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Councils insist there's no conflict of interest after press revelations

Research by The Guardian newspaper reveals that massive numbers of local authority councillors are also buy to let investors - and...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

‘More must be done’ to ensure safety of agents and other staff

A report on progress into the Suzy Lamplugh Trust’s new code - introduced precisely a year ago - suggests more still...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Council licensing scheme discriminates against rental units with poor EPCs

A local authority currently consulting on private rental licensing is using improved energy efficiency as one of the criteria for landlords...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London council invites agents to briefing on additional licensing scheme

A London council is inviting letting agents in its boundaries to a briefing session tomorrow morning ahead of the introducing of an...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Council sets up lettings agency - and pays landlords £1,200 to join

A Welsh local authority is offering a cash payment of up to £1,200 to landlords who join a quasi-letting agency run...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rare event - council decides not to agree lettings licensing scheme

The National Landlords Association reports that Bournemouth council has taken the unusual step of rejecting a proposal to introduce a landlord licensing...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

£12,000 fine for illegally letting out London basement

A buy to let investor has been fined over £12,000 for illegally renting out a basement underneath an outbuilding at his...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents must undergo training, government consultation reveals

The government has announced that all letting agents will be required to “satisfy minimum training requirements” in order to trade. The provision...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils accused of inadequately policing private rental sector

Almost 60 per cent of councils across Britain have not prosecuted any landlord for any offence in the past year according...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Free seminar for agents on sub-letting and rental sector changes

A leading legal firm is staging a free and interactive seminar on sub-letting, aimed at letting agents. The event takes place on...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Illegal eviction of tenant leads to 12-month Community Service Order

A local authority has prosecuted a landlord for illegally evicting a tenant. Tendring district council prosecuted Lisa Bottone of Chelmsford who admitted...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry welcomes government call for greater lettings regulation

Industry figures have broadly welcomed the latest consultations and proposed additional regulation for the lettings sector, announced by the government yesterday.   The...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Biggest-ever fine for failure to secure buy to let licence

Four landlords have been fined and ordered to pay costs totalling £232,155.68 in the first prosecutions of its kind brought by...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings agencies to be awarded 'star ratings' in new review process

Newham council in London has published the UK’s first ever ratings scheme for letting agents, in which firms receive anything from...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency probed by Trading Standards after complaints by tenants

A London letting agency with connections to Westminster council is now being investigated by the same council’s trading standards department. CityWest Homes...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs launch new probe into private rental sector regulation

The powerful and all-party Communities & Local Government Select Committee of MPs has launched a new enquiry into improving the quality...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA's 10-point guide for renters - with the emphasis on agents

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has issued a 10 point guide for tenants - with the emphasis very much on...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on rogue agents and landlords welcomed by PropTech firm

PropTech firm PayProp has welcomed the latest measures to clamp down on rogue elements within the lettings industry - but warns...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Council forces planning consent for HMO buy to let conversions

Greenwich is the latest council to make it compulsory for planning consent to be given before converting homes into Houses in...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry broadly welcomes new regulation but 'devil is in the detail'

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has welcomed the government commitment to introduce regulation for agencies - but it is warning...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Council back on warpath fining agency for unauthorised boards

Letting agency Saxons has been fined more than £3,000 after pleading guilty to the offence of displaying an unauthorised To Let...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings company fined £200,000 over dangerous properties

A property company and a landlord have been fined over £200,000 after being accused of putting tenants’ lives in danger by...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive £340,000 bill after illegal conversion of houses into bedsits

A buy to let investor reported to be receiving rental income of £150,000 a year must pay over £340,000 after illegally...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent fined £75,000 over rat-infested over-crowded HMO

A letting agent named in a case concerning a rat-infested House in Multiple Occupation in Leytonstone, East London, has been fined...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine for BTL investor after unlicensed HMO was let to disabled

A landlord has been fined a total of £7,298 for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation in Oxford that was...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: new bid by lettings chiefs to create industry-wide regulation

Letting Agent Today understands that senior industry figures are working on the framework of a new attempt at regulation, including measures...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fined after student property breached HMO rules

Letting agency Spicerhaart has been fined £2,670 after pleading guilty to operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation.   A prosecution was brought...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Private tenants to have their rents returned after council intervenes

A landlord has been prosecuted and ordered to repay over £5,000 to his tenants for letting an unlicensed House of Multiple...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency and director fined after council acts over illegal advertising

A lettings agency and its director have been ordered to pay more than £2,500 in fines and costs for illegally advertising...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another London council tightening licensing for private rental sector

Greenwich is licensing all Houses in Multiple Occupation from October 1 - just the latest London council to tighten its private...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid finds shocking 35-man overcrowding in three-bed house

A dawn raid on a home in north London has discovered 35 men bedding down on mattresses in every room except...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL owner fined for failing to improve condition of two apartments

A Scarborough buy to let investor has been found guilty of two offences under the Housing Act 2004 for non-compliance with...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour wants councils to have more powers over private rental sector

Labour's housing spokesman has called on the government to give councils greater powers over the regulation of the private rental sector.   In...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and ARLA in 'Industry Alliance' to support lettings sector

The Nationwide Building Society says it is assembling what it calls ‘an industry alliance’ to support the increasingly-beleaguered private rental sector.   The...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: council wins appeal against 'administrative fees' term

A London council has won its appeal against Foxtons using the term “administration fees” in its lettings charges.    Back in 2015 Camden...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Council demands info on tenants for every week of the year

The local authority in Islington, north London, is attempting to close what it calls a loophole concerning private rental property and...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry supplier Hallmark rebranding as ITTRIA

Hallmark, which has been working with agents and property management firms for over a decade, has formally launched its new name...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Council acts over cockroaches and overcrowding at rental property

A buy to let investor who kept 24 adults and children in what a local council calls “appalling conditions” has a...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'Poor enforcement of fee display is letting down tenants' - RLA

The government is being urged by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) to do more to enforce compulsory fee disclosure. Since May 2015,...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord given just three months to pay huge £300k fine

A landlord who was found guilty of illegally converting a hotel into 26 flats has been given three months to pay...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with fine for illegally evicting tenant

A landlord has been prosecuted and fined for evicting a tenant illegally.  Last week, Suhail Mahmood, 30, was convicted at Sheffield Magistrates'...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Only TWO letting agencies sign up to council's 'no fees' scheme

An attempt by a Labour council to encourage letting agencies to get ahead of the curve and scrap fees for tenants...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Prosecution of agency over 'sham licences' is first of its kind

This month’s prosecution of a letting agency for issuing ‘sham licences’ that suggested occupiers had no right to challenge eviction and...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Century 21 franchise company wins new Build To Rent contract

SDL Group - owner of the UK franchise for Century 21 lettings and estate agency branches - has been named as the...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils uses dawn raids in clampdown on sublets and beds in sheds

A London council is using dawn raids in its clampdown on illegal subletting and on so-called ‘beds in sheds’ where tenants...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council working with HMRC to expose tax-evading private landlords

A council claims that up to 13,000 private landlords are “of interest” to HM Revenue and Customs, where there are alleged...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Academic alleges massive tax evasion across private rental sector

An economics academic says the country’s taxpayers should be “very angry” with the government for failing to collect taxes to which...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

More overseas action against Airbnb and short-lets: is UK next?

The international backlash against Airbnb and similar short-let online platforms continues.    Earlier this week a video being shown on cable TV in the...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council private rental sector licensing offering 50% discounts

Redbridge council in London is offering 50 per cent off the cost of its private rental sector licensing scheme until September...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council to have star-rating system for all letting agencies in its area

Newham council is to set up the UK’s first letting agents rating scheme to protect residents and landlords from rogue agents.   The...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Politician says £10m tax may be avoided via short lets in one city alone

Green Party politician Andy Wightman claims that £10.6m in taxes are being avoided this year due to the boom in private...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Huge £173,000 bill for illegal 'beds in sheds' operator

A man who illegally housed tenants inside his converted garage has been ordered to pay £173,141 by a court.   Amir Golesorkhi turned...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister told by council to 'act now' on agents fees ban

The government has been urged by a London council to act now to end letting fees for private renters.   Hackney council says...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants rental sector fire safety guidance to be updated

A lettings sector trade body is warning that contradictory and outdated fire safety guidance needs updating.    At present, landlords or their agent...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Council clocks up 101 private rental criminal prosecutions

More than 100 criminal prosecutions have been secured against landlords since the start of an enforcement crackdown by Brent council in...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another city private rental licensing scheme moves a step closer

A new licensing scheme in Nottingham has moved a step closer with the proposal being sent to the government for approval.    The council’s...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid reveals shocking London private rental overcrowding

Council officers discovered men living mattress to mattress inside a run-down flat above a commercial premises during a dawn raid.   Police and...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Bill of £17,500 for failing to maintain gas appliance at rental property

A landlord has been fined over £15,000 after failing to maintain gas appliances at the domestic property in Haverfordwest.   Llanelli Magistrates’ Court...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharma told that London licensing proposal is his 'first big test'

Beleagured housing minister Alok Sharma has been told by a London council that his decision over an application for a borough-wide...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

MP resumes bid to allow private tenants to sue over squalid conditions

Labour MP Karen Buck is to reintroduce her Private Members Bill into Parliament today - and if it is passed, she...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property management firm may have to repay 12 months' rent after fine

A south London property firm has been prosecuted by a local authority over its HMO management and may now have to...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants' charter launches in borough with 40% private renters

A new charter has been launched to promote the rights of tenants in a London borough where, for the first time...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another day, another council considering more selective licensing

Yet another local authority is considering introducing selective licensing of private rental property. Luton council has issued a statement saying that within...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Council resuscitates demands for agents to meet 'rental standard'

Bristol council is resuscitating a so-called ‘rental standard’ which it expects local letting agents to meet. Back in January 2016 Letting Agent...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings operators face criminal confiscations over illegal micro-flats

A lettings firm and a property management company that converted a family home into micro flats have been found guilty of...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London council edging closer to borough-wide licensing regime

The substantial majority of landlords could soon be required to licence their properties in one London borough if the government agrees...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter board members linked to Grenfell Fire tragedy resign

Two board members of Shelter who have links with the Grenfell Towers fire tragedy have resigned, according to a report in...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

City agencies agree to voluntary restrictions on To Let boards

Letting and estate agencies in Brighton and Hove have agreed to voluntary restrictions on the erection of To Let and For...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

London council steps up action to curb Airbnb-style short lets

Southwark council in south London is sending leaflets to all its leaseholders to warn them that letting out homes on any...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings companies fined over illegal advertising boards

A local authority has clamped down on what it describes as illegal advertising boards, fining agencies thousands of pounds in the...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Crowdfunding campaign for Right to Rent challenge exceeds target

The crowdfunding campaign for a legal challenge against the rollout of the Right to Rent scheme across the UK has exceeded...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending down as remortgaging continues to drive activity

The number of buy-to-let mortgage loans fell by over a fifth during April, according to the latest figures from the Council...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent legal challenge nears funding target

A crowdfunding campaign for a legal challenge against the rollout of the Right to Rent scheme is nearing its funding target. With...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords fined for fire safety failings, mould and dangerous wiring

Two landlords have been fined almost £14,000 for breaching a multitude of property management regulations. Abdul Qadir, 56, and Dr Mohammed Anwar,...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New joint chairs for lettings industry trade body

Lettings industry regulatory trade body the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has announced the appointment of two new joint chairs...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Majority of councils failing to police compulsory fee disclosure

Research by the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) has identified that some 93% of local authorities have failed to issue a...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

First court case and penalties emerge from Rent Smart Wales

A Newport landlord has been fined £4,400 for operating a dangerous, unlicensed house in multiple occupation and failing to comply with...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Family of rogue landlords guilty of 'Shanty Town' overcrowding

A family of rogue landlords who crammed 31 tenants into a 'Slumdog Millionaire'-style shanty home have this month been found guilty...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

London council issues first lettings sector 'civil penalty'

The London council of Newham is thought to be the first local authority in the UK to use new powers to...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive slump in buy to let lending since stamp duty surcharge

Mortgage lending for the buy to let sector has halved since the introduction of the stamp duty surcharge in April 2016 according...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour manifesto includes fees ban, rent controls and minimum tenancies

The Labour Party has published its full manifesto for the upcoming General Election on June 8.  Titled 'For the many not the...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Charity crowdfunding for legal challenge against Right to Rent rollout

Immigration charity Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has this week launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency takes initiative by encouraging landlords to speak out on licensing

A letting agency is urging landlords to respond to the consultations for three selective licensing schemes in its local area. homes4u, which...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tiny fine after 'potentially dangerous' buy to let property suffers fire

A private landlord in Saffron Walden has been fined for letting what the local council describes as “poor and potentially dangerous...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'Simplify lettings laws and enforce them better' urges buy to let expert

A buy to let expert says there should be stronger enforcement and streamlining of legislation in the private rental sector.   In a...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Two-year buy to let ban after tenants' lives 'put at risk'

A man who rented out rooms above a town centre bar has been banned from being a buy to let landlord...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent reveals 6,000 private rental complaints - only one prosecution

A prominent campaigning letting agent has discovered that more than 6,000 tenants in one region alone have complained to local authorities...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade bodies join with authority to form 'Private Rental Standard'

The National Landlords Association and Residential Landlords Association have joined forces with Leeds city council to create a new accreditation system...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Another council demands every HMO in its patch be licensed

Greenwich council in London is the latest to announce an extension to its HMO licensing policy. The council is already legally obliged...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Conservatives should back selective rent controls, urges think-tank

The Conservatives should introduce rent controls to kick-start a seaside town renaissance, suggests an organisation set up originally by the David Cameron...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord facing £57,000 fine 'could have benefitted from an agent'

The landlord of a west London property, described by a judge as a "deathtrap" and an "accident waiting to happen", has...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour quiet on letting agents' fees - but urges more rental regulation

Labour says there would be a ‘consumer rights revolution’ for the private rental sector if the party won the June 8...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation delayed until after election - but only for one council

A local authority consultation exercise on a licensing system for local landlords has been postponed until June 12, four days after...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let owner accused of creating 'miserable' living conditions

A landlord who exposed tenants to “miserable” living conditions because of fire safety hazards has been prosecuted by a local authority.    The...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed - ARLA backs Mayor's rogue agents database

Letting agents who have broken the law are set to be ‘named and shamed’ by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords' group opposes ARLA-approved 'rogue agents register'

The Residential Landlords Association has broken ranks with the Association of Residential Letting Agents by opposing an ARLA-backed public database of...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body repeats call for private rental sector 'housing court'

The Residential Landlords Association has repeated its calls for a new housing court “to speed up justice for landlords and tenants.”   The...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Facebook group set up to name and shame 'tenants from hell'

A Facebook group has been set up to name and shame so-called ‘tenants from hell’.   At the moment the page applies to...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive £235,000 bill for agency boss letting out illegal bedsits

An east London landlord, who was also director of a letting agency, has been forced to pay out over £235,000 for...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents asked to comment on London borough's licensing scheme

Another London borough is consulting on a further extension of its existing selective licensing - this time it’s Harrow council. It wants...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

London council to probe 'growing concerns' about short-term lets

Kensington & Chelsea council in central London has set up a series of hotline services and a working party to investigate...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor guilty on 18 HMO charges and gets big fine

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £17,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty at St Albans Magistrates'...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils want 'tiny' flats banned and jail for rogue landlords

A body representing 370 councils in England and Wales wants the government to close a legal loophole which allows the conversion...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Third of private tenants wouldn't admit to damaging property

Just over a quarter of all tenants across private and public housing would not say if they had caused significant damage...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry pours scorn and derision on fees ban consultation

The government’s formal consultation on its proposed ban for fees levied on tenants by agents has been greeted with derision and...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor may have to repay rent from seven illegal flats

A landlord who illegally converted a property into seven flats and rented them out without planning permission faces having to repay...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Angry buy to let investors launch petition against council licensing

Angry landlords in Shropshire have set up an online petition against local council proposals to introduce selective licensing.    The Wrekin Landlords Association...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Government should create 'Help To Rent' says homelessness charity

Half of England’s local authorities claim it is ‘very difficult’ to assist homeless applicants into privately rented accommodation, according to a...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

More evidence that lettings market is slowing across the UK

New lettings data from Agency Express supports the belief that the rental market may be slowing down across much of the...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Local authority reveals its local Letting Agent of the Year

In an era when the relationship between local councils, letting agencies and landlords appears permanently fraught, there is good news from...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlords warned on empty homes and vermin

A council is warning agents and landlords not to sit on long term vacant properties.   The warning, from Liverpool council, comes as...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Illegal eviction lands property firm owner with electronic tag

A property company owner who waged a campaign of harassment and intimidation against a young mother he wanted to illegally evict...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

£15,000 fine for failing to license and manage HMO

A landlady has been fined £15,000 for failing to license and manage a house in multiple occupation.    Sharon Jacobs was also ordered...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body keeps up pressure over mortgage interest tax change

A trade body claims that vulnerable tenants are finding it harder to access rented housing because of tax changes being introduced...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Property management firm fined for not buying council licence

MNY Property Management Ltd has been fined £3,390 for offences under the Housing Act - specifically, failing to buy a licence...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine for HMO owner who failed to buy council licence

The owner of a house in multiple occupation in the leafy Hampstead area of north London has been hit with a...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Website claims thousands of London lets defy licensing rules

An advice website claims that more than half of the privately rented properties in the selective licensing area imposed by a...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Another major Build To Rent city scheme gets green light

Bristol council has given consent to a 255 unit city centre Build to Rent scheme to be constructed and managed by...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' group calls on industry to prepare for new regulations

Scotland’s largest professional organisation for letting agents is urging all those in the rental sector to ensure they are fully compliant with...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

It stinks! - Tory MP's scathing attack on some landlords in his city

A Conservative MP has launched a scathing attack on some landlords in his own constituency following a local council initiative to...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

To Let boards may be banned across one of UK's largest cities

Manchester council is considering a city-wide ban on letting agents’ To Let boards.   The local authority says the plethora of boards in some...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fails to overturn eviction conviction and sentence

A rogue landlord found guilty of waging a campaign of harassment and intimidation against a young mother he wanted to illegally...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Sentencing awaited after breach of council licensing regime

A council’s first case for non-compliance with its landlord licensing regime has seen one individual plead guilty to 12 offences -...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent must pay £5,000 'no redress' fine to local council

The operator of a troubled letting agency in Huddersfield has had until this week to pay a £5,000 fixed penalty notice...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants much stricter regulation on letting agents

The Chartered Institute of Housing wants the government to introduce a raft of new measures including significantly greater regulation of letting...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister wants agents to say what they think of White Paper

Housing minister Gavin Barwell is organising a series of regional meetings for property professionals to give him their view of his...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Illegal buy to let house conversion ends with bill of £108,000

A buy to let landlord who converted an Uxbridge house into two flats without planning permission has been ordered to pay...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group backs banning orders on rogue agents, landlords

A trade body has backed government plans to introduce so-called ‘banning orders’ for rogue letting agents and landlords, but it says...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Property manager fined along with rogue landlord

A series of prosecutions of rogue landlords by a London council has also seen a so-called ‘property manager’ fined a four-figure...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

City seeking to introduce third phase of selective licensing

Manchester, which already has a major private rental sector licensing scheme, is now consulting on extending it with a third phase...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Short-lets explosion: 'Airbnb time limits just won't work'

The explosion in the short-lets sector continues apace with one third of London councils telling the BBC that Airbnb’s 90-day time...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent 'discriminating against legal tenants' - claim

A report out today claims foreigners and Britons without passports, particularly from ethnic minorities, are being discriminated against in the lettings...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Section 21: few tenants and councils use new powers - claim

A BBC survey claims that powers to combat so-called ‘revenge evictions’ are not being used by the majority of councils in...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent ends up with bill for over £5,000 after HMO offences

A letting agency which has pleaded guilty of poorly managing a house in multiple occupation has ended up with a bill...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Rip-off landlords are scourge of London says Labour politician

A senior Labour politician in a London borough has branded so-called ‘rip off landlords’ as “the scourge of London.”   Councillor Laila Butt,...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords avoid council licensing by setting up their own alternative

A group of landlords that mounted a successful legal challenge to a council’s proposed licensing scheme is continuing to recruit letting...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Council ditches licensing plans but still seeking alternatives

A new task group is being set up to explore how a council can tackle what it calls “problems with private...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency staging public meetings to sell services to landlords

Harrison Murray Lettings is holding a roadshow to showcase what it calls “its experienced and professional service for landlords and tenants.”   Over...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Prohibition Order served on flat with Gurkha veteran tenant

A Prohibition Order has been served on the owner of a flat being let to an elderly couple - one of...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Multiple health and safety issues lead to court and fine

A landlord has been prosecuted and fined for failure to comply with two Improvement Notices “resulting in a catalogue of health...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Yet another council consults on extending private rental licensing

Consultation has begun on a new licensing scheme for landlords being proposed by Nottingham council.    It runs until March 31 and gives...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lending improves, but driven mostly by remortgaging

Gross buy to let lending increased in November to the highest monthly level since the stamp duty surcharge was introduced in...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents and councillors in voluntary deal over To Let boards

Four letting agencies and a number of local councillors in York appear to have reached a voluntary agreement to reduce the...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Now Ireland looks at planning issues surrounding Airbnb lets

Properties let out via Airbnb in the Republic of Ireland may come under greater planning scrutiny.    It follows the news that a...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons branch fined £2,500 over failure to describe fees properly

A branch of Foxtons has been fined £2,500 for failing to properly describe a fee charged to tenants.    The agency was caught...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents hit with fines after failing to abide by new consumer legislation

Lettings agents have been issued fines totalling £14,100 by a local authority for failing to comply with consumer rights laws.   Officers from...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Another council considers restricting To Let boards in key rental areas

A consultation on whether to introduce stronger rules to control the number of 'to let' boards in Durham has just started.    The...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Council launches agency-style tenant vetting and sign-up service

Cheshire West and Chester Council has launched a scheme for private landlords offering some of the services more typically associated with...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body says councils must up their game to protect tenants

Councils have been told to up their game to protect tenants from a minority of landlords providing sub-standard accommodation.   The call, being...

04 January 2017

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Council introducing up to four licensing schemes after policy U-turn

Manchester council - which previously described selective licensing schemes in the private rental sector as ineffective - has done a U-turn...

30 December 2016

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Lettings firm forced to pay back £40,000 in housing benefit

It hasn’t been a happy Christmas for one London landlord, who has been told to repay £40,000 in rent received in...

29 December 2016

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Council claims it receives 2,000 private rental complaints annually

Sheffield council claims it receives 2,000 complaints relating to private rental sector conditions each year - and in one month it...

29 December 2016

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Yet another selective licensing scheme to be introduced in 2017

Yet another London borough is introducing a selective licensing scheme, under which parts of a local authority patch are subject to...

21 December 2016

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Conditional discharge and four-figure bill after illegal eviction

A landlord has been given a conditional discharge and a four-figure bill after being found guilty of unlawfully evicting a tenant.   Cornwall...

20 December 2016

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ARLA warns government over room size and licensing proposals

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is warning the government that some of its proposed changes to regulations governing HMOs may...

19 December 2016

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Expert advice to agents and landlords over carbon monoxide alarms

Letting Agent Today has been contacted by the Council of Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring - the trade association for gas...

19 December 2016

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Over a third of landlords never use agents, biggest-ever survey says

  Over a third of landlords have never used a letting agent and manage all their properties themselves.    That is the finding of...

15 December 2016

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London council agrees new private rental 'standards charter'

A London council has agreed to implement a new ‘standards charter’ for the private rental sector from next month - in...

15 December 2016

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Government consults over 'banning orders' for rogue agents

The government has launched an official consultation process on a package of measures to crack down on what it calls ‘rogue...

14 December 2016

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£250,000 bill for firm illegally converting house into flats to let

A building firm that carried out illegal building work to create homes to let has been hit with a £250,000 confiscation...

12 December 2016

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Claim that not having HMO council license puts tenants' lives at risk

A council believes that a landlord was “putting tenants’ lives in danger” because he did not have local authority licenses for...

08 December 2016

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Voluntary buy to let training: is this how to stop council licensing schemes?

A group of landlords and buy to let investors that has already successfully persuaded a council to scrap plans for a...

07 December 2016

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Recycling charges - another back-door tax on buy to let?

What appears at first sight to be a low-level dispute between a landlord and a council has raised what may be...

06 December 2016

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Council proposes one of UK's largest lettings licensing regimes

The local council in Nottingham wants to introduce a city-wide licensing scheme of all landlords across its estimated 43,000 private rental...

05 December 2016

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Faulty wiring and broken smoke alarms lead to hefty court fine

A private landlord has been fined by a London magistrates court for poor and potentially dangerous housing conditions.    Monojor Ali was fined...

05 December 2016

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It's here - controversial scheme requiring letting agents to be trained

Rent Smart Wales, a controversial scheme that require letting agents to be trained, comes into effect today after a troubled lead...

23 November 2016

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Bill of nearly £25,000 for failing to licence three buy to let flats

A landlord has been prosecuted and ordered to pay a £12,000 fine as well as over £12,000 in court costs, after...

23 November 2016

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Council request to extend To Let board ban rejected by government

Brighton and Hove council has failed in its bid to win government backing to ban To Let boards. The council sought government...

22 November 2016

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Industry relief at Appeal Court decision on buy to let council tax

There has been relief within the industry following an Appeal Court judgement that landlords are not responsible for paying the council...

18 November 2016

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Agency condemns city licensing scheme as simply a landlord tax

One the leading letting agencies in Brighton has sharply criticised a proposal by the local council to introduce a selective licensing...

18 November 2016

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Buy to let mortgage lending now 19% lower than a year ago

There’s been a significant drop in the amount borrowed by buy to let investors over the past year, despite a rise...

17 November 2016

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ARLA speaks out against council's possible ban on To Let boards

Earlier this month we reported on Belfast council’s decision to open a public consultation on whether To Let boards should be...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents praised by council for professional property management

We often report local authorities criticising the standards of letting agents and landlords - now here's a quite different story. Letting agents...

11 November 2016

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£29,000 fine for landlord who also acted as letting agent

A buy to let investor has been fined £29,200 after being prosecuted for 56 offences in what a local authority describes...

11 November 2016

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Rent Smart Wales is 'unenforceable fiasco' claims trade group

The Residential Landlords Association has roasted the enforcement policies and provisions for the controversial Rent Smart Wales initiative which begins in...

10 November 2016

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Another council puts squeeze on agents' To Let boards

Another local authority is considering a ban to reduce the impact - or possibly ban outright - agents' To Let boards.  Residents...

07 November 2016

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Noose tightens around Airbnb 'hosts' who abuse lettings system

Local authorities appear to be at the forefront of identifying abuses of the Airbnb short-let platform and have called executives from...

04 November 2016

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Massive variation in councils' lettings sector enforcement action

Councils in eight of London's 32 boroughs have failed to prosecute even a single landlord for providing unsafe accommodation during the...

02 November 2016

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All-party support for MP's Bill - despite its danger to lettings sector

A Bill has received all-party support in the House of Commons despite one industry body's view that it contains significant dangers...

01 November 2016

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Landlord in his 70s fined for failing to licence student HMO

A 71 year old landlord has been fined £5,037.97 at Birmingham Magistrates Court for failing to obtain an HMO licence and...

01 November 2016

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Minimum room sizes could backfire and produce higher rents

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is warning that proposals to enforce minimum room sizes in HMOs in the privste rental...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Fine for owner of very poor unlicensed and rotting apartment

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £4,200 in fines and costs for not having a licence for his...

31 October 2016

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More Build To Rent flats as Legal & General increases production

Another 400 purpose-built Build To Rent apartments have been given the green light by planners in London.    Legal & General’s plans for...

26 October 2016

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Bad news for lettings sector in amended Homelessness Bill

An industry group has analysed changes made to the Homelessness Bill and has concluded that far from being something it could...

25 October 2016

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Sadiq Khan backs Build To Rent and more landlord licensing

London mayor says the private rental sector will play an increasing part in solving the capital’s housing shortage - but insists...

25 October 2016

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Industry body ramps up buy to let tax pressure on Chancellor

In its latest bid to push Chancellor Phillip Hammond to back down on buy to let tax changes, the Residential Landlords...

24 October 2016

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Agents consulted over London councils' licensing extensions

Brent council in London is seeking the views of agents- as well as landlords, tenants and others - on the extension...

24 October 2016

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Council seizes control of HMO after landlord's poor attitude

Waltham Forest council has enforced an Interim Management Order on a house in its area meaning it will take over day-to-day...

21 October 2016

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Government ponders bid to ban To Let boards in parts of city

The government is considering a ban on the display of To Let boards in parts of Leicester following a council bid...

21 October 2016

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Industry body up in arms over possible ban on new HMOs

It is feared that Cardiff council will later this week severely restrict the number of new shared houses in two popular...

20 October 2016

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Council sets up Right To Invest as alternative to Right To Buy

A London council has set up a system to allow council tenants to buy into a shared ownership scheme which it...

20 October 2016

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Industry bodies wary of yet more rental sector licensing

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has responded to the latest government recommendations for tighter controls on the private rental sector...

19 October 2016

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£162,000 fine after 18 tenants crammed into central London flat

The landlord of an overcrowded flat which lacked proper fire precautions and had a dangerous boiler has been fined £162,000. Abbas Rasul...

17 October 2016

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Five-figure bill after HMO deemed to put tenants' lives at risk

A Norwich landlord has been prosecuted “for putting lives at risk” according to the local council.  Piang Fui Pun has pleaded guilty...

17 October 2016

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Buy to let mortgage lending slumps thanks to tax changes

Buy to let lending is well down according to data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.    Apparently contrary to an optimistic report...

13 October 2016

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Prosecution - but no fine - over unlicensed buy to let properties

  A council has taken a landlord to court for failing to licence his two buy to let properties under its selective...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let rebellion gathers pace against council licensing plans

Agents and landlords in one of the country’s most politically-volatile cities are preparing to meet the local council to protest at...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets: new warning that owners may breach leases

Respected legal firm Mishcon de Reya is the latest voice warning of problems which can be caused when apartment owners let...

10 October 2016

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Hefty fine for buy to let owner who dumped rubbish from rental flats

A landlord has received a £5,620 court bill after he pleaded guilty to three fly tipping offences. John Hills - who ironically...

07 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Council threatens letting agencies with prosecution over To Let boards

Letting agents and landlords are being reminded to comply with an obligation to remove ‘to let’ signs in certain parts of...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Another council preparing to start its own letting agency

Canterbury is the latest council to consider setting up its own letting agency. The authority hopes to tempt private landlords with promises...

06 October 2016

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Are punishments getting bigger? £300,000 bill for two rogue landlords

Two landlords must pay a combined total of over £300,000 following legal action by a central London council.    Westminster council claimed that...

05 October 2016

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A record - huge £700,000 bill after buy to lets deemed 'sub-standard'

A landlord guilty of breaching a planning enforcement notice has been ordered to pay £700,000 in fines and costs - the...

04 October 2016

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Fine after landlord claims he couldn't afford to improve property

A London landlord who failed to comply with an Improvement Notice to maintain his property for his tenants has a £4,000-plus...

04 October 2016

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Labour councillors in bid to levy business rates on HMO owners

Labour councillors controlling Brighton and Hove council are reported to be writing to the government for premission to charge HMO owners...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Local authorities are letting down tenants, say landlords

Two landlord associations have criticised local councils for a lack of enforcement and failing to prosecute criminal landlords.  The Residential Landlords Association...

26 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlord fined for overcrowding

A letting agency has been fined after one of its landlords was found to be cramming six families into an unlicensed...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan sets out first details of 'London Living Rent'

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the first details of his plan to introduce a 'London Living Rent'. This new...

21 September 2016

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Agent who stole thousands from clients has sentence appeal dismissed

A letting agent who stole more than £400,000 from clients has had her sentence appeal dismissed by judges. Amy Williams, who part-owned Williams...

19 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlord fined over £20,000

A letting agency and one of its landlords have been fined over £20,000 and given criminal records for failing to licence...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants ignoring eviction notices could cost landlords up to £7,000

Tenants who are advised by local councils and advice agencies to ignore eviction notices could cost the average landlord almost £7,000. The...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Mayor and council back anti-letting agent group's new 'charter'

The newly-elected mayor of Bristol and the city’s council have endorsed a so-called ethical lettings charter created by a group known...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Squalid conditions and no fire detectors lead to £11,000 bill

A pair of landlords have been slapped with a hefty fine for allowing people to live in damp-riddled rooms without fire...

09 September 2016

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Victory for private rental sector as council drops licensing idea

It appears that Wandsworth Council has backed away from a decision to implement a new landlord licensing scheme.   Research by London Property...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let owner accused of endangering lives of tenants

A landlord who endangered the lives of his tenants has been prosecuted and fined for failing to comply with 16 issues...

08 September 2016

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£29,000 fine for company behind rat-infested filthy, verminous flat

A firm has been fined £29,000 after a rental property was found to be - in the words of Nottingham city...

07 September 2016

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Buy to let firm ordered to pay over £15,000 after licensing failure

A company operating a number of buy to let properties has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 by magistrates for...

07 September 2016

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Fine issued after flats called dangerous... defective... inadequate

The owner of a series of flats to let in Cardiff has been fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £200 costs...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency struck off in latest stage of landmark ruling

A letting agency has been removed from a Scottish council’s approved list after failing to conform with rules protecting the deposits...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Repeat offender fined after serial breaches of licensing regime

A landlord that continually refused to sign up to a council’s selective licensing regime has been found guilty by the courts...

05 September 2016

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Anti-letting agent campaigners up in arms over council licensing U-turn

The campaign group ACORN, which has in the past organised protests outside letting agency offices, is up in arms that a...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body backs Conservative MP's anti-homelessness Bill

An industry body has backed a Conservative MP's anti-homelessness Bill, which has been published by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.   The...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Victory for private rental sector as council scraps licensing proposal

A council has scrapped its proposal to introduce a licensing campaign for private sector landlords following large-scale opposition and the formation...

22 August 2016

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Consultation begins on yet another private rental sector licensing regime

The local authority in Manchester is proposing to introduce a landlord licensing scheme in the north of the city and has...

22 August 2016

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Fine of just £440 after private tenant is left homeless

A landlord has been fined just £440 after he effectively left a tenant homeless.    Warrington Magistrates Court heard that Peter Lamont, the...

19 August 2016

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£40,000 bill after squalid HMO found to be massively overcrowded

A rogue landlord faces a court bill of almost £40,000 after being caught cramming 24 people into a house in north...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine and costs for failing to give tenant an EPC certificate

Failing to provide an energy certificate and not complying with an improvement notice has resulted in a landlord being ordered to...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

£14,000 bill for incorporated landlord letting unlicensed flat

A landlord’s company has been left with a bill of over £14,000 for letting unlicensed flats in north London.   Appearing at Highbury...

16 August 2016

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Property management firm gets £30,000 bill for over-crowding

Property managers operating through a company have been ordered to pay more than £30,000 following a dawn raid that uncovered more...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Independent agency stages conference to discuss future of lettings sector

An enterprising letting agency in the east Midlands is to stage a series of events under the title The Future of...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Demolished! Lotto winner's illegal outbuilding to let is now rubble...

A millionaire landlord who built an illegal outbuilding at his home has been forced to demolish it after pressure from his...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Council licence proposal challenged by 52-strong group of landlords

An organisation called Somerset Property Network has organised over 50 landlords in the course of little over one month and it...

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

£38,000 fine for landlords as council expands rental licensing regime

Two private landlords have been found guilty of failing to obtain the appropriate licenses for their properties.   Jagtar and Jagdish Kandola, who...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

London council launches two private sector licence schemes

A London council will introduce two new licensing schemes in the New Year. These make it a legal requirement for landlords to obtain...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Massive bill for landlord failing to renovate apartment to let

The landlord of a London flat is almost £18,000 worse off and has a criminal record after failing to make renovations to...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Council says it's coming down hard ahead of new licensing scheme

A council has issued a press release to say that a trio of prosecutions on private landlords combine to prove it...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Fine after letting property's log burner falls foul of building regulations

A council has prosecuted a landlord, who was fined £600 plus £500 in council costs after pleading guilty to breaching building...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

HMO above Indian restaurant was one of three targeted by council

A House in Multiple Occupation located on the third floor of a property with a restaurant at ground level was one...

02 August 2016

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Private rental sector licences costing up to £900 being introduced

Yet another council private rental sector licensing scheme is being drawn up with the claim that it will improve standards of...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New Bill in Commons aims to curb 'over-extended' student lets

A Birmingham MP is to put a Bill to the House of Commons after the summer in his bid to stop...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Appalling 'Slumdog' shanty house used as private home to let

A raid on a house has uncovered appalling conditions including a Slumdog Millionaire-style shanty town shack made from wood offcuts, pallets...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

£6,000 bill for owner who let rental property fall into disrepair

A landlord has been left with a court bill totalling more than £6,000 after allowing a house in to fall into...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Hefty fines for buy to let owners not abiding by Improvement Notices

Two landlords have received fines totalling £3,000 – and were ordered to pay costs of nearly £2,000 - after failing to...

28 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Details of 12,000 BTL owners removed from website pending investigation

The details of 12,000 buy to let landlords - posted online by a council following a Freedom of Information request -...

27 July 2016

From: Breaking News

More HMO student lets ordered to close by Planning Inspectorate

Two more student houses in Brighton have been ordered to close by a government planning inspector. There have now been four such...

27 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Fine of only £550 for failing to act on council prohibition order

A landlord has been fined £550 after failing to take action from a prohibition order issued by a council.   West Lindsey authority...

27 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Most want to own - but many prefer to rent, admits mortgage chief

The long-term aspiration of most Britons to own their home has not been deterred by the Brexit vote, according to the...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Council brings in Article 4 planning status for HMOs in key areas

An east London council is changing its planning rules, bringing in Article 4 consent before homes in key areas are converted...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Scrap stamp duty and end anti-buy to let taxes, urges pressure group

A consumer group dedicated to reducing tax says recent fiscal changes introduced by the government will end up hurting private rental...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage arrears forecast to hit new low by year-end

Buy to let mortgage arrears are set to fall below 7,000 by the end of the year according to one lender’s...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Successive fire breaches - landlord to be sentenced next week

A landlord is to be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court next week after pleading guilty to seven charges relating to fire...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New housing minister has gone on record opposing rental licensing

The Residential Landlords’ Association says Gavin Barwell, the new housing minister appointed by Theresa May this week, is a known critic...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Another council wants to set up its own lettings agency

Another local authority is aiming to set up its own ‘social’ lettings agency.   The proposal is one of five put forward by...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Shut down - the garage badly converted into a 'home' to let

A damp garage with completely inadequate security, heating, and insulation which was being let as a flat for more than £1,000...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Prison and huge fine after war of intimidation waged on tenants

A landlord who waged what a local authority describes as “a war of intimidation” against tenants living in his property has...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Politician launches 'Big Renters Survey' in bid to set up union

London politician Sian Berry - who was the Green Party candidate for the Mayoral elections in the capital in May -...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body claims credit for review of authority's licensing scheme

Controversial licensing conditions for a city’s landlords have been changed following complaints from an industry group.    Liverpool council has modified the conditions...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Council halts private rental licensing idea after overwhelming hostility

A local council has halted proposals to introduce a licensing regime for a town’s privately let properties after what a newspaper called...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New private rental licensing regime set for HMOs above shops

A new scheme governing the letting out of residential property above retail premises is to be launched in September in the London borough of...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

£9,000 bill for letting flat in contravention of Prohibition Order

A landlord faces a bill of over £9,000 for putting his tenants at risk of harm.   Jack Kensell of Folkestone was prosecuted...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims 47% surge in what it calls illegal evictions

Citizens Advice claims that 2,087 people asked it for help after being threatened with what it describes as ‘illegal eviction’ in...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

A message to the public: Speak out against rogue letting agents

The Local Government Association, representing 370 councils across England and Wales, is calling on the public to speak out against rogue...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Another large Build To Rent scheme announced for south of England

Housing association Radian is to build a £27m scheme of 113 Build To Rent homes in Bournemouth - its fourth BTR...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Shocking case of 28 people crammed into illegally-converted house

A landlord who illegally converted a house to squeeze 28 tenants into just seven rooms has been handed a £20,000 fine...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Badly managed HMO ends up with five-figure fine for owner

A landlord who rented out a house in multiple occupation has ended up with a £10,000 fine after pleading guilty to failing...

04 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Trio fined by council on warpath against unlicensed rental properties

Burnley Council has brought a series of prosecutions against people responsible for unlicensed rented houses in the borough. The council has introduced...

04 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chief tells government: Don't over-burden buy to let sector

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has told the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority not to add unnecessarily to the welter...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent chief bids to lure tenants from poorly maintained buy to lets

The chief executive of a new organisation servicing the fast-growing British Build To Rent sector says he hopes in time BTR...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Long prison sentence for letting agent guilty of con trick

  A letting agent who scammed dozens of tenants and landlords out of more than £220,000 of rents and deposits has been...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Council pledges to reveal crackdown on HMOs next month

Bexley council in south east London says it is going to announce what it describes as a “crackdown” on HMOs next...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents being targeted by new toolkit for councils

The National Approved Letting Scheme has created a toolkit which it says will help local authorities tackle rogue letting agents who...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants to be refunded £3,000 after HMOs found to be unlicensed

A legal tribunal has ruled that a landlord must refund his tenants rent totalling £2,934 because he housed them in unlicensed...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Yet another council set to adopt private rental licensing scheme

Yet another local authority looks likely to adopt a licensing scheme for private rental sector properties, described as a bid “to...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent and landlord fined over illegally-established HMO

A letting agent and his landlord client have been fined thousands of pounds for a number of offences relating to what...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Daily Telegraph keeps up pressure on ‘anti-buy to let government’

The Daily Telegraph - an outspoken critic of George Osborne’s fiscal changes aimed at extracting more money from the buy to...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency Express says lettings volumes down as much as 30 per cent

Lettings volumes have taken a sharp downward trend in May according to board company Agency Express. New listings were down 11.9 per...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Investment firm accuses dodgy landlords of giving HMOs a bad name

An investment company claims government and councils should do more to stamp out so-called rogue landlords who, it says, are giving...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

£24,000 bill after repeated serious breaches of fire regulations

A landlord in Milton Keynes has been ordered to pay a total of £24,168.29 for serious breaches of fire safety regulations...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Massive buy to let lending slowdown after stamp duty deadline

There was a massive slowdown in buy to let lending by investors as the additional homes stamp duty surcharge passed -...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Anger over private rental licensing bid which could hit 10,000 homes

A row has broken out between landlords and the council in Oxford, where the local authority is considering a private rental...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Bill of over £10,000 after unsafe accommodation is let to tenants

Sheffield council has prosecuted a private landlord for failing to provide safe accommodation - with a bill of over £10,000 to...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency fined by council for 'ghost listing' flats to let on Zoopla

A London council has prosecuted a letting agency that was ’ghost listing’ on Zoopla flats that were not in fact available...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body warns Mayor Khan over private rental sector red tape

An industry body is warning new London Labour mayor Sadiq Khan not to think he is helping renters by tying up...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Early morning raids on HMOs as part of police and council clampdown

There was a series of raids on HMOs led by a local authority early one morning at the end of last...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

New twist in website's spat with BBC over Osborne buy to let tax changes

There has been a new development in a long-running spat between a website and the BBC over the corporation’s news coverage...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency fined £11,000 over advertising HMO that was later shut down

A lettings agency has been fined over £11,000 for alleged breaches of regulations in advertising an unlicenced HMO that was later...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Developers and investors lobby government for more Build To Rent

Developers and investors have written to housing minister Brandon Lewis proposing a three-point action plan that could see more than 250,000...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Pressure group running comparison site for letting agent fees

Campaign group Generation Rent is running a research project into letting agent fees via a comparison website named Letting Fees UK. The...

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with £25k fine for HMO failings

A landlord has been fined almost £25,000 for a series of failings relating to a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). Birmingham-based Salih...

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Council prosecutes eleven landlords for ignoring selective licensing scheme

Burnley Council has named and shamed eleven landlords that have been prosecuted for ignoring its selective licensing scheme. One landlord, Pierce Mullally,...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting: Council wins landmark case against landlord

A landlord has been prosecuted for both illegal sub-letting and illegal eviction at the same time - an occurrence which is...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit with fines for fire safety failings

Two landlords have been fined after being found guilty of fire safety failings in their rental properties. Both prosecutions were brought by...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

'Let Well' programme aims to stamp out criminal operators

Letting agents in Scotland have started to sign up to a new compliance programme which has the aim of stamping out...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body launches new fire safety tool

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched a new version of its Fire Safety Logbook which has been endorsed by the...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

£120,000 in fines for leaseholders and managers of HMO

Magistrates have fined the leaseholders and landlords of a 10-flat property in north London £120,000 after finding they had put the...

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

142% surge in buy to let mortgages (mostly thanks to George Osborne)

Chancellor George Osborne’s stamp duty surcharge imposed on landlords and other second home buyers from April 1 prompted an enormous 142...

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent must pay £6,000 because of HMO failings

An Oxfordshire letting agent has been ordered to pay £3,500 and costs of £2,700 for letting a house in multiple occupation...

17 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Huge £100,000 bill for investor who built rental flats without consent

Havering council has successfully prosecuted a landlord who must now pay £101,300 for building illegal flats at her property. Jaghtar Khaira was...

17 May 2016

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Retail chief to head up Build To Rent specialist body

Michael Green has been appointed the first chief executive of the UK Apartment Association, a new trade body focusing exclusively on...

16 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Investors hit with £60,000 in fines and costs for licensing failures

Twelve landlords in Waltham Forest have been prosecuted for not signing up to a council Private Rented Property Licencing scheme, and...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

£20,000 bill for string of management failures on unlicensed HMO

The owner of a rented property in west London has received a penalty of more than £20,000 having pleaded guilty to...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent amongst group facing heavy fines for HMO breaches

A letting agent and four landlords face bills totalling more than £20,000 after being prosecuted by Islington Council for operating unlicensed...

06 May 2016

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Ban for appalling letting agency chief who kept tenants' deposits

The head of a lettings company who kept tenants' deposits worth almost £7,000 has been barred from renting out homes by...

05 May 2016

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World's largest 'co-living' rental scheme opens this week in UK

What is described as the world’s largest’ co-living’ scheme opens this week with a 550-bed 11-storey development in west London.  With rents...

03 May 2016

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Councils condemned by trade body over poor lettings regulations

The Residential Landlords’ Association has revealed what it calls “worryingly low levels of enforcement of rented housing regulations” by local authorities. Using...

29 April 2016

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Fake landlord claim and false HMO documents lead to prison term

A 24-year-old from Luton has been jailed after being found guilty of six counts of fraud in relation to obtaining properties...

28 April 2016

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Suspended sentence for managing agent who cemented over water supply

A managing agent who tried to force out his tenants by filling the stopcock chamber with cement so that they would...

25 April 2016

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Letting agency fined £3,000 for failing to join approved redress scheme

Let Belle Vue, a lettings and property management agency in Darlington, has been fined £3,000 for not being in an official...

15 April 2016

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The surge is over: Bank of England says buy to let lending to drop sharply

Demand for buy to let mortgages in the coming months is expected to fall "significantly" according to a Bank of England...

14 April 2016

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Weeks later ... and council letting agency still has just one home listed

It’s several weeks on from our story about a local authority setting up its own private letting agency and having only...

13 April 2016

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Rents continue to rise well above inflation, survey shows

Research by HomeLet shows that rents on new tenancies outside London over the three months to March were on average 4.9...

13 April 2016

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'No licence' landlord gets four-figure bill after ignoring council warnings

A private landlord has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after admitting operating in Burnley without a proper licence.  Matthew Hartley...

12 April 2016

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Another day, another landlord fined for endangering tenants

The landlord of a property in Plymouth risked the lives of his tenants through a dangerous gas boiler installed in the...

12 April 2016

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Industry body demands action over scandal of 'buy to leave'

Action is needed to tackle the scandal of ‘buy to leave’ investors who are denying Londoners the homes they need, according...

11 April 2016

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'House of Horrors' let to family is shut down by local council

A local council has closed down what it describes as a ‘House of Horrors’ let to a family despite being in...

05 April 2016

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Stamp duty surcharge increases buy to let set-up costs by £4,500

The imposition of the stamp duty surcharge on additional homes would add another £4,500 to the cost of setting up a...

04 April 2016

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Council claims 90% of letting agents breaking the law over display of fees

A local council claims around 90 per cent of the 100 or so letting agents operating within its area are breaking...

01 April 2016

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£116,000 bill after house converted without consent into seven flats to let

Two buy to let investors who breached planning regulations by converting a house into seven studio flats have been ordered to...

29 March 2016

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Lettings firms and gang of chancers hit with £79,000 fines and costs

Lettings companies and an organised group of criminals described as a “gang of chancers” have been hit with fines and costs...

25 March 2016

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Mortgage lenders tick off government for out of date lettings info

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has ticked off the government for not updating its Private Landlords’ Survey for some six years...

24 March 2016

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Firm launches software claiming to protect councils from rogue agents

The demonisation of agents continues with the launch of a web-based application designed to “enable local authorities to take action against rogue...

23 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks say landlords pay the price of councils' S21 guidance

Councils and other bodies advising tenants to ignore valid Section 21 notices and waiting to be evicted by bailiffs are costing...

23 March 2016

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New fee structure for agents announced by Rent Smart Wales

New licence fees for letting and managing agents have been announced by Rent Smart Wales, the Welsh Government’s registration and licensing scheme which...

23 March 2016

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Council's private letting agency to cost over £1.3m and has ONE home to let

An investigation by the BBC has exposed that a London council's new private lettings agency - scheduled to cost well over...

21 March 2016

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Illegal 'bed in shed' demolished - and the owner has to foot the bill

An unauthorised outhouse with a concealed entrance constructed at the back of a residential property in west London - one of...

21 March 2016

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First prosecution under council's controversial lettings licensing scheme

A landlord has become the first to be prosecuted by Waltham Forest council for failing to obtain one of its controversial...

21 March 2016

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Police and local council investigate sudden closure of agency

A letting agency is being investigated by a local council and the police after it closed suddenly last month. Dukes Letting Department,...

16 March 2016

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London council latest to set up own letting agency

Haringey Council in North London is the latest local authority to launch its own letting agency for private tenants. Move 51⁰ North...

15 March 2016

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New chief for Association of Residential Managing Agents

The Association of Residential Managing Agents, the umbrella body for professionals involved in private residential block management, has appointed Nigel Glen...

11 March 2016

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Labour calls for control on agents' fees and new landlord register

Labour’s candidate for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has published his manifesto which returns to the party’s recent themes of...

10 March 2016

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Letting agents asked to pass new planning information to landlords

A council has asked agents in its area to tell landlords of additional planning powers taken by the authority which may...

09 March 2016

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Industry body slams proposal urging even more council lettings licensing

A proposal to make it easier for some local councils to introduce licensing schemes governing the private rental sector will do...

08 March 2016

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Raid on unlicensed buy to lets finds 70 people in four properties

Enforcement officers from Barking and Dagenham council, one of the most active in chasing up private rental sector issues, has discovered...

07 March 2016

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Renters must earn over national average to be able to buy

The gap between average incomes and the pay of tenants who want to buy their first property has reached a post-recession...

03 March 2016

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Carbon monoxide and smoke alarms - new pads to satisfy council checks

One of the UK’s largest suppliers of carbon monoxide and smoke alarm testing products has launched a record-pad to help agents...

23 February 2016

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Buy to let owner fined for giving 'fake or misleading' info to council

A landlord has to pay over £16,500 after being found guilty of failing to licence her ex-council flat with the local...

19 February 2016

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Revealed: the impact of Airbnb on traditional private lettings sector

A report by the British Hospitality Association appears to reveal the latest estimates of the impact of people who use Airbnb...

18 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings management firm and director hit with huge fines for HMO breaches

A property company managing an HMO in prime central London has been £47,900. The fine is in relation to 24 charges under...

18 February 2016

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Anti-agent activists claim victory in persuading council to extend licensing

A campaign group which last year held protests outside letting agents’ offices in Bristol is claiming victory in persuading the city’s...

17 February 2016

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Buy to let investor with £320,000-plus fines and costs loses control of properties

A landlord who has had previous conflicts with his local council has effectively lost control of his 16 private rental properties. William...

17 February 2016

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Fine for letting agent who admits illegal eviction and changing locks

A letting agent who unlawfully evicted a tenant from a property has been ordered to pay a total of £4,315. Alan Croft...

16 February 2016

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Trade union wades into row over privately-let ex-council flats

The Right To Buy policy “has turned into a rich harvest for the greedy elite” according to a trades union. The GMB...

16 February 2016

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MPs worried that 40% of Right To Buy units end up being privately let

A group of MPs is raising concerns about a claim that 40 per cent of homes sold through the Right To...

12 February 2016

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Rogue letting agent jailed after £200,000 fraud against tenants and landlords

A former Belvoir letting agent has been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison after admitting fraud against both...

05 February 2016

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Industry body and controversial council at loggerheads over licensing scheme

Liverpool council has completed only 648 of 39,100 licence applications by landlords in the first six months of its controversial scheme.  The...

04 February 2016

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Lenders tell government: buy to let reforms may be overkill

The three per cent stamp duty surcharge proposed for purchases of buy to let and holiday homes risks being seen as...

01 February 2016

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Councils urge faster legal action against rogue agents and landlords

The Local Government Association says recent prosecutions show that councils are cracking down on illegal evictions by landlords and their agents...

01 February 2016

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Industry body upset at tenants being told to ignore eviction notices

The National Landlords’ Association says an alarming number of private tenants are being told by their local authorities to ignore eviction...

29 January 2016

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Councillor complains about obscene wording on agency's To Let sign

A Loughborough lettings agency has been accused of “obscene” advertising because of the wording used on To Let boards.  Councillor Ted Parton...

28 January 2016

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ARLA wants a 'Housing Court' to cover all lettings sector legal disputes

The Association of Residential Letting Agents wants a dedicated court or tribunal to deal with all property and housing related legal...

25 January 2016

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Labour MP claims councils take 'soft' approach towards buy to let rogues

Labour MP Karen Buck is accusing local authorities of taking a ’softly, softly’ approach to rogue letting agents and landlords. Buck, whose...

19 January 2016

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Local authority takes its own councillor to court over buy to let property

A London local authority has taken court action against one of its own councillors who has admitted failing to carry out...

19 January 2016

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Industry body and local council sign pioneering 'co-regulation' deal

The Residential Landlords Association has entered into a deal which gives its members a 50 per cent reduction if they sign...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Consultation underway on new licensing for 20,000 properties to let

Ealing Council in London is undergoing a formal consultation about a proposal that all houses in multiple occupation within its boundaries...

15 January 2016

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Huge £67,000 fine for letting out dirty and overcrowded property

A landlord who let out dark, damp and overcrowded rooms has been hit with a huge £67,000 fine. Rogue landlord Liakath Ali,...

15 January 2016

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Clever Student Lets Ltd - a clarification

On October 6 2015 we published an article concerning Clever Student Lets Ltd, entitled “Agents back political probe into deal between...

14 January 2016

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MPs give thumbs up to banning rogue agents and landlords

MPs have given their backing to a government proposal to ban rogue letting agents and landlords who repeatedly break private rental...

13 January 2016

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Yet more private rental licensing, this time on a regional basis

We’ve seen large numbers of local councils set up private rental accreditation systems, and a string of politicians from all major...

08 January 2016

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Ban for landlord who let out sub-standard converted garage

It’s not been a happy Christmas for a Leicestershire landlord who has been banned from renting out a converted garage after...

30 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Failed licensing bid was unnecessary and unjustified, says landlords' group

A failed bid by a council to introduce a blanket landlord licensing scheme was both unnecessary and unjustified according to the...

24 December 2015

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Government rejects council's call for blanket landlord licensing scheme

The Secretary of State for Department of Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark, has rejected a council’s call for a blanket...

23 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide wants single buy to let licensing system, not current patchwork

Countrywide is calling on the Greater London Assembly to implement a single landlord licensing scheme which individual borough councils can opt...

22 December 2015

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Government to unveil new lettings measures - in Christmas week

It may be almost Christmas but the government is this week unveiling new laws to combat what it sees as the...

21 December 2015

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Buy to let market to slump in 2016 and 2017, mortgage lenders predict

The Council of Mortgage Lenders is warning of a possible slump for the buy to let market in the next two...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

£34,000 in fines for two landlords who failed to licence HMOs

Two landlords of HMOs have been prosecuted for failing to license their properties - and now have to pay fines of...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Council prosecutes landlord after illegal eviction

A landlord has been cautioned and has agreed to pay £1,000 compensation to a tenant, and pay £2,000 towards legal costs,...

15 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Councils want 'rogues database' to deter dodgy landlords

An organisation representing councils wants a government database covering all housing-related convictions to deter rogue landlords switching from one area to...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Leading accountant slams Osborne's buy to let tax break change

A former president of the Association of Taxation Technicians has made a strong defence of buy to let investors who, she...

09 December 2015

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Fine of over £6,000 because of untidy private rental properties

A landlord has been fined £6,160 by St Helens magistrates after he admitted failing to tidy up two properties he owned. The...

08 December 2015

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ARLA's new guidance for students in private rental accommodation

ARLA has issued guidance to students who may be using the Christmas break to line-up accommodation for the coming year.  Looking for...

04 December 2015

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£23,000 fine and costs after property risked tenants' lives

The landlord of a property in Plymouth risked the lives of his tenants through a dangerous gas boiler installed in the...

02 December 2015

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Agents fail in their appeals against 'no redress scheme' fines

Two letting agencies in the London borough of Camden have lost their appeal against fines for failing to join a redress...

01 December 2015

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Bill-splitting facilities likely to expand amongst HMO tenants

An energy supply company that specialises in the lettings market has announced deals with three major businesses that allows it to...

01 December 2015

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Landlord must pay over £5,000 after failing to remedy property faults

A landlord who did not remedy a string of safety concerns about a property he was letting has been ordered to...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Private landlord ordered to return almost £48,000 in housing benefit

A local council has successfully applied for a landlord without an appropriate HMO licence to repay housing benefit - no less...

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Another rogue landlord fined for overcrowding and shocking facilities

A landlord and restaurateur has to pay almost £5,000 after an apartment he was letting out was found to be overcrowded...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Council brands property manager unscrupulous in HMO licensing case

A local authority has issued a press release branding a landlord as “unscrupulous” after he was ordered to pay £7,300 in...

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Council may stop family homes being turned into HMOs

A local authority is considering introducing measures to prevent landlords turning family homes in one of its conservation areas into HMOs.  Reading...

23 November 2015

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Call for ban on letting agents' boards near university campus

There’s been a call to ban letting boards from streets near a university campus. Councillors in York say the boards which go...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Call for rogue letting agents' blacklist to be made public

Generation Rent, the lobby group which recently narrowly escaped folding because of a lack of financial support, wants the public to...

19 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Government urged to scrap 'tenant's tax' hidden in licensing schemes

Councils that charge landlords for licences solely to collect information on the number of landlords in an area have been accused...

19 November 2015

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Half of city's HMOs not part of council's failed licensing system

One council’s attempt to crack down on rogue landlords has been branded a "complete failure" because half of its HMOs are...

18 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Extraordinary £207,000 bill after flats are let without consent

A previously-convicted landlord has been ordered to pay over £200,000 by a court for illegally converting two properties into flats without...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards check 202 agencies' redress memberships

The trading standards division of a London council claims it has checked on all 202 letting agencies in its borough to...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent and landlord fined over unlicensed HMO

A landlord and his letting agent who failed to declare they were operating a series of bedsits at an address in...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New call for agents' details to be revealed on council tax forms

The Residential Landlords Association is calling on MPs to support a measure being proposed in the House of Commons that would...

13 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Council's new powers to fine agents flouting redress schemes

One of Britain’s largest local authorities has beefed up its powers so it can issue fines of up to £5,000 on...

12 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New government cash to combat Beds In Sheds scandal

New funding will help up to 65 councils tackle rogue landlords who let out substandard homes including the hated Beds In...

12 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let mortgage lending up by volume and value

Mortgage lending to buy to let landlords has increased by volume and by value in the third quarter of the year, according...

12 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Warning that latest HMO reforms will not stop sub-letting scams

The specialist eviction company Landlord Action says it is in full support of the government’s latest proposal to crack down on...

11 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New lettings laws likely: minimum bedroom size and HMOs redefined

The government is proposing a national minimum bedroom size and a re-defining of what constitutes a House in Multiple Occupation in...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Brothels raided to hold landlords to account over properties

A series of raids on privately let properties in the westcountry appear to have taken place as a way of holding...

09 November 2015

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£21,500 bill for man who turned house into nine illegal flats

A rogue landlord who illegally converted one house into a nine flats has been handed a maximum £20,000 fine after being...

09 November 2015

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'Charter' leads to £23,000 fine for letting sub-standard houses

A landlord man has been fined more than £20,000 after admitting renting out substandard houses to 30 people without obtaining a...

06 November 2015

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Rogue couple fined £36,000 after 30 tenants crammed in houses

Two rogue landlords who collected rent from more than 30 tenants in five sub-standard houses all on the same street have...

05 November 2015

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Agent signs up to new database identifying illegally sub-let properties

A council has set up an anti-fraud tool to prevent social housing being illegally sub-let under the pretence of being private...

03 November 2015

From: Breaking News

City's restrictions on To Let boards hailed a success by councillor

A bid to force letting agents to remove To Let boards from properties in areas of a city with high numbers...

03 November 2015

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Uproar over tenants moving into HMO without appropriate consent

There is uproar in Brighton as a result of students being let rooms in an HMO - despite the property’s owners...

30 October 2015

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Solicitor warns of legal problems over councils' selective licensing

A leading property solicitor says there are “secret dangers” to landlords and their letting agents when it comes to selective licensing...

28 October 2015

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Council demolishes rental properties declared illegal outbuildings

Two unauthorised outbuildings occupied by five adults and a child have been demolished by a London council after a landlord failed...

28 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Council sets up letting agency and bids to woo private landlords

Hastings council has launched its own letting agency called Letstart Letting. The authority says its aim is to help make accommodation accessible...

27 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Massive £85,000 fine for landlord who illegally let basement flat

A landlord has a bill of more than £85,000 for unlawfully letting a basement flat. As part of a council planning enforcement...

26 October 2015

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Fine for landlord who let property with health and safety problems

A landlord who let a property with serious health and safety hazards to vulnerable adults has pleaded guilty of failing to implement...

22 October 2015

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Landlord with 30 HMO tenants guilty of failing to register with council

A landlord has admitted letting sub-standard HMOs to 30 people without being registered with his local authority. Plymouth landlord John Mayer pleaded...

21 October 2015

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Council says it wanted stiffer sentence for 'harassment' landlord

An Oxford landlord has been convicted of unlawfully evicting a tenant after “a campaign of sustained harassment”. Riasat Ali was ordered to...

21 October 2015

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Developer wants agents for luxury Cabo Verde resort

The Resort Group, the developer of the all-suite Llana Beach Hotel and Spa, which is due to open in 2016, has...

20 October 2015

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Another top Tory wants more action against rogue letting agents and landlords

A senior Conservative MP is urging the government to give councils the power to issue rogue landlords with on-the-spot fines. Oliver Colville,...

20 October 2015

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Surveys highlight councils' negligence on tackling rogue landlords

It’s been a bad weekend for the image of the private rental sector with a series of reports and press stories...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

MPs clash on whether tenants should sue landlords over property conditions

Labour MP Karen Buck want private tenants to be able to sue their landlords if they rent in what are considered...

19 October 2015

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PRS redress chief backs 'Fair Lettings' campaign on Twitter today

The PRS, one of three authorised redress schemes, is backing a ‘Fair Lettings’ campaign being introduced by Camden council in London. It...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agency gets maximum fine for not giving information to council

A letting agency has received a maximum £5,000 fine after apparently ignoring a request for information from a local council.  Hamlet Homes...

15 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Councils told new law renders local licensing schemes redundant

Local councils are being urged to drop landlord licensing schemes following the publication of new laws showing that they are not...

15 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Councillors consider setting up their own 'social' letting agency

Councillors in Northampton are to discuss plans to create a ‘social’ lettings agency to improve standards of privately-let homes. The proposal -...

15 October 2015

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Latest CML figures show big buy to let lending increase

Buy to let lending continues to show a large rise compared to the same time last year according to new figures from...

14 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Huge £400,000 bill for landlord letting flats without planning consent

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £400,000 after converting a property into flats without permission. Gilbert Garrick let the...

13 October 2015

From: Breaking News

The evidence - study shows private rents have been falling in real terms

Rents in the private sector have been falling in real terms according to an independent study just published.   The research, commissioned by...

09 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Controversial anti-agent group's ethical charter adopted by council

A so-called 'ethical lettings charter' established by a group that has campaigned against some letting agencies, is set to be adopted...

08 October 2015

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Council prosecutes landlords - three years after introducing licensing scheme

Three landlords have become the first to be prosecuted by a council - almost three years after the authority introduced a...

08 October 2015

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Another landlord gets a hefty fine for flouting council regulations

A landlord has been handed fines totalling £3,250 and costs of £1,426 for running an unlicensed and unsafe House in Multiple...

07 October 2015

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Can councils cope with new Section 21 provisions?

Eviction specialists at Landlord Action are raising concerns as to whether there are sufficient resources, especially at local council level, to...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News