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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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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A lettings sector trade body is warning that contradictory and outdated fire safety guidance needs updating.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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

Almost 90% of tenants have no idea about new Section 21 eviction rules

Some 88 per cent of tenants say they are unaware of the new law introduced this week intended to protect them...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector utility and media services firm set to triple in size

Tenant Shop, which currently assists around 1,000 letting agents manage utilities and media for their properties, has relocated and aims to...

01 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Most people back councils' call for jail sentences for rogue landlords

An opinion poll's findings, released to back up a call for tougher controls in the private rental sector, suggests 71 per...

24 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Councils want jail terms for rogue landlords and agents

A body representing over 370 local councils in England and Wales wants more powers to control the private rental sector, letting...

21 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector badly hit by housing benefit delays

Over half the private rental sector tenants on housing benefit have experienced delays over its payment from their local council. Research by...

15 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agency announces support for new immigration rules

A letting agency has announced its support for new rules which will allow landlords to evict illegal immigrants without a court...

27 August 2015

From: Breaking News

38% of Right To Buy homes end up in private rental sector

Nearly 40 per cent of all homes sold under Right To Buy in England have gone on to become buy to...

17 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Burnham wants councils to impose private rent controls

Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham is the latest to say he would consider rent controls in the private sector if he...

07 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent migrant checks: now agents and landlords face jail

Agents and landlords who fail to identify and evict tenants who are illegal immigrants face up to five years in jail...

03 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Redress chief names councils strongest on policing agents

Unitary local authorities where trading standards and environmental health teams work to the same objectives are more successful at clamping down...

30 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent upset at lack of redress prosecutions

A letting agent is angry that there has not been a single prosecution in his region as a result of agencies...

27 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Advice for agents on securing empty student properties

The Master Locksmiths Association has set out advice to letting agents on the best way to secure student properties which in...

24 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Out of Hour cover for areas under Landlord licensing

Many Councils are now introducing Landlord Licensing within different boroughs, for those that have one of the requirements is a 24...

10 July 2015

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Labour's Burnham plans to seize unfit rental properties

A newspaper claims that Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham will this week announce that, should he head the party and eventually...

29 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent lashes out at bad tenants

A north of England letting agent has made an outspoken attack on “bad tenants’ who hide behind apparent “legal loopholes.” Tariq Zarin...

12 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Government put on the spot over landlord licensing schemes

The government’s apparent opposition to council-wide landlord licensing schemes will be put to the test in the coming weeks following a...

12 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Local council backs landlord accreditation scheme

A local council has announced its support for a new scheme which is aiming to improve quality of housing as well...

03 June 2015

From: Breaking News

RLA urges government to hunt for ‘criminal landlords’

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling for more effective action to find the minority of landlords who are criminals. The Association...

28 May 2015

From: Breaking News

580 London landlord licensing cases in three years

A property consultancy specialising in licensing regimes for privately-let properties says there have been 580 housing prosecutions in London under the...

13 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords blast BBC over 'negative' Panorama

The Residential Landlords Association says it has “deep concerns” over the Panorama programme broadcast early this week claiming that landlords were...

30 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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