The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Private Rented Sector has launched an inquiry into what it says is the problem of retaliatory evictions in private rented housing.
A city in the United States has made it legal to let property for short periods, as is proposed for London, but includes a bid to stop professional letting agents and landlords swamping the market and using online sites like Airbnb.
The former landlords of a letting agent who has been jailed after pleading guilty to 10 counts of fraud have spoken out, calling him a “tenant from hell” who had to be evicted.
In 2013 there were 34,080 evictions issued under the Section 21 accelerated procedure, the highest figure since the power’s inception in 1999 - and this year’s figure will be even larger, predicts Landlord Action’s founder Paul Shamplina.
The government has issued its latest code of practice document providing guidance for landlords affected by the introduction of immigration checks – what the Home Office and the DCLG call the ‘Right to Rent’ checks.
The head of one of the three mandatory redress schemes in the rental sector insists that, contrary to suggestions from some in the industry, “a significant proportion” of letting agents have yet to join.
Landlords and agents are unreasonably pushing for ‘betterment’ or ‘new for old’ at the end of tenancies and have unrealistic expectations of what they can claim against deposits, according to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks.
A landlord must pay over £20,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to 28 offences relating to just two properties.