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Upad closure: rival agencies offer help to stranded customers

Several lettings agencies have stepped up to offer help to stranded customers of the collapsed online service Upad. A notice on Upad’s...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour demands Section 21 be scrapped - and now!

A senior Labour housing spokesman is urging the government to press on with plans to outlaw the use of Section 21...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA claims scrapping Section 21 'dead on arrival' as consultation closes tomorrow

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has submitted its response to the government's consultation on scrapping Section 21 evictions, which closes tomorrow...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Video – Agent speaks out: why I started my own PropTech solution

Agent and co-founder of new end of tenancy PropTech solution The Depositary, Kristjan Byfield, has spoken to Letting Agent Today about...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord fined £2,500 for ‘shocking’ property conditions

A landlord has been fined almost £2,500 for breaching an improvement notice issued by Cambridge City Council. Noelle Salameh was fined after...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leading agent partners with TDS to revolutionise the end of tenancy process

Well-known letting agent Kristjan Byfield has announced the details of his new product which aims to reduce the workload of the...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards crackdown finds most agency websites illegal

A crackdown on letting agency websites by a Trading Standards team has found the significant majority of them to be breaking...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Half of S21 cases want rehousing by council, claims eviction specialist

High profile eviction company Landlord Action says as many as 50 per cent of Section 21 cases it handles involve tenants...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Direct payment to landlords helps curb Universal Credit arrears - claim

A leading lettings sector trade body says evidence shows the direct payment of benefit to landlords is the biggest possible contribution...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge Confiscation Order of £400,000 imposed on buy to let investor

A rogue landlord who divided his three-bedroom home in central London into eight flats has ended up with a bill of...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine because buy to let property info was not passed to council

A landlord who failed to provide information regarding a buy to let property has been fined £2,080.  Tenants contacted Colchester council in...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

We want ‘sensible’ rent controls says Labour Party think thank

A Labour think tank considered on the right wing of the party says it wants rent controls that make a difference...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

UK’s most controversial licensing scheme a success claims council

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

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

ARLA wants agents and tenants to access rogue landlord database

The Association of Residential Letting Agents wants agents and tenants to have access to the government’s high profile but so far...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Big fine for landlord without HMO but letting to 11 migrant workers

A landlord has been ordered to pay £14,500 after he was found to be illegally letting his property out to 11...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Professional client account solutions for modern letting agents

Professional client account solutions for modern letting agents Letting agents will need to come up with new ways to manage client money...

05 September 2019

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Labour council issues Fixed Penalty Notice on buy to let investor

Birmingham council has issued its first civil penalty against a House in Multiple Occupation landlord - and it says that move...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Council uses drone to identify illegal rental ‘beds in sheds’

A council has used a drone with a thermal imaging camera to identify illegal ‘sheds’ where tenants are being rented beds...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Final Reminder - Fees Ban comes into effect in Wales on Sunday

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act - which bans fees levied by agents and landlords on tenants - comes into...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Food banks HQ links with lettings group to combat Universal Credit arrears

The Trussell Trust, which coordinates the vast majority of the food banks around the UK, is working with the National Landlords...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

£140,000 in fines for buy to let couple failing to maintain properties

A husband and wife pair of buy to let investors have been prosecuted after letting out a property that contained serious...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stand by for fees ban confusion - trade bodies speak out

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Landlords Association have spoken out about the complexity of the fees ban...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Back this Section 21 legal case, rental industry urged

Agents and landlords are being urged to back a legal case to protect their rights to repossess properties. This follows a recent...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Bank client account changes: Agents urged to have a Plan B

A leading industry figure is calling on agents to have a Plan B ready if their bank closes undesignated client accounts.  This...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for open-ended renting with reduced rent for long-term tenancies

There should be open-ended tenancies with reduced rent for long-term contracts and any rent increase tied only to inflation. This dramatic reform...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Guild wins confirmation that Section 21 change will not be retrospective

The Guild of Property Professionals has received confirmation that the government’s proposed changes to Section 21 will not be retrospective. “What this...

19 August 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

Fees Ban Cash Crisis: letting agents expect to lose 30% of annual income

The first ‘state of the industry’ report on the lettings agency sector since the introduction of the fees ban suggests individual...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘have key role to reduce stress for landlords and tenants’

Lettings professionals should do more to raise awareness of the need to reduce moving stress for tenants and landlords. Industry supplier Tenant...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 abolition has a silver lining says Haart

The Haart lettings agency says the government’s plan to abolish landlords’ Section 21 eviction powers may not be a bad thing. The...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Crisis for agents as banks set to insist on individual client accounts

Lloyds Bank appears to have contacted at least some of its letting agent clients to say that it is closing all...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter complains to Boris Johnson about a lettings agency

Campaigning charity Shelter has made a remarkable attack on a lettings agency, accusing it of “an abuse of power” over its...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents say: We need a dedicated housing court

The vast majority of letting agents and private landlords with experience of using the courts to repossess properties say the system...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping S21 could be chance for agents to secure more work - claim

If the government follows through with its plan to scrap Section 21 there could be more work for agents as a...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agents, are you wasting time?

We all know that certain business functions are quicker to achieve and more cost-effective than others. By considering the services you provide...

24 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Independent London lettings agency becomes part of Belvoir Group

Northwood, one of the Belvoir Group brand agencies, has acquired independent agency Daisy Lets in Forest Hill. “Daisy Lets is a great...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Demand to move soars after Tenant Fees Act … but rents up, too

Data from Rightmove suggests that demand from tenants looking for a new home has soared seven per cent since the Tenants...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 will put vulnerable tenants most at risk - claim

Vulnerable tenants suffering a higher risk of rent arrears will be hit hardest by plans to change the way landlords can...

19 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

Latest consultation begins on so-called ‘no fault evictions’

The Welsh Government has started a formal consultation on proposals that include extending the minimum notice period applicable to a section...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government slated by Tory MP and agency chief over Sections 21 and 24

The chairman of Hunters estate agency, who is also a Conservative MP, has hit out at the government over its handling...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: industry and government go back to court

Both sides of the Right To Rent debate are squaring up for their latest court battle. Earlier this year the High Court...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: plans to introduce 'scandalous' 12-month tenancy contracts

The Welsh government is planning to make changes to the notice period for eviction which would see tenants given 12-month contracts...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Benefits tenants could be biggest losers if Section 21 is scrapped

Tenants on state benefits could be the 'biggest casualties' of the government's 'ill-thought-out' plans to scrap the Section 21 evictions process,...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Landlords want 'fast track housing tribunal'

A survey of landlords has found that 39% would like to see a fast track housing tribunal introduced if and when...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing minister raises concerns over controversial accreditation scheme

Junior housing minister Heather Wheeler MP has written to Hull City Council to express her concerns about the authority's controversial accreditation...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of issuing 133 penalty notices and 23 improvement notices

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

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The soaring value of property management

If you are a letting agent who has begun to question your worth, stop. The value of property management is rising...

27 June 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Unsafe and unlicensed: big fine for investor after past warnings ignored

A buy to let investor who let out an unsafe and unlicensed property in London has now been hit with a...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Empty buy to let with wild garden reaps £7,000 bill for owner

A buy to let investor has been fined £4,800 and ordered to pay £2,200 in costs for failing to keep his...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents: are there Whirlpool tumble dryers in your properties?

Whirlpool has been ordered to recall 500,000 tumble dryers in what has been described as an “unprecedented” government move. Around half a million...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

“Dodgy operator” gets five-figure fine for dangerous HMO

A London council has successfully prosecuted a so-called “dodgy operator” landlord for failing to comply with fire safety regulations and carry...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents’ outrage over government handling of Fees Ban documents

Agents have reacted angrily to the way in which the government released a new set of rental documents updated to include...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Government backs Labour council’s ‘unique’ licensing scheme

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

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency operating for 12 years opens High Street office

An online lettings agency that has been operating for 12 years has now opened a High Street office. Nantwich-based LetLord, founded in...

29 May 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

Fury over lettings agency owing thousands to landlords and tenants

A lettings agency in the West Midlands is reported to have closed its two offices at short notice, leaving clients angry...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

£2m of new acquisition deals to come, says franchise giant Belvoir

Belvoir, the UK's largest property franchise, says its trading during the first quarter of this year suggests it’s outperforming its expectation...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Under investigation: over 100 agents fail to apply for mandatory register

The Scottish Government is investigating 114 businesses suspected of carrying out letting agency work without registration and has issued 86 compliance...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of breaking the law over tenancy agreements

Letting agents across England have been accused of potentially breaching consumer law by demanding deposits before tenants even see a contract. The...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

£1.2m confiscated from rogue buy to let firm and landlord

A London council has won one of the largest-ever Proceeds of Crime claims from an unscrupulous buy to let investor. Andre Charles Trepel,...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit disputes could drop through new tool, claims review site

A controversial review website which says it identifies “good (and bad) letting agents” has introduced tools aiming to reduce disputes at...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Higher rent to combat fees ban should be last resort says mortgage boss

The chief executive of a specialist buy to let lender says increasing the rent to combat additional costs put on landlords...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Husband and wife must pay £8,000 after 17 beds found in bungalow to let

A husband and wife must pay joint fines, penalties and costs totalling over £8,000 after complaints about a bungalow they owned...

23 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

Scrapping Section 21 long overdue admits lettings chief

The head of a major property management firm says the controversial proposal to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords is...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 evictions set to be axed to create ‘indefinite tenancies’

The government says it wants to ban outright Section 21 'no fault' eviction powers in England and Wales. Instead landlords seeking to evict...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Beware: new PDRs do not give ‘buy to let developers’ free rein

A building expert is warning buy to let investors that they won’t enjoy unfettered rights to extend their properties upwards when...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Meagre fine despite HMO having no working alarms or fire doors

The owner of a buy to let HMO has been found guilty of six offences but has received a fine of...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Civil Penalty Notices served on pair who failed to improve buy to lets

Two buy to let investors have been fined thousands of pounds after failing to carry out improvements to unfit rental properties. Adur...

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

Lies, illegal flats and hidden tenants lead to suspended jail sentence

A buy to let investor who hid families in windowless rooms after failing to get planning permission for a block of...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Maverick landlord names ‘preferred buyer’ of 400 buy to let homes

Fergus Wilson - the controversial buy to let landlord who with his wife once owned 1,000 homes - has named his...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Scrap Right To Rent’ call after latest controversial court ruling

With the government already on the ropes over Brexit, there’s a call today for one of its flagship immigration policies to...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New call for four-year tenancies, rent caps and fewer evictions

Another think-tank has come up with reforms which it wants the government to make to the private rental sector - and...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Court ruling prompts campaign to keep repossession rights

A trade body says a recent court case threatens the right of buy to let landlords to repossess their properties. The Residential...

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

Buy to let investors told: Don’t sell up - cut costs instead

A PropTech firm says buy to let investors should not respond to the slowing market by selling up, but should instead...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour savaged for fundamental misunderstanding of rental sector

Labour’s proposal to introduce indefinite tenancies along the lines in a bid to emulate the German model reveals the party’s “fundamental...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial council wins High Court case against landlords' group

Hull council has won a legal case in the High Court against a local trade body, the Humber Landlords Association. The claim...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges ‘indefinite tenancies’ for private renters

Labour says it will introduce new ‘indefinite’ tenancies for private tenants, based on rules currently in place in Germany. It claims German...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ignored Improvement Notice and safety regulations

A landlord has been convicted of three offences relating to his failure to comply with fire safety requirements in a privately...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Solicitor renews attack on “unfair” landlord licensing by councils

A legal firm has renewed its criticism of local authority licensing schemes, accusing them of “persecuting” landlords. David Kirwan, managing partner at...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fine issued over licensing and health and safety issues with HMOs

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £5,000 in fines and costs in a licensing dispute with a local council.  Almas...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency hit with fine after failing to give fees, redress and CMP information

A letting agent in east London has been fined £4,000 after apparently publishing the incorrect fees that it levies on tenants...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New lettings redress is good 'but don't launch before industry is ready'

A rental platform says it welcomes government plans to overhaul redress for tenants and others in the housing system but it...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Support for Fees Ban from lettings experts: 'it is positive, not negative'

Almost the entire lettings industry has viewed the upcoming ban on tenants fees levied by agents in England and Wales as...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents call for delay in launch of stricter mandatory electrical checks

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it backs the stricter rules on mandatory electricity checks in rental properties announced by...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Should there be a Rogue Tenants register? Should the lettings industry fight back?

The news this week that even individual private landlords must join a redress scheme is just the latest in an onslaught...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Beware: Tenant Fees ban may impact Section 21 notices

A warning has been issued to lettings agents to review tenancy agreements to see if they are fit for purpose when...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental flat repossessed after being converted into illegal HMO

A buy to let investor has lost possession of his flat after converting it into an Illegal House in Multiple Occupation...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Up to 90 S21 notices to be issued this week by controversial landlord

The man who is arguably Britain’s most controversial landlord - Fergus Wilson - is likely to be issuing up to 90...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Government slammed for 'not bothered' attitude to key ruling

The government has been accused of not helping thousands of landlords who may have inadvertently granted assured tenancies instead of the...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies - government to reveal more details imminently

The government says it will shortly respond to over 8,700 responses it received about its suggestions for longer standard tenancies in...

02 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

Agency banned from running Airbnb short-let in residential block

A lettings agency has been banned from running an Airbnb let in a residential block. It relates to a block in Glasgow...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Pay-back time: Court tells buy to let couple to refund over £330,000

A court has ordered a husband and wife pair of buy to let investors to pay back £322,282 in illegal income. A...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Millionaire buy to let landlord has £25,000 bill after disability row

Famous buy to let landlord Judith Wilson has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay almost £15,000 costs for failing to...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let couple have a choice - pay £150,000 or imprisonment

A couple from east London who illegally converted a town centre office block into 14 flats have been ordered to pay...

10 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

English investors attracted to buy north of the border, agency claims

The average rent across Scotland is now running at £573 per calendar month - but that figure hides wide variations in...

03 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

£450,000: is this a record penalty for a buy to let landlord?

We regularly carry stories about fines for landlords and letting agents who have apparently broken council or national laws - but...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rat-infested homes let to tenants - owner to face criminal charges

A buy to let investor has been forced to close down two rat infested homes he owns in Rotherham after they...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shocking London 'Beds In Sheds' case leads to bill for £42,000

A landlord is almost £42,000 worse off after repeatedly ignoring council orders to stop illegally letting so called “beds in sheds”...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Homelessness triggered by Housing Benefit not private rental sector

A substantial study by university academics suggests that changes to the benefit system lie behind the long-term rise in homelessness from...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord couple must reveal finances to court

One of Britain's highest profile landlords is to be sentenced on December 11 - and she must show the court details of...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

£60,000 rent to be repaid by property firm after council steps in

A London property firm must repay no less than £60,000 in rent after a council obtained a Rent Repayment Order against...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Council’s first-ever Civil Penalty Notice over lettings property condition

A council in the north of England has issued its first-ever Civil Penalty Notice on a landlord - and it involved...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge fine for property firms over serious fire safety issues

Two property companies which failed to follow a local council’s lettings sector licensing scheme have been fined a combined £32,000. Owners of...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fine for owner who let 'dangerous and damp' property to family

A landlord has been hit with more than £5,500 of fines and costs after he allowed a family with three young...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock as top landlord stops letting homes because East Europeans quit UK

Fergus Wilson, frequently labelled Britain’s biggest individual landlord, says he is stopping letting out properties because of a shortage of East...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Make Tenants' Fees Bill even tougher, demands consumer charity

A call has been made for the Tenants’ Fees Bill to be made even stricter following a claim that over a...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants more likely to vote - is this why rental sector is under attack?

New research may explain why the government and Labour appear to be competing with each other to attack landlords and letting...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA courses for agents still unsure about Section 21 changes

The Association of Residential Letting Agencies has set up a course - for non-members as well as members - on Ending...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

They're nearly here - new S21 notices come into effect on Monday

Changes to the Section 21 Notice come into force for letting agents and landlords on Monday.  This will require all Assured Shorthold...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock claim by senior agent of air of criminality in lettings industry

One of Scotland’s top lettings agents is warning of “an air of criminality” in the rental industry north of the border. His...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Missing lettings agent and missing money - new call for police action

There’s a growing call for more police action over tracing a lettings agent who is apparently missing - as is some...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents broadly steady according to HomeLet and Hamptons data

HomeLet says the average rent in the UK is now £947, up 0.9 per cent on last year - or up...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned and fined! Notorious HMO had 'unsafe and insanitary' rooms

The landlord of an HMO who subjected his tenants to insanitary and unsafe living conditions has been told he will no...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery as established agent goes to ground owing furious clients thousands

A letting agent operating in Cambridgeshire has seemingly 'gone to ground', owing landlords and tenants thousands of pounds. Frank Smart, who has...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the government planning to pull the plug on three-year tenancies?

Reports have emerged this week that the government is planning a U-turn on its proposals to introduce mandatory three-year minimum tenancies...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

One of the first: landlord repays housing benefit following new legislation

An Essex council claims it is one of the first to be granted a rent repayment order - part of legislation...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Government is forcing more landlords to quit, top agency claims

Belvoir says more landlords are selling up and fewer newcomers are investing in the private rental sector because of increased legislation...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Yes or No to three year tenancies? Consultation ends soon

Lettings agents for or against the government’s proposals for longer tenancies have only a very short time left to respond to...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning over dangers of utility meter-tampering in private rental sector

The rental market is being warned of the dangers from unsafe gas and electricity supplies caused by meter-tampering.  Research undertaken by the Grosvenor...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial council warns landlords not to raise rents to pay licences

The council behind a controversial private rental sector licensing scheme is trying to justify its introduction on health and safety grounds. On...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies - agents have less than two weeks to respond

Agents and others wishing to respond to the official consultation on government proposals for longer tenancies have only until late evening...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit confusion: 'EU nationals in UK risk losing their rental homes'

A leading trade body says EU citizens living in the UK run the risk of losing their rental homes without swift...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Aggressive practices against tenant lead to £1,750 fine

A buy to let investor has been fined £1,750 because of his alleged “aggressive practices”.  Shafaqat Ali Sadiq, of Derby, has been...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

More big fines handed out in latest licensing legal actions

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

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory checks get predictable support from electrical trade body

The government’s announcement that it will bring in mandatory electrical checks in the private rented sector has been welcomed - perhaps...

01 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

'Scrap S21 eviction powers' petition gets 20,000 signatures

Campaigning group Generation Rent has secured over 20,000 signatures for a petition it says will “end unfair evictions”. The petition, on the...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Average eviction now takes 17 weeks according to new analysis

A new analysis reveals that it takes an average of 118 days for court-appointed bailiffs to remove tenants from private homes...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Top London politicians call for scrapping of S21 eviction powers

Two senior London politicians are backing a campaign to scrap the powers of agents and landlords to evict tenants under Section...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Trio of lettings agencies fined in overcrowding and sub-letting scandal

Three agencies have been heavily fined after a property in London was being used for multiple occupation with 11 people living...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rows erupt over mandatory three-year tenancies and six-month break clauses

Arguments have already started over the government’s proposals to make three year tenancies the norm in the private rental sector. Letting Agent...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies proposals to be unveiled by government tomorrow

Leaks from government sources to at least two mainstream news outlets today suggest that radical proposals on longer tenancies and possible...

01 July 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

Multitude of failings in lettings property results in hefty fine

A landlord has been prosecuted for failing to comply with Improvement Notices on her property and failing to licence her house...

26 June 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

Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark What is Landmark...

03 May 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Furious industry criticism as government reveals costs of ban on tenants’ fees

The industry has reacted angrily to the announcement yesterday that the Tenants’ Fees Bill is now formally starting its progress through...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

£7,000 fine for buy to let investor failing to honour Improvement Notice

A buy to let investor faces a fine of £7,000 plus costs and a victim surcharge for failing to upgrade his...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Why it’s time to give a spring clean to your business energy bills

Spring – the season of rebirth, revitalisation and regeneration – is now upon us, and it’s a time of the year...

26 April 2018

From: Sponsored Content

More tenant-power and rent controls demanded by key think-tank

An influential think tank is calling on government to radically reform the private rental sector because a generation of young people...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Council set to introduce spot-checks on conditions of rental properties

A council says it is adopting a new approach to proactively tackling poor housing conditions in privately rented homes in one...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants get £7,638 compensation from property firm over pigeons

A property company that failed to repair a pigeon-infested loft has been fined a total of £31,026, including an order to...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings management firm must pay almost £40,000 after 'record' fine

A property management company which ignored a series of housing safety regulations and flouted laws designed to protect tenants’ rights has...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Couple face having rental income confiscated after planning offence

A couple who illegally converted an office block into 14 flats have been found guilty for disregarding planning laws - and...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Court case shows agents must be scrupulous in issuing paperwork to tenants

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is reminding its members - and all letting agents - of the need to be...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Only 17 per cent of tenants get mandatory How To Rent booklet - claim

A specialist insurance firm claims that only 17 per cent of tenants receive the latest version of the mandatory How To...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Tonight's BBC Panorama to investigate controversial Section 21 evictions

Tonight's edition of BBC Panorama will investigate the Section 21 evictions process, also known as 'no-fault evictions'. The show - 'Evicted for...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Second fine in two months for poor standard rental accommodation

A rogue landlord has been fined twice in the space of two months for failing to provide a suitable standard of...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents starting to moderate in outer London says lettings trade body

The National Landlords’ Association is reporting that around 16 per cent of its members in outer London have reduced rents over...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent-free tenants and two landlords fined over property management

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

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Alexa! Tell me about this agency's service for landlords and tenants

Vesper Homes, a high-end London property management firm, has developed an Alexa Skill which will mean landlords and tenants can receive...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales issues 185 fixed penalty notices and 15 prosecutions

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

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How To Rent guide updated - it's vital that agents use new version

The How To Rent guide - the document which has to be given to new tenants by letting agents or landlords...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive £29,000 fine after tenants' lives put at risk in BTL property

A fine of over £29,000 has been imposed on an absentee landlord whose property was said to have put tenants’ lives...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey throws kinder light on how landlords regard their tenants

A survey from a specialist rental insurance firm suggests that contrary to popular belief, landlords care more than a little about...

From: Breaking News

New accusation of chaos over Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

The government is being criticised for its latest consultation exercise on the new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards - because it ends...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Prison sentence after buy to let property's truly shocking fire risk

A buy to let property owner has received a four month prison sentence for letting out a property he had already...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Online database of rogue agents 'will save lives' say fire chiefs

The new online database identifying rogue letting agents and landlords will save lives according to the London Fire Brigade. We wrote about...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Latest conviction under controversial Rent Smart Wales regime

There has been another prosecution under the controversial Rent Smart Wales regulations - although this time the landlord in question was...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

London council deploys team to catch illegal Airbnb-style short lets

A new team of investigative council officers are hitting the streets of the capital to tackle unlawful nightly letting using websites like...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

£3,300 fine for owner failing to keep HMO safe for tenants

The landlord of an HMO has been fined £3,300 for failures to meet his obligations, particularly regarding fire safety. At Northampton magistrates...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial licensing scheme said to have won government backing

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

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Leading agency welcomes tenancy overhaul in Scotland

One of Scotland’s leading lettings and estate agencies, Galbraith, has given the thumbs up to a new tenancy process introduced north...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings firm owner jailed for failing to repay 'illegal' rent

The owner of a property firm who reportedly misled tenants and let an illegally converted property has been jailed for 155...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London agency slapped on wrist for wrongly-targeted flyer

A complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority says a flyer from an estate agency suggesting that a property was to let...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales prosecutes letting agent and self-managing landlord

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

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Survey gives insight into dangers of carbon monoxide

Four people are treated for carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK every day - but 58 per cent of the population...

06 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

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

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

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 40% of tenants in blocks have seen fire doors left open

A survey of 1,000 tenants in blocks of flats conducted on behalf of London Fire Brigade reveals that almost 40 per...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL owner fined for failing to improve condition of two apartments

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

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour wants councils to have more powers over private rental sector

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

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to free legal seminars on tenant eviction

A series of free legal events for letting agents and landlords is to launch this month with an advisory session on...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: council wins appeal against 'administrative fees' term

A London council has won its appeal against Foxtons using the term “administration fees” in its lettings charges.    Back in 2015 Camden...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'Poor enforcement of fee display is letting down tenants' - RLA

The government is being urged by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) to do more to enforce compulsory fee disclosure. Since May 2015,...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord given just three months to pay huge £300k fine

A landlord who was found guilty of illegally converting a hotel into 26 flats has been given three months to pay...

06 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

Campaigning agent says key Housing Act is now as good as useless

Anti-deposits campaigning agent Ajay Jagota says the 2004 Housing Act - which actually came into effect in 2007 - may now...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Criminal Behaviour Order bans landlord, 84, from instructing agent

A rogue landlord in Corby has been ordered to pay over £20,000 and sign up to a Criminal Behaviour Order which...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA reminds agents about Register My Appliance safety scheme

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says agents should remember that a ‘Register My Appliance’ scheme has been set up to...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Huge £173,000 bill for illegal 'beds in sheds' operator

A man who illegally housed tenants inside his converted garage has been ordered to pay £173,141 by a court.   Amir Golesorkhi turned...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for unregulated eviction firms to sign up to redress schemes

One of the leading eviction specialists is calling for unregulated companies offering similar services to sign up to redress schemes in...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another court case over controversial Rent Smart Wales regulations

A buy to let investor who ignored the controversial Rent Smart Wales scheme faces a bill of more than £3,500 for...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings operators face criminal confiscations over illegal micro-flats

A lettings firm and a property management company that converted a family home into micro flats have been found guilty of...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

'Thousands wasted on wrong Section 21 notices claims lawyer

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

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Value of Buy To Let sector has grown 5.5% in a year despite challenges

The latest Kent Reliance Buy to Let Britain report - seen as a snapshot of the state of health of the...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Majority of councils failing to police compulsory fee disclosure

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

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents warned: 'Ensure eviction notices are correctly served'

Agents are being warned to ensure they serve eviction notices correctly as the ‘peak eviction’ summer period arrives.  Specialist tenant referencing service...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlords could be operating illegally after law change

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

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Evicting a tenant takes nine months and costs £2,000 says agency

It can take up to nine months to evict a tenant who isn’t paying their rent, according to an analysis by...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body repeats call for private rental sector 'housing court'

The Residential Landlords Association has repeated its calls for a new housing court “to speed up justice for landlords and tenants.”   The...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive £235,000 bill for agency boss letting out illegal bedsits

An east London landlord, who was also director of a letting agency, has been forced to pay out over £235,000 for...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Changes to Letting Agent Today: more information, easier to navigate

You may have noticed some subtle changes to Letting Agent Today in recent weeks, aimed at improving the ‘user experience’ we...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlords warned on empty homes and vermin

A council is warning agents and landlords not to sit on long term vacant properties.   The warning, from Liverpool council, comes as...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Property firm fined £32,000 after improvement notice dispute

A property firm has been fined £32,134 and ordered to pay costs of £260 and a victim surcharge of £170 after...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent must pay £5,000 'no redress' fine to local council

The operator of a troubled letting agency in Huddersfield has had until this week to pay a £5,000 fixed penalty notice...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Illegal buy to let house conversion ends with bill of £108,000

A buy to let landlord who converted an Uxbridge house into two flats without planning permission has been ordered to pay...

20 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

Controversial lettings agency shuts office with no notice

A letting agency at the centre of a controversy following a ruling by The Property Ombudsman has shut its office and...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS offers member-agents free legal helpline and support

The National Approved Letting Scheme is linking with legal firm Moore Blatch to offer member agents access to a free legal...

14 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

From: Breaking News

Extra agent regulation and fees ban likely in another part of the UK

Now Northern Ireland appears to be in the frame for substantial changes to the private rental sector according to the Association...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

£200,000 bill for lettings firm - agent given suspended sentence

A letting agency specialising in student accommodation in Nottingham city centre and its director have admitted a series of breaches of...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Multiple health and safety issues lead to court and fine

A landlord has been prosecuted and fined for failure to comply with two Improvement Notices “resulting in a catalogue of health...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice steps up campaign for longer private tenancies

Citizens Advice says some 39 per cent of people living with their children in rented homes have a tenancy of six months...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent criminal sanctions come into effect from today

New parts of the Immigration Act 2016 come into effect today, consolidating the Right To Rent regulations that came into effect...

01 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

From: Breaking News

New TPO guidance for letting agents on entering properties

The Property Ombudsman has issued new guidance concerning obtaining express consent from a tenant before accessing a property. The change comes as a...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Abolish S21 evictions - latest demand from Generation Rent pressure group

The latest demand by anti-letting agent pressure group Generation Rent is for the government to abolish the right of landlords or...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

App allows independent agencies to create branded mobile content

A new app created in partnership with a homelessness charity aims to give independent agencies the ability to push properties direct...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Bad news for lettings sector in amended Homelessness Bill

An industry group has analysed changes made to the Homelessness Bill and has concluded that far from being something it could...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Council seizes control of HMO after landlord's poor attitude

Waltham Forest council has enforced an Interim Management Order on a house in its area meaning it will take over day-to-day...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Up to 70% of eviction notices could be defective claims law firm

A legal firm claims up to 70 per cent of eviction notices issued could be defective, leaving agents and landlords open...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

'A million tenants suffer from law-breaking landlords' - claim

The outgoing chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter has used the pages of a left-of-centre website to claim that “an estimated...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

A record - huge £700,000 bill after buy to lets deemed 'sub-standard'

A landlord guilty of breaching a planning enforcement notice has been ordered to pay £700,000 in fines and costs - the...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Fine after landlord claims he couldn't afford to improve property

A London landlord who failed to comply with an Improvement Notice to maintain his property for his tenants has a £4,000-plus...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

New warning to letting firms over need for accurate advertising

The Associaton of Independent Inventory Clerks is warning agents and others in the lettings sector to be careful when preparing advertising...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Letting agents still unaware of Section 21 changes

A minority of agents remain unaware of their duties when it comes to tenant repairs requests, something which could invalidate landlords'...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Average tenant expects to rent for ten more years

The average UK tenant expects to remain part of the Private Rented Sector for a further decade, according to a new...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents up almost everywhere - but pace of growth is slowing

Rents for new tenants across the UK continued to rise during August and now stand at an average of £913 a...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Fine issued after flats called dangerous... defective... inadequate

The owner of a series of flats to let in Cardiff has been fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £200 costs...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body backs Conservative MP's anti-homelessness Bill

An industry body has backed a Conservative MP's anti-homelessness Bill, which has been published by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.   The...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign group urges complaints to MPs about letting agents' fees

Campaign group Generation Rent has returned to attacking mode with an article criticising letting agents’ fees to tenants and effectively urging...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents and landlords: take damp complaints seriously

An industry body says agents and landlords who ignore tenants' complaints about damp and mould could be putting their property at...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine and costs for failing to give tenant an EPC certificate

Failing to provide an energy certificate and not complying with an improvement notice has resulted in a landlord being ordered to...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Massive bill for landlord failing to renovate apartment to let

The landlord of a London flat is almost £18,000 worse off and has a criminal record after failing to make renovations to...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency says over half of tenants denied energy improvements

An online lettings agency claims that 58 per cent of tenants who have requested energy improvements to their properties have been...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

£6,000 bill for owner who let rental property fall into disrepair

A landlord has been left with a court bill totalling more than £6,000 after allowing a house in to fall into...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Hefty fines for buy to let owners not abiding by Improvement Notices

Two landlords have received fines totalling £3,000 – and were ordered to pay costs of nearly £2,000 - after failing to...

28 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Successive fire breaches - landlord to be sentenced next week

A landlord is to be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court next week after pleading guilty to seven charges relating to fire...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Police raid on HMO leads to prosecution and £5,000-plus bill

There has been yet another prosecution over an unsafe house in multiple occupation.   Syed Masum Ali appeared in Stafford Magistrates Court and...

07 July 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

From: Breaking News

£24,000 bill after repeated serious breaches of fire regulations

A landlord in Milton Keynes has been ordered to pay a total of £24,168.29 for serious breaches of fire safety regulations...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Bill of over £10,000 after unsafe accommodation is let to tenants

Sheffield council has prosecuted a private landlord for failing to provide safe accommodation - with a bill of over £10,000 to...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency fined by council for 'ghost listing' flats to let on Zoopla

A London council has prosecuted a letting agency that was ’ghost listing’ on Zoopla flats that were not in fact available...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit with fines for fire safety failings

Two landlords have been fined after being found guilty of fire safety failings in their rental properties. Both prosecutions were brought by...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Huge £100,000 bill for investor who built rental flats without consent

Havering council has successfully prosecuted a landlord who must now pay £101,300 for building illegal flats at her property. Jaghtar Khaira was...

17 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Angry letting agent gets £60 parking ticket - and ends up paying £275

A letting agent’s day in court turned into a nightmare when he ended up paying four times the original parking ticket...

13 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Shawn Brown, PayProp Business Development Director

Q: What does it say on your business card? Director of Business Development Q: Who are PayProp? PayProp is an automated payment and reconciliation...

12 May 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Auction boss says buy to let investors deserting private treaty sales

The UK’s biggest property auctioneer claims growing numbers of buy to let investors are choosing to sell by auction rather than...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Twitter hashtag campaign attacks letting agents and landlords

A Twitter campaign has been launched under the hashtag ventyourrent to expose what its users claim are the “rip off” rent...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Fake landlord claim and false HMO documents lead to prison term

A 24-year-old from Luton has been jailed after being found guilty of six counts of fraud in relation to obtaining properties...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentence, curfew, tags and costs for ignoring gas safety

A landlord has received a suspended six month prison sentence after he ignored repeated warnings about arranging an annual gas safety...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentence for managing agent who cemented over water supply

A managing agent who tried to force out his tenants by filling the stopcock chamber with cement so that they would...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Another day, another landlord fined for endangering tenants

The landlord of a property in Plymouth risked the lives of his tenants through a dangerous gas boiler installed in the...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents beware: new possession and rent rise forms introduced this week

The government has updated the Section 8 and Section 13 forms which apply to private letting in England: they come into...

04 April 2016

From: Breaking News

£116,000 bill after house converted without consent into seven flats to let

Two buy to let investors who breached planning regulations by converting a house into seven studio flats have been ordered to...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks say landlords pay the price of councils' S21 guidance

Councils and other bodies advising tenants to ignore valid Section 21 notices and waiting to be evicted by bailiffs are costing...

23 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Illegal 'bed in shed' demolished - and the owner has to foot the bill

An unauthorised outhouse with a concealed entrance constructed at the back of a residential property in west London - one of...

21 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents asked to pass new planning information to landlords

A council has asked agents in its area to tell landlords of additional planning powers taken by the authority which may...

09 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Fine for letting agent who admits illegal eviction and changing locks

A letting agent who unlawfully evicted a tenant from a property has been ordered to pay a total of £4,315. Alan Croft...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal expert alarmed at agents not compliant with new tenancy regulations

A legal expert is claiming that changes to S21 eviction procedures introduced back in October are not being adhered to by...

08 February 2016

From: Breaking News

David d'Orton-Gibson, Training for Professionals MD

Who are you? I am David d’Orton-Gibson What does it say on your business card? It says I am the Managing Director of an...

01 February 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Agent says buy to let tax change threatens supply - just as demand surges

People coming to work in Scotland from overseas are making up an increasing proportion of private sector tenants according to a...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Failure to provide gas certificate leads to community service and hefty fine

A private landlord has been prosecuted after failing to provide gas safety certificates for two rented properties.  Harrogate Magistrates’ Court heard that...

11 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

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

From: Breaking News

The most creative ways to market a rental property

We look at a few of the best ways to make your property stand out from the crowd. In a market...

18 December 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Responding to complaints on social media

The huge increase of social media as a business tool has changed the way in which we communicate with our customers....

16 December 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Fine of over £6,000 because of untidy private rental properties

A landlord has been fined £6,160 by St Helens magistrates after he admitted failing to tidy up two properties he owned. The...

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

£23,000 fine and costs after property risked tenants' lives

The landlord of a property in Plymouth risked the lives of his tenants through a dangerous gas boiler installed in the...

02 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge: conveyancers face mayhem and may raise fees

The controversial three per cent stamp duty surcharge on buy to let and other second home purchases will cause conveyancing “mayhem”...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

ARLA and Fixflo team-up to give S21 timeline-guidance to letting agents

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and repairs software company Fixflo have released a guidance on timelines to help agents handle...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Extraordinary £207,000 bill after flats are let without consent

A previously-convicted landlord has been ordered to pay over £200,000 by a court for illegally converting two properties into flats without...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

£21,500 bill for man who turned house into nine illegal flats

A rogue landlord who illegally converted one house into a nine flats has been handed a maximum £20,000 fine after being...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 November 2015

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Agents say new law would make it harder to control anti-social tenants

New legislation designed to reform Scotland’s private rental sector could make it harder for agents and landlords to tackle anti-social behaviour...

04 November 2015

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Solicitor warns of legal problems over councils' selective licensing

A leading property solicitor says there are “secret dangers” to landlords and their letting agents when it comes to selective licensing...

28 October 2015

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Council demolishes rental properties declared illegal outbuildings

Two unauthorised outbuildings occupied by five adults and a child have been demolished by a London council after a landlord failed...

28 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Four weeks to go before Welsh letting licensing regime starts

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

26 October 2015

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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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Bill changes tenancy contracts but leaves letting agents' fees unchanged

A Bill now making its way through the Welsh Assembly may “radically alter the way tenancy contracts are written” - but...

22 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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Huge £400,000 bill for landlord letting flats without planning consent

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £400,000 after converting a property into flats without permission. Gilbert Garrick let the...

13 October 2015

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Can councils cope with new Section 21 provisions?

Eviction specialists at Landlord Action are raising concerns as to whether there are sufficient resources, especially at local council level, to...

02 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

Firm gives agents last-minute guide to S21 changes starting soon

Property repair software company Fixflo has issued last-minute guidance for agents and landlords regarding the Section 21 changes which come into...

30 September 2015

From: Breaking News

More criticism of underage thinking in Right To Rent

The publication of the Immigration Bill giving details of the government's expectations of letting agents and landlords to conduct checks on...

22 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Section 21 law change: October 1 deadline in grave doubt

A landlord body says it has had confirmation from the government that there is an error in the published version of...

21 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Defer Right To Rent until 2016 demands leading agent

One of the UK letting industry’s leading agents says politicians should defer the new Right To Rent immigration checks until the start...

18 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Industry body wants S21 delay after major drafting errors

A major drafting error in Government regulations affecting the private rented sector risks undermining confidence in the new Section 21 legislation...

17 September 2015

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Rogue landlord fined for property with no hot water

A landlord who rented out a property with no hot water and poor heating, leading to a council having to rehouse...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Rajeev Nayyar, Managing Director of Fixflo

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

14 September 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Britain's biggest landlord raises rent 33% - and blames Osborne

The country’s biggest buy to let landlord is to raise rents by up to 33 per cent, and puts the blame...

14 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Another landlord pays dearly for poor condition property

A landlord has been ordered to pay a total of £8,680 after failing to comply with formal council notices to improve...

11 September 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

ARLA issues gas safety advice for agents and landlords

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is stepping up its advice to agents head of Gas Safety Week on September 14-20,...

09 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits tourist tax problem - could it happen here?

The rise and rise of Airbnb - the global online short-lets system that could be used by landlords to short-circuit letting...

28 August 2015

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We will fine agents for non-compliance, says council

York Council is seeking the introduction of fixed penalty notices for letting agents and landlords in the city who are found...

24 August 2015

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Landlord fined over £70,000 for unlicensed HMOs

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

21 August 2015

From: Breaking News

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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'No to rent controls' is key consultation response

Over 7,000 responses have been received in the second round of consultation over the Scottish Government’s proposals for private rental sector...

14 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Troubled campaign group renews call for rent controls

Generation Rent - the campaign group that needs £60,000 to continue operating beyond the end of August - has renewed its...

11 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Couple to pay £75,000 for letting homes without consent

A couple from Cambridgeshire have been fined £10,000 and ordered to hand over in excess of £75,000 after repeatedly renting out...

04 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing will mean monthly property visits

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

04 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent migrant checks: now agents and landlords face jail

Agents and landlords who fail to identify and evict tenants who are illegal immigrants face up to five years in jail...

03 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: Home Office calls snap review meeting

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is to take part in an urgent meeting called by the Home Office on the...

28 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent upset at lack of redress prosecutions

A letting agent is angry that there has not been a single prosecution in his region as a result of agencies...

27 July 2015

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Landlord pays out thousands after illegal eviction

A landlord has been ordered to pay a fine and costs of £2,925 for unlawfully evicting a tenant from a house...

24 July 2015

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Council probes over 200 complaints into lettings sector

A council in an area with one of the country’s largest private lettings sectors says it has launched investigations into more...

23 July 2015

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94% surge in prime London tenancies claims agent

There has been a 94 per cent increase in prime central London tenancies year-on-year claims Lucy Morton of W A Ellis,...

06 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Crowded house: are you super vigilant?

I don't think there is one person in lettings and property management who isn't alarmed at the scenes just over the...

03 July 2015

From: Features

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

From: Breaking News

Failure to repair water problem costs landlord £3,347

A landlord has been fined £1,000 after leaving his tenant without any hot water. Reading council received a report of a fault...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Fee disclosure: Are you ready for an inspection?

Earlier this week we passed the official deadline for letting agents to fully publicise their fees as well as providing evidence of which...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Landlord fined for failing to carry out vital repair works

A landlord has been prosecuted and fined for failing to carry out vital works on his rental property.  Victor Robbins of Leigh-on-Sea,...

28 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Oh no, not another complaint...

OK, you’ve had your fun. Now let’s leave the regulators regulate and work for the public. If you don’t know what...

22 May 2015

From: Features

Landlord fined for failing to fit fixed heating

A landlord has been ordered to pay a fine £1,344.57 after failing to install fixed heating to a property she was...

20 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Helping letting agents stay on top of their growing workload

The general election result was greeted with a sigh of relief throughout the lettings industry. Thanks to the Conservatives' victory, the threat...

15 May 2015

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580 London landlord licensing cases in three years

A property consultancy specialising in licensing regimes for privately-let properties says there have been 580 housing prosecutions in London under the...

13 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Over the next five years, let’s talk - but not to ourselves

So, a sigh of relief.  Most agents will be pleased with the election result - even if they are not Tory supporters...

08 May 2015

From: Features

Landlord fined for failing to improve property

A landlord has been left with a £1,600 bill for failing to comply with an improvement notice over a four year...

06 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Michael Palmer, Marketing Manager, Murals Wallpaper

Q: What does it say on your business card? I’m actually new at the company so haven’t got mine yet but when...

22 April 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

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