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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

Rent Smart Wales prosecutes letting agent and self-managing landlord

Rent Smart Wales, the licensing and training regime which is now a year old, has taken an agent and a landlord...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Council licensing scheme discriminates against rental units with poor EPCs

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

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London council invites agents to briefing on additional licensing scheme

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

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rare event - council decides not to agree lettings licensing scheme

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

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Council forces planning consent for HMO buy to let conversions

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

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine for BTL investor after unlicensed HMO was let to disabled

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

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fined after student property breached HMO rules

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

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Private tenants to have their rents returned after council intervenes

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

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

BTL owner fined for failing to improve condition of two apartments

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

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour wants councils to have more powers over private rental sector

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

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Council working with HMRC to expose tax-evading private landlords

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

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council private rental sector licensing offering 50% discounts

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

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council clocks up 101 private rental criminal prosecutions

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

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another city private rental licensing scheme moves a step closer

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

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid reveals shocking London private rental overcrowding

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

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants' charter launches in borough with 40% private renters

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

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another day, another council considering more selective licensing

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

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Council resuscitates demands for agents to meet 'rental standard'

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

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

'Thousands wasted on wrong Section 21 notices claims lawyer

Agents and landlords are unwittingly issuing incorrect Section 21 notices, resulting in thousands of pounds being wasted on aborted possession claims...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

London council edging closer to borough-wide licensing regime

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

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Licensing is a 'post code lottery', says Fair Fees Forum

At the latest meeting of the Fair Fees Forum, members described the current approach towards landlord licensing as a 'post code...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Iain Duncan Smith to join panel of experts at industry event

Former Conservative Party leader and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is set to speak at a lettings sector event...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Student landlord fined almost £6k for licensing failings

A student landlord has been fined for failing to obtain the appropriate licences for two rental properties. Lisa Chatfield was ordered to...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Majority of councils failing to police compulsory fee disclosure

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

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS launches new online course and wins new accreditation

The National Approved Letting Scheme has launched a new course which it describes as “ground-breaking” and which allows candidates to become...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Family of rogue landlords guilty of 'Shanty Town' overcrowding

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

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want rent and deposit caps as well as  agents' fees ban

The Liberal Democrats want a raft of additional controls on the private rented sector aimed at addressing what it describes as...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlords could be operating illegally after law change

Agents and landlords with properties in Wales have been reminded they could be breaking the law if they're not signed up to...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency takes initiative by encouraging landlords to speak out on licensing

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

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss says he wants 'transformation of letting agents'

The founder of a PropTech start up called No Agent says despite his firm’s name he does not want to see...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Another council demands every HMO in its patch be licensed

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

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation delayed until after election - but only for one council

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

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Agents asked to comment on London borough's licensing scheme

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

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Angry buy to let investors launch petition against council licensing

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

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Property management firm fined for not buying council licence

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

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine for HMO owner who failed to buy council licence

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

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Website claims thousands of London lets defy licensing rules

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

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals tenants' shocking lack of knowledge about renting

A survey of 1,000 tenants and landlords has provided evidence of what many agents already know - that the growing complexity...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Sentencing awaited after breach of council licensing regime

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

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Property manager fined along with rogue landlord

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

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

City seeking to introduce third phase of selective licensing

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

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings survey shows huge lack of landlord awareness

The need for letting agencies to assist landlords with the increasingly-complicated private rental sector has been hammered home by the results...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords avoid council licensing by setting up their own alternative

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

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Council ditches licensing plans but still seeking alternatives

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

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord facing prosecution for housing 18 tenants in dangerous property

A landlord is facing prosecution for failing to comply with various HMO regulations.  For the last two days, Paul Turner has appeared...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Yet another council consults on extending private rental licensing

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

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body rejects London mayor's call for yet more rental licensing

The National Landlords Association has rejected a central plank of London mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan for housing - the introduction of yet more...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Yet another selective licensing scheme to be introduced in 2017

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

21 December 2016

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

London council agrees new private rental 'standards charter'

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

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Council proposes one of UK's largest lettings licensing regimes

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

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Council request to extend To Let board ban rejected by government

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

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency condemns city licensing scheme as simply a landlord tax

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

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 November 2016

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

More Build To Rent flats as Legal & General increases production

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

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan backs Build To Rent and more landlord licensing

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

25 October 2016

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

Government reveals latest clampdown on buy to let sector

The government’s wave of measures to clamp down on the private rental sector and introduce harsher regulations for investors and landlords...

19 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

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

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

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let rebellion gathers pace against council licensing plans

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

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Small number of agents and landlords in controversial training scheme

With just nine weeks to go before the deadline, only a small proportion of Welsh agents and landlords have registered for...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlord fined for overcrowding

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

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed £3,000 fine after failing to renew HMO licences

A landlord operating in Wales has been fined almost £3,000 for failing to renew the House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licences...

16 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlord fined over £20,000

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

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Victory for private rental sector as council drops licensing idea

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

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency struck off in latest stage of landmark ruling

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

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Repeat offender fined after serial breaches of licensing regime

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

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry groups firmly behind call for mandatory Client Money Protection

Several influential industry bodies have thrown their weight behind a review into whether Client Money Protection should be mandatory for letting...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents invited to property licensing training seminars

Two training seminars geared towards letting agents operating in London are being organised for the autumn.    Organised by the National Approved Letting...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Victory for private rental sector as council scraps licensing proposal

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

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Consultation begins on yet another private rental sector licensing regime

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

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour hopeful wants more licensing, rent controls and landlord buy-outs

Former shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham - now Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester - has outlined a string of...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Council licence proposal challenged by 52-strong group of landlords

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

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

London council launches two private sector licence schemes

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

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

HMO above Indian restaurant was one of three targeted by council

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

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector licences costing up to £900 being introduced

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

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

New housing minister has gone on record opposing rental licensing

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

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Another council wants to set up its own lettings agency

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

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Council halts private rental licensing idea after overwhelming hostility

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

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New private rental licensing regime set for HMOs above shops

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

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Trio fined by council on warpath against unlicensed rental properties

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

04 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Council pledges to reveal crackdown on HMOs next month

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

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Yet another council set to adopt private rental licensing scheme

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

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body warns Mayor Khan over private rental sector red tape

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

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with £25k fine for HMO failings

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

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Council prosecutes eleven landlords for ignoring selective licensing scheme

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

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Twitter debate on rental sector licensing to be staged this lunchtime

Letting agents are being invited to join landlords and local authority rental housing experts in a Twitter debate on private rental...

12 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Mayor Khan's private rental licensing proposal under fire already

Before new London mayor Sadiq Khan has had his first working day in office, his proposals for a private rental sector...

09 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent amongst group facing heavy fines for HMO breaches

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

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

72 year old must pay £4,800 after 11 breaches of HMO regulations

A private landlord aged 72 must pay £4,800 after pleading guilty to 11 offences of breaching the Licensing and Management of...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Controversial compulsory lettings scheme celebrates 1,000th 'trainee'

The 1,000th person has been trained as part of Rent Smart Wales, the compulsory scheme that says it aims to raise...

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 March 2016

From: Breaking News

New fee structure for agents announced by Rent Smart Wales

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

23 March 2016

From: Breaking News

First prosecution under council's controversial lettings licensing scheme

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

21 March 2016

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

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

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

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body and controversial council at loggerheads over licensing scheme

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

04 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2016

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

No government U-turn likely on buy to let onslaught, says landlords' chief

Chancellor George Osborne has “effectively declared war on individual landlords” according to the Residential Landlords’ Association - but don’t expect a...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 December 2015

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

Trade body criticises “unnecessary” reform of HMO licensing

The government should rein in its plans to transform the way Houses in Multiple Occupation are licensed. That is the view of...

22 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

Up to 5,000 landlords to receive licensing fee refunds

Up to 5,000 landlords are reported to be receiving licensing fee refunds as a result of legal advice given to the...

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Council brands property manager unscrupulous in HMO licensing case

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

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Who actually knows about Rent Smart Wales? Not many it seems...

A survey suggests two thirds of tenants in Wales know nothing of the new Rent Smart Wales initiative to register and...

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New system for fees, licensing and training starts Monday in Wales

Rent Smart Wales, the new registration and licensing system in Wales, launches on Monday - and it represents a major change...

20 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

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

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

18 November 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New lettings laws likely: minimum bedroom size and HMOs redefined

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

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 November 2015

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

Four weeks to go before Welsh letting licensing regime starts

The new registration and licensing requirements under Part 1 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 will be launched on November 23,...

26 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

Council prosecutes landlords - three years after introducing licensing scheme

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

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Council error means landlords may mistakenly be claiming VAT

Landlords may be mistakenly claiming back VAT they are not entitled to because of an error by a local council.  The Croydon...

28 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Consultation begins on private rental sector 'charter'

A local council is consulting on the creation of a charter involving letting agents, landlords, consumer bodies and university accommodation teams. If...

22 September 2015

From: Breaking News

No licence for your HMO? That'll be £7,000 ….

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 after failing to licence a house in multiple occupation in the...

21 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

Rajeev Nayyar, Managing Director of Fixflo

Who are you? I’m the managing director of Fixflo and before starting Fixflo I worked as a property lawyer in London and...

14 September 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Key meeting tomorrow over 'flats above shops' rental licensing

Lewisham council in south London is the latest local authority proposing to introduce a licensing scheme - starting, unusually, with residential...

14 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Group seeks leave to appeal against court rental licence verdict

A group of agents, landlords and other property professionals has applied to appeal the decision to block an attempt to overturn...

11 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Boris backs lettings reform and banning rogue agents

London Mayor and Tory leadership wannabee Boris Johnson wants rogue operators in the private rental sectors to be banned with repeat...

08 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Rogue HMO landlord must pay £20,000 in fines and costs

The landlord of a house in multiple occupation is the latest to be prosecuted by a council for failing to licence...

03 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Another London council edges towards private rental licensing

Barnet is the latest council appearing to edge towards increased private rental sector licensing as it enters the final two weeks...

03 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Council prosecutes 492 landlords in two and a half years

Newham Council has reported that in the two and a half years since its licensing scheme came into force it has...

24 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined over £70,000 for unlicensed HMOs

A landlord has been handed a total fine of £75,215 for a number of offences, including failing to licence four houses...

21 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords to present council with petition against licensing scheme

A group of landlords in Oldham have said they are going to present the council with a petition against the town's...

20 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent warns of 'misinformation' about new licensing system

A letting agent is warning of apparently inaccurate information being sent out as part of a new agent and landlord accreditation...

19 August 2015

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents cope with growing regulatory scrutiny?

The growth of the PRS has provided a long list of benefits for the lettings industry. However, it is not without...

17 August 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Government U-turn on longer private sector tenancies

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has backtracked on suggestions that the government may introduce longer standard tenancy agreements in the private rental...

17 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords lose key licensing court case

A group of letting agents, landlords and investors has failed in its bid to force a high profile council to reconsider...

14 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Angry protest at council bid to extend £940 licensing

There have been angry scenes at a consultation meeting as a local authority seeks to extend its licensing scheme - thought...

07 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Key landlord licensing court decision expected soon

A final decision on the legal challenge to a flagship council landlord licensing scheme has been set for next Thursday.  The Croydon...

07 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Inventory firm backs idea of property visits

An inventory software firm claims periodic visits by agents or landlords could lead to a reduction in damage to rental properties. The...

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing will mean monthly property visits

A lettings organisation claims that a council licensing scheme in London will mean compulsory monthly visits to properties being let out. Harrow...

04 August 2015

From: Breaking News

London Labour hopeful wants rent caps and licensing

One of the Labour hopefuls for the 2016 mayoral election in London has called for the introduction of rent caps in...

03 August 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing: key court case next week

The hearing that will determine whether there will be a judicial review of another council’s landlord licensing scheme will take place...

27 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Council consulting on renewal of licensing regime

Harrow council is consulting agents, landlords and residents on a proposal to renew its licensing regime applying to selected Houses in...

17 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Private rental licensing will give council £470,000 windfall

Yet another council is proposing a licence on properties let out in the private rental sector - this time suggesting one...

16 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Wales licensing: now letting agents must be trained too

It now appears that new legislation covering the private rental sector in Wales will involve mandatory training for letting agents as...

16 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Every landlord to undergo 'training' to secure licence

Every landlord in Wales will have to undertake ‘training’ and be licensed under new rules coming into effect this autumn. In a...

15 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenant could claim back rent from unlicensed landlord

A landlord who failed to properly manage a home he rented out has become the first landlord prosecuted under a council’s...

14 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

From: Sponsored Content

Flagship pro-licensing council does sharp U-turn

The council which became a standard bearer for so-called ‘landlord licensing’ - Enfield in north London - appears to have abandoned...

10 July 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Council facing judicial review over private sector licensing

Landlords have launched a legal challenge to plans by a local authority to charge for licences to manage properties. The Croydon Guardian...

02 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Six week amnesty over HMO licences announced

An amnesty on the licensing of houses in multiple occupation is being held in Barnet in north London following the successful...

17 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

Newark agent pioneers rental feedback scheme

A letting agent in Newark, Nottinghamshire, has become the first in its area to adopt rental feedback scheme Consider-Rate.  Buttercross Estates has...

01 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

Immigration check roll-out to be announced tomorrow

Tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech outlining legislation for the next 12 months will include a pledge to roll out across England and Wales...

26 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Bid to overturn council licensing scheme fails

A bid to take Rotherham council to a judicial review over a selective licensing scheme for private sector landlords has failed. All...

20 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Housing institute wants agent and landlord licensing

A licensing system for private landlords and letting agents is the way forward for the Northern Ireland rental sector according to...

19 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Council wants landlords in voluntary scheme - at a cost of £150

Private landlords are being encouraged to sign up to a new local authority accreditation scheme which offers them advice and support...

18 May 2015

From: Breaking News

The voters have spoken – with confidence

A little over four weeks ago I was here musing what impact the impending general election might have on the property...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Fat lady sings for operatic rogue landlord

A landlord described as a professional opera singer has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 for refusing to comply with...

14 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

200 hours community work and £7k fines in fraud documents case

A private landlord who provided false documents and endangered the lives of his tenants has been ordered to undertake 200 hours’...

08 May 2015

From: Breaking News

We don't know what UKIP stands for say landlords

The National Landlords’ Association has set out a table of where the political parties stand on issues of lettings sector reform...

05 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined £1,000 for no HMO licence

A rogue landlord who rented out a shoddy property in north west London has become the first to be fined under...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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