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Landlords to be helped by new Covid arrears fund

Landlords in England with tenants in rent arrears because of Covid are to be helped via a new £65m debt fund. Although announced today by the newly-renamed Department for...

New eco-clampdown on landlords announced by government

The government has today announced a new cash injection for councils to clampdown on landlords whose properties fail to meet energy efficiency standards.  Some 59 local authorities...

Landlords need ‘green grants’ to make basic eco-improvements - claim

The head of a building body says landlords and home owners need a replacement for the defunct Green Homes Grant to fund basic eco-improvements. The government’s new...

Shocking statistics for unregulated rental accommodation

Over 150,000 households in Britain are in ‘exempt’ accommodation, a rental sector which some say is “dangerously under-regulated.” ‘Exempt accommodation’ is intended for people with support needs,...

Tax and red tape the big disincentives for landlords - poll

Half of landlords are positive about the future but new regulations and tax changes are causing concern, according to new research from AXA UK. A survey of...

10 easy mistakes by landlords - do you agree with this bank?

Private and commercial bank Arbuthnot Latham has set out what it considers to be the 10 easy mistakes which some landlords make. It says the some, perhaps...

Boiling Over: NRLA slams government over boiler policy for landlords

A piecemeal approach to how the private rental sector meets government climate change targets is fraught with problems, the landlords trade body says. The government’s Heat and...

Generation Rent says Net Zero targets don’t cover basic insulation

Generation Rent has commented on the government’s Net Zero goals, involving phasing out boilers and introducing heat pumps into rental properties. While rental bodies such as the...

Net Zero: Landlords in different areas need different incentives - claim

The government should factor in the property market’s huge regional variations when offering landlords incentives to become more energy efficient. That’s the call from the think tank Localis,...

Shocking ‘bed in shed’ landlords must pay thousands in fines

A landlord must pay thousands of pounds after illegally letting an outbuilding for over three years. Paul Vig admitted failing to comply with a Planning Enforcement Notice which...

Record high tenant demand - and even London is improving

Tenant demand across the private rental sector is at a record high according to buy to let specialist the Paragon Bank. A survey of 600 landlords conducted...

New Boiler Ban - Problems already emerge with heat pump alternative

Experts are already warning of shortcomings in the government’s latest Green initiative, banning new boilers from 2035 and offering £5,000 grants towards the installation of heat...

Rent Repayment Orders and Fines used heavily by council

A Labour-controlled local authority with a reputation for clampdowns on rogue landyhas issued a statement celebrating its successes. Tower Hamlets council in east London says it has...

Labour councillor want holiday lets to pay five times normal council tax

A Labour councillor in the Lake District says second home owners who let their properties should be obliged to pay five times the regular council tax.  The...

London rents and demand both go through the roof, says agency

London lettings agency Chestertons says the number of tenants in the capital is now at an annual high.  The agency’s latest market review, comparing September 2020 to...

Will landlords install heat pumps with just £5,000 help?

It’s been confirmed that landlords and other home owners in England and Wales will be offered subsidies of £5,000 from April to help replace old gas...

Landlord anger as council fails to find accommodation for tenant

A landlord has taken to the local media in his area to express outrage that a council has failed to find accommodation for a tenant -...

Shift poorest tenants from private rental to social housing - call

A call has gone out to shift tens of thousands of the poorest tenants in the private rental sector into social housing in a bid to...

Landlords set to get the hard sell on installing smart meters

Landlords may be about to be on the receiving end of a hard sell on installing smart meters, especially if they have tenants considered to be...

Good news for prime London landlords - rents rising at last

After lengthy periods in the doldrums, prime London’s rental market is looking up at last according to data consultancy LonRes - and it’s down to a...

Senior Labour MP wants one-year rent freeze for all tenants

John McDonnell, who until 15 months ago was the shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, has called for all tenants to be given a one year rent...

Gas boilers to be banned and replaced by heat pumps - claim

The government is poised to announce a ban on the installation of gas boilers by 2035. Instead home owners including landlords will be offered £5,000 grants to...

Another mortgage lender incentivises landlords to Go Green

Foundation Home Loans has launched its new ‘Green ABC+’ fixed rate products for both buy to let and owner occupied mortgages, with rates and cashback based on...

Looming rent controls may be deterring landlords from buy to let

A leading market analyst says the looming threat of rent controls may be deterring landlords entering the buy to let sector, or deterring existing ones from...

Councils continue to clampdown on landlords’ fly tipping

There’s more evidence of councils clamping down on landlords fly tipping - Landlord Today has run a series of reports on this recently, and a new...

Tax clampdown on landlords planned for New Year - claim

If you let out holiday properties or have switched to Airbnb or similar platforms, tax inspectors may be coming for you. Accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young says...

Landlords tell Sunak to help tenants pay off Covid-related arrears

The proportion of private renters in arrears in England has more than doubled during the Covid-19 pandemic according to government data. The latest Household Resilience Study reveals...

New PropTech service allowing direct contact with tenants

A new PropTech platform says it allows easy digital contact between tenants, landlords and third party suppliers avoiding the need to use a lettings agent. RentOnCloud claims...

Council using covert cameras to spy on landlords when tenants leave

A local authority admits it is using covert cameras to spot landlords illegally fly-tipping. Darlington council claims there have been several incidents reported in recent weeks in...

Confiscation Order means landlord must pay quarter of a million pounds

A London landlord has been ordered to pay almost £275,000 for failing to comply with an existing planning enforcement notice. Mrs Anja Bawa was served an enforcement...

One in five renters ill because of property condition, claims Shelter

Shelter says 20 per cent of private and social renters in England suffer poor health because of the condition of their properties. A YouGov poll commissioned by...

Not so grim up north as yields beat the rest of the UK

New research shows that the average rental yield in Britain has remained at roughly 4.2 per cent throughout the pandemic. Regionally, the North West continues to top...

Great opportunity for landlords - if they’re rich enough…

Letting agency Knight Frank has identified an opportunity for landlords to cash in on a supply shortage - but only if they own some of the...

Staycation yield boom likely to stay for up to two years - forecast

Fabrik Invest, which works with holiday parks across the UK, says the staycation boom is here to stay despite the easing of travel restrictions. “The longer-term nature...

Why Not Allow Pets? Tight clauses in contracts cut risks, says supplier

A major supplier to the lettings sector says there’s no reason landlords should not allow pets into properties so long as there is a tightly-written contract, Inventory management...

Why council’s new licensing regime will backfire badly - a case study

A lettings agent says a new HMO licensing regime in one of London’s highest profile boroughs will reduce the number of rental properties. New licensing rules came into...

New insights into why many landlords use letting agents

Another report has highlighted how landlords feel intimidated into putting investment plans on ice because of red tape in the private rental sector. The survey by rental...

Why landlords shouldn’t use credit cards to pay for refurbs

Around 20 per cent of landlords surveyed by a bank used a credit card or short-term finance to fund a recent refurbishment. The research found that close...

See You In Court! Landlord tries to recover £150,000 from agent

A landlord is going to court to try to recover £150,000 allegedly owed by an agency in the form of guaranteed rent. The legal action follows the...

Solicitors slam landlords in bid to trigger tenant legal action

A solicitors’ practice claims repairs initiated by landlords take an average of 41 days to be completed after a tenant complains - and it’s urging legal...

New investment league table’s ringing endorsement to city buy to lets

A new league table of investment potential has given a ringing endorsement to buy to let in cities. Select Property Group has looked at areas with high...

Did the stamp duty holiday persuade you to buy? It seems not…

Relatively few landlords were persuaded to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday according to analysis by the lettings agency Hamptons.  The firm says earlier this year...

HMRC discovers huge numbers of landlords avoiding paying tax

A national accountancy firm says HM Revenue & Customs has discovered huge numbers of landlords avoiding paying tax - as many as 14 landlords per 100,000 population...

Not all energy efficiency work saves money even after five years

With energy efficiency making headlines in the private rental sector, Norton Finance has calculated the cost of an average mid-terrace household reducing carbon emissions by 12.5...

Civil Penalty Notice and hefty fine for HMO landlord without licence

A landlord has been fined over £7,000 for letting out an unsafe and unlicensed HMO. South Gloucestershire council’s private sector housing team issued the landlord a Civil...

Rental growth “amongst fastest in a generation” says agency

Average annual rental growth across Britain hit 8.0 per cent in September, the third fastest annual rate of growth recorded this year.  The data comes from lettings...

Prime London new tenancies running at highest number for decade

The number of new tenancies started in September in prime areas of London was the highest monthly total in the last 10 years says Knight Frank. Average...

EPC Upgrades - Raise cap for landlord spending, government told

The government has been told to raise the landlord cost cap to £10,000 to increase the number of private rental sector properties that have improved energy...

Should private landlords be lectured by the social housing sector?

A small proportion of private landlords grab the spotlight because of their poor treatment of tenants and properties - yet figures suggest the overall problem is...

Rubbish! Record fine for landlord after illegal waste dumping

A landlord in the north of England has received the largest fine that his local council has ever secured for a waste prosecution. Landlord AK Estates (NW)...

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