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KEYWORD "Housing Benefit" - 43 RESULTS
Universal Credit change welcomed by lettings sector groups

A change to the operation of Universal Credit has been welcomed by a trade body which has described it as good...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Massive rise in pensioners who rent privately, warns pressure group

The pressure group Generation Rent - often identified with highlighting issues concerning young tenants - is now warning of a massive...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Just 20% of private rental units accept Universal Credit tenants

Only two out of every 10 private rental sector landlords say they are willing to let to tenants in receipt of...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine for BTL investor after unlicensed HMO was let to disabled

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

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Young renters likely to have tough task finding places to live

Younger people will have more difficulty finding rented accommodation in coming months as a substantial proportion of landlords actively cut back...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

'PropTech is the answer to lettings sector problems, not a cause'

A head of a company providing hi-tech products to letting agents says technology is the answer to current rental industry challenges,...

06 July 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

Tenants on benefits 'discriminated by mortgage lenders' - claim

A letting sector trade body says two thirds of the largest buy to let mortgage lenders do not allow landlords to...

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

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

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

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Rental sector 'better for pets than for housing benefit tenants' - claim

A BBC survey claims that private sector landlords are more likely to accept potential tenants who own pets than ones who...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents circulated with 'banned list' by Britain's biggest landlords

The couple believed to be the owners of Britain’s largest buy to let portfolio have defended sending letting agents an 11-point...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group comes out fighting over housing benefit claims

The National Landlords Association has come out fighting in response to a weekend report by the National Housing Federation suggesting buy...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let is big winner from housing benefit surge, says federation

The amount of housing benefit going to private landlords has more than doubled in the past decade according to the National...

22 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

Landlords avoiding benefits tenants due to Osborne's tax changes

Landlords are looking to house tenants less likely to miss rental payments in order to minimise the impact of a number...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Council prosecutes eleven landlords for ignoring selective licensing scheme

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

27 May 2016

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Shelter invites anonymous claims about letting agents' fee displays

The charity Shelter has renewed its campaign to expose letting agencies which allegedly do not reveal their fees in line with...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency uses Twitter to disown comments by branch manager

A London lettings has tweeted that it does not share the view of one of its own branch managers who said...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

'Mystery shopping' allegedly reveals letting agents anti-DSS bias

A campaign group in the north east London borough of Hackney claims to have ‘mystery shopped’ 50 letting agents and has...

29 February 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 says some 18 to 21 year olds will soon find it harder to rent

Government changes to remove housing benefit from 18 to 21 year olds from April will make it far more difficult for...

15 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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Rents to rise 16% to 22% over next five years - forecast

Savills says mainstream UK rents are likely to rise by an average of 16.5 per cent by the end of 2020...

06 November 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

Ethical Letting Agency launches with 'fair fees' claim

A “lettings agency with a conscience” that wants to put £30,000 into the local community over the next two years has...

17 September 2015

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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

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Landlord with £100,000 income allowed 25 years to pay fines

A landlord reported to have received £100,000 in housing benefit from tenants in the past year is to repay court fines...

01 September 2015

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Convicted stalker denied licence for buy to let property

A local authority has refused to issue a private landlord licence after it was revealed the applicant had a conviction for...

29 July 2015

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Lettings database reveals England's most convicted landlord

The publication Environmental Health News has secured the release of files showing the details of hundreds of convicted private landlords in...

24 July 2015

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Shelter goes public in its opposition to rent controls

Earlier this week the housing charity Shelter confounded many in the private rented sector by concluding on its website that tough rent...

10 July 2015

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Agents unhappy at Osborne's Buy To Let tax blow

Agents have expressed their disappointment at the decision by the government to restrict mortgage interest relief for Buy To let investors...

09 July 2015

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Housing benefit stories focus too much on private landlords, claims agent

A north east agent claims that news coverage of tenants on housing benefits is too quick to point the finger at...

09 June 2015

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Britain’s biggest landlords begin selling off portfolio

Known as Britain’s biggest landlords, Fergus and Judith Wilson have started to sell off their 1,000 strong property portfolio. The ex-teachers from...

09 June 2015

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Citizens Advice blasts private rental sector, wants rent refunds

The Citizens Advice organisation has returned to the attack on the private rental sector, accusing rogue landlords of raking in £5.6...

22 May 2015

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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

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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

From: Breaking News

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