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KEYWORD "deposits" - 291 RESULTS
Landlord's kind gesture for his tenants goes viral on Twitter

A BTL landlord has proved to be a big social media hit after issuing his tenants with a bonus when returning...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New rent arrears guidance issued by leading housing organisations

A number of organisations from across the housing sector have teamed up to support landlords and tenants facing rent arrears as...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Here is how to avoid unwarranted suspicion when applying for a mortgage

With fraudulent mortgage applications up by 5% in 2019, anti-money laundering service, SmartSearch, has compiled some key things to consider to...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage advisor jobs - shortage of advisors to meet demand

Mortgage advisor jobs - shortage of advisors to meet demand The mortgage market, like all other parts of the property industry,...

25 June 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Do you need to lower your tenancy deposit amounts?

The government has provided clarification on deposit cap requirements following the end of the transition period on 31 May. For tenancies in...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let relaunches product range at up to 80% LTV

Accord Buy To Let’s mortgage offering is now back to pre-coronavirus levels, with products available at up to 80% loan-to-value (LTV)...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Two-thirds of letting complaints supported by The Property Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) dealt with 2,518 letting complaints last year, according to the organisation’s 2019 annual report, which shows continued...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors face potential legal action as they struggle to get out of off-plan deals

Thousands of property investors, including buy-to-let landlords adding to their portfolios, face potential legal disputes if they avoid completion of transactions,...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Around £4.5bn tied up in rental deposits

It is estimated that £4.5bn of cash is currently tied up in rental deposits, providing landlords with a degree of security...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

TDS updates tenancy deposit protection guidance for landlords with tenants

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has published updated guidance to the tenancy deposit protection (TDP) legislation in England and Wales. The information...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy deposit now stands at £1,139

The average tenancy deposit paid by tenants in Britain now stands at £1,139, fresh analysis from Ome, part of Hamilton Fraser, shows.   The...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agent looks to rebuild reputation after firm goes bust owing landlords £28k

The former owner of an estate agency in Ipswich which went bust owing landlords and tenants just over £28,000 after being...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban for agent who failed to protect £28k worth of tenants’ deposits and rent

A letting agent who failed to safeguard £28,000 worth of tenants’ deposits and rent destined for landlords has been handed a...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More transparency needed on deposit alternative schemes

There has been much debate in recent days about deposit-free renting and whether letting agents have been mis-selling deposit alternative products,...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

flatfair defends deposit alternative solutions following BBC article

flatfair, which lets landlords offer deposit-free renting to tenants, has defended nil deposit schemes as an alternative to a traditional deposit,...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The average renter has saved £163 since tenancy deposits were capped

Renters across England have made an average saving of £163.08 since tenancy security deposits were capped last year at the equivalent...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The proportion of income spent on rent drops despite increases in rental level

Despite increased rent prices, the proportion of income spent by tenants on rent decreased between 2016 and 2019, according to The Deposit...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agent banned for failing to protect £68k worth of tenants’ deposits

A senior director at a letting agency in Exeter has been handed a six-year ban after failing to safeguard more than £68,000...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Poor communication is the biggest cause of deposit disputes

A lack of communication when withholding a deposit is the most common cause for deposit disputes between landlords and tenants, according...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters could save money by removing ‘unnecessary burden’ of rental deposits

When renting a property out, landlords and letting recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant and...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 is ‘another attack’ against BTL landlords

The Queen has announced the new government's priorities for its coming term, and it includes a proposal to abolish Section 21...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent jailed for ripping off landlords and tenants

An unscrupulous letting agent has been jailed for two years for conning landlords and tenants out of almost a quarter of...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rental deposit hits almost £1,300

The cost of the average deposit paid by renters has dropped to £1,299, new figures show.  The latest research from Hamilton Fraser’s...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

ASA rejects complaint by Zero Deposit against flatfair

Buy-to-let investors can have full confidence in the protection offered to landlords and tenants by flatfair, a fintech scale-up that allows...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories confirm plan to scrap Section 21 and introduce Lifetime Deposit

Boris Johnson launched the Conservative Party manifesto yesterday with a promise to “Get Brexit done”, and although the document was rather...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish landlords remain confident in long-term prospects of PRS

Despite the political and economic uncertainty, SafeDeposits Scotland has found that the vast majority of landlords north of the border remain...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

BTR landlord adopts ‘zero deposits or fees’ policy

Moda Living has welcomed Boris Johnson’s pledge to introduce government-backed “lifetime rental deposits” to reduce the cost of moving from one...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories target renters with pledge to introduce Lifetime Rental Deposits

The Conservatives have pledged to introduce a new scheme to allow tenants to transfer their tenancy deposits when they move homes.  The...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Need a Bad Credit Buy to Let Mortgage? Learn how we can help

If you’re an existing landlord with bad credit issues looking to remortgage your buy to let property or perhaps buy a...

20 November 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Skipton looks to expand buy-to-let mortgage lending

Skipton International has announced plans to expand its buy-to-let mortgage lending and increase offshore savings deposits. Skipton, which offers buy-to-let mortgages to...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Aberdeen offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

Following on from the success of recent training events in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness, designed to help landlords better manage tenancy deposits...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to reform the rental deposit system

When renting a property out, landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant and place it...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Do not put your property investment at risk by failing to protect a tenant’s deposit

A number of landlords are jeopardising their property investments - probably their biggest assets - by failing to comply with basic...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £7,500 after claiming student home was a holiday let

An unscruplous landlord has been handed a £7,500 fine after he broke tenancy laws by claiming a flat in the Warriston...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue agents sentenced after receiving fraudulent rental payments

Three rogue operators in London have been sentenced after pleading guilty to money laundering fraudulent rental payments received for properties that...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

flatfair teams up with Hunters to offer deposit alternative solution

Deposit-free renting provider flatfair has signed a partnership with Hunters which has more than 200 letting branches across the UK. The move...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Glasgow offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

With 543 disputes having arisen between landlords and tenants in the Glasgow postcode area in the last 12 months, SafeDeposits Scotland,...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish tenants owed more than £500k in unclaimed rental deposits

More than 2,000 tenants in Scotland appear to have forgotten to claim back their deposits collectively worth in excess of £500,000,...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS custodial scheme sees sharp rise in number of tenancy deposits protected

There was a 73% increase in the number of landlords and letting agents that signed up to the TDS' custodial scheme during 2018-19,...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Moving home? Here’s your guide to property jargon

When it comes to buying, selling, letting or renting a property, you will likely be faced with words, phrases, acronyms and...

08 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Landlords in Edinburgh offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

With 490 disputes having arisen between landlords and tenants in the Edinburgh area in the last 12 months, SafeDeposits Scotland, which...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Inverness offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

With the latest research showing that 50 disputes have arisen between landlords and tenants in the Inverness area in the last 12...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Allow tenants to transfer deposit between landlords, says RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has proposed that tenants should be permitted to transfer a deposit between landlords when moving property.  The...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords charge extra rent for the ‘potential damage a pet can cause’

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are charging what has been described as a ‘pet rent’ of up to £50 a...

05 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

Landlords in Wales must not ‘fall foul of their new compliance obligations’

With just a few days until the Welsh tenant fee ban is introduced, landlords in Wales are being urged to adapt...

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

TSB reduces buy-to-let rates by up to 0.25%

TSB has cut rates on selected buy-to-let fixed and tracker remortgage rates up to 75% loan-to-value (LTV). The lender last made notable...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents Increase Across UK

The most reliable indicator of rental trends in the UK As the largest provider of deposit protection in the UK, our database...

27 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

Scottish landlords praised for ‘taking their legal responsibilities seriously’

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border have been applauded for renting responsibly after SafeDeposits Scotland researched rates of landlords failing to...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit Cap Calculator to the rescue

Do you know how much your deposits should be? Since June 1 of this year, the government has capped deposits at...

15 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Moving home costs an additional £3,417 in ‘extra’ costs over a lifetime

Renters who move home regularly often face excessive costs associated with moving, new research shows. The study by MoneySuperMarket reveals that the...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit cap will ‘eventually affect a significant proportion of properties’

More than four out of ten tenancy deposits managed by the Deposit Protection Service (DPS) are currently higher than the recently...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

It is good practice to have a well prepared inventory to ensure a risk-free tenancy

The government’s decision to cap tenancy deposits at no more than five weeks’ rent where the annual rent is up to...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Overseas ownership: Australians most interested in Scottish property

Australia is the popular country of residence for overseas Scottish property owners, followed by the USA, new figures show. SafeDeposits Scotland, the...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

More than 200 Scottish landlords fail to protect tenancy deposits in 18 months

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland are being urged to ensure that they protect tenancy deposits and seek legal advice if they are...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Habito launches new mortgage range for the buy-to-let market

Habito has launched its own range of buy-to-let products for individual landlords. The Habito-branded mortgages, which will be available through its new...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

TMW reduces rates and introduces 50% LTV products

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has cut selected two and five-year rates by up to 0.6% and introduced a range of 50%...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters could transfer deposit from one landlord to the next under new proposal

Tenants could be permitted to transfer rental deposits directly between landlords instead of having to pay up for their next property...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Insurance provider offers ‘protection solutions which landlords’ value’

Tenant referencing and lettings insurance provider, Barbon Insurance Group, has teamed up with flatfair to co-market the two companies’ products and...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban to be introduced tomorrow

From tomorrow, it will be illegal for tenants in England to be charged letting fees, with deposits capped at five weeks’...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

When renting a property out, landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant and place it...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

What do landlords need to know about the deposit cap?

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

24 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Rents in London set to increase as tenant fees ban approaches

Rents in London look set to rise sharply over the next few months, as the supply of rental accommodation dwindles while...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants left in limbo as agency suddenly shuts owing thousands

An estate agency in the West Midlands has shut down leaving clients demanding their cash. Landlords and tenants who dealt with the...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy To Let launches new range of 80% LTV products

Accord Buy To Let has launched a new range of 80% loan-to-value (LTV) products, designed to give landlords with smaller deposits...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Inventory provider anticipates a surge in tenant activity next month

Landlords and letting agents are being urged to prepare for a significant increase in tenant activity from the start of next...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing Hand launches new rent guarantor scheme

Housing Hand has launched a new rent guarantor scheme to help tenants secure accommodation. Research by Housing Hand shows that there has...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

A third of renters in Scotland have no plans to ever own their own property

Almost one in three renters have no intention of ever acquiring their own property, mainly because they are happy living in...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Q&A: Why landlords now need to watch out when taking payments from tenants

As many of you already know, the ban on tenant fees will come into force on 1 June 2019, and the...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban in Wales is now inevitable

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

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

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

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords under pressure to increase rents

Tax and legislative changes have unsurprisingly left many buy-to-let investors with little alternative but to pass costs onto tenants by pushing up...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS to host training events for landlords and letting agents

A new series of Academy events across the country designed to educate landlords and letting agents on the ins and outs...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Top pet-friendly renting tips for landlords and tenants

Pet-friendly rentals are growing in popularity, as reflected by Zoopla’s latest analysed search data from its keyword property search tool, which...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New workshops to improve relationships between agents, landlords and tenants

In a bid to improve relationships between letting agents, landlords, and tenants north of the border, fresh funding has been made...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

One in three tenants happy to rent for life

A third of UK renters have no plans to ever buy property, preparing instead for life as a long-term tenant, according...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Four common landlord mistakes and how to avoid them

For landlords, buying a property, making a few renovations and renting it out may sound like a simple feat, but it...

12 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Five tips for reducing void periods

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

11 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Government makes funds available to help house homeless in the PRS

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

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New deposit protection training courses for landlords in Scotland

Landlords in Scotland are being offered an opportunity to attend new tenancy deposit adjudication workshops designed to offer training in tenancy...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Gap between buying and renting hits nine-year low

The gap between the cost of buying and renting is down 59%, its lowest level in nine years, according to the...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing market stalemate means it falls to landlords to ‘pick up the pieces’

The latest UK Finance household lending and deposits data reveals that gross mortgage lending across the residential market dropped in January,...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Positive news’ for landlords and tenants as new CMP scheme is approved

Client Money Protect, part of the Hamilton Fraser group, has been awarded consent to operate a client money protection scheme when...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Paul Shamplina, Founder and Director of Landlord Action and Brand Ambassador of Hamilton Fraser

Who are you?  Paul Shamplina What does it say on your business card? Founder and Director of Landlord Action and Brand Ambassador of...

15 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Tenant Fees Bill receives Royal Assent

The Tenant Fees Bill, banning landlord and agents from charging fees to tenants, has become an Act of Parliament after being...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

How much is the average tenancy deposit?

The cost of average deposits has increased across the UK, according to the latest Statistical Briefing report by The Dispute Service...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Hamilton Fraser acquires NLA’s TDSL shares

Hamilton Fraser has acquired the National Landlords Association’s (NLA) Tenancy Deposit Solutions Ltd (TDSL) shares, enabling the firm to take full...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit-free renting to be discussed on Radio 4 at 12.15pm today

Deposit-free renting will be a subject of discussion on the ‘You and Yours’ consumer affairs programme to be broadcast today on BBC...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord Buy to Let launches five-year fix at 2.22%

Accord Buy to Let has launched a five-year fixed rate deal at 2.22% up to 60% loan-to-value (LTV), as part of...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New landlord seminars to help landlords tackle disrepair in common areas

With research showing that around 61% of privately rented flats in Scotland currently have common areas like stairways and roofs in...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

2019 preview – what landlords need to look out for this year

With a new year now upon us, it’s time to look forward to what might happen (and what is definitely happening)...

15 January 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Agents vows to return £20m to tenants who sign up to deposit-free scheme

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

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total exceeds £1.3m so far this year

The recent conviction of former letting agent Heather Crabb for illegally pocketing £260,000 from renters in Plymouth has contributed significantly to...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news for landlords in NI as less than 1% of tenancies end with deposit dispute

Less than 1% of private tenancies in Northern Ireland ended in a dispute over the deposit in the 12 months to...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent is expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme

Landlords in West Bromwich should be aware that local letting agent, The Lettings Shop (TLS), located in High Street has been...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in rental deposit numbers as PRS continues to grow

There has been a sharp rise in the number of tenancy deposits held across the UK, new figures provided by deposit...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at five weeks rent

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents will be capped at a maximum of five...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs accused of ‘attacking’ the BTL industry ‘for their own purposes’

Having ignored calls to stop punishing landlords and rethink its stamp duty attack on the buy-to-let sector, along with the phasing out of mortgage...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey exposes tenants’ shocking lack of knowledge about tenancy deposits

A fresh survey of more than 1,000 people involved in the UK private rental sector has found a staggering and worrying...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Research reveals worrying lack of landlord awareness

The private rented sector is a challenging landscape to negotiate, with tax changes and ever-changing regulation meaning that landlords now, more...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Why it’s crucial to work with a reputable letting agent

Even though the most recent Budget offered some welcome relief for landlords and the buy-to-let sector as a whole, there are...

23 November 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Less than 1% of tenancies end in a deposit dispute

Just 0.85% of all tenancies ended in a dispute over the tenancy deposit in the 12 months to March 2018, according...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to TDS adjudication training session in London

Tenant deposit protection scheme, TDS, will be hosting a half-day workshop in London in February, designed to give landlords and property...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords accused of ‘illegally’ withholding deposits

Buy-to-let landlords have been accused of “routinely and illegally” withholding deposits from tenants and subjecting many people living in private rented...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

A ban on letting fees will have a ‘significant impact’ on the PRS in Wales

Landlords and letting agents could be banned from charging fees to private rental tenants in Wales under plans for a new...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be offered training to deal with hike in rent arrears

Rent arrears are a real concern for a number of landlords across the UK, especially as it can have a significant...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New no deposit scheme aims to create a ‘stress-free experience’ for landlords

homes4u is the latest letting agency to sign up to the Zero Deposit scheme, a tenant’s deposit replacement product, designed to...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords accused of being involved in a ‘billion-pound scandal’

The government is being urged to take action to clampdown on landlords that fail to protect tenants’ deposits in an approved...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Student landlords forced to deduct money from tenants’ deposits

Almost a quarter of students lost part of their rental deposit when they left their accommodation at the end of the...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of tenants claim their landlord hasn’t put deposit in a protection scheme

Thousands of buy-to-let landlords are breaking the law by not putting their tenant’s deposit into a government-backed deposit tenancy deposit protection...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than a week for letting agents in Scotland to apply for mandatory register

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland are being reminded that new rules have been introduced which affect the way letting agencies are able...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

TPO expels agent that treated rent and tenant deposits as their own money

A letting agency in Isleworth, West London, which was recently penalised for a number of offences, has been expelled from The...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want to introduce mandatory licences for private landlords

The Liberal Democrats once again called for the introduction of mandatory licensing for PRS homes as well as a publicly available...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost half of private tenants would prefer deposit-free renting

Close to half of private renters would like to see tenant deposits scrapped and replaced with deposit protection insurance, according to...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More than a third of tenants don’t know how to claim their deposit back

A high number of private tenants do not know how to claim their deposit back, a new survey has revealed. Research by...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading standards looking to clamp down on rogue landlords and letting agents

Trading Standards services in London are warning landlords and letting agents to ensure that they comply with the law and not...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent disappears owing landlords thousands of pounds in rent

A letting agent in Newmarket has disappeared owing landlords thousands of pounds in rent. The head of Smart Residential, Frank Smart, was...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords face losing millions as government cracks down on letting fees

Landlords are set to lose out on millions of pounds through a clampdown on rental fees after the government yesterday announced...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Cleaning is still the biggest cause of deposit disputes

Cleaning has once again been identified as the most common cause of a tenancy deposit dispute in the private rented property...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

House of Commons briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes published

A briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes has been published by the House of Commons ahead of the Report Stage and...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Reforming the deposit system offers no greater protection, says mydeposits boss

The chief executive officer of mydeposits, Eddie Hooker, has defended the current system of deposit protection schemes following criticisms from Which?.   The consumer group...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Broken’ tenant deposit system is forcing tenants into debt, says Which?

The existing tenant deposit system is “broken” and in desperate need of reform after a new report revealed that one in...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

AIIC continue to push for mandatory independent inventories

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) remains hopeful that independent inventory reporting will become a compulsory requirement. The AIIC, the UK’s...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Groundbreaking technology’ should help ‘improve the rental experience’

‘Open banking’ provider TrueLayer has teamed up with Goodlord to enhance the proptech platform’s fintech integration for landlords, tenants and agents. Goodlord’s...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Scotland’s most responsible student tenants unveiled

Students may work hard, but many also party hard, which is largely why they have a reputation for being bad tenants. Binge-drinking...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total hits almost £1m in just six months

Rogue letting agents and landlords have reportedly been convicted of stealing almost £1m worth of tenancy deposits so far this year,...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents accused of failing tenants

Letting agents are being accused of failing tenants, after a small group of cowboy agents showed prospective tenants around mouldy properties...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Major landlord supports three-year tenancy plans

Many buy-to-let landlords may have reacted angrily to government proposals that will give tenants a minimum three year contract, but one...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New government guidance to clampdown on rogue landlords and agents

The government has launched new online information designed to help renters and landlords know their rights. The rental guides, published by the...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgages for unemployed landlord applicants

If you’re a landlord who is currently out of work or unemployed who wishes to buy a new BTL property or...

19 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Cap tenant deposits at three weeks as part of ‘fairer deal’ for renters, say Labour

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents should be capped at a maximum of three...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords owed thousands by collapsed letting firm

Landlords in Norfolk claim that they are owed thousands in unpaid rent while tenant deposits were left unprotected by a local...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

Landlords and letting agents could soon be banned from charging fees to private tenants in Wales under plans for a new...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of young people applying for a rent guarantor

There has been a significant increase in the number of students and young professionals applying for a rent guarantor to secure...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Specialist Buy-to-let mortgage solutions for landlords with no proof of income & adverse credit

If you’re a landlord and wish to raise finance against an existing buy to let property and don’t have proof of...

06 June 2018

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Is a letting agent worth the investment?

As a property professional working in the lettings market, I feel that the moves to stamp out poor landlord practice and...

24 May 2018

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Greater demand for The Property Ombudsman services

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme has released its latest annual report revealing an increase in the number of consumers contacting the...

17 May 2018

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Landlords urged to take action to offset higher letting agent fees

Buy-to-let landlords are being advised to think seriously about how they can recoup costs to help pay for higher letting agents...

15 May 2018

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Third of landlords thinking of quitting BTL sector due to ‘challenging’ tenants

MakeUrMove is warning that a significant number of buy-to-let landlords are thinking about quitting the private rented sector due to problem tenants...

09 May 2018

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Letting fees ban will hit tenants hardest, says ARLA Propertymark

The ban on letting fees charged by landlords and letting agents is on its way, along with new rules on deposits,...

03 May 2018

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Rental deposits to be capped at six weeks rent

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents will be capped at a maximum of six...

03 May 2018

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Property crowdfunding attracting growing number of millennials

There has been a significant increase in the number of millennials investing in property crowdfunding, new research by Shojin Property Partners...

24 April 2018

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David Salusbury, former NLA chairman passes away

David Salusbury, the former chairman of the National Landlords Association (NLA), the UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA), and of mydeposits,...

24 April 2018

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Sharp increase in English landlords renting out properties in Scotland

The number of English landlords renting out properties in Scotland has quadrupled since 2012, thanks to cheaper property prices north of...

13 April 2018

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Letting agent who stole from clients ordered to payback £22k in compensation

The law has finally caught up with a letting agent who stole £22,000 from clients, including landlords. Peter Bell, now the former...

11 April 2018

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Seven in ten prospective tenants think deposit-free renting is a good idea

Seven in ten prospective tenants registered with MovingSoon.co.uk, a website that advertises affordable housing for renters, believe deposit-free renting is a...

05 April 2018

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Rental deposits look set to be capped at five weeks rent

The security deposits that tenants leave with their landlord or their letting agent could be capped at no more than five...

29 March 2018

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Letting agent Spicerhaart shows support for deposit-free renting

Deposit-free renting provider Flatfair has signed a partnership with the UK's largest independent estate agency Spicerhaart which has 100 letting branches...

27 March 2018

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EastEnders praised for tenancy deposit storyline

EastEnders has been praised by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) for a recent storyline tackling tenancy deposit issues faced by some...

26 March 2018

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Deposit cap risks leaving landlords out of pocket at the end of the tenancy

Plans to cap the security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents at no more than six weeks...

22 March 2018

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Average London renter now requires £3K deposit, says campaigning letting agent

Tenants in London are now required to pay up to £8,650 just to move into a rented home, it has been...

20 March 2018

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Virgin Money offers £750 cashback deal

Virgin Money has introduced a new £750 cashback incentive on its intermediary exclusive buy-to-let range, available for a limited time. The new...

19 March 2018

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Letting agents’ fees ban – is the balance changing in favour of tenants?

Recent research from Fixflo shows that nearly 42% of all agents in the UK believe the looming letting fees ban will...

16 March 2018

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TDS sets new Academy course dates

Deposit protection scheme, TDS, has announced 20 new dates for its ‘Academy’ training events running over the next year across England...

13 March 2018

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Average tenancy deposit exceeds £1,500 in major cities, Dlighted claims

The average tenancy deposit paid by tenants in Britain’s largest cities now stands at £1,057, with deposits for properties in London and...

12 March 2018

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Government launches major private rented sector survey

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents working in the private rented sector in England are being invited to offer their views in...

01 March 2018

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Tenancy deposit theft total hits £750k so far this year

Rogue letting agents have reportedly been convicted of stealing more than £750,000 worth of tenancy deposits so far this year –...

27 February 2018

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Training session for landlords in Northumberland

A new training event will held in Northumberland next week to help buy-to-let landlords manage their tenancies and properties. The training session,...

22 February 2018

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RLA cautious over Labour's proposal for pets in rented homes

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is seeking greater clarification from the Labour party after it put forward new proposals this week...

14 February 2018

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Renting a home is ‘out of reach’ for many young people

We all know that buying a home is a distant dream for many young people without wealthy parents, but there is...

07 February 2018

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Fake landlord sentenced to six years in prison

An unscrupulous individual pretending to be a private landlord in order to scam more than £10,000 from unsuspecting tenants before going...

06 February 2018

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New deposit protection training for landlords in Norwich

Landlords in Norwich are being offered an opportunity to attend a couple of workshops designed to give landlords and property professionals...

22 January 2018

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Al Rayan cuts Sharia-compliant buy-to-let rates

Buy-to-let landlords seeking an alternative to conventional, interest-bearing, property finance products, may be interested to learn that Islamic buy-to-let property finance...

22 January 2018

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More than half of Brits face issues with agents

More than half of those who bought, sold or rented a home in the last five years had issues with their...

19 January 2018

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Tenancy deposit theft total hits £926k in 2017

Rogue letting agents were reportedly convicted of stealing just over £926,000 worth of tenancy deposits in 2017, fresh analysis from deposit-free...

02 January 2018

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Thousands of landlords are unsure of their responsibilities, research shows

As a landlord do you know your rights and responsibilities? Well, it would appear that many people, including tenants, do not...

16 November 2017

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Many renters will ‘end up worse off’ unless the law is changed

The government’s proposal to cap tenancy deposits to six weeks’ rent will save many tenants money, given that a number of...

15 November 2017

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Cleaning remains the number one cause of deposit disputes

When renting out a property, most landlords opt to take a deposit from the tenant before the tenancy starts. The deposit...

09 November 2017

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Ban on letting fees must not leave any exploitable loopholes, say Lib Dems

The government’s decision to introduce a draft bill to parliament this week to ban letting agents and landlords from charging introductory...

03 November 2017

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Rental deposits to be capped at six weeks rent

The security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents will be capped at no more than six weeks...

02 November 2017

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Damaged furniture biggest cause of deductions to rental deposit

When renting out a property most landlords opt to take a deposit from the tenant prior to the tenancy starting. The...

01 November 2017

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Over £4.1bn in rental deposits ‘being lost to the British economy’

dLighted, the insurance backed deposit-free renting solution, is once again trying to persuade more landlords and tenants to use its service...

27 October 2017

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Make CMP mandatory on agents ‘at the earliest opportunity’ government told

Given that thousands of landlords and tenants are not protected by client money protection (CMP), placing money held by letting agents are...

25 October 2017

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Call to protect tenants in Wales from ‘unjust fees and rogue landlords’

The secretary of state for Wales has called for greater protections for tenants and a crackdown on rogue landlords in Wales. Welsh...

20 October 2017

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Tenancy deposit theft total hits £850k so far this year

The recent conviction of letting agent Lee Grace for illegally keeping £45,000 of tenancy deposits has contributed significantly to the near...

20 October 2017

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More than a quarter of renters in Scotland ignorant of deposit schemes

When Scotland introduced tenancy deposit protection over five years ago, it offered a much needed level of security to landlords and...

18 October 2017

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New licensing for private landlords in West London

A new licensing system in the West London neighbourhoods of Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Fulham, Chiswick and Ealing aims to protect landlords...

12 October 2017

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Ban on agents' letting fees – is there a power shift towards tenants?

New research from Fixflo shows that nearly 42% of all agents in the UK believe the looming letting fees ban will...

05 October 2017

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Sky-high tenant deposits ‘have spiralled out of control’

With many landlords and letting agents now demanding tenant deposits equivalent to six weeks, many renters across the country are required...

03 October 2017

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Direct Line Group acquires stake in rental market disrupter Canopy

Direct Line Group has announced that it has taken a 15% equity stake in Canopy, a rental market disruptor founded last...

03 October 2017

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‘Deposit-free renting’ necessary to protect tenancies, says agent

With personal debt burden continuing to rise, anti-deposit campaigner Ajay Jagota of Dlighted has once again called for tenant deposits to be scrapped. The...

26 September 2017

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TMW launches two limited edition BTL products

Two new limited edition fixed rate buy-to-let remortgage products have been launched by The Mortgage Works (TMW). The new mortgage deals, which...

14 September 2017

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Landlord fined for cramming vulnerable tenants in unsafe, overcrowded home

A landlord has been ordered to pay almost £10,000 after tenants were discovered living in appalling, cramped conditions, as Brent Council...

12 September 2017

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Complaints against letting agents soar

With more sales and letting agent branches than ever before now signed up to redress schemes, partly because it has been...

11 September 2017

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Rogue agent’s behaviour ‘affected the lives of several landlords’

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has opted to extend its exclusion of a letting agency by an additional four years after seven...

05 September 2017

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Landlords urged to run their buy-to-let portfolio ‘as a business’

Private landlords are being advised to adopt a more professional approach when it comes to managing their property portfolio, after new...

01 September 2017

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New guide makes end of tenancies easier for landlords, agents and tenants

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has launched a new guide to make the process of concluding a lease easier for landlords,...

25 August 2017

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Tenants and landlords make up bulk of complaints to redress scheme

Tenants and landlords accounted for over 85% of complaints made to The Property Redress Scheme (The PRS) in 2016.  The organisation's annual...

15 August 2017

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Top tips for getting tenancy deposit protection right

Despite the anti-landlord policies adopted by the government, many investors continue to be drawn to the buy-to-let market as the returns...

31 July 2017

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Online agent claims it can reduce tenancy void period by a week

Void periods are inevitable. But no landlords wants to experience excessive or lengthy void periods as that can significantly impact the...

28 July 2017

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Sharp decline in buy-to-let landlords ‘likely to back fire on tenants’

Buy-to-let landlords are currently in retreat in the property market, leaving many prospective first-time buyers, including many existing tenants, in a...

26 July 2017

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One month tenancy deposit cap is ‘just the first step’

With almost 5.8 million households expected to be living in private rented accommodation within four years as homeownership and social renting...

05 July 2017

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Plans to cap tenancy deposits will have major implications for tenants

The government’s proposals to cap tenancy deposits at no more than one month’s rent, as announced in the Queen’s Speech, will...

03 July 2017

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Landlords taking out ‘no deposit’ insurance should keep ‘eyes wide open’

It is now 10 years since tenancy deposit schemes were first introduced in England and Wales, providing landlords with greater protection...

29 June 2017

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Tenancy deposits to be capped

When renting out a property, most landlords or their letting agents opt to take an upfront deposit from the tenant prior...

22 June 2017

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Sleazy landlord sentenced to 13 years in prison

A rogue landlord who forced susceptible women into prostitution and sexually assaulted others while ruling his £16m property empire has been...

05 June 2017

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Average tenancy deposit edges closer to £1,000

  The average tenancy deposit paid by tenants in England and Wales now stands at £967.84, with deposits of properties with a...

31 May 2017

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Major landlord to scrap tenancy deposits

Rental operator Get Living has announced that it is to abolish tenancy deposits for new residents from July and return existing...

26 May 2017

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Student renters urged to reclaim tenancy deposits

As we approach the end of the academic year, you may care to remind any student tenants that you have to...

17 May 2017

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Keystone unveils new 3.69% three-year BTL deal

A new three-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage at 3.69%, available at up to 65% loan-to-value (LTV), has been launched by Keystone...

15 May 2017

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Lack of due diligence could have ‘financial implication for landlords’

Following a recent report which claimed that one third of private tenants would not tell their landlord if they did significant...

03 May 2017

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2017 tenancy deposit theft total passes £300k

The recent conviction of letting agent Thirunga Damayantharan for illegally keeping £15,000 of tenancy deposits has taken the total value of...

18 April 2017

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Tenant forgets to collect £5,250 deposit

A tenant forgot to claim back a deposit of £5,250 and eventually only did so after being tracked down by staff...

13 April 2017

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Landlords and agents need ‘certainty about the market’s regulatory future’

Following a raft of changes, including tax measures, in the buy-to-let sector, the government has now published its consultation on banning...

10 April 2017

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The DPS has played a ‘massive role’ in driving up standards in the PRS

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) is celebrating a decade of custodial deposit protection this week as it marks the 10th...

07 April 2017

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Letting agent jailed for keeping client deposits

A letting agent in Croydon has been sentenced to 19 months in prison after being found guilty of keeping more than...

04 April 2017

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Forever renters: young people increasingly giving up on home ownership

The gap between income and house prices has sky-rocketed so much in recent years that a growing number of younger people...

23 March 2017

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Proptech startup secures £7.2m to ‘revolutionise’ the rental market

​Silicon Valley fintech investor Ribbit Capital is backing a new property technology venture designed to transform the private rental market.  Proptech startup...

15 March 2017

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Landlords urged to ‘think twice’ about ‘unjust’ tenancy deposit deductions

Buy-to-let landlords are well within their rights to make appropriate deductions from a tenancy deposit when a tenant breaches the terms...

13 March 2017

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Many landlords are failing to protect tenancy deposits

A number of landlords putting their property investments - probably their biggest assets - at risk by failing to comply with...

02 March 2017

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New training opportunities launched for landlords and agents

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

27 February 2017

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Demand for Sharia-compliant finance continues to grow

Demand for UK property from Sharia-conscious investors continued to soar last month, fresh figures show. Al Rayan Bank, the wholly Sharia-compliant retail...

23 February 2017

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What opportunities and challenges lie ahead for BTL landlords this year?

We all know that buy-to-let investors face a challenging time, but what are the key issues affecting landlords? Karen Bennett looks...

17 February 2017

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Landlord jailed for fraud

A private landlord has been jailed for almost four years after being found guilty of stealing money from more than 100...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit schemes are ‘in urgent need of reform’

The recent closure of Morgan Hampton letting agents in Wimborne, Dorset, has been ceased upon by the CEO of Keep It...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords borrowed an average of £15,000 more to buy property in 2016

Average buy-to-let loans and deposits increased last year, as a result of increasing property prices and the tougher stance by mortgage...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharia compliant BTL mortgage range launched in Scotland

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border are being offered an alternative to conventional, interest-bearing, property finance products, following the launch of...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New podcasts designed to ‘educate’ buy-to-let landlords

Private renting policy changes will undoubtedly challenge many private landlords, and could even drive some small buy-to-let investors out of the...

09 January 2017

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Days of the buy-to-let landlord are numbered, says Fergus Wilson

Tax changes and more stringent mortgage lending conditions will sound the death knell for small buy-to-let landlords, according to Britain’s largest...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Accord cuts buy-to-let rates

Accord, the intermediary lending subsidiary of Yorkshire Building Society, has cut rates across some of its buy-to-let products. From today, buy-to-let landlords...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords continue to chase rental payments

Two landlords have issued complaints to The Property Ombudsman (TPO) after it materialised that a letting agent in Huddersfield had not passed on rent...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords overwhelmingly support compulsory client money protection

Four out of five buy-to-let landlords believe that client money protection (CMP) should be made compulsory when they use a letting...

29 October 2016

From: Breaking News

More work needed to reduce tenancy deposit disputes

Considerably more must be done to help reduce the number of tenancy deposit disputes, despite the recent improvements recorded in the...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to attend free rental workshop

Landlords and letting agents across Scotland are being urged to attend a series of free workshops held by tenancy deposit scheme SafeDeposits Scotland...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

London’s £2bn rental deposits are simply ‘gathering dust’

Dlighted is trying to persuade more landlords and tenants to use its deposit-free renting service by claiming that at least £2bn...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit disputes at a record high

Tenancy deposit disputes are at their highest level since records began in 2007, new figures from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS)...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending remains subdued

Mortgage lending may have rebounded in August with gross lending last month reaching a nine-year high of £22.5bn, but the buy-to-let...

26 September 2016

From: Breaking News

London rents exceed £1,750 for first time, data suggests

The cost of renting property is now more expensive than ever with the average price of a flat or a house...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector continues to grow, says TDS

There has been a significant increase in the amount of tenancy deposits taken on assured shorthold tenancies in England and Wales...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to respond to CMP consultation

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks is calling on landlords as well as letting agents to respond to the government's outstanding...

13 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Expert Advice on Student Lets from mydeposits

Our key partner and buy-to-let specialist, Hamilton Fraser, and renown industry expert, Paul Shamplina have released the first in a new...

12 September 2016

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Calculating correct compensation charges ‘the holy grail of letting’

Compensation charges at the end of tenancies can be very contentious and as a result, lead to deposit disputes, especially when...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Cleaning costs biggest cause of deductions to student rental deposits

Cleaning costs and damage to fixtures and fittings are the primary reasons why deposit money is withheld when a student tenant...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Scottish tenants owed more than £500,000 in unclaimed rental deposits

Staff at tenancy deposit scheme SafeDeposits Scotland are on the lookout for Scottish tenants who appear to have forgotten to claim...

05 September 2016

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Tenancy deposits edging closer to £1,000 threshold’, says DPS

The typical deposit a tenant has to pay when moving in to a new home in England and Wales is moving...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

When can a tenant withhold rent?

A fundamental part of any tenancy agreement is the tenant’s obligation to pay rent to live in the  property. In return,...

30 August 2016

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Tenants concerned about deposit protection

The majority of tenants are concerned that their deposit has not been placed in a tenancy protection scheme and fear that...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

The government wants to better protect your money – have your say

The government is considering its options when it comes to increasing protections for private landlords and tenants’ cash against fraud and...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Top tips for Preparing your Dispute Evidence

Suzy Hershman, Head of Dispute Resolution for mydeposits, covers her top tips for preparing your dispute evidence If I had a £1 for...

12 August 2016

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Lifting the Lid on Deposit Disputes

Our latest infographic shows figures of how the majority of deposits are repaid at the end of tenancy and goes into...

05 August 2016

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How can you protect yourself from costly property damage?

Landlords in the UK are out of pocket to the tune of over £5bn every year because of damage to property...

05 August 2016

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Deposit deductions – What you can and can’t claim for

When renting out a property, most landlords choose to take a deposit from their tenant prior to the tenancy starting. The...

29 July 2016

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Why investors should look north to boost profits

For many investors in London and the South East, the relentless pressure on buy-to-let income means that the numbers no longer add...

27 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending set to ‘cool significantly’

Mortgage lenders look set to impose more stringent checks on buy-to-let landlords seeking funds to acquire property, as part of a...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

What to consider when calculating 'fair wear and tear'

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords and letting agents alike; this is...

15 July 2016

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Landmark case could have 'massive impact' for people renting in Scotland

Last week, a landmark case in Scotland highlighted the need for deposit protection, after a letting agent in North Ayrshire became...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents accused of ‘ripping off’ landlords and tenants

We all know headlines sell newspapers, but a report in yesterday’s Daily Mirror brought shame on a host of letting agents...

08 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Forbes launches new legal advice service for landlords

Forbes Solicitors has set up a new team dedicated to helping private landlords with a wide range of legal issues.  From drafting...

06 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Stricter lending criteria could see investors locked out of buy-to-let

Buy-to-let landlords could be forced to stump up more than 60% deposits in some locations if all lenders introduce stricter borrowing requirements,...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent sentenced to four and a half years for conning landlords

An unscrupulous letting agent who conned landlords and tenants out of more than £220,000 has been sentenced to four and a half...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

How to build a high yielding HMO portfolio

Daniel Hill, managing director of Multi-Let UK, explains how you could build and manage a profitable HMO portfolio. Recent research fromMortgages...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Scrap rental deposits, says agent

The government’s intention to reform rental deposits has been broadly welcomed, but one letting agent believes that they should be abolished altogether. The...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

One in five landlords and tenants unprotected by CMP

At least one in five landlords and tenants are not protected by client money protection (CMP), new figures show. Fresh research from...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Jail for rogue letting agent

A letting agent who closed his New Malden firm leaving 17 landlords some £27,000 out of pocket has been jailed for...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent escapes jail

A Staffordshire letting agent who stole £123,000 from landlords and tenants has been given a suspended prison sentence which has been...

05 April 2016

From: Breaking News

New custodial deposit schemes for landlords

Two new custodial deposit schemes have launched, meaning landlords who prefer a custodial deposit scheme now have a choice of three...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent-to-rent gang fined

Newham Council has prosecuted what it called a “group of criminals” running a dodgy letting business with an estimated income of...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

One in five renters don’t expect full deposit back

Nearly 20% of renters say that when they hand over their deposit cheque, they never expect to see all the money...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Are people being forced off the rental ladder?

A website has claimed that rising rents and deposit requirements mean even the rental market will soon be out of reach...

10 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Training partnership launched

A new partnership between the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the TDS Charitable Foundation will help charities and other organisations offer...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Money site claims landlords sitting on £514m of unprotected deposits

Financial website money.co.uk has claimed that 284,000 landlords have failed to protect tenants’ deposits, amounting to £514m in unprotected funds. It...

28 January 2016

From: Breaking News

MyDeposits given go ahead to operate custodial deposit scheme

Mydeposits has been given government approval to operate a custodial based tenancy deposit protection scheme in England and Wales from April...

12 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenants don’t want longer tenancies, says DPS survey

Eight out of 10 renters want tenancies of a year or less, 40,000-strong survey by The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) suggests. 39,855...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

£25k premium for a pad with a pet

A letting agent has claimed that a lack of rental properties where pets are welcome has led to a huge price...

13 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Students twice as likely to lose part of tenancy deposits

Student tenants are almost twice as likely as other tenants to lose part of their deposit, according to the Deposit Protection...

23 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit protection scheme to launch in Jersey

Tenancy deposit protection scheme mydeposits is to launch in Jersey after the organisation signed contracts with the Jersey Government last week. The...

21 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlord Action issues Oliver Knights warning

Landlords and tenants are in despair as a London letting agent Oliver Knights is thought to have closed down, owing thousands...

14 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Jail for letting agent who stole tenants’ deposits

A letting agent who fled the country leaving creditors, landlords, tenants and his own staff hundreds of pounds out of pocket...

04 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Communication key to deposit disputes

Recent research from tenancy deposit protection scheme My Deposits has highlighted the importance of good communication between landlords and tenants at...

13 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenants urged to double check inventories at check out

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) is warning that tenants could lose thousands of pounds due to items that have...

15 July 2015

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Tenants urged to double check inventories at check out

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) is warning that tenants could lose thousands of pounds due to items that have...

15 July 2015

From: Breaking News

No jail for letting agent who stole £577,000

A letting agent who lost at least £577,865 in missing tenancy deposits and rent payments has escaped jail. However Peter Leonard, 58,...

29 June 2015

From: Breaking News

AIIC: “New deposit protection rules are a step in the right direction”

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) is pledging its support for new deposit protection rules coming into force this week. Under...

23 June 2015

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AIIC: “New deposit protection rules are a step in the right direction”

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) is pledging its support for new deposit protection rules coming into force this week. Under...

23 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Fake landlord conned victims out of £20,000 say police

Police are hunting for a man who posed as the landlord of the apartment he was renting in London, in order...

17 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenant in illegal sub-let scam jailed for eight months

A court has heard how two landlords have lost thousands of pounds to a tenant who allegedly claimed to be their...

15 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Just weeks to protect deposits or risk a fine

Landlords are being warned that they have just a matter of weeks to protect tenancy deposits, or face thousands in fines.     The...

05 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Introduction to the Rentr app

Please view our short video introduction to Rentr for Landlords and their Tenants. Rentr is a totally new DIY Lettings app which...

27 May 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

All Agents calls for insurance-based deposit schemes to be scrapped

All Agents has called on politicians to disband insurance-backed tenancy deposit schemes. The estate agent review site claims the schemes are misleading,...

06 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Most tenants “don't get back full deposit”

The majority of private sector tenants who have rented a property in the past five years have failed to get their...

24 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Join the DIY Lettings Launch with Rentr Beta – the brand new lettings app for landlords

You may have recently inherited a property, or simply decided to dip your toe in the lettings market with your first...

23 April 2015

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