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Eviction ‘is not’ an inevitable outcome for tenants facing financial hardship

Concerns over a spike in evictions once the current ban is lifted are unfounded, according to the National Residential Landlords Association...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant loan scheme welcomed by the NRLA

A number of buy-to-let landlords are having to prepare for a potential spike in rent arrears after the latest data revealed...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL investors urged to pay attention to crucial safety obligations

With a number of property investors looking to take advantage of Rishi Sunak’s stamp duty holiday by expanding their portfolios, NICEIC...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Foreign investors eye UK property ahead of stamp duty surcharge

A growing number of international property investors are expected to increase their presence in the UK buy-to-let market over the next...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Will you benefit from the Green Homes Grant?

As new details regarding the new Green Homes Grant emerge, landlords should hopefully be in a better position to assess whether...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Potential freehold disposals could present ‘golden opportunity’ for leaseholders

Potential reforms to the leasehold system could lead to a sharp rise in the number of freeholders looking to sell their...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Retail to residential conversions set to rise

The government’s decision to grant new housing applications in England “automatic” consent as part of planning reforms should lead to a...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

A national register of rental homes would help stop ‘landlord tax dodging’

The government is being encouraged to consider introducing a national register of rental properties to improve tax compliance in the buy-to-let...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New Green Homes Grant plans are ‘good news for landlords and tenants’

With just a few weeks remaining until the opening of the Green Homes Grant, the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) is...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Staycation boost for short-term let landlords

A number of buy-to-let landlords have switched to short-term lets in recent years, as a consequence of skewed policy that favours...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Prepare for a potential rent arrears spike: Experts’ best practice advice

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to prepare for a spike in rent arrears ahead of changes to the furlough scheme this...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Why landlords must not use ‘no DSS’ to discriminate against benefit tenants

In recent years, there has been considerable controversy over the use of ‘no DSS’ in homes being listed for let, with...

29 July 2020

From: Sponsored Content

The government puts plans to scrap Section 21 on hold

The government has indicated that it will not scrap Section 21 evictions through the Renters' Reform Bill until at least 2021.  The...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Message to taxpayers: Don't pay later, pay now!

Buy-to-let landlords facing hardship as a consequence of the coronavirus crisis can defer their July tax payment on account, but taxpayers...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords remain optimistic but profitability falls

The government’s decision to temporarily increase the stamp duty threshold to £500,000 for property sales in England and Northern Ireland, until...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Six month notice for repossessions is a ‘hammer blow to landlords in Wales’

The Welsh government’s decision to force landlords to give tenants six months’ notice when repossessing their homes has not been well...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Introduce capital gains tax on all homes and raise £421bn, urges think tank

The government is being urged to consider introducing a new capital gains tax on all residential properties in the UK to...

24 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

Government urged to protect renters from eviction

Thousands of renters face the prospect of losing their homes when the rental eviction ban lifts next month unless the government...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords will be among ‘most affected’ by tax change, says accountant

The government has unveiled plans for the completion of the rollout of the Making Tax Digital (MTD) programme, with the scheme...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords need to assess how green their properties are right ‘now’

With just over a month until the opening of the Green Homes Grant, buy-to-let landlords in England should be in a...

21 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

Thousands of vulnerable Londoners face ‘the threat of eviction’

The government’s decision not to remove the cap on Universal Credit for all claimants and increase housing benefit to cover local...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital gains tax review: BTL landlords must ‘feel unfairly targeted’

Rishi Sunak is being urged not to increase capital gains tax, as part of the government’s attempts to claw back the...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Chancellor refuses to confirm plans to increase capital gains tax

Rishi Sunak has distanced himself from reports that he is looking at increasing capital gains tax to help pay for the...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Increasing capital gains tax would ‘have a detrimental impact on supply’

Increasing capital gains tax would almost certainly have an adverse impact on the private rented sector, according to NAEA Propertymark and...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal victory over 'No DSS' BTL landlords

Buy-to-let landlords must not discriminate against benefit claimants, a court has ruled.  A court case in York has ruled that blanket bans...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rishi Sunak slammed for supposedly ‘helping people invest in BTL properties’

Labour has criticised the government’s decision to introduce a stamp duty holiday, claiming it offers a “huge bung” to those buying...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Many private tenants ‘terrified’ that the eviction ban is coming to an end

The government’s decision to not extend the ban on landlords evicting renters beyond 23 August is a major concern for many...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Private renters are ‘increasingly satisfied with their housing’

Buy-to-let landlords have been commended for improving conditions in the private rented sector.  The majority of landlords take their responsibilities to their...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday: How much could you save?

The government’s decision to temporarily increase the stamp duty threshold to £500,000 for property sales in England and Northern Ireland, until...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday: Rightmove records a very busy day as housing demand spikes

Rightmove yesterday recorded a sharp rise in searches for property on its website as it was forced to deal with pent...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

What will the government’s stamp duty holiday mean for BTL landlords?

The chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce tomorrow changes to the levels of stamp duty paid on properties in England, but...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to boost the safety net available to young renters

Industry leaders are calling on the government to provide urgent support for young people living in private rented housing.  As the chancellor...

07 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

Many renters ‘are in danger of being evicted when the current ban lifts’ - claim

The number of private tenants in England who have fallen behind on rent has doubled during the coronavirus pandemic, according to...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Utility provider out smart metering to landlords

Thousands of smart meters have been rolled out to landlords and agents by Glide, enabling its clients to future proof their...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on tenant evictions will not be extended beyond next month

The government has confirmed that it will not extend the ban on landlords evicting renters beyond 23 August. Renters across England and Wales received greater...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Minister’s comments ‘provide greater certainty for the rental market’

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has welcomed confirmation from a government minister that the courts will begin to hear possession...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of tenants face losing home when eviction ban ends - claim

Thousands of tenants who have struggled to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic face the prospect of losing their home when...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

The NRLA slams Generation Rent for scaremongering tenants

Generation Rent has been criticised for claiming that homelessness could treble this year unless the government acts to help private renters. The...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Will the PM’s ‘Build, Build, Build' policy boost housebuilding?

Boris Johnson’s “Build Build Build” announcement yesterday was designed to help drag the UK economy out of what could prove to...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New electrical safety rules to ensure that private tenants are protected

New regulations that are designed to strengthen electrical safety practices and bring in line with those already well-established within gas safety regulations...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Free virtual event aims to clarify new regulations

New rules and how the Electrical Inspection Condition Reports (EICRs) requirements for rented homes in England are changing have sparked debate...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Taxpayers urged not to defer self assessment payment on account

Buy-to-let landlords suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can defer their July tax payment on account, but taxpayers...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ben Hall, Managing Director of LOFT

Who are you? My name is Benjamin Hall and I’m the Founder and Managing Director of LOFT. What services does LOFT provide? LOFT delivers...

26 June 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Coronavirus: Over 70% of letting agents do not feel it is ‘safe to return to work’

The majority of letting agents think their working conditions are unsafe, according to a new survey.  More than 70% surveyed by the...

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

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

New guidance to help landlords arrange accommodation check-outs

The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) has issued fresh guidance to help students and landlords in England and Wales arrange accommodation check-outs...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

How will landlords and health and safety have to adapt in a post Covid-19 world?

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic uncertainty has swept the globe and has cause a number of markets and industries...

23 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

Under-estimation of Wales’ population set to lead to ‘increased housing need’

An error in the processing of cross-border flows between Wales and England has resulted in the under-estimation of Wales’ net population...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

Government urged to widen coronavirus government support scheme

A House of Commons Treasury Committee is calling on ministers to plug gaps in government schemes designed to support people during...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

NAPIT issues fresh electrical safety guidance for landlords and inspectors

The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) has produced fresh guidance designed to help landlords and the electrical industry...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL borrowers 25% less likely to require a mortgage deferral

Buy-to-let borrowers are around 25% less likely to require a mortgage payment holiday than residential borrowers, new research shows. Foundation Home Loans analysed...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Extension to eviction ban – three things landlords need to know

Earlier this month, the government confirmed that its ban on evictions due to the coronavirus pandemic is to be extended for...

12 June 2020

From: Sponsored Content

UK economy plummeted 20.4% in April

The UK economy shrank by a record 20.4% in April as the coronavirus caused huge swaths of businesses to seize trading and the government...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are committed to improving energy efficiency but appeal for support

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border are urging the Scottish government to take into consideration the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Expert advice for newcomer landlords

With buy-to-let returns continuing to beat all other mainstream investments, including commercial property, UK government bonds and cash, while remaining a...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions ban extension will provide ‘relief to millions of tenants’

The Law Society England and Wales has welcomed the government’s decision to extend the ban on landlords evicting renters until 23...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Paragon sees significant growth in visits to buy-to-let intermediary portal

Paragon Bank has recorded a sharp rise in the number of buy-to-let mortgage intermediaries visiting its online intermediary portal following the...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters will ‘feel more secure’ following extension of the tenant eviction ban

The government’s decision to extend the ban on landlords evicting renters will help to ensure that no-one will be evicted from...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are looking to support tenants wishing to ‘stay in their homes’

Speculation that there will be a spike in evictions once the existing evictions ban is lifted are wide of the mark,...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Reforms to housing benefits ‘are needed urgently’

The government is being urged to increase housing benefits and remove the benefit cap to help support more tenants, especially in...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Guide for landlords: New electrical safety standards in the PRS

New electrical safety rules have been introduced to ensure that private tenants are protected.  New regulations, which were introduced yesterday, are designed to strengthen...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

A careful reopening of the evictions process ‘needs to take place’

A number of buy-to-let landlords face financial hardship because of the coronavirus crisis, especially if the existing ban of tenant evictions...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must protect people ‘who have fallen into arrears’

With the Coronavirus crisis widely expected to lead to a rise in rent arrears as many tenants face financial hardship, Citizens...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists encourage more than 2,500 households to withhold rent

More than 2,500 households have agreed not to pay rent thanks to a campaign, launched by the London Renters Union (LRU), which...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

One in eight tenants struggling with payments

A survey of tenants suggests around one in eight private sector tenants have fallen behind with housing costs since the coronavirus...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists urge renters to tell landlords that ‘they can't, and won't, pay rent’

Activists are calling on tenants to withhold their payments to landlords, in an attempt to generalise a growing rent strike movement. The...

29 May 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

Universal Credit: New online form allows landlords to apply for direct rent payment

A new form enabling landlords to claim for rent payments, from tenants in receipt of Universal Credit, to be paid directly...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property group calls for urgent revamp to furlough scheme

Property trade associations, professional bodies and other parties have joined forces to call for urgent government action to help support the...

27 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

Government urged to ‘help people meet their rent payments’

The government last week announced that homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage due to coronavirus will be able to extend their...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New data shows 'the extent of the fall in property transactions'

Property transactions unsurprisingly slumped in April amid the lockdown restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak. The latest HMRC...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords support calls for ‘benefits to cover rents’

MPs on parliament’s Housing, Communities and Local Government have called for greater financial support to be provided to all tenants during...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Economic impact of Covid-19 could ‘trigger big price reductions’

Many landlords and letting agents are increasingly concerned about the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their tenants and property...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank sees online property enquiries hit a 12-month high

Further signs of greater activity in the housing market have come from Knight Frank. The company reports that the volume of online enquiries...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online property searches return to pre-lockdown levels

Online property searches have surged back to normal levels with Rightmove recording the highest number of unique enquiries in one day...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental platform aims to reduce property viewing risk with video first strategy

The government’s decision to relax lockdown rules in England has allowed the residential property market to restart, with letting agents given...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

TDS to host a series of Covid-19 webinars

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has launched a series of Covid-19 webinars to provide answers to tenancy deposit questions during the existing...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market back with a bang  after lockdown easing in England

Rightmove said visits to its website rose by 45% yesterday morning compared with a day earlier following the government’s decision to...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19: Tips for letting people into your home for viewings

Buy-to-let landlords hope that the housing market in England has embarked on a road to recovery after being given the green...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Restarting the property market is ‘a catalyst for the broader economy’

Restarting the housing market could help kickstart the UK economy.  The government has relaxed lockdown rules from today to allow the UK...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property viewings and moves will be allowed from today

Property moves and viewings will be able to resume again in England from today, under new rules announced by the government...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Unions demand that all rent payments are suspended immediately

Some of the UK’s largest tenants unions have joined forces to heap pressure on the government to suspend all rent immediately,...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Most landlords approached for help by their tenants ‘are responding positively’

The vast majority of landlords are supporting tenants needing help during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows.  A yet to be published...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Extension to furlough scheme could cost the government £70bn

The Chancellor’s decision to extend the existing furlough scheme until the end of October will prevent mass redundancies and help millions...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Many BTL landlords face financial ruin if eviction ban is extended

A number of buy-to-let landlords face financial hardship because of the coronavirus crisis, especially if the existing ban of tenant evictions...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Targeted relief must remain ‘for those who need it’

The government’s coronavirus job retention scheme is expected to be extended until September at a reduced rate of 60%  The furlough scheme,...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour unveils five-point plan to protect renters

Labour is calling on the government to unveil new measures to protect renters beyond June after the Bank of England warned...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

There is still a need for estate agents to be on the high street

Technology is now among the most important elements in building a successful business, and this has led to the sharp growth...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19 crisis: New support for landlords whose tenants are struggling to pay rent

Landlords north of the border whose tenants are having difficulty paying rent during the coronavirus crisis can now apply for a...

06 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

Is the government planning to extend the ban on evictions?

There are growing concerns that buy-to-let landlords could be banned from evicting private tenants beyond next month due to the coronavirus...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Remembering all the victims who have died

A leading estate agent is launching a campaign to get the UK to observe a minute’s silence for all coronavirus victims...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to scrap stamp duty surcharge for landlords

The government should aim to stimulate housing market activity post-lockdown by abolishing the 3% stamp duty surcharge for buy-to-let landlords buying...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

The UK’s tax regime should be simplified to encourage inward investment

In an effort to get the UK economy open again, the UK’s tax regime should be simplified to encourage inward investment,...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Neil Newstead, CEO of Oakfield Estate Agents

Who are you? Neil Newstead What does it say on your business card? Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, sounds pretty important, but...

30 April 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

There is a ‘massive amount of pent-up demand’ in the rental market

The UK lockdown has been essential for containing the spread of coronavirus, but it is causing major disruption and distress, so when...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

DWP suspends Universal Credit rent arrears deductions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that Universal Credit rent arrears deductions have been suspended amid the coronavirus...

30 April 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

Renters should ‘know if their landlord has benefited from a mortgage holiday’

Landlords who have benefited from a mortgage holiday should pass this on to financially distressed tenants, according to Mary-Anne Bowring, group...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Average monthly rents remained broadly unchanged in Q1 2020

Average monthly rents across the country increased by just £2, or 0.26%, on Q4 2019 to hit an average of £775...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property buyers put £82bn worth of purchases on hold due to Covid-19

A high number of buyers have postponed or pulled out of property deals as a result of the coronavirus outbreak fearing...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New tenancy mediation service launched by the PRS

Property Redress Scheme (PRS) has launched a tenancy mediation service for residential and commercial landlords, or their appointed letting agent, and...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

A number of self-employed tenants likely to miss out on government support

The government has introduced a package of measures to protect renters affected by Covid-19, but that may not be enough to...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental demand and stock levels drop sharply

Demand for rental properties and the supply of rental stock have dropped significantly year-on-year across the majority of UK cities and...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

NRLA welcomes call for package to support tenants hit by coronavirus

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) supports calls for a package of measures from the government to support tenants affected by...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Three quarters of landlords contacted by tenants warning they will fail to pay rent

Three quarters of landlords warn that tenants will not be in a financial position to pay their rent if the coronavirus...

22 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

HSBC withdraws BTL mortgage deals

HSBC has stopped all buy-to-let lending during the Covid-19 outbreak due to limitations on physical valuations. Research by Moneyfacts has found that...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to allow estate and letting agents to return to work ASAP

Estate and letting agents should be among the first industries to return to work as soon as the lockdown is relaxed,...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Validity of gas and electrical safety certificates should be extended - NRLA

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) is calling for a six month extension to the validity of all gas and electrical...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government’s job retention scheme extended until end of June

The government has extended its wage-subsidy programme for workers until the end of June, which should help ensure many private tenants are...

20 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

Savills auction raises £18.4m after switching to remote-bidding-only sale

Some 69 lots were offered online by Savills with prospective buyers invited to place remote bids via the telephone, online or...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants urged to work together during the Covid-19 crisis

The government has introduced a package of measures to protect renters affected by coronavirus. With these in force, no renter in...

16 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

Government urged to suspend rents during the Covid-19 pandemic

Renters’ unions are calling on the government to suspend rents for the duration of the coronavirus crisis after new research found...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Many tenants are struggling to pay rent, claims new poll

A number of tenants are now struggling to pay rent due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, according to new research.  Around...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Petition calling for ‘rent holiday’ to support tenants hits 100,000 signatures

The government is under mounting pressure to consider doing more to protect tenants from the threat of eviction during the coronavirus pandemic,...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters and coronavirus: Tenants given ‘a certain amount of respite’

These are tough times, and many people need help to cope, including those living in private rented accommodation.  The government has taken...

15 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

Airbnb temporarily restricts bookings to key workers and ‘essential stays’

Airbnb has announced that it is temporarily restricting all booking across the UK to coronavirus key workers, such as NHS and social...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

The Treasury stands to lose almost £5bn in stamp duty amid the coronavirus crisis

The Treasury looks set to suffer a near £5bn tax hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Covid-19 outbreak has led to...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank predicts 38% drop in residential property sales this year

Knight Frank forecast that residential property sales will fall by 38% this year, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Based on the assumption that...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

What a difference a year makes!

The weather is set to get warmer as we head into the Easter weekend, but people will not be making the...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

UK housing market could bounce back in Q4 2020

Housing market activity is on track for a drastic fall this summer, as significantly fewer homes change hands due to the...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage products drop by a third

Almost a third of all mortgage deals, including buy-to-let products, have been pulled from the market in response to the coronavirus...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

TML increases buy-to-let mortgage rates by 0.3%

The Mortgage Lender (TML) has increased rates across its buy-to-let mortgage range by 0.3%. Rates now start at 3.39% for 70% loan-to-value...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

COVID-19 ‘is not a green light to tenants everywhere to stop paying their rent’

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

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Long-term fixed contracts will now ‘prove less attractive to tenants’

Whether a matter of choice or necessity, many private renters demand long-term security and the vast majority of private landlords are...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Why good communication is essential in these difficult times

As we keep being regularly told at the moment, we are living through unprecedented times, with the greatest restrictions on our civil...

06 April 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Robust systems needed to manage rent and mortgage holidays

Payprop is urging landlords and letting agents to have robust payment systems in place to implement and potentially track changes to payments...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays permits BTL mortgage borrowers to request a payment holiday

Landlords who have a buy-to-let mortgage with Barclays are now being offered a repayment holiday, in accordance with government guidance to...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market activity falls off the coronavirus cliff

There has unsurprisingly been a sharp slowdown across the UK property market over the past few weeks as a consequence of...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Landlords and tenants urged to have an ‘honest’ conversation

Renters facing financial hardship because of the coronavirus crisis are being encouraged to communicate with their landlords after emergency rental measures were...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Advice for those moving in or out of a property whilst social distancing

To help ensure those planning to move home over the new few weeks adhere to the current social distancing requirements, TDS...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

MHCLG issues coronavirus guidance for landlords and tenants

COVID-19 has presented a hugely challenging and uncertain time for everyone, with many landlords and tenants in desperate need of fresh...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

All property moves should be delayed during coronavirus crisis

The Scottish government has released new guidance advising that all property moves north of the border should be delayed due to...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Virgin Money suspends all new purchase mortgage applications

Virgin Money is no longer accepting any new buy-to-let or residential purchase mortgage applications.      The lender has also capped loan...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

TMW temporarily withdraws high LTV mortgage lending

The Mortgage Works (TMW) has temporarily withdrawn its high loan-to-value (LTV) buy-to-let mortgage products.  The specialist buy-to-let arm of Nationwide Building Society...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

STAA calls for emergency support to help short-lets sector

The UK Short Term Accommodation Association’s (STAA) is lobbying the government for an emergency support package to help the short-term rental...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to halt buy-to-let changes

The Government should consider postponing upcoming tax changes because of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Apropos by DJ Alexander.  The property management...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mansfield BS caps BTL lending at 65% LTV

Mansfield Building Society has limited lending to 65% loan-to-value across its buy-to-let mortgage range in response to the coronavirus outbreak.  The Society has...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour calls for rent payments to be scrapped for three months

Labour is urging the government to permit private tenants who are struggling to pay their rent due to the coronavirus epidemic to...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The government made ‘the right decision’ to ban evictions - ARLA Propertymark

The government’s decision to suspend all ongoing housing possession actions, which means that neither cases currently in the or any about to...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters from today

The court service has from today suspended all ongoing housing possession action, which means that neither cases currently in the or...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus concerns: BTL borrowing options have been ‘drastically reduced’

Hundreds of buy-to-let mortgage products have been withdrawn from the market due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Property Master. The online buy-to-let...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New plans to impose a six-month ban on evictions of private tenants

Buy-to-let landlords could be banned from evicting private tenants in Scotland for up to six months if the Scottish government’s plans...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to remain calm as students return to their parental homes

Student property has long been one of the most lucrative investments available to landlords, with sky-high double-digit yields typically available in...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus could cost BTL landlords almost £15bn in lost rental income

The devastating impact of the Coronavirus could cost buy-to-let landlords nearly £14.9bn should tenants be unable to pay rent during the...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Useful guidance and support for dealing with tenants during Covid-19 outbreak

A high number of buy-to-let landlords are concerned about the impact of the Coronavirus, but The Guild of Letting and Management...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Barclays refuses to offer buy-to-let borrowers a payment holiday

Landlords who have a buy-to-let mortgage with Barclays will not be offered a repayment holiday, despite government guidance to offer borrowers...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

UK letting market started to slow in February

The UK letting market has ground to a virtual halt amid the coronavirus pandemic, but new figures show that the market started...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

LRU release template letter for struggling renters to send to their landlords

The London Renters Union (LRU) has released a template letter for renters to send to their landlords if they are struggling...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be ‘as flexible as possible with tenants facing difficulties’

The government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak when it comes to protecting private landlords and tenants has been “right and fair”,...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property shows cancelled due to coronavirus

The rapid spread of the coronavirus is causing cancellations and postponements of property events around the globe.   Mipim, the property sector’s annual...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Three month mortgage payment holiday for buy-to-let landlords

The chancellor’s promise of a three-month mortgage payment holiday to customers affected by coronavirus has been extended to buy-to-let borrowers whose...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Organisations welcome government action to support landlords and tenants

A number of property firms and landlord organisations have welcomed government action to support landlords and tenants affected by coronavirus. Private tenants...

19 March 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

Coronavirus: NRLA's chief exec on supporting landlords at this crucial time

With the rapid spread of coronavirus across the country, more and more landlords are asking what they need to be doing...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Petition calls for ‘rent holiday’ to support self-isolating tenants

The government is under growing pressure to consider doing more to protect tenants from the threat of eviction during the coronavirus...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fresh help needed for landlords and tenants affected by the coronavirus

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the National Landlords Association (NLA) are calling for a package of measures from government and...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Landlords urged to ‘not evict tenants’ who can’t pay their rent

Landlords are being urged not to evict tenants facing financial hardship as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.  Responding to a petition...

17 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

Buy-to-let tax clampdown has hit tenants ‘hardest’

The Government is failing to recognise clear warning signs that a rental crisis is on the horizon, the Residential Landlords Association...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget 2020: what Rishi Sunak’s announcement means for the PRS

Rishi Sunak's first Budget included new taxes for overseas property buyers, funding to remove unsafe cladding, fresh funds to support the...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Interest rate cut will ‘inject liquidity into the economy and property market’

The Bank of England’s extraordinary decision to cut interest rates to just 0.25% yesterday with no warning, reflecting the level of...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

MP wants amendment to Renters’ Reform Bill to prosecute “sex for rent” landlords

An amendment is urgently required to the Renters’ Reform Bill to prosecute “sex for rent” landlords and reassure victims that they...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget 2020: ‘There must be no further taxation on landlords’

The Guild of Property Professionals is calling on the new chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to use his Budget speech, which will take...

10 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

Proposed rent controls will 'drive landlords out of the market'

Labour’s proposals to introduce rent controls in London risks reducing the number of private homes available for rent, as landlords look...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

DWP updates guidance for landlords with tenants in receipt of Universal Credit

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published updated guidance for landlords with tenants in receipt of Universal Credit. The information is designed to...

06 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

Social landlords could face a £10bn bill to ‘to fix fire safety problems’

The government is being urged to fund a bailout to help social landlords avoid a £10bn bill to fix fire safety...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Why new EPC rules favour new-builds as investment properties

The UK government has legally committed to going carbon neutral by 2050. That’s going to require a huge effort and significant...

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

Tenant demand hits record high as housing supply falls

Rental demand reached a record high of 88 prospective tenants per letting agency branch in January, up 57% from an average...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must protect tenants by delaying electrical safety regulations - RLA

The Residential Landlords Associations (RLA) is calling on the government to delay introducing new electrical safety rules to help ensure that...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to adopt a ‘big thinking’ approach to housing in his first Budget

Next month's Budget is a golden opportunity to reform Britain's broken housing market and get the country moving again, according to...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The government cannot force landlords to accept renters with pets

With many tenants being forced to get rid of their pets under current rules from their landlords, the government is planning...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government policy is deterring landlords from providing long-term homes to rent

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are switching to short-term lets, as a consequence of skewed policy that favours holiday homes...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The rental market proves resilient as ‘demand remains strong’

The private rented sector is set to see the sustained growth of rental values seen throughout the course of last year...

21 February 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

The buy-to-let market is ‘finally starting to show signs that it is regaining strength’

A deluge of taxes and an uncertain market has seen a number of landlords abandon the buy-to-let industry in recent years.  Some...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The Tories are chasing the tenant vote, but what about landlords?

Given that the number of people living in private rented accommodation has grown, doubling in the past three decades, renters are...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More than a quarter of landlords saw an increase in tenant demand in Q4 2019

The private rented sector ended 2019 strongly, with 27% of landlords experiencing an increase in tenant demand, according to the latest...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New chancellor urged to use Budget to ‘encourage’ investment in the PRS

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the National Landlords Association (NLA) are calling on the new chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to use...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Free entry registration - The National Landlord Investment Show

The National Landlord Show arrives at Olympia on Thursday 19th March to offer advice via complimentary seminars, major suppliers and landlord debates where you...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government is failing ‘good landlords’ by ‘attacking’ the PRS, says RLA

The latest data demonstrates the failure of government policy for the private rented sector, which in turn is having an adverse...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Should you be concerned about tenants’ exposure to coronavirus?

A ninth person has tested positive for Coronavirus in the UK, the government has confirmed.  The woman flew into London from China...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Christopher Pincher replaces Esther McVey as the new housing minister

Boris Johnson has unveiled his new look cabinet, which includes the appointment of Christopher Pincher as the new housing minister. Pincher replaces Esther McVey,...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

HMRC re-issues brief guidance on Making Tax Digital for landlords and sole traders

HMRC has re-issued brief guidance on Making Tax Digital (MTD) for landlords and sole traders who will eventually be required to...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New bill will make it harder ‘for landlords to reclaim possession of their property’

A new bill that could potentially make it harder for landlords to evict problem tenants swiftly and efficiently due to current...

12 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

Latest tax changes prove the ‘final straw’ for many small buy-to-let landlords

Cuts to tax relief and other rule changes are driving out smaller landlords, the latest figures show.   Official HMRC data reveals the...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Supporting the UK’s construction industry in 2020

It is common knowledge the UK is facing an undersupply of housing. Unfortunately, this is not a sudden phenomenon – the...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome delay to minimum energy efficiency standards

The decision to delay the minimum energy efficiency standards deadline in Scotland has been welcomed by landlords as a ‘sensible one’.  The...

05 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

Universal Credit rollout delayed again until 2024

The full rollout of universal credit, the government's flagship welfare reform, has been delayed yet again - until 2024.  The system was...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Is a mass landlord exodus upon us?

Is the UK on the brink of a mass landlord exodus? It may seem like an ominous question, but ask people...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market set for a post-Brexit boost

The UK housing market has enjoyed a relatively strong start to 2020 after Boris Johnson’s general election victory ended Brexit uncertainty.  A...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Growth in the number of short-term lets is bad news for the PRS

The tax and regulatory changes introduced in recent years have led to an increase in the number of landlords exiting the...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants find it ‘harder than ever to negotiate a reduction in rent’

Rents look set to rise across much of the UK this year as the supply and demand gap continues to widen...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How confident are property investors in the Conservative government?

After two elections and three years of intense debate and hostility, the general election in December seemed to offer the political...

29 January 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

Revealed: The most attractive cities for buy-to-let in 2020

More than 800 landlords have been surveyed to establish where they feel offer the best buy-to-let investment opportunities in 2020.  The study,...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords in ‘limbo’ due to a lack of guidance from the Scottish government

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border have come under increasing pressure ahead of the incoming changes to the energy efficiency of...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are providing private tenants with long-term security

Whether a matter of choice or necessity, most private renters need long-term security and the vast majority of private landlords are...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New electrical safety regulations unlikely to affect ‘slum’ landlords

New electrical safety regulations were presented before Parliament on 13 January 2020 in a move by the government to strengthen electrical...

24 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

What key events do property investors need to be aware of in 2020?

Towards the end of last year, I wrote an article for Landlord Today outlining the difficulties many landlords in the UK...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Here is how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Following last week's announcement by the Welsh government that it plans to introduce new regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning, here are a...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property predictions – what could happen to the housing market in 2020?

Now that 2020 is underway, activity in the property market is likely to start picking up due to the traditional seasonal...

17 January 2020

From: Sponsored Content

New regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning

An assembly member has welcomed the introduction of legislation for carbon monoxide detectors in rented homes in Wales. The Welsh Government says new...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What the UK’s property industry requires of the new Conservative government

Just over a month on from the Conservative Party's election victory and all eyes are firmly fixed on Boris Johnson and...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical safety regulations to be introduced in England

The government plans to introduce mandatory electrical installation inspecting for all rented homes.  Detailed regulations for enforcing compulsory five-year electrical safety checks...

15 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

Fewer landlords are letting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit

There has been a notable drop in the number of private landlords letting to tenants in receipt of local housing allowance...

15 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

Government to end Local Housing Allowance rate freeze

Around 900,000 people across the UK could see their housing benefit payments increase by around £120 a year from April after...

14 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

London super prime market ‘sees a significant bounce in demand’

There has been a significant increase in demand for London’s most expensive homes from wealthy buyers, including property investors, following last...

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

Landlords urged to prepare for new MEES regulations in April

Landlords of the draughtiest homes in England and Wales will be required to upgrade their properties ahead of new rules requiring...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

 A quarter of landlords plan to sell at least one property this year

A quarter of private landlords plan to sell at least one property this year in the face of lower profits, according...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL investors urged to head north for higher returns

Property investors are being advised to head north for better returns, with new research revealing that Bootle in Merseyside is currently...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What Universal Credit means for landlords

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published updated guidance for landlords with tenants in receipt of Universal Credit. The information is...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Government calls on landlords to allow tenants to keep pets in their properties

Many pet-owning tenants have a tough time finding a suitable rental home, as few landlords embrace the idea of a pet...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

A fall in available rental stock would see ‘increased competition and higher rents’

Greater confidence and more certainty in the housing market following last month’s Tory election victory looks set to boost the housing...

06 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

Raising a tenancy deposit ‘more of a cash flow problem than an affordability issue’

Buy-to-let landlords generally recognise the importance of taking a deposit from a tenant and placing it in a government-backed tenancy deposit...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Court delays causing ‘extreme stress’ for landlords

Under-resourced county courts are struggling to cope with the number of possession claims being put forward, ‘causing misery for landlords’ not...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 changes: time to prepare for reforms to the eviction system

Letting agents are being urged to do more to protect buy-to-let landlords by preparing now for the government’s plans to scrap Section...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes European Court of Justice ruling on Airbnb

The Short Term Accommodation Association (STAA), a UK trade body representing the entire short-term rental sector, from multinational platforms to individual...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from everyone at Landlord Today

After yet another year dominated by Brexit uncertainty, political instability, tax, and regulatory changes, most buy-to-let landlords will be looking for...

31 December 2019

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

Boris Johnson’s housing plans are a ‘crisis waiting to happen’

The housing plans being put forward by Boris Johnson have been described by the National Landlords Association (NLA) as “ruinous” and...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA welcomes increase in funding for housing in new Welsh government budget

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has welcomed the Welsh government's plans to increase spending on housing in their draft budget for...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Radical reform needed to ensure ‘reluctant renters’ are not ‘ignored’

With house prices set to rise in 2020, on the back of greater political certainty and chronic housing shortage, the government...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental reform: The government must act to ‘have the full confidence of landlords’

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on the government to ensure that reforms are made to the way good landlords...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA urges new government to introduce housing court and reform Section 8

The National Landlords’ Association (NLA) has once again called for the introduction of a properly funded housing court to cope with...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson must recognise BTL landlords’ ‘importance to Britain’

With research revealing that buy-to-let landlords collectively contribute £16.1bn to the British economy through pre-tax spending, prime minister Boris Johnson is...

16 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

Are you entitled to compensation due to onerous ground rent charges?

Thousands of landlords trapped in developer contracts with spiraling costs could be entitled to compensation, according to legal experts.  Around 100,000 homeowners...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Next UK government urged to ‘reduce’ upfront costs for tenants

The next UK government must do more to reduce the burden on private tenants by reducing upfront costs associated with renting...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for landlords on how to manage a Section 21 notice

Proposals by the main political parties, including the Tory government, to scrap Section 21 notices to evict tenants could potentially pave...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Next government urged to cut VAT on maintenance and improvement works

The next government should urgently reduce VAT on maintenance and improvement works to people’s homes to help boost investment in the...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Battery-powered smoke alarms failed in more than a third of property fires

As you will undoubtedly know, it is a legal requirement to ensure your rental property has adequate smoke detectors installed.  Some landlords...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing in the manifestos: how could the main policies affect landlords?

The main political parties have laid out their blueprints for government ahead of what is likely to be one of the...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Four upcoming legal changes you need to be aware of as a landlord in 2020

With the festive season fast approaching, it is completely natural for everyone to start winding down a bit at this time...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL investors and renters can ‘benefit from the realistic prices’ in the North East

Buy-to-let landlords looking to add to their portfolio should consider buying property in the North East of England where rents are...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory manifesto ‘cripples landlords’ ability to run a functioning letting business’

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has slammed the Conservative Party manifesto for proposing nothing to encourage and support landlords to continue...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s rent control proposals will leave tenants worse off

Labour’s proposals to introduce rent controls risks reducing the number of private homes available for rent, as landlords look to exit...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour vows to ‘put bad landlords out of business’ and introduce rent controls

Labour has pledged to clampdown on rogue landlords and restrict rent hikes in England if it wins next month’s general election.  A...

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

Lib Dem manifesto presents a  mixed bag for BTL landlords

The Liberal Democrats have launched their 2019 election manifesto, which sets out the polices the party aims to introduce should it...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Wales urged to beware change in the law ‘with little notice’

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents in Wales will have to start supplying a list of information to tenants before taking a...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Be aware of the silent killer

To mark Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, landlords are being reminded that they have a legal obligation to keep tenants safe by...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA calls for court reform as the time it takes to repossess a rental home rises

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has once again called for the introduction of a properly funded housing court to cope with...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The best performing parliamentary constituencies for house price growth

What has happened to residential property prices since the last general election just two years ago? On a national scale, the...

14 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

Rent controls are not to the answer to London’s housing crisis

The mayor of London is being urged to forget about rent controls and instead focus on increasing the supply of rental...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Government has no plans for a national register of landlords

Proposals for a national register of landlords have been rejected by the government.  A report on the joint research project between the...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Two in five renters fear they will never afford to own a home

A significant number of people renting in the UK say they will never be able to afford a home, according to...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

How buying and selling property in Scotland differs from England

They may be part of the Union, but the process of buying and selling property in Scotland and England differs markedly.  It’s...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

National Landlord Investment Show to address important issues today

A number of buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will visit the Olympia Conference Centre in London today in order to obtain...

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

Leasehold reform campaigner unveils key areas where changes are needed

A new 10-point manifesto designed to drive forward leasehold reform has been published by a prominent leasehold reform campaigner, following the...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords forced to shell out £4.5bn on emergency contractors in past 12 months

With demand still far outstripping supply, buy-to-let remains an attractive asset class, but while the majority of landlords say they are...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Let’s not overlook the needs of UK landlords

Just when we thought we might have finally made some credible progress on Brexit, it looks as though looming uncertainty will...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord show to address key issues affecting landlords ahead of election

Journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil will once again chair the Government Panel Debate at the National Landlord Investment Show in London...

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

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

Rents continue to rise, albeit at a slower pace

There was a marginal drop in the number of tenants experiencing rent increases in September but they remained high overall, ARLA...

29 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

Lack of focus on housing will see many people ‘resigned to the rental sector’

Monday’s Queen's Speech opened a new session of parliament, setting out policies on crime, health, the environment, and Brexit.  But while the Queen’s Speech...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 could lead to ‘open-ended tenancies and rent controls’

The government’s plans to scrap Section 21 notices to evict tenants could potentially pave the way for the introduction of open-ended...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Section 21 consultation ends tomorrow

With the government consultation on tenancy reform ending tomorrow, time is running out for landlords wishing to have their say by...

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

Scrapping Section 21 ‘will just make life more difficult for tenants’

The government’s proposal to scrap the use of Section 21 notices to evict tenants has been poorly received by landlords, with...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rise well below inflation, new figures show

Rent increases in the third quarter of 2019, as released by The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) Rent Index, reveal growth...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to invest in housing benefit so it 'reflects real costs of renting'

Three-quarters of people across the UK believe housing benefit should increase in line with rents to help combat homelessness, new research...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Demand for new build property falls to six-year low

Demand from buyers, including buy-to-let landlords, for new build homes has leveled off as political and economic uncertainty unsettles potential investors.  The...

09 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

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RLA calls for new housing court to speed up justice for landlords and tenants

A new, properly funded housing court is urgently required to cope with proposed regulatory changes, according to the Residential Landlords Association...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Many landlords feel the BTL market ‘is just no longer viable’

Buy-to-let is no longer a viable investment opportunity for many landlords due to the upcoming changes facing the market, according to...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords firmly reject Labour’s ‘right to buy’ tenant plan

Private landlords in Newcastle have slammed the Labour Party’s proposed ‘right to buy’ policy that could see long-term tenants acquire buy-to-let...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New toolkit to help local authorities clampdown on rogue landlords

A new PRS interactive learning toolkit for local authorities to help them take action against rogue landlords and letting agents has...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Number of buy-to-let deals for first-time landlords hits record high

The number of first-time landlord buy-to-let mortgage products hit a record high of  1,474 in October, up 297 on the same...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

The government has become too reliant on private landlords

All the main political parties are targeting the Generation Rent vote ahead of a potential snap general election, at the expense...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 would lead to an acute shortage of rental homes

Abolishing the use of Section 21 notices to evict tenants would lead to a dearth of private rental properties across the...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Edinburgh abandon short-term letting due to impending restrictions

An increasing number of Airbnb owners in Edinburgh are moving away from short-term letting in favour of traditional long-term tenancies as...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Female workers forced to “pay far more in rent or be priced out of the market”

The majority of medium and large companies pay higher wage rates to men than to women, according to the latest government...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of landlords report a rise in tenant demand

There was an increase in the number of landlords reporting growth in tenant demand in the third quarter of the year. Paragon’s...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems vote to scrap Section 21

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to abolish Section 21 repossessions in the private rented sector if they come to power at...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords back RLA and NLA merger

Landlords have backed a merger between the two largest landlord organisations in England and Wales, the National Landlords Association (NLA) and...

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

The average BTL investment makes a return of just £2k a year, claims Howsy

Howsy has issued a stark warning over the health of the UK’s private rented sector as tax and regulation changes continue...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords who provide affordable homes should be given greater financial support

Scottish Land & Estates is calling on the Scottish government to ensure that private landlords who provide affordable homes to rent have...

16 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

5 secrets of great student landlords

It’s that time of year again when pencil cases are fully stocked and the smell of dusty books opening fills the...

13 September 2019

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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

Capital gains tax on buy-to-let should be increased, says IPPR

Buy-to-let landlords could soon be required to pay more money in capital gains tax (CGT) under new proposals put forward by...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government attacked for ‘incoherent’ approach to PRS

The government has been attacked by a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee for its “incoherent” approach...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to ‘better support landlords’ to boost supply of rental stock

A growing number of tenants are experiencing rent hikes due to the widening supply-demand imbalance in the market, according to Carter...

11 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

Landlords could lose £50bn under Labour’s ‘right to buy’ tenant plan

The Labour Party’s planned ‘right to buy’ policy could cost landlords almost £50bn, an average of £18,400 each, according to calculations...

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

BTL landlords should fear the prospect of a Corbyn-led government - claim

The prospect of a general election is looming large after Boris Johnson signalled his determination to trigger a snap vote on...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s private tenants ‘right to buy’ policy is a ‘cash grab’ from the PRS

The Labour Party’s proposed ‘right to buy’ policy would have a devasting impact on the private rented sector and lead to...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Restore levels of housing benefit to ‘end homelessness for good’ - Crisis

The government is being urged to restore the levels of housing benefit, otherwise known as Local Housing Allowance (LHA), so they...

02 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

NLA and RLA to join forces

The two largest landlord organisations in England and Wales, the National Landlords Association (NLA) and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), have...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

A quarter of private rented properties fail basic health and safety standards

A quarter - 25% - of homes rented from private landlords fail to meet the national Decent Homes Standard when taking...

30 August 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

A better regulated PRS would ‘enhance the landlord-tenant relationship’

More needs to be done to improve transparency and standards in the private rented sector, according to the Royal Institute Of...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Sajid Javid says that he will not shift stamp duty to sellers

Sajid Javid has dismissed a report in the Times over the weekend that claimed he planned to make property sellers rather than...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Half of landlords would not currently invest in the BTL sector

A number of landlords would not currently consider investing in the buy-to-let sector as a consequence of buy-to-let tax and legislative...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for choosing a letting agent

The letting agent you instruct for your buy-to-let property could have a major impact on your landlord experience. While a decent letting...

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

Boris Johnson’s stamp duty plans – what do landlords need to know?

Whether you’re a first-time landlord or an experienced one, there are frequent regulatory changes in the buy-to-let sector that you will...

19 August 2019

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Property price cuts attracts buyers

There has been a 6.1% increase in the number of property sales agreed, as buyers are spurred into action by improved...

19 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

The Guild explains what impact proposed Section 21 changes will have

The government’s existing consultation on the abolition of Section 21 does not close until Saturday 12th October, but its proposal to remove...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending figures ‘are a concern’

Take-up of buy-to-let mortgages slowed in June as economic and political uncertainty caused some buy-to-let investors to adopt a ‘wait and...

16 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

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NLA dismisses government’s claim that Section 21 is driving up homelessness

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has rejected the government’s claim that landlords’ use of Section 21 eviction notices is the leading...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Private rents rise 1.3%

Private rents paid by tenants in the UK increased by 1.3% in the 12 months to July 2019 and is unchanged...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence at an all-time low

Landlords’ confidence in the buy-to-let sector has collapsed, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). Confidence in landlords’ business expectations has tumbled...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

MHCLG amends notes on form landlords use when serving a Section 21 notice

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has updated the notes on Form 6A, the document landlords use when...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent damp in your rental properties

Damp problems can be a serious concern in any home. Not only are they unwelcoming, but they are also unhealthy, and...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government’s focus on homeownership ‘serves only to hurt tenants’

New communities secretary Robert Jenrick and housing minister Esther McVey look set to focus on increasing homeownership, but this appears to...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to bring forward its plans for court reform

It now takes private landlords an average of 22.5 weeks from making a claim to the courts for a property to...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New Right to Rent guidance issued by the Home Office

Fresh guidance updating how landlords can ensure that they are compliant with the Right to Rent requirements in England has been...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

No legal requirement for an HHSRS report

Buy-to-let landlords should be aware that Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) inventory reports are not needed to comply with...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fresh government guidance ‘could leave landlords open to prosecution’

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) not to follow new guidance from the government on its...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Evictions specialist wants landlords to have a say on Section 21

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

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

PM Johnson urged to ‘reinvigorate buy-to-let’ by introducing tax changes

Boris Johnson is being to urged to do more to support investment in the private rented sector, as research shows that...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Esther McVey becomes Housing Minister, while Robert Jenrick is Housing Secretary

Robert Jenrick has been named the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, while Esther McVey has been...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime central London rental values dip as supply increases

Rental values in London’s super prime rental market dropped by 0.5% in the year to July on the back of a...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Company landlords now own almost 650,000 rental properties

Some 12% of properties in the private rented sector are now owned by a company as tax changes make private landlords...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Leasehold packs set to be capped at £200

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has proposed that the maximum fee a landlord can charge a leaseholder...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the safest BTL investment areas based on crime levels and rental yields

Rental yields tend to increase in areas with higher crime rates, according to new research. The study by the national lettings platform,...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged not to underestimate impact of removing Section 21

The government’s plan to scrap Section 21 without improving the court system and alternative process for regaining possession of a property,...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords database may be a pointless exercise, warns NLA

Introducing a ‘rogue landlords’ database without better enforcement would be a pointless exercise, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). A rogue...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords cast doubt on government's plan to scrap Section 21

Buy-to-let landlords are concerned about the proposed scrapping of Section 21 in the absence of a new system that allows them...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords set to become more selective if the government removes Section 21

Vulnerable tenants and those at higher risk of rent arrears are likely to suffer most as a result of the government’s...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting and managing agents in England face tougher regulation

Letting and managing agents in England face the prospect of having to abide by a new regulatory framework, in accordance with...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Mustafa Dervish, Owner of Two Six Homes

Who are you?  We are Two Six Homes, an independent sales and lettings agency based in Palmers Green, North London. Our record of success...

18 July 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government finally responds to readers

Just days after Landlord Today and sister publication, Estate Agent Today, published stories outlining the lack of government response to our...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Don't miss this month's ‘payment on account’ online tax return deadline

If as a landlord you are already in the self-assessment tax system then you may be due to pay your payment...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Very few tenants know about their rights and responsibilities

The government is being urged by the National Landlords Association (NLA) to do more to inform tenants of their rights and...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Proposed changes mean the ‘current housing crisis would get worse’

The next prime minister, Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, will almost certainly face a housing crisis if the government does not...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to reform health and safety standards

The government has announced that it will reform the Housing Health Safety Rating System (HHSRS) used to assess health and safety...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Smart tax needed to support investment in energy efficiency measures, says RLA

A cap limiting landlord spending on energy efficiency improvements to £3,500 should be scrapped and replaced with a new £5,000 figure,...

15 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

Rental yields hit two-year high

Rental yields have increased to their highest level for two years, according to the latest edition of Kent Reliance for Intermediaries’...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government fails to respond to readers

Throughout April and May, we ran a high-profile campaign across our sites, Landlord Today, Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Around 33,000 properties are potentially being let illegally

It is estimated that around 33,000 properties across the UK may be unwittingly let illegally, according to research. A recent study exploring...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords look set to influence the future of the Right to Rent scheme

Private landlords will have a major say in a court case considering the future of the government’s Right to Rent scheme. The...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Minimum 12-month contracts set to be introduced in Wales by default

New rules could effectively see the introduction of 12-month minimum tenancy contracts as standard in Wales. Welsh housing minister Julie James AM...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords will become ‘more selective’ if the government scraps Section 21

But-to-let landlords will have little alternative but to become more selective over what tenants they are willing to accept if the...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Four out of 10 landlords call for a fast track housing tribunal

Almost four out of ten adults would like to see the government introduce a fast track housing tribunal if the Section...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory leadership candidates urged to ‘encourage more investment’ in the PRS

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson, the two men competing to become the next Conservative Party leader, are being to urged to...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let is a ‘lucrative business’ that continues to appeal to investors

Residential property is currently the best long-term investment when compared to all other asset classes, according to buy-to-let investors. Benham and Reeves...

01 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

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

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

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

A national register of landlords would add ‘unnecessary’ layer of bureaucracy – RLA

The recommendation for a national register of landlords in the government’s review of selective licensing published today would prove ‘unnecessary’ and...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Do more to inform tenants of their rights, NLA urges government

The government needs to do more to provide tenants with better information on their rights and responsibilities if it is to...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords want tenants claiming benefits to be treated ‘fairly and equally’

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) is calling for an urgent overhaul of how universal credit is paid, with most landlords north of...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let investors urged to use a mortgage broker

Buy-to-let landlords looking to add to their property portfolios are being encouraged to use a specialist mortgage broker as they could...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Is your tumble dryer one of 500,000 to be a ‘fire risk’?

Thousands of households, including many of those renting privately, could still be at risk from faulty Whirlpool tumble dryers as the...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish government urged to protect tenants’ rights

The Scottish government is being encouraged to acknowledge that some landlords north of the border are breaking the law by letting...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish parliament consults on introducing rent controls

The Scottish government is consulting on introducing rent controls north of the border with a view to protecting private sector tenants...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord questioned over ‘threatening letter’ to letting agent

A private landlord who was reported to police for sending what has been described as a “threatening letter” to a letting...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New Universal Credit system will see rent be paid directly to landlords

Significant changes are being made to the Universal Credit system that will see the housing element of the benefit paid directly...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban ‘clearly designed to shift the costs to landlords’

The government’s decision to ban tenant fees is clearly designed to shift the costs to landlords, according to Property Personnel. The estate...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters stand to save £192m a year as a result of the tenant fee ban

Private renters in the UK look set to save in the region of £192m a year as a consequence of the...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Axing Section 21 will leave landlords ‘powerless’ to evict anti-social tenants

The government’s controversial plans to scrap Section 21 of the Housing and Planning Act, the so-called ‘no fault eviction’, will leave...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord groups form coalition to oppose scrapping of Section 21

Landlords and letting agents have joined forces to campaign against government plans to scrap Section 21, the so-called ‘no fault eviction’. ‘Fair...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Government approves new PRS licensing scheme

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

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Rents to rise as government efforts to make renting cheaper ‘fall flat on its face’

Rents are expected to increase over the next few months, according to the latest survey from Just Landlords. The study found that almost half of...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban could see many landlords ‘opt to do without agents’

The next few months are likely to be challenging for letting agents as they adjust to an outright ban on letting...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in disputes handled by the Property Redress Scheme

There was a significant increase in the number of disputes under the Property Redress Scheme last year, according to the organisation’s...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban comes into effect this weekend

The Tenant Fees Act 2019, banning landlords and agents from charging fees to tenants, will come into effect on Saturday in...

29 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

BTL landlords in Scotland need to prepare for new regulation

With less than a year until new legislation surrounding energy performance certificates (EPCs) is introduced in Scotland, buy-to-let landlords north of...

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

Almost half of landlords expected to exit the PRS

Removing Section 21 could prove devastating for the private rented sector, with almost half of landlords and letting agents more likely...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost four in ten landlords will consider selling up if Section 21 is axed

Nearly four in ten private landlords will consider selling up if the government scraps Section 21, shocking new statistics reveal.  According to...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The Tories have lost the trust of BTL landlords

With less than a week until the European elections take place, a new poll conducted by the National Landlords Association (NLA)...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Record response to new survey on Section 21

A record number of landlords have responded to the Residential Landlord Association’s (RLA) survey asking what a post-Section 21 private rented.