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Landlords who reject tenants on housing benefits could be breaking equality laws

By Marc Da Silva

Thousands of landlords and lettings agents across the country could...

UK’s ‘worst landlord’ owes more than £100k in unpaid fines

By Marc Da Silva

A buy-to-let investor, once dubbed “country’s worst landlord”, still owes...

Council spends £95k taking landlord to Supreme Court and loses

By Marc Da Silva

Nottingham City Council has been slammed for wasting taxpayers’ money...

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

By Marc Da Silva

A review of the section 8 possession process is urgently...

Landlord could have license revoked after tenant disputes legality of eviction

By Marc Da Silva

A buy-to-let landlord in Edinburgh, who faces losing his license...

Tenant causes almost £6k worth of damage after refusing to pay rent

By Marc Da Silva

A tenant who caused almost £6,000 worth of damage to...

Energy efficiency rules disadvantage landlords investing in rural homes

By Marc Da Silva

Landlords investing in the rural private rented sector face higher...

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

By Marc Da Silva

This week’s announcement that landlords will need to pay the...

Ban of letting fees will see tenants living in poorest areas pay more – claim

By Marc Da Silva

Tenants living in some of the most deprived areas in...

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

By Marc Da Silva

There have been fresh calls for new restrictions on Airbnb...

Rogue landlord database to be made freely available, says PM

By Marc Da Silva

Tenants will be offered access to the government’s rogue landlord...

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

By Marc Da Silva

The government’s attempts to clampdown on rogue landlords have been...

BTL landlord fined for breaching his licence

By Marc Da Silva

A landlord in County Durham has been ordered to pay...

Universal Credit sends rent arrears soaring

By Marc Da Silva

The number of people seeking advice over rent arrears has...

Landlord who kept 23 people in overcrowded conditions fined £7,500

By Marc Da Silva

A landlord in Ilford, Essex, who allowed 23 people to...

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

By Marc Da Silva

The government is being urged to take action to clampdown...

Government announces plans to improve property agent standards

By Marc Da Silva

New plans to raise standards across the property agent sector...

Government changes leading to ‘confusion among tenants’

By Marc Da Silva

More than half - 53% - of tenants in this...

Ban on letting fees moves a step closer

By Marc Da Silva

The next stage of the Tenants’ Fees Bill through Parliament...

Hackney Council targets dodgy landlords with licensing

By Marc Da Silva

Landlords with property in Hackney, east London, should be aware...

Rogue landlord fined almost £3k for overcrowded house

By Marc Da Silva

An unscrupulous landlord who crammed six families into a three-bedroom...

Tenants leave property in a disgusting state before fleeing owing £1,700 rent

By Marc Da Silva

A landlord was handed a huge cleaning bill after his...

Mandatory licensing for HMOs is extended

By Marc Da Silva

Changes to mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing come...

More than 20 men found crammed into ‘slum-like’ three-bedroom house

By Marc Da Silva

More than 20 men were discovered living in cramped conditions...

Labour wants to offer private tenants greater power

By Marc Da Silva

Labour plans to abolish legislation permitting private landlords to evict...

Lib Dems want to introduce mandatory licences for private landlords

By Marc Da Silva

The Liberal Democrats once again called for the introduction of...

Landlord ordered to pay £5k for failing to improve condition of BTL property

By Marc Da Silva

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £5,000 for letting a...

Rogue landlord banned from renting out property that lacked ‘basic standards’

By Marc Da Silva

An unscrupulous landlord whose tenants were living in degrading and...

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

By Marc Da Silva

Trading Standards services in London are warning landlords and letting...

Landmark report criticises government’s failed PRS policies

By Marc Da Silva

The government’s private rented sector policies are failing tenants, mainly...

Landlord fined £177,000 for putting tenants at risk

By Marc Da Silva

A neglectful landlord, who allowed his tenants to occupy a...

Landlord handed suspended sentence after failing to maintain gas appliances

By Marc Da Silva

A landlord from Blackburn has been fined after failing to...

Landlord fined heavily for allowing tenants to live in atrocious conditions

By Marc Da Silva

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay more than...

Landlord ordered to pay more than £10k for illegally evicting tenant

By Marc Da Silva

A private tenant was shocked when he returned home to...

Tenants who complain almost twice as likely to be evicted, says Citizens Advice

By Marc Da Silva

Private renters who complain to their landlord about problems at...

Government-backed scheme aims to improve standards in the short-let sector

By Marc Da Silva

Short-let landlords, including those that list properties on Airbnb, will...

Have some local authorities been charging too much for HMO licenses?

By Marc Da Silva

Buy-to-let landlords could have grounds to challenge HMO licensing fees...

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

By Marc Da Silva

Landlords generally believe that many recent regulation changes have gone...

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

By Marc Da Silva

The chief executive officer of mydeposits, Eddie Hooker, has defended the current...

Landlord to be prosecuted after 31 beds found in ‘appalling’ three-bedroom house

By Marc Da Silva

A landlord faces prosecution after police found he had squeezed...

Right to Rent legal challenge date set for December

By Marc Da Silva

The government’s controversial Right to Rent scheme, which forces landlords to...

Government urged to do more to improve energy efficiency of rented homes

By Marc Da Silva

The government is coming under growing pressure from landlords to...

Landlord told to pay £12k compensation after burning tenant’s belongings

By Marc Da Silva

A landlord who burnt his tenant’s possessions has been ordered...

New licensing scheme is ‘just a way of making money for the council’

By Marc Da Silva

Nottingham City Council became the latest local authority to introduce...

Letting agent which withheld landlord’s rent ordered to pay compensation

By Marc Da Silva

A Lanarkshire-based letting firm has been told to stump up...

Landlords told to weed out illegal cannabis farms

By Marc Da Silva

With an increasing numbers of rental properties being targeted by...

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

By Marc Da Silva

A buy-to-let landlord has been found guilty of aggressive practices,...

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

By Marc Da Silva

An unscrupulous landlord who allowed up to 40 tenants to...

Government launches consultation to improve the performance of EPCs

By Marc Da Silva

The government is planning to reform Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)...

AIIC continue to push for mandatory independent inventories

By Marc Da Silva

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) remains hopeful that...

Tenant ordered to pay more than £26k for subletting ‘death trap’ property

By Marc Da Silva

A tenant who illegally sublet an unlicensed and poorly-maintained bungalow...

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

By Louise Hebborn

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal...

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

By Marc Da Silva

Rogue letting agents and landlords have reportedly been convicted of...

Greater regulation for Airbnb-style landlords may be needed, say MPs

By Marc Da Silva

With more Airbnb listings in this country than ever before,...

Longer contracts could drive yet more buy-to-let landlords out of the PRS

By Marc Da Silva

Small scale buy-to-let investors and accidental landlords face more upheaval...

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

By Marc Da Silva

A rogue landlord letting a cold, damp property with a...

Government urged to end ‘scandalous’ sex for rent property deals

By Marc Da Silva

The government has been urged to introduce new legislation to...

London Assembly agrees motion to scrap Section 21 notices

By Marc Da Silva

The London Assembly Members yesterday agreed a unanimous motion calling...

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

By Marc Da Silva

The government has been criticised for continuing to drag its...

Major landlord supports three-year tenancy plans

By Marc Da Silva

Many buy-to-let landlords may have reacted angrily to government proposals...

Random rental property spot checks could improve standards in the PRS

By Marc Da Silva

Most private landlords would oppose the idea of arbitrary checks...

Government to review selective licensing across the private rental sector

By Marc Da Silva

The government yesterday announced a review to look at how...

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

By Marc Da Silva

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or...

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

By Marc Da Silva

Landlords and letting agents could soon be banned from charging...

Landlord fined for overcrowded property

By Marc Da Silva

A buy-to-let landlord has been reprimanded for housing too many...

Government faces High Court challenge over Right to Rent scheme

By Marc Da Silva

The High Court has given the go-ahead for a legal...

Government approves new selective licensing scheme

By Marc Da Silva

BTL landlords in Redbridge will have to abide by tougher...

Landlords’ immigration checks ‘creating a hostile environment’, says RLA

By Marc Da Silva

The controversial Right to Rent scheme requiring landlords to check...

More than 400 landlords fined for Right to Rent breaches

By Marc Da Silva

Buy-to-let landlords have been fined on average just over £654...

Landlord fined for breaching HMO rules

By Marc Da Silva

A buy-to-let landlord in Immingham, near Gimsby, has been ordered...

RLA inundated with calls from landlords asking for GDPR guidance

By Marc Da Silva

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is receiving an unprecedented number...

Rogue landlord fined £370k after breaching enforcement notices on flats

By Marc Da Silva

A landlord who built an outbuilding and converted it into...

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

By Marc Da Silva

Criminal landlords across London will be named and shamed on...

Landlords urged to take action to offset higher letting agent fees

By Marc Da Silva

Buy-to-let landlords are being advised to think seriously about how...

Government urged to push for longer tenancies

By Marc Da Silva

With more than a quarter of those in their late...

Existing system for redress in housing is ‘ineffective, confusing and complicated’

By Marc Da Silva

Almost seven in 10 people find the current system for...

Landlords face hefty costs for not providing ‘How to Rent’ guide to tenants

By Marc Da Silva

A number of buy-to-let landlords who failed to provide tenants...

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

By Marc Da Silva

A combination of tax reform and stricter regulation for landlords...

Some landlords struggling with ‘complex’ BTL legislation

By Marc Da Silva

New buy-to-let regulations are making it harder for landlords to...

Government urged to focus on improving conditions in the PRS

By Marc Da Silva

The government must focus on urgently improving dangerous housing conditions...

Landlord faces action after tenants die from carbon monoxide poisoning

By Marc Da Silva

The landlord of a north London property where two men...

Tory councillor fined AGAIN for being a rogue landlord

By Marc Da Silva

A Conservative councillor has been ordered to pay more than...

Right to Rent is a ‘failing policy’ that uses landlords as ‘scapegoats’

By Marc Da Silva

The government’s Right to Rent' policy has been slammed by...

Additional license will force rogue landlords to bring ‘homes up to scratch’

By Marc Da Silva

Unscrupulous landlords in Hackney, east London, who leave tenants living...

Landlords to be given greater flexibility in new gas safety rules

By Marc Da Silva

Failure to comply with gas and other safety standards in rented...

Private landlords in England need to be prepared for increasing regulation

By Marc Da Silva

Buy-to-let landlords need to be prepared for more regulations coming...

Government approves new selective licensing schemes

By Marc Da Silva

Plans to introduce new licensing schemes for privately rented homes across...

New complaints system targets rogue landlords

By Marc Da Silva

A new rental complaints system has been proposed to help...

Ombudsman Services moves away from ‘broken’ housing market

By Marc Da Silva

Using an ombudsman has long been a pretty successful way...

The new tenant legislation ‘needs to go much further’, says leading agent

By Marc Da Silva

A leading letting agent has warned that new measures to...

Race row landlord to sue vlogger for calling him a racist

By Marc Da Silva

A controversial buy-to-let landlord who last year banned ‘coloured people’...

Tenants to be given legal right to challenge landlords

By Marc Da Silva

Tenants will be given the right to take legal action...

Is there an uoccupancy clause in your building insurance?

By Marc Da Silva

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to check the small print...

New database leaves rogue landlords with ‘nowhere to hide’

By Marc Da Silva

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan yesterday launched a new...

Protect tenants by regulating letting agents, says property manager

By Marc Da Silva

All letting agents should be regulated and required to have...

Almost 3,800 landlords could face fines for illegally renting out properties

By Marc Da Silva

There is growing concern that thousands of buy-to-let landlords could...

Thousands of landlords are unsure of their responsibilities, research shows

By Marc Da Silva

As a landlord do you know your rights and responsibilities?...

Tenant had the ‘legal right’ to break back into landlord’s property, says council

By Marc Da Silva

Havering Council has defended its decision to advise a tenant...

Landlord faced with eviction costs after council tells tenant to break into his flat

By Marc Da Silva

A landlord in Essex has had to start eviction proceedings...

Landlord given 12-month community service order for illegally evicting tenants

By Marc Da Silva

A landlord has been given a 12-month community service order...

Government has made landlords ‘public enemy number one’, says Tory councillor

By Marc Da Silva

A Camden councillor who was prosecuted last year by the...

One in 20 BTL homes would fail new minimum energy efficiency standards

By Marc Da Silva

Around 5% of buy-to-let properties are set to fail new...

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

By Marc Da Silva

The Conservative Party’s pledge to give tenants greater rights as...

Landlords will be forced to register with an ombudsman redress scheme

By Marc Da Silva

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid...

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

By Marc Da Silva

With a high number of laws affecting buy-to-let landlords and...

Rogue landlord fined £339k for allowing tenants to live in ‘atrocious conditions’

By Marc Da Silva

A rogue landlord who rented out squalid flats, which breached...

New online fire safety course for landlords

By Marc Da Silva

Buy-to-let landlords seeking fire safety guidance following the Grenfell Tower...

Landlord given suspended sentence for endangering tenants with illegal gas work

By Marc Da Silva

A buy-to-let landlord in Ilfracombe, a seaside resort on the...

Licensed homes reduces anti-social behaviour, claims councillor

By Marc Da Silva

There is a direct correlation between licensed rental properties and...

Almost one in five MPs are landlords

By Marc Da Silva

We all know that investing in buy-to-let property is a...

Plan to introduce landlord licence in Nottingham approved

By Marc Da Silva

Private landlords in Nottingham may soon have to obtain a...

Landlord fined for changing the locks to keep tenant out

By Marc Da Silva

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay just over...

Private landlords in Wales offered free cladding tests

By Marc Da Silva

Private landlords of high-rise buildings in Wales are being encouraged...

Brent moves closer to borough-wide landlord licensing regime

By Marc Da Silva

Most buy-to-let landlords could soon be required to licence their...

Council insists ‘homes are homes, not hotels’, as it aims to curb short lets

By Marc Da Silva

Southwark council in south London is warning local leaseholders to...

Sleazy landlord sentenced to 13 years in prison

By Marc Da Silva

A rogue landlord who forced susceptible women into prostitution and...

Government threatened with legal action over landlord immigration checks

By Marc Da Silva

The government is facing a legal challenge over its controversial...

Scottish court grants first private landlord disqualification order

By Marc Da Silva

The first disqualification order against a private landlord north of...

Landlord ordered to pay more than £235k for renting out illegal bedsits

By Marc Da Silva

A landlord has been ordered to pay in excess of...

The reputations of ‘good landlords’ being ‘tarnished by the bad ones’, says LGA

By Marc Da Silva

Local councils are calling on the government to close a...

Two-third of landlords unaware of new energy efficiency rules

By Marc Da Silva

Around two-thirds of buy-to-let landlords lack awareness of new Minimum...

Greater protection for landlords as CMP to be made compulsory for letting agents

By Marc Da Silva

There was good news for landlords and tenants yesterday after...

MPs call for greater powers to ‘clamp down’ on illegal lets in London

By Marc Da Silva

With a growing number of buy-to-let landlords in London now...

Many landlords are failing to protect tenancy deposits

By Marc Da Silva

A number of landlords putting their property investments - probably...

Short-term letting industry vow to stop landlords converting ‘homes into hotels’

By Marc Da Silva

The short-term letting industry, which includes the likes of Airbnb,...

Right to Rent causing landlords to discriminate against foreign students

By Marc Da Silva

Many landlords are being left with little alternative but to...

Landlords need ‘protection against rogue tenants’

By Marc Da Silva

The government has vowed to offer private renters extra protections...

Tenancy deposit schemes are ‘in urgent need of reform’

By Marc Da Silva

The recent closure of Morgan Hampton letting agents in Wimborne,...

Licensing scheme dropped after 'Tory revolt'

By Conor Shilling

A proposed selective landlord licensing scheme has been pulled after...

Landlords warned of dangers of ignoring new electrical regulations

By Conor Shilling

A property management firm has urged Scottish landlords to take...

Are you aware of your obligations as a landlord?

By Marc Da Silva

Landlord obligations can be difficult. Electrical safety, fire safety, deposit...

Government set to extend mandatory licensing of HMOs in England

By Marc Da Silva

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has ended...

Landlord body welcome Airbnb’s decision to enforce 90-day limit on short-term lets

By Marc Da Silva

Airbnb’s announcement yesterday that it is banning hosts in London...

Landlords not responsible for paying council tax, court rules

By Marc Da Silva

Landlords have welcomed an Appeal Court ruling that buy-to-let landlords...

Almost half of landlords refuse to let to those without a UK passport

By Marc Da Silva

Britons without a passport are struggling to rent due to...

Landlords continue to chase rental payments

By Marc Da Silva

Two landlords have issued complaints to The Property Ombudsman (TPO)...

Landlord jailed for remortgaging his parents’ house to expand BTL portfolio

By Marc Da Silva

A man has been sentenced to almost three-and-a-half-years in jail...

Harrow Council to impose new licensing rules on landlords

By Marc Da Silva

Harrow Council will take fresh measures to tackle rogue landlords...

Up to 70% of eviction notices could be illegal, says law firm

By Marc Da Silva

A large share of buy-to-let landlords trying to evict tenants...

Private landlords urged to brush up on legislation

By Marc Da Silva

Private landlords and letting agents are failing to get to...

Landlords need support to deal with changing ‘illegal immigrants’ legislation

By Marc Da Silva

The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) wants to see more ‘support...

Landlord ordered to pay back £700,000 in ‘illegal rent’ is repossessed

By Marc Da Silva

A Cricklewood landlord who was ordered in September to pay...

Landlord association hits back at Corbyn's 'misguided' accusations

By Marc Da Silva

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has hit back at accusations...

One in seven renters breach tenancy rules

By Marc Da Silva

One in seven renters have broken one or more rules...

All letting fees should be covered by landlords, says charity

By Marc Da Silva

All letting agency fees should be paid by landlords, rather...

Campaign to reintroduce proposed landlord licensing scheme

By Marc Da Silva

A petition has been set up to overturn what has...

Court date set for potential judicial review of landlord tax relief

By Marc Da Silva

Landlords fighting to prevent punitive tax relief changes for buy-to-let...

Landlord accused of homophobic abuse

By Marc Da Silva

A landlord has been accused of hurling homophobic abuse at...

Cleaning remains a big problem for landlords

By Marc Da Silva

Landlords are increasingly faced with dirty properties at the check-out...

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

By Marc Da Silva

The government is considering its options when it comes to...

Property licensing seminars launched in London

By Marc Da Silva

Property licensing seminars will be held in London to help...

More than half of landlords unaware that tenant fees may be scrapped

By Marc Da Silva

If you are a landlord in England, Wales or Northern...

Landlords to challenge Redbridge Council’s planned licensing schemes

By Marc Da Silva

Landlords in Redbridge are being invited to put any questions...

Victory for landlords as council scraps proposed licensing scheme

By Marc Da Silva

A landlord group has successfully halted the planned introduction of...

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

By Marc Da Silva

Last week, a landmark case in Scotland highlighted the need...

Calls for greater powers to clampdown on rogue landlords

By Marc Da Silva

The government and local councils are not doing enough to...

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