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Review compliance procedures or risk prosecution, landlords warned

A warning has been issued to landlords about a crackdown on compliance issues surrounding property management. No Letting Go, the country’s largest provider of inventory services, says...

Capital appreciation index shows unexpected house price winner

Landlords looking mostly long-term capital appreciation rather than yields may have to invest in an unlikely location which topped a league table from finance company IVA...

Guidance for landlords on preparing buy to lets for summer

The letting agents’ trade body has released guidance on how landlords can prepare their investment properties for summer. Angela Davey, president of the Association of Residential Letting...

High level of tenant and owner movement expected post-Covid

A new analysis suggests that as many as 40 per cent of people in the UK are at last considering moving to a different location following...

Council sends 3,000 warnings to landlords in one year

A Midlands council says it’s sent thousands of letters to landlords in the last 12 months in response to complaints from tenants. Nottingham council says it dealt...

Outlook uncertain for buy to let after recent retreat - Nationwide

The private rental sector is in slow retreat according to a new analysis by Nationwide-owned specialist lender, The Mortgage Works. Nationwide chief economist Robert Gardner, author of...

Landlord fined after Gangmasters authority investigates rental property

A landlord has been convicted and ordered to pay more than £11,500 in fines and legal costs for the offence of failing to license a House...

London council acts against landlord’s lettings company

A London council has taken a landlord company to court after complaints of poor housing conditions in five of its rented flats. Richmond council acted against East...

Flatfair revamps deposit alternative service for landlords

Flatfair has revamped its deposit alternative service, claiming its new offer gives twice the protection of a traditional deposit scheme. From this week its landlord customers can...

Generation Rent offers existing tenants advice on getting a pet

The growing debate over whether pets should be allowed in private rental property has attracted the attention of activists’ group Generation Rent. In a blog entry on its...

Warning to landlords over eviction paperwork change

Landlords are being warned of an urgent change to the arrears process thanks to the launch of the government’s Breathing Space initiative. From today landlords, agents and...

Landlord’s fine slashed after fightback against council court move

A landlord who was hit with a £66,000 fine over safety breaches at a rental property has fought back - and will now pay less than...

Prime property investors look beyond London, lender reports

A mortgage lender specialising in high net worth clients has identified those areas outside London seeing the most prime purchases. Enness Global Mortgages analysed transactions at £3m...

Landlord’s shock after flat is stripped of items by evicted tenant

It’s a story that’s seldom told - how some tenants steal items from landlords’ properties when a tenancy ends. Now the Oxford Mail newspaper has a story...

Market forces will decide whether landlords accept pets - lettings expert

One of the country’s leading lettings experts has written that whether landlords will accept pets in rental properties will not be decided by the law or...

Councils accused by activists over rental licensing and safety

There are now 10 councils with licensing schemes covering more than 20 per cent of the rental market according to activists’ group Generation Rent. The group says...

Covid prompts surge in niche ‘medium term’ rentals

An online corporate rental platform says Covid 19 has led to a six-fold increase in demand for medium-term rentals in this country. Homelike, a German-based service specialising...

Amazing sentence - Curfew imposed on landlord in harassment case

A city council has prosecuted a landlord who has now been placed under an overnight curfew in her home and ordered to pay thousands in compensation and costs. The landlord, Juliet Matorerwa,...

Good news - Buy To Let tide turns for first time in four years

For the first time in four years, the proportion of landlords who say they plan to expand their portfolios is higher than those who say they intend...

No widespread sell-off by landlords despite attacks on buy to let

New figures show that there is no widespread sell-off by landlords, despite the tax and regulation changes of recent years. Data from the Association of Residential Letting...

Big rise in incorporated landlords according to investment service

A property investment consultancy says growing numbers of UK and international landlords are incorporating to manage their buy to let portfolios in the most tax-efficient way. Thirlmere...

It's a Renter's Market - London affordability improves during pandemic

Rental affordability in the capital has improved markedly during the pandemic according to London lettings agency Benham and Reeves.  The firm analysed the rent-to-income ratio prior to...

Breathing Spaces “not a fix to keep creditors at bay” admits charity

The controversial Breathing Space policy comes into effect from next Tuesday, May 4, and a charity is admitting it is not a “temporary fix to keep...

Tips for landlords to keep their properties occupied year-round

The Hunters lettings agency has set out tips for landlords to keep their rental properties occupied all year round. The firm - which has recently been taken...

Do you wish you could change your Brexit referendum vote?

A third of landlords surveyed in a poll this month say they wish they could now change the way they voted in the 2016 EU Referendum...

Most London rents now lower than they were in 2016, says Rightmove

New figures released by Rightmove this morning show that 65 per cent of London locations now have lower rent levels than five years ago - in...

Shelter and tenants’ group set up city Fair Renting campaign

Shelter and tenants’ group in a major city have mobilised to set up a campaign called Fair Renting. The campaign is focussed on Bristol, where some 30...

Airbnb blocks 80,000 reservations in bid to curb anti-social behaviour

Airbnb has blocked nearly 80,000 UK reservation attempts following the introduction of restrictions that prevent under 25-year-olds from making entire home bookings in their local neighbourhoods...

Mortgage lenders make more offers to woo landlord borrowers

The mortgage market is becoming increasingly competitive for landlords who want to take advantage of offers as the economy comes out of the pandemic. For example, the...

Under 30s form vast majority of prime London lettings, says consultancy

One of the leading consultancies involved in prime London lettings says 86 per cent of new tenancies in Q1 2021 were from individuals aged 30 or...

Landlord to hand over 18 properties to experts after £30,000 fine

A landlord has been handed nearly £30,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to maintenance and safety failures at three properties. Landlord Naomi Knapp, of Bedminster...

Baroness urges police to get tough with “criminal landlords”

The Generation Rent campaign group has entered the fray for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections which will be held in some parts of the UK next...

Pets in Rental Properties - vets join the campaign

A leading veterinary body - the National Office of Animal Health, or NOAH - has started a campaign to have pets allowed in private rental properties. NOAH says...

Prime London flats rentals still in doldrums - but for how long?

Reduced demand and falling rents continue throughout the London prime flats market, with values down in all areas except the south west of the capital. That’s the news...

Airbnb management service announces coastal expansion

Airbnb management company Houst is expanding its service into a new area. Houst has identified Kent as an area expecting one of the largest growths in tourism...

Government comes clean - it wants home owners, not renters

Housing minister Chris Pincher has made the most explicit admission yet of the government’s desire to diminish the private rental sector. In a blog written for property...

May 11 - is this when we’ll know about abolishing Section 21?

The State Opening of Parliament will take place on Tuesday May 11, with many expecting this to be when the government confirms its Renters Reform Bill is...

Section 21 ‘homelessness threat’ has fallen 50% says government

The government says the number of households facing possible homelessness after a Section 21 eviction has fallen 50 per cent in the past year.  Data from the...

Landlords complain of lack of support from government

Hundreds of landlords and property professionals say their national economic contribution is under-appreciated and inadequately supported. Landlords have hit out at a lack of Scottish Government support as...

Are you prepared to give more property details to letting agents?

Several high-flying lettings sector bodies say rental properties advertised on portals should carry much more upfront information. This means landlords who use agents advertising on Rightmove, Zoopla and...

Landlord, 86, fined after rat droppings found at unsafe HMO

A landlord has been fined £6,000 for failing to properly maintain a HMO in Reading. Nidan Singh, 76, has also been ordered to pay council costs of £1,956...

Everything first time landlords need to know - new guide

ARLA Propertymark, the letting agents’ main trade body, has prepared a ‘top tips’ guide for first time landlords. Association president Angela Davey says: “Whether you’re an accidental landlord...

Landlords’ portal to showcase Build To Rent properties via special week

Love to Rent, a portal that markets properties to let, is to stage a customer awareness week to push Build To Rent developments.  The campaign is called...

Today’s webinar may help landlords hit by tenancy disputes

The DPS is hosting free dispute webinars to enable landlords and letting agents to navigate the dispute resolution process. More than 2,000 attendees have already signed up...

Order in Court! TV Star says he wants Section 21 scrapped

TV star Robert Rinder - best known for his performances under the guise of Judge Rinder - has made an outspoken attack on Section 21. Speaking on...

Don’t give up on Green Homes, top MP tells government

The chair of the all-party Environmental Audit Committee of MPs is urging the government to introduce an alternative to the disastrous Green Homes Grant. Thousands of landlords and...

U-turn on Right To Rent means ‘remote ID checks’ stand

Landlords are not required to conduct retrospective Right to Rent verification on tenants who had a Covid-adjusted check since March 30 last year. During the pandemic, landlords...

Landlord group repeats call for upfront cash payments

The National Residential Landlords Association has repeated its backing for upfront cash payments and rent guarantees. A new study has found that such payments and guarantees are the...

Matching Service - council will pair tenants with landlords

A council in the Lake District is inviting new and existing private landlords to register with Property Links, its free matching service for letting properties. The scheme...

Students “left to fall prey to landlords” claims union

Over a fifth of students questioned in a new survey say they have been unable to pay rent in full over the past four months.  The National...

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