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Stop Rent Rises and Tax Second Homes - petition wins huge support

Almost 40,000 people have signed a petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners. The...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Private sector could benefit from letting to social tenants - claim

A property investment platform has taken the unusual approach of accusing the government of driving up homelessness through its policy of...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Media publish photographs of agency’s filthy property after big fine

The local media in Manchester have published photographs of a property operated by a lettings agency was found to have multiple...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency opens branch with £10,000 grant from local council

A new Lancashire estate agency, Jusa Homes, has opened new premises thanks to a £10,000 local council grant.  Julie Hardy and Sarah...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb tries to buy off rental criticism with local ‘tax’

Airbnb, which has been criticised by some for its impact on local rental markets, is to set up its own ‘tax’...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Forum for private rental sector to be staged next week by council

Helping those in the private rental sector understand the latest changes to regulations due to Covid-19 is one of the aims...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent uses council to secure electrical inspection at private flat

A local authority has explained its role in ensuring that a private landlord could arrange for an electrical safety inspection to...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council offers free online training for letting agents

A council is offering free training to letting agents, via online courses starting next Monday. Dorset council says it wants to work...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned: Rogue agency and director cannot let any property in England

A London council has secured banning orders against rogue property agents who were previously fined over £70,000 for letting an unlicensed...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Indefinite Tenancies is key demand in campaigners’ reform manifesto

Campaign group Generation Rent has set out a 10-point plan for reform of the private rental sector in favour of tenants. Its...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council warns landlords will be served with ‘anti-social orders’

A Labour council in London is taking the unusual measure of threatening landlords with community protection notices - associated with anti-social...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists slam “reckless” end to eviction ban after 15 months

The head of the tenants’ campaign group Generation Rent has condemned the government as “reckless” for ending the eviction ban on May...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Jack Reid Founding Director of Orlando Reid

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Jack Reid Founding Director of Orlando Reid  In your experience,...

12 May 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

HMOs likely to grow in number and importance in the future

A leading banking and wealth management company says a growth area for the rental sector in the years to come will...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets require planning change of use, appeal process decides

A landlord who appealed against a local council decision regarding the letting of her apartment on Airbnb has lost - and...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector skewed against tenants says prominent London Tory

A prominent London Conservative MP has made a scathing attack on the current rental sector’s structure, saying it is skewed in...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to beware council compliance crackdown and heavy fines

Agents are being warned about a crackdown on compliance issues surrounding rental property management. No Letting Go, the country’s largest provider of...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Order threat to property company owner

A London council has taken a landlord company to court after complaints of poor housing conditions in five of its rented...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent in court over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO

A letting agent has been fined £11,500 for breaking HMO houses and fire safety rules at a property he manages. Agent Benjamin...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Criminal Behaviour Order for rogue agent after unlawful eviction

A lettings agency director has been issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order for unlawfully evicting a tenant back in 2019. CFDP Ltd, trading as...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists blast councils for failing to act over “unsafe rental properties”

Councils are failing to protect tenants in three out of four cases where they discover rental homes are unsafe, according to...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Fire leads to five figure fine for property company

A property company and its director will have to shell out £10,000 after a blaze left six tenants homeless in the...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Labour figure plans expanded ‘ethical lettings agency’ concept

Greater Manchester’s Labour Mayor, Andy Burnham, says he wants to clamp down on the private rental sector. In his manifesto for next month’s...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Agents join protest against Labour proposals

Letting agents body ARLA Propertymark has joined the criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan who wants to be given the power...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Management firm and landlord guilty of 27 safety breaches

A property company and a landlord have each been found guilty of 27 charges relating to the management of two properties...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand radical overhaul of eco-targets for rental sector

Agents and other industry players have penned an open letter to government demanding a radical overhaul of targets for energy efficiency in the...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders: just 39 issued, three years after implementation

Some 39 agents and landlords have had banning orders over the past three years according to a report in The Guardian. Under the...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

'Posh’ London borough where 44% of homes are privately rented

One of the London boroughs synonymous with wealth has revealed that 44 per cent of its housing stock is now actually...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure on private rented sector to cater more for older and disabled

A lettings trade body says the sector - and local councils - should do more to cater for the older and...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to plug ‘rental tax gap’ for holiday lets

The government’s much-vaunted ‘tax day’ produced few challenges to the status quo - but holiday lets are under scrutiny. Currently the holiday let...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London council says licensing needed as third of homes privately rented

A London council has embarked on consultation over two new private rental licensing schemes - and says they are needed as...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tough new fire regulations for HMOs and multi-tenancy buildings

Landlords and managing agents of HMOs could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Big fine for London agency without Client Money Protection

A lettings agency in central London has been issued with a fine for not belonging to a Client Money Protection scheme. The...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents hit with third-of-a-million pounds bill over poorly-managed HMO

An agency has been hit with a £330,000 bill after being found guilty of poor management of an HMO. Magistrates have found...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Investigation underway into collapse of agency £1.3m in debt

An investigation is underway into a lettings agency which has gone into liquidation owing almost £500,000 in rent to landlords and in...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting tenant illegally posing as landlord caught out by council

A head tenant who posed as a landlord has been taken to court by a London council. Sonia Nascimento rented a converted...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned! Court order prohibits investor from letting properties

A landlord who persistently broke residential lettings rules has been banned from operating in a landmark legal ruling. Julie Stoddern, of Camborne,...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Five things agents dislike about tenant referencing

Tenant referencing. It’s a necessary evil.  Although most tenants are responsible and pay their rent on time, broke swindlers with dubious...

04 March 2021

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Council seeking info on agencies that worked with rogue landlord

A council says it’s looking for lettings agencies that worked with a rogue landlord who's been issued with a four year banning order. Bristol...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on letting agents backed by local councils

A huge trading standards operation clamping down on lettings agents who fail to abide by Client Money Protection rules has been...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge crackdown on letting agents failing to honour CMP laws

A clampdown on letting agents who fail to safeguard landlords’ and tenants’ money is now underway.  A statement from the National Trading Standards...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Victory for Airbnb in first round of battle for short lets regulation

A first attempt to regulate Airbnb-style short lets through licensing has been withdrawn. The SNP-led Scottish Government had drawn up a licensing...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech service claims agents win ‘competitive edge’ thanks to data

A PropTech firm claims agents will win a “competitive edge” through the data it provides via its platform. Sprift says its interactive...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak warned on property taxes - Don’t use us to pay Covid debts!

A prominent industry figure is warning Chancellor Rishi Sunak not to use property taxes to bail out the government over the costs...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail threat after fraud team probes HMO with illegal extensions

A landlord who built unlawful extensions to a family home and squeezed up to 14 people into the rooms has forfeited...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New EPC targets may stifle buy to let investment, says ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is warning the government that new energy efficiency targets for EPCs could stifle buy to let investment in future. In...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

London council says licensing regimes ‘make renting fairer’

A London council describes two new licensing schemes as ‘making renting fairer’ - even though they are launched during the pandemic. Islington’s Labour...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant loans the only answer to growing arrears, says think tank

A think tank says large scale intervention in the rental market via loans to tenants is the only way of addressing...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

“Horrible crime” of illegal eviction probed by police

A 24 month community order and 200 hours of unpaid work are the price being paid for an unlawful eviction.  Buy to...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban: momentum growing for yet another extension

Another council wants an extension to the existing ban on bailiff-enforced evictions, which is scheduled to end on February 22.  Yesterday our...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents 'should guide landlords through blizzard of licensing rules'

Letting agents should help landlords through a blizzard of red tape and regulation cause by local licensing schemes, a PropTech entrepreneur...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Pioneering clampdown on short lets gathers pace

Scotland’s official clampdown on short lets is gathering pace with the country’s housing minister advocating a licensing regime and so-called ‘control...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Council may purchase Right To Buy homes and then let to tenants

It’s been reported that a London council is considering spending £10m on purchasing 25 former council homes it previously sold off...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council ignores ARLA warning and ploughs on with licensing

Earlier this week ARLA branded local councils pursuing private rental licensing during the pandemic as “socially irresponsible” - but one of...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils can’t enforce energy efficiency regs in rental sector - claim

Propertymark has responded to the official consultation on the government proposals called Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents slam “socially irresponsible” councils pushing licensing

ARLA Propertymark has hit out at a growing number of local councils introducing licensing schemes, calling it “socially irresponsible” to do...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to new online forum on private rental regulation

A council is offering a free event for agents and landlords to get the latest updates on national and local private...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

London council wants to double the size of HMO licensing regime

Lambeth council is consulting agents, landlords and others on its latest licensing proposals for Houses in Multiple Occupation. The new proposals would...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New property ID system aims to identify rogue buy to lets

A new property identification system which has won the backing of ARLA Propertymark and substantial parts of the industry has said...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

One in three finds moving home more stressful than having a baby

What’s life-changing, involves months of anticipation, and ends with a big arrival? You might think we’re talking about pregnancy. But research...

07 January 2021

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Fifth of city’s private rental homes have serious problems - claim

A council claims that as many as a fifth of all the private rental sector homes in its area have a...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Section 21 Abolition - Labour offers to work with Tories

Labour housing spokesperson Thangam Debbonaire has released details of a letter seeking further clarity and commitments on the rental sector eviction...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent speaks out against possible ‘money making’ licensing scheme

A lettings agent has spoken out at a local council landlord licensing scheme, suggesting it might just be nothing more than...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Tax premium’ levied on second homes to fund local properties

A Welsh council has agreed to levy what it calls “a tax premium” on second homes from now until 2027 to...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Angry calls for ‘exempt rental accommodation’ to face regulation

There are growing calls for so-called ‘exempt accommodation’ to face the same controls that are exerted over the rest of the...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Councillor claims agents using virtual viewings show ‘better’ properties

A Labour councillor in Yorkshire claims letting agents are not showing the actual properties available to rent when they use virtual...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Gangmasters probe leads to property firm and director’s huge fines

Restaurant staff were kept in “dangerous and overcrowded” conditions by a property company and its landlord-director, a court has heard. The company...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial council files new version of licensing proposal

A controversial Labour council that locked horns with the government over landlord licensing is now submitting a new proposal for its...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Another council ponders Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs

Walsall council in the Midlands is considering an Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs.  As is often the case with such schemes, the...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets regulation starting in one part of the UK

A council in Scotland is set to be the first to introduce regulations for Airbnb and similar platforms in the short lets sector. ARLA...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

HMOs in the firing line: Another city ponders a clampdown

Another local authority is considering a clampdown on the spread and condition of HMOs. Bath and North East Somerset Council, which is...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Council’s huge fine on owner after refusing planning consent

A long-running case about a house divided up and let out without planning permission has resulted in a fine of nearly...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency chief and landlord prosecuted over fire safety

Two landlords in the same town - one the director of a lettings firm - have been prosecuted as their properties...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Council HMO rules force agency to ban tenant from using bedroom

A lettings agency is in the news because it has asked a student to stop using a specific room in a...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Vocal supporter of rental licensing arrested in corruption probe

Liverpool's mayor Joe Anderson has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation. Anderson has been an outspoken...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards warning letter over letting agent fees

A warning about illegal fees by letting agents has been produced by a local council Trading Standards team.  It has come from...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge licensing crackdown in 2021 gives agents a chance to shine - claim

A new assessment of legislation and council rules surrounding the private rental sector suggests a severe crackdown may be coming in...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Campaign against ‘exempt rental accommodation’ steps up

A Labour MP and a newspaper have joined forces to campaign against so-called ‘exempted rental accommodation’. One of Birmingham’s MPs - Jack...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Help our tenants! ARLA demands government grants to cover arrears

ARLA Propertymark is one of seven trade and charity groups calling on the government to help bail out private renters with...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantee scheme for private sector launched by council

A council says it’s let 21 properties thanks to a rent guarantee system launched to woo private landlords to supply homes...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-second homes campaigners win talks with top politician

Councillors from a town council in Wales are to be given an audience with the country’s First Minister to discuss the...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Council engages in ‘secret’ licensing consultation exercise

A London council has been found to have operated an unpublicised consultation exercise for a licensing proposal - and is now...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain’s largest private rented sector set for new licensing scheme

London’s Westminster council - with 43 per cent of housing stock in the private rental sector - has launched a consultation on...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm strengthens repairs reporting service and data

The PropTech platform Plentific has acquired X-Tag, formerly known as Gas Tag. X Tag works with over 50 lettings agencies, property managers, councils and...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists gather outside city agency after licensing protest

Activists from the so-called renters’ union Acorn have held a protest outside the office of a lettings agency in Oxford. A photograph...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - what prospective tenants miss on viewings

A new survey has highlighted what prospective renters and buyers are likely to miss during a property viewing. The study, by the...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Another charity demands immediate “watertight ban” on evictions

A survey claims millions of renter households have concerns about their ability to pay landlords this winter - and the charity...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings firm and director fined for inadequate living conditions

A lettings firm has been ordered to pay over £18,000 after failing to provide adequate living conditions for his tenants. Chelmsford magistrates...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents must be regulated now insists the Nationwide

A new report from the Nationwide and campaigning charity Shelter puts letting agents in the dock over the standards in the...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

No evictions until January 11 aside from extreme cases

The government has formally announced a pause in evictions in England until January 11 at the earliest. The only exceptions to this...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Surprise move by London council to drop stricter controls on HMOs

A London council has dropped plans to restrict the creation of HMOs, a full 12 months after a consultation on the...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

£100,000 compensation to be paid by rogue lettings agents

Three lettings agents who kept tenants’ rent instead of passing it to the landlords have been ordered to pay almost £100,000...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Politician settles out of court with agent over fees charged in 2015

A Green Party councillor has been refunded fees he and his partner were charged by a letting agency five years ago,...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19: Labour councillors say HMOs must be en suite

Opposition Labour councillors on a local authority says HMOs should only be let if each bedroom has an en suite bathroom.  The...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Cut-price Central London tenancies attract glut of younger renters

London Central Portfolio, an investment consultancy, says the capital’s prime central area is seeing a demographic change as younger British tenants...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Probe into rental rooms exempt from mainstream rental regulations

A local authority is launching a six month probe into rooms let out but exempt from rental sector regulation. The project is...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing on its way after 92% of HMOs show problems

A major north of England local authority wants to introduce landlord licensing for HMOs where three or four tenants live, following analysis...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents invited into “risk-free” council homelessness scheme

Letting agencies and landlords are being invited by a local council to take part in what it describes as a “risk...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on HMOs by London council leads to big fines

A £5,000 fine has been handed to five landlords in London for failing to license HMOs.  One of the properties, a four-bedroom HMO in...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark names new leader for revamped organisation

Propertymark, which will from later this year combine both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government demolishes “misleading” Generation Rent eviction claim

The government has accused campaign group Generation Rent of peddling “unreliable and misleading” figures about potential evictions in the private rental...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London council wants new bureaucracy to manage private renting

A London council has launched a strategy it claims will protect private tenants and ensure they live in good quality and...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New restrictions likely for Airbnb and other short-lets north of the border

A consultation process by the Scottish Government may herald stricter restrictions on Airbnb and similar short let platforms north of the border. The...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ends but it’s under “constant review” insists minister

Housing Minister Chris Pincher says the eviction ban is formally over but the situation remains under “constant review” as the second...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction change: Six months notice and no Christmas evictions

The latest announcement from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick suggests the eviction ban WILL end at last on September 20. However, more concessions...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Civil penalty notices served on landlords who cannot be named

Two landlords have been served with civil penalty notices for operating unlicensed HMOs.  The notices were from Wellingborough council; one was for...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London council licensing scheme lapses after five years

A private rental licensing consultancy has spotted that an additional licensing scheme run by a London borough council has now lapsed...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Online rental platforms should do more to stop criminal scams - call

A new report demands that online rental platforms and portals allowing direct advertising by clients do more to deter fake landlords...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock 58 per cent rise in licensing fee imposed by council

A new private rental licensing regime in a London borough is being described as “a major step forward in improving living...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council proposes controversial city-wide licensing scheme

Oxford council, which has 49 per cent of its housing stock in the private rental sector, is starting a formal consultation...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Council identifies hundreds of rental units in energy efficiency clampdown

A council says it's identified hundreds of rental properties within its boundaries which apparently do not comply with key energy efficiency...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing abandoned as council fears it will drive out landlords

A proposed licensing regime in Kent has been abandoned because of fears it would drive landlords away. Medway council proposed a scheme...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Private tenants urged to check if they can get a rent rebate

A London council is telling its private rental sector residents to use a new tool to check whether they may be...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Blow for Airbnb and short lets in landmark appeal ruling

A council has won a planning appeal banning the use of a property for short lets - considered a landmark case...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord must pay over £20,000 and “up his game” in future

A landlord taken to court by a council has ended up with a bill in excess of £20,000.  Dennis Goodwin of Highbury...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group wants loans scheme for tenants with Covid arrears

Belvoir is backing a call for a loans scheme in England - similar to one in Wales - to protect tenants...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to call council before serving eviction notices

A local authority is urging letting agents within its boundary to get in touch before serving eviction notices on private tenants. Gedling council...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial council reveals plan for massive licensing scheme

The controversial Labour-led council in Liverpool has started a lengthy consultation process over its latest proposals for landlord licensing. The authority was...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to comment on two new proposed licensing schemes

Charnwood council in the East Midlands is proposing to introduce two different licensing schemes for private landlords, with agents and others...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb pledges to identify professional landlords using platform

Airbnb is doing a U-turn with its global leader pledging to slash the number of professional landlords using the platform and...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London council revives licensing idea with online consultation

Greenwich council in London has resuscitated a proposal to extend its existing selective licensing regime, put on ice during the Coronavirus...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Shocking large scale tax evasion by landlords - claim

Rogue landlords have been accused of tax evasion which could cost the Treasury as much as £1.73 billion a year. The accusation...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Necessary’ licensing scheme still not agreed a full YEAR after consultation

Back in March 2019 we covered the story that Weymouth council in Dorset wanted a landlord licensing scheme for a town...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - what to do if you suspect a cannabis farm

A law firm is warning that agents and landlords should carefully follow correct procedures if they suspect a rented property is...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Councils and Labour add to calls to scrap Section 21 eviction powers

The Local Government Association, which represents almost all councils in England, is calling on the government to scrap section 21. The call comes...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords fined tens of thousands in vermin scandal

Two London landlords and their lettings agents will have to pay tens of thousands of pounds after a home they were letting...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Bid to licence 50,000 properties - council extends consultation

A local authority has extended its consultation process for a selective licensing system which, if it goes ahead, would see some...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council seeks private rental sector help to ease waiting list problems

A local authority has set up what it calls The Private Sector Landlord service to try to harness some private property...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Private rental units are government option for vulnerable people

A £266m package of help to support vulnerable people into long term accommodation includes possible options to use the private rental...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb - big cities say they want to end the ‘short lets problem’

The Irish government says it’s considering buying properties that were listed on Airbnb and other short-let platforms before the pandemic. In an...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour claims there are “illegal evictions by letting agents”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, has told the government of “illegal evictions by letting agents” - without specifying the incidents he refers...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing scheme scaled back after government rejects original

The council in Liverpool is likely to propose a scaled-back private rental licensing scheme after its original suggestion was rejected by...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

£40,000 fines for unlicensed HMOs as council hunts for offenders

Four buy to let investors have each been fined £10,000 for letting out unlicensed HMOs. The unlicensed properties , all in the...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets should convert to long-term rentals, says council

A council with a large number of short let properties within its boundaries is urging owners to convert them to traditional...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London council wants to charge £550 for five year rental licence

A council in London, where landlords yields and margins are already tight, says it wants to charge £550 for a renewed...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Fire brigade chief praises new rental sector electricity regulations

London Fire Brigade’s deputy assistant commissioner for fire safety has praised the new safety regulations which have now come in to...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Baroness kicks off campaign to have all arrears evictions suspended

A pro-tenant campaign group has this morning kicked off its campaign to have the eviction ban - already extended until late...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Orders - council reveals action against landlords

The council at the centre of one of the planning controversies involving Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has issued a warning to...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Baroness wants “renters’ charter” to be agreed by councils

The militantly pro-tenant Generation Rent group says it’s working with local councils to have a new “tenants’ charter” introduced. The new director...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New warning of huge eviction hearing delays once ban finally ends

Figures unearthed by the Daily Telegraph show the scale of the arrears and eviction court case backlog likely to face the...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council knocks down illegal rental ‘shed’ - and sends owner the bill

A property built without planning consent and then illegally let to a family has been knocked down by Ealing council in...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords ordered to repay nearly £5,000 after council probe

Two Bristol landlords have been ordered to repay nearly £5,000 following investigations by the council’s so called rogue landlord unit. One, Lucy...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Private landlords and Airbnb hosts implored to take in homeless

A local authority is imploring private landlords and providers of short-term lets, including Airbnb hosts, to lease their properties and thus...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

“This stinks” - renters’ leader verdict on Jenrick planning scandal

The director of renters’ campaign group Generation Rent says the long-running scandal of a planning decision made by the Housing Secretary...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New safety checks may hit thousands of rental properties, fears ARLA

The government has released new guidance regarding electrical safety checks - and there's a worry it may include thousands of additional...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal group considers how courts will handle evictions after ban

It’s been revealed that a legal group is considering how courts will consider eviction cases when the current ban is lifted...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban puts domestic abuse victims at greater risk - claim

The extension to the evictions ban will compound the suffering of victims of domestic violence and anti-social behaviour. That’s the view of...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Selective Licensing: Another London council begins consultation

Harrow council in north London has launched a formal consultation on its plan to renew its landlord licensing scheme in the...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Repayment order means £11,000 in rent being returned to tenants

Rent to the value of £10,982.25 is to be returned to tenants by a landlord who was operating without a licence. Mrs...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council warns rental sector after “scary” fire at HMO

A local council is warning the HMO rental sector that tenants may be put at unnecessary risk as a result of...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council asks lockdown residents to report illegal HMOs

Residents at home during lockdown who may have seen families crammed into overcrowded HMOs are being asked to report the properties...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council defies government advice and attacks “dodgy operators”

Government advice to local authorities to sit tight with new licensing proposals during the Coronavirus pandemic appears to have been ignored...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council offers £15,000 incentive if landlords take vulnerable tenants

A council wants buy to let landlords with one-bed flats or rooms in shared homes to help it find homes for...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council writes to landlords urging understanding over arrears

A London council has sent an open letting to its buy to let landlords urging them to show understanding to tenants...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspend all rents now, says union- and council-funded think tank

A foundation which receives substantial funding from trade unions and a charity linked to the Nationwide is calling for rents to...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council licensing scheme challenged by alternative proposals

A group of local landlords and others in the private rental sector are challenging a local authority’s licensing proposals with their...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council branded irresponsible by lettings body for ignoring virus guidance

Coventry council has been branded as irresponsible by a leading trade body for allegedly ignoring government advice on licensing schemes during...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants shouldn’t always pay their own removal costs - commission

A commission investigating affordable homes in the UK has called for annual private sector rent increases to be limited to a...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

HMO to charge NHS workers just £10 a week in rent

A council is being asked to prioritise consent to use a property as an HMO during the pandemic, with its four...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

More councils delay rental licensing until Coronavirus crisis eases

Several local authorities at different stages of implementing rental licensing schemes have put their proposals on ice until the Coronavirus crisis...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour demands extra protection for tenants facing “ticking timebomb

The Labour head of a special ‘taskforce’ looking at London housing issues in the light of the Coronavirus crisis says he...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Another 350 Build To Rent homes announced as part of regeneration

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent players, Legal & General, says it’s to construct another 350 homes as part...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

No council tax on empty buy to lets, demands landlord group

Private landlords want the government to stop local authorities charging council tax on rented homes left empty because of the Coronavirus.  The National...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent stays after court rules against campaigners

The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the government’s controversial Right To Rent scheme, overturning a decision reached last...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 50 councils in England alone now operate licensing schemes

Research by the National Residential Landlords Association and the Which? consumer body has revealed that some 53 councils in England alone...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Why stop for the virus? Council presses ahead with licensing anyway

A London council has pressed ahead with the launch of a borough-wide additional licensing scheme despite the lockdown and uncertainty created...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Website claims 40 per cent of tenants can’t afford to pay full rent

A lettings sector website claims 40 per cent of tenants have seen their ability to pay full or in some cases...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets should be regulated in line with rest of rental sector - call

A leading supplier says the current market standstill is an opportunity for the industry to rethink how short lets can be...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council seeks Judicial Review of landlord licensing refusal

Liverpool’s Labour council, which was prevented by the government from extending its city-wide licensing scheme for another five years, is seeking...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned as council postpones licensing clampdown

A local authority has postponed the extension of its private rental sector licensing regime - but it’s warning agents not to...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Help for self employed agents and new lettings info: Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to the latest Conquering Corona - our guide for agents to get through these challenging times. Please let us...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Help the private rental sector - trade group renews call to government

The landlords’ newly-merged trade body has renewed its call for the government to do more to help the private rental sector...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Delay all new licensing schemes for six months, urges industry body

Not-for-profit accreditation service safeagent says the government should ensure councils delay the introduction of all new private rental sector licensing schemes...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: new webinars, contingency plans, trade groups info

Hello and here’s the next batch of guidance and advice from different sectors of the industry, many from influential trade groups. It’s...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants no evictions for arrears run up during crisis

Labour says the government should ban evictions for people who fall behind on their rent due to Coronavirus. John Healey, the shadow...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency in court as new ‘rogues taskforce’ swings into action

A lettings agency and its director have pleaded guilty to renting out an overcrowded house in the first case brought to...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban rent rises and stop evictions during virus, activists demand

Activists with a record of opposing agents and landlords want a blanket ban on rent rises and evictions in the current virus...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Council may offer improvement loans to favoured private landlords

A council says it’s considering lending funds for improvement to landlords who “behave fairly and appropriately” - and buy into a...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let HMO did not even have a working smoke detector

A shocking case of a buy to let HMO that did not even have a working smoke detector has led to...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing scheme has £600 surcharge for ‘falling short on standards’

A local authority has taken the unusual step of saying that a £600 surcharge will be added to the licensing costs...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

£87,000 fine after rental flats declared “serious risk to life”

A buy to let investor has been found guilty of letting out poor quality living accommodation that was said to pose...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial council uses Foxtons-style ‘big data’ to police lettings

The controversial Liverpool council licensing scheme is to be policed through the use of what the authority calls “cutting-edge big data...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Students who rent urged to “go lawsuit crazy” from March 20

An online student publication is urging readers who are tenants to “go lawsuit crazy” when the full provisions of the Homes...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists angry at councils not taking action over 'unsafe' homes

Pressure group Generation Rent claims half of London’s councils did not fine any landlords for letting out unsafe homes in the...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent fined £12,000 after falsely claiming NALS membership

The safeagent accreditation business says it has helped secure the conviction of a rogue lettings agent who falsely claimed membership of...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Under Investigation! Agents probed for alleged Fees Ban breaches

A newspaper claims multiple councils are opening investigations into agents allegedly defying the tenant fees ban - and at least one...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Police hit ‘slavery’ landlord with landmark court order

The West Midlands Police force says it’s secured what it calls a “landmark court order” against a rogue landlord who turned...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Council says 11,000 homes in its patch are on short-let sites

The leaseholder of a council property in central London has been found guilty of advertising it on Airbnb and the Booking.com...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Politician complains that too many HMOs allowed in city

A row is erupting in Swansea over the number of HMOs in the city. Council leaders in the city want to implement...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Victory for buy to let as minister stops another licensing scheme

The government has rejected a council’s bid to extend its licensing scheme for privately rented housing. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council wants county-wide selective licensing to be introduced

Another council is consulting on introducing a selective licensing scheme - and again it claims it will “create better housing for...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Nine years’ rent confiscated after flats declared illegal

A landlord has been ordered to pay back no less than £190,000 - equivalent to nine years’ rent - after he...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant ‘financially exploited and harassed’ by landlord, claims council

A landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £6,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to harassing and financially exploiting...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council steps in to prevent tenants having to use outside staircase

A council’s intervention has stopped a landlord forcing his private tenants to use an external staircase to enter their home -...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council links rogue landlord case to its dispute with government

A buy to let investor has been hit with a bill of almost £9,500 after being accused of allowing a tenant...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Public cash handouts to Shelter slammed by pressure group

Shelter, which routinely criticises lettings agents and landlords, has been slammed for the huge amount of public funding it receives -...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Law Breakers! Half of Airbnb-style properties ignore 90-night limit - claim

A London council says nearly half of the Airbnb-style short let properties available in its patch last year exceeded their legal...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Emergency Prohibition Order over shocking dangerous bedroom

A council in a leafy area of south east England has issued an emergency prohibition order to a buy to let...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council claims licensing scheme ‘has improved 3,100 homes’

The government has given the green light to a council’s huge licensing scheme, set to cover 18 of its 20 wards...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal, agencies and directors hit with £100,000 penalty over unsafe flat

A room-finding portal, along with the owners of a London lettings agency and management firm, must pay over £100,000 for letting...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Innovative co-living rental option offered by new developer

A new concept of co-living is being offered on a rental basis at a new purpose-built development in west London. The firm...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council wants private landlords to allow rough sleepers in homes

A new service called Cornwall Housing Private Lets has been set up in the west country to try to lure private...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent censured as council audits other firms over rental deposits

A former letting agent has been censured over the handling of tenancy deposits following an investigation by a local council. Andrew Rhys...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council reveals huge administration cost for licensing scheme

Enfield council in London has confirmed that it will introduce borough-wide additional licensing. It is also seeking consent from the government to...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets like Airbnb out of control and activists want crackdown

Generation Rent - an outspoken organisation sharply critical of lettings agents and many aspects of the private rental sector - is...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council wants rent controls in London borough

A London Labour council wants to introduce rent controls to its borough. The South London Press reports that Lambeth councillors have voted through...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Multiple prosecutions as council names and shames rogues

A council has prosecuted five private landlords who failed to get licences for the properties they let out. Oldham council says its...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Article 4 powers for council means tougher rules for HMOs

New regulations governing HMOs are coming into effect in a north of England council. Landlords and developers will now need planning permission...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge fine for repeatedly ignoring rental licensing laws

A landlord has ended up with fines totalling over £90,000 after repeatedly ignoring a council’s selective licensing regime. Stephen Ige pleaded guilty...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government U-turn on the way over Labour licensing scheme?

Liverpool’s Labour mayor says he is confident that the city will, after all, be able to renew its city-wide licensing scheme. Housing...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on lettings agents triggered by MPs’ own experiences - claim

A prominent member of the House of Lords has given a surprising insight into how the fiscal and regulatory clampdown on...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Fatal fire in unlicensed house leads to fine and entry on rogues database

A judge has ordered two landlords to pay a total of £14,858 for illegally renting out an unlicensed house without working...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency speaks out against long-term empty homes

A lettings agency is calling on local councils to tackle the growing problem of long-term empty homes. My Property Box says that...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Concern over £1,000-plus licensing fee proposed by council

A leading trade body is voicing concern over yet another council private rental sector licensing scheme - with particular worry over...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant’s secret buy to lets land him with a suspended sentence

A London council tenant who for a period of seven years failed to disclose that he owned three houses, has been...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Government backs huge licensing scheme extension until 2025

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has backed a five year extension for a massive London council landlord licensing...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent caught out on under-sized and unlicensed properties

A London council has caught out a rogue lettings agency for illegally operating two properties, with issues ranging from gas safety...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit doubts means tenants get lavish extras says trade group

A lettings sector trade group says lavish additional services are being offered by landlords who are nervous that Brexit will lead...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Shocking claim that one-in-50 London homes is a short let

New research claims that one in every 50 homes in the capital is let on a short-term platform like Airbnb or...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council wants city-wide licensing and possible £12m windfall

Another Labour council wants to introduce a city-wide landlord licensing scheme - a proposal that would require government approval to implement. Last...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

 Dawn raids on rental properties as part of licensing crackdown

Officers from a local council simultaneously staged 10 dawn raids on properties owned by unlicensed landlords. All the terraced homes, in Slough,...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets supporters push back against possible restrictions

The new body representing short let digital platforms like Airbnb and the large number of associated companies that have sprung up...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge £18,000 penalty for landlord who failed to improve property

A landlord in one of the most scenic parts of Devon had been served with a £18,000 civil penalty because he...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent defends HMO scheme after “greedy” accusation

An agent acting on behalf of a landlord has defended a bid for retrospective planning permission, but a Labour councillor has...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Newspaper’s amazing call for massive landlord licensing scheme

A newspaper in Liverpool has sharply criticised the government for refusing to allow the city council to continue a huge landlord...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

'Failed' HMO licensing scheme criticised for short consultation period

A trade body has come out against a council’s HMO licensing scheme, claiming that its consultation period was too short -...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders could rise this year after councils win extra cash

Councils that have been awarded additional cash injections by government could use their windfalls to enhance their enforcement of the private...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb landlords should pay business rates, says council

A council is lobbying the government to ask for landlords using Airbnb and other short let platforms to be charged business...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on short lets may lead to landlords selling rental units

A leading agency in a part of the UK where local government wants to clamp down on the spread of Airbnb...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour outrage at licensing scheme extension being rejected

The fallout continues over the government’s shock refusal to allow Liverpool council to continue its huge landlord licensing scheme. Yesterday we reported that...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry delight at government rejection of licensing extension

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has rejected a bid by Labour-controlled Liverpool council to extend its licensing scheme for five years. Government approval...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council to set up agent review service with cash windfall

A council getting government cash for rental enforcement is using it to introduce a review service allowing tenants to comment on...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb trying to tempt landlords seeking higher yields - claim

A leading property industry figure says Airbnb is attempting to persuade traditional buy to let landlords into going down the short-let...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Council to spend £250,000 of public cash setting up lettings agency

Durham county council wants to spend just over £250,000 setting up a lettings agency to place tenants with private landlords. The authority...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property ‘guardian’ firm found guilty - now trading under new name

A company that slots temporary tenants into properties that it manages has been found guilty of 15 charges connected with Homes...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Under Attack: campaign grows to regulate short lets

Politicians from several parties say they want their local council in Bristol to have the powers to regulate the number and...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA backs government bid for ‘level playing field’ within lettings

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents has thrown its weight behind an initiative by the Scottish Government to control the growth...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council fails to apply for funds to enforce rental regulations

A Labour council serving one of the largest private rental communities in the country is reported to have failed to have...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New city-wide restrictions on HMOs to be introduced by council

Birmingham’s Labour-led council is to introduce a city-wide Article 4 Direction from June, which means a planning application must be submitted for...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour mocks government’s new funding to combat rogue agents

The Labour party has mocked the government’s £4m new funding for councils to combat rogue agents and landlords as “puny.” A statement...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Trade bodies back latest rogue agent and landlord clampdown

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and The Guild of Property Professionals have both given their backing to the government’s latest...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New government cash for rental sector ‘nowhere near enough’

The government has announced an additional £4m in funding for local councils to combat rogue agents and landlords - but it’s...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords rejected for licensing scheme, claims council

Oldham council is the latest to seek an extension of a selective licensing scheme beyond its mandatory five year term -...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property firm boss says he cannot abide by Improvement Notices

The owner of a Derbyshire property must pay out more than £3,000 after being found guilty of failing to comply with...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Did court case cost more than the fine for this rogue landlord?

A rogue landlord has been fined £1,384 for failing to get a council licence for two buy to let properties. The case...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Move out in one hour! Intimidating landlord to be sentenced

A rogue landlord has been found guilty of unlawful harassment and misleading and aggressive practices, and will be sentenced next month. Ragoopathy...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency boss jailed for £230,000 fraud scandal

A Southampton lettings agency owner has been jailed after defrauding landlords and tenants out of £230,000. Andrew Whitehead has been jailed for...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned! Man cannot be letting agent or landlord for 30 months

A landlord has been banned for two and half years after repeatedly putting tenants’ lives at risk by letting unsafe housing. This...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 WILL be scrapped - it’s in Thursday’s Queen’s Speech

Number 10 briefings to the national media suggest that the scrapping of Section 21 - long talked about by the previous...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Council opens lettings agency in town with scores of private agencies

Luton council has opened Lets Squared, a High Street lettings and estate agency using public funds - even though the town...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Concern grows about increased safety risk from faulty smoke alarms

Almost 40 per cent of battery-powered smoke alarms failed to activate in residential fires in England in the past year –...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

“Worse than Scrooge!” - angry judge makes landlord pay £20,000

A landlord has been ordered to pay almost £20,000 and has been told by a judge that he was meaner than...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Why council's lettings fine was slashed by £28,000

A compliance consultant has explained why a local council’s penalty on a rogue landlord - initially £31,499 - was slashed to...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Repayment and banning orders may be applied to rogue landlord

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £340,000 in 2017 is now fined another £150,000

A rogue landlord has been fined more than £150,000 after failing to rectify safety hazards in a property he let. Latif Rehman...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property company boss fined £35,000 for buy to let licence breaches

The owner of two properties has been fined £35,000 for breaches of the selective licensiing regime in his local area.  At a...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid finds 17 tenants crammed into sub-let HMO

A dawn raid by enforcement officers from a London council has discovered 17 men sleeping on mattresses in a three bedroom...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Owner hit with £60,000 in fines over substandard property

A landlord has been hit with court fines for a fourth time for failing to properly manage his rental properties.  Landlord Jack...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax credit idea for tenants whose rent is 30% or more of income

The Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru is pledging tax credits for private tenants whose rent and utilities bills add up to...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council reveals huge rises in landlord licensing charges

There’s been a steep rise in the costs of landlord joining a compulsory licensing scheme operated by Labour-controlled Nottingham city council. The...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour tax proposals 'final nail in the coffin of buy to let' - warning

Two specific elements of Labour’s tax proposals, outlined in its manifesto, could “drive a nail into the coffin of buy to...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour to end Right To Rent but shift rental sector power to tenants

As the battle of political policies continues ahead of next month’s General Election, now Labour has unveiled a raft of initiatives...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Lifetime Rental Deposits backed by Tories as Labour revamps council housing

On the day that Labour launches its proposals to reform the private rental sector, the Tories have announced so-called Lifetime Rental...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Mandatory licensing, long tenancies, rent controls advocated by LibDems

The Liberal Democrats is the first of the major parties to release its party manifesto for the December 12 manifesto, and...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrap Section 21: Anti-agency group steps up campaign

The pressure group Generation Rent, which in the past has been highly critical of letting agents and other aspects of the...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property firm and landlord fined £22,000 for issuing ‘sham licences’

A rogue landlord and the property company he ran have been fined £22,000 for dishing out ‘sham licences’ to tenants in...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Former Labour councillor jailed after years of housing fraud

A former Labour councillor and solicitor Muhammad Harun has been jailed for 16 months after pleading guilty to two counts of...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

A Farce! Council issues rental licences to just 3% of applicants

A controversial private rental licensing regime that has already made the headlines for the wrong reasons has now been branded a...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

 Penalty notices may be issued after 500-plus complaints by tenants

A local council claims it has received over 500 complaints from private rental tenants since the start of April - approaching...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour ditches Right To Buy for private tenants

Labour has dropped its controversial policy under which private tenants would have been able to buy their homes at a discount. Press...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council coordinating trial of digital checks on agents

A Labour council is leading a trial by local authorities of a new digital platform that checks whether agents, landlords and...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Don’t scrap licensing, streamline it says accreditation scheme

The safeagent accreditation scheme says the next government should not scrap landlord licensing as some trade groups have requested, but should...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Fine after improvement notice on rented home was partly ignored

A rented home in Mansfield was found to have serious health and safety hazards, including a leaking roof and a lack of smoke...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's veteran lettings supremo leaves at end of fees ban work

Countrywide has issued an unusual statement saying that the veteran lettings expert recruited to steer the organisation through the tenant fee...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

London Labour Mayor repeats his call for rent controls

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has returned to his campaign to win powers which would allow him to impose rent controls. Khan...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour tones down Right To Buy proposal for private rental tenants

Labour’s controversial proposal to oblige landlords to sell their buy to let properties to tenants who wished to purchase them, unveiled...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

“Not enough!” - new cash to police rental sector deemed insufficient

A leading trade body says the government’s latest injection of funds to help local councils root out rogue operators in the...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Government backs council licensing, gives millions more for enforcement

The government has given an extra £3.8m to councils to come up with ways of catching rogue landlords - and in...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet more reforms for rental sector to be debated at conference

Welsh housing minister Julie James is to address agents, landlords and other property professionals at the Residential Landlord Association’s Future Renting...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Cut the red tape! Huge rise in laws governing private renting

One of the industry’s leading trade bodies has revealed that the number of laws creating an obligation on landlords in the...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents asked to tell council how to improve rental sector policies

Lettings agents are being invited to tell a big city council how to improve its private rental sector strategy.  Manchester local authority...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrap stamp duty on buy to let! Trade body sets Election demand

One of the leading lettings sector trade bodies has unveiled what it describes as “a positive vision for the private rented...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New law to ban landlord from letting for five years is backed by solicitor firm

A new piece of legislation has been invoked to ban a landlord from any involvement in the private rental sector for...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Uncooperative HMO landlord hit with four figure fine

The owner of a house believed to be occupied by multiple tenants has been prosecuted by a Kent council for failing...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s rent controls: global examples of how they do not work

Rent controls similar to those demanded by Labour in London and other major cities in the UK do not work, and...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Pervert photo request leads to landlord being denied a licence

A landlord who made a perverted request to take photographs of a teenager in her underwear has had his request for...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council introduces £850 licensing scheme

Labour-run Leeds city council is introducing a licensing scheme which requires landlords to pay up to £825 per property. The deadline for...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Four figure bill for buy to let investor failing to licence an HMO

A landlord has been found guilty of failing to license an HMO - and has ended up with a bill of...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing overhaul needed quickly, government told

The government is being urged to speed up the release details of the future it sees for selective licensing following revelations...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters 'union' asks tenants to report agents levying illegal fees

The controversial tenants union Acorn has set up a web page where disgruntled renters can lodge complaints about letting agents. In the...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants should speak out against rogue landlords, urges council

A seaside council has issued over £15,000 in fines to owners of unlicensed HMOs.  Torbay council in south Devon adds that “a...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock warning that agents could be sued under selective licensing laws

A long-term legal critic of selective licensing is warning that letting agents could be held jointly accountable with the landlords, -...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council warns of “no hiding place” in rental crackdown

A statement from Hackney council in north east London says those who break its licensing provisions for the private rental sector...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Absolute Rubbish: agent fined over six-foot mound of garbage

An east London lettings agency must pay more than £2,500 after a six-foot-high pile of waste was found fly-tipped on land...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Premiership footballer fined £25,000 for series of rental offences

Former QPR and Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock has been fined over £25,000 and branded a rogue landlord after admitting 12 licencing offences. He...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Cut licensing red tape! Trade group wants simpler, better-enforced system

Research by safeagent - the new name for the National Approved Letting Scheme - has found over 130,000 unlicensed properties in...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined £2,500 for ‘shocking’ property conditions

A landlord has been fined almost £2,500 for breaching an improvement notice issued by Cambridge City Council. Noelle Salameh was fined after...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet More Licensing: councils want more freedom to expand schemes

An umbrella organisation representing councils is calling for greater freedom to introduce more and larger rental sector licensing schemes, without the...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour's private rental policies too thin on detail, says RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has accused Labour of being thin on detail when it comes to the housing policies...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour chief and anti-agent group want city-wide rental licensing

A senior Labour politician in Sheffield and the campaign group Acorn have both expressed support for a selective licensing scheme to...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Council gives advance rent to landlords backing homelessness scheme

Private landlords are to be given a month’s rent upfront and 12 months’ membership of a trade body if they sign...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide agency fined £22,500 for health and safety failings

One of the UK’s highest profile lettings agencies - Countrywide band Beresford Adams - has been fined £22,500 for health and...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Half of S21 cases want rehousing by council, claims eviction specialist

High profile eviction company Landlord Action says as many as 50 per cent of Section 21 cases it handles involve tenants...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister backs first-ever Banning Order used on rogue landlord

A Shropshire man has become the first in England to be banned from being a landlord.  In a case brought by Telford...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue agents expelled by TPO for failing to pay compensation awards

Two London agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme for failing to honour two compensation awards. The first is Chase...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Advertising curbs for Airbnb-style short lets welcomed by Labour

Labour is backing new guidelines which ban adverts which can be interpreted as encouraging landlords and home owners to flout restrictions...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Direct payment to landlords helps curb Universal Credit arrears - claim

A leading lettings sector trade body says evidence shows the direct payment of benefit to landlords is the biggest possible contribution...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge Confiscation Order of £400,000 imposed on buy to let investor

A rogue landlord who divided his three-bedroom home in central London into eight flats has ended up with a bill of...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: Lib Dems will scrap Section 21 if they win power

As expected, the Liberal Democrats’ conference in Bournemouth has backed a motion calling for the scrapping of Section 21 - effectively...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine because buy to let property info was not passed to council

A landlord who failed to provide information regarding a buy to let property has been fined £2,080.  Tenants contacted Colchester council in...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents scandal is sign of bad enforcement says trade body

Last week’s revelation that approaching 50 per cent of letting agents surveyed in London were in breach of the law is...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Corbyn's council appoints a private renters' champion

A Labour councillor on Islington council - which is controlled by the party and has Jeremy Corbyn as a local member...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords to run their own licensing scheme as council backs down

Landlords in a part of Teesside are to be allowed to operate a “collaborative” licensing scheme after a council backed down...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

UK’s most controversial licensing scheme a success claims council

The most controversial local council rental licensing scheme in the country has been deemed a success - at least by the...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock Trading Standards claim: almost half of letting agents breaking the law

London Trading Standards has made the startling claim that 46 per cent of almost 2,000 agents it has surveyed are falling...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Council U-turn may mean scrapping of licensing scheme

It can be done - a council has U-turned on plans for a licensing scheme for landlords. The move by Hounslow council...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Big fine for landlord without HMO but letting to 11 migrant workers

A landlord has been ordered to pay £14,500 after he was found to be illegally letting his property out to 11...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

London council returns to licensing five years after humiliating U-turn

Enfield wants to be the latest London council to introduce large-scale additional and selective licensing schemes which would affect most private rented...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s War: Tories and lettings chiefs tear into Labour Right To Buy plans

There’s been a fierce outcry from Conservative MPs and the lettings industry in response to Labour’s threat to give private rental...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council issues Fixed Penalty Notice on buy to let investor

Birmingham council has issued its first civil penalty against a House in Multiple Occupation landlord - and it says that move...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Council uses drone to identify illegal rental ‘beds in sheds’

A council has used a drone with a thermal imaging camera to identify illegal ‘sheds’ where tenants are being rented beds...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Police raid smokes out cannabis farm and string of lettings problems

A joint operation between Avon and Somerset Police and North Somerset council has uncovered a string of issues connected with rental...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Police want landlords to share information about tenants

Police in South Shields have called for the sharing of information about tenants in HMOs - and a council is considering...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

£140,000 in fines for buy to let couple failing to maintain properties

A husband and wife pair of buy to let investors have been prosecuted after letting out a property that contained serious...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stand by for fees ban confusion - trade bodies speak out

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Landlords Association have spoken out about the complexity of the fees ban...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Oops - tenants less likely to vote, despite politicians wooing Generation Rent

It may seem as if governments and councils are falling over themselves to change the private rental sector to win the...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Tip off to council leads to £4,000 fine for owner of unlicensed HMO

A local council says it has now successfully prosecuted a landlord for flouting the law that protects the health and safety...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing association appeals to private landlords for help

The housing association Cadwyn is calling for private sector landlords with properties in Cardiff to lease their houses to those on...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government gives Labour council £200k for new rental clampdown

A Labour council which has become famous for its critical approach to the private rental sector has now been given almost £200,000...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees: Lettings agent fined for the third time in as many years

A lettings agent in London has been fined for the third time in as many years – this time for failing...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘have key role to reduce stress for landlords and tenants’

Lettings professionals should do more to raise awareness of the need to reduce moving stress for tenants and landlords. Industry supplier Tenant...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Blocked! Government refuses to back council licensing plan

The government has blocked a council rolling out selective licensing across no fewer than 3,000 homes in its patch.  Under Stoke on...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let con-man must pay back £48,000 rent or go to prison

A man who claimed he needed a council house but was actually a landlord has been ordered to pay back more...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Human Habitation law does NOT require specific HHSRS inventories

Confusion reigns over inventory reports and how letting agents and landlords comply with the Homes (Fit for Human Habitation) Act 2018. That’s...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Council bans new home buyers short-letting on Airbnb and the like

A local authority in Manchester is pioneering a ban to prevent buyers of homes at a new development from selling them to private...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

“It’s Illegal!” - council licensing scheme blasted by trade body

A local authority is being warned that its landlord licensing and accreditation scheme is potentially unlawful. The Residential Landlords Association, which represents...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Another council seeks government backing to widen licensing

Another local authority has announced that it wants to introduce another selective licensing scheme and designate its entire patch for HMO...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let owner ‘stripped roof of home with 25 tenants living there’

A rogue landlord who housed more than 25 tenants in a rundown property has been found guilty of serious housing and...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

London agent’s £37,000 bill after “repeated negligence” over HMOs

A London council’s action against a property agent it has accused of “repeated negligence” has resulted in £37,000 of fines and...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Death Trap: fine for tenant who converted home without owner’s consent

A tenant pretending to be landlord has been ordered to pay more than £21,000 after he carved up five family homes...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Short lets: £100k fine for Airbnb ‘sub-let’ and another council starts probe

A council tenant has been fined £100,000 and evicted because he let out his flat via Airbnb.  The Times reports that Toby...

30 July 2019

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Seven people in a one bed property - hefty fine for buy to let investor

A buy to let investor has been fined almost £5,000 after admitting overcrowding.  Matteo Mariano, from Gedling in Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty at...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Council's civil penalty fine is slashed by First Tier Tribunal

Warwick district council has issued its first civil penalty to the landlord of an HMO. Glenn Gamblin, the landlord of the property...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Concern as government hints at wider scope for ‘rogues database’

There’s been a sceptical response to news leaked from government over the weekend suggesting that a database of rogue landlords would...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Double trouble as rogue landlord is prosecuted for a second time

A rogue landlord in Chesterfield has received a hefty fine for a second time after the council took her to court...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Another council wants to sub-let private flats to the homeless

Portsmouth council is the latest local authority to offer to rent properties from private landlords to let out to the homeless.  The...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Ditch licensing and introduce Property Passports, says lettings chief

The concept of a so-called rental property passport would rapidly improve the quality of accommodation and landlords, and would be far...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: industry and government go back to court

Both sides of the Right To Rent debate are squaring up for their latest court battle. Earlier this year the High Court...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent convicted after ignoring council requests over licensing

A managing agent has been convicted by a local council for failing to properly license his property. Leon Hill, of Leighton Buzzard,...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

'Local councils not doing enough to prosecute rogue letting agents' - NLA

Local authorities are failing in their duty to prosecute criminal letting agents, the National Landlords Association (NLA) has warned. The NLA says...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing minister raises concerns over controversial accreditation scheme

Junior housing minister Heather Wheeler MP has written to Hull City Council to express her concerns about the authority's controversial accreditation...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of issuing 133 penalty notices and 23 improvement notices

A London council wants to extend its private rental sector licensing scheme - and in doing so is boasting of the...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge £60,000-plus fine after London tenants’ lives “made a misery”

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay over £60,000 after - in the words of the council - “being found...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing: 12 big changes being considered by government

An independent review into selective licensing in the private rental sector makes a series of recommendations to tighten processes, with the...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

U-turn Hypocrites! Government accused of reneging on rental sector pledge

A trade body has accused the government of going back on its promise not to introduce a national register of landlords. The...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent falsified tenancies in bid to dodge council tax

A director of a lettings agency has been fined for creating false tenancies in a bid to avoid paying council tax...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Note to Tory leadership candidates - Scrap Right To Rent!

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have been given a message from a consortium of groups this morning - Scrap Right To...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Managing agent and landlords in court for 25 HMO offences

A managing agent and several landlords have been fined almost £5,000 after forcing tenants to live in unacceptable conditions in a...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Unsafe and unlicensed: big fine for investor after past warnings ignored

A buy to let investor who let out an unsafe and unlicensed property in London has now been hit with a...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Anti-rental activists in bust up with council over landlord licensing

A group of activists has expressed outrage over a council’s private rental licensing scheme, claiming it is too small to catch...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Beds In Sheds: tenants found crammed inside garden shed and house

Local authority officers have found three tenants living inside a shed in the garden of a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Brent,...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Jailed - buy to let investor who illegally converted flats

A landlord who illegally converted a London home into two flats without planning permission has been given a prison sentence after...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents can retain landlords 'by using PropTech to minimise voids'

Agents need to be pro-actively using PropTech and improving their work methods to reduce voids for their landlord clients. That’s the view...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Empty buy to let with wild garden reaps £7,000 bill for owner

A buy to let investor has been fined £4,800 and ordered to pay £2,200 in costs for failing to keep his...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Out of order! Council accused of illegal licensing fee structure

A lettings sector trade body has written to a council accusing it of initiating an “unlawful” fee structure for a licensing...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Let your property through us and pay no fees, says council

Private landlords are being asked to consider letting out their properties through the local council.  Slough council is looking for flats and...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

“Dodgy operator” gets five-figure fine for dangerous HMO

A London council has successfully prosecuted a so-called “dodgy operator” landlord for failing to comply with fire safety regulations and carry...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet more licensing: Consultation underway to extend London scheme

Consultation is underway to extend a landlord licensing scheme in a London borough where a third of households rents privately.  Three types...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents join grand industry coalition to retain Section 21

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is one of many industry groups in a new coalition calling for S21 repossessions to be...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Government backs Labour council’s ‘unique’ licensing scheme

The government has agreed that a council in London where all 51 councillors are Labour should go ahead with a five...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Best agents to offer expert services after Fees Ban, predicts utility service

The best lettings agents will survive and shine through the ban of fees levied on tenants, which comes into effect this weekend. The...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Redress scheme makes £25,000 award after “failings” by lettings agent

The Property Redress Scheme, one of the two government-backed redress operators for the lettings and sales service, has outlined its work...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent fined for having only 'limited' redress cover through TPO

The Property Ombudsman has issued a reminder to all agents to ensure they have the correct redress membership to cover the...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter HMO rules: “awareness remains limited” claims top agent

Six months on from the introduction of stricter licencing for Homes in Multiple Occupation, awareness “remains limited” according to one of...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Council says its own lettings agency ‘saves hundreds of thousands’

A council claims that its decision to set up its own lettings agency has prevented homelessness for almost 50 families and...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: agents must prepare immediately, trade body urges

ARLA Propertymark is urging agents across England and Wales to ensure they have every preparation in place for the arrival of...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agents advised to reduce admin workload ahead of fees ban

Letting agents are being urged to consider how they can reduce their administrative workload, following huge growth in the size of...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with huge fine after council uncovers astonishing web of lies

A rogue landlady has been hit with a fine of £24,000 after conning her tenants and the local authorities with a...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA threatens council over 'unlawful' and 'discriminatory' accreditation scheme

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is threatening Oxford Council with a judicial review of its landlord and letting agent accreditation scheme. The...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Should ‘revenue raising licensing schemes’ reinvest in the PRS?

Revenue raised by landlord licensing schemes should be used to enforce rental sector regulation, according to PayProp. It says that the money...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Criminal record for buy to let investor who didn’t have the right paperwork

A buy to let investor has been left with a £2,000 bill and a criminal conviction after letting out his property...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

£1.2m confiscated from rogue buy to let firm and landlord

A London council has won one of the largest-ever Proceeds of Crime claims from an unscrupulous buy to let investor. Andre Charles Trepel,...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let with no windows and no heating lands couple in court

Two rogue landlords have been convicted of failing to comply with a Prohibition Order on the rental property they owned. Sandeep Jarjapu...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

 Snoopers’ Charter - people urged to inform about ‘illegal lettings’

A local authority has written to purchasers of former council houses and apartments warning them against illegally letting them out -...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector changes are positive, insists deposit replacement chief

A senior figure at a deposit replacement service says the current flurry of changes in the private rental sector are positive. Daniel...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Proceeds of Crime Act to be used against jailed agents, council confirms

Cornwall council has confirmed that it’s to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to try to win compensation for victims of...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb backs call for mandatory registration system for short let properties

The Mayor of London is calling on government to introduce a new registration system for anyone wishing to rent out a...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent hit with £52,000 bill after pleading guilty to 18 offences

A rogue letting agent has been ordered to pay £42,596 in fines and costs of £10,626 after pleading guilty to a...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Husband and wife must pay £8,000 after 17 beds found in bungalow to let

A husband and wife must pay joint fines, penalties and costs totalling over £8,000 after complaints about a bungalow they owned...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New regulatory body for Fees Ban likely to clamp down hard

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says it backs a new Trading Standards-led body which will enforce the Fees Ban starting  on...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New revenue stream for agents pledged by PropTech utilities site

A new utilities management platform for tenants says it will generate additional revenue streams for letting agents. Love Resident gives tenants online...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Five-figure fine after flat was let out despite Prohibition Order

A buy to let investor has received a hefty fine “for endangering the lives of his tenants by failing to meet...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Council crackdown on buy to let rogues gets new online back-up

The government has beefed up its support for councils identifying and prosecuting rogue landlords. Yesterday the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Meagre fine despite HMO having no working alarms or fire doors

The owner of a buy to let HMO has been found guilty of six offences but has received a fine of...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban coming into effect on September 1 in Wales

It’s been revealed that the Welsh version of the Tenants Fees ban will come into effect on September 1. “Agents need to...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fightback Begins: council’s £1,200 licensing fee provokes backlash

One of the most pro-licensing local authorities in the country has extended its own scheme to include the entire centre of...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Civil Penalty Notices served on pair who failed to improve buy to lets

Two buy to let investors have been fined thousands of pounds after failing to carry out improvements to unfit rental properties. Adur...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent division unveiled by regional developer and investment firm

A regional property developer and investment firm has unveiled a Build To Rent division with a target of building 2,500 homes. The...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Council says landlords should “account for their tenants’ behaviour”

A buy to let investor has been hit with a £4,000 fine plus costs of over £5,000 after failing to license...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: councils’ feeble enforcement against rogue operators

Figures given through a Parliamentary answer have revealed just how bad councils in England are at policing and enforcement action against...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Lies, illegal flats and hidden tenants lead to suspended jail sentence

A buy to let investor who hid families in windowless rooms after failing to get planning permission for a block of...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Council to educate letting agents on accurate property descriptions

The council for one of the wealthiest areas in the country says it will be “educating and advising letting agents” on...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Here we go again: More councils want licensing schemes

Leicester is the latest council to begin consultations on selective licensing in six parts of the city - with the threat...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Ker-ching! Councils cash in as revenue soars from licensing schemes

The implementation and costs of landlord licensing schemes in Britain are a lottery. That’s the conclusion of a new analysis of licensing...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Human Habitation law takes effect today - but not everyone is happy...

Today the long-awaited Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Act comes into force, pioneered by Labour MP Karen Buck and giving people...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid on HMO as London council continues crackdown

A dawn raid on unlicensed HMOs in north London last week were the latest sign of a crackdown on rogue operators...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial council wins High Court case against landlords' group

Hull council has won a legal case in the High Court against a local trade body, the Humber Landlords Association. The claim...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

18-month probe into HMOs ends with fine for rogue operator

An 18 month probe by different authorities has led to a £4,000 fine for an HMO owner in the Highlands. The local...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Another London council launches additional licensing scheme for HMOs

Haringey council is the latest local authority in the capital to create a borough-wide additional licensing scheme for HMOs. It claims the...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

£30,000 in fines for owners of unsafe and unlicensed HMO

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

Rogue landlord ignored Improvement Notice and safety regulations

A landlord has been convicted of three offences relating to his failure to comply with fire safety requirements in a privately...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Stop the excuses! Lack of enforcement by councils blasted by trade body

A leading trade body says the argument that councils have insufficient powers to tackle rogue operators isn’t supported by the facts...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent lied about working for company even after being sacked

A rogue lettings agent has been fined over £72,000 after being found guilty of 15 separate offences relating to three illegally established houses...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor has £20,000 bill after failing to apply for council licence

A buy to let investor has been landed with a fine and costs of over £20,000 because he failed to apply...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What now for Right To Rent after government's bloody nose?

There’s been general support for last week’s judgment by the High Court that the government’s Right To Rent policy breaches human...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Public money to pay deposits for some homeless renting privately

The government has announced that over £19.5m is to be spent on paying deposits or paying the first month’s rent for...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News