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.
ARLA is urging member agents to have their say in a consultation exercise being mounted by the Scottish Government as part of its proposals to extensively reform the private rented sector.
The compulsory redress scheme for letting agents introduced this month is welcome but does not go far enough according to Leaders.
Landlords disclosing buy to let and other property investment profits to HM Revenue & Customs may face waits of up to six months to have their disclosures analysed.