A local newspaper claims that the former landlord of a Derbyshire home where a man died from carbon monoxide poisoning has been selected as a Green Party candidate in the May election.
The GMB union says councils and any future government must do more to regulate the private rental sector’s agents and landlords.
The National Landlords Association is demanding that Liverpool council postpones the launch of its city-wide licensing scheme due to go live next week.
Some 307 letting agency branches across London, handling some 115,000 homes, are now badged under the Mayor’s London Rental Standard accreditation service.
Tower Hamlets council in east London is the latest to appear to be pressing ahead with a private rental sector licensing scheme, despite government wanting more oversight of the proposals.
One of the industry’s most respected analysts, Kate Faulkner, says rent controls of the kind proposed by some politicians ahead of the May general election could ultimately lead to rents rising rather than being stabilised or falling.
The next government should assess the impact on the private rented sector before making any decision to ban, or rule out a ban, on letting agents' fees in England, according to an influential committee of MPs.
Annual void periods in the private rental sector have fallen to their lowest level since 2002 according to a leading mortgage lender.
Letting agents and landlords are being advised to be wary of letting to a tenant named “Jerome Baker” who is allegedly running a rent-to-rent scam in the London area.