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KEYWORD "rented sector" - 701 RESULTS
New trade body finally launches for BTL landlords

A new landlord organistaion has become the largest ever trade body in the letting sector after officially launching this morning.   The National...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord bodies finally set to merge to create powerful lobby group

A new landlord organistaion, which will become the largest ever trade body in the letting sector, is finally set to officially launch over...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

 Top tips for ensuring your rental's loft conversion meets MEES

With the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) coming into play last year, it's now more important than ever to ensure the...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let remains ‘a solid long term investment’

With savers receiving poor returns from banks and building societies, thousands of people unsurprisingly continue to turn to residential property as a means...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Why new EPC rules favour new-builds as investment properties

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

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand hits record high as housing supply falls

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

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The rental market proves resilient as ‘demand remains strong’

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

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Number of landlords in the PRS drops to a seven-year low

The number of landlords in the private rental sector has fallen to a seven-year low, according to Hamptons International’s latest monthly...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Linking rent rises to wages could have a ‘severe’ impact on the PRS

A proposed Bill to protect private sector tenants by introducing measures to limit rent increases could drive many buy-to-let landlords out...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Aldermore relaunches BTL mortgage offering

Aldermore Bank has relaunched its buy-to-let proposition with a view to offering landlords greater choice, flexibility, new products, reduced rates, and...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council appeals to landlords to take tenants off the housing waiting list

A local council has moved to try and attract more buy-to-let landlords with a range of new services, aimed at boosting...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

What areas have enjoyed biggest hike in rental yields since the ban on tenant fees?

Rental yields in the private rented sector have dipped marginally since the introduction of the ban on tenant fees in June...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome delay to minimum energy efficiency standards

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

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Is a mass landlord exodus upon us?

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

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain heading towards a rental crisis as BTL landlords switch to short-term lets

There has been a significant increase in the number of buy-to-let landlords who are considering converting their property to a short-term...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How to attract tenants to your property this winter

With the private rented sector continuing to expand, landlords must work hard to get ahead of the competition and attract suitable...

30 January 2020

From: Sponsored Content

A third of renters fear they will never be able to afford to buy their own home

The dream of home ownership is becoming increasingly out of reach for many private renters, with a third fearing that they...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors frustrated by ‘how much red tape there now is within the PRS’

Buy-to-let landlords are becoming more frustrated by tax and regulatory changes in the private rented sector, according to fresh research from...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Room for growth: rents are rising below the level of earnings, says Zoopla

Despite the widening supply-demand imbalance in the private rented sector, it is now generally more affordable to rent a property with...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants spend nearly half of their salary on rent

Rents in England are almost half of tenants’ average take-home pay, according to a new report on the state of the...

17 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

‘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

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

New trade body set to launch for BTL landlords

A new landlord organistaion, which will become the largest ever trade body in the letting sector, is set to officially launch this month....

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

National LIS to address key issues affecting landlords in 2020

The National Landlord Investment Show will return this year with events set to take place across the UK.  The first of six...

02 January 2020

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

Despite tax and regulatory changes ‘there is still money to be made in the PRS’

With savers receiving poor returns from banks and building societies, thousands of people unsurprisingly continue to turn to residential property as...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay almost £2k for unlicensed property in Scarborough

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £1,384 after pleading guilty to failing to selectively license a rental property he owns in...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Landlord Today

The team at Landlord Today would like to wish you all the very best for the festive season. We would like to...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise in 2020 as landlords continue to exit the PRS

Rents look set to rise across much of the UK next year owed in part to a further increase in the...

23 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

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises drops to an eight-month low

Fewer BTL landlords increased rents in November amid a slowdown in the market, the latest figures show.  Just under a third -...

20 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

The UK’s next prime minister needs to take housing seriously

Thursday’s general election presents the main political parties with an opportunity to address voters’ concerns about housing, and not just focus...

10 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

AIIC welcomes new deposit scheme that must include inventory reports

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (The AIIC) has unsurprisingly welcomed the launch of a new deposit protection service that requires...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The UK housing market is ‘coming to the end of a long period of uncertainty’

The UK housing market is showing signs of recovery following a prolonged period of uncertainty, according to JLL.  The property firm forecasts...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Paragon sees significant increase in specialist buy-to-let business

Paragon has reported a sharp rise in specialist landlord business, according to its full year result.  The mortgage lender has seen specialist...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour manifesto is ‘too extreme’ and ‘unrealistic’

Labour’s general election manifesto promises to “transform” the UK with what some commentators view as the most ambitious - and most...

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 manifesto: Right to Rent, Section 21, rent controls, licensing

Labour has launched its general election manifesto, promising to “transform” the UK with what some commentators view as the most ambitious...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants: what are the most common general election issues?

Brexit, climate change and the environment, and education are the top three issues for tenants as they prepare to cast their...

19 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

UK rents continue to rise in October

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector increased further in October, according to the latest data.  The figures from HomeLet show that...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Aldermore launches new 5-year BTL remortgage product

Aldermore has expanded its buy-to-let remortgage range with the addition of a new five-year product aimed at both individual and company...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

New digital service designed to clampdown on rogue landlords

Marks Out Of Tenancy, a letting review website, has launched a digital service to help local authorities crackdown on unscrupulous landlords...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

Welsh housing minister to address landlords at RLA conference

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has announced that the Welsh cabinet secretary responsible for housing policy, Julie James, will be the...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Why are more landlords looking to remortgage?

As a landlord, it helps to understand current trends in the private rented sector and how you can maintain your buy-to-let...

31 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

General election 2019: Housing should be top ‘priority’

Boris Johnson’s call for a snap general election on December 12 to try to settle the issue of Brexit took very...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA sets out industry demands ahead of general election

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has compiled a manifesto that it hopes all political parties will take note of ahead of...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Aberdeen offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

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

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent controls ‘can make it more expensive and more difficult’ for tenants, says RLA

Ahead of next month’s general election, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is warning that any potential proposal to introduce rent controls...

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

Landlords in Glasgow offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

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

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rental market looks more attractive for BTL landlords as rents rise further

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector continued to increase in September, the latest figures show.  The data from HomeLet reveals that...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leeds BS adds new BTL product and cuts rates

The Leeds Building Society has announced a new buy-to-let mortgage product and a series of rate reductions. The new product is an...

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

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

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

Many BTL investors adopt ‘wait and see’ approach as Brexit deadline draws near

Brexit has undoubtedly deterred many buy-to-let landlords from investing further in the private rented sector, with fresh research showing that more...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant improvement in PRS housing standards

Standards in the private rented sector have improved as buy-to-let landlords respond to legislation aimed at improving living conditions for tenants,...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Message to Labour conference: ‘Rent controls do not work’

Labour’s plan to introduce a rent cap has been slammed by ARLA Propertymark.  Labour has proposed capping rents and with Labour’s conference...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

NRLA names Ben Beadle as new chief executive

The newly formed National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has announced Ben Beadle as its new chief executive.  Beadle will become the organisation’s...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Aldermore overhauls company BTL products

Aldermore has cut its company buy-to-let remortgage and company multi property purchase and remortgage products by up to 0.3%.  The move by...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 could fuel a rise in homelessness, warns Landlord Action

Tenant eviction specialist, Landlord Action, reports that up to half of Section 21 cases they handle are as a consequence of...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

Private sector rents hit record high

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector reached a record high in August, according to the latest data from HomeLet.  The figures...

13 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

BTL landlords are worried about the prospect of a Labour government

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

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £2k for failing to fit property with fire safety measures

Birmingham  City Council has taken action against a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlord in the Small Heath area in what...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

Rents in the private rented sector continue to rise as supply falls

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises hit the highest level on record in July, according to ARLA Propertymark’s latest PRS...

28 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

Rents Increase Across UK

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

27 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

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

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

Boris Johnson is a man without a plan to boost BTL activity levels, poll finds

The majority of landlords in the UK’s private rented sector do not believe that new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a...

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

More than half of all BTL lenders offered limited company products in Q2

Purchasing an investment property via a limited company, rather than as an individual, has become significantly more popular, and that largely...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost £360m of institutional investment into the UK PRS in Q2

There was £359.4m of institutional investment into the UK private rented sector in second quarter of the year, according to CBRE...

29 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

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

Cap rents in London: Sadiq Khan ‘has failed to learn the lessons of history’

The mayor of London has called for additional powers so he can introduce rent controls in the capital. Sadiq Khan believes greater...

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

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

Most tenants satisfied with private rented housing, says new report

The majority of private renters were satisfied or very satisfied with their current accommodation, according to the English Housing Survey report...

18 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

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

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

More needs to be done to protect landlords from fraud

There is a growing need to improve fraud detection in the private rented sector, according to Landlord Action. Paul Shamplina, the founder...

08 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

Local authorities ‘failing’ to stop agents that ‘poison’ landlord-tenant relationship

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is calling on local authorities to take much firmer action against rogue letting agents that tarnish...

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

Landlords becoming more professional as amateurs give up on buy-to-let

A two-speed market has emerged in the buy-to-let sector as most smaller landlords have stopped adding to their portfolios, while their...

27 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

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

ONS: Rents increased by 1.3% in the UK in the year to May 2019

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector increased by 1.3% in the 12 months to May 2019, up from 1.2% in April,...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter urged to go back to drawing board on tenancy proposal

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has urged Shelter to go back to the drawing board after calling for England to adopt...

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

National Landlord Investment Show to address key issues today

Buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will once again descend on the Olympia Conference Centre in London today where they will be...

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

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

BTL landlords need new licence to rent out properties in Slough

Private landlords will soon need to obtain a new licence to rent out property with multiple individually let rooms in Slough,...

06 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 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

What do landlords need to know about the deposit cap?

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

24 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Rents in London set to increase as tenant fees ban approaches

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

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords are ‘a dying breed ‘, warns investment firm

Buy-to-let landlords are being driven out of the private rented sector and will soon start looking for more profitable alternative investments. That...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

The National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) rebrands as safeagent

When it comes to letting a property, it is important that landlords and renters have faith in their agent.   To many renters,...

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

NLA’s new guide on the Tenant Fees Act can now be downloaded

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is trying to help buy-to-let investors prepare for the ban on tenant fees by introducing a...

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

Shelter launches £600k fund to help vulnerable renters in Greater Manchester

Housing charity Shelter has launched a £600,000 fund in Greater Manchester today with a view to finding real-life solutions to the...

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

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

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

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental prices rise 1.7% in Scotland

Scottish rents continued to edge up in the first quarter of the year, the latest figures show. The Scottish national average increased...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Parents of students warned not to take the decision to become a landlord lightly

Parents with children at university may be considering whether it is worth buying them a property while they continue their education,...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords ordered to pay more than £5k after letting flat with no windows

Two landlords have been fined for letting out a flat that had no heating or windows. The flat, located above commercial premises,...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rise as tenant fees ban looms

Private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK increased by 1.2% in the 12 months to March 2019, up from...

18 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 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

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

New licensing scheme set to cost landlords £1,200

Buy-to-let landlords will need to pay £1,200 for a licence to rent their properties in Bristol as part of the local...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Increasing number of landlords selling up in London

There has been significant rise in the number of landlords selling up in the capital due to buy-to-let tax changes, according...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £9k for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in London has been ordered to pay more than £9,000 for failing to license a HMO. Across Tower Hamlets,...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

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

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

New app makes repairs reporting easier

A new property repair and maintenance reporting app has been launched by Scottish Land & Estates (SLE). The system, which can be...

26 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

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

The most expensive landlord licence costs 21 times more than the cheapest

Landlord licensing schemes are being introduced across England, while they are mandatory in Scotland and Wales, as local authorities attempt to...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS to host training events for landlords and letting agents

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords thinking of selling now urged to “think again”

A number of buy-to-let landlords are currently thinking about exiting the private rented sector due to recent policy changes, including the...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New workshops to improve relationships between agents, landlords and tenants

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Four common landlord mistakes and how to avoid them

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

12 March 2019

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‘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

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

New deposit protection training courses for landlords in Scotland

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

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

Top tips for renting out your property

ARLA Propertymark has compiled some top tips aimed at novice landlords that some experienced buy-to-let landlords may also find useful. Peter Savage,...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Landlords need support to ‘keep up-to-date’ with regulation changes

Landlords are being urged to seek guidance to ensure that they are clear on the ‘bombardment’ of regulatory changes that could...

25 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

Tenant demand increases in London as number of properties for rent falls

Demand from new tenants in London’s private rented sector is rising at a time when the number of homes available to...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords starting to feel ‘the pressure’ to increase rents to offset tax changes

The increasing tax burden on landlords is likely to result in increased rents, according to research from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders...

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

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

Landlord fined for allowing tenants to live in property deemed ‘unfit for purpose’

A rogue landlord who allowed a family to live in a house described as “unfit for human habitation” has been fined...

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

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

PRS should cooperate to raise standards, says property commentator

Cooperation has been identified as key to improving standards in the private rented sector (PRS), according to a report by Kate Faulkner,...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish rents jump 5% in a year

Rental prices in Scotland increased further in the fourth quarter of 2018, the latest data shows. The Scottish national average increased to...

06 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

Discrimination against tenants on benefits?

Shelter has recently run a campaign aimed at banning ‘discrimination’ against tenants on benefits in the private rented sector, presenting a...

04 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

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

Ealing has more accredited landlords than any other borough in London

Ealing council has praised buy-to-let landlords operating in the local area after fresh figures revealed that there are more properly accredited...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let yields drop to three-year low

A number of BTL landlords are beginning to feel the effects of recent tax changes, resulting in a squeeze on their...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

New landlord seminars to help landlords tackle disrepair in common areas

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

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

Happy New Year to all our readers!

Following a year dominated by Brexit uncertainty, political instability, higher interest rates and more stringent mortgage regulations, many buy-to-let landlords will...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

National LIS to address key issues plaguing landlords in 2019

Buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will once again descend on the Olympia Conference Centre in London in March where they will...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Landlord Today

The team at Landlord Today would like wish you all the very best for the festive season. Thank you to all our...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of landlords selling up in the East of England

The number landlords exiting the market in the East of England last month was double the national average, ARLA Propertymark reveals. Landlords...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Here’s why property is still a good long-term investment

With savers continuing to receive poor returns from banks and building societies, thousands of people unsurprisingly continue to turn to residential...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing being considered in Weymouth

People in Weymouth are being invited to have their say on Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s plans to introduce selective licensing...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents edge up, led by gains in the UK’s regional hubs

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector increased by 0.97% in the 12 months to November 2018, virtually unchanged from the...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent controls would hurt both tenants and landlords, warns RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has warned that growing speculation the mayor of London Sadiq Khan is considering introducing rent controls...

11 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

Most renters unaware of their rights, research shows

The vast majority of people who live in the private rented sector are unaware of their rental rights, according to new...

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

Will paying 50% more council tax get landlords ‘a return on their investment’?

A 50% council tax increase could be on the way for owners of empty properties across many parts of the country...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips for first-time landlords

Letting a home can be an intimidating task if you’re doing it for the first time. You may have deliberately entered...

06 December 2018

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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

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

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

Research reveals worrying lack of landlord awareness

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

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 November 2018

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Less than 1% of tenancies end in a deposit dispute

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

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to TDS adjudication training session in London

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

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Minister to address Future Renting Wales conference next week

The Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, Justin Tomlinson, will address the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) Future Renting Wales conference...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

67% of students say accommodation provides good value for money

The views and opinions of British and international students regarding their accommodation choices across the UK have been unveiled in the...

23 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

Free Landlord Information Evening to be held for landlords in Reading

Buy-to-let landlords in Reading are invited to attend a free Landlord Information Evening being held at Reading’s Civic Offices in Bridge...

14 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

Aldermore cuts rates on 5-year fixed rate BTL remortgage products

Aldermore has reduced the rates on its buy-to-let five-year fixed remortgage products for individual landlords and company landlords by 0.2%. Individual landlords...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

Shortage of rental properties continues to push rents up

A continued shortage in the number of rental properties on the market is placing upward pressure on rents across most parts...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

National LIS Awards shortlist announced!

The organisers of the National Landlord Investment Show have announced the shortlist for the 2018 National LIS Awards. The team at Landlord...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants set to be handed power to sue landlords over property conditions

Tenants look set to be given more powers to take action against rogue landlords renting out properties “unfit for human habitation”,...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Why is guaranteed rent crucial for landlords and property investors?

As a landlord, you'll want the reassurance of knowing that you’re going to receive your rent on time each month. This...

25 October 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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 remortgaging hits all-time high

The proportion of buy-to-let remortgaging hit a record high in the third quarter of the year, as more landlords looked to...

24 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

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

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

Conservative think tank is wrong in its call for landlords to ‘disinvest from the sector’

Proposals drawn up by Conservative think tank Onward to allow existing buy-to-let properties to be eligible for 100% capital gains tax...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Early bird tickets now on sale for RLA’s next Future Renting Conference

Early bird tickets are now on sale for the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference in Cardiff. The one-day conference,...

01 October 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

Fire safety knowledge improves but more needs to be done

Fire safety knowledge in the private rented sector has improved over the past 12 months but there is still significant room...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PRS housing standards are up, but there’s still room for improvement

Standards in the private rented sector have got better as buy-to-let landlords respond to a flurry of legislation aimed at improving...

20 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

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

Housing fund plans to invest heavily in the PRS

The Multifamily Housing REIT, a regional UK private rented sector (PRS) property group, is planning to compete against buy-to-let landlords in...

14 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

The RLA’s next Future Renting Conference takes place tomorrow

The Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference takes places in London tomorrow. The one-day conference, which will be held at...

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

Fire safety regulations: are you aware of your responsibilities as a landlord?

As a landlord, it goes without saying that you must keep the property you provide your tenants with safe and free...

11 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

Landlords and letting agents turn to SAL to cope with regulation changes

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords and letting agents joining Scotland’s largest membership organisation for landlords. The...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rented housing chief confirmed as speaker at landlord conference

The deputy director the private rented sector in the Ministry of Housing, Anne Frost, has been confirmed as one of the...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to stop ‘penalising’ BTL landlords

The government must move now to start supporting those that invest in the private rented sector or risk seeing significantly more...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords need to be able to ‘regain their property’ when things go wrong

A proposal to scrap Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, the clause which allows landlords to evict tenants without cause, would...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Why would landlords want rent in arrears when they can get paid up front?

Thousands of private landlords across the country understandably reject housing benefit claimants despite accusations that they are discriminating against those on...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants to be consulted over Scottish rent restrictions proposal

Landlords and tenants across Scotland will be consulted over plans to impose rent restrictions north of the border. Scottish Labour wants to...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New electrical regulation ‘can only be seen as a positive’

Landlords generally believe that many recent regulation changes have gone too far and want to see the government rethink the swathes...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage intermediaries forecast a more stable outlook for buy-to-let business

The level of landlord business looks set to stabilise over the next 12 months, according to Paragon’s latest Financial Adviser Confidence...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord incentivises needed to ‘stop rents from spiralling out of control’

The government must start to provide financial incentives for buy-to-let landlords prepared to offer longer tenancies or risk seeing rents soar,...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy overhaul in Scotland is starting to ‘unnerve investors’

Buy-to-let landlords are leaving the private rented sector north of the border in their droves as a direct result of Scottish...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

London is on the road to recovery as rents exceed £1,600 a month for the first time

Rental prices in Greater London have surpassed the £1,600 per calendar month (pcm) mark for the very first time, according to...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Private landlords continue to be stigmatised by the media

Changes to the buy-to-let tax regime are squeezing landlords’ margins, yet many are thinking about exiting the private rented sector not...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Chancellor plans another “tax attack” on buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let landlords could face another stamp duty rate hike in the Autumn Budget to further curb the acquisition of second homes. The...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

The landlord licensing system should be simpler, says PayProp

The government’s decision to review how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector presents an ideal opportunity to look...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £15k for allowing tenants to live in ‘appalling’ conditions

An unscrupulous landlord who allowed up to 40 tenants to live in poor conditions in a disused pub in North Wales...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords shun new controversial licensing scheme

The new licensing scheme for rented homes in Nottingham is set to come into force on Wednesday, August 1, and yet...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

AIIC continue to push for mandatory independent inventories

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

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rising rents hit a 10-month high

There was a further rise in the number of tenants in the private rented sector experiencing a rent hike in June...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Increasing housing supply offers tenants ‘more power to negotiate lower rents’

Rents for residential properties fell across parts of London in quarterly terms as the supply of properties coming on to the...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let investors increasingly targeting low cost, high yield properties

Buy-to-let investments will continue to offer attractive rates of return compared to other asset classes, but investors will increasingly search out...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords offered cash incentive to meet minimum housing standards

A pilot scheme has been launched with a view to improving property standards, increasing awareness, boosting engagement and increasing housing supply...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord Today is a proud media partner of the National LIS Awards

Landlord Today is a proud media partner of the National LIS Awards, brought to you by the organisers of the National...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year minimum tenancies – what are the legal implications for landlords?

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal which could have serious ramifications for thousands of private landlords –...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Regular electrical checks in the PRS are ‘essential’

Plans to introduce new tougher electrical safety standards in the private rented sector aimed at protecting tenants by reducing the risk...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Fixflo launches new landlord survey – have your say

Buy-to-let landlords across the UK are being invited to have their say on what they think of letting agents and other...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Amateur landlords are ‘beating a fast retreat’ and ‘becoming an anachronism’

A two-speed market has emerged in the buy-to-let sector as smaller landlords have stopped adding to their portfolios, according to Octane...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Most private tenants are happy with their homes

The vast majority of private sector tenants are satisfied with their housing, the English Housing Survey report for 2016/17 has found. The...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of renters have no plans to acquire a property

One in three renters never intend to buy their own home, mainly because they are happy living in the private rented sector,...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New rental listings set to drop sharply amid landlord exodus

An exodus of landlords from the buy-to-let market has caused a significant drop in rental property listings in recent month with...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents increase further, Homelet says

Annual rental price growth in the UK increased in June, HomeLet said on Tuesday. The latest HomeLet Rental Index shows that the...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord ordered to pay more than £12k for letting substandard property

A rogue landlord letting a cold, damp property with a lack of hot water and heating has been ordered to pay...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords must prepare for next EPC deadline

Buy-to-let landlords with existing tenancies on properties rented out in the private rented sector are being reminded to take note of...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government slammed for failing to act on report that suggests improvements to PRS

The government has been criticised for continuing to drag its heels over taking on key recommendations made in a recent report...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could be offered tax incentives for longer tenancies

Private landlords are welcoming proposals being considered by the government to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies. In its consultation...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

More tenants faced rent rises in May

There was an increase in the number of tenants in the private rented sector experiencing a rent increase in May compared...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to offer tax incentives to ‘support and encourage’ landlords

As a private landlord you have a crucial role in providing a much needed housing option for people and so why...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Random rental property spot checks could improve standards in the PRS

Most private landlords would oppose the idea of arbitrary checks of their rental properties by local authorities, but that has not...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to be cautious over limited company incorporation

Landlords are being advised by buy-to let broker Commercial Trust Limited to seek specialist tax advice before making the decision to...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Onward’s report is wrong and fails to address need for ‘more homes to rent’

A Conservative think tank has been slammed by the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) for its inaccurate analysis of the private rental...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to take action to restrict BTL landlords

Buy-to-let landlords are having an adverse impact on home ownership, according to new research. Fresh analysis by Onward suggests that the government...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in landlords exiting the sector

There has been a rise in the number of buy-to-let landlords selling up and quitting the private rented sector, according to...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Brent Council aims to ‘foster good relationships with private landlords’

Brent Council insists that it wants to build better relationships with private landlords after successfully winning close to 150 prosecution cases...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Licencing doesn’t work’, says ARLA Propertymark

The government’s decision to review how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector in order to find out how well...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Telford & Wrekin Council handed £388k cash boost to tackle rogue landlords

The government is hoping to improve standards in the private rented sector in Telford by handing £388,925 to Telford & Wrekin...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents set to rise as demand outstrips supply

Rents in the UK are set to increase as demand for rental properties grows, but the number of homes coming on...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in the number of homes to let

The UK is facing a critical rental shortage as many landlords continue to offload properties due to recent tax a change,...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

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

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Register to attend free landlord investment show

Registration is now live for the National Landlord Investment Show which will take place at London Olympia this week.  Hundreds of buy-to-let landlords...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to make clear they are complying with their legal obligations

Buy-to-let landlords north of the border are being urged to demonstrate that they are complying with all of their legal obligations...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new selective licensing scheme

BTL landlords in Redbridge will have to abide by tougher rules after new rental licensing conditions proposed by Redbridge Council were...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Jump in landlords leaving the PRS

The number private landlords selling their buy-to-let properties reached a record high in April due to a raft of recent tax...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government responds to petition demanding tax changes for landlords

The government has responded to a petition calling on the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief and the scrapping of the...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New landlord group launches in the North East

A consortium of businesses has joined forces to form a new regional landlords association in the North East of England. The North...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

NAPIT seeks to help landlords improve electrical safety in rented homes

The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) stepped up its efforts to help improve electrical safety in the private...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

South West sees fastest growth in rents

Rents in the South West, which includes the likes of Bristol, Devon and Cornwall, has seen rental price increases outstrip all...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL investors in Scotland urged to ‘ride the storm’

Landlords continue to feel the pinch after the latest phase of the government crackdown on buy-to-let came into effect last month,...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

All rogue landlords to be ‘named and shamed’ in the capital

Criminal landlords across London will be named and shamed on an online database after all London boroughs signed up to a rogue...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Claim of ‘mass exodus’ of BTL landlords has been overstated

The private rented sector will not experience a “mass exodus” of private landlords as a result of tax changes and tougher...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Yorkshire and Humber region identified as a BTL hotspot

The majority of buy-to-let landlords with properties in Yorkshire and Humberside are feeling positive about the future of the rental market, with many...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

More than 300,000 property sales collapse every year

Various reports suggest that a number of buy-to-let landlords plan to exit the private rented sector due to concerns about the...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to push for longer tenancies

With more than a quarter of those in their late thirties and early forties now renting, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA)...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Grainger acquires Southampton PRS scheme for £27m

Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, has purchased a Private Rented Sector (PRS) build-to-rent development on East Street, an...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban will hit tenants hardest, says ARLA Propertymark

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

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New Home Secretary urged to address concerns about Right to Rent

There is growing speculation that the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid is paving the way to become the next Prime Minister....

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Renters face rent hikes amid tax changes

Almost a quarter of tenants experienced rent hikes in March as landlords are left with little alternative but to pass higher...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to ‘embrace’ tax changes and ‘watch their portfolio thrive’

A combination of tax reform and stricter regulation for landlords is slowing the growth of the private rented sector (PRS), but private...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Average UK rents fall for first time in six years

Average UK rents have fallen for the first time in six years, fresh data shows. The slowdown in the rental sector reflects...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of small private landlords plan to sell up as BTL crackdown bites

From a landlord’s perspective, it has been a tough couple of years, with a raft of changes designed to bring the...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Some landlords struggling with ‘complex’ BTL legislation

New buy-to-let regulations are making it harder for landlords to keep up to speed with complex compliance responsibilities, as the government...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to focus on improving conditions in the PRS

The government must focus on urgently improving dangerous housing conditions across the country after new figures revealed that thousands of private...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

The BTL sector represents ‘more of an opportunity than a threat’

With savers continuing to receive poor returns from banks and building societies, buy-to-let remains the investment of choice for many people,...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp increase in English landlords renting out properties in Scotland

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

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

There are still ‘attractive yields to be had’ in the BTL sector

Demand for property in the private rental market is showing no signs of slowing down, and this is placing upward pressure...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Plans to clamp down on rogue landlords in Doncaster

Doncaster Council’s Cabinet will be discussing new ways to tackle rogue landlords at their meeting later today. The proposal is to introduce...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of UK landlords rises to 2.5 million

Despite the changes to the buy-to-let sector in recent years, there still remains a desire among many to become a landlord,...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New banning orders will ensure tenants live in ‘safe and good quality’ homes

Unscrupulous landlords who rent out substandard properties face being driven out of the private rented sector as new banning orders are...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords should be offered tax incentives, says Tory peer

Lord Flight, a former Conservative Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has once again criticised his own party’s buy-to-let tax changes,...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market ‘resilient’ despite uncertainly

A number of landlords remain confident about the buy-to-let sector despite tax hikes and tougher mortgage rules hitting the private rented...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £31k for failing to deal with noisy pigeons

A landlord in North West London who failed to deal with noisy pigeons nesting at one of its properties has been...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New guides for landlords in Northern Ireland

Buy-to-let landlords who currently own property in Northern Ireland, or who are thinking about investing in the country’s buy-to-let sector, may...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent Spicerhaart shows support for deposit-free renting

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

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

EastEnders praised for tenancy deposit storyline

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

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Universal credit could cause up to 1.3 million evictions

Universal credit will cause up to 1.3 million evictions from privately rented homes, Liberal Democrat Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords continue to quit the Scottish rental market

An increasing number of buy-to-let landlords are likely to exit Scotland’s private rented sector or reduce the size of their property...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council urged to get tough on Airbnb-style rentals

A north London council is being encouraged to take a tough stance on reported Airbnb and equivalent style rentals in an...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent welcomes plan for new rental complaints system

Plans to introduce a new rental complaints system to help support private tenants who are forced to live in shoddy housing...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

TDS sets new Academy course dates

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

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined for unlicensed HMO

A private landlord has been fined more than £11,000 for operating an unlicensed property in Bedford. Mr Fhalora of Ampthill Road, Bedford,...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp fall in rental stock coming onto the market

There was a significant decline in rental stock coming on to the market in the final quarter of 2017, placing greater...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Treasury urged to ‘encourage and support landlords’

The Treasury should focus on easing the housing crisis by thinking more ‘creatively’ and using taxation to ‘encourage and support’ buy-to-let...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA unveils rebrand to mark 20th anniversary

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) today unveiled its modernised branding to reflect what it describes as its ‘new corporate identity, as...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches major private rented sector survey

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

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Subletting tenants who crammed 35 men into single house sentenced in court

Three tenants who sub-let a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Kingsbury, north-west London, to 35 men have been fined more than 23,000. The residents...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords to face remortgaging issues

Many buy-to-let landlords with two-year fixed deals that are about to come to an end are likely to face difficulties in...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

The PRS is increasingly relied upon to house young adults

Fresh research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which reveals that young adults are less likely to own a home...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting market activity bounces back after Christmas lull

The private rented sector has enjoyed a strong start to 2018, according to the Agency Express Property Activity Index. National month-on-month figures...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new selective licensing schemes

Plans to introduce new licensing schemes for privately rented homes across parts of North West London have been given the go-ahead by...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New complaints system targets rogue landlords

A new rental complaints system has been proposed to help support private tenants who are forced to live in shoddy housing...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Burnley handed major fines

Two buy-to-let landlords in Burnley have been fined a total of £27,500 as part of Burnley Council’s campaign to clamp down...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New platform to help landlords buy and sell property while tenanted

Many buy-to-let landlords are reluctant to sell a tenanted property because it can increase the chances of the sale falling through...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Proposed selective licensing scheme scrapped

A plan to introduce a new selective licensing scheme in Telford has been scrapped by Telford & Wrekin Council after more...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property remains a ‘popular investment choice’

With savers continuing to receive poor returns from banks and building societies, thousands of people unsurprisingly continue to turn to residential...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

London’s housing crisis putting greater pressure on the PRS

The housing crisis is the greatest challenge London faces. Years of not building enough new homes, including affordable housing, mean many...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental stock hits all-time high

The number of properties letting agents managed in December reached a record-high, according to ARLA Propertymark’s December Private Rented Sector (PRS) report. The 200 properties...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New deposit protection training for landlords in Norwich

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

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

A ‘perfect storm’ is brewing for buy-to-let landlords

News that a growing number of buy-to-let landlords are likely to exit the private rented sector or reduce the size of...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Parliament to discuss giving tenants legal right to challenge landlords this week

A Private Members’ Bill put forward by Labour MP, Karen Buck, which offers tenants the legal right to take action against...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants to be given legal right to challenge landlords

Tenants will be given the right to take legal action against landlords who offer properties that are not ‘fit for human...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

One in five landlords set to reduce their portfolio, says NLA

A high number of landlords plan to scale back buy-to-let investments over the next 12 months, according to a new study....

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit debate should lead to ‘improvements for tenants and landlords’

The Liberal Democrat’s Work and Pensions Spokesperson, Stephen Lloyd MP, will today initiate a debate in Parliament on the impact of...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What does 2018 have in store for landlords?

Undoubtedly, 2017 was another tough year for landlords. With so many legislative changes in the last 18 months (wear and tear...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Grainger set to acquire Sheffield PRS scheme for £32m

Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, has exchanged contracts with Abode Hallam Limited after agreeing a deal to acquire...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total hits £926k in 2017

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

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from everyone at Landlord Today

What a year it’s been! There was an unanticipated snap general election, the unexpected result, and consequently what we have now...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Landlord Today

The team at Landlord Today would like wish you all the very best for the festive season. We would like to say...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord database ‘will save lives’ says LFB

The mayor of London’s decision to launch a new public online database which ‘names and shames’ rogue landlords and letting agents...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

House prices could drop as a result of landlords exiting the market

The signs are that 2018 looks set to be another difficult year for buy-to-let landlords as tax hikes bite. An increasing number...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body, which works with 81,000 landlords, appoints new chairman

Adrian Jeakings, who has previous experience as president of the Newspaper Society, chairman of the News Media Association and CEO of...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Millennials will have spent over £110k on rent by the time they buy a home

Millennials renting in this country will have spent more than £110,000 in rent by the time they are finally in a...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Protect tenants by regulating letting agents, says property manager

All letting agents should be regulated and required to have minimum training qualifications in order to reduce the number of rogue...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL sector is becoming the preserve of experienced long-term investors

A combination of tax reform and stricter regulation for landlords is slowing the growth of the private rented sector (PRS), despite...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees crackdown may deter many landlords from using agents

The government’s plan to ban letting agents in England from charging fees to tenants will deter up to 30% of buy-to-let...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget: Key points at-a-glance

The Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his Autumn Budget. Here are the key points of his speech impacting private landlords and...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Philip Hammond urged to scrap stamp duty

The Chancellor Philip Hammond should scrap stamp duty because it would encourage more buy-to-let landlords to invest in the private rented...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

InventoryBase supporting mandatory landlord inventories

InventoryBase has announced that it is supporting the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) in their bid for mandatory inventories for...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales needs full compliance to raise standards in the PRS

First introduced in November 2015, The Welsh government’s Rent Smart Wales (RSW) scheme was designed to drive up standards in the...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords are unsure of their responsibilities, research shows

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

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

More than 450 landlords attend show in London

Over 450 buy-to-let landlords and property investors attended the Olympia Conference Centre in London last week where they were able to...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Politicians risk neglecting those who ‘face a lifetime of renting’, claims lobby group

High house prices, inadequate savings and longer life expectancies mean a number of people will never be able to get a...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome report that will ‘improve safety in rental housing’

The publication of a new report to ministers on electrical safety has been warmly welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 500 landlords attend Brent forum event

More than 500 landlords attended Brent Council’s latest Landlord Forum in north London last week where they were given presentations from...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New powers will make it ‘quicker and easier’ to tackle rogue landlords

Hefty fines could soon be issued to rogue landlords in Bradford without being taken to court, under plans due to be...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Free landlord investment show takes place in London today

Buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will descend on the Olympia Conference Centre in London today where they will be able to...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Legislation and technology is giving more power to tenants

As the letting fees ban looms ahead, it is clear that however it plays out we are seeing more and more...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at six weeks rent

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

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords and letting agents urged to sign mandatory inventories petition

A new petition has been launched calling for independent inventory reporting to become a compulsory requirement. The petition, which has been created...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh housing minister to address landlords at conference next month

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has announced that the Welsh cabinet secretary responsible for housing policy, Carl Sargeant, will be the...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urge government to pause the rollout of Universal Credit

Labour’s symbolic victory over the rollout of universal credit on Wednesday night will have been welcomed by many buy-to-let landlords. Tory MPs were...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Four landlords fined £232,000 for failing to licence properties

Four landlords in Lincolnshire have been ordered to pay a collective fine of £232,155.68 for failing to comply with licensing regulations. The...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New inquiry into PRS welcomed by letting agents

The decision to launch a new inquiry into the private rented sector has been welcomed by letting agents. The Communities and Local...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Havering Council approves landlord licensing scheme

Plans to introduce an additional licensing scheme across 12 wards in Havering, east London, have been approved. Local councillors met on Wednesday...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing scheme considered in Weymouth

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme in an effort to clamp down on unscrupulous...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New blacklist will be a ‘valuable tool in protecting tenants’

The new blacklist of rogue agents and landlords, introduced as part of the Housing and Planning Bill, will go a long...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Havering Council set to approve landlord licensing scheme

Plans to introduce an additional licensing scheme across 12 wards in Havering, east London, look set to be approved tomorrow. Local councillor will...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents welcome government’s pledge to ‘regulate’ the PRS

The Conservative Party’s pledge to give tenants greater rights as part of a regulatory shake-up of the private rented sector has...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord who illegally converted houses ordered to pay £340k

A private landlord who converted several houses into bedsits without planning consent has been ordered to pay more than £340,000. Latif Rehman,...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Jeremy Corbyn pledges to introduce rent controls

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to give cities the power to introduce rent controls under a Labour government. Yesterday was the last day...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TDS Charitable Foundation donates £94k towards improving PRS

The Charitable Foundation of TDS, the deposit protection scheme, has announced that it made just over £94,000 in awards in its...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Government urged to support landlords by axing cuts to mortgage interest relief

The importance of the private rented market in this country should not be underestimated – it is a crucial source of...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Greater Manchester mayor vows to clamp down on rogue landlords

A cap on rents and more stringent regulations are among the proposals put forward by the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Help to Rent and tax reforms among recommendations made to Treasury

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has submitted recommendations to HM Treasury ahead of Autumn Budget Statement, due to be delivered on...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Have your say on the state of the PRS

Buy-to-let landlords are being invited to take part in the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) latest quarter survey, designed to improve conditions...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New industry alliance to lobby on behalf of landlords

With almost a quarter of existing buy-to-let landlords thinking about exiting the private rented sector and many more planning to increase...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

The number of landlords exiting the market ‘is concerning’, says RICS

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are likely to exit the private rented sector over the next 12 months due to...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Free advice event for landlords and investors

Landlords across the East Midlands are being invited to attend a free event offering mortgage, tax and new legislation advice. The event,...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords need to be ‘fully up-to-speed with legislation’

With a high number of laws affecting buy-to-let landlords and changing frequently, it is now more important than ever to keep...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for cramming vulnerable tenants in unsafe, overcrowded home

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

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords and agents invited to have their say on proposed licensing scheme

Private landlords and letting agents in Wisbech, a market town in Fenland, Cambridgeshire, are being invited to offer their views this...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New guidance to regulate who can operate as a private landlord

New landlord registration enforcement guidance has been issued by the Scottish government to all local authorities on regulating landlords in the...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Avoid problem tenants’ with this new online tool

Investing in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) can be extremely profitable, but there are times when issues, which are simply out...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Council given more powers to tackle rogue landlords

New measures to clamp down on unscrupulous landlords who trap and cram vulnerable tenants in unsafe, overcrowded homes in Govanhill, Glasgow,...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

How Wales is leading the way in raising standards in the PRS

This month has seen the approval or introduction of a number of new licensing schemes for landlords in several English cities,...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

A growing number of BTL landlords turn to short term holiday let market

More than 130,000 homes have potentially been taken out of the long term private rented sector as more buy-to-let landlords list...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £10,000 for failing to license property

A private landlord has been prosecuted by Hastings Borough Council for failing to license his rented property in Surrey. Philip Dempsey of Malden...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax changes mean a third of landlords plan to hike rents

A significant number of private landlords are planning to increase rents to help cope with changes to the way they are...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to adopt a more professional approach

In an attempt to improve standards in the private rented sector, a London-based letting agent is calling on buy-to-let landlords to adopt...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council approve revised selective licensing scheme

City councillors in Nottingham have approved a new licensing scheme aimed at improving housing standards in the city’s private rented sector.  Following...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News