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KEYWORD "Homeless" - 103 RESULTS
Shelter says high private rents lead to young adult homelessness

The campaigning charity Shelter says young adults are more in danger of homelessness than any other age group - and puts...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Call for loans-for-landlords as part of anti-eviction plan

The Chartered Institute of Housing has published proposals aimed at avoiding a spike in private rental sector evictions when the current...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

2,500 activists ‘on rent strike’ as Labour Mayor comes under attack

A group of activists in London claim as many as 2,500 tenants are on a rent-strike during the Coronavirus crisis. The number is...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council writes to landlords urging understanding over arrears

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

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Guide for letting agents produced by … Shelter

Campaigning charity Shelter, which has been outspoken in its criticism of many letting agents in recent years, has now produced a...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour evictions policy could mean financial ruin - claim

Labour’s proposal to extend the current ban on private rental sector evictions could end up with some landlords in financial ruin.  Landlord...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour’s two-year delay for rent arrears “not enough” say activists

A group of private rental activists says Labour proposals to give tenants two years to repay arrears accrued during the virus...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants tenants to have two years to pay back virus arrears

Labour wants tenants running up arrears during the Coronavirus crisis to have two years to repay them, as part of a...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents have one week to submit Corona views to MPs’ investigation

Agents and other property professionals have a week to submit their views to an enquiry into the impact of Coronavirus on...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

No rent rises for a year! Anti-agent group demands a ban on increases

The Generation Rent pressure group, fiercely critical of agents and landlords in recent months, wants the government to implement a 12 month...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New EPC assessment guidance - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Are inventory clerks essential workers? Trade body seeks clarification

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it has contacted the government to see whether its members are deemed ‘essential’ and...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban watered down in Coronavirus Emergency Bill

The three month outright eviction ban pledged to renters last week appears to have been watered down in the Coronavirus Emergency...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Council wants private landlords to allow rough sleepers in homes

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

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Scrap Section 21 now, says top lawyers’ society

One of the country’s top law groups has backed government moves to scrap Section 21.  The call comes from the Law Society for...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Shocking figures of ‘hidden homelessness’ through sofa-surfing

The national homelessness charity Crisis has unearthed shocking findings about a common but under-reported form of homelessness – sofa surfing. The report,...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter says 135,000 children in temporary accommodation this Christmas

Campaigning charity Shelter claims 135,000 children in Britain are homeless and living in temporary accommodation this Christmas - the highest number...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories should adopt Labour housing policy, say anti-agent campaigners

Generation Rent, a campaign group that is consistently critical of lettings agencies and landlords, says a priority of the new government...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Council opens lettings agency in town with scores of private agencies

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

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrap Section 21: Anti-agency group steps up campaign

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

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Former Labour councillor jailed after years of housing fraud

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

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent lettings agency snapped up ... for a cool million

Belvoir has confirmed that its Brighton franchisees have acquired the independent Homelets agency in the town - for a cool £1m. Existing...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Second law firm hits out at government Section 21 proposals

Another law firm has sharply criticised the government’s proposals to abolish Section 21 eviction powers for landlords. Devonshires says the government should...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour demands Section 21 be scrapped - and now!

A senior Labour housing spokesman is urging the government to press on with plans to outlaw the use of Section 21...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Increase housing benefit in line with rents, charities urge government

Two housing charities have called for the government to invest more in housing benefit so it rises in line with private...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Authorities warned off introducing rent controls in Manchester

Landlords have urged the authorities not to introduce rent controls in Manchester as they would 'choke off' supply of housing in...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Council gives advance rent to landlords backing homelessness scheme

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

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: More fierce criticism for government over its scrapping

Claims that the use of Section 21 ‘no fault’ eviction notices is the leading cause of homelessness in the UK are...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory says government “war on landlords” will make housing crisis worse

An outspoken Conservative party figure says government policies such as the scrapping of Section 21 will play into the hands of...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 will put vulnerable tenants most at risk - claim

Vulnerable tenants suffering a higher risk of rent arrears will be hit hardest by plans to change the way landlords can...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Insecure tenancies and expensive rents slammed by all-party MPs group

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Care for Older People has sharply criticised the PRS as being ill-equipped to cater...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold: government fails to respond

Throughout April and May, we ran a high-profile campaign across our sites, Landlord Today, Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest consultation begins on so-called ‘no fault evictions’

The Welsh Government has started a formal consultation on proposals that include extending the minimum notice period applicable to a section...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock as agency backs Fees Ban - and gives its profits to the homeless

An estate agency that describes itself as a ‘social enterprise’ says it will spend its profits on the homeless and related...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PM and Housing Secretary back scrapping of Section 21 evictions

The government’s plan to scrap Section 21 is personally backed by the Prime Minister and will begin formal consultations today. If the...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Public money to pay deposits for some homeless renting privately

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

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor facing the music after illegally evicting DJ tenant

A landlord who left his tenant homeless after changing the locks while he was on holiday has been hit with a...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Avoid eviction’ campaign by councils extended for another 12 months

A free-to-use ‘Housing Early Prevention Service’ runs by a council on the south coast has been deemed such a success it...

12 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

True spirit of Christmas as PropTech chief gives shelter to homeless

Five homeless people will have a roof over their heads this Christmas thanks to a kind-hearted PropTech chief. Mike Georgeson, founder of...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter under fire for paying 'derisory' wages to staff

The charity Shelter, which regularly campaigns against lettings agencies and landlords, is bracing itself for a strike next week - and...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

'Expose rogue tenants too' demands agent starting anti-licensing petition

The head of a lettings agency has launched a petition in opposition to a bid by a local council to extend...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Homelessness triggered by Housing Benefit not private rental sector

A substantial study by university academics suggests that changes to the benefit system lie behind the long-term rise in homelessness from...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants' Fees Bill - Bonfire Night date for next Lords debate

November 5 is the next key date for the passage of the Tenants’ Fees Bill, the measure which is likely to...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

It's not enough - industry wants homelessness initiative beefed up

Trade bodies have welcomed a government initiative to get more homeless people, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless,...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

First council backs campaign to scrap S21 eviction powers

Croydon council is reported to have become the first local authority to back the scrapping of Section 21 of the 1988...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Another day, another landlord in court for not licensing an HMO

A landlord who rented out an unlicenced HMO has been fined more than £22,000 after the local council found five people...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour to scrap S21 and match Tory pledges on fees and tenancies

Labour has outlined its proposals for the private rental sector if it gains power at the next General Election - and...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned and fined! Notorious HMO had 'unsafe and insanitary' rooms

The landlord of an HMO who subjected his tenants to insanitary and unsafe living conditions has been told he will no...

13 September 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

Shock figures: low take-up for licensing scheme that starts tomorrow

It appears that take-up of an apparently compulsory licensing scheme in one city has been shockingly low - and the scheme...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies - online agency is the latest to voice opposition

An online lettings agency is the latest to voice opposition to the government’s proposed three year standard tenancies for the private...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent For Sex - legal expert wants government action now

A respected property lawyer says she wants a change in the law to prevent unscrupulous landlords from offering accommodation in return for sex.  Liz...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Council lettings agency aims to tackle homelessness through private sector

A local authority has started a one-year trial of a ‘social lettings agency’ which aims to match those at risk of...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Our industry is losing £61m pcm, says campaigning agent

Letting agents and landlords could be missing out on £61m of rent every month because families in temporary and emergency accommodation...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tax changes 'level the playing field' - government responds to BTL petition

The government has responded to a petition calling for it to abolish the 3% stamp duty surcharge and reintroduce full buy-to-let...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents with banning orders: government to release numbers for each area

A statement from the government has repeated its determination to clean up the private rental sector through a series of measures,...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to review selective licensing schemes in near future

The government has pledged to begin a review of the selective licensing across the private rental sector once MPs return from...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges to reduce powers of eviction if it forms a government

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has used a holiday season interview to repeat his pledge to swing powers back towards private tenants...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

'Halt Right To Rent' says trade body demanding investigation

One of the industry’s leading trade bodies wants the government to halt the Right To Rent programme after evidence shows some...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PM restates government opposition to rent controls

Prime minister Theresa May has repeated that the current government will not introduce rent controls in the private sector. The issue of...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Council claims Airbnb takes hundreds of homes off long-term market

A senior housing official at Bristol city council says the increasing popularity of Airbnb has had the effect of taking “hundreds”...

30 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

MPs take up call to bring the homeless into private renting

MPs from the cross-party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness have spoken out on the need to help homeless people into the...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Surprise as Shelter queries whether rent controls would really work

The housing charity Shelter - which in recent years has been aggressively critical of letting agencies and landlords in the private...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Treasury told: 'Reform Capital Gains Tax to help lettings sector'

The National Landlords’ Association appears to be first off the starting blocks with its submission to government ahead of the next...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban - Regional letting agents propose radical alternative levy

A group of letting agencies in Yorkshire have proposed to the government a radical alternative to the proposed fees ban -...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing must be exempt from agents' fees ban, insists ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the costs of tenant referencing must be exempt from the government’s proposed ban on...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister to investigate 'sex for rent' allegations

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she has been “horrified” to read allegations of some property owners offering rent-free accommodation in...

25 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

Right To Rent: housing chief says it's not good enough

A damning critique of the one-year-old Right To Rent legislation in England suggests that the government is largely unaware of its...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaign set up to 'force' government to honour fees ban

A campaign group has been refocussed with the objective of making the government honour its Autumn Statement pledge to ban letting...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Peter Grant, CEO of VTUK

Who are you? Peter Grant, currently serving year 27 of my sentence in the property industry and still loving every moment of working...

03 November 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

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

App allows independent agencies to create branded mobile content

A new app created in partnership with a homelessness charity aims to give independent agencies the ability to push properties direct...

27 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

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

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

From: Breaking News

Government 'makes it hard for claimants and homeless to privately rent'

Government policy is making it harder than ever for benefits claimants and the homeless to rent homes, according to a new...

26 July 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

Industry body warns of Universal Credit 'disaster' for private rental sector

A trade body is warning that the government’s new Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on private lettings with...

20 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Think-tank calls for 'social letting agencies' staffed by social workers

A think-tank is calling for the creation of ‘social’ letting agencies with staff who not only find housing but also get...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body defends private rental sector against homelessness attack

The Residential Landlords’ Association is standing up for the private rental sector in its response to the government’s inquiry into homelessness. The...

12 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: it could cause homelessness, warns leading charity

The charity Crisis is warning that an unintended consequence of the controversial Right To Rent legislation which became law this week...

03 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

Regulator to probe link between charity and letting agency

The Charity Commission is to probe the links between a letting agency that has allegedly been paid more than £5.5m in...

10 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Spotlight on letting agency receiving £5.5m in housing benefit

The BBC is investigating a letting agency that has allegedly been paid more than £5.5m in housing benefit after its owner...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Government confirms Right To Rent from February 1st

Right To Rent checks will become mandatory in England from February 1st, the government has announced. Under the new rules, landlords who...

20 October 2015

From: Breaking News

MPs debate Right To Rent today as watchdog warns on human rights

Government proposals forcing agents and landlords to check the immigration status of tenants risk a serious breach of human rights according...

13 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Council setting itself up as private letting agent and landlord

Bournemouth council has set up a private sector rental company which will see it buy properties and then let them.  The decision...

23 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenant evictions reach record high

Tenant evictions have reached a record high 11,307 in the first quarter of the year according to government figures. However, the majority...

15 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Paper names 'millionaire housing benefit agents and landlords'

The Mirror newspaper has taken the extraordinary step of naming the landlords - some of them letting agencies or private individuals...

01 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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