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KEYWORD "Rogue Landlords" - 232 RESULTS
Council pledges to improve conditions in the PRS

City of York Council has vowed to crack down on rogue landlords looking to exploit the housing market, as part of...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants discovered living in cramped conditions during dawn raid

Brent Council in north London will be taking action against a buy-to-let landlord who is accused of “exploiting tenants” after  17...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you overstepping the mark when communicating with tenants?

Communicating with tenants can be a tricky business. The appropriate method and style of communication is usually determined by the relationship between...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour vows to ‘put bad landlords out of business’ and introduce rent controls

Labour has pledged to clampdown on rogue landlords and restrict rent hikes in England if it wins next month’s general election.  A...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay nearly £5k for fire safety breaches

A buy-to-let landlord in Sutton has been fined £2,694 and ordered to pay £1,994 in costs and a victim surcharge of...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

New digital service designed to clampdown on rogue landlords

Marks Out Of Tenancy, a letting review website, has launched a digital service to help local authorities crackdown on unscrupulous landlords...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Government has no plans for a national register of landlords

Proposals for a national register of landlords have been rejected by the government.  A report on the joint research project between the...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

New £3.8m fund to help local authorities crackdown on rogue landlords

Fresh funding for local councils in England to tackle unscrupulous landlords has been made available, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Hackney warned to expect “tough penalties”

Unscrupulous landlords in the London Borough of Hackney face more stringent regulation after Hackney Council agreed to new property licensing powers...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New toolkit to help local authorities clampdown on rogue landlords

A new PRS interactive learning toolkit for local authorities to help them take action against rogue landlords and letting agents has...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Hackney Council takes legal action against HMO landlords

Following the introduction of new HMO licences in Hackney, east London, the local council has taken legal action against four landlords...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Council hits new heights to catch dozens of rogue landlords

A council used a plane with thermal imaging to catch unscrupulous landlords that allowed tenants to live in substandard conditions.  Several people...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £3,700 for unlicensed HMO

A landlord has been penalised for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupancy  (HMO) in south London. Fouad Ahmad, from Streatham, pleaded...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £50k for overcrowded property

An unscrupulous landlord has been ordered to pay £47,500 after council officers found 11 people living in a small flat in...

07 August 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

Local authorities ‘failing’ to stop agents that ‘poison’ landlord-tenant relationship

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is calling on local authorities to take much firmer action against rogue letting agents that tarnish...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay £10,000 for renting out poor quality housing

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay a fine of £10,000 after being convicted for renting out two unlicensed properties...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord jailed for illegally converted flats and failing to repay £130k

A rogue landlord who made almost £130,000 in illegal rent after converting his three-bedroom house in east London into two flats...

20 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

Government approves new PRS licensing scheme

Plans to introduce a new licensing scheme for privately rented homes in Barking and Dagenham has been approved by the government. Under...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ordered to pay almost £25k for unlicensed HMO

An unscrupulous landlord has been told to pay close to £25,000 after being prosecuted for renting out rooms in an unlicensed...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fresh online support for councils to crackdown on rogue landlords

Fresh guidance for local authorities to crackdown on rogue landlords has been unveiled by housing minister Heather Wheeler. Local authorities across the...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme set to cost landlords £1,200

Buy-to-let landlords will need to pay £1,200 for a licence to rent their properties in Bristol as part of the local...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who ‘pinched, punched and kicked’ his female tenant is prosecuted

A buy-to-let landlord who used violence and intimidation to illegally evict his tenant has been handed a suspended jail sentence and...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour plans to force landlords to offer ‘indefinite’ tenancies

A Labour government would aim to address what it sees as a ‘power imbalance’ between landlords and renters by introducing “indefinite”...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Councils significantly reduce action against rogue landlords

Local authorities across England are spending significantly less on dealing with rogue landlords than in 2009-10, new research shows. According to Residential...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord jailed for forging HMO documents

An unscrupulous landlord who converted three family homes into houses in multiple occupation (HMO) without planning consent has been jailed for...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Paul Shamplina, Founder and Director of Landlord Action and Brand Ambassador of Hamilton Fraser

Who are you?  Paul Shamplina What does it say on your business card? Founder and Director of Landlord Action and Brand Ambassador of...

15 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

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

Tenants discovered living in cramped conditions following dawn raid

Brent Council in north London looks set to take action against a buy-to-let landlord who is accused of “exploiting tenants” after ...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Hull accused of ‘getting away with murder’

Buy-to-let landlords are “getting away with murder” according to Advice4Renters, after new figures revealed that just two out of almost 2,000...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Barnet Council plans to introduce tougher licensing controls

Barnet Council is planning to introduce a stricter licensing scheme designed to clampdown on rogue landlords across the borough in north...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost £2.4m for councils to crack down on rogue landlords

Close to £2.4m of additional funding designed to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords will be made available for more than 50 councils...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Council issues landlords with £300k worth of penalties in 2018

Havering Council continued to clampdown on rogue landlords in 2018, with new figures revealing that the local authority issued just over...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New law will give renters ‘greater protection’ against rogue landlords

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill will soon become law after passing its third reading at the House of Lords...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants set to be granted new powers to hold rogue landlords to account

Tenants are on the verge of being handed fresh powers to take action against rogue landlords thanks to the Homes (Fitness...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords who disregarded planning rules ordered to pay £322k or face prison

Rogue landlords who converted terrace houses into shoebox flats without planning permission have been ordered to re-pay illegal income or face...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs accused of ‘attacking’ the BTL industry ‘for their own purposes’

Having ignored calls to stop punishing landlords and rethink its stamp duty attack on the buy-to-let sector, along with the phasing out of mortgage...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Bonkers’: More than 3,500 licensing applications rejected by council

More than three months on from the introduction of a selective licensing scheme in Nottingham, thousands of landlords remain unlicensed because...

16 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

Government’s new £2m rogue landlord crackdown is a step in the right direction

Yesterday’s announcement that councils in England are going to be handed an additional £2m in government funding to tackle the small...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants set to be handed power to sue landlords over property conditions

Tenants look set to be given more powers to take action against rogue landlords renting out properties “unfit for human habitation”,...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Failure of licensing system allows rogue landlords to ‘operate with impunity’

The government’s attempts to clampdown on rogue landlords have been branded ‘weak and pathetic’, partly due to the vast and complex...

25 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

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

Lib Dems want to introduce mandatory licences for private landlords

The Liberal Democrats once again called for the introduction of mandatory licensing for PRS homes as well as a publicly available...

19 September 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

Trading standards looking to clamp down on rogue landlords and letting agents

Trading Standards services in London are warning landlords and letting agents to ensure that they comply with the law and not...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords ‘have no place in the market’, says RLA

Councils must do more to root out unscrupulous landlords that give the sector a bad name, according to the Residential Landlords...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

House of Commons briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes published

A briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes has been published by the House of Commons ahead of the Report Stage and...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Are landlord licensing schemes actually a good idea?

Licensing schemes can serve purposes which are indisputably genuine and valid. They can, however, also be used as money-making schemes, particularly...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government-backed scheme aims to improve standards in the short-let sector

Short-let landlords, including those that list properties on Airbnb, will be able to apply for national accreditation from next month, as...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme is ‘just a way of making money for the council’

Nottingham City Council became the latest local authority to introduce a landlord licensing scheme last week in an attempt to clampdown...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Private landlords continue to be stigmatised by the media

Changes to the buy-to-let tax regime are squeezing landlords’ margins, yet many are thinking about exiting the private rented sector not...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for not protecting tenancy deposit and operating an unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord has been found guilty of aggressive practices, failing to protect a tenancy deposit and operating an unlicensed House...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Cheshire East Council sets out on rogue landlord crackdown

Cheshire East Council has pledged to clampdown on rogue landlords who allow tenants to live in poor housing standards within the...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Police investigate claims journalist was offered sex-for-rent deals

Two buy-to-let landlords who allegedly offered an undercover journalist rent-free accommodation in exchange for sex are now the subject of a...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Race row landlord vows to evict single mums with babies

One of the UK’s largest and arguably most controversial buy-to-let landlord who last year banned ‘coloured people’ from renting any of...

20 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

Evicting problem tenants can take up to 17 weeks and ‘cost a lot of money’

Rogue landlords who break the law and exploit vulnerable tenants often make headlines, but spare a thought for landlords who are...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Ashford Borough Council to adopt new powers to crackdown on rogue landlords

Rogue landlords in Ashford will now face fines of up to £30,000 after Ashford Borough Council voted to adopt new rules...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New government guidance to clampdown on rogue landlords and agents

The government has launched new online information designed to help renters and landlords know their rights. The rental guides, published by the...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Brent Council aims to ‘foster good relationships with private landlords’

Brent Council insists that it wants to build better relationships with private landlords after successfully winning close to 150 prosecution cases...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Telford & Wrekin Council handed £388k cash boost to tackle rogue landlords

The government is hoping to improve standards in the private rented sector in Telford by handing £388,925 to Telford & Wrekin...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

London council extends licensing scheme to five additional wards

One of the most active councils in London when it comes to prosecuting rogue landlords and letting agents has now extended...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new selective licensing scheme

BTL landlords in Redbridge will have to abide by tougher rules after new rental licensing conditions proposed by Redbridge Council were...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

All rogue landlords to be ‘named and shamed’ in the capital

Criminal landlords across London will be named and shamed on an online database after all London boroughs signed up to a rogue...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Unscrupulous landlord fined for unsafe property

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 after being found guilty of a number of breaches relating to...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let nightmare: Landlord may be forced to sell over spiralling costs

When ex-social worker and professional landlord Leslie-Ann acquired the 18th century two-bedroom cottage she lives next door to four years ago,...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Councillor in charge of punishing rogue landlords failed to declare rental property

A Labour councillor tasked with clamping down on rogue landlords has found herself in hot water after failing to declare a...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to ‘embrace’ tax changes and ‘watch their portfolio thrive’

A combination of tax reform and stricter regulation for landlords is slowing the growth of the private rented sector (PRS), but private...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Give councils power to ‘confiscate’ properties from rogue landlords, say MPs

Local authorities should be given the power to confiscate properties from landlords who break the law, according to a committee of...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Unscrupulous landlord fined more than £180,000

A rogue landlord who left tenants living in substandard conditions in Selly Oak and Edgbaston has been ordered to pay in...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

Tenant referencing provides all the background information on prospective tenants, helping landlords and letting agents make an educated choice about who...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to focus on improving conditions in the PRS

The government must focus on urgently improving dangerous housing conditions across the country after new figures revealed that thousands of private...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid uncovers tenants living in unsafe conditions

An ‘unsafe’ house in multiple occupation (HMO) in north London has been uncovered by enforcement officers from Brent Council following a...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Free industry guidance to help landlords ‘stay on ‘right side of the law’

New ‘Home Safety Guidance’ has been released by the Electrical Safety Roundtable (ESR) to help landlords meet their obligations and ensure...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Plans to clamp down on rogue landlords in Doncaster

Doncaster Council’s Cabinet will be discussing new ways to tackle rogue landlords at their meeting later today. The proposal is to introduce...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Post-Grenfell fire safety review ‘risks becoming a missed opportunity’

The government’s review into building and fire safety regulations is ‘missing the opportunity’ to assess fire safety regulations across all types...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New banning orders will ensure tenants live in ‘safe and good quality’ homes

Unscrupulous landlords who rent out substandard properties face being driven out of the private rented sector as new banning orders are...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Milton Keynes Council vow to ‘get tough’ on shoddy landlords

Rogue landlords in Milton Keynes are being put on notice as the local council announces a new ‘tough approach’, including the...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New TV series to expose ‘Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords’

A new TV show called ‘Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords’, a companion series to ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’, starts today. Following the success...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Secret database of rogue landlords and agents deemed ‘pointless’

ARLA Propertymark has slammed the new database of rogue landlords and letting agents, which will come into effect from tomorrow, as...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits look set to be capped at five weeks rent

The security deposits that tenants leave with their landlord or their letting agent could be capped at no more than five...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Additional license will force rogue landlords to bring ‘homes up to scratch’

Unscrupulous landlords in Hackney, east London, who leave tenants living in substandard conditions, will be forced to improve the condition of...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils to be given new wave of powers to fine landlords

Councils will be handed tough new powers to punish rogue landlords up to £30,000. Under the new legislation, being introduced in October,...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Lean on landlords that aren't doing the job’, says shadow housing minister

Councils are being urged to do more to crack down on rogue landlords who are leaving thousands of tenants living in...

19 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

Council to get tough on rogue landlords

Rotherham Council wants to do more to protect private tenants by using tougher new laws to clamp down on rogue landlords. Local...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Subletting tenants who crammed 35 men into single house sentenced in court

Three tenants who sub-let a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Kingsbury, north-west London, to 35 men have been fined more than 23,000. The residents...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new selective licensing schemes

Plans to introduce new licensing schemes for privately rented homes across parts of North West London have been given the go-ahead by...

20 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

How can landlords keep tenants happy?

Over recent months, the government and leading housing charities have put increasing pressure on landlords to improve the quality of rental...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Burnley handed major fines

Two buy-to-let landlords in Burnley have been fined a total of £27,500 as part of Burnley Council’s campaign to clamp down...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £7,400 as council secures 125th prosecution against rogue operators

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay £7,400 after failing to obtain a license to rent out a property in...

13 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

Landmark legal decision could see rogue landlords forced to give up all earnings

Criminal landlords who crammed up to 40 migrants inside their semi-detached townhouse in north-west London face losing hundreds of thousands of...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Legal challenges launched against Right to Rent policy

Two separate legal challenges have been launched against government's 'Right to Rent' policy. The scheme, which requires landlords to check the immigration...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

How to improve the rental market for tenants

Landlord licensing, a database of rogue landlords and improved rent controls are among some of the primary measures proposed by renters...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

The government is “in the pockets of rogue landlords”, says Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Tory government of intentionally not fixing the housing crisis after revelations that thousands of...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Wakefield will face fines up to £30,000 under new rules

Buy-to-let landlords who fail to comply with minimum standards will face fines up to £30,000 for each offence under tough new...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords allegedly making millions out of housing benefits

Rogue landlords are profiting from the housing benefit system by enticing desperate local authorities to place single homeless people into small...

19 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

Landlords among those accused of fly-tipping in Swindon

Fly-tipping has become rife and is creating a blot on the landscape around the Manchester Road area of Swindon due to...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces further crackdown on ‘rogue landlords’

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) yesterday announced fresh plans to clamp down on rogue landlord practices such as...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord database ‘will save lives’ says LFB

The mayor of London’s decision to launch a new public online database which ‘names and shames’ rogue landlords and letting agents...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New database leaves rogue landlords with ‘nowhere to hide’

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan yesterday launched a new public online database which ‘names and shames’ dodgy landlords and letting...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Whopping fine should ‘serve as a warning to any other rogue landlords’

A rogue landlord in Newmarket who exposed tenants to ‘significant risk’ has been ordered to pay almost £33,000 after being found...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Database of rogue landlords and agents to be introduced in April

It has been confirmed that a database of rogue landlords and letting agents as well as new banning orders will be...

04 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

Tenants union targets rogue landlords

We all know that buy-to-let landlords have a bad reputation, which is largely undeserved, but a growing anti-landlord movement would have...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales needs full compliance to raise standards in the PRS

First introduced in November 2015, The Welsh government’s Rent Smart Wales (RSW) scheme was designed to drive up standards in the...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords urged to ‘take notice’ after hefty fine is issued in Bucks

A landlord has been handed a £10,000 fine after failing to properly maintain his rental property, leaving tenants living in substandard...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New powers will make it ‘quicker and easier’ to tackle rogue landlords

Hefty fines could soon be issued to rogue landlords in Bradford without being taken to court, under plans due to be...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Hackney now face fines of up to £30,000

Rogue landlords in Hackney face heavy fines after the local council gained new powers to issue penalties of up to £30,000.  Landlords...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Call to protect tenants in Wales from ‘unjust fees and rogue landlords’

The secretary of state for Wales has called for greater protections for tenants and a crackdown on rogue landlords in Wales. Welsh...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords in Dagenham fined almost £80,000

A pair of landlords in Dagenham have been slapped with a hefty fine for renting out two illegally converted flats over...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New inquiry into PRS welcomed by letting agents

The decision to launch a new inquiry into the private rented sector has been welcomed by letting agents. The Communities and Local...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Havering Council approves landlord licensing scheme

Plans to introduce an additional licensing scheme across 12 wards in Havering, east London, have been approved. Local councillors met on Wednesday...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Rogue landlords in York could soon face fines of up to £30k

New rules to help crack down on rogue landlords in York could soon come into force. City of York Council is considering...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £8k for ‘unacceptable’ safety breaches

A Lincoln landlord has been told to pay more than £8,000 for serious overcrowding and safety breaches. Abdol Ali Javid Keshmiri of...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Greater Manchester mayor vows to clamp down on rogue landlords

A cap on rents and more stringent regulations are among the proposals put forward by the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

‘We’re coming for you’, council warns rogue landlords after a shock discovery

Brent Council has once again vowed to clamp down on rogue landlords in the local area after 35 men we found...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £200,000 for endangering lives of tenants

A landlord who endangered the lives of his tenants has been successfully prosecuted and fined more than £200,000 for failing to...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for cramming vulnerable tenants in unsafe, overcrowded home

A landlord has been ordered to pay almost £10,000 after tenants were discovered living in appalling, cramped conditions, as Brent Council...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined £339k for allowing tenants to live in ‘atrocious conditions’

A rogue landlord who rented out squalid flats, which breached council planning laws and failed to meet basic living standards, has...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord pleads guilty to harassing tenants

A buy-to-let landlord pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the harassment of his tenants during a short hearing at Sheffield...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘taken to task’ and banned from renting out homes

Nine private landlords have been banned from letting out homes in the Govanhill area of Glasgow after being found unfit to...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Around £2.5bn a year handed out to landlords renting out ‘non-decent’ homes

Rogue landlords receive in the region of £2.5bn a year for renting out ‘non-decent’ properties, which includes homes that are unsafe,...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Council given more powers to tackle rogue landlords

New measures to clamp down on unscrupulous landlords who trap and cram vulnerable tenants in unsafe, overcrowded homes in Govanhill, Glasgow,...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

How Wales is leading the way in raising standards in the PRS

This month has seen the approval or introduction of a number of new licensing schemes for landlords in several English cities,...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord who put tenants at risk is brought to justice

A landlord has been fined after being found guilty of letting out a student property in Selly Oak which had a...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlords slammed for ‘knowingly renting property to illegal migrants’

Buy-to-let landlords allowing illegal immigrants to live in their properties may face jail after hundreds of people suspected of not having...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council ‘pressing the government’ to roll out selective licensing scheme

Borough wide selective licensing could soon be coming to Brent if the the local council gets its way. Brent Council wants the...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council receives fresh funds to tackle rogue landlords

The Home Office is hoping to drive up standards in the private rented sector in Bristol by handing £321,750 to Bristol...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Redbridge Council launches new licensing scheme

A new property licensing scheme has been introduced by Redbridge Council in order to crack down on rogue landlords – and...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Sex-for-rent landlords could face up to seven years in prison

Rogue landlords who target vulnerable people for sex by posting online classified adverts offering accommodation in exchange for other services, could...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

RLA calls for a ‘full review of fire safety standards’

Contradictory and outdated fire safety guidance urgently needs updating to better support private landlords, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Licensed homes reduces anti-social behaviour, claims councillor

There is a direct correlation between licensed rental properties and a reduction in anti-social behaviour, according to a north London based...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants found living in crammed conditions following dawn raid

No fewer than 16 men were found to be living in a one-bedroom flat filled with bunk beds made out of...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

New charter to protect private tenants in Tower Hamlets

After lobbying Tower Hamlets Council for three years, private renters in the east London district have finally been granted a new...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Barrister who turned out to be a rogue landlord is brought to justice

A barrister, who often represented landlords and tenants, has been fined for breaking the law, after it turned out that he...

07 July 2017

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Unlicensed landlord fined almost £4k for failing to improve damp property

A landlord has been prosecuted by Barkingside Magistrates' Court for renting out a property in Dagenham with damp and mould issues,...

30 June 2017

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Landlord ordered to pay almost £135k or go to jail

A rogue landlord who made almost £130,000 in illegal rent after converting his three-bedroom house into two flats without planning consent...

28 June 2017

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Council makes several unannounced inspections of rental properties

West Lindsey District Council made a number of unannounced inspections of private rental homes in Gainsborough yesterday, supported by police officers,...

22 June 2017

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Rogue landlords ordered to pay £13k for ‘total disregard’ for safety of tenants

Two landlords have been ordered to pay more than £13,000 after showing what was described as a “total disregard” for the...

16 June 2017

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What does the public think about landlords?

Let’s face it - landlords have a bad reputation. While that reputation is largely undeserved, the landlord bashing articles often featured...

14 June 2017

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Landlords fork out over £500,000 in fines due to council’s ‘zero-tolerance’ approach

Landlords renting out properties in the London borough of Brent have been ordered to pay fines totalling more than £500,000 over...

01 June 2017

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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

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Tories urged to back rent controls to kick-start a seaside town renaissance

The Conservative party should put rent controls at the heart of their general election manifesto as part of a wider effort...

03 May 2017

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Landlord fined £6,000 for not having HMO licenses

A landlord has been fined for not licensing 12 buy-to-let properties in the North Ormesby area of Middlesbrough. John Bradley, 39, was...

03 May 2017

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Labour unveil plans to ‘call time on bad landlords’

Labour has pledged a “consumer rights revolution” which will introduce legal minimum standards for all rental homes because people currently have...

02 May 2017

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Criminal landlords to be ‘named and shamed’ in London

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has vowed to crackdown on criminal landlords by ensuring that they are ‘named and shamed’...

27 April 2017

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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

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Rogue landlords are offering ‘sex for rent’ deals

Some rogue landlords are targeting young, vulnerable people for sex by posting online classified adverts offering accommodation in exchange for other...

18 April 2017

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The reputations of ‘good landlords’ being ‘tarnished by the bad ones’, says LGA

Local councils are calling on the government to close a legal loophole that allows landlords to get away with converting properties...

14 April 2017

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Rogue landlords hit with £18k penalty for letting hazardous property

Three landlords have been ordered to pay costs totalling £18,000 for renting out an unsafe house in High Wycombe, which included...

27 March 2017

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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

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New TV series to expose ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’

Following the success of the first two series, the third series of “Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords”, starts this Sunday. The observational documentary highlights alarming...

03 March 2017

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New TV series to expose ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’

Following the success of the first two series, the third series of “Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords”, starts this Sunday. The observational documentary highlights alarming...

02 March 2017

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MP slams subsidy for ‘slum’ landlords

A new scheme launched to help landlords with housing repairs in Peterborough has been panned by the local MP. Stewart Jackson MP...

28 February 2017

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Rogue landlords handed a hefty fine

Two unscrupulous landlords in Reading have been fined almost £9,000 for poor housing standards and a complete disregard for the welfare...

23 February 2017

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Brent Council raise almost £100,000 in landlord fines in just four weeks

Four weeks of prosecutions by Brent Council in north London has seen six successful results with total court fines for rogue...

16 February 2017

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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

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The government’s private rented sector policy is ‘hypocritical’

New housing policies affecting the private rented sector, including longer tenancies, boosting the supply of much needed housing and plans to...

08 February 2017

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Buy-to-let landlords are 'suffering from recent tax changes'

The government is being urged to reconsider punitive tax relief changes for buy-to-let income which is set to be introduced in...

08 February 2017

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Licensing scheme dropped after 'Tory revolt'

A proposed selective landlord licensing scheme has been pulled after Conservative councillors could not agree on how it could move forward. Plans...

24 January 2017

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Tenants ‘need better protection’, says trade body for landlords

Councils across the country are being urged to raise their game when it comes to protecting private tenants from a minority...

04 January 2017

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Landlords need protection from rogue tenants

Given the financial issues that landlords can experience when they rent their property out to a nightmare tenant, especially those that...

03 January 2017

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Council vows to clamp down on rogue landlords

Sheffield Council has promised to continue targeting rogue landlords after bringing its highest-ever number of successful prosecutions. Seven individuals and companies were...

03 January 2017

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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

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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

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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

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MP wants to see more done to clampdown on rogue landlords

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint is calling for selective licensing to be extended across the borough, after visiting Newham in London,...

30 November 2016

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Landlord fined for HMO licence breaches

A landlord has pleaded guilty for failing to comply with license conditions at a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) she ran...

22 November 2016

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One in five tenants fall victim to rogue landlords

There are a significant amount of private landlords who fail to keep rental properties in a safe condition for their tenants,...

14 November 2016

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Landlord fined for ‘extremely dangerous’ rental property

A private landlord has been ordered to pay just over £1,000 after being found guilty of providing an ‘extremely dangerous’ rental...

03 November 2016

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Landlord fined £5k for unlicensed student property

A Birmingham landlord from Hall Green was fined £5,037.97 at Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday after pleading guilty to failing to obtain...

28 October 2016

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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

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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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Thousands of private landlords suffer abuse from tenants

Thousands of private tenants claim to have suffered abuse at the hands of landlords according to Shelter, which include threats, assaults...

23 September 2016

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Unlicensed landlords fined in Oldham

Two landlords have been fined for failing to sign up to Oldham Council’s Selective Licensing scheme, designed to improve the management...

22 September 2016

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Landlords too embarrassed to admit it because of ‘stigma attached’

Let's face it - landlords have a bad reputation. The press often portray buy-to-let landlords as greedy money-grabbers who are looking...

12 September 2016

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Landlords fined for renting out unlicensed properties in Blackburn

No fewer than seven landlords have been fined thousands of pounds for renting out unlicensed properties in Blackburn as part of...

05 September 2016

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Vulnerable families being exploited by ‘rogue landlords’, BBC report claims

Vulnerable families are being exploited by ‘rogue landlords’ in the Govanhill area of Glasgow, according to a BBC Scotland investigation. The report...

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

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Landlords could launch legal challenge against licensing scheme

More than 80 buy-to-let landlords in Weston-super-Mare have joined forces with a view to taking North Somerset Council to court in...

09 August 2016

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Government gives go-ahead to Peterborough landlord scheme

A new selective landlord licensing scheme will be introduced by Peterborough City Council in parts of the city where there are...

05 August 2016

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MP aims to stop landlords ‘ruining communities and neighbourhoods’

Over-extended student homes are not just an eyesore, but they are also ‘destroying family homes’ and creating ‘misery for local residents’, according...

29 July 2016

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Unlicensed landlords in Oldham warned to get their acts together

Landlords in Oldham must not shirk their responsibilities and legal obligations, which includes signing up to the Selective Licensing scheme or...

26 July 2016

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New crowdfunding mission to crack down on rogue landlords

A new crowdfunding campaign has been launched today with a view to raising £200,000 through Crowdcube to help tackle rogue landlords...

25 July 2016

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Unlicensed HMO landlady fined

A landlady in Southampton has been fined more than £700 for failing to licence a house in the city. Anuoluwapo Olaosun pleaded...

22 July 2016

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Landlords oppose licensing scheme

A newly introduced license scheme designed to improve ‘poor quality rented housing’ in Weston-super-Mare has been slammed for being ‘short-sighted’ and nothing...

08 July 2016

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Calls for greater powers to clampdown on rogue landlords

The government and local councils are not doing enough to clampdown on rogue landlords, according to a new report. A survey of...

24 June 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

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Barnet council clamping down on unlicensed landlords

Rogue landlords in the London Borough of Barnet are being targeted by the local council as part of a crackdown on...

08 June 2016

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Landmark case sees landlord in court for sub-letting council home

A man who illegally sub-let his council home in Sheffield and then evicted his tenant using force has been prosecuted in...

27 May 2016

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Sadiq Khan vows to expose London’s rogue landlords

The new mayor of London has pledged to get tough on rogue landlords in the capital by introducing a ‘London Landlord...

11 May 2016

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Private renters need greater protection from rogue landlords

Unscrupulous landlords are providing vulnerable tenants with substandard housing and getting away with it due to low levels of enforcement of...

05 May 2016

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Landlord in NW London faces prosecution

A landlord in Wembley, north west London, faces prosecution after 11 people were found living in a three-bedroom house that he...

03 May 2016

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Derby plan to name and shame bad landlords

A new scheme designed to expose and punish rogue landlords in Derby could be in operation before the end of the...

03 May 2016

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Labour proposes rogue landlord database for London

Labour's London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has launched his election manifesto and pledged to help the capital’s two million renters. Khan’s election...

11 March 2016

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Illegal eviction prosecutions show councils are cracking down on rogues

Rogue landlords are being weeded out by councils for some of the worst cases of illegal eviction, according to the Local...

01 February 2016

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Criticism of government’s ‘insufficient’ £5m to tackle rogue landlords

The consumer charity Citizens Advice is the latest body to say the government’s heavily-publicised £5m given to councils to tackle rogue...

25 January 2016

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Industry body hits at £80,000-per-council to root out criminal landlords

New funding from the government to tackle criminal landlords is just not sufficient according to the Residential Landlords Association. It has been...

22 January 2016

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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

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£30k fines for rogue landlords under new laws

The Government is poised to introduce tough new laws for landlords this week – with fines of up to £30,000 for...

22 December 2015

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Luton council cracks down on rogue landlords

Luton Borough Council has launched a new initiative which aims to tackle rogue landlords who are letting properties that are being...

17 December 2015

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Rogue landlords forcing tenants into a ‘living nightmare’

Private housing tenants from across income scales are living in unsafe homes that fail to meet basic legal standards, a report...

16 December 2015

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Councils call for new powers to tackle rogue landlords

The legislative system dealing with rogue landlords is ‘unfit for purpose’ and should be replaced with a national database covering all...

15 December 2015

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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

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£5m government to crack down on rogue landlords

The government has announced new funding to crack down on rogue landlords and tackle 'beds in sheds'. Communities secretary Greg Clark said...

13 November 2015

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Government consulting on minimum bedroom size

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has announced new measures that will clamp down on “criminal” landlords who “trap and cram vulnerable tenants...

10 November 2015

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Plymouth HMO landlord fined £20,000

A Plymouth landlord has been fined more than £20,000 after admitting renting out substandard houses to 30 people without obtaining a...

06 November 2015

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Housing bill: rogue landlords to be banned

Rogue landlords will be banned from letting property under new measures to be brought in under the Housing and Planning Bill. The...

15 October 2015

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Don’t demonise private rented sector, urge Scottish landlords

As Scotland awaits the introduction of the Private Tenancies (Scotland) Bill later this week, the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has...

07 October 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

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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

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RLA questions Shelter’s claims

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has written to Shelter questioning the latest statistics from the housing charity which claimed that tenants...

09 September 2015

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Dawn swoop in east London finds 55 living in three houses

Enforcement officers from Barking and Dagenham Council swooped on three addresses in east London last week as part of clamp down...

17 August 2015

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Industry reaction to immigration crackdown

Plans to force landlords to act as border control and potentially be jailed if they house illegal immigrants have met with...

04 August 2015

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MP plans for new criminal landlord crackdown

MPs have introduced two new bills that will crackdown on rogue landlords. The first measure introduced to parliament yesterday was by the...

25 June 2015

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Landlords get criminal records and fine over HMO safety

Two landlords each face a bill of well over £4,000 each after being found guilty of charges relating to their three...

18 June 2015

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Landlords must provide kitchen and cooking facilities, say MPs

An all-party group of MPs looking into the subject of hunger has written to government ministers urging that landlords who fail...

17 June 2015

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Islington Council continues crackdown on rogue landlords

Two private landlords have been fined for failing to tackle sub-standard conditions in their properties after successful prosecutions by Islington Council. In...

04 June 2015

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NLA responds to CAB report

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has responded to last week’s Citizens Advice report on the private rented sector in a statement...

26 May 2015

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Charity claims half a million children living in unsafe private rented homes

Rogue landlords are raking in £5.6billion a year for unsafe homes that fail to meet legal standards, a report by Citizens...

22 May 2015

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Conservatives “will make life easier for landlords”

As David Cameron announced his cabinet, Brian Murphy of the Mortgage Advice Bureau has said that the new Government will make...

12 May 2015

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Labour announces rent cap proposals

The Labour party has announced plans to reform the private rented sector should it come to power. It would introduce legislation to...

27 April 2015

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