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KEYWORD "Consultation" - 229 RESULTS
Rent controls needed because tenants “pay way over the odds”

The UK’s first Minister for Tenants’ Rights says he will introduce rent controls because renters currently “pay way over the odds”. Although...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Curbs on Airbnb and short lets “devastating” say critics

Proposals to impose strict controls on Airbnb and other short lets - including possibly requiring planning consent and licensing - will be...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New policy sets out strict controls on future and existing HMOs

A local authority with a rapidly-growing number of HMOs is to consult over a new policy later this month. The Houses in...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

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...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council poised to extend licensing regime

A property licensing scheme covering hundreds of private rented homes in Newcastle looks set to be renewed for a third time. Newcastle...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council considers 50% tax premium on second homes

A public consultation is underway on proposals for a local authority to increase the council tax premium for second homes -...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal Wrap: a summary of law changes impacting landlords

Landlord Today readers will be more than aware that legal changes happen often these days, and it can be understandably challenging...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Major London licensing consultation closes this month

There are just three weeks left for landlords to respond to one of the largest consultations undertaken by a council in...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council says: “We’re very clear - we’re on the side of tenants”

A council says it’s “on the side of tenants” against landlords. The London borough of Tower Hamlets has renewed its Selective Licensing...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

 Landlords given five low-cost ways to improve a property’s EPC

Rightmove has identified five ways that landlords and other property owners can improve their property’s EPC rating - some for well...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Fight Back: legal threat to council licensing proposals

A well-organised group of local landlords is threatening a city council with legal action over plans to expand a licensing scheme. The...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

What impact has Covid had on landlords? Councils want to know…

A cluster of councils in the south of England want to know how Covid-19 has impacted landlords and letting agents in...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activist group wants more “engagement” between councils and tenants

Tenant activist group Generation Rent says it’s working with five councils to find out more about private renters in those areas. The...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back proposal to extend Capital Gains Tax deadline

Landlords have welcomed a proposal by the Office for Tax Simplification to extend the 30 day payment of Capital Gains Tax...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Another council invites landlords to comment on licensing shift

A London council is inviting landlords and others to respond to a consultation on changes to its licensing regime.  Ealing council claims...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord relief at consultation before Renters Reform Bill becomes law

The landlords’ trade body has given its support to the principle of consultation before the much-hyped Renters Reform Bill becomes law. Yesterday’s...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant activists team up with council to consult private renters

Tenant activist group Generation Rent is working with a council on a new consultation process - with a chance to win...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender says new eco-loan will be 'push for landlords'

The Mortgage Works, the specialist buy to let arm of the Nationwide, is trying to woo landlords to make properties more...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Should families be banned from renting? Consultation begins...

A consultation process is taking place on the Channel Island of Jersey about whether landlords should be banned from refusing to...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax reform should encourage higher quality buy to let, says agent

The government should use today's ‘Tax Day’ consultation process to reform Capital Gains Tax so that it encourages a smaller, high...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax threat makes landlords consider selling - Zoopla

One of the country’s leading property experts says landlords are now reassessing their portfolios as a result of possible Capital Gains...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords to face tougher fire regulations in HMOs and blocks

Landlords and managing agents of HMOs could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

£24,000 - landlord’s average loss from Capital Gains Tax threat

A lettings agency has suggested that the typical landlord could lose as much as £24,000 if the government increases Capital Gains...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ comments wanted on concept of investing in empty homes

With buy to let and traditional commercial property both under challenge thanks to government regulations and Coronavirus, the government is now...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council demands government approval for clampdown on landlords

A council has now approved plans for two of the country’s largest licensing schemes - one is so large it needs...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council’s huge licensing plan divides opinion ahead of key vote

A Labour-controlled council says it’s confident a huge new licensing scheme for one of Britain’s most high-profile cities will be voted...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Hazards in rental units - landlords’ help wanted for assessment

The risk assessment system used by local authorities to judge health and safety issues relating to properties needs updating - and...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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,...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

How to navigate the deposit dispute maze - tips from the experts

The Deposit Protection Service has given its six top tips for landlords and tenants to navigate the deposit dispute maze. Here they...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to respond to yet another licensing consultation

Landlords in the the Charnwood area of the Midlands are invited to give their views on the proposed conditions for two...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

 Landlords urged to respond to London council’s consultation

Landlords have only until February 11 to respond to the licensing proposals of the London council with the largest private rental...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord Alert - just days left to respond to licensing consultation

Landlords concerned at licensing proposals put forward by Newcastle council have only until Sunday to respond with their views. The authority is re-designating...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on Airbnb and other short lets - support for council move

A council clampdown on four short let flats in Edinburgh has been backed by the Scottish Government. The council discovered that the...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Government panned for missing out landlords in new EPC enforcement

The government has been slammed for missing out landlords in proposals to enforce new energy efficiency regulations. Propertymark - the trade group...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council resuscitates licensing consultation after Coronavirus pause

A council that put a selective licensing scheme consultation on pause because of the pandemic has resumed the exercise.  Oldham council says...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Licensing expires for 15,000 homes, with no alternative for months

It appears that a London borough council’s two licensing schemes have expired at the turn of the year, with no alternative...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Cash help demanded for landlords to meet energy targets

Demands for ever-more energy efficient properties could drive landlords out of the sector, the government has been warned. In a response to...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour says Covid is no excuse for delaying on scrapping Section 21

A Labour housing politician is accusing the government of using Coronavirus as an excuse for dragging its feet over scrapping Section...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

One month for landlords to bag early-bird London council licensing saving

Landlords with properties in the Havering area have until January 24 to submit a selective licence application, giving them a 50...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Move to regulate Airbnb and short lets opposed by pressure group

A move to regulate Airbnb and other short let platforms operating in Scotland has received a hostile welcome from a countryside...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

VAT threat to Airbnb and short lets in bid to fill tax 'black hole'

The government is reported to be considering applying VAT to the use of Airbnb and other short let platforms in a...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Council set to extend landlord licensing scheme

Havering council has agreed to the extension of its landlord licensing scheme.  It currently covers 12 wards and will be rolled out ...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Is Retail-to-Resi the next property investment opportunity?

The government has launched an unexpected consultation which may indirectly highlight a new opportunity for landlords and other investors - converting...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists create crib-sheet to influence licensing consultation

The Acorn group of rental activists has created a detailed crib sheet of responses to a council consultation on landlord licensing. Acorn,...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords targeted for another huge tax from government

Landlords could be in line for another huge tax burden - a doubling of Capital Gains Tax.  A report commissioned by the government...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits back at critics wanting tighter short lets regulation

Airbnb claims a proposal to regulate short lets could put 17,000 jobs at risk and take almost £1m a day out...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Majority oppose licensing - but Labour council set to ignore verdict

South Tyneside council is considering a selective licensing in two areas of South Shields - and looks likely to ignore its...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Double whammy: Council extends licensing and adds new scheme

A London local authority is to extend its current additional licensing scheme from 12 council wards to 18 - and is...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists accuse councils of doing nothing to stop retaliatory evictions

Generation Rent activists are back on the warpath, this time accusing councils of not doing enough - and sometimes nothing -...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing: council ponders selective scheme ‘to improve standards’

A selective licensing regime is being considered by a westcountry council following an enquiry into private rental sector conditions. Cornwall Council says 50...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords – here’s how to create the perfect property listing

Despite another national lockdown seemingly on the horizon, the property market remains resilient, with the stamp duty holiday and other initiatives...

05 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Virtual forum happening today for landlords to discuss licensing

A local authority is inviting landlords to a virtual forum to be held today to canvas views on two proposed licensing...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Hot Air? Landlords face £30,000 fines under government energy plans

The government has launched an official consultation on proposals to make the private rental sector more energy-efficient - and they include...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Have your say on plans to introduce licensing schemes

Landlords are being encouraged to give their views on plans to introduce licensing schemes in a number of regions across the...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Camden Council renew their additional landlord licensing scheme

Camden Council has approved the renewal of landlord licensing in the borough, extending the licensing to most Houses in Multiple Occupation...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing scheme approved

Scarborough Council has approved the introduction of a compulsory selective licensing scheme in parts of Scarborough’s Weaponness and Ramshill ward.  The decision...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Harrow Council plans to renew landlord licensing scheme

Buy-to-let landlords with a rental property in Harrow have just a few weeks left to have their say in a consultation...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Harrow Council consults on Edgware landlord licensing scheme

Harrow Council is looking to renew its landlord licensing scheme in Edgware, enabling tougher enforcement action on rogue landlords. It is consulting...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government’s job retention scheme extended until end of June

The government has extended its wage-subsidy programme for workers until the end of June, which should help ensure many private tenants are...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Brent Council’s application to extend its selective licensing scheme is rejected

Brent Council’s application to extend its selective licensing scheme in the north west London ward has been rejected by central government.  Brent...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Christopher Pincher replaces Esther McVey as the new housing minister

Boris Johnson has unveiled his new look cabinet, which includes the appointment of Christopher Pincher as the new housing minister. Pincher replaces Esther McVey,...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

London council calls for all estate agency and letting boards to be banned

‘For Sale’ and ‘To Let’ boards are one of the oldest and most important property marketing tools, even in this modern...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Brent Council agrees to introduce  additional and selective licensing

London Borough of Brent has approved the renewal and extension of borough-wide additional licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) for...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 could lead to ‘open-ended tenancies and rent controls’

The government’s plans to scrap Section 21 notices to evict tenants could potentially pave the way for the introduction of open-ended...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Section 21 consultation ends tomorrow

With the government consultation on tenancy reform ending tomorrow, time is running out for landlords wishing to have their say by...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA calls for new housing court to speed up justice for landlords and tenants

A new, properly funded housing court is urgently required to cope with proposed regulatory changes, according to the Residential Landlords Association...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems vote to scrap Section 21

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to abolish Section 21 repossessions in the private rented sector if they come to power at...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Allow tenants to transfer deposit between landlords, says RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has proposed that tenants should be permitted to transfer a deposit between landlords when moving property.  The...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Enfield Council plans to introduce landlord licensing scheme

Private landlords in Enfield may soon have to obtain new licences after the local council launched a consultation aimed at gaining...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hounslow Council has u-turned on plans for a landlord licensing scheme

Hounslow Council has u-turned on plans to introduce a licensing scheme for landlords.  Plans for an additional licensing scheme for landlords were...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The Guild explains what impact proposed Section 21 changes will have

The government’s existing consultation on the abolition of Section 21 does not close until Saturday 12th October, but its proposal to remove...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Leasehold packs set to be capped at £200

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has proposed that the maximum fee a landlord can charge a leaseholder...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged not to underestimate impact of removing Section 21

The government’s plan to scrap Section 21 without improving the court system and alternative process for regaining possession of a property,...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords database may be a pointless exercise, warns NLA

Introducing a ‘rogue landlords’ database without better enforcement would be a pointless exercise, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). A rogue...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords cast doubt on government's plan to scrap Section 21

Buy-to-let landlords are concerned about the proposed scrapping of Section 21 in the absence of a new system that allows them...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to reform health and safety standards

The government has announced that it will reform the Housing Health Safety Rating System (HHSRS) used to assess health and safety...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say on Brent landlord licensing scheme

Members of the general public are being offered the opportunity to have their say on Brent’s landlord licensing scheme. Brent Council wants...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish parliament consults on introducing rent controls

The Scottish government is consulting on introducing rent controls north of the border with a view to protecting private sector tenants...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Record response to new survey on Section 21

A record number of landlords have responded to the Residential Landlord Association’s (RLA) survey asking what a post-Section 21 private rented...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold - put your views to the housing minister

In recent weeks our campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold has continued to gather momentum both in the press and across...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Government warned against banning Section 21

The housing minister James Brokenshire’s announcement yesterday that there will be a consultation period on the ability of landlords to remove...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Last opportunity to have your say on Weymouth landlord licensing scheme

Today is the final day for the public to have their say on the possible introduction of the Weymouth landlord licensing...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say on Weymouth landlord licensing scheme

Members of the general public are being offered the opportunity to have their say on the possible introduction of the Weymouth...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Highly anticipated report into Leasehold Reform to be published today

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee is due to publish its report into Leasehold Reform today, which is designed to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Haringey approves plan to introduce borough-wide additional licensing

Haringey Borough Council has given the go-ahead for borough-wide additional licensing to be introduced from 27 May 2019 for Houses in...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords are being ‘persecuted’ under landlord licensing scheme – claim

Buy-to-let investors should be ‘extremely wary’ of buying property in an area affected by selective licensing rules because many local authorities...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Increasing SDLT for overseas buyers ‘would send a catastrophic message’

The government’s decision to launch a consultation into a proposal to add 1% onto the stamp duty paid when buying a home in England...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to have their say on local licensing consultations

With several licensing consultations currently being run by local authorities across the country, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is encouraging buy-to-let...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing set to be extended in Burnley

Councillors in Burnley are expected to extend the existing selective licensing schemes in Trinity, Gannow and Queensgate, as well as introduce...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords face tough new rules on electrical safety

The government has committed to introduce mandatory five yearly electrical safety checks in the private rented sector. No time date has been...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The Civil Justice Council doesn’t support plans for a housing court

The Civil Justice Council has said it cannot support government plans for a specialist housing court, deeming it unnecessary.  Responding to the...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets for The South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre later this month and...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing being considered in Weymouth

People in Weymouth are being invited to have their say on Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s plans to introduce selective licensing...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New government housing court plan is ‘good news for landlords and tenants’

The launch yesterday of a consultation by the government on establishing a new housing court has been welcomed by the Residential...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords should be offered tax incentives for longer tenancies, says RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling for tax reforms to encourage and support more landlords to offer longer tenancies. In its...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancy plans could deter a third of BTL landlords

One third of landlords say they would be less likely to acquire property if three-year tenancies are made compulsory, according to...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hackney Council targets dodgy landlords with licensing

Landlords with property in Hackney, east London, should be aware that following a consultation earlier this year Hackney Council has now...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Middlesborough Council to extend licensing scheme to additional ward

Middlesborough Council is hoping to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords operating in the Newport ward, particularly in and around the Gresham area,...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Council plans to clampdown on rogue landlords

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has vowed to clampdown on rogue landlords who allow tenants to live in poor housing standards in...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Something for landlords to think about…

  When your property is your largest asset, it’s important that you are putting the right tenants in. The last thing you...

12 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Fire safety regulations: are you aware of your responsibilities as a landlord?

As a landlord, it goes without saying that you must keep the property you provide your tenants with safe and free...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing being considered in Stoke-on-Trent

People in Stoke-on-Trent are being invited to have their say on city council plans to designate 14 areas under ‘selective licensing...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants who complain almost twice as likely to be evicted, says Citizens Advice

Private renters who complain to their landlord about problems at their rental property, including issues such as damp and mould, are...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancy plans appear to be a ‘political move’ aimed at the renter vote

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has once again voiced its opposition to plans to introduce mandatory three year tenancies. Responding to the...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government must work with landlords on longer tenancy plans, says RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has reacted furiously to growing speculation that the government will press ahead with its plans to...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Selective licensing being considered in parts of Leeds

People are being invited to share their views on the possible introduction of licensing for private sector rented housing in some...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches consultation to improve the performance of EPCs

The government is planning to reform Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) in a bid to make them more effective drivers of energy...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year minimum tenancies – what are the legal implications for landlords?

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal which could have serious ramifications for thousands of private landlords –...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Regular electrical checks in the PRS are ‘essential’

Plans to introduce new tougher electrical safety standards in the private rented sector aimed at protecting tenants by reducing the risk...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined just over £2,500 for unlicensed property

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £2,525 after failing to obtain a license for a shared house in Thurrock, Essex. Adeola Makinde was...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Thurrock Council plans to introduce additional licensing for landlords

Thurrock Council is proposing to introduce additional licensing for private landlords renting rooms to tenants in specific parts of the borough...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to address ‘baffling’ housing complaints system

A single housing ombudsman is crucial to ensure that the current system for complaining about housing is no longer confusing, according...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents increase further, Homelet says

Annual rental price growth in the UK increased in June, HomeLet said on Tuesday. The latest HomeLet Rental Index shows that the...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark launches licensing scheme database

ARLA Propertymark has launched a new database in partnership with GetRentr, a technology platform which automatically monitors property portfolios for compliance...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords will turn to holiday lets

Disgruntled private landlords are likely to turn their attention from buy-to-let to holiday lets if the government presses ahead with its...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could be offered tax incentives for longer tenancies

Private landlords are welcoming proposals being considered by the government to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies. In its consultation...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Healthy homes zones’ proposed by Labour

Plans to create ‘healthy homes zones’, as part of an effort to reduce housing-related health inequalities, have been proposed by the...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer-term tenancy plan is ‘a political move aimed at the renter vote’

The idea of the property-owning democracy has deep roots and has long defined housing policy in this country, with various schemes...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Claim your free tickets for The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show kicks off at Sandown Park in Surrey at the end of next month, and you...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a letting agent worth the investment?

As a property professional working in the lettings market, I feel that the moves to stamp out poor landlord practice and...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at six weeks rent

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents will be capped at a maximum of six...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent control proposed in Scotland

Labour has once again called for rents to be capped in Scotland after fresh data revealed rent increases were outstripping wage...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords are ‘sick of being utilised as a cash cow’

Buy-to-let landlords who own properties in Blackpool are being urged to lobby against plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme in...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent welcomes plan for new rental complaints system

Plans to introduce a new rental complaints system to help support private tenants who are forced to live in shoddy housing...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Gedling Borough Council approve plans for mandatory licences

Gedling Borough Council yesterday voted to approve plans to impose selective licensing charges on private landlords in the Nottinghamshire district. Following a consultation...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory HMO licensing extension to start in October

The government has confirmed that the long-awaited extension of Mandatory HMO Licensing will be introduced from 1st October 2018, subject to...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

National Landlords Association launches new brand

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched its new brand following extensive consultation with members and stakeholders. The new brand aims to...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Private landlords in England need to be prepared for increasing regulation

Buy-to-let landlords need to be prepared for more regulations coming in, following the publication of a government consultation on electrical safety...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New complaints system targets rogue landlords

A new rental complaints system has been proposed to help support private tenants who are forced to live in shoddy housing...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Proposed selective licensing scheme scrapped

A plan to introduce a new selective licensing scheme in Telford has been scrapped by Telford & Wrekin Council after more...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government confronts unfair practices in the leasehold market

We have seen a significant amount of publicity recently surrounding the sale of leasehold houses and the imposition of significant ground...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord/management company restrictions survey launched

The Conveyancing Association (CA) has in conjunction with HM Land Registry launched a new survey as part of an informal consultation...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

West Suffolk councils approve new powers to combat rogue landlords

West Suffolk councils have agreed to clamp down on dodgy landlords by adopting new powers to tackle them, following a joint...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What does 2018 have in store for landlords?

Undoubtedly, 2017 was another tough year for landlords. With so many legislative changes in the last 18 months (wear and tear...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

NLA won’t endorse new cost cap for energy efficiency improvements

The government’s proposal to introduce a cost cap of £2,500, down from £5,000, on the amount any landlord would need to...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Haringey Council launches consultation on new Selective Licensing Scheme

Haringey Council has launched a public consultation on plans to introduce two new Selective Landlord Licensing schemes in the London borough. The...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New tool to help landlords comply with licensing schemes

A new online platform designed to help landlords keep on top of new licensing schemes and consultations has been launched by...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget: Key points at-a-glance

The Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his Autumn Budget. Here are the key points of his speech impacting private landlords and...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

InventoryBase supporting mandatory landlord inventories

InventoryBase has announced that it is supporting the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) in their bid for mandatory inventories for...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms – have your say

The government’s decision to review the effectiveness of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 will have an impact...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords and letting agents urged to sign mandatory inventories petition

A new petition has been launched calling for independent inventory reporting to become a compulsory requirement. The petition, which has been created...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation proposal on licensing scheme for private landlords in Gedling

Gedling Borough Council has proposed a five year licensing scheme for private landlords in Gedling, Nottinghamshire, in an effort to improve...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Make CMP mandatory on agents ‘at the earliest opportunity’ government told

Given that thousands of landlords and tenants are not protected by client money protection (CMP), placing money held by letting agents are...

25 October 2017

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New rules for landlords in Wales – have your say

The Welsh government is currently seeking views on proposed regulations, made under section 94 of the act, for determining if a...

18 October 2017

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New licensing for private landlords in West London

A new licensing system in the West London neighbourhoods of Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Fulham, Chiswick and Ealing aims to protect landlords...

12 October 2017

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Landlord licensing scheme considered in Weymouth

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme in an effort to clamp down on unscrupulous...

12 October 2017

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Landmark change of planning rules for HMOs will ‘drive out rogue landlords’

New rules making it compulsory for landlords to apply for planning consent if they wish to convert properties in the Royal...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords will be forced to register with an ombudsman redress scheme

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, yesterday pledged to offer private sector tenants’ greater rights by...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing scheme considered in Hackney

  Hackney Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme in an effort to clamp down on unscrupulous landlords in the...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords and agents invited to have their say on proposed licensing scheme

Private landlords and letting agents in Wisbech, a market town in Fenland, Cambridgeshire, are being invited to offer their views this...

11 September 2017

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Proposed ban on letting agent fees will drive up rents, says ARLA

Letting agents will compensate for potential losses resulting from a future ban on letting agent fees paid by tenants by increasing...

05 September 2017

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Landlord licensing scheme considered in parts of Barnsley

Barnsley Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme in an effort to clamp down on rogue landlords in the...

24 August 2017

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No ‘compelling evidence’ as to why tenants should pay letting fees

Buy-to-let landlords should be responsible for paying letting agent fees in Wales, despite some concerns that this will lead to higher...

22 August 2017

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Council approve revised selective licensing scheme

City councillors in Nottingham have approved a new licensing scheme aimed at improving housing standards in the city’s private rented sector.  Following...

21 August 2017

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Greater energy efficiency regulations required in Scotland, says Labour

The Scottish government is being urged to set a higher benchmark for the energy efficiency of private rented homes to help...

07 August 2017

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Plan to introduce landlord licence in Nottingham approved

Private landlords in Nottingham may soon have to obtain a licence after plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme were given...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Government’s digital tax U-turn welcomed by trade body

The government yesterday announced a U-turn on the extent of the 'Making Tax Digital' requirements, and the move has been warmly...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Proposed selective licensing for Luton

Luton Council is considering introducing a ‘selective licensing’ within the town, and has this week launched a consultation regarding proposals to...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Proposed energy efficiency standards could damage PRS in rural Scotland

The Scottish government’s proposed new minimum energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector could risk having an adverse impact on...

06 July 2017

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Additional landlord licence plan consultation launched in Havering

More private landlords with rental homes in the London borough of Havering may soon have to apply for a license after...

05 July 2017

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Investing in property could ‘soon cease to be financially viable’

A host of Brexit bills dominated last week’s Queens’s speech, while there were also a few main non-Brexit proposals announced outlining...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Inclusion of letting agency fee ban in Queen’s Speech ‘reeks of desperation’

The Queen’s Speech was unsurprisingly dominated by Brexit, with a host of proposed new laws designed to prepare the UK for...

22 June 2017

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Tenancy deposits to be capped

When renting out a property, most landlords or their letting agents opt to take an upfront deposit from the tenant prior...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Mario Carrozzo CEO of Caridon Group

Q: About the Caridon Group?  Caridon Group provides exceptional, end-to-end residential property solutions throughout the UK, from property development and management to...

11 May 2017

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Air your views on selective licensing in Manchester and Salford

There could soon be no fewer than eight separate selective licensing areas in Manchester and Salford if proposed schemes are approved,...

11 May 2017

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Landlord licence plan consultation postponed until after election

A major consultation on a proposed new landlord license scheme has been delayed until after the general election. The idea of introducing...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body calls for either an extension or suspension of letting fees consultation

The consultation period for the proposed ban on letting agents’ fees in England should either be extended or suspended until after...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

2017 tenancy deposit theft total passes £300k

The recent conviction of letting agent Thirunga Damayantharan for illegally keeping £15,000 of tenancy deposits has taken the total value of...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Minimum energy efficiency standards being considered for landlords in Scotland

New proposals to ensure all privately rented homes north of the border meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency have been...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords and agents need ‘certainty about the market’s regulatory future’

Following a raft of changes, including tax measures, in the buy-to-let sector, the government has now published its consultation on banning...

10 April 2017

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Proposed ban on letting agent fees will deter longer term tenancies, says ARLA

Tenants will not benefit from the government’s ban on letting agent fees - because the costs will be passed on in...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Can you afford to ignore the Affordable Warmth Scheme?

The UK government’s Affordable Warmth Scheme (AWS) has been in place since 2013, as part of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO).   The...

16 March 2017

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Landlords facing £610 licences to rent out properties in Telford

Telford & Wrekin Council has launched a consultation on its plans to introduce a Selective Licensing in parts of Telford in...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Free tax advice for landlords

Many mortgage brokers are now offering buy-to-let landlords who are purchasing or remortgaging property a free tax consultation to help them...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Council launches consultation on new selective licensing scheme

Nottingham City Council has launched a public consultation on plans to introduce a selective landlord licensing scheme in the city. The consultation,...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New private landlord service launched

A new private landlord service has been set up to assist buy-to-let landlords across West Cheshire by providing them with a...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Government consults over ‘banning orders’ for rogue landlords

The government has launched an official consultation process on plans to for new banning orders to clampdown on rogue landlords and...

17 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Nearly half of landlords would ditch their agent if profits fell

Almost half of buy-to-let landlords say they would dump their letting agent if their profits started to drop, fresh research from...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government set to extend mandatory licensing of HMOs in England

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has ended a consultation on ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and residential property...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Council adopts ‘zero-tolerance approach’ to rogue landlords

A private landlord has been fined by Willesden Magistrates Court for poor and potentially dangerous housing conditions following a prosecution by...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Scrapping agent fees set to lead to higher rents

Letting agents in England will be banned from charging fees to tenants under plans announced by the chancellor in his Autumn...

24 November 2016

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Bank of England gets new powers to curb buy-to-let lending

The Bank of England will be granted new powers by the government to regulate mortgages used by small buy-to-let landlords to...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

BM Solutions revises rental cover calculations

BM Solutions has unveiled a fresh approach to addressing the upcoming buy-to-let tax changes by developing a new rental income calculator...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords overwhelmingly support compulsory client money protection

Four out of five buy-to-let landlords believe that client money protection (CMP) should be made compulsory when they use a letting...

29 October 2016

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Tighter licensing requirements for HMOs won’t improve standards for tenants

The government’s plan to tighten licensing requirements for landlords of shared accommodation in an effort to clamp down on rogue landlords...

19 October 2016

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Associations slam decision to continue 3% stamp duty surcharge

Landlords and lettings agents have expressed disappointment at the Welsh government’s decision to press ahead with proposals for a 3% stamp...

19 October 2016

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Regulator set to introduce tougher buy-to-let lending rules

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has confirmed that it will introduce tougher underwriting standards for buy-to-let lenders by the start of...

30 September 2016

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Developer welcomes housing minister’s call for greater investment in PRS

The housing minister’s call this week for significantly more homes “of every single type” to be built, including significantly more homes for...

16 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to respond to CMP consultation

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks is calling on landlords as well as letting agents to respond to the government's outstanding...

13 September 2016

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Council abandons proposed landlord licensing scheme

A local authority has opted not to introduce a new landlord licensing scheme, an investigation by London Property Licensing has revealed. Wandsworth...

08 September 2016

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Property licensing seminars launched in London

Property licensing seminars will be held in London to help landlords and letting agents make sense of what is required when...

25 August 2016

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Landlords to challenge Redbridge Council’s planned licensing schemes

Landlords in Redbridge are being invited to put any questions they have over new controversial licensing schemes to council officers at...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

HMRC launches landlord tax consultation

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has this week launched a 12-week consultation named 'Making Text Digital'. One of the features of the...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Government’s energy efficiency policy will drive up rents

The government’s policy to improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s housing stock will almost certainly place upward pressure on rents...

15 August 2016

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A third of tenants are subletting without landlord’s consent

Around a third of private rented sector tenants in the UK admit that they are currently subletting their rented accommodation without...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Stricter lending criteria could see investors locked out of buy-to-let

Buy-to-let landlords could be forced to stump up more than 60% deposits in some locations if all lenders introduce stricter borrowing requirements,...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Redbridge councillors to press ahead with ‘cynical’ landlord licensing scheme

Councillors in Redbridge have agreed to move forward with proposals to introduce a selective registration scheme for landlords across 14 wards...

01 July 2016

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Landlord licensing plan could be introduced in Manchester

Landlords in parts of Manchester may soon have to apply for a licence to let their properties as part of a...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

New guide for Scottish landlords carrying out surveys of tenants and service users

An updated guide that simplifies and clarifies some of the steps landlords north of the border should take when designing and...

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage clampdown: industry reaction

Proposals by the Bank of England to curb buy-to-let lending are “premature” according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). As Landlord Today...

31 March 2016

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CML warns against further buy-to-let changes

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has warned against further intervention in the buy-to-let market as the forthcoming tax crackdown looks...

23 March 2016

From: Breaking News

RLA demands action on Flood Re

The RLA has submitted an official response to a Government consultation into future flood prevention. Swathes of the UK were left devastated...

18 March 2016

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RLA accuses government of “discriminating against UK investment”

Government policies are discriminating against UK based investment in the housing market by making it easier for foreign investors to purchase...

20 January 2016

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Consultation underway on new licensing for 20,000 properties to let

Ealing Council in London is undergoing a formal consultation about a proposal that all houses in multiple occupation within its boundaries...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

RLA: Government has “declared war” on landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has accused the Government of declaring war on individual landlords and described 2015 as an “annus...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Eviction expert calls for a “rogue tenant” list

Eviction firm Landlord Action is calling for a blacklist of persistent rogue tenants to be made public. The Housing and Planning Bill...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Council ‘disappointed’ as licensing scheme is refused

Plans to introduce landlord licences in Redbridge have been thrown out by the Secretary of State. Redbridge Council said it was “extremely...

23 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Treasury proposals risk reducing PRS supply, say landlords

Proposals by the Treasury to hand greater powers to the Bank of England to make access to buy-to let-lending harder risks...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Government poised to launch farcical buy to let mortgage consultation

The government is poised to launch a consultation document which is expected to advocate further restrictions on buy-to-let mortgage lending. The formal...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

DCLG rogue landlords consultation outcome published

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published the full outcome of its consultation: Tackling rogue landlords and improving...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Eviction specialist warns about subletting scams

A tenant eviction specialist has warned that the Government’s proposal to introduce minimum room sizes will not prevent subletting scams which...

11 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Osborne has “jumped the gun” on BTL regulation, say lenders

Mortgage industry insiders have expressed concern about the Government’s plans to allow the Bank of England to intervene in the buy-to-let...

26 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Local council consulting on landlord charter

Reading Council has launched a consultation on the creation of a Private Rented Sector Housing Charter. If established, the Charter will include...

22 September 2015

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Rogue landlords should face tougher sentences, say local councils

Councils need to be handed greater powers to tackle rogue landlords ‘taking advantage’ and ‘ripping off’ tenants. This is the call from...

21 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Is the Government back-tracking over longer-term tenancies?

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has backtracked on suggestions that the government may introduce longer standard tenancy agreements in the private rental...

18 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Half of landlords affected by removal of wear and tear allowance

Almost half (47%) of landlords will be affected by the removal of the annual wear and tear allowance, according to new...

13 August 2015

From: Breaking News

HMRC gives full details of wear-and-tear tax changes

HMRC has revealed the scope of its proposed changes to the wear and tear allowance, as announced in George Osborne’s budget...

22 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Flagship pro-licensing council does sharp U-turn

The council which became a standard bearer for so-called ‘landlord licensing’ - Enfield in north London – appears to have abandoned...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge against Croydon licensing

Croydon landlords have launched a legal challenge against selective licensing in the borough. A group of landlords operating as the Croydon Property...

02 July 2015

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RLA urges Camden to reconsider HMO licensing

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has written to Camden Council urging reconsideration of a borough-wide additional licensing scheme for houses in...

09 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour’s rent controls under attack

Labour’s plans for private rented sector rent controls have been widely condemned by housing and landlord groups. Landlord Today reported yesterday how...

28 April 2015

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