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KEYWORD "Private Tenants" - 125 RESULTS
Baroness wants “renters’ charter” to be agreed by councils

The militantly pro-tenant Generation Rent group says it’s working with local councils to have a new “tenants’ charter” introduced. The new director...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour Baroness to head fiercely pro-tenant campaign group

A Labour Baroness, Alicia Kennedy, has been named as the new director of the fiercely pro-tenant Generation Rent campaign group. The announcement...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant demands change as lockdown reveals the ‘new normal’

Research from franchise giant Belvoir is the latest to show what may be rapidly changing aspirations from private tenants. “The results confirm...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 There never was eviction crisis looming, insists lettings group

A lettings sector group says there was never any eviction crisis looming for private tenants, contrary to a slew of recent claims. New independent...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency guides target agents, landlords and tenants in private sector

Two new handbooks have been released offering advice to the private rental sector on how to improve energy efficiency.  Electricity distributor UK...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Fallout: Renters admit they’re less likely to own a home now

Research by insurance firm Aviva suggests private tenants are now more pessimistic about being able to buy their own home. In December,...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ‘not to be extended beyond late June’ - claim

A landlord website claims the current ban on evictions is not to be extended beyond its scheduled close of June 29...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Government “thinking carefully” about future of eviction ban

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick says the government is “thinking carefully” about what more it can do for private tenants, especially after...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to lets should be sold “at knockdown prices” - renters group

A pressure group representing private tenants wants government to help housing associations purchase buy to let properties “at knockdown prices.” A blog...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour demands extra protection for tenants facing “ticking timebomb

The Labour head of a special ‘taskforce’ looking at London housing issues in the light of the Coronavirus crisis says he...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings body backs Labour call for private rents to have ‘benefit cover’

The new National Residential Landlords Association has backed calls from the Labour Mayor of London to ensure the benefits system covers...

23 April 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

Government confirms anti-eviction measures to be revealed shortly

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the government is bringing forward measures to “protect” private tenants against eviction during the...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Pressure building to help private tenants hit by Coronavirus

One of the lettings sector’s leading trade bodies has called on the government and lenders to agree a package of measures...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

One in 10 private tenants use overdrafts to fund rent - claim

The parlous state of many tenants’ personal finances has been highlighted by website CompareTheMarket which claims that one in 10 rely...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Council steps in to prevent tenants having to use outside staircase

A council’s intervention has stopped a landlord forcing his private tenants to use an external staircase to enter their home -...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter’s latest attack on private rental sector rejected by industry

There’s been an angry response by the rental sector following the latest attack by campaigning charity Shelter. The organisation claims that private...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents should respond to renters’ growing eco-worries, says supplier

An industry supplier says letting agents should respond supportively to the growing eco-consciousness shown by younger people who are likely to...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax credit idea for tenants whose rent is 30% or more of income

The Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru is pledging tax credits for private tenants whose rent and utilities bills add up to...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters group urges ‘mass voter registration’ to sway Election

A pressure group that has spoken out against letting agents and landlords is urging private tenants to take part in a...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour ditches Right To Buy for private tenants

Labour has dropped its controversial policy under which private tenants would have been able to buy their homes at a discount. Press...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour tones down Right To Buy proposal for private rental tenants

Labour’s controversial proposal to oblige landlords to sell their buy to let properties to tenants who wished to purchase them, unveiled...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrap stamp duty on buy to let! Trade body sets Election demand

One of the leading lettings sector trade bodies has unveiled what it describes as “a positive vision for the private rented...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters 'union' asks tenants to report agents levying illegal fees

The controversial tenants union Acorn has set up a web page where disgruntled renters can lodge complaints about letting agents. In the...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

We're Happy! Vast majority of tenants perfectly content to rent

Contrary to the impressions given in some quarters, no fewer than 75 per cent of tenants are happy to rent, and...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Further criticism of Labour's controversial Right to Buy plans

A group of landlords in the North East are the latest to criticise Labour's plans to introduce a Right to Buy...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Blow to Labour Right To Buy plan - most tenants don’t want to own

The majority of the UK’s private renters don’t want to purchase a home according to new research, coming just as the...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s controversial right to buy could work, if landlords benefit too

A leading PropTech chief says there is nothing inherently wrong with private tenants being given the right to buy their property,...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour Right To Buy policy dismissed as “damaging and distorted”

As the row over Labour’s proposal rumbles on the think tank Centre for Policy Studies - which has previously argued that...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s War: Tories and lettings chiefs tear into Labour Right To Buy plans

There’s been a fierce outcry from Conservative MPs and the lettings industry in response to Labour’s threat to give private rental...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock Labour proposal for private tenants to have ‘right to buy’

Labour has this morning pledged to introduce a shock new policy if it wins the next general election - giving private...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tip off to council leads to £4,000 fine for owner of unlicensed HMO

A local council says it has now successfully prosecuted a landlord for flouting the law that protects the health and safety...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

UK private rental sector now bigger than many national GDP figures

Anyone underestimating the size of the UK’s growing private rental sector ought to think again - new research shows its value...

20 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

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

Rent Guarantor provider launches referral project for agents

A rent guarantor service says it’s already chosen 25 lettings agents to take part in a trial of what it calls...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Anti-rental activists in bust up with council over landlord licensing

A group of activists has expressed outrage over a council’s private rental licensing scheme, claiming it is too small to catch...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

 Union wants its members to ensure Section 21 is actually scrapped

A trade union says the government’s intention to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords is “a huge victory” - but...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘must work with agents to understand new rental demographics’

London’s lettings sector is changing with tenants still wanting to buy but increasingly accepting they must rent for longer in the...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges ‘indefinite tenancies’ for private renters

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Total rent paid by tenants drops for first time in 10 years - Countrywide

Private tenants in Britain in 2018 paid £59.1 billion on rent - that’s £1.9 billion less than in 2017 and the...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New redress scheme 'must be free for renters' insists consumer group

The government’s new redress system, announced last week and to be implemented later this year, must be free for renters to...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lull before the 2019 storm for tenants, warns ARLA

It’s the lull before the storm for private tenants according to the Association of Residential Lettings Agents. In its market snapshot looking...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive fraud committed by three London letting agents

Three letting agents who failed to return tenants’ deposits or pass on rent payments to landlords have been convicted of fraud...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘More must be done to stop the rogues’ government told

A lettings trade body has welcomed extra government funding for English councils to clamp down on criminal landlords. But the Residential Landlords...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Vast discrepancies over how tenants' deposits are handled

The Nationwide has called for greater consistency in the treatment and return of security deposits so that tenants leaving properties in...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agent says tenants baffled by ill-thought-out policy changes

The head of an online lettings agency says tenants are now left confused by what she calls “ill thought-out policy changes”...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

High-end estate links with deposit-free service for private tenants

The Bedford Estate, which covers part of Covent Garden and includes Bloomsbury, has linked up with one of the growing number...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Want £860 more rent a year? Then let tenants decorate their homes...

New research appears to suggest that some tenants would be willing to pay substantially higher rent if they were allowed to...

01 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

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 again! Another charity slams private rental sector over S21

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

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

'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

Buy a home? No thanks, say one third of private tenants

A third of tenants are happy to rent long-term and have no plans to purchase a property in the future, new...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Figures prove vast majority of private tenants satisfied with their homes

A large majority of private sector tenants, 84 per cent, are satisfied with their housing according to the English Housing Survey...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies - will rent rises have to be agreed in advance?

Close examination of the consultation document on possible three year tenancies issued by the government suggest that it may want rent...

04 July 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

Dawn raid in London reveals illegal House in Multiple Occupation

Council officers staged a dawn raid to uncover an unlicensed HMO in north London. The team discovered 10 men and women sleeping...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposits mean tenants 'miss out on £80m in interest' - claim

Academic research suggests tenants in England and Wales are missing out on £80m of interest to tenancy deposit schemes every single...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Only 16% of tenants say they positively choose to rent

New research reveals that only 16 per cent of private tenants positively choose to rent. The study, commissioned by specialist insurance firm...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency research lifts the lid on tenants' finances and demographics

The average rental household in London has 2.1 rent-paying tenants, each paying £775 per month, equating to an average property rent...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New minimum space and waste storage rules revealed by government

The government has set out new measures to mitigate against overcrowded and dangerous living conditions of private tenants in shared homes. From...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

MEES just the start of government plans for rental sector - claim

With only three weeks to go to the introduction of the first phase of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, a specialist mortgage...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour MPs protest over ‘damage’ done by spread of Airbnb-style short lets

Senior Labour MPs have spoken out about what they believe are the anti-social and detrimental effects of short lets on surrounding...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges to reduce powers of eviction if it forms a government

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has used a holiday season interview to repeat his pledge to swing powers back towards private tenants...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PM restates government opposition to rent controls

Prime minister Theresa May has repeated that the current government will not introduce rent controls in the private sector. The issue of...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

London Bishops call for greater protection for private sector tenants

London Bishops have written to housing minister Alok Sharma calling on him to do more to protect vulnerable private tenants. The Bishops...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reports record exodus of private tenants from London

Countrywide says a record 64,672 tenants left London over the last 12 months with an unusually-high proportion going on to rent elsewhere. Some...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all properties to let

Almost a third of renters in the UK do not have a life-saving carbon monoxide alarm in their property, with four...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Private tenants to have their rents returned after council intervenes

A landlord has been prosecuted and ordered to repay over £5,000 to his tenants for letting an unlicensed House of Multiple...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands 'power shift' in favour of private tenants

Campaigning charity Shelter - which last week suggested landlords were more likely to quit buy to let because they grew old...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent firms say housing survey show need for new sector to grow

The findings of the most recent English Housing Survey, an annual report published by the Department for Communities and Local Government,...

20 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

Private rental tenants 'more satisfied with housing than social tenants'

The myth has been broken - tenants in the private rental sector are more satisfied with their accommodation than those in...

15 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Really? Around half of agents back fees ban, survey suggests

A survey of letting and estate agencies suggest around half broadly back the changes to the private rental sector outlined in...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Younger private tenants increasingly likely to register to vote

After criticism of many younger voters allegedly failing to turn out during the June 2016 EU Referendum, new analysis of voter...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Retired tenants spending record sums on rent' - Countrywide

Retired tenants are becoming a larger part of the rental market, according to the UK's largest letting agency. Countrywide reports that pensioners...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Data suggests fewer people ending tenancies because of bad conditions

Data gathered for a specialist insurance firm suggests that 14 per cent of private tenants have moved in the last five...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings supplier announces acquisition and targets multi-utility growth

Spark Energy - the specialist energy supplier to the UK lettings sector - has announced the acquisition of broadband firm Home...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body advises agents to stop tenants 'gaming' wear and tear

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks is advising letting agents and landlords to be wary of any tenant seeking to ‘game’...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour not ruling out rent controls as possible manifesto pledge

A senior Labour spokesman has refused to rule out rent controls as a possible manifesto commitment for the June 8 General...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

What tenants leave - a stuffed beaver, 23-year-old food, pet ashes...

You might not want to read this as you’re tucking into an early Easter egg, but an interiors firm has compiled...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Third of private tenants wouldn't admit to damaging property

Just over a quarter of all tenants across private and public housing would not say if they had caused significant damage...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Allow tenants to personalise their homes, agents and landlords told

Landlords and agents acting on their behalf are being urged to help private tenants personalise their rental properties.    The plea comes from...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants 'pay half their salaries in rent' - claim

Private renters go on fewer holidays, save less money and are more likely to make forced cutbacks than home owners according...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants are paying less and staying longer, analysis reveals

Analysis of the government’s respected English Housing Survey suggests that the reality of the private rental sector is far from the...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Two in five tenants favour long-term renting

Almost two in five private tenants plan to remain renting rather than buy a property, according to a new study. A survey...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Suspended prison sentence after private tenants' lives were endangered

The landlord of a property risked the lives of his tenants and their young family by not undertaking annual safety checks...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government consults over 'banning orders' for rogue agents

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

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Controversial anti-fees Renters' Rights Bill likely to be heavily amended

No decision yet appears to have been taken on the fate of the Renters’ Rights Bill - which had as a...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - government WILL ban letting agents' fees on tenants

The government will today announce that it is banning letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - meaning the fees will instead...

23 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

Call to INCREASE buy to let stamp duty surcharge to four per cent

Three quarters of a million private renters are stuck in the coldest and draughtiest homes, claims the Citizens Advice organisation -...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Shelter's non-stop attack on rental sector is plain wrong

An industry group says the seemingly non-stop attack on the private rental sector by campaigning charity Shelter is “plain wrong.”   After a...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan sets out first details of 'London Living Rent'

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the first details of his plan to introduce a 'London Living Rent'. This new...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Failing to pay rent on time most common rule broken by tenants

Failing to pay rent on time or at all is the most common rule broken by tenants that is set out...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Almost half of tenants are aged over 46, study reveals

Some 40% of private tenants are aged over 46, according to a study by Your Move.  The agency researched 36,500 tenants and...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants ignoring eviction notices could cost landlords up to £7,000

Tenants who are advised by local councils and advice agencies to ignore eviction notices could cost the average landlord almost £7,000. The...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency experiments with adding tenant rent payments to credit scores

A lettings agency on Merseyside is one of the first in the UK to take part of an experiment which could...

01 September 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

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

Official figures show rents now 2.6% higher than a year ago

The average rent paid by private tenants across Great Britain increased by 2.6% in the twelve months to April 2016, according...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

London council latest to set up own letting agency

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

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign starts to extend carbon monoxide alarm regulations

Millions of people remain at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning despite the recent legislation aimed at protecting private tenants, a new...

10 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Over 26,000 eviction orders served on private tenants in one quarter

Some 26,676 court orders were issued for the eviction of private sector tenants in the final quarter of 2015 according to...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Almost eight out of 10 private tenants are happy with their lot

Seventy nine per cent of tenants are happy with their circumstances according to a survey conducted by the National Landlords’ Association...

02 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Well over one-third of private tenants are not saving to buy

New research appears to show that well over a third of British tenants do not save to buy at all. A poll...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body upset at tenants being told to ignore eviction notices

The National Landlords’ Association says an alarming number of private tenants are being told by their local authorities to ignore eviction...

29 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Group's amazing claim: one-in-four private tenants evicted for no reason

The vocal campaign group Generation Rent is making the jaw-dropping claim that one in four private tenants has been evicted “for...

28 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Survey gives insight into tenants resigned to miss out on ownership

A third of private tenants have put their plans to buy on hold and have stayed in rented accommodation longer than...

22 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour and SNP 'buy to let MPs' did not vote for controversial amendment

The row over Tory MPs who voted against a bid to ensure all homes let to private tenants were “fit for...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Charity renews its attack on poor standards in private lettings sector

The Citizens Advice Bureau consumer charity has stepped up its campaign about poor standards in the private rental sector. It claims private...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Over half of tenants want six-month or one-year tenancies, survey shows

One of the biggest surveys of tenants in the private rental sector shows that a narrow majority favour a six month...

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

15% of house/flat-share tenants have no working fire alarm - claim

A survey of house- and flat-share private tenants shows 15 per cent claiming not to have a working smoke alarm in...

04 November 2015

From: Breaking News

MPs clash on whether tenants should sue landlords over property conditions

Labour MP Karen Buck want private tenants to be able to sue their landlords if they rent in what are considered...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Almost 50 per cent of tenants have property maintenance problems

Approaching 50 per cent of private tenants have experienced property maintenance issues with their agents or landlords. The figure comes through research...

01 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Students 'twice as likely as other private tenants to lose deposits'

Students are considered to be almost twice as likely to lose their deposit at the end of a tenancy than any...

23 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Private tenants should get Right To Buy says Labour leadership hopeful

One of four MP candidates standing for the Labour Party leadership says Right To Buy should be extended - to private...

26 June 2015

From: Breaking News

UK private tenants 'get raw deal' with highest rents in Europe - claim

Private rents in the UK are the highest in Europe despite having amongst the least secure tenancies - that it the...

25 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined for failing to fit fixed heating

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

20 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Welcome for government's 'tenant security' proposals

The Chartered Institute of Housing has welcomed Scottish Government moves to make private renting more secure for tenants. In its submission to...

13 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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