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KEYWORD "Local Authorities" - 211 RESULTS
Agents urged to beware council compliance crackdown and heavy fines

Agents are being warned about a crackdown on compliance issues surrounding rental property management. No Letting Go, the country’s largest provider of...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists blast councils for failing to act over “unsafe rental properties”

Councils are failing to protect tenants in three out of four cases where they discover rental homes are unsafe, according to...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals true scale of Green Homes Grant farce

ARLA Propertymark says there should be a long term appropriately funded strategy to help the private rental sector and home owners...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantees could mean more DSS tenants in private sector

Rent guarantees and upfront cash payments from local authorities are the most effective means of opening the private rented sector to...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Fly the flag! Union Jacks must be shown during viewings

The government has told estate agents to ensure at least one Union Jack is present in properties during both physical and...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure on private rented sector to cater more for older and disabled

A lettings trade body says the sector - and local councils - should do more to cater for the older and...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government tweaks Covid guidance for rental sector ahead of new rules

The government has revised its official guidance for the private rental sector and local authorities in the light of imminently-changing Coronavirus advice. The...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Help bring rental sector Health and Safety up to date, agents urged

Letting agencies are being urged to help to shape the future of the rental sector by completing a survey as part...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet another Eviction Ban extension - and then it will 'taper off'

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. At that point...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Victory for Airbnb in first round of battle for short lets regulation

A first attempt to regulate Airbnb-style short lets through licensing has been withdrawn. The SNP-led Scottish Government had drawn up a licensing...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents 'should guide landlords through blizzard of licensing rules'

Letting agents should help landlords through a blizzard of red tape and regulation cause by local licensing schemes, a PropTech entrepreneur...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Pioneering clampdown on short lets gathers pace

Scotland’s official clampdown on short lets is gathering pace with the country’s housing minister advocating a licensing regime and so-called ‘control...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government - Use Budget to help private rental sector

ARLA Propertymark has issued a list of 10 demands for Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s long-awaited Budget on March 3, with a financial...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ alert over electricity checks as government digs in over deadline

Letting agents have been told to document all arranging, planning and scheduling of work related to electrical checks in a bid...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Council ignores ARLA warning and ploughs on with licensing

Earlier this week ARLA branded local councils pursuing private rental licensing during the pandemic as “socially irresponsible” - but one of...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils can’t enforce energy efficiency regs in rental sector - claim

Propertymark has responded to the official consultation on the government proposals called Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents slam “socially irresponsible” councils pushing licensing

ARLA Propertymark has hit out at a growing number of local councils introducing licensing schemes, calling it “socially irresponsible” to do...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Control legislation doesn’t go far enough, claims tenants' group

A renters’ union in Scotland claims a proposal to cap rents in the country doesn’t go far enough. The Scottish Parliament’s Local...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must act on eviction backlog and landlord hardship - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark has given a detailed response to a government consultation on how the pandemic has hit the private rental sector. The...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge licensing crackdown in 2021 gives agents a chance to shine - claim

A new assessment of legislation and council rules surrounding the private rental sector suggests a severe crackdown may be coming in...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) Checklist

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

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

So just how important IS the short lets rental sector?

Rental operators specialising in short lets are signing up to a tracking study to assess the sector’s size and significance.  The exercise...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Short Lets group demands public cash to survive Covid crisis

The new trade group representing short lets operators is asking the government to make sure the short lets sector is specifically...

28 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

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

Agents urged by ARLA to lobby MPs over cash help to tenants

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is urging its members to write to their MPs over the provision of cash help...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents link with critics to demand public cash for renters

ARLA and the NRLA have teamed up with charities - some usually critical of letting agents and landlords - to lobby...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions latest: SIX months notice required in Wales

The Welsh Government has temporarily increased the notice period landlords must provide from three months to six months to end Assured...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ending: government tries to soothe critics

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has given Letting Agent Today a statement trying to soothe critics of its...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Fire brigade chief praises new rental sector electricity regulations

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

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government issues guidelines for electrical checks from July 1

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

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Short lets regulation options to be considered by government in June

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

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

No council tax on empty buy to lets, demands landlord group

Private landlords want the government to stop local authorities charging council tax on rented homes left empty because of the Coronavirus.  The National...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

All court possession orders suspended immediately

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

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Help for self employed agents and new lettings info: Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to the latest Conquering Corona - our guide for agents to get through these challenging times. Please let us...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents - new MEES rules come into effect next week

Despite the challenges being thrown up to the lettings sector by Coronavirus, this is a reminder that new MEES regulations on...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent fined £12,000 after falsely claiming NALS membership

The safeagent accreditation business says it has helped secure the conviction of a rogue lettings agent who falsely claimed membership of...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Public cash handouts to Shelter slammed by pressure group

Shelter, which routinely criticises lettings agents and landlords, has been slammed for the huge amount of public funding it receives -...

24 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

From: Breaking News

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

Humiliation for government as rogues’ database is largely ignored

The government’s hugely-publicised database for rogue letting agents and landlords has been running for almost two years and has…wait for it…just...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets like Airbnb out of control and activists want crackdown

Generation Rent - an outspoken organisation sharply critical of lettings agents and many aspects of the private rental sector - is...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Banning Orders could rise this year after councils win extra cash

Councils that have been awarded additional cash injections by government could use their windfalls to enhance their enforcement of the private...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council to set up agent review service with cash windfall

A council getting government cash for rental enforcement is using it to introduce a review service allowing tenants to comment on...

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

Labour mocks government’s new funding to combat rogue agents

The Labour party has mocked the government’s £4m new funding for councils to combat rogue agents and landlords as “puny.” A statement...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over new energy rules - the countdown begins

A legal firm is warning agents and landlords that they have less than three months to prepare for the latest MEES...

06 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

Section 21 WILL be scrapped - it’s in Thursday’s Queen’s Speech

Number 10 briefings to the national media suggest that the scrapping of Section 21 - long talked about by the previous...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Connells want mandatory regulation of letting agents

A roundtable discussion of rental industry leaders has produced a recommendation for the mandatory regulation of lettings agents. The objective, they say,...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax credit idea for tenants whose rent is 30% or more of income

The Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru is pledging tax credits for private tenants whose rent and utilities bills add up to...

26 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

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

Why S21 must stay: £29,000 arrears and £2,000 mess left by tenant

The government and local authorities run by all political parties are keen to advocate measures to curb rogue letting agents and...

12 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

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

Airbnb and short lets may have tighter controls in Scotland

The Scottish Government says it’s looking at whether to regulate Airbnb and other short let activities after a consultation found widespread...

04 November 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

Second law firm hits out at government Section 21 proposals

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

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Local authorities provided with rogue agent and landlord enforcement toolkit

The government has this week published a learning toolkit for local authorities to help them with enforcement against rogue landlords and...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Supply and demand on the rise - UK's most active rental markets revealed

There has been a significant spike in activity in the East Hampshire lettings market, according to analysis from Zoopla. Over the last...

03 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

Shock claim that one-in-five agents still have no Client Money Protection

An estimated 20 per cent of letting agents have still not signed up for a Client Money Protection scheme, six months...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents scandal is sign of bad enforcement says trade body

Last week’s revelation that approaching 50 per cent of letting agents surveyed in London were in breach of the law is...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: More fierce criticism for government over its scrapping

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

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Human Habitation law does NOT require specific HHSRS inventories

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

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Industry reform “toothless” if rogue agents aren’t stopped - warning

There’s a warning this morning that the root-and-branch reform of the agency industry recommended by a government-backed working party will be...

19 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

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

Policing rental sector to be a focus of new research project

Two housing organisations have come together to fund a major research programme to improve standards in the private rental sector. They are...

17 June 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

Landlords selling up made average gain of £80,000 in 2018

The typical landlord who sold a rental property in England and Wales made a gross gain of £79,770 before tax last...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

Airbnb backs call for mandatory registration system for short let properties

The Mayor of London is calling on government to introduce a new registration system for anyone wishing to rent out a...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative service shortlisted for prestigious RESI award

Flatfair, which describes itself as the UK’s fastest-growing tenancy deposit alternative, has been shortlisted in the Best Newcomer category of the...

08 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

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Human Habitation law takes effect today - but not everyone is happy...

Today the long-awaited Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Act comes into force, pioneered by Labour MP Karen Buck and giving people...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Spending slashed on policing rogue operators in the private rented sector

New figures from a leading trade body suggest that councils across England have cut by a quarter the amount they are...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Quality of homes to let must improve, says PropTech chief

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

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Tenants Fees Bill is now law as clock ticks down to June 1

The Tenants’ Fees Bill has now become law, receiving formal Royal Assent yesterday afternoon - and within minutes, the government issued...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Free seminars for agents on repair issues in communal areas

Disrepair in communal areas of private blocks is to be tackled in a new series of seminars for letting agents and...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour outrage at councils renting back privately-owned Right To Buy homes

The Labour party has expressed outrage at the news that London councils are spending over £22m each year renting back homes...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge surge in Build To Rent: problem or opportunity for letting agents?

There has been a massive surge in the volume of lettings properties under construction for the burgeoning Built To Rent sector. Data...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

More public money for councils to stamp out rogue landlords

More than 50 councils across the country will share nearly £2.4m of extra government funding to crack down on rogue landlords. Among...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Government revises rental property minimum room size guidance

In an announcement made just hours before much of the industry started its Christmas break, the government has clarified its guidance...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Higher council tax? That'll help the rental sector, says lettings agency

A lettings agency says proposals for landlords to pay more council tax on homes they leave empty could indirectly help the...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Agents embracing fees ban set to succeed long-term says PropTech chief

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says agents who accept that the lettings fee ban is coming and who plan positively for its...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New funding for government crackdown on buy to let rogue operators

Local authorities across the UK are to get another £2m to crack down on rogue operators in the buy to let...

08 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

New branch bans tenant fees and gives discounts to public sector workers

A new branch of franchise agency Century 21 has opened in Chelmsford with two unusual pitches - its own ‘ban’ on...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Protest follows agency owner's refusal to sign 'pledge' document

The head of a lettings agency has refused to sign a pledge document put to him by a protest group - and...

01 October 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

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

Short lets - look before you leap, top agent advises landlords

One of the country’s largest independent property management firms says it’s seeing a clear shift within the rental sector from traditional...

10 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

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

Airbnb and short-let platforms under scrutiny again - this time from MPs

It’s been a difficult summer for Airbnb and other short-let platforms operating in the UK. Recently the European Commission gave Airbnb until the...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Which? takes aim at letting agents and private rental sector

Which?, the consumer body that appears to be taking an increasingly-aggressive line against letting agents and landlords, has now issued a...

23 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

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

Yield of Dreams: research reveals the highest buy to let returns

A new analysis of rental yields across all of the UK’s local authorities has revealed exactly where the best places are for...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Spot checks on buy to let properties could boost quality - claim

A PropTech company chief is backing the controversial idea of spot checks on private rental sector properties in a bid to...

28 June 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

Confiscation of buy to let properties amongst new measures urged by MPs

MPs want a review of laws surrounding private rental standards, including councils having the right to confiscate buy to let properties...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry wants more policing of rental sector rather than yet more reform

Trade bodies have been responding to today’s report of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee deliberations on the private...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent total ‘built and planned’ surges to 180,000

New figures show a 30 per cent rise in the past year in the number of Build To Rent units planned,...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More industry backing for government's crackdown on agents

The Property Ombudsman is the latest property industry player to throw its support behind the introduction of mandatory qualifications and a...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs tell government to cap rental deposits at five weeks

A Select Committee of MPs investigating the proposed ban on agents’ fees levied on tenants says the measure could save renters...

29 March 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

Trade body accuses government of allowing 'money grabbing' new charge

A trade body is calling on the government to repeal the fee that councils can now charge when an Article 4...

12 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

Call for council officers and members to 'get educated about Build To Rent'

Reaction to the government’s call for developers and planning authorities to be more flexible in their approach to increasing the housing...

07 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

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

Call for affordable rental homes to help families trapped in 'insecure' PRS

A housing charity has called for the government to build more affordable social homes for rent to help families 'trapped' in...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Short-lets management firm says it backs Labour call for sector regulation

One of the many firms that has sprung up to manage Airbnb-style short let accommodation says it backs the Labour Party’s...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New squeeze on Airbnb-style short lets from politicians across the UK

Politicians in London and Scotland are looking at new controls which could be imposed on home owners letting out their properties...

31 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

'We will work with Labour to reform lettings' says trade body

The chairman of the Residential Landlords Association has written in the Labour-supporting New Statesman magazine about the need for the lettings...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Major agency says pro-tenant legislation must go much further

Lettings agency Haart says the government should go much further than the legislation it is supporting giving tenants the right to...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry support for Human Habitation Bill continues to pile in

There have been more expressions of support from industry bodies for the Private Members’ Bill from Labour’s Karen Buck MP which...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to allow tenants to sue over poor property conditions

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

14 January 2018

From: Breaking News

First London boroughs roll out ‘rogue agents database’

The first London boroughs are now rolling out the Greater London Authority’s ‘Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker’ - allowing tenants to...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs will soon start scrutiny of government proposals

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee says it is to begin “pre-legislative scrutiny” of proposals to ban tenant fees imposed...

20 November 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

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Clampdown on rogue agents and landlords welcomed by PropTech firm

PropTech firm PayProp has welcomed the latest measures to clamp down on rogue elements within the lettings industry - but warns...

11 October 2017

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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

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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

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Trade body establishes 'research lab' to inform lettings policy

The Residential Landlords Association has established the Private renting Evidence, Analysis & Research Lab - PEARL - to better inform policy-making...

02 August 2017

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Trade body wants rental sector fire safety guidance to be updated

A lettings sector trade body is warning that contradictory and outdated fire safety guidance needs updating.    At present, landlords or their agent...

27 July 2017

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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

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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

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Government spells out fire responsibilities of private rental sector

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

05 July 2017

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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

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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

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Trade group wants new government to improve slow court process

The Residential Landlords’ Association is demanding that the new government improves the “slow, complex, and underfunded” system which means that it...

23 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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More consultation - this time Scottish rental sector energy efficiency

The Scottish Government has opened formal consultation on its attempts to introduce minimum standards of energy efficiency for the private rented...

13 April 2017

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Government repeats 'fees will be banned' - but still no consultation...

The government has issued a new statement saying unequivocally that letting agents’ fees on tenants will be banned in England -...

07 April 2017

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Letting agents in the firing line as new civil penalties come into effect

New legislation coming into force today gives local authorities in England tough new powers to crack down on rogue agents and...

06 April 2017

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Government should create 'Help To Rent' says homelessness charity

Half of England’s local authorities claim it is ‘very difficult’ to assist homeless applicants into privately rented accommodation, according to a...

22 March 2017

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Longer tenancies will NOT apply to Buy To Let properties

The government has stepped in to clear up misunderstandings emerging from the Housing White Paper following its high profile call for...

09 February 2017

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Shelter says government must deliver on longer tenancies

Shelter - the campaigning charity many feel has had influence on government policies for the lettings sector - has now turned around and...

09 February 2017

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Now Ireland looks at planning issues surrounding Airbnb lets

Properties let out via Airbnb in the Republic of Ireland may come under greater planning scrutiny.    It follows the news that a...

17 January 2017

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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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Recycling charges - another back-door tax on buy to let?

What appears at first sight to be a low-level dispute between a landlord and a council has raised what may be...

06 December 2016

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Agents praised by council for professional property management

We often report local authorities criticising the standards of letting agents and landlords - now here's a quite different story. Letting agents...

11 November 2016

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Noose tightens around Airbnb 'hosts' who abuse lettings system

Local authorities appear to be at the forefront of identifying abuses of the Airbnb short-let platform and have called executives from...

04 November 2016

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Rising rents hit workers and their families says union

The average rent for two bedroom apartments has risen to more than a third of gross average earnings of tenants in...

28 October 2016

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Local authorities are letting down tenants, say landlords

Two landlord associations have criticised local councils for a lack of enforcement and failing to prosecute criminal landlords.  The Residential Landlords Association...

26 September 2016

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Tenants ignoring eviction notices could cost landlords up to £7,000

Tenants who are advised by local councils and advice agencies to ignore eviction notices could cost the average landlord almost £7,000. The...

15 September 2016

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NALS says latest call to ban letting agent fees is not the answer

The National Approved Letting Scheme says the most recent call to ban letting agent fees - in a demand made by...

08 August 2016

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Rogue letting agents being targeted by new toolkit for councils

The National Approved Letting Scheme has created a toolkit which it says will help local authorities tackle rogue letting agents who...

28 June 2016

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Councils condemned by trade body over poor lettings regulations

The Residential Landlords’ Association has revealed what it calls “worryingly low levels of enforcement of rented housing regulations” by local authorities. Using...

29 April 2016

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Firm launches software claiming to protect councils from rogue agents

The demonisation of agents continues with the launch of a web-based application designed to “enable local authorities to take action against rogue...

23 March 2016

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Industry body tells government: buy to let is fine, shortage of homes is not

The government has been told to back off its criticism of buy to let landlords and instead do more to address...

22 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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MPs want more energy info given to renters before tenancies are signed

MPs and members of the House of Lords want private sector tenants to be given clearer up-front information on the cost...

24 February 2016

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Industry body upset at tenants being told to ignore eviction notices

The National Landlords’ Association says an alarming number of private tenants are being told by their local authorities to ignore eviction...

29 January 2016

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Labour MP claims councils take 'soft' approach towards buy to let rogues

Labour MP Karen Buck is accusing local authorities of taking a ’softly, softly’ approach to rogue letting agents and landlords. Buck, whose...

19 January 2016

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Eviction specialists want 'rogue tenants' blacklist to be drawn up

Eviction specialist company Landlord Action wants the government to complement its action against rogue letting agents and tenants with a ‘rogue...

05 January 2016

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Sean Hooker, Head of Redress, PRS

Who are you? I’m the Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme. I previously worked for Legal & General PLC dealing...

23 December 2015

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Government to unveil new lettings measures - in Christmas week

It may be almost Christmas but the government is this week unveiling new laws to combat what it sees as the...

21 December 2015

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Huge support for clampdown on rogue agents and landlords says government

The Department of Communities and Local Government has published a summary of the 600 responses it has received to its recent...

16 November 2015

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Council's new powers to fine agents flouting redress schemes

One of Britain’s largest local authorities has beefed up its powers so it can issue fines of up to £5,000 on...

12 November 2015

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

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

11 November 2015

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Government confirms Right To Rent from February 1st

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

20 October 2015

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Another top Tory wants more action against rogue letting agents and landlords

A senior Conservative MP is urging the government to give councils the power to issue rogue landlords with on-the-spot fines. Oliver Colville,...

20 October 2015

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Councils told new law renders local licensing schemes redundant

Local councils are being urged to drop landlord licensing schemes following the publication of new laws showing that they are not...

15 October 2015

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Consultation begins on private rental sector 'charter'

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

22 September 2015

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

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

11 September 2015

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Outrage over S21 and smoke alarm confusion as deadline nears

The property industry has hit out at what appears to be government confusion over a raft of new rules coming into...

10 September 2015

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Letting agents must meet yet another 'rental standard'

Yet another ‘rental standard’ has been set up a a local council to create what it calls ‘a kitemark’ which can...

10 August 2015

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Students 'let down by landlords and poor enforcement'

Students in rented housing are being let down by a small number of bad landlords and a failure by local authorities...

05 August 2015

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Redress chief names councils strongest on policing agents

Unitary local authorities where trading standards and environmental health teams work to the same objectives are more successful at clamping down...

30 July 2015

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Lettings database reveals England's most convicted landlord

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

24 July 2015

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Every landlord to undergo 'training' to secure licence

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

15 July 2015

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Labour's Burnham plans to seize unfit rental properties

A newspaper claims that Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham will this week announce that, should he head the party and eventually...

29 June 2015

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New shadow chancellor against a ‘crack down’ on agents

The new shadow chancellor has said that he is against a ‘crack down’ on letting agencies and rent controls.  Labour’s Chris Leslie,...

02 June 2015

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RLA urges government to hunt for ‘criminal landlords’

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling for more effective action to find the minority of landlords who are criminals. The Association...

28 May 2015

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CA report: industry body wants more policing of sector

The Residential Landlords Association is calling for better enforcement of existing laws and regulations to protect tenants in private rented housing. In...

22 May 2015

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Agents and developers make Build To Rent plea

Around 40 developers, property consultants and block managers have sent an open letter to the new government - being elected today...

07 May 2015

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Paper names 'millionaire housing benefit agents and landlords'

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

01 May 2015

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Landlords blast BBC over 'negative' Panorama

The Residential Landlords Association says it has “deep concerns” over the Panorama programme broadcast early this week claiming that landlords were...

30 April 2015

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One month for agents to meet transparency rules

It’s now just one month until all letting agents have to do what most have done for some time - publicise...

22 April 2015

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