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KEYWORD "Private Landlords" - 215 RESULTS
Big drop in homes on lettings market, reports Zoopla

New investment in private rented housing has fallen since 2016 as some private landlords have dipped out of the sector in...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Student specialist lettings agency enjoys record business

Specialist letting agency and property management company Student Housing has had its busiest quarter, it says. The Lincoln-based agency added 30 new...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Council to spend £250,000 of public cash setting up lettings agency

Durham county council wants to spend just over £250,000 setting up a lettings agency to place tenants with private landlords. The authority...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 and beyond set to be strong for buy to let market

There’s been an upbeat prediction on the lettings market given by leading market commentator Lucian Cook, head of residential research at...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock Survey: a third of landlords to quit or scale down investments

Just over third of private landlords are planning to quit the sector or cut the number of homes they let in...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Politicians Beware! Landlords could decide General Election

A trade body suggests that the votes of private landlords could decide the results in over 100 constituencies in next week’s...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence still rock bottom according to yet another survey

Another survey of private landlords show a majority feeling less confident about the market than they were three months ago. Last week...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rise in eviction delays show need for specialist court - claim

New figures just released by the government emphasise the significance of creating a specialist housing court says one of the lettings...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Reform rental sector to favour tenants, charity tells next government

Citizens Advice wants the next government to radically alter the private rental sector in favour of tenants.  The charity’s 2019 election manifesto,...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry wants short-let controls, review of landlord tax and stamp duty eased

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents have issued their manifesto for next month’s General...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s rent controls: global examples of how they do not work

Rent controls similar to those demanded by Labour in London and other major cities in the UK do not work, and...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New ethical letting agency launches with focus on 'people, not fees'

A new ethical letting agency has launched in partnership with a housing association and is promoting its low fee structure. Home Makers,...

08 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

Council gives advance rent to landlords backing homelessness scheme

Private landlords are to be given a month’s rent upfront and 12 months’ membership of a trade body if they sign...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords to run their own licensing scheme as council backs down

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

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents at all time high, according to latest HomeLet index

Rents have reached an all time high across the UK according to HomeLet. Its latest index says the average rent in the...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax changes prompt landlords exit and rents rising, says survey

One in six landlords is seeking to reduce the size of their portfolio in the next 12 months and around half...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants’ arrears up because of Universal Credit - claim

Universal Credit is causing tenants to fall behind with their rent according to lettings sector trade body the Residential Landlords Association. It...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Surveyors want immediate regulation of rental sector - and an end to S21

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors wants the government to implement recent recommendations to regulate the agency industry, starting with the...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing association appeals to private landlords for help

The housing association Cadwyn is calling for private sector landlords with properties in Cardiff to lease their houses to those on...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees: Lettings agent fined for the third time in as many years

A lettings agent in London has been fined for the third time in as many years – this time for failing...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector suffering from government focus on home ownership

Private tenants are being disadvantaged because of the government’s focus on boosting homeownership. According to the latest figures from the Royal Institution...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Four months: how long it takes to repossess a rental property

The Ministry of Justice says it takes private landlords an average of 22.5 weeks from making a repossession claim to the...

12 August 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

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

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

05 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

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

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

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Tory says government “war on landlords” will make housing crisis worse

An outspoken Conservative party figure says government policies such as the scrapping of Section 21 will play into the hands of...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Note to Tory leadership candidates - Scrap Right To Rent!

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have been given a message from a consortium of groups this morning - Scrap Right To...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Let your property through us and pay no fees, says council

Private landlords are being asked to consider letting out their properties through the local council.  Slough council is looking for flats and...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents join grand industry coalition to retain Section 21

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is one of many industry groups in a new coalition calling for S21 repossessions to be...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban gets ringing endorsement ... from a lettings agency

The Tenant Fees Act coming into effect tomorrow and banning fees on tenants in England has been given a ringing endorsement...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories haemorrhage support after frequent attacks on buy to let

Only one in six private landlords say they would support the Conservatives in an election according to a new poll. Buy to...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Council says its own lettings agency ‘saves hundreds of thousands’

A council claims that its decision to set up its own lettings agency has prevented homelessness for almost 50 families and...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

How you CAN increase your chargeable fees and JUSTIFY it

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

16 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Letting agent tells landlords: 'don't stress too much over Brexit'

The operations director of letting agency haart has told landlords not to 'stress too much' over Brexit. Paul Sloan says it's easy...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Crisis-point: Huge buy to let sell-off imminent according to new figures

A quarter of private landlords are looking to sell at least one property over the next year according to new research...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Long-standing critic of agents and landlords quits charity position

One of the most vocal critics of lettings agents in recent years appears to be moving away from the property industry. Campbell...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Government accused of Dickensian view of buy to let

The scrapping of Section 21, as proposed by the government, shows that Whiteall has “a Dickensian view” of the buy to...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Only 129 agents respond to consultation on S21 and longer tenancies

The government consultation process which fuelled its decision to axe Section 21 eviction powers and move towards longer tenancies received only...

16 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

Think buy to let taxes are bad? They're even worse in Scotland...

A leading accountancy firm has analysed buy to let taxation policies north and south of the border and claims that from...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Scathing attack on lettings sector 'rogues' by government minister

The government is back to business attacking the lettings sector with an extraordinary claim by a minister that many students are...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards launches bid to lift energy standards in rental sector

TrustMark, the government-backed quality kite mark scheme for tradespeople, is launching a pilot with Trading Standards to improve the quality and...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Double Trouble: buy to let investors pay twice the tax of Tesco

Income tax paid by buy to let landlords now exceeds £3.8 billion annually – that’s more than double Tesco’s entire annual...

12 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

See you in court! Licensing scheme may face legal challenge

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

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents have role in improving support for tenants with mental health issues

New research on private renting and mental health in Wales has concluded that more support is required.  The research was undertaken for...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Private rents take LESS of tenants' income while social rents rocket

You may be forgiven for thinking that rent takes up an ever-greater proportion of tenants’ income - but new figures out...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news: most buy to let fixed-rate mortgages are now cheaper

With good news in the buy to let sector in short supply, here’s a promising start to the week - a...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Redress scheme wants landlords to join now 'on a voluntary basis'

One of the existing two government-authorised redress schemes governing estate and letting agents has called on landlords to voluntarily join, ahead...

06 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

Simon Duce, Managing Director.

ARPM  Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Simon Duce, Managing Director. What is ARPM and what does it...

01 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Landlord hits out at agency's portrayal of buy to let tax clampdown

A leading landlord has hit out at a lettings agency’s portrayal of buy to let tax changes.  Rosalind Beck, a campaigning landlord...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'Property MOTs' for all rental flats and houses, demands ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is demanding 'property MOTs' to help landlords trying to meet new energy efficiency targets. The government’s...

28 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

Lettings sector welcomes redress reform as landlords face £5,000 fines

There’s been broad support from the lettings sector for the wide-ranging reform of the redress system announced yesterday by housing secretary...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry welcomes Universal Credit change to pay landlords directly

The lettings industry has welcomed news that reforms to Universal Credit will include a new online system for private landlords to...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Right To Rent judicial review to be heard today

The High Court today begins a Judicial Review of the government’s controversial Right to Rent scheme. The scheme began operating nationwide in...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Licensing: councils slammed for failing to police their own schemes

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

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

'Five months to regain possession through courts' new figures show

Private landlords have to wait an average of over five months to regain possession of a property when applying to 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

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

£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

Arrears rocket for tenants on Universal Credit

Around two thirds of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have experienced rent arrears according to new research. Based on responses...

15 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

First council backs campaign to scrap S21 eviction powers

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

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government tipped to announce tax breaks in return for longer tenancies

Media speculation over the weekend has suggested that the government may be about to give tax breaks to landlords agreeing to...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Buy to let mortgage costs increase after Bank of England rate rise

New figures out show that buy to let mortgage rates are showing the effects of last month’s base rate rise. Online mortgage...

14 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

Councils must use their 'extensive powers' to root out rogue landlords

The policy director of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on local councils to use the 'extensive powers' they have...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to lease homes from private sector, then let to social tenants

The New Forest district council in Hampshire is appealling to letting agents and private tenants to sign up to its Private...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Not true! Agents reject claim of discriminating against benefit tenants

Lettings agents’ representatives have hit back at an accusation of discrimination made against the industry. A report by Shelter and the National...

22 August 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

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

Tenants, landlords and buy to let investors are the targets for new online rental guides introduced by the Ministry of Housing,...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'Hidden' Baby Boomers suffering in private rental sector, claims housing group

Up to 500,000 so-called Baby Boomers have been hit by allegedly unaffordable rents and a lack of appropriate housing for older...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Charity returns to the attack over alleged ‘revenge evictions’

The Citizens Advice consumer charity claims that 28 per cent of private tenants who have experienced problems while renting have not...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey bucks trend by showing buy to let investors ready to expand

A new survey appears to buck the trend of recent rental market snapshots by showing that buy to let investors are...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants SDLT surcharge scrapped and CGT incentives for buy to let

A leading lettings sector trade body has repeated its call on government to offer a range of incentives to landlords and...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons warns on multiple challenges facing private rental sector

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

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposit cap will be a 'charter for cheats' warns trade body

Proposals to cap security deposits for private rented housing to six weeks rent risk creating a charter for rent cheats warns...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Government's rental sector taxes blamed for curbing house building totals

A lettings trade body says a major house builder has blamed, in part, recent tax increases on private landlords as a...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

More politicians back controversial site that reviews letting agents

Local media in Bristol say politicians in the city are considering supporting a controversial website that allows tenants to rate and...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents being selected to take part in most authoritative rental survey

Some letting agencies and selected landlords are being asked to take part in a new survey investigating views and experiences in...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector at forefront of government redress proposals

The lettings sector is at the forefront of government proposals for a new redress system for customers of agents and others.  In...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of fraud threat as scammers target Facebook groups

We’re grateful to The Property Group, an agency in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, for alerting us to an incident involving its Mayfair Town...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council drops lettings licensing plan after massive backlash

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

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Expansion for LSL-backed broker seeking to emulate online letting agents

A digital start-up that uses algorithms to match the requirements of landlords against the entire buy to let mortgage market of...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes Universal Credit changes but warns 'more needed'

Changes to Universal Credit have made it easier for claimants to rent homes but the government needs to do more to...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Council claims Airbnb takes hundreds of homes off long-term market

A senior housing official at Bristol city council says the increasing popularity of Airbnb has had the effect of taking “hundreds”...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils insist there's no conflict of interest after press revelations

Research by The Guardian newspaper reveals that massive numbers of local authority councillors are also buy to let investors - and...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to sign petition demanding mandatory inventories

Letting agents and landlords are being urged by a trade body to sign a petition calling on the government to make...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The Reposit Landlord Perspectives Survey

In the past 20 years the UK private rental sector has exploded! The sector has grown from under 10% of housing...

31 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

'Help the rental sector solve the housing crisis' Chancellor is told

A leading accountancy and business advice consultancy says residential landlords who want to downsize their portfolios because of recent tax changes...

26 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

Agency urges more maintenance to avoid tenants' winter gripes

An online agency is urging landlords to try to avoid unnecessary voids or tenant gripes by preparing their investment properties for...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency probed by Trading Standards after complaints by tenants

A London letting agency with connections to Westminster council is now being investigated by the same council’s trading standards department. CityWest Homes...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Under-35s pay approaching half the UK's total rent bill, says Savills

The increasing number of renters and low interest rates for existing home owners mean that the total rent bill is now...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Here we go again: Tories unveil slew of new controls for private rental sector

The Conservatives have used their annual conference in Manchester to unveil a raft of new controls and regulations applying to the...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit leading more tenants into arrears, warns trade body

Over a third of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit say they are now in rent arrears, up by over...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency survey says 66% of landlords undeterred by tax changes

A survey for online letting agency Upad claims that 66 per cent of landlords are not going to change their property...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Council working with HMRC to expose tax-evading private landlords

A council claims that up to 13,000 private landlords are “of interest” to HM Revenue and Customs, where there are alleged...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Young renters likely to have tough task finding places to live

Younger people will have more difficulty finding rented accommodation in coming months as a substantial proportion of landlords actively cut back...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter insists age, not taxes, forces landlords to quit buy to let

The reasons behind ‘landlord churn’ - when buy to let investors sell up - are more connected with personal circumstances than...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 50% of buy to let investors have checked fire safety - survey

More than half of buy to let landlords have taken measures to check the fire safety of their properties in the...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body angry over misleading and distorted evictions report

The Residential Landlords’ Association has written an angry letter of protest to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation following the publication of what...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

IDS is latest Tory to criticise government's buy to let tax policies

Ian Duncan Smith is the latest Conservative to criticise his own government’s fiscal policies regarding buy to let.   Writing on the Conservative...

19 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

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

Welsh Government offers free cladding tests for private rental sector

The BBC is reporting that the Welsh government is offering private buy to let investors who have properties in high-rise buildings...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Licensing is a 'post code lottery', says Fair Fees Forum

At the latest meeting of the Fair Fees Forum, members described the current approach towards landlord licensing as a 'post code...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'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

NLA surveying landlords to 'inform future policy decisions'

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched its Quarter Two Landlords Survey. The research study has been launched hot on the heels...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

First court case and penalties emerge from Rent Smart Wales

A Newport landlord has been fined £4,400 for operating a dangerous, unlicensed house in multiple occupation and failing to comply with...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords to shop around as annual agent fees hit £870 per property

Landlords are increasingly looking to reduce the fees they pay to letting agents due to industry tax changes and increasing management...

12 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

Agency says buy to let returns at record high, despite tax changes

Private landlords’ net income has risen 39 per cent in the last five years, jumping from £10.8 billion to £15 billion...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost half of 'victimised' buy to let investors ready to quit

A new study of landlords reveals that far more believe they will be affected by today’s buy to let mortgage interest...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Angry buy to let investors launch petition against council licensing

Angry landlords in Shropshire have set up an online petition against local council proposals to introduce selective licensing.    The Wrekin Landlords Association...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Local authority reveals its local Letting Agent of the Year

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

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator names managing agency for first scheme

L&G, one of the biggest firms involved in Britain’s Built To Rent sector, has named the agency it is appointing to...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let pleads to be kept at centre of White Paper's rental plans

The Residential Landlords Association has made a last-minute plea for buy to let investors to remain central to the government’s plans...

07 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

Yet another council consults on extending private rental licensing

Consultation has begun on a new licensing scheme for landlords being proposed by Nottingham council.    It runs until March 31 and gives...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents back beefed-up campaign against changes to mortgage tax relief

The campaigners against planned changes to mortgage interest tax relief - set to come into effect from April, phased over four...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Yet another selective licensing scheme to be introduced in 2017

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

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over a third of landlords never use agents, biggest-ever survey says

  Over a third of landlords have never used a letting agent and manage all their properties themselves.    That is the finding of...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Private rental arrears less than half the rate of owner-occupiers

The proportion of private landlords in arrears is substantially under half the proportion of owner occupiers in the same position according...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group disowns 'death' comments after Private Eye story

At the end of an already-challenging week for the industry, a landlord group has distanced itself from comments made in its...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents fear fees ban will damage quality of references and services

Many agencies have spoken out in dismay at the announcement by government that letting agency fees on tenants would be banned...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents praised by council for professional property management

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

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Claims to repossess private rental properties down 21% in two years

Data from the Ministry of Justice suggests the number of claims made by private sector landlords to repossess a property has...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

All-party support for MP's Bill - despite its danger to lettings sector

A Bill has received all-party support in the House of Commons despite one industry body's view that it contains significant dangers...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Council sets up Right To Invest as alternative to Right To Buy

A London council has set up a system to allow council tenants to buy into a shared ownership scheme which it...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Another council preparing to start its own letting agency

Canterbury is the latest council to consider setting up its own letting agency. The authority hopes to tempt private landlords with promises...

06 October 2016

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'Enough is enough' says finance chief about buy to let controls

The chief executive of financial consultancy Clayton Euro Risk says changes soon coming in to tighten the criteria applied to buy...

04 October 2016

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Mayor and council back anti-letting agent group's new 'charter'

The newly-elected mayor of Bristol and the city’s council have endorsed a so-called ethical lettings charter created by a group known...

12 September 2016

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Trade body restates how buy to let sector could solve housing crisis

The chairman of the Residential Landlords’ Association has restated how he sees the private rental sector could help solve the country’s...

08 September 2016

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BBC probe says 'struck off' landlords exploiting vulnerable tenants

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

25 August 2016

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Industry group comes out fighting over housing benefit claims

The National Landlords Association has come out fighting in response to a weekend report by the National Housing Federation suggesting buy...

23 August 2016

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Buy to let is big winner from housing benefit surge, says federation

The amount of housing benefit going to private landlords has more than doubled in the past decade according to the National...

22 August 2016

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Labour hopeful wants more licensing, rent controls and landlord buy-outs

Former shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham - now Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester - has outlined a string of...

18 August 2016

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

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

08 August 2016

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

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

02 August 2016

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Private rental sector licences costing up to £900 being introduced

Yet another council private rental sector licensing scheme is being drawn up with the claim that it will improve standards of...

01 August 2016

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Another council wants to set up its own lettings agency

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

21 July 2016

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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

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Trio fined by council on warpath against unlicensed rental properties

Burnley Council has brought a series of prosecutions against people responsible for unlicensed rented houses in the borough. The council has introduced...

04 July 2016

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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

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Daily Telegraph keeps up pressure on ‘anti-buy to let government’

The Daily Telegraph - an outspoken critic of George Osborne’s fiscal changes aimed at extracting more money from the buy to...

22 June 2016

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New student accommodation portal promises to provide leads to agents

Two former University of Lincoln students are to launch a students-only lettings portal on June 1, allowing agencies and private landlords...

12 May 2016

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Buy to let investors' confidence 'at lowest level since 2006' claim

Private landlords’ confidence is at the lowest level since late 2006 according to market research company BDRC Continental, thanks to anti-buy...

27 April 2016

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Mortgage lenders tick off government for out of date lettings info

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has ticked off the government for not updating its Private Landlords’ Survey for some six years...

24 March 2016

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

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

22 March 2016

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Major lettings agency may urge its landlords to incorporate

Martin & Co - one of Britain’s largest letting agency networks with 192 offices across the country - says it may...

03 March 2016

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Every UK region will see rental sector growth in next decade - PwC

All regions of the UK will see falling owner-occupation levels and more private renting over the next decade, with particular rises...

29 February 2016

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Carbon monoxide and smoke alarms - new pads to satisfy council checks

One of the UK’s largest suppliers of carbon monoxide and smoke alarm testing products has launched a record-pad to help agents...

23 February 2016

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Think-tank calls for 'social letting agencies' staffed by social workers

A think-tank is calling for the creation of ‘social’ letting agencies with staff who not only find housing but also get...

19 February 2016

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Trade union wades into row over privately-let ex-council flats

The Right To Buy policy “has turned into a rich harvest for the greedy elite” according to a trades union. The GMB...

16 February 2016

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Right To Rent: lawyer slams government for 'outsourcing responsibility'

An immigration lawyer has criticised the government’s Right to Rent scheme - officially starting today - for having little impact but...

01 February 2016

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Lenders tell government: buy to let reforms may be overkill

The three per cent stamp duty surcharge proposed for purchases of buy to let and holiday homes risks being seen as...

01 February 2016

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Are you ready for Right to Rent?

The Right to Rent legislation rolls out in February 2016, so all landlords and letting agents in England must check the...

19 January 2016

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Consultation underway on new licensing for 20,000 properties to let

Ealing Council in London is undergoing a formal consultation about a proposal that all houses in multiple occupation within its boundaries...

15 January 2016

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Buy to let tax changes to hurt UK buyers more than foreign investors

Chancellor George Osborne’s buy to let tax proposals are set to hit domestic buyers far more than international investors, according to...

12 January 2016

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Country agency asks: are Tories restricting supply of rural homes to let?

The rural agency team at Bidwells says it is concerned the Conservative government may - by accident or design - be...

15 December 2015

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Councils want 'rogues database' to deter dodgy landlords

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

14 December 2015

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Leading accountant slams Osborne's buy to let tax break change

A former president of the Association of Taxation Technicians has made a strong defence of buy to let investors who, she...

09 December 2015

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Remarkable article praises buy to let and attacks Tories for killing it

It is not often that a national newspaper dedicates an article to praising buy to let - and even rarer for...

30 November 2015

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New system for fees, licensing and training starts Monday in Wales

Rent Smart Wales, the new registration and licensing system in Wales, launches on Monday - and it represents a major change...

20 November 2015

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‘Between a rock and a harder place'

Stephen Moss, CEO of based Pring.co.uk the UK’s leading property investment search engine, takes a look at the impact of ‘Corbynmania’...

28 October 2015

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Council sets up letting agency and bids to woo private landlords

Hastings council has launched its own letting agency called Letstart Letting. The authority says its aim is to help make accommodation accessible...

27 October 2015

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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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Industry divided as government confirms Right To Rent start date

There has been a mixed response from the private rental industry following the announcement that Right To Rent checks will become mandatory...

21 October 2015

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Government confirms Right To Rent from February 1st

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

20 October 2015

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Surveys highlight councils' negligence on tackling rogue landlords

It’s been a bad weekend for the image of the private rental sector with a series of reports and press stories...

19 October 2015

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Investment portal attracts 5,000 agents

A web portal which radically changes the way investors search for their next investment property has signed up 5,000 agents, less...

07 October 2015

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Private rental sector now 22% of UK households, claims think tank

The private rental sector accounts for 22 per cent of all households in the UK according to a think tank.  In an...

06 October 2015

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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

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Michael Groves, Lomond Capital

Who are you?     Michael Groves, Partner of Lomond Capital which is focused on bringing together good quality regional letting and estate...

17 September 2015

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Zoopla chief backs campaign against buy to let tax changes

The chief executive of Zoopla has thrown his weight behind opposition to the government’s proposed restrictions on buy to let tax...

15 September 2015

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Landlords to present council with petition against licensing scheme

A group of landlords in Oldham have said they are going to present the council with a petition against the town's...

20 August 2015

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Means-tested rents scheme pioneered in London

Tenants on a social housing estate in north east London are to be asked to pay a means-tested rent - thought...

19 August 2015

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Agents and landlords lose key licensing court case

A group of letting agents, landlords and investors has failed in its bid to force a high profile council to reconsider...

14 August 2015

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Letting agent tells landlords to set up companies

A letting agent is urging landlords to try to circumnavigate tax changes aimed at the buy to let sector by incorporating...

27 July 2015

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Lettings database reveals England's most convicted landlord

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

24 July 2015

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Wales licensing: now letting agents must be trained too

It now appears that new legislation covering the private rental sector in Wales will involve mandatory training for letting agents as...

16 July 2015

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Agents unhappy at Osborne's Buy To Let tax blow

Agents have expressed their disappointment at the decision by the government to restrict mortgage interest relief for Buy To let investors...

09 July 2015

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Rents will rise if tax breaks scrapped, Osborne warned

Chancellor George Osborne has been warned that rents in the private rented sector could rise if he scraps the tax-deductible status...

08 July 2015

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Labour MP in bid to force improved standards in lettings sector

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

25 June 2015

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Private rental sector survey in Britain's most expensive borough

The local council in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is starting an investigation into the private rental sector within...

24 June 2015

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Agent launches portal for private landlords as well as agencies

A portal is launching this week that claims to be the UK’s first helping landlords and letting agents reach students looking...

16 June 2015

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Survey shows low landlord awareness of new portal

A survey of private landlords conducted by Landlord Today, a sister publication of Letting Agent Today, shows that only 39 per...

15 June 2015

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Housing benefit stories focus too much on private landlords, claims agent

A north east agent claims that news coverage of tenants on housing benefits is too quick to point the finger at...

09 June 2015

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Mayor’s accreditation scheme criticised despite ‘letting agent success’

After celebrating its year anniversary this week, Boris Johnson’s London Rental Standard has been criticised for signing up only 12% of...

29 May 2015

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Housing institute wants agent and landlord licensing

A licensing system for private landlords and letting agents is the way forward for the Northern Ireland rental sector according to...

19 May 2015

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

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

18 May 2015

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Generation Rent sets out 'alternative Queen's Speech'

Generation Rent, the pressure group advocating extensive restrictions on letting agents and private landlords, is now offering an alternative Queen’s Speech...

13 May 2015

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Letting agency warns landlords over Green Deal

Letting agency GFW Lettings says new Green Deal targets to improve energy efficiency will have a challenging impact on private sector...

11 May 2015

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Paper names 'millionaire housing benefit agents and landlords'

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

01 May 2015

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Shelter funds council job to improve landlords

Shelter, the housing charity that has been fiercely critical of much of the private rental sector in recent months, is funding a...

22 April 2015

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