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KEYWORD "Health and Safety" - 200 RESULTS
Some agents have atrocious compliance failures, claims expert

A lettings expert claims that many agents are failing to comply with appropriate legislation, rendering their landlord clients liable for legal...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Fire service wins case involving multiple safety breaches

One person had to be rescued from a fire after their landlord failed to ensure they had a working fire alarm...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Seven weeks for agents to respond to Carbon Monoxide consultation

Lettings agents have until January 11 to respond to the latest consultation proposal stiffening health and safety in the private rental...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) Checklist

Lettings agents, property managers and landlords should all be aware of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. The Act...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Suspended sentences after rental property carried “risk of death”

Two suspended sentences, community service, a fine and disqualification from being a director - those form the penalty for a rogue...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical checks in overdrive as tenant demand surges

Letting agents are being warned they are likely to face a higher number of mandatory electrical checks as the sector expands...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Fear that stamp duty holiday could produce spate of unsafe rentals

A trade body is reminding new landlords tempted by the stamp duty holiday of the raft of health and safety measures they...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords fined tens of thousands in vermin scandal

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

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Confused over electrical regulations? This Facebook Q&A may help...

Reports into Letting Agent Today suggest there’s still some confusion over new regulations surrounding electrical checks in the private rental sector. If...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Fire brigade chief praises new rental sector electricity regulations

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

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Solicitor in key S21 test case warns of future challenges ahead

A solicitor involved in the Court of Appeal case which ruled in favour of the private rental sector has spoken of...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Short let sector prepares to re-open with rigid cleaning protocols

The short let sector says it’s been agreed that it can open Airbnb and similar platforms for bookings from July 4...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council warns rental sector after “scary” fire at HMO

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

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Testers' guide to electrical safety checks arriving next month

Accreditation service NAPIT has produced a publication for the rental sector ahead of new electrical safety checks coming into force for...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government issues guidelines for electrical checks from July 1

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued guidelines ahead of new electrical safety checks coming into force for...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets regulation options to be considered by government in June

A document outlining options for the future regulation of Airbnb and other short let platforms in the UK is to be...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark’s 29-point guide for offices, teams and activities

Propertymark has created a 29-point checklist in line with the Government’s current property industry guidance, most recently updated on May 13.  Propertymark...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

On Monday - how you have made branches safe and welcoming…

It’s a Bank Holiday weekend and if you’re taking time off we hope you and your families enjoy a well-earned break. We’ll...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus: Safety of tenants is key responsibility of agents says government

Tenants’ safety should be letting agents’ first priority in the new era of activity during the Coronavirus pandemic. In a new document...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New electrical safety standards here in July - new guide issued

It’s only eight weeks to the start off the new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector which come into...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Gas and electrical certificates ‘should be extended for six months’

Gas and electrical safety certificates should be extended for six months to cover for the impact of the Coronavirus.  The call comes...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Homesearch’s lofty home office and EweMove if you want to…

“Communication is pretty much everything…” - that’s the key message from Tega Alexander, digital marketing manager at the up-and-coming Homesearch. Thanks so...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

All court possession orders suspended immediately

All court possession orders are being suspended from today as part of the changes to the private rental sector to cope...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector can do more to raise housing standards - PropTech chief

A leading PropTech expert says there’s still more that can be done by the rental sector to drive up the quality...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail sentence after rental property’s safety failure

A landlord from Plymouth has been sentenced after failing to maintain gas appliances and failing to have landlord’s gas safety checks...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Agents must record ALL contacts with self-isolating tenants

The Guild of Letting and Management has thrown helpful light on the responsibilities and recommended approach of letting agents faced with...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: agents warned they could end up breaking the law

The government has been called upon to issue specific Coronavirus guidance for the rental sector. The chief executive of the Association of...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA Conference postponed until September due to virus

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has postponed its conference until September. In a statement to registered attendees last evening ARLA says: “After...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: trade group tries to reassure agents

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has issued guidance to members about how to reassure its lettings agent and landlord clients...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Delay electrical rule changes to keep tenants safe, trade body urges

New regulations mean highest risk rental properties may not have legally binding electrical safety cover for a prolonged period of time. That’s...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Scandal of tenant rescued from ledge ends with huge fine

A resident who was unable to access an emergency escape route during a fire was found standing on a windowsill hanging...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus guidance for lettings sector issued by trade body

The National Landlords Association has issued advice for the lettings sector on the coronavirus infection. Although much of the advice is a...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Another New Rental Law: mandatory electric checks this year

It looks almost certain that agents and landlords must ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New carbon monoxide lettings rules set to be adopted by Assembly

The Welsh Government says new regulations are to be introduced to combat carbon monoxide poisoning. The regulations will require landlords and their...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Concern grows about increased safety risk from faulty smoke alarms

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

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting scams can be reduced by property visits, agents advised

An inventories supplier is advising that the growing number of sub-letting scams can be reduced by regular property visits by agents...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Fine after improvement notice on rented home was partly ignored

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

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry wants short-let controls, review of landlord tax and stamp duty eased

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents have issued their manifesto for next month’s General...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Corbyn's council appoints a private renters' champion

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

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 - Liberal Democrats to debate call to scrap landlords’ rights

The Liberal Democrat conference, which begins on Saturday, is to debate a resolution calling for the scrapping of Section 21 -...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Human Habitation law does NOT require specific HHSRS inventories

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

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with Commonhold – government responds at last

While we wouldn’t be so bold as to say the government gets its daily fix of property news from the Today...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing minister raises concerns over controversial accreditation scheme

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

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Consumer group slams rental sector over “hazardous homes”

Weak regulation of private renting is leaving hundreds of thousands of tenants living in hazardous homes in England, claims Citizens Advice. A...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Managing agent and landlords in court for 25 HMO offences

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

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in illegal safety and compliance issues in private rental sector - claim

Inventory reports are increasingly revealing illegal safety and compliance issues within tenanted property, a trade body claims. The Association of Independent Inventory...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

It's A Gas: new partnership to promote safety in private rental sector

The Residential Landlords Association and Gas Safe Register have joined forces to promote gas safety awareness in the private rental sector. The...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fifth of private renters have property-related illnesses - claim

A study claims as many as a fifth of private renters in the UK have developed an illness due to issues...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Thousands of buy to let homes are dangerous, claims compliance firm

A compliance company has accused “thousands” of buy to let investors of failing to address major household hazards which render properties...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech could be key to boosting health and safety in rental sector

Increased use of technology could boost gas-related health and safety in the private rental sector according to the people behind a...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Meagre fine despite HMO having no working alarms or fire doors

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

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Court ruling prompts campaign to keep repossession rights

A trade body says a recent court case threatens the right of buy to let landlords to repossess their properties. The Residential...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Two landlords have been ordered to pay more than £30,000 for breaching fire safety and over-occupancy licence conditions at their House...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ignored Improvement Notice and safety regulations

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent lied about working for company even after being sacked

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

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Guidelines issued for new Human Habitation law from March 20

The government has issued guidelines for the implementation of the new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act which comes into effect...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Tragic anniversary reminds agents about smoke alarm regulations

A regional fire service says a tragic anniversary is a good opportunity for agents and landlords to remember their legal obligations...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Quality of homes to let must improve, says PropTech chief

Sub-standard homes remain a key weakness in the private rental sector, which needs to get its house in order in the...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Solicitor renews attack on “unfair” landlord licensing by councils

A legal firm has renewed its criticism of local authority licensing schemes, accusing them of “persecuting” landlords. David Kirwan, managing partner at...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fine issued over licensing and health and safety issues with HMOs

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £5,000 in fines and costs in a licensing dispute with a local council.  Almas...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter rules revealed for mandatory electrical checks on rental properties

New rules are to be introduced to ensure mandatory electrical inspections on private rental properties are carried out by competent and...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine after prohibition order on rental property ignored

A buy to let investor who let out a converted attic room despite it being the subject of a council prohibition...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental flat repossessed after being converted into illegal HMO

A buy to let investor has lost possession of his flat after converting it into an Illegal House in Multiple Occupation...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Dangerous asbestos release in rental property leads to big fines

A landlord and building contractor have been fined after quantities of asbestos fibres were released from the demolition of a conservatory...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Angry agent serves rent rise on Cabinet minister in fury at deposit cap

An angry lettings agent has emailed Cabinet minister James Brokenshire to show his disgust at the government’s U-turn over deposit caps. In...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rat-infested homes let to tenants - owner to face criminal charges

A buy to let investor has been forced to close down two rat infested homes he owns in Rotherham after they...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord couple must reveal finances to court

One of Britain's highest profile landlords is to be sentenced on December 11 - and she must show the court details of...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Council’s first-ever Civil Penalty Notice over lettings property condition

A council in the north of England has issued its first-ever Civil Penalty Notice on a landlord - and it involved...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New warning to agents to fit and check carbon monoxide alarms

A warning has gone out to the lettings sector to check that rental properties are ‘Gas Safe’ as the colder weather...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shocking claim that councils 'interview landlords under caution'

The heavy-handed administration of selective licensing schemes is driving out buy to let investors. That’s the claim from David Kirwan of Kirwans...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Thumbs up from agents for safety review of rental sector

Industry bodies have given their support to a wide ranging review of safety regulations governing the private rental sector. The government announced...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces private rental sector health and safety review

The government is to undertake a wide-ranging review of health and safety regulations for the private rental sector. In an announcement this afternoon...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fine for owner who let 'dangerous and damp' property to family

A landlord has been hit with more than £5,500 of fines and costs after he allowed a family with three young...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Success: head of property firm acquitted of charges relating to HMO

A property management firm chief who had to pay over £20,000 after being found guilty of nine offences relating to an...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

One of the first: landlord repays housing benefit following new legislation

An Essex council claims it is one of the first to be granted a rent repayment order - part of legislation...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Here they go again - Generation Rent attacks S21 no-fault evictions

The campaign group Generation Rent is back on the warpath in opposition of Section 21, which it describes as “the leading...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial council warns landlords not to raise rents to pay licences

The council behind a controversial private rental sector licensing scheme is trying to justify its introduction on health and safety grounds. On...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical checks welcomed by senior lettings agency chief

One of the lettings industry’s senior figures has welcomed the introduction of mandatory five yearly inspections of electrical installations in private...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb tries to answer lettings critics by issuing fire guidance

Airbnb, the short lets platform that has received substantial criticism from the buy to let sector over its largely unregulated status,...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

£20,000 fine after fire at buy to let 'could have led to fatalities'

A buy to let investor has been fined £20,000 after a kitchen fire that occurred in May last year at a...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA urges agents to back Gas Safety Week awareness campaign

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it’s asking its member to get behind Gas Safety Week which takes place from...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Gas fitter jailed after carrying out unsafe work on buy to let units

A self-employed gas fitter has been sentenced to 16 months in prison after he carried out unsafe gas work while falsely...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Five year mandatory electrical checks for all private rental homes

All privately-let homes must have electrical installations checked every five years under new rules announced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Jailed: the letting agent whose inaction led to two boys' deaths

A letting agent responsible for a property in Huddersfield which caught fire and killed two young boys has been jailed for...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants government to fund private blocks fire safety improvement

A trade body is backing a call by a parliamentary committee for the government to fund certain fire safety improvements in...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Too much red tape: We reveal over 125 rental laws and regulations

There are now well over 125 pieces of legislation and regulations - most introduced in modern times - governing the private...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

False gas safety certificates issued for lettings properties

A gas safety engineer has pleaded guilty with a landlord of falsifying gas safety certificates for a string of private rental...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock results as 30 lettings agencies probed by undercover teams

A consumer group which conducted 30 undercover viewings in five different UK cities claims letting agents are showing potential tenants around...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Father and son investors fined for breaching Prohibition Order

A buy to let investor has ended up with a bill for thousands of pounds after being found guilty of breaching...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants massively ignorant of health and safety in their homes

A rental sector supplier claims huge numbers of tenants are extremely ignorant of the health and safety issues surrounding their rental...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

'House of Horrors' - a council's description of unfit lettings property

A local authority has described a lettings property as “a real House of Horrors that put the health and safety of...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launching another review of Carbon Monoxide regulations

The government has announced that it’s launching a review into the requirement for carbon monoxide alarms in homes across England. The review...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey finds many tenants don't check tradespeople's credentials

A new survey of tenants suggests many know little about essential maintainance of their property, and often fail to check the...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive £182,000 fine for buy to let investor after string of HMO offences

A buy to let investor has been found guilty of 35 HMO-related offences - and has to pay a total fine...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Police and council probe lettings property riddled with safety issues

West Midlands Police and Birmingham council teamed up to investigate a property in the city which was riddled with health and...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body says post-Grenfell fire report is 'a missed opportunity'

The government’s review into building and fire safety regulations is missing the opportunity to assess fire safety regulations on a wider...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New minimum space and waste storage rules revealed by government

The government has set out new measures to mitigate against overcrowded and dangerous living conditions of private tenants in shared homes. From...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New Labour chief pledges to introduce stringent rent controls

The new leader of the Labour party in Scotland says his party will introduce “stringent” rent controls if it gains power...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Second fine in two months for poor standard rental accommodation

A rogue landlord has been fined twice in the space of two months for failing to provide a suitable standard of...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive £29,000 fine after tenants' lives put at risk in BTL property

A fine of over £29,000 has been imposed on an absentee landlord whose property was said to have put tenants’ lives...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government backs move to allow tenants to sue over 'unfit properties'

The government has taken the unusual step of working with a Labour MP to ensure her Private Members Bill can become...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to allow tenants to sue over poor property conditions

In an unusual move the government has today, Sunday, announced that it wants tenants to have the right to take legal...

14 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Fine and costs of £20,500 for head of property management company

A landlord has been ordered to pay £20,000 after being found guilty of nine offences in relation to a house in...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Online database of rogue agents 'will save lives' say fire chiefs

The new online database identifying rogue letting agents and landlords will save lives according to the London Fire Brigade. We wrote about...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive fines after appalling conditions found at converted property

The local authority at Brent in north London has secured what it calls “an important court victory” after “appalling conditions” were...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property firm boss guilty over HMO safety: sentencing next week

The director of a property management firm has been found guilty of nine offences of breaching regulations relating to a house...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

£3,300 fine for owner failing to keep HMO safe for tenants

The landlord of an HMO has been fined £3,300 for failures to meet his obligations, particularly regarding fire safety. At Northampton magistrates...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor's bill of £33,000 after found guilty of 15 offences

A buy to let investor who a judge said “cut corners” and exposed his tenants to “significant risk” has been ordered...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Security app warns if agents on viewings miss deadlines

A new app has been launched with the aim of offering extra security to lettings and estate agents and other sole...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New rental sector consultation - smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Yet another formal government consultation is under way, this time into smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the private rental sector...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants clearer lines of responsibility for fire safety

An industry trade group says residents in high rise blocks of flats are being let down by a system in which...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Survey gives insight into dangers of carbon monoxide

Four people are treated for carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK every day - but 58 per cent of the population...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lawyers and MP draft Bill to give more repair powers to tenants

The Law Society Gazette has given more details of a Parliamentary Bill in preparation to give more powers to tenants to...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all properties to let

Almost a third of renters in the UK do not have a life-saving carbon monoxide alarm in their property, with four...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Insurance specialist warns of fire dangers in student accommodation

A lettings insurance specialist company is warning that students moving into private rental accommodation may pose a greater-than-average risk of fire. Total...

09 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

Almost 40% of tenants in blocks have seen fire doors left open

A survey of 1,000 tenants in blocks of flats conducted on behalf of London Fire Brigade reveals that almost 40 per...

26 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

Agents urged to get behind Gas Safety Week and check appliances

NALS is urging letting agents and other property professionals to get behind Gas Safety Week, which runs until Friday,.    It says thousands...

20 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

Suspended jail sentence after failing to maintain gas appliances

A landlord from Cornwall has been fined after failing to maintain gas appliances at his rental properties in Launceston.   Truro Crown Court...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA: agents can raise 'safeguard alerts' over poor condition homes

ARLA Propertymark says letting and managing agents should be aware that they can raise ‘safeguarding alerts’ if they are concerned about...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency chief says landlords should become more professional

The boss of a lettings agency in London says there is a need for the private rental sector to become more professional...

21 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

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

Government spells out fire responsibilities of private rental sector

A minister at the Departrment of Communities and Local Government has set out the government’s position in terms of the fire-related...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh Government offers free cladding tests for private rental sector

The BBC is reporting that the Welsh government is offering private buy to let investors who have properties in high-rise buildings...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group urges checks on white goods across private rental sector

The Residential Landlords Association is urging checks on white goods in privately rented homes following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.    The association is...

29 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

Property management firm hit with record health and safety fine

A management firm and corporate landlord have been hit with a £250,000 fine after a “potentially lethal” flat blaze in London -...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Fair Fees Forum outlines possible risks of agents' fees ban

The Fair Fees Forum, originally established before the proposal to ban letting agents’ fees imposed on tenants in England, now says...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS offers member-agents free legal helpline and support

The National Approved Letting Scheme is linking with legal firm Moore Blatch to offer member agents access to a free legal...

14 February 2017

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Extra agent regulation and fees ban likely in another part of the UK

Now Northern Ireland appears to be in the frame for substantial changes to the private rental sector according to the Association...

26 January 2017

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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

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Suspended prison sentence after private tenants' lives were endangered

The landlord of a property risked the lives of his tenants and their young family by not undertaking annual safety checks...

19 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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Christmas warning over carbon monoxide in private rental properties

A health and safety product manufacturer is issuing a warning about the dangers of carbon monoxide alarms, citing figures that up...

09 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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Online agent changes website after complaint to ad watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has received a complaint about a claim which was on an online letting agency’s website suggesting it...

30 November 2016

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Yield no longer the key measure of buy to let success, says lettings expert

Lettings expert Kate Faulkner says yields - a traditional long-standing measure of success for buy to let landlords - are becoming...

09 November 2016

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Don’t let damp and mould damage your property

Damp and mould can mean big problems for landlords, letting agents and tenants. It can cause stress and even health issues...

02 November 2016

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Suspended sentence after failure to check rental gas fittings

A landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence following his failure to maintain or check the gas fittings in one of his properties. A...

20 October 2016

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Trade body accuses agents of 'failing to get a grip' on new laws

A trade body has accused some letting agents and landlords of “failing to get to grips” with several recent legal changes...

12 October 2016

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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

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Man jailed after wrongly signing-off gas certificates for private lets

A 35-year-old self-employed worker from London has been given two suspended jail terms for falsely claiming to be Gas Safe Registered and signing off certificates for privately...

23 August 2016

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Jail and £100,000 bill after 'personal wealth put before tenant safety'

A private landlord has been jailed after being accused by a judge of "cutting corners" and deliberately putting his "wealth" before...

22 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

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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

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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

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NALS launches free online electrical safety course for letting agents

A new free online course has been launched to help letting agents understand the importance of regular electrical safety checks. The Electrical...

19 May 2016

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New warning over gas responsibilities in short- and long-term lets

Investors and landlords are putting tenants’ lives at risk and could face a substantial fine for flouting gas safety law, according...

18 May 2016

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Agents and landlords told to take gas safety more seriously

A leading trade body says it’s time for the private rental sector to take gas safety more seriously following a spate...

11 May 2016

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Seven letting agencies back so-called 'ethical lettings charter'

An ‘ethical lettings charter’ set up over a year ago by a pressure group for improved private rental sector housing has...

10 May 2016

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Suspended sentence, curfew, tags and costs for ignoring gas safety

A landlord has received a suspended six month prison sentence after he ignored repeated warnings about arranging an annual gas safety...

26 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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Suspended sentence after dangerous boiler installed at private let

An unregistered gas fitter has been received a suspended prison sentence for illegally installing a gas boiler and undertaking landlord’s gas...

07 April 2016

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Suspended prison sentence for failing to have gas boiler safety-checked

A London landlord has been given an eight week suspended prison sentence after failing to have a gas boiler in a...

22 March 2016

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Campaign starts to extend carbon monoxide alarm regulations

Millions of people remain at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning despite the recent legislation aimed at protecting private tenants, a new...

10 March 2016

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Suspended sentence for buy to let owner reconnecting capped gas

A buy to let landlord in Stockton-on-Tees, has been sentenced after illegally uncapping and reconnecting a gas supply. Teeside Magistrates’ Court heard...

07 March 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

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Failure to provide gas certificate leads to community service and hefty fine

A private landlord has been prosecuted after failing to provide gas safety certificates for two rented properties.  Harrogate Magistrates’ Court heard that...

11 January 2016

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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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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

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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

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Fine after tenants suffer carbon monoxide poisoning

A landlord has been fined after a family of five suffered carbon monoxide poisoning at their rented home. North Avon Magistrates’ Court...

17 November 2015

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Agents and landlords reminded of upcoming electrical check deadline

Select, the trade body for Scotland's electrical sector, is reminding agents and landlords that from December 1 there must be five-yearly electrical...

06 November 2015

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15% of house/flat-share tenants have no working fire alarm - claim

A survey of house- and flat-share private tenants shows 15 per cent claiming not to have a working smoke alarm in...

04 November 2015

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Rogue landlord gets £23,000 bill after string of safety breaches

A rogue landlord has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £3,343 costs as well as a victim surcharge of £120...

02 November 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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Meagre £265 fine after faulty gas appliance found at rental property

A landlord has been fined a meagre £265 after a defective gas appliance was found to be in operation at his...

21 October 2015

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Buy to let may be in danger of becoming a legal minefield warns mortgage chief

A mortgage chief has spelled out what many in the rental sector already know - that the new laws, rules and...

07 October 2015

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Lettings agency group wins Legionella risk assessment award

Kings Group has won a £2,500 award for its speed and thoroughness in informing landlords of the need to comply with...

06 October 2015

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ARLA hits out at government as Section 21 and alarm deadline arrives

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it strongly supports new health and safety legislation coming into effect today - but...

01 October 2015

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Legionnaires' - property firm says agents and landlords must test regularly

A property management firm is warning letting agents and landlords to fulfil their responsibilities to protect tenants from Legionnaires’ disease. Despite laws...

01 October 2015

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Most landlords don't know new regs - yet deadline nears

As if to prove the lettings industry’s concern over a lack of publicity for upcoming health and safety regulation changes, a...

11 September 2015

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Lettings firm prosecuted over carbon monoxide risk

A mother and her young son were put at risk of suffering carbon monoxide poisoning for seven years at their home,...

07 September 2015

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Software firm reveals blizzard of red tape tying up lettings sector

The changes to tax relief for landlords comes on top of a blizzard of new health and safety requirements, regulations and...

09 July 2015

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Agents and landlords warning over Legionnaires' Disease

Letting agents and landlords are being warned that properties under their control meet regulations to prevent an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease. The...

26 May 2015

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Activists to award 'ethical letting agents'

A group of renters who have formed the Acorn group in Bristol - which has already held protests against letting agents...

30 April 2015

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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

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