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Generous Landlords: almost half slashed rents during pandemic

Some 46 per cent of landlords reduced monthly rent payments for their tenants because of the pandemic, according to research from Shawbrook Bank. In total, 28 per...

Rogue landlord unlawfully harassed and evicted a tenant

A man has pleaded guilty in a magistrates’ court after he evicted a tenant by unlawfully harassing him and obliging him to give up occupation of...

London rental market set for boom as first timers look outside M25

The London rental market may be in for a boom as figures show Londoners purchased over 60,000 homes outside the capital in the first half of...

Council wants volunteer landlords to house Afghan refugee families

A council is asking private landlords to help house Afghan refugees. People who have worked for the UK government and British military in Afghanistan and their families...

Airbnb and other short lets performing strongly for investors

A tracking study, conducted in partnership with the UK Short Term Accommodation Association, shows exactly how well Airbnb and other short let platforms are performing with...

Buy To Let voids now very low across the country, survey shows

Void periods of vacancy within rental properties are relatively rare within several parts of the UK, new research has revealed. Intus Lettings has polled 500 landlords from...

Five figure fine for landlord ignoring council warning on overcrowding

A private landlord operating an unlicensed and overcrowded property in London has been hit with a fine of more than £21,000.  The property was the subject of...

Buy To Let pipeline is massive, says high profile mortgage lender

The buy to let pipeline for one of the sector’s main mortgage lenders is now £911.4m some 39.9 per cent up on its June 2020 level.  The...

Coup for landlords’ group winning prestigious national award

The magazine produced by the National Residential Landlords Association has won a prestigious award.  The publication - called Property - has been named Best Magazine at the...

First ever ‘ASBO Injunction’ served on landlord to stop illegal eviction

Camden council in north London has become the first local authority to secure an anti-social behaviour injunction against a landlord in order to protect private tenants...

Rental market still breaking records as agents call the top

The latest rental market snapshot released by ARLA Propertymark shows a little of the heat coming out of the rental market - but it’s still breaking...

Landlord fined thousand after fire rips through illegal HMO

A landlord has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds by magistrates after a bedroom fire revealed tenants were living in unsafe housing conditions. Eight people were...

Agency predicts student surge to accelerate East London market

Lettings agency JLL says improved interest in East London’s lettings market is being accelerated by the expected surge in demand from students returning to college in...

Holiday let landlords starting to use virtual tours in marketing

A virtual tour company says this kind of property viewing is now being adopted by holiday let operators as well as mainstream lettings and estate agents. Made...

Labour unhappy at multi-month up-front rent demanded by landlords

Labour’s shadow housing secretary has branded “outrageous” moves by landlords and letting agents to demand multiple months of rent upfront.  Lucy Powell has told the i newspaper:...

Politicians want action on Airbnb lets using ex-council houses

Politicians of both major parties have voiced concern over former council houses being used as Airbnb and other short lets in a part of the UK...

Eco-credentials key to capital appreciation in future - Rightmove

Landlords with an eye to optimising capital appreciation ought to be considering the sustainability features of properties, Rightmove has suggested. The portal has contributed to a report...

PropTech chief warns that stamp duty holiday may have hurt renters

The chief finance officer of a PropTech company says the effects of the stamp duty holiday on house prices must not consign people into thinking they...

Controversial Pay Per Viewing service open to some landlords

A controversial PropTech service that proposes agents charge prospective tenants £30 or more simply to view a property on the market, says it may in some...

Overwhelming support amongst renters for 12 month-plus tenancies

New research suggests an overwhelming number of renters want longer tenancies, a trend pushed further by the uncertainties of the pandemic.  A survey of over 1,100 tenants...

Landlords with houses see dramatic uplift in capital appreciation

Landlords with houses in their portfolios will have seen a dramatic increase in their capital value according to Zoopla. It says demand for all types of houses,...

Property Investor Show is back - and it’s REAL, not virtual

The Property Investor Show is back and in person, rather than virtual. It’s been announced that it will take place at London’s ExCel Centre on October 15...

Buy To Let may work better if landlords allow pets - claim

It’s a controversial view but a respected buy to let mortgage monitor suggests that landlords may be more successful if they allow pets. The independent Moneyfacts service...

Fraudsters a growing problem in rental sector says trade body

Propertymark wants to hear about examples of fraudulent tenancy applications - a growing problem in the rental sector. A statement from the ARLA wing of Propertymark says fake bank...

Only limited buy to let sell-off on the cards, latest research shows

Research by the buy to let specialist Sequre Property Investment suggests that landlords are largely undeterred by the slew of government restrictions imposed on the sector...

Landlord who put tenants’ lives in danger must pay £21,500

A landlord has been given a hefty fine for housing vulnerable tenants in hazardous conditions in a case brought by a local council.  Besnik Halaj, from Midway,...

A deal! Prominent buy to let lender snapped up by bank

Starling Bank has snapped up specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender Fleet Mortgages in a £50 million cash and share deal. Fleet Mortgages, based in Hampshire, focuses on providing...

Lettings agent makes another blistering attack on landlords

A lettings agent who has started a rental insurance business has launched another attack on landlords. Ajay Jagota, who runs KIS Lettings in the north of England...

Revealed - how many MPs are landlords

A website has lifted the lid on how many MPs in the current parliament are landlords. Open Democracy - which describes itself as an investigative service -...

Improve rental sector EPCs? A pipedream …

Government ambitions to improve the energy efficiency of the private rental sector are just “a pipedream” without financial assistance according to the leading industry trade body. Analysis...

Covid fall-out makes life worse for renters, claims new report

The pandemic has made future prospects for renters worse, according to a new survey.  Four out of 10 tenants questioned by the Nationwide say their experience of...

Glimmer of hope for landlords owning cladding leaseholds

Landlords directly affected by the cladding scandal - because they own units in low and medium-rise blocks - have some good news at last.  Since the Grenfell...

Another council poised to introduce new licensing regime

A council in Leicestershire is poised to introduce two new licensing schemes for private landlords. Charnwood council has now approved the conditions for the Houses in Multiple...

PropTech summer offer for landlords setting up companies

A digital platform that combines buy to let company formation, management and current accounts, has launched a special offer for landlords this summer. Until September 30, UK...

Data crisis for council wanting taxpayer cash to clear arrears

A council that recently demanded public cash to help Covid-related arrears has found itself in hot water over its own rent demands on social tenants.  Oxford council...

Tax clampdown on landlords: HMRC webinars aimed at investors

HM Revenue & Customs has announced webinars aimed at landlords in its latest bid to extract the maximum tax from buy to let and other property...

Mystery of expelled Tory councillor and £50k owed to landlords

A London news website has lifted the lid on speculation surrounding a councillor who appears to have been booted out of her local Conservative group amid...

Tenants afraid to complain about conditions, claims academic study

A new study by a university suggests that some tenants are apparently afraid to speak out about the condition of the property for fear of being...

Landlord prosecuted because buy to let was unclean and unsafe

A landlord who failed to ensure his property was clean and safe for tenants to live in has been prosecuted by a council.  An environmental health officer...

Government updates Covid guidance for landlords and tenants

The government has updated its guidance for landlords and tenants to explain the possession action process in the county courts in England and Wales has been...

He Can’t Get No Satisfaction - Stones promoter must repay tenants

A one-time promoter of The Rolling Stones was so busy on the road that he forgot to get an HMO licence - and has now been...

Nationalist politicians complain about promoting buy to let

Welsh Nationalist politicians are complaining about a finance company which identified part of Wales as having attractive yields for buy to let investors. Plaid Cymru is complaining...

Council fines landlord thousands and says “this isn’t profit-making”

A landlord has been fined more than £16,000 for failing to license his property. It is the first time South Tyneside Council has served a Civil Penalty,...

Net Zero: More pressure on landlords to improve EPC rating

A Bill is being introduced into both Houses of Parliament this week which will ramp up the pressure on the private rented sector to become even...

Named and shamed - landlord guilty of “atrocious case of mistreatment”

A rogue landlord who allowed vulnerable tenants to live in conditions without windows, proper washing facilities or fire safety measures at a converted car garage has...

Landlords kick back against government licensing plan

A licensing scheme proposed for one part of the UK has been branded as “intrusive” for tenants and expensive for the landlords having to pay for...

Self-employed tenants unlikely to quit rental sector for some time

The latest study of the mortgager market by Aldermore Bank suggests the self-employed are finding it harder than ever to get home loans - and are...

Holiday let landlords advised to ‘invest in luxury’ to bag more tenants

New research shows that holiday let features appear to be the most in demand, based on Google searches.  Prospective renters appear most eager to have access to...

Activists demand another eviction ban until law is changed

There’s a new call for all Section 24 evictions to be suspended until the passing of the Rental Reform Act - which hasn’t even been introduced...

Landlord hands over £2m in assets to National Crime Agency

London based landlord and property developer Richard Leahy has agreed to hand over assets worth almost £2m. This settles a civil recovery claim based on alleged involvement...

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