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KEYWORD "licence" - 285 RESULTS
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

Council slammed for ‘doing nothing to find and root out bad landlords’

Nottingham City Council has been criticised for targeting responsible landlords whilst doing little to clampdown on rogue operators in the local...

20 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

The pros and pitfalls of letting an HMO

House sharing has becoming increasingly popular as more (and older) people opt to live with housemates over ownership or renting alone....

11 November 2019

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BTL landlord ordered to pay £1,200 for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Lincolnshire been ordered to pay just over £1,200 following a breach of HMO licensing rules.  Nicholas Moyses allowed...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Brent Council agrees to introduce  additional and selective licensing

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

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay almost £6,000 for failing to comply with the council

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay almost £6,000 after the council was unable to determine if his property in...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Legal crowdfunding campaign to help landlords oust tenants who don’t pay rent

Tenants are often able to live rent-free for weeks, if not months, when they are in dispute with their landlord about moving...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent goes into liquidation owing a landlord almost £15,000

Ilford-based Kingsman Property has gone out of business after being expelled from The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme owing a landlord almost...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents could potentially be prosecuted instead of landlords for unlicensed homes

Letting agents who fail to obtain licences for rented properties that fall under selective licensing rules could be prosecuted either alongside...

22 October 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

More than 130,000 unlicensed rental homes in London

There are more than 130,000 unlicensed properties in London that should be licensed under either selective, additional or mandatory HMO licensing...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined almost £3,000 for unsafe HMO

A buy-to-landlord in Worcester has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 for failing to install adequate safety measures.  Mohammed Rafiq, who was...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Death-trap landlord fined for demanding rent from a tenant despite council ban

A buy-to-let investor, who previously spent time in prison for perjury after he lied during an inquiry into the deaths of...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord becomes first in England to be banned from the PRS

A man deemed not to be a fit and proper person to hold a licence for a house in multiple occupation...

19 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

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BTL landlord ordered to pay almost £8k for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham been fined £6,000 and instructed to pay  £1,583.18 costs, along with a £170 victim surcharge following...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Enfield Council plans to introduce landlord licensing scheme

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

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

BTL landlord ordered to pay £14,500

A private landlord in Evesham has been ordered to pay £14,500 after he was found to be illegally renting his property...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban comes into force in Wales

It is now illegal for tenants to be charged by landlords or letting agents in Wales in order to set up or...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban in Wales comes into play this weekend

On Sunday 1st September 2019, the Renting Homes (fees etc) (Wales) Act will come into force in Wales. The Act means that...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The Welsh tenant fee ban comes into force this weekend

The Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019, banning landlords and letting agents from charging fees to tenants, will come into...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant posing as landlord fined £4,000 for creating illegal HMO

A tenant posing as a landlord converted two bedrooms in a flat into four bedsits, putting residents at risk. The fake landlord...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Welsh government launches new guide on the Welsh tenant fee ban

The Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019, banning landlords and agents from charging fees to tenants, will come into effect...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit Cap Calculator to the rescue

Do you know how much your deposits should be? Since June 1 of this year, the government has capped deposits at...

15 August 2019

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Coventry Council rejects claims that its licensing scheme is unlawful

Coventry City Council has dismissed claims that its landlord licensing and accreditation scheme is potentially unlawful. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) wrote...

15 August 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

New licensing scheme is potentially unlawful, warns RLA

Buy-to-let landlords who own property in Coventry should be wary of Coventry Council’s landlord licensing and accreditation scheme as it is...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord slapped with £25k fine for overcrowded property

An unscrupulous landlord who housed at least 25 tenants in a rundown property in north-west London has been ordered to pay...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £14,500 for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay £14,500 for illegally renting out an overcrowded House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) without...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay more than £5k for safety breaches

A buy-to-let landlord in South Yorkshire has been fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,121 as well as a...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined more than £1,600 for assaulting a council officer

A private landlord in Doncaster has been found guilty of pushing a council officer down stairs during an inspection of his...

13 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

HMO drop-in events to be held in Manchester

Manchester City Council will hold a couple of HMO drop-in events over the next few days for private landlords and letting...

15 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

New Oxford accreditation scheme is ‘unlawful’, says RLA

A new landlord accreditation scheme in Oxford has been deemed both discriminatory and unlawful by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The association...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for first-time landlords

We all know that investing in a buy-to-let (BTL) property is a huge responsibility, but for those of you who are...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and the Right to Rent for EU nationals

Few people familiar with the UK property market would dispute the fact that the Right to Rent scheme has been deeply...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Newcastle fear proposed licensing will ‘push rents up for tenants’

Private landlords in Newcastle have rejected a new licensing policy put forward by Newcastle City Council, which would require them to...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Last opportunity to have your say on Weymouth landlord licensing scheme

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

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Q&A: Why landlords now need to watch out when taking payments from tenants

As many of you already know, the ban on tenant fees will come into force on 1 June 2019, and the...

11 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

Early bird discount for landlords in new selective licensing scheme

From Monday, landlords will be able to apply for an early bird discount for Scarborough Borough Council’s new selective licensing scheme,...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say on Weymouth landlord licensing scheme

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

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Discount for landlords who sign up early for new licensing scheme

Buy-to-let landlords will soon be able to apply for an early bird discount for Scarborough Borough Council’s new selective licensing scheme,...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The most expensive landlord licence costs 21 times more than the cheapest

Landlord licensing schemes are being introduced across England, while they are mandatory in Scotland and Wales, as local authorities attempt to...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Haringey approves plan to introduce borough-wide additional licensing

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO landlords ordered to pay more than £30k for breaching licence conditions

Two landlords have been ordered to pay more than £30,000 for breaching fire safety and over-occupancy licence conditions at their House...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £5,400 for poor management of unlicensed properties

A buy-to-let landlord in Doncaster has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 in fines and costs following a successful prosecution...

15 February 2019

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BTL landlord ordered to pay more than £10k for badly maintained property

Toilet flushing discharged into the rear yard of a property, broken fire alarms and faulty electrics were among the defects found...

11 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

Rogue landlord handed £66k fine for operating unlicensed HMOs in Luton

Luton Council has successfully prosecuted an unscrupulous landlord for letting three unlicensed houses in which several people lived in squalor. Zenith Accommodation...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Convicted landlord receives 500K in housing benefit payments despite ban

A rogue landlord deemed unfit to rent out property in the north London borough of Brent in 2015 has since received...

22 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

UK Finance slammed for suggesting that the leasehold system is working well

Assertions made by UK Finance that the leasehold system is not in need of major reform have been rejected by Leasehold...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord sees HMO license application rejected due to fire safety concerns

A buy-to-let landlord in Glasgow will be left out of pocket after the renewal of her house in multiple occupation (HMO)...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Councils are choosing to enforce the ‘harshest options’ to punish landlords

A growing number of local authorities are using selective licensing to introduce penalties for buy-to-let landlords that go well beyond the...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who dumped mum of nine’s belongings in the street may lose license

A buy-to-let landlord in Edinburgh who evicted a young family and dumped their belongings in the garden after they fell into...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online letting agency launches new subscription model for landlords

It is becoming increasingly clear that some letting agents may not survive the tenant fee ban coming into force next spring...

11 January 2019

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Rogue landlord ordered to pay £12,500

An unscrupulous landlord has been punished for providing his tenant with poor living conditions by being ordered to pay more than...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord slapped with £60k licence breaches fine

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay £60,000 for committing serious offences under The Housing Act 2004. Regev Hazan, the landlord of...

04 January 2019

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Rogue landlord family ordered to pay £250k under Proceeds of Crime Act

A family of slum landlords who crammed 31 people into a suburban four-bedroom house has been ordered to pay back almost...

03 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

BTL landlord ordered to pay £6k after failing to licence property in Bristol

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined more than £6,000 after failing to obtain a license for a shared house in Bristol. John Elwes...

27 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

Councils struggling to take action over unlicensed HMOs

The new regulations introduced last month to bring mandatory licensing to all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) was designed to better...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Hackney Council extends licence applications deadline

The deadline for submitting additional and selective licence applications in Hackney has been extended until 1 March 2019.  The deadline for applications...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

‘House of horrors’: Property firm ordered to pay back over £60k in rent

A London-based property firm has been ordered to pay back 70% of their profits gained from renting poorly converted flats in...

20 November 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

New selective licensing rules come into force today

BTL landlords in parts of Sheffield must now apply to the council for a licence to let their properties after selective licensing...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property licensing: too many landlords face ‘unnecessary criminal proceedings’

Landlord licensing schemes are popping up all over the UK as local authorities step up their efforts to clampdown on rogue...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined for breaching his licence

A landlord in County Durham has been ordered to pay just over £450 for breaching his licence. Matthew Snowdon, of Cows Hill...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New HMO rules: have you got the right finance in place?

It is estimated that around 160,000 properties will be affected by the new rules governing Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), which...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hackney Council targets dodgy landlords with licensing

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

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Middlesborough Council to extend licensing scheme to additional ward

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined almost £3k for overcrowded house

An unscrupulous landlord who crammed six families into a three-bedroom house has been ordered to pay just under £3,000 by a...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory licensing for HMOs is extended

Changes to mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing come into force in England today, requiring properties with five or more...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Changes to Section 21 eviction notices from today

From today, all BTL landlords in England with Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs), regardless of their start date, will need to comply...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for changes to Section 21 notices, from next week?

Buy-to-let landlords need to prepare themselves for changes to the Section 21 Notice coming into force next week. On 1st October 2018,...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Concern grows over unregistered landlords of HMOs

With just a few days left until changes to mandatory HMO licensing are introduced, there is growing concern that many landlords...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords at risk of hefty fines if they miss next week’s HMO deadline

Landlords of HMOs are being urged to get licensed before changes to mandatory HMO licensing are introduced next week to avoid...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New HMO rules to cost landlords an extra £79m

Changes to mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing coming into force in England on 1 October 2018 will collectively cost...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent fined £50k for breaching safety regulations in unlicensed property

SDV HQ Limited, trading as Sterling de Vere, has been ordered to pay more than £50,000 after letting an overcrowded flat...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New landlord licensing scheme announced in Brighton

Brighton and Hove Council has given the go-ahead for new selective landlord licensing to be introduced across 12 wards in the...

20 September 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

Have some local authorities been charging too much for HMO licenses?

Buy-to-let landlords could have grounds to challenge HMO licensing fees which could save them hundreds of pounds each year, according to...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Clock is ticking for landlords in parts of Sheffield to obtain a license

The deadline for the new selective licensing scheme which comes into effect at the start of November is looming, and time...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £15k for allowing tenants to live in ‘appalling’ conditions

An unscrupulous landlord who allowed up to 40 tenants to live in poor conditions in a disused pub in North Wales...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords shun new controversial licensing scheme

The new licensing scheme for rented homes in Nottingham is set to come into force on Wednesday, August 1, and yet...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant ordered to pay more than £26k for subletting ‘death trap’ property

A tenant who illegally sublet an unlicensed and poorly-maintained bungalow in north London, which was described by Brent Council as a...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined just over £2,500 for unlicensed property

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

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Thurrock Council plans to introduce additional licensing for landlords

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

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Cheshire East revises HMO licensing fees

Buy-to-let landlords who operate houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Cheshire East will face new licensing fees after the local council...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord ordered to pay more than £12k for letting substandard property

A rogue landlord letting a cold, damp property with a lack of hot water and heating has been ordered to pay...

10 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

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

Landlords and letting agents could soon be banned from charging fees to private tenants in Wales under plans for a new...

13 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

How to avoid fines as a BTL landlord

As a landlord, you have a number of different responsibilities and obligations that you need to stay on top of, in...

11 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

Welsh government to clampdown on ‘sex for rent’ landlords

Buy-to-let landlords in Wales who offer free accommodation in return for sex could lose their operating licences, according to plans being...

17 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

Landlords slapped with hefty fine after ignoring planning and licensing laws

A buy-to-let landlord in North West London has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 for licensing breaches in connection with...

03 May 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

Landlord fined £25k for poorly managed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Birmingham has been fined £25,000 after pleading guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court for regulation breaches in relation...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed ‘death trap’ landlord banned from renting out properties

A buy-to-let investor, who previously spent time in prison for perjury after he lied during an inquiry into the deaths of...

05 April 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

Gedling Borough Council approve plans for mandatory licences

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

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlord fined for unlicensed HMO

A private landlord has been fined more than £11,000 for operating an unlicensed property in Bedford. Mr Fhalora of Ampthill Road, Bedford,...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory HMO licensing extension to start in October

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

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Councils restricted by new licensing conditions on private rented homes

Councils cannot use selective licensing conditions to impose new standards on private rented homes, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. The case...

22 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

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

Government approves new PRS licensing scheme

A proposal to introduce a new licensing scheme for privately rented homes in Nottingham has been given the green light by...

14 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

Property manager hit with £10,500 fine for unlicensed HMO

A company and the manager of a house of multiple occupation (HMO) in South Hampstead, north-west London, have been hit with...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Scarborough face £100 fine for late application

The deadline for landlords in parts of Scarborough’s Castle and North Bay wards to apply for a license under the local...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Council plans 1,100% selective licensing fee hike for some landlords

Buy-to-let landlords with rental properties in Peterborough will now have to pay £600 for a five-year licence to rent out a...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £11,000 after being found guilty of multiple offences

A buy-to-let landlord in Flintshire has been given 28 days to pay a fine of £11,081 after being found guilty of...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Haringey Council launches consultation on new Selective Licensing Scheme

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

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £5k for putting tenants at risk

A private landlord in Northampton has been fined £3,300 and ordered to pay the council’s £1,890.26 legal costs along with a...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Heavy fines for illegal subletters

A property firm with assets in the Virgin Islands has paid a £8,000 civil penalty to Brent Council after two tenants...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for putting ‘safety, well-being and lives’ of tenants at risk

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay almost £6,500 for renting out four houses in Nottingham without a license. Dilip Gohil...

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

Almost 3,800 landlords could face fines for illegally renting out properties

There is growing concern that thousands of buy-to-let landlords could face fines and possibly even prosecution for failing to sign up...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord ordered to pay almost £7K

Action from Hertsmere Borough Council has left a landlord with a bill of close to £7,000 for letting an unlicensed property...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Legislation and technology is giving more power to tenants

As the letting fees ban looms ahead, it is clear that however it plays out we are seeing more and more...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Four landlords collectively fined over £200k for unlicensed properties

Four landlords in Gainsborough have been heavily penalised after failing to comply with West Lindsey District Council’s selective licensing scheme. The quartet...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords are increasingly turning to auctions for ‘a quick sale and exit’

There has been a sharp rise in the number of landlords in Manchester offloading buy-to-let properties at auction due to tougher...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation proposal on licensing scheme for private landlords in Gedling

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

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Four landlords fined £232,000 for failing to licence properties

Four landlords in Lincolnshire have been ordered to pay a collective fine of £232,155.68 for failing to comply with licensing regulations. The...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £11,600 for overcrowding

A landlord in Luton has been fined £11,620 for letting an unlicensed and poorly-maintained house in the town which is classed...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Bath pair fined £16k for holding wrong HMO licenses

Two landlords in Bath have been ordered to more than £16,000 for failing to hold the correct HMO licences. Elizabeth Vowles, 48,...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New licensing for private landlords in West London

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

12 October 2017

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New HMO changes good for tenants, and landlords too

Local authorities now have greater powers to control properties rented out in their areas, thanks to changes in the mandatory HMO...

12 October 2017

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Havering Council set to approve landlord licensing scheme

Plans to introduce an additional licensing scheme across 12 wards in Havering, east London, look set to be approved tomorrow. Local councillor will...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord ordered to pay £1,300

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £1,000 for renting out a property in Peterborough without a licence which he was legally...

29 September 2017

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Landlords slapped with heavy fine for cramming tenants into rat-infested home

Two landlords have been fined more than £85,000 for illegally cramming tenants into a rental property in Leytonstone, east London, and...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for letting unlicensed property

A buy-to-let landlord had been prosecuted for letting rooms to three disabled people in an unlicensed property in the Rose Hill...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords prosecuted for failing to licence or maintain their BTL properties

A landlord in Sheffield, who also happens to be a company director and letting agent, has been handed a hefty fine...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord ordered to pay over £2,600

A private landlord has been fined £2,000 for renting out two properties in Peterborough without a licence which he was legally...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords face bans from letting homes after renting out damp and mouldy house

A pair of private landlords who rented out a damp and mouldy house in Croydon to a family of four, including...

13 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

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Landlord fined for putting tenants at ‘serious risk of death’

A private landlord in Liverpool has been handed a hefty fine for putting his tenants at risk of fire. Following an inspection...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips every landlord should consider when investing in student property

A number of buy-to-let landlords are turning their attention to student housing, which is regarded by many property investors as a...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New buy-to-let lender targets professional landlords

Redwood Bank, a new business lender, is officially up and running after completing its mobilisation phase yesterday, having already secured its...

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 fined £10,000 for failing to license property

A private landlord has been prosecuted by Hastings Borough Council for failing to license his rented property in Surrey. Philip Dempsey of Malden...

23 August 2017

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Letting agent fined £20k for issuing fake documents

A London based letting company has been fined £20,000 after issuing false documents that gave tenants no protection from landlords or...

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

Council approve revised selective licensing scheme

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

21 August 2017

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Landlords first to be fined under new licensing scheme

Four landlords in Peterborough have become the first to have been fined for not holding a licence under a new city...

18 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

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

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Plan to introduce landlord licence in Nottingham approved

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

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales licence breach leads to fine

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay more than £4,000 after being prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding that all...

18 July 2017

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New landlord licensing scheme comes into force today in Redbridge

The London Borough of Redbridge has from today introduced new selective licensing schemes in the wards of Valentines and Clementswood. The...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Proposed selective licensing for Luton

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

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord fined for poorly maintained rental property

A landlord who allowed tenants to live in substandard conditions in Oxford has been handed a fine of £2,500. The poorly-maintained six-bedroom...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Additional landlord licence plan consultation launched in Havering

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

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords face Section 21 confusion over new AST agreements

A number of landlords are unwittingly issuing incorrect Section 21 notices, resulting in thousands of pounds being wasted on aborted possession...

30 June 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

Student landlord fined almost £6k for failing to obtain the correct licenses

A student landlord has been penalised for renting out two houses in Durham without the appropriate licenses. Lisa Chatfield, 38, pleaded guilty...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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 in Newport becomes first to be fined under Rent Smart Wales scheme

A buy-to-let landlord in Newport has become the first to be prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding that all private landlords...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlords with properties in Wales could be ‘breaking the law’

Unlicensed landlords with properties in Wales are being urged to register ‘to avoid legal action’, regardless of where they are based...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Air your views on selective licensing in Manchester and Salford

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

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed two-year ban and £41k bill for putting tenants’ lives at risk

A man who rented out rooms above a town centre bar has been banned from being a landlord after putting the...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay over £60,000 for ‘deathtrap’ in west London

The owner of a rental property in west London, which was described by a judge as a “deathtrap”, has been told...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord licence plan consultation postponed until after election

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

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Discounted property license available to landlords in Ashfield

Landlords in Ashfield are being encouraged to take advantage of discounted property licensing fees. From 1 May, landlords in Ashfield will require...

20 April 2017

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Landlord fined for breaching property license

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £800 for various breaches of his selective license. Stephen Halliday, 50, of Bingley,...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Proposed licence is a stealth tax and ‘hard-hit’ landlords ‘have had enough’

Private landlords in Telford have reacted furiously to plans by Telford & Wrekin Council to introduce a Selective Licensing in parts...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords at risk of non-compliance due to buy-to-let tax changes

Landlords are under mounting pressure which is making them vulnerable to non-compliance in their accounting following a raft of changes, including...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for unlicensed property

A landlord from Solihull in the West Midlands has been ordered to pay £1,500 for failing to comply with licensing regulations...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords facing £610 licences to rent out properties in Telford

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

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord first to be prosecuted under new licensing scheme

A landlord who let out 12 properties in Middleborough has become the first in the local area to be prosecuted for...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing scheme could be introduced in Scarborough

Landlords in parts of Scarborough may soon have to apply for a licence to let their properties after initial plans to...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

Leaked email exposes unregistered landlords

An investigation has been launched after details of hundreds of landlords who have not yet registered on a Wales-wide scheme were...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £5k for not attending appeal

A buy-to-let landlord who failed to attend an appeal hearing has been ordered to pay Stafford Borough Council more than £5,000...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords face ‘robust enforcement action’ unless they join new scheme

Landlords in Peterborough are being warned to sign up to a new licensing scheme or end up in court. Peterborough City Council...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to repay £39,000 rent

A buy-to-let landlord who failed to obtain a license for a property in London has been ordered to repay close to...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Top tips for buy-to-let landlords purchasing property at auction

Investing in property at auction is a popular choice for many buy-to-let landlords as there are some good bargains to be...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Why does the government have it in for buy-to-landlords?

In the UK, we have a chronic shortage of housing. Apparently we need 200,000 new houses a year but last year...

17 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government set to extend mandatory licensing of HMOs in England

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

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over 2,000 landlords at risk of prosecution

Barnet Council has issued a stark warning to the 2,000 landlords without correct licences across the north London borough. The council says...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Council adopts ‘zero-tolerance approach’ to rogue landlords

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

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Unlicensed landlord fined £3k

An unlicensed landlord who rented out a property in Margate has been fined £3,000. The property on Northdown Road, CT9, is located...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords could face fines for illegally renting out properties

There is growing concern that thousands of buy-to-let landlords could face fines and possibly even prosecution for failing to sign up...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing sessions for landlords

Understanding property licensing is not an easy task and that is why two drop-in sessions will be held by Peterborough City...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Midnight deadline looms for landlords to register in Wales

Landlords in Wales who have not yet signed up to Rent Smart Wales, designed to drive up the quality of rented...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £7,000 and do 150 hours community service

A buy-to-let landlord was ordered to pay in excess of £7,000 and given 150 hours of community service at Birmingham Magistrates...

19 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords at risk of ‘penalties, stopping orders and prosecution’

With less than two weeks until the new registration and licensing system in Wales, Rent Smart Wales, becomes a mandatory requirement, thousands...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Man fined £7k for putting lives of tenants at risk, but says he's not a landlord

A man claiming not to be a landlord has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 for putting the lives of...

02 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 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

From: Breaking News

Conditional discharge for unlicensed landlord

A landlord has been issued with a conditional discharge by Sheffield Magistrates Court after failing to license two rental properties that...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for refusing to join Liverpool’s new licensing scheme

A landlord has become the first to be prosecuted for not signing up to Liverpool council’s new landlord licensing scheme which...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

New landlord licensing scheme announced

Ashfield District Council has given the go-ahead for new selective landlord licensing to be introduced in two areas of the western...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Knockout blow for landlord Mohammed Ali

A landlord operating in the London borough of Brent has been has been ordered to pay close to £7,500 for cramming...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords have not signed up to Rent Smart Wales

There is growing concern that thousands of landlords in Wales have not yet signed up for Rent Smart Wales, designed to...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord and agents fined £20k for failing to licence rental property

A  landlord and his letting agents have been slapped with a fine of more than £20,000 and given criminal records for failing...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign to reintroduce proposed landlord licensing scheme

A petition has been set up to overturn what has been described as a ‘shameful’ decision to abolish a selective licensing...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £29,000 for “filthy and verminous” property

A Nottingham landlord has been ordered to pay £29,000 in fines after a rental property was found to be in what...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord jailed for firing warning shots to scare off tenants

A landlord in Norfolk who flew into a rage and fired his 12 bore shotgun in the air before telling his...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Sheffield landlord fined over £4,000

Sajid Bashir, of Page Hall, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court where he was found guilty of failing to pay licence fees...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £40,000 for cramming 24 tenants into one property

A criminal landlord has been handed a fine of almost £40,000 after he was caught housing 24 tenants in a rental...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Ealing Council to introduce new landlord licensing scheme

Private landlords in Ealing, one of London’s largest boroughs, will soon have to obtain a licence to operate a house in...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Three landlords fined £11,000 for housing offences

Three landlords in Oxford have been fined a total of £11,000 after being convicted of housing offences. Environmental Health Officers from Oxford...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Landlord jailed for illegally evicting tenants

A private landlord in north London has been sentenced to four months imprisonment and fined £20,000 after pleading guilty to intimidating his...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme to cost landlords upwards of £650 a year

A new additional property licensing scheme has been introduced this week for landlords operating in the London borough of Barnet in north...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing plan could be introduced in Manchester

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

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord slapped with £24,000 fine

A Birmingham landlord has been handed a fine of more than £24,000 after being prosecuted for a string of offences. Salih Mahfood...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to repay £3k received in housing benefit

Private landlord Pierce Mullally has been ordered to repay more than £3,000 for operating in Burnley without a proper licence. He admitted...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Is Liverpool’s private landlord licence scheme flawed?

A compulsory licence for landlords aimed at improving Liverpool's private rented housing has been panned by a local landlord in the...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Waltham Forest landlords fined £60k

A dozen landlords in Waltham Forest, north east London, have been prosecuted and fined a total of £60,000 after failing to...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

NLA to provide training for landlords in Wales

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has been officially approved as an official Rent Smart Wales training provider. Working in association with the...

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

£6,000 bill for Reading landlords

Two Reading landlords face a total bill of £6,000 after admitting a string of offences which resulted in tenants living in...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Fee hike for Lewisham landlords

The London Borough of Lewisham has dramatically increased the fees for licencing HMOs above or below commercial premises in the borough. Following...

25 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent-to-rent gang fined

Newham Council has prosecuted what it called a “group of criminals” running a dodgy letting business with an estimated income of...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Waltham Forest prosecutes first landlord under licencing scheme

A landlord has become the first to be prosecuted by Waltham Forest council for failing to obtain one of its controversial...

22 March 2016

From: Breaking News

'Embarrassing' 2% of landlord licenses issued by Liverpool Council

Liverpool City Council (LCC) has issued just 2% of licensing applications since launching its citywide landlord licensing scheme in April last...

08 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Leicester HMO landlord order to pay £29k

A Leicester landlord who rented out a house in multiple occupation (HMO) without a license has been ordered to pay almost...

18 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

Rent Smart Wales goes live

Rent Smart Wales, the new registration and licensing system in Wales, goes live today  – a and it represents a major...

23 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Southall landlord fined £70K for HMO regulation breaches

A west London landlord has been fined more than £70,000 for breaking HMO regulations after prosecution by Ealing Council. Balwinder Singh Kahlon...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

RLA “exposes the expensive folly of licensing”

Local authorities that charge landlords for licences solely to collect information on the number of landlords in an area have been...

18 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Council's new powers to fine agents flouting redress schemes

One of Britain’s largest local authorities has beefed up its powers so it can issue fines of up to £5,000 on...

13 November 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

Reading landlord fined £20,000

A Reading landlord has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £3,343 costs as well as a victim surcharge of £120...

30 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales start date announced

Rent Smart Wales, a registration and licencing scheme for Welsh landlords and letting agents, will launch on 23 November. The Welsh Government...

26 October 2015

From: Breaking News

£10k bill for Birmingham HMO landlord

A Birmingham landlord has been fined £6,400 and ordered to pay £3,696 costs and a £120 victim surcharge for failing to...

21 October 2015

From: Breaking News

£7,000 bill for Islington HMO landlord

An Islington landlord has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 after failing to licence a house in multiple occupation (HMO). Christos...

16 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

£20k fine for Newport HMO landlord

A Welsh landlord has been prosecuted for failing to licence her property and manage it safely, making it difficult to escape...

02 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Llandudno landlord back in court – this time for unlicensed properties

A Welsh landlord who rakes in almost £100,000 a year in housing benefit from a £700,000 property portfolio is paying off...

01 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Ealing rogue landlord slapped with £75k penalty

A west London landlord has been ordered to pay a total of £75,215 for failing to licence four properties, protect tenants,...

24 August 2015

From: Breaking News

“Countdown” is on for Rent Smart Wales – only there is still no date

The Welsh Government has announced that the “countdown” has begun for Rent Smart Wales – but it must be the vaguest...

21 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Brent receives over 5,000 property licence applications

Brent Council has received more than 5,000 online applications from landlords seeking to have their Brent rental properties licensed since it...

20 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Croydon licensing to go ahead

A legal bid to stop Croydon Council’s plans to license private landlords has been unsuccessful in the High Court. At the Royal...

14 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Stalker denied licence for rental property

A local authority has refused to issue a private landlord licence after it was revealed the applicant had a conviction for...

30 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Notting Hill landlord fined £25,000

An unlicensed HMO landlord has been ordered to pay more than £25,000 after appearing in court. Emmil Seeson Watson (also known as...

21 July 2015

From: Breaking News

First prosecution under selective licencing for Carmarthenshire

A Welsh landlord has become the first to be prosecuted by Carmarthenshire County Council under its selective licensing scheme. The council introduced...

14 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Birmingham HMO landlord fined almost £20,000

A Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £20,000 for a number of failings in managing an HMO. Amrik Singh Gill,...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge against Croydon licensing

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

02 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Brent landlord fined for second time over HMO

A landlord who was found to have 16 tenants living in just one property in Willesden Green, north London, has been...

02 July 2015

From: Breaking News

£6,000 fine for Cambridge HMO landlord

A Cambridge landlord has been prosecuted for putting tenants at risk by renting out an unsafe house in multiple occupation (HMO). Maciej...

25 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Two Manchester landlords fined for “death trap” flats

On 9 June Ceyam Rahman, 24, of Whalley Range, pleaded guilty to seven offences and was hit with fines and costs...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Landlords may seek judicial review of another council licensing scheme

Landlords may look at launching a judicial review of a new licensing scheme in Redbridge, it has been suggested. The Ilford Recorder,...

16 June 2015

From: Breaking News

46 tenants made homeless from converted office

Forty-six residents of a block of converted flats in Luton have been forced to leave their homes after it emerged the...

11 June 2015

From: Breaking News

RLA urges Camden to reconsider HMO licensing

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

09 June 2015

From: Breaking News

West London Landlord hit with £11k fine

A Harlington HMO landlord has been fined £11,000 after putting his tenants' lives at risk. London Borough of Hillingdon Council found Javeed...

03 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Update on mandatory licencing

New information has come to light about the Government’s plans to licence landlords. In a speech last week, Prime Minister David Cameron...

29 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Woking landlord fined £7,000

A Surrey landlord has been fined £7,000 and ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work, after he was found to...

18 May 2015

From: Breaking News

First landlord fined under new licensing scheme in Brent

A rogue landlord who rented out a sub-standard property in Brent has become the first to be fined under Brent Council’s...

29 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Wirral council greenlight selecting licencing

Proposals for a selective licensing scheme in parts of Birkenhead and Wallasey have been approved by Wirral Borough Council.   The scheme is...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Spot checks on Glasgow HMO landlords

Council bosses in Glasgow are clamping down on HMOs in the city. According to a report in the Evening Times, council licensing staff...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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