in the rear yard of a tenanted property. Elahi Properties of Blackburn was...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s back! ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’ on TV tonight

This 10-part series - filmed before the pandemic - follows letting agents, eviction specialists and lawyers helping landlords chase rent arrears and...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s repeat offence ends up with large fine

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

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords wanted for scheme with improvement grants and loans

A council has launched a pilot scheme involving private landlords willing to lease their properties to the authority for five years. Cardiff...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Extend the eviction ban! Senior Labour politician leads call

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

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords fined for ignoring regulations to keep tenants safe

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

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to respond to yet another licensing consultation

Landlords in the the Charnwood area of the Midlands are invited to give their views on the proposed conditions for two...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Multi-millionaire landlord tells council leader to kill himself - court claim

Multi-millionaire landlord Fergus Wilson - at one time described as Britain’s most successful buy to let landlord - is reported to...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs want better deal for landlords with break clauses for students

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

 Landlords urged to respond to London council’s consultation

Landlords have only until February 11 to respond to the licensing proposals of the London council with the largest private rental...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert - just days left to respond to licensing consultation

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

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils told: ‘Stop pushing ahead with licensing during Covid crisis’

Momentum is building against councils pushing ahead with licensing schemes despite the pandemic. Earlier this week ARLA Propertymark, the letting agents’ trade...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Health and welfare of tenants jeopardised by landlord

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

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Government panned for missing out landlords in new EPC enforcement

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

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property let out in dangerous condition by rogue landlord

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

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Police probe homes let by landlords contrary to Covid rules

Police in Devon say they will be cracking down on holiday homes let by landlords in contravention of Coronavirus lockdown rules...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council resuscitates licensing consultation after Coronavirus pause

A council that put a selective licensing scheme consultation on pause because of the pandemic has resumed the exercise.  Oldham council says...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord’s huge fine follows 33 HMO offences

A landlord who committed 33 offences at a property he owns has been issued with civil penalties totalling £50,500. Zaheer Uddin Babar,...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Record fine for landlord letting out HMO with safety failings

A landlord has been hit with what a local authority calls a record £66,000 fine after being found guilty of letting...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental quango slated as expensive, bureaucratic, unaccountable

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

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Government insists eviction ban “protects most vulnerable renters”

The government insists that its ban on bailiff-enforced evictions “protects the most vulnerable renters” during the pandemic. The claim comes in the...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords wooed by council pledge of rent guarantees

Thirty properties owned by private landlords have been let thanks to a new rent guarantee scheme run by a Midlands council.  Let’s...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Government to push Commonhold - but what is it?

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

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Mould? Oh that’s the landlord’s responsibility, say most tenants

Two thirds of people who have experienced mould are tenants in private, social or student housing according to a new survey. Comparison...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord slams council “money raising” licensing red tape

A landlord leader has hit out at a council’s selective licensing scheme, suggesting it is “bureaucracy for bureaucracy’s sake” and nothing...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for Airbnb landlords to help domestic abuse victims

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

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Should new HMOs have en suites to combat Coronavirus?

A councillor has called for all new HMOs to be created with en suite bathrooms, and not shared bathrooms. The call came during...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords win thousands in compensation from council

Landlords of a property in Peterborough have been compensated £6,000 by the local council. The payment follows a delay in agreeing a...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

One month for landlords to bag early-bird London council licensing saving

Landlords with properties in the Havering area have until January 24 to submit a selective licence application, giving them a 50...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Jail for landlord who breached harassment court order

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

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

First-ever Rent To Buy scheme unveiled - with more to come…

Newcastle city council claims to be the first local authority in the UK to launch the rent-to-buy scheme allowing tenants to...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord faces five-figure fine for not having HMO licence

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

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council, students and charities demand fair deal for tenants

The Labour-controlled Greater London Authority and 18 other groups of activists, charities and students have formed a new pro-renter coalition. Called the...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Taking landlords to court stops council’s ‘real’ work, it admits

A leading officer in a Labour council which has in the past taken landlords to court says this process is so...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Council urges private landlords to reach out to tenants

A county council and the local Citizens Advice service are asking private landlords in their area to reach out to tenants...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords set out key reform demands ahead of election

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

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Repeat offender landlord gets fine for not licensing properties

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

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord denied licences despite past conviction being ‘spent’

A London council has confirmed its right to refuse licenses to criminal landlords - even reformed ones. A story in the East...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Council set to extend landlord licensing scheme

Havering council has agreed to the extension of its landlord licensing scheme.  It currently covers 12 wards and will be rolled out ...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists create crib-sheet to influence licensing consultation

The Acorn group of rental activists has created a detailed crib sheet of responses to a council consultation on landlord licensing. Acorn,...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing ‘risks giving vulnerable people Covid-19’ - claim

A lettings trade body says expensive council licensing schemes could force landlords to sell, making vulnerable tenants homeless or obliged to...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Green councillor wants tenants to lead private rental sector review

A Green Party councillor is demanding that tenants be allowed to write the local authority’s policy for the private rental sector. According...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants invited to complete anonymous Coronavirus survey

Councils in North Wales want to find out how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting private tenants. Nearly one in five households in...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

More criticism of landlords claiming Coronavirus business grants

There’s been renewed media spotlight on landlords who register their holiday lets as businesses, and can thus claim a key grant. The...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Local politician slams landlords as “not caring” about balanced community

A cluster of owner occupiers living near a city centre are demanding that landlords win planning consent before operating HMOs. The Gloucestershire...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord must pay £280,000 - or go to jail

A London landlord must pay over £280,000 in three months after housing eight people in a flat deems illegal for even...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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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

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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

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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