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This week’s Labour conference is set to reaffirm the party’s controversial three reforms of the private rental sector - proposals which have already been condemned by much of the industry.

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One of the major funding avenues being explored by new online lettings service easyProperty, crowdfunding, has achieved 126 per cent of its target - and is still going strong.

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A landlords’ body is inviting a council to a meeting this week to justify its proposal to extend a licensing scheme from HMOs to every single privately rented property - but so far the local authority has refused to say whether it will attend.

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Some 40 per cent of letting agents in England have not yet signed up to a mandatory redress scheme - and in less than two weeks' time they risk a fine of £5,000 or even possible closure.

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Eviction and rent collection specialist Landlord Assist is the latest body to be concerned about the private members’ bill being introduced by Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather in a bid to control so-called ‘revenge evictions’. 

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A landlord criticised for letting tiny apartments which one national newspaper described as “worse than prison cells” has hit back - and says he should be given an award.

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There is growing concern that a government-backed Private Members’ Bill, attempting to outlaw so-called ‘revenge evictions’, may lack the evidence to justify a change in the law. 

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Landlord's third conviction in two years

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A council has prosecuted a private landlord for the third time in two years for  breaches of the Housing Act 2004 and failures to propery manage HMOs. 

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Rent, don't buy, says Kevin McCloud

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Grand Designs self-build guru Kevin McCloud says people should rent and not buy their homes.

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A tenant has been ordered to pay almost £11,000 after trying to private let a housing association property on which he already owed £3,000 in unpaid rent.

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