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Landlord licensing ‘risks giving vulnerable people Covid-19’ - claim

A lettings trade body says expensive council licensing schemes could force landlords to sell, making vulnerable tenants homeless or obliged to seek less good accommodation which...

Eviction ban until mid-March introduced by Scottish Government

An eviction ban has been introduced by the Scottish Government to take effect until well into the New Year.  Because of the timescales involved in Scotland, this...

Section 21 is sometimes mis-used, admits landlords’ chief

The chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association has admitted in a newspaper article that some landlords do misuse their Section 21 powers. However, Ben Beadle...

Green councillor wants tenants to lead private rental sector review

A Green Party councillor is demanding that tenants be allowed to write the local authority’s policy for the private rental sector. According to the Glasgow Times, Christy...

London rents fall but stronger performance in rest of the UK

The latest HomeLet rental index suggests that the average rent in the UK is now £974 after a 2.9 per cent increase in the year to...

Inventory clerks may rescue landlords from Right To Rent backlog

A possible backlog of Right To Rent checks created by new Home Office rules could be alleviated by inventory clerks. Since March, a temporary system has been...

Buy to let mortgage choices reduce as rates rise - landlords' update

The number of buy to let mortgages for landlords has dropped to 1,792 - and in comparison to last year that’s a significant 819 fewer deals...

Do you know your Wear and Tear from your Residual Lifespan?

An online quiz with 4,000 landlord participants suggests that landlords are well informed - they scored an average 70 per cent in the test of their...

Don’t write off student rental market, warns PropTech platform

Tenant software supplier Bunk says the media’s writing off of the student accommodation rental market is misplaced - and it claims the sector remains strong despite...

Tenant hardship loan fund opens north of the border

A tenant hardship loan fund is to open next week in Scotland - and many rental bodies in England and Wales want something similar. Applications for the...

Fightback Begins: landlords demand radical repossession changes

Private landlords are setting out a manifesto of radical changes for the rental sector, starting with more repossession rights. The demands are made by the National Residential...

Short-lets chief advises tenants to “take the pub home” at Christmas

A leading figure in the short lets sector is advising tenants to “take the pub home” this Christmas. Merilee Karr, chair of the UK Short Term Accommodation...

Landlords could discriminate against EU citizens, fears Mayor Khan

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says landlords in the capital could  discriminate against EU citizens living in the UK capital if those individuals do not apply for...

Post-Lockdown league table shows where to find the best yields

A new league table from comparison website Rentround shows how the lockdown has impacted yields around the country. The site has analysed yields both before the major...

Tenants invited to complete anonymous Coronavirus survey

Councils in North Wales want to find out how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting private tenants. Nearly one in five households in the region rent privately and...

More red tape for landlords - courts set up Review Hearings

Courts are now introducing Review Hearings to prioritise eviction cases during lockdown, adding more red tape for anxious landlords. The purpose of the new hearings, conducted over...

Labour, Shelter and Greens team up with demand for eviction ban

Labour politicians, union leaders and Shelter are amongst those writing to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon demanding an eviction ban. The protest letter has been coordinated by...

More criticism of landlords claiming Coronavirus business grants

There’s been renewed media spotlight on landlords who register their holiday lets as businesses, and can thus claim a key grant. The Mail Online says properties classified...

PropTech service offers perks to tenants in co-living units

An operator of co-living rental units in London has linked with a PropTech platform to reward tenants for their loyalty.  Built Asset Management has teamed up with...

Landlords being supported by agents as rent rises dwindle

Landlords are being supported by letting agencies as the Coronavirus fall-out continues, according to the president of agents’ trade body ARLA Propertymark. Angela Davey says the latest...

Regulator warns buy to let lenders to be strict on borrowers

The financial services regulator, the Prudential Regulation Authority, is warning mortgage lenders to be strict on their assessment of customers wanting buy to let loans.  The Bank...

Government has “sympathy” for landlords - but no assistance

The Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, says the government has sympathy for the plight of many landlords during the Coronavirus crisis. However, there is...

Former Big Brother star now has large buy to let empire

The first-ever winner of Big Brother in the year 2000 says his best decision was not going on the show, but going into buy to let. Former...

Good news: Landlords don’t need EWS1 for no-cladding buildings

One hidden aspect of the recent cladding controversy has been that many landlords have been unable to sell or remortgage flats without first getting an EWS1...

Many overseas landlords confessing to tax avoidance - claim

The number of overseas landlords admitting tax avoidance has risen 65 per cent in five years according to an accountancy firm. Moore, which has analysed tax data,...

Shock! Most tenants like renting their home and get on with the landlord

A survey of over 2,000 tenants by a specialist buy to let lender shows that contrary to the popular belief, most tenants like renting and appreciate...

Local politician slams landlords as “not caring” about balanced community

A cluster of owner occupiers living near a city centre are demanding that landlords win planning consent before operating HMOs. The Gloucestershire Live news website reports that...

Fine “sends a message” to landlords over licensing

A landlord has been fined £2,500 for failing to licence a property that she had been renting out for several years without the necessary licence. The property...

Rogue landlord must pay £280,000 - or go to jail

A London landlord must pay over £280,000 in three months after housing eight people in a flat deems illegal for even one resident. Shafait Ali, of Deptford,...

Landlords blast Sunak for making rent payments harder

Landlords have sharply criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for cutting the amount tenants relying on benefits will be able to claim to pay their rent. The small print...

Huge costs of emergency call-outs identified by insurer’s research

Research by an insurance firm has identified the high costs incurred by landlords on emergency call-outs. Whilst inevitably promoting the merits of insurance, the research by Direct...

Working From Home leads to rent falls in least affordable cities

Many of our less affordable cities have seen rent levels drop because of the trend for tenants to work from home and seek larger, less urban...

How the other half make money - huge tax perks for overseas investors

An international consultancy specialising in investors’ residency and citizenship has lifted the lid on the huge tax savings open to overseas property buyers. Astons says many overseas...

Landlords given check-list of preparing property for a hard winter

An insurance company is offering a checklist for landlords - and indeed all property owners - to prepare their homes for winter. LV=General Insurance says the storms...

What tenants want now: Findings from survey of 2,000 renters

The findings of a survey conducted with 2,000 tenants give an insight into what renters want now, eight months on from the start of the pandemic. The...

Is it time for government to give grants to landlords?

A property industry accreditation service is asking whether it’s now time for the government to offer grants to help landlords through the Coronavirus crisis. Safeagent says that...

Seven Emergency Prohibition Orders served on one landlord

Seven Emergency Prohibition Orders have been served on one landlord by a Nottinghamshire Police force and local authority. The seven properties in Hucknall were served the orders,...

Landlord’s family step in to manage repairs after tribunal hearing

The family of an 80-year-old landlord fined for failing to maintain a block of flats in Wisbech has stepped in to manage repair work. Local media report...

Supplier says landlords fail to fully understand guarantor companies

A guarantor company says landlords may fail to understand the advantages of using services such as those it provides. Housing Hand says landlords mistakenly believe they won’t...

Landlords “facilitating race discrimination” claims law firm

A law firm says landlords being obliged to conduct checks on the immigration status of potential tenants is encouraging and even facilitating racial discrimination. Bates Wells says...

Capital Gains Tax change could mean landlords pay LESS, not more

A leading housing market analyst suggests that the implementation of a Capital Gains Tax change could actually mean landlords paying less than they do under the...

Landlords warned over threat from rogue locksmiths

Landlords who frequently have to change locks after tenants leave are being warned to be on their guard against rogue locksmiths who have become more active...

Yield Update: Good and bad locations, revealed by mortgage company

A ‘city tracker’ operated by a specialist buy to let mortgage company has outlined the best - and worst - places for landlords to invest for...

Another landlord confronted at home by anti-eviction activists

Anti-eviction campaigners have confronted two landlords over an alleged planned eviction.  Members of the Living Rent tenants union are pictured by the media outside the home of...

Carbon monoxide alarm regulations to be beefed up

There may be new and stricter legal requirements on the way for private landlords with regards to carbon monoxide alarm installation according to a consultation document...

PropTech firm launches ‘game-changing’ deposit alternative

PropTech company Reposit has launched a product allowing properties to be let on a deposit-free basis whilst ensuring landlords are protected for eight weeks of rent,...

Airbnb under scrutiny over threat of money laundering

Airbnb’s UK operation is under scrutiny by the City watchdog over fears it could be exploited for money laundering purposes Although there is no evidence it has yet...

MP wants controls over HMOs used as supported accommodation

Labour MP Steve McCabe has introduced a 10 Minute Rule Bill into the House of Commons to address the problems of HMO’s being used as supported accommodation without...

‘Game changer’ up-front rental payment system to roll out nationwide

The Advanced Rent Option, which offers landlords a year’s rent up-front, is being rolled out across the UK. The ARO is the brainchild of Choices Estate Agents -...

Investment tips for landlords threatened by Capital Gains Tax hike

A property investment firm has given tips to landlords who may feel m threatened by the prospect of a hike in Capital Gain Tax. A report commissioned by Chancellor...

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