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KEYWORD "Evidence" - 284 RESULTS
Updated Right To Rent user guide for landlords launched

The Home Office has launched a new User Guide for Right To Rent, aimed at landlords and tenants. This guidance provides information...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Solved? More landlords and tenants try to settle disputes without arbitration

More landlords and tenants are opting to solve disputes independently, saving them weeks of waiting and potential stress caused by lengthy...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Agents urge ‘gentle caution’ after political pledges

The letting agents’ trade body ARLA Propertymark has made a very cautious approach to the Scottish Government over its strident pledge...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council criticised by government sets licensing deadline

A Labour council that lost government support for its landlord licensing regime says it’s reviewing its options and will produce new...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord must pay thousands for ignoring Improvement Notices

A landlord who failed to comply with improvement notices for a vulnerable tenant and threatened to evict her if the improvements...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Market Madness? £7,000 pcm unit let in hours and 78 viewings on an HMO

If evidence was needed that the rental market is booming right now, here’s the proof - a property with an asking...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears Fears Foiled - more evidence that rental sector relatively unchanged

There’s more evidence that the feared avalanche of debt and evictions post-Covid has failed to materialise. Research for buy to let lender...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Government rejects local licensing - Council pondering next steps

A council in the unusual position of having its landlord licensing proposals rejected by the government says it’s pondering its next...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Legendary landlord reported to have been arrested in ‘Hitler’ row

Legendary south of England landlord Fergus Wilson is reported to have been arrested after a dispute in which he allegedly called...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail term and massive fines after fire safety breaches

A landlord in the north of England has been given a suspended prison sentence and a huge fine for fire safety...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Get Rich Quick courses in spotlight after MP’s intervention

The potential dangers of Get Rich Quick property investment schemes have been highlighted once again, this time by an MP. Some 18...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord sentenced over “catastrophic” safety breaches

A landlord has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years for breaches of fire safety legislation. Thirunavukkaradu Kuladaisamy, the...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Month of free landlord ‘dispute’ webinars begins today

Today sees the first of three free webinars for landlords run by The Deposit Protection Service to help landlords and letting agents navigate the dispute resolution...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New property management app monitors repairs progress

A new maintenance management app connecting landlords, agents and property managers to their tenants allows the tracking of repairs. Refectio compiles tenants’...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord in hot water after ignoring council abatement notice

A tenant was put at risk from a ceiling that partially collapsed and was left unable to use her shower after...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Present and past private tenants to play major role in city housing strategy

Private tenants in a major city are being invited to take up a voluntary role helping to shape the local rental...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock as government rejects council’s landlord licensing bid

The government has taken the unusual step of denying a local council its request for an extended term for a landlord...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord-Tenant Mediation: no pilot scheme results yet

There appears to be no evidence yet as to the effectiveness or otherwise of the government’s mediation scheme, introduced ahead of...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Licensing landlords would help students, insists charity and union

A Citizens Advice and Students Union study into student accommodation in its patch says there should be an additional licensing scheme...

01 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

Landlord caught out over HMO housing migrant shift workers

Rogue landlord Siddika Begum of Salisbury has been prosecuted for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation in the town. Begum...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Review compliance procedures or risk prosecution, landlords warned

A warning has been issued to landlords about a crackdown on compliance issues surrounding property management. No Letting Go, the country’s largest...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Today’s webinar may help landlords hit by tenancy disputes

The DPS is hosting free dispute webinars to enable landlords and letting agents to navigate the dispute resolution process. More than 2,000...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Three agencies must stop trading after failing to compensate landlords

Three lettings agencies have been expelled for The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay compensation to landlords. And as they are now...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets rival to Airbnb to launch in UK next year

A Scandinavian company is bidding to create a short lets rival to Airbnb and has announced it is opening in the UK...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords demand more info on energy improvements

The National Residential Landlords Association says it backs a report by MPs sharply criticising EPCs and urging more effective modern energy...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs blast government as landlords miss out on Green Homes Grant funds

There’s a new call on the government to get its act together on the Green Homes Grant, which has failed to live...

22 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

Lawyer tells landlords: Don’t deceive tenants

Landlords have been warned not to try to deceive departing tenants after a controversial tribunal ruling. Lindsays law firm says Scotland’s first...

12 March 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

Have you sent taps through the post to prove your tenants wrong?

A tenancy deposit service has listed the unexpected items it receives from landlords or tenants during deposit disputes - and it seems...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Voyeur landlord put on sex offenders’ register for 10 years

A landlord has admitted voyeurism and has been handed a suspended prison sentence and placed on the sex offenders’ register for...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning over legal problems with buy to lets bought at auction

An investment company claims some investors who buy at auction lose money because of misrepresentations in the legal pack.  The Mistoria Group...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Growing investment from landlords despite rents stagnating

There is substantial investment going in to the private rental sector by individual landlords, according to evidence from the latest edition...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs want better deal for landlords with break clauses for students

An influential all-party committee of MPs and members of the House of Lords is calling for a new council tax fund...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords buy in cities, bucking the Covid countryside craze

Coronavirus has prompted much talk of landlords and tenants alike fleeing cities for the country - but some evidence suggests that...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdowns make good broadband more key than ever for renters

New research provides more evidence of the importance of good broadband links for tenants.  A survey of over 1,000 students earlier this week...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour wants more eviction evidence after Wrongful Termination Order

The Scottish Labour Party has written to the SNP government of that country to demand more protection for private tenants. Labour housing...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown makes electrical compliance harder, warns trade body

A trade body says the current national lockdown may make it harder for the lettings industry to conform with an approaching deadline...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Expert tips - How to set up and manage a holiday let

Britain’s holiday rental market is preparing for a busy year ahead, as many travellers are expected to opt for staycations over...

12 January 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Landlords win thousands in compensation from council

Landlords of a property in Peterborough have been compensated £6,000 by the local council. The payment follows a delay in agreeing a...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ leader tells MPs they should give cash help to rental sector

Senior MPs have been told by the chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association that they must provide financial assistance...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Backfire! Bid to curb rent rises could force the very opposite - claim

A warning has been issued that a bid to curb private rental sector rents in Scotland could well backfire with more...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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,...

03 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

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...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Oyvind Birkenes, CEO of Airthings

Tell us about Airthings, why it was established, the products and what problem they were coming to solve? Airthings was established in...

26 November 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

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...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Fixed penalty notice for landlord - yet no one saw his offence

A council has issued a £445 Fixed Penalty Notice to a local landlord who disposed of his renovation waste in a...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

HMO landlord fined £70,500 over homes in ‘shocking’ condition

A landlord who failed to properly look after two HMOs has been fined £70,500 by an Essex council. Lystra Dorval, of Ilford,...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Misery for landlords caught in never-ending eviction moratorium

An industry service supplier has revealed the scale of the backlog in possession cases which cannot be pursued to eviction because of...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Plea to ensure landlords’ energy work is future-proofed

A trade body has told MPs the government must ensure work done to make homes energy efficient is ‘future-proofed’ to accept...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent online system tweaked later this month

It’s been confirmed that a new online system allowing landlords to check the Right to Rent status of prospective tenants will...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New 43-page Right To Rent guide for landlords with Covid changes

The government has this week revealed temporary changes to the way landlords can check documents required for Right To Rent. There have...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Periodic inspections – what should you be looking for?

Periodic inspections of your property are just as important for landlords as the inventory check at the start of the tenancy....

29 October 2020

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

10 Essential Safety Requirements For New Landlords

With new regulations and rules now in place for landlords, our in-house property experts outline their 10 essential safety requirements for...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation, Regulation & Compliance

Complete Rubbish? Landlord’s four figure waste bill

A council has prosecuted a landlord who failed to ensure waste from his property was properly disposed of. Mohammed Hussain from Leeds...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord told to repay £28,000 rent after tribunal backs tenants

A landlord in Winchester has been ordered to pay nearly £30,000 in rent after a tribunal backed his tenants in a...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Is there a witch-hunt of landlords in the Labour Party?

A Labour activist claiming to represent tenants is putting the squeeze on party members who are also landlords. An article on the Labour...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords lose out as buy to let may be changed forever

Two thirds of landlords have suffered financially during the pandemic and four out of 10 fear their investments will be impacted...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

You’re Wrong Boris! Landlords tell PM to back rental sector

A landlords’ trade body has ticked off Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his attitude towards the rental sector. He suggested in his...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

The Covid Effect - how the virus is changing some rental trends

New research from SpareRoom reveals the majority of sharers now want evidence of kindness, empathy and thinking of others in people they...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Can you still get possession? Top tips for landlords

As has been broadcast widely in the news the government has been going to extraordinary lengths to enforce their message that...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London mayor Sadiq Khan calls for two-year rent freeze

Rents should be frozen in London to avert mass evictions, city mayor Sadiq Khan has told the government. Khan wants new powers...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A rent freeze is quite simply ‘another type of rent control’

Sadiq Khan’s proposal to introduce rent controls in London risks reducing the number of private homes available for rent, as landlords...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent in Chelmsford may still be trading despite being expelled by TPO

Landlords and tenants in Chelmsford, Essex, are being warned that a local letting agent appears to be trading, despite being expelled from...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Long, ‘bumpy’ road to recovery predicted for UK property market

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that the housing market continued to recover at the tail...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market recovery could be short-lived, warn RICS

The UK housing market could see what first looks like a V-shaped recovery only for it to be quickly flattened out,...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in Scotland have served 350 eviction notices since lockdown

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland have been left with little alternative but to serve 350 eviction notices since the beginning of lockdown,...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property viewings: BTL landlords urged to ‘up their game’

Clutter and mess are among the most off putting things when looking at a potential new home, according to new research.  A...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Paragon confirms evidence of ‘strong and stable demand for buy-to-let’

Buy-to-let properties in the UK are currently in high demand and there appears to be plenty of room for further growth,...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance to help landlords arrange accommodation check-outs

The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) has issued fresh guidance to help students and landlords in England and Wales arrange accommodation check-outs...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Key predictions for the PRS: leading expert’s must-watch market analysis

With the number of new tenancies currently being agreed at an historic low, there is evidence to suggest that there will...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New Ombudsman will enable TPO to ‘raise standards in the industry’

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has announced that Rebecca Marsh, the existing chief ombudsman at the Legal Ombudsman, will become the new...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The number of lost sales in London due to coronavirus is increasing

Four in five deals underway when the Covid-19 pandemic struck are still progressing, but transaction numbers in the week ending 2...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Updated tenant fees ban matrix for England and Wales published by TDS

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has updated its Tenant Fees Matrix, initially introduced in 2019, with a view to simplifying the most...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Appeal against ruling on Right to Rent judicial review

The controversial Right to Rent scheme, which requires landlords in England to check the immigration status of their tenants, often leads...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

TDS launches coronavirus guide to help landlords, agents and tenants

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has launched an FAQ web page for landlords, letting agents and tenants to provide help and...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget 2020: what Rishi Sunak’s announcement means for the PRS

Rishi Sunak's first Budget included new taxes for overseas property buyers, funding to remove unsafe cladding, fresh funds to support the...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Interest rate cut will ‘inject liquidity into the economy and property market’

The Bank of England’s extraordinary decision to cut interest rates to just 0.25% yesterday with no warning, reflecting the level of...

12 March 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

Property transactions increase by 5.2% year-on-year

Residential property transactions increased by 5.2% in the year to January 2020, according to HMRC ‘s latest property transaction statistics. There were...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Insurance costs from two February storms could cost £425m in claims

The severe weather that brought heavy rain and strong winds across the UK and flooded hundreds of properties this month is estimated...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit: What will change after 11pm tonight?

The UK formally leaves the European Union at 11pm tonight, at which point it will instantly enter into an 11-month transition...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental supply shortage set to push up rents

Rents look set to rise over the next 12 months as the supply of new rental properties dries up, according to...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New technology aims to improve fire safety

New technology is being launched in an attempt to improve fire safety in the rental sector.  Following the changing recommendations around fire...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined £27k for unsafe HMO

An unscrupulous landlord has been fined £27,000 over an unlicensed HMO in Luton with multiple fire and safety breaches. ​ Luton Magistrates Court...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 changes: time to prepare for reforms to the eviction system

Letting agents are being urged to do more to protect buy-to-let landlords by preparing now for the government’s plans to scrap Section...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Accord looks to make products more accessible to ‘broader range of landlords’

Accord Buy To Let is attempting to improve its service and make its mortgage products more widely accessible by amending its...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you entitled to compensation due to onerous ground rent charges?

Thousands of landlords trapped in developer contracts with spiraling costs could be entitled to compensation, according to legal experts.  Around 100,000 homeowners...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £35,000 for selective licensing breaches

A buy-to-let landlord who owns two properties in Scarborough has been fined £35,000 for breaches of his Selective Licence following a...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

AIIC welcomes new deposit scheme that must include inventory reports

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (The AIIC) has unsurprisingly welcomed the launch of a new deposit protection service that requires...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: Housing should be top ‘priority’

Boris Johnson’s call for a snap general election on December 12 to try to settle the issue of Brexit took very...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb tenant subletting scam exposed

There is a growing issue of tenants subletting their rental properties on websites like Airbnb, with some renters inappropriately using it...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined for letting uninhabitable property

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay almost £4,000 after tenants were discovered living in an appalling and unsafe property.  Officers...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Four things you need to know when starting a new tenancy

Did you know that preparing for a deposit dispute starts at the beginning of a tenancy? When tenants and landlords disagree about...

26 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Landlords in Edinburgh offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

With 490 disputes having arisen between landlords and tenants in the Edinburgh area in the last 12 months, SafeDeposits Scotland, which...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Inverness offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

With the latest research showing that 50 disputes have arisen between landlords and tenants in the Inverness area in the last 12...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage approvals increased by 5.5% year-on-year in July

Buy-to-let mortgage approvals increased in July, up 5.5% year-on-year, suggesting that market conditions are improving, the latest UK Finance report shows. There...

18 September 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

Landlords looking to sell-up and cash in on property need to be realistic

Thousands of landlords plan to sell their buy-to-let properties as a result of tax and regulatory changes, but those offloading homes...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

5 secrets of great student landlords

It’s that time of year again when pencil cases are fully stocked and the smell of dusty books opening fills the...

13 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

NLA dismisses government’s claim that Section 21 is driving up homelessness

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has rejected the government’s claim that landlords’ use of Section 21 eviction notices is the leading...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

More than half of landlords plan to use limited companies to acquire property

Some 55% of landlords planning to add to their portfolio over the next 12 months will use a limited company to...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New Right to Rent guidance issued by the Home Office

Fresh guidance updating how landlords can ensure that they are compliant with the Right to Rent requirements in England has been...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Police appeal to landlords to help clampdown on organised crime gangs

Cheshire Police are appealing for landlords, along with letting agents and local residents to help crack down on organised crime gangs. Officers...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fresh government guidance ‘could leave landlords open to prosecution’

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) not to follow new guidance from the government on its...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

It is good practice to have a well prepared inventory to ensure a risk-free tenancy

The government’s decision to cap tenancy deposits at no more than five weeks’ rent where the annual rent is up to...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords look set to influence the future of the Right to Rent scheme

Private landlords will have a major say in a court case considering the future of the government’s Right to Rent scheme. The...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Four out of 10 landlords call for a fast track housing tribunal

Almost four out of ten adults would like to see the government introduce a fast track housing tribunal if the Section...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The next chancellor must reverse ‘tax changes impacting private landlords’

The Tory leadership contest is well underway with just two candidates - Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt - left in the...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory leadership candidates urged to scrap controversial Right to Rent scheme

The two candidates for Conservative leader are being urged to make a public commitment to abolishing the controversial Right to Rent...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined almost £60,000 for putting vulnerable bedsit tenants at risk

A rogue landlord has been fined £55,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £2,989.67 as well as a victim surcharge...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords want tenants claiming benefits to be treated ‘fairly and equally’

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) is calling for an urgent overhaul of how universal credit is paid, with most landlords north of...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords need new licence to rent out properties in Slough

Private landlords will soon need to obtain a new licence to rent out property with multiple individually let rooms in Slough,...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Axing Section 21 will leave landlords ‘powerless’ to evict anti-social tenants

The government’s controversial plans to scrap Section 21 of the Housing and Planning Act, the so-called ‘no fault eviction’, will leave...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Where are the best places to currently invest in the North West?

The North West has long since ceased to be an “inside tip” amongst forward-looking property investors. It’s now one of the...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New technology aims to provide greater gas safety accountability in the PRS

New technology has been launched in an attempt to improve gas safety accountability in the private rental sector. The existing system makes...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental prices rise 1.7% in Scotland

Scottish rents continued to edge up in the first quarter of the year, the latest figures show. The Scottish national average increased...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to simplify the benefits system to prevent discrimination

Nationwide were among a small group of mortgage lenders asked to give evidence at a select committee yesterday on restrictions around...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay £17k for endangering the lives of his tenants

A buy-to-let landlord in Stevenage has been fined £14,000 and told to pay Stevenage Borough Council’s legal costs of £2,845.50 and...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords must ‘not underestimate the importance of a thorough inventory’

It is good practice to have a detailed and accurate inventory completed at the start of the tenancy, and again when...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent branded ‘a farce’ by RLA

The controversial Right to Rent scheme, which requires landlords in England to check the immigration status of their tenants, has been...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Office to review Right to Rent checks following High Court ruling

The Home Office has announced that it plans to reassess its Right to Rent scheme that requires landlords in England to...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New deposit protection training courses for landlords in Scotland

Landlords in Scotland are being offered an opportunity to attend new tenancy deposit adjudication workshops designed to offer training in tenancy...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to abolish controversial Right to Rent policy

The government faces growing pressure to scrap Right to Rent, which forces landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants, after the...

04 March 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

Just 135 of 3,000 landlords have signed up to new statuary license

There is growing concern in Reading that thousands of landlords could soon face enforcement action if they do not sign up...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property management firm fined £5k for non-compliance

Property management company Titlecroft Limited has been fined £5,000 for failing to join a government-approved property redress scheme, which is a...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent rises in Scotland may not always be legal

The introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) in December 2017 has led to major changes in the industry in Scotland,...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

LetCo acquired by LSL Property Services

Buy-to-let landlords with properties in Hampshire and Sussex, may be keen to learn that local lettings and property management specialist, LetCo,...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Is the buy-to-let market as good as dead and buried?

Investors have long turned to residential property as a means of supplementing their income, supported by strong demand from tenants and...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The Scottish rental market – 2018 overview

It’s been a busy year in terms of legislation in the Scottish lettings industry. The introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Future Right to Rent system must be ‘reliable’ and treat people ‘fairly’

The government’s long-awaited White Paper on post-Brexit immigration policy, published last week, unveiled plans for a single, skills-based immigration system applying...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise 7.5% over the next three years

UK rents are expected to increase by 7.5% over the next three years, as the supply of rental accommodation dwindles while...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords give preference to white people with British passports, court told

A number of buy-to-let landlords are discriminating against prospective tenants based on their nationality and ethnicity due to the impact that...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for renting out poorly converted garage

A buy-to-let landlord in Luton has been ordered to pay £8,510 by Luton Magistrates Court for continuing to rent out a...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent controls would hurt both tenants and landlords, warns RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has warned that growing speculation the mayor of London Sadiq Khan is considering introducing rent controls...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government benefit cuts fuel surge in homelessness from rented housing

Government benefit changes, including cuts to housing benefit, are to blame for increasing levels of homelessness from private rented housing, according...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Prosecution of high-profile landlord ‘shows we have teeth’, says councillor

Folkestone Magistrates Court’s decision last week to find high profile landlord, Judith Wilson, guilty of failing to comply with an enforcement...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Scarborough Council votes in powers to fine rogue landlords up to £30,000

Rogue landlords with properties in Scarborough now face fines of up to £30,000 as the local council looks to clampdown on...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Section 8 process is ‘no longer fit for purpose’, NLA says

A review of the section 8 possession process is urgently required, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). As many of you...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords accused of ‘illegally’ withholding deposits

Buy-to-let landlords have been accused of “routinely and illegally” withholding deposits from tenants and subjecting many people living in private rented...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget delivers ‘another tax hit for landlords’ – industry reaction

Philip Hammond has once again failed to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms that have had far-reaching...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be offered training to deal with hike in rent arrears

Rent arrears are a real concern for a number of landlords across the UK, especially as it can have a significant...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord who kept 23 people in overcrowded conditions fined £7,500

A landlord in Ilford, Essex, who allowed 23 people to live in overcrowded conditions has been fined £7,500. Tenants in a house...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Taxes on buy-to-let landlords have ‘made no difference to rents’

The rise in the number of buy-to-let landlords quitting the buy-to-let sector in response to a raft of tax and regulatory...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fleet Mortgages launches fixed rate buy-to-let products

Fleet Mortgages has launched a range of fixed-fee mortgage products across its standard, limited company and HMO or multi-unit block sectors. The...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent that failed to pass on rent expelled by TPO

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has expelled TeesSurveyors Lettings Ltd (TSL) from the scheme for failing to pay awards totalling just over...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government’s tax changes have led to the ‘sledgehammering of the BTL industry’

Activity in the buy-to-let market dropped further in July as a result of government interventions and a wider housing slowdown, new...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending continues to fall as landlords back out of market

Tax and regulation changes continue to have an adverse impact on the buy-to-let market, with the value of mortgages taken out...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New blockchain database to track changes in the PRS

Citylets has adopted blockchain technology to help track and store rental data in Scotland.   The Scottish property rental portal has teamed...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

The RLA’s next Future Renting Conference takes place tomorrow

The Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) next Future Renting Conference takes places in London tomorrow. The one-day conference, which will be held at...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords face losing millions as government cracks down on letting fees

Landlords are set to lose out on millions of pounds through a clampdown on rental fees after the government yesterday announced...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord to be prosecuted after 31 beds found in ‘appalling’ three-bedroom house

A landlord faces prosecution after police found he had squeezed 31 beds into a very overcrowded three-bedroom house that had just...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in properties to let placing upward pressure on rents

Rents are forecast to see strong growth over the next five years, according to the latest residential property forecast from the...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

The landlord licensing system should be simpler, says PayProp

The government’s decision to review how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector presents an ideal opportunity to look...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

The ‘real value’ of independent inventories should not be underestimated

The importance of having an independent inventory cannot be misjudged, especially as a poorly recorded or written report may leave the...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Low Rate Secured Loans For Self-employed and Contractor Workers

If you wish to raise finance against an existing property and are self-employed then you may find a secured loan provides...

31 July 2018

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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

AIIC continue to push for mandatory independent inventories

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) remains hopeful that independent inventory reporting will become a compulsory requirement. The AIIC, the UK’s...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for using garden as a dumping ground

A landlord who infuriated neighbours by using a back garden at one of his rental properties to dump rubbish has been...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Greater regulation for Airbnb-style landlords may be needed, say MPs

With more Airbnb listings in this country than ever before, there is growing concern among MPs that the home sharing website...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Proposed changes will lead to an increase in costs for landlords – claim

The Welsh Assembly is being urged to reconsider the bill to ban tenants’ fees in Wales due to concerns that that...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips to attract family tenants

Many landlords consider family tenants the Holy Grail with recent research by the National Landlords Association (NLA) revealing that properties rented...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government slammed for failing to act on report that suggests improvements to PRS

The government has been criticised for continuing to drag its heels over taking on key recommendations made in a recent report...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to review selective licensing across the private rental sector

The government yesterday announced a review to look at how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector in order...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Kent Reliance launches income-backed buy-to-let proposition

Specialist mortgage lender Kent Reliance has launched an income-backed buy-to-let mortgage for limited companies and individual lending. The mortgage provider will now...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government faces High Court challenge over Right to Rent scheme

The High Court has given the go-ahead for a legal review to be launched into the government’s Right to Rent policy. The...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Automated payment systems can protect landlords against letting agency fraud

Automated payment systems can help to reduce letting agency fraud, it has been claimed. PropTech firm PayProp says that automating rental payment...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for breaching HMO rules

A buy-to-let landlord in Immingham, near Gimsby, has been ordered to pay £1,380 after being found guilty of renting an unlicensed...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of small private landlords plan to sell up as BTL crackdown bites

From a landlord’s perspective, it has been a tough couple of years, with a raft of changes designed to bring the...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent expelled from TPO for failing to pass on tenants rent

A letting agent in Hove has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme for 18 months for not passing on...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

EastEnders praised for tenancy deposit storyline

EastEnders has been praised by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) for a recent storyline tackling tenancy deposit issues faced by some...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

TDS sets new Academy course dates

Deposit protection scheme, TDS, has announced 20 new dates for its ‘Academy’ training events running over the next year across England...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches major private rented sector survey

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents working in the private rented sector in England are being invited to offer their views in...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Should renters with pets be given greater rights?

Many people with pets still find it difficult to find a rental property, and that is largely due to the potential...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

RLA cautious over Labour's proposal for pets in rented homes

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is seeking greater clarification from the Labour party after it put forward new proposals this week...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Renting a home is ‘out of reach’ for many young people

We all know that buying a home is a distant dream for many young people without wealthy parents, but there is...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage availability: a taxing challenge for would-be incorporated landlords

The majority of UK landlords did not set out to create significant property businesses and, even today, about half (49.7%) of...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Protect tenants by regulating letting agents, says property manager

All letting agents should be regulated and required to have minimum training qualifications in order to reduce the number of rogue...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Philip Hammond urged to scrap stamp duty

The Chancellor Philip Hammond should scrap stamp duty because it would encourage more buy-to-let landlords to invest in the private rented...

22 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

Many renters will ‘end up worse off’ unless the law is changed

The government’s proposal to cap tenancy deposits to six weeks’ rent will save many tenants money, given that a number of...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at six weeks rent

The security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents will be capped at no more than six weeks...

02 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

Landlord given 12-month community service order for illegally evicting tenants

A landlord has been given a 12-month community service order with a rehabilitation activity requirement of 20 days after being convicted...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips to avoid tenant disputes

Dealing with tenant disputes is one of the biggest challenges landlords must overcome, and can sometimes prove both expensive and time-consuming...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

UK government urged to follow Scotland’s lead to reduce rent arrears

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has hailed the Scottish government for offering people receiving Universal Credit north of the border more...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Minimise conflicts by educating landlords and tenants, says expert

While the majority of landlords, tenants and letting agents do act responsibly, disputes still occur, which can sometimes end up involving...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposit protection training for landlords

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) will continue to offer buy-to-let landlords across the country special training on tenancy deposit schemes, as...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

NatWest reduces buy-to-let income coverage ratio

Natwest has lowered its buy-to-let income coverage ratio requirement from 145% to 135% at 5.5%, while it has also introduced more...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Monthly boost for rental property supply

The number of new rental property listings increased by 2.4% during August compared to the same month a year ago, the...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent inventories for student properties are ‘invaluable’, says AIIC

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords and letting agents alike, and because...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Landlord tax’ raises £2bn from buy-to-let investors

The Treasury has so far pocketed around £2bn as a result of the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional homes, including...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Top tips for evicting an unwanted tenant

As the buy-to-let industry has grown, so too have the many rules and regulations involved with letting a property. Keeping up with...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Skipton insist it’s ‘business as usual’ despite rule change

Skipton Building Society has announced that it has tightened its portfolio affordability requirements to 150% at 5.5%, and at 5% for...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants launch fundraising page to pay for ‘independent’ fire safety checks

A crowdfunding page has been set up by concerned tenants who are looking to pay for an independent fire safety inspection...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord is fined for 'blighting' neighbours by dumping rubbish

A landlord has been fined almost £1,300 for dumping rubbish at the rear of his rental property in Grays. Ardon Jardine, who...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Brent moves closer to borough-wide landlord licensing regime

Most buy-to-let landlords could soon be required to licence their properties in the London borough of Brent if the government agrees...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent inventories should be compulsory, says trade body

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords and tenants alike, and because it...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Vida launches expat buy-to-let mortgage range

Vida Homeloans has launched a new expat buy-to-let mortgage range aimed at existing UK property owners living overseas who wish to...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

How to reference check potential tenants

As a landlord, you should know exactly who a potential tenant is before you hand over the keys to your property...

01 June 2017

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New courses launched to help landlords ‘minimise the risk of a dispute’

Buy-to-let returns continue to beat all other mainstream investments, including commercial property, UK government bonds and cash, while remaining a highly...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £4,700 for placing ‘tenants at risk of harm’

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £4,700 by Blackburn magistrates after failing to make improvements to his property. Despite...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Government threatened with legal action over landlord immigration checks

The government is facing a legal challenge over its controversial Right to Rent scheme, which effectively forces buy-to-let landlords to act...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Boost for renters as poll shows little public support for tenant fees

The government’s proposed ban on letting agents charging tenant fees has gained significant support from members of the general public, while...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lack of due diligence could have ‘financial implication for landlords’

Following a recent report which claimed that one third of private tenants would not tell their landlord if they did significant...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £235k for renting out illegal bedsits

A landlord has been ordered to pay in excess of £235,000 for renting out illegal bedsits in east London after pleading...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £45,000 for ‘putting people’s lives at risk’ in shared flat

A landlord has been fined more than £45,000 after 12 people were found living in slum-like conditions in a four storey...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Some landlords miss out on ‘good mortgage deals’ because of ‘lazy’ brokers

Many buy-to-let landlords are simply not getting the best mortgage deal, or find themselves trapped into mortgages with high standard variable rates, as...

14 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agent jailed for keeping client deposits

A letting agent in Croydon has been sentenced to 19 months in prison after being found guilty of keeping more than...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Cleaning is the main cause for deposit disputes between landlords and tenants

The most common cause of a tenancy deposit dispute in the private rented property sector is cleaning, while disputes over rent...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Greater protection for landlords as CMP to be made compulsory for letting agents

There was good news for landlords and tenants yesterday after the government took measures to prevent rogue letting agents stealing your...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

MP tables early day motion urging landlords to improve gas safety

Labour MP and gas safety campaigner George Howarth has tabled an early day motion (EDM) calling on landlords and social housing...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to allow tenants to personalise their rental properties

Landlords should be more open-minded to tenants’ requests to make home improvements to their rental properties, according to the Association of...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Four rogue landlords, including child sex offender, banned from renting properties

A man who is currently serving six years in prison for child sex abuse offences is among four rogue landlords in...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Significantly more ‘truly affordable rented homes’ needed to reduce homelessness

A lack of affordable rented homes are contributing to rising levels of homelessness, according to a new report from the national...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental property turned into a cannabis farm

A private tenant in Motherwell faces a possible jail sentence after pleading guilty to producing cannabis at a flat in Addie...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to ‘think twice’ about ‘unjust’ tenancy deposit deductions

Buy-to-let landlords are well within their rights to make appropriate deductions from a tenancy deposit when a tenant breaches the terms...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Government challenged on tax changes that will cause ‘hardship for tenants’

The Chancellor Philip Hammond is being urged to use this week’s Budget announcement to alter pending changes to mortgage interest tax...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Inventories offer peace of mind and could save you money

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords, and because it tends to vary...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

What opportunities and challenges lie ahead for BTL landlords this year?

We all know that buy-to-let investors face a challenging time, but what are the key issues affecting landlords? Karen Bennett looks...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Council considers introducing selective licensing scheme

A local council is planning to crackdown on rogue landlords by potentially introducing a selective licensing scheme, it has been revealed. Barrow-in-Furness...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Around half of landlords refuse to let to those without a UK passport

Foreign nationals and Britons without a passport are struggling to rent due to immigration checks introduced last year, according to a...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Government urged to reconsider changes to tax relief for residential landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is urging the government to reconsider pending taxation changes announced by the now former chancellor George...

01 February 2017

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

Is this product set to become a ‘Genius’ piece of inventory software for landlords?

A new web-based inventory software system called Inventory Genius, designed to take the hassle and legal pitfalls out of the inventory...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

How should you respond to complaints? Join #Section21 Twitter debate today

A Twitter debate on Section 21 notices will take place today from midday to help property professionals, including landlords, properly understand...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks raise concern at lack of tenants signing inventories

To help enjoy a risk-free tenancy, it is generally good practice for a landlord to have an inventory which records the condition...

06 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Anyone looking inside this landlord’s house of horrors will think it is Halloween

An unscrupulous landlord who failed to fix a toilet which had became detached from the soil pipe, leaking all over the...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord jailed for remortgaging his parents’ house to expand BTL portfolio

A man has been sentenced to almost three-and-a-half-years in jail after being found guilty of remortgaging his elderly parents’ £1.5m house...

29 October 2016

From: Breaking News

FHL double size of acceptable portfolios as buy-to-let lending appetite increases

Foundation Home Loans has announced that it wants to make it easier for buy-to-let landlords to secure finance to add to...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Harrow Council to impose new licensing rules on landlords

Harrow Council will take fresh measures to tackle rogue landlords by introducing new licensing schemes next week in Wealdstone and Edgware,...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £162K for cramming 18 people into flat

A landlord has been fined £162,000 after 18 people were found to be living in his ‘unsafe’ Georgian Grade II-listed flat...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Tory peer condemns government’s attack on buy-to-let

Lord Flight, a former Conservative Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has once again slammed his own party’s buy-to-let tax changes,...

22 October 2016

From: Breaking News

More work needed to reduce tenancy deposit disputes

Considerably more must be done to help reduce the number of tenancy deposit disputes, despite the recent improvements recorded in the...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

The art of negotiating with your tenant

If you plan to make any deductions to your tenant’s deposit then sitting down with them, face-to-face and explaining your reasons...

05 October 2016

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Bad eviction advice can prove costly

Unfortunately for private landlords looking to regain possession of their rental home, private tenants are often advised by local councils and...

15 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

From: Breaking News

Calculating correct compensation charges ‘the holy grail of letting’

Compensation charges at the end of tenancies can be very contentious and as a result, lead to deposit disputes, especially when...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Cleaning costs biggest cause of deductions to student rental deposits

Cleaning costs and damage to fixtures and fittings are the primary reasons why deposit money is withheld when a student tenant...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Scottish landlords support SNP's proposed changes to Finance Bill

The government’s proposed changes to mortgage interest relief, which will  see landlords taxed on their turnover rather than profit, has been...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

NLA supports bill to reduce homelessness

The Homelessness Reduction Bill, which was published by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee last week, has received backing from...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Cleaning remains a big problem for landlords

Landlords are increasingly faced with dirty properties at the check-out stage of a tenancy and this has led to cleaning now...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

The government wants to better protect your money – have your say

The government is considering its options when it comes to increasing protections for private landlords and tenants’ cash against fraud and...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Top tips for Preparing your Dispute Evidence

Suzy Hershman, Head of Dispute Resolution for mydeposits, covers her top tips for preparing your dispute evidence If I had a £1 for...

12 August 2016

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‘Greedy and selfish’ landlord narrowly avoids prison

A landlord who continued to rent out a house to tenants despite being warned that it posed serious health and a...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

How can you protect yourself from costly property damage?

Landlords in the UK are out of pocket to the tune of over £5bn every year because of damage to property...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

The PRS is fit for purpose despite claims to the contrary, says RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has defended the private rented sector after the Resolution Foundation’s latest analysis of housing trends in...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Woking council will not ‘tolerate poor standards’ from landlords

The head of housing at Woking Borough Council has vowed to clampdown on landlords in the local area that put tenants’...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Deposit deductions – What you can and can’t claim for

When renting out a property, most landlords choose to take a deposit from their tenant prior to the tenancy starting. The...

29 July 2016

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Prime central London rents ‘remain in check’ despite greater tenant demand

Annual rental value growth in prime central London continued to fall in June, down 3%, despite a rise in the level...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Court delays proving costly for landlords

Landlord Action says under-resourced county courts are struggling to cope with the number of possession claims being put forward, resulting in...

30 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Glasgow looks an attractive proposition for buy-to-let investors

Neil Livingstone, director of Douglas Dickson Property Management Limited, explains why Glasgow’s buy-to-let market looks ripe for investment.  Landlords have been heard...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Fewer landlords behind on their mortgage repayments

Landlords are now less likely to fall behind on their mortgage repayments, with just 9,300 cases of buy-to-let mortgage arrears of...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents rise at a slower pace

Rents on new tenancies rose across most parts of the UK over the three months to May, led by gains in...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory industry committed to ensuring customers’ rights are met

It is good practice to have a detailed and accurate inventory completed at the start of the tenancy, and again when...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let rush fuels increase in SDLT receipts

April provided the government with the highest Stamp Duty Land Tax (‘SDLT’) revenue ever recorded for a single month, according to...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlord surge drives up UK house prices

Residential property prices continued to soar in March as buy-to-let landlords rushed to beat the government's stamp duty changes adding to...

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

MPs to consider amendments to Housing and Planning Bill today

MPs will offer their reaction to Lords amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill this afternoon, which may take a while given...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

London rents 7.7% up on last year

Tenants in London are paying an average of 7.7% more for new tenancies compared to this time last year. The figure comes...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

“Dangerous house” shut down by Newham Council

A “dangerous and dilapidated” three-bedroom house rented to a family with two young children has been closed down by Newham Council.  The...

06 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Demand on PRS “greater than ever before”

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has told the Government that it’s the lack of housing, not the number of private landlords,...

21 March 2016

From: Breaking News

In-house versus third party inventories

The latest TDS stats show that there has been a steep 25% rise in tenancy deposit disputes, with one-third of agents...

10 March 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Right to Rent goes live

The controversial Right to Rent scheme has affected fresh criticism on the day it goes live. From today, 1 February, landlords are...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Early-morning immigration raid leads to £15,080 bill for landlord

A landlord has been fined for breaching regulations for houses in multiple occupation following an early morning raid involving immigration enforcement officers. As...

22 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

Another bed in shed landlord fined

A landlord who let tenants sleep in an outbuilding in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex has been fined nearly £6,000. Syed Junid Ul Hassan Shah...

02 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

Right to Rent start date announced

The Government has announced that from 1 February 2016 all private landlords in England will have to check new tenants have...

21 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit protection scheme to launch in Jersey

Tenancy deposit protection scheme mydeposits is to launch in Jersey after the organisation signed contracts with the Jersey Government last week. The...

21 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Lewisham consulting on licensing

Landlords in Lewisham are invited to a public meeting on Tuesday (15 September) to discuss proposals for selective licencing in the...

11 September 2015

From: Breaking News

East London police station turned into illegal hostel

Police and housing officers raided an unused police station in Barking, East London and found up to 30 people living there. An...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Allen & Crane Estates expelled by TPO

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has expelled Allen & Crane Estates for two years following complaints from landlords. Allen & Crane Estates, a...

21 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent expelled from redress service

MT Properties Central Limited (MTPC), a Birmingham-based sales and letting agent, has been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman (TPO)...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Shelter stance on rent controls angers campaigners

Housing charity Shelter has said that capping rents could make life harder for tenants and force landlords out of the market. Earlier...

07 July 2015

From: Breaking News

LSE: “Rent control is not the easy answer”

Rent controls and similar policies which are thought to work well in other countries cannot be easily replicated in the UK’s...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Arsenal tops the (rent) league at last

If you're a hoping to net a rental bargain, Stoke is the place for you according to new football-related lettings research...

18 June 2015

From: Breaking News

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