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KEYWORD "Private Renters" - 100 RESULTS
Labour’s Housing Policies - next five years start today

The biggest rental sector headline from Labour’s manifesto may well be its pledge for the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction...

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency worried over Rayner scrapping Section 21 “on day one”

A lettings agency which has given broad support to the Renters Reform Bill now says it’s concerned that shadow housing Secretary...

01 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Private renters make up one-in-five homeless - charity

Some 8,000 people were forced to sleep rough for the first time in London last year, an increase of 25% on...

28 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Bidding Wars - letting agents mostly to blame, says campaigner

A ban on so-called bidding wars, which Labour now proposes, would have to include letting agents as well as landlords a...

24 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour to ban bidding wars and high upfront rental payments

Labour has stepped up its programme clamping down on what it calls “unscrupulous landlords strangling growth.” Specifically this means ending bidding wars,...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter backs Labour eviction and housing policies

Shelter has spoken out in favour of what it calls “bold” commitments by Labour on the private rental sector and house...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Section 21 to be scrapped by Labour immediately

Labour’s manifesto, just released, makes a pledge to enact the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction powers, along with other private...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Councils ‘must take over ex-private rental Right To Buy flats’

A pro-tenant group wants the next government to take Right To Buy properties back to public ownership when they come up...

05 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour Mayor Khan accused of failing over rental sector reforms

In an early General Election skirmish, London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of failing to enact key private rental...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Beef Up Renters Reform Bill to stop even more evictions - call

A charity claims that new official figures on rent rises will “create more worry among private renters.” StepChange charity is referring to...

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands “overhaul” of Renters Reform Bill

Campaigning charity Shelter is demanding an overhaul of the Renters Reform Bill, which will shortly begin its passage through the House...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Half of Tenants 'get stuck' if letting agents fail to solve problems

Half of all private renters would not know where to turn to if a letting agent failed to address a problem...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Under half of homes listed to let are actually available - industry figure’s claim

A controversial rental sector figure claims over half of the properties listed to let are actually available for a tenant to...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Tell Politicians - Stop Arguing and Repair Private Renting

Political parties should stop bickering and instead work together to improve the private rental sector. That’s the view of the Lettings industry...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenant awareness of Renters Reform Bill very low, says charity

The substantial majority of tenants are completely unaware of the Renters Reform Bill, it’s been alleged. A survey of over 2,000 private...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

New London rental licensing regime launches next week

A new borough-wide landlord licensing scheme is set to launch in the London borough of Brent on April 1, the council...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Give tax perks to renters to help them buy, urges think-tank

A think tank is urging the UK government to consider tax perks for private renters to help them save faster for...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Older Persons charity hits out over Renters Reform Bill rumours

A charity providing support for older people facing financial hardship has hit out at the government over rumours concerning the Renters...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour has waded into the increasingly-fractious debate over the Renters Reform Bill. Activists in groups such as the Renters Reform Coalition and...

29 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands radical changes to Renters Reform Bill

Shelter is asking for public support for radical changes to the Renters Reform Bill, now going through Parliament. The campaigning charity is...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Top UK cities for 2024 rental potential revealed by industry supplier

Aldermore has named Bristol, as the best city for landlords to invest in for 2024.  Manchester, Coventry, Brighton and London make up...

23 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters’ resilience dropping - analyst’s warning

Renters are less financially resilient than recent remortgagers according to an analysis by business consultants Hargreaves Lansdown. It says over two thirds...

21 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants to face lower energy bills - announcement this week

Respected energy industry consultancy Cornwall Insight says the price cap for the April to June period this year - to be...

20 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent cheerleaders complain about slow planning consents

The British Property Federation claims the time required for Build To Rent planning applications has significantly increased over the past decade...

07 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Problem properties hit two thirds of renters, claim lettings group

Two thirds of private renters have experienced a problem with the quality or condition of their property in the past six...

26 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Council sets up own agency to let and manage private rentals

Winchester council is setting up its own agency to let and manage privately rented homes. Venta Living pledges to provide “high quality,...

25 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour housing policies win strong public support as Tories lag behind

Independent polling gives Labour a big lead when it comes to its approach to housing policy. Detailed polling by the Ipsos pollster...

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Rural tenants hit hardest by rent rises caused by stock shortage

Private sector tenants in rural areas are facing the brunt of growing rents, according to new research. Whilst some measures suggest tenants...

14 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour council’s rental licensing scheme will be one of UK’s largest

A Labour-run London council is consulting on a new licensing scheme for private rented property.  If it goes ahead it will be...

12 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents list major problems with Renters Reform Bill

Propertymark has set out its pro-agency position on a range of issues contained in the Renters Reform Bill, currently trundling through...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Older tenants need Renters Reform Bill insists pressure group

Older private renters must have their voices heard In support of the Renters Reform Bill. That’s the view of Joanna Elson, chief...

25 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform activists claim huge public support for change

The Renters Reform Coalition - a collection of some 20 activist groups and charities demanding changes to the private rental sector...

24 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Huge number of renters struggle to make payments - Which?

An estimated seven million UK households are struggling to keep up with their rent or mortgage payments, Which? warns, with millions...

28 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Revealed - First rental market forecast for 2024

Zoopla has issued the first major private rental sector market forecast for 2024. Rental growth this year is on track to end...

15 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Watchdog to Probe Five Issues Involving Agents and Landlords

The Competitioin and Markets Authority is to probe five activities involving letting agents and landlords and their responsibilities to private tenants. Sarah...

25 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Beef up enforcement for private renting, demands pressure group

The Nationwide Foundation - a pressure group funded by the Nationwide - says more effective enforcement is required for the private...

15 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity wants taxpayers money to help renters during crisis

Citizens Advice is calling on the government to provide an unspecified amount of assistance to renters during the current cost of...

31 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Bank joins Shelter for Parliament stunt about Renters Reform Bill

The Co-Op Bank is joining forces with campaigning charity Shelter to argue against Section 21 evictions, and together they have organised...

19 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Opinion: What price and salary structure is best for our industry?

Finances have never been more stretched in the UK, with almost every bill and expense soaring for employees and employers alike,...

18 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Sex For Rent Scandal - letting agents accused by activists

The issue of ‘rent for sex’ - tenants offered free or discounted rent in return for sexual favours - is now...

03 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Six agencies fined thousands for not protecting client money

Six letting agencies across the London borough of Haringey have been fined a total of £12,000 after a council clampdown. Trading Standards...

21 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls extended despite Propertymark opposition

The Scottish Government looks set to extend its rent cap for yet another six months, despite widespread opposition from the lettings...

05 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings chief insists Renters Reform Bill is not anti-landlord

The controversial Renters Reform Bill is not the anti-landlord charter that some in the h system claim it to be. That’s the...

18 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Message To Gove - ditch the rhetoric, give us details

The main landlord body wants more details behind the soundbite rhetoric of the Renters Referm Bill, launched today in Parliament. Ben Beadle,...

17 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector housing quality blasted by think tank report

A think tank claims one in six young people live in poor quality housing, often in the private rental sector. The claim...

20 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter angry at Hunt’s ‘nothing about housing’ Budget

Campaigning charity Shelter is angry with Chancellor Jeremy Hunt over his Budget  While most in the property industry have expressed relief that there...

16 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand still on the rise as RICS calls for Budget help

The latest market snapshot from the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors - out today - shows tenant demand continuing to increase...

09 March 2023

From: Breaking News

New call to eradicate mould and damp in rental properties

Citizens Advice is the latest charity to argue for improved housing standards in the private rental sector. It claims that its research...

22 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Reinstate Mortgage Interest Tax Relief - agents’ plea to government

Propertymark has told the government it should have three priorities for next month’s Budget. 1. Improving welfare system for vulnerable and low-waged...

02 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Private renting vital to economic and social fabric of UK - report

The private rented sector has an important economic and social role to play across the country, according to a new report...

02 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Freeze and Eviction Ban to continue until autumn at least

The controversial ban on private rental sector rent rises and evictions is to continue in Scotland for another six months at...

16 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenants renting longer and paying more - new survey’s findings

Over the last decade, the proportion of people aged 24 to 64 living in their own home has fallen and the...

19 December 2022

From: Breaking News

New Eviction Ban Call - government under pressure from MPs

The government is under new pressure to introduce a last minute eviction ban to avoid private renters facing homelessness over Christmas. Liberal...

15 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Ignore Critics!  Rental reform popular with vast majority of industry - claim

The large majority of players in the lettings industry wants the rental reform programme outlined by the government, an agent claims. Laura...

23 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan’s ‘rental summit’ excludes agents and landlords

Labour’s Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, held a summit yesterday about the capital’s private rental sector - but he did not...

15 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour pledge to go further than government on rental reform

Labour’s new housing spokesperson, Matthew Pennycook, says his party would go further than the government on the subject of private rental...

07 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents soar ahead of frozen benefits, triggering homelessness fear

The average gap between housing benefit rates and the actual cost of rents has grown by more than 40 per cent...

31 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Tories should worry about ‘Rent Wall’ voters going Labour - claim

The man behind a new survey of tenants’ voting intentions claims the Conservatives need to worry about losing support amongst young...

12 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Government may scrap plans to abolish Section 21

The government may be changing its mind on scrapping Section 21 eviction powers according to a bombshell story in The Times. Outlining what...

11 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Lobby politicians to stop rent controls killing supply - agency chief

The Belvoir Group is warning that the housing crisis within the Scottish private rental sector is rapidly worsening, thanks to the...

22 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental properties are getting smaller, claims new survey

Private renters’ average floor space per person in England has fallen by 16 per cent over the past 20 years while...

21 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Government backs unusual licensing scheme linked to EPCs

An extension to a private rental property licensing scheme in London has been given the green light by the government. Haringey council’s...

26 August 2022

From: Breaking News

 Zoopla and charity launch campaign for higher benefits for tenants

Zoopla is warning that low-income renters across England are facing a ‘housing black hole’ due to soaring rents and the freeze...

25 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - Renters Reform Bill coming this session of Parliament

It’s been confirmed that the controversial Renters Reform Bill will still be introduced by the end of this session of Parliament,...

24 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent and Shelter demand action from Truss and Sunak

It has emerged that Generation Rent and Shelter are amongst the charities that have written to Conservative leadership contenders Liz Truss...

17 August 2022

From: Breaking News

MPs slammed by agents for failing to help private renters

MPs on a key Select Committee have been criticised by the letting agents’ trade body for failing to probe how Local...

28 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants at risk because of delay to rental reforms - claim

Renters are being placed at unnecessary risk due to a delay in reforms that would allegedly give them greater protection, it’s been...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Millions of tenants expect to rent all their lives - claim

A new survey by business consultancy Hargreaves Lansdown suggests that out of the 20 per cent of households who now rent...

11 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - full details here

The government has released the full details of what it calls the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper. This is to form...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Will agents pass on energy help to tenants, charity asks?

More than one in eight private renters may miss out on support to cope with rising energy costs, Citizens Advice claims.  The...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Credit Rating - Tenants have little understanding of how it works

Many private renters are misguided on what actually contributes to their credit score and thus may not be taking the correct...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter wants scrapping of Section 21 to be accelerated

Campaigning charity Shelter wants the government to fast-track its pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers. The government pledged a White Paper...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Most agents using WhatsApp are breaching data rules - claim

A tech firm claims the “vast majority” of agents who use WhatsApp and some other instant messaging platforms are not fully...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Redress expert to tell agents latest news on rental reform

Sean Hooker, head of redress at the Property Redress Scheme, will discuss the latest rental reform proposals and answer letting agents'...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter slammed by industry over “exaggerated” Section 21 claims

Propertymark is the latest part of the lettings sector to fight back against criticism and claims of extreme evictions made by...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Thousands of tenants must accept “appalling conditions” - Shelter

Thousands of tenants have no choice but to accept “appalling conditions” according to the chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter. Polly Neate...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent claims economy stacked against private tenants

The leader of the Generation Rent campaign group has accused Chancellor Rishi Sunak of “stacking the economy against private renters who...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants like their rental homes - big majority of renters are happy

A large majority of private renters are happy with their properties, status and their landlords according to a new survey. A report...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring fuel bills will hurt renters and lettings sector - warning

Lower income households, often found in the private rental sector, are set to bear the brunt of the rising inflation and...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Shock as lettings PropTech firm backs Labour call for rent freeze

A PropTech supplier to the lettings industry that has just signed a deal with OnTheMarket has come out in support of...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on agents by council officers with qualifications

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wants is introducing a new qualification and training for borough council housing enforcement officers to...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians slam private rentals as “increasingly unaffordable”

A report from the House of Lords has condemned the private rental sector as being ”increasingly unaffordable” as well as being...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Government failing to protect private renters, says watchdog

A report by the National Audit Office claims that the way private renting is regulated makes the sector unfair to renters. It...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid-created arrears still rising, warns trade body

The National Residential Landlords Association says average rent debt owed by tenants as a direct result of the pandemic is still...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Top rental investment locations - where’s hot and where’s not

A new Buy To Let ‘tracker’ from a prominent buy to let mortgage lender has revealed what it considers to be...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions: Labour claims “stark rise” in homeless since ban lifted

A senior Labour politician in the capital claims that there’s been “a stark rise” in people losing their homes since the...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: government survey on documents handed to tenants

A new government survey of private renters is checking whether they received the correct documentation from their agent when they begin...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector already cleaning up its act on EPCs, suggests bank

The private rental sector is already attempting to improve its EPC results according to research from Shawbrook Bank.  From 2025 new rules...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Grants covering Covid arrears will boost tenants’ health, says Shelter

Shelter claims the health of one in five renters in England is harmed by poor housing, and says grants covering Covid-related...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to government - fix rental sector or face stock drought

The lettings agents’ group Propertymark has told Chancellor Rishi Sunak that unless the private rented sector is overhauled many landlords will...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity: Covid debt crisis will escalate unless Universal Credit cut is reversed

A £360 million wall of rental debt built up during the pandemic, combined with cuts to Universal Credit, threatens to leave...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge new licensing scheme will focus on 9,000 properties

One of the largest new additional licensing schemes for HMOs anywhere in the country is set to come into force in...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock warning of “dark cloud over lettings market” - leading analyst

A housing market analyst is warning of "one heck of a dark cloud on the horizon for the lettings market” as...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back campaign for deposit reform and rental register

Propertymark has joined four so-called ‘action groups’ advocating housing policy changes including the setting up of a national landlord register and...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

End all S24 evictions now, demand Baroness and Lord

A prominent member of the House of Lords and a rental activist are calling for an immediate suspension of all Section...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour demands powers to control private rents

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has made a new call for power to cap private rents. He’s claimed that rents in the...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent insults Ombudsman with “indolent Chihuahua” slur

A lettings agent who wants tenants to take out policies to fund complaints against agencies and landlords has branded the social...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban: government accused of hypocrisy over tenants’ rights

Baroness Alicia Kennedy has accused the government of hypocrisy over its diverging approach to evictions for commercial and residential tenants. On Wednesday...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists slam “reckless” end to eviction ban after 15 months

The head of the tenants’ campaign group Generation Rent has condemned the government as “reckless” for ending the eviction ban on May...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants have already waited two years for reform, warns Baroness

The most vocal campaign group for tenants, Generation Rent, has warned government that renters have already been waiting two years for...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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