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KEYWORD "Parliament" - 188 RESULTS
Evictions: new tenancy forms confirm three-months notice period

Paperwork released overnight by the government appears to confirm that the notice period for evictions is extending from two months to...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban confusion - call for more security for tenants

The Citizens Advice charity is the latest organisation to call for more help for private tenants following what appears to be...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban watered down in Coronavirus Emergency Bill

The three month outright eviction ban pledged to renters last week appears to have been watered down in the Coronavirus Emergency...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Sex-For-Rent amendment bid to Renters’ Reform Bill

A Liberal Democrat MP is seeking to amend the Renters’ Reform Bill to make it illegal for tenants to be offered...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters’ Reform Bill: still no date set for legislation

The Renters’ Reform Bill worries many in the private rental sector but the government says there is still no date for...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent campaign group set to almost double in size

A campaign group that has held protests outside letting agents’ branches and has been fiercely critical of fees, says it’s seen a...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Another New Rental Law: mandatory electric checks this year

It looks almost certain that agents and landlords must ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can beat S21 ban by working harder to avoid evictions - claim

Letting agents can beat the upcoming ban on Section 21 by updating key documentation and automating arrears management to reduce the...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant activists demand rent controls and Section 21 scrapped

A collective of activist renter groups has set out a manifesto of what it wants from the winner of next month’s...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Solicitor urges government not to take knee-jerk action

A solicitor has urged the government not to reform or scrap Section 21 eviction powers simply on the basis of protests...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies: government could announce decision as soon as next month

Housing minister Esther McVey has hinted that the government may finally decide as soon as next month on whether to introduce...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Eight Cabinet ministers are private landlords - and claim rent on expenses

The Mirror newspaper says eight members of the new Boris Johnson-led Cabinet are buy to let investors - and it accuses...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New Right To Rent rules mean agents and landlords ‘break law’

New guidance from the government on its controversial Right To Rent scheme would see agents and landlords breaking the law if...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Insecure tenancies and expensive rents slammed by all-party MPs group

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Care for Older People has sharply criticised the PRS as being ill-equipped to cater...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - city where ‘two in every 13 homes are listed on Airbnb’

A senior Labour politician has claimed that there is a city in the UK where two out of every 13 residential...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Consumer group tries to take credit for momentous Fees Ban

The consumer charity Citizens Advice has hailed the Tenant Fees Act and the ban on letting agents’ charges to renters as...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing minister dragged into mystery of agency owing thousands

A Midlands MP says he has spoken with housing minister Kit Malthouse about the case of a two-branch lettings agency that...

24 May 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

Parliamentary call for tax relief for rental home improvements

A trade body has welcomed calls by a parliamentary committee for tax incentives for the buy to let sector to improve...

08 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

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

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

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent breaches human rights, High Court rules

The High Court has ruled that the government’s Right to Rent scheme breaches human rights law. Under the Right to Rent landlords are...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Spending slashed on policing rogue operators in the private rented sector

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

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

March date for next Fees Ban debate by Welsh parliament

March 19 has been set as the next date for the Welsh equivalent of the Tenant Fees Ban Bill to be...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock Labour claim that agents will increase tenant fees until June

A senior Labour politician claims that “unscrupulous” letting agents are hammering tenants with higher-than-usual charges between now and June 1 when...

14 February 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

Warning to tenants: You face a rocky 2019, says lettings chief

Tenants are in for a rocky ride this year - and it’s chiefly the fault of government, says the chief executive...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban 'should be just the start of more power for tenants'

The chief executive of the Citizens Advice consumer charity says she wants government “to do even more to strengthen the hand...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings trade body almost doubles in size over three years

The Residential Landlords Association’s membership has hit a new high of 35,000.  Established in 1998 the not-for-profit association - which describes itself...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Government's bold claim - 'Fees Ban won't hurt many agents'

The government has made the controversial claim that the ban on the levying of fees on tenants will not produce “significant...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill wins Royal Assent - it's law

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill has achieved Royal Assent, meaning that it will soon become an act of Parliament. Put...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial Rental Bill today finishes 42-month slog for Labour MP

A Private Members’ Bill which will allow private rental sector tenants to sue over the conditions of their properties will today...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Bill giving tenants the right to sue is on verge of becoming law

A Private Members’ Bill which will allow private rental sector tenants to sue over the conditions of their properties is just...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Embattled Labour mayor wants rent controls - but has no powers

Embattled London Labour mayor Sadiq Khan says he wants rent controls to be introduced in the capital’s private rental sector, but...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Bastard landlords - the term used by a government minister

A government minister says the phrase ”rogue landlord” is too “cuddly” and he wants buy to let investors who broke the...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Party conference season – what was said about the rental market?

The party conferences of the two main political parties threw up some interesting developments with regards to housing and the rental...

06 November 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Fees ban moves a step closer - Bill returns to Parliament this week

The Tenant Fees Bill is back in Parliament this week when it goes for its Second Reading in the House of...

08 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

Labour to scrap S21 and match Tory pledges on fees and tenancies

Labour has outlined its proposals for the private rental sector if it gains power at the next General Election - and...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants' Fees Bill: date set for next Parliamentary stage

It’s been announced that the next stage of the Tenants’ Fees Bill through Parliament will be its Second Reading in the...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More red tape? Labour gives top-level support for 'mandatory register'

Shadow housing minister John Healey has given his backing to a Labour MP’s attempt to introduce a mandatory national register for...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Insurer launches referral scheme for agents hit by fees ban

An insurer is launching a new referral scheme for letting agents to market to landlords and tenants as a way of...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants government to fund private blocks fire safety improvement

A trade body is backing a call by a parliamentary committee for the government to fund certain fire safety improvements in...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Scrap the surcharge! Strong support for petition to repeal buy to let taxes

There has been strong support for an e-petition calling for the scrapping of the stamp duty surcharge on buy to let...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Petition to Parliament wants review of city's selective licensing

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

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government clarifies Holding and Tenancy deposits provision in Fees Bill

The government has written to two senior MPs in a bid to clarify two detailed provisions in the Tenants Fees Bill,...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It won't work - industry hits out at latest fees ban proposal

The lettings industry has hit out at the Welsh Government’s proposals to ban agents’ fees levied on tenants. A Bill was put...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban gets closer in Wales - but it will still take many months

A Bill which is likely to end up banning letting agents’ fees levied on tenants in Wales has been introduced into...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents challenge Labour MP: why not show us your evidence?

A Member of Parliament who says “the majority of agents” engage in “dirty tactics” when it comes to fees imposed on...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Campaign for mandatory electrical testing of appliances in rental properties

An electrical testing equipment firm and an MP are setting up a national campaign to demand new laws on appliance testing...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tax changes 'level the playing field' - government responds to BTL petition

The government has responded to a petition calling for it to abolish the 3% stamp duty surcharge and reintroduce full buy-to-let...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to provide last-minute views on the Tenant Fees Bill

Letting agents - and anyone with ‘relevant expertise and experience or a special interest’ - have been invited to provide their...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban - Citizens Advice calls for default fees ‘loophole’ to be closed

A national charity is calling on the government to tighten the 'default fees' clause which is part of the Tenant Fees...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to respond to petition calling for reform of 'disastrous' BTL tax changes

An online petition which calls on the government to reintroduce full buy-to-let mortgage interest tax relief and abolish the 3% stamp...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban update: MPs to debate Tenant Fees Bill today

MPs will today undertake the second reading of the Tenant Fees Bill which proposes to ban upfront tenant fees and introduce...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to co-ordinate lettings reforms, not be scattergun

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says he welcomes reforms currently moving through Parliament to professionalise the lettings sector - but he wants...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech start-up wants progress on counting rent towards creditworthiness

One of the six PropTech start-ups shortlisted to develop a system allowing tenants’ rental histories to count towards their creditworthiness says...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body renews call for agents to back mandatory rental inventories

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has renewed its call for letting agents and other property professionals to back an online...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New Labour chief pledges to introduce stringent rent controls

The new leader of the Labour party in Scotland says his party will introduce “stringent” rent controls if it gains power...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body upset at provisions of extended HMO mandatory licensing system

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

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Compulsory independent inventory petition to MPs nears 1,000 signature mark

An online petition urging MPs to make it compulsory for privately let properties to be subject to independent inventory reporting is...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading PropTech entrepreneur backs stricter HMO regulations

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

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry support for Human Habitation Bill continues to pile in

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

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New PropTech platform links rental payments to credit scores

A new PropTech platform has launched today linking tenants’ rental payments with their Experian credit histories, as well as providing reports...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government explains why lettings fee ban is still 15 months away

The government has explained why the ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants will not be implemented until spring 2019 -...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter to tell MPs its view of the Draft Tenants' Fees Bill

Today sees the return of MPs to Parliament following the Christmas break, and one early task is to hear oral evidence...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm joins call for rent payments to count in credit scores

Automated rental payment provider PayProp has joined the call for private rent payments to be counted towards tenants’ credit scores in...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government lettings reforms: no response yet from ARLA

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

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government outlines new clampdown on private rental sector abuse

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

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Seismic changes for lettings industry in 2018, predicts ARLA chief

Some 70 per cent of letting agents expect taxes on the rental sector to rise further next year according to research...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Recognition Challenge - government launches tech competition

The government is offering £2m to budding PropTech and financial technology entrepreneurs who can develop an application that will enable Britain’s 11...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Final day of consultation on letting and management agent proposals

You have only until 11.45pm tonight to have your say on government proposals to clamp down on letting and managing agents...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New parliamentary bid to have rent records added to credit ratings

Lord John Bird, the founder of Big Issue, is tomorrow launching his own Bill in the House of Lords in a...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Criticism of ban and deposit cap; support for client money protection

Trade organisatons have reacted predictably to the government’s latest announcements and publications concerning the private rental sector. Yesterday the Department of Communities...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lawyers and MP draft Bill to give more repair powers to tenants

The Law Society Gazette has given more details of a Parliamentary Bill in preparation to give more powers to tenants to...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs take up call to bring the homeless into private renting

MPs from the cross-party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness have spoken out on the need to help homeless people into the...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Just 20% of private rental units accept Universal Credit tenants

Only two out of every 10 private rental sector landlords say they are willing to let to tenants in receipt of...

20 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

What exactly is “Fair” Wear & Tear

Wear and tear can be a highly contentious issue for many tenants and landlords; many arguments have arisen because of unclear definitions...

12 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Industry broadly welcomes new regulation but 'devil is in the detail'

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has welcomed the government commitment to introduce regulation for agencies - but it is warning...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

How Agents Can Recoup Losses from the Ban on Letting Agent Fees

According to recent government figures, the average letting agent’s fee is £223 and 4.3 million householders pay this amount or thereabouts...

14 September 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Housing minister rules out rent controls for rest of this parliament

Housing minister Alok Sharma has told a major residential conference that rent controls will definitely not be a policy of the...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs set to debate letting agent fee ban in House of Commons

A Westminster Hall debate for MPs on letting agent fees will take place this morning in the House of Commons. The debate...

06 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

Politician says £10m tax may be avoided via short lets in one city alone

Green Party politician Andy Wightman claims that £10.6m in taxes are being avoided this year due to the boom in private...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - over 20 per cent of MPs are landlords

New research by Channel 4 reveals that 123 MPs - just over one fifth of the total - let out at...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

MP resumes bid to allow private tenants to sue over squalid conditions

Labour MP Karen Buck is to reintroduce her Private Members Bill into Parliament today - and if it is passed, she...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban: over 4,700 official consultation responses

The government has revealed that it has received over 4,700 responses to its official consultation over the proposed ban on letting...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Figures debunk myth that buy to let investors are wealthy

Far from being wealthy property investors, two thirds of individual landlords pay merely the basic rate of income tax according to...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban confirmed by Queen's Speech

The Queen’s Speech, outlining the government’s proposals for the next two years, has confirmed a pledge to introduce a ban on...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Fit for human habitation' amendment may be reconsidered after London fire

A proposed amendment to the government's Housing and Planning Bill which suggests landlords are required to make homes 'fit for human...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise group says Fees Ban will have only limited effect

Hunters says its franchise agents and offices may suffer less than other firms thanks to their sales operations.   Addressing the Hunters Group...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister to investigate 'sex for rent' allegations

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she has been “horrified” to read allegations of some property owners offering rent-free accommodation in...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Lobby your MP to help stop fees ban, ARLA tells members

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has told its agent members that they should urgently lobby their Members of Parliament to...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New independent review into private rental sector now underway

There is to be a new high-level and independent review of the private rental sector in England.   The Nationwide Foundation is funding...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs may debate rent counting towards mortgage eligibility

A 27 year old father of two has secured over 140,000 signatures for an online petition demanding that rent payments be...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body asks government to give reasons for incoming tax changes

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is writing to the Office for Budget Responsibility asking it to provide clarification on controversial tax...

07 March 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

Lobby MPs against buy to let tax changes ... urges a Tory MP

Saturday is traditionally the day many MPs hold their constituency surgeries, listening to grievances and opinions from their electors.    Conservative member of...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban still unlikely to be introduced until 2018

The government’s Housing White Paper may have made many broad pledges aimed at the private rental sector, but it still remains...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: 91 landlords receive civil penalties in year one

An immigration minister has revealed that 91 landlords have been issued with civil penalties since the Right to Rent scheme was...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: housing chief says it's not good enough

A damning critique of the one-year-old Right To Rent legislation in England suggests that the government is largely unaware of its...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax changes will affect just 20% of landlords, claims minister

Housing minister Gavin Barwell says recent changes to buy to let mortgage interest relief and stamp duty will only affect a...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Bid to ban letting agents' fees on tenants in another part of the UK

Letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - already banned in Scotland and now likely to be banned in England according to...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body says councils must up their game to protect tenants

Councils have been told to up their game to protect tenants from a minority of landlords providing sub-standard accommodation.   The call, being...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Online petition against ban calls for agents' fee 'cap' instead

An online petition is being staged to voice opposition against the government's proposed ban on letting agents' fees levied on tenants...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency claims some tenants think deposit and rent are ''agent fees'

A letting agency says the scale of confusion over letting agents’ fees is such that some tenants actually believe the deposit...

29 November 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

Labour's John Healey back on front bench after 'coup' against Corbyn

Labour’s respected housing expert, John Healey, is now back on the front bench as the party’s housing spokesman after a spat...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Concern growing over fate of letting agency and clients' money

The local press serving the area of Kirkcaldy is reporting concern about a local letting agent after numerous tenants and landlords...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS calls for cap instead of ban on letting agent fees

The National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) has called for a cap on excessive letting fees charged to tenants, instead of a...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

HMRC quashes rumours of tax change for landlords who sell

Speculation that the government was attempting to ‘slip in’ yet more changes to the way landlords are being taxed have been...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Growing industry concern over new buy to let 'stealth tax'

There is growing concern across the industry at the fear - which we reported yesterday - that the government may be...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Law Society hits out at government over latest buy to let tax changes

The Law Society has accused the government of avoiding proper consultation and scrutiny in the way it has introduced new buy to let proposals.   They...

30 August 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

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

Room-sharing website jumps on 'scrap agency fees'  bandwagon

EasyRoommate, a room-sharing website, says it is backing the Renters’ Rights Bill currently going through parliament and aiming to restrict letting...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Government told - you are forcing rent rises on hard-pressed tenants

The government is being warned that without changes to the Finance Bill currently going through parliament it will effectively be forcing rent...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

MP and agency founder backs bid to cut buy to let Capital Gains Tax

A campaign to reduce Capital Gains Tax paid by landlords when selling their rented home to sitting tenants has won the...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour MP presents petition urging cap on letting agencies' fees

A Labour MP has presented Parliament with a petition urging that letting agents’ fees should be capped. There were a modest 1,500...

30 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Group sets out rental laws and rules to change because of Brexit

The Residential Landlords’ Association says a period of economic and policy confusion lies ahead for the private rental sector as a...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let court decision confirms landlords' right to reclaim possession

The Supreme Court has ruled that rights to a private and family life need not get in the way of legitimate...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Liberal Democrats latest to demand ban on letting agents' fees

The Liberal Democrats are following in the footsteps of some Green and Labour politicians in calling for a ban on letting...

03 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

Call for Housing Bill to include measures tackling problem tenants

A leading trade body has called for the Housing and Planning Bill now going through parliament to be widened to include...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Government urged to amend tenancy bill to protect rural landlords

Two organisations are appealing to Scottish Ministers to ensure that businesses have the ability to supply accommodation for workers in rural...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency uses Twitter to disown comments by branch manager

A London lettings has tweeted that it does not share the view of one of its own branch managers who said...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Jen Paice, CEO of SafeDeposits Scotland

Who are you? Jen Paice What does it say on your business card? Chief executive of SafeDeposits Scotland What does SafeDeposits Scotland do? We are...

24 February 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Private renting has grown by 17,000 households a month in England claim

The government’s initiatives to try to increase house building and owner occupation will not stop demand for rented homes rising by...

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate owners upset over bid to limit 'tied cottage' vacant possession

A land-owners’ group is upset at the Scottish Government’s alleged “disregard” for estate- and land-owners to be able to gain vacant...

25 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents ease in Scotland - just as rent caps are considered by lawmakers

Typical rents in Scotland are down from £757 per month to £747 according to Citylets - just as the Private Housing...

22 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Petition against buy to let tax unlikely to hit 100,000 signature target

An online petition aiming to get 100,000 signatures expressing opposition to Chancellor George Osborne’s buy to let tax changes looks certain...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

MPs this week debate £30k fines and bans for rogue agents, landlords

The Housing and Planning Bill returns to the House of Commons tomorrow when the remaining stages of the legislation resume after...

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Anti-tax change petition gets 47,000 signatures with four weeks to go

An online petition seeking the reversal of the Osborne clampdown on buy to let tax breaks has secured around 47,000 signatures...

31 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Councils want 'rogues database' to deter dodgy landlords

An organisation representing councils wants a government database covering all housing-related convictions to deter rogue landlords switching from one area to...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

'Say No To George' petition now well over 40,000 signatures

An online petition asking the government to rethink its raft of tax measures imposed on buy to let landlords this year...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

SAFEagent demands mandatory Client Money Protection scheme

SAFEagent is calling on the government to use the passage of the Housing Bill through Parliament to make a Client Money...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let chief wants register to deter rogue agents and landlords

A property investment search portal has launched an online petition via the UK Parliament website, calling for a national register of...

23 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Call for rogue letting agents' blacklist to be made public

Generation Rent, the lobby group which recently narrowly escaped folding because of a lack of financial support, wants the public to...

19 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Petition against buy to let tax changes passes 35,000 signatures

The online petition opposing the proposed tax changes for buy to let landlords has now reached 35,000 signatures - but is...

30 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let mortgage market booms despite cloud over future lending

The prospect of lending restraints for landlords next year has done little to deter lenders offering a wide range of deals...

23 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Top accountancy body slams Osborne's unthought-through BTL tax plans

“Unthought-through”, “unfair and unreasonable” and leading to “extreme confusion” - those are the thoughts of Britain’s leading professional accounting body on...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

MPs probe rental sector energy efficiency - and want industry views

The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Private Rented Sector has launched an inquiry into the energy efficiency of private rented...

13 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Petition against buy to let tax change a waste of time says industry group

The online petition against the government's proposed tax changes for buy to let investors is "a waste of time" according to...

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: yet another industry group voices opposition

Another major industry body has added its voice to growing concerns over the potential impact of Right To Rent immigration checks...

28 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Government unfair and incoherent on buy to let tax

The government’s response to the online petition against proposed tax changes for buy to let investors is “unfair, incoherent and missing...

17 September 2015

From: Breaking News

At last - smoke and carbon monoxide regulations confirmed

Parliament has approved the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 - the regulations which looked in jeopardy after a...

17 September 2015

From: Breaking News

MPs want agents' and landlords' views on buy to let taxes

Opponents of the government’s attempt to end tax breaks for the buy to let sector now have a new opportunity to...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax protest petition tops 25,000 signatures

If supporters of Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget restrictions on tax breaks for buy to let landlords thought opposition would die off...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Migration group says Right To Rent leads to racial profiling

The Right To Rent pilot project has forced letting agents and landlords into ‘increased racial profiling’ according to the Joint Council...

04 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Petition against buy to let tax change gets 20,000 signatures

The petition against the proposed tax changes outlined by Chancellor George Osborne in last month’s Budget has now achieved 20,000 signatures. This...

28 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords may produce 'alternative' buy to let tax measures

The Residential Landlords Association has launched a new campaign ‘toolkit’ to enable opponents of the proposed buy to let tax changes...

10 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Government must respond to 10,000-signature online petition

An online petition demanding the reinstatement of buy to let landlords' tax breaks has broken the 10,000 signatures mark which means...

10 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Petition against BTL tax changes struggling for signatures

An online petition demanding the reversal of the revisions to buy to let landlords' tax breaks announced in the Budget last...

06 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Industry body discovers new Right To Rent details

The National Landlords’ Association has met with the Home Office and the Department of Communities and Local Government - and has...

06 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent immigration checks: agents happy, landlords not

There has been a mixed reaction to the government’s announcement that agents and landlords face jail if they fail to conduct...

04 August 2015

From: Breaking News

6,300 sign online petition against ending BTL tax breaks

An online petition demanding the reinstatement of buy to let landlords' tax breaks has so far attracted 6,300-plus signatures. The petition, which...

03 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Hunters boss tops list of MPs with investment properties

Some 19 per cent of MPs in the new parliament are landlords according to their entries in the first Register of...

10 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Controversial sub-letting idea kicked into the long grass

The government appears to be trying to push its controversial idea to allow much more tenant-led sub-letting of private rented property...

09 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour MP in row with letting agent over deposit

A Labour MP was hauled up before the parliamentary expenses body after hitting a credit card problem created by a dispute...

03 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Let’s get our act together

This month has marked a real change in the way the private lettings sector is perceived - and it’s a perception...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Can we panic yet?

When do we really start to worry about rising rents and house prices? Despite an apparent slowdown in house price inflation...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Could cross-party support solve supply conundrum?

Given that I wrote my last article on the day of the General Election but well before the result was known,...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Anti-letting agent MP today bids for Labour deputy post

Nominations for Labour’s deputy leadership race close at midday today with Stella Creasy, an MP who has campaigned fiecely against letting...

17 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Immigration check roll-out to be announced tomorrow

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

26 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Airbnb stunt to publicise changes in short lets rules

Airbnb is letting out a two-bedroom floating house on the Thames to publicise the changes in short term letting rules in...

20 May 2015

From: Breaking News

A victory V sign to the housing sector?

The Conservatives’ election victory came as a surprise, so much so that television pundits spent all night after the vote rubbishing...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Government decides to keep Lewis as housing minister

The quick-off-the-mark Residential Landlords Association appeared to earn brownie points for the entire private rental sector by sending a congratulatory message...

13 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector petition goes before parliament

An umbrella organisation representing parts of the private rented sector is to be put before the Scottish parliament in a bid...

11 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

Agents delighted at Conservative election victory

The agency industry has been acting with delight over the likelihood that there will be a slim overall majority for the...

08 May 2015

From: Breaking News

153 MPs are landlords: how many from tomorrow?

An analysis by The Guardian newspaper shows that 153 MPs from the last Parliament declared an income from renting out at...

07 May 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

Labour wants more controls on private rental sector

Labour’s onslaught on the private rental sector continues, with the party now setting out how it will implement its rent controls...

27 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Letter from the Publisher – What are the challenger parties saying about housing?

With another hung parliament looking increasingly likely, the so-called ‘challenger parties’ look set to have a major say in who forms...

23 April 2015

From: Features

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