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KEYWORD "Licensing" - 474 RESULTS
Council engages in ‘secret’ licensing consultation exercise

A London council has been found to have operated an unpublicised consultation exercise for a licensing proposal - and is now...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain’s largest private rented sector set for new licensing scheme

London’s Westminster council - with 43 per cent of housing stock in the private rental sector - has launched a consultation on...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists gather outside city agency after licensing protest

Activists from the so-called renters’ union Acorn have held a protest outside the office of a lettings agency in Oxford. A photograph...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Surprise move by London council to drop stricter controls on HMOs

A London council has dropped plans to restrict the creation of HMOs, a full 12 months after a consultation on the...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent changes - key webinar tomorrow to help agents

Changes to the codes of practice surrounding Right To Rent are introduced on November 2, and tomorrow there’s a useful webinar to...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing on its way after 92% of HMOs show problems

A major north of England local authority wants to introduce landlord licensing for HMOs where three or four tenants live, following analysis...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech tool creates white-label guides for landlords and tenants

A new PropTech tool called Lettings Intelligence is being launched this week with the claim that it is “revolutionising the way that lettings...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London council wants new bureaucracy to manage private renting

A London council has launched a strategy it claims will protect private tenants and ensure they live in good quality and...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New restrictions likely for Airbnb and other short-lets north of the border

A consultation process by the Scottish Government may herald stricter restrictions on Airbnb and similar short let platforms north of the border. The...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Civil penalty notices served on landlords who cannot be named

Two landlords have been served with civil penalty notices for operating unlicensed HMOs.  The notices were from Wellingborough council; one was for...

09 September 2020

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London council licensing scheme lapses after five years

A private rental licensing consultancy has spotted that an additional licensing scheme run by a London borough council has now lapsed...

07 September 2020

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Shock 58 per cent rise in licensing fee imposed by council

A new private rental licensing regime in a London borough is being described as “a major step forward in improving living...

03 September 2020

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Labour council proposes controversial city-wide licensing scheme

Oxford council, which has 49 per cent of its housing stock in the private rental sector, is starting a formal consultation...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing abandoned as council fears it will drive out landlords

A proposed licensing regime in Kent has been abandoned because of fears it would drive landlords away. Medway council proposed a scheme...

28 August 2020

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Private tenants urged to check if they can get a rent rebate

A London council is telling its private rental sector residents to use a new tool to check whether they may be...

27 August 2020

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Controversial council reveals plan for massive licensing scheme

The controversial Labour-led council in Liverpool has started a lengthy consultation process over its latest proposals for landlord licensing. The authority was...

14 August 2020

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Agents invited to comment on two new proposed licensing schemes

Charnwood council in the East Midlands is proposing to introduce two different licensing schemes for private landlords, with agents and others...

12 August 2020

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London council revives licensing idea with online consultation

Greenwich council in London has resuscitated a proposal to extend its existing selective licensing regime, put on ice during the Coronavirus...

10 August 2020

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Shocking large scale tax evasion by landlords - claim

Rogue landlords have been accused of tax evasion which could cost the Treasury as much as £1.73 billion a year. The accusation...

05 August 2020

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‘Necessary’ licensing scheme still not agreed a full YEAR after consultation

Back in March 2019 we covered the story that Weymouth council in Dorset wanted a landlord licensing scheme for a town...

04 August 2020

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Departed ARLA chief executive sets out his achievements in post

David Cox’s departure as chief executive of ARLA Propertymark last Friday was well signposted, particularly when he was advised he could...

28 July 2020

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Bid to licence 50,000 properties - council extends consultation

A local authority has extended its consultation process for a selective licensing system which, if it goes ahead, would see some...

27 July 2020

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Licensing scheme scaled back after government rejects original

The council in Liverpool is likely to propose a scaled-back private rental licensing scheme after its original suggestion was rejected by...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Leading Tory speaks up for agents, landlords and the rental sector

A senior Conservative peer and consumer campaigner has written an article strongly defending the private rental sector, agents and landlords. Baroness Altmann...

09 July 2020

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£40,000 fines for unlicensed HMOs as council hunts for offenders

Four buy to let investors have each been fined £10,000 for letting out unlicensed HMOs. The unlicensed properties , all in the...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

GDPR and property - guidance book on sale from today

David Smith - a solicitor specialising in residential property, agency and regulatory law - today launches a book advising property professionals...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London council wants to charge £550 for five year rental licence

A council in London, where landlords yields and margins are already tight, says it wants to charge £550 for a renewed...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Orders - council reveals action against landlords

The council at the centre of one of the planning controversies involving Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has issued a warning to...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Selective Licensing: Another London council begins consultation

Harrow council in north London has launched a formal consultation on its plan to renew its landlord licensing scheme in the...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council asks lockdown residents to report illegal HMOs

Residents at home during lockdown who may have seen families crammed into overcrowded HMOs are being asked to report the properties...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council defies government advice and attacks “dodgy operators”

Government advice to local authorities to sit tight with new licensing proposals during the Coronavirus pandemic appears to have been ignored...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspend electricity checks, postpone licensing, aid renters - ARLA demands

ARLA Propertymark has made a series of demands on the government in the light of the Coronavirus crisis.  In a formal written...

07 May 2020

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Council licensing scheme challenged by alternative proposals

A group of local landlords and others in the private rental sector are challenging a local authority’s licensing proposals with their...

07 May 2020

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Council branded irresponsible by lettings body for ignoring virus guidance

Coventry council has been branded as irresponsible by a leading trade body for allegedly ignoring government advice on licensing schemes during...

06 May 2020

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More councils delay rental licensing until Coronavirus crisis eases

Several local authorities at different stages of implementing rental licensing schemes have put their proposals on ice until the Coronavirus crisis...

30 April 2020

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Over 50 councils in England alone now operate licensing schemes

Research by the National Residential Landlords Association and the Which? consumer body has revealed that some 53 councils in England alone...

21 April 2020

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Why stop for the virus? Council presses ahead with licensing anyway

A London council has pressed ahead with the launch of a borough-wide additional licensing scheme despite the lockdown and uncertainty created...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council seeks Judicial Review of landlord licensing refusal

Liverpool’s Labour council, which was prevented by the government from extending its city-wide licensing scheme for another five years, is seeking...

06 April 2020

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Agents warned as council postpones licensing clampdown

A local authority has postponed the extension of its private rental sector licensing regime - but it’s warning agents not to...

03 April 2020

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Help the private rental sector - trade group renews call to government

The landlords’ newly-merged trade body has renewed its call for the government to do more to help the private rental sector...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Delay all new licensing schemes for six months, urges industry body

Not-for-profit accreditation service safeagent says the government should ensure councils delay the introduction of all new private rental sector licensing schemes...

20 March 2020

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Lettings agency in court as new ‘rogues taskforce’ swings into action

A lettings agency and its director have pleaded guilty to renting out an overcrowded house in the first case brought to...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Council may offer improvement loans to favoured private landlords

A council says it’s considering lending funds for improvement to landlords who “behave fairly and appropriately” - and buy into a...

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

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Licensing scheme has £600 surcharge for ‘falling short on standards’

A local authority has taken the unusual step of saying that a £600 surcharge will be added to the licensing costs...

10 March 2020

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£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

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Controversial council uses Foxtons-style ‘big data’ to police lettings

The controversial Liverpool council licensing scheme is to be policed through the use of what the authority calls “cutting-edge big data...

06 March 2020

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Victory for buy to let as minister stops another licensing scheme

The government has rejected a council’s bid to extend its licensing scheme for privately rented housing. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local...

28 February 2020

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Council wants county-wide selective licensing to be introduced

Another council is consulting on introducing a selective licensing scheme - and again it claims it will “create better housing for...

28 February 2020

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Revealed: annual costs of being a buy to let investor these days...

A typical buy to let property pays over £600 in fees a year according to a new study released today. Insurance company...

28 February 2020

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Labour council links rogue landlord case to its dispute with government

A buy to let investor has been hit with a bill of almost £9,500 after being accused of allowing a tenant...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Law Breakers! Half of Airbnb-style properties ignore 90-night limit - claim

A London council says nearly half of the Airbnb-style short let properties available in its patch last year exceeded their legal...

21 February 2020

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Council claims licensing scheme ‘has improved 3,100 homes’

The government has given the green light to a council’s huge licensing scheme, set to cover 18 of its 20 wards...

17 February 2020

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Government policy on rental sector is a failure says trade body

The government has failed the private rental sector says the Residential Landlords Association. In a statement released even before the resignation of...

14 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

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Council reveals huge administration cost for licensing scheme

Enfield council in London has confirmed that it will introduce borough-wide additional licensing. It is also seeking consent from the government to...

07 February 2020

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Multiple prosecutions as council names and shames rogues

A council has prosecuted five private landlords who failed to get licences for the properties they let out. Oldham council says its...

05 February 2020

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Huge fine for repeatedly ignoring rental licensing laws

A landlord has ended up with fines totalling over £90,000 after repeatedly ignoring a council’s selective licensing regime. Stephen Ige pleaded guilty...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government U-turn on the way over Labour licensing scheme?

Liverpool’s Labour mayor says he is confident that the city will, after all, be able to renew its city-wide licensing scheme. Housing...

03 February 2020

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Fatal fire in unlicensed house leads to fine and entry on rogues database

A judge has ordered two landlords to pay a total of £14,858 for illegally renting out an unlicensed house without working...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Concern over £1,000-plus licensing fee proposed by council

A leading trade body is voicing concern over yet another council private rental sector licensing scheme - with particular worry over...

29 January 2020

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Government backs huge licensing scheme extension until 2025

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has backed a five year extension for a massive London council landlord licensing...

28 January 2020

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Rogue agent caught out on under-sized and unlicensed properties

A London council has caught out a rogue lettings agency for illegally operating two properties, with issues ranging from gas safety...

27 January 2020

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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

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Labour council wants city-wide licensing and possible £12m windfall

Another Labour council wants to introduce a city-wide landlord licensing scheme - a proposal that would require government approval to implement. Last...

24 January 2020

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 Dawn raids on rental properties as part of licensing crackdown

Officers from a local council simultaneously staged 10 dawn raids on properties owned by unlicensed landlords. All the terraced homes, in Slough,...

24 January 2020

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Short lets supporters push back against possible restrictions

The new body representing short let digital platforms like Airbnb and the large number of associated companies that have sprung up...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Newspaper’s amazing call for massive landlord licensing scheme

A newspaper in Liverpool has sharply criticised the government for refusing to allow the city council to continue a huge landlord...

21 January 2020

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'Failed' HMO licensing scheme criticised for short consultation period

A trade body has come out against a council’s HMO licensing scheme, claiming that its consultation period was too short -...

21 January 2020

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Airbnb landlords should pay business rates, says council

A council is lobbying the government to ask for landlords using Airbnb and other short let platforms to be charged business...

17 January 2020

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Clampdown on short lets may lead to landlords selling rental units

A leading agency in a part of the UK where local government wants to clamp down on the spread of Airbnb...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour outrage at licensing scheme extension being rejected

The fallout continues over the government’s shock refusal to allow Liverpool council to continue its huge landlord licensing scheme. Yesterday we reported that...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry delight at government rejection of licensing extension

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has rejected a bid by Labour-controlled Liverpool council to extend its licensing scheme for five years. Government approval...

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

New government cash for rental sector ‘nowhere near enough’

The government has announced an additional £4m in funding for local councils to combat rogue agents and landlords - but it’s...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords rejected for licensing scheme, claims council

Oldham council is the latest to seek an extension of a selective licensing scheme beyond its mandatory five year term -...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Did court case cost more than the fine for this rogue landlord?

A rogue landlord has been fined £1,384 for failing to get a council licence for two buy to let properties. The case...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Why council's lettings fine was slashed by £28,000

A compliance consultant has explained why a local council’s penalty on a rogue landlord - initially £31,499 - was slashed to...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property company boss fined £35,000 for buy to let licence breaches

The owner of two properties has been fined £35,000 for breaches of the selective licensiing regime in his local area.  At a...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid finds 17 tenants crammed into sub-let HMO

A dawn raid by enforcement officers from a London council has discovered 17 men sleeping on mattresses in a three bedroom...

29 November 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

Labour council reveals huge rises in landlord licensing charges

There’s been a steep rise in the costs of landlord joining a compulsory licensing scheme operated by Labour-controlled Nottingham city council. The...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour to end Right To Rent but shift rental sector power to tenants

As the battle of political policies continues ahead of next month’s General Election, now Labour has unveiled a raft of initiatives...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Mandatory licensing, long tenancies, rent controls advocated by LibDems

The Liberal Democrats is the first of the major parties to release its party manifesto for the December 12 manifesto, and...

21 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

A Farce! Council issues rental licences to just 3% of applicants

A controversial private rental licensing regime that has already made the headlines for the wrong reasons has now been branded a...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban, Licensing and HMOs: many agents fear they’re breaking the law

Just over a fifth of lettings agents questioned in a major industry survey are concerned that may not be complying with...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council coordinating trial of digital checks on agents

A Labour council is leading a trial by local authorities of a new digital platform that checks whether agents, landlords and...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Don’t scrap licensing, streamline it says accreditation scheme

The safeagent accreditation scheme says the next government should not scrap landlord licensing as some trade groups have requested, but should...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

“Not enough!” - new cash to police rental sector deemed insufficient

A leading trade body says the government’s latest injection of funds to help local councils root out rogue operators in the...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Government backs council licensing, gives millions more for enforcement

The government has given an extra £3.8m to councils to come up with ways of catching rogue landlords - and in...

05 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

Yet more reforms for rental sector to be debated at conference

Welsh housing minister Julie James is to address agents, landlords and other property professionals at the Residential Landlord Association’s Future Renting...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Cut the red tape! Huge rise in laws governing private renting

One of the industry’s leading trade bodies has revealed that the number of laws creating an obligation on landlords in the...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Pervert photo request leads to landlord being denied a licence

A landlord who made a perverted request to take photographs of a teenager in her underwear has had his request for...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council introduces £850 licensing scheme

Labour-run Leeds city council is introducing a licensing scheme which requires landlords to pay up to £825 per property. The deadline for...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Four figure bill for buy to let investor failing to licence an HMO

A landlord has been found guilty of failing to license an HMO - and has ended up with a bill of...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing overhaul needed quickly, government told

The government is being urged to speed up the release details of the future it sees for selective licensing following revelations...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters 'union' asks tenants to report agents levying illegal fees

The controversial tenants union Acorn has set up a web page where disgruntled renters can lodge complaints about letting agents. In the...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock warning that agents could be sued under selective licensing laws

A long-term legal critic of selective licensing is warning that letting agents could be held jointly accountable with the landlords, -...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council warns of “no hiding place” in rental crackdown

A statement from Hackney council in north east London says those who break its licensing provisions for the private rental sector...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Premiership footballer fined £25,000 for series of rental offences

Former QPR and Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock has been fined over £25,000 and branded a rogue landlord after admitting 12 licencing offences. He...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Cut licensing red tape! Trade group wants simpler, better-enforced system

Research by safeagent - the new name for the National Approved Letting Scheme - has found over 130,000 unlicensed properties in...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet More Licensing: councils want more freedom to expand schemes

An umbrella organisation representing councils is calling for greater freedom to introduce more and larger rental sector licensing schemes, without the...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for industry to crowdfund appeal at heart of eviction debate

A prominent trade body is urging its members and the wider industry to back a crowdfunding exercise to pay for a...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour chief and anti-agent group want city-wide rental licensing

A senior Labour politician in Sheffield and the campaign group Acorn have both expressed support for a selective licensing scheme to...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector must prepare for more older tenants, says top expert

The rental sector needs to prepare for the demographic challenge of an increasingly older population, says the head of a high...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Success for safeagent training course as it wins High Assurance award

safeagent’s Rent Smart Wales training course has been given the scheme’s top ‘High Assurance’ rating following its latest audit. Rent Smart Wales,...

20 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

Landlords to run their own licensing scheme as council backs down

Landlords in a part of Teesside are to be allowed to operate a “collaborative” licensing scheme after a council backed down...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

UK’s most controversial licensing scheme a success claims council

The most controversial local council rental licensing scheme in the country has been deemed a success - at least by the...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Council U-turn may mean scrapping of licensing scheme

It can be done - a council has U-turned on plans for a licensing scheme for landlords. The move by Hounslow council...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

London council returns to licensing five years after humiliating U-turn

Enfield wants to be the latest London council to introduce large-scale additional and selective licensing schemes which would affect most private rented...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency consolidation likely as regulation bites, says franchise giant

Belvoir says consolidation between lettings and sales agencies across the industry is likely to increase as a result of greater regulation...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Vote for the Private Rental Sector! Manifesto launched by letting agents' chief

With the country in febrile election mode, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the Association of Residential Letting Agents has got in on...

30 August 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

Government gives Labour council £200k for new rental clampdown

A Labour council which has become famous for its critical approach to the private rental sector has now been given almost £200,000...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Blocked! Government refuses to back council licensing plan

The government has blocked a council rolling out selective licensing across no fewer than 3,000 homes in its patch.  Under Stoke on...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Artificial Intelligence could help agents cope with industry regulation

PropTech, and specifically Artificial Intelligence, could help letting agents better cope with new demands created by further industry regulation. That’s the view...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

“It’s Illegal!” - council licensing scheme blasted by trade body

A local authority is being warned that its landlord licensing and accreditation scheme is potentially unlawful. The Residential Landlords Association, which represents...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Another council seeks government backing to widen licensing

Another local authority has announced that it wants to introduce another selective licensing scheme and designate its entire patch for HMO...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Death Trap: fine for tenant who converted home without owner’s consent

A tenant pretending to be landlord has been ordered to pay more than £21,000 after he carved up five family homes...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Council's civil penalty fine is slashed by First Tier Tribunal

Warwick district council has issued its first civil penalty to the landlord of an HMO. Glenn Gamblin, the landlord of the property...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over-regulation of Airbnb-style lets could damage tourism - claim

Over-regulation of short-term let accommodation in some areas of rural Scotland could pose a risk to rural tourism, a business organisation...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: revolutionary proposals for agency regulation, licensing and training

The government has published proposals for far-reaching changes to the way estate and letting agents are regulated, trained and licensed. The proposals...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Ditch licensing and introduce Property Passports, says lettings chief

The concept of a so-called rental property passport would rapidly improve the quality of accommodation and landlords, and would be far...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent convicted after ignoring council requests over licensing

A managing agent has been convicted by a local council for failing to properly license his property. Leon Hill, of Leighton Buzzard,...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

'Local councils not doing enough to prosecute rogue letting agents' - NLA

Local authorities are failing in their duty to prosecute criminal letting agents, the National Landlords Association (NLA) has warned. The NLA says...

04 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

Council boasts of issuing 133 penalty notices and 23 improvement notices

A London council wants to extend its private rental sector licensing scheme - and in doing so is boasting of the...

02 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

Selective licensing: 12 big changes being considered by government

An independent review into selective licensing in the private rental sector makes a series of recommendations to tighten processes, with the...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

U-turn Hypocrites! Government accused of reneging on rental sector pledge

A trade body has accused the government of going back on its promise not to introduce a national register of landlords. The...

26 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

Anti-rental activists in bust up with council over landlord licensing

A group of activists has expressed outrage over a council’s private rental licensing scheme, claiming it is too small to catch...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Out of order! Council accused of illegal licensing fee structure

A lettings sector trade body has written to a council accusing it of initiating an “unlawful” fee structure for a licensing...

14 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

Yet more licensing: Consultation underway to extend London scheme

Consultation is underway to extend a landlord licensing scheme in a London borough where a third of households rents privately.  Three types...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Government backs Labour council’s ‘unique’ licensing scheme

The government has agreed that a council in London where all 51 councillors are Labour should go ahead with a five...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban will particularly hurt tenants in selective licensing areas - claim

The National Landlords Association says it’s concerned the Fees Ban coming into effect in just two days’ time may limit access...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter HMO rules: “awareness remains limited” claims top agent

Six months on from the introduction of stricter licencing for Homes in Multiple Occupation, awareness “remains limited” according to one of...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

How you CAN increase your chargeable fees and JUSTIFY it

With the Tenant Fee Ban obliterating a key income stream, letting agents should be looking at ways they can increase the...

16 May 2019

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Landlord hit with huge fine after council uncovers astonishing web of lies

A rogue landlady has been hit with a fine of £24,000 after conning her tenants and the local authorities with a...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA threatens council over 'unlawful' and 'discriminatory' accreditation scheme

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is threatening Oxford Council with a judicial review of its landlord and letting agent accreditation scheme. The...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Should ‘revenue raising licensing schemes’ reinvest in the PRS?

Revenue raised by landlord licensing schemes should be used to enforce rental sector regulation, according to PayProp. It says that the money...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Criminal record for buy to let investor who didn’t have the right paperwork

A buy to let investor has been left with a £2,000 bill and a criminal conviction after letting out his property...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Daniel Gibson, director at Daniel Craig Residential

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  My name is Daniel and I’m a director at...

30 April 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Rental sector changes are positive, insists deposit replacement chief

A senior figure at a deposit replacement service says the current flurry of changes in the private rental sector are positive. Daniel...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New regulatory body for Fees Ban likely to clamp down hard

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says it backs a new Trading Standards-led body which will enforce the Fees Ban starting  on...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fightback Begins: council’s £1,200 licensing fee provokes backlash

One of the most pro-licensing local authorities in the country has extended its own scheme to include the entire centre of...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings reform: major announcements soon, says government

A housing minister has pledged that more key reforms for the private rental sector will be revealed soon, despite Brexit political...

03 April 2019

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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

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Revealed: councils’ feeble enforcement against rogue operators

Figures given through a Parliamentary answer have revealed just how bad councils in England are at policing and enforcement action against...

29 March 2019

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Fees Ban now definite in Wales too - from the autumn

The Renting Homes (Fees etc) (Wales) Bill passed its final hurdle in the Welsh Assembly yesterday evening. This has similar policies to...

28 March 2019

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Here we go again: More councils want licensing schemes

Leicester is the latest council to begin consultations on selective licensing in six parts of the city - with the threat...

22 March 2019

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Ker-ching! Councils cash in as revenue soars from licensing schemes

The implementation and costs of landlord licensing schemes in Britain are a lottery. That’s the conclusion of a new analysis of licensing...

20 March 2019

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Dawn raid on HMO as London council continues crackdown

A dawn raid on unlicensed HMOs in north London last week were the latest sign of a crackdown on rogue operators...

19 March 2019

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Another London council launches additional licensing scheme for HMOs

Haringey council is the latest local authority in the capital to create a borough-wide additional licensing scheme for HMOs. It claims the...

12 March 2019

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Stop the excuses! Lack of enforcement by councils blasted by trade body

A leading trade body says the argument that councils have insufficient powers to tackle rogue operators isn’t supported by the facts...

08 March 2019

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Buy to let investor has £20,000 bill after failing to apply for council licence

A buy to let investor has been landed with a fine and costs of over £20,000 because he failed to apply...

06 March 2019

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Yet more red tape? Gold and Silver rental standards being considered

Just when you thought there could not be any more rival licensing or accreditation systems in the private rental sector, a...

25 February 2019

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See you in court! Licensing scheme may face legal challenge

Another controversial scheme licensing landlords who let their homes out may face legal challenge. Middlesbrough council’s formal consultation on the introduction of...

25 February 2019

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Council admits it: 'We don't have staff to police private rental sector'

A local authority in the Midlands has admitted what many people have believed for some time - despite a slew of...

22 February 2019

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More councils want to increase rental sector licensing regimes

More local authorities have announced that they want to increase the size of the areas covered by their existing selective licensing...

19 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

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Massive £30,000 fine for rogue London letting agent

A lettings agency and its director have been fined a total of £30,000 for failing to licence HMOs and giving sham...

13 February 2019

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Here we go again: Another London council wants to extend licensing

Hounslow council wants its additional licensing scheme for HMOs - due to expire in May 2019 - to be extended for...

12 February 2019

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Beds In Sheds scandal - 19 tenants found at four bedroom property

Council enforcement officers have raided a house in Wembley, north London, and found 19 tenants paying a landlord £1,000 a week. Brent council’s...

08 February 2019

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Hefty fine after buy to let owner fails to comply with Improvement Notice

A landlord who failed to comply with orders to improve the standard of a property has had to pay over £7,500...

05 February 2019

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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

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Controversial Labour council ‘to prioritise which landlords to penalise’

A controversial Labour-controlled local authority which already has 91 per cent of its private rental properties inside licensing schemes is now...

17 January 2019

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Licensing: councils accused of automatically imposing harshest penalties

Councils have been accused of routinely pursuing the most serious enforcement option open to them if they find a local licensing...

14 January 2019

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Buy to let investor hit with £10k fine for failing to make improvements

A council has prosecuted a buy to let investor for not making necessary improvements to his property. The landlord, Balwinder Singh Chandi,...

14 January 2019

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Council 'celebrates' £300,000 penalties on private rental sector in 2018

A local authority has taken the unusual step of issuing a celebratory press release stating that it issued penalty notices adding...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Three point plan tells government how to make housing affordable

Some 79 per cent of landlords are only servicing the interest on their mortgages, not paying down their loans, according to...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show councils unable to enforce HMO regulations

Shock figures released by an insurance company suggest that councils are woefully unable to police new regulations regarding mandatory HMO licensing. Figures...

06 December 2018

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Sigh of relief as London council delays enforcement action timetable

One of London’s most enthusiastic councils for additional and selective licensing has pushed back the date for enforcement action against landlords...

04 December 2018

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Licensing: councils slammed for failing to police their own schemes

Two thirds of local authorities in England and Wales brought no prosecutions against private landlords in 2017/18 according to research by the...

29 November 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

‘Take rogues to court’ - council urges private tenants to take civil action

Nottingham council - which recently introduced one of the largest and most controversial selective licensing schemes in the country - now...

23 November 2018

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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

Chaos as thousands of licensing applications rejected by council

Local press reports say that one of the country’s most controversial buy to let licensing schemes has seen thousands of applications...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body threatens council with Judicial Review over licensing plan

The Residential Landlords Association is threatening a council with a judicial review because of unresolved concerns over the authority’s selective licensing...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to send hundreds of buy to let fixed-penalty notices today

A council says it has been preparing prosecution and penalty notices “for hundreds of private landlords that have failed to apply...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour threat to create private rental register and more licensing

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has made a clear pledge to tighten regulations surrounding the private rental sector. In an interview with The...

31 October 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

£261,750 - one council's buy to let fines issued in just six months

Havering council in London has issued £261,750 in penalty notices to what it calls ‘criminals’ operating in the private rental sector.  Between...

26 October 2018

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Fine after untrue claim that properties to let 'were empty'

A landlord has been ordered to pay £452 after he breached the terms of his licence in an area of County...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

No mass exodus of buy to let investors, poll suggests

A poll of 1,250 landlords suggests that far from being concerned about the profitability of buy to let, almost 80 per...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Licensing scheme bags £5m in 'lost' council tax from buy to let sector

Since one London local authority introduced private rental sector licensing in 2013 an extra £5,002,203 in council tax has been collected...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ghost Tenants Scam: huge fine for London managing agent

A managing agent who used ‘ghost tenants’ as a front so that she could cram 16 people into one overcrowded house...

16 October 2018

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Agency fined twice in a year - once over fees, once over licensing

A London agency has been fined for the second time in 11 months. Local media in Barking, east London, report that Primelodge...

16 October 2018

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Fledgling trade group dares any challenger to bring it on

A post on a landlord website suggests that a new trade body is being set up to challenge the dominance of...

10 October 2018

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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

London council wants agents to have a say in licensing review

A London local authority which is part way through its five year additional HMO licensing scheme wants lettings agents to give their...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

London council threatens bans and fines as it brings in new licensing

The Labour-led local authority in Hackney has issued a statement pledging fines or even bans if landlords fail to get appropriate...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Chaos ahead? 'Councils may not be ready for HMO change' warning

There’s less than a week to go to the introduction of new rules broadening the range of houses including in mandatory HMO...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New HMO rules next month 'will cost landlords £95m'

More than 77,000 UK landlords will be shelling out a combined £95 million this month, as new occupancy laws come into...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA reminds industry on provisions of imminent HMO rule changes

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has issued a reminder to the industry of the need to understand and abide by...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent hit with massive £30,000 fine for letting one tiny room

A lettings agent who let a tiny room behind a kitchen in a property in London has been ordered to pay...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Just three weeks until new HMO licensing rules are introduced

It is now just three weeks until licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is extended. The new rules, which will require...

10 September 2018

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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

Agents advised to check clients' licenses after council website blunder

Agents and landlords are being advised to check the status of their HMO licenses in the London Borough of Harrow following...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlawful! Trade body tells another council its licensing plans are illegal

The Residential Landlords Association has told another council that its plans to introduce selective licensing in areas of its town are...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed: council lists seven prosecuted over licensing scheme

A local authority has taken the unusual step of naming seven buy to let landlords prosecuted in the past month in...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb bookings in one UK city surge 70% in just a year, says agency

The proportion of visitors to Edinburgh using Airbnb surged 70 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous year. Commercial agency Colliers,...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for agents to speak out over council licensing schemes

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says lettings agents should be more vocal in providing the government with feedback on council rental licensing...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

More big fines handed out in latest licensing legal actions

More big fines have been handed out in recent legal action regarding buy to let investors who have not stuck by...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Five-figure fine for breaching conditions of London lettings licence

A London landlord has been ordered to pay over £13,000 for breaching the conditions of his licence as a result of...

01 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

Illegal! - trade body says council's licensing plan breaks the law

The Residential Landlords’ Association says proposals from Great Yarmouth council to introduce selective licensing in one part of the town contains...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Fine of £2,525 after four year licensing and overcrowding saga

An investor has been fined £2,525 after failing to licence her property and allegedly providing inadequate living conditions for her tenants. Adeola...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Britain's second-largest lettings licensing scheme starts in a week's time

From August 1 Nottingham council is introducing a new selective licensing regime covering an estimated 32,000 privately rented homes. This is an...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant who sub-let death trap property must pay over £26,500

A tenant who was ripping off other tenants in an overcrowded bungalow "death trap" has been fined tens of thousands of...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent presses council to rethink £945 licensing proposal

Councillors in Stockton-on-Tees are under pressure to rethink plans to introduce Selective Licensing of private rented housing in two areas of...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Council fining 27 rogue agents wins strong backing from ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has heaped praise on a local authority which has fined 27 lettings and managing agents...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA teams with PropTech firm to help agents remain compliant

ARLA Propertymark has launched a new database to help its agent members keep abreast of compliance issues in the lettings sector.  The...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Petition to Parliament wants review of city's selective licensing

A petition has appeared on the government’s e-petition website calling for a review of a city council’s newly-introduced selective licensing system. Nottingham...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Refinancing buy to let mortgages likely as HMO changes near

A buy to let mortgage firm says it’s likely that there will be a spike in refinancing enquiries as landlords meet...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Licensing never works! - industry verdict on latest government review

Letting agents and others in the private rental sector have responded to the latest government intervention - a review into how...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces review of selective licensing in private rental sector

The government has announced a review to assess how selective licensing is used and find out how well it is working...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals how it aims to combat fees ban income loss

Countrywide - which is making the lettings sector a key part of its ‘back to basics’ programme - is proposing to...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent banned from letting properties after head-butting incident

An agent has been banned from letting properties under ‘fit and proper person’ legislation in Scotland, following an incident in which...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Tories told: adopt some Labour rental policies or risk losing election

The government has been told is should simply adopt some Labour rental policies or risk losing the next General Election -...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Rental compliance platform secures another £500k funding

Rental compliance platform GetRentr has raised over £500,000 from investors including a private equity firm and private individuals. GetRentr uses artificial intelligence...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' body brands secret database of rogue landlords pointless

ARLA has branded the government’s long-awaited database of rogue landlords as “pointless” because it will not be made public. The Ministry of...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons warns on multiple challenges facing private rental sector

Foxtons is warning that the private rental sector - traditionally a strong earner for the company even in times of challenging...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Council wants to introduce licensing at hefty £775 per property

A 10 week consultation period begins today on selective licensing in the central area of Blackpool - with the council threatening...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council hits buy to let investors with fines in licensing clampdown

Two landlords have been hit with hefty court fines for failing to comply with a local licensing scheme. The pair are the...

21 March 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

Trade body unveils seven-point plan for future of private renting

The National Landlords Association has revealed a seven-point plan which would allow the Welsh Government greater powers over the private rental...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals 70 councils now have selective or additional licensing

A survey by consumer group Which?, working with landlords’ associations, reveals that 70 local authorities now have selective or additional licensing...

09 March 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

Trade body upset at provisions of extended HMO mandatory licensing system

The Residential Landlords’ Association is upset at the government’s confirmation that the extension of mandatory HMO licensing will come into force...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Fightback starts against huge lettings licensing charge imposed by council

The local media in Bristol are reporting that landlords in the city are complaining that they face backruptcy if a hugely...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landmark court ruling stops councils over-reaching on licensing conditions

The Court of Appeal has ruled that councils cannot use selective licensing conditions to impose new standards on private rented homes. In...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council proposes hefty £1,660 lettings licensing charge

Bristol council is consulting on a licensing scheme which could see buy to let investors paying £1,660 for a five year...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords fined for flouting selective licensing scheme

A local authority has fined four landlords who failed to licence a total of seven properties under its selective licensing scheme. Hastings...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

London council extends licensing scheme as it nears £1m in fines

Brent Council has confirmed that the government has approved its request to extend the local selective licensing scheme. The local authority, which...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fines total £27,000 for failure to abide by council licensing regime

Two buy to let investors have been fined a total of more than £27,000 under enforcement powers introduced in Burnley to...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government backs one of UK's largest selective licensing schemes outside London

The government has given the go ahead to what will be one of the UK’s largest selective licensing scheme outside of...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Champion of strict rental sector controls faces Momentum challenge

It is being reported that the Labour mayor of Newham council - that’s the authority which has introduced stricter controls on...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council drops lettings licensing plan after massive backlash

This is a rare story: a council has dropped a plan for a lettings licensing scheme as a result of 900...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council marks 125 prosecutions against agents, landlords and sub-letters

A London council is marking 125 successful prosecutions against agents, landlords and sub-letting tenants since 2016. The authority, Brent, says the convictions...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency prosecuted for breaking HMO and licensing regulations

A lettings agency apparently trying to get around HMO regulations has been prosecuted for licensing and housing offences.  Easy Let Agency let...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Crackdown continues on 'self managing landlords' in Wales

Landlords in Wales who manage their own properties are being reminded that they must submit their licence application to Rent Smart...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Proceeds of Crime Act used for first time to punish lettings licensing breach

A London council has been the first in the country to use the Proceeds of Crime Act for a breach in...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent-free tenants and two landlords fined over property management

Two landlords and two tenants were fined a total of over £11,000 after losing their appeal against housing convictions concerning property...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

NALS reveals big annual fee increases for London lettings licences

Research by NALS has revealed extensive increases in the cost of licensing of lettings properties and landlords by local authorities in...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to hear evidence on fees ban from ARLA, NALS and others today

The select committee monitoring the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government will continue its deliberations today on the government’s ban...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading PropTech entrepreneur backs stricter HMO regulations

The chief operating officer of a leading PropTech company says government proposals to increase mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales issues 185 fixed penalty notices and 15 prosecutions

Rent Smart Wales says it is “heartening” that there has been a substantial recent rise in the number of agents, properties...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Foxtons asked to prove it’s competent to manage rental properties

Letting Agent Today understands that Foxtons has been asked to appear at a hearing staged by a London council to prove...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government reveals new minimum room sizes for HMOs

The government has announced new minimum space requirements for private lettings in a bid to reduce problems of overcrowding. In addition to...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government lettings reforms: no response yet from ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and other trade bodies have not yet responded to the government’s announcement over the holiday...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government outlines new clampdown on private rental sector abuse

The government has released more details on long-discussed proposals to tighten up licensing in the private rental sector. It wants landlords in...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

HMRC may add tax checks to private rental licensing schemes

HM Revenue & Customs has launched a consultation on adding tax checks to private rental sector licensing schemes - in other...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial licensing scheme said to have won government backing

The selective licensing scheme operated by Newham council in London is reported to have won government backing to be extended until...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogues' database and banning orders to come into effect in April

A database of rogue letting agents and landlords and new banning orders, first promised in the Housing and Planning Act announced...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Leasehold: Conveyancers want unfair fees and dodgy services ended

The Conveyancing Association has made a wide-ranging response to the government’s call for evidence on the regulation of letting and managing...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New tool to keep across those 67 (and rising) licensing schemes

The National Landlords Association has unveiled a new tool which could help agents and landlords keep across the ever-rising number of...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

£7,000 bill because buy to let investor failed to get HMO licence

A buy to let investor who failed to purchase a £542 licence for his HMO has been ordered to pay almost...

28 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

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

Exclusive: new bid by lettings chiefs to create industry-wide regulation

Letting Agent Today understands that senior industry figures are working on the framework of a new attempt at regulation, including measures...

27 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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£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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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£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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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£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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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£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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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£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

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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

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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

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'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

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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

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'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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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£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

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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

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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

From: Breaking News