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KEYWORD "Local Authority" - 221 RESULTS
£10m grants to clear tenant arrears - is this the right approach?

Councils across Scotland have been given £10m to provide grants to tenants who have Covid-related arrears and risk eviction. The grants will...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on boards after code of conduct ‘ignored’ by agents

A local authority in Essex is cracking down on what it claims to be the increase of illegally positioned estate agent...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Was agent fined merely for helping his mother manage a property?

A bizarre fine imposed on a managing agent by a local authority appears to have been reversed because the council flouted...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

 Capital appreciation surge makes case for buy to let - agency chief

The capital appreciation of the past year proves that there’s no better investment than bricks and mortar, according to an agency...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council’s civil penalty threat over electrical safety in rental properties

Bury council in Greater Manchester has adopted new measures to fine agents or landlords up to £30,000 if their properties fail...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Dramatic reform likely for rental sector in Scotland - warning

There was much publicity this week for the efforts of the Welsh Government to deter the letting of second homes. Now it...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

£10m of taxpayers’ cash for tenants with Covid-related arrears

A new £10m grant will be introduced in part of the UK to help private rented tenants struggling to pay rent...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Shift from long term lets to Airbnb ‘contribute to housing emergency’

A politician in one of the poorest parts of the UK wants his local authority to declare a ‘housing emergency’. Cornish councillor...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent uses council to secure electrical inspection at private flat

A local authority has explained its role in ensuring that a private landlord could arrange for an electrical safety inspection to...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Indefinite Tenancies is key demand in campaigners’ reform manifesto

Campaign group Generation Rent has set out a 10-point plan for reform of the private rental sector in favour of tenants. Its...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council warns landlords will be served with ‘anti-social orders’

A Labour council in London is taking the unusual measure of threatening landlords with community protection notices - associated with anti-social...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Banning Orders: just 39 issued, three years after implementation

Some 39 agents and landlords have had banning orders over the past three years according to a report in The Guardian. Under the...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to create paper trail on electrical compliance

Changes to electrical safety standards rules applying to existing tenancies came into force at the start of the Easter break and...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert - New electrical check regulations kick in next week

The private rental sector has new electricity regulations taking effect next week, putting the emphasis on agents and landlords. The Electrical Safety...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents reminded about ‘Breathing Space’ laws effective from May

ARLA Propertymark is reminding agents about the controversial Breathing Space legislation coming into effect on May 4. The new rules are known as...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on letting agents backed by local councils

A huge trading standards operation clamping down on lettings agents who fail to abide by Client Money Protection rules has been...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge crackdown on letting agents failing to honour CMP laws

A clampdown on letting agents who fail to safeguard landlords’ and tenants’ money is now underway.  A statement from the National Trading Standards...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New property ID system aims to identify rogue buy to lets

A new property identification system which has won the backing of ARLA Propertymark and substantial parts of the industry has said...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Gangmasters probe leads to property firm and director’s huge fines

Restaurant staff were kept in “dangerous and overcrowded” conditions by a property company and its landlord-director, a court has heard. The company...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

HMOs in the firing line: Another city ponders a clampdown

Another local authority is considering a clampdown on the spread and condition of HMOs. Bath and North East Somerset Council, which is...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19: Labour councillors say HMOs must be en suite

Opposition Labour councillors on a local authority says HMOs should only be let if each bedroom has an en suite bathroom.  The...

28 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

Probe into rental rooms exempt from mainstream rental regulations

A local authority is launching a six month probe into rooms let out but exempt from rental sector regulation. The project is...

22 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

Trading Standards blitzing students with lettings fee info

Trading Standards in one region of the UK is staging Twitter quizzes aimed at students, and asking about agents’ fees surrounding...

09 October 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

From: Breaking News

Collapse of Airbnb popularity produces glut of long-term stock

One in eight homes coming onto the rental market in inner London since May has previously been an Airbnb or other...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to call council before serving eviction notices

A local authority is urging letting agents within its boundary to get in touch before serving eviction notices on private tenants. Gedling council...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Council seeks private rental sector help to ease waiting list problems

A local authority has set up what it calls The Private Sector Landlord service to try to harness some private property...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets should convert to long-term rentals, says council

A council with a large number of short let properties within its boundaries is urging owners to convert them to traditional...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Private landlords and Airbnb hosts implored to take in homeless

A local authority is imploring private landlords and providers of short-term lets, including Airbnb hosts, to lease their properties and thus...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Repayment order means £11,000 in rent being returned to tenants

Rent to the value of £10,982.25 is to be returned to tenants by a landlord who was operating without a licence. Mrs...

05 June 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

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Does paying 50% of salary in rent really make an area affordable?

A PropTech platform claims that an area where the average rent is 50 per cent of less of an average salary...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fitness For Human Habitation

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act came into force across the country on the 20th March 2019. The act is designed...

11 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

From: Breaking News

Police hit ‘slavery’ landlord with landmark court order

The West Midlands Police force says it’s secured what it calls a “landmark court order” against a rogue landlord who turned...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

Lettings agency speaks out against long-term empty homes

A lettings agency is calling on local councils to tackle the growing problem of long-term empty homes. My Property Box says that...

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

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

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

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

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

Agents asked to tell council how to improve rental sector policies

Lettings agents are being invited to tell a big city council how to improve its private rental sector strategy.  Manchester local authority...

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

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

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

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

Shock Trading Standards claim: almost half of letting agents breaking the law

London Trading Standards has made the startling claim that 46 per cent of almost 2,000 agents it has surveyed are falling...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Council bans new home buyers short-letting on Airbnb and the like

A local authority in Manchester is pioneering a ban to prevent buyers of homes at a new development from selling them to private...

05 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

Short lets: £100k fine for Airbnb ‘sub-let’ and another council starts probe

A council tenant has been fined £100,000 and evicted because he let out his flat via Airbnb.  The Times reports that Toby...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Double trouble as rogue landlord is prosecuted for a second time

A rogue landlord in Chesterfield has received a hefty fine for a second time after the council took her to court...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

'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

Beds In Sheds: tenants found crammed inside garden shed and house

Local authority officers have found three tenants living inside a shed in the garden of a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Brent,...

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

Think tank blames high rents for Millennials not moving for jobs

A think tank is blaming high rents for apparently stopping Millennials moving to better paying parts of the country. A report from...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent fined for having only 'limited' redress cover through TPO

The Property Ombudsman has issued a reminder to all agents to ensure they have the correct redress membership to cover the...

23 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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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

Buy To Let with no windows and no heating lands couple in court

Two rogue landlords have been convicted of failing to comply with a Prohibition Order on the rental property they owned. Sandeep Jarjapu...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

 Snoopers’ Charter - people urged to inform about ‘illegal lettings’

A local authority has written to purchasers of former council houses and apartments warning them against illegally letting them out -...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders Flop: not even one issued after 12 months

A Freedom of Information request by The Guardian newspaper has produced the startling admission from government that not even one landlord...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New revenue stream for agents pledged by PropTech utilities site

A new utilities management platform for tenants says it will generate additional revenue streams for letting agents. Love Resident gives tenants online...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Five-figure fine after flat was let out despite Prohibition Order

A buy to let investor has received a hefty fine “for endangering the lives of his tenants by failing to meet...

12 April 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

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on HMOs underway in another London borough

Another London local authority is proposing to insist HMOs require planning permission in future.  Currently in Croydon multi-bedroom properties can be converted...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

Council in media probe blames government for 'rogue' payments

A council accused of paying over £500,000 to a landlord it had already ruled as unfit to rent out property is...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

Fees Ban update: ‘Enforcement authority’ for lettings sector to be revealed shortly

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has revealed that it will shortly choose which local authority will be the...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Confiscation orders on landlords could set precedent for private rental sector

A local authority claims that a court decision may set a legal precedent for other councils across the UK using the...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour MP demands government clarity on moves against landlords

The Labour MP who chairs the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee in the House of Commons is pressing the government...

06 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

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

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

From: Breaking News

First council backs campaign to scrap S21 eviction powers

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

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Corbyn's council clamps down after 35 tenants found in just four flats

Two private landlords have been found guilty of managing Houses in Multiple Occupation with dangerous and sub-standard conditions, following a successful...

26 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

CPRs; the practicalities

In our previous blog, we looked at the definitions outlined by the CPRs. In our next blog we’ll look at the...

29 August 2018

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Not again! Another charity slams private rental sector over S21

Last week Shelter and the National Housing Federation took a swipe at lettings agents, and now Citizens Advice has joined the...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Shocking buy to let overcrowding - hunt is on for culprit

A London local authority is looking for the landlord of a bungalow which had two bedrooms but was home to 15...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical checks welcomed by senior lettings agency chief

One of the lettings industry’s senior figures has welcomed the introduction of mandatory five yearly inspections of electrical installations in private...

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

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

Fergus Wilson hits back on 'baby evictions', curry smells and more...

Britain’s most controversial buy to let investor, Fergus Wilson, has hit back and given his side of events on a series...

24 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

Council lettings agency aims to tackle homelessness through private sector

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

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Father and son investors fined for breaching Prohibition Order

A buy to let investor has ended up with a bill for thousands of pounds after being found guilty of breaching...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to 'create a buzz' with its own online letting agency

A London council has launched its own online letting agency with the aim of creating a buzz in the 'London property...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

'House of Horrors' - a council's description of unfit lettings property

A local authority has described a lettings property as “a real House of Horrors that put the health and safety of...

10 May 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

Sub-letting scandal as three head tenants rent out house to 35 men

Three head tenants who sub-let a three bedroom house to 35 men have been hit with over £23,000 in fines. Gheorghe-Valentin Lingurar...

26 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

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

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

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

Letting agent gets £1,000 bill after telling tenant to dump rubbish

A lettings agent has been charged £1,000 after telling a new tenant to dump waste left by a previous occupier into...

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

Buy to let expert urges tenants to research agents and properties

Buy to let expert Kate Faulkner says tenants should undertake more research on agents, landlords and properties before choosing a place...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to launch 'ethical' lettings agency next month

A local authority is setting up a not-for-profit ‘ethical’ lettings agency and is aiming to woo landlords with a promise of...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive fines after appalling conditions found at converted property

The local authority at Brent in north London has secured what it calls “an important court victory” after “appalling conditions” were...

21 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

Foxtons fined £35,000 for failing to prove house was safe for letting

Foxtons has been fined £35,000 for failing to prove to a local council that a house it was letting was safe...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent is 60 per cent or more of tenants' income in 12 UK areas

Research by independent fact-checking organisation Full Fact has revealed that there are 12 local authority areas in the UK where a...

29 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

Senior Build To Rent figure spells out his hopes for the Budget

One of the senior figures in the UK’s burgeoning Build To Rent sector has called on the Chancellor to help this...

22 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

Council sets up lettings agency - and pays landlords £1,200 to join

A Welsh local authority is offering a cash payment of up to £1,200 to landlords who join a quasi-letting agency run...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants clearer lines of responsibility for fire safety

An industry trade group says residents in high rise blocks of flats are being let down by a system in which...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting Agents' Fees Ban: draft Bill published today

The draft Bill to ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants has been published - it’s to be called the Tenants’...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

'Prepare for retaliatory eviction disputes' urges legal expert

A leading legal expert specialising in the private rental market says the sector should set up basic procedures to protect against...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Illegal eviction of tenant leads to 12-month Community Service Order

A local authority has prosecuted a landlord for illegally evicting a tenant. Tendring district council prosecuted Lisa Bottone of Chelmsford who admitted...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Info for agents: This is how to tell MPs about reform of rental sector

Agents have until November 24 - two days after the next Budget - to submit evidence to the latest probe into...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Council demands info on tenants for every week of the year

The local authority in Islington, north London, is attempting to close what it calls a loophole concerning private rental property and...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Prosecution of agency over 'sham licences' is first of its kind

This month’s prosecution of a letting agency for issuing ‘sham licences’ that suggested occupiers had no right to challenge eviction and...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 145 rules and laws for lettings sector - yet enforcement 'limited'

A new report identifies in detail over 145 laws and regulations governing the private rental sector, varying across the four countries...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Property management firm may have to repay 12 months' rent after fine

A south London property firm has been prosecuted by a local authority over its HMO management and may now have to...

14 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

One in seven tenants spends over half of total income on rent - claim

Almost one in seven private renters are spending more than half of their total income on rent, in stark contrast to...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings companies fined over illegal advertising boards

A local authority has clamped down on what it describes as illegal advertising boards, fining agencies thousands of pounds in the...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

London council issues first lettings sector 'civil penalty'

The London council of Newham is thought to be the first local authority in the UK to use new powers to...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation delayed until after election - but only for one council

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

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let owner accused of creating 'miserable' living conditions

A landlord who exposed tenants to “miserable” living conditions because of fire safety hazards has been prosecuted by a local authority.    The...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed - ARLA backs Mayor's rogue agents database

Letting agents who have broken the law are set to be ‘named and shamed’ by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Student survey finds over 44% claiming to pay 'hidden' fees to agents

A survey of students in Birmingham has discovered that over 44 per cent of respondents claim to have paid what the...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Local authority reveals its local Letting Agent of the Year

In an era when the relationship between local councils, letting agencies and landlords appears permanently fraught, there is good news from...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

To Let boards may be banned across one of UK's largest cities

Manchester council is considering a city-wide ban on letting agents’ To Let boards.   The local authority says the plethora of boards in some...

28 February 2017

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Letting agency owner ordered to pay £25,000 to victims

A convicted Surrey letting agent who used his clients’ money to cover his business debts has been ordered to pay £25,000...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister wants agents to say what they think of White Paper

Housing minister Gavin Barwell is organising a series of regional meetings for property professionals to give him their view of his...

20 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

From: Breaking News

Lettings survey shows huge lack of landlord awareness

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

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Section 21: few tenants and councils use new powers - claim

A BBC survey claims that powers to combat so-called ‘revenge evictions’ are not being used by the majority of councils in...

10 February 2017

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More buy to let investors seeking HMOs to offset higher taxes

A property investment financing specialist says an increasing number of buy to let investors are converting properties into Houses in Multiple...

17 January 2017

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Agents hit with fines after failing to abide by new consumer legislation

Lettings agents have been issued fines totalling £14,100 by a local authority for failing to comply with consumer rights laws.   Officers from...

11 January 2017

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Council launches agency-style tenant vetting and sign-up service

Cheshire West and Chester Council has launched a scheme for private landlords offering some of the services more typically associated with...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Yet another selective licensing scheme to be introduced in 2017

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

21 December 2016

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Government consults over 'banning orders' for rogue agents

The government has launched an official consultation process on a package of measures to crack down on what it calls ‘rogue...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Twitter debate tomorrow to inform agents on S21 regulations

Repair reporting specialist Fixflo and software provider VTUK are teaming up to provide what is believed to be the first Twitter debate...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 November 2016

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Another council puts squeeze on agents' To Let boards

Another local authority is considering a ban to reduce the impact - or possibly ban outright - agents' To Let boards.  Residents...

07 November 2016

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Jail sentences for fake letting agents after elaborate scam

Three men have received prison sentences of up to 28 months after a nationwide lettings scam was unearthed by trading standards...

20 October 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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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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BBC probe says 'struck off' landlords exploiting vulnerable tenants

The BBC is claiming that vulnerable families are being exploited by rogue landlords in Glasgow - including in the constituency for...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Consultation begins on yet another private rental sector licensing regime

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

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

BBC survey claims to identify 'sky high' rental areas across England

A BBC investigation claims that people living in the private rental sector spend more than a third of their disposable income...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Highest yields still found in the north - and mostly in 'EU leave' towns

New research by an online property lending company reveals that those towns which were strongest in voting ‘Leave’ in the EU...

28 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New housing minister has gone on record opposing rental licensing

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

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Another council wants to set up its own lettings agency

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

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Prison and huge fine after war of intimidation waged on tenants

A landlord who waged what a local authority describes as “a war of intimidation” against tenants living in his property has...

19 July 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

From: Breaking News

Letting agent and landlord fined over illegally-established HMO

A letting agent and his landlord client have been fined thousands of pounds for a number of offences relating to what...

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

From: Breaking News

Early morning raids on HMOs as part of police and council clampdown

There was a series of raids on HMOs led by a local authority early one morning at the end of last...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Twitter debate on rental sector licensing to be staged this lunchtime

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

12 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Seven letting agencies back so-called 'ethical lettings charter'

An ‘ethical lettings charter’ set up over a year ago by a pressure group for improved private rental sector housing has...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Weeks later ... and council letting agency still has just one home listed

It’s several weeks on from our story about a local authority setting up its own private letting agency and having only...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Council's private letting agency to cost over £1.3m and has ONE home to let

An investigation by the BBC has exposed that a London council's new private lettings agency - scheduled to cost well over...

21 March 2016

From: Breaking News

London council latest to set up own letting agency

Haringey Council in North London is the latest local authority to launch its own letting agency for private tenants. Move 51⁰ North...

15 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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Police clampdown on 'gangster' lettings sector money laundering

Police in Scotland are clamping down on what they call “gangster landlords” who are using the lettings sector for money laundering.  A...

03 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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Local authority takes its own councillor to court over buy to let property

A London local authority has taken court action against one of its own councillors who has admitted failing to carry out...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: 60 Second Interview

Council prosecutes landlord after illegal eviction

A landlord has been cautioned and has agreed to pay £1,000 compensation to a tenant, and pay £2,000 towards legal costs,...

15 December 2015

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Another rogue landlord fined for overcrowding and shocking facilities

A landlord and restaurateur has to pay almost £5,000 after an apartment he was letting out was found to be overcrowded...

26 November 2015

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Council brands property manager unscrupulous in HMO licensing case

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

24 November 2015

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Council may stop family homes being turned into HMOs

A local authority is considering introducing measures to prevent landlords turning family homes in one of its conservation areas into HMOs.  Reading...

23 November 2015

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Government urged to scrap 'tenant's tax' hidden in licensing schemes

Councils that charge landlords for licences solely to collect information on the number of landlords in an area have been accused...

19 November 2015

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City's restrictions on To Let boards hailed a success by councillor

A bid to force letting agents to remove To Let boards from properties in areas of a city with high numbers...

03 November 2015

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Most agents in one city not displaying fees online, shows survey

A survey of one Home Counties area shows that out of about 40 letting agents some 24 appear not to be...

27 October 2015

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Massive £85,000 fine for landlord who illegally let basement flat

A landlord has a bill of more than £85,000 for unlawfully letting a basement flat. As part of a council planning enforcement...

26 October 2015

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Landlord with 30 HMO tenants guilty of failing to register with council

A landlord has admitted letting sub-standard HMOs to 30 people without being registered with his local authority. Plymouth landlord John Mayer pleaded...

21 October 2015

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Almost 90% of tenants have no idea about new Section 21 eviction rules

Some 88 per cent of tenants say they are unaware of the new law introduced this week intended to protect them...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Rajeev Nayyar, Managing Director of Fixflo

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

14 September 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Key meeting tomorrow over 'flats above shops' rental licensing

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

14 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Group seeks leave to appeal against court rental licence verdict

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

11 September 2015

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents cope with growing regulatory scrutiny?

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

17 August 2015

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Key landlord licensing court decision expected soon

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

07 August 2015

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Angry protest at council bid to extend £940 licensing

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

07 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Inventory firm backs idea of property visits

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

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Convicted stalker denied licence for buy to let property

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

29 July 2015

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City prepares for mandatory ban on To Let boards

Letting agents in two areas of Cardiff with large proportions of privately rented property will have to apply for consent to...

23 July 2015

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Council confirms permanent ban on To Let boards

Reading Council in Berkshire has confirmed that a voluntary ban on letting agents boards in part of the town will be...

17 July 2015

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Council facing judicial review over private sector licensing

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

02 July 2015

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Labour MP in bid to force improved standards in lettings sector

A Labour MP is launching a campaign to force private landlords to ensure that their premises are fit for habitation.  Karen Buck,...

25 June 2015

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Tory MP wants new law to identify criminal landlords

A Tory MP is today introducing a Bill that will make it much easier for authorities to identify criminal landlords. The measure...

24 June 2015

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Council setting itself up as private letting agent and landlord

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

23 June 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 May 2015

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New warning to letting agents over legal changes

Letting agents have received another warning from legal experts to familiarise themselves with new legislation introduced just before MPs broke up...

05 May 2015

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Activists to award 'ethical letting agents'

A group of renters who have formed the Acorn group in Bristol - which has already held protests against letting agents...

30 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords blast BBC over 'negative' Panorama

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

30 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Council to build and let its own homes

Edinburgh is set to become the first local authority in Scotland to move into the private landlord business, building up to...

24 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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