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Make Renting Fair: Why We're Calling For The End Of Letting Agent Fees

08 April, 2024

Did you know that if you're a renter in Scotland it's illegal for a letting agent to charge you any fees?

Nearly half of Landlords less likely to rent to those without British Passports

15 December, 2017

Over 40 per cent of landlords are less likely to consider renting to someone without a British passport as a result of the Government's Right to Rent scheme

Rightmove to review listings for no-frills letting agent where tenants can contact landlords direct

15 December, 2017

Rightmove is to review listings for a no-frills online letting agent

Stamp duty changes fail to boost negative housing outlook

14 December, 2017

Consumers have welcomed the decision to abolish stamp duty, but this has done little to improve the negative perceptions about the housing market

Rental Index Report

14 December, 2017

Growth in East Midlands, as Interest Rates Rise

Police chief: Grenfell Tower criminal inquiry may take years

14 December, 2017

Commissioner Cressida Dick says initial interviews and examination of evidence likely to take officers more than 12 months

Tenants' passport firm sails £100,000 over crowdfunding target

14 December, 2017

A start-up offering "tenants' passports" has completed its crowdfunding at £100,000 over target

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: November 2017

13 December, 2017

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

20pc of private rented housing in Tower Hamlets falls below basic standards

13 December, 2017

Twenty per cent of private rentals in Tower Hamlets do not meet basic standards

Engaging London's Private Rented Sector - Report launch

13 December, 2017

In the last 10 years, the private rented sector has rarely been out of the public eye

Agents told to read small print in local licensing schemes as more fall foul of new rules

12 December, 2017

Landlords and agents are being increasingly caught out by having to license small shared properties as Houses in Multiple Occupation

Private rented sector could become 'wild west' after fees ban

12 December, 2017

An agent has warned that the 'wild west' is looming in the private rented sector if the Government does not require private landlords to be licensed once the fees ban comes in

Landlords turning to Airbnb to avoid buy-to-let tax clampdown

12 December, 2017

An increasing number of landlords have turned to offering short-term lets through Airbnb rather than dealing with the buy-to-let tax clampdown

Corbyn: failure to rehouse Grenfell Tower survivors a disgrace

12 December, 2017

Labour leader joins David Lammy in condemning response to disaster, as public inquiry begins two days of hearings

Renting a home: How much space will £100 buy you?

12 December, 2017

Spending £100 a month on rent in London secures floor space equivalent to a small garden shed, compared with nearly five times that in parts of northern England

Return of the accidental landlord: Homeowners unable to sell flood the market with 80,000 homes to rent

12 December, 2017

In London, 12.5% of homes to let had been up for sale in the previous six months

The rightmove house price index

12 December, 2017

2018: A tale of different markets leads to Rightmove forecast of +1%

Renting: why are we seeing the death of the living room?

11 December, 2017

Forget lounging around on the sofa: many landlords have turned shared space into more bedrooms - and it has helped drive up prices

Fees ban will cost 4,000 jobs and £200m loss of turnover

11 December, 2017

The Government is being urged to consider the financial burden to letting agents once the fees ban comes in, as it draws up plans to regulate the industry

Value of 'two speed' PRS now nears £1.4tn

08 December, 2017

But statistical evidence shows growth is slowing as tax reform and tighter regulation ease the rate of rise

Exclusive: 7% rise in former Right to Buy homes now rented privately

08 December, 2017

The number of former council homes being let privately has soared to more than 40%

The end of the amateur landlord? Growth in private rental sector slows despite reaching record values

08 December, 2017

The 'cocktail' of tax reform and regulations for landlords has slowed the private rental sector this year

Landlords' Barometer - #54: A year of unprecedented challenges and threats to sector

08 December, 2017

Welcome to the final "Landlords' Barometer" of the year, and what a year it has been!

Government told to get timings right over fees ban and compulsory CMP to stop agents dipping into client money

08 December, 2017

The Government has been warned that steps must be taken to stop agents who lose income as a result of the fees ban from dipping into client funds to try and keep their businesses afloat

HMRC Consult on Adding Tax Compliance Checks to Landlord Licensing

08 December, 2017

HMRC have launched a consultation on proposals to tackle the "hidden economy" by making access to public licences conditional upon tax compliance

The Guardian view on social housing: time to fight for affordable rents

08 December, 2017

Margaret Thatcher promised a property-owning democracy. She created a nation of private landlords

Four in 10 right-to-buy homes are now owned by private landlords

08 December, 2017

Tenants living in homes sold under Margaret Thatcher's scheme now pay twice the rents charged by local authorities

Agent launches new petition calling for cap on letting fees to replace ban

07 December, 2017

A new petition has been launched, calling for a reverse of the proposed ban on letting agency fees charged to tenants

Fees ban confirmed by Welsh government with more details in 2018

06 December, 2017

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the country will ban letting agents' fees levied on tenants - the same ban still formally under consideration in England

Investors told private rented sector is one of 'hottest UK property niches'

06 December, 2017

A new report by City analysts Peel Hunt says that the private rented sector has become one of the "hottest UK property niches"

Charges on tenancy agreements signed before fee ban could still be allowed

06 December, 2017

Letting agents might still be able to charge for tenancy renewals one last time even after the fees ban starts

Lenders warn switching a buy to let to holiday home is a fraud risk

06 December, 2017

Mortgage lenders are threatening a crackdown on property investors renting out homes with buy to let loans as holiday lets

Abolishing of Right to Buy to become law in Wales

06 December, 2017

The Bill containing the end of Right to Buy in Wales has been given final approval by the National Assembly for Wales, meaning it can now be given Royal Assent

Javid: private landlords should not charge leaseholders for cladding work

05 December, 2017

Sajid Javid has said private landlords should not pass the cost of removing cladding on tower blocks onto leaseholders

London needs a tenant's union for 'out of control' private rented sector

05 December, 2017

Sadiq Khan's vision for housing in the capital has to focus on limiting rises and increasing affordability

Government approves council's PRS licensing scheme renewal

05 December, 2017

A London borough has been allowed to renew its groundbreaking private rented sector licensing scheme

Letting agencies 'are consolidating ahead of fee ban'

05 December, 2017

Lettings agencies are starting to consolidate ahead of the fee ban

Newham finally wins right to carry on with licensing scheme - after a fight

05 December, 2017

Newham Council - the first local authority in the country to introduce blanket licensing of all rental properties on its patch - has had the scheme renewed

How much of your salary is spent on rent?

04 December, 2017

Tenants typically spend more than a quarter of their monthly salary before tax on rent, official figures show, but there are wide regional variations

Private Rental Sector - Market Briefing

04 December, 2017

Winter 2017

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

04 December, 2017

A database of rogue letting agents and landlords and new banning orders are to come into effect from early April 2018

Renting in retirement: How feasible is it?

04 December, 2017

Home ownership can be a thing of beauty. Just as you don a pair of fur-lined slippers and spend more time on the golf course, you find you have paid off your mortgage

Listings website aiming to 'cut out letting agents' launches £35,000 crowdfunding campaign

04 December, 2017

A lettings listings website aiming to 'cut out the middle man' by matching tenants directly with landlords is looking to raise £35,000 through crowdfunding website Kickstarter

Newham's selective licensing scheme renewed - except for the Olympic Park

04 December, 2017

Late last week, we learnt that the Government has decided that Newham can renew its selective licensing scheme across almost all of the borough

Budget 2017: Confidence is the Key to Longer Tenancies

01 December, 2017

At the Tory Party Conference back in October, Sajid Javid announced that the Autumn Budget would "bring forward new incentives for landlords" to offer tenancies longer than 12 months

Minister tells Welsh landlords - we need your help

01 December, 2017

The Welsh Minister for Housing and Regeneration said the government needs the country's landlords to help meet the 'considerable challenges' ahead

'New dawn' for Scottish private renters

01 December, 2017

Major changes to the law have come into effect for Scotland's 760,000 private renters

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

30 November, 2017

A senior housing official at Bristol city council says the increasing popularity of Airbnb has had the effect of taking "hundreds" of properties and rooms off the long-term rental market

One-third of landlords could drop letting agent once fees ban comes in

30 November, 2017

Nearly one-third of landlords who currently use a letting agent may stop doing so once the fees ban comes in

Scottish rental growth stalls but continues to outpace rest of the UK

29 November, 2017

Rent increases in Scotland continued to outpace those south of the border in October, increasing 2.5% in October to £575 a month

Satisfaction low with association private property management

29 November, 2017

Satisfaction with private property management services provided by Scotland's housing associations runs far behind their tenant satisfaction levels

Private Rented Sector Report - October 2017

28 November, 2017

Supply of rental stock and demand from prospective tenants was down in October

Local authorities still waiting for rogue landlord database

27 November, 2017

Whitehall list has yet to be set up, two years after its announcement

Buy-to-let index - September 2017

27 November, 2017

The North West is home to fastest rising rents in the UK

Essential guidance: Ten ways for agents to prepare for new data protection rules

27 November, 2017

Estate and letting agents in the UK are six months away from the introduction of the EU-wide General Data Protection Regulation

New money laundering regulations clause is either wrong - or means big impact for agents

27 November, 2017

Everyone in estate agency is now conducting ID checks on buyers, given the requirements of the new Money Laundering Regulations that came into force in June

More detail on £1.5 billion package of support for Universal Credit

24 November, 2017

More details of the £1.5 billion package of support for Universal Credit were set out today by David Gauke, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

LFB issues 51 enforcement notices against high rises post-Grenfell

24 November, 2017

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has issued 51 enforcement notices against high-rise buildings in the capital in the five months since the Grenfell tragedy.

Value of asylum housing contracts doubles after criticism of conditions

24 November, 2017

Home Office invites companies to bid for £3bn to £4bn worth of contracts, after Serco and G4s made losses on 2012 deal

Empty homes spike in London commuter belt

24 November, 2017

London's commuter belt has seen a spike in the number of homes left long-term empty despite a downward trend across the UK since 2010.

Rent Smart Wales: 4,000 landlords 'letting illegally'

24 November, 2017

Almost 4,000 landlords are still illegally letting properties after failing to sign up to a Welsh Government scheme which began two years ago

Autumn Budget 2017 25 things you need to know

23 November, 2017

The Chancellor has presented his Budget to Parliament - here's a summary of what was announced.

AUTUMN BUDGET 2017

23 November, 2017

The United Kingdom has a bright future.

Social housing sales up for councils and associations

23 November, 2017

Latest stats show 23,186 sales of social housing homes over 2016-17 - 13,652 by local authorities and 9,534 by housing associations.

'Small print' reveals reality behind UC budget offer

23 November, 2017

Changes announced by chancellor won't take effect until the New Year - with the housing benefit extension due in April.

What the 2017 autumn budget means for you

23 November, 2017

We've looked at the figures to see how Philip Hammond's autumn budget will affect your finances - whether you're single, married, with or without children or retired.

Empty homes council tax rise unlikely to deter rich owners, say critics

23 November, 2017

Hammond's 100% extra tax on vacant property dismissed as 'joke' unlikely to hit wealthy buyers or spur re-use of housing

Universal credit wait reduced to five weeks

23 November, 2017

Tories welcome changes to hardship loans and housing benefit but Labour calls for welfare rollout to be paused and fixed

Housing homeless in hotels tops £100,000 in Gloucestershire

23 November, 2017

More than £100,000 has been spent by local authorities in Gloucestershire since January 2016 putting up homeless people in hotels.

Budget commitment good but crucial we build the right homes in the right places

23 November, 2017

In response to the budget, CIH's deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said the government's renewed commitment to solve the housing crisis is positive but it's crucial the homes built are homes that people can afford.

Government announces 'short term solution for temporary accommodation rent arrears

23 November, 2017

The government has announced a 'short-term measure' to tackle growing rent arrears bills for temporary accommodation providers.

Britain faces longest decline in living standards in 60 years

23 November, 2017

Resolution Foundation warns average earnings will not return to 2007 levels until 2025.

Lettings sector directly diminished by stamp duty surcharge

22 November, 2017

Over two thirds of landlords are reluctant to invest in new properties as a result of the stamp duty surcharge on additional properties according to a new survey

Landlord whose property was not on the market objects to agent's mailshot

22 November, 2017

An agent's mailshot to a property owner was reported to the Advertising Standards Authority

The DPS Rent Index

22 November, 2017

The DPS Rent Index is prepared from information provided to Computershare Investor Services Plc from third parties which we believe is collated with care

Government facing calls for mandatory independent inventory checks to protect tenants from 'biased reports'

21 November, 2017

The Government is being urged to introduce mandatory independent inventory checks after the AIIC claimed it is seeing increasing cases of tenants signing biased reports

Tenants snubbing letting agents to avoid fees

21 November, 2017

Younger renters are increasingly looking to cut out letting agents and go direct to landlords

One in seven councillors in English rental hotspots are landlords

21 November, 2017

Findings raise questions over whether dual role makes councils less inclined to regulate standards in private rental sector

Rise in inflation reinforces importance of rent affordability

21 November, 2017

The Scottish Housing Regulator has highlighted the need for landlords to consider tenants' ability to keep paying rents in the longer term when setting rents

Tenants leaving it until 'last moment' to find next rental

21 November, 2017

Data shows almost one in three tenants aim to move into their new home less than two weeks after they first make an enquiry to the landlord or letting agent online

Budget 2017: Encourage landlords to sell with capital gains tax cut

21 November, 2017

Sector commentator aims 'silver bullet' at chancellor - a tax break that frees up tens of thousands of homes for purchase

Tax dodging landlords urged to pay what they owe

21 November, 2017

HMRC is stepping up a campaign against landlords who have failed to pay the right tax on their profits

What do rising rents in Scotland mean for low income tenants?

20 November, 2017

Rents are rising, and in most cases, faster than incomes

Hundreds of new HMOs approved in six years of St Andrews moratorium

20 November, 2017

More than 750 new licences for HMOs have been issued in St Andrews since a moratorium was introduced with the aim of limiting the number in the town

Landlady left with £9,500 rent arrears by tenant on universal credit

20 November, 2017

Property owner says she will not rent to recipients again - as fears rise more will follow suit

Why do we need so many consultations? Not one will deliver more housing

20 November, 2017

There are too many consultations - and not enough action

Scrutiny of Government plans to ban landlord and letting agents fees

17 November, 2017

The Communities and Local Government Committee conducts pre-legislative scrutiny of the Government's proposals to ban letting fees

ONS confirms reclassification of housing associations

17 November, 2017

The Office for National Statistics has reclassified housing associations as private

Government can no longer ignore impact of Stamp Duty on transactions

17 November, 2017

Government inaction on the housing market will put the brakes on price growth next year

Walsall Council's Selective Licensing Proposals to Punish Energy Inefficient Properties

16 November, 2017

Walsall Council's is currently consulting on plans to introduce a Selective Licensing Scheme in two parts of the Borough, seeking to clamp down on energy inefficient properties

Average 2 bedroom private rents up by 4.4%

15 November, 2017

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Letting agent prosecuted after failing to obtain licence in 'first' Rent Smart Wales court case

15 November, 2017

A letting agent has been taken to court, fined and ordered to pay costs for failing to register and license

Successive governments have misled the public about the impact of immigration on housing demand

15 November, 2017

Successive governments have misled the public over the true extent to which immigration adds to the demand for new homes

Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing: Analysis of responses to the public consultation exercise

15 November, 2017

This report presents analysis of responses to a consultation on Energy Efficiency and Condition Standards in Private Rented Housing

Living in Fear - Experiences of Older Private Renters in London

14 November, 2017

At Age UK London we have been running our Older Private Sector Tenants Programme funded by the Nationwide Foundation

Ombudsman continues crackdown on letting agents breaking law over fees

14 November, 2017

The Property Ombudsman has launched phase three of its national campaign with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute to tackle lettings agents that are breaking the law by not displaying their fees

Cash purchases rise to two thirds of the buy-to-let market

14 November, 2017

Record numbers of landlords are now building their buy-to-let portfolios using cash

Hamptons set to trial deposit replacement insurance product for tenants

14 November, 2017

Countrywide brand Hamptons has identified four branches that will trial deposit replacement insurance schemes from this month

English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016: headline report

13 November, 2017

The latest findings from the English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016

Life in the rental market: what the future holds for older renters

13 November, 2017

Most debates around housing focus on young adults, the drastic fall in their rate of home ownership and ways to boost the number of first time buyers

Boom in Scottish short term lets is destroying's basic rights

10 November, 2017

Since I first raised the issue of short term lets in the Scottish Parliament in January of this year, I have been inundated by people throughout Scotland who have serious concerns about the impact on their communities

Mortgage arrears fell in third quarter

10 November, 2017

The number of mortgages in arrears of 2.5 per cent or more of the outstanding balance fell again in the third quarter of 2017

Fees ban: Agents 'may have to refund fees to early-booking student tenants'

10 November, 2017

Agents who deal in student lets are expressing concerns over the effect of the impending fees ban

Landlord who is director of estate agency firm hit with £9,000 bill after tenants complain of cold and damp

10 November, 2017

The director of an estate agency has been ordered to pay almost £9,000 after a court case concerning a rental property that he owns as a landlord

Bournemouth Council rejects scheme to license landlords

09 November, 2017

Bournemouth Council has today rejected plans to introduce a landlord licensing scheme in parts of the area

HomeLet Rental Index - October 2017

09 November, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 0.9% in October compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £909 a month

'No coloureds' landlord taken to court by UK equality watchdog

09 November, 2017

Buy-to-let mogul Fergus Wilson told agent to ban 'coloured' tenants because they left curry smells in his properties

Landlords warn of lack of accountability over fire safety failings

08 November, 2017

Landlords have warned that tower block residents are being let down by a system in which it is difficult to hold a single person or organisation to account for fire safety failings

New tenants' passport business reveals ambitions to launch property portal

08 November, 2017

A property portal which is launching tenants' 'Passports' has gone over-target in its latest

The tenants fees bill doesn't go far enough

08 November, 2017

Britain needs longer tenancies and caps on rent increases

Deregulation measures pass committee stage

07 November, 2017

Deregulation measures forming part of the package aimed at moving housing associations back into the private sector have been passed unanimously by a parliamentary committee

Council 'advised private tenant to return to former property'

07 November, 2017

A local authority advised a former renter who ran up arrears to go back to the property, where she had been given notice to quit and had duly left

Private lettings platform backed by Trinity Mirror secures listings on Rightmove and Zoopla

07 November, 2017

A new lettings platform which puts landlords and tenants directly in touch with each other has been backed by newspaper group Trinity Mirror

The long-awaited letting fees ban

07 November, 2017

Having campaigned for a ban on letting fees since 2013, this draft legislation is a welcome step towards finally bringing an end to these unjust fees

Renters fear 'constant threat' of losing their home

06 November, 2017

One in three private renters is worried they will have to move in the next year

Homeless placed in 'tiny' flats to be investigated

06 November, 2017

The chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has vowed to investigate private landlords, who are housing the homeless in tiny flats

North of England sees rise in buy to let activity

06 November, 2017

More buy to let landlords are applying for mortgages in the Northern regions of England although the highest number still come from London even although rents and yields are falling in the city

Fees ban Bill brings industry to a 'fork in the road'

06 November, 2017

ARLA has said that the new draft Tenant Fees Bill brings all agents in England to a "fork in the road"

New bill bans landlord and letting agent upfront fees for renters

06 November, 2017

A ban on private landlords and letting agents demanding upfront fees from would-be tenants has crept a step closer

Landlord prosecutions are a postcode lottery

03 November, 2017

Less than a third of councils have prosecuted poor landlords in the past year despite government cries of how they are repairing a 'broken housing market'

Toblerones and Tenancies - Shrinkflation in the Private Rental Sector

03 November, 2017

while it's not been added to the Oxford English Dictionary yet, shrinkflation isn't a new concept for economics or housing

Freeze on LHA rates risks increasing homelessness

03 November, 2017

A freeze on the amount of benefits private sector tenants can claim risks increasing homelessness

Bill to force landlords into fixing health and safety issues proposed

03 November, 2017

MPs are set to debate a bill which would make it easier for tenants to force landlords into fixing health and safety hazards

UK interest rates rise for first time in 10 years

03 November, 2017

For the first time in more than 10 years, the Bank of England has raised interest rates

Tenancy fees ban: Relocation agent calls for letting firms to 'cease and desist' immediately

03 November, 2017

A property finding agent who specialises in the rental market has called for letting firms to stop charging fees to tenants immediately

LGA responds to Government announcement on letting agent fees

02 November, 2017

"This ban on letting agent fees and a cap on holding deposits will bring much-needed clarity for the private rented sector"

Uncertainty and lending constraints to slow 5 year house price growth and limit house buying activity. Rents to keep pace with wages, but landlords feel the squeeze

02 November, 2017

Average UK house price growth is expected to slow to 14 per cent over the next five years, but there will be marked differences between and within regions

Buying a home has 'departed realm of reality' as Stamp Duty receipts grow 23%

01 November, 2017

Receipts from Stamp Duty Land Tax have soared as house prices continue to rise - leading one critic to say that the cost of home ownership has become 'unreal'

George Osborne's tax raid on buy-to-let properties nets £2.7bn: Figure is twice as much as officials expected

01 November, 2017

Government expected to raise £1.3 billion from the tax increase in first two years

Government to introduce bill on letting agent fees ban

01 November, 2017

The government will introduce a bill to parliament today to ban letting agent fees

Javid urged to 'keep an eye' on associations flouting PRS rules

01 November, 2017

In the Commons, some housing associations are accused of believing themselves "above and beyond" regulations that govern the private sector

Call for student flat landlords who 'contribute almost nothing' to pay their way

31 October, 2017

Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire wants private student accommodation developers to help plug the gap left by students' exemption from paying council tax

Renting in Wales - what does the future hold?

31 October, 2017

Private renting in Wales is experiencing massive change

Scotland Buy-to-let index - September 2017

31 October, 2017

Scottish rents edge up in August

Housing lawyers draft bill to empower tenants

30 October, 2017

Housing specialists have been working on a private members bill that empowers tenants to force their landlords to fix hazards that pose a serious threat to their health and safety

Private Rented Sector Report - September 2017

30 October, 2017

The number of letting agents who saw rents rise for tenants dropped to 27 per cent in September, from 35 per cent in August

Rogue landlords enjoy an easy ride as councils fail to prosecute

30 October, 2017

Most local authorities have not secured a single prosecution, figures released under Freedom of Information Act reveal

Beyond the call of duty - Why we should abolish Stamp Duty Land Tax

30 October, 2017

There is about £7.5 trillion worth of property in the UK, but we tax it in strange and inconsistent ways

Another build-to-rent landlord drops tenancy fee charges

30 October, 2017

Dropping fees charged to tenants, or never charging them in the first place, is becoming the norm in the government-backed build-to-rent sector

Draft Tenant Fees Bill

30 October, 2017

Make provision prohibiting landlords and letting agents from requiring certain payments to be made or certain other steps to be taken; to make provision about the payment of holding deposits

Lettings fee ban unlikely by next April but legislation coming 'very shortly'

27 October, 2017

The tenant fees ban is unlikely to be in place by next April due to the legislative process

Tenants' deposits covered by protection schemes spiral to over £4bn

27 October, 2017

Some 14m tenants' deposits worth over £4.1bn were covered by authorised schemes, both custodial and insurance-backed as of the end of March

Scale of potential Stamp Duty refunds might be bigger than expected

27 October, 2017

How much in the way of refunds might HMRC have to pay to buyers of additional homes who will be entitled to ask for a slice back of the Stamp Duty they have paid?

Government housing benefit climbdown won't help private renters

27 October, 2017

A welcome U-turn on the housing benefit cap for supported housing still leaves private tenants to face crippling rents and being turfed out on the streets

Quarter of renters spending half their income on housing

26 October, 2017

YouGov survey shows how wages are the biggest cost every month

Family lettings firm launches tenancy referencing app for the industry

25 October, 2017

A new app for lettings agents has been launched - by an agent

What the private residential tenancy means for tenants

23 October, 2017

Big changes to private renting are on the way

MPs and ministers out to tackle rogue landlord and letting agents

23 October, 2017

MPs are worried that councils do not have enough powers to deal with rogue landlords and letting agents

Making Fair Rent Homes a reality

23 October, 2017

The need for a new wave of Fair Rent Homes is clear. But how do we build them? And where is the money coming from?

Gathering storm of fees ban in Scotland - and a warning to English government as Scots landlords 'flee the market'

23 October, 2017

Five years after agents' fees charged to tenants were formally banned by the Scottish government, the effects continue not just to reverberate but to worsen

Young tenants hit by tax hike on landlords

23 October, 2017

One in five private landlords now less willing to rent to young people as a result of tax increases

Model tenancy agreement for new private residential tenancy published

23 October, 2017

Under the Private Housing Act 2016 all private residential tenancies will be subject to core rights and obligations

Motion presses Highland Council to cap private rents in Inverness and other communities

23 October, 2017

A move to have private house rents capped in Inverness will be considered next week following claims of "extortionate" sums being charged

No government funding for councils to take action against private tower block landlords

20 October, 2017

The government will not provide funding for councils to take enforcement action against private landlords of tower blocks with ACM cladding

Seven in ten letting agents say their landlords will not accept Universal Credit tenants

19 October, 2017

Private landlords across the country are refusing to let their properties to Universal Credit claimants

Welsh Secretary calls on Welsh Government to crackdown on rogue landlords

19 October, 2017

The UK Government has today announced plans to crackdown on unfair management agents in England

Four landlords who breached licensing requirements made subject of Criminal Behaviour Orders

18 October, 2017

A landlord has been handed what is the largest fine issued in this country for renting out properties without a selective licence

'Rogue' property agents to be targeted

18 October, 2017

Plans to protect leaseholders and tenants in England from unfair costs have been outlined by ministers

Comparing measures of private rental growth in the UK: Quarter 3 (July to September) 2017

18 October, 2017

This article compares growth in the Index of Private Housing Rental Prices with other measures of private rental growth

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: September 2017

18 October, 2017

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Buying a house made 'impossible' by rental costs

17 October, 2017

Rental costs combined with high house prices means it is impossible to save a deposit to buy a home

Oxford City Council plans to improve standards in the private rented sector

17 October, 2017

Oxford City Council has announced plans to tackle poor housing conditions in the private rented sector

Landlord in court accused of sending threatening email via letting agent

17 October, 2017

Controversial buy-to-let landlord Fergus Wilson has appeared in court, denying sending a threatening email to a family via his letting agent

Letting agents secretly filmed by BBC accepting fake IDs from tenants

17 October, 2017

Letting agents were secretly filmed by the BBC accepting fake IDs from tenants, with innocent firms said to be "easily duped" into thinking that the paperwork was authentic

The private sector has failed. Only councils can be trusted to build the homes we need

16 October, 2017

Focused on profit, not people, private developers will never help us out of the housing crisis, but local authorities are coming up with ideas that can help

Forged IDs: Landlord laws 'fuelling black market'

16 October, 2017

Legislation aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from renting properties is fuelling a black market in forged IDs

Khan under pressure on 'controversial' rent controls

16 October, 2017

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is under pressure from opposition in the GLA about rent controls in London

Buy to let ban for homes that fail green test

13 October, 2017

Landlords may have to pull 200,000 buy to let homes off the lettings market within months if they fail a minimum energy efficiency test

New inquiry into private rented sector will look at whether enforcement is working

13 October, 2017

A new inquiry has been launched into the private rented sector

Low-income tenants battle soaring rents

13 October, 2017

Low-income tenants are now spending an average of 28% of their wages on rent, up from 21% in the mid-1990s

Could landlords be offered tax relief for offering longer-term tenancies? Government set to announce new incentives to support renters

13 October, 2017

Calls have been made for tax incentives for landlords offering longer-term tenancies

The cost of housing for low-income renters

13 October, 2017

The 'affordability' of housing is one of the most prominent domestic public policy issues of the day, and for good reason

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 - Fitness for Human Habitation

12 October, 2017

This consultation is seeking views on the regulations determining a dwelling's fitness for human habitation, and the accompanying guidance

Almost half of landlords would reject a tenant based on their credit score

12 October, 2017

Paying rent on time should be counted towards a tenant's credit score to make them more appealing as applicants for rental property

Alienating, insecure and unaffordable

11 October, 2017

Living in Scotland's Private Rented Sector

HomeLet Rental Index - September 2017

11 October, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 2.1% in September compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £927 a month

The Private Rented Property minimum standard - landlord guidance documents

11 October, 2017

Guidance to landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property on complying with the 2018 'Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency' standard

Half of Landlords Would Refuse Tenant over Poor Credit Score

11 October, 2017

Almost half of landlords would refuse an application from a new tenant if they had a poor credit score

'Changes could make life easier for millions renting in private sector'

10 October, 2017

In a big week for housing it would have been easy to miss some changes which could have a big effect on the millions of people renting privately

First Autumn rental price standstill as South East records annual fall

10 October, 2017

National asking rents outside London dropped by 0.2% in the third quarter of 2017, the first drop recorded at this time of year

Disrepair claims: a losing battle for landlords?

10 October, 2017

I recently attended a seminar aimed at RPs defending disrepair claims

The UK housing market's perfect storm, and five steps to avoid it

09 October, 2017

With ownership plummeting, rents unaffordable and homelessness on the rise, action is needed to stave off a crash

Rent control could deepen the housing crisis in UK's most expensive cities

09 October, 2017

To tackle the housing crisis, we need to dramatically increase house-building - which rent control could hamper

Scotland ready to pay housing element of Universal Credit direct to landlords

09 October, 2017

Now UK government is being urged to follow the Scottish government lead

One in 20 rental properties in UK do not yet meet minimum energy standards

06 October, 2017

The private rental sector in the UK has seen rapid energy efficiency improvements in recent years

Ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants branded 'dangerous move'

05 October, 2017

A ban on letting agency fees charged to tenants in Wales would be a dangerous move

Landlords' Barometer - #53: Politics, politics, politics - it's all a bit much

04 October, 2017

Welcome to a special "themed edition" of the Landlords' Barometer where we showcase landlord reactions to the latest political announcements about the private rented sector

Javid announces PRS shake-up - but what are the details?

04 October, 2017

There were a number of surprises in store for landlords and letting agents in Sajid Javid's speech at the Conservative Party Conference yesterday

A rent pressure zone for Edinburgh?

04 October, 2017

In response to concern about rising private rents, the Scottish Parliament has passed new legislation which allows councils to designate areas as rent pressure zones

Scottish rental market more than doubles since 1999 while home ownership is flat

03 October, 2017

The proportion of people in private rented accommodation has more than doubled since the turn of the century, while the numbers of those owning has been broadly flat

DCLG issues new interim fire safety advice

03 October, 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government has updated fire safety advice for owners if high-rise buildings with failed cladding systems

Rent bill more than double mortgage interest rate bill

03 October, 2017

More homes urgently to rent needed to boost rental affordability

The Waitrose effect: boom times for homeowners but evictions for tenants

02 October, 2017

How the the arrival of Britain's favourite supermarket in an area emphasises the growing gap between those who own property and those who rent it

At last! Victory for industry campaigners as ministers finally bow to demands for letting agents to be regulated

02 October, 2017

All letting agents across England will have to be registered under new legislation

Landlords urged to prepare for new HMO rules - but they haven't been introduced yet

02 October, 2017

An insurer is warning landlords to get ready for new licensing and room size laws regarding HMOs, despite the fact the proposals have yet to be finalised

Brokers claim first-time buyers are starting to reap rewards of buy-to-let clampdown

29 September, 2017

There was little sign of the traditional "summer lull" during August, with first-time buyers starting to take advantage of fewer landlords adding to their portfolios

Buy-to-let Index - September 2017

29 September, 2017

Rents rise across much of England and Wales

The big squeeze: central London rents rocket as number of rental homes drops by 17% in a year

29 September, 2017

Young London renters are being pushed out of Zones 1 and 2 as average rents rise to £1,785 a month

More will rent than buy a home with a mortgage within 10 years

29 September, 2017

More people will privately rent a home than own one with a mortgage in less than 10 years

Corbyn's pledge to introduce rent controls comes under fire

28 September, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's confirmation that a Labour government would introduce rent controls has come under attack

Average earners priced out as landlords favour higher paid tenants over those with the best credit score

28 September, 2017

Average earners in the UK risk being priced out of the rental market

Twice as many renters in the North West opt for comfy cushions over a neighbourly chat when setting up home

28 September, 2017

Twice as many renters in the North West opt for comfy cushions over a neighbourly chat when setting up home

Lettings fee ban to result in job losses and lack of morale

27 September, 2017

Jobs will be lost when the letting fees ban comes in, and morale among remaining staff will drop like a stone

'Bleak picture' for tenants as a third of agents report landlords increasing rents

27 September, 2017

The number of letting agents seeing landlords increasing rents has hit a two-year high

Buy-to-let property purchases plummet one-third in two years

27 September, 2017

High street banks approved 11% more mortgages for home buyers during August compared with last year as the market shifts away from buy-to-let and cash purchases

Private Rented Sector Report - August 2017

27 September, 2017

The number of letting agents who saw rents rise for tenants stood at 35 per cent in August

Buy to let lending standing still

27 September, 2017

The latest buy to let mortgage data shows the market is standing still even though lenders completed more than 20,000 loans

Old fashioned rent control: what is it good for?

27 September, 2017

Eye-catching retail offers on housing have become a party conference tradition, as much part of the furniture as the stuffy airless room or terrible phone signal

Majority of tenants say landlords have not discussed fire safety after deadly Grenfell disaster

27 September, 2017

The vast majority of private landlords in the UK have not been in touch with tenants to discuss fire safety

Landlords call for PRS on public land

26 September, 2017

Calls for government to support small-scale landlords by redeveloping unused public land and cutting mortgage interest relief

Private rents still rising - but at a slower rate

26 September, 2017

Buy to let rents rose in the UK by 1.6% in the year to August, while the rate of increase slumped from 1.8% measured in the previous month

Letting agent fined record amount after appalling conditions at HMO

25 September, 2017

A letting agent has been fined a record amount after 15 people were found crammed into an overcrowded building infested with cockroaches

The university towns and cities that have been named as Britain's best places for buy-to-let

25 September, 2017

As students turn up at universities across the country in the next few weeks, their landlords will be hoping for another bumper year

Rise and rise of private rental sector: 'More renting than mortgaged households within eight years'

22 September, 2017

A major cultural shift in home ownership is on the horizon, with more private renters than mortgaged home owners within just a few years

Upper end of prime central London market sees sales rise, buy to let declines

22 September, 2017

Sales of homes towards the upper end of the prime property market in central London increased by 23% in the second quarter of 2017 and have tripled compared to last year

Keepmoat looks to private rented sector

21 September, 2017

After a year of growth, restructured Keepmoat homes is looking to expand into the private rented housing sector and modular housing

London council finds 35 men living in one three-bedroom house

21 September, 2017

Brent council says it is cracking down on exploitative landlords after shocking case in which every room was filled with mattresses

Licensing scheme which has brought 1,200 landlords and 25 lettings to book could be cancelled

20 September, 2017

England's first compulsory borough-wide licensing scheme is under threat

Lettings fees ban will be our biggest challenge

20 September, 2017

Letting agents consider the impending fees ban to be their most significant challenge in the coming months

Proposed changes to benefit payments will impact private rented sector landlords - not just social landlords

20 September, 2017

Proposed changes to housing benefit will not only have significant and severe implications for the tenant in receipt of benefit

Majority of tenants in UK not asked to provide proof of income and only half ID

20 September, 2017

Landlords and letting agents in the UK are failing to carry out sufficient financial checks on new tenants with 75% not asked to provide proof of income

Tougher buy to let borrowing on the way for portfolio landlords

20 September, 2017

Portfolio buy to let landlords will find mortgages harder to find and more expensive as strict new borrowing rules bite from the end of the month

How much will the lettings fee ban cost your business? Here's where you can find out

19 September, 2017

How much will the impending fees ban cost you?

Sajid Javid should give councils free rein to tackle rogue landlords

19 September, 2017

In Newham,the council's licensing scheme for private landlords has uncovered abuses and exploitation. So why isn't the government interested?

Council could buy homes from rogue landlords as full extent of disrepair and mismanagement revealed

19 September, 2017

Glasgow City Council has set aside almost £50 million to bring up to 500 properties under public ownership

Common households - landlords celebrate tribunal win

19 September, 2017

Landlords in Doncaster are celebrating after tenants successfully challenged the council in a row over the level of benefit paid to landlords providing homes to common households

Buy-to-let lending squeeze: 'some banks won't lend at all'

18 September, 2017

Stringent new rules for mortgage lending to buy-to-let investors with multiple properties could mean that some can no longer borrow to fund their business

Tenants paying more as annual rate of rental inflation rises

18 September, 2017

New rents rose 2.4% across the UK in August on an annual basis

Local authority in search of private landlords further afield who can house its tenants

18 September, 2017

In recent years the Government has hit landlords with extra Stamp Duty and the removal of several tax reliefs

HomeLet Rental Index - August 2017

18 September, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 2.4% in August compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £939 a month

Growth Slows As Controls Beckon

18 September, 2017

Rents in Scotland eased slightly in Q3 2017 which may be a welcome surprise to many who fear an overheating market

'Direct link' between welfare changes and rough sleeping rise

15 September, 2017

Labour responds to the mayor of London's comments that there is a 'direct link' between welfare changes and the rise in rough sleeping.

Councils warn of cuts to housing budgets due to fire safety works

15 September, 2017

Social landlords could be forced to cut back spend on repairs and new build as they scramble to fund fire safety works on tower blocks.

Stereotypes of social housing tenants are isolating and damaging

15 September, 2017

Housing association tenant explains why the Fair Press for Tenants guide for media is needed

2017 UK HOUSING REVIEW

15 September, 2017

New housing supply continues to fall behind new household growth across Great Britain.

Poor people pushed into debt by harsh benefit deductions

15 September, 2017

Poor people on benefits are being pushed into destitution by having direct deductions taken from their benefit payments. 

We need to change how we talk about homelessness

15 September, 2017

People often have a limited view of homelessness and are fed 'typical' media

Universal Credit payment advances: May 2016 to June 2017

15 September, 2017

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on payment advances for claims to Universal Credit for May 2016 to June 2017.

Government debate on rent repayments and mortgages

15 September, 2017

Parliament will debate a call for rent payments to be taken into account when applying for a mortgage.

80% of government housing funding is on private housing

14 September, 2017

The government is due to spend almost 80% of its housing budget in England through to 2020/21 on private housing through programmes such as the Help to Buy

RICS UK Residential Market Survey August 2017

14 September, 2017

August 2017: UK Residential Market Survey

Universal Credit forcing PRS tenants into rent arrears

14 September, 2017

More than a third of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit say they are owed rent, up by over 10% since last year

Commons confirms date for rental payment debate

14 September, 2017

The issue of adding rental payments to tenant credit histories is back in the Commons next month - the response to a major public petition

Homelessness rise 'likely to have been driven by welfare reforms'

13 September, 2017

The number of homeless families in the UK has risen by more than 60% and is 'likely to have been driven' by the government's welfare reform

English councils' local welfare schemes in 'meltdown'

13 September, 2017

New report reveals that two-thirds of English councils have closed or cut emergency funds, causing greater hardship to low-income families

Landlords urged to get ahead of new laws

13 September, 2017

Research by top sector insurer shows the impact of new legislation on the UK's 1.75 million landlords.

RLA presents Universal Credit evidence to Select Committee

13 September, 2017

The RLA has given evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on the troubled roll out of Universal Credit.

English councils' local welfare schemes in 'meltdown'

13 September, 2017

New report reveals that two-thirds of English councils have closed or cut emergency funds, causing greater hardship to low-income families

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: August 2017

13 September, 2017

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain.

Local housing allowance cuts are too deep for renters to work their way out

13 September, 2017

Housing benefit freezes are putting renters at risk of homelessness.

UK House Price Index (HPI) for July 2017

13 September, 2017

The UK House Price Index shows house price changes for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

APPG: 'We must get housing options right for older people in the countryside'

13 September, 2017

Parliamentary group urges action on LGA analysis outlining the need for more specialist homes.

Councils have 'urgent' concerns over Homelessness Reduction Act delays

12 September, 2017

London council leaders have 'urgent concerns' over delayed government guidance on the Homelessness Reduction Act.

Are rented micro-homes the future for young singles?

12 September, 2017

Are you young-ish, single and thoroughly fed up with paying a high level of rent for a room in a house, miles away from where you work?

Joint effort to weed out tenant cannabis use

12 September, 2017

Housing providers warn of eviction risk if tenants smoke the drug in their homes.

Civitas set to raise more capital for supported housing buys

12 September, 2017

REIT hopes to tap into a 'significant pipeline' of further opportunities which exceed remaining investible equity and proposed debt finance.

Severe weather warning - are your tenants safe?

12 September, 2017

Rain and high winds have been battering the country over the last few days - with gales of up to 75mph set to hit the UK this week.

New clean energy projects set to power 3.6 million homes

12 September, 2017

Record amount of renewable capacity secured to power our homes following second contracts for difference auction.

A new urban eyesore: Britain's shamefully shoddy student housing

12 September, 2017

Free to ignore building standards for dwellings, student housing isn't just ruining British cities - it's damaging student life.

DWP to procure 'off the shelf' appointment booking system for Universal Credit

12 September, 2017

Solution for a five year contract expected to be a 'seven figure sum' for cloud-based system providing 99.9% availability supporting UC.

Two million UK families face £50-a-week cut in income

11 September, 2017

Households with children make up more than 80% of those set to lose out as pressure grows for end to austerity

Squeeze on living standards is down to welfare cuts, not the fall in the pound

11 September, 2017

Love it or loathe it, the long shadow of Brexit dominates our political weather. With good reason, of course.

'Is my smart meter charging me for the energy generated by my solar panels?'

11 September, 2017

Smart meters and solar panels are incompatible and can even cause householders to pay for electricity generated by solar panels rather than receiving money for it

'Bank of Mum and Dad' shoulders burden of high cost of renting

11 September, 2017

Parents will pay £2.3bn this year helping children with rent, as the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' stretches beyond helping with house deposits.

Universal basic income: Half of Britons back plan to pay all UK citizens regardless of employment

11 September, 2017

Nearly half of Britons would support giving all citizens a cash allowance, regardless of whether they were employed, according to a new survey.

Government buying into affordable homes

11 September, 2017

Evidence of Downing Street testing fresh housing initiatives to win over younger voters.

I see housing officers do all they can to refuse homeless applications

11 September, 2017

Faced with growing demand and dwindling supply, councils have become experienced in using the law to keep homeless people off their waiting lists

Universal Credit expansion is 'a disaster waiting to happen' says Citizens Advice

11 September, 2017

Citizens Advice is warning that the expansion of Universal Credit is 'a disaster waiting to happen'.

Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State

11 September, 2017

A new account shows how Attlee's reforms built on foundations laid down decades earlier - and that was the key to their success

Supported housing: bottom of the pile?

08 September, 2017

An overstuffed political agenda has meant supported housing funding has been pushed aside.

Where should housing and social care overlap?

08 September, 2017

Do housing providers need to play a more active role in assessing the housing needs of vulnerable individuals

Loophole that offers couples a chance to dodge second-home stamp duty

08 September, 2017

A clash between official Government 'guidance' and the law could provide a loophole for couples looking to purchase a second home without paying stamp duty.

Quarter of private-renting families slipping into 'bad debt' as they are frequently forced to move

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of private renting families paying average of £1,619 in added costs when they move, findings show

Quarter of private-renting families slipping into 'bad debt' as they are frequently forced to move

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of private renting families paying average of £1,619 in added costs when they move, findings show

DWP launches new helpline for landlords

08 September, 2017

The DWP has issued a new guide that includes a helpline for landlords who have had their Universal Credit Alternative Payment Arrangement approved and whose tenants will still not communicate with them.

Landlords fined over Right to Rent triples in a year

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of landlords have been fined in a crackdown on illegal immigration.

Glimmer of hope as MPs say they must 'look at' deposit cap plan

08 September, 2017

MPs have debated the proposed lettings fee ban - with a glimmer of hope for landlords as even those backing the move raised questions about capping deposits.

We're addicted to debt and headed for a crash. It could be worse than 2007

07 September, 2017

When Provident Financial lost £1.7bn in share value a week ago, a handful of people asked whether this was a Northern Rock moment.

Landlords admit turning away EU citizens to avoid Government regulations

07 September, 2017

Almost one in five landlords say they would be reluctant to let property to an EU national, due to checks they must now complete

Government tells landlords to fix fire safety breaches in large panel system blocks

07 September, 2017

The government has told social landlords to take action to seal up any cracks found in large panel system tower blocks.

Campaign calls for increasing number of accessible homes

07 September, 2017

Champion of accessible and inclusive housing, Habinteg is campaigning for the government, councils and developers to recognise the importance of increasing the supply of accessible homes to meet national demand.

Why getting a loan will be harder for landlords

06 September, 2017

Landlords who have four or more properties could find it impossible to get a mortgage under tough new checks by banks.

How Tenant Management Organisations have wrongly been associated with Grenfell

06 September, 2017

Tenant Management Organisations are small, tenant-led organisations that take on a number of landlord functions from local councils.

Flexibility 'needed for the future of payments'

06 September, 2017

'Flexibility, greater automation and mobile payments' crucial to future payments strategy according to payments collection specialists.

Grenfell: social housing policy issues 'dealt with in due course'

06 September, 2017

In the Commons, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid acknowledges that such issues need to be addressed

Benefit sanctions shoot up 50% in six months

05 September, 2017

The number of sanctions imposed rose from 18,994 last July to 33,860 in December, before falling back to the 30,000 mark by March this year.

London developer to allow rental tenants to pay deposits in bitcoin

05 September, 2017

The Collective says there is international demand to accept cryptocurrency, and will take it for rent payments from autumn

New benefits system planned for Dundee is 'broken and should be halted'

05 September, 2017

That's the view of the director of Dundee CAB after several national bodies expressed concerns about the introduction of Universal Credit

How will Universal Credit claimants experiencing homelessness be paid?

05 September, 2017

With the roll out of Universal Credit Full Service set to accelerate in October, what options will ensure people can receive their UC?

Can buy-to-let investors get more by Airbnbing their properties?

05 September, 2017

An increasing number of landlords are turning away from long-term rentals in favour of using Airbnb

Buy-to-let alterations could result in stock surge

05 September, 2017

Alterations to buy-to-let lending criteria being introduced at the end of September are set to entice a surge of rental stock

Increase in evictions are result of renters facing 'impossible choices'

04 September, 2017

Rising evictions are being driven by a toxic mix of low wages and reductions in benefits

Solar power deal will lower social tenants' energy bills

04 September, 2017

Solar panels are to be installed in 800,000 low-income homes across England and Wales over the next five years, as part of a new government scheme.

No interest rate rise for at least a year, economists say

04 September, 2017

Many economists do not expect UK interest rates to rise until 2019 despite inflation remaining above target

Hundreds of landlords who let illegal immigrants stay in their properties are fined total of £163,000 in crackdown

01 September, 2017

Owners of 236 properties fined under the government's Right to Rent scheme

Landlords call on Government to revolutionise tenancy deposit system

01 September, 2017

The Residential Landlords Association is calling for the creation of a new insurance-based scheme that would allow tenants to transfer deposits between properties

Letting agents who fail to display fees 'should be fined not £5,000 but £30,000'

01 September, 2017

The Government should make better use of current legislation on letting agents rather than banning tenant fees

Homeowners 'happier than renters' with their standard of living

01 September, 2017

Homeowners are happier about their standard of living than renters

PRS Statistics Bulletin - August 2017

31 August, 2017

Welcome to the August PRS Statistics Bulletin from the RLA Private renting Evidence

Shrinking lettings supply pushes up rents

31 August, 2017

Your Move says a shrinking supply of properties, in part created by government measures against the lettings sector, has led to rent rises

Buy to Let index - August 2017

31 August, 2017

Bottleneck of housing supply sees rents rise in July

First signs of rising rents as buy-to-let investors pass on higher tax

31 August, 2017

The first widespread evidence of landlords raising rents in response to a range of tax increases has led to commentators insisting that buy-to-let remains a viable investment for many

Landlords signing up to council scheme helping find new homes for Milton Keynes families in need

30 August, 2017

More than 50 private landlords in MK have signed up to a council scheme to let their properties for a guaranteed rent each month - helping more families in need of homes

Fining rogue landlords up to £30,000

30 August, 2017

It could keep thousands in Pendle safe from rogue landlords

Council gets more rogue landlord powers in Govanhill

29 August, 2017

Glasgow City Council has been given more powers to tackle rogue landlords in an area plagued by squalid living conditions

Council gets more powers to tackle private sector

29 August, 2017

Powers include right of entry, enhanced criminal record checks and document demands

Bank of Mum and Dad now playing vital role in private rented sector

29 August, 2017

The Bank of Mum and Dad has long been an active lender in helping offspring buy their homes - but a new report says it is also playing a pivotal role in the rental market

Private Rented Sector Report - July 2017

29 August, 2017

Almost one third of letting agents saw rents rise for tenants in July

A cut in stamp duty this autumn is highly unlikely

29 August, 2017

Speculation that the Chancellor will take a fresh look at stamp duty charges in November's Autumn Budget is again circulating the housing market

Airbnb tenants who decide against staying can now leave bad reviews

25 August, 2017

Airbnb customers who take one look at their accommodation and decide against it, or who leave early after finding it unacceptable, will now be able to leave bad reviews

Kevin Hollinrake says it is important that MPs understand implications of fees ban

25 August, 2017

MP Kevin Hollinrake has confirmed that agents will be able to attend the forthcoming Parliamentary debate on the proposed ban letting agent fees

From Long-Term Lets to Short-Term Lets: Is Airbnb becoming the new buy-to-let?

24 August, 2017

Homes are no longer being used for long term accommodation

New stamp duty charge on landlords and investors raises significantly more than expected

24 August, 2017

Rising revenues suggest policy is failing in aim of stopping people buying multiple homes

Properties vanishing from mainstream rental market as more landlords switch to Airbnb

24 August, 2017

An increasing number of rental properties in London are being used for short-term holiday lets using websites such as Airbnb and are no longer available for long-term renting

A quarter of all UK households will be private tenants within eight years

23 August, 2017

The average tenancy length in the UK is getting longer - and by 2025, 25% of all households will be living in the private rented sector

Bringing private and social housing together can be the key to successful regeneration

22 August, 2017

John Gallacher champions the use of mixed tenure developments to create thriving and sustainable communities as he looks back on four decades spent in the housing industry

Landlords Being Urged to Remortgage Ahead of Tougher Lending Criteria

22 August, 2017

Landlords are being urged to remortgage ahead of tougher buy-to-let lending criteria due to be introduced in September, which will make it more difficult to obtain finance

Letting fees: MP Kevin Hollinrake initiates Parliamentary debate on ban

22 August, 2017

MP Kevin Hollinrake - who co-founded Hunters of which he is now chairman - is sponsoring a Parliamentary debate on the proposed ban on letting agency fees in England

Landlords: concerned about letting to international students?

22 August, 2017

There are so many benefits to renting your property out to students

Letting agent handed £20,000 court bill after giving tenants 'sham licences'

21 August, 2017

A letting agent which gave tenants licences rather than tenancy agreements has been landed with a bill of over £20,000

Scoping research on supply and demand for short term lets in Scotland

21 August, 2017

Scottish Government April 2017

Why a new Waitrose means more evictions, and what should be done

18 August, 2017

Landlords shouldn't be able to kick people out when a new shop pops up in the area. We need a change in the law

Shrinking buy-to-let market triggers mortgage rate war

18 August, 2017

The rapidly shrinking buy-to-let market is driving lenders to a mortgage price war as they compete for dwindling demand from borrowers

Agency board provider sees signs of slowdown in rental market

18 August, 2017

The number of rental properties coming to market has hit a four-year low

Fees ban 'will help online student lettings agent launch into mainstream market'

18 August, 2017

An online agency aimed at the student lettings market is to expand into the mainstream market

The way residents and tenants are treated is a stain on modern Britain

18 August, 2017

The Ledbury and Grenfell residents were repeatedly dismissed when they raised safety concerns. Frontline housing staff must do more to listen and act

Licensing scheme uncovers 13,000 landlord tax cheats in one borough

18 August, 2017

Thousands of landlords have had to hand over millions in unpaid tax and penalties for failing to tell HM Revenue & Customs about their rental profits

Welsh Government: Landlords should pay letting agent fees, not tenants

18 August, 2017

A new report into letting agent fees by Welsh Government has found there is "no compelling evidence" for tenants to pay letting agent fees

Landlords want rent payments in credit scores

17 August, 2017

RLA calls for rent payments to be included when calculating credit scores to support tenants wanting to buy a home of their own

Rents 'not spiralling out of control' - Belvoir boss condemns 'sensationalist' press stories

16 August, 2017

Rental price inflation was flat across Great Britain for the fourth consecutive month in July

Buy-to-let property platform hits £50m milestone

16 August, 2017

A platform allowing investors to join together to fund the purchases of residential rental properties has hit the £50m fundraising milestone

20% of NI housing now private rented

15 August, 2017

Almost 49,000 landlords have now registered just over 97,000 properties across Northern Ireland

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: July 2017

15 August, 2017

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

One in five buy-to-let investors plan to sell up

15 August, 2017

One in five buy-to-let investors plan to sell their properties

Buy-to-let slump:the cost of renting in London rises for the first time this year as the number of rental homes drops by 18 per cent

15 August, 2017

One in 10 homes sold in July was bought by a landlord, which is the lowest proportion of buy-to-let sales recorded in seven years

Welfare Reform and Universal Credit: The impact on the private rented sector

14 August, 2017

Over the past 2 years there has been significant political attention provided to the private rented sector

PRS will not solve the housing crisis

14 August, 2017

Government claims that renting is key to fixing the country's broken housing market are misplaced

Private rental sector gets a 'perfect storm' warning

14 August, 2017

RLA survey of almost 3,000 landlords shows 22% plan to sell as demand for rental homes rises

Nationwide mortgage lending hit by fall in buy-to-let loans

14 August, 2017

Nationwide has reported a sharp fall in mortgage lending, mainly due to making fewer buy-to-let loans

Rogue landlords warned to expect stiffer penalties in wake of landmark ruling

11 August, 2017

A landmark court ruling against a Fife private landlord could have major implications for scores of other cases across the country

Third of private rented homes fail basic health and safety standards

11 August, 2017

Millions of UK people living in rented properties with dangerous hazards, despite private rents soaring

The Shocking Increase In Rents On London's Two-Bedroom Homes

11 August, 2017

The London housing market is obviously out of control

'Home-owning hopelessness' as private renters fear they'll never get on property ladder

11 August, 2017

Nearly two thirds (59 per cent) of private renters on the lowest incomes in England never expect to buy their own property

Rise of the retired renter

11 August, 2017

Stats suggest that almost half of UK over 65s would consider downsizing - a level of demand that far outstrips retirement housing available

Landlords' Barometer - #51: Hammered! Why landlords are feeling so negative

10 August, 2017

Welcome to another edition of the "Landlords Barometer" with all the trending topics that have been engaging landlords on the propertytribes.com forum over the past few weeks

UK tenants don't have much faith in private rented sector

10 August, 2017

People renting a home in the UK feel that not enough is being done to help them onto the housing ladder with those in London forced to rent because of the high price of property

Lettings agency 'took tenants' holding deposits and never returned them'

10 August, 2017

An anonymous article on young consumer website the Debrief claims that tenants' holding deposits disappeared into the coffers at a mystery Fitzrovia office of a London lettings agent

Truth at last: What really happened in Scotland after letting agent fees were banned

10 August, 2017

What follow is an opinion piece but I believe it to be the factual truth

Salford Council Approves Fourth Selective Licensing Scheme

10 August, 2017

Following a consultation earlier this year Salford Council's City Mayor and Cabinet have now formally approved a fourth selective licensing scheme

Tenancy deposit replacement products will be 'as popular as Christmas trees in January'

09 August, 2017

The boss of the Property Franchise Group says he does not think there will be a market for tenancy deposit replacement products once the tenancy fees ban comes in

Proptech firm comes up with real-time facial recognition to help agents with Right to Rent

09 August, 2017

A new firm is using real-time facial recognition technology with the aim of helping letting agents meet their Right to Rent obligations

Local Housing Allowance Direct Payments - changing the "payee"

08 August, 2017

Landlords have been left horrified - and out of pocket - after local authorities re-directed direct payments from landlords to tenants

Landlords losing confidence in rental profits

08 August, 2017

Landlords are losing confidence in their ability to rely on steady rental yields

HomeLet Rental Index - July 2017

07 August, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 1.1% in July compared to the same month a year ago

Annual rental inflation returns to growth as average new rents hit new high

07 August, 2017

Annual rental inflation on new tenancies returned to growth for the first time in two months during July

Redbridge Council launches private property licensing scheme to crack down on rogue landlords

07 August, 2017

Absentee landlords who fail to deal with poor conditions may be a thing of the past thanks to a new borough-wide Redbridge Council scheme

Britain's 11 million renters are crying out for an end to the housing crisis

04 August, 2017

A recent book on the scandal that is our private rented sector raises some big questions after the Grenfell disaster

Give us a paintbrush! Ten ways to make the housing market work for tenants

04 August, 2017

It may seem trivial, but giving renters more control over where they live and what they pay is essential to tackling bad landlords

Landlords 'avoid paying millions in tax' with short-term Edinburgh festival lets

04 August, 2017

Over £10 million of taxes are being avoided this year due to the boom in private homes being let out as holiday accommodation during the Edinburgh festival

Council which set up first borough-wide licensing scheme to publish star ratings of all letting agents

03 August, 2017

The local authority which set up the first borough-wide mandatory licensing scheme of every rental property is to launch the UK's first letting agents' rating scheme

Letting agents accused of 'fraudulent listings' and 'treating renters like students'

03 August, 2017

Almost 30,000 London tenants claim they have been a victim of lettings fraud

The state of private renting

03 August, 2017

In the second in a series of pieces examining findings from the English Housing Survey, Jules Birch looks at the private rented sector

Renting becomes cheaper than buying, particularly in the South East

03 August, 2017

For many years, rent has been called "dead money" and young people have been urged to "get on the housing ladder"

Bursting the buy-to-let bubble

03 August, 2017

The buy-to-let mortgage sector has been bombarded with reforms resulting in a slowdown of lending to landlords

Three-year tenancy plan to stabilise rental market

03 August, 2017

Ministers are to change the national planning rules to put pressure on landlords to offer tenancies of three years rather than one

Young people are shut out of private renting

02 August, 2017

Shelter has said it, local government has said it, former ministers have said it

Clock is ticking in Scotland for all letting agents to be registered and hold CMP

02 August, 2017

Scottish housing minister Kevin Stewart is writing to all letting agents to warn them that the clock is ticking towards the implementation of a mandatory new regime

Access to homes for under-35's: The impact of Welfare Reform on Private Renting

01 August, 2017

As the dust settles after the general election there is a clear need for policy and practical solutions that have cross-party support

Landlords cut back on renting to young people

01 August, 2017

Younger people will have more difficulty finding rented accommodation in coming months as a substantial proportion of landlords actively cut back on renting to under-35s

Landlord portfolio management - past and future

01 August, 2017

This research, funded by Shelter, explores how landlords manage their portfolios and make decisions over buying and selling stock

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics in England and Wales, January to March 2017 (Provisional)

01 August, 2017

The number of mortgage possession claims made to county courts has increased

Renters can't wait for the government to scrap letting fees - so Hackney council is stepping in

01 August, 2017

Four homes, four landlords and four completely different experiences: in my 15 years as a renter in London, I've experienced first-hand the good, the bad and the ugly of the private rented sector

Government urged to end letting fees

31 July, 2017

Hackney council is calling for immediate action over the failure to introduce clear timescales on the measure

Extra Stamp Duty 'has not deterred landlords so far' as HMRC receipts rise again

31 July, 2017

Landlords may be complaining about the extra Stamp Duty charges but that doesn't seem to be stopping people buying additional properties

Buy to let crackdown has not finished yet

28 July, 2017

Buy to let mortgages are about to get more expensive for landlords as new lending rules take effect from September 2017

Six months left for letting agents to meet statutory code requirements

28 July, 2017

Housing minister Kevin Stewart is writing to all commercial letting agents to highlight a new statutory Code of Practice and the need to comply by January 31 2018

Tenants pay the price as rental rises become more widespread

28 July, 2017

Rent hikes became more common last month

Rightmove launches trial of Face Messenger bot to help renters find their next home

28 July, 2017

Rightmove is testing out new ways for home hunters to interact when searching for a home to rent

DWP to look at RLA proposals on Universal Credit

28 July, 2017

The DWP has said it will address problems faced by landlords who house Universal Credit tenants following a meeting with the RLA

Private landlords in Glasgow 'profiting from homelessness crisis and housing shortage'

27 July, 2017

Private landlords are profiting from a homelessness crisis and housing shortage in Glasgow

Private Rented Sector Report - June 2017

27 July, 2017

A third of letting agents saw rents rise for tenants in June

Private Rental Market Summary Statistics - April 2016 to March 2017

27 July, 2017

The median monthly rent recorded between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 in England was £675

Reassuring tower block tenants post-Grenfell

27 July, 2017

The Grenfell fire has caused anxiety among tower block tenants

Temporary short-term let 'not comparable to renovation'

27 July, 2017

Using a residential flat as a short-term Airbnb-style let for a temporary period is not comparable to removing it from the housing supply for other reasons

Landlords fear buy-to-let regulation and taxation, but no worries over Brexit

27 July, 2017

Landlords have identified regulation and economic uncertainty as their key concerns when running their buy-to-let portfolio

Victims of ground rent scandal demand action on existing abuses

26 July, 2017

As government plans to ban leaseholds on new-build houses, there are claims up to 100,000 people own 'unsellable' properties

Landlords hit out at evictions report

26 July, 2017

The Residential Landlords Association has said a recent piece of research into evictions is 'misleading and distorted'

Landlords' action on fire safety

26 July, 2017

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, over half of the UK's landlords have taken steps to check the fire safety of their Buy to Let properties

How to ensure your rental deposit is properly protected

26 July, 2017

It may surprise you to know that anyone can set up a lettings agency - you don't need a licence or a qualification

Is buy to let dead?

26 July, 2017

Property expert Kate Faulkner looks at the facts behind the headlines - and what the future holds for the private rented sector

Five ways to help your tenants with the roll-out of universal credit

26 July, 2017

The 'full service' version of universal credit is on its way - so what do social landlords need to be doing differently?

Landlords are turfing people out of their homes without reason - and it's completely legal

25 July, 2017

No fault evictions allow private landlords to turf tenants out without any reason. It's legal but its use is on the rise and it needs to stop

Buy-to-let: how many properties do I need to own to set up as a company?

25 July, 2017

Several key tax changes have hit buy-to-let investors' profits

Pause for Thought

25 July, 2017

Measuring the impact of Welfare Reform on tenants and landlords - 2017 Survey Results

Poverty, evictions and forced moves

24 July, 2017

This report explores the rapid increase in evictions over the last 12 years, and the impact these have had on the lives of tenants who lose their homes

Almost one in five MPs are landlords

24 July, 2017

Parliament has published its register of MPs' financial interests for the first time since the election

Energy efficiency in privately rented homes: you talked, we listened

24 July, 2017

In June 2017 we gathered the views of over 200 private tenants on the Scottish Government's proposal to introduce a minimum energy efficiency standard for private rented homes

Nottingham's landlord licensing plan gets green light

24 July, 2017

Controversial plans to introduce landlord licensing across swathes of Nottingham have been given the go-ahead

Cardiff bus station developer moots scrapping PRS homes

24 July, 2017

The developer behind Cardiff's new bus interchange is looking to scrap 195 rental homes from the scheme and replace them with offices or student housing

Council Granted Sum to Protect Migrant Families from Rogue Landlords

21 July, 2017

Thanet District Council has been granted over half a million pounds to protect migrant families and other vulnerable residents from being exploited by rogue landlords

Building society Nationwide to pump millions into building homes for sale and rent in bid to ease UK's housing crisis

21 July, 2017

Britain's biggest building society is to pump millions into building and rental schemes in a bid to ease the nation's housing crisis

Nottingham City Council Reduces Size of Proposed Selective Licensing Scheme

21 July, 2017

Nottingham City Council has revised its proposal for selective licensing of PRS property in the City

BBC landlord show serving as eye-opener to industry

21 July, 2017

A BBC One landlord programme should serve as an eye-opener for the entire lettings industry

Landlords in UK say long term growth is more important than tax efficiency

21 July, 2017

Buy to let landlords have dismissed concerns about the impact of changes to mortgage tax relief and consider long term growth as more important

That's rich! New breed of 'uber' tenants splash the cash on weekly rents of £25,000

20 July, 2017

An unprecedented new breed of renter has emerged - the international mega-rich 'uber tenant'

Landlords warn buy-to-let clampdown will hit retirement incomes

20 July, 2017

Buy-to-let tax changes could be the next pensions crisis

Scammers 'making millions' off desperate renters

20 July, 2017

Estimates show some 250,000 renters have fallen victim to rental fraud and scams in the past five years - almost 50,000 in the past year alone

Landlords in UK don't understand what tenants want

20 July, 2017

Landlords in the UK are generally out of touch with what their tenants want with new research indicating a wide gulf between the two

Selective Licensing begins in Scarborough

20 July, 2017

Scarborough Council has introduced selective licensing to the wards of Castle and North Bay

Luton Council Proposes Selective Licensing

20 July, 2017

Luton Council is consulting on plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme in parts of the borough

Duncan Smith demands that George Osborne's war on landlords is called off

19 July, 2017

Prominent Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith has said the Government should call off the fight against private landlords

MP launching new bid to make rental accommodation 'fit for human habitation'

19 July, 2017

Labour MP Karen Buck is planning to reintroduce her Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill in Parliament today

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: June 2017

18 July, 2017

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Agents express frustration over plans to cap tenants' deposits

18 July, 2017

Agents have expressed their frustration over plans unveiled in the Queen's Speech to cap tenants' deposits to no more than a month's rent

THE NEXT PENSIONS CRISIS: Are middle-income landlords driven out of the private rented sector?

18 July, 2017

According to HMRC, approximately 3.25 million individuals in the UK declare an income from letting residential property each year

Don't blame landlords - renters move because they want to

18 July, 2017

Private renters move home because they want to, not because their landlords evict them

Overseas landlords shun the UK, as tax changes bite

17 July, 2017

The proportion of foreign landlords owning property in the UK has fallen to a new low

Government must work with landlords, not against them

17 July, 2017

As the dust settles on the general election and politicians both in Westminster and Cardiff Bay get back to the job of government, there is a lot of uncertainty about the future direction of housing policy

Scottish PRS Reset To Positive Growth

17 July, 2017

After 2 consecutive quarters without meaningful positive growth at National level, the Scottish PRS returned to the black

Agent who helped himself to tenants' deposits is jailed for three years

14 July, 2017

An agent who failed to pay tenants' deposits into a protection scheme and spent the money has been jailed for three years

Private rented sector continuing its growth - but don't expect all tenants to be happy

14 July, 2017

The latest English Housing Survey shows the private rented sector continuing to grow

The number of BTL landlords registering to buy property is down 30% y-o-y

14 July, 2017

There has been a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let property acquisitions, following the government's decision to introduce the 3% stamp duty surcharge and phase out mortgage interest relief

Rent caps could be introduced in Aberdeen

14 July, 2017

Council bosses will begin monitoring private rent levels in Aberdeen - with the possibility of capping them

Victory for landlords as weakened Govt U-turns on digital taxation plans

14 July, 2017

We are pleased that the Government has finally listened to the concerns raised by the NLA on behalf of landlords

Theresa Maybe - PRS Regulations left up in the air?

13 July, 2017

Last month's Queen's Speech saw the promise of a draft Bill to enact the ban on letting fees to tenants

English Housing Survey (PRS)

13 July, 2017

Private rented sector, 2015-16

Making Tax Digital U-Turn

13 July, 2017

Making Tax Digital was announced by then-Chancellor George Osborne in the 2015 Autumn Statement

Rents WILL rise after fees ban and our profitability will be hit

13 July, 2017

A majority of letting agents believe that rents will rise by 5% to 10% per month once the fees ban is introduced

Council called out over £2bn housing privatisation plan

12 July, 2017

Hugely ambitious Haringey plan branded "out of touch and high-handed" but council says it "couldn't be clearer" over right of return for tenants

How easy is it to fake a tenant reference? Very!

12 July, 2017

As has been reported, agencies are being warned about tenants faking documents to pass referencing checks. But how easy is it to fake a reference?

Council proposes restrictions to control HMO growth

11 July, 2017

Bath & North East Somerset Council has revealed new proposals which seek to better control the growth of HMOs in Bath

Landbay announces new Buy to Let partnership

11 July, 2017

Specialist Buy to Let mortgage lender links up with Legal & General on a new 'point of demand' insurance venture

Private landlords and developers urged to check cladding after Grenfell Tower fire

11 July, 2017

Council chiefs are urging all private landlords and developers to check the cladding on any buildings they own in Plymouth following the horrendous Grenfell Tower fire in London last month

Most agents 'support impending ban on tenant fees'

11 July, 2017

Agents support the impending ban on letting fees charged to tenants and would like to see the end of Section 21

JRF Response to the Housing White Paper consultation

11 July, 2017

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice

Understanding cladding safety tests after Grenfell Tower fire

11 July, 2017

After the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, the Government ordered an audit of high-rise social housing tower blocks across the country

Private landlords warn of enforcement divide

11 July, 2017

Private landlords have warned licencing schemes could create a divide between councils and housing providers

Rental growth and rental affordability

10 July, 2017

Residential rental growth over the last decade has ranged from +45% to -7% across regions. The variance is largely explained by local economic factors

Landlord who is barrister hit with bill of nearly £5,000 after HMO breach

10 July, 2017

A barrister has been ordered to pay £4,740 at Birmingham Magistrates Court for failing to obtain an HMO licence and for breaching management regulations at a three-storey property

Landlords rank reversing mortgage interest relief as key buy-to-let priority for Government

10 July, 2017

The Government is facing yet more pressure to reverse controversial changes to mortgage interest relief

Limited company landlords facing higher mortgage costs

10 July, 2017

Landlords rushing to incorporate in order to preserve mortgage interest relief on their buy-to-let portfolio may still end up paying more

Despair of the families forced into temporary housing

10 July, 2017

A perfect storm of boom and bust in the housing market has forced record numbers of children into temporary accommodation in parts of Scotland

Local councils launch voluntary scheme that benchmarks letting agents and landlords

07 July, 2017

Councils in the west of England have relaunched a scheme that sets a benchmark for letting agents and landlords

Rents are still rising but properties are taking longer to let

07 July, 2017

The number of properties available to rent has increased across the UK but there are fewer new properties coming to the market

These are the areas with the most choice of rental properties in the UK

07 July, 2017

Increased supply of rental properties has put a dent in London asking rents

Councillor backs move to improve housing standards for private tenants

06 July, 2017

Aim is to distinguish between good landlords and letting agents from bad ones

Rental sector now needs '360-degree protection'

06 July, 2017

Owner of rent-hub says tenants shouldn't need to set up protest sites to have their voices heard

New student accommodation rental platform aims to 'disrupt' university lets

06 July, 2017

A 22-year-old student has come up with a new lettings platform in the latest attempt to "disrupt" the rental sector

Tenancy referencing firm becomes latest to offer a zero deposit scheme

06 July, 2017

Specialist tenant referencing and insurance provider Let Alliance is the latest to enter the zero deposit market

Challenging the myth: Two thirds of landlords pay basic rate tax

05 July, 2017

Two thirds of individual landlords are only liable for the basic rate of income tax according to data released by the government

HomeLet Rental Index - June 2017

05 July, 2017

Rents in the UK fell by 0.3% in June compared to the same month a year ago, the second month in row in which rents fell; the average monthly rent now stands at £908 a month

Buy-to-let crackdown: more rules to hit landlords in September

05 July, 2017

Buy-to-let investors are braced for another assault as the Bank of England prepares to impose yet more rules on private landlords

DCLG urged to back new national tenant voice

05 July, 2017

All four NTOs want a 'coherent, legitimate and empowered' voice for tenants to communicate directly with government and other agencies

Impact of welfare changes on rented housing in Northern Ireland

05 July, 2017

The benefits system is changing

Tax changes and red tape leads to fewer homes to rent

04 July, 2017

Tax changes and red tape have led to a slump in the number of buy to let and shared homes available to rent privately

Marks Out Of Tenancy - Aiding the Private Rental Sector

04 July, 2017

One in every twelve private rental tenants is an older person

Housing funds 'wasted' by councils

04 July, 2017

Money which is supposed to help people struggling to pay their rent is being wasted by some councils

Tax change hits landlord confidence in UK as they put up rents to cope

04 July, 2017

Landlords' confidence in the UK has fallen as they face the prospect of higher tax costs and weakening house prices, although rents are climbing, pushing up yields

Time to ban letting fees

04 July, 2017

With plans to end letting fees in England, it's time scrap them in Northern Ireland

YUK! Student video revealing mess at end of a tenancy goes viral

04 July, 2017

The end of tenancy cleanup can often make or break the decision to hand back a deposit so spare a thought for this student whose video of the mess he was left to clean after his housemates left has gone viral

Trouble in the Dales as holiday homes become the new buy-to-let

03 July, 2017

Holiday homes are attracting investors with returns of up to 12% a year, but will it make life more difficult for local people?

Landlords Should be Cautious of Using Family Members as Rent Guarantors

03 July, 2017

Landlords should be cautious of using family members as rent guarantors post-Brexit, urges Housing Hand, the UK's only secured and reliably insured guarantor service for students and working professionals

Grenfell Tower: Private landlords offered cladding tests

03 July, 2017

Private landlords of high-rise buildings in Wales have been urged to take up an offer of cladding safety checks after the Grenfell Tower fire

Rental logjam as one in seven private renters spend half their income on rent: LGA analysis

03 July, 2017

When one in seven private renters are spending half their income on rent, it's no wonder we have a rental logjam

Landlords get £250 a day to house Grenfell victims: Estate agents told to offer deals at five times the market value because of a lack of properties

03 July, 2017

Landlords are being offered up to £250 a day to house Grenfell Tower survivors in one-bedroom flats

The Week the Landlords Moved In review - mould, rats and tears

30 June, 2017

The life-swap TV format gets more than a fresh lick of paint on the frontline of Britain's housing crisis

Landlords face confusion over new shorthold tenancy agreements

30 June, 2017

Landlords in the UK may be unwittingly issuing incorrect Section 21 notices, resulting in thousands of pounds being wasted on aborted possession claims and extensive delays in recovering property

Private Rented Sector Report

30 June, 2017

May 2017

Shut out: The barriers low-income households face in private renting

29 June, 2017

A total of 4.5m households now live in privately rented housing

Limited company status could see buy to let landlords worse off financially

29 June, 2017

Buy to let landlords in the UK who use a limited company for buying property could be £1,000 a year less well-off due to higher mortgage costs

Majority back proposed energy efficiency rules for private landlords

28 June, 2017

An overwhelming majority of the public support stricter laws requiring private landlords to bring their properties to a minimum energy efficiency rating before letting them out

Market commentary June 2017

26 June, 2017

The housing market has stalled over the past few months, with volumes in line with our forecast

PRS confidence falls as tax costs rise and house prices weaken

26 June, 2017

Latest Kent Reliance report says just 41% of landlords are upbeat about the prospects for their portfolios

Era of cheap mortgages is almost over: Lenders warn rates have hit rock bottom after price war and can now only go back up

26 June, 2017

Households are currently benefiting from the cheapest home loans on record

PRS Fire and Electrical Safety - are we doing enough to protect tenants?

26 June, 2017

The fire at Grenfell Tower surely shocked us all

Housing Benefit: The Black Hole That Continues To Grow

26 June, 2017

Something deeply worrying has happened to our private rented market

Buy to Let Britain Report

23 June, 2017

Welcome to the sixth edition of Kent Reliance's half-yearly Buy to Let Britain report

Landlords' confidence knocked as government and Bank of England changes take effect

23 June, 2017

Landlords' confidence falls back as tax burden rises and house prices growth slows; 41% hold a positive outlook for their portfolios, down from just 67% three years ago

Queen's Speech 2017: Lettings fees to be banned

22 June, 2017

More than six months after first suggesting the idea, the government has announced plans to ban fees to lettings agents in England

Safety checks on private residential blocks

22 June, 2017

This letter is intended for owners, landlords and managers of private residential blocks in England

Unfair tenant buy to let fees to be scrapped within 2 years

22 June, 2017

Landlords and letting agents face a ban on charging tenants fees to rent a buy to let home

East Staffordshire Borough Council Approve Selective Licensing

22 June, 2017

Following a period of consultation, East Staffordshire Borough Council has designated the following areas subject to selective licensing

"The power of Generation Rent was felt for the first time": did renters cost Theresa May her majority?

21 June, 2017

As the dust settles on last week's election results, attention has turned to trying to understand some of the demographic trends behind the results

Fee ban will leave the market in limbo

21 June, 2017

Plans to ban fees paid by tenants to both landlords and letting agents will leave the market in limbo

Queen's Speech 2017 - Briefing

21 June, 2017

A summary of the measures announced that will impact upon the private rented sector and landlords' businesses

Are new rules leading to discrimination against migrants?

21 June, 2017

Immigrants often bear the brunt of the blame for housing shortages

Why my new agency will NOT be charging tenants any letting fees

21 June, 2017

Election, referendum, election; Stamp Duty reform, tax reform and the rise of the online agent - one could be forgiven for believing that the golden age of agency has been and gone

North of England offers best efficiency for buy to let landlords

20 June, 2017

The Northern half of England offers the best investment for buy to let landlords due to a combination of affordable prices and rental return

Anglesey housing tenants could be made homeless over new licence

20 June, 2017

Housing tenants in Burton could be made homeless if a new licence to improve the condition of private rented accommodation is triggered

London has highest landlord costs in UK but this is offset by higher rent

19 June, 2017

London has been identified as the most expensive part of Britain to be a landlord, followed by the South East while the North East of England is the cheapest

Tenants without passports 'less likely to access homes to rent'

19 June, 2017

Nearly half of landlords are less likely to rent homes to tenants without a British passport as a result of the immigration tests they have to make

Wales should resist plans to turn Landlords into Immigration Police

19 June, 2017

Wales should resist efforts to roll out plans to turn landlords into immigration police

Corporations to oust private landlords from buy to let dominance

15 June, 2017

Buying a home will still beyond the reach of many as prices outpace wage rises leaving one in four households renting home by the end of 2021, says a new survey

Full list of landlord Tory MPs who voted against making properties 'fit for human habitation'

15 June, 2017

List of Conservatives who voted against amendment to force landlords to make properties habitable

Buy-to-Let Index Quarterly Report

15 June, 2017

Luton reclaims top spot from Romford, which falls to tenth place in our BTL Index top 10

Private rented sector set for significant growth

13 June, 2017

Number of households in the sector expected to rise by to 24% by 2021 as investment accelerates to £70bn

Deposit-free renting sounds good - or could tenants lose out?

12 June, 2017

New plans aim to ease the burden of having to find an average £967. But they come with a warning

Tenancy deposits for Manchester properties less than national average

12 June, 2017

Tenancy deposits for properties with Manchester's 'M' postcode averaged £721.92 during the first quarter of 2017, 25.41% less than the national average of £967.84

Multihousing 2017

12 June, 2017

Private rented sector research

First landlord fined under new Rent Smart Wales laws

09 June, 2017

Magistrates have fined the first property investor for breaking new laws demanding landlords are licensed in Wales

Renters make themselves heard at the ballot box

09 June, 2017

Generation Rent finds Tories lost seats with higher than average renter populations

Labour Party launches 'New Deal' for private renters

09 June, 2017

Shadow housing minister John Healey announced the Labour Party's 'New Deal' for private renters

Housing minister promises review of fees to slash red tape in property market

09 June, 2017

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell today promised a review of fees for buyers and renters in a bid to slash red tape in the UK property market

Rents in Scotland rose 6% last year

09 June, 2017

Private rent levels in Scotland were up 6% in the year to May 2017

Making the private rented sector work for people in poverty

09 June, 2017

The private rented sector is where people in poverty increasingly live

Rental growth was flat across the UK in May

08 June, 2017

Rents in the UK's private rented sector grew by just 0.02% in May, the slowest pace for over half a decade

Labour or Tory: who should buy-to-let landlords vote for in the General Election 2017?

08 June, 2017

The accidental landlord weighs up the policies and concludes private landlords will get a bashing, whatever the election outcome

Owners in UK more happy with their home than private rented sector tenants

08 June, 2017

The majority of owners in the UK are happy with their home with those aged over 55 the happiest, but tenants are not so pleased with where they live

George Osborne's stamp duty hike on buy-to-let and second homes has seen property sales drop by a fifth

08 June, 2017

Land Registry data reveals the tax rises have 'shattered' the housing market

Axe the tenant tax?

08 June, 2017

Recent tax changes for private landlords work against improving energy efficiency in rented accommodation

UK house prices rise for first time in five months

08 June, 2017

Shortage of properties on market inflates prices as buyers shrug off uncertainty over general election and Brexit

London Living Rent

07 June, 2017

A 'London Living Rent' is being rolled out to improve rental affordability within the capital

Encouraging signs for PRS schemes in Scotland

07 June, 2017

With increasing populations comes increasing demand for infrastructure, services and housing

HomeLet Rental Index

06 June, 2017

The average rental value in the UK (£901) has reduced by 0.3% compared to the same period last year (£904)

Landlord Survey - 2017

06 June, 2017

Survey of the UK's landlords provides key insights into the UK's private rented sector

Tenant survey - 2017

06 June, 2017

Survey of the UK's tenants provides key insights into the UK's private rented sector urvey

Labour publishes housing mini-manifesto

06 June, 2017

Labour has published a mini-manifesto setting out more detail on its housing policies ahead of Thursday's election

Agents breaking letting fees ban 'should receive robust fines'

06 June, 2017

Larger agents flouting the ban on letting agent fees should receive £30,000 fines to ensure greater levels of compliance with the new laws

Fees Ban - Regional letting agents propose radical alternative levy

05 June, 2017

A group of letting agencies in Yorkshire have proposed to the government a radical alternative to the proposed fees ban

Don't let UK profiteering landlords set generations against one another

05 June, 2017

Today's housing market is rigged by landlords, for landlords. We need to build strong alliances to fight back, regardless of age or income

Rent controls part of Labour's New Deal on Housing

05 June, 2017

Rent caps form part of Labour's new housing plan

Manchester still a hotspot for buy-to-let

05 June, 2017

Average yields in the city were found to total nearly 9%

Tory peer calls for new Government to ditch ill-conceived tax hikes on PRS

05 June, 2017

A Tory peer has attacked current Conservative policy on the private rented sector and called for a new government to ditch 'ill-conceived tax hikes on private rented homes which are stifling investment

New report forecasts challenging times for buy to let in the UK

02 June, 2017

The buy to let market in the UK will continue to provide good investment opportunities looking ahead but there are challenges

Does landlord accreditation really raise standards?

02 June, 2017

Councils and housing groups like to push the idea of landlord accreditation as a way to raise standards in private rented homes - but does the idea really work?

Letting agents found charging tenants more than £800 in fees

01 June, 2017

Despite likely fees ban, agents seek £404 on average from new tenants and £117 for tenancy renewals, finds Generation Rent

Time is running out for landlords to become energy efficient

01 June, 2017

It is now less than a year until regulations surrounding the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) are set to change

Aberdeen event aims to soften looming tax blow for private sector landlords

01 June, 2017

Private housing landlords are facing a huge increase in tax in the biggest shake-up of Scotland's letting industry in 30 years

Havering Announce Plans For £1180 Landlord Licence

01 June, 2017

After an informal consultation earlier this year, the London Borough of Havering has taken the decision to start a consultation on two additional licensing proposals

Sudden spike in the use of letting agents

31 May, 2017

Six in 10 landlords say they currently use a letting agent to manage their properties - a rise so far of 7% on last year

British buy to let landlords face 13% rise on average in tax profit

31 May, 2017

Buy to let landlords in the UK could see an average 13% increase in their taxable profit due to the reduction in mortgage relief and other change which will have a substantial effect on their profits

London rents keep falling on election jitters

31 May, 2017

Rents in London have dropped for a fifth successive month amid political uncertainty

Election 2017: what do the manifestos say about housing?

31 May, 2017

Although Brexit was the driving force behind the Prime Minister's decision to call an early election, it has provided an opportunity to draw attention to the serious housing issues we're facing

Newport landlord fined in first Rent Smart case

31 May, 2017

A property owner from Newport has become the first to be prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding private landlords in Wales must be licensed

Scotland Buy-to-let index

31 May, 2017

Lack of supply drives price rises in Edinburgh

Private Rented Sector Report

30 May, 2017

Supply of rental properties in London drops by a third while rest of market plateaus

Average tenancy deposits stay 'just below' £1,000

30 May, 2017

The Deposit Protection Service releases figures for the first quarter of 2017

Student housing tempts wealthy investors

30 May, 2017

Demand for investment grows despite worries that Brexit might cut number of high-spending foreign students coming to UK

Low-paid must cover rent by working equivalent of morning per day, says Shelter

30 May, 2017

Low-paid workers are slogging for the equivalent of a morning per day just to cover the cost of their rent

Major UK landlord scraps rental deposits

26 May, 2017

Get Living to abolish deposit-taking and return security deposits to its 3,000 residents

Private rented sector REIT raises £250m in 'oversubscribed' fundraising

26 May, 2017

The UK's first real estate investment trust dedicated to the private rented sector has raised £250m in an "oversubscribed" fundraising

The RLA's Manifesto: A fairer approach to Welfare Reform

26 May, 2017

There are a growing number of tenants in receipt of benefits now living in the PRS

The snap Election at a glance - what does it mean for the housing industry?

25 May, 2017

When it comes to the Snap Election, distinguishing the political jargon from the facts can be a tricky task

Landlords call for help as tenants can go almost a year without having to pay rent due to lengthy eviction process

25 May, 2017

Strict laws about evicting a tenant means it can months for a landlord to repossess a property

Landlords with lets in Wales who don't live there must still register under new law

24 May, 2017

Landlords in the UK are being reminded that new legislation means that if they own a letting property in Wales they are breaking the law if they are not registered

Record 60% of Britons in poverty are in working families

23 May, 2017

In-work poverty disproportionately concentrated in households in private rented housing as rising living costs bite

Renters could swing the election in 93 seats

23 May, 2017

Private renters could cast the deciding vote in one in seven constituencies

'Tenant' slept in HMO boiler cupboard

23 May, 2017

Landlord convicted and fined over 'worst case' overcrowding

What are the characteristics of a good landlord?

22 May, 2017

Over two thirds of landlords surveyed said they have a good relationship with their tenants, while 33% believe they are good friends

Single property landlords say they will be pushed into higher income tax bracket by new taxation rules

22 May, 2017

16% of landlords with a single property believe new taxation rules for buy to let will push them into a higher income tax bracket

Government plans to extend 'right to rent' documents checks face legal challenge

19 May, 2017

John Perry says the impact of the 'right to rent' scheme needs an urgent review ahead of its planned roll-out across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

One house landlords fear tax changes

19 May, 2017

Landlords with one house are feeling the squeeze

Letting agent fees ban now promised in all three of the major manifestos

19 May, 2017

The Conservatives have pledged to bring in the ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants

ARLA Propertymark backs holding deposits to stop 'time-wasting tenants'

19 May, 2017

A holding deposit capped at two weeks' rent would help ease the burden on agents of tenants shopping around for multiple properties

Renting a home is cheaper than buying in 54% of British cities

19 May, 2017

To own a home in London costs nearly double the amount it would cost to rent, but in Glasgow it's more cost-effective to buy

All landlords need to know about the Conservative Manifesto

19 May, 2017

Unlike in 2015, this one actually references the PRS several times

Election 2017: What the manifestos have to say on housing policy

19 May, 2017

Home ownership in England is at its lowest since the 1980s, with soaring deposits and house prices leaving many unable to get a foot on the property ladder

Conservatives must reform tax to help landlords

18 May, 2017

The Conservatives must reform tax to support landlords if they want to hit housing targets

Nightmare Tenants programme to show agent shutting eviction specialist in his office

18 May, 2017

Thursday evening's Channel Five's Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords is due to show a letting agent shutting eviction expert Paul Shamplina in his office

Liberal Democrats support cap on tenancy deposits

18 May, 2017

A Liberal Democrat Government would press ahead with the tenant fee ban but would go even further with a cap on upfront deposits

Buy-to-let valuations severely down in aftermath of mortgage tax changes

18 May, 2017

Buy-to-let valuations have fallen in the aftermath of the mortgage interest relief changes, while first-time buyer instructions continue to sustain the market

Landlord Fergus Wilson facing legal action

18 May, 2017

A buy-to-let tycoon who banned Indian and Pakistani tenants from renting his homes "because of the curry smell" is facing legal action

Up to £32,500 available to private sector landlords in Scotland

17 May, 2017

Private rented sector landlords and homeowners can now apply for an interest free green home loan up to £32,500 as part of plans to increase the energy efficiency of under-performing homes

Are private rents in England going up or down?

17 May, 2017

Some newspapers have got very excited recently about reports that private rents in England are dropping

New tenants' passport service goes into beta mode ahead of fees ban

17 May, 2017

An innovative new tenants' passport service has launched in beta mode, a few months before it is due to go fully live

Labour manifesto pledges lettings fee ban and rent caps

17 May, 2017

A Labour government would still implement a tenant fee ban and has vowed to give tenants more consumer rights to deal with "sub standard" homes

Labour Manifesto 2017 - What's in it for landlords?

16 May, 2017

Below is a summary of key pledges which would impact upon landlords and the private rented sector

Government threatened with legal action over immigration checks

16 May, 2017

Campaign group presses home secretary to order full evaluation of 'right to rent' immigration status checks by landlords

General election 2017: The case for living rent homes

16 May, 2017

There is consensus across all parties that England's housing market is broken

Tenant Survey 2017

15 May, 2017

The UK Private Rented Sector continues to grow with estimates that by 2025 over a quarter of all households will privately rent

Tenant happiness on the rise as more opt to rent long-term

15 May, 2017

A study of over 3,000 tenants has found that an increasing number of renters are 'very happy' with their living situation

"Massive opportunity" for buy-to-let brokers

15 May, 2017

Brokers have a "massive opportunity" from the many recent changes that have affected the buy-to-let market

Cost cutting by UK landlords to affect the wider property industry

15 May, 2017

As their tax burden increases, over a third of landlords in the UK are looking to cut their annual spending, a move that is described as being a blow to the wider industry

Agent scraps all tenant fees - and launches 0% management offer to woo new landlords

15 May, 2017

A letting agent has removed all admin fees for tenants and scrapped renewal charges, while simultaneously launching a 0% management fee offer for new landlords

New blow for buy-to-let landlords as mortgage rates rise

12 May, 2017

Landlords already hit by punitive stamp duty and new restrictions on mortgage interest tax relief are now facing rising borrowing costs

Shelter's general election call: help for the growing army of hard pressed private renters

12 May, 2017

Today Shelter has launched our campaign calling on the new government to deliver 500,000 homes in the next Parliament at 'living rents'

Landlords 'will drop letting agents as costs rise'

12 May, 2017

Letting agent fees are the second biggest cost for buy-to-let landlords and could rise further if tenant charges are banned

The end of tenancy deposits? New insurance app claims to have a solution

12 May, 2017

A UK startup which claims to have the solution to the contentious issue of tenancy deposits has introduced the concept of tenants' passports

One in three 'rent-burdened Brits' borrow to cover home costs

12 May, 2017

One in three low-earning tenants in Britain has had to borrow money to cover rent

Dropping UK house prices won't dent our confidence in buy-to-let

11 May, 2017

As property prices drop for the first time in years, why are we still in love with property?

Government warned that lettings fee ban may lead to time-wasting tenants

11 May, 2017

Landlords and agents are urging the Government to ensure the lettings fee ban doesn't unnecessarily increase workloads

Landlords in England and Wales urged to check energy ratings ahead of 2018 change

11 May, 2017

Landlords in England and Wales are being reminded than in just under a year it will be illegal to rent a property in the private rented sector that does not meet a minimum energy rating

Many of the 1,000 richest people in Britain are property moguls - paid for by the rest of us

10 May, 2017

A dysfunctional British housing market, propped up by housing benefit and public investment, is making a few people very, very rich

Slum landlords are a target, say enforcement teams

10 May, 2017

Enforcement against slum landlords is vital to improve housing, health professionals have warned

Tenants facing 'extortionate' fees to rent home from high street agents

10 May, 2017

High street letting agents were today accused of being behind some of the most "extortionate" fees demanded from renters

Outspoken critic of Shelter says charity should change its name and stop hounding landlords

10 May, 2017

A landlord who has previously criticised Shelter says she appears to have been banned from its Facebook page

Legal firm launches new service to support landlords

09 May, 2017

Statistics show an average of 43 weeks for a landlord to regain possession of a property through the courts - and court fees topping £2,000

Shelter not letting up on pressure to make sure 'fees ban goes through'

09 May, 2017

Shelter is keeping up the pressure on the Government - whichever it may be - to ban letting agent fees

Help us face down lethal landlords

09 May, 2017

An East London council has urged Whitehall chiefs to strengthen powers to tackle rogue landlords

Should landlords fear a Conservative landslide?

08 May, 2017

After last week's local elections, everyone is working on the assumption that the Prime Minister Theresa May and the Conservatives are on the way to a massive win

London rents fall for first time since 2009 amid post-Brexit vote slowdown

08 May, 2017

Year-on-year fall of 1.2% is good news for tenants looking to move or negotiate with landlords as recent new-build property comes onto rental market

Private Rented Sector Report

08 May, 2017

A quarter of letting agents saw landlords increasing rents in March

Buy to Let index - April 2017

08 May, 2017

April 2017 - March sees booming rental market in the East of England

Tenants - second class citizens of the property world?

05 May, 2017

The rental market has been given a roasting in recent months

Buy to let cools as tax and borrowing curbs slow market

05 May, 2017

The great buy to let boom may be over as measures to cool the market begin to bite

Liberal Democrats back more Build To Rent and more online

05 May, 2017

A Liberal Democrat spokesman has used a lettings sector trade body website to outline his party's support for a range of private rental initiatives

Fife landlord given first disqualification order

04 May, 2017

A disqualification order against a Fife private landlord has been granted - the first to be agreed by a Scottish court

Fair Fees Forum calls for compulsory registration of all letting agents

04 May, 2017

Concerns have been voiced that as a result of the fees ban, more landlords will decide to self-manage when they have limited experience and knowledge

Buy-to-let mortgage providers discourage landlords from renting to people on housing benefit

04 May, 2017

Buy-to-let landlords are being barred by their mortgage providers from renting property to tenants receiving housing benefit

It Is Time For Rent Controls To Help The Most Deprived Coastal Communities

03 May, 2017

Sometimes markets go wrong. They break. They are dysfunctional or erratic

Tenant Evictions; 9 Months, £2,000 Eviction Fees and No End in Sight

03 May, 2017

Landlords are left in the lurch as the cost of legally evicting non-paying tenants costs nearly £2000 in court eviction fees, and takes at least half a year to remove the tenant

Buy-to-let market's "stellar" performance means higher rents for Scottish tenants

03 May, 2017

Tenants will doubtless be less than jubilant, but Scotland's rental market had a "stellar" performance in March

The fight goes on: Tenant referencing MUST be exempt from letting fees ban, plea

03 May, 2017

ARLA Propertymark is calling for referencing to be exempt from the letting agents' fees ban

Could letting agents' fee ban stop tenants being able to complain to Ombudsman?

02 May, 2017

The impending ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants could severely limit the ability of renters to complain to redress schemes about agents

Labour pledges 'tougher' standards for rented houses

02 May, 2017

Labour has promised a "consumer rights revolution" for renters in England if it wins the general election, with the introduction of new legal standards for rented homes

Landlord expansion plans at all-time low

02 May, 2017

The number of landlords looking to expand their portfolio has dropped to an all-time low as demand from tenants continues to shrink

Renters on housing benefit barred from buy-to-let homes

02 May, 2017

Banks are pushing families to the brink of homelessness by banning buy-to-let landlords from renting to people on housing benefit

Renters 'at risk' over TV licence fee

02 May, 2017

Risk to renters raised in Commons committee report critical of current TV licence collection and enforcement contract

Innovative scheme recruits letting agents to help renters

02 May, 2017

Private renters who are struggling with money worries, health or other tenancy sustainment issues are to be given greater access to advice and support

Landlords call out council over unfair waste disposal charges

28 April, 2017

Bournemouth Council's plans to charge privately rented households for waste disposal have been criticised by the NLA for being unfair to tenants

Landlords' Barometer - #48: So, what is the biggest threat to landlords?

28 April, 2017

Welcome to another edition of the "Landlords Barometer" - trending topics and issues for landlords

London rents fall sharply as monthly bill drops across UK

28 April, 2017

Lettings agents say new tenants in capital are paying £100 per month less than a year ago, with demand from tenants falling, possibly because of Brexit vote

HomeLet Rental Index - March 2017

28 April, 2017

Average rents in the UK continue to see a slower rate of rental growth compared to last year

Is it still possible to make money as a landlord?

27 April, 2017

Since the twin onslaughts of George Osborne's Section 24 tax raid and the wholly unfounded negative hype surrounding Brexit, the talk has all been about woe is me

Landlord fined £57,000 over 'deathtrap' unlicensed HMO

27 April, 2017

Court told a medical condition meant landlord could not manage the property properly

Rising number of landlords leaving Buy to Let

26 April, 2017

Rise in the number of BTL landlords selling up - but the number of tenants negotiating rent reductions rose also

London to 'name and shame' criminal landlords

26 April, 2017

Sadiq Khan sets out partnership with the capital's councils to crackdown on rogue landlords and letting agents

Call for new housing court for landlords and tenants

26 April, 2017

Court is one of six policy suggestions pitched in Residential Landlords Association election manifesto

Suspend or extend: Agents back request over letting fees consultation

26 April, 2017

A number of influential agents have backed an official request by ARLA Propertymark asking the Government to suspend or extend the consultation on the fees ban

Tenants locking in lower rents ahead of lettings fees ban

26 April, 2017

Letting agents have reported an increasing number of landlords selling their buy-to-let properties during March

One in four renters try not to pay for buy to let damage

25 April, 2017

Buy to let tenants would rather pay a professional to repair damage to their rented home or keep quiet and hope the landlord does not ask them for any money

Lawyer fined £10,000 over letting out unlicensed HMO

25 April, 2017

The owner of a property has been fined for failing to license the property and building an illegal extension at the rear

Buy-to-let slump puts first-time buyers in the driver's seat

24 April, 2017

Buy-to-let landlords are finally in retreat in the housing market

What does the election mean for the PRS?

24 April, 2017

If you have been on a desert island over the last few days you may not be aware that a UK general election has been called for 8 June

Upper Tribunal rules in Council's favour on use of planning status in property licence decisions

24 April, 2017

An Upper Tribunal hearing has ruled that Waltham Forest Council can consider the planning status of a property when determining an application for a Private Rented Property Licence

Consultation on letting fees ban in disarray after election called

21 April, 2017

The consultation on the ban on letting agent fees has been thrown into disarray by the snap General Election

Landlord with 'connection to estate agency' ordered to pay £235,000 after raid

21 April, 2017

A landlord has been ordered to pay £235,000 after letting four flats in "filthy conditions", inside an illegal extension

Regulation of the private rented sector in England using lessons from Ireland

21 April, 2017

This study compares the effectiveness of different forms of private rented sector regulation in Ireland with existing approaches in England

Landlords offered refugee deal

20 April, 2017

Renovations, new furnishings and appliances, and guaranteed rent for up to five years to secure homes for Syrian families

'Accidental landlords' sitting on a near £1m property goldmine

19 April, 2017

And new research reveals many such landlords don't know how much potential profit they're sitting on

Over 60 fines handed out in first eight months of Right to Rent - and just 31 people deported in almost two years

19 April, 2017

Financial penalties totalling £37,000 were handed out in the first eight months of the Right to Rent scheme's roll-out across England

Campaign to encourage landlords to ensure repairs meet required standards

19 April, 2017

Scotland's largest landlord membership organisation has urged landlords across the country to ensure all repairs or upgrades meet required standards

ARLA Propertymark comes out fighting against letting fees ban

18 April, 2017

ARLA Propertymark has swung into full campaign mode on the letting fees ban, sending out a 'battle kit' to all its members

Dozens of landlords fined after roll-out of new Right to Rent immigration checks

18 April, 2017

Dozens of landlords have been fined under a crackdown on illegal immigration

Record 20% of homes rented this year owned by company landlords

18 April, 2017

One in five homes let this year is owned by a company landlord, marking a record high for a rental index

Private Rented Sector in Northern Ireland - Proposals for Change

18 April, 2017

Response from ARLA Propertymark

Buy-to-let investors targeting smaller, cheaper properties

13 April, 2017

The opening quarter of the year saw a shift in the buy-to-let market, from remortgaging to purchasing

UK Residential Market Survey

13 April, 2017

The UK Residential Market Survey is used by the Government, the Bank of England and other key institutions, including the IMF, as an indicator of current and future conditions in UK residential sales and lettings

Three tricks to escape the buy-to-let clampdown: Tax hikes mean many investors will be thousands of pounds worse off

12 April, 2017

In the past, landlords could deduct all their mortgage interest from rental income before working out their tax bill

Taking steps towards electrical safety in the private rented sector

12 April, 2017

Trade association NAPIT has produced safety record documentation to help inspectors and customers improve electrical safety in the private rented sector

Reputation of good landlords being tarnished by the bad

12 April, 2017

Local councils have called on the Government to close a legal loophole permitting landlords to covert properties into multi-units that are marketed as self-contained flats

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Mar 2017

11 April, 2017

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Letting agent fees consultation commits to wide ranging ban

11 April, 2017

The ban on letting fees for tenants has moved a step closer with publication of the government's consultation on how the ban will operate

Why agents should not attempt to circumvent the fees ban

11 April, 2017

I've been touring the City the last few days and investors keep asking me, what will be the impact of a tenant fee ban?

Renting in London: rents in the capital continue to fall thanks to a greater choice of homes available for London tenants

10 April, 2017

London rents have dropped 4.2 per cent in a year, but prices are on the rise in cheaper areas

Government could curb deposits as well as impose outright ban on tenant fees

10 April, 2017

The Government has received widespread criticism following the long-awaited release of its consultation paper on banning tenant fees

Stamp duty rise hits rental growth

10 April, 2017

The pace of UK rental growth has more than halved since the introduction of an additional 3% stamp duty on second homes

Oxford academics: 'House prices can keep rising only if the Government backs mass buy-to-let'

10 April, 2017

Every so often a social statistic is released that confirms that something extraordinary has occurred, something so strange that it cannot continue

Energy efficiency regulation a 'Golden Opportunity'

10 April, 2017

Scottish Government launches consultation into the establishment of minimum energy efficiency standards for those living in privately rented homes

Council ramps up action against rogue landlords

07 April, 2017

An enforcement team with an already strong record of action has the go-ahead to get tougher

Consultation on improving energy efficiency and condition standards in Scotland's PRS

07 April, 2017

New proposals to ensure all privately rented homes in Scotland meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency have been published today for consultation

Enforcement of letting agents a 'postcode lottery' and a 'shambles'

07 April, 2017

Enforcement of letting agents in London has been branded a shambles

Rental properties taking 10% longer to let due to 'Stamp Duty overhang'

07 April, 2017

Rents have grown by their slowest rate since the end of 2014 buoyed by a 12% jump in buy-to-let properties coming to market

Government set out plans to ban letting agent fees

07 April, 2017

New measures to ban letting agent fees and encourage greater competition in the rental sector have been set out by the government

Landlords 'heading for the exit' as mortgage interest relief restrictions begin

06 April, 2017

Tenants are set to face anything from a lack of access to rental properties to increasing rents from today as mortgage interest relief gets rolled back from today

New legal crackdown on letting agents and landlords comes into force

06 April, 2017

While there has been much focus on the so-called 'tenant tax', agents are warned that new legislation coming into force today has been largely overlooked despite its potential significance

Tax rises and tougher regulation kick in for private rented sector

06 April, 2017

Critics claim new measures now active will raise rents and stifle investment in much-needed PRS accommodation

The disastrous new tax on buy to let landlords is really a tax on tenants

06 April, 2017

80 per cent of landlords own only one property, perhaps relying on their property for an income in retirement

Tougher measures to target rogue landlords

06 April, 2017

New rules will help crackdown on rogue landlords that flout the rules and improve safety and affordability for renters

Increased taxes for landlords over the last 12 months

05 April, 2017

David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on the increased taxes landlords have incurred over the last 12 months

Is buy-to-let becoming less attractive?

04 April, 2017

It is no doubt that the past year has been extremely challenging for buy-to-let landlords

Tax reform will 'put many agents out of business'

04 April, 2017

The rolling back of mortgage interest relief is just days away but campaigners are still having a stab at raising the unfairness of the changes dubbed the tenant tax

Housing lawyer calls for total rethink of 'unfair' private rented sector

04 April, 2017

Housing lawyer Tessa Shepperson has called for a total rethink of the way the private rented sector operates

Private rented sector in Northern Ireland - Proposals for change

04 April, 2017

CIH Northern Ireland supports the proposal to gauge the appetite of institutional investors and particularly the conditions required for investment

Right to Rent rules: if a tenant's UK visa expires, will landlords be prosecuted?

03 April, 2017

Landlords needn't worry about Right to Rent checks, so long as their tenants have the right to live in the UK at the start of the tenancy

How to finance a buy-to-let project

03 April, 2017

Many people like the idea of a buying a property, letting it out and watching the cash come in but sadly it's not as simple as many would like you to believe

Northern university cities dominate student Buy to Let investment yields

03 April, 2017

Research reveals half of the top 20 best Buy to Let university towns are in the north of England

Tax changes put more pressure on buy-to-let landlords

03 April, 2017

On 6 April, buy-to-let landlords will begin to feel the direct effects of the next tightening of taxation of the sector

Gifted deposits on the rise amid buy-to-let slowdown

03 April, 2017

Buy-to-let investment has halved in the first 12 months since the additional Stamp Duty surcharge was introduced, but it's not career landlords being affected

Mortgage tax relief cut doesn't add up for buy-to-let landlords

03 April, 2017

Tenants are being turfed out as tax changes beginning in April make it increasingly hard for owners to profit

Nowhere left to go: five million low-income workers priced out of renting and buying

31 March, 2017

Carers, teaching assistants and nursery nurses are just some of the low-income workers overburdened by private rents

Brexit and Beyond

30 March, 2017

Making a success of EU exit in housing

Court orders agent who stole £221,000 from landlords and tenants to repay just £50

30 March, 2017

A Proceeds of Crime case has resulted in the recovery of just £50 out of £221,000 stolen from members of the public by a crooked letting agent

Some more renting good news!

30 March, 2017

In another step forwards in increasing rights for tenants the Government announced that it will use its powers to make Client Money Protect mandatory for all letting and managing agents

Change afoot for homeless families on Universal Credit?

30 March, 2017

Paying housing costs through Universal Credit is causing problems for tenants, landlords and local councils alike

Lettings fee ban risks 'up to 16,000 agency jobs'

29 March, 2017

The tenant fees ban will hit loyal renters the hardest, while between 4,000 and 16,000 letting agent jobs could be at risk

Fee ban costs 'loyal' PRS tenants

29 March, 2017

The Government's proposed ban on letting agent fees could cost tenants who stay in properties the longest hundreds of pounds

New Rugg to cover private rented sector

29 March, 2017

Confirmation of an updated independent review of the sector follows Propertymark conference

Buy to Let index - March 2017

29 March, 2017

March 2017 - East and South East rents rise as demand outside London rockets

Agents throwing in the towel because of financial difficulties and other worries

29 March, 2017

Agents are quitting the industry because of the state of their own finances and amid concerns over the future

Show your fees! Campaign to get letting agents to obey law steps into second phase

28 March, 2017

Almost 180 letting agents in parts of Berkshire and Hampshire are now being targeted in a campaign to find out if they are displaying fees correctly

Letting agents urged to help stop tenant fees ban confusion

28 March, 2017

The private rental sector will suffer if the industry doesn't work together to end confusion around the tenant fees ban, Endsleigh has warned

Client Money Protection set to become compulsory

28 March, 2017

Compulsory Client Money Protection schemes are set to be introduced for agents under recommendations from a government working group

Hard Brexit could hit rented sector: Chartered Institute of Housing

28 March, 2017

A 'hard' Brexit would disproportionately hit the UK private rented sector if immigration volumes from the rest of the European Union fell

Letting the market down?

28 March, 2017

Assessing the economic impacts of the proposed ban on letting agents fees

Why private renters in England worry about losing their home

28 March, 2017

In England, a shocking three in ten private renters worried about losing their home in the last year

What Would Help Older Private Tenants?

27 March, 2017

We're just over halfway through Age UK London's project to raise awareness and find solutions for older private tenants in London

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Feb 2017

27 March, 2017

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Proportion of private rented homes to fall as landlord property sales are set to outstrip purchases

24 March, 2017

The private rented sector could be set to contract in size as property sales by existing landlords are predicted to outstrip purchases by the end of the year

The future is private

24 March, 2017

The current level of grant funding in Scotland is a fantastic opportunity for housing associations to drive up the delivery of new affordable homes

Total mortgage lending in UK still affected by weakness in buy to let

24 March, 2017

Gross mortgage lending in the UK reached £18.2 billion in February, down 8% on January's lending total of £19.8 billion but not far from the £18.1 billion lent in February last year

Tenants would pay an extra £200 a month on rent for perfect flatmate

24 March, 2017

What is the price of the perfect tenant? According to other renters it can be up to an extra £200 on top of the current rent

Rogue landlords round-up

23 March, 2017

Cases from Glasgow and Worcester lead to banning orders and fines

Want to reduce homelessness? We need longer tenancies

23 March, 2017

With the passing of Bob Blackman's Homelessness Reduction Bill, there is a renewed emphasis on preventing homelessness

Agents and landlords set to be given new responsibilities for policing immigration post-Brexit

23 March, 2017

The private rented sector will take on much of the 'heavy lifting' in terms of immigration control after Brexit

Councils warn housing shortfall and benefit cuts fuel rising homelessness

22 March, 2017

Report calls on the government to invest in schemes that support people into the private rented sector such as a national rent deposit guarantee

Renters in far worse financial health than home owners

22 March, 2017

Private renters go on fewer holidays, save less money and are more likely to make forced cutbacks than those with a mortgage

How clean is clean? How to avoid a filthy problem at the end of a tenancy

22 March, 2017

Our figures on disputes tell us that cleaning is the most common issue that will cause a dispute to arise. Although less than 1% of tenancies end in dispute, of these, cleaning is mentioned in 57%

Four rogue landlords in Govanhill barred from renting properties

21 March, 2017

Four landlords from Govanhill in Glasgow have been barred from the Scottish Landlord Register

Buy-to-Let Watch: BTL is not the only fruit

21 March, 2017

Listening to the Budget earlier this month I found myself feeling something I had never expected to feel: actual frustration that housing was not being given a mention

UK rental growth slowest in four years

21 March, 2017

The pace of UK rental growth has slowed to its lowest level since 2013 as the government begins to shift its stance away from homeownership

We need to talk about the private rented sector

21 March, 2017

In the last 10 years we have seen rapid growth in the private rented sector

Letting Agent Plus: helping letting agents support private tenants to sustain their tenancies

21 March, 2017

With 14% of all households in Scotland now calling the private rented sector home compared with just 5% back in 1999, more people than ever are looking to the private rented sector for long-term housing solutions

Tax change is biggest issue for UK buy to let landlords

21 March, 2017

Tax change is the biggest issue for buy to let landlords in the UK with many having concerns about how they will manage their business with the changes to mortgage relief finance

CMA says it cannot review letting agent fees because of 'insufficient time before ban'

21 March, 2017

The Competition and Markets Authority has rejected calls for a review of the lettings industry market, including the fees charged by agents, saying there is no time

The state of the UK rental market

20 March, 2017

Rents across the UK continued to grow in 2016, rising by 1.12% between January and November, but the pace of growth slowed to half the 2.34% seen over the same period in 2015

Landlords stand by agents following tenant fees ban

20 March, 2017

The majority of landlords who use a letting agent will continue to do so even if they see their premiums rise following a ban on tenant fees

Ban on letting fees to cost single-office business £85,000 a year

20 March, 2017

A ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants will result in a loss of income of £85,000 for a single-office business and over £850,000 for a multi-branch network

Agents beware - failure to show letting fees is resulting in penalties being issued all over country

20 March, 2017

The obligation to display your letting agency fees on your website and within branches has been a requirement for almost two years now, through section 83 of the Consumer Rights Act in 2015

Buy-to-let bonds could be hit by falling rents in London and the south east

17 March, 2017

Falling rents in London and the south east could hurt buy-to-let bonds

Rogue landlord fitted with electronic tag after 'unforgivable' campaign of harassment against single mum

17 March, 2017

A landlord has been fitted with an electronic tag after a "campaign of harassment" against a tenant that including switching off her heating and electricity in the middle of winter

Landlords' Barometer - #47: 'Buy-to-let is dead'?

17 March, 2017

Welcome to my first Landlords' Barometer following the Spring Budget 2017. Here is some of our latest content from what is the UK's busiest landlord community

Proposals for regulations and policy supporting the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016

17 March, 2017

Analysis of responses to the public consultation exercise

New crackdown on rogue agents and landlords set to come in - with £30,000 penalties

16 March, 2017

A new crackdown on rogue agents and landlords will come into force within weeks

Crooked letting agent jailed for 19 months after fleecing would-be tenants

16 March, 2017

A crooked agent who kept over £15,000 in holding deposits has been jailed for 19 months and banned from being a company director for five years

Future proofing housing supply

15 March, 2017

A report from the housing forum working group on new solutions to boost housing supply

The cost of landlord licensing

15 March, 2017

Almost one in five local authorities in England have at least one discretionary licensing scheme - but at what cost?

MPs must now debate calls for rent payments to be used for mortgage affordability

15 March, 2017

MPs are to debate a petition calling for rental payments to be deemed as enough proof that a borrower can afford a mortgage

Civil penalties date for landlords

15 March, 2017

Landlords can be issued with civil penalty notices for housing breaches as of April 6th the government has now confirmed

Within eight years, as many private tenants as home owners in London

14 March, 2017

Private renting in London is predicted to catch up with owner-occupation by 2025

Crime In The Private & Social Housing Sectors

14 March, 2017

Paul Shamplina from Landlord Action, Stephen Gabriel of Sandwell Borough Council & Katrina Robinson join Richard Blanco to explain the nature of crime in the private and social housing sectors

Lettings administrator who stole over £14,000 in deposits is spared jail

13 March, 2017

A lettings administrator who stole over £14,000 in tenants' deposits has escaped jail

Abolition of the right to buy and associated rights (Wales) bill

13 March, 2017

The Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill will end all variations of the Right to Buy and the Right to Acquire

Brexit to have minimal impact on buy-to-let market

13 March, 2017

As the government prepares to invoke Article 50 to leave the EU, very few experts forecast that Brexit will have an adverse affect on the buy-to-let market

Landlords slam Chancellor's 'undermining' of efforts to solve Scotland's housing crisis

13 March, 2017

Scotland's largest membership organisation for landlords has strongly criticised Hammond for not reversing tax changes which will result in a reduced supply of affordable housing in Scotland

Buy to Let index - February 2017

13 March, 2017

Rental market has strong start to 2017

Budget 2017 is a big disappointment for landlords

10 March, 2017

Chancellor Phillip Hammond's Budget 2017 was his last chance to offer a financial olive branch to landlords braced to pay more tax when they lose mortgage interest relief in April

Selective licensing in Newham: a local scheme of national significance

10 March, 2017

When Newham Council introduced the first borough-wide licensing scheme in 2013, it looked like a novel way to improve their booming private rented sector

How private landlords' tax bills will rocket after 'unjust legislation'

10 March, 2017

There will be an enormous leap in tax bills for private landlords when tax reforms kick into place

The sector in stats

10 March, 2017

The UK Housing Review, published by the Chartered Institute of Housing this week, consists of more than 200 charts and tables

Hammond is hoping nobody notices benefits freeze

09 March, 2017

The real significance of the Budget was the decision not to ease the effects of the government's benefits freeze

Tax reforms harming access to rented housing for 'vulnerable tenants'

09 March, 2017

Vulnerable tenants are finding it harder to access rented housing because of tax changes being introduced by the Government

Rent a room allowance review hidden in budget small print

09 March, 2017

The government will review the way rent a room relief operates - in what appears to be a bid to tackle the rise of short term lettings

Rental growth expectations strengthen further

09 March, 2017

Lack of landlord instructions drives rental growth expectations higher

The government is 'wiping out the buy-to-let economy'

09 March, 2017

Philip Hammond's failure to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne's deeply unpopular tax reforms will have far-reaching implications for the buy-to-let industry

What does the Budget mean for buy-to-let landlords?

09 March, 2017

This Budget was mooted as the last chance for the Chancellor to reverse changes to tax relief for landlords which is set to be cut next month

NLA Budget response: No news still bad news for landlords

08 March, 2017

We're pleased the Government has listened to our calls to delay the implementation of the Making Tax Digital programme

Scotland's tidiest and most green-fingered renters revealed

08 March, 2017

One in four private tenants has deductions taken from their deposit when they leave the property but almost all successfully claim the cash back

A state of disrepair

08 March, 2017

Housing is the largest outgoing most people will have in their lifetime

Bracing for Impact: How aware are buy-to-let landlords of changes?

07 March, 2017

Recent YouGov Reports survey data suggests that mortgaged buy-to-let landlords are fairly well informed of new tax and regulatory measures

Government guidance on complying with 2018 energy regulations

07 March, 2017

Guidance for landlords and enforcement authorities on the minimum level of energy efficiency required to let non-domestic property under the Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015

Redress scheme left us 'high and dry' after expulsion of rogue agent

07 March, 2017

Landlords and tenants who say they have been defrauded by a rogue letting agent have hit out at one of the government-authorised redress schemes

Housing benefit cuts 'put young people at risk of homelessness'

07 March, 2017

Tenants aged 18 to 21 face exclusion from private rental market if stripped of benefit entitlement

Budget 2017: Will the Chancellor have a trick up his sleeve for buy-to-let?

07 March, 2017

On 8th March, Philip Hammond will deliver his first and last Spring Budget before the Autumn Statement becomes the calendar's main fiscal policy event

Over three-quarters of landlords have no plans to expand this year

06 March, 2017

Over three-quarters of landlords have no intention of expanding their property portfolios within the next year, with 10.5% saying they will be selling off properties amid concerns over impending tax changes

Scheme to combat rogue lettings agents under attack

06 March, 2017

Landlords and tenants who have been defrauded by a rogue letting agent say a government-approved scheme set up to protect them is useless

House sellers 'should pay stamp duty'

03 March, 2017

Stamp duty should be a tax on property sellers, rather than buyers, to help those trying to buy their first home

Home ownership in England at a 30-year low

03 March, 2017

English Housing Survey finds private rented sector doubled in size since 2004, with ownership at lowest level since 1985

Letting agents face six months in prison or £50,000 fines if they don't sign up to mandatory register

03 March, 2017

Letting agents in Scotland face criminal sanctions if they do not sign up to a mandatory register, laying down a marker for what could happen in England if licensing were introduced south of the border

Landlord confidence drops as tax cuts approach

03 March, 2017

One of Britain's biggest mortgage lenders has released a snapshot of the buy to let market that reveals landlord confidence is ebbing

PRS: so much more than a roof over your head

02 March, 2017

Significant investment into the UK's Private Rented Sector is seeing new developments provide far more than just a roof over occupants' heads

Private landlord association hits 30,000 members

02 March, 2017

30,000 landlords are now members of the Residential Landlords Association - just 18 months after membership hit the 20,000 mark

Where are UK renters most satisfied?

02 March, 2017

A new survey has revealed whereabouts in the UK renters are most and least satisfied

Tenant fees ban slammed as 'populist policy' that will help no one

01 March, 2017

Only a minority of tenants want longer-term tenancies

Economist warns that Government assault on buy-to-let could result in rents 30% higher

01 March, 2017

House-price linked mortgages could help lenders address the balance of solvency and helping buyers to get on the property ladder

MP slams new scheme aimed at helping slum landlords

01 March, 2017

A new scheme designed to assist landlords with housing repairs in Peterborough has been slammed by a local MP

Chartered Institute of Housing welcomes clarification on registration of letting agents

28 February, 2017

New Scottish Government guidance offers advice on who is and isn't required to registered

The five stages of renting

28 February, 2017

For many renting is the only realistic option

Freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates 'must be scrapped'

28 February, 2017

The freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates must be scrapped to open up the private rented sector to the homeless

Wales already licenses all letting agents, Scotland is about to - so how about it, Mr Hammond!

28 February, 2017

ARLA has called on the Chancellor to introduce licensing of letting agents in England

Landlords urged to hold off from incorporating until after Budget

28 February, 2017

The NLA is urging members to hold off from incorporating in case the Government tries to clamp down on limited companies being formed to mitigate income mortgage interest relief changes

Oxford City Council plans to guarantee private tenants' rent

27 February, 2017

Oxford City Council is planning to guarantee the rent of people at risk of becoming homeless, as it prepares for the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Bill

Buy to Let index - February 2017

27 February, 2017

Rental market has strong start to 2017

Letting agent jailed for over three years after stealing tenants' deposits

27 February, 2017

The boss of a letting agency has been jailed for stealing £140,000 of tenants' deposits

Landlords look to commercial loans to sidestep buy-to-let changes

24 February, 2017

The proportion of landlords intending to take out commercial loans to fund their property purchases has doubled over the last 18 months as they look for ways to avoid the impact of forthcoming changes to landlord taxation

Reports show state of BTL and PRS sectors

23 February, 2017

LendInvest and ARLA release latest survey findings.

Landlords in UK more optimistic and planning to cope with tax change

22 February, 2017

Landlords in the UK are taking action ahead of mortgage relief tax changes due to come into force in April and more are optimistic about the outlook for the private rented sector

Landlord of illegal flats ordered to repay £100,000 in rent - or go to jail

22 February, 2017

A landlord who converted a house into two flats without planning permission has been ordered to pay £108,000 following legal action by a local authority

Short-term lettings industry 'to enforce 90 day limit'

22 February, 2017

Short-term letting sites suggest they will help to enforce 90-day limits, after Tom Copley forces the issue at City Hall

Call for MOT system for rented homes in UK

21 February, 2017

New minimum standards should be introduced for the private rented sector in the UK and landlords should receive tax incentives for signing up to accreditation schemes

Letting agent launches new Airbnb service which passes on financial benefit to landlords

21 February, 2017

A new home-sharing service has launched, allowing tenants to sub-let their homes in Airbnb-style - but passing on some of the financial benefit to the landlord

Third of agents in town fined for failing to show fees - and this was after Trading Standards warning

20 February, 2017

Thirty letting agents across one of Britain's major towns have been fined by the council's Trading Standards department after failing to stick to new transparency guidelines

Landlords' Barometer - #46: Is there still a place for the small private landlord?

20 February, 2017

Welcome to my first Landlords' Barometer following the release of the Housing White Paper

First-time buyers '£860 a year better off' than renters

20 February, 2017

First-time buyers in Scotland are on average about £860 a year better off than those who rent

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics in England and Wales, October to December 2016

20 February, 2017

The number of mortgage possession claims made to county courts has increased

Majority of UK landlords not planning to buy or sell property in next five years

17 February, 2017

The majority of residential landlords in London and elsewhere in the UK do not intend to buy or sell more properties to let in the next five years

Landlord ordered to use letting agent after being handed Criminal Behaviour Order

17 February, 2017

A notorious landlord has been banned from managing her own rental properties, and must instead use an agent

Tenants face Rent Bombshell

17 February, 2017

Tenants face potential rent increases of twenty to thirty per cent as a result of tax rises hitting the private rented sector says a former independent member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee

Insecure private renting leaves families worried and unsettled. Let's fix it

16 February, 2017

Private renting in England is exceptionally insecure

Shelter calls for fees ban to be outright, demanding no loopholes 'for agents to exploit'

16 February, 2017

Lobbying organisation Shelter is calling on the Government make sure that the forthcoming ban on letting agent fees is outright, comprehensive and unequivocal

Landlords baffled by EPC changes and Right to Rent scheme

16 February, 2017

Landlords are unaware of several current and incoming regulations that could affect their portfolio

Characteristics of London landlords

15 February, 2017

Historically, the private rented sector has always played a significant role in London's varied housing landscape

Focus on tenancies

15 February, 2017

The Housing White Paper has been received positively by the Private Rental Market, and it's reassuring to see standards in the rental sector being given the attention it deserves

Government's private rental sector reforms 'self-defeating'

14 February, 2017

Conveyancer trade body criticises approach to boosting private rental supply

Almost half of UK tenants frustrated by landlord issues

14 February, 2017

Poor communication and taking too long to resolve property issues are among the major frustrations reported by private sector tenants in the UK

£1m raided from tenants' deposits by letting agents

14 February, 2017

Letting agents raided more than £1m from tenants' deposit schemes last year

New rents in UK up 2.6% in January, but falling in London

14 February, 2017

New rents in the UK increased by 2.6% in January overall year on year, the fastest rise for the month in two years but continued to fall in London

Standards in the private rented sector 'must improve'

13 February, 2017

Government must do more to protect the millions of people renting in the private sector

Campaigning association calls for buy to let change in March Budget

13 February, 2017

A campaigning landlord organisation is calling for UK Chancellor Philip Hammond to scrap planned changes to taxation for the buy to let sector

Passport Please: The impact of the Right to Rent checks on migrants and ethnic minorities in England

13 February, 2017

The Right to Rent scheme is part of a package of legislative measures adopted in recent years to create a 'hostile environment' for irregular migrants

Increasing number of landlords 'buying property with cash'

13 February, 2017

The proportion of landlords paying in cash for a property reached a ten-year high in January

Right to Rent 'failing on all fronts'

13 February, 2017

A crackdown on 'illegal' immigrants is leading to discrimination against Britons - especially ethnic minorities - in the housing market

How renting can fix the UK's broken housing market

13 February, 2017

How to fix the UK's housing crisis has been the subject of national debate for decades

Does a low rental yield put you in the buy-to-let danger zone?

10 February, 2017

Many buy-to-let investors who bought their properties under old affordability rules may now find that they can't remortgage

The government's assault on buy-to-let landlords is hurting tenants

10 February, 2017

The bill for the government's misguided war on buy-to-let is coming due

Agent claims that Airbnb can be a nice little earner for landlords

10 February, 2017

Landlords could make just over £100 a day using Airbnb at times when they are facing tenant voids

15 renters an hour 'at risk of eviction'

10 February, 2017

In 2016, 53,201 private renting households in England were put at risk of eviction - equivalent to 131,938 renters, which is 15 renters per hour

Letting agent jailed after fleecing vulnerable tenants of holding deposits

09 February, 2017

A letting agent who cheated over 100 tenants and worked other scams has been jailed for 45 months

Revenge eviction law 'not working'

09 February, 2017

A new law designed to help protect people renting homes from rogue landlords isn't working

Barwell: no tenancy length increases for buy-to-let landlords

09 February, 2017

Gavin Barwell made longer private sector tenancies the headline announcement of an offer to renters in the White Paper

Landlords expected to scale-back portfolios

09 February, 2017

The results of the January 2017 RICS UK Residential Market Survey again point to a sales market that is lacking momentum

Are you a landlord, first-time buyer, renter or would-be downsizer? How the Government's Housing White Paper plans will affect you

08 February, 2017

The Government has finally unveiled its plans to fix the 'broken housing market' in a white paper spanning 104 pages

Policy changes welcomed by UK lettings industry but landlords still feel battered

08 February, 2017

New housing policies affecting the private rented sector in the UK have been widely welcomed regarding longer tenancies and clamping down on rogue landlords

Council housing company homes could be subject to the Right to Buy

08 February, 2017

A growing number of councils have set up housing companies to directly build homes for affordable rent, private rent and market sale

These pictures show vulnerable people are living in shocking conditions because of slum landlords

08 February, 2017

Pictures showing some of Manchester's worst rented homes are revealed as part of a major crackdown on landlords

Government promises more security for renters. Should we believe the hype?

07 February, 2017

We have long been campaigning for private renters to get more security from eviction, so they can make their house or flat a proper home

Housing White Paper: "The private rented sector is finally coming of age"

07 February, 2017

With 4.3 million people relying on the private rented sector, it increasingly caters for all, not just generation rent

Tenants lacking financial back-up for loss of income

07 February, 2017

Almost a third renters would have no financial back-up plan if their household lost its main source of income

Longer PRS tenancies in White Paper

07 February, 2017

The government will look to increase the availability of longer rental tenancies as it seeks to boost institutional investment in Build to Rent in tomorrow's Housing White Paper

Energy (in) efficiency: what tenants expect and endure in private rented housing

07 February, 2017

This research sought to afford tenants a voice in the urgent debate about energy (in) efficiency in the private rented sector

Housing white paper

07 February, 2017

Housing white paper and supporting documents setting out the government's plans to reform the housing market and boost the supply of new homes in England

The influence of buy-to-let on UK housing

06 February, 2017

The rise of buy-to-let in the UK has been a phenomenon of the last 20 years

91 landlords punished under right to rent rules

06 February, 2017

A total of 91 landlords have been issued with civil penalties since the Government's controversial right to rent scheme was rolled out a year ago today

Details of hundreds of landlords and agents leaked in official email

06 February, 2017

In what looks like a massive breach of data protection, contact details of hundreds of landlords and agents were revealed in an email sent by the compulsory registration programme

Santander to review clause suggesting landlords hike rents to 'maximum' achievable

03 February, 2017

The Government may be focusing on letting agent fees to make renting fairer for tenants, but an interesting story has emerged regarding landlord contracts with their lenders

HomeLet Rental Index - January 2017

03 February, 2017

Average rents in the UK continue to see a slower rate of rental growth compared to last year

What letting agents do to earn their fees

03 February, 2017

Agent Calculating FeesLetting agents want to offer tenants easy repayment plans rather than see a fee ban

How Landlords can help in the Refugee Crisis

02 February, 2017

UK unlikely to reach target to resettle 20,000 refugees

Private rented sector has vital role in addressing shortage of housing

02 February, 2017

With so many tumultuous political events on the news agenda, we can lose sight of the more mundane issues that can have a huge impact on our day-to-day lives

Commuter zone landlords: what to expect in 2017

02 February, 2017

Prime commuter rental markets proved more resilient than those in neighbouring London last year, with only a small decrease in values of 0.9 per cent, compared with a 5.1 per cent fall in London

Havering's Informal Licensing Consultation Draws to a Close

02 February, 2017

The London Borough of Havering has joined the recent spate of local authorities attempting to introduce new licensing schemes

Letting agents' fees ban: Industry bodies continue their fight

02 February, 2017

ARLA has called for an end to up-front fees

Renting in London: room prices may be falling, but a quarter of house sharers in London still spend more than half their wages on rent

02 February, 2017

The capital's growing number of renters may find small relief to hear that rents across London fell by a modest one per cent - from an average of £755 a month to £748

Stamp duty windfall must lead to rethink on tax changes

01 February, 2017

Landlords are calling on the Government to rethink tax changes to the private rented sector after citing figures that show the taxman has received an unexpected windfall from the stamp duty surcharge

Right to rent immigration checks put vulnerable people at risk

01 February, 2017

Daily, 11,300 checks are made on potential tenants in England. But the proven benefits are limited - and the damage is very real

Average tenancy deposit still just below £1,000

31 January, 2017

New figures from the Deposit Protection Service put London properties at an all time peak of nearly £2,000

ARLA wants lettings fees spread as alternative to full ban

31 January, 2017

Association of Residential Letting Agents releases its research on of the impact a full ban will have on tenants, letting agents and the wider housing market

Britain's buy-to-let tax regime will be one of the toughest around, landlord chairman warns, as he calls for crackdown to be reversed

31 January, 2017

Mortgage interest change in April will see landlords taxed on revenue not profit

Police search for bogus landlord who used Airbnb and Gumtree to operate rental scam

31 January, 2017

Police have launched an investigation after a man who appears to have rented an Airbnb property in Dulwich, south-east London, then posed as the landlord to set up a rental scam

Britain's housing crisis could be solved - if only the government wanted to

31 January, 2017

Private builders will never meet the demand for homes. We need more social housing, denser cities and new suburbs - and those require real political will

When will Wales finally ban letting agent fees?

31 January, 2017

There have been some curious developments in the Assembly recently on whether Wales should ban letting agency fees

Letting Agent fees research

31 January, 2017

Association of Residential Letting Agents research

Landlords 'rent loss' bid to get more cash

30 January, 2017

Peterborough taxpayers were asked to give compensation through "the public purse" to the housing firm which is evicting dozens of residents from a single estate

Conman hired AirBnB property then showed would-be tenant round pretending it was his before fleecing him of £1,600 rent deposit

30 January, 2017

Swindler hired an AirBnB property in Haringey, north London in simple scam

UK rental property demand falls to two-year low

30 January, 2017

Rise in supply sees rent flattening or falling in many parts of the country including London

Letting agent hit with bill of over £20,000 after HMO breaches

30 January, 2017

A landlord and letting agency have together been fined more than £26,000 after being found guilty of housing offences following a multi-agency operation carried out at two properties in Luton last year

First Minister of Wales confirms no decision on fees ban

30 January, 2017

In a letter from Carwyn Jones, it has been confirmed that no decision has yet been taken on introducing a ban on letting agent fees

Growth of private sector renting and poverty 'closely linked'

27 January, 2017

Is the story about poverty and housing in the UK now dominated by the problems of one housing tenure - the private rented sector - and poverty?

Welsh government 'yet to make a decision on banning letting agent fees' but will review evidence

27 January, 2017

The Welsh Assembly has yet to make any decision as to whether a ban on letting agent fees should be introduced in Wales

Landlords demand that Chancellor waters down hammering of private rented sector

27 January, 2017

The Residential Landlords Association is first off the blocks in issuing what have become statutory Budget wish lists

Over half of renters fear they will never own a home

26 January, 2017

More than half of renters do not believe they will ever be able to afford to buy their own home

Buy-to-let nightmare: my battle to evict tenant from hell

26 January, 2017

When Fergus Wilson drew up a list of the types of tenant he was no longer prepared to house, there was predictable outrage

Hundreds of letting agents pre-sign up to new service which will launch tenants' 'passports'

26 January, 2017

Hundreds of letting agents have signed up to a new site which will review tenants and could potentially help agents 'reference' prospective renters ahead of the ban on letting agent fees

Landlord facing prosecution for housing 18 tenants in dangerous property

25 January, 2017

A landlord is facing prosecution for failing to comply with various HMO regulations

Movebubble app to help letting agents identify 'serious renters'

25 January, 2017

An app that claims to speed up finding a London home for tenants has launched a new feature for negotiators to assess potential renters for landlords and distinguish between time wasters and serious viewings

Calls for minimum standards for private rented sector

25 January, 2017

New minimum standards should be introduced for the private rented sector and landlords should receive tax incentives for signing up to accreditation schemes

Belvoir set to swoop on buying up businesses as letting agents' fees ban draws near

24 January, 2017

Franchise chain Belvoir has said that it believes it can substantially mitigate the impact of the proposed ban on letting agent fees

Campaigners aiming to stop 'racist' Right to Rent

24 January, 2017

A campaign group has emerged opposing Right to Rent legislation on the grounds that it is racist

Rental growth slowed down in Scotland at end of 2016 but demand is high

24 January, 2017

Residential rents in Scotland fell in the fourth quarter of 2016, down 0.9% year on year to an average of £739 per month

'Rogue' landlords receive £2.3bn in housing benefit

24 January, 2017

One in every £10 spent on housing benefit in England goes to a private landlord letting a sub-standard home

Buy to let landlords affected by lending and tax changes

23 January, 2017

Tougher lending criteria and rising house prices are having an impact on buy to let borrowing in the UK

Private rents not rising above inflation - unlike social housing rents

23 January, 2017

The cost of private rented housing is roughly mirroring changes in earnings across England - but in the social rented sector rents have increased faster than wages

Falling rents 'a small positive' for tenants on Southern railway route

23 January, 2017

Growth in rental prices has slowed or dipped in some areas where commuters have been affected by the Southern railway strikes

Making the Most of Build to Rent

23 January, 2017

Build to Rent isn't a panacea for London's housing crisis, but momentum is building

Landlords and tenants leaving the lettings market in central London as costs rise

20 January, 2017

Tenant demand in the residential lettings market in central London is showing signs of slowing and landlords are looking outside the city for higher yielding investment

Fact check: Do lenders really oppose longer tenancies?

20 January, 2017

As market conditions have steadily improved in the aftermath of the financial crisis, lenders have continued to make funding more readily available for housing in all tenures

Buy-to-let lenders deny claims that they are a 'stumbling block' to longer tenancies

20 January, 2017

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has hit back at claims that it is a "stumbling block" to longer tenancies in the rental sector

Letting agents' fee ban consultation gets icy reception from industry bodies

20 January, 2017

The timing of the consultation on the ban on letting agent fees in England, announced out of the blue in the Autumn Statement, has been given the chilliest of receptions by the industry bodies

Slight decrease in average PRS rents

20 January, 2017

Average rents in Scotland's private rented sector fell in the final quarter of 2016 by 0.9 per cent on the year to stand at £739 per month

Landlords looking beyond London's 'saturated' rental market as tenant demand declines

19 January, 2017

London's high-pressured rental market may be squeezing out demand, prompting landlords to look towards investment opportunities in areas beyond the capital

Review: Top 10 buy-to-let hotspots of 2016

19 January, 2017

The focus of buy to let hot spots is continuing to move away from London

Taxing times for landlords as changes come into effect in 2017

19 January, 2017

2016 was a tough year for landlords and as 2017 progresses and some of the planned tax changes come into force, things are not about to get any easier

Council landlords welcome Scottish Government's use of new welfare powers

19 January, 2017

Council housing staff across Scotland have welcomed the news that the Scottish Government will use its new welfare powers to allow the housing element of Universal Credit to be paid directly to landlords

All change in Northern Ireland's private rented sector

18 January, 2017

The DfC has published its proposals for change to help make the private rented sector a more attractive housing option

Agents told not to fight letting fees ban but concentrate on making it work

18 January, 2017

Civil servants have stressed that it is the "political will" of Government to ban letting agent fees and that the industry's focus should be not on preventing the ban but on how it will work

New buy-to-let lending remains flat as housing market remains subdued in 2016

18 January, 2017

Home movers and first-time buyers dominated mortgage lending in November 2016, while remortgages made buy-to-let look better than it is

Home counties lettings index

18 January, 2017

Demand jumps but prime home counties rents see slight fall in 2016

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Dec 2016

17 January, 2017

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

'Buy-to-let is dead', say landlords, as they start buying shops instead

17 January, 2017

The number of buy-to-let investors moving to commercial property has tripled in the past three years

Rents 'rose at slowest rate for seven years at 1.6% across Britain'

16 January, 2017

Rents increased at their slowest pace in seven years in 2016

Woking landlord ordered to pay £8K for mould ridden flat with leaking toilet

16 January, 2017

Tenants in Woking were left to live among mould and with a leaking toilet after the landlord failed to maintain the property

Landlords' Barometer - #45: Reasons to feel positive about this year

16 January, 2017

Welcome to the first "Landlords' Barometer" of 2017

Lenders report buy-to-let demand increased at end of 2016, but is set to fall this year

16 January, 2017

Lenders reported that demand for secured lending for house purchase increased slightly in the final three months of 2016, partly driven by landlords, but the mortgage market is expected to be flat in the first quarter of this year

Concerns that thousands of private landlords are unaware of laws

12 January, 2017

Shelter Scotland has raised concerns that thousands of private landlords may be operating without full knowledge of their legal responsibilities

Welfare claimants, schools and hospitals to pay price of Northern Ireland's political meltdown

12 January, 2017

Up to £91m pounds set aside to mitigate the impact of the "bedroom tax" on Northern Ireland is at risk following the collapse of the Executive

Rents to rise by 4% outside London this year

12 January, 2017

Rightmove is forecasting asking price rents to rise 4% outside London this year

UK rental price inflation more than halved in 2016

11 January, 2017

UK rents in December are just 1.7% higher than a year ago, down from 3.8% last year

More than half of tenants in UK private rented sector cannot afford to buy

11 January, 2017

More than half of people who rent a home in the UK are doing so because they cannot afford a deposit to buy a property

Citizen's Advice wants action on short-term tenancies

11 January, 2017

One in three private renters would like their tenancy to be longer - rising to two in five amongst those with children

Returns on rental properties will 'fall below five-year average' in 2017

11 January, 2017

Rental yields should be sustained in 2017 by a reduction in supply of housing stock and moderate house price growth

Total of 31 illegal immigrants removed from UK as a result of Right to Rent

11 January, 2017

A total of 31 people have been removed from the UK following implementation of the Right to Rent regime which showed they were illegal immigrants with no right to live in private rented accommodation

Remove new tax on buy-to-let homes call by landlords

10 January, 2017

Landlords are calling for the Welsh Government to partially remove a charge on people buying houses to let

Land transaction tax 'likely to reduce supply' of rentals

10 January, 2017

Welsh assembly members are to consider the impact of a new Land Transaction Tax on vulnerable people's ability to access rented housing

Rents outside London rise to £750 a month milestone as wages fail to keep pace

10 January, 2017

The average rent in the UK outside of London hit £750 a month in December, rising by 2.04% over 2016

Landlords call for Government to repeal mortgage interest relief changes

10 January, 2017

Most New Year's resolutions have probably already been broken by now but Simple Landlords Insurance is hoping the Government is still feeling receptive about change

Tory MP warns lettings fee ban could increase rents in 'unintended consequence'

10 January, 2017

A Tory MP who is also a buy-to-let landlord has voiced concerns over his own party's plans to introduce a ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants

Kent landlord bans 'battered wives' and single mothers from renting properties

09 January, 2017

Landlord says he wants to protect properties from abusive partners who might smash his doors down

No children, no pets, no battered wives - tenants banned by Britain's best known landlord

09 January, 2017

He keeps saying he is selling up but Britain's best known buy-to-let landlord Fergus Wilson is still apparently very much in business - and has issued new letting criteria

Purplebricks boss says traditional agents have charged too much for too long, for too little

09 January, 2017

Purplebricks boss Michael Bruce has said that traditional estate agents "have been able to charge people too much for too long for too little"

Police voice concerns over pop-up brothels in the private rented sector

06 January, 2017

There has been a significant increase in 'pop-up' brothels in private rented accommodation

Brokers record increasing limited company buy-to-let applications

06 January, 2017

More than two-thirds of buy-to-let mortgage applications came from limited companies in the fourth quarter of 2016

Mortgages hit an eight-month high: More than 67,500 loans approved in November as house-buyers return to the market following Brexit

05 January, 2017

Mortgage lending has hit an eight-month high as house buyers return to the market following the Brexit vote

Labour calls for PRS reform amid £2bn housing benefit spend to private landlords

05 January, 2017

New figures which reveal that private landlords in Scotland have made billions of pounds from housing benefit claimants in five years have led to calls for reform in the sector by Scottish Labour

Good letting agents can save a landlord almost £2,000 a month

05 January, 2017

Almost of half of private rented sector landlords use a letting agent because it gives them peace of mind and a quarter communicate with then on a weekly basis

Families with children hit by insecurity in the private rented sector

04 January, 2017

Two in 5 people living with their children in privately rented homes have a tenancy of 6 months or less

41% of Scots 'would struggle to pay small increase in rent or mortgage'

04 January, 2017

Two-fifths of tenants or homeowners in Scotland would struggle to afford their monthly housing bills if they increased by up to £50

New Year Sees Tougher Standards for Buy-to-Let Borrowers

04 January, 2017

The first tranche of tougher lending criteria for buy-to-let mortgages, set by the Bank of England's Prudential Regulation Authority, took effect from 1st January

Buy-to-let landlords struggling to pay mortgages hit a two-year high... before tax grab even kicks in

04 January, 2017

Rising numbers of landlords are struggling to pay their mortgage

Landlords planning more limited company purchases to get round buy-to-let changes

04 January, 2017

More than half of landlords are planning to purchase further buy-to-lets through limited companies

Charity calls for major overhaul of England's private rented sector

04 January, 2017

Two in five people living with their children in privately rented homes have a tenancy of six months or less

Number of private renters made homeless has trebled since 2010

03 January, 2017

Private renters account for 96 per cent of the rise in homelessness since 2010

Is Buy to Let Dead?

03 January, 2017

The buy to let market in the UK really gained traction in 1996, with the opening of the mortgage market

Shock over private landlords' £2bn housing benefits bonus

03 January, 2017

Private landlords have raked in more than £2 billion in housing benefits in the last five years

Council targets rogue Sheffield landlords after highest ever number of convictions

28 December, 2016

Sheffield Council has promised to carry on targeting rogue landlords after bringing its highest-ever number of successful prosecutions

HomeLet Rental Index - November 2016

23 December, 2016

2016 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth, compared to the same period last year

Renters wanting to start a family face impossible housing costs

23 December, 2016

London has become so expensive that couples who are renting and wanting to start a family would need to fork out over half their combined average monthly salary to afford an average three bed home

Will 2017 be doom & gloom for landlords?

22 December, 2016

Another turbulent year is coming to a close and 2017 is not gearing up to be much of an improvement

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Nov 2016

22 December, 2016

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Property and housing in 2016: Brexit, buy-to-let tax hikes and slowing London house prices

22 December, 2016

We look back on a property year where the dynamics of UK house prices shifted and Brexit began

Where to rent in London in 2017:Tube map charting average rental costs and journey times reveals Mile End as the best-value spot for fast commutes

22 December, 2016

New Tube map displays the average rent for a one-bedroom flat near each station along the Underground, revealing Londoners pay £6.60 for each minute shaved off journey times

Transactions to fall in 2017 but Housing White Paper could be 'defining moment'

21 December, 2016

RICS has described the release of the long awaited Housing White Paper next month as a "defining moment" for 2017

Government not expecting the end of mortgage interest relief to increase rents

21 December, 2016

The Government has appeared unconcerned at the prospect of increasing numbers of landlords incorporating to get around buy-to-let taxation changes

Can the UK benefit from following the American model for PRS?

20 December, 2016

Over the last 20 years the US multifamily market has blossomed into a key sector of the US residential market

'Rising landlord costs' are to blame for private rent hikes driving Britsol's housing crisis

20 December, 2016

Rising costs to private landlords are forcing them to put up rents in cities like Bristol

2016: Huge Changes in Housing

20 December, 2016

2016 was a monumentally busy year for Shelter. It was our 50th anniversary, but we hardly took a moment to acknowledge it

Nine in ten tenants and landlords do not ask agents how their money will be handled

20 December, 2016

A nationwide survey carried out by The Property Ombudsman has revealed that 90% of tenants and 89% of landlords fail to ask how their money will be handled by their letting agent

Housing minister claims lettings fee ban will make it easier for tenants to shop around

20 December, 2016

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has failed to address concerns that the tenant fee ban will cause letting agents to pass on costs to landlords or just redefine charges

JV to develop Newcastle's first PRS scheme in £37m deal

19 December, 2016

Worthington Construction is set to start work on Newcastle's first major private rented sector development

Landlords identify mortgage relief changes as their biggest challenge ahead

19 December, 2016

Martin & Co has registered 15 new tenants for every property instructed to let in the first seven months of the year and conducted 12.4 viewings for each one, underlying demand in the sector

What 2017 has in store for the UK's private rental market

16 December, 2016

We look at the key themes in 2017 for the private rented property market

Right to Rent penalties and expectations for a landlord

16 December, 2016

Having ran numerous workshops on this legislation around England this year, there still appears to be much confusion about the penalties and expectations placed upon landlords

Clampdown on buy-to-let 'will send home sales plunging'

16 December, 2016

The housing market will suffer a slowdown next year as fewer people are expected to buy homes owing to economic uncertainty and changes to taxes for buy-to-let landlords

2016 Rental Market Trends

16 December, 2016

The National Rent Review 2016 Rental Property Market Analysis

Fees ban - and why this firm thinks it is a cause for seasonal cheer

16 December, 2016

Each year, London agent Stanley Chelsea gets out a political Christmas card

Landlord research for Council of Mortgage Lenders shows picture of relative stability but reveals Government tax changes set to impact on buy-to-let landlords

15 December, 2016

Almost half (49%) of landlords own all of their properties outright, with no mortgage debt at all

Judge backs landlord as letting agent claims fee for no work

14 December, 2016

A judge rejected a claim from a letting agent who tried to claim a £1,123 tenancy renewal fee from a landlord without carrying out any work

Hard-pressed private tenants need a union to stand up for their rights

14 December, 2016

Revenge evictions, nonexistent repairs, legal terror - landlords hold all the cards. But thanks to groups like Acorn and Living Rent things are beginning to change

Landlord possession claims fall by 26%

14 December, 2016

The number of claims made by private sector landlords to repossess a property has fallen by 26% over the past two years

Private Renting: We're in the business of providing homes, just like you

14 December, 2016

The private rented sector has come in for some stick lately, but it's currently meeting housing needs other tenures are failing to address

Landlords are undeterred by buy-to-let changes

14 December, 2016

More than a third of landlords have never used a letting agent

Scottish Buy-to-let index - November 2016

13 December, 2016

Scottish rental prices outperform expectations

Council consulting on selective licensing

13 December, 2016

Landlords in parts of East Staffordshire may have to spend £680 per property on licensing their PRS homes

New banning orders to stop rogue landlords in their tracks

13 December, 2016

New public consultation launched as part of a wider package of measures to crack down on rogue landlords and property agents

Half of landlords would ditch their agent if profits began to fall

13 December, 2016

Almost half of landlords (47 per cent) say they would forego the services of their letting agent if their profits began to fall

Private rental can be game changer

13 December, 2016

Institutional investors buying up land to build flats for rental could be the defining characteristic of the Scottish housing market in the near-term

How a healthy buy-to-let profit could soon become a painful loss

12 December, 2016

Major changes to the way income from property rentals is taxed could see some people paying up to three times more

Days of the buy-to-let landlord are numbered

12 December, 2016

Britain's biggest landlord believes tax changes and tougher mortgage rules will sound the death knell for buy to let

Buy to let: 'We landlords are being vilified'

12 December, 2016

With a lending crackdown and a massive tax hike due, many landlords could soon find themselves moving from profit to loss

Tenant fees - the fight continues

12 December, 2016

23 November 2016 was a grim day for the industry as lettings agents across the country heard for the first time that the Government intend to ban letting agent fees

Gap between London rents and rest of the UK starts to close

12 December, 2016

New rents outside the capital have risen faster than in London for the first time since 2010

Buy-to-let transactions crash at haart amid 'war on landlords'

09 December, 2016

National Housing Market Monitor report from haart shows sharp fall in number of landlords buying property

Dame Kate Barker offers Treasury Select Committee "sober reminder" of true cost of taxing landlords more

09 December, 2016

Dame Kate Barker's warning that families could lose their homes as a result of changes to landlord taxation is a "sober reminder" of what's at stake

Professionalising the PRS whilst supporting its 'accidental' landlords

09 December, 2016

In my role as private landlord support officer in Dundee, I work with many different landlords and letting agents

Buy to let valuations fall as landlords react to lettings fee ban in England

09 December, 2016

First time buyers, home movers and those looking to remortgage are active in the UK housing market but valuations in the buy to let sector have fallen

Rogue landlords busted in Birmingham

09 December, 2016

Three ordered to pay over £8k in fines and costs for breaching tenant protection basics

Fees ban latest: MP demands assurances that letting agents will not pass costs on to landlords

09 December, 2016

An MP has tabled a written question asking for reassurances that English letting agents will not pass costs on to landlords when the fees ban kicks in

Shock as sales to buy-to-let landlords are decimated by nearly 65% in a year

09 December, 2016

The Government's 'war on landlords' has seen buy-to-let sales collapse 64% in 12 months - and 8.2% on a one-monthly basis in November

Landlords' Barometer - #44: Rent rises will not be automatic solution for landlords

09 December, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #44" - a guide to trending landlord topics which has got the PropertyTribes.com community talking!

Databases of private tenants as proposed by the RICS already exist

08 December, 2016

This week, the RICS called on the Government to introduce an online database of good and bad tenants, to replace the referencing service for which letting agents currently charge tenants

Why landlords must take care if opposing a tenancy renewal

07 December, 2016

In a growing market landlords and developers alike may take the opportunity to develop their holdings

The rent gap: what is the local housing allowance?

07 December, 2016

The LHA benefit helps tenants renting privately who can't afford their full housing costs

Lettings agency fee ban must be loophole-free

07 December, 2016

A lettings agency fee ban has been welcomed by the London Assembly

Right to Rent: Tenants are footing the bill in fees

07 December, 2016

Last week the government tightened its Right to Rent rules, making it a criminal offence for a landlord to let to anyone they know is an illegal immigrant

Rented Sector Policy Paper for England

07 December, 2016

Since the 1990s, the UK has undergone significant demographic change: people are settling down later and living longer

Raw year for renters ahead but first time buyers may find some respite

07 December, 2016

Pressure on first time buyers may ease off next year, allowing some of them to escape the private rental sector as it faces a drop in the number homes to let

This has been an 'annus horribilis' for landords

07 December, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords are holding off their purchases and home-movers are reluctant to move

Treasury urged to stop landlords raising rents to cope with tax changes

07 December, 2016

Labour's shadow housing spokesman has urged the Government to detail how it will stop landlords raising rents to offset changes to buy-to-let taxation

Landlords found unfit to rent out property

06 December, 2016

Glasgow City Council removes six landlords from its register - one convicted of assault with intent to rape

Nottingham announces city-wide licensing plan

06 December, 2016

Nottingham City Council is planning to introduce a citywide selective licensing scheme - with landlords expected to fork out £600 for each of their rental homes

Best-buy mortgages if you set up as a company

06 December, 2016

Lending to landlords who have set themselves up as limited companies has shot up this year as buy-to-let investors prepare for tax changes applying from April

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Oct 2016

05 December, 2016

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

The more the State has withdrawn from housebuilding, the more it has found itself propping up the private market

05 December, 2016

Margaret Thatcher recorded in her memoirs that, by the mid-1980s, 'everything in housing pointed to the need to roll back the existing activities of government'

Landlords trapped in ground rent nightmare

05 December, 2016

Banks and building societies are refusing to lend money to landlords trying to mortgage new build homes with automatic ground rent rises written into lease agreements

We must fight to overturn 'monstrous' ban on tenants' fees

05 December, 2016

As if our industry had not already been in trouble enough, the Government has blasted us with both barrels between the eyes by introducing a ban on lettings agents' tenant fees within the Autumn Statement

Three-month-old lettings platform that aims to eliminate agents is now worth over £3.5m

05 December, 2016

No Agent, a proptech lettings platform that launched only in September and which cuts agents out of the equation, has been valued at over £3.5m

Landlords banned from industry after being found unfit

05 December, 2016

Six landlords have been banned after their licences were withdrawn and now face criminal prosecution with fines of up to £50,000 if they try to let their properties

Kent Reliance Buy To Let Britain report - fifth edition

02 December, 2016

Welcome to the fifth edition of Kent Reliance's half-yearly Buy to Let Britain report

ARLA says it is avoiding 'knee-jerk reactions' over lettings fee ban

01 December, 2016

ARLA has hit back at claims that it isn't standing up for the industry after it emerged it didn't attend the Fair Fees Forum's working group

Emergency housing package for young needed

01 December, 2016

An emergency package to house young working Londoners is urgently needed in the capital

Airbnb announce plans to block hosts exceeding 90-day rental limit

01 December, 2016

AirBnB is to block hosts in London from renting out homes for more than 90 days a year without official consent

Ways for UK landlords to cut taxes

01 December, 2016

Landlords should be thinking about reducing taxes and learn more about the consequences of scrapping renters' fees

Landlord Right to Rent criminal sanctions come into effect Thurs 1 December

01 December, 2016

New regulations contained in The Immigration Act 2016 will come into force from 1st December

Tenant Information Pack

01 December, 2016

The pack gives information to tenants in privately rented housing

Agents must display their fees properly ahead of ban

01 December, 2016

The announcement by the Chancellor that the Government intends to remove letting agents' ability to charge fees to tenants came as a surprise to many in the industry

Lettings fee ban unlikely until 2018

01 December, 2016

The lettings agent tenant fee ban won't come in until at least 2018 DCLG has revealed, with the consultation to be launched in the New Year

Buy-to-let mortgages may cost £7k-a-year more as New Year crackdown pushes landlords to long-term deals

30 November, 2016

Rules tweaked to push landlords away from cheap two-year fixed rates

How Licensing is Changing your Role as a Landlord

30 November, 2016

What does a landlord actually do? I know, perhaps a stupid question, but every once in a while it could be worth asking

Rents increases in England and Wales levelled off in October

30 November, 2016

Residential rent increases in England and Wales levelled off in October, with the average property being let for £900 per calendar month

Letting agent hit hard in deposit protection clamp down Letting agent hit hard in deposit protection clamp down

30 November, 2016

A letting agent has been hit by fines totalling £15,000 following successful prosecutions for failing to protect tenancy deposits

Building society survey examines buy-to-let landlords' voids experience

30 November, 2016

More than a fifth of buy-to-let landlords have to wait longer than four months before signing up their first tenants

A quarter of renters in Scotland say they have a slum landlord

29 November, 2016

A quarter of tenants that rent in Scotland have described their current renting conditions as a "nightmare", higher than anywhere else in the UK

Buy to Let index - November 2016

29 November, 2016

Rents in England and Wales hit second highest peak ever recorded by Your Move

Landlords are under fire from a tax-hiking Treasury - but buy-to-let is far from dead

28 November, 2016

Higher stamp duty and an end to tax relief for mortgage interest costs; being a landlord is getting expense

Is your tenant a Bubble Gazer or a Homing Pigeon?

28 November, 2016

It is always hard to predict the right type of tenant for a landlord, but Strutt & Parker has had a go

Rent Smart Wales: Fears landlords letting properties illegally

28 November, 2016

More than 13,000 private landlords in Wales may be letting properties illegally after the Welsh Government's Rent Smart Wales scheme became law

HCA launches social housing regulation fees consultation

28 November, 2016

HCA has published a statutory consultation on introducing a fee-charging scheme for the regulation of private registered providers of social housing

The rise in buy-to-let through limited companies

28 November, 2016

There has been an increase in the number of residential property investors who manage their portfolio as a limited company

Rental licence operators threaten 'sensible, proportionate' enforcement

28 November, 2016

The controversial Welsh private lettings sector scheme called Rent Smart Wales had around 65 per cent of agents and landlords register by last week's deadline

Tenancy Deposit Scheme - Tenants win recent court case

28 November, 2016

We are often asked by clients whether it is worth their while to take action when their landlord isn't doing what they should be

I'm an estate agent. Philip Hammond ought to cap letting fees, not ban them

25 November, 2016

Most of us offer a good service, and a ban will only mean higher rents. The government should instead regulate the sector properly

Remortgage now to shield profit ahead of the new buy-to-let rules

25 November, 2016

Remortgaging onto a lower rate could save a landlord from having their profits obliterated by tax changes effective from next year

2% rise in Insurance Premium Tax from July 2017

25 November, 2016

Insurance Premium Tax is set to rise again by 2% to a new high of 12%

Meeting of Fair Fees Working Group to go ahead today despite ban

25 November, 2016

A meeting of the newly-formed Fair Fees Working Group is to go ahead today

Town identified as buy-to-let hotspot for rental yields and growth

25 November, 2016

Luton has been named as the top spot for rental yield and price growth

Call for Welsh letting agency fee ban after England move

24 November, 2016

Letting agency fees for tenants should be abolished in Wales as soon as possible

Rent rise from agents fees not necessarily true

24 November, 2016

The Chancellor's announcement of a ban on letting agents charging fees to tenants marks a significant shift in the industry - but should not come as a surprise

Housing gets £4bn boost to increase number of new homes

24 November, 2016

Government aims to build 40,000 additional affordable homes by 2021 - but OBR says it expects 13,000 fewer homes to be built over next five years

Scotland's experience of abolishing letting agent fees

24 November, 2016

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement yesterday has brought some good news for tenants across England

Buy-to-let and second home stamp duty hike to rake in £3.1bn tax windfall - as landlords continue to snap up homes

24 November, 2016

Since April the tax has been applied to anyone buying a second property

Banning letting agent fees is good news for renters but here's what's needed to unlock private renting for homeless people

24 November, 2016

Chancellor Phillip Hammond's announcement that letting agent fees are to be banned in England is great news for renters

Letting agent fees ban is great news, but will it push up rents?

24 November, 2016

The forthcoming ban on letting fees is great news for England's private renters

Failure to drop SDLT 'disappointing news' for landlords

23 November, 2016

The failure to drop the 3% SDLT surcharge on additional properties will come as disappointing news to the purpose-built rented sector

Letting fees crackdown in Autumn Statement: what will it mean for renters and landlords?

23 November, 2016

Four million households in England and Wales are hoping to benefit from the abolition of letting fees, which currently add as much as £500 to the costs of renting a home

Rates for private rented homes in need of reform

23 November, 2016

Students living at university should be treated the same as students renting privately, since everyone benefits from local services

Rent Smart Wales delays admitted by minister Carl Sargeant

23 November, 2016

A Welsh Government minister has admitted that a system registering all residential landlords across Wales for the first time has faced delays

Will rents go up if unfair letting fees are banned?

23 November, 2016

Tenants will welcome the end of eye-watering charges - but that could simply mean they pay more each month instead

Chancellor to crack down on letting fees in autumn statement

23 November, 2016

Philip Hammond will also announce £1.4bn investment in affordable housing in bid to help 'just about managing' families

Call to reform private rented housing sector in Scotland

23 November, 2016

Private landlords in Scotland have made billions of pounds from housing benefit claimants in five years according to official figures

Landlords and tenants are a working partnership

22 November, 2016

Old style conflicts between tenants in rented properties and their private sector landlords are largely the stuff of fading legend these days

The end of letting agent fees? Renters' Rights Bill passes Lords committee stage

22 November, 2016

Peers have come a step closer to getting lettings agent fees in England banned

Hammond unlikely to undo Osborne's tax assault on private landlords

22 November, 2016

Chancellor Philip Hammond looks extremely unlikely to reverse his predecessor's 'Section 24' tax assault on private landlords in tomorrow's Autumn Statement

Buy-to-let lending falls as tougher rules bite

21 November, 2016

Nationwide says new affordability tests introduced ahead of tax changes have made life more difficult for landlords

New-build ground rent scandal could spark legal battles

21 November, 2016

With thousands of homebuyers caught out by rapidly rising rents, the solicitors they used may face claims of professional negligence

Luton homeless rent hike led council to move tenants

21 November, 2016

Tenants were moved out of homeless accommodation after a council claimed a property developer put charges up by thousands of pounds

Look at allAgents before making rental decisions

21 November, 2016

A Labour councillor has advised prospective tenants to check out allAgents before deciding whether to go with a particular agency

Landlords' Barometer - #43: One in four landlords considering quitting the sector

21 November, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #43" an insight into what is on landlords' minds from the Property Tribes community!

Landlords held to be not responsible for paying council tax if a tenant moves out early

21 November, 2016

Landlords have welcomed an Appeal Court judgement that they are not responsible for paying the council tax on a property after a tenant has moved out before a tenancy agreement has expired

Housing Ladder arcade game has players dodging buy-to-let investors

17 November, 2016

Game by cartoonist Tim Hunkin features villains such as second-home owners as players try to buy a house before they're 80

'Rent costs mean we keep having to move home'

17 November, 2016

"We've basically never had a family home. We've never been anywhere where we could actually put our stamp on."

Mortgage costs at record low

16 November, 2016

Mortgages are now more affordable than they have ever been

How students are striking for affordable university rent - and winning

16 November, 2016

What exactly does it take to run a successful rent protest? Student activists explain it's all about strength in numbers

Bank of England to get powers to regulate buy-to-let mortgages

16 November, 2016

The Bank of England will receive the power early next year to regulate mortgages used by small landlords to purchase rental property

One in four landlords selling up due to MIR changes

16 November, 2016

A week ahead of the Autumn Statement the RLA can reveal that a quarter of all buy-to-let landlords are selling homes as a result of Government tax changes

Buy to let lending in UK still well below levels a year ago

16 November, 2016

Lending to buy to let landlords in the UK is recovering from a dip but the value and number of mortgages in this sector is still significantly lower than a year ago

Brum landlord to pay £7k and do 150 hours community service

15 November, 2016

A Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 and given 150 hours of community service at Birmingham Magistrates Court

The RightMove House Price Index

15 November, 2016

No respite for first-time buyers - can the Chancellor help?

No excuses for missing licensing deadline, Rent Smart Wales warns

15 November, 2016

The deadline for licensing and registration for landlords and agents in Wales will not be extended and enforcement will be taken against those who don't comply

Landlords incorporating to get round buy-to-let tax hikes

15 November, 2016

Increasing numbers of landlords are looking to get around the mortgage interest relief changes by incorporating, and its tenants who will bear the brunt of extra stamp duty

Landlord fined for intimidating tenants at unlicensed HMO

14 November, 2016

Magistrates hear that HMO was also unsafe

Britons with no passport struggling to rent due to immigration checks

14 November, 2016

Survey shows 43% of private landlords say right to rent scheme has made them less likely to let to those without a UK passport

Most renters feel they're unlikely to buy home in next five

14 November, 2016

Labour-backed study also finds two-thirds of general population think government should do more to help first-time buyers

One in four buy-to-let investors sell up due to new tax

14 November, 2016

Tenants will bear the brunt of the upcoming tax changes, campaigners say

HomeLet Rental Index - October 2016

14 November, 2016

2016 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth

Landlord possession claims down by 21%

14 November, 2016

The number of claims made by private sector landlords to re-possess a property have fallen by 21% over the past two years

Consultation on amendments to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR)

11 November, 2016

HSE is consulting on changes to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR)

Renting in London:rent rises show signs of cooling off - but the capital remains the UK's most expensive city

11 November, 2016

Room rent price hikes stall as Londoners "simply can't afford to keep paying more"

Is Rent Smart Wales heading for last minute chaos?

11 November, 2016

The Rent Smart Wales scheme could be heading for chaos as figures suggest that significant numbers of letting agents and landlords are yet to sign up

Rental supply in rebound this autumn

11 November, 2016

The rental market rebounded in October with an 11.4% increase in new properties for rent

Mortgage arrears rate still at 20-year low in third quarter

11 November, 2016

The overall arrears rate in the third quarter was the same as in the second quarter

Property Partner claims rental market rebounded in October with 11% rise in new listings

10 November, 2016

The rental market has climbed out of a post-Brexit lull with more buy-to-let properties being advertised in October compared to the previous month

Maximum 5 Year Jail Sentence for Landlords Failing Immigration Checks

09 November, 2016

At the Conservative Party conference last month the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, made a speech about immigration

Average 2 bedroom private rents up by 1%

09 November, 2016

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Biggest buy to let lender tightens landlord lending rules

09 November, 2016

The way landlords qualify for buy to let mortgages is changing fast thanks to new affordability rules put in place by the Bank of England

Millions of pounds unclaimed in tenancy deposits

08 November, 2016

Millions of pounds worth of deposits remain unclaimed by tenants who have left rented properties in Scotland

Landlord registration facing major challenges

08 November, 2016

Figures that emerged during one of the first legal cases brought under the Housing (Wales) Act raise serious questions about the new system of landlord registration

Bexley consults on 'rent it right' landlord licensing scheme for smaller HMOs

08 November, 2016

A public consultation is underway in the London Borough of Bexley to gain feedback on the council's proposals to introduce a new licensing scheme for the private rented sector

Buy-to-let regulation and taxation has gone too far

08 November, 2016

Laura Lamb, director of The Mortgage Company, wants to see the removal of the 3% stamp duty penalty on second homes

Average UK rental growth slows in October

07 November, 2016

The average growth in rental prices for the UK has slowed as it carries the 'dead weight' of shrinking rents in London prime areas

Thanks George! But will buy-to-let market really be so badly hit?

07 November, 2016

Rents are to shoot up in the next five years, easily outstripping inflation, two major agency groups have forecast - but a poll of landlords has drawn very different conclusions

Airbnb could face tighter rules amid concerns over London housing crisis

04 November, 2016

There are concerns it's driving up rent for locals

How the progressive aims of housing associations are being subverted

03 November, 2016

Some housing associations have become more like private landlords

Home Office announces date when breaching Right to Rent rules can give agents criminal records

02 November, 2016

Agents are warned that new criminal offences are being created on December 1 - less than a month away - under the Immigration Act 2016

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Sept 2016

01 November, 2016

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Citizens Advice calls for fund to help landlords make energy efficiency improvements

01 November, 2016

It costs private renters living in poor quality homes £1,000 more than the national average on their energy bills to heat their homes to a comfortable standard

Foxtons fined after ten-month breach over display of letting agent fees

01 November, 2016

Foxtons has been fined after breaching requirements to show letting agents' fees

Understanding the Role of Private Renting

01 November, 2016

After decades of decline, private renting has started to expand again in some European countries, often as owner-occupation falls

These charts show just how tough it is being a member of Generation Rent

31 October, 2016

Generation Rent is ever-growing: the number of households under the age of 35 in the private rented sector rose by more than one million over the past decade

Buy-to-let and second homes made up a QUARTER of all property sales this summer

31 October, 2016

HMRC data shows 56,100 sales in July to September were second homes

Tenant evictions fuelled by rising house prices

31 October, 2016

Since 2010, tenant evictions have tripled - and tenants are not to blame

Time for reform: how our neighbours guarantee stability for renters

31 October, 2016

This new legal research examines the protections for renters across Europe

Chancellor challenged to make renting more affordable

31 October, 2016

Government urged to scrap stamp duty surcharge for buy-to-let properties to make renting more affordable as private rental prices rise by 2.3%

London councils failing to tackle rogue landlords

31 October, 2016

A London Assembly member is calling for mandatory landlord licensing across the capital after a Freedom of Information request revealed a lack of prosecutions of rogue landlords by councils

Average price of a Scottish home increases 0.6 per cent

28 October, 2016

The average price of a residential property in Scotland has shown an increase of 0.6 per cent during the second quarter of the financial year

The clock is ticking for private landlords

27 October, 2016

How will the introduction of Rent Smart Wales impact housing providers?

Behind the Headlines

27 October, 2016

Older people who privately rent their homes

Scottish renters among most at risk from dangerous gas appliances

27 October, 2016

More than a third of landlords in Scotland are unaware of their responsibility to check gas appliances, despite dangerous appliances being found in a fifth of privately-rented accommodation

Landlords making millions renting out freezing houses

27 October, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of tenants are living in cold, draughty houses, faced with higher than average energy bills

Landlords' Barometer - #42: What will the tax onslaught on landlords really mean for the sector?

27 October, 2016

Welcome to Landlords' Barometer #42 - bringing you a range of trending topics from PropertyTribes.com, ranked as the No. 1 landlord community in the U.K. by Alexa

Hotel bills for homeless people run into billions

26 October, 2016

Councils have spent billions of pounds putting homeless people up in bed and breakfasts, hotels and private rented homes

Two vital changes to TPO new code flagged up by compliance expert

26 October, 2016

Letting agents may be unaware of two particularly important changes in The Property Ombdsman's revised code, an industry expert has warned

Most landlords want to see compulsory CMP for letting agents

26 October, 2016

An overwhelming majority of landlords believe Client Money Protection insurance should be made compulsory for letting agents

License to thrill - new changes to HMO licensing are worth getting excited about

25 October, 2016

The government is extending mandatory licensing for houses in multiple occupation so 870,000 additional private tenants have extra protection from rogue landlords, including through minimum space standards

Cost of rent in London highlights squeeze on workers and families

25 October, 2016

Average rents for two-bedroom apartments in London have jumped to more than 50% of earnings across the capital

How Brexit Could Hit the U.K. Buy-to-Let Property Sector

25 October, 2016

There is one sector of the U.K. economy that is set to suffer the consequences of the Brexit vote that almost nobody really talks about: buy-to-let property

Rising supply of unlet properties curbing rent hikes

25 October, 2016

Proportion of landlords hiking bills tumbles to lowest level this year at 24%, providing some relief to tenants

Show us evidence that you display fees or we'll report you

25 October, 2016

The Property Ombudsman Scheme has launched a new national campaign with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute to tackle letting agents that are breaking the law by not displaying their fees

New tax avoidance schemes emerging after Stamp Duty 3% surcharge

25 October, 2016

New tax avoidance schemes are emerging in the wake of the Stamp Duty 3% surcharge on the purchase of second homes that came into force on April 1

Use text messages to talk to tenants in arrears, letting agents advised

25 October, 2016

Letting agents should make much greater use of text messages to communicate with tenants in arrears

Silver Renters on the rise

24 October, 2016

Four in ten people currently renting a property in the UK are now aged over 46 - with 18% aged over 55

The crooked 'landlords' who are finding new ways to cheat desperate renters

24 October, 2016

Intense competition for sought-after properties means it's all too easy to be taken in by fraudsters

Letting agency couple deny 38 counts of fraud

24 October, 2016

Two letting agents have denied fraud

Private rents climbing in Scotland as English move in to invest

21 October, 2016

Rents in Scotland are continuing to climb

London landlords advised not to be greedy and value tenants in period of stagnation

21 October, 2016

Landlords in London are being advised not to seek rent increases and to even consider reducing rents for particularly good tenants as the sector is currently stagnating

Landlords urge UK to follow Irish example and abolish change to tax relief

21 October, 2016

A decision by Ireland to reverse its policy preventing residential landlords from claiming full mortgage interest tax relief on their rental income should send a powerful message to the UK

£800 a month rent charged for rooms in 'dangerous' subdivided flat

21 October, 2016

Enforcement officers find single flat subdivided into small units that 18 tenants were paying an average rent of £800 a month for

Free Online Maintenance and Repair Reporting Tool for Tenants Launches

20 October, 2016

The NLCE has launched a free online maintenance and repair reporting tool for private tenants in a bid to tackle the problem of maintenance/repair issues between landlords and tenants

The Private Rented Sector in Scotland

20 October, 2016

A Private Rented Sector provides good quality homes and high management standards, inspiring consumer confidence, and encourages growth through attracting investment

Landlords 'must not be taxed on turnover'

20 October, 2016

Scottish landlords take case against 'harmful' tax changes to the Treasury

Scottish Buy-to-let index - August 2016

20 October, 2016

Strong summer performance for Scottish rental properties

London's 2m private renters 'let down' over spiralling costs

20 October, 2016

Sadiq Khan called out over survey of London renters

Third of letting agents in major city face fines over failure to display fees

20 October, 2016

Nearly a third of letting agents in a major city are failing to comply with legislation despite being advised only last year of the need to display their fees

Houses in Multiple Occupation and residential property licensing reforms

19 October, 2016

The Government values the private rented sector. It is a very important part of the country's housing market, housing around 4.3 million households in England

Majority of Londoners would pay for renters union

19 October, 2016

'When we asked for things to be fixed like the fire alarms the landlord would agree but then suddenly remember he hadn't put up the rent in a while'

Government set to extend mandatory licensing of HMOs throughout England

19 October, 2016

The Government is planning to extend mandatory licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation, removing the current three-storey rule

Tenant fees - why the industry needs to act NOW

19 October, 2016

There is little doubt our industry is under attack from all sides

Welsh Government will not axe 3% surcharge on buy-to-let homes

18 October, 2016

The 3% surcharge on buy-to-let homes will continue to be levied in Wales - despite hopes it would be ditched when the new Land Transaction Tax comes into force

440,000 landlords forced up tax bracket from April 2017

18 October, 2016

More than four hundred-thousand landlords who pay the basic rate of tax will be forced into a higher tax bracket from April 2017 as planned changes to landlord taxation come in to force

Tax changes for private landlords are "complete tosh"

18 October, 2016

The head of a trade body representing private landlords has described the Government's position on tax changes it is applying to the sector as "complete tosh"

Rogue landlord crackdown

18 October, 2016

Government announces proposals to stop 'rabbit-hutch' properties by introducing a minimum bedroom size for homes in multiple occupation

Tenants need safe homes and landlords should be forced to provide them

18 October, 2016

Shelter's research showing four out of 10 British homes are substandard is no surprise to those of us at the mercy of owners in the private rented sector

Ireland's scrapping of buy-to-let tax is 'warning to Britain'

18 October, 2016

Ireland is reversing its 2009 policy that stopped landlords from claiming full mortgage interest tax relief on their rental income

Crackdown on rogue landlords to include new minimum bedroom size

18 October, 2016

Government proposes mandatory standard of 6.52 sq metres and licensing wider range of properties to stop exploitation of tenants

Letting agents urged to cap fees to fair levels, as fears over outright ban continue

18 October, 2016

The National Approved Letting Scheme is launching a Fair Fees Forum

Immigration Act: Essential update for agents on Right to Rent checks

18 October, 2016

In this new article for EYE, I am warning that a new Immigration Act upgrade is to come into force before the end of this year, with serious legal implications for both letting agents and private landlords

Managing Generation Rent

17 October, 2016

More housing associations are building sizeable private rent portfolios, with a customer base with different needs from its social tenants

The law is finally protecting renters from rogue landlords. Now ministers must enforce it

17 October, 2016

With home ownership a distant dream for a growing number of people, and access to social housing increasingly rationed, more and more people are being forced to rent from a private landlord

Property rentals to outstrip sales for first time since 1930s

17 October, 2016

Low supply and rising prices leads to more new lets than purchases, says estate agency

Autumn Statement representation to HM Treasury From the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) October 2016

17 October, 2016

The growth of the private rented sector has led to a greater focus on property conditions

Pressure rises on calls to ban letting agent fees as petition handed to housing minister

17 October, 2016

An MP has presented a petition at Parliament calling for a ban on letting agent fees

Deadline looms for lettings agent licensing in Wales

17 October, 2016

Lettings agents have just under six weeks to comply with new licensing rules in Wales as data reveals thousands of Welsh landlords face missing the deadline

Tenant citing human rights to avoid eviction set to pursue case at European court

17 October, 2016

The Residential Landlords Association is warning that a landmark case of a tenant using the Human Rights Act to avoid eviction could make it harder to enforce Section 21 notices if the tenant wins her case at the European Court of Human Rights

Are sky-high rents finally running out of steam?

14 October, 2016

Rental prices have slowed to their lowest annual growth rate this year

Firm used by Experian in private rented sector conceived by online estate agent

14 October, 2016

Experian, the giant credit ratings agency, is using a private company to collect data and rents that is owned by an online estate agent

HomeLet Rental Index - September 2016

14 October, 2016

2016 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth, compared to the same period last year

Private rented sector called a "ticking time bomb" as survey suggests tenants' finances are close to breaking

13 October, 2016

The co-founder of a property listings website claims the UK's private rented sector is a "ticking time bomb", with tenants' ability to absorb rent increases at breaking point

UK housing: Why buy-to-let has failed Generation Y

13 October, 2016

While investors & the government may finally be realising buy-to-let's limitations, for a generation of tenants its drawbacks have been evident for years

ARLA slams 'secret' database of rogue letting agents and landlords

13 October, 2016

A 'secret' list of banned letting agents and landlords will be of very little use

Research reveals a third of tenants steal from rented property

13 October, 2016

Landlords beware, a third of tenants have stolen items from a rented property in the past five years

Rent rises are inevitable after tax clampdown on buy-to-let

12 October, 2016

Landlords may have failed last week in their legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for homes set to be introduced next year, but the real losers will be tenants

Few landlords registering under Rent Smart Welsh law

12 October, 2016

There are fears that thousands of residential landlords in Wales will be breaking the law without realising it, with just six weeks to go until all will have to be registered

Buy-to-let enquiries up 30% since May as investors return to the market

12 October, 2016

Buyer enquiries from potential landlords and investors are now up 30% since May, following a short-term dip as additional stamp duty changes came in on April 1st

Agents failing to make tenants aware of their rights to switch energy supplier

12 October, 2016

Landlords and lettings agents are failing to make tenants aware of their rights when it comes to energy bills

Third of landlords worried about Brexit effect

11 October, 2016

More than a third of landlords think that leaving the EU will have a negative impact on their ability to attract tenants in the future

Central Belt Drives Scottish PRS Engine

11 October, 2016

Strong gains in Scotland's central belt continue to drive the national average upwards

May's focus on the power of government is an opportunity for private renters

11 October, 2016

"We should employ the power of government for the good of the people."

Landlords not up to speed with regulations

11 October, 2016

Concerns are being raised about a high number of landlords and letting agents failing to get to grips with several legislative changes

HMRC urges landlords in UK to make tax disclosures sooner rather than later

11 October, 2016

Landlords in the UK have made 13,000 disclosures through the tax man's let property campaign was launched in 2013 to encourage those owing tax to get their affairs in order

London's private renters are seriously fed up with the experience

10 October, 2016

London Assembly member Sian Berry has released a new report she claims lays bare the scale of dissatisfaction among renters in the capital

Buy-to-let lenders shelter existing borrowers from strict lending rules

10 October, 2016

Britain's two largest buy-to-let mortgage lenders have promised their existing borrowers that they can remortgage without being subject to higher rental cover requirements

New petition launches calling for mandatory licensing of agents

10 October, 2016

An online petition has been launched calling for the introduction of mandatory licensing of estate agents

Loophole that lets landlords dodge buy-to-let curbs: Six in ten invest through limited companies to avoid the new rules

07 October, 2016

More and more landlords exploiting loophole in buy-to-let crackdown

Tribunal verdict may hit Airbnb-type sub-letting

07 October, 2016

Sharing economy pioneers, such as Airbnb, have enjoyed huge success over the past few years, however, this has not come without negative ramifications

Average rent for one-bed property grows by 0.12%

07 October, 2016

Average one-bed property rents in the UK grew by 0.12% in September, the Landbay Rental Index has found

Landlords lose legal fight to get Osborne's tax changes overturned

07 October, 2016

Landlords are licking their wounds after a Judge yesterday ruled against a Judicial Review of former Chancellor George Osborne's capping of the amount of mortgage interest that they can offset against tax

Landlords' Barometer - #41: How landlords feel about court ruling

07 October, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #41" - bringing you a "Tenant Tax" special with exclusive content from yesterday's procedural hearing into whether there can be a Judicial Review into Section 24

Most landlords unaware tenant fees may be scrapped

06 October, 2016

Tenant fees may be scrapped in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Inexperienced investors turn to property as a safe haven investment

06 October, 2016

A growing number of investors are choosing to invest in the UK housing market

Key day as landlords seek judicial review of buy to let tax change

06 October, 2016

Legal represenatives for two landlords will today make the case for a judicial review of Section 24 of the Finance (No.2) Act 2015 - a bid to stop the phased reduction of mortgage interest tax relief for landlords, sscheduled to be introduced from next April

Buy to let boom continues, yet first time buyers struggle

06 October, 2016

The buy to let sector continues to go from strength to strength

No ban on letting agent fees for now

06 October, 2016

New housing minister Gavin Barwell has said he will not ban letting agent fees - for the time being

Landlord ordered to pay over £100,000 after flouting safety laws

05 October, 2016

A landlord has been hit with a bill of over £100,000 after flouting safety requirements at five flats

Cherie Booth to represent landlords fighting changes to tax regime

05 October, 2016

Former PM's wife, who owns with her family 10 houses and 27 flats, will challenge attempt to stop buy-to-let costs being a claimable business expense

Harsher penalties for landlords renting to illegal immigrants

05 October, 2016

Landlords that knowingly let homes to illegal immigrants could be sent to prison, the home secretary has announced

Trading Standards swoop on student letting agents

05 October, 2016

Trading Standards in the midlands are targeting letting agents over their service to students

We can supercharge the power of new building by giving private renters more security

04 October, 2016

The government's continuing commitment to building new homes is welcome

Welsh landlords fail to register as Rent Smart Wales deadline looms

04 October, 2016

For those of you living East of the Marches last November, the Welsh government introduced a scheme to licence all property managing landlords and letting agents in Wales

Get out your hard hat Theresa: UK facing a 1.8m shortage of rental properties

04 October, 2016

The Government must urgently deliver 1.8 million new rental homes for UK families

Landlord hit with record £700,000 bill after illegal lettings

04 October, 2016

A landlord has received a record fine after illegally dividing a semi into nine flats. However, the case has dragged on for ten years and involved numerous court appearances

600,000 London renters at risk of moving home if jobless or sick

03 October, 2016

The number of Londoners renting privately at risk of having to move home if they become jobless or lose their income due to sickness has soared to nearly 600,000

Chancellor urged to hit 'reset' on landlord tax changes to avoid further rises in rents

03 October, 2016

Tenants in the private rented sector face the prospect of higher rents as landlords pass on the costs of tax increases

Putting it into practice: how to raise standards across Scotland's private rented sector

03 October, 2016

The private rented sector's growth in Scotland is well documented: the most up to date statistics show that the number of households renting in the sector has tripled since 1999

'Buy-to-let is my pension - but do the numbers stack up?'

03 October, 2016

If you listen to the pensions industry you'll be bombarded with statistics on compound growth, the generosity of Government top-ups and neat ways to avoid inheritance tax

Knight Knox launches buy-to-let development in centre of Sheffield

03 October, 2016

Knight Knox - a provider of buy-to-let developments to the private investor market - has launched a new development in Sheffield

"Accidental landlords" freeze out first-time buyers

03 October, 2016

Would-be first-time buyers are being frozen out of the market by richer households who cling on to their old home as a rental investment when trading up

Buy-to-let investors 'may have to stump up more equity'

30 September, 2016

Buy-to-let investors face having to inject much bigger amounts of cash into their properties due to changes to the market

Association of residential letting agents private rented sector report

30 September, 2016

Demand from prospective tenants rose in August

Buy-to-let landlords to face tougher mortgage test: New rules will ensure owners can survive interest rate rise

30 September, 2016

Tougher rules will ensure landlords can survive a rise in interest rates

Tougher buy-to-let lending criteria designed to scare off more landlords

30 September, 2016

New and tougher under-writing standards are to be adopted for almost all buy-to-let mortgages

ONS figures reveal private rents in Great Britain increased by 2.3% in the 12 months to August with England seeing largest increase

29 September, 2016

Private rents increased by 2.3% in Great Britain in the 12 months to August

Why a ban on letting agent fees would be good news for tenants

29 September, 2016

At Shelter we believe that tenants shouldn't be charged up-front fees by letting agents

Rising rents outpace pay as private rental market 'remains in good shape' despite Brexit

29 September, 2016

Housing costs continue to grow more quickly than wages, though the supply of rental property rises

Underwriting standards for buy-to-let mortgage contracts

29 September, 2016

This SS is relevant to all firms regulated by the PRA that undertake buy-to-let lending that is not already subject to FCA regulation

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain, results: Aug 2016

29 September, 2016

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Bristol's private housing landlords fight back against expanding council licensing schemes

29 September, 2016

Landlords across Bristol are coming together to fight proposals for more licensing schemes to regulate the private rented housing sector, as battle lines are drawn in the Bristol Housing Crisis

August saw 15% drop in number of advertised buy-to-lets

29 September, 2016

A property crowdfunding business has expressed concern that a shortage of new buy-to-let properties is in the offing

MPs urged to act on eviction 'crisis'

29 September, 2016

The number of households made homeless after eviction from a privately rented home is now at the highest since records began

The effect of stamp duty changes on housing market activity: April 2016

29 September, 2016

Article exploring a monthly extract of Land Registry property transaction data to analyse the impact of stamp duty changes up to and including April 2016

Nearly 5,000 households move from private rental sector into homelessness

29 September, 2016

Local authorities in England accepted 15,170 households as statutorily homeless in the second quarter of this year

Not just rogues but crooks, Shelter speaks out against minority of law-breaking landlords

28 September, 2016

Over one million tenants in the private rented sector are suffering at the hands of a landlord who has broken the law

Continued growth in PRS indicative of 'dysfunctional' housing supply

28 September, 2016

Statistics showing that the Scottish private rented sector has almost tripled since Holyrood was established

Money laundering - legal responsibilities for letting agents come closer

28 September, 2016

The Government has released a new consultation on the Fourth Money Laundering Directive

"A horrible way to live": how short-term renting affects family life

27 September, 2016

We recently received this e-mail from Rachel, a mother of a young son who had heard about our campaign for longer rental contracts

Agents and landlords reminded of importance of fire doors

27 September, 2016

This week those working in the Private Rented Sector are being reminded of the importance of fire doors in rental properties

Tackling discrimination in housing

27 September, 2016

There is no doubt that the introduction of document checks has increased the incentive for landlords to discriminate

Here's how we can translate London's housing benefit bill into affordable housing

27 September, 2016

London's housing market is an anomaly

Public back landlords' campaign for better enforcement of PRS laws

27 September, 2016

An overwhelming majority of Scottish people believe councils should do more to enforce laws which protect the safety of tenants

Tenure and Deposits in England and Wales

27 September, 2016

The tenancy deposit protection legislation was introduced in April 2007 in England and Wales as a result of the 2004 Housing Act

Summer slowdown in rentals was still a sizzler

27 September, 2016

The number of To Let and Let By boards predictably fell during August but bucked the usual annual trend

Scotland's People Annual Report: Results from the 2015 Scottish Household Survey

27 September, 2016

The SHS is a continuous survey based on a sample of the general population in private residences in Scotland

AXA survey finds financial optimism among tenants

26 September, 2016

AXA have released a report claiming that despite the average tenant expecting to rent for a further decade, there is financial optimism

London's turning

26 September, 2016

Towards a sustainable private rented sector under the new Mayor

Moment neighbours form a human chain around a mother's house to stop her being kicked out of the home where she has lived for 12 years

23 September, 2016

Nimo Abdullahi was told she would be kicked out of her home of 12 years

Million private renters suffer under rogue landlords

23 September, 2016

More than a million private renters across England have suffered at the hands of law-breaking landlords over the last year

NLA responds to Shelter's report on law-breaking landlords

23 September, 2016

We believe that no one should have to put up with a criminal landlord

Tenant launches 'TripAdvisor for renters' amid fury at letting agents

22 September, 2016

A tenant angry at receiving "misleading" service from letting agents has decided to start an online review site for rental properties

The tenants paying the price so landlords don't have to

22 September, 2016

A charity has spoken out against the high fees being charged to tenants who can't take their business elsewhere

Government Money to Tackle Rogue Landlords Is Being Used to Arrest Tenants

22 September, 2016

It's worth remembering what the housing crisis actually means in practice for some people

Industry is 'sleep-walking' into outright ban on letting agent fees, warning

22 September, 2016

The National Approved Letting Scheme has warned that the industry could be sleep-walking into a ban on letting agent fees

Landlords' Barometer - #40: Is the private rented sector bleeding to death?

22 September, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #40" - bringing you trending landlord and property topics

Debate around buy-to-let tax changes points to general need for extra safeguards for tenants

21 September, 2016

The new government looks set to press ahead with controversial changes to the tax regime for small landlords that were set in motion last year

Private Rental Sector Moving Towards Hotel-Style Rentals

21 September, 2016

The private rental sector is moving towards hotel-style rentals, as the proptech industry develops and caters to the needs of private tenants

New tenancy scheme to launch in London to help renters save home deposit

21 September, 2016

The first details of plans for a London Living Rent, a new type of tenancy for newly built affordable homes have been confirmed by Mayor Sadiq Khan

Private sector tenants getting older, with middle aged spread hinting at rise of the 'silver renter' says Your Move

21 September, 2016

The UK's private renters are showing signs of middle aged spread, with nearly half of them now aged over 46, according to a survey from lettings agent Your Move

The Spread of the Bedroom Boom

21 September, 2016

The use of Airbnb in the UK has exploded over the last 12 months

How to get the deposit back from your student house

21 September, 2016

Students and those renting for the first time are easy targets for landlords and estate agents eager to hold on to large deposits

Tenants spend two thirds of their take-home pay on rent as average monthly cost of a one-bed passes £1,000

20 September, 2016

Tenants paid £1,010 on average for a one bedroom home in August

Renters need a stable home too

20 September, 2016

Not convinced short-term contracts are unfair on renters? We think much can be done to improve rental contracts

TDS Rents Briefing August 2016

20 September, 2016

Latest data issued by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme shows new rents registered across England and Wales in August 2016, with new average monthly rents in London just over £1,765

Rise of the 'silver renter' as tenants under 35 are in the minority

20 September, 2016

Almost half of tenants living in private rental accommodation across the UK are aged over 46, signalling the rise of the 'silver renter'

Concerns raised at government level over landlords' illegal use of Airbnb

20 September, 2016

Concerns have been raised at government level over the illegal use of Airbnb by private landlords

One in ten agents unaware of change in law on tenant repair requests

20 September, 2016

Over 10% of agents remain unaware of what is required to provide a statutorily defined 'adequate response' to a tenant repair request

Charity calls for end to letting fees for tenants

19 September, 2016

All UK letting agency fees should be paid by landlords who can shop around, rather than tenants - as is the case in Scotland

Court date set for Cherie Blair's challenge to buy-to-let tax

16 September, 2016

A court date has been set for a legal challenge to tax changes set to hit landlords from April next year

Scottish private renters are 'happier' than those in England and Wales

16 September, 2016

Scotland's rental culture is happier, friendlier and more settled than that south of the Border

Many UK landlords live within 10 miles of their buy to let property

16 September, 2016

Two thirds of landlords live within ten miles of their rented property

Scam 'landlords' using fake Rightmove email to get tenants to hand over money

16 September, 2016

Scammers have been using the Rightmove brand to dupe tenants out of rental deposits

Two and three-bed buy-to-lets 'will become unviable'

15 September, 2016

Two and three-bed buy-to-let properties will become more difficult to buy under lenders' plans to apply far tougher checks on landlords

Imposing rent controls 'do nothing' to resolve 'housing crisis'

15 September, 2016

The "housing crisis" would be worsened if rent controls were imposed

More tenants in UK believe they can own their own home

15 September, 2016

British tenants are feeling more optimistic about their finances and regard buying their own home as a more realistic prospect due to being able to save for a deposit

Agent and landlord both convicted of failing to license property

15 September, 2016

A landlord and his letting agent have both been fined and given criminal records for failing to license his rental property and ignoring their tenants' pleas for essential repairs

Fewer 'dinner party' landlords as private rented sector becomes more professional

15 September, 2016

There will be fewer 'dinner party' landlords following changes to the sector, which include a hike in Stamp Duty and the impending changes to mortgage interest tax relief

Social Housing Evictions Higher than in Private Housing

14 September, 2016

You may have noticed that privately rented accommodation is not always held in the highest regard

Big percentage drop in new rental properties listed across UK

14 September, 2016

Almost nine out of ten major towns and cities in the UK saw falls in the number of new buy-to-let properties being advertised

Revealed: the cost of bad eviction advice

14 September, 2016

The average cost to a landlord of their tenant being advised to ignore an eviction notice stands at nearly £7,000, according to a recent survey of landlords

Meeting housing demand, raising standards: social landlords and the private rented sector

14 September, 2016

Firstly, any social landlord looking to make the move into the private rented sector needs to study their local market very carefully

Website has to amend 'rent to rent' advice after lawyer condemns it as 'completely wrong'

14 September, 2016

A website has had to amend its advice to landlords about 'rent to rent' after a lawyer condemned it as being completely wrong

Charity aims to help create better standards for Scotland's 700,000 private renters

13 September, 2016

Shelter Scotland conference brings together third sector organisations with landlords, letting agents and tenants to discuss the implications of new legislation

Britain's rental property market is counter-intuitively warped

13 September, 2016

Rents in Britain are counter-intuitively cratering despite a severe housing shortage

Policy change soon? Minister meets buy to let tax campaigners

12 September, 2016

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has met campaigners to scrap anti-buy to let measures introduced by the Cameron government in the past two years

Welsh Government mulls removing rental stamp duty hike

12 September, 2016

The Welsh Government could lift the 3% tax hike imposed on private landlords, as it designs its own stamp duty system for the first time

New Government working group looking at letting agent fees

12 September, 2016

The existence of a new body investigating costs for private tenants - including letting agent fees - has been revealed in the Commons by housing minister Gavin Harwell

Almost 80% of tenants paying the asking price

12 September, 2016

Most rental homes are being let at asking price, Countrywide has reported. The proportion nationally is 78%, up 13% compared with a year ago

No sign of post-Brexit slowdown in rental market

09 September, 2016

Average rent in England and Wales reached an all-time high of £846 in July 2016

Couple who sub-let unlicensed property rented through agent successfully prosecuted

09 September, 2016

A couple have been ordered to pay over £10,000 after sub-letting a property

Buy-to-let rents rise to all-time high as demand for homes outstrips supply

09 September, 2016

Average landlord rents increased 5.2% in a year reaching average of £846 in England and Wales

One in five landlords too embarrassed to admit it

09 September, 2016

One in five landlords are too embarrassed to admit it, according to a recent poll of almost 800 residential property investors

London Rental Index

09 September, 2016

Cha-Ching! These Are The Cheapest Areas To Rent In London Right Now

Quarterly Rental Index

09 September, 2016

The average rent recorded for Q2 2016 in England forall Belvoir offices, including new ones, is £827 per month

Newham prepares to fight for licensing scheme

09 September, 2016

An east London borough is preparing its bid to persuade the government to allow it to extend its flagship borough-wide licensing scheme for private landlords beyond 2018

Tenants crammed into illegal sublet

08 September, 2016

More than 20 tenants could have been crammed into a illegally sublet four-bedroomed property in Hounslow, London

HomeLet Rental Index - August 2016

08 September, 2016

2016 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth, compared to the same period last year

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

08 September, 2016

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

How are property prices and rents influencing buy to let returns in 2016?

08 September, 2016

As we head out of the summer season into autumn, the latest market data gives us a good indication of how well property has been performing as an investment so far this year

Terror for agents as fake viewer pulls sawn-off shotgun during viewings

08 September, 2016

A man has been jailed after using a sawn-off double barrelled shotgun during two terrifying robberies involving agents on viewings. He had posed as someone interested in viewing the properties

Letting agents pioneer product designed to help tenants boost credit rating

07 September, 2016

A small number of letting agents are pioneering a product designed to help private tenants boost their credit histories

Market 'reacting to buy-to-let reforms'

07 September, 2016

Houses used for student lets are going on the market in growing numbers as a crackdown on buy-to-let takes effect

Certainty for private landlords on Article 8 defences

07 September, 2016

The recent Supreme Court judgement of McDonald v McDonald has brought about certainty for private landlords with respect to whether Article 8 defences may be raised by tenants as a defence

Local council decides not to go ahead with licensing scheme

07 September, 2016

A local authority has decided against bringing in a new landlord licensing scheme

One letting agent a month signing up to 'ethical' charter devised by tenants' rights campaign

06 September, 2016

One letting agent a month has been signing up to an ethical lettings charter in Bristol and more than 10,000 renters have pledged to take part

Council's plan to buy houses in Cheltenham to provide social rented housing

06 September, 2016

Houses on the open market could be bought by Cheltenham Borough Council to be rented as council housing

How the PRS can solve the Housing Crisis

06 September, 2016

Research by The Resolution Foundation has shown the biggest falls in home ownership of over the last 10 years. The alternative is renting

Wandsworth Council rejects landlord licensing plan

06 September, 2016

The RLA has welcomed news that Wandsworth Council has abandoned plans to introduce landlord licensing

Scottish landlords support move to measure impact of tax changes on supply of affordable housing

05 September, 2016

The impact of tax changes for landlords in the PRS on the availability of affordable housing will be debated in the House of Commons

The impact of accidental landlords on the private rented sector

05 September, 2016

With the growth in the PRS, there has been a rise in the number of 'accidental landlords', people who are letting out their property more through circumstance and need than purely profit

Fewer homes for rent, as landlords move flats onto Airbnb

05 September, 2016

Landlords are taking their flats off the open market, and advertising them instead on holiday websites like Airbnb

Victory for tenants in sub-letting case

05 September, 2016

A landlord has failed to gain immediate possession of his property after it was sub-let by his tenant

Landlord fined over 'dangerous, defective' HMO

02 September, 2016

The HMO in Cardiff that landed its landlord to court didn't have much going it

Rents and Value for Money

02 September, 2016

Many tenants pay rent for their homes and rarely question whether it equates to value for money for the services they receive

Tenants forget to claim back £500,000 of their own deposit money

02 September, 2016

Staff at a tenancy deposit scheme in Scotland are searching for thousands of tenants who appear to have forgotten to claim back their deposits

Landlords fined £3,800 in council's first rented homes licensing prosecution

31 August, 2016

A council's first prosecution over HMO licenses cost two landlords nearly £4,000

Should Wales Ban Letting Agent Fees?

30 August, 2016

Between late January and early March 2016, Shelter Cymru and their supporters carried out a mass participative mystery shop of 85 letting agents across Wales looking into what tenants were charged in agency fees

Fury as major buy-to-let tax amendments are 'slipped in' by stealth

30 August, 2016

Major amendments to the Finance Bill have been "slipped in" at committee stage

Police step up hunt for bogus letting agent who robbed tenants of thousands

30 August, 2016

Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak in connection with an investigation in which a number of people fell victim to a suspected bogus letting agent

New Bill set to change the moment that private tenants become homeless

30 August, 2016

A new Bill aimed at reducing homelessness has been published

Man behind allAgents review site to keep his landlord licence after jail sentence

30 August, 2016

Vincent Friel, the letting agent behind agents review site allAgents, has been allowed to keep his licence to continue as a private landlord

Housing benefit pumped into the private rented sector is dead money

26 August, 2016

If the government truly cared about value for money for taxpayers rather than the profits of private landlords, they'd build social housing

Landlord handed £15,000 bill

26 August, 2016

A company has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 for failing to licence a large block of flats in Rotherham

MP asks letting agent to sign petition to get letting agent fees abolished

26 August, 2016

A letting agent has been invited by his MP to support a campaign to have "rip off" letting agent fees banned

Mortgage approvals by UK banks fall to lowest level so far this year

25 August, 2016

Approvals were down in July but credit growth was up, suggesting people delaying large not small purchases after Brexit vote

OneSavings more keen on lending to professional landlords after EU vote

25 August, 2016

OneSavings Bank said it had increased its focus on professional landlords and tightened lending criteria for financing smaller residential developments after Britain voted to leave the EU

Of Letting Fees and Rent Controls - Landlords being pushed into a trap

25 August, 2016

A lot was made of letting agent fees in the run up to last year's general election, and the issue is back again as the fix-all cure of the ills of private renting

Guidance issued to landlords on how they should treat refugees

25 August, 2016

The Scottish Refugee Council has launched a guide for housing professionals to ensure that all refugees and asylum seekers are treated with dignity and fairness

Private rents up by 2.4% over past year

25 August, 2016

The ONS' latest index of private housing rental prices has found that rents grew by 2.4% in the year to July 2016

Poorer renters at risk from homelessness as benefit shortfall grows

24 August, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of households face a £100-a-month gap between private rents and housing benefit by 2020

'Rogue landlords' exploit vulnerable families in Govanhill

24 August, 2016

Vulnerable families are being exploited by "rogue landlords" in the midst of the first minister's constituency

Demand for buy-to-let mortgages and loans boosts OneSavings Bank profits but lender set to slash standard rates

24 August, 2016

Specialist lender OneSavings Bank was the biggest riser on the FTSE 250 at lunchtime as demand for mortgages and loans saw it post above-forecast profits

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain, results: July 2016

24 August, 2016

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Agents accused of kicking out tenants in order to earn 'inflated' fees

24 August, 2016

'Inflated' fees give letting agents an incentive to churn tenants - kicking them out, and in the process distorting the whole housing market

Landlord power sees off introduction of licensing scheme

24 August, 2016

A west country council has dropped its plans for a licensing scheme after local landlords came up with "a number of other alternatives"

Landlords to challenge Redbridge Council's planned licensing schemes

23 August, 2016

Landlords in Redbridge are being invited to put any questions they have over new controversial licensing schemes to council officers at a meeting being held tomorrow

Government launches review into letting agent fraud

23 August, 2016

The Government is to review whether renters' and landlords' money is adequately protected from letting agent fraud or bankruptcy

Landlords' Barometer - #39: Ten predictions and one has already come true!

23 August, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #39" ... a round-up of trending topics on PropertyTribes.com

How Might the Chancellor's Autumn Statement Affect Landlords?

22 August, 2016

The year 2016 has definitely been a turbulent one for Britons, especially landlords

The growing Housing Benefit spend in the private rented sector

22 August, 2016

This briefing examines the reasons and factors behind the recent growth in Housing Benefit expenditure in the private rented sector

Private landlords 'lining their pockets' with housing benefit

22 August, 2016

Private landlords "are lining their pockets" with housing benefit

Rental expert calls on new Housing Minister to reverse tax changes

19 August, 2016

Reverse 'punitive tax policies' in order to increase supply and demand in the rental sector

Be prepared, landlords, there's a new Government regime on energy efficiency standards coming your way

18 August, 2016

Landlords need to prepare for the introduction of the Government's new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards now if they want to avoid legal headaches and potential fines

The student towns where buy-to-let returns are as high as 10pc

18 August, 2016

Yields of more than 10pc are still obtainable from buying properties to let to students

Rogue landlord fined £40k for 'squeezing' tenants into unsafe HMO

18 August, 2016

A rogue landlord faces a court bill of almost £40,000 after being caught cramming 24 people into an unsafe, cockroach infested £3,700 a month HMO intended for seven

Belvoir calls on ministers to reverse Osborne's 'disastrous' taxes on landlords

18 August, 2016

Franchise chain Belvoir is calling for the Government to reverse "punitive" tax policies that are hitting the private rented sector

Andy Burnham calls for councils to be able to buy poor quality private rented homes

18 August, 2016

Councils should receive a fund to help them purchase private rented homes in a poor state of repair

£66k bill for illegal sub-letting

17 August, 2016

Busted for illegal sub-letting, a tenant has been landed with a £66,600 bill

Buy to let property investors in UK still positive post Brexit

17 August, 2016

Confidence in the lending environment remains unchanged for buy to let property investors in the UK after the historic vote to leave the European Union

Bank of mum and dad dealt tax blow: New rules mean parents could be hit by higher stamp duty rates

17 August, 2016

Coventry Building Society scraps 'Step Up' mortgage deal for families

New start-up offering alternative to tenancy deposit protection announces seed investment

17 August, 2016

A London-based property and financial technology start-up, Reposit, is aiming to offer an alternative to tenancy deposit protection

As a landlady, I can see what needs to change in our rental market

16 August, 2016

We recently received the following guest blog from a Shelter supporter, Maureen, and we thought we'd share it

Five million private renters 'risk housing crisis without wage'

16 August, 2016

More than five million working rental sector tenants are at risk of being unable to cover their housing costs if they lost their wage

Law student illegally sub-let her council flat to private tenant

16 August, 2016

A law student illegally sub-let her council flat to a private tenant when she started a university degree 120 miles away

Are you one of the 1 in 10 legally compliant landlords in Wales?

16 August, 2016

All landlords with property in Wales are legally required to register with Rent Smart Wales and undergo training to obtain a license if you self-manage your property

London rents drop for first time since November 2010

15 August, 2016

Rents in London have fallen annually for the first time in nearly six years as the pace of price increases has slowed across Britain

Energy policy a 'tax on tenants'

15 August, 2016

Tenants may face higher rents due to the impact of energy efficiency

Another buy to let lender encouraging longer tenancies

15 August, 2016

Leeds Building Society has changed its mortgage criteria in a bid to encourage longer-term private rentals

New licensing scheme for HMOs

15 August, 2016

The London borough of Bexley is developing a new local licensing scheme for Houses of Multiple Occupation

Council action leaves landlord with £14k bill for unlicensed flats

15 August, 2016

A London council has left a landlord with a bill of over £14,000 for letting unlicensed "overcrowded, poorly managed, fire hazard" flats

Pace of rent rises slows across country - and drop in central London for first time in six years

15 August, 2016

Rental growth has slowed across the country. And while rents still went up in most regions, last month there were drops in the south-east, Scotland, Wales and London

Emboldened tenants refuse to move

15 August, 2016

Residents of the Butterfields estate in Walthamstow are up in arms about a neighbour's eviction

Scottish landlords launch new campaign against tax changes

15 August, 2016

Tax increases being imposed by the UK and Scottish governments will make it easier for irresponsible landlords to provide sub-standard housing to tenants

22,592 private renting households evicted over the past 12 months

12 August, 2016

Shelter says the "terrible impact" of welfare cuts and "chronic lack" of affordable homes is reflected in the 22,592 private renting households in England evicted by bailiffs in the last twelve months

Buy-to-let market plateaus in Q2 as tenant demand stabilises

12 August, 2016

Tenant demand for private rental property is plateauing across the UK, as 45% of landlords report no change during the second quarter of 2016

Sustainable buildings pay in terms of rent and occupancy

12 August, 2016

A new study draws a direct correlation between green building certification and increased financial benefits to property owners

Number of private tenants evicted by bailiffs soars 88% in five years

12 August, 2016

The number of households living in the private rented sector in England evicted by bailiffs has gone up 88% in the past five years

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics: April to June 2016

11 August, 2016

Quarterly National Statistics on possession claim actions in county courts by mortgage lenders and social and private landlords

EU tenants worried Brexit will leave them homeless

10 August, 2016

Three in ten European Union citizens living in the private rented sector say they are worried that the result of the referendum will make it harder for them to rent in the UK

The stigma of renting and the legacy of new towns

10 August, 2016

Jonn Elledge's article is mostly a realistic picture of the rental v ownership situation in the UK

Rogue landlord 'couldn't afford' to fix unsafe HMO

10 August, 2016

Failing to provide safety precautions... a dangerous kitchen layout... defective windows and waste pipes... rogue landlord Kowser Ahmed Chowdhury claimed he couldn't afford to fix any of them

Most private landlords are part-timers with just one property

10 August, 2016

The large majority of private landlords still consider property rental to be a part-time activity, and most manage their portfolios as private individuals rather than as companies

Landlords may have to spend up to £5,000 to keep rental homes in the market

10 August, 2016

Government officials have estimated it could cost landlords between £1,800 and £5,000 to bring energy-inefficient properties up to an EPC rating of E

Concern that landlords who apply for direct rental payments having emails deleted

10 August, 2016

The Residential Landlords Association is to call on the Government for better guidance to stop emails applying for rent payments to go straight to landlords being deleted

Still small but growing: How have landlord characteristics changed since 2010?

09 August, 2016

The modern rise of the private rented sector needs little introduction

PRS revolution is well and truly under way

09 August, 2016

Build to rent is finally blossoming, with more than 60,000 units in the pipeline

Housing minister says he backs longer private rental tenancies

09 August, 2016

The new housing minister, Gavin Barwell, says he is behind the concept of longer tenancies for renters in the private sector

Banning letting agent fees is not the answer

09 August, 2016

The National Approved Lettings Scheme has spoken out against calls by housing charity Shelter to ban letting agent fees in Wales

HomeLet Rental Index - July 2016

09 August, 2016

16 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth, compared to the same period last year

Bristol landlord couple fined for breaching new licensing scheme for Easton's Stapleton Road

08 August, 2016

The Stapleton Road area of Easton is the first to be subject to a special landlord's licence

'My 20pc per year buy-to-let returns: here's how it works'

08 August, 2016

Despite having had to pay higher stamp duty from April, buy-to-let investors still claim to be capturing ultra-high yields - including some of more than 20pc

Is the increase in private renters a lifestyle choice we should come to accept?

08 August, 2016

Last week, the Resolution Foundation found that home ownership is at its lowest in 30 years

Rise in number of landlords helps calm post-Brexit lettings fears

08 August, 2016

One of Scotland's biggest letting agencies has reported a "significant rise" in interest from landlords in the weeks following the referendum

Luton HMO Landlord Fined

08 August, 2016

A Luton landlord has been fined over £1,300 after failing to ensure his tenants were equipped with the correct firefighting equipment

Mortgage lenders delay moves to pass on interest rate cut

05 August, 2016

Bailed-out banks NatWest and Lloyds are reticent about cutting SVR rates despite warning from Bank of England governor

UK interest rate cut: how it will affect you

05 August, 2016

With the Bank of England reducing the base rate to just 0.25%, we look at the likely impact on mortgage and savings rates, pensions and house prices

Southampton multi-occupancy tenants 'may face eviction'

04 August, 2016

Tenants in Southampton may face eviction because landlords are holding incorrect paperwork, Shelter claims

'Slumlord' fined for flat found not fit to live in

04 August, 2016

A 'slumlord' assumed cheap rent kept tenants happy in a flat a court found was not fit to live in

Nine in 10 renters do not have the savings for 5% home deposit

03 August, 2016

Vast majority of people who rent are locked out of home ownership through a lack of income and savings, says Equality Trust

'Home ownership is unrealistic': five readers on England's housing crisis

03 August, 2016

England is in the middle of a housing crisis. We asked people to share where, and how, they live and what their hopes are for the future

Spare Room London Rental Index

03 August, 2016

SpareRoom.com report

UK home ownership rates are at their lowest for 30 years

03 August, 2016

Handwringing about the housing crisis has become a national pastime. Not surprising perhaps, with home ownership becoming an increasingly unrealistic dream for many younger families

The dream of owning your own home is over. Let's improve renting

03 August, 2016

We've been obsessed with house buying since the days of Thatcher. But now if tenancies were longer and tenants' rights stronger, we'd more happily rent

Home ownership in England hits 30-year low

03 August, 2016

London isn't the only city suffering a housing crisis

Council calls on ministers to protect renters

02 August, 2016

A London council is delivering a petition to government ministers in a bid to protect private renters

UK interest rates set to be cut by Bank of England on Thursday

01 August, 2016

Bank will publish latest inflation report and growth forecasts this week, as downgrade of Britain's economic prospects is expected

Green tax' to hit landlords with £5,000 bill on buy-to-let homes

01 August, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of buy-to-let homeowners will have to pay a 'green tax' of up to £5,000 to make their properties more energy efficient

Universal Credit and rented housing

01 August, 2016

Guide for landlords

Brick by Brick

28 July, 2016

What do we know about the demand for private renting?

Council consults on property licensing schemes

28 July, 2016

A London council has launched a consultation on property licensing schemes

Rents fall as landlords remain nervous over Brexit

26 July, 2016

Letting market hit by uncertainty over the future of Britain's role in Europe, but London continues to benefit from high demand for homes

June property transaction count down by 10% on last year

26 July, 2016

The number of residential property transactions increased by 4.9% between May and June 2016, but is down 10.2% compared with the same month last year

Taxing tenants: how taxes on landlords end up hitting tenants

25 July, 2016

TaxPayers' Alliance report

Extending a voluntary Right to Buy to housing association tenants (England)

22 July, 2016

The statutory Right to Buy came into effect on 3 October 1980

Private rented sector in UK seeing rapid growth

22 July, 2016

The private rented sector is continuing its rapid growth across the UK and is now well established as the second biggest form of tenure after home ownership

Hundreds of private tenants to benefit from Charity Commission move

22 July, 2016

Hundreds of private tenants in rented homes in County Down and Belfast stand to benefit after an intervention by the Charity Commission

'£4.5bn a year up for grabs if Londoners rent out their homes'

22 July, 2016

A total of £4.5 billion a year could be earned if Londoners were to rent out their homes when going on holiday

Landlord fined over unsafe log burner

22 July, 2016

An unsafe log burner has cost a landlord over £1,000

Half of tenants would leave town to achieve dream of homeownership

21 July, 2016

More than half of tenants would move or consider moving to a different town or city in order to buy a home

Landlord allowed to pay £50 weekly instalments could take 15 years to pay fine

21 July, 2016

A landlord could take nearly 15 years to clear a £40,000 bill after a court agreed to let him pay weekly instalments

Giving renters back control over their lives

20 July, 2016

It's worth pausing for a moment on the promise Theresa May made in her first speech as prime minister

Private rental sector is the 'new home of poverty' in the UK

20 July, 2016

Urgent action is needed to empower local authorities to drive up the standards of privately owned homes

Landlords should seek advice about the tax changes ahead

20 July, 2016

With several tax changes for residential properties announced over the past 12 months, landlords need to be aware of how these could affect their tax bill

Properties run as Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) are earning double-digit returns for London landlords - if they can navigate the rules

20 July, 2016

Running a property as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) could provide double-digit returns for London's landlords

The valuation of buy to let and HMO properties guidance

20 July, 2016

Over the past 25 years there has been a major shift in the housing market in the UK that has led to an increased bias to private renting, both out of choice and out of need

Landlords urge Welsh government to introduce a new tax to boost rented housing supply

18 July, 2016

Assembly members in Wales are being asked to scrap the 3% stamp duty hike and instead introduce a new Land Transaction Tax

NLA launches tenancy management software

18 July, 2016

The NLA has launched its newest service, Landlord Vision, which uses cloud-based software to help landlords manage almost every aspect of their tenancies

Tenancy Deposit Schemes: could a landmark case lead to more prosecutions?

12 July, 2016

Last week, a landmark case in Scotland highlighted the need for deposit protection, after a letting agent in North Ayrshire became the first in the country to be prosecuted for its breach of the rules

Property valuations rise for first-time buyers but sharply down for buy-to-let landlords

12 July, 2016

Predictions of property price cuts since the Brexit vote have yet to ring true

Newly agreed rents continue to rise - but how much will be too much?

12 July, 2016

Rents continue to rise but landlords are getting conscious about tenant affordability amid uncertainty following the Brexit vote and ahead of further tax changes next year

Landlords' pet hate when it comes to tenants - and it's not pets

12 July, 2016

A YouGov survey has found that smokers are the least popular type of tenants with landlords

Financial specialist wins battle over -to-let mortgages

11 July, 2016

A financial specialist who won a legal fight over buy-to-let mortgages says borrowers have started to collect compensation

Buy-to-let: Why you'll need a 60pc deposit

11 July, 2016

The most risk-averse lenders could start to offer special 40pc mortgages as the buy-to-let market becomes more tightly regulated

Landlord crammed 28 tenants into house with one toilet

11 July, 2016

If the flashbacks to your squalid uni house share make you shudder, you might not want to read this

Councillors told that response of just 58 gives 'clear mandate' for blanket licensing scheme

11 July, 2016

A council which is planning to introduce a blanket licensing scheme of all rental properties in the city received just 58 responses to a consultation on its proposals

Steep rise in private tenants seeking help with illegal evictions

11 July, 2016

There has been a 50% rise in private tenants appealing for help with illegal evictions

The towns where buy-to-let landlords could be 'locked out' if new strict lending rules are applied

07 July, 2016

59 out of 85 towns and cities analysed would not be accessible to landlords if tighter lending criteria is applied

The end of Buy to Let - blessing or disaster?

07 July, 2016

Buy to Let has been the subject of much impassioned rage from the housing sector, claiming it only makes the housing crisis gripping the nation worse

Wirral landlord fined £10,000 for renting out unsafe bedsits

07 July, 2016

Mohammed Fiaz rented out the property on Borough Road, Seacombe to vulnerable adults

Landlords forced to pay more upfront to meet stricter buy-to-let lending rules

06 July, 2016

A property crowdfunding platform is claiming that stricter rules on lending to buy-to-let landlords could "choke off" access to potential investors in the market

Listen: how can we fix renting for families?

06 July, 2016

Welcome to this Shelter podcast, presented by myself and John Bibby, taking a look at unstable private renting in England

Unexpected rental costs leave tenants out of pocket

06 July, 2016

A disgruntled minority of private tenants say they are being left out-of-pocket after being hit by unexpected costs not covered by their landlord

Carney warns of housing crisis if landlords leave the market

06 July, 2016

A mass sell-off by landlords could amplify a property market crash and pose problems for vulnerable households

Illegal sub-letting scams 'being done with landlord's consent'

06 July, 2016

A new sub-letting scam has been identified by housing lawyer Ben Reeve Lewis

Birmingham landlord fined over £3k for harassing a tenant

05 July, 2016

A landlord was fined £3,100 at Birmingham Magistrates Court for harassing a tenant at his home in Russell Road, Moseley

Landlords warned over purchasing deposit hikes

05 July, 2016

Concerning new claims from crowdfunding platform Property Partner suggest that tighter lending criteria from the Bank of England could have a severe impact on deposits required from buy-to-let landlords

Court Shorts: Landlords fined for harassment and unlicensed HMO

05 July, 2016

A landlord looking for a quick house sale tried to harass a tenant out of the property with loud music

ARLA President says online letting agents expensive for what they do

05 July, 2016

As the new President of ARLA, Nik Madan can expect a busy year

The tax avoidance schemes luring landlords hit by new 3pc stamp duty

04 July, 2016

The Government's new "landlord tax" has created an industry of tax avoiders who are luring victims into schemes which could leave them thousands of pounds out of pocket

Falling profits on buy-to-let? Landlords converting family homes to student digs or shared properties for young professionals to boost rent

04 July, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords have been hit by a barrage of changes in the past year, facing tax reliefs cuts, stamp duty bills hikes and a consequent clampdown on mortgage availability

Ending of private tenancies responsible for almost a third of homelessness

04 July, 2016

The ending of an assured shorthold tenancy with a private landlord was the most common reason for homelessness in the first quarter of this year

Underwriting standards for buy-to-let mortgage contracts

01 July, 2016

Buy-to-let reforms should reflect wider market conditions

easyProperty boss calls for a £100 cap on letting agent fees

01 July, 2016

easyProperty CEO Rob Ellice is backing a call for letting agent fees to be capped

Landlords' Barometer - #37: Landlords put their plans on hold after Brexit

01 July, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #37"

New figures show for the first time the alarming lack of government investment in affordable housing to rent

30 June, 2016

CIH reveal for the first time the extent to which government investment is being directed towards the private market and home ownership

MP presents petition in Commons calling for letting agent fees to be capped

30 June, 2016

An MP has presented a petition to the House of Commons calling for letting agents' fees to be capped

The housing headwind

30 June, 2016

Income gains for private renters have been absorbed by rising housing costs more than twice over in just over a decade

New research links energy efficient homes to savings for landlords

29 June, 2016

Potential for £2.4 million savings per year for social landlords identified. Costs from rent arrears and voids saved by efficient stock highlighted by new study involving 25 social landlords managing 500,000 homes

Hold out for lowest home loans ever! Best mortgage deals tipped to become even cheaper after Brexit rate cut

29 June, 2016

Interest rates forecast to be cut to 0.25% by Bank of England after Brexit

Banks suspend deals for landlords: Buy-to-let lenders pulling loans in case homes slip into negative equity

29 June, 2016

Buy-to-let lenders are temporarily pulling loans for borrowers with small deposits until the dust from the Brexit vote settles

Another lender clamps down on landlords - but could Brexit rescue buy-to-let?

29 June, 2016

TSB has become the latest lender to make it harder for landlords to borrow buy-to-let mortgages, by reducing the amount it is prepared to lend relative to a landlords' rental income

Serial fraudster who ran string of letting agencies jailed for four and a half years

29 June, 2016

A letting agent who scammed dozens of tenants and landlords out of more than £220,000 of rents and deposits has been jailed for four and a half years

Britain's biggest landlord caught in Brexit turmoil - as he attempts to sell 1,000 properties

28 June, 2016

Britain's biggest landlord has been caught in Brexit turmoil as he attempts to sell 1,000 properties just as buyers are stalling and pulling out of deals en-mass over market fears

Comparing private rented sector policies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

28 June, 2016

There is no overarching statutory regulation of private sector letting or managing agents in England nor any legal requirement for them to belong to a trade association

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain, results: May 2016

27 June, 2016

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

The accidental landlord:'the Chancellor's solution to the housing crisis is a "dog's dinner" - but it's tenants who will suffer'

27 June, 2016

The Chancellor's bid to hit private landlords in the pocket will only worsen the misery of rocketing rents

What impact will Britain's vote to leave the EU have on the PRS?

27 June, 2016

Today marks a very important day in Britain's history

Landlords in UK urged to stay calm in face of EU exit vote

27 June, 2016

Residential landlords in the UK are being urged not to read too much into the decision by the country to leave the European Union, having gone through a turbulent period recently

New £80m class action against Foxtons could affect almost all letting agents

27 June, 2016

A new class action is being assembled against Foxtons over its charging of fees to tenants

Birmingham landlord ordered to pay nearly £4,000

24 June, 2016

A Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £4,000 after being found guilty of failing to apply for a House in Multiple Occupation licence

Buy-to-let mortgage rates take a tumble on Brexit fears as lenders scramble to tempt landlords stalling on investing

24 June, 2016

A stamp duty hike hangover and fears that Britain will vote to abandon the European Union today have pushed lenders to slash buy-to-let rates and bump up how much they'll lend to landlords who are delaying investment

Landlords prosecuted for poor standards at Gloucester HMO under crackdown by council and fire and rescue service

24 June, 2016

Two more landlords have been prosecuted for poor standards at Houses in Multiple Occupation

Property market lull may follow vote to leave EU

24 June, 2016

Commentators suggest the lull in the UK property market will continue following the UK's vote to leave the EU

Economic uncertainty means renters need security

24 June, 2016

We haven't commented on the EU referendum as a debate about the future of the country was all a bit above us. Renters are a mixed bunch and have different reasons for voting Remain or Leave

Regardless of today's referendum result, lettings market to be 'unaffected' in short term

23 June, 2016

Whatever the outcome of today's EU referendum, lettings agents do not believe supply, demand or rental costs will be shaken or stirred - in the short term, at least

Scottish landlords now making paper losses of nearly £3,800 per year

23 June, 2016

Falling house prices and higher tax on purchases have seen landlord returns on buy-to-let drop in the 12 months to May

A short guide on right to rent

22 June, 2016

What is the right to rent?

Rent reduction : service cost de-pooling

22 June, 2016

This note examines the potential effects of de-pooling service costs from the rent for social landlords in England

ARLA PRS report

22 June, 2016

Letting agents don't anticipate major shift in rental market if UK votes for Brexit says ARLA report

Mapped: the tenancy fees faced nationwide by 'generation rent'

22 June, 2016

Tenancy fees can vary by more than 1,500pc depending on the agent and by hundreds of pounds between towns

Scottish rents hit record high as LBTT surcharge bites

22 June, 2016

Rents jump 1.3% month-on-month in April - the fastest growth on record, after new LBTT surcharge

Letting agents and ghost listings

21 June, 2016

We were recently contacted by a homeowner that had fallen victim to fraudulent activity by a letting agent

Families now most common household in private rented sector

21 June, 2016

Families are the most common household type in the private rented sector for the first time

Tenants arrears tracker

21 June, 2016

Serious tenant arrears fall 4% as jobs boom

Campaign against buy to let 'tax grab' extends fund-raising deadline

21 June, 2016

The landlords campaigning for a judicial review of the legislation curtailing mortgage interest tax relief for buy to let landlords have extended their fund-raising deadline until the end of August

Buy-to-let mortgage fraudster escapes jail after £750,000 scam

21 June, 2016

A fraudster has escaped jail after a £750,000 mortgage scam

Tenants launch union to challenge private landlords

20 June, 2016

New union aims to be antidote to landlords' industry bodies

Charity condemns councils' £30m in 'sweeteners' to private landlords

20 June, 2016

An anti-poverty charity today attacked the millions of pounds in sweeteners paid by cash-strapped London boroughs to private landlords to persuade them to rent to council tenants

Major changes to the private rented sector

20 June, 2016

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 was recently passed by the Scottish Parliament

Rent deals, housing hot-spots and sneaky ways to save money

20 June, 2016

Rents have reversed their Spring trajectory as a tide of homes to let bought before the April Stamp Duty surcharge have reached the private rented sector

Tax changes prompt a fall in rent

20 June, 2016

Rents have reversed their spring trajectory as a tide of homes to let bought before the Stamp Duty Surcharge have reached the private rented sector

Fury as Shadow Housing Minister claims 'landlords cause homelessness'

20 June, 2016

A furious landlord has written an open letter to a senior politician who claimed that landlords cause homelessness

'Flash flood' in lettings market as rents dip amid increasing supply

20 June, 2016

Landlords are experiencing a short-term chill as rents fall amid increasing supply of rental properties that came to the market ahead of the Stamp Duty deadline

More evictions, more homelessness: what's the government's response?

17 June, 2016

Every new set of homelessness figures shows that the ending of a private tenancy is the biggest reason why people are losing their homes

Landlord ordered to refund tenants of unlicensed HMOs

17 June, 2016

A legal tribunal has ruled that a landlord must refund his tenants rent totalling £2,934 because he housed them in unlicensed HMOs

Number of retired renters soars by more than 200,000 in 4 years

17 June, 2016

The number of people living in private rented accommodation in retirement has soared by more than 200,000 in the last four years, according to a poll of private renters

Landlords welcome Supreme Court ruling that right to family life does not trump right to reclaim property

17 June, 2016

RLA has welcomed a Supreme Court ruling it says will boost investor confidence in the private rented sector by clarifying a point of law

Scottish landlords edge towards 'remain' though UK-wide vote is split

17 June, 2016

Landlords in Scotland intend to vote in favour of the UK remaining in the European Union in the upcoming referendum

£17 million needed to repair 1,140 rented homes with 'serious hazards'

17 June, 2016

More than 1,100 private rented homes in parts of North Staffordshire have 'serious' hazards

Abolish tenancy deposits, says agent, to release £3.2bn into economy

17 June, 2016

A lettings agent has called for deposits to be abolished, saying it would release money into the economy and help stamp out rogue landlords and agents who help themselves to tenants' money

'I'm at the mercy of my landlord': life as a young renter

16 June, 2016

If you're under 30, you could spend half your income on renting a one-bedroom flat. How do our readers cope?

Landmark case as tenant loses after claiming Human Rights should prevent eviction

16 June, 2016

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a private tenant who claimed a possession order on her home was a breach of her human rights

Buy-to-let market like watching a train crash in slow motion

16 June, 2016

The buy-to-let market has been described as a slow motion train crash with a landlord exodus and much higher rents

On a knife's edge - how landlords view next week's EU poll

16 June, 2016

The results of next week's EU poll look far too close to call

350,000 renters put at risk of eviction in the last year - equivalent to more than the population of Leicester

15 June, 2016

Alarming new figures from housing charity Shelter have revealed more than 148,000 renting households in England were put at risk of losing their home in the past year

Borough bids for HMO control

15 June, 2016

A council coping with a rapid rise in HMOs is ready to "take back control"

Landlords cite high capital gains tax as their biggest issue

15 June, 2016

Landlords have ranked the decision to maintain the old capital gains tax rate on property while cutting it elsewhere as their biggest challenge

Should private renters get the Right to Buy?

14 June, 2016

This is my second blog in response to Civitas's excellent new report Restoring a Nation of Homeownership

Punishing landlords will not help more people onto the property ladder

14 June, 2016

It is demonstrably possible to promote home ownership whilst at the same time creating the environment needed for the rented sector to grow

Average Scottish tenancy deposits '£100 cheaper than England and Wales'

14 June, 2016

New renters in Scotland paid out on average almost £800 for a tenancy deposit over the last year

Implementing 'Right to Rent' immigration checks in Scotland: a recipe for confusion, complexity and discrimination?

14 June, 2016

There is fear that the UK government's latest round of immigration reforms could increase discrimination against some people wanting to rent privately and ride roughshod over Scottish housing law

Right-wing think tank calls for Right to Buy to be extended to private tenants

14 June, 2016

A right-wing think tank has called for Right to Buy to be extended to private tenants

Our tenants will pay the new taxes, say buy-to-let investors, as they push up rents by 6pc

13 June, 2016

Landlords will make tenants bear the brunt of increased buy-to-let taxation

From the County Courts - deposits, evictions and introductory tenancies

13 June, 2016

Some county court cases reported in the indispensable 'Housing: Recent Developments' in Legal Action for May 2016

Kent Reliance Buy To Let Britain report

13 June, 2016

Limited company lending rockets but tenants bear brunt of buy to let tax changes

Landlord and letting agent both fined over illegal HMO

13 June, 2016

A landlord and his letting agent have both been fined for a number of offences relating to an illegally established house in multiple occupation

Buy-to-let Britain

10 June, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords likely to increase rents to offset higher costs - report by Kent Reliance

Bill gains support to outlaw letting fees for renters

10 June, 2016

A Private Members Bill to ban estate agents from charging tenants letting fees and to clamp down on rogue landlords is gathering wide support

NLA donates to judicial review of clause 24

10 June, 2016

The NLA is to donate £10k to support the Judicial Review against the Government's controversial decision to remove Finance Costs for individual landlords

What Does the EU Referendum Mean for Private Renters?

10 June, 2016

As a 'disabled' privately renting female in London, you may think that I have one foot in and one foot out when it comes to the upcoming EU Referendum

Landlord left family at 'serious risk' in dangerous house

10 June, 2016

A landlord refused to repair a house that council enforcement officers said put a family at serious risk

UK startup offers landlords continuous, deep surveillance of tenants' social media

10 June, 2016

New Startup That Sends Dossiers On Your Private Social Media Profiles To Potential Landlords

Home free: when 'adverse possession' can mean good news for squatters

10 June, 2016

A Sydney man has used the old common law right of 'adverse possession' to take over an empty terrace house. In 12 years it could be his

Landlords check Facebook and other social media to vet tenants

09 June, 2016

Landlords and letting agents are paying for "personality reports" of potential tenants based on details obtained by trawling Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other sites

90% of Welsh private tenants 'satisfied'

09 June, 2016

Welsh private sector tenants are more satisfied than those in the social rented sector

Buy-to-let landlords win multimillion payout from West Bromwich

09 June, 2016

Court of appeal judges say building society was not entitled to raise tracker interest rates, ending 'David and Goliath' legal battle

Stamp Duty surcharge starting to hit buy-to-let sector

09 June, 2016

The Stamp Duty surcharge on buy-to-let properties may be starting to bite

Lender to go into loss this year through having to refund £27.5m to buy-to-let borrowers

09 June, 2016

The West Bromwich Mortgage Company will have to refund £27.5m to thousands of buy-to-let borrowers who had tracker mortgages

HomeLet Rental Index - May 2016

08 June, 2016

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £771pcm - this is 4.4% higher than the same period last year (£738pcm)

Financial adviser wins appeal court ruling on buy-to-let mortgages

08 June, 2016

A financial specialist has won the latest round of a legal battle with a mortgage company which he says could affect around a million people who own buy-to-let properties

Mortgage valuations up despite large drop in buy-to-let

08 June, 2016

Demand in the UK housing market is still strong despite the impending EU referendum

New rents still rising - but rate of growth slows

08 June, 2016

New rents across the UK continued to rise during May, but the rate of increase slowed

Annual house price growth unchanged at 9.2%

07 June, 2016

Prices in the three months to May were 9.2% higher than in the same three months a year earlier

Mortgage lenders open up buy-to-let to longer tenancies

07 June, 2016

A significant, silent shift has taken place in the buy-to-let mortgage market

Vicars, teachers and soldiers: The latest victims of buy-to-let stamp duty

07 June, 2016

A new stamp duty surcharge introduced earlier this month has affected a range of people from "accidental landlords" to parents helping their children buy a home

Buy-to-let stamp duty loophole: flats above shops

06 June, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords are investing in commercial and semi-commercial property in an effort to beat the stamp duty rise

Letting agency that found tenants for illegal HMO fined almost £12,000

06 June, 2016

A letting agent has been fined nearly £12,000 after finding tenants for an illegal House in Multiple Occupation, and for using the ARLA logo when it was not a member

Abandonment a problem for almost half of Scottish landlords

03 June, 2016

Almost half of private landlords in Scotland have had one of their properties abandoned by tenants

Property investors look for HMOs to boost profits

03 June, 2016

Investors planning to expand their property portfolios are looking to do so with the purchase of complex property types

How will Sadiq Khan help London's private renters?

02 June, 2016

The capital's new mayor is starting to flesh out some of his manifesto pledges in a key area of housing policy

Index of private housing rental prices in Great Britain, results: Apr 2016

02 June, 2016

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Right to Rent Code of Practice

02 June, 2016

Scheme for landlords and their agents

Housing & Planning Act offers scope to improve electrical safety in private rented sector

01 June, 2016

The trade association for electrical testing has welcomed measures in the Housing & Planning Act it says will improve safety in the private rented sector

ARLA reports temporary rise in supply of rented housing

01 June, 2016

The supply of rented housing has increased from March this year but overall it is down from April 2015

Why landlords should pass a fitting person test and criminal record checks

01 June, 2016

Being a landlord is a privilege, and it shouldn't be available to everybody: with the power they have over their tenants should come a sense of responsibility

'Boris ignored repeated warnings over launch of failed London Rental Standard'

01 June, 2016

The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has hit out at the London Rental Standard - a flagship programme launched by his predecessor Boris Johnson

Government's clampdown on buy-to-let 'backfiring'

01 June, 2016

The Government's efforts to free up housing stock for first-time buyers through a clampdown on buy-to-let may be backfiring

Number of UK landlords rises to 1.75 million

31 May, 2016

The rapid pace of growth in buy-to-let investments has been illustrated by new figures showing the number of landlords rising by 7% in 2013-14 to reach 1.75 million

Buy-to-let index - April 2016

27 May, 2016

Rents rise at fastest rate since September

PRS remains "fundamental part" of housing market despite uncertain outlook

26 May, 2016

With tenant demand continuing to rise, the PRS will remain a "fundamental part" of the UK's housing market moving forward

Half of housing associations won't back a 'rogue list'

26 May, 2016

An exclusive survey by 24 housing has shown half of housing associations would not back plans to create a rogue housing associations list

Benefit tenants set to lose out in race for private rented homes

26 May, 2016

Housing benefit tenants are set to lose out on private rented homes as landlords look to tenants less prone to missing rental payments, in order to minimise the impact of last year's Budget

Conducting surveys of tenants and service users - a guide

26 May, 2016

The passing of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 and Social Housing Charter formed part of the legislation changes that introduced an obligation on landlords to regularly undertake surveys of their tenants

Two bed flats considered a good bet for rental yields

25 May, 2016

One bedroom flats are considered a good bet for the most attractive capital returns over the next year

Aldingbourne landlords fined for breaching housing standards

25 May, 2016

Three landlords have been fined nearly £5,000 for breaching housing standards and letting their Aldingbourne property fall into disrepair

Rogue 'landlord' illegally evicted tenant from illegally sub-let flat

25 May, 2016

A tenant has told of being illegally evicted by a 'landlord' who was illegally sub-letting his council flat

Part 2: Essential guide to the new Immigration Act

24 May, 2016

The new Act also contains substantial new powers for landlords to evict tenants where they have been found to be in the country illegally

Landlords using Airbnb to bypass legal responsibilities as well as agents

24 May, 2016

Landlords and other property owners are potentially seeking to avoid their legal responsibilities by advertising the property as a holiday let on sites such as Airbnb

Rents on the up again - breaking records in three regions

24 May, 2016

Rents are now rising at the fastest rate for six months, standing last month at an average of £793 across England and Wales

Private renting developer Grainger profits up as buy-to-let squeezed by the Government

23 May, 2016

Profits at Grainger, an institutional landlord, have grown as the UK government puts the squeeze on amateur buy-to-let investors

Essential legal update for agents: Right to Rent checks

23 May, 2016

On May 12, the Immigration Bill became the Immigration Act 2016

Local councils to be handed powers to cap private rents under Labour

23 May, 2016

Local councils will be given the power to limit "skyrocketing" rent increases in the private sector if Labour came to power

Liverpool Licensing Woes Continue

20 May, 2016

Landlords with property in Liverpool should take note that a local NLA member has apparently uncovered a number of flaws in the Council's licensing application form

UK landlords looking for cheaper properties due to stamp duty surcharge

20 May, 2016

Landlords in the UK are looking for cheaper properties in response to the new 3% stamp duty charge on additional homes

Extraordinary increases driven by buy-to-let boom

20 May, 2016

The latest data revealed by the Agency Express Property Activity Index has shown a spike in activity for the UK lettings market

Council's rogue landlords scheme 'has teeth'

19 May, 2016

Three 'rogue' landlords have to pay over £4,000 in fines and costs for not signing up to a selective licensing scheme

Buy-to-let to become 'rich person's game' as another lender introduces harsher criteria for landlords

19 May, 2016

Barclays has become the latest lender to impose tougher checks on landlords looking for mortgages

Housing associations own 40,000 PRS units

19 May, 2016

Housing associations own 40,000 private rented sector units - but it remains a fringe activity confined to a handful of providers

Rents and property values would drop after Brexit

19 May, 2016

Associations for estate and letting agents say average UK house would be worth £2,300 less in 2018 if Britain leaves the EU

Landlord must accept pets (tenant has a walrus and flamingo)

19 May, 2016

If you are a letting agent in the Cardiff area, you may have had a letter from a keeper at Bristol Zoo inquiring about accommodation

Taking stock

18 May, 2016

Understanding the effects of recent policy measures on the private rented sector and Buy-to-Let

Chancellor George Osborne has 'insulted' private landlords

18 May, 2016

National Landlords Association chief executive Richard Lambert has accused the Government of "directly insulting" the body's members through its buy-to-let crackdown

Newcastle MP raises concerns over 'impossible' struggle of getting a council house

17 May, 2016

Labour MP Chi Onwurah says private rents have shot up in the city and that many people are struggling to get a council home

Landlord's inhumane properties 'had no place in modern Britain'

17 May, 2016

A criminal landlord who had tenants living and sleeping in "inhumane" conditions and who ignored numerous warnings to improve his property has been fined £35,000 and ordered to pay over £4,000 in costs

Average asking price for first-time buyer home jumps 6.2% in a month

16 May, 2016

Prices pushed up by 'property drought' caused by buy-to-let investors diving in before rise in stamp duty

Landlords should be 'squealing' under George Osborne's crackdown

16 May, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords are being hit by a significant crackdown

Why you should research your potential landlord's credentials

13 May, 2016

Alex Johnson's round-up of the week's property news, including why sales fall through, closing garden gates, and the costs of running a home

Crawley landlord rented out unsafe former garage as home for £600 a month

13 May, 2016

A Crawley landlord has been fined after renting out a home - which used to be a garage - for £600 a month that was not safe to live in

"Reckless" landlord put lives at risk

13 May, 2016

Magistrates have fined the leaseholders and landlords of a ten-flat property £120,000 after finding they had put the lives of up to 20 vulnerable tenants at risk

Private renter eviction rates soar

12 May, 2016

Private renters are being evicted at a record rate, housing campaigners have warned

The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

12 May, 2016

Private renting in Scotland has changed

Tax experts warn of unexpected effects of buy-to-let tax changes on affordable housing

12 May, 2016

The government's stamp duty land tax surcharge could lead to unexpected consequences for the affordable housing sector

New London Mayor finds property industry support for rent controls

12 May, 2016

Sadiq Khan, the newly elected Mayor of London, has found senior industry figures who back his campaign for rents tied to inflation

House price rises see buy-to-let returns outstrip FTSE 100

11 May, 2016

House price rises see buy-to-let returns outstrip FTSE 100

Yes, London Has A Housing Problem: Let's Not Make It Worse With Idiocy Like Rent Controls

11 May, 2016

It's seriously astonishing how terrible, lousy, no good and idiotic economic policy keeps turning up in response to the same old questions

Heartbreak for tenants made homeless after being ripped off by fake letting agent

11 May, 2016

A bogus letting agent has conned members of the public out of thousands of pounds, making some of them homeless in the process

Another agent reported to advertising watchdog over display of letting fees

11 May, 2016

Another complaint about the way an agent shows its letting fees has been made to the Advertising Standards Authority

Tenant evictions up in England and Wales

11 May, 2016

But homeowner repossessions fell to record low in first quarter of 2016

Buy-to-let valuation instructions plummet 40% as 'dodgy' deals put in an appearance

11 May, 2016

Buy-to-let valuation instructions have dropped like a stone since the Stamp Duty surcharge kicked in on second properties - and there are signs of a sharp rise in potentially 'dodgy' deals

Landlords must take safety obligations seriously

10 May, 2016

After a spate of fines for landlords who have broken gas safety rules, the AIIC is urging those renting out properties to ensure they are complying with Government legislation

House prices fall as stamp duty changes cool buy-to-let market

09 May, 2016

Halifax says April saw prices drop by 0.8% after highly volatile pricing and a big rise in transaction numbers in February and March

Scottish rents rising faster than rest of UK

09 May, 2016

Average private rents in Scotland are rising faster than anywhere else in the UK

Middle-class 'buy-to-let dream' is over - as mortgage lenders to demand 40pc deposits

09 May, 2016

Investing in buy-to-let property is on the verge of becoming unaffordable for middle-class savers

Report argues buy-to-let crackdown will damage UK's rental market

06 May, 2016

A new report from a political consultancy has warned that the Government's efforts to crack down on buy-to-let investment will have "major consequences" for the UK rental market

Agent who conned 'vulnerable' tenants out of deposits is jailed

06 May, 2016

A former agent with Reeds Rains has been jailed after conning overseas student into paying deposits for accommodation that he knew he could not let to them

Empty Housing (England)

06 May, 2016

High levels of empty properties are recognised as having a serious impact on the viability of communities

Rising rents ease landlord fears over tax increases

05 May, 2016

Fears that higher Stamp Duty charges on buy-to-let rental property purchases might destabilise the market have so far proved unfounded

New call for estate agents to be licensed as MPs probe money laundering

05 May, 2016

MPs have been told that estate agents should be licensed as billions of pounds 'slosh' through London, with some of the world's vilest dictators buying up property

Call for rent caps when properties let to tenants on benefit

05 May, 2016

A local politician claims to be in talks with the Government about introducing rent caps when landlords let to tenants on benefit

Ban for Glasgow landlord who kept almost £7,000 of deposits

05 May, 2016

An "appalling" landlord who kept tenants' deposits worth almost £7,000 has been barred from renting out his property by Glasgow City Council

Renter help

04 May, 2016

The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

Buy-to-let clampdown could hurt challenger banks

04 May, 2016

Challenger banks could be hit hard by a tax hike targeting Britain's landlords

Tory MP calls for end to 'exploitative fees' charged by letting agents

04 May, 2016

The Government have rejected a bid to have letting agent fees capped or banned in a debate called by a Tory MP who hit out out at letting agents charging "arbitrary and exploitative fees"

You won't believe this totally mind-blowing method of reducing your letting agent fees!

04 May, 2016

Letting agent fees are one of the most painful aspects of renting

Stamping out buy-to-let is a dangerous move

03 May, 2016

The buy-to-let boom has grown at a rapid pace in recent years, doubling the size of the private rented sector since 2004

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

03 May, 2016

Biggest monthly drop in Scottish rents on record

Nationwide tightens lending criteria for buy-to-let landlords

03 May, 2016

Building society's changes come as the Bank of England attempts to rein in buy-to-let lending

Plight of family where landlords refuse point blank to consider tenants on benefits

03 May, 2016

What happens to tenants who have to leave their home because the landlord is selling up?

Gap widens between LHA and rent costs

29 April, 2016

Private tenants face a growing gap between help with housing costs and rent

Lloyds Banking Group reveals surge in buy-to-let lending

29 April, 2016

Mortgage lender pins rise on rush to beat new stamp duty charges as bank group reveals profits nearly halved in first quarter

Buy-to-let landlords blamed for decline in DIY among under-30s

29 April, 2016

Figures suggesting spending on DIY among 'generation rent' has fallen by third since 1996 coincide with report showing age of first-time buyers still rising

Rent rise fears after letting agents reveal fall in available supply

29 April, 2016

The supply of rental housing on letting agents' books has "nosedived"

Race to the bottom for low income tenants as gap between rents and local housing allowance widens

28 April, 2016

Low income tenants in the private rented sector face a widening gap between the actual rent they must pay and the help they receive to meet their housing costs

Monthly ARLA Private Rented Sector Report March 2016

28 April, 2016

The supply of rental housing stock on letting agents' books fell in March, to the lowest level since the start of last year

Rogue landlord's failed eviction plans cement his place in court

28 April, 2016

A rogue managing agent who tried to force out his tenants by filling the stopcock chamber with cement so that they would have no running water has been sentenced in court

Foxtons braced for revenue slump after stamp duty surcharge

28 April, 2016

Estate agent reported 28.5% rise in property sales in first quarter amid rush to complete deals before deadline but Brexit fears weigh down expectations

Petition against letting agent fees gathers over 250,000 signatures

28 April, 2016

A petition against letting agent fees has now gathered some 250,000 signatures

Many landlords 'will stop renting to tenants on Universal Credit'

28 April, 2016

The Government's new Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on the private rented sector, with more and more landlords refusing to let to tenants on benefits

Landlords welcome Govt's "pragmatic" shift on landlord protections in Immigration Bill

27 April, 2016

Landlords have welcomed MPs' approval of measures intended to provide greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants

Tumbleweed as property investors desert the market

27 April, 2016

Property investors are deserting the market, with estate agents haart reporting a 55% monthly drop in buy-to-let sales during the first two weeks of April

Tenants complain as more licensing pushes up rents

27 April, 2016

It is unlikely that the policy makers at Whitehall read the Fenland Citizen - but it would be no bad thing if they did

Housing Bill should also include rogue tenants list

26 April, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill, which includes measures to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents, should also address the issue of problem tenants

Situation for first-time buyers little better despite waning buy-to-let competition

26 April, 2016

With the passing of the buy-to-let rush to avoid stamp duty, the pressure on first time buyers may seem to ease at first

Landlords on the ladder feel financial boost of buy-to-let tax dash

26 April, 2016

Flurry of buy-to-let property interest in March pushes total annual returns to 12.2% for existing landlords

Responsible landlords to get protection from Immigration Bill

26 April, 2016

Members of parliament have approved measures that will give greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants

Cheaper mortgages could sweeten pill for landlords

25 April, 2016

Lenders are cutting the cost of buy-to-let mortgages in a move that will bring some relief to Scotland's army of amateur landlords

Housing Bill: 16 Defeats And U-Turns Inflicted On Government's Flagship Reforms

25 April, 2016

A bumpy ride for "pay-to-stay" charges and ending lifelong council homes

Letting agents jailed for total of seven years after £400,000 thefts

25 April, 2016

A couple who ran a lettings agency have been jailed for a total of seven years after stealing over £400,000

Call to ban letting agency fees for those renting homes

25 April, 2016

Fears about the impact of a booming property market in parts of the UK are often in the headlines, as are the various initiatives to give people a foot up onto the housing ladder

UK housing: Spring rent rises are the 'calm before the storm' in the private rental market

22 April, 2016

Renters should prepare for a "calm before the storm" as recent tax increases on landlords take effect

Aberdeen slipping but Scotland's rents remains on the up to an all-time high

22 April, 2016

Average private sector rents in Scotland have hit an all time high according to the latest quarterly report from rental property portal Citylets

Landlords count their happy returns as property prices rise

22 April, 2016

Landlords starting or building their buy-to-let portfolios may have been clamouring to beat the Stamp Duty deadline in March, but this has helped boost existing property investors

Buy-to-let: Massive scale of investor 'frenzy' to beat stamp duty hike revealed

21 April, 2016

New mortgage lending and property transaction figures reveal the scale of a "frenzy" in March of buy-to-let investors trying to close deals and beat a stamp duty hike in April

Wales - The PRS in 2016 and Beyond

21 April, 2016

A lot of change is happening in Wales this year, and it is important that landlords stay up to date. Below are the main issues of which members with property in Wales should be aware

Generation Rent most at risk from criminal landlords

21 April, 2016

Nearly 3,000 landlords have faced prosecution under the Housing Act over the past five years - with resulting fines running into the millions, writes Bill Tanner

British surveyors report weakest private housing growth in nearly three years

21 April, 2016

Construction of private homes slowed sharply in the first three months of 2016, reflecting planning delays and possibly uncertainty linked to Britain's upcoming referendum on European Union membership

Six in ten London tenants enduring daily living hazards

21 April, 2016

Six in ten private tenants in London are forced to endure hazards such as mould, leaks or pest infestations

Oil crisis brings rents in Aberdeen crashing down 20% in a year

21 April, 2016

Shortly after the passing of the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill in the Scottish Parliament, average rents in the country have hit an all time high

The startup that wants to replace letting agents

20 April, 2016

Digital disruptor RentSquare uses open data to identify the rent 'sweet spot' for landlords and tenants

Landlords claim Universal Credit is 'shambolic'

20 April, 2016

Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on the private rented sector

These are the 9 areas of the UK where letting fees are highest - and seven are in London

20 April, 2016

The areas with the highest letting fees in the UK have been uncovered by the National Private Tenants Organisation, also known as "Generation Rent"

Political short-termism: the buy-to-let housing market

19 April, 2016

Over the past year you may have heard about a 'war' being waged against the buy-to-let market

Call to ban letting agents' fees

19 April, 2016

Generation Rent is calling on the government to ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants

Rush to beat buy-to-let tax rise pushes cost of a house to a record high: Average property price jumps to more than £307,000

18 April, 2016

Average asking price across all homes increased by 7.3 per cent this year

Victory for vulnerable tenants

18 April, 2016

The Government has agreed a Liberal Democrat amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, which protects vulnerable tenants from being wrongly evicted

Buy-to-let landlord surge ignites chain reaction in housing market

18 April, 2016

Rightmove claims landlord rush to beat stamp duty surcharge fuelled rise in homeowners selling up and trading up

Landlords launch new crowdfunding campaign in legal challenge to Osborne

18 April, 2016

A second round of crowdfunding has been launched in a bid to raise money for a legal battle against the Government

Talking point: Is the Government killing off buy-to-let?

18 April, 2016

From the end of mortgage interest relief to extra Stamp Duty surcharges, there is plenty to suggest the Government is trying to kill off the buy-to-let sector

Buy-to-let loses ground as first-time buyers 'find their feet'

15 April, 2016

First time buyers are the new 'frontline' for a housing market buoyed by its best opening quarter lending figures in nine years

This is how 'poor landlords' will be tackled to help solve housing issues in studentville Treforest

15 April, 2016

Landlords would have to show their properties meet an acceptable standard

Interest in buy-to-let drops by over a quarter as tax changes begin

15 April, 2016

Interest in new purchases from buy-to-let investors dropped 27% in March compared to the same month last year as April 1st tax change starts to bite

New trade body launches today in rental sector

15 April, 2016

A new trade body launches on the 15th April, aimed at the professional 'build to rent' sector

Most landlords considering hiking rent after tax 'assaults' on sector

15 April, 2016

Almost all landlords are considering increasing rents to pay for the higher taxes they now face

Landlords warn of rent increases

14 April, 2016

Almost all landlords are considering increasing rents to pay for the higher taxes they now face

Housing market 'to cool' as buy-to-let rush dies and Brexit worries mount

14 April, 2016

The UK's housing market is set for a slowdown as the buy-to-let rush of the first three months of the year dies away

Mortgage lending dips as buy-to-let purchasers take foot off pedal

14 April, 2016

Mortgage lending dipped during March as buy-to-let activity eased

Government to review Right to Rent guidelines

14 April, 2016

The Government is reviewing its guidance on Right to Rent and the immigration status checks that landlords and agents must by law make on all prospective tenants

'As a landlady, I can see what needs to change in our rental market'

13 April, 2016

Maureen is a London landlady; here she tells us why she feels renting needs fixing

Generation rent is losing the battle to buy its own homes

13 April, 2016

Couples and individuals struggling to get on the local housing ladder are being forced to pay the highest rental costs in the county

Weeks later... and council letting agency still has just one home listed

13 April, 2016

It's several weeks on from our story about a local authority setting up its own private letting agency and having only one property - and it STILL has only one property

HomeLet Rental Index - March 2016

13 April, 2016

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £755pcm - this is 4.9% higher than the same period last year

Housing minister denies Government is trying to kill off buy-to-let

13 April, 2016

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has rejected claims that the Government is "choking off the buy-to-let sector"

HMO landlord fined

13 April, 2016

An unlicensed East Barnet landlord has been fined over £3,000

Fresh fears of housing price crash as buy-to-let purchases plunge

13 April, 2016

Prospective buy-to-let owners have fallen by more than a quarter amid a punishing new tax on landlord buyers, fuelling fears of a price crash in parts of the country

Home-owner house purchase lending up 21% year-on-year in February

13 April, 2016

Home-owners borrowed £8.7bn for house purchase, up 4% month-on-month and 21% year-on-year. They took out 48,000 loans, up 4% on January and 12% on February 2015

Buy-to-let landlords keep benefiting from cheaper mortgages

12 April, 2016

Finance website Moneyfacts says buy-to-let mortgage rates continue to fall despite Bank of England moves to dampen market

Why it's time for Generation Rent to fight back against letting agents' fees

12 April, 2016

Journalist and nomadic Londoner Vicky Spratt on why the capital's twenty-somethings are living in constant fear of rent hikes

Buy-to-let providers slash mortgage rates

12 April, 2016

The buy-to-let market has been under extra pressure in the last few months thanks to the stamp duty hike

Getting tenants off to a flying start

12 April, 2016

Finding somewhere to live is difficult enough at the best of times, but without the right information and advice it can be an even more daunting prospect

What do you think of private rental market statistics?

11 April, 2016

Statistics on the Private Rented Sector (PRS) can be an invaluable resource

The Housing and Planning Bill risks missing out half of England's young private-renting households

11 April, 2016

This afternoon, the House of Lords will kick-off the first round of voting on key amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill

Watch: how we can make renting better by stabilising rents

11 April, 2016

Last week, in the run-up to the London elections, Shelter published new research showing that over half of renters in the capital are struggling to pay the rent

Families renting privately twice as likely to have moved in the last year

08 April, 2016

Almost one in five of London's privately renting families have moved in the last 12 months

Buy-to-let's "last hurrah" blamed for 10.1% annual house price rise

08 April, 2016

Double digit growth in house prices over the last year has been blamed on the "last hurrah" of buy-to-let investors as they seek to head off the rise in stamp duty

Over half London's private renters are struggling. Renting needs fixing now

08 April, 2016

When does a city's housing problem get so bad that it's legitimate to describe it as a 'crisis'?

RICS calls for mandatory licence for all estate agents

08 April, 2016

The RICS has called for the introduction of a mandatory, recognised licence for all estate agents in the UK

New rental properties surge on to market as Stamp Duty bites

07 April, 2016

A large number of new rental properties came on stream at the end of March, with the influx due to a significant number of buy-to-let purchases completed by investors before the Stamp Duty hike

A guide to Rent Repayment Orders: Part 1

07 April, 2016

This is part one of a three-part guide on Rent Repayment Orders outlining what you need to know

Know your rights when dealing with lousy landlords

06 April, 2016

If you're like me and have bounced around rented accommodation in your student days and beyond, you've probably encountered your fair share of worn down flats and colourful landlords

Tenants who complain being 'bullied' by landlords

06 April, 2016

Tenants are being threatened and bullied by landlords if they make a complaint

Balance becomes 'relative' as Southwark tackles empty homes

06 April, 2016

A London council that has placed over 1,000 households beyond its borough boundaries over the past year has an estimated 2,000 empty private sector homes

Whew! Over 1,200 deals completed by conveyancer on eve of Stamp Duty change

06 April, 2016

In the 24 hours before the Stamp Duty surcharge kicked in, Britain's largest conveyancer completed a record number of transactions

Landlords' Barometer - #35: Why are landlords being singled out by Osborne?

06 April, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #35", with all the latest news and trending topics from the world of landlords!

Lib Dems call for immediate ban on letting agent fees

05 April, 2016

The Lib Dems have called for an immediate ban on letting fees charged by agents

Half of private rented properties checked 'below standards'

04 April, 2016

Almost half of private rented properties visited during a crackdown against problem landlords were found to be falling below acceptable standards by the council

Minimum energy efficiency standards become law for private rentals

04 April, 2016

The Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 will bring into force minimum energy efficiency standards for the residential private rented sector

UK buy-to-let is broken - and change will be good for investors

04 April, 2016

New stamp duty hikes on second homes, seen by many as a clamp down on buy-to-let, could pave the way for a revolution in Britain's rental market

Buy-to-let stamp duty hike begins as landlords warn rents will soar 'through the roof'

01 April, 2016

Chancellor George Osborne's controversial hike of stamp duty for buy-to-let investors is now in force, as the new tax year begins

Rental prices in UK up by 2.6% in year to February 2016

01 April, 2016

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 2.6% in the 12 months to February 2016

Why stamp duty isn't the end for your second home dreams

01 April, 2016

For second-home buyers, whether they are looking for holiday homes or buy-to-let, April 1 2016 is a crucial date

Questor share tip: bet on Grainger as buy-to-let crackdown begins

01 April, 2016

Buy-to-let investing has been dealt a blow with higher rates of stamp duty kicking in

From bad to worse

31 March, 2016

It is naive to think that the rental and homeownership markets are not intimately linked

Possession Court Fees Increase

31 March, 2016

Unfortunately, there are occasions when landlords must resort to using the courts in order to regain possession of their property

Index of private housing rental prices: February 2016

31 March, 2016

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Explainer: what are rent controls - and who benefits from them?

30 March, 2016

New York, San Francisco and Stockholm have them. And now some Londoners are calling for them to curb rising rents

Buy to Let 'big risk' to UK economy

30 March, 2016

The Bank of England has warned Britain must burst its Buy to Let bubble to ward off future financial risk

LendInvest research reveals tenants and landlords alike face stamp duty squeeze

30 March, 2016

The 3% stamp duty rise coming into effect on 1 April is set to put the squeeze is likely to see landlords passing on the extra cost to tenants

Latest clampdown on landlords to cut buy-to-let lending by up to 20%

30 March, 2016

Lending to buy-to-let borrowers is to be tightened up, with 'stress' levels raised

Bank Of England Set For New Buy-To-Let Powers

29 March, 2016

George Osborne says it is "highly likely" the Bank will be given powers over the buy-to-let mortgage market "later this year"

Consternation as Lewisham Council approved new landlord licensing fee of £500 per bedroom

29 March, 2016

Following approval of a new additional landlord licensing scheme on 2 March, Lewisham Council's Licensing Supplementary Committee met on 22 March and approved proposals for a dramatic increase in HMO licence application fees

Has there been a rush of buy-to-let investment in PRS?

29 March, 2016

An earlier post at the beginning of March 1st touched on the 'B2L investment rush' we are apparently experiencing

Tenants' lives put at risk by lack of smoke alarms

29 March, 2016

Fifth of privately rented homes not fitted with device despite law requiring landlords install them on every floor

Osborne's war on buy-to-let: Further clampdowns to come

29 March, 2016

The Chancellor is set for a new crackdown on buy-to-let mortgages

Rent Smart Wales slashes license-fee rates following concerns

24 March, 2016

UKALA has persuaded Rent Smart Wales to revise the cost of its licence for letting and managements agents after expressing concerns the proposed fee would have a detrimental impact on standards

Landlords face £5k fines for not fitting smoke alarms

24 March, 2016

Hackney has become one of the first London boroughs to impose a maximum penalty fine in a bid to protect tenants

Campaign launched to help housing benefit tenants get a fairer deal

24 March, 2016

Is blame for DSS discrimination being pointed at the wrong people? Is it landlords or letting agents who make the process difficult?

Buy-to-let market will 'drop like a stone' after Stamp Duty surcharge

24 March, 2016

The Stamp Duty surcharge on buy-to-let purchases which comes into effect next week will increase rent costs for tenants and trigger a decline in the supply of available properties

Landlords in one borough to be hit with licensing fee rising by nearly 300%

24 March, 2016

Landlords of bedsits above shops in a London borough could be clobbered with a licensing fee that is set to rise by 278%

A crucial step towards a secure future for Scotland's private renters

23 March, 2016

Last week, the Scottish Parliament passed landmark legislation to boost the legal rights that private tenants have to stay in their homes

Association of residential letting agents private rented sector report

23 March, 2016

The number of prospective tenants registered per branch increased by a fifth (19%) in February to 37

Sales go up as landlords scrabble ahead of Stamp Duty surcharge

23 March, 2016

HMRC has reported that there were 94,590 residential property transactions in the UK in February

Local authorities 'no confidence' in dealing with rogue landlords

22 March, 2016

Rogue landlords often escape punishment from local councils as the authority has "no confidence in their legal support"

Rent Smart Wales licensing fees revised

22 March, 2016

New licence fees for Letting and Management Agents will range from £1,890 to £6,600 for five years depending on number of properties

Buy-to-Let Index - February 2016

22 March, 2016

Spring heat from rental market - as tenants feel first rent rises since September

New rental income guarantee to drive 'significant expansion' of Scottish private rental market

21 March, 2016

Although the UK's PRS market is presently immature, it is expected to expand significantly in the near future

It was the PM himself who wanted Right to Rent checks

21 March, 2016

It was David Cameron himself who wanted Right to Rent checks on tenants' immigration status - despite overwhelming lack of support from his ministers

MSPs approve new regulations for tenants and landlords

18 March, 2016

MSPs have approved new rules for landlords and tenants to regulate the private rental sector

Work alongside private landlords, politicians in Wales are urged ahead of Assembly election

18 March, 2016

An election hustings on housing was held in Cardiff Bay on Tuesday evening

UK housing: Landlords making best returns in 17 months as rents and house prices rise

18 March, 2016

Rents are picking up in England and Wales as landlords begin to pass on higher taxes from the Treasury to tenants

A crucial step towards a secure future for Scotland's private renters

18 March, 2016

Yesterday, the Scottish Parliament passed landmark legislation to boost the legal rights that private tenants have to stay in their homes

8 things you didn't know about private landlords

17 March, 2016

The number of private landlords has exploded in recent years with the growth of the private rented sector

The property market battle lines are drawn: Buy-to-let landlords denied tax break by the Chancellor as homebuyers get a savings boost

17 March, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords have been denied a tax break on their property profits as the Chancellor excluded them from a big capital gains tax cut

Despair as ARLA slams Osborne's 'outright assault' on PRS in 'catastrophic' Budget

17 March, 2016

Yesterday's Budget was attacked as a clobbering of the private rented sector

Not what the Government wanted - but 'more landlords will go corporate'

17 March, 2016

New Capital Gains Tax rules will encourage property investors to operate as companies

It's not just Blair raking in rental profits. Nearly a third of MPs are landlords

16 March, 2016

For the many people who can't afford to buy, it's galling that so many MPs are profiting from renters - and have an interest in keeping house prices high

Budget 2016: George Osborne extends buy-to-let stamp duty hike to large-scale purchases

16 March, 2016

George Osborne will extend a planned stamp duty hike on purchases of additional property to include those who buy more than 15 properties

Government 'damaging supply' of rented housing

16 March, 2016

A former Conservative shadow cabinet member has criticised the government's approach to the private rented sector

Council takes on 'rip off' private rental sector

15 March, 2016

A London council is ready to fight a "rip off" private rental sector - on its own terms

Housing Minister writes to councils over evictions advice following NLA pressure

15 March, 2016

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has written to all local councils in England in order to clarify homelessness guidance

The 200 landlords making £1MILLION a year from housing benefits

15 March, 2016

One letting agent made £2million from the taxpayer in the last three years

Young families priced out of rental markets in two-thirds of the UK

15 March, 2016

Figures suggest soaring rents make having children financially prohibitive for young couples in southern England and beyond

Letting agents accused on TV of milking benefits system

15 March, 2016

Over 200 millionaires have been created among landlords and agents in the last three years by the housing benefits system

Property tax reform could encourage landlords to sell to private tenants

14 March, 2016

Our new report has indicated that the Chancellor should help generation rent to own their current properties through the reform of Capital Gains Tax

How landlords are using companies to dodge the stamp duty crackdown on property purchases

14 March, 2016

Surge in landlord purchases through companies as tax hike looms

Councils told to stop telling tenants in process of eviction to stay put

14 March, 2016

Local authorities must stop routinely advising tenants to stay put until the bailiff arrives before they can be accepted as homeless

Buy-to-let tax changes: A perfect storm for landlords and tenants

11 March, 2016

Upcoming tax changes have ignited debate about the role private landlords should play in meeting the UK's housing needs

Average length of time in PRS rises to 14 years

11 March, 2016

A survey of more than 800 Private Rented Sector tenants has found high levels of satisfaction with rented accommodation

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

11 March, 2016

This briefing provides a summary of the parliamentary scrutiny of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill prior to the Stage 3 proceedings which are scheduled to take place on Thursday 17 March 2016

London mayoral election: Sadiq Khan pledges to name 'bad' landlords

10 March, 2016

Labour's mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan announced a number of measures aimed at protecting private renters as he launched his election manifesto

London council launches letting agency for private renters

10 March, 2016

A London council has launched a letting agency for private renters, in a move it said would protect tenants from "the scourge of rip-off fees and charges"

Conveyancers report 'turbo-charged' increase in Buy-to-Let activity as SDLT change looms

10 March, 2016

Buy-to-Let and second-home activity increased by 46% since the additional Stamp Duty Land Tax announcement was made in November 2015

Bye bye! One in five tenants expects to lose deposits

10 March, 2016

One in five tenants expects never to see their deposit money again after handing it over

Fixed term tenancies failing on everyone's terms

09 March, 2016

The government's plan to remove security from social tenants and restrict tenancies to 2-5 years will hopefully get the scrutiny it deserves this week

Tenants Must Be Protected From Wrongful Evictions

08 March, 2016

The Lib Dems have a good track record on fighting for tenants against wrongful evictions

Buy-to-let landlords 'can make £100 more a week renting property on Airbnb'

08 March, 2016

London now has the third highest number of Airbnb listings in the world

"Buy-to-let-to-retire" is the new downsizing

07 March, 2016

One in five over 55s are considering buying their ideal retirement home now and letting it out until they retire

Landlords unhappy with London Housing Commission's licensing proposals

07 March, 2016

A landlords' body said the LHC is just plain wrong with its proposals that councils be given greater leeway to create landlord licensing schemes

Landlords must prepare for longer tenancies

07 March, 2016

Landlords and property managers must prepare for long-term tenancies

Participation pays

07 March, 2016

Tenant involvement praised by minister

Assembly calls for rent regulation devolution

04 March, 2016

London Assembly members have called for the next mayor of London to seek devolved powers to introduce three-year default tenancies for private renters

One in six tenants has sub-let with more likely to do so

04 March, 2016

Research by landlord insurance provider Direct Line for Business reveals that one in six tenants in the UK admits to having rented out part or all of their property to someone not on the lease agreement

House price inflation fails to take off despite claims buy-to-let investors are racing to snap up homes ahead of stamp duty hike

04 March, 2016

House prices remained steady in February, despite a steep increase in mortgage approvals since the turn of the year ahead of the looming stamp duty hike for buy to let investors this April

Buy to Let and household debts are risks

04 March, 2016

The rapidly growing Buy to Let market is increasing risks to the housing market

Opinion: Buy to Let needs level playing field

04 March, 2016

Since the government's election in May 2015 the Chancellor has had the buy-to-let market in his sights

New landlord licensing scheme in Peterborough

04 March, 2016

A new landlord licensing scheme approved today, will mean that private landlords operating in designated areas of Peterborough will have to apply for a licence or face potential fines of up to £20,000 and prosecution

Changes to Immigration Bill will 'protect' landlords

03 March, 2016

Landlords taking 'reasonable steps' are now protected from failing to pick up illegal tenants

The Bank of England: Assessing Risks on a B2L Near You

02 March, 2016

Those with a genuine interest in the functioning of the housing and private rental markets may well be aware of the important research being carried out by the Bank of England into financial stability risks and the buy-to-let market

Current buy to let changes won't help first time buyers

01 March, 2016

Not one of the raft of buy to let rule changes being introduced by Chancellor George Osborne will actually directly help first timers

Shelter Scotland launches advice hub for private renters

01 March, 2016

A new online hub has been launched to help renters in Scotland's private rented sector navigate their rights and responsibilities

U.K. Mortgage Approvals Jump in Rush to Beat Tax Increase

01 March, 2016

U.K. mortgage approvals reached a two-year high in January as buy-to-let landlords rushed to beat a tax increase

Landlords 'forced into debt' if interest rates rise by 2.5%

29 February, 2016

Buy to let in seven out of 10 UK towns and cities could become unprofitable if interest rates rise by just 2.5%

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index - January 2016

29 February, 2016

Scotland's tenants move back into the black

Crisis warns of 'homelessness trap'

26 February, 2016

The vast majority of landlords are reluctant to rent to the homeless and people on benefits, according to Crisis

Digs campaign slams 'discrimination' against renters on housing benefit

26 February, 2016

'No DSS' policy affects disabled and low income workers

ARLA finds supply of rented homes at its lowest ebb

26 February, 2016

The supply of rental properties has dropped to its lowest level in a year, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents

Are letting agents helping to lock renters out?

25 February, 2016

Low income renters are in a precarious position. The help they get to pay the rent is shrivelling, whilst rents are blossoming. Its little surprise that half of private renters say they are already struggling or falling behind with their rent

More families are renting and fewer people expect to ever own a home

25 February, 2016

Seven things we've learned from the 2016 English housing survey about how tenures have changed in the past 10 years

Buy-to-Let Index - January 2016

24 February, 2016

Best buy-to-let - let returns since 2014

January 2016 figures for the high street banks

24 February, 2016

The start of the year has seen a significant rise in mortgage borrowing

Britain's "disqualified adults": No passport equals no home

24 February, 2016

The new 'Right to Rent Scheme' creates a hostile environment for those without immigration status

Has the death of buy-to-let been greatly exaggerated? We take a look at the storm clouds for property investors

23 February, 2016

Buy-to-let has long provided double-digit bumper returns for investors, but a number of clouds on the horizon have prompted concern the sector may be doomed

Rented housing energy efficiency schemes 'too complex'

23 February, 2016

MPs and peers are calling for tenants to be given clearer up-front information on the cost of all utility bills

London buy-to-let hotspots offering biggest rental returns from Docklands to Brentford

23 February, 2016

Where prospective landlords can find the balance between rentability and potential price growth

Residents protected from 'revenge evictions'

23 February, 2016

Tower Hamlet residents complaining of disrepair in their property can now be protected from so-called revenge evictions by private landlords

Landlords in Thanet urged to renew licences early!

23 February, 2016

Thanet's selective licensing scheme requires private landlords to obtain a licence and comply with a range of licence conditions to ensure good property management

Nomadic renting - those who don't want to move suffer the most

23 February, 2016

The headline finding was that well over a quarter of renters have moved at least three times in the last five years

Survey of Private Landlords

23 February, 2016

The results of a Shelter and YouGov survey of over 1,000 UK landlords

Halt Right to Rent roll-out now: Two peers launch bid this week

22 February, 2016

Two peers are to challenge the Government this week over Right to Rent

London's private renters outnumber homeowners for the first time in a decade

19 February, 2016

Private renters in the capital outnumber homeowners for the first time in a more than a decade

Buy-to-let growth boosts lending market

19 February, 2016

A surge in buy-to-let lending ahead of April's tax changes means January sees 85,432 house purchase approvals

Landlords' Barometer - #33: The rapid rise of leaseholds

19 February, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #33", bringing you hot topics from the Property Tribes forum

When letting agents go bust: the need for client money protection

18 February, 2016

When you think about it, renters take a number of risks when they start a new tenancy

Incorporating 'doesn't stack up' for majority of landlords

18 February, 2016

Four in 10 landlords are either seriously considering forming a limited company in order to limit their exposure to changes that will restrict mortgage interest

Poll finds more than half of Scots want rent control system

18 February, 2016

More than half of Scots want to see a system of rent control introduced to help tenants in private accommodation

Buy to Let Needs Defending

18 February, 2016

With so much new housing and tax legislation currently being drafted in Scotland it is too easy to ignore what is happening South of the Border

Buy-to-let investors looking to swerve April's stamp duty hike at risk of being fooled by early deadline

18 February, 2016

Stamp duty hike for buy-to-let comes into effect on 1 April, not on 6 April

Budget airline court case could have implications for Right to Rent

18 February, 2016

Judgement in a court case reported yesterday may significantly reduce the Government's ability to enforce its 'Right to Rent' policy

Buy-to-let: How to set up as a company to save tax, and when it's worth it

17 February, 2016

Thousands of landlords are considering setting up companies through which to own property

First-time buyers outnumbering buy-to-let purchasers by three to one

17 February, 2016

There were 311,700 mortgages issued to first-time buyers last year

Scotland's landowners warn amendments to tenancy bill could cause problems for rural housing providers

16 February, 2016

Proposed amendments to legislation currently making its way through the Scottish parliament could create "significant problems" for the provision of rural homes

30% ex Barnet council houses for rent

16 February, 2016

Nearly 30% Of Ex Council Dwellings In Barnet Now Owned By Millionaire Elite Private Landlords

Landlords reluctant to rent to young people denied housing benefit by Govt cuts

16 February, 2016

The Government's proposal to abolish housing benefit for those aged 18 to 21 will make it far more difficult for them to rent a home

Agents will not have to report rejected tenants found to be illegal immigrants

16 February, 2016

Any agent or landlord who vets a prospective tenant and finds that they are an illegal immigrant does not have to report them - provided they do not allow that person to rent

Further falls forecast in home ownership as private rental sector grows over next decade

16 February, 2016

Within the first 25 years of this century, home ownership will have fallen 9.5% across the UK, and private renting will have gone up 14.5%

Help-to-buy loan scheme nets Treasury £213m in paper profit

15 February, 2016

Hometrack analysis shows biggest gains in areas with high levels of building and buoyant market such as Buckinghamshire but some areas have lost money

Osborne's buy-to-let measures risk damaging whole economy

15 February, 2016

George Osborne's measures to curb the buy-to-let housing market risk damaging the whole economy

Right to Rent: private landlords' duty to carry out immigration status checks

15 February, 2016

As part of the Government's attempts to cut down on illegal migration, the Immigration Act 2014 contains a number of measures to restrict access to services for those without a valid right to remain in the UK

Agents' licensing fee in Wales: We will think again

15 February, 2016

New licensing fees are set to be published next month for Welsh letting agents

Saving money tips for landlords that also help residents

12 February, 2016

Sustainable Homes is always looking out for opportunities for landlords to save money and improve environmental performance

Lib Dems fight for an open register of rogue landlords

12 February, 2016

Liberal Democrats are fighting to ensure potential renters have access to lists of rogue landlords

First-time buyers' '£50,000 rent bill'

12 February, 2016

First-time buyers in England who buy a house this year will already have spent an average of £52,900 on rent

Landlords' legal battle against Chancellor moves up a gear

12 February, 2016

Chancellor George Osborne is set to be challenged in court by two landlords over planned tax changes

Administrators of compulsory licensing scheme used 'estimates' to set fee for agents

12 February, 2016

The official scheme in Wales under which letting agents must be compulsorily licensed arrived at the fee - £3,729 for five years, a sum which has caused outrage - through guesswork

HomeLet Rental Index - January 2016

11 February, 2016

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £740pcm - this is 5.5% higher than the same period last year (£702pcm)

Private Tenancies Bill amendments 'welcome, but not enough'

11 February, 2016

The Scottish Government has passed amendments to its Private Tenancies Bill to strengthen its proposed rent control laws

Surge of buy-to-let investors pushes up home prices

11 February, 2016

With buy-to-let investors rushing to get into the market ahead of the stamp duty hike, the near-term pressure on prices is intensifying despite a higher level of supply

Landlord Licensing Scheme to be introduced

11 February, 2016

Following consultation, the council's cabinet has decided to implement a private sector landlord licensing scheme in specific areas of borough

Could new "right to rent" immigration checks put domestic violence victims at risk?

10 February, 2016

The latest group to find themselves co-opted as gatekeepers in the government's attempt to clamp down on migrants are... landlords

Bank wary of buy-to-let exodus

09 February, 2016

The Bank of England does not know how buy-to-ley investors will react in a downturn

Tower Hamlets Council to introduce private sector landlord licensing scheme in Spitalfields and Banglatown, Weavers and Whitechapel

09 February, 2016

Tower Hamlets Council is to introduce a private sector landlord licensing scheme in specific areas of the borough

What do the ONS private rental stats tell us about poverty?

09 February, 2016

At the end of last week ONS published its annual update of how private rents have increased across the country

As private rents rise at rates above inflation in York, The Press considers the cost and asks the political parties what should be done

08 February, 2016

City of York Council's affordable housing policy offers the right balance between residents and developers

Dealing with infestations in privately rented property in England

08 February, 2016

Properties infested with pests such as rats, mice, cockroaches, fleas and bed bugs are a risk to occupants and public health in general

Councils to get power to enter private landlords' houses to maintain proper living standards

08 February, 2016

A change in legislation will see councils empowered with a right of entry when provisions in the Housing Act go live in April

Five top tips for reducing void periods

08 February, 2016

Since welfare reforms were introduced, it seems that the sector's most dreaded expense is void periods and subsequent rent loss

Private Tenancies Bill will give PRS tenants 'less security of tenure than under Thatcher'

05 February, 2016

The Scottish Government has been accused of failing Scotland's private sector tenants with its response the Scottish Parliament's infrastructure and capital investment committee report

Landlords need carrot and stick to improve standards in the private rented sector

05 February, 2016

Mandatory licensing for landlords should be introduced to boost standards for private renters

Call for UK wide housing review to access impact of buy let tax change

05 February, 2016

A long term, strategic comprehensive review of housing policy and housing need in the UK is needed as recent changes are set to distort the property market

Six-month tenancies plan 'could force women to stay in abusive relationships'

04 February, 2016

The Scottish Government has been urged to scrap plans for a six-month initial tenancy period for private landlords over fears it could force victims of domestic violence to stay in abusive relationships

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

04 February, 2016

Scottish rents at a standstill for Christmas

Buy-to-Let Index

04 February, 2016

Rents dip below £800 in time for Christmas

Find out where the best Rental Yields are in London

04 February, 2016

Property prices rise, yields fall

UK seeing a crisis in private rented sector due to tumble in landlord confidence

03 February, 2016

Landlords' confidence in the buy to let sector in the UK has collapsed to an all-time low and is now worse than levels witnessed during the financial crash

Landlords forcing tenants to pay unfair charges for accidental damage insurance

03 February, 2016

Landlords are insisting tenants take out accidental damage insurance that costs as much as £68 a year

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, October to December 2015

03 February, 2016

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 2.5% in the 12 months to December 2015

UK housing: Landlords report 'crisis inconfidence' amid George Osborne's war on buy-to-let

03 February, 2016

George Osborne's tax hikes on the UK's booming buy-to-let sector has left landlords feeling less confident about their prospects than in the darkest days of the financial crisis

Tenants put at risk as landlords hang on to millions of pounds worth of deposits

03 February, 2016

Private tenants are in a "precarious" position within the housing market, having to part with larger rental deposits which then run the risk of not being protected

Loss of confidence among buy-to-let landlords looks set to shrink private rented sector

02 February, 2016

A crisis of confidence among landlords in the buy-to-let sector is likely to provoke a contraction in the size of the private rented sector as investors pull out of the sector

Why you need to prepare for the new immigration checks

01 February, 2016

Immigration checks for all new private tenants start in England today - but what do social landlords need to know about the new scheme?

Spinning the roulette wheel

01 February, 2016

If you ever wonder why we as a nation are "obsessed" with home ownership when people happily rent for life in Germany and the Netherlands, consider the number of ways you can lose your home as a renter

Buy-to-Let: London Rental Yield Map

01 February, 2016

Over the past 5 years, all 32 London boroughs have experienced substantial property price growth, fuelled by a combination of record levels of overseas investment and historically low interest rates

Landlords 'don't understand right to rent immigration checks'

01 February, 2016

'Right to rent' obligations could stigmatise less well-off tenants and lead to accusations of racism

Cherie Blair fires first shot in legal battle against Government's buy-to-let tax

01 February, 2016

Wife of former Labour PM is using European human rights legislation in an attempt overturn Tories' planned property tax

Shares of buy-to-let firms hit as tax changes for landlords get nearer

01 February, 2016

While Purplebricks' shares have put in a startling recovery, ending on Friday at 98p, just below their flotation price, shares in companies operating in the buy-to-let sector have been hit hard

Forcing landlords to check tenants' immigration status won't be easy

01 February, 2016

Right to rent is badly communicated, confusing and complex. And I've never met a landlord who can tell a valid Liechtenstein passport from a forgery

Councils tell tenants to wait for bailiffs before moving out

29 January, 2016

An alarming number of private tenants are being told by their local council to ignore eviction notices served by their landlords

Buy-to-let landlords risk heavy fines: 300,000 fail to put tenant deposits in government-backed scheme

29 January, 2016

Around 300,000 landlords are estimated to be running the risk of a heavy fine for not placing tenant deposits into a government-backed scheme

All landlords and letting agents in England to make Right to Rent checks from Monday

29 January, 2016

All letting agents in England are reminded that as from February 1 they will have to perform Right to Rent checks on all prospective tenants

Landlord evicted tenants illegally after agent served proper notice

29 January, 2016

A landlord who illegally evicted a family of nine has been fined £700

One in four private tenants have been kicked out of their home by a landlord for no reason

28 January, 2016

Tenants have almost no legal protection against 'no fault' eviction

Private rental sector insecurity 'causes surge in homelessness'

28 January, 2016

"Chronic" insecurity in the private rented sector in England has led to a fourfold increase since 2010 in the number of households forced into homelessness when tenancies end

Boris scheme to regulate landlords will take 100 years to work

28 January, 2016

A scheme launched by Boris Johnson to improve the standard of rented property in the capital was branded an "embarrassing flop" today

Landlords' Barometer - #32: Will buy-to-let still be profitable this year?

28 January, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #32", bringing you the latest landlord trending topics and sentiment

Unaffordable, unstable, unsafe: We need to fix renting

27 January, 2016

1 in 4 Londoners are renting from a private landlord, and far too many are living with mould or mice, paying far too much for homes that are all too temporary

One in four private renters face losing home

27 January, 2016

The lack of stability in private rented housing means more than a quarter of tenants can expect to lose their home through no fault of their own

Welsh landlords being 'clobbered' again

26 January, 2016

Welsh landlords face the prospect of being clobbered again as they will now have to pay for planning permission to convert properties without assurances that permission will be granted

What is the minimum size for a bedroom in a licensed HMO?

25 January, 2016

If only I could give you a simple answer!

Tenant who signed 'no pets' clause ordered to pay £1,000 after moving in with dog and cats

25 January, 2016

In what has been described as a "a very unusual case", a court has ordered a former tenant to pay £1,000 in compensation after damage estimated at £12,000 was found at the property

Investors 'rushing to snap up homes before buy-to-let tax comes in'

25 January, 2016

Estate agents report increased demand before stamp duty changes come into force on 1 April

Funding increase for councils to crack down on 'cowboy' landlords

25 January, 2016

Councils will receive a £5m boost to help them tackle rogue landlords in their area

Tenants 'charged extra' whenever they cook, do the laundry or have guests

25 January, 2016

Tenants are being charged additional fees - for cooking, washing clothes, or having visitors

Funds to tackle criminal landlords not enough

22 January, 2016

New funds to tackle criminal landlords are not enough

"I don't want to live like this"

22 January, 2016

Today's announcement of new government funding for councils to tackle rogue landlords is very welcome

What do students really think about tenancy reform?

22 January, 2016

Yesterday MSPs agreed the principles of the much-needed Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill, set to rectify problems in a sector where the bulk of power lies with landlords

Supreme Court to rule on test case of tenant arguing human rights to avoid eviction

22 January, 2016

The Supreme Court has granted the Residential Landlords Association permission to intervene in a high-profile repossession case that could have far-reaching implications

Market commentary January 2016

22 January, 2016

The buy-to-let sector is going through an uncertain period as it is unclear how changes to the tax treatment of the sector will affect it

Investors rush for UK buy-to-let homes ahead of tax hike

21 January, 2016

Investors are looking more urgently for buy-to-let properties in Britain ahead of the introduction of a tax hike aimed at cooling one engine of the country's housing market

Half of landlords in England unaware of start date for right to rent rules change

21 January, 2016

Half of UK landlords are not prepared for the Right to Rent legislation set to come into force on 01 February

Stage 1 debate briefing for the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

21 January, 2016

Shelter Scotland supports the principles of this bill and welcomes the move to modernise and simplify the tenancy for private renters in Scotland

George Osborne 'has done more than any other Chancellor' to help lettings industry

21 January, 2016

A London agent has said George Osborne has done more than any other Chancellor in history to help the lettings industry

51 days and counting: Buy-to-let investors rushing to get ahead of deadline

21 January, 2016

Demand for property jumped after the Chancellor announced the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge for buyers of second homes, including buy-to-let investors

Half of landlords unprepared for 'right to rent'

21 January, 2016

A new survey of 5,000 landlords finds many unprepared for imminent new legislation, leaving them prone to receiving serious fines

New buy-to-let stamp duty rules hit parents trying to help children buy a house

20 January, 2016

Parents putting their name on a mortgage to help their children buy a house are set to be stung by the 3pc stamp duty penalty aimed at buy-to-let landlords

George Osborne giving foreign buy-to-let investors an advantage claim landlords

20 January, 2016

UK landlords claim the government is putting them at a disadvantage against wealthy foreign buy-to-let investors by hiking stamp duty for additional property purchases

Tory landlord guilty of failing to repair run-down house after criminal prosecution by his OWN council

20 January, 2016

Jonny Bucknell - the son of a DIY pioneer - pleaded guilty just a week after his party voted against forcing homes to be fit to live in

Major landlord body taking legal advice on challenge to Osborne's tax plans

20 January, 2016

The Residential Landlords Association is taking legal advice on whether to challenge the Government over its planned changes on tax

Green party calls for 'immediate' rent caps

20 January, 2016

The Green party has called for immediate rent caps, saying these are needed to protect tenants from escalating house prices

Liverpool City-wide Licensing FAQs

20 January, 2016

Liverpool City Council introduced its licensing scheme in April 2015 and all landlords in the area should have applied to the Council and paid the required fee

Private Rented Sector reforms still put landlords and investors first

19 January, 2016

The Scottish Government's package of reforms to the Private Rented Sector just don't go far enough

Local councils guilty of 'softly, softly approach' to rogue landlords

19 January, 2016

Research shows that authorities received 51,916 complaints about poor living conditions but inspected just 14,043 homes

Landlords fined thousands in Southampton licence crackdown

18 January, 2016

Two Southampton landlords have been slapped with fines worth thousands of pounds as part of an ongoing crackdown

Jump in two-bed flats for sale after buy-to-let clampdown

18 January, 2016

More properties have become available for first-time buyers and prices have stopped rising

Landlords and agents 'should not face jail if they innocently let to illegal immigrants'

18 January, 2016

Landlords and agents should not face the prospect of up to five years in prison if, through no fault of their own, they let to a tenant who should not be in this country

Two weeks to go until Right to Rent: Expert housing lawyer David Smith calls for delay

18 January, 2016

Lawyer David Smith has called for next month's roll-out of Right to Rent to be deferred

Landlords are rushing to buy

15 January, 2016

A rush of landlords looking to purchase buy-to-let properties has been confirmed this morning by new figures from a national surveying and valuation firm

Tory MP landlords named after voting down proposal to outlaw unfit homes

15 January, 2016

At least 72 of the Tory MPs who voted against an amendment to ensure their rental homes are fit for human habitation are themselves private landlords

Is this why the Tories refused to force landlords to make homes fit for human habitation?

15 January, 2016

Conservative MPs this week voted down a rule forcing landlords to make homes fit for habitation

House purchase lending up 18% year-on-year in November

15 January, 2016

Home-owner house purchase lending totaled £10.7bn in November, down 9% on October but up 18% on November 2014

Landbay Rental Index

15 January, 2016

Average UK rents rise by 3.8%, twice as fast as wages

Landlord fined for 'taking the law into his own hands'

14 January, 2016

A landlord was fined at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 13 January 2016 for 'taking the law into his own hands' and illegally evicting a couple and their seven children from their home in Bordesley Green

Liverpool City Council signs co-regulation agreement with ARLA, NALS and RLA to drive up private rented sector standards

14 January, 2016

Liverpool City Council has signed a co-regulation agreement - the first of its type in the country - in a bid to help drive up standards in the private rented sector

Number of MP landlords has risen by a quarter since last parliament

14 January, 2016

As the government pushes its controversial housing and planning bill, research reveals almost a third of MPs let out houses or flats

Amateur landlords under attack as British home ownership falls

13 January, 2016

They have pocketed some of the most lucrative returns available to investors in recent decades

Tory MP warns that Right to Buy could be extended to private tenants

13 January, 2016

A Tory MP has warned that Right to Buy could be extended to tenants of private landlords

A fair deal for renters? Not under this Tory government

13 January, 2016

The repeated voting down of plans to ensure accommodation is fit for human habitation tells you everything you need to know about tenants' rights today

HomeLet Rental Index

12 January, 2016

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £739pcm - this is 4.9% higher than the same period last year

Tim Farron attempts to curb Right to Rent policy

12 January, 2016

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has tabled a motion to axe the Right to Rent plans

Tory bill could cost UK nearly 200,000 council houses

12 January, 2016

Shadow housing minister says forcing councils to sell could see homes bought by overseas investors and buy-to-let landlords rather than those in housing need

Right to Rent: Why one landlord cannot rent to his own partner

12 January, 2016

A private landlord has said that he would not be able to let to his own partner because, although she is legally entitled to be in the UK, she does not pass the Home Office checker

Property frauds escalating as buyers and tenants are robbed of deposits

11 January, 2016

Cyber crime gangs are stealing millions of pounds from house buyers and sellers in a conveyancing fraud

Landlords' Barometer - #31: Does a major housing meltdown lie ahead?

11 January, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #31", my first of 2016 - a year that promises to be VERY interesting and challenging for the private rented sector!

Councils responding to Britain's housing crisis by telling tenants to stay put in buy-to-let properties when landlords ask them to leave

11 January, 2016

Tenants have been advised to sit tight until they are evicted leaving landlords with hundreds of pounds of legal costs

Who's better protected, dogs or renters?

11 January, 2016

When a landlord tries to get a licence so they can rent their home out, they have to confirm that no one will die from a preventable gas leak

Mapped: how buy-to-let will lose money in 91pc of regions by 2021

11 January, 2016

Buy-to-let is under threat from rising mortgage rates, new regulation and swingeing taxes. By region and city, this shows how quickly property investments could turn sour

Countdown to Right to Rent: 1 February 2016 Landlords' Obligations

11 January, 2016

On 1 February 2016 the Right to Rent immigration checks scheme will go live across the country

Warning of risks as purchasers scramble to buy second homes and buy-to-let properties

08 January, 2016

A firm of tax accountants has warned that purchasers of second homes and buy-to-let properties who exchange on properties over the next few weeks are doing so with their eyes shut

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

08 January, 2016

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament in October 2015

NFA & ARCH Welfare Reform 2015 Analysis

07 January, 2016

NFA and ARCH survey reveals 89% of Universal Credit Claimants in rent arrears

More than 2.5 million people a year could be subject to new immigration checks to rent a home

06 January, 2016

At least 2.6 million people a year could be subject to new immigration checks when the government's 'right to rent' scheme is rolled out across England in February

How Ordinary People Became Buy-To-Let 'Market' Fodder

06 January, 2016

The year has barely begun and already David Cameron has been trumpeting his latest idea for the building of "affordable" homes on publicly owned land

Clock already ticking for buy-to-let deals to escape Stamp Duty penalty

06 January, 2016

The clock is already ticking for buy-to-let purchases to go through before the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge is implemented on April 1

The Government is wrong to attack Buy to Let

05 January, 2016

I hope the Government will re-think its sudden attack on Buy to Let this summer and autumn

Evictions specialist Shamplina calls for public blacklist of rogue tenants

05 January, 2016

With a proposed blacklist of rogue agents and landlords a key part of the Housing and Planning Bill, Landlord Action founder Paul Shamplina is calling for a public blacklist of rogue tenants

Buy-to-let tax raid: Landlords raise full £50,000 for judicial review

05 January, 2016

Some 740 backers contributed the full amount in just one week

Market glut as buy-to-let landlords quit

04 January, 2016

Half a million properties will come on to the housing market over the next five years as landlords sell up after George Osborne's changes to buy-to-let rules

Paying a high price for a faulty product

04 January, 2016

This report explores how private housing tenants from across income scales are living in unsafe homes that fail to meet basic legal standards

Mapped: buying is now cheaper than renting across Britain

04 January, 2016

Rising rents and rock-bottom mortgage rates mean even homeowners with huge mortgages are better off than tenants

George Osborne facing legal challenge from furious landlords

04 January, 2016

Chancellor George Osborne is facing a legal challenge after two private landlords launched a crowdfunding campaign on Boxing Day

Scottish Buy-to-Let index

04 January, 2016

Scottish rents at a standstill for Christmas

UK rents set to sky-rocket because of Osborne's tax grab

31 December, 2015

Landlords across the UK have already started to increase rents for current tenants

Cleethorpes landlord handed suspended prison sentence for illegal eviction of tenant

31 December, 2015

A landlord has been handed a 56 day prison sentence, suspended for six months, after he was found guilty of illegally evicting a tenant

'A bonanza for landlords' - the soaring cost of renting in Cambridge revealed

31 December, 2015

Cambridge's private rental market has been branded "a bonanza for landlords" as it emerged the cost of renting in the city has soared more than almost anywhere else

Could State Aid Law protect Buy-to-Let Landlords?

31 December, 2015

The Guardian and The Telegraph have posted articles in the last week picking up the quandary of buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let stamp duty: will you have to pay?

30 December, 2015

Further details of the change to stamp duty on additional property purchases have been published

Buy to let stamp duty could make investment unviable for new entrants in UK

30 December, 2015

The extra 3% stamp duty tax being levied on buy to let and second home buyers in April 2016 means that it may no longer be financially viable for new entrants to the lower end of the private landlord market

Landlords to launch legal challenge to George Osborne's tax relief changes

30 December, 2015

Buy-to-let group says plans introduced in chancellor's autumn statement are an unfair tax grab that could be unlawful

Greg Clark refuses London borough licensing scheme

30 December, 2015

Redbridge Council have expressed their disappointment at Greg Clark's decision not to approve the implementation of a Borough wide Licensing Scheme

Almost half of landlords to raise rent in 2016

30 December, 2015

With an uncertain year ahead for buy-to-let landlords, almost half are planning to raise their rents in 2016

Landlord prosecuted for regulations breach

29 December, 2015

Mr Vas Tari of North Bar Street, Banbury pleaded guilty at Banbury Magistrates' Court

Higher rents and continued lack of supply set to dominate 2016 UK housing markets

29 December, 2015

Residential rents are set to go up in 2016

ARLA Private Rented Sector Report

24 December, 2015

November 2015 - The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes is at the lowest this year

Landlord licensing - how we're using the evidence and the experience of our members to develop our policies

24 December, 2015

If you only pay attention to the newspaper headlines or horror stories you hear, you'd be forgiven for thinking privately rented homes are at the bottom of the heap when it comes to housing choice

Borough-wide landlord licensing scheme rejected by Secretary of State

23 December, 2015

A landlord licensing scheme to tackle poorly managed rental properties has been rejected by the Department for Communities and Local Government

Letting agents expect buy-to-let stamp duty rise to trigger decline in rental supply

22 December, 2015

High stamp duties for the buy-to-let sector has provoked a pessimistic outlook among lettings agents

Jeremy Corbyn Unveils Plans To Tackle Britain's Housing Crisis, With Rent Caps, More Council Homes And An End To Tory 'Social Cleansing'

22 December, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to tackle Britain's housing crisis with new moves to cap private rent levels

The Scottish Government's Tenancy Proposals and their context amongst Tenancy Reforms

21 December, 2015

Prior to the First World War, the private rented sector provided about 90 per cent of Britain's housing needs

Why do people resent buy-to-letters so much?

18 December, 2015

A series of measures have now been taken to combat the growth of buy-to-let landlords, and each is greeted with glee by an often hostile public

Bank of England to get new powers on buy-to-let lending

18 December, 2015

The government is to consult on new powers to allow the Bank of England to rein in the buy-to-let mortgage market

Lay off private landlords, Chancellor is told by big agency chain

18 December, 2015

Major property firm LSL this morning called for the Treasury to lay off private landlords and instead look for solutions to the housing crisis

Buy-to-Let Index - November 2015

18 December, 2015

Rents dip below £800 in time for Christmas

Landlords' Barometer - #30: It really is all change

17 December, 2015

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #30" where this time I am focusing on issues that landlords need to be aware of in order to plan ahead

Scottish Government follows Westminster with 3% surcharge for buy-to-let purchasers

17 December, 2015

The Scottish Government has followed Westminster in announcing a 3% tax surcharge for purchasers of buy-to-let and second homes

Landbay Rental Index

17 December, 2015

UK rents see small monthly dip of 0.4% in November

Carney promises action on buy-to-let property market

16 December, 2015

The Bank of England has again expressed concern about the UK's buy-to-let property market

Where buy-to-let landlords are making the most lucrative returns from tenants

15 December, 2015

Forget London - landlords are likely to make more money each year by renting out properties in Wales and the North of England

Stamp Duty surcharge will cost landlords 11 months of rental income

14 December, 2015

The 3% surcharge of Stamp Duty Land Tax that kicks in next April will be the equivalent of 11 months' income for the average landlord buying with a mortgage

Care home rooms offered for sale to private investors on 'buy-to-let' basis

11 December, 2015

Hundreds of speculators promised returns of 10 per cent a year, squeezing funds available for actual care

London council adds another 8,000 rental properties to licensing scheme

11 December, 2015

Agents and landlords across a large part of central London are warned that this week, a new licensing scheme came into force

Record fine for unregistered HMO landlord

11 December, 2015

As the number of private renters continues to increase, so do prosecutions against landlords renting out unsafe or unlicensed HMOs

Paying a high price for a faulty product

11 December, 2015

This report explores how private housing tenants from across income scales are living in unsafe homes that fail to meet basic legal standards

Why the war on buy-to-let will make the UK housing crisis worse

11 December, 2015

Landlords sighed with relief at the Conservative victory in the General Election in May

Sold! Britain's most controversial buy-to-let landlords finally sell up

10 December, 2015

Britain's most controversial buy-to-let landlords, Fergus and Judith Wilson, have sold their property empire

Best Locations for Buy-to-Let Returns to Change Under New Stamp Duty

09 December, 2015

The best areas for buy-to-let returns are likely to change when the new Stamp Duty rules come in from April

HomeLet Rental Index November 2015

09 December, 2015

The average UK rental value excluding London was £743pcm - this is 3.8% higher than last year

Mortgage Lenders and Administrators Statistics - 2015 Q3

09 December, 2015

MLAR statistics are quarterly statistics aggregated from the returns from around 300 regulated mortgage lenders and administrators

Another buy-to-let lender cracks down on mortgages

08 December, 2015

Would-be landlords will soon need 50pc deposit, commentators warn, as another lender tightens its criteria

Bad bedsit conditions and rogue landlords to be tackled in new council role

08 December, 2015

An increasing number of residents have turned to Rushmoor Borough Council expressing concern about overcrowding, safety and disrepair

Why Rent Is Still Rising In Places Where It's Cheaper To Own

07 December, 2015

Five years into the recovery, renters are still paying the price for the Great Recession

Call to protect renters as Osborne's plans leave 4m without a secure home

07 December, 2015

Generation Rent will call on the government to protect private renters from no-fault evictions on Tuesday

Housing crisis: Osborne's 3% stamp duty on buy-to-let properties could raise rents by £55 a month

04 December, 2015

Osborne announced an additional 3 per cent stamp duty on second homes and buy to let properties in his Autumn Statement

Buy-to-let landlords turned off buying more property as tax changes bite

04 December, 2015

More than half of investors are not planning to buy any more properties in the next year

Buy to Let Britain report

04 December, 2015

In the last year, 77% of the new households formed in Great Britain were created in the private rented sector

Don't cry for landlords: they still rule the housing market

04 December, 2015

Watch out, tenants: Kent Reliance says the meanie in No 11 Downing Street is going to cost YOU £55 a month extra in rent

Barclays is first to toughen buy-to-let tests with landlords forced to prove rent is 135% of mortgage payments

03 December, 2015

Barclays has rushed to impose stricter affordability checks on aspiring buy-to-let landlords ahead of the Chancellor's tax squeeze

Landlord of shared housing in Camden? Make sure you have a licence

03 December, 2015

Landlords of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Camden must have a licence by December 8

'Buy-to-let investors will need 50pc deposit - or no mortgage'

03 December, 2015

In future only investors with hefty deposits will qualify for loans, brokers warn, as Barclays cuts buy-to-let lending

Renters at risk

03 December, 2015

We all hope we never go through the devastating experience of losing our home

Chancellor's attack could "destroy buy-to-let"

03 December, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne's stamp duty surcharge could backfire by slashing tax revenues as investors desert the market

Saving lives through mandatory electrical safety checks

03 December, 2015

Sadly, every year 350,000 people are injured because of electrical faults in the home

Buy-to-let 'woes' for landlords mounting, as analyst warns that BoE 'will be watching you'

02 December, 2015

The Bank of England has said it will crack down on buy-to-let lending

Landlords' Barometer - #29: And it's all about Osborne's clampdown

02 December, 2015

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #29", dedicated to the Autumn Statement and how it will impact on the private rented sector

Why we don't need to panic about buy-to-let lending

02 December, 2015

Don't take fright at the Prudential Regulation Authority's rising concerns about buy-to-let lending

Tenants shouldn't pay their landlord to decorate their rental property

02 December, 2015

Tenants should not be coerced into paying higher rents to redecorate their landlord's property

LIN Member Report December 2015 - Spending Review and Autumn Statement

02 December, 2015

LIN member report by Claire Turner

Landlords urged to use new procedure to maintain properties

01 December, 2015

Landlords are being urged to make use of a new procedure which will allow them to gain access to their properties to carry out essential work

Bank of England warns on Buy-to-Let market

01 December, 2015

The Bank of England has raised fresh concerns about mortgage lending in the Buy to Let market

Investors get set for buy-to-let "scramble"

30 November, 2015

Property market experts have warned that the forthcoming buy-to-let surcharge on stamp duty will trigger a shortlived scramble for property in the run up to April

Landlord Charged Over Migrant Tenants

30 November, 2015

A Sealand landlord has been charged with 16 Housing Act offences after it was discovered that over 100 migrant workers were living in his rental property

Landlord went to inspect the boiler at his property only to discover his tenants had trashed it and done a runner

30 November, 2015

A landlord pensioner who stopped by his property to fix a boiler was shocked to find that his tenants had completely trashed the house before abandoning it

Landlords Bruised by U.K. Tax Rise May Face New Loan Limits

30 November, 2015

The U.K.'s amateur landlords, already bruised by higher taxes when they buy rentals and lower rates of tax relief, could be facing a new blow

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index - October 2015

30 November, 2015

Scottish rent rises halved in four months

The state of private rented homes

27 November, 2015

In his first speech to the Labour party conference as leader, Jeremy Corbyn claimed that a third of all private rented homes don't meet basic health and safety standards

Rise in buy-to-let stamp duty 'could restrict supply of new homes'

27 November, 2015

Osborne's plan to increase taxes on property investors may jeopardise funding for newbuild developments

Stamp Duty increase likely to benefit the Northern housing market say experts

27 November, 2015

The UK's buy-to-let housing market is likely to expect a shift towards the North, following the Chancellor's announcement of a Stamp Duty increase for property investment purchases in yesterday's Autumn Statement

'Catastrophe' Budget: Agents and landlords get to grips with 3% more on BTL Stamp Duty

26 November, 2015

The industry is trying to assimilate the changes announced in yesterday's Budget Statement whereby buy-to-let investors and those purchasing second homes are to be hit with a 3% increase in Stamp Duty Land Tax

UK plans tax rise on buy-to-let and second homes

26 November, 2015

Britain is to increase a tax on buy-to-let and second homes to ease demand for those squeezed out by house price rises

Spending Review: George Osborne Has Missed 'Open Goal' On Housing By Not Helping Private Renters

26 November, 2015

George Osborne has missed an "open goal" on solving the housing crisis by handing taxpayers' money to private developers instead of tackling high rents

The housing market is broken - people need help to rent, let alone buy

26 November, 2015

Plans in the autumn statement to tax buy-to-let landlords will help cut property demand but more new homes are needed

October 2015 Buy-to-let index

26 November, 2015

Rental reprieve in October - but property prices boost landlord returns

Where to now for Northern Ireland's private rented sector?

25 November, 2015

The DSD is currently considering changes to help make the private rented sector a more attractive housing option

Autumn statement 2015: Buy-to-let landlords sacrificed again with 3pc stamp duty hike to 'help first time buyers'

25 November, 2015

The new 3pc surcharge was announced as Chancellor George Osborne outlined plans to help more people get on the housing ladder

Welsh housing minister launches landlord licensing scheme

24 November, 2015

Welsh housing minister, Lesley Griffiths, has launched Rent Smart Wales in a bid to lead the way in driving up standards in the private rented sector

Landlord who was a fireman is jailed after blaze killed tenants

23 November, 2015

A landlord who was a fireman when five members of a family were killed by arson in one of his properties has been jailed

A new era starts today for private rented sector in Wales

23 November, 2015

A new era begins today for the private rented sector in Wales

Landmark landlord licensing scheme hailed as UK first

23 November, 2015

Housing Minister Lesley Griffiths will say Wales is leading the way on driving up standards in the private rented sector

Low awareness of new Welsh landlord licensing scheme

23 November, 2015

65 per cent of tenants in Wales are unaware of new laws to register and license landlords and letting agents in the country

Fewer landlords are hitting tenants with rent hikes

23 November, 2015

The number of landlords hiking up the rents they charge has dropped to its lowest level this year

Reduced tax relief is top worry for landlords thinking of selling up

20 November, 2015

Budget squeeze on buy-to-let tax relief is a factor for half (50%) of landlords currently looking to sell

Landlords delay repairs to maximise 'wear and tear' tax break

19 November, 2015

Renters could face months waiting for repairs as change to tax allowances throws up window of opportunity for landlords

Renting Homes (Wales) Bill

19 November, 2015

An Act of the National Assembly for Wales to make provision about tenancies and licences which confer the right to occupy a dwelling as a home

UK private rented sector stable with voids at historic lows

19 November, 2015

The private rented sector in the UK is a stable market where yields have seen modest improvements and void periods, the average amount of time PRS properties spend unoccupied, are at historic lows

Rent reform laws 'equivalent of giving tenants a zero hours contract'

19 November, 2015

Measures contained in new laws aimed at reforming Scotland's private rental market are the "equivalent of giving tenants a zero hours contract on their homes"

Oxford's landlord licensing 'a complete failure'

18 November, 2015

A scheme to crack down on rogue landlords in Oxford has been branded a "complete failure" as half the city's shared houses have not been registered

Fifth of private rented homes in Chichester 'a hazard'

18 November, 2015

More than one in five private rented homes in Chichester, West Sussex, poses a threat to the health or safety of its tenants

The Immigration Act: When should agents carry out Right to Rent checks?

18 November, 2015

With the Immigration Act 2014 and its obligations to check all tenants have a right to rent coming into force across all of England from February 1, many agents are getting concerned about what they will need to do

Landlords will 'sell up' because of tax changes

18 November, 2015

The Government's reduction of landlord buy-to-let tax relief to the 20% basic rate is a major factor for half of all landlords currently looking to sell

Half of tenant subletting occurs behind landlords' backs

18 November, 2015

Almost half of tenants who sublet their property do so without their landlord's consent

Facts are facts. 7 in 10 renters want longer tenancies

17 November, 2015

We've been campaigning for longer tenancies in the private rented sector for a few years now

The looming 'fraud' cloud hanging over landlords

17 November, 2015

There has been a lot written about the risks that tenants face around ID fraud but what about the dangers to landlords?

The rogue landlords exploiting the deepening UK housing crisis

16 November, 2015

Campaigners claim landlords have been breaking housing regulations with impunity across the UK

Agent hit with bill over unlicensed properties speaks out

16 November, 2015

A letting agent has been hit with a bill of nearly £10,000 after managing two unlicensed properties

Landlords 'not comfortable' with Right to Rent scheme

16 November, 2015

The government has announced that from 1 February 2016, all private landlords in England will have to check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property

Right to Rent: Agents warned to get checking procedures in place within weeks

13 November, 2015

Letting agents across England who take on responsibility must get their Right to Rent procedures in place within the next six weeks

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics Quarterly, England and Wales

13 November, 2015

This quarterly bulletin presents statistics on mortgage and landlord possession actions in the county courts of England and Wales in July to September 2015

Greg Clark offers councils £5 million 'beds in sheds' fund to crack down on rogue landlords

12 November, 2015

Communities secretary Greg Clark has offered councils a £5 million fund to help them crack down on rogue landlords

Private rented households see eviction rates rise

12 November, 2015

There has been a 14% rise in the eviction numbers of private rented households in England in the past year

Landlords raise tenancy concerns at Scottish Parliament committee

12 November, 2015

Organisations representing private landlords and investors yesterday appeared before the Scottish Parliament to continue to urge to create policies that will protect both tenants and landlords

Electricity safety first for Glasgow HA tenants

12 November, 2015

Almost two thirds of fires in Scottish homes are linked to electricity

Tackling rogue landlords and improving the private rental sector: government response

11 November, 2015

This publication collates the responses received by the Department for Communities and Local Government to this technical discussion document

MP accuses agents and landlords of leaving To Let boards up all year round

11 November, 2015

An MP has accused agents and landlords of leaving up To Let signs all year round

Two new custodial tenancy deposit protection schemes announced

11 November, 2015

Tenancy deposit protection is to be beefed up, alongside other new measures announced today by the Department for Communities and Local Government

New DPS boss says deposits now repaid within two days

11 November, 2015

Today, it is announced that the Deposit Protection Service has won a renewed contract from the Government to run an authorised tenancy deposit protection service

Two million homes change tenure since 2005

10 November, 2015

1,550,000 properties have gone from being lived in by their owner to being lived in by a tenant

Reforms to rental housing

10 November, 2015

As MPs got the chance last week to consider the long awaited Housing and Planning Bill for the first time, a number of themes emerged concerning private rented housing

EPCs and why they are important if you are a landlord

09 November, 2015

You might not think much of an EPC and less than 10% of tenants say they considered the energy efficiency of their current home as an important factor when deciding to live there

Rising tide of complaints against unscrupulous landlords

09 November, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of people have encountered severe difficulties with their landlords

Government proposes minimum bedroom size for rental properties

09 November, 2015

Size would be set at 6.5 sq metres in attempt to stop landlords creating 'rabbit hutch properties' to increase rental income

Mandatory licensing of HMOs to be extended down to bungalows

09 November, 2015

The mandatory HMO licensing regime is to be extended to two-storey homes and even bungalows, while there will have to be minimum bedroom sizes

Ireland to introduce rent controls this month

09 November, 2015

Rent controls are set to be introduced in Ireland, with the move due to be agreed by the Irish cabinet tomorrow

Landlords' Barometer - #27: Are agents up to speed with landlords' tax changes?

09 November, 2015

Do letting agents know about the tax changes?

Eight out of ten renters want tenancies of a year or less

09 November, 2015

Eight out of ten of those renting accommodation want tenancy agreements of one year or less

New measures to tackle rogue landlords and overcrowded housing

06 November, 2015

New measures will clamp down on criminal landlords who trap and cram vulnerable tenants in unsafe, overcrowded homes

Not enough landlords fitting smoke alarms, despite new laws

06 November, 2015

The CFOA is very concerned at these findings; as it means that some of the UK's most at risk households continue to lack smoke and CO alarms

Challenger banks cash in on buy-to-let boom

06 November, 2015

Challenger bank OneSavings has increased lending by almost £1bn so far this year, as it makes the most of the buy-to-let mortgage boom

Havering Council look set to consult on new landlord licensing scheme

04 November, 2015

Investigations by London Property Licensing have uncovered proposals to implement a selective licensing scheme in the London Borough of Havering

Watford landlord fined £30,000 for housing 12 tenants in five-person flat

04 November, 2015

Zuo Jun He pleads guilty to 11 charges, including overcrowding, regarding property from which he was taking £515 a week in rent

House of Lords investigation into housing market will look at rent controls

04 November, 2015

The House of Lords has launched an "urgent" investigation into the housing market and wants views

Mortgage lenders warn over changes in Scottish buy-to-let market

04 November, 2015

Mortgage lenders have expressed their concerns about changes in the buy-to-let market in Scotland

Tenants in West Midlands suffer most from rent rises, but those in East of England are happiest

03 November, 2015

Tenants in the West Midlands are suffering the most from rent increases

London's private renting poor are staying put but getting poorer

02 November, 2015

It's claimed that benefit caps have caused a mass displacement of the capital's low income households, but most are tightening their belts in order to avoid it

Fight is on to stop landlords being automatically criminalised by Right to Rent

02 November, 2015

Strong concerns have been expressed in the Commons that landlords - or their agents - would automatically be committing an offence if told by the Home Office that a tenant is in the UK illegally

Rogue landlord gets £23,000 bill after string of safety breaches

02 November, 2015

A rogue landlord has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £3,343 costs as well as a victim surcharge of £120 after admitting a string of offences

Written Statement - Starting Date for Rent Smart Wales - new requirements under Part 1 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014

30 October, 2015

Rent Smart Wales, the brand name for the new registration and licensing requirements, will be launched on 23 November 2015

City on the brink of a boom in rental flats

29 October, 2015

Data from Deloitte Real Estate suggests that 10,000 PRS flats are due to be built in Manchester

Index of private housing rental prices: July to September 2015 results

29 October, 2015

The IPHRP is a quarterly experimental price index. It tracks the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Buy to Let Mortgage Costs Index

28 October, 2015

In Q3 2015 there was an average of 952 buy to let mortgage products from 33 active lenders on the market

A short guide for landlords on right to rent

27 October, 2015

This is the check a landlord, agent or householder renting out property should make to ensure that the prospective tenants or occupants have a right to rent

Tarring all landlords as rogues is unfair and counter-productive

27 October, 2015

It is just wrong to claim that there is "no regulation" in the PRS and that registration schemes "have no resources or effective powers"

Compulsory registration and licensing of all letting agents in Wales set to go live

23 October, 2015

The new compulsory system of registering and licensing for agents and landlords in Wales is going live on November 23

Bank of England to be given powers to curb buy-to-let lending

23 October, 2015

The Bank of England is to be given powers to control buy-to-let mortgage lending

Council delays bringing in licensing schemes as it is not ready

23 October, 2015

A local authority has delayed the start of new licensing schemes by two months because its own systems are not ready

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

23 October, 2015

Scottish rents rise at one-third the speed of England and Wales

Forcing landlords to check tenants' immigration status will cost renters extra £70m

22 October, 2015

Compulsory checks by landlord and agents on the immigration status of new tenants could cost tenants an extra £70 million, warns Daniel Watney LLP

Rents and Returns

22 October, 2015

The private rental market has become an important part of the UK housing market over the last two decades

The scandal of the shockingly low fines for landlords who illegally evict their tenants

22 October, 2015

Tessa pointed me at a story earlier this week of an Oxford landlord, Riasat Ali, who threatened violence against his tenant and illegally evicted him

Right to rent checks: what they mean for you

21 October, 2015

What the new right to rent checks mean for private landlords and tenants

All landlords forced to carry out immigration checks from 1 February 2016

21 October, 2015

The Home Office today announced that all landlords in England and Wales will be forced to carry out "papers please" immigration checks on tenants from 1 February 2015

Right to Rent pilot scheme unearthed 109 illegal immigrants

21 October, 2015

In the first six months of the Right to Rent pilot scheme, 109 illegal immigrants were detected

Right to Rent: A simple guide to checks that must be made

21 October, 2015

Under Right to Rent, landlords or their agents should check identity documents for all new tenants, and take copies

Right to Rent roll out announced

21 October, 2015

The Home Office has today confirmed the roll-out date of the government's Right to Rent policy in England

LIN Press Release - Right to Rent being extended across England from 1 February 2016

20 October, 2015

LIN Press Release - Right to Rent being extended across England from 1 February 2016

Immigration Act Rollout Announcement

20 October, 2015

The Home Office has announced details of the rollout of Right to Rent checks.From 1 February 2016 all landlords and letting agents in England who allow a tenancy will need to make checks on ID for all adult occupiers

Addressing anti-social behaviour in private rented housing

20 October, 2015

CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright discusses whether sharing information around ASB could be extended to the private rented sector

Scheme to check immigration status of renters shows "alarming" impact on homelessness

20 October, 2015

The government has today announced that it will push ahead with plans requiring landlords to check the immigration status of renters

Deterring buy-to-let investment will harm tenants more than landlords

20 October, 2015

Tighter buy-to-let regulation could constrain the supply of rented property

Research on the effect of rent stabilisation measures in London

20 October, 2015

The London Assembly's Housing Committee commissioned this study as part of an investigation into the likely impact of a range of rent stabilisation measures on London's housing market

MP accuses Commons of seeking to impose unnecessary legislation on landlords

20 October, 2015

A Private Member's Bill calling for tenants to be able to sue landlords if the accommodation is not fit for human habitation is to return to the Commons in the New Year

Research with landlords, letting agents and tenants

20 October, 2015

This report is part of the evaluation of phase one of the Right to Rent scheme covering the impact on landlords, agents, tenants and housing market

Landlord Tory MP Philip Davies says law requiring homes be fit for human habitation is an unnecessary burden

19 October, 2015

Philip Davies says the law would put a 'huge burden' on landlords and that it can be hard to keep up with regulation

Powerless: no expectations, choice or security

16 October, 2015

The voices of tenants living in the private rented sector in Glasgow

Record rents diverge from inflation

16 October, 2015

Rents push to a new all - time record in September, now averaging £816 per month across England & Wales

New Bill would give tenants powers to sue landlords over poor accommodation

16 October, 2015

Tenants living in sub-standard accommodation will be given the right to sue their landlords if a new Bill gets through Parliament

Rental Price Growth Slows Across The UK

16 October, 2015

Rent price rises have slowed to match the pace of house price growth in the UK after 9 months of sustained faster growth

Immigration bill progresses despite fears it will 'force families into destitution'

15 October, 2015

Government's controversial plans pass second reading in Commons after Labour bid to amend proposals fails

Councils told new law renders local licensing schemes redundant

15 October, 2015

Local councils are being urged to drop landlord licensing schemes following the publication of new laws showing that they are not needed

Letting agent fined maximum amount after failing to answer council request

15 October, 2015

A letting agency has received a maximum £5,000 fine for ignoring a request for information

MPs to vote to let tenants sue negligent landlords

15 October, 2015

Private renters living in squalid conditions could get the ability to sue their landlord if MPs approve a private member's Bill

How to deal with pests and vermin in your home

14 October, 2015

Nobody wants to share their home with mice, cockroaches or other pests. Find out how deal with infestations

A Living rent for Scotland's private tenants

14 October, 2015

The Living Rent Campaign was founded in October 2014 to lobby for the re-introduction of rent controls and security of tenure for Scotland's private tenants

The Housing Bill: towards better conditions for renters

14 October, 2015

There's nothing more annoying than buying a dress, paying through the roof, only for the stitching to unravel the next day

Rented Accommodation on the Right Track in Scotland

14 October, 2015

Last week saw the announcement of the Private Rented Tenancies Bill in Scotland

Mumsnet community outraged by couple facing £150 tenant referencing fee

13 October, 2015

It may not be the most obvious forum to discuss agents, but you can certainly trust Mumsnet to open up some forthright debate

Hastings landlords urged to take advantage of 'early bird' selective licensing discount

13 October, 2015

Hastings Borough Council's Selective Licensing scheme comes into force on 26th October 2015

These lunatic Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarm Regulations

13 October, 2015

This says that they need to have smoke alarms on every storey with living accommodation, and carbon monoxide alarms in every room which has a solid fuel burning combustion appliance

MPs and peers to consider energy efficiency of rented housing

13 October, 2015

The All Party Parliamentary Group for the private rented sector has launched an inquiry into the energy efficiency of private rented housing

New fast-track eviction powers could breach human rights

12 October, 2015

Measures in government's proposed immigration bill could violate protections if families and children are made destitute as a result of being made homeless

Rogue landlord ordered to pay over £400k after illegal letting

12 October, 2015

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £400k after converting a property into flats without permission

Right to Rent scheme risks discriminating against immigrants

12 October, 2015

Landlords checking immigration status could refuse to let to people with 'ethnic-sounding names'

Government to help home owners on to the buy-to-let ladder?

12 October, 2015

The Government is to build 200,000 second houses to help home owners on to the buy-to-let ladder

'Asleep at wheel' politicians have left Scotland's private tenants with few rights

12 October, 2015

We searched out and listened to the personal experience of a wide range of tenants in Glasgow's private rented sector

Buy to Let Tax Relief

12 October, 2015

How will the Buy to Let tax relief affect first-time buyers and private renters?

Chief planner asks councils to embrace the potential of PRS

09 October, 2015

Council planners have been urged to consider the potential of the private rented sector in meeting housing need and demand in their area

New laws to protect private tenants

09 October, 2015

New laws which are intended to protect the country's 700,000 private sector tenants from rogue landlords have been unveiled by the Scottish government

Buy-to-let investors: 'Let us off capital gains tax and we'll sell to first-time buyers'

09 October, 2015

Britain's biggest landlord trade body is urging the Government to waive capital gains tax where properties are sold to first-time buyers

Revealed: England's top buy-to-let hotspots

09 October, 2015

Towns in east of England dominate the 10 places where landlords can get the highest total return on their investment

London landlords would 'sell up rather than cut rents'

08 October, 2015

London landlords are opposed to rent controls and many would sell up if they were forced to cut or cap their rents

Rent controls would take us back to evil Rachman days - warning

08 October, 2015

Rents in the private sector have been falling in real terms - and private landlords are fiercely opposed to any firm of rent controls, according to a new study

Carbon monoxide legal duties: Agents warned that pressing 'test' is not enough

08 October, 2015

Agents are warned that they may not be compliant if they simply press the "test button" on carbon monoxide alarms

Buy-to-let sales up 50% year-on-year

08 October, 2015

Equifax Touchstone analysis of the intermediary marketplace shows buy-to-let sales in August 2015 were up by 54.1% compared to the corresponding month last year, hitting £3.31 billion

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

08 October, 2015

An Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about private rented housing; in particular to establish a new type of tenancy to be known as a private residential tenancy

Scotland's Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill promises more security and stability for renters but PRS 4 Scotland express concerns over rent caps and one-size fits all tenancies

08 October, 2015

Scotland's Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill has been published today promising "more security, stability and predictability" for tenants in the private rented sector

Steep falls in Aberdeen rents 'may pose questions' for rent control plans

07 October, 2015

As the Scottish Government presses ahead with proposals for rent controls and details of the Private Tenancies Bill are expected to be published this week

ARLA says rent controls could lead to even more expense for tenants

05 October, 2015

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says rent controls would do nothing to benefit tenants

Sure, we changed the law on revenge evictions. But what does that mean?

05 October, 2015

The law on revenge evictions has changed

Private renters increase while home ownership flat lines

05 October, 2015

More people are renting their homes from private landlords than ever before

There is a property boom, especially for the SNP

05 October, 2015

It's hypocritical of MPs from the cuddly party to run buy-to-let empires

Campaigners slam 'unacceptable' rent rises

05 October, 2015

The Living Rent Campaign has called on the Scottish Government to take action following "unacceptable" rent increases of more than 8 per cent in a year in Edinburgh

Fifteen rented homes in 15 years - mine is an everyday housing story

05 October, 2015

Homeowners who function as their friends' 'landlord' are contributing to Britain's wealth divide

Don't 'demonise' private rented sector

05 October, 2015

Landlords have urged the Scottish Government not to demonise the private rented sector and ensure that new legislation protects tenants' rights without strangling investment

Landlords, are you ready for the right to rent?

02 October, 2015

As a result of The Immigration Act 2014, all landlords will eventually be required to ensure that their tenants have the right to live in the UK before signing a tenancy agreement

How much does it cost to run a buy-to-let property each year? Our calculator lets you do the maths

02 October, 2015

With interest rates still languishing at all-time lows, buy-to-let has proved an appealing prospect for many savers whose money is languishing in the bank

Do people want to live in the private rented sector?

02 October, 2015

Perhaps the most important question about reforming or growing the private rented sector is currently not part of the debate: do people actually want to rent from a private landlord?

Bombshell as official guidance on revenge evictions 'contradicts the law'

02 October, 2015

Ministers delivered a new bombshell to the private rented sector yesterday with guidance explaining that tenants will be able to stave off eviction by complaining about repair issues without having to tell the landlord or agent of the problem

9 in 10 tenants unaware of new law to protect them from revenge evictions

01 October, 2015

Nine in 10 tenants say they are unaware of a new law introduced on 1st October that is intended to protect them from so called retaliatory or revenge evictions

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

01 October, 2015

Q&A Booklet for the Private Rented Sector - landlords and tenants

1 October - a day of change for landlords

01 October, 2015

As of 1 October 2015 new rules come into force which will change the responsibilities of landlords who let properties in England when it comes to three key issues

Agents and landlords mobilise in Scotland as rent controls draw nearer

01 October, 2015

Agent and landlord groups remain on a collision course with the Scottish Government over its plans to introduce rent controls and other measures

'I've got 25 tenants chasing every property' - buy-to-let tycoon Fergus Wilson

30 September, 2015

Controversial landlord warns of housing 'disaster' with multiple families forced to share a single property, or live in prefab homes 'like after the war'

Investing in council housing will actually make a profit for the taxpayer

30 September, 2015

The new Labour leader argued that investment in social housing would drive down the housing benefit bill and thus reduce the amount of money spent on benefits

Lawyer warns that agents must check smoke alarms on day of new tenancy and not before

30 September, 2015

Agents are reminded that as from tomorrow, October 1, the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations come into effect

New buy-to-let deal escapes George Osborne's landlord tax

30 September, 2015

A 'crowdfunding' website now offers investors mortgaged flats and houses - using a loophole to avoid the new buy-to-let tax

Landlord Survey - Buying to Let

29 September, 2015

As the number of buy-to-let investors continues to soar, the UK landlord landscape has never looked so promising for forward-thinking investors

Immigration Bill eviction measures 'should not be extended to Scotland'

29 September, 2015

The CIH in Scotland has added its voice to growing concerns over the potential impact of the UK government's 2015 Immigration Bill on migrants living in the private rented sector

Labour shadow chancellor lays into private rented sector and calls for rent controls

29 September, 2015

Labour's controversial new shadow chancellor John McDonnell has laid into the private rented sector

Tenant evictions firm investigating number of 'rogue' agents

29 September, 2015

A firm more used to evicting tenants on behalf of landlords and agents has revealed that it is currently investigating six or seven 'rogue' agents

Rented housing law change: Katie Haines' mum says "they need to go further"

28 September, 2015

New changes to the law mean the smoke alarms must be fitted in rented homes but the law on carbon monoxide detectors does not go far enough

Bank of England concerns over buy-to-let boom

28 September, 2015

The growing buy-to-let property market in the UK could post a threat to wider financial stability

Agents kept waiting as still no date announced for mandatory licensing in Wales

28 September, 2015

The lettings industry in Wales is gearing up for important changes heralding a completely new mandatory regime - but no date for implementation has been announced beyond "this autumn"

Landmark case as landlord jailed for leaving tenants in fire danger

28 September, 2015

A landlord has been jailed for four months and landed with a £10,000 bill after leaving his tenants in danger of fire

Buy-to-let leads to 'boom and bust'

25 September, 2015

The growing buy-to-let property market in the UK could post a threat to wider financial stability

Government says spare rooms not needed for Syrian refugees as Bristol charity looks to private rents

25 September, 2015

The first of 20,000 refugees have arrived in Britain and will soon be resettled in various cities and towns

More people than ever are being made homeless by insecure private tenancies

25 September, 2015

A third of people are now made homeless by a tenancy ending

Latest Private Rented Sector Trends Report Shows a Steady Market

25 September, 2015

Low void periods and tenant demand expected to remain strong

Private landlords: duty to carry out immigration checks

24 September, 2015

As part of the Government's attempts to cut down on illegal migration, the Immigration Act 2014 contains a number of measures to restrict access to services

Scottish Private Rented Sector - Real Rents Revealed

24 September, 2015

Reading some sectors of the press would leave you feeling that the Scottish PRS is facing a wholesale crisis with rents out of control nationally

Over 80% of private landlords in Mid Ulster paid housing benefit

24 September, 2015

From issues like housing benefit costs and growing waiting lists to lifts in living rooms, the Housing Executive was truly grilled at a special meeting of Mid Ulster District Council

Landlords are penalising renters by refusing to allow them to switch energy supplier and save hundreds

24 September, 2015

There are massive savings to be made by moving gas and electricity companies, but many tenants are being barred from doing so

The rise of the 'gran-lord': one in 10 over 50s are buy to let landlords

23 September, 2015

With new pension freedoms has come a boom of over 50s buy-to-let landlords

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

23 September, 2015

Rent growth does an about - turn in August

The Government's new Immigration Bill - even more bad news for renters and landlords

23 September, 2015

Last week, the Government introduced another Immigration Bill, which will have its second reading in Parliament on 13 October

Private sector house building is critical to meeting supply in Northern Ireland

23 September, 2015

It's been clear for some time that housing supply isn't keeping up with demand

"Major flaw" in new regulations designed to protect tenants

23 September, 2015

New regulations designed to provide additional protection for tenants in the private rented sector have a major flaw

Tax bombshell awaiting six out of ten private landlords

23 September, 2015

The scale of the tax upheaval facing private landlords has become clear, with six in ten saying they face being pushed from paying the basic to higher rates of income tax as a result of the new regime

Glasgow City Council given new powers to tackle rogue landlords

22 September, 2015

Glasgow City Council has become the first council in Scotland to be granted powers to designate an Enhanced Enforcement Area

Private sector landlords face paying higher rates of income tax

22 September, 2015

Over 60% of private sector landlords face being pushed from the basic to higher rates of income tax as a result of government reforms

ARLA reports fewer landlords hiked their rents last month

21 September, 2015

Demand in the private rented sector has increased even as the number of available properties has fallen

Rogue landlords should face stronger sentencing, tougher license conditions and potential blacklisting

21 September, 2015

Councils need greater powers to tackle rogue landlords taking advantage of residents struggling to find decent housing in the private rented sector

Agents and landlords will have to evict illegal immigrant tenants in 28 days

21 September, 2015

The new Immigration Bill which will make it a criminal offence for landlords and agents to breach Right to Rent rules has now been published

National Federation of ALMOs' submission to the Public Bill Committee on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16

18 September, 2015

The supply and affordability of housing is a central issue for Government both because of the cost to the welfare system of supporting low income households in private rented housing

Landlords' Barometer - #24: Private rented sector faces massive threat

18 September, 2015

The private rented sector is facing a massive threat

August 2015 Buy-to-let index

18 September, 2015

Rents retreat in August

ARLA clears up confusion over smoke alarm regulations

18 September, 2015

ARLA has clarified some slight confusion arising from a comment posted on our story yesterday regarding the passing of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations in Parliament

Rent caps will cut housing supply by 50k

17 September, 2015

A Conservative City Hall hopeful has attacked Labour proposals for rent controls, saying such market interventions would reduce rental revenues and ultimately cut into the capital's housing supply

Scotland's university cities experience highest yields for landlords

17 September, 2015

Edinburgh has been ranked as the best city for buy-to-let investors in the UK

Landlord fined thousands for breaking licensing rules

17 September, 2015

A landlord who put his tenants' safety at risk by knowingly flaunting licensing conditions has been made to pay more than £10,000

A race against time: Just two weeks to fit smoke alarms in all rental properties

17 September, 2015

The clock is now ticking fast after the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations were finally passed in Parliament

TDS sees 25% rise in tenancy deposit disputes as agents raise one-third of claims

17 September, 2015

The value of deposits protected by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme grew by £100m last year, to over £1.3bn

Buy-to-let boom to push house prices up as landlords take advantage of low rates

16 September, 2015

Landlords are leading the charge in Britain's resurgent housing market, snapping up properties while interest rates are still low

How do Landlords Address Poverty

16 September, 2015

A poverty-focused review of the strategies of Local Authorities, Landlords & Letting Agents in England

Scottish landlords to meet Treasury officials over tax plans

16 September, 2015

Scottish landlords are due to meet with senior UK Treasury officials in London to urge them to rethink planned tax changes for the sector

"Major error" in rented housing regulations

16 September, 2015

A major drafting error in government regulations affecting the private rented sector risks undermining confidence in new legislation being applied to the sector

Parliament approve Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

15 September, 2015

Parliament approve Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 in time for 1 Oct deadline

Evaluation of Cathays Additional Licensing Scheme

15 September, 2015

Evaluation of Cathays Additional Licensing Scheme 2010-2015

Rent rises ease across the UK

15 September, 2015

Rent rises have moderated across the UK according to the latest findings from the HomeLet Rental Index

As migrants fill his properties, Fergus Wilson puts up rents by 33%

14 September, 2015

But landlord has 'concern' for low-income Maidstone-born people who are priced out

Interest rates must rise 'relatively soon', says Bank of England's Martin Weale

14 September, 2015

Continuing wage growth and inflation mean rate hike likely follow despite recent economic slowdown, according to Bank's monetary policy committee member

Cardiff landlords 'slow' to respond to beefed up licensing regime as 71% of properties flout rules

14 September, 2015

Report says widespread non-compliance means it's difficult to argue homes in Cathays are 'effectively managed'

Tax relief cuts will see landlords passing the buck

14 September, 2015

Blog by Karim Goudiaby, chief executive officer of EasyRoommate

Council benefit payment delays affect half of tenants

14 September, 2015

52% of private sector tenants on housing benefit have experienced delays over its payment from their local council, according to new research from the NLA

Section 21

11 September, 2015

What all agents need to know about the changes

Explanatory Memorandum

11 September, 2015

The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015

Low-income families in private housing face large benefit shortfalls

10 September, 2015

Freeze will leave 300,000 households in England hundreds of pounds behind on rent each month, says Shelter

Brandon Lewis pledges to remove rental 'red tape'

09 September, 2015

Property chiefs are welcoming a bid by Brandon Lewis to professionalise Britain's booming rental market

Landlords at risk of £5,000 fine as government delays mandatory smoke alarm legislation

09 September, 2015

The landlord community has hit out at government for unnecessary delays in the introduction of legislation which will make it compulsory to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Mapped: top class university towns for buy-to-let property

09 September, 2015

Here are the best locations in the country in which to buy a rental home for your children and other students to live in

Chaos as Lords reject smoke alarm law with just three weeks to go

09 September, 2015

Chaos reigns over the mandatory introduction of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in private rented homes

Boris backs lettings reform and banning rogue agents

08 September, 2015

London Mayor and Tory leadership wannabee Boris Johnson wants rogue operators in the private rental sectors to be banned with repeat offenders given steep fines

Rent controls in Scotland are just the first step to a fairer society

07 September, 2015

Nicola Sturgeon's pledge to rein in the private rented sector is welcome, but we need an overhaul of our whole housing system

'I own 75 buy-to-let properties but I haven't deprived other buyers'

07 September, 2015

As investors digest George Osborne's surprise new tax on buy-to-let, questions emerge about the wider impact on housing and rents

Right to Rent pilot branded a 'fiasco' by top housing lawyer

07 September, 2015

A leading housing lawyer has condemned feedback on the Right to Rent pilot scheme as a fiasco and "even worse than I expected"

Courts fine rogue landlords thousands of pounds

07 September, 2015

The courts have clamped down hard on two landlords who let out sub-standard accommodation

Landlords urged to fit carbon monoxide detectors ahead of law change

07 September, 2015

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland is urging landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms in their properties ahead of a change in the law

'No Passport Equals No Home': An independent evaluation of the 'Right to Rent' scheme

04 September, 2015

The Right to Rent checks form part of a package of measures intended to create a "hostile environment" for irregular migrants in the UK

Stuck with a terrible landlord? As if tenants have any other choice

04 September, 2015

Private landlords hold all the power in the UK's skewed rental sector. No wonder so many tenants have tales of horror and harrassment

DCLG technical discussion paper: Tackling rogue landlords and improving the private rental sector

04 September, 2015

The LGA is the voice of English local government. Our mission is to help support, promote and improve local authorities in England

Landlords' Barometer - #23: Tax changes could lead to exodus

04 September, 2015

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #23", bringing you a round of trending topics for landlords and property professionals

Right to Rent leads to 'discrimination'

03 September, 2015

A trial to force landlords to evict tenants who lose the right to live in the UK has led to "increased racial profiling"

Make sure you have your say on landlords' licensing scheme

03 September, 2015

Residents and private landlords are being encouraged to air their views on new proposals to create further selective licensing areas

Letting agents warned after rise in fake passports

03 September, 2015

Letting agents have been warned to be on their guard after a tenant vetting firm said the number of prospective tenants it is seeing with fake passports has rocketed

How can I get my problem tenant evicted and what are the rules?

03 September, 2015

I have a problem tenant in my buy-to-let property, who I have had complaints from neighbours about and I think is damaging the property

Thousands of tenants in England 'suffering abuse' from private landlords

02 September, 2015

Housing charity Shelter says 17,000 renters have called its helpline during the last year with complaints including harassment, threats and assaults

Help your tenants register for their free gas safety toolkit

02 September, 2015

For Gas Safety Week 2015, show tenants how to get a free Gas Safety Toolkit

Rent control plans 'threaten Scotland's burgeoning PRS market'

02 September, 2015

Plans to introduce a power for local rent controls in 'high-pressure' rental areas in Scotland could deter investment in Scotland's PRS and curtail much-needed housing supply

How to improve London's private rented housing sector - and how not to

02 September, 2015

As the London Assembly politicians have heard, private renting in the capital is a growing and complex aspect of a changing housing culture

Renting from a rogue landlord? It's time to know your rights

02 September, 2015

Moving into a new flat should be an exciting time, especially for a couple who have just married

Llandudno landlord back in court - this time for unlicensed properties

01 September, 2015

Mark Thorogood had a court bill for almost £7,000 - he'll pay back his fines at £40 per month

Majority of renters experience deposit disputes

28 August, 2015

The majority of UK flatsharers have been involved in a dispute with a landlord over their tenancy deposit, and only a third of Brits are aware of their rights as renters

MSP condemns 'broken' private rented sector as rents reach record levels

28 August, 2015

Fresh calls have been made for the Scottish Government to increase the availability of affordable homes after average rents in the private sector reached an all-time high

Private rented sector in Scotland almost triples as home ownership falls

28 August, 2015

Drops in home ownership and in social housing have fuelled growth in Scotland's private rented sector

Energy improvements in rented homes: Where tenants will foot the bill

28 August, 2015

As yet another deadline approaches for the private rented sector, there seems to be a common misunderstanding about what it actually means

Treasury tells landlord protesters that Osborne will stand firm on tax changes

28 August, 2015

A 'say no to George' petition demanding that the Government reverses its decision to cut tax relief for private landlords has attracted over 20,600 signatures

Landlord loses deposit case after damage in communal area

28 August, 2015

In this dispute, a landlord claimed for the replacement of an area of damaged flooring in the weights section of the building's communal gym

Monthly ARLA Private Rented Sector Report July 2015

28 August, 2015

The number of available private rented properties rose in July, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents monthly PRS Report

Essential Section 21 update for letting agents: Important changes just weeks away

26 August, 2015

Important changes affecting letting agents and landlords are just weeks away, courtesy of The Deregulation Act

Letting agents in Scotland and Wales get ready for mandatory licensing

26 August, 2015

A consultation has been launched in Scotland on a new code of practice for letting agents and a mandatory requirement for agents to undergo training before they can register

Scottish rents stall at peak level in July

26 August, 2015

Rents across Scotland at record levels except in Edinburgh and Glasgow, as growth cools in the cities

Rogue landlords have little to fear from cash-strapped councils

26 August, 2015

Councils will soon have new powers to tackle rogue landlords, but five years of cuts has left them without the staff to do this

Pensioner buy-to-let hotspots revealed

25 August, 2015

Brandon in Suffolk is the most profitable location for pensioners to invest in buy-to-let property with an average yield of 8.59%

Long term landlords characterise the market

25 August, 2015

On average landlords only trade properties every 17 years compared to 14 years for the average homeowner

Pace of rent rises quickens as average UK rent reaches £937 a month

24 August, 2015

Rents were up 4.6% in July on the year before, figures show, with median rent for one-bedroom flat in London now more than £1,000 a month

Death of buy-to-let: landlords wake up to Osborne's 150pc tax

24 August, 2015

Buy-to-let investors paying more than 100% of their profits in tax are already selling up

Generation rent v the landlords: 'They can't evict millions of us'

24 August, 2015

The mould in Georges Almond's houseshare got so bad, he turned it into an art installation. Meet the private renters who are fighting back against price hikes, unhealthy homes and revenge evictions

Ealing court fines rogue landlord £75,215

21 August, 2015

A landlord has been handed substantial fines totalling nearly £70,000 for failing to licence four properties; protect tenants; comply with improvement notices; and comply with prohibition orders

Buy-to-let bets

21 August, 2015

Rental returns in England, Scotland and Wales

Buy to Let Index

21 August, 2015

July 2015

Sky-high London rents prompt calls for new controls on landlords

20 August, 2015

With many Londoners paying at least half their salary in rent, politicians say urgent measures are needed to prevent a ghettoisation of the capital

Local authority admits to widespread non-compliance over licensing

20 August, 2015

Brent Council estimated that there were 20,000 licensable properties in its borough but has only received just over 5,000 online applications since they introduced mandatory licensing

Rent Smart Wales

20 August, 2015

Countdown to new law affecting landlords and agents in Wales

Sky-high London rents prompt calls for new controls on landlords

19 August, 2015

With many Londoners paying at least half their salary in rent, politicians say urgent measures are needed to prevent a ghettoisation of the capital

Important changes are imminent for private rented sector

19 August, 2015

We are indebted to lawyer Tessa Shepperson for her round-up of all the legal changes imminently coming the way of the lettings industry in England

Register now but come back in ten years' time, agents tell tenants

19 August, 2015

Can you imagine someone walking into your agency to ask about rental properties - and you having to ask them to register their interest and come back in ten years' time?

SNP students call for Scottish Government to back rent controls

18 August, 2015

Youth group are latest to support Living Rent campaign to control housing costs

Deregulation will only make things worse for desperate tenants

17 August, 2015

The calls for a lower standard of housing for the poorest reminds us that arguments about rights to shelter are not won yet

Rent controls are not the answer to tackling housing shortage in private rented sector

17 August, 2015

There has never been more consensus in Scotland that we need a thriving, vibrant and investable private rented sector

Four in ten ex-council flats now in private rented sector

17 August, 2015

Nearly 40% of all ex-council flats sold under the Right to Buy in England are now almost certainly being rented out privately

Citizens Advice lobbying for more private rental regulation

17 August, 2015

The Citizens Advice charity is urging people to lobby for more controls over the private rental sector

Government U-turn on longer private sector tenancies

17 August, 2015

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has backtracked on suggestions that the government may introduce longer standard tenancy agreements in the private rental sector

Agents warned new licensing scheme is one of most complex to date

14 August, 2015

A licensing scheme described by an expert as one of the most complex to date is set to go live on November 1

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics Quarterly, England and Wales

14 August, 2015

This quarterly bulletin presents statistics on mortgage and landlord possession actions in the county courts of England and Wales in April to June 2015

Mortgage arrears and repossessions continue to fall in second quarter

14 August, 2015

The repossession rate - already at its lowest since records began - continued to fall in the second quarter of 2015

Right to Buy: 40% of homes sold under Government scheme are being let out privately

14 August, 2015

Almost 40 per cent of former council homes sold on the cheap under the Government's Right to Buy scheme are now being let out on the hugely expensive private rental market

Half of landlords affected by removal of wear and tear allowance

12 August, 2015

Almost half (47 per cent) of landlords will be affected by the removal of the annual wear and tear allowance

High street crackdown means you'll need a bigger deposit and face tighter checks for a buy-to-let loan

12 August, 2015

Landlords looking for a buy-to-let mortgage are being warned they could face tighter checks and higher interest rates when they look to snap up more properties

A new way to get 6pc from buy-to-let

12 August, 2015

Specialist buy-to-let lender Paragon is raising a further tranche of cash - and offering investors in its bonds 6pc returns

Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has encouraged students, and all those living in privately rented accommodation, to ensure their deposits are protected

11 August, 2015

The 'Tenancy Deposit Scheme' reminder comes at a time when students are arranging accommodation before they begin the new academic year

Private rental growth in UK centred in regional cities

11 August, 2015

The growth of the private rented sector in the UK continues and there is evidence that activity in this market is market is increasingly clustering in cities around the country

Good tenants/bad landlords or good landlords/bad tenants?

10 August, 2015

Registered private landlord John shares his frustrations about bad tenants and calls for balance in any new regulation of the private rented sector

Knock knock knockin' on tenant's door

10 August, 2015

It has been over a year since the MoJ replaced a commercial landlord's centuries-old right of distress against his tenant to recover outstanding rent arrears

Bailiff regulation reforms leave landlords exposed

10 August, 2015

Commercial landlords have raised concerns that changes made to bailiff regulation last year have made it easier for tenants to pay their rent late and remove valuable items from their premises ahead of debt collection

Tenure trends and cross tenure analysis

10 August, 2015

Data on the nature and number of tenancies at both the regional and national level

Rogue landlords and letting agents to get stiffer fines in rental market shakeup

10 August, 2015

Government proposals include blacklisting rogues and forcing them to repay rent taken since the start of a tenancy, as well as civil penalties

Tenants who face eviction every year

10 August, 2015

Letting agents and landlords are using Section 21 notices to force private renters into signing new contracts at higher rents

Cameron's flagship crackdown on illegal migrants renting homes caught just SEVEN landlords and fined them £800 each

07 August, 2015

David Cameron's flagship plan to stop landlords renting flats to illegal immigrants has so far caught just seven people

Pilot scheme forcing landlords to check tenants' immigration status 'has failed'

07 August, 2015

Damning assessment presented by government's own data and separate investigations will raise fears the scheme could prove unworkable

Thousands of tenants face eviction at short notice

07 August, 2015

Thousands of tenants in the private rented sector face eviction at short notice when their homes are repossessed

Buy to let: not a saint, not a sinner

07 August, 2015

Is there a risk that the buy-to-let sector may be taking too much of the rap for a wider policy failure to deliver adequate housing supply more generally?

Clock ticks down to blanket licensing scheme as objectors go to court

07 August, 2015

A decision on whether to allow a legal challenge to a blanket licensing scheme is expected next Thursday, August 13

Scottish Government handed petition demanding rent controls

06 August, 2015

A petition demanding rent controls has been handed in to the Scottish housing minister

Second Consultation on a New Tenancy for the Private Sector

06 August, 2015

Analysis of Consultation Responses

Interest rates going up? Not so fast

06 August, 2015

After the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee again held UK interest rates at 0.5% - for the 78th straight month - experts have cautioned against the growing belief that the only way is up

Thousands of tenants face eviction at short notice - Citizens Advice

06 August, 2015

Thousands of tenants in the private rented sector face eviction at short notice when their homes are repossessed, according to Citizens Advice

Decision imminent on legal challenge to Croydon Council's landlord licensing scheme

05 August, 2015

A final decision on the legal challenge of the council's landlord licensing scheme is expected next Thursday

Student lives put at risk by negligent landlords

05 August, 2015

Landlords and letting agents are threatening student lives by failing to sort out dangerous electrical problems

A Tenancy Deposit or Rent in Advance?

05 August, 2015

An interesting decision from Scotland has highlighted the distinction between a tenancy deposit and rent collected in advance

Illegal rent fees 'are still being charged'

05 August, 2015

Some letting agents in Scotland are still charging private tenants illegal fees

Tenant who missed rent payment was beaten up in street

05 August, 2015

A man who attacked a tenant who missed a rent payment has been jailed for seven years

Right To Rent immigration checks: agents happy, landlords not

04 August, 2015

There has been a mixed reaction to the government's announcement that agents and landlords face jail if they fail to conduct Right To Rent checks or fail to evict known illegal migrants from privately rented properties

British Landlords Banned From Leasing Energy Inefficient Buildings

04 August, 2015

Buildings in the UK that fail to satisfy minimum energy performance benchmarks will soon be prohibited from leasing to tenants

British citizens without passports being turned away by landlords

04 August, 2015

Evidence emerges that scheme requiring private landlords not to rent to illegal immigrants may be affecting British citizens

Tackling rogue landlords and improving the private rental sector

04 August, 2015

The private rented sector is an important part of our housing market, housing 4.4 million households in England

Chaos! Can agents and landlords cope after being 'dumped' with immigration nightmare?

04 August, 2015

Concerns are rising that the imminent roll-out of Right to Rent has been badly thought out on grounds too numerous to mention

'Right-to-Rent'

04 August, 2015

NLA update

New licensing regime will 'hound' tenants in their homes

03 August, 2015

A local authority has been attacked over its plans for a selective licensing scheme which will force landlords or their agents to inspect their properties every month

Immigration Bill: Landlords 'must evict' illegal immigrants

03 August, 2015

Landlords will be expected to evict tenants who lose the right to live in England under new measures to clamp down on illegal immigration

Landlords threatened with jail if they rent to illegal immigrants but tenants won't automatically be kicked out of the UK

03 August, 2015

The government's latest attempt to get a grip on illegal immigration was plunged into confusion today amid doubts it will lead to anyone being kicked out of Britain

New measures to crackdown on illegal immigrants renting properties

03 August, 2015

New measures to crackdown on rogue landlords and make Britain an even harder place for illegal migrants to operate will be announced today

Landlords challenged to recognise trafficked tenants

31 July, 2015

Landlords and letting agents are being urged to watch out for trafficked tenants

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, April to June 2015

31 July, 2015

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 2.5% in the 12 months to June 2015

How George Osborne could kill off Britain's bu-to-let business

31 July, 2015

In 1995, buy-to-let was a great investment. Over the last 20 years there's probably been none better

Free Alarms Fan Flames of Confusion

30 July, 2015

NLA information on free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Buy-to-let enthusiasm can drive new supply if we demolish housing barriers

29 July, 2015

It was at the time of another landmark Budget - Nigel Lawson's in 1988 - that the UK's rental market as we know it first began to emerge

Buy to let us ... boost a pension, buy a property and help our children

28 July, 2015

Despite George Osborne's budget crackdown, there's a growing breed of 'amateur' investors using buy-to-let for many different reasons

Buy-to-let hotspots revealed: London top of 'buoyant' market for investors snapping up homes - but Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham rise

28 July, 2015

Landlords looking to invest in buy-to-let properties are still flocking to the capital, as London sits at the top of a list of UK hotspots

65% of landlords considering rent rises following budget

28 July, 2015

Interim findings from a survey of landlords by the RLA has found that 65% are now considering increasing rents as a direct result of the budget

One buy-to-let mortgage should be enough for anyone

27 July, 2015

What a wonderful suggestion from Helen Simpson

Pensioner landlord risks being criminalised if blanket licensing goes ahead

27 July, 2015

A landlord has spelled out to EYE just how devastating the consequences of a blanket licensing scheme will be if it goes ahead

Rogue Landlord Database

24 July, 2015

Environmental Health News on-line

Bashing buy-to-let landlords will push up rents and hit the UK economy hard

24 July, 2015

Buy-to-let landlords have a huge advantage in the market as they can offset their mortgage interest payments against their income

Private rents predicted to soar over next five years

24 July, 2015

The cost to tenants of private renting is on the up

Half of landlords say they will make tenants pay more rent to cover Budget tax break cuts

24 July, 2015

Half of landlords intend to increase rents in response to measures in the Chancellor's budget

Criminal landlord database shows what protections we still need

24 July, 2015

EHN has done us all a huge service by publishing a list of landlords with convictions for housing offences

Private renters: the squeeze and then the freeze

24 July, 2015

You will hear us talk a lot about our concern that rents are rising

Osborne poised for 'imminent' new crackdown on buy-to-let

23 July, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne could crack down on the buy-to-let sector "imminently"

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

23 July, 2015

Scottish rents climb 3.1% in a year

Buy-to-let: five ways landlords can beat new tax hikes

22 July, 2015

The removal of mortgage interest tax relief, announced in the Budget and effective from 2017, will hit hundreds of thousands of property investors

400,000 landlords affected by property damage

22 July, 2015

An estimated 400,000 landlords in the UK (29 per cent) have had their property damaged by tenants in the last 12 months

Poor households renting privately doubled 2008 - 2013

22 July, 2015

Providing affordable and good quality rented accommodation has the potential to help people out of poverty

Cambridge landlords pocket £45,000+ in housing benefit as others shut the door to those on benefits

22 July, 2015

There are claims the majority of city landlords no longer take tenants on housing benefit - despite hundreds of thousands of pounds flowing into their pockets

Osborne got it wrong, says RLA as survey finds tax changes prompt landlords to consider upping rents

22 July, 2015

Changes to the way private landlords are taxed have prompted a majority of landlords to consider pushing up their rents

Blackpool consults on expansion of selective licensing to town centre

20 July, 2015

A nationally acclaimed selection licensing scheme in Blackpool could be set to expand as the council looks at rolling it out to the town centre

Carney indicates interest rates may rise at 'turn of year'

17 July, 2015

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has indicated that UK interest rates could rise 'at the turn of this year'

Tenants in England spend half their pay on rent

17 July, 2015

London tenants pay 72% of earnings on rent, according to latest figures from the English Housing Survey

400,000 landlords affected by property damage

17 July, 2015

An estimated 400,000 landlords in the UK have had their property damaged by tenants in the last 12 months, according to the latest research from the NLA

Private rental licensing will give council £470,000 windfall

16 July, 2015

Yet another council is proposing a licence on properties let out in the private rental sector - this time suggesting one of the country's highest fees of £580 per home

Tenant could claim back rent from unlicensed landlord

15 July, 2015

A landlord who failed to properly manage a home he rented out has become the first landlord prosecuted under a council's selective licensing regime

Landlords of HMOs offered licensing discount

15 July, 2015

Exeter City Council have launched an incentive to drive up the standards of properties for tenants

Landlords in Wales to 'Rent Smart' from the Autumn

15 July, 2015

The Welsh Government has launched the 'Rent Smart Wales' brand ahead of introducing licensing of all private landlords in the Autumn

LHA landlords to be able to request direct payment by email

15 July, 2015

A new facility to enable Landlords to email Alternative Payment Arrangement applications to Universal Credit will be available from 15th July 2015

Buy-to-let lenders face longer-term pain

14 July, 2015

Tax changes in the Budget could be a major blow to specialist lenders, analysts warn

Wales' new licensing system for landlords, Rent Smart Wales, launches this autumn

14 July, 2015

All landlords will have to register with Rent Smart Wales and register their properties

Osborne drops tax bombshell that will wipe out bulk of buy-to-let profits

13 July, 2015

The chancellor's speech contained a number of surprises, but for landlords it was a particular shock

Number of UK property millionaires tops half a million

13 July, 2015

The number of homeowners in Britain whose property is worth £1m or more making them 'property millionaires' has exceeded half a million for the first time, according to Zoopla

Budget 2015: Campaigners hit back as landlords hint at rent rises

10 July, 2015

Campaigners for rent controls have hit back at Scottish landlords who may be planning to raise rents in response to a reduction in the amount of tax relief for buy-to-let mortgages

Bank alert over steep rise in buy-to-let properties

10 July, 2015

The Bank of England is looking at ways to curb risks to financial stability that might be posed by the burgeoning buy-to-let market

Rent rises forecast after Osborne's tax-relief cut for landlords

09 July, 2015

From April 2017 landlords will no longer be able to claim tax reliefs worth 40% or 45% of the interest payments on their buy-to-let mortgages

Taxing Times Ahead

09 July, 2015

NLA Blog

Buy-to-let: How today's Budget will affect landlords

08 July, 2015

Landlords could see their profits wiped out as the Chancellor targets the buy-to-let market

Letting agent and landlords support reform of private renting

08 July, 2015

A leading letting agent has backed a charity campaign to reform the private rented sector in Scotland

'We could raise rents if we lose tax breaks,' UK landlords warn Osborne ahead of summer Budget

08 July, 2015

Landlords say they may be forced to hike rents if Chancellor George Osborne sweeps away lucrative tax breaks in tomorrow's Budget

How to effectively manage void properties

07 July, 2015

Re-letting empty properties is a core function for housing providers

Investors make 40% better returns on HMOs than standard buy-to-lets

07 July, 2015

HMOs were by far the best performing asset class over the four year period from 2010-14

Emma Freud on the plight of the first-time landlord

07 July, 2015

It's too big, it's too small and the people who send their people to look round my house - the trials and tribulations of renting out your home

Housing benefit to private landlords set to rise by £440m a year warns GMB

06 July, 2015

The amount of housing benefit paid to private landlords will increase by £440m a year

Is Britain sitting on a £200bn buy-to-let time-bomb? Landlords borrow vast sums to fund property empires

06 July, 2015

Joe Kennedy, millionaire investor, businessman and father of the powerful American political family, knew precisely when to run like hell from an 'investment opportunity'

Making renting fit for families

06 July, 2015

A quarter of families now bring up their children in the private rented sector (PRS). But the sector is not fit for families

Council facing judicial review over private sector licensing

03 July, 2015

Landlords have launched a legal challenge to plans by a local authority to charge for licences to manage properties

Call for tax 'flaws' to be examined to encourage investment in renting market

03 July, 2015

A commission looking at alternatives to the council tax should tackle "flaws" in the system to encourage more investment in the private rented sector

Croydon Council to license all private rented homes from 1 October 2015

02 July, 2015

Landlords and letting agents operating in Croydon are being warned they have three months to get their properties licensed or face possible legal action

Score Annual Summary Report

30 June, 2015

2014-15

New online toolkit launched to help landlords keep houses safe

30 June, 2015

A new online tool has been launched, aimed at making rented homes safe and legally compliant

Properties being let in shortest time on record

29 June, 2015

One third of new lets are being agreed before the existing tenant moves out

Lettings agent report warns private rental sector is hotting up

29 June, 2015

Pressure in the private rental sector has increased, according to the Association of Residential Lettings Agents

Right to rent: all landlords must check immigration status or face £3,000 fine

29 June, 2015

Landlords in England will be responsible for spotting illegal tenants 'from September' after a trial in the West Midlands results in fines

Regulator's National Panel says quality of homes central to tenant satisfaction

26 June, 2015

The quality of tenants' homes, speed of emergency repairs response and affordability are central to tenant satisfaction

New bids to reform private rented sector

26 June, 2015

A new private member's Bill where private tenants registering for council tax would give details of the tenure and their landlord

Conference to put PRS tenancy agreement proposal under the spotlight

25 June, 2015

Reforming Scotland's private rented sector to make it fit for the 21st Century and fair for all is the theme of a major conference

Rental Yield Data Table

25 June, 2015

Social Housing v Private Rent Yield Comparison

Homelessness rises as more private tenancies end

25 June, 2015

13,520 households in England accepted as statutorily homeless between January 1 and March 31 this year - rise of 8% on the first quarter of last year

UK Housing Review

24 June, 2015

2015 Briefing Paper

Government accused of discriminating against private rented sector

24 June, 2015

Private landlords are facing discrimination as the Government rolls out Universal Credit

MP introducing measure to crack down on criminal landlords

24 June, 2015

The measure being introduced to parliament would require tenants to provide details of their landlord on council tax registration forms

Private renters in UK pay double the European average

24 June, 2015

Despite the growing number of private renters in the UK, PR remains comparably unattractive to many and often viewed as the 'tenure of last resort'

Landlords asked: What does your agent charge you for repairs

22 June, 2015

The Residential Landlords Association has launched a survey among its members into letting agent fees charged to landlords on repairs

'I was faced with electrocution or eviction'

22 June, 2015

Tanz explains the steps she took to challenge her landlord's revenge eviction

No children, no dogs, no DSS: The alternative landlord guide

19 June, 2015

In our swollen, overheated private rental market, some letting agencies have started to misbehave

Regulating The Standard

19 June, 2015

This new version of 'Regulating the Standards' outlines the regulator's operational approach to assessing providers' compliance with the economic and consumer standards

Landlord and tenant rental property responsibilities guide

19 June, 2015

New guidance has been published online to help tenants and landlords address their own responsibilities when it comes to DIY tasks and maintenance

May 15 Buy-to-Let Index

19 June, 2015

Rents driven to new all-time record by divergent south eastern regions

Licensing scheme extended to thousands more shared houses and flats across Brighton and Hove

18 June, 2015

A licensing scheme has been extended to thousands more shared houses and flats across Brighton and Hove

Building the new private rented sector: issues and prospects (England)

17 June, 2015

This briefing paper sets out measures taken by the Government, and policy proposals from those within the private rented sector, to increase the supply of privately rented properties in England

Lettings industry is descending into disrepute - warning

17 June, 2015

The private rented sector is rapidly descending into a trough of total disrepute

330,000 tenancy deposits at risk and landlords in danger of fines as important deadline approaches

17 June, 2015

Landlords could risk facing heavy fines if they fail to protect their tenants' deposits before an important new deadline on 23rd June

Anti-social behaviour in private housing (England)

16 June, 2015

This briefing paper provides summary of the key remedies available to victims of ASB who live next door to private tenants or anti-social owner-occupiers

Alarm at subdued home-buying lending while buy-to-let sectors grows apace

16 June, 2015

A decline in mortgage lending for the purpose of buying a home while borrowing for buy-to-let grows has prompted one property services business to express its alarm at the imbalance

Landlord fails in claim after tenant quits without notice

16 June, 2015

This month's case looks at a dispute over a claim made by a landlord against the tenants' deposit for rent in lieu of notice

London borough introduces licensing amnesty for HMO landlords

16 June, 2015

A London borough has introduced an amnesty on the licensing of houses in multiple occupation

Landlords could launch legal challenge over licensing scheme warns property guru

15 June, 2015

Redbridge Council has been warned it could "have a battle on its hands" from landlords who could launch a judicial review over a licensing scheme

Strengthening the voice of private tenants

15 June, 2015

A house is more than bricks and mortar, it's also a home

Landlords should be forced to provide cooker and fridge

15 June, 2015

All-party Feeding Britain group of MPs warns that food bank clients are forced to buy expensive processed meals as private-sector accommodation lacks facilities

How long must a family friendly private tenancy be?

15 June, 2015

The case for longer tenancies in the private rented sector couldn't be clearer

'Postcode' Rogue Landlords: Councils call for far-ranging national database in all-out crackdown

15 June, 2015

A far-ranging national government-backed database, covering all housing-related convictions, should be created to help councils launch a crackdown on "postcode" rogue landlords

Buy to let surges in UK as first time buyer activity retreats

12 June, 2015

May has seen an acceleration in property valuations for buy to let landlords, while first time buyer activity has retreated

Agents continue to keep pressure up over Scottish rent reforms

12 June, 2015

The lettings industry in Scotland is continuing to keep up its pressure on the Government over its proposed reforms for the sector

Unstoppable rise of the PRS: 20% more letting agents in three years

12 June, 2015

New data reveals that the number of letting agents has increased by 20% over the past three years

Buy-to-let surge leads to smallest number of homes on sale since 1978

11 June, 2015

The number of homes for sale has plunged to its lowest level since records began in 1978 - as a buy-to-let boom takes an increasing amount of property off the market

Letting agents warned over new tenancy deposit deadline

11 June, 2015

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the government's controversial Deregulation Act, which is now in force, is creating critical new tenancy deposit deadlines which agents must take into account

Redbridge Council to implement borough wide property licensing

11 June, 2015

Thousands more private rented properties look set to be licensed following a decision by Redbridge Council

PRS awaits new tenancy regime consultation outcome

11 June, 2015

The private rented sector is fully aware it has a crucial role to play in tackling Scotland's housing crisis

Birmingham the City for buy to let landlords

11 June, 2015

Birmingham has been a city that has been criticised by outsiders for its concrete and industry

Huge jump in buy-to-let activity as first-timers fall back

11 June, 2015

There has been a major acceleration in property valuations for buy-to-let landlords, while first-time buyer activity has retreated

Build more affordable homes, boost standards for private renters and help councils tackle rogue landlords

10 June, 2015

The chancellor should use next month's emergency budget to build more affordable homes, improve standards for private renters and give councils more resources to tackle rogue landlords

Cash-strapped Trading Standards in no rush to police new letting agents law

10 June, 2015

A letter seen by Eye suggests that cash-strapped Trading Standards will not be rushing to enforce a new law that, on paper, requires strict compliance by letting agents

Lettings industry could be walking into 'reputational' time bomb

10 June, 2015

The lettings industry risks sleep walking into an administrative and reputational time bomb just months away

Mandatory licensing: immigration red tape will tie me up in knots says the accidental landlord

09 June, 2015

The accidental landlord is nervous at the prospect of mandatory licensing

This site lets you review your landlord

09 June, 2015

If you're a landlord, you're likely to have the pick of hundreds of tenants replying to your property listing

Buy-to-let tycoon Fergus Wilson: 'I sold 50 Ashford semis to a Chinese estate agent'

09 June, 2015

Fergus Wilson, the original 'buy-to-let king' with 1,000 Kent properties, has sold 50 of them to a Chinese buyer

Buy-to-let returns 'will fall by 60pc in a year'

08 June, 2015

Buy-to-let returns will plunge in the next 12 months

Landlord body vents fury as another licensing scheme gets go-ahead

08 June, 2015

Just one person has been given responsibility for deciding whether up to 8,000 more private rental properties should be licensed in her borough

Countdown under way towards tenancy deposit protection

08 June, 2015

There are just days left in which to protect historic tenancy deposits

Could Right to Buy be extended to private tenants

05 June, 2015

A Labour MP has said that the "inevitable logic" is to give private tenants the same right to acquire their home at a discount

Private landlords call for 'urgent meeting' with minister after EU VAT bombshell

05 June, 2015

Private landlords are calling for urgent discussions with the government following a ruling by the European Court of Justice that they claim will make it more expensive to insulate homes

Two more authorities poised to bring in licensing schemes

04 June, 2015

Two more London councils are poised to introduce additional licensing schemes

Landlords granted appeal of West Brom buy-to-let tracker rate rise

04 June, 2015

A group of tenacious landlords is continuing its legal battle against West Bromwich

How to make your buy-to-let property irresistible to house-hunting tenants

03 June, 2015

Choosing a buy-to-let can be an exciting project - who doesn't love house hunting?

Thinking about joining the buy-to-let boom? Britain's property hotspots for landlord returns revealed

03 June, 2015

So where are the best buy-to-let profits to be made?

Labour's new shadow chancellor is against rent control... and guess what, he's a landlord

02 June, 2015

Labour should not have sought to control rents by regulating landlords

How to build a rental home empire: Why stop at one property? Invest wisely and you'll be surprised at what's possible

02 June, 2015

Vanessa Warwick and Nick Tadd desperately needed a new way of life. The married couple had grown tired of their day jobs and, as they hit their 40s, wanted more independence

How to join the buy to let boom: The top 10 tips, how to buy a rental home empire and avoid being taken for a ride by tenants

02 June, 2015

The essential dos and don'ts of buying and renting out a home, how you could build a buy-to-let empire and how to keep good tenants - and avoid the bad ones

Cameron's landlord licensing scheme: Important update

01 June, 2015

Just over a week after David Cameron's announcement of a national mandatory licensing scheme for private landlords, there has now been clarification

Generation Rent renews call for letting agent fees to be banned

01 June, 2015

Generation Rent has renewed its call for a ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants

New buy-to-let investor portal launches today

01 June, 2015

A new portal is launched today, dealing purely with property investment listings

Letting agents hit tenants with 'reservation' fees

01 June, 2015

Some firms are asking would-be renters to cough up an upfront fee if they want their application to proceed

£800 agency fee to rent £650-a-month one-bed flat

01 June, 2015

Prospective tenant Rory Gray couldn't believe the list of 'nonsense' charges he faced from Fulfords in Exeter

Booming buy-to-let puts £112bn in pockets of British landlords

29 May, 2015

Rental income is worth almost £4bn a month nationwide as the sector's popularity for investment continues to increase, locking out first-time buyers

Buy to Let Britain

29 May, 2015

77% of the new households formed in Great Britain were created in the PRS, which now accounts for 18% of all households in total

Manchester is the UK's top buy-to-let hotspot

29 May, 2015

Latest data on rental returns highlights the best UK cities and towns for landlord investment

Do transparent fees mean better renting?

29 May, 2015

Amid the pomp and ceremony of the Queens Speech on Wednesday, you may have missed the rather more low key news that a key part of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into effect

Tessa Jowell's mayoral pledge to tackle rogue landlords

28 May, 2015

Labour's Tessa Jowell has announced plans to establish mandatory licensing for the private rental sector to help deal with rogue landlords

Rents rise as more landlords sell up

28 May, 2015

Three in ten (32%) ARLA letting agents reported that rents increased in April

Compulsory PRS licensing still firmly on agenda despite Queen's Speech silence

28 May, 2015

No detail or even mention was given in yesterday's Queen's Speech on the mandatory licensing of private landlords

Scottish rents 1.6% higher than a year ago

28 May, 2015

Residential rents have climbed 1.6% year-on-year - the fastest rate of increase since November 2014

Queens Speech

27 May, 2015

NLA summary for the Private Rented Sector

Eviction action against private rented sector tenants in Cambridge reaches record high

26 May, 2015

Record amounts of eviction action is being taken against the city's tenants in the private rented sector

Cameron told not to pass the buck onto landlords in his crackdown on illegal immigration

26 May, 2015

The new Immigration Bill announced by the Prime Minister David Cameron has been given a cautious welcome by landlords but with a warning not to pass the buck on to them for illegal immigration

Bombshell as Cameron announces mandatory licensing of landlords

26 May, 2015

Prime minister David Cameron is set to introduce a mandatory licensing regime of private landlords

Was housing minister caught out by Cameron's licensing bombshell?

26 May, 2015

The housing minister Brandon Lewis himself appears to have been among those caught on the hop by the Prime Minister's shock announcement

Life in cold, damp, rat-infested rental housing is scarring - I know, I'm living it

26 May, 2015

Rogue landlords are raking in £5.6bn a year from unsafe properties - generation rent is suffering, and there's no end in sight

Five steps to avoid buy-to-let headaches - and make sure you don't fall foul of the law

22 May, 2015

Monopoly fans will know that building a property empire is no easy task

Rents rise at fastest rate since 2010 to hit all - time record high

22 May, 2015

Residential rents have grown 4.6% year-on-year - the fastest rate of increase since November 2010

Landlords pay the price after losing licensing scheme challenge

22 May, 2015

Private landlords have lost an expensive battle to try and prevent a council introducing a selective licensing scheme

Private landlords irate after Citizens Advice says 740,000 homes 'severe threat' to health

22 May, 2015

Private landlord groups have hit back at a major Citizens Advice study which showed that "740,000 households in England live in privately rented homes that present a severe threat to tenants' health"

Clock ticks down towards duty to publish letting fees

21 May, 2015

The clock is ticking as letting agents are reminded that they now have less than a week to ensure that they fully publicise the fees they charge to both landlords and tenants

Half a million children living in unsafe private rented homes

21 May, 2015

£1.3bn of housing benefit spent on dangerous homes

Lies, lies and damned statistics: NLA responds to CAB report on private housing standards

21 May, 2015

Commenting on the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) report: A Nation of Renters

A nation of renters

21 May, 2015

Exploring how renting in England has changed dramatically in the past few decades

Private landlord fined for failing to heat property

20 May, 2015

A landlord in Hitchin has been fined over £1,300 after failing to install fixed heating to a property she was renting

As rents increase by 2.7% landlords increasingly look to purchase properties with sitting tenants

19 May, 2015

Over a quarter of the rental properties bought by landlords in London last year were with a sitting tenant

'I felt pressured into signing an inaccurate inventory'

19 May, 2015

A letting agent asked her to sign an inventory before she was allowed to have access to the property

Landlords fail in court bid for review of licensing plan

19 May, 2015

Landlords have failed in their bid to take Rotherham Council to a judicial review over a selective licensing scheme

Residential rent gains expected to slow

18 May, 2015

Established buy-to-let landlords are in a sweet spot at the moment; mortgage rates are falling, capital values are rising

CIH NI calls for private landlord licensing

18 May, 2015

Licensing for private landlords and letting agents through accreditation is the way forward for Northern Ireland

April 2015 HomeLet Rental Index

15 May, 2015

Average rents in newly agreed tenancies have risen almost everywhere across the UK

Agency boss calls on ministers to bring in urgent regulation of letting agents

14 May, 2015

Estate agency chain Leaders has called on the new government to bring in formal regulation of letting agents

10% of all households are in fuel poverty - including 1 in 5 young people

14 May, 2015

Who would you think are in fuel poverty in England? Would it surprise you to find out that one in five young people are? Or that almost one in five private renters are?

ARLA raises concerns over protection of tenants in 'exceptional hardship'

14 May, 2015

David Cox, managing director of ARLA, will this morning be giving evidence before the Welsh Assembly on its Renting (Homes) Bill

Arrears and repossessions fall across both home ownership and buy-to-let

14 May, 2015

Mortgage arrears and repossessions are falling across both owner-occupier and buy-to-let lending

ARLA response to Scottish Government's 2nd consultation on a new tenancy for the private sector

13 May, 2015

ARLA's response to the Scottish Government's 2nd consultation on a new tenancy argues that there is no argument for the Scottish Government to impose rent controls

Petition opposing rent controls handed in to Scottish Government

12 May, 2015

A petition opposing rent control introduction and also the abolition of the 'no fault' ground for repossession has been handed in to the Scottish Government

CIH Scotland responds to Scottish Government consultation on a new tenancy for the private rented sector

12 May, 2015

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland has welcomed Scottish Government moves to make private renting more secure for tenants

Mortgage rate rise would make buy-to-let 'unviable' in 7 out of 10 regions

11 May, 2015

Property price rises have far outstripped rent increases, narrowing landlords' profits and making them vulnerable to higher rates

Lettings agent emailed tenants warning over Labour win

08 May, 2015

Email expressed views on Labour's plan to scrap tenants' fees that were 'distasteful' and 'false'

RICS calls for balance in the private rented sector

07 May, 2015

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland has called for a balanced approach to the country's private rented sector reforms

Election 2015 - What's in it for landlords?

07 May, 2015

The 2015 General Election is tipped to be the closest in living memory

Would rent controls really improve the private rented sector?

07 May, 2015

Organisations such as Shelter campaign for longer tenancies because some tenants fear their landlord may not renew a letting

Generation Rent calls for landlords to pay 'rent tax' to fund house building

06 May, 2015

Lower property prices should be the objective of the next government, Generation Rent director Alex Hilton has said

High rents a far bigger concern for tenants than agents' fees

06 May, 2015

The biggest concerns of tenants are the cost of renting and buying

Number of MPs who earn from renting out property rises by a third

06 May, 2015

One in four MPs now a landlord, as figures show 153 members declared an income from rental property in 2015 - an increase of 36 since 2010

Private landlords give warning over law changes

06 May, 2015

Proposed changes to the law on private rented homes could drive landlords out of the sector

Ban on letting fees could be disaster for tenants

05 May, 2015

A ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants could have a disastrous effect, the president of ARLA has warned

Housing experts predict a disaster for buy-to-let landlords as Labour vows to interfere with the market by capping rent rises

05 May, 2015

Britain's growing army of buy-to-let landlords will hold its breath this week - and pray that a Labour Government is not elected

Landlord fined £160k for safety breaches after tenant killed in fire in west London

05 May, 2015

A landlady has been fined £160,000 after one of her tenants was killed in a fire

'A 20% rent rise has forced us out of our home'

05 May, 2015

With the number of people renting on the rise, alongside the costs involved, the UK's housing market is an increasingly political topic

Call for tighter PRS restrictions to prevent tenants being 'edged into poverty'

05 May, 2015

Campaigners have called for the reintroduction of private rent controls after new figures reveal a massive increase in rents in Scotland's biggest cities

Are rent controls actually a good idea - or will they just make everything worse?

05 May, 2015

British? Then there's a fairly good chance you quite fancy a spot of rent control

Compare and Contrast Manifestos - where do the parties stand on the Private Rented Sector?

05 May, 2015

Finally all the parties have released their election manifestos and we can compare what all the parties say on key issues

A rent cap in name only

05 May, 2015

A year ago to the day, Ed Miliband announced that a future Labour Government will legislate to make long-term tenancies the legal default

Agent jailed for ten months after hanging on to tenants' deposits

30 April, 2015

An agent who hung on to thousands of pounds of tenants' deposits as cash-flow has been jailed

A million tenants could lose their rental properties

30 April, 2015

Labour's pledge to introduce new anti-landlord rental policies could result in up to a million tenants losing their rental properties

Islington landlords face 30% increase in HMO licensing fees

30 April, 2015

The cost of licensing larger HMOs in Islington has increased by 30% after Islington Council reviewed their schedule of charges

Rent controls linked to inflation would have raised prices for many people - not cut them

30 April, 2015

It's not hard to see why the idea of rent controls appeals to those dubbed Generation Rent

Scottish Landlords see record returns

29 April, 2015

Landlords' total annual returns hit record high of 9.7% in March 2015

Landlords predict rent rises to tail off

29 April, 2015

UK landlords expect annual rent growth to slow to 1.7% by next year

Majority support for rent controls

29 April, 2015

56% say the government should introduce rent controls

Landlord support for Labour and Lib Dems halves since 2010 election

29 April, 2015

Landlord support for Labour and the Liberal Democrat Party has halved since the 2010 General Election

'A million tenants could lose their homes if Labour is elected'

29 April, 2015

Furious reaction to Labour's political package for the private rented sector continues to pour out from agents

£827,000: What Ukip's housing spokesman was paid in housing benefit as a private landlord

28 April, 2015

Britain's wealthiest private landlords being paid millions in housing benefit despite social housing being cut

Reality Check: Rent controls and costs

28 April, 2015

Labour has announced it would guarantee three-year tenancy agreements with rent increases "capped" at the rate of inflation for those renting in the private sector in England

Private landlords say rent rises to 'taper off'

28 April, 2015

Private landlords expect rent rises will 'taper off' over the next 12 months

Private Landlords Housing Benefits "Winners" Named

28 April, 2015

GMB Name "Winners" Of £9,296 Million Housing Benefit Paid To Private Landlords In Britain In 2013/14

UK landlords are failing to take running costs into account when measuring buy-to-let returns

28 April, 2015

UK landlords are at risk of overestimating the profitability of their buy-to-let investment by neglecting to take into account key running costs

Learn landlord deposit rules or face £3,600 penalty - eight questions answered

28 April, 2015

Buy-to-let landlords must register their deposits by June 23 or face (potentially unlimited) fines

Ed Miliband: I'll peg private rent rises to inflation

27 April, 2015

Labour promises a cap on rent rises for 11 million people while David Cameron sets out his '2020 vision' for black and minority ethnic Britons

New landlord 'mansion tax' marks fresh attack on buy-to-let

27 April, 2015

Now all the political parties are rounding on buy-to-let. We list the four biggest dangers to landlord returns, starting with a new "mansion tax"

Why Labour's rent cap won't make your rent cheaper

27 April, 2015

Sounds a bit strange to say this but it's absolutely true, however, it will make your tenure more secure

Labour's rent control plans explained

27 April, 2015

Ed Miliband's announcement that a Labour government would cap rents for private tenants have been attacked by Tories and landlords' groups, but what would the effect really be?

Peter Bolton King comments on UK Labour's private rented sector proposals

27 April, 2015

Peter Bolton King FRICS, RICS' Global Property Standards Director, picks up some of the recent comments concerning the UK Labour Party's private rented sector policy

Landlords to debate private renting policy with Parliamentary candidates

27 April, 2015

Landlords in Wales will have the chance to grill parliamentary candidates about their parties' plans for the private rented sector tomorrow

A bigger, better and safer private rented sector for all

27 April, 2015

Following HMO fire door concerns being raised in Parliamentary debates last month, landlords will now be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Statistical Bulletin Office for National Statistics | 1 Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, January to March 2015

24 April, 2015

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 2.1% in the 12 months to March 2015

Rents rise 15% since May 2010

23 April, 2015

Residential rents have risen by 15.2% over the course of this Parliament

The best buy-to-let mortgage rates to build your property portfolio or cut your monthly costs

23 April, 2015

Landlords are benefiting from both increased choice and the some of the best ever buy-to-let mortgage rates on the market

First landlord prosecuted under Brent Council's additional licensing scheme

23 April, 2015

A landlord who evaded the need for a licence under Brent Council's new additional licensing scheme has found himself before the courts

Pension freedoms spark flood of cheap buy-to-let mortgages

22 April, 2015

The number of cheap deals on the market has risen more than three-fold in a year, with the average two-year rate dropping from 3.7pc to 3.45pc in just six months

'As a private tenant, I see the market can't solve housing need'

22 April, 2015

Private renters' rights campaigner Heather Kennedy says politicians are not listening

Right to buy extension will put more housing benefit in pockets of private landlords

21 April, 2015

The extension of the right to buy to housing associations will add to the amount of housing benefit being paid to private landlords

Private sector rents: 2014

21 April, 2015

An annual report which includes information on rents paid in the private rented sector

Landlords have two months to register deposits - or face £3,600 fine

20 April, 2015

Buy-to-let investors have until June 23 to sign up to an official deposit scheme or pay costly penalties

Councils pay private landlords up to £4,000 to house tenants

17 April, 2015

Housing charities say widespread practice underlines difficulties for councils housing tenants in market where landlords hold balance of power

Yet another council introduces selective licensing regime

17 April, 2015

Wirral council is the latest authority to introduced a selective licensing scheme, in this case covering parts of Birkenhead and Wallasey

Don't expect buy-to-let's interstellar gains to be repeated - 1996 was a much better time to invest in property than today

17 April, 2015

Buy-to-let investors have done very well over the past two decades

Ten energy-saving tips for tenants that are cheap and easy to follow

16 April, 2015

You don't have to live in the dark or stop washing to save energy

TSB pilots buy-to-let mortgages as boom continues despite housing crisis

16 April, 2015

Buy-to-let landlords have been unwittingly dragged into the election debate by both sides

Tories Open Door For Private Landlords

15 April, 2015

£9.3 Billion Housing Benefits To Private Landlords As Tories Unveil Plans To Open Housing Association Property To Private Landlords

No mention of PRS in UKIP Manifesto. Can you help find it?

15 April, 2015

Today UKIP released their manifesto

Heat Networks - new responsibilities for HMO landlords

15 April, 2015

From 20 April 2015 landlords of shared accommodation, where heating of water and/or space is included, are required to comply with 'the Heat Network Regulations'

Conservatives omit to mention PRS in Manifesto

14 April, 2015

The Conservative Party have today released their manifesto

Green Party launch their manifesto: An attack on landlords?

14 April, 2015

The Green Party have today launched their manifesto which contains what can only be described as a one-sided view of the PRS

Buy-to-lets top investment, with returns of up to 1,400%

13 April, 2015

Buy-to-let property investments made the highest returns of any major asset over the last 18 years

Bristol tenants plan demo after letting agents push for rent rise

13 April, 2015

Letter from agents CJ Hole to prospective clients asks 'Are you getting enough rent?' and says it can arrange increase for anyone switching

Labour publish manifesto but with no details on their PRS policies

13 April, 2015

The Labour Party has published their election manifesto today

Agent says "99.5% of tenants don't know about redress"

13 April, 2015

A lettings agent claims to have discovered that an amazing 99.5 per cent of them know nothing of any of the three redress schemes which apply across the PRS

New proposals for a private tenancy: five things renters need to know

09 April, 2015

Last week the Scottish Government published a second consultation on a new private tenancy

Renters - don't miss your vote

08 April, 2015

Private renters come in all shapes and sizes; students, young professionals, families, pensioners

Gas Safety is no Joke

08 April, 2015

Research has found that private rental landlords in the UK are openly ignoring Gas Safety regulations

Bank of England vows to 'monitor buy-to-let market closely' after recent rise in mortgages to landlords

08 April, 2015

The Bank of England has vowed to keep a close eye on buy-to-let lending after recent increases in the number interest-only deals granted to landlords

Landlady sentenced to six months jail after tenants kick up a stink

02 April, 2015

A rogue landlady has been brought to justice by the tenants she illegally evicted from their home in Fulham

Shock survey result reveals that private landlords overwhelmingly vote Tory

01 April, 2015

Nearly half the landlords we asked intend to vote Conservative in the upcoming election. That's more than twice as many as Labour

Up and up: Rents continue to rise across country

01 April, 2015

Outside of the capital, private sector rents rose 1% in February compared to January, and 7% annually, to reach an average of £705 per calendar month

UK adults wary of being buy-to-let landlords, don't like repairing toilet

01 April, 2015

More than a third of UK adults (36%) say it's 'extremely risky' being a buy-to-let landlord

Liverpool's landlord licensing scheme branded a "populist vanity project"

01 April, 2015

A new licensing scheme for landlords in Liverpool has been condemned as a "vanity project" that will do nothing to protect tenants from crooks

Private rented sector reforms

31 March, 2015

Plans to reform private sector tenancy laws will remove the fear of eviction and help tenants to assert their rights

It's time to end the great lettings agent swindle

30 March, 2015

With private renting becoming the new normal for millions of people this could be the first election in which renters make their voices heard

Mayor of Newham hits out as Eric Pickles given right to veto private landlord licensing schemes

30 March, 2015

The Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales has slammed new powers that will give Communities Secretary Eric Pickles the right to veto local authority private landlord licensing schemes

Selective licensing in the private rented sector: a guide for local authorities

27 March, 2015

Guidance explaining the criteria for making a selective licensing scheme

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Scotland 2015

26 March, 2015

The changing face of poverty in Scotland: young adults and those privately renting now at greater risk

Electrical Safety First roundtable calls for urgent requirement for electrical safety checks for private rented sector through Renting Homes (Wales) Bill

26 March, 2015

Welsh Government called to include an urgent requirement for five yearly electrical safety checks for the private rented sector

Private landlords demand council delays licensing scheme

26 March, 2015

A private landlords group is demanding that Liverpool City Council postpones the launch of a city-wide licensing scheme

New tenants in UK facing higher rents as demand increases

25 March, 2015

There is an increase in demand for property in the UK private rental sector with new tenants seeing a rise in monthly rents from a third of lettings agents

NLA demands delay to licensing as Liverpool Council criminalises landlords

25 March, 2015

The NLA is demanding that Liverpool City Council (LCC) postpones the launch of its city-wide licensing scheme

Feb 15 Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

25 March, 2015

Slowest rent rises for two years

Private Rented Property Licence

24 March, 2015

Waltham Forest Council has designated Waltham Forest as a Private Rented Property Licence Area

Two fires a day in London high rise flats 'show landlords must act'

23 March, 2015

Fire chiefs have called for landlords to act after figures showed nearly two fires a day are reported in London's high rise flats

Council meeting to discuss Selective Licensing in Croydon

23 March, 2015

Croydon Council has passed a borough-wide Selective Licensing scheme

Landmark disability discrimination judgment

20 March, 2015

The ruling means that, in most cases where there is likely to be an arguable case that the tenant has been discriminated against on the grounds of their disability, it will not be dealt with in a summary hearing

Feb 15 Buy-to-Let

20 March, 2015

Largest annual rent rises since May 2013

£3 million fund means thousands more tenants will have working smoke alarms

19 March, 2015

Fire Minister announces boost to support the delivery of working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to privately rented homes

'Revenge eviction' bill passed

16 March, 2015

The House of Lords has this afternoon passed a law banning so-called 'revenge evictions'

A year to change the law

16 March, 2015

Two weeks ago, the Prime Minister gave a speech about housing

Peter Bolton King on PRS licensing and the 2015 UK Budget

16 March, 2015

Peter Bolton King, comments on the announcement by UK Housing Minster, Brandon Lewis MP, on PRS licensing

Council approves new regime to protect 3,500 PRS tenants

13 March, 2015

Islington Council has given the green light for a new licensing regime that will protect around 3,500 tenants in the private rented sector

Private rented sector

13 March, 2015

Written ministerial statement by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on the private rented sector

New measures help create a bigger, better private rented sector

13 March, 2015

New measures have been introduced that will create a bigger, better private rented sector for tenants and landlords

Renting a safe home: a guide for tenants

13 March, 2015

This guide provides information for private rented sector tenants on how to rent a safe home

Improving the private rented sector and tackling bad practice: a guide for local authorities

13 March, 2015

This is guidance for local authority housing officers to help them effectively tackle poor and illegal practices by landlords and letting agents

Review of property conditions in the private rented sector: government response

13 March, 2015

This report is the government's response to the discussion document that considers how best to tackle rogue landlords, without negatively impacting on good landlords

Tenants safer under new government measures

12 March, 2015

Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties

Supreme Court protects disabled tenants from eviction

12 March, 2015

There is often little that some tenants can do if their landlord decides they want the property back

Ending the tenant tax to help tackle rogue landlords

12 March, 2015

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis pledged to end the "tenants' tax" that pushes up rents and imposes unnecessary red tape on decent landlords

BTL 'will pass £30bn in 2015 and make up 25% of homes by 2020'

11 March, 2015

Experts predict buy-to-let lending will break £30bn this year and the private rented sector will account for 25% of properties by 2020.

It's law: Landlords must install smoke alarms

11 March, 2015

England's landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, under new measures announced by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis

UK govt plans could prevent selective landlord licensing by councils

10 March, 2015

Councils in the UK could be prevented from introducing selective licensing for private sector landlords unless there are specific reasons for doing so

Council demands next UK government reforms PRS

10 March, 2015

A London borough has demanded that the UK's next government reforms the private rented sector to improve standards and reign in rogue landlords

Shadwell tenant notified of 70% rent rise after twice beating retaliatory eviction attempts

06 March, 2015

A private tenant who beat his landlord's attempts to twice evict him has been notified of a 70 per cent increase in rent this week in a bid to force him out

Powers for councils to licence landlords diluted by government

06 March, 2015

Department of Communities and Local Government's (DCLG) intention to introduce additional legislation for the licensing of private rented properties

The effects of changes to housing benefit in the private rented sector

06 March, 2015

This presentation was delivered at a seminar at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin on 5 March 2015

Investors missing out in private rented sector

06 March, 2015

UK institutional investors are significantly underinvested in the private rented sector

Because you're special: Lovable landlords dropping asking price

05 March, 2015

More tenants are paying less than the advertised rent for private rented homes

Reform private rent before it breaks the housing benefit bank

05 March, 2015

The housing crisis is giving landlords ample scope to milk the public purse by inflating rents so that more and more people in work end up relying on housing benefit to keep a roof over their heads

Paying rent in London eats up two thirds of tenants' incomes in some boroughs

03 March, 2015

Struggling private tenants in London are spending almost half their gross income on rent

UK's buy-to-letters spooked by coming election

03 March, 2015

Almost half of the UK's private rented sector (PRS) landlords have halted plans to expand their property empires ahead of the general election

Why England can't just 'get used to renting'

03 March, 2015

The proportion of people who own their own home is continuing its rapid decline across England

Special event to help landlords deal with tenant money problems after benefits change

03 March, 2015

A special event is being staged for landlords to help them deal with tenants with money problems following changes to the benefits system

Labour rent cap fears halt buy-to-lets

02 March, 2015

Many landlords have halted plans to invest further in buy-to-let property ahead of May's general election, amid concerns that a change in Government could lead to rent controls

Statistics on HB claimants in the private rented sector at May 2014

02 March, 2015

Housing Benefit claimants in the private rented sector by reason for payment to landlord or property agent at May 2014

Landlords cash in from rising house prices

02 March, 2015

The amount buy-to-let landlords are putting down in deposits has jumped by 15pc to £100,000 in the last year

UK rents up yet again in January

27 February, 2015

UK rents went up 2.5% in January, with the average monthly rent now £889

The politics of rent control

27 February, 2015

A debate is taking place about whether we should control - or cap - private rents in London

Tenants let down by poor enforcement

26 February, 2015

Landlords are today calling on the next Government to undertake a review of the enforcement of regulations in the private rented sector

Renters at higher risk of mental health problems

26 February, 2015

Renters are 75% more likely to experience serious anxiety and depression than home-owners

Retaliatory evictions and proposed changes to the law

25 February, 2015

Assured shorthold tenants have limited security of tenure and some landlords would rather evict tenants who complain about poor conditions in their home than carry out repairs

Jan 15 Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

25 February, 2015

Scottish rents climb 1.3% in past twelve months

English housing survey 2013 to 2014: headline report

25 February, 2015

Initial findings from the English housing survey for 2013 to 2014

Flexible Direct Debit days could see rent payments rise 20%

25 February, 2015

A public sector payment specialist has urged housing providers to adopt 'any day' rent payments for Direct Debits

How the deductions from benefit scheme works: a handbook for creditors or suppliers

25 February, 2015

Guidance for creditors or suppliers - for example, utility suppliers and landlords - on how the deductions from benefit scheme works

Official task force dedicated to tackling rogue landlords have never met, and don't plan to

23 February, 2015

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis also admitted that its predecessor group had only met three times since it was established in 2012

January ARLA Private Rented Sector Report

23 February, 2015

One in four letting agents witness rent hikes in the new year

Mandatory electrical check requirements from December 2015

23 February, 2015

The Scottish Government has finalised its guidance on mandatory electrical testing

Liverpool City Council launches private landlord licence

20 February, 2015

A compulsory licence for landlords aimed at improving Liverpool's private rented housing has been introduced

Jan 15 Buy-to-Let Index

20 February, 2015

Rents 16% higher than in 2010

Two thirds of tenants 'pay for repairs themselves'

19 February, 2015

A study of 500 private sector tenants claims that two thirds have had to dip into their own pockets to fund repairs because they could not wait for the agent or landlord any longer

UK mortgage lending to landlords soared in last quarter of 2014

18 February, 2015

Bank and building society lending for buy-to-let far outstrips loans to first-time buyers

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015

18 February, 2015

The government has just published draft regulations designed to promote energy efficiency in rented homes

Landlords shunning foreigners because of their accents, after new rules preventing illegal migrants from renting

16 February, 2015

New rules are already leading landlords to discriminate between applicants on the basis of their background, according to campaigners

Evictions from rented homes hit record levels in 2014

13 February, 2015

Homes in England and Wales being repossessed at a rate of 115 a day

PRS lacking political clout: Over half of renters unable to vote

13 February, 2015

An incredible 56% of people living in the PRS are currently unable to vote - the most under-registered group on the electoral roll

Number of evictions rise but have landlords got better?

13 February, 2015

The number of tenants being turned out of their homes by bailiffs rises to a record high, but the number of private landlords making claims to evict tenants falls

What are the top tenant confessions?

12 February, 2015

As you would expect, the number one tenant confession revealed in the study was with regards to making excuses in order to avoid paying the rent

Manchester sets out strategy to ensure PRS quality as 55,000 new homes loom

12 February, 2015

Manchester City Council has set out a strategy to guarantee good quality in private rented housing, a sector the city has seen double in size in the last 10 years

End of revenge evictions moves step closer (but landlords not happy)

12 February, 2015

The House of Lords has given a glimmer of hope to campaigners seeking to end 'revenge evictions' by private sector landlords fed up with whinging tenants

Deregulation Bill Update (TDP and Retaliatory Eviction)

12 February, 2015

All the Government amendments regarding Tenancy Deposit Protection

UK buy to let sector surging ahead

11 February, 2015

The UK's buy to let sector surged ahead of other areas of the housing market in January

Lack of competition from diminished social housing helps fuel buy-to-let boom

11 February, 2015

A lack of new social housing is slamming the brakes on a potential competitor to the buy-to-let juggernaut

£55m deal for 779 private rent homes in Manchester

11 February, 2015

The government's £1 billion 'build to rent' programme rolls on with housing minister Brandon Lewis welcoming a multi-million pound deal that will deliver nearly 800 homes

Buy-to-let 'even more attractive' as mortgage rates hit record lows

11 February, 2015

Lenders are slashing buy-to-let rates and relaxing lending terms as the 'mortgage rate war' spreads from mainstream to buy-to-let

Retaliatory evictions: New government move 'to have major consequences'

10 February, 2015

A government amendment due to be debated on Wednesday has major implications for how agents deal with repair requests and how private landlords can take possession of their properties

Fire chiefs call for smoke alarms to be legally required in all private rented homes

10 February, 2015

Private landlords must be compelled by law to install smoke alarms in their properties

Private landlords attack 'revenge evictions' bill

10 February, 2015

Landlords in Wales have savaged plans to tackle so-called 'revenge evictions', claiming that a new bill is a "lawyer's charter"

Making money like a landlord

09 February, 2015

UK landlords make £77.7bn each year in rent and capital gains. This is more than Morocco's GDP of £68.6bn

The real reasons Labour won't kill buy-to-let

09 February, 2015

For all its crowd-pleasing talk, Labour will not - and cannot - seriously hurt the swelling ranks of buy-to-let investors

'Eviction rise risk' with Welsh government's rent plan

09 February, 2015

Plans to renovate the rental sector in Wales could mean less security for private tenants and an increased eviction risk

Renting law to tackle rogue landlords

09 February, 2015

Rogue landlords will be tackled by a new law to make renting a home simpler

Landmark Bill to make it simpler and easier to rent a home in Wales

09 February, 2015

Ground-breaking legislation to reform the Welsh rented housing sector has today been introduced by the Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister

Landlords to be banned from letting draughtiest homes

06 February, 2015

New energy efficiency regulations could help around a million tenants who are currently paying £1,000 more than average on their energy bills

Independent report on the private rental sector in England

06 February, 2015

With the private rental sector gaining importance in the housing market, new policies and recommendations are being made

Council moves to bring overcrowded private sector flats into social housing sector

06 February, 2015

A council has embarked on a £9.3 million mission to bring four blocks of privately-owned tenement flats into the social housing sector

Rogue landlord's 'huge mistake' costs him £300,000

06 February, 2015

A rogue landlord who told a court he had made a "huge mistake" has been fined over £300,000

Landlords begin 2015 on an historic high

06 February, 2015

Just three in 10 landlords had experienced a void period in Q4 and a similar figure (32 per cent) had faced tenant arrears in the past year

Buy-to-let landlords face paying thousands to hit new green targets

06 February, 2015

Landlords could be hit by bills of up to £9,000 under plans to make homes more energy efficient

Silver landlords to use pension pots to buy property

05 February, 2015

From April 6 - Pension Freedom Day - people will no longer be forced to convert their pension pots into annuities and can spend it as they wish

Crisis Private Renting Toolkit

05 February, 2015

A guide to setting up a PRS access scheme

RLA says landlords won't put up with rent controls - they'll leave the market

05 February, 2015

The majority of private landlords would leave the private rented market if rent controls were introduced, leaving tenants even worse off than they are now

Evictions Legislation will do little to tackle criminal landlords says Shelter Wales

05 February, 2015

With the House of Lords due to vote on legislation to ban retaliatory evictions on 11th February, this appears to undermine support for this from various organisations

RLA statement on Government Amendment to Deregulation Bill

05 February, 2015

RLA statement on Government Amendment to Deregulation Bill

Retaliatory eviction: policy statement on amendment to Deregulation Bill

05 February, 2015

Description of government amendment to Deregulation Bill tabled on 4 February 2015

Stronger support against rogue landlords

05 February, 2015

Tenants to be given stronger protections against rogue landlords

Why a Labour win is a disaster for homeowners, landlords and tenants

04 February, 2015

Mansion tax is "rich-bashing" and pure "vote winning", says property expert

Labour Party announces plans to cap private rents during visit to Kilburn

04 February, 2015

The Labour Party will cap rents in the private sector if they win the General Election

New interactive map gives landlords the lowdown on licensing

04 February, 2015

A new interactive map that outlines all of the existing and planned landlord licensing schemes in England and Wales has been launched by the NLA

Labour will help 9m renters save £600 each, Ed Miliband to promise

03 February, 2015

Nine million renters would save more than £600 each in the next parliament under Labour's plans to ban letting agent fees and cap rent increases for longer-term tenants

Thousands of tenants set to benefit from deposit loans

03 February, 2015

Brandon Lewis announces government-wide support for a new scheme that will become available to thousands of tenants

Scottish private rental market 'lacking supply'

02 February, 2015

A significant number of people have been struggling to find suitable private-rented accommodation in Scotland

The danger of hanging your hat on experimental statistics

02 February, 2015

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have updated the methodology for their index of private rents

Rent controls would spell disaster for thousands of buy-to-let investors

02 February, 2015

Rent controls as suggested by think tank Civitas could be the final straw for landlords, says Richard Dyson - especially if they coincide with rising mortgage rates

Tenant who tripped on path not owned by landlord wins case

02 February, 2015

An important new case has major implications for letting agents who manage properties and for landlords

There are more landlords in Parliament than women

30 January, 2015

Renters feel like they get a tough deal from law-makers. This will only make them feel worse

Licensed to let?

26 January, 2015

By 25 February 2015 private landlords in Northern Ireland have to be registered with the landlord registration scheme

CIH and BMENational launch housing rights website for migrant renters in the private sector

26 January, 2015

A new website has been launched to provide migrants with information and advice about their housing rights in the private rented sector

Deadline for Landlord Registration Scheme approaching - Storey

26 January, 2015

Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has reminded landlords that they need to sign up to the Landlord Registration Scheme by 25 February

Dec 14 Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

22 January, 2015

Rent rises tumble during 2014

DWP stopping benefits of 100 people with mental health problems everyday

21 January, 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is stopping the benefits of people with mental health problems at a rate of over 100 a day, new data has shown

The estate we're in:how working class people became the 'problem'

21 January, 2015

My study of St Ann's in Nottingham where I lived for many years shows how pernicious the idea of the feckless poor has become. I will continue to fight against these stigmatising views

Jobcentre 'hit squads' set up benefit claimants to fail, says former official

21 January, 2015

Bosses accused of setting targets for sanctions, while unscrupulous staff targeted weak and vulnerable customers

Householders hoping to get green deal assessments are out of pocket

21 January, 2015

Householders who arranged a green deal assessment through a firm called Tivium believing it was part of the government's official scheme are out of pocket after the firm failed to carry out promised work

'We cut back on everything to pay the rent - including food'

21 January, 2015

Michelle and Kevin live in Cambridge. When Kevin became self-employed, a cut in tax credits and housing benefit left the family facing homelessness

LHA rates may increase by up to 4% in certain areas of NI

21 January, 2015

A new statutory instrument takes effect on 20 January that will allow for the uprating of Local Housing Allowance by up to 4% in certain parts of Northern Ireland

Full employment alone will not close the living standards gap

21 January, 2015

Full employment must go hand-in-hand with better pay and government support for low-paid workers as a new report highlights the gulf in living standards for many families, says Katie Schmeucker

Should I support 'rent control'? The devil is in the detail

21 January, 2015

At the beginning of the month the Independent reported that 'almost nobody in the UK is opposed to rent controls'; polling showed that 59% of people supported their reintroduction. 7% were in opposition and a sizeable 34% didn't know