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Where’s the support for landlords and the private rental sector?

The Budget has received short shrift from landlords and tenants, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak appeared to miss out the private rental sector for financial support. Ben Beadle,...

Labour bid to halt in-person rental viewings rejected by government

A second attempt by Labour to halt in-person property viewings during the pandemic has been batted away by the government. Labour’s shadow secretary for housing, communities and...

Sigh of relief over no Capital Gains Tax hike - for now, at least

No news is good news, they say - and the absence of any announcement about Capital Gains Tax in thre Budget was welcomed by landlords and...

Landlord must repay thousands as council says “We’ll come and find you"

A landlord who failed to licence his property has been ordered to pay back over £5,000 in rent. Michael Convery from Belfast has been told he has...

Investment opportunity? Student demand growing as stock falls - claim

Demand for student accommodation is greater than ever, a specialist online platform suggests. This is despite high supply of new purpose built flats for students, and uncertainty...

Landlords Alert: full details of Budget 2021 proposals

This afternoon's Budget has seen dramatic announcements from Chancellor Rishi Sunak referring to the private rental sector. For landlords buying properties, the stamp duty holiday on properties up to...

Anarchist group says activists should hold anti-landlord protests

An anarchist group has admitted that protests against landlords and letting agencies present opportunities for disruption. The Solidarity Federation says it aims to “advance working class struggle locally” to...

Four year ban for landlord after children found in cupboards

A four year ban on letting any residential property has been imposed on a landlord found guilty of using accommodation that could cause a serious risk to...

This is how landlords who buy can beat the stamp duty holiday chaos

Specialist buy to let broker Mortgages for Business says landlords buying now can use four tips to beat the chaos in the sales market caused by the...

Avoiding eviction - Council says it’s piloting mediation scheme

A local council has let it be known that it’s in a pilot mediation scheme set up by the government - and it wants landlords to...

“Don’t hand money to millionaire landlords” unions tell government

Trade unions have joined the call for renters with Covid-related arrears to get cash help from the government - but they warn the government not to...

Landlord ordered to repay almost £750,000 in “illicit earnings”

A Crown Court judge has ordered a landlord to pay back almost £750,000 in illicit earnings made from overcrowded properties in London.  It is believed to be...

Covid arrears not such a big problem according to new survey

A major survey of landlords, tenants and letting agents suggests Covid-related arrears may not be the big problem as some fear. The survey, by rental sector suppliers...

Working From Home - is this the beginning of the end?

People are bored of working from home and want to return to the "comfort" of office work and city centre socialising. That’s the view of Howard Dawber,...

Labour MP demands Covid rent arrears to be paid by public funds

Labour MP Stephen Timms has asked Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to commit to five measures to tighten controls on the private rental sector. Timms wants:  - The Housing...

Baroness and rent union chief demand Budget action on arrears

The leader of the Generation Rent campaign group has joined forces with tenant activists to demand the Chancellor gives financial support to renters in Wednersday's Budget. Baroness...

Green Homes Grant farce - landlords may throw in the towel

A call has gone out for the overhaul of the Green Homes Grant scheme, which so far has left thousands of landlords and owner occupiers without...

Landlord shocked at damage from cannabis factory in buy to let

A gas engineer was shocked to come across a large cannabis grow in a rental property after being called to change the meter. He rang the police...

Landlords encouraged to use ‘under-utilised’ homes for council

Owners of apparently empty or under-utilised properties in a prime London area are being asked to bring them into use to help tackle a local area’s...

Buy To Let sell-off underway as Capital Gains Tax threat rises

Landlords are exiting the office on greater numbers since the government called for a review of Capital Gains Tax last year, claims Zoopla. The portal’s head of research,...

Tory MP criticised by councillor for sticking up for landlords

A councillor has criticised an MP who came out in favour of landlords in a dispute over licensing. Earlier this week Landlord Today reported on how Tory MP James...

Tenants authorise debit cards to landlord company at start of tenancy

Tenants at a Newcastle-upon-Tyne Build To Rent scheme are being offered deposit alternatives by the developer-cum-management firm, The High Street Group. The development, called Hadrian’s Tower, completed...

Another council offering £10k refurb grants to private landlords

A council says grants of up to £10,000 are available to landlords to refurbish homes which could ensure vulnerable people in the area have a roof...

Council teaching tenants how to reclaim rent from landlords

A London council is running what it describes as “an innovative project” to help private tenants reclaim rent from landlords who fall foul of licensing rules.  Tower...

Six months notice mandatory for many evictions from 2022 in Wales

New simplified rental contracts are to be introduced from spring 2022 in Wales with minimum notice periods for evictions extended from two to six months in...

The 10 biggest mistakes a landlord could make (according to a bank)

It might be thought that banks have made significant mistakes of their own in the recent past - including triggering the global financial crisis a decade...

Rent payments can be ‘reported’ to credit rating agencies

A PropTech supplier claims landlords and letting agents can now offer tenants a new service potentially boosting credit scores with Equifax and Experian by ‘reporting’ rent...

Stamp duty reprieve for landlords expanding portfolios right now

Landlords currently buying properties and concerned they may not make the March 31 stamp duty holiday deadline have good news - there’s likely to be an...

Tory MP says council licensing “just a charge on good landlords”

A Conservative MP is weighing in, in support of landlords arguing against a £700 licensing fee by the local council.  James Duddridge, MP for Rochford and Southend...

Clear 700,000 private tenants’ arrears, demand Generation Rent

Generation Rent campaign activists say 700,000 private tenants on Universal Credit cannot afford to pay their rent. The campaign - led by Baroness Alicia Kennedy - says...

Tax incentives needed to help energy efficiency in private renting

The landlords’ trade body says the tax system needs reforming to support energy improvements in the private rental sector. The intervention by the National Residential Landlords Association...

Landlords can now compare more agents’ performances on website

All of Leaders Romans 130 branches are to be listed on a comparison website, Rentround. The site describes itself as “connecting landlords with letting agents” by comparing...

Hefty bill for landlords who ignored council Prohibition Orders

Two landlords have to pay almost £8,000 for letting their flats in defiance of a Prohibition Order.  The order came into force in September 2015 prohibiting some...

Jail for landlord and shop owner after death of tenant

Two men - one a landlord, the other a shopkeeper- have been jailed after being found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter. Mushtaq Ahmed of Oldham and Shafaq...

Scams are rife in the private lettings sector, says Trading Standards

Scams involving fake landlords and bogus lettings agents are rife in the private rentals sector, and may have been made worse by the recent increased use...

Suspended prison sentence after HMO fire leaves landlord bankrupt

A landlord in south west of England has been given a nine month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, following a serious fire in her HMO. Just...

London council wants to double scale of HMO licensing

A London authority wants to extend its licensing regime for HMOs and landlords have just over two weeks left to respond. Lambeth council’s new proposals would see...

Thousands of landlords set to miss out on Green Homes Grant

The chaos surrounding the government’s Green Homes Grant, which was to have helped thousands of landlords and owner occupiers, appears to be getting worse. The Times has been...

Hundreds of buy to lets involved in UK’s largest single incorporation

Over 330 rental properties have been incorporated into a single company - thought to be the largest single incorporation in the UK.  It was undertaken by SPF...

Argument brewing over wording of ‘anti-landlord’ consultation

An argument is brewing with landlords angry at the wording of a council licensing consultation. Southend council wants landlords to pay a £700 per property selective licence...

Airbnb landlord and tenant fined for breaking Covid lockdown

The owner of a property used for an illegal party has been fined by a London council for breaking lockdown. Police were called to an illegal house party...

Landlords urged to come to their Census on March 21

It’s Census day on March 21 and for the first time it’s an all-digital affair. The National Residential Landlords Association is urging landlords to take part -...

Own goal! Ex-footballer must repay £8,000 in 'unlicensed rent'

A landlord who failed to licence his properties has been ordered to pay back over £8,000 in rent. Dexter Blackstock, a former professional footballer, has been told he...

Suspended jail term for landlord failing to maintain gas appliances

A landlord has been sentenced for failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental property in accordance with the law. Swansea magistrates’ court heard that in 2017...

Advice to landlords on changes to Electrical Safety Standards

A lettings agency is issuing general guidance to the landlord community ahead of changes to Electrical Safety Standards in April. Helen Hollingsworth, a partner at Bramleys, explains:...

Call for landlords to help council boost emergency housing supply

An appeal has gone out to private landlords to lease their properties to a council seeking to boost its supply of emergency accommodation for the homeless. Cartrefi...

Labour Mayor Khan to put rent controls at heart of election fight

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is to keep a call for rent controls in the capital as a major plank of his next election manifesto. The poll for...

Eco-farce! Landlords join in MPs’ criticism of Green Homes Grant

The government’s Green Homes Grant has been slammed by MPs for its snail’s pace progress, complications and poor delivery. The all-party Environmental Audit Select Committee says only...

Sunak must help tenants in arrears, pleads coalition of rental groups

A coalition of rental groups with the same view on how to tackle arrears is calling on the Chancellor to help an estimated half a million...

Landlord fined in blitz of private rental waste dumping

A landlord’s firm has been fined after waste accumulated in the rear yard of a tenanted property. Elahi Properties of Blackburn was ordered to pay £1,259 by...

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