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Tenants get taxpayer-funded training in how to complain to landlords

In an unexpected statement from the government it’s been announced the social housing residents will be able to get training and...

16 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants increasingly worried about arrears or homelessness - claim

A new survey suggests large numbers of tenants are worried about the risk of falling behind with the rent or even...

16 August 2022

From: Breaking News

All homes at least EPC rating C by 2033 says national housing chief

The housing chief of the Scottish Government says that all homes in that country - irrespective of tenure - must hit...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Call for landlords to discuss energy efficiency improvements

Citizens Advice wants landlords and tenants in a specific part of the country to help inform government about improving the uptake...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Evictions - Activist Baroness demands rent freeze, says worse to come

New government figures show 3,405 households in the private rented sector were evicted by bailiffs in England between April and June this year...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Green Drive - Grants to Help Landlords with EV Charge Points

The UK government’s ban on the sale of new combustion cars from 2030 is fuelling a surge in Electric Vehicle adoption....

13 August 2022

From: The Big Issues

Sell Up! Labour Mayor wants landlords to get rid of ex-council flats

London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan wants private landlords letting ex-council properties to consider selling the properties to local councils.  Since launching in...

12 August 2022

From: Breaking News

£5,000 for every tenant at risk of eviction - new council scheme

A pilot scheme described as helping “tenants threatened with eviction to stay in their homes” has been extended after Cornwall Council...

11 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Crisis - Landlords slam scaremongering over handouts to tenants

The National Residential Landlords Association has hit out at what it calls “baseless suggestions” that landlords will not pass on energy...

09 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent job advertised on ‘working for an MP’ website

A job at the Generation Rent campaign group is being advertised on a site dedicated to jobs working for MPs. The post...

09 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill not law until late 2023 or beyond

There is still time for landlords to influence the specific provisions of the Renters Reform Bill according to one of the...

08 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks - So what do YOU want to tell the government?

In June, the government finally released its long-awaited White Paper ‘A Fairer Private Rented Sector’. You will almost certainly have seen...

06 August 2022

From: Rental Reform

Energy Efficiency - Funding Options for Retro-fitting Properties

In the drive for the UK to be net zero by 2050, residential landlords are facing costly green refurbishments.   Already, landlords...

06 August 2022

From: Tax & Finance

Labour call for rent caps and landlords to pay tenant moving costs

London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has claimed credit for many of the measures contained in the government’s Fairer Private Rented Sector...

05 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Pressure mounting on landlords to accept pets in lets

New research from animal welfare charity Battersea - the new name for the Battersea Cats and Dogs Home - claims 50...

05 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter backs Citizens Advice concern over landlords passing on rebate

Campaigning charity Shelter has backed a call by consumer organisation Citizens Advice to seek government pledges that a £400 energy bill...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

New guidance on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

The government has issued detailed guidance ahead of a change in the law around smoke and carbon monoxide alarms coming into...

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Controversial city-wide licensing - landlords told to sign up now

With a month to go until a new licensing scheme for private rented homes starts, Oxford council is urging landlords to...

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Time to cash in your rental portfolio?

As landlords continue to exit the market, there seems to be no easy solution for selling. Owning a buy-to-let portfolio can be...

02 August 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Rent controls council pays housing boss £280,000 a year

Bristol’s Labour council has made a name for itself with policies shifting power from landlords to tenants. Earlier this year the Mayor,...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Electrical risk to tenants because of rental reform delays

Renters are being placed at unnecessary risk due to a delay in reforms that would allegedly give them greater protection, it’s...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Eviction is major cause of homelessness - Shelter claim

Shelter has again linked private rental evictions to the rising levels of homelessness. The campaigning charity says government figures released show 74,230...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Liz Truss says she wants to make it easier for tenants to buy homes

A review of the mortgage system would ensure that tenants’ records in paying rent would contribute towards their ability to secure...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Making Tax Digital - an Opportunity for Landlords

A big change in the way landlords monitor their property finances and file their taxes is fast approaching in the form...

30 July 2022

From: Tax & Finance

Charity wants Thatcher's Right To Buy extended to private tenants

A charity, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, wants a form of Right To Buy to be given to private tenants.  Right To Buy...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Have Your Say! Consultation opens on Rental Reform White Paper

The National Residential Landlords Association is asking all landlords - not just its members - to contribute to a consultation on...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Evictions are falling over the long term, latest figures suggest

Fresh government data shows that over 2021-22, some 12,965 rental properties were repossessed - a huge increase on the previous year,...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Councils failing to enforce regulations on rogue landlords

A Freedom of Information request by a newspaper has unveiled the almost complete lack of activity by local councils when it...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform: would Sunak or Truss be best for landlords?

It’s just possible that the new Prime Minister - whether Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss - might just redress the imbalance...

28 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Delay in council tax premiums imposed on second homes

One of the country’s second home and holiday let hotspots has been told it will be unable to levy extra council...

28 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Selling a low-EPC Buy To Let? You may have to slash the price…

Rightmove is warning landlords and other sellers that properties with poor levels of energy efficiency may have to sell with a discount.  The...

27 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents back landlord warning that homes will fail new EPC minimum

Letting agents have come out with figures to back up an argument that landlords have been making for some time  -...

27 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord banned from letting Airbnb after failed appeal to government

A landlord who lives in the US and lets her apartment out via Airbnb has been banned from doing so in...

26 July 2022

From: Breaking News

3 things landlords offering ‘bills included’ tenancies should know

As the cost of energy spikes and the government rolls out new support, landlords and tenants involved in ‘bills included’ rental...

25 July 2022

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Energy Gap - landlords cannot afford to fund essential upgrades

There’s a gulf in the amount that landlords are willing to pay to meet proposed new EPC requirements and what they...

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

A Legal Take on the Rental Reform White Paper

On 16 June 2022, the Government introduced a White Paper called “A Fairer Rented Private Sector”. It proposes the biggest changes...

23 July 2022

From: Rental Reform

Why Are Landlords Reluctant To Let To Benefit Claimants?

The House of Commons Library provides books, journals and online resources for MPs, MPs' staff and parliamentary staff. Some of this is...

23 July 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

Energy Efficiency: landlords need subsidies to make changes - claim

A new analysis of household energy consumption has found that a combination of green technologies could reduce bills by up to...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Government tells landlords: Pass on energy rebate to tenants

The government has repeated its demand that landlords pass on energy rebates to tenants. A written parliamentary question on this issue was...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Yet another MPs' committee probes private rental sector

Yet another committee of MPs has launched a ‘call for evidence’ as it starts an investigation into the private rental sector. The...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform Bill Architect to address landlords’ conference

Eddie Hughes MP - the sole surviving Boris Johnson appointee in the housing ministry and the man behind the Renters Reform...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Six year high for rental growth, government figures show

Average rental prices across the UK rose at the highest level since 2016 in June, government figures show.  Even so that annual...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC lifts threat hanging over first-time landlords

HM Revenue & Customs has stepped back from a change in the deadline for first-time landlords to give notice of their...

21 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Experiment into new way to tackle renters’ anti-social behaviour

The government is investigating a new way to tackle renters’ anti-social behaviour in the social housing sector - through a new...

21 July 2022

From: Breaking News

London landlords contribute to eye-watering stamp duty payments

Landlords in London contributed to an extraordinary £440m in stamp duty paid on purchases in the first six months since the...

21 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour war on holiday lets - UK-wide licensing scheme proposed

Labour wants to bring in a UK-wide licensing system for holiday lets to preserve the “spirit” of costal and rural communities. The...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent launches Twitter attack on holiday lets

Generation Rent, which typically attacks all landlords and especially those involved in buy to let, has instead focussed its latest social...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Licensing - consultation until early August

A council is one of the first in the UK to consult on a licensing scheme for AirBnb style short lets. The...

19 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy price rises may be even higher than previously predicted

New forecasts from an energy industry consultancy suggests that the average domestic consumer’s energy bills could soar to £3,363 a year...

19 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb restrictions will hit millions in the UK - claim

Any restrictions on Airbnb and other short lets platforms will hit millions in the UK, according to the people behind new...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Legal Opinion - ending S21 will push up rents, force landlords out

Government plans to ban Section 21 evictions could push up rents and reduce rental stock, a property dispute expert is warning. Lee Pearce...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb report claims to show the best way to manage short lets

Airbnb has teamed up with a tourism body to produce a report it describes as “ground breaking” in spelling out so-called...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Periodic Tenancies - the danger to the lettings sector

As part of The Renters’ Reform White Paper, the UK government proposed that all tenants be moved onto a single system...

16 July 2022

From: Rental Reform

White Paper - government should beware unintended consequences

Unintended consequences. Let’s face it, they happen across lots of different areas of our lives. We start out with the best...

16 July 2022

From: Rental Reform

Next PM must reset attitude to private rental sector - call

The next Prime Minister must address the supply crisis in the private rented sector if homeownership ambitions are to become a...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Nightmare may end for landlords trying to sell in high-rise blocks

The government has developed an insurance scheme which may help landlords who want to see flats in high rise blocks.  Following the...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax Threat to Holiday Lets - three investigations under way

Three projects are underway investigating how a tourist tax, including a levy on holiday let renters, could apply in Wales. The three...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Stop knocking landlords!  Trade body’s key message to government

The National Residential Landlords Association has identified five key areas for its campaigning in the short term, as the Conservatives elect...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory MP backs tighter rules on Airbnbs and other short lets

A Conservative MP who has already suggested a 25 mile limit around some rental properties to reserve them for people with...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

New claim that heat pumps save 20%-plus on energy bills

Heat pumps - central to a government energy efficiency drive started under Boris Johnson - could save 20 per cent higher...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Council claims it will inspect 29,000 rental homes

A council says it’s launching a rolling programme of inspections of all 29,000 rental properties in its selective licensing scheme. The scheme...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to join redress scheme governing body

Landlords are being invited to join the advisory council of the country’s largest lettings redress scheme. The Property Redress Scheme covers more...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson supporters named as temporary housing ministers

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has been packed with MPs loyal to outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as...

11 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Which Government is the lesser of two evils for property? 

Our politics seems pretty broken to me and whilst I don’t wish to take a side between one flavour or the...

09 July 2022

From: Agent Advice

Shamplina Speaks - It’s Key To Level With Landlords

Lack of rental stock is now the biggest challenge facing letting agents today. That is what every agent I’ve spoken to...

09 July 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

Clarity Not Confusion - White Paper reforms must be detailed

With speculation about what happens next in Westminster at fever pitch, now isn’t the time to make predictions as to how...

09 July 2022

From: The Big Issues

Opinion: Is Rental Reform contaminated by Johnson’s involvement?

With the (eventual) departure of Boris Johnson, the next question for landlords and indeed much of the property industry is: What’s going...

08 July 2022

From: Breaking News

What do you feel about the State Of The Lettings Industry?

PropTech companies Goodlord and Vouch have come together to call for input for their State Of The Lettings Industry report. And with...

08 July 2022

From: Breaking News

New Housing Secretary announced as Johnson begins caretaker role

Greg Clark is the new Housing Secretary, with responsibilities including steering the Renters' Reform Bill through parliament. He is part of a...

07 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Government clampdown on Airbnbs, holiday lets and second homes

Councils will be able to control numbers of second homes and holiday lets under new plans unveiled by the Welsh Government. There...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Council plea to government for rent and Airbnb controls

Highland Council is going to ask the Scottish Government for a rent control zone in part of its patch. This is despite...

05 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on 'exempt' landlords exploiting vulnerable tenants

Unscrupulous landlords in the ‘exempt rental’ niche will be driven out by a new clampdown, the government insists. The exempt sector provides...

05 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory MP breaks cover to back White Paper pets in lets proposal

Little may have been heard of Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell in recent months but he has broken his silence to back...

04 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform - time to influence, says Agent Rainmaker

Now is the time to lobby the Government on the detail of the Renters Reform Bill. That’s the message from the expert...

02 July 2022

From: Rental Reform

Agent Advice To Landlords - how to optimise your investment

London-focussed lettings agency Douglas & Gordon gives its rundown on what new landlords should know to get the most out of...

02 July 2022

From: Agent Advice

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022: What you need to know

In its latest plans, the government is hoping to make the leasehold system fairer for leaseholders through a brand new Reform...

02 July 2022

From: The Big Issues

Government has itself to blame for AirBnb bonanza - claim

The government only has itself to blame for the explosion in AirBnb and other short lets properties. That’s the view of the...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Government wants national register of short term lets

A review into the effect of short-term lets has been launched by the government.  The government says future policies could involve physical...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform: Build To Rent sector takes credit for many proposals

An organisation that helps promote the Build To Rent sector says BTR should take credit for many of the changes proposed...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Goodbye ground rent as leasehold changes kick-in today

The government's ban on charging ground rent on leases in England and Wales comes into force today.  Only a peppercorn ground rent...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rising rents now massive problem for older tenants too, claims analyst

A prominent financial analyst says the fast-rising costs of renting mean tenants are becoming less financially resilient - and this applies...

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists use ‘Tenant Charter’ bid to win over local councils

The Baroness leading a renters’ pressure group wants to work with councils to push tenants’ rights.   Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of Generation...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform - public survey backs landlords over tenants

The public at large are not falling behind the government’s proposals for private rental sector reforms, it seems. A survey conducted by...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Reforms can create a professional PRS - if it’s properly policed

Leading rental payment platform PayProp has welcomed the added protections for landlords and renters outlined in the UK government’s rental reform...

25 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

Why the Boiler Upgrade Scheme isn’t fit for purpose

Ofgem has announced that the energy price cap will further rise from £1,971 to £2,800 in October this year, amid an...

25 June 2022

From: The Big Issues

Tax Take - Investors make up almost half of stamp duty receipts

New figures released this morning show that buy to let investors and second home buyers now pay almost half of the...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords discriminated against in re-insurance scheme - claim

A prominent London council wants rental properties to be included in the government’s Flood Re reinsurance scheme. Westminster council says the current...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Heat Pumps - the future for heating in rental properties?

A trade body is calling for a partnership with the government to push the domestic heating market towards heat pumps as...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists want pet insurance costs taken from existing deposits

The Generation Rent group of activists says it has concerns over the broad proposals to allow landlords to charge for additional...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Anti-holiday let rules are like a Stalinist regime - claim

A tourism chief has likened new anti-holiday let regulations to those of a Stalinist dictatorship. Ashford Price, secretary of the Welsh Association...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Why do Rental Reforms favour tenants?

Trade bodies have vigorously lobbied government during the two and a half year process leading to the delivery of the Fairer...

18 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

Is Rental Reform just a diversion for Boris? ask suppliers

Thank goodness the uncertainty is over - but is it all too skewed towards tenants? That’s the worry of suppliers as Daniel...

18 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

Activists' Victory? What campaigners think of the White Paper

One of the highest profile advocates of widespread reform in the private rental sector has been Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of...

18 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

The 12 Key Points from the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper

The architects of the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper have been housing minister Eddie Hughes MP, Housing Secretary Michael Gove...

18 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

Shelter love-in with government over rental reform measures

The campaigning charity Shelter - once a critic of government policies over letting agents and landlords - has given a ringing...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets In Lets: deposit firm gives landlords tips on how to prepare

The Deposit Protection Service has given landlords tips on how to prepare their homes for pets because, it says, the single...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls hit capital values according to letting expert’s analysis

Landlords and owner occupiers alike could lose the most financially from rent controls according to a prominent rentals expert. The claim comes...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Power swings to tenants under Government Reform Measures

The government has released the full details of what it calls the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper. This is to form...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Reforms must win confidence of landlords, says NRLA chief

The chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association says the devil is in the detail when it comes to the...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords Must Take Pets - government announcement likely

What looks suspiciously like a government leak to the Daily Mail says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will be unveiled...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive red tape of new rental laws revealed in guidelines

The Welsh Government, which recently pushed back its so-called rental revolution until December, has nonetheless published extensive new guidelines about the...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

What’s your view on short-lets? Mayor Khan wants to know…

London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to know the views of individuals on letting out homes in the capital via short...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax experts warn government to lay off buy to let landlords

Don’t pick on landlords - that’s the message from a leading tax and advisory consultancy. Blick Rothenberg warns that the government needs...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Dramatic rise in adults returning to live with parents

The number of adults living at home with parents has increased 20 per cent in the past 10 years, it’s been...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Government Beware - you're driving landlords out of the sector

Landlords are in danger of losing the narrative again. With rental inflation hitting record levels, much of the noise we see in...

11 June 2022

From: The Big Issues

Why a green mortgage could be the answer to new EPC regulation

Whether it’s increasing the amount we recycle, choosing sustainable products, or reducing our carbon footprint by limiting the amount we travel,...

11 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

Tax Grab! Massive premiums paid by landlords to HMRC

New research shows that, since 2016, the average stamp duty payment on buy to let homes has increased by £11,848 in...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter turns its fire on rogue social landlords

Shelter - for so long an outspoken critic of private rental landlords and letting agencies - has now turned its fire...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Government says landlords should modify homes for disabled tenants

The government is today launching a consultation on a policy obliging landlords to make changes to communal spaces outside disabled tenants’...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords now being hit by benefits freeze - call for government help

Some 820,000 private rented households in Britain are routinely hit by a shortfall between their housing benefit and their monthly rents...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Mental health suffering amongst least well off, claims building society

Growing numbers of people are feeling psychologically affected by the cost of living crisis according to the latest Inflation Nation report...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Government clampdown on sociallandlords in new Bill launched today

Failing social housing landlords could face unlimited fines and Ofsted-style inspections, under the Social Housing (Regulation) Bill being introduced into Parliament...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Revamped Right To Buy is Johnson’s ‘big idea’ to reset leadership

It’s been confirmed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to announce plans to extend the Right To Buy to housing associations. Under...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Alec Chohan, Senior Finance Broker at Newable Finance

Who are you? My Name is Alec Chohan, and I am a senior finance broker within the Newable Finance team based in...

07 June 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

Anger as politicians accused of caving in to landlords

There has been an angry response by some politicians in Wales to the decision by the Labour administration to delay implementation...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Expert stands up for holiday lets after attacks on second homes

An insurance chief with expertise in the holiday lets sector has stood up for owners who let their properties to holidaymakers...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Evictions - Lettings experts ponder likely changes

Two respected figures in the lettings sector want landlords and tenants to consider the future of the eviction process. Paul Shamplina -...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

We Told You So!  Landlords React to Labour’s latest reform delay

Landlords have welcomed the latest delays to radical rental reforms which were due to be implemented next month. Ben Beadle, chief executive...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Taxes - Landlords urged to tell government

The long Jubilee Weekend celebration may be almost upon us but landlords are being urged respond to a major property tax...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical rental reforms delayed for six months

There’s embarrassment all round for the Labour-run Welsh Government as it reveals a late delay to its much-hyped rental reform. The reform...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Hot Stuff! Renters experiment with wallpaper that heats homes

No it’s not an April Fool - some tenants in Wales are experimenting with an alternative to radiators and heat pumps....

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Architect of rental reform set to address landlord webinar

The architect of one of the largest rental reform initiatives in the UK is set to address landlords at a webinar...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks - What of Section 8 after Section 21 is Abolished?

We know that Section 21 and so called ‘no fault’ evictions, are definitely going to be abolished as part of the...

28 May 2022

From: The Big Issues

Rental Reform - are government proposals the right proposals?

Wherever you stand, whether you’re a landlord or tenant, the supply and demand issues impacting the private rented sector are at...

28 May 2022

From: Rental Reform

Rent Controls don't work - study is warning to UK lettings sector

A study of what has happened to a private rental sector hit by rent controls provides lessons to those in the UK...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Sustainable Properties - stronger interest as eco issues dominate

The importance of improved energy efficiency in the private rented and owner occupied sectors has led to a surge in interest...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent accuses landlords of failing to sell after evictions

The Baroness leading the Generation Rent campaign group is accusing many landlords of failing to sell - despite having said they...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord Register via new portal demanded by lettings industry chiefs

A collection of rental experts in a body called The Lettings Industry Council have called for the creation of a Landlord...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Row intensifies over council’s massive new licensing scheme

It’s now daggers-drawn between the National Residential Landlords Association and Oxford’s Labour-run council over a huge new licensing scheme. Government approval of...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords demand 'Property Passports' to prove housing conditions

Brand new ‘property passports’ would help landlords prove their homes are compliant and assist tenants to identify decent and safe housing,...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Don't Delay - Shelter wants Section 21 scrapping accelerated

Campaigning charity Shelter wants the government to fast-track its pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers. The government pledged a White Paper...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax cuts for landlords considered by government - report

A report in a government-supporting newspaper suggests that a proposal to cut Capital Gains Tax for landlords who sell to first...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert - New Carbon Monoxide alarm requirements coming

The government is pondering beefing up mandatory alarm requirements which landlords have to meet in England. Until now private landlords have to...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Evictions running ahead of official figure - activist claim

Activists claim that the number of evictions using Section 21 is actually in excess of the reported by government. Ministry of Justice...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Goodbye to Section 21 - a short history

Housing has always been one of the most sensitive political issues, meaning that legislation in this area is unusually sensitive to...

21 May 2022

From: Rental Reform

A Commercial View - landlord/tenant relationships are still vital

The government recently passed into law the much-anticipated Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022. This effectively ends government interventions to prevent commercial...

21 May 2022

From: The Big Issues

Landlords rushing evictions to beat S21 ban - lawyer’s claim

The abolition of Section 21 eviction notices could lead to a surge in evictions by private landlords anxious to sell before...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing minister to speak directly to landlords at new conference

Housing minister Eddie Hughes - the politician leading for the government own the renters’ Reform Bill - will be the keynote...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Official stats show smaller rent rise than rival figures suggest

Contrary to recent figures from Zoopla and others, pointing to double-digit rental inflation in the past year, official statistics show the...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

National scheme wants landlords to lease homes to councils

Details have been released of a scheme seeking to encourage private landlords to lease their properties to local councils. The scheme in...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Negative perception of landlords 'makes housing crisis worse'

Landowners are claiming that the negative stereotype given to private landlords in recent years by government contributes to the overall housing...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC help for landlords via ‘ethical lettings agency'

A west country council is the latest to launch an initiative aimed at helping landlords meet the new Minimum Energy Efficiency...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Take Shelter - why video was just a cheap PR stunt

The property industry has this week remonstrated at the video that housing charity Shelter has published and in which they portray...

14 May 2022

From: Agent Advice

Charge! Landlords eligible for home charging point grants

One in five properties in the UK could benefit from new government grants to help fund electric vehicle home charging points...

14 May 2022

From: The Big Issues

Energy Efficiency - What to consider if you switch from gas

If rising energy costs are your immediate concern, it may not be feasible to invest in new solutions for your home...

14 May 2022

From: Top tips & guides

Most landlords ‘behind’ on energy efficiency improvements - claim

A survey of over 600 landlords by a business insurance service has found that 55 per cent have still to make...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Taxes on Landlords - Strong response to ‘call for evidence’

The independent expert advisers to government on tax simplification, the OTS, says there has been a strong response to its consultation...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Council named and shamed by government housing regulator

The Regulator of Social Housing has named and shamed a London council for its failure to provide assurance that it consistently...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Gove accuses landlords of letting tenants live in unsafe homes

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has made a sweeping attack on the conditions of homes run by private landlords. In a statement backing...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ critics rejoice as government caves in to their demands

Activists have expressed their delight that the government has “listed to the voice of renters” in its provisions for widespread reform...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - in the government’s own words

This is the entirety of the detail given by the government about the Renters’ Reform Bill, confirmed in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech. --- Renters Reform...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Mortgage costs soar for landlords, with worse to come - warning

Landlords have been hit with steep rises in the cost of buy to let fixed rate mortgages even before the Bank...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenant choice plummets as HMO numbers collapse up to 59%

The number of HMOs in England has fallen as a result of government intervention in the market. In 2018 new regulations were...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government's new Landlord Ombudsman scheme plus eviction reforms

The Queen’s Speech has confirmed that a radical re-shaping of the rental sector in England is being pushed ahead by the...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

How Newable Finance are helping UK landlords meet EPC legislations

Are you a landlord with an EPC rating of D or below? Newable Finance has launched EPC Finance – a range of...

10 May 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Brexit threat to cleaning could hurt private landlords - claim

A cleaning crisis caused by Brexit and Covid could threaten the well-being of the buy to let sector according to a...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords on standby for scrapping of Section 21 today

The government is widely expected to announce that Section 21 eviction powers will be scrapped in new legislation coming to Parliament...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists ask Boris Johnson to begin rental reform process tomorrow

Activists from pressure groups and London-focussed tenants’ bodies have handed in a letter to 10 Downing Street asking the Prime Minister...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour Rent Control advocate set to lose his job

Voters in Bristol have decided to abolish the city’s directly elected mayor following a referendum. The city was given the choice of...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians To Decide Future Shape of the Private Rental Sector

A report from the Public Accounts Committee on the regulation of the private rented sector (PRS) was issued with little notice...

07 May 2022

From: Rental Reform

Wind Of Change on Ground Rents - but past problems endure

For many years now developers, freeholders and landlords have been engaged in the practice of utilising ground rents as lucrative investments...

07 May 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

Rent Controls - now a trade union wants government action

A trade union has called on the government to “look at all forms of rent control” as a way of combatting...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Drop buy to let stamp duty tax or risk supply crisis - warning

Taxes on buy to let investment are fuelling a supply crisis, hiking rents and making homeownership more difficult to afford. That’s the...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Teach-in for landlords ahead of revolutionary rental law change

A lettings agency is to hold free events to support landlords ahead of what it calls a “landmark transformation” in rental...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government criticised over timing of Section 21 scrapping

The National Association of Property Buyers says soaring numbers of landlords are looking to sell homes - slashing stock and therefore...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government backs landlord licensing despite objectives being achieved

The government has given the green light to two selective licensing schemes in areas of Burnley. The previous five-year schemes expired at...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

EPCs - Battling Baroness slams landlords, councils and government

The latest attack on landlords by Generation Rent director Baroness Alicia Kennedy concerns insulation and household warmth. She claims a quarter of...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter accused of sensationalising Section 21 evictions

The National Residential Landlords Association has hit back at allegations made by Shelter, accusing the charity of sensationalising the way landlords...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government considers giving more tenants the Right To Buy

The government is reported to be considering extending the Right To Buy from just council tenants in England to housing association...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Why this month’s Supreme Court ruling provides a crucial reminder for landlords

In this guides and tips piece, Kerry Barber, head of Compliance at Goodlord, and Leanne McCarthy, claims facilitator at Goodlord, discuss why this month's...

29 April 2022

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Ban evictions and clear tenant arrears with public cash - latest demands

Activists in the Generation Rent group have made seven demands on government including a rent freeze, the clearing of tenants’ arrears,...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour council’s huge licensing scheme wins government backing

All private rented homes in Oxford will need a licence from this September, following a green light from the government. Some 49.3...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Help to improve EPC ratings offered to landlords by another council

Another council has revealed it’s won funding from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to boost the EPCs of...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Stop Scaremongering! Landlords slams exaggerated Shelter claims

Shelter’s latest accusations about private landlords and evictions have been slammed as “scaremongering.” The charity claims that a private renter in England...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let loans fall over long term despite recent sector resurgence

Buy To Let may have had a resurgence in the past year but long-term lending patterns suggest landlords have been hit...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 notice handed out every seven minutes - claim

Campaigning charity Shelter claims that a private renter in England is handed a Section 21  eviction every seven minutes.  In a new...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent activists demand national rent freeze

Generation Rent is calling for a national rent freeze in the private sector for an unspecified period “for the duration of...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters will feel vulnerable because of inflation - warning

A warning has been issued by a business consultancy that renters are set to feel particularly vulnerable this year because of...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Virtual forum to brief landlords ahead of major changes

Landlords are being invited to attend an online meeting with local authority and Welsh Government officers to learn about changes in...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb disowns landlords who evict long-term tenants for short-let gains

Airbnb, so often criticised for operating in the largely-unregulated short lets market, has called on the UK government to scrap Section...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

EPCs - challenge for landlords with mid- and low-value properties

New data from the Savills agency shows how difficult it will be for typical landlords with mid- to low-value houses and...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper ‘may be pushed back until October’

Landlord Action supremo Paul Shamplina says he anticipates the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper may now be delayed further, possibly until...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Date revealed for ban on charging ground rent on new leases

The government has announced that its ban on charging ground rent on new leases in England and Wales comes into force...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform - are landlords and tenants that far apart?

Renting is changing. That’s what we keep being told by the Government as it prepares the ground for its renters’ reform...

23 April 2022

From: Rental Reform

Landlords look out: Nine key changes in 2022

Whether you own a leasehold or freehold property, if you’re an HMO landlord who rents out rooms, individual flats or even...

23 April 2022

From: The Big Issues

BBC wants to get to bottom of rental stock shortage

Landlords are being invited to let the BBC know what it believes lies behind the current rental market stock shortage.  The corporation...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour MP backs buy to let landlords over cladding cash help

Labour MP Hilary Benn has spoken out in favour of buy to let landlords currently expected to pay towards remediation work...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive 29,000-property licensing scheme launches

A new and huge landlord licensing scheme has launched in County Durham. A total of at least 29,000 properties, or 42 per...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Two top Tories blast the quality of private rental sector

Two of the country’s leading Conservative MPs have spoken at a Shelter conference which claimed millions of private renters were being...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Points-based system of rent controls demanded by activists

A points-based system of rent controls is being advocated by activists associated with a controversial pro-tenant group. Living Rent, which is calling...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be forced to let out empty shops

Newspapers have been told by the government that next month’s Queen's Speech will include dramatic measures to bring empty retail units...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians warned over rent controls - landlords will simply quit

A leading lettings industry figure is warning politicians that they risk shrinking the size of the private rental sector if they...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Small-scale landlords to benefit from new cladding scandal deal

The government says major house builders have agreed to spend £2 billion on fixing the dangerous cladding on their own buildings,...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

MPs condemn rental conditions, councils and government

A senior committee of MPs claims that it’s “too difficult for renters to realise their legal right to a safe and...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord group backs MPs’ condemnation of rental property conditions

The National Residential Landlords Association has backed a far-reaching report by a group of MPs which has condemned the quality of...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Lender drops red tape for landlords helping Ukraine refugees

Landlords who have mortgages from the Yorkshire Building Society have been told that they do not need to inform the lender...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Here we go again! Activists prepare new attack on landlords

Rental activists have made clear that they are not going to stop when their objective to scrap Section 21 eviction powers...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

 EU returnees likely to be hit most be rent controls - claim

EU citizens returning to the UK following the disruptions of the pandemic and Brexit May be the biggest losers from rental...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where tenants on Universal Credit have the biggest shortfall

Almost 70 per cent of private tenants in the North East relying on Universal Credit to pay their rent have a...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Taxing landlords has directly led to some rent increases, survey shows

Some landlords admit to increasing their rents directly as a result of being taxed more through the various fiscal changes introduced...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords feel they should help tenants offset energy bills, claims suppler

Growing concerns over inflation and the cost of living are changing the way landlords interact with their tenants, it’s being claimed. A...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Controversial Labour council extends landlord licensing regime

A Labour city council that has already called for powers to impose rent controls has now extended its existing landlord licensing...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls Campaign takes to the streets this weekend

A pressure group of campaigners highly critical of landlords and letting agents is organising protests at cities this weekend. Acorn - which...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Yet more government guidance for landlords on Right To Rent

The Home Office has issued yet another update of its Right To Rent guidance for landlords and tenants. It advises them on...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants branded as “clueless” over their liabilities

New research from an insurer shows many renters are acutely vulnerable to financial loss due to unawareness of their liabilities. And a...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Confused landlords given advice by agent over EPCs

Proposals to make rental properties greener by enforcing a minimum energy performance certificate rating of C, is causing widespread confusion throughout...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC - record tax relief claimed by landlords despite increased restrictions

Buy to let landlords claimed a record £18.5 in tax relief in the year to April 2021, the most recent data...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Cost of living crisis for landlords and tenants set to worsen

There’s a new warning that the cost of living crisis facing landlords and tenants could get sizeably worse thanks to yet...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘should cover tenant fuel bills for some weeks’ - surprise call

A surprising call has come from a major industry supplier - it wants landlords to set up standing orders with their...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing minister consults with activists over rental reforms

Housing minister Eddie Hughes MP has met with activists to discuss the government’s reform proposals for the private rental sector.  They were...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Canapes and Cheque Books For Landlords?

I hope you weren’t holding your breath for the Chancellor to announce a package of help for landlords in his Spring...

02 April 2022

From: Agent Advice

Ukraine refugees connect with UK landlords via new platform

Rooms-to-rent platform Ministry of Rooms has launched a new initiative to make it easier for Ukrainian refugees to connect with landlords...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Register - first details emerge of new scheme

The government has indirectly given away early details of its long-expected National Landlord Register - but it still appears to be...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Charge! Some landlords eligible for grants towards EV chargers

Some landlords of rental properties can now apply for grants to contribute towards the cost of installing Electric Vehicle chargers. To access...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - has it been delayed AGAIN?

The government appears to have admitted that the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper has now been delayed yet again, this time...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Shocking data on tenants who rely on Universal Credit to pay rent

More than 50 per cent of private tenants who rely on Universal Credit to pay their rent have a shortfall between...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Now trade unions join the call for urgent rent controls

Trade unions in Scotland are demanding that local council candidates sign a pledge to support “urgent” rent controls in that country. The...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Nine bad landlords named and shamed under government’s new scheme

The government says it’s going to name and shame what it considers to be bad social landlords, using social media to...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned not to delay talking to tenants about mould

The Deposit Protection Service is warning landlords not to delay discussions about damp and mould until the end of the tenancies. DPS...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Council urges tenants to inform if properties have poor EPCs

A council is telling private tenants to inform on their landlords if the properties they are renting having an unacceptable EPC. Hastings...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords told to show compassion when setting rent rises

A property company director is telling landlords to show compassion when they consider rent rises, because of the cost of living...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - is Sunak's VAT initiative enough for landlords?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement was something - but not enough. That’s the view of Ben Beadle - chief executive of the...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Will landlords take up £5,000 heat pumps grant?

A question mark has been raised over the suitability of a scheme starting next month to encourage the switch from gas...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

 Landlords helping Ukranians offered assistance by mortgage lender

Specialist but to let lender Keystone Property Finance has pledged to help UK landlords who want to house Ukrainian refugees.  There have...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists demand indefinite tenancies at heart of rental reform

The Renters’ Reform Coalition, a combination of some 20 groups of activists wanting to transform the lettings sector, has set its...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC told: “Don’t hit landlords with rules change”

Tax experts have warned HMRC not to add to the burden of red tape already falling on landlords. The Chartered Institute of...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Newspaper campaign to scrap Section 21 and clamp down on landlords

The Mirror newspaper has launched a campaign to “make rented homes safer”. It says its campaign - called Safe As Houses -...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords try to head off rent controls plans by politicians

The National Residential Landlords Association is trying to head off the growing clamour for rent controls by setting out its own...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters should join tenants’ union, urges Labour council

Oxford’s Labour-run council has called on private renters to join a new tenants union. A statement from the authority says some private...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Net Tightens On Airbnb - So What Next For Landlords?

Talk is getting louder about restrictions surrounding Airbnb and other short let platforms - and nowhere is the volume greater than...

19 March 2022

From: The Big Issues

Tax on buy to lets and landlords - tell the government what should change

The independent Office for Tax Simplification wants to know how it can make landlords’ tax issues simpler - and it’s started...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Control threat now hurting capital values - analyst’s warning

The threat of rent controls in two parts of the country may now be so severe that buy to let landlords...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive licensing scheme offers discount for good EPC rating

Applications open later this week for one of the country’s largest and most controversial landlord licensing schemes - in Liverpool. The new...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Tomorrow - webinar for landlords on upcoming Right To Rent changes

One of the country’s most respected property lawyers is to discuss changes to rental processes live at a webinar tomorrow.  David Smith,...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Q: How to boost rental supply? A: Scrap stamp duty surcharge

The government could benefit to the tune of £10 billion and the rental market could have soaring supply if stamp duty...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Guidance on Possession Process changes to reflect Covid relaxations

The government has issued revised guidelines for the possession process in the private and social rented sectors in the light of...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour MP launches ‘First Homes, Not Second Homes’ campaign

A Labour MP in the westcountry appears to be winning support for a campaign he has launched called First Homes, Not...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Need help solving a tenant dispute? New redress service launched

A new voluntary redress scheme has been launched to help landlords and tenants solve disputes.  The scheme - by the National Residential...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks - Redress: Should greater accountability be feared?

It goes without saying that any decent landlord wants to provide their tenants with a safe and secure home and to...

12 March 2022

From: The Big Issues

Levelling Up Lettings – why the stock shortage needs addressing now

In this weekend feature, Daniel Evans, chair of the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) and the managing director of Home...

12 March 2022

From: Rental Reform

Labour Mayor and ex-Labour Baroness demand rent freeze

A Labour Mayor and a former Labour baroness have teamed up to call for rent freezes in London, claiming they slash...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Cladding Scandal: MPs call on government to reverse anti-landlord position

A cross-party group of MPs has opposed government plans to make many buy to let landlords pay for the replacement of...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Thatcher’s Right To Buy damned as “a levelling down failure”

The programme of selling off council houses pioneered by Margaret Thatcher has been a strategic failure adding to inequality in Britain. That’s...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

MP worried landlords won't pass council tax rebate to tenants

A senior Labour MP has written to the Housing Secretary Michael Gove seeking reassurances that landlords will not keep council tax...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent controls would add to London’s lettings stock shortfall

A new calculation suggests London needs almost 85,000 new private rented homes a year to meet its housing needs. And it adds...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

What the new Building Safety Bill means for Leaseholders

As the government continues to assess the future state of building regulation in the UK, developers and leaseholders continue to remain...

05 March 2022

From: The Big Issues

Landlords switch on to investment potential of upgrading EPCs

New research suggests that some landlords are now deliberately choosing to buy properties with weak EPCs in order to upgrade and...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Possessions Backlog - government shuts half of Nightingale courts

Around half of the Nightingale courts set up in 2020 at the height of the pandemic are to close, with the...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Giles Atkinson, Director of Atkinson McLeod

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Giles Atkinson and I’m one part of...

03 March 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

Big rise in Capital Gains Tax paid by Buy To Let landlords

New figures show that buy to let landlords quitting the sector or at least reducing their portfolios have helped the government...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive tax hike and stiffer rules for holiday lets in one part of UK

The Welsh Government has announced an increase to the maximum level of council tax premiums for second homes, as well as...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental reform threat to economic growth, warns top expert

A veteran lettings agency chief says future economic growth in part of the UK is under threat from a radical reform...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC’s tax revaluation ‘is stealth tax on landlords’ - claim

Landlords of HMOs are being faced with a revaluation of their properties by HMRC which could result in many suffering tax...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Heartless Evictions’ - new Labour call to scrap Section 21

A Labour activist has written to the government urging a ban on what she calls ‘heartless’ Section 21 evictions. Milton Keynes councillor...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb offers free short-term housing for 100,000 Ukraine refugees

Airbnb says it will offer free short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine.  These stays will be funded by Airbnb...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

100,000 Ukrainian refugees - how will landlords be able to help?

The National Residential Landlords Association is calling for clarity on how the private rental sector can help Ukraine. Home Secretary Priti Patel...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

 Landlords offered leasing scheme to bring empty homes back to use

A council is calling on landlords of empty properties to take the necessary actions to get their homes back into use...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords ditching Airbnb ahead of short-let restrictions - claim

A lettings agent says his client landlords are already turning their back on short let platforms including Airbnb ahead of likely...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss wants rental reform - but landlords must be kept on-side

A leading figure in the PropTech sector says more regulation could make the rental sector fairer and more transparent - but...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Ukraine Crisis - it will hit landlords and tenants this spring

Russia sending tanks into Ukraine sounds terrifying, but it also sounds a long way away. Unfortunately, in a world of global...

26 February 2022

From: The Big Issues

Letting an Airbnb will require planning consent if council succeeds

Landlords wanting to let out via Airbnb and other short let platforms in Edinburgh will have to apply for planning consent...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords face fines of up to 36 months’ rent under government plans

A proposal that landlords be fined up to 36 months rent has been put forward in a consultation paper. The Scottish Government’s...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters caught out by long-running shortage of homes to let

Renters are finding it tough to locate a new home because of the continuing shortage of supply according to the National...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists want controls on rents, house prices, planning consents

A protest by Welsh nationalists has called for a new Property Act to be passed by the Welsh Parliament, which would...

23 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Gove slammed for “lazy and false” views about landlords

The government has been accused of basing its policy to solve the cladding crisis on the assumption that landlords are Property...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Council launching landlord accreditation at energy efficiency teach-in

A council is inviting landlords to an event at which it will both launch a new accreditation scheme and offer guidance...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit by rent controls would move to Airbnb - claim

A prominent property website, which monitors the lettings market, suggests that rent controls would drive a proportion of rental stock to...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New bid for landlords to be treated equally in cladding safety work

A last ditch bid is underway to include the properties of all landlords in the programme of financial help to remove...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Justice For Tenants wins Rent Repayment Order against landlord

A non-profit organisation called Justice For Tenants has spearheaded a campaign which has ultimately led to a Rent Repayment Order being...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

First-time Landlords: key tips to remember in buy to let

Has there ever been a better time to buy-to-let?  Zoopla just last week revealed that demand and rent prices, especially in city...

19 February 2022

From: Top tips & guides

How can you protect your tenancy deposit: TDS' top 10 Tips for landlords to pass on to tenants

Nobody wants to have to end a tenancy with deductions from a tenancy deposit! Here we share our expert tips for landlords to pass...

17 February 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Bigger fines for landlords and more compensation for tenants - Khan

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wants rogue landlords to pay bigger fines and more compensation to tenants. He is also introducing...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

I want to make buy to let less financially attractive, admits politician

A prominent Welsh politician says rent controls should be introduced across that country to “make landlordism less financially attractive.” The Welsh nationalist...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

MP demands probe into role of ‘super-landlords’

An MP is calling on the authorities to investigate how 15 so-called ‘super landlords’ allegedly dominate the rental market in one...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour chief demands rent controls and powers over landlords

The mayor of Labour-controlled Bristol council is teaming up with local anti-landlord activists to look at how to introduce local rent...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

“We’re sick of rip off landlords” says rent control activist

One of the driving forces behind a summit being held to consider rent controls in a major city says she is...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Government steps up pressure on landlords to house refugees

The government is calling on landlords with suitable properties to submit Afghan resettlement offers through a relaunched housing portal. Landlords are being...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge Build To Rent programme announced by pension provider

Legal & General’s Retirement Institutional division has announced a massive £2.5 billion investment to deliver as many as 7,000 Build To...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls and EPCs - landlords urged to respond to consultation

A prominent country property expert has issued an urgent appeal to rural landlords to become involved in the consultation process which...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - landlords shun older homes as EPC targets loom

The draconian new rules governing EPC targets are driving some landlords to favour new build properties when expanding their portfolios. That appears...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Wanted - quarter of a million new rental properties every year

New research commissioned by the landlords’ trade body shows that the UK needs almost 230,000 new private rented homes a year...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Anti-discrimination guide for landlords issued by government

The government has issued a new guide to ensure landlords do not discriminate while enforcing the Right To Rent regulations.  It applies...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Levelling Up Is A Fantasy

In recent days we have heard Michael Gove trumpet his plans to ‘level up’ the UK.  We knew that he would be...

12 February 2022

From: The Big Issues

Landlord Woes - Rising Costs, Levelling Up, Cladding Confusion

Last October, stakeholders across the private rented sector were told by ministers that the Government needed extra time to create a...

12 February 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

Pets in rental properties - is more due diligence the answer?

A major supplier to the lettings industry has just acquired a pet referencing company and suggests that greater due diligence could...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Government issues revised Right To Rent guidance for landlords

The government has issued new Right To Rent guidance for landlords. It makes only minor modifications to previous versions but the latest...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Foreign buy to let investors should sign ownership register says Mayor

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wants the government to put a stop to the capital being used for international money...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory supporter condemns government anti-landlord gesture politics

The government’s pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords and agents is  “the worst form of gesture politics in...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Social renters SIX TIMES less satisfied than private renters - survey

Six times as many social renters in one part of the UK are dissatisfied with their homes compared to private renters...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Conservatives increasingly keen on helping renters rather than landlords

A poll of Conservative voters shows strong majorities for higher taxes on second homes and empty properties, and tougher demands on...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency crisis for landlords - new working party set up

A bank is establishing a working group of industry professionals, landlords and policy makers to see how the private rental sector...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent says tenants amongst hardest hit by energy hike

Generation Rent claims private rental sector tenants are set to be most disadvantaged by the 54 per cent rise in the...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour MP suspects some landlords may keep energy rebate

The Labour MP Dame Meg Hillier is warning that some landlords of HMOs may receive the government’s financial energy assistance- and...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords face massive bills to meet energy efficiency goals

Almost a quarter of landlords say their properties are currently rated D or below for energy efficiency, according to a new...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax warning from finance chief celebrating buy to let

A finance chief is warning that the threat of possible rises in Capital Gains Tax should be dismissed by the government to...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory MP lobbies Sunak over “tax-avoiding absentee landlords”

An MP has lobbied Chancellor Rishi Sunak about what he calls “tax avoiding absentee landlords” who have moved into the holiday...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Government backing wrong horse on rental standards - landlords

The National Residential Landlords Association says the government has chosen the wrong benchmark against which to judge property conditions. Responding to proposals...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter backs Boris Johnson levelling up rental reforms

Campaigning charity Shelter says the government’s rental reform programme is “a crucial step forward”.  The Levelling Up White Paper insists landlords ensure...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 scrapped as Gove hands rental power balance to tenants

The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper includes a dramatic reshaping of the private rental sector. Section 21 eviction powers will be...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent claims victory over landlord register

The activist group Generation Rent says it’s celebrating a victory in its campaign to secure a national mandatory landlord register. Newspaper leaks...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Deposit problems at Purplebricks now resolved, claims agency

Purplebricks claims that its failure to comply with tenant deposit legislation last year is now in the past and was merely...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Cladding Help: Government still considering including BTL landlords

The government has hit back at claims from the National Residential Landlords Association that buy to let landlords are being left...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical rental reforms to be announced this week

The government is expected to announce the introduction of a national landlord register in England on Wednesday as part of its...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter seeks cash claiming eviction powers add to homelessness

Shelter claims that 397 households became homeless every day between July and September 2021 - the first three months after the eviction ban ended.  And...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Don’t exclude landlords from cladding help, politicians will be told

Government plans to rectify dangerous cladding are riddled with confusion and risk needless delays to addressing the problem. That’s the warning from...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Government slams insurance firms over premiums on blocks

Property insurers have forced “crippling costs” on to residents of medium and high-rise apartment blocks in the aftermath of the Grenfell...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Call for action ahead of new Carbon Monoxide alarm laws

A lettings sector trade body is calling for action now by landlords and agents ahead of laws extending the need for...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Councils MUST give cash help to tenants with Covid arrears - NRLA

Approaching one in four private landlords have suffered income losses as a result of the pandemic. As a result the sector’s trade...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Bills - New EPC targets to cost landlords over £10k per unit

Landlords believe that energy efficiency upgrades required to comply with Net Zero regulations may cost up to £10,400 per property. From 2025...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC property tax plan rejected by financial experts

A plan to reform Income Tax Self-Assessment for individuals with income from property or self-employment has been panned by the Association...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

A Long Term Vision for the Housing Market

Our housing market needs a long-term vision, and one which is co-ordinated across government and the wider industry. And it is...

22 January 2022

From: The Big Issues

Government told: Don’t penalise landlords over cladding

The campaign to ensure that landlords are included in the government’s measures to alleviate the problem of dangerous cladding is gathering...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Benefit cuts hitting almost one in 10 landlords - claim

Almost 10 per cent of private landlords letting properties to Universal Credit claimants have experienced at least one tenant having difficulties...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents rising much faster than official figures, claims analyst

Official government data suggests that rents are rising by 1.8 per cent a year - but a prominent analyst has gone...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - new ID technology can be used in Right To Rent

The Home Office has confirmed that landlords, letting agents and employers will be able to use certified new technology to digitally...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Awareness campaign for landlords as law change approaches

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

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short lets wreck local housing markets, say conservationists

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

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax clampdown on holiday lets will help 'genuine’ agents - claim

A tourism chief has stood up in favour of closing what the government calls a tax loophole for landlords letting out...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New landlord contracts with tenants explained by government

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

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Charities want insulation boost for poorer tenants

An alliance of 25 major charities have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, calling for urgent action...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

60 Second Interview with Paul Wootton, The Landlord Works

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

13 January 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

EPC targets - new revelations about domestic energy efficiency

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

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords to pay Net Zero costs without tax or grant help - claim

Landlords will have to foot the bill for the government’s energy efficiency proposals without any apparent tax or grant help. That’s the...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Lords report accuses private rental sector of being too expensive

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

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax loophole closed for landlords claiming business rates

Landlords who let out holiday properties as businesses may have to fork out as much as £1,000 more per year as...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Banned! Landlord ‘with history of poor property management’

A landlord who let out a property that raised serious concerns for the safety of 18 residents, including six children, has...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Compulsory Landlord Register? Clamp-down likely on holiday lets

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

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Un-vaxxed tenants given new guidance on moving home

The government has issued updated guidance on renters moving home during the pandemic, and for the first time the rules change...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Is The Private Rental Sector facing a Supply Crisis?

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

08 January 2022

From: Industry Views

Landlords’ extra time to submit self-assessment tax returns

Sarah Coles, senior personal finance analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, writes: The government has announced extra breathing space for anyone who hasn’t...

08 January 2022

From: Tax & Finance

Don’t call me ‘Landlord’ - is the title discredited?

The majority of the buy to let community want the name ‘landlord’ dropped and replaced by something like ‘small housing provider’ That’s...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how much rents went up in your area in 2021

One of the major lettings market indices has produced figures showing how much rents rose in 2021. HomeLet says the average rent...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Now Labour jumps on the bandwagon

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

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stop landlords buying properties to let out, says Tory activist

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

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC’s Tax changes for landlords in 2022

With 2022 just hours away, here’s a reminder of two tax changes that will directly affect landlords next year - and...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexiteer MPs campaign against Net Zero EPC targets

Two prominent Brexiteer MPs are spearheading a campaign that claims Net Zero energy efficiency policies are unpopular. In their launch statement, they...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency backs landlords with sweeping attack on government

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

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency: Another call for landlords to get help to hit targets

Another council is encouraging landlords and tenants to get help to improve the energy efficiency of rented properties. Shropshire Council says there...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

 Scrapping Section 21 may take three years says industry expert

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

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government issues new Right To Rent guidance for landlords

The Home Office has issued yet another iteration of its guidance for landlords on how to conduct Right To Rent checks. The...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive rent rise for social housing tenants expected in the spring

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

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - consultation opens for landlords and general public

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

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter backs call for rent controls and anti-eviction powers

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

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax Tips: Are you filing to HMRC over the Christmas period?

It’s likely that you’ll have something festive lined up over the Christmas period, but in case not - here are a...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Hot Air! Call for rethink of rental energy efficiency measures

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

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Extended notice period is ‘another body blow to landlords’

The National Residential Landlords Association has described a six months notice period for tenants as “yet another body blow to landlords.” Over...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid - Minister tells landlords how to tackle ‘Winter Plan’

Housing minister Chris Pincher has written an open letter to all landlords in England, telling them how to enact the government’s...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shamplina Speaks: Rental Reform to dominate 2022

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

18 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

Will 2022 present energy efficiency and rent control challenges?

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

18 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

New Year - time for landlords to step up a gear

The dusk of 2021 is upon us and, as is customary in property circles at this juncture, we look forward to...

18 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

2022’s challenge for landlords - improving energy efficiency

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

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mandatory compensation for tenants mooted by letting agents

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

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC Targets - government tipped to give landlords an extra year

It’s being reported in the mainstream press that the government may give landlords an extra year to make rental homes more energy efficient. This...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Baroness leads call for ‘winter truce’ on evictions

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

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Slammed! Government and councils condemned for rental failures

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

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords want more government and council 'vision' for rentals

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

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government told to act over falling size of private rental sector

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

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Council may fund landlords’ energy efficiency measures if tenants qualify

Landlords with properties in part of Lincolnshire could benefit from Government funding secured by North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government backs controversial licensing scheme after two years

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

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

 Landlords offered advice line to save energy and improve EPCs

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

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Special: Can landlords afford to meet new EPC targets?

With currently less than four years before all new tenancies need to be in properties rated EPC ‘C’ or above, there...

04 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

Capital Gains Tax reform: Government decision at last

The long-awaited government response to calls to tighten up Capital Gains Tax has come at last - and it’s no change...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

We Quit! Landlords may sell over strict EPC targets

More than half of landlords with properties rated EPC D or below are considering selling because of stringent energy efficiency rules...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs want renewable heating tech in private rental homes

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

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

 More legal aid for tenants facing eviction - proposals unveiled

The government is proposing that tenants facing eviction receive additional legal assistance through an enhancement of the current free ‘on-the-day’ law...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets licensing schemes to start next year in Scotland

Councils north of the border will be given powers to ensure short-term lets are safe and meet the needs of local...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

If you think residential Covid arrears are bad….see this…

Residential landlords need no reminding of the restrictions that have prevented possessions for substantial periods during the pandemic. Nor do they...

27 November 2021

From: The Big Issues

Letting a holiday home? Here’s how to make it more sustainable

Harry Roberts, managing director of My Favourite Cottages, outlines how holiday homes can be made more sustainable. Earlier this month, world leaders...

27 November 2021

From: Industry Views

Buy to Let Investment guide – Free to Download

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

25 November 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks refuses to give details of tenancy deposit failure

Purplebricks is refusing to say how many landlords were affected by its failure to comply with the law requiring tenants’ deposits to...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent blasts “dodgy landlords” for sabotaging energy efficiency goals

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

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Council may help with rent payments for hard-pressed tenants

A council is appealing to landlords to reach out if they are having problems with a tenant - instead of possibly...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Commuter belt city wants private landlords to house Afghan refugees

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

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Section 21 possession cases plummet - despite what some say

The number of repossession cases in the courts involving landlords using Section 21 notices has plummeted over the past two years. A...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lights Out at Bulb - what this may mean for landlords

Bulb Energy, which has 1.7m customers - including, it is thought, many thousands of landlords - is to be put into...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Sex For Rent landlords to be discussed in the House of Lords

The long-running saga of unscrupulous landlords taking advantage of lone tenants to suggest a ‘sex for rent’ arrangement continues with a...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t over-regulate landlords! Warning to UK governments

Avoiding over-regulation across the UK should be a priority to keep existing landlords in the sector as well as attracting buy...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to landlords - capital appreciation for older homes may fall

A business analyst is warning owners of older properties that the value of their assets may be cut if energy efficiency...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper under discussion with landlord trade group

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

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

The man with a PLAN for portfolio landlords

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

13 November 2021

From: Rental Reform

Pathetic! Councils blasted for failure to prosecute rogue landlords

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

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC and Valuation Office working on new tax regime for holiday lets

A government housing minister has confirmed to the House of Lords that a new tax regime for Airbnb hosts and holiday...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity wants check on how £65m is spent on Covid-arrears tenants

Another charity has criticised landlords using eviction powers on tenants with Covid-related arrears.  StepChange, a debt advice charity, says it wants to...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

EPCs and energy efficiency - Landlords appear ahead of the game

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

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government asks tenants if they want to see landlord contact details

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

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Think twice before signing up to new register, landlords told

A landlord group is advising members to think carefully about a ‘special offer’ from a local authority attempting to tie them into...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to ‘portfolio criminal landlords’ as clampdown gathers strength

Rogue landlords who create portfolios of overcrowded, unregulated and unsafe properties - including the infamous beds in sheds - now face...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords of homes with illegal EPCs threatened with enforcement

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

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Most landlords subsidising tenants during Covid dipped into savings

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

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

What are the Alternatives to Gas Boilers?

The UK government’s target to reach net zero emissions by 2050 has necessitated the introduction of initiatives aimed at reducing fossil...

06 November 2021

From: The Big Issues

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

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

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour says S21 eviction power “unjustly uproots families”

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

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show over 100,000 homes let illegally

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

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Hot Air? EPC targets cannot be achieved with government funding

Savills estimates that £330 billion is needed to implement all energy efficiency improvements to the UK housing sector to meet EPC...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New cash boost for courts may ease possession backlog

There may be a breakthrough in clearing the huge backlog of possession cases as the government is allocating an extra £324m...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Free Home Safety Improvements: Landlords may be eligible

Landlords, tenants and residents in parts of Nottingham may be eligible for free home safety improvements to crackdown on burglary. Nottinghamshire police...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New trade body for landlords to launch this month

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

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Arrears - More should still be done to clear them

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

30 October 2021

From: The Big Issues

Shock stamp duty hike was considered for Budget

It now appears that landlords had a narrow escape with this week’s Budget. The Daily Telegraph has discovered that a report by...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government delays Rental Reform White Paper until 2022

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

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news - Capital Gains Tax reporting time doubled for landlords

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

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Think-tank backs Generation Rent call for greater controls on landlords

An independent think-tank is the latest organisation wanting landlord licensing schemes across England plus a nationa landlord register, emulating similar schemes...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News