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

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

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Here is how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

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

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 January 2020

From: Sponsored Content

New regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning

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

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical safety regulations to be introduced in England

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

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Fewer landlords are letting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit

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

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Government to end Local Housing Allowance rate freeze

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

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Scottish government announces plans to regulate short-term lets

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

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to prepare for new MEES regulations in April

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

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL investors urged to head north for higher returns

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

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What Universal Credit means for landlords

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

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The Guild supports clampdown on rogue landlords

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

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Court delays causing ‘extreme stress’ for landlords

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

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes European Court of Justice ruling on Airbnb

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

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from everyone at Landlord Today

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

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 is ‘another attack’ against BTL landlords

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

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: Key housing policies, at a glance

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

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Next government urged to cut VAT on maintenance and improvement works

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

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s rent control proposals will leave tenants worse off

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

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

BTR landlord adopts ‘zero deposits or fees’ policy

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

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Lib Dem manifesto presents a  mixed bag for BTL landlords

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

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Be aware of the silent killer

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

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The best performing parliamentary constituencies for house price growth

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

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Government has no plans for a national register of landlords

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

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

How buying and selling property in Scotland differs from England

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

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

National Landlord Investment Show to address important issues today

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

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

An increasing number of regulations challenge BTL landlords

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

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Leasehold reform campaigner unveils key areas where changes are needed

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

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Let’s not overlook the needs of UK landlords

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

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord show to address key issues affecting landlords ahead of election

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

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to reform the rental deposit system

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

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Brent Council agrees to introduce  additional and selective licensing

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

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents continue to rise, albeit at a slower pace

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

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Section 21 consultation ends tomorrow

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

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rise well below inflation, new figures show

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

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Demand for new build property falls to six-year low

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

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Moving home? Here’s your guide to property jargon

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

08 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New toolkit to help local authorities clampdown on rogue landlords

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

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

The government has become too reliant on private landlords

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

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of landlords report a rise in tenant demand

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

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems vote to scrap Section 21

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

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords back RLA and NLA merger

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

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA slams London Trading Standards for failing landlords and tenants

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

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords who provide affordable homes should be given greater financial support

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

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

5 secrets of great student landlords

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

13 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Allow tenants to transfer deposit between landlords, says RLA

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

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government attacked for ‘incoherent’ approach to PRS

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

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Enfield Council plans to introduce landlord licensing scheme

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

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are worried about the prospect of a Labour government

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

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Council hits new heights to catch dozens of rogue landlords

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

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban comes into force in Wales

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

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA and RLA to join forces

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

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban in Wales comes into play this weekend

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

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The Welsh tenant fee ban comes into force this weekend

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

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Half of landlords would not currently invest in the BTL sector

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

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for choosing a letting agent

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

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Welsh government launches new guide on the Welsh tenant fee ban

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

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Property price cuts attracts buyers

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

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The Guild explains what impact proposed Section 21 changes will have

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

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish landlords praised for ‘taking their legal responsibilities seriously’

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

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit Cap Calculator to the rescue

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

15 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Private rents rise 1.3%

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

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence at an all-time low

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

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent damp in your rental properties

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

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to bring forward its plans for court reform

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

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New Right to Rent guidance issued by the Home Office

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

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

No legal requirement for an HHSRS report

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

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fresh government guidance ‘could leave landlords open to prosecution’

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

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Evictions specialist wants landlords to have a say on Section 21

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

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime central London rental values dip as supply increases

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

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Company landlords now own almost 650,000 rental properties

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

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Leasehold packs set to be capped at £200

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

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged not to underestimate impact of removing Section 21

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

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords database may be a pointless exercise, warns NLA

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

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting and managing agents in England face tougher regulation

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

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Mustafa Dervish, Owner of Two Six Homes

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

18 July 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government finally responds to readers

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

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Very few tenants know about their rights and responsibilities

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

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to reform health and safety standards

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

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental yields hit two-year high

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

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government fails to respond to readers

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

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Around 33,000 properties are potentially being let illegally

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

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish government urged to protect tenants’ rights

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

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish parliament consults on introducing rent controls

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

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord questioned over ‘threatening letter’ to letting agent

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

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord groups form coalition to oppose scrapping of Section 21

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

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Government approves new PRS licensing scheme

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

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban to be introduced tomorrow

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

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in disputes handled by the Property Redress Scheme

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

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban comes into effect this weekend

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

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

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

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in Scotland need to prepare for new regulation

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

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

What do landlords need to know about the deposit cap?

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

24 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Almost half of landlords expected to exit the PRS

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

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The Tories have lost the trust of BTL landlords

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

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Record response to new survey on Section 21

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

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New post-Brexit Right to Rent guidance issued by the government

New guidance on Right to Rent checks for EU citizens after Britain leaves the European Union has been published by the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA welcomes MP’s pledge to fix court system before Section 21 is scrapped

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has welcomed the housing minister’s pledge to make changes to the courts to speed up the...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Act 2019: Guidance for landlords and agents

New guidance for landlords and letting agents has been released by the government. The Tenant Fees Act 2019, which applies to England...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Government allocates £200m to replace Grenfell-style cladding from high rises

The government has set up a £200m fund to replace unsafe Grenfell Tower-style cladding on around 170 private high-rise residential buildings...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New book aims to help landlords thrive in buy-to-let sector

With more than 170 pieces of landlord legislation in place, property experts, Paul Shamplina and Kate Faulkner, have once again joined...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Assault’ on landlords ‘contradicts the basic principles of sound tax policy’

Buy-to-let landlords are being unfairly penalised for the housing crisis, according to a new report by the Institute of Economic Affairs...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb is a good idea but landlords urged to approach with caution

A growing number of private landlords are turning to Airbnb and similar platforms, but Apropos by DJ Alexander Ltd, a property management...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to ‘stimulate’ rental home supply with ‘pro-growth taxation’

The UK is facing a private rented housing crisis unless the government takes rapid action to stop landlords selling up, according...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord sees market share grow but it remains a ‘testing market for landlords’

There is no two ways about it, the buy-to-let market has become much more challenging for property investors of late for...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and the Right to Rent for EU nationals

Few people familiar with the UK property market would dispute the fact that the Right to Rent scheme has been deeply...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Increasing number of landlords ‘cautiously’ re-entering the BTL market

There has been a significant rise in the number of landlords re-entering the buy-to-let market after coming to terms with the...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold - put your views to the housing minister

In recent weeks our campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold has continued to gather momentum both in the press and across...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Abolishing Section 21 could adversely affect housing supply

The government’s proposal to scrap Section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act is likely to deter many people from investing in...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent rises slow despite a high number of landlords continuing to exit the PRS

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases dropped slightly in March thanks partly to a sharp rise in the number of...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to simplify the benefits system to prevent discrimination

Nationwide were among a small group of mortgage lenders asked to give evidence at a select committee yesterday on restrictions around...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New survey provides landlords with a chance to shape the future of the PRS

Following the government’s recent announcement that it is to consult on ending Section 21 repossessions, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government accused of having ‘a Dickensian view of private landlords’

The government’s announcement earlier this week that there will be radical reforms of the PRS will not just create open-ended tenancies...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 ban without making Section 8 fully ‘fit for purpose’ would be an error

Abolishing Section 21 without making Section 8 fully “fit for purpose” will have dire consequences on our housing supply. This week, the...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government warned against banning Section 21

The housing minister James Brokenshire’s announcement yesterday that there will be a consultation period on the ability of landlords to remove...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government set to abolish Section 21

The government is today proposing to consult on scrapping Section 21, so-called  ‘no fault’, repossessions in the private rented sector in favour...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Three in four Scots back rent caps

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

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Report exposes ‘scandalous mis-selling of leasehold properties on an epic scale’

Leasehold property ownership has come under yet more fire today after a new report laid bare the scale of mis-selling in...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fresh online support for councils to crackdown on rogue landlords

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

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Client Money Protection – what do landlords need to know?

On April 1 2019, the rental sector shifted into a new era of even greater professionalisation with the introduction of mandatory...

09 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

BTL landlords are simply not prepared for Brexit, says RLA

EU citizens may face problems getting rented accommodation in the UK after Brexit due to a lack of guidance for landlords...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA welcomes tax relief for rental home improvements proposal

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has welcomed calls by a parliamentary committee for tax incentives for private landlords to improve the...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

MEES rules change means cost cap is now set at £3,500

Private landlords with properties on the exemption register with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G will now have to...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Greater protection for landlords as CMP is made compulsory for letting agents

All letting agents in England are now required to belong to an approved Client Money Protection scheme, a measure designed to...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

How will the gas boiler ban affect BTL landlords?

On 13th March the Chancellor announced that it will be illegal to install gas boilers in new build homes from 2025....

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents increase as landlords ‘continue exiting the market’

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases in February rose to the highest figure since August, as supply of new property...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords under pressure to increase rents

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

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Can you let out your BTL flat? - The problem with leasehold

As a landlord, you may have purchased a flat for the purposes of subletting, but are you actually allowed to rent...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Petition against ‘No DSS’ Rightmove listings hit 40,000 signatures

An online petition calling on Rightmove to ban ‘No DSS’ wording in rental adverts has attracted more than 40,000 signatures. The petition...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

UK’s highest yields: the best postcodes for buy-to-let

Despite a number of tax and legislative changes making it harder to make money in buy-to-let, there are still pockets of...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla’s decision to ban ‘No DSS’ adverts welcomed by landlord association

Zoopla’s decision to issue ‘blanket bans against tenants in receipt of housing-related benefits’ after announcing that it will end ‘No DSS’ wording...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Four-year trend of rising rents ‘shows no signs of abating’

Private rental prices in the UK increased by 1.1% in the 12 months to February, according to the Office for National...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Nationwide is the latest lender to remove restrictions on letting to DSS tenants

Nationwide has announced that it will no longer prevent buy-to-let landlords from letting property to tenants in receipt of benefits. The move...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains ‘one of the most lucrative investments one can make’

Despite recent tax and regulatory changes, investment in buy-to-let has outperformed most other major asset classes over the past 10 years,...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants can sue landlords for damp homes under new laws

Tenants now have the right to sue their landlords for cold or damp homes under new laws that have come into...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing committee calls for leasehold reform

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has published a report calling for wide ranging reforms to the leasehold system in...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Highly anticipated report into Leasehold Reform to be published today

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee is due to publish its report into Leasehold Reform today, which is designed to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla to stop rental listings discriminating against benefits claimants

Zoopla will no longer allow letting agents and landlords to issue ‘blanket bans against tenants in receipt of housing-related benefits’ after...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords who have tax to pay urged to come forward ‘sooner rather than later’

HMRC’s Let Property Campaign, which provides an opportunity for landlords to come forward and report undeclared rental income and expenditure to...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: ‘Chancellor's housing plans simply don't go far enough’

The chancellor Philip Hammond has once again failed to deliver for private landlords, with yesterday’s rather low-key Spring Statement yet another...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Pilot launched to improve energy efficiency of rented accommodation

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

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to ‘breathe life back into the private landlord sector’

Buy-to-let landlords believe that today’s Spring Statement provides the chancellor Philip Hammond with an opportunity to bolster activity in the buy-to-let...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Offer landlords tax incentives to end the ‘scandal of empty homes’, says RLA

The government is being urged to do more to address the ‘scourge’ of empty homes in England by supporting buy-to-let landlords...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘National scandal’ as the number of empty homes across England rises 5%

Buy-to-let landlords are often blamed, primarily by those under the age of 40, for the existing housing crisis because property investors acquire...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour plans to force landlords to offer ‘indefinite’ tenancies

A Labour government would aim to address what it sees as a ‘power imbalance’ between landlords and renters by introducing “indefinite”...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords contribute £16.1bn a year to UK economy, research finds

Buy-to-let landlords collectively contribute £16.1bn to the British economy through pre-tax spending, which is almost double the estimated £8.5bn a decade...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government makes funds available to help house homeless in the PRS

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

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental income for BTL landlords jumps 15% year-on-year to £18.7bn

Rental income for buy-to-let landlords has increased by a staggering 15% over the past 12 month to hit £18.7bn, up from...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to clampdown on landlords discriminating against DSS tenants

The government plans to crackdown on BTL landlords and letting agents posting ‘no DSS’ adverts discriminating against tenants claiming housing benefit. Around...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Where can you find the most energy-efficient properties in the UK?

Investing in residential properties can be a great way to accumulate wealth. But before parting with your cash, an investment strategy...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords cool on property purchases

Philip Hammond is once again being urged to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms as they are...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to abolish controversial Right to Rent policy

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

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest scraps ‘no DSS’ policy

NatWest has bowed to growing industry pressure by lifting restrictions on buy-to-let landlords renting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit. In...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Falling property sales in Manchester: has the bubble burst?

If you’ve been reading about the Manchester property market, then you will probably have read that overall sales volumes have fallen...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Councils significantly reduce action against rogue landlords

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

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New ‘Let it, don’t forget it’ fire safety campaign launched

A new fire safety campaign urging private sector landlords and letting agents to always abide by the law and install smoke...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The average time it takes to sell a property revealed

Some buy-to-let landlords are being driven out of the market by the government’s tax crackdown as growing numbers struggle to make...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant issues ‘holding back construction’ of much needed new homes

The increase in demand for residential properties, coupled with restricted supply of new homes being built, will almost certainly cause property...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Money Shield and NALS receive government approval as CMP scheme providers

Money Shield and the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) have become officially recognised Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme operators after securing...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fraudsters claiming to be landlords leave tenants £20k out of pocket

Fraudsters posing as landlords have conned prospective tenants out of £20,000 over the past couple months by persuading them to pay...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

CMP scheme allows landlords and tenants to claim money back from rogue agents

Landlords and tenants will continue to be able to claim back the entire amount of money that has been lost or...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending slumps as landlords deterred by tax changes

Buy-to-let mortgage activity continued to slow in December with landlord investors taking out just 5,100 new buy-to-let home purchase mortgages, down...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords accused of ‘exploiting’ student renters

Landlords are taking advantage of first-time student renters by failing to carry out repairs, according to a new poll. A fresh report...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains a ‘lucrative investment’ as rents rise across the UK

Private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rose by 1% in the 12 months to January 2019, unchanged from...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Proportion of income spent on rent by private tenants has fallen

The proportion of income spent on rent in the private rented sector has fallen from 35.4% in 2010/11 to 32.9% in...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Increasing SDLT for overseas buyers ‘would send a catastrophic message’

The government’s decision to launch a consultation into a proposal to add 1% onto the stamp duty paid when buying a home in England...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Bill receives Royal Assent

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

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Political and economic uncertainty’ boost demand for rental properties

There has been a significant rise in demand from people looking to rent property amid political and economic uncertainty and this...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Political broadcaster Andrew Neil to chair major landlord debate in London

Journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil will chair the Government Panel Debate at the National Landlord Investment Show in London, it has...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for Universal Credit overhaul as many claimants fall into rent arrears

Half the people seeking help with their Universal Credit claim are in rent arrears, according to Citizens Advice. More generous advance loans...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

How much does the average landlord in England earn in income from rent?

There is a misconception among some people that all buy-to-let landlords are wealthy, but the reality is that most operate as...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Hamilton Fraser acquires NLA’s TDSL shares

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

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Cost of renting in the private sector falls

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

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Private landlords and letting agents need to stick together

The so-called housing charity, Shelter, targeted Ludlow Thompson a few months back, asking its supporters to block the letting agent’s telephone...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New petition calls for pet damage insurance to be paid by tenants with pets

Landlords and tenants are being urged to sign a new online petition calling for the government to better support tenants with...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent welcomes tenant fees ban as it ‘rights a flawed piece of legislation’

The government’s ban on tenant fees is good for business and will strengthen the relationship between landlords and tenants, according to...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords face tough new rules on electrical safety

The government has committed to introduce mandatory five yearly electrical safety checks in the private rented sector. No time date has been...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you prepared for the letting fees ban?

After the Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent last week, landlords and letting agents will, from June 1st 2019, no longer...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

UK buy-to-let landlords claimed £17.7bn in tax relief last year – claim

Despite government cuts, a new report claims that buy-to-let landlords in the UK claimed £17.7bn in tax relief last year, up...

29 January 2019

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

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

28 January 2019

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Mayor of London to develop ‘rent control’ proposals

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan is developing rent control proposals as part of his 2020 re-election bid in the hope...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban is now inevitable after gaining Royal Assent

The ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents will be introduced in June after the Tenant Fees Bill passed...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord purchases fall sharply as tax assault bites

There has been a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let property purchases as a raft of government tax hikes continues...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 January 2019

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Convicted landlord receives 500K in housing benefit payments despite ban

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

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

What would a no-deal Brexit mean for the UK’s landlords?

Life just doesn’t get any easier for Theresa May. No sooner had her Brexit withdrawal plan been rejected by a record-breaking...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Teachers BS increases maximum age on BTL and cuts standard coverage ratio

Teachers Building Society has made various changes to its buy-to-let criteria, including an increase in maximum age, while the society has...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Hull accused of ‘getting away with murder’

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

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

UK Finance slammed for suggesting that the leasehold system is working well

Assertions made by UK Finance that the leasehold system is not in need of major reform have been rejected by Leasehold...

18 January 2019

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Rents in London hit an all-time high as supply plummets

Asking rents in London rose to a record high in December, with market conditions in the capital improving to levels not...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Brexit uncertainty good news for BTL landlords?

Many people tend to hold off on buying property during times of uncertainty and that appears to be precisely what is...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to come into force on 1 June 2019

The introduction of a ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents look set to finally come into force on...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2019

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

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

15 January 2019

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The total value of UK’s housing stock hits £7.29 trillion

The total value of the UK’s housing stock reached a record £7.29 trillion in 2018, according to fresh research from Savills. The...

15 January 2019

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Universal Credit to be taken from claimants and paid directly to landlords

The government has announced a new online system that will pay private landlords of those on Universal Credit directly. It is hoped...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property management firm fined £5k for non-compliance

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

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS becomes first TDP scheme to appoint independent complaints reviewer

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

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The government is ‘not that bothered’ about helping BTL landlords, claims NLA

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has expressed its disappointment at the government’s decision not to address a major ruling that is...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

MOT-style reports needed in rental sector, says inventory specialist

No Letting Go, one of the UK’s largest providers of inventory services, is calling for the introduction of MOT-style certificates to...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords accused of taking advantage of the growing homeless population

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

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Future Right to Rent system must be ‘reliable’ and treat people ‘fairly’

The government’s long-awaited White Paper on post-Brexit immigration policy, published last week, unveiled plans for a single, skills-based immigration system applying...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government introduces new room size guidance

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

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords continue to exit the BTL market

There was a further rise in the number of landlords exiting the buy-to-let market, new data shows. Belvoir’s Q3 Rental Index, compiled...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

High Court review of Right to Rent policy begins today

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

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in rental deposit numbers as PRS continues to grow

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

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The rent most landlords receive is just servicing the interest on their mortgages

The rental income received by 79% of landlords with mortgages is only sufficient to service the interest element of their loans, and not...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to rethink rent protection scheme

The government’s existing strategy to protect rent paid by tenants to letting agents will fail to provide adequate protection for landlords,...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgages could help landlords meet Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Just 4% of landlords and tenants had in April this year heard of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), claims research by...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords boosted by rising demand from tenants amid ‘uncertain times’

There has been a sharp rise in demand from people looking to rent property amid political and economic uncertainty, according to...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils struggling to take action over unlicensed HMOs

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

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at five weeks rent

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

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Crossrail delay unlikely to halt rental growth around Elizabeth Line

Crossrail will demand hundreds of millions of pounds from the government in its third bailout of the year according to various...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tipton & Coseley Building Society overhauls BTL lending criteria

Tipton & Coseley Building Society has announced enhancements to its buy-to-let product criteria. Tipton says that the move is part of its...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Supply of rental properties drops as landlords exit the market

Rents in the UK’s private rental sector continue to rise as the supply of properties to let has dropped again on...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords earned £34bn in rental income last year

Private landlords across the UK collectively earned £33.8bn from their buy-to-let investments in the year from 5 April 2017 to 2018,...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could be offered incentives to house tenants receiving benefits

The Welsh government is planning to introduce new incentives and other support to help encourage more landlords with properties in Wales...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Airbnb-style’ landlords provide welcome support for the construction industry

A number of landlords who use short-term holiday rental sites are reinvesting their earnings in refurbishment work helping to provide much...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords would agree to three-year tenancies but conditions are needed

One of the government’s suggestions to help fix the UK’s “broken housing market” was to oblige landlords to offer tenancies with...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey exposes tenants’ shocking lack of knowledge about tenancy deposits

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

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Campaign to make cheap insurance available for properties at risk of flooding

A new campaign has been launched to help make cheap insurance available to those who own property in flood-risk areas following...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing campaigners target NatWest branch over BTL mortgage ‘discrimination’

Campaigners opposed to mortgage lenders allowing landlords to rent property to people claiming benefits tried to voice their discontent over the...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords must wait five months to gain possession of property through courts

It now takes more than five months on average for private landlords to regain possession of a property when applying to...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban will not stop ‘hidden charges’

The government’s plan to introduce a ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents is likely to come into force...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Are developers inflating the prices of homes through Help to Buy?

Millennials looking to get a foot on the housing ladder are now able to do so two years earlier because of the...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Allowing banks to operate a “no DSS” policy is “housing discrimination”

Mortgage lenders have once again been criticised for not permitting landlords to rent property to people claiming benefits – this time...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Government benefit cuts fuel surge in homelessness from rented housing

Government benefit changes, including cuts to housing benefit, are to blame for increasing levels of homelessness from private rented housing, according...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Decline of buy-to-let prompts ‘exciting time for renters’, says JLL

The number of properties acquired by landlords has dropped significantly over the past couple of years following the tax and regulatory...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New government housing court plan is ‘good news for landlords and tenants’

The launch yesterday of a consultation by the government on establishing a new housing court has been welcomed by the Residential...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Section 8 process is ‘no longer fit for purpose’, NLA says

A review of the section 8 possession process is urgently required, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). As many of you...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords accused of ‘illegally’ withholding deposits

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

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents in central London rise as number of rental homes drops by 18% in a year

Renters in central London now face having to bid against each other, pushing rents up in the process, as a result...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Increasing the ‘financial burden’ faced by landlords is ‘bad news’ for the PRS

This week’s announcement that landlords will need to pay the first £3,500 to make improvements to their properties to ensure they...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency rules disadvantage landlords investing in rural homes

Landlords investing in the rural private rented sector face higher costs and fewer options to meet new requirements of minimum energy...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

More landlords to be forced to improve energy efficiency of their properties

More landlords of the draughtiest homes in England and Wales will be required to upgrade their properties after amendments to regulations...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New measures are “another nail in the coffin for buy-to-let”

Buy-to-let is a lot tougher than it once was. Landlords’ returns have been squeezed by the introduction of the 3% stamp duty...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Where does the challenges faced by BTL landlords and lenders end?

Investing in buy-to-let property has long been a lucrative business opportunity for both recreational and professional investors, but could harsh tax...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget delivers ‘another tax hit for landlords’ – industry reaction

Philip Hammond has once again failed to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms that have had far-reaching...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Successive tax increases on residential property are ‘ill-conceived and ineffective’

As the Chancellor prepares for today’s Autumn Budget, more residential taxes are widely mooted to be introduced, according to various experts. The...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of first-time buyers want landlords to sell to long-term tenants

As the Chancellor prepares to deliver his Budget today, research from Aldermore has revealed the measures prospective first-time buyers want put...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Lenders need to keep an eye on BTL landlords with tenants on Universal Credit

Almost two-thirds of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have had problems with non-payment and arrears, according to the latest...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

IPSE backs Vince Cable’s call for halt to Universal Credit roll-out

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has backed the Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable’s calls for a halt...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of renters saw rents increase in September

Some 31% of private tenants saw their rent payments rise last month, up from 27% in September 2017 and 24% in...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord database to be made freely available, says PM

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

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rented homes are urgently required, so why are landlords ‘underappreciated’?

Private landlords provide a vital service for people looking for housing, and that is why the government is wrong to persecute...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Failure of licensing system allows rogue landlords to ‘operate with impunity’

The government’s attempts to clampdown on rogue landlords have been branded ‘weak and pathetic’, partly due to the vast and complex...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let product numbers for limited companies double in last year

The number of buy-to-let mortgage deals available to landlords who operate their properties through limited companies has more than doubled in...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget: Can we expect some ‘pre-Halloween’ treats for landlords?

From tax hikes to a fresh raid on pensions tax relief, there are various tricks and treats the Chancellor could have...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

No-deal Brexit will not deter most landlords from expanding portfolio

The chances of a no-deal Brexit are looking increasingly likely after EU leaders snubbed Theresa May’s latest compromise offer, but that...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lenders slammed for preventing landlords renting to benefit claimants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has raised serious concerns that the majority of buy-to-let lenders are preventing landlords renting property to...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let shifting towards an era of professionalism

Two years on from sweeping tax reforms to the buy-to-let sector, the industry is rapidly shifting towards professional landlords, according to...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government releases £400m for cladding upgrades

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rise in remortgaging shows ‘landlords remain committed to the market’

Many landlords remain committed to the buy-to-let sector despite government interventions and a wider housing slowdown, new figures show. Despite the adverse...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental prices continue to ‘gradually pick up’

A number of tenants have been hit by rent rises over the past 12 months as landlords respond to extra taxes...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rent arrears involving tenants on Universal Credit

Universal Credit was described by one national newspaper as an ‘ill-conceived shambles’ over the weekend, after former prime ministers Gordon Brown...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces plans to improve property agent standards

New plans to raise standards across the property agent sector have been unveiled by the housing minister Heather Wheeler. A new working...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget: What’s in store for BTL landlords?

Several ideas have been floated as potential proposals in this month’s Budget, including financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies. But...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Future elections expected to be influenced powerfully by private renters

Recent changes in legislation, as part of government policy to encourage first-time buyers and owner-occupier purchases, have led to a tax...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Most tenants don’t want three-year tenancies, survey shows

Six out of 10 renters want tenancies of 12 months or less, a new AXA survey suggests. The government, which wants to...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Croydon becomes first council to support campaign to scrap Section 21

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

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords being encouraged to re-evaluate mortgage position

Do you know how much you could save by switching mortgages? Research from Property Master reveals that landlords on standard variable...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government changes leading to ‘confusion among tenants’

More than half - 53% - of tenants in this country do not understand their rights and new regulations brought in...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New landlords association urges Chancellor to reverse BTL tax changes

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

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could be offered tax incentive for longer tenancies

The government is considering plans to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies, according to the Sunday Times. The government is...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban on letting fees moves a step closer

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords should be offered tax incentives for longer tenancies, says RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling for tax reforms to encourage and support more landlords to offer longer tenancies. In its...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancy plans could deter a third of BTL landlords

One third of landlords say they would be less likely to acquire property if three-year tenancies are made compulsory, according to...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

All letting agents in Scotland must now be registered

All letting agents in Scotland must now be signed up to a new register in order to trade legally. The Letting Agent...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to Section 21 eviction notices from today

From today, all BTL landlords in England with Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs), regardless of their start date, will need to comply...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Philip Hammond urged to scrap stamp duty and CGT surcharges

The Chancellor Philip Hammond may have only announced last week that the Autumn Budget will take place on Monday 29 October,...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for changes to Section 21 notices, from next week?

Buy-to-let landlords need to prepare themselves for changes to the Section 21 Notice coming into force next week. On 1st October 2018,...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to use Autumn Budget to ‘encourage’ investment in the PRS

Philip Hammond is being urged to use his Autumn Budget, which will take place on 29 October, to support investment in...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour ‘hell-bent’ on dragging the UK rental sector backwards

Labour’s plans to scrap legislation permitting private landlords to evict tenants without reason has been slammed by a leading letting agency...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour wants to offer private tenants greater power

Labour plans to abolish legislation permitting private landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason. Section 21 notices, which have been in...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Concern grows over unregistered landlords of HMOs

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

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

London rents rising amid shortage of properties

Rent prices in London are forecast to see strong growth following a significant drop in the number of homes available to rent...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government’s housebuilding plans are insufficient to tackle housing crisis

The government remains committed to building more new homes, but their target of 300,000 a year is unlikely to be met. Sky-high...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost half of private tenants would prefer deposit-free renting

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than two weeks until new HMO rules are introduced

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

IPSE calls on government to halt Universal Credit rollout

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) is the latest organisation to call on the government to immediately pause...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

MP calls for action over rent-for-sex cases

The government is once again being urged to introduce fresh legislation to outlaw the ‘despicable’ practice of sex-for-rent deals. Speaking in the...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government’s tax changes have led to the ‘sledgehammering of the BTL industry’

Activity in the buy-to-let market dropped further in July as a result of government interventions and a wider housing slowdown, new...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New blockchain database to track changes in the PRS

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landmark report criticises government’s failed PRS policies

The government’s private rented sector policies are failing tenants, mainly because they are ‘not joined up or thought through’, a new...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More than half of landlords optimistic about the future of the BTL market

Going by press headlines, it would be easy to imagine that buy-to-let landlords in the UK are struggling to keep going...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent disappears owing landlords thousands of pounds in rent

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government scraps plans to introduce three-year tenancies

The government appears to have scrapped proposals that will give tenants a minimum three-year contract. According to an article in The Sun...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords face losing millions as government cracks down on letting fees

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

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New homes desperately needed for growing number of life-long renters

While most private renters in the UK aspire to buy property, the reality is that many people simply cannot afford to...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

House of Commons briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes published

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

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News