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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?

Extend ban on tenant evictions

20 November, 2020

An estate agency north of the border is calling for greater protection for renters facing financial difficulties

Most renters have no contents insurance

20 November, 2020

There is often a lot of focus on helping homeowners better protect themselves and their property from potential insurance claims, but many renters are often left taking major risks when it comes to their own belongings

Substantial rent arrears cases are now exempt from eviction ban

20 November, 2020

A positive step forward for landlords; possession cases with severe rent arrears will be exempt from the ban on evictions, meaning bailiffs and High Court Enforcement Officers can move to enforce warrants and complete evictions

What is the government's definition of 'substantial' rent arrears?

20 November, 2020

Possession cases with severe rent arrears will now be exempt from the ban on evictions, meaning bailiffs and high court enforcement officers can move to enforce warrants and complete evictions

New guidance on renting possession and moving

20 November, 2020

With a few exceptions notices to tenants in England given from 29 August 2020 to at least 31 March 2021 must be at least six months for most grounds

Landlords launch legal action against government over lockdown evictions

19 November, 2020

The lawyer representing buy-to-let landlords who feel that they have been left with no alternative but to ask the courts to review the actions of the government to try and get back their properties from tenants who have huge arrears of rent

Propertymark expresses concerns with Right to Rent

19 November, 2020

Letting agents will not be able to comply with Right to Rent checks in accordance with existing expectations from the government when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted

Council 'braced for second wave of homelessness' from Covid economic fallout

19 November, 2020

There are fears people could be priced out of the private rental sector when furlough ends

Covid-19: Eviction ban leaves London landlord living in hotel

18 November, 2020

A London landlord says she is owed £15,000 in rent, but cannot evict her tenant because of coronavirus restrictions

Government accused of supporting tenants who are 'wilfully not paying their rent'

17 November, 2020

Buy-to-let landlords could be facing up to 18 months without rent due to the government's decision not to do more to help those tenants in financial difficulty due to Covid-19

Illegal evictions will not be tolerated

17 November, 2020

With a reported increase in harassment and illegal evictions, the Isle of Wight council say these will not tolerated and they will take action where necessary

Rents increase for the first time since the start of coronavirus pandemic

16 November, 2020

Rents in Great Britain rose last month for the first time since the Coronavirus pandemic began

Many renters 'are anxious about paying the rent over winter'

16 November, 2020

The government is being urged to provide greater support for tenants during these difficult times

Tenants and landlords need greater financial support

16 November, 2020

The National Residential Landlords Association has once again called on the government to do more to help financially support landlords and tenants

Cleaning remains the number one cause of deposit disputes

16 November, 2020

The most common cause of a tenancy deposit dispute in the private rented property sector is cleaning, according to the latest data released by The Dispute Service

Struggling renters need a lifeline this winter

16 November, 2020

This new research highlights that renters in Great Britain are struggling to stay afloat as we approach winter and continue to navigate the coronavirus crisis

Rogue landlord fined £70,000 after rotten waste and broken floors found at homes

13 November, 2020

A rogue landlord who owned properties with floors at risk of collapse, drains filled with rubble and rotting waste has been fined £70,500 by Tendring District Council

Private rented sector landlords continue to be battered from all quarters

13 November, 2020

Welcome to the November edition of the "Landlords Barometer" where I highlight the trending topics and news from the Property Tribes forum

UK homeless charities call for suspension of 'reckless' eviction of asylum seekers

13 November, 2020

Growing numbers face a winter of destitution as the Home Office withdraws accommodation provided during first lockdown

Douglas Robertson: Tenancy change impacts - You don't always get what you want (quickly)

12 November, 2020

A key finding from our on-going evaluation of Scotland's private rented sector, is that change happens very slowly

The housing market remains busy despite national lockdown

12 November, 2020

Activity levels remain robust, with buyer enquiries, agreed sales, new instructions and prices all remaining firm

New landlord enquiries plummet as the market adjusts towards seasonal norms

11 November, 2020

Landlords stole the limelight in the past week as new enquiry levels for property management and tenant services plummeted 31% on the week leaving them at levels last seen in the depths of lockdown on 12 April and a huge 25% below the same week in 2019

Coronavirus: Number of renters in arrears could triple

11 November, 2020

With a growing number of tenants facing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there is likely to be a sharp rise in the number of private tenants in rent arrears over the next 12 months

House Price Index - October 2020

11 November, 2020

The market is slowing but still sets record prices in October

The DPS to host deposit dispute webinars for agents and landlords

10 November, 2020

The Deposit Protection Service has announced that it is once again running its free online deposit dispute webinars, starting from next week

UK Rental Market Report

10 November, 2020

Latest insight on the UK Rental Market

Around half of sales agreed now are unlikely to beat stamp duty holiday deadline

09 November, 2020

Delays across the house buying sector mean that a significantly high number of property purchasers are unlikely to benefit from the stamp duty holiday

Tens of thousands made homeless despite UK ban on evictions during pandemic

09 November, 2020

Charities say younger people working in hospitality among worst affected

Average UK house price reaches new record high - but market set to slow in coming months

09 November, 2020

On a monthly basis, house prices in October were 0.3% higher than in September

We need landlords and tenants to have good relationships

09 November, 2020

My name is Stewart and I'm from Newcastle upon Tyne

Government announces new protections for renters

06 November, 2020

With England having now begun it second coronavirus lockdown, the government has confirmed that renters will be protected during the national restrictions

Buyers and tenants undeterred by second lockdown

06 November, 2020

The housing market in London has so far escaped the second lockdown announcement unscathed, with buyer and tenant activity somewhat stable

Bailiffs must halt evictions during national lockdown

06 November, 2020

Bailiffs in England must not evict renters from their homes during the latest national lockdown

Time for change: Making renting fairer for private renters

06 November, 2020

Shelter and Nationwide Building Society have proudly worked together for the last 19 years to campaign for reforms that will help end the housing emergency

Goodlord Rental Index

05 November, 2020

Monthly key figures for the private rented sector

Government fails to commit to eviction ban extension

05 November, 2020

The government has failed to commit to reinstating the eviction ban that was in place in England and Wales over the first six months of the COVID-19 crisis

The rental market 'seasonal cool off is now in full effect'

05 November, 2020

Rental market activity is starting to slow, with the average cost of rent decreasing and void periods increasing in all regions

Buying, selling and renting a home will continue 'in a Covid secure way'

04 November, 2020

The impending lockdown will not directly impact the housing sector and estate and letting agencies will still be able to continue operating, provided it is done in a Covid-secure manner

Will the housing market remain open despite lockdown?

03 November, 2020

Boris Johnson's decision to hold a press conference at 6:30pm on Saturday to announce that England is being placed under a national lockdown has left many people in the process of moving home in limbo

Cheshire East private landlords urged to help those in need

03 November, 2020

Private landlords are being urged to help provide one-bedroomed accommodation for people in need across Cheshire East

Mortgage payment holidays extended for up to six months

02 November, 2020

Mortgage payment holidays are being extended for homeowners adversely affected financially by the pandemic

Letting agents and landlords must carry out regular inspections under new rules

02 November, 2020

It is now best practice for letting agents and landlords in Wales to carry out regular inspections under new rules introduced as part of wider changes to Rent Smart Wales, which marks its fifth anniversary this month

Fewer agents saw rents increase in September

02 November, 2020

There has been a notable drop in the number of landlords increase rents

One in eight UK renters unable to meet housing costs in full

02 November, 2020

Action needed to help tenants in second wave

Private Rented Sector Report - September 2020

02 November, 2020

Number of tenants experiencing rent increases down by almost a fifth

'Inevitable' second wave of homelessness expected in East Devon over winter after evictions ban ends

02 November, 2020

EDDC is preparing to deal with an 'inevitable second wave of homelessness' over the winter now a ban on evictions had been lifted

Evicted during the pandemic: How one council made 13 people homeless within an hour

02 November, 2020

Jessica Brown speaks to tenants in Glasgow who were given just a few minutes to collect their belongings before being turfed out onto the streets in the middle of a second lockdown

Rogue letting agents ordered to pay close to £100,000 in compensation

30 October, 2020

Three unscrupulous letting agents in north London who kept tenants' rent payments instead of passing them on to the landlords have been ordered to pay close £100,000 in compensation to their victims

Tax expert says 'it is critical that the government reviews this stamp duty holiday'

30 October, 2020

With research showing that up to 325,000 homebuyers who agree to purchase a property before the end of the year are expected to miss out on the stamp duty holiday

As a rent crisis looms, councils have a plan - the government should take note

30 October, 2020

Buying up cheap housing could provide a safety net to millions who may struggle to pay the bills as the pandemic continues

One in 10 BTL landlords plan to add to portfolios

29 October, 2020

One in 10 buy-to-let landlords are currently planning to expand their property portfolio over the next few months

Debbonaire's local party urges Labour to adopt more radical housing policy

29 October, 2020

The local party of Shadow Housing Secretary Thangam Debbonaire has passed a motion urging Labour to adopt a more radical housing policy in support of renters during coronavirus

Lockdown rundown breakdown

29 October, 2020

The COVID-19 lockdown and the impact of poor-quality housing on occupants in the North of England

UK House Price Index

28 October, 2020

Sales pipeline 50% bigger than a year ago as demand slows to pre COVID levels

Stamp duty holiday fuelling portfolio expansion plans among landlords

28 October, 2020

Data shows that at the end of last year, 82% of landlords claimed that they had no plans to acquire another property in 2020, with just 3% intending to add more than a single property to their portfolio

New study will measure the performance of short-term rentals

28 October, 2020

The UK STAA has teamed up with STR to launch a unique tracking study that will measure the performance of short-term rental accommodation, along with serviced apartments and hotels

Evictions to be halted across much of England and Wales

26 October, 2020

Given the existing differences between the Covid-19 three-tier system in England, bailiffs have agreed not to carry out evictions of tenants in areas under tier 2 or 3 restrictions

NRLA updates coronavirus guidance for landlords

26 October, 2020

The NRLA has updated its various coronavirus guides to reflect the new three-tier system in England, which you may care to share with your landlord clients

Renters facing eviction: tell us how the end of the eviction ban has impacted you

26 October, 2020

We'd like to hear from renters in England and Wales who are facing eviction when the government ban is lifted this weekend

Rogue landlords in north London ordered to pay £130,000

23 October, 2020

Two unscrupulous landlords in north London have been ordered to pay just over £130,000 for renting out three unsafe properties illegally

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: September 2020

23 October, 2020

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in the UK. Includes measures of owner occupiers' housing costs

MP accused of 'blocking' landlord licensing in Hastings

23 October, 2020

Labour councillors have accused Hastings MP Sally-Ann Hart of blocking the renewal of a scheme requiring landlords keep properties in good condition

Temporary accommodation spend soars to £1.2bn with majority being paid to private companies

23 October, 2020

Spending on temporary accommodation by local authorities increased to £1.2bn last year, with the vast majority being paid to private landlords, letting agents or companies

Tenants are facing eviction again, despite the UK government's promises

23 October, 2020

Two of my clients came within days of losing the roof over their heads. The summer ban on evictions must be extended

Investment in build to rent sector hits record high

22 October, 2020

Investment into the UK's build to rent sector hit an all-time high during the third quarter of the year, with £1.43bn transacted between July and September 2020

Tales from the frontline: Property licensing and HMOs

22 October, 2020

Following on from the success of this week's 'Important Changes to Right to Rent', Fixflo will be holding another live webinar today at 2pm

Landlords fined over £100,000 after Islington Council found 35 tenants squeezed into three two-bed flats

22 October, 2020

Two landlords in Islington who squeezed 35 tenants into three two-bedroom flats, have been fined £110,500 for forcing them all to endure dangerous and sub-standard conditions

House Price Index - October 2020

21 October, 2020

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

Private rents in London plunge by up to 34% amid Covid crisis

21 October, 2020

Other cities across Britain have also reported large year-on-year falls

Tenant demand hits four-year high

20 October, 2020

Demand from tenants in the third quarter of this year increased to reach the highest level since the third quarter of 2016

Goodlord introduces new facial-recognition tenant referencing tool

20 October, 2020

Goodlord introduces new facial-recognition tenant referencing too

Scrapping Section 21 could lead to a 20% drop in available rental stock

20 October, 2020

The government is being urged not to outlaw the use of Section 21 to oust tenants, after a new report found that it would almost certainly lead to a fall in the number of properties available to rent

Beating the stamp duty holiday deadline is 'a race against time for many landlords'

20 October, 2020

Buy-to-let landlords who are hoping to benefit from the existing stamp duty holiday have been warned that they will need to move quickly to take advantage

Are you up to speed with changes in the Right to Rent scheme?

19 October, 2020

The temporary changes to Right to Rent checks, adapted due to coronavirus, are designed to make it easier for landlords and appointed agents to carry them out

Salford council proposes landlord licence for shared homes with three or four tenants

19 October, 2020

The move comes after inspections of smaller HMOs over the last 12 months showed issues with fire safety, damp and heating - as well as problems with storage and disposal of waste

How commercial landlords can weather the storm as retailers fail to pay rent

16 October, 2020

Unsurprisingly, the property investment market has been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic

Manchester students faced with 'unsafe' housing during lockdown

16 October, 2020

Students have threatened a rent strike if the conditions, which include floods, pests and broken windows, don't improve

Nearly a third of landlords plan to sell properties in the coming year

16 October, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the buy-to-let sector hard, leading to an estimated £437m in rent arrears

Improving the Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and Wales

15 October, 2020

Our homes are a key part of our national heritage. They have shaped and defined us as a society

Rents outside London hit record high

14 October, 2020

Asking rents outside London rose to a record high in September, driven by a surge in demand from renters

Trending topics on the Property Tribes forum - Landlords' Barometer #86

14 October, 2020

Welcome to the October edition of the "Landlords Barometer" where I bring you the trending topics and news from the Property Tribes forum

Higher rental demand for houses as tenants seek more space

14 October, 2020

There has been a notable increase in rental demand for houses as tenants rush to upsize

HMRC investigation into Airbnb landlords 'may be last straw' for short term letting growth

14 October, 2020

The forthcoming investigation by HMRC into Airbnb landlords may be the last straw for growth in the short-term lettings market

Free title indemnity insurance for BTL landlords

13 October, 2020

Landbay is now offering free-of-charge title indemnity insurance, with a view to significantly speeding up the legal process

Landlord confidence slumps as two-thirds brace for financial impact of pandemic

13 October, 2020

A new survey of over 2,000 landlords has revealed that the majority are bracing themselves for the negative financial impact of the Covid-19

Government urged to foot £15bn bill to fix unsafe cladding

12 October, 2020

Phil Spencer is calling on the government to take control of the growing cladding crisis by providing the funds required to fix the situation

Rishi Sunak's local furlough scheme is not enough to help renters

12 October, 2020

Rishi Sunak's new furlough scheme announced on Friday is unlikely to help tenants facing financial hardship in affected areas

Councils failing to use powers in majority of private rented homes with severe hazards

12 October, 2020

Councils are failing to issue improvement notices for private rented homes where severe hazards are discovered in the vast majority of cases

Rents drop sharply in prime London

09 October, 2020

Prime central London has recorded the steepest decline in rental values for more than a decade

House Price Index - September 2020

09 October, 2020

Stamp duty holiday keeps the market active

What impact has the coronavirus pandemic had on BTL landlords?

08 October, 2020

The majority of buy-to-let landlords have been adversely affected by the pandemic, with many seeing lost rental income due to arrears

At last! Overseas tenants 'start returning to London'

08 October, 2020

There was a sharp rise in the number of tenants moving home in the capital last month

Rental voids steady as rents drop marginally

07 October, 2020

The average void period for rental properties in the UK remained broadly unchanged at 20 days during September, although the rental market did see the median cost of renting drop slightly by 1% overall last month

Majority of landlords have suffered financially during the pandemic

07 October, 2020

The majority of landlords (65%) have suffered financially during the pandemic

Average UK rents up 2.1% in 12 months to September

06 October, 2020

Average rents across the UK increased by 2.1% in September when compared with the corresponding month last year

One in four private renters said housing situation made lockdown harder

06 October, 2020

A quarter of people living in private rented housing said their housing situation made it harder for them to cope with coronavirus lockdown restrictions

Council bans rogue landlord who glued locks and cut off utilities

06 October, 2020

A London council has banned a private landlord who glued door locks and cut off utility supplies from renting out properties again

Renters need a rescue package to make life bearable

06 October, 2020

There's an almost tangible stress and frustration in the air as large parts of the country sink back into lockdown

Student accommodation: renters face stress over tenancies in Covid crisis

05 October, 2020

Uncertainty over the financial arrangements covering lockdowns, university closures or illness

Risk of massive rise in evictions warns housing body

05 October, 2020

The Chartered Institute of Housing claims there may be a "massive increase" in evictions in the near future

London landlord secures £250m PRS issue to fund development

02 October, 2020

NHG has secured a £250m, seven-year securitisation of its PRS assets to fund its development programme

Charities divided on Bristol council's £2m for homeless

02 October, 2020

A charity boss says private landlords will cash in on Bristol City Council's latest £2m package for the homeless

Banned! Rogue landlord faces prison if he tries to rent out properties

02 October, 2020

A landlord has failed to overturn a ban from renting out properties after repeatedly putting tenants' lives at risk by letting unsafe housing

New online service to enhance Right to Rent scheme

02 October, 2020

The Home Office is planning to introduce a new online service designed to make it easier for letting agents and landlords to check that potential tenants have the right to rent property in the UK

Landlords hit with over £400,000 fines and costs for flouting planning rules

01 October, 2020

Waltham Forest Council has brought two successful prosecutions against landlords who adapted their properties without seeking appropriate planning permissions

High demand from tenants, especially in Yorkshire and the South-West

30 September, 2020

The number of new prospective tenants continued to rise in August, hitting the highest number on record

Private Rented Sector Report - August 20

30 September, 2020

The number of new prospective tenants reached an all time high in August, with 101 registered per branch

Oxford City Council calls on UK Government to follow Scotland’s lead and empower councils to tackle short-term lets

29 September, 2020

Oxford City Council has called on the UK Government to follow Scotland's lead and empower local authorities to crack down on short-term lets

Commercial Property Rent Arrears - What can a landlord do?

29 September, 2020

In order to protect commercial tenants against debt recovery actions during the Coronavirus pandemic, there are currently considerable restrictions on a landlord's ability to recover outstanding rent

UK House Price Index

28 September, 2020

Supply/demand imbalance supports growth but first-time buyer demand softening

Milton Keynes private renters paying more for electricity and heating than social tenants

25 September, 2020

Private renters in Milton Keynes are paying more for electricity and heating than those in social housing, new figures suggest, as their homes are less energy efficient

Chancellor fails to take action to protect those hardest hit by Covid

25 September, 2020

The new job support scheme to top up wages on a part time basis will help some sectors which have seen a downturn in activity

Why did Chancellor ignore private rental sector?

25 September, 2020

A leading figure in the private rental sector says the lettings industry has been largely ignored once again by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his Covid rescue plan

Opposition parties unite in call for new evictions ban

24 September, 2020

Opposition parties in both the House of Commons and House of Lords called on the Government yesterday to abandon the restart of eviction proceedings

Seven out of ten regions of England and Wales see rents decline

24 September, 2020

Howsy says that since lockdown (March), average rent levels have dropped in seven out of ten areas of England and Wales

Government refuse to promise nobody in Newcastle will be evicted due to Covid

24 September, 2020

Newcastle Chi Onwurah asked for an assurance that nobody will be evicted due to Covid-19 but ministers refused

Reimagining Rent: Report on the future of the private rental sector

23 September, 2020

The Young Foundation has unveiled the findings from its Reimagining Rent accelerator; a programme that seeks to drive improvements in the PRS through supporting innovation

Housing minister confirms dates for Christmas truce on evictions

23 September, 2020

Bailiffs will be told not to enforce possession orders in England between 11 December and 11 January 2021

Westminster launches new strategy to raise standards for tenants in private rental sector

23 September, 2020

A new strategy has been launched today by Westminster City Council to help protect tenants who rent privately and ensure they live in good quality and well managed properties

Reimagining Rent: Report unveils innovation in the future of the private rented sector

23 September, 2020

The Young Foundation has unveiled the findings from its Reimagining Rent accelerator, a programme that seeks to drive improvements in the PRS through supporting innovation

Westminster launches new strategy to raise standards for tenants in the PRS

22 September, 2020

A new strategy has been launched by Westminster City Council to help protect tenants who rent privately and ensure they live in good quality and well managed properties

Demand rises for first-time buyer BTL mortgages

22 September, 2020

New data from Legal & General Mortgage Club has revealed growing demand among first-time buyers who want to enter the buy-to-let market

'Why I signed up to join Shelter's Landlords for Good project'

22 September, 2020

Our Landlords for Good project is about working together with landlords who want to help us address the problems in the housing system

Renters at risk: Getting through the coronavirus crisis

22 September, 2020

With the end of the evictions ban this week, cases can now be heard again in the courts

Momentum to focus on resisting evictions during Covid-19 crisis

21 September, 2020

Group shifts away from internal Labour politics towards community campaigns

Landlords slash rents by up to 20% as tenants quit city centres in pandemic

21 September, 2020

'Race to suburbia' and a lack of foreign students see rental demand plummet in wake of Covid-19

Illegal evictions up 50 per cent since pandemic began as housing experts warn of 'massive increase' in coming months

21 September, 2020

As hundreds of thousands of tenants fall into arrears and new rules mean landlords must give six months notice to evict, campaigners warn some property owners are taking law into their own hands

The Guardian view on restarting evictions: the law needs changing

21 September, 2020

Forcing tenants out of their homes as Covid-19 cases rise is risky. Instead, ministers should rebalance the scales

Councils call for extra funding to help prevent evictions when ban lifts this weekend

18 September, 2020

Councils are calling on the government to increase the funding available to support struggling renters ahead of the evictions ban ending this Sunday

Homelessness crisis looming unless evictions ban extended further

18 September, 2020

The UK risks spiralling into a homelessness crisis this winter unless a ban on evictions in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak is extended

Calls grow to protect renters as ban on lockdown evictions expires

18 September, 2020

Up to 55,000 tenants may be at high risk of losing their homes as cases restart after Covid-19 moratorium

London Mayor requests new powers to freeze rents in the capital for two years

17 September, 2020

The Mayor of London has demanded new powers to freeze private rents in the capital for two years

Freeze rents in London to avert mass evictions

16 September, 2020

The UK capital's mayor seeks powers to prevent up to half a million evictions

Bid to give councils more powers to regulate houses of multiple occupancy

16 September, 2020

North East MP Ian Levy brought legislation to the Commons giving councils more powers over the development and governance of houses in multiple occupancy

People in housing need

16 September, 2020

A comprehensive analysis of the scale and shape of housing need in England today

Desperate people, overcrowded rooms - Manchester's modern-day slums exposed

15 September, 2020

Rogue landlords fined a fortune in city-wide crackdown

Government introduces 'winter truce' as it confirms introduction of six-month eviction notice period

11 September, 2020

The Government has been accused of making it impossible for agents to navigate the uncertainty caused by the pandemic after unveiling yet another series of changes for the rental sector

YouGov poll suggests almost a quarter of landlords have lost rent due to Covid

11 September, 2020

Twenty-two per cent of private landlords with properties in England have lost rental income as a result of COVID-19

Tenants take advantage of lower rents and move in record numbers

11 September, 2020

Chestertons has released its latest monthly market data, which shows that increasing numbers of tenants took advantage of the lower rents across London to move in August, but the number of new tenants registering to move started to drop very slightly

Huge loss of income: Buy To Let counts cost of Coronavirus crisis

11 September, 2020

The first attempt to assess the loss of rental income as a result of Coronavirus calculates 22 per cent of private landlords have suffered reduced rent

Government sets out comprehensive support for renters this winter

10 September, 2020

Renters affected by coronavirus will continue to be supported over autumn and winter through comprehensive measures

Reprieve for renters facing eviction in England and Wales

10 September, 2020

Housing secretary offers lifeline in lockdown areas and announces Christmas 'truce'

The government's new shared ownership model: how will it affect landlords?

09 September, 2020

Details of the government's new model for shared ownership have been revealed after a year-long consultation

Trending topics on the Property Tribes forum - Landlords' Barometer #85

08 September, 2020

Welcome to the September edition of the "Landlords Barometer" where I bring you the trending topics and news from the Property Tribes forum

Landlords refused to rent to me and my autistic son because we claim benefits

08 September, 2020

The voice at the end of the phone was blunt and unapologetic. 'Those are the rules Ms Collier,' the letting agent told me

Deposit Diaries: Rent Deferral and Deposit Cap

07 September, 2020

While lockdown, due to Covid-19 has been eased and steps are slowly being taken to return to a 'new normal', for many, worries and concerns will remain

Scottish Tenant Loan Scheme should be offered in the rest of the UK

07 September, 2020

A new scheme which will provide interest free loans to tenants who are facing difficulties paying their rent due to the coronavirus pandemic should be offered in the rest of the UK according to a leading property management firm

Brighton landlords refusing to rent to people on benefits

07 September, 2020

People claiming housing benefit in Brighton are being told that they are not welcome in the vast majority of properties listed on a popular housing website

UK private rented sector data

07 September, 2020

The UK private rented sector has evolved substantially over the past 15 years and has been the focus of significant policy change

Applicants and tenants are becoming more abusive towards agents - what is your view?

04 September, 2020

Over at Property Tribes, Bill Rockett of Newcastle-based Rockett Home Rentals has been asking a pertinent question about applicants' attittude to agents and their staff since the introduction of the tenant fee ban

Rents up by 2% in August - Goodlord Rental Index

04 September, 2020

According to the latest Goodlord Rental Index, August proved to be another successful month for the lettings market as demand from students and young professionals continued to fuel the sector

Non-emergency repairs increase by 59% as performance of Scottish landlords continues to improve

04 September, 2020

Reports of non-emergency repairs by Scottish landlords increased by 59% in July but performance will not return to 'normal' levels for some time

New week, new rules: six-month notice periods

04 September, 2020

In recent months, Friday afternoons have no longer signalled the end of a long week and the upcoming respite of a weekend break

Social landlords must remediate buildings or they will 'be held responsible for loss of life'

03 September, 2020

Social landlords yet to remediate buildings with dangerous cladding must ask themselves if "they want to be the next landlord... held responsible for loss of life"

Scotland moves to help struggling tenants - will England follow suit?

02 September, 2020

The Scottish Government has said that the ban on evictions will be extended for a further six months to March 2021 and that it will provide greater support to tenants and landlords by introducing a £10 million package of interest-free loans to help those struggling to pay their rent due to financial difficulty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic

Edinburgh pledges 'swift' action to return short-term lets to full-time residential use

02 September, 2020

The City of Edinburgh Council has pledged to "use all the powers available" to crack down on Airbnb-style short-term lets after a new report found that only about one in 500 properties had proper planning permission

Landlords welcome clarity on possession cases

01 September, 2020

The NRLA says that Ministers have made important concessions about how repossession cases in the rental market will be handled from 20th September

A wave of buy-to-let repossessions could overtake landlords

01 September, 2020

The UK is heading for a deeper housing crisis driven by a wave of buy-to-let repossessions unless the Government urgently takes the shackles off renting legislation

Renters with six months' arrears to get just four weeks' notice before eviction

01 September, 2020

Tenants who have failed to pay their rent for six months can be evicted with just four weeks' notice under new government legislation tabled today

Repossession looms for buy to let investors because of eviction ban

01 September, 2020

Reduce buy to let regulation or face a worsening housing crisis - that's the message from a leading property lawyer

Government urged to provide £270m for renters to prevent thousands of evictions

01 September, 2020

An emergency grant and loan package worth up to £270m should be made available to support private renters who have fallen into arrears during the COVID-19 pandemic

Eviction ban could leave some landlords without rent for two years

28 August, 2020

Some landlords could find themselves without rental income for two years if a 'perfect storm' of circumstances affects their lettings and they find themselves unable to evict unsatisfactory tenants

Benefit claimants face landlord discrimination despite ruling

28 August, 2020

Thousands of landlords are trying to avoid renting their properties to benefit claimants

Private Rented Sector Report - July 2020

28 August, 2020

The number of new prospective tenants reached an all time high in July, with 97 registered per branch

Boris Johnson told: You've kicked the rental sector in the teeth

28 August, 2020

A leading trade body has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that some landlords face receiving no rent for two years

The coronavirus debt crisis: Why government should offer financial support to private renters

28 August, 2020

The national lockdown has been a shared experience, one that has affected us all, and not something we ever imagined would or could happen to us

Evictions ban explainer: have social landlords been 'seeking possessions' during lockdown and will this increase when the ban is lifted?

27 August, 2020

The eviction ban may have been extended by another month but housing associations have been planning for weeks what approaches to take when the eviction moratorium is eventually lifted

Medway Council u-turns on rogue landlords crackdown

27 August, 2020

A crackdown on rogue landlords across Medway has been shelved as the council makes a u-turn on a decision made three months ago

UK House Price Index

27 August, 2020

Time to sell falls more than a quarter as homeowners shrug off recession fears

Mayor of Newham criticises four week extension of evictions ban

27 August, 2020

The mayor of Newham has criticised the government's evictions ban extension for not being long enough

Renters find mushrooms growing under carpet but are evicted after they complain

27 August, 2020

They feel they are being punished for making a number of complaints about the St Pauls property

Agents not giving landlords 'clear opportunity to positively consent' to energy switching should amend Terms of Business

26 August, 2020

Following a recent story run by Property Industry Eye, we were asked to comment on the practice of letting agents obtaining consent to switch energy suppliers on behalf of landlords

Agents and landlords get to grips with the extension of the eviction ban

25 August, 2020

Agents will need to manage tenants to mitigate Eviction U-turn impact

Westminster launches HMO checker to help combat rogue landlords

25 August, 2020

Westminster City Council has launched a new online checker that allows residents in Westminster to see if the property they live in is licensed correctly

Rental housing boost from council pension funds

25 August, 2020

Local government pension funds have invested £150 million in one of Britain's biggest private rental housing operators

Updated: government confirms eviction ban extension and introduces six-month notice period

24 August, 2020

The government has confirmed that the ban on possession proceedings in England and Wales will be extended until 20 September

Landlords Illegally Evicting Renters Despite Ban

24 August, 2020

The government has extended the eviction ban, but the London Renters Union says it hasn't stopped people being thrown out of their homes

No place like home: illegal evictions in 'shadow' sector soar in lockdown

24 August, 2020

The government has extended the ban on removing tenants by a month, but they still face harassment and violence from landlords in unregulated market

Campaign groups and politicians call for eviction ban extension to go further

24 August, 2020

Charities, politicians and campaign groups have responded to the government's one-month extension to the eviction ban by calling for a longer-term solution to protect the country's renters

What we need now is less of the vitriol which pervades any discussion around arrears and evictions

24 August, 2020

With the announcement that the eviction ban will be extended in England, not-for-profit, accreditation body, safeagent, set out its plan to support tenants and landlords to ensure a sustainable post-COVID PRS

Relief as rent arrears eviction ban is extended

24 August, 2020

People facing potential eviction for rent arrears have been thrown a lifeline

Two sides of the renting coin - strong views about landlords and tenants

21 August, 2020

With the stay on possession claims about to lift there have been some wildly varying opinions written about what may result

Coronavirus: Eviction ban to be extended by four weeks

21 August, 2020

Ministers have extended the ban on landlords evicting tenants in England and Wales until 20 September

Council urges government to extend eviction ban

21 August, 2020

Oxford City Council is calling on the government to extend the temporary eviction ban to protect private tenants and prevent a surge of homelessness in Oxford

Pressure mounts on government over evictions ban as campaigners warn of 'catastrophic wave of homelessness'

21 August, 2020

Pressure is growing on ministers to extend the evictions ban after housing campaign groups and public health bodies have warned of a potential "catastrophic wave of evictions and homelessness"

A stay on evictions keeps renters safe for now, but it's just a sticking plaster

21 August, 2020

It's time the government delivered on its pledge to end 'no fault' notices that allow landlords to throw people out on the street

Manchester 'faces 1930s-style homelessness' as eviction ban ends

20 August, 2020

Mayor Andy Burnham calls for the government to consider extending ban to help tenants

'Head in the sand': Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of ignoring 'looming crisis' for renters as eviction ban set to expire

20 August, 2020

Labour leader says thousands are at risk of losing homes unless PM extends eviction moratorium

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: July 2020

20 August, 2020

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

Woman slams Edinburgh landlord who won't rent to her 'because of everyday racism'

20 August, 2020

Oumie Kuyateh says when she told the landlord she was from Gambia, suddenly the flat was no longer available to view

330 landlords face notices to improve housing standards

20 August, 2020

Three hundred and 30 landlords in East Lindsey are to be served notices to improve energy efficiency in the district's rental properties

The evictions ban has been extended - for now. But what does this mean for the future?

20 August, 2020

Renters are today breathing a sigh of relief at the news that Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has extended the evictions ban for a second time

Completed rentals in July up by 30% year on year

19 August, 2020

D. J. Alexander recorded 235 new rentals during July which was 30% higher than the firms' 2019 level and says that extremely high demand is helping to maintain rents as the market remains under supplied

230,000 could lose homes as eviction ban ends in England and Wales

19 August, 2020

Man who lost partner to coronavirus among those affected as government is urged to extend freeze

Oxford City Council wins fight over short-term let house

19 August, 2020

The owners of an Oxford house advertised on letting websites Airbnb and Booking.com have been banned from using it as short-term accommodation

Derbyshire Dales council considers new fines of up to £30,000 in crackdown on rogue landlords

18 August, 2020

Derbyshire Dales District Council is planning a tough crackdown on landlords who fail to comply with housing laws and regulations

Rental yields in university towns across the country

18 August, 2020

With many uni students hoping to kick off a new school year over the next couple of months after receiving their A-Level results, lettings management platform, Howsy, has revealed which of the UK's top universities make for the best buy-to-let investment

Landlords settling for lower rents as more shift from short to long-term lets

17 August, 2020

Increasing numbers of landlords have had to shift from short to long-term lets due to lockdown

Coronavirus: MPs warn of 'wave of homelessness' when eviction ban ends

17 August, 2020

England could see "a new wave of homelessness" when a ban on evictions ends later this month

John McDonnell calls for year's extension to ban on evictions

17 August, 2020

Moratorium in England and Wales during coronavirus crisis is due to end next week

Agents urged to call council before serving eviction notices

17 August, 2020

A local authority is urging letting agents within its boundary to get in touch before serving eviction notices on private tenants

Coronavirus: Charities welcome extended eviction ban in Scotland

14 August, 2020

Housing charities have welcomed a proposal for a six-month extension to Scotland's ban on evicting renters amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Supply 'exceeding normal levels' since Stamp Duty cut but how long can it last?

13 August, 2020

New listings are on the rise and stock is quickly shifting since the first month of the Stamp Duty holiday but there are already fears about how long it will last

UK housing boom gathers pace, but fears of a bust grow too

13 August, 2020

The rebound in Britain's housing market gathered more pace in July with a measure of property prices turning positive for the first time since the coronavirus crisis engulfed the country

Coronavirus: London renters 'struggling to keep up with rent'

12 August, 2020

One in four private renters in London are struggling to keep up with their rent, with evictions due to resume in a fortnight

Eviction surge 'not likely' as less than 5% of tenants in arrears

12 August, 2020

Less than 5% of private tenants have fallen into rent arrears during the pandemic, dispelling fears there will be an eviction surge in the coming months

It's nonsense: Figures show eviction surge fear is unfounded

12 August, 2020

The largest survey yet conducted about rent payments during the pandemic shows the claims of pressure groups about widespread evictions are unfounded

Sunak's stamp duty holiday behind surge in homebuyer interest

11 August, 2020

Demand for all UK property is up, but price range reflects chancellor's £500,000 limit

Landlords are working with tenants to avoid evictions

10 August, 2020

The not-for-profit, accreditation body, safeagent, has published new research showing that with the support of letting agents to help maintain tenancies, firms do not believe there will be widespread evictions as a result of the pandemic

Sharp increase in July pushes house prices to highest ever levels

10 August, 2020

Mini-boom drives house prices up in July to 1.6% higher than in June, on a monthly basis

Trending topics on the Property Tribes forum - Landlords' Barometer #84

07 August, 2020

Welcome to the August edition of the "Landlords Barometer" where I bring you the trending topics and news from the Property Tribes forum

UK Rental Market Report

06 August, 2020

Latest insight on the UK Rental Market based on Zoopla's Rental Index

Goodlord rental index July 2020

06 August, 2020

The UK's rental market continues to go from strength to strength, with the 'summer boom' continuing throughout July

Rate of rental growth falls - especially in London, says Zoopla

05 August, 2020

The latest findings of the quarterly Rental Market Report by Zoopla show average rents across the UK dipped by -0.3% in June, and by -0.8% in Q2, taking the annual growth in UK rents to +1.1%, down from +1.7% a year ago

NRLA partners with Scottish Association of Landlords

04 August, 2020

Landlords who let properties in England, Wales and Scotland can now have joint membership of associations north and south of the border under a new partnership

Coronavirus in Wales: Tenants to get six months' notice for evictions

04 August, 2020

Many private landlords in Wales will now need to give six months' notice before evicting tenants, under a change to the law due to the pandemic

A fifth of parents in rented homes fear homelessness

04 August, 2020

Nearly a fifth of parents in privately rented homes are worried that their family will be made homeless as a result of the Covid crisis

House prices bounced back in July

03 August, 2020

House prices bounced back in July, climbing 1.7% during the month compared to a 1.5% fall in June

Councils and Labour add to calls to scrap Section 21 eviction powers

03 August, 2020

The Local Government Association, which represents almost all councils in England, is calling on the government to scrap section 21

Deposit diaries: Early intervention can lead to dispute resolutions

31 July, 2020

When it comes to tenancy deposit disputes, it is preferable to resolve the dispute as early as possible to avoid time and costs involved in court action - especially with low value and/or one issue claims

Private Rented Sector Report - June 2020

31 July, 2020

Demand from tenants and rental supply highest on record for June

450,000 private renting parents fear 'COVID homelessness'

31 July, 2020

More than 450,000 parents living in England's private rented sector are worried that their family will become homeless as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

Landlords in England ignoring 'no DSS' ban, claim private renters

31 July, 2020

People on benefits report still being discriminated against, despite landmark court ruling

How rent rises compare to other major costs-of-living

30 July, 2020

Deposit replacement scheme, Ome, has highlighted how the cost of internet, cars and our grocery shop have all outstripped the cost of renting over the last three years

Government promises to prioritise scrapping no-fault evictions after pandemic

29 July, 2020

The government has promised to prioritise a new Renters' Reform Bill, which will scrap no-fault evictions

After the ban: what will happen after the government has lifted the eviction moratorium?

29 July, 2020

The government promised that no renter will be evicted during the coronavirus pandemic and made relevant policy amendments to protect them

Two easy ways to avoid being taken to court

29 July, 2020

So, your letting agent told you renting your property to people on DSS is a bad idea?

Derby eviction flat tenants 'not going anywhere'

28 July, 2020

Tenants of a block of flats who have been served an eviction notice have said they will refuse to move

New platform aims to help 5-star landlords attract the best tenants

27 July, 2020

A new web platform aims to help responsible landlords to achieve 5-star status and promote their properties free of charge

Robert Jenrick has run down the clock and failed to protect renters

27 July, 2020

Back in March, Housing Minister Robert Jenrick said that no renter should lose their home because of coronavirus

Government lays out plans for regaining possession from 23rd August

23 July, 2020

Chris Pincher MP said yesterday that an end to the pause on possession proceedings on 23rd August is an important step towards the resumption of normal life and allowing landlords and tenants access to justice

Massive surge in private renters seeking help with arrears

23 July, 2020

A national charity has said it has experienced a huge surge in the number of private renters seeking advice on rent arrears, one month before the temporary ban on evictions is set to end

48% drop in student numbers causes London rents to fall

22 July, 2020

Lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed by the UK and other international governments are stopping many international students from coming to the UK

Tenants are paying above-average rental deposits in five regions of England

22 July, 2020

Research by deposit replacement scheme, Ome, has revealed which parts of the rental market tenants are paying above the odds in when it comes to their initial rental deposit

Jenrick promises more protection for renters before eviction ban is lifted

22 July, 2020

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has vowed to introduce more protections for renters to ensure they do not lose their homes when the eviction ban is lifted next month

Government accused of 'sneaking out' rules for evictions after ban is lifted

21 July, 2020

The government has been accused of "sneaking out" new legislation outlining how landlords can evict tenants after the current ban is lifted, with campaign groups warning that most renters will not be protected from losing their homes

Consumer Rights in the Private Rented Sector

21 July, 2020

Private tenants need greater protection and more power

Generation Rent urges government to protect renters from eviction

21 July, 2020

Private renter sector evictions will restart on 23 August with new civil procedure rules

BTL landlords should prepare to take advantage of Green Homes grants

20 July, 2020

Buy to Let landlords in England should be assessing the energy efficiency works that their properties require in advance of the opening of online applications for the Green Homes Grant in September

Regional variations highlight rental demand and supply imbalances

20 July, 2020

The Hamptons International Monthly Lettings Index for June has been published

Landlord and tenants guidance updated by Wirral Council

16 July, 2020

Newly updated guidance to help protect tenants and private landlords during the Covid-19 emergency has been released by Wirral Council.

Wales introduces its own Stamp Duty holiday but excludes additional properties

15 July, 2020

Wales has followed the lead of England and Northern Ireland by introducing its own Stamp Duty holiday but it won't start for a couple of weeks and doesn't apply to landlords

Shelter "doubling up" its checks on letting agents for compliance

15 July, 2020

Campaigning charity Shelter says it is "doubling up" its efforts to make sure letting agents comply with anti-discrimination legislation when it comes to tenants

TDS launches mediation service to agree rent repayment plans

14 July, 2020

TDS has launched a mediation scheme to help landlords and tenants agree rent repayment plans and avoid costly court hearings

New scheme to encourage private landlords to rent to Kettering's homeless families

14 July, 2020

Kettering Council has signed off the new package of measures

Sadiq Khan calls for eviction ban extension to prevent 'tsunami' of homelessness

13 July, 2020

London mayor Sadiq Khan has written to the housing secretary warning that local authority housing services could be overwhelmed if the government does not act to protect renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

Covid has massively amplified the velocity of change - Landlords' Barometer #83

10 July, 2020

Welcome to the July edition of the "Landlords Barometer" where there's lots going on in the private rented sector as the true impact of the Covid19 lock-down starts to be felt

Rishi Sunak urged to reverse £1.3bn 'bung' to second homeowners and landlords

10 July, 2020

Little-noticed detail of emergency financial statement could save buy-to-let and holiday-home purchasers thousands of pounds

Stamp duty is not enough to pay the postage of this recession

10 July, 2020

We are facing the worst economic crisis in living memory

UK renters: tell us about the impact coronavirus has had on you

10 July, 2020

We'd like to hear from renters in the UK about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted your housing situation

Widespread relief that SDLT change has not been delayed until the autumn

09 July, 2020

News of the temporary suspension of SDLT for property transactions up to £500,000 caused a tsunami of comment; most of it positive but some with words of caution

Chancellor promises vouchers for landlords and home owners to fund energy efficiency improvements

09 July, 2020

Landlords and home owners will be able to fund energy efficiency improvements on their properties after a Green Homes Grant was unveiled by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday

Shelter demands more protection for renters as English Housing Survey exposes widespread financial difficulties

09 July, 2020

New government data showing the number of private renters struggling to pay rent and lacking savings is further evidence that the government must act to prevent a wave of evictions

House Price Index

08 July, 2020

House prices fall for fourth straight month - but new mortgage enquiries surge

Newly-launched letting platform lets private landlords list on portals

07 July, 2020

PlanetRent, an automated letting platform, will allow private landlords to list their property directly on Zoopla and Rightmove on a pay-as-you-go basis

Younger tenants 'in serious danger' of falling behind in rental payments

07 July, 2020

The NRLA has joined with homeless charities to call on the Government to implement a range of changes for young renters which it is claimed will be hardest hit by the phasing out of the coronavirus job retention scheme

Ipswich Building Society withdraws all BTL products including expat and holiday let

07 July, 2020

Ipswich Building Society has withdawn all of its buy-to-let products, including expat BTL and holiday let mortgages

Government must help young renters hit by furlough end

07 July, 2020

A lettings sector trade body, acting with homelessness charities, is urging the government to do more as young people in rented housing become more vulnerable as the furlough scheme winds down

Upfront cost of renting rises despite deposit cap

06 July, 2020

The upfront cost of renting has still increased in most regions of England despite the five-week deposit cap

Rent Repayment Order claim could result in considerably higher penalties for landlords

06 July, 2020

The recent Upper Tribunal decision in the case of Vadamalay v Stewart has overturned the basis of awards in Rent Repayment Orders and made this a far more 'hostile environment' for landlords

Coronavirus: Number of renters in arrears doubles

06 July, 2020

The number of private tenants in England who have fallen behind on rent has doubled during the coronavirus pandemic

Arrears management and coronavirus

06 July, 2020

Working together to sustain tenancies

Pent-up demand for property in Scotland evident as restrictions relaxed

03 July, 2020

ESPC data from June 2020 indicates growing demand to buy and sell property in Scotland in the run up to restrictions being relaxed on the 29th of the month

Government confirms evictions will resume next month

03 July, 2020

The government has confirmed the eviction ban will end next month, with possession proceedings set to restart on 24 August

Courts will hear Possession cases from 24th August says Minister

02 July, 2020

Providing some much-needed certainty for the rentals market, a Government Minister has confirmed that the courts will begin to hear possession cases from 24th August

Rents up and voids down - Rental Index

02 July, 2020

Lettings market activity throughout June was significantly higher than recorded at the same time last year

Barometer shows 'slight softening' of rental yields

02 July, 2020

Fleet Mortgages, the buy-to-let specialist lender, has published its Buy-to-Let Rental Barometer ,covering Q2 rental yields across England

Council drive has improved private rented housing in Telford

02 July, 2020

Standards of privately rented homes in Telford and Wrekin have improved in two years as a result of the council's work with landlords and letting agents

Letter to Lord Chancellor highlights concerns over housing possession cases

01 July, 2020

ARLA Propertymark has written to the Secretary of State for Justice expressing concerns for the management of housing possession cases in England and Wales when the current stay on possessions is lifted on 23 August 2020

Almost half of England's rental stock managed by ARLA Propertymark agents

01 July, 2020

ARLA Propertymark has laid claim to almost half of England's rented properties

Number of tenants experiencing rent increases hits record low

30 June, 2020

Landlords are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic, agents claim, after ARLA Propertymark members reported the lowest ever number of tenants experiencing rent increases last month

Private Rented Sector Report - May 2020

30 June, 2020

The number of agents witnessing rent increases hit an all-time low

Up to 174,000 tenants at risk of eviction if ban ends

30 June, 2020

Around 174,000 tenants could be forced to leave their homes in the coming months unless the ban on evictions is extended

Landlords urged to lobby MPs on impact of repossession ban

29 June, 2020

Landlord are being rallied to lobby their Members of Parliament to highlight the consequence of the five month ban on repossessions, due to end on 23 August

Countrywide trading update highlight the impacts of lockdown and tenant fee ban

29 June, 2020

Countrywide PLC gave a trading update at the end of last week, highlighting the impacts of lockdown and the tenant fee ban

Landlords owed more than £4m of rent during coronavirus crunch

26 June, 2020

Almost 3,000 eviction cases are currently pending in the courts with agents and landlords owed more than £4m of rent

Social landlords should buy from 'over-stretched' private landlords

26 June, 2020

Social landlords should be supported to buy up homes from "overstretched" private landlords

Landlords have been going without rent for months... and now Birmingham is facing a homelessness 'timebomb'

26 June, 2020

Officers fear more people will begin to lose their homes when the eviction ban is lifted - while unemployment rises

Almost a third of Scots' incomes have reduced in lockdown, with half of affected renters worried about paying rent

26 June, 2020

New large-scale survey of Scottish households demonstrate the financial strain the economic impact of lockdown is putting on people in different housing tenures, and in different parts of the country

Deposit disputes decline across most English regions during lockdown

25 June, 2020

Only two regions in England have seen a rise in tenancy disputes so far this year

Solicitor firm encourages commercial landlords and tenants to communicate

25 June, 2020

Midlands law firm Thursfields Solicitors is urging landlords and tenants to maintain a dialogue and work together following the government's decision to extend the ban on evictions from 30 June to 30 September 2020

Private renters' housing experiences in lightly regulated markets

25 June, 2020

Review of qualitative research

Agency launches £1 letting service for private landlords to have property listed on main portals

24 June, 2020

A London estate agency has launched an online letting service for private landlords 'who want to rent out their property without using a traditional high street agent'

Landlords that fail to issue gas safety certificates can evict via Section 21

24 June, 2020

Tenants can be removed from properties via Section 21 no-fault evictions even if landlords fail to provide them with valid gas GSRs at the start of their tenancies

Get in the queue now if you need to go to Court over possession

23 June, 2020

In the light of Covid-related tenancy protection measures and an impending backlog of Court cases, landlords wanting to obtain possession of their residential property should consider serving notice or issuing proceedings sooner rather than later

Labour group wants tenants to be let off rent during virus

22 June, 2020

A new Labour group - Labour Tenants United - has issued a four-prong attack on the current private rental sector including a demand for tenants to be let off rent indefinitely so long as the virus crisis continues

Support from letting agents will be crucial for landlords affected by rent arrears

19 June, 2020

Landlords will need the support of letting agencies to ensure they have a comprehensive record of all arrears and communications with tenants

Rents reach highest recorded figure - Office for National Statistics

18 June, 2020

Figures from the ONS show that the median figure for private rented sector rents in England reached a record high of £700 a month as the UK headed into lockdown

77% of landlords say their tenants can afford to continue paying rent during lockdown

18 June, 2020

A survey, which polled 200 landlords from across the UK, has revealed that 77% of property owners believe their tenants can afford to continue paying full rent rates during the Covid-19 outbreak

Private rents in England hit record high during coronavirus lockdown

18 June, 2020

Median rent was highest in London - at £1,425 a month

Tenants demand is for outdoor space

17 June, 2020

Research from Belvoir has provided an insight into the changing world of tenant requirements, with demand for outdoor space becoming more of a priority

Eviction ban has left landlords 'powerless against domestic violence and anti-social tenants'

16 June, 2020

The extension to the eviction ban is letting down victims of domestic violence and those living next door to anti-social tenants

Rightmove House Price Index

16 June, 2020

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

Eviction ban puts domestic abuse victims at greater risk

16 June, 2020

The extension to the evictions ban will compound the suffering of victims of domestic violence and anti-social behaviour

Evictions ban will fail abuse victims

16 June, 2020

The extension of the eviction ban could make things worse for victims of domestic violence and anti-social behaviour says the national body representing landlords

Landlords' average capital gain falls to £78,100 in 2019

15 June, 2020

While landlords derive a regular income stream from rent, a substantial proportion of an investors' overall return comes from capital growth

Remortgage market - Increasing cancellations volumes are cause for quiet concern

12 June, 2020

LMS has published its latest remortgage market weekly update

How UK residential rents behave in a downturn

11 June, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic will have a substantial negative impact on the UK economy

Fears over housing prevent domestic abuse survivors from leaving perpetrators

11 June, 2020

More than two-thirds of domestic abuse survivors who stay with their perpetrators say concerns around future housing are a barrier to leaving

Ban on evictions extended to August

11 June, 2020

The government has extended the ban on evictions from private and social rented homes by a further two months, until 23 August

The consequences of the extended eviction ban will roll on - and on

10 June, 2020

Sim Sekhon, of Legal for Landlords, sent us his views on the extension to the eviction ban

Landlords' Barometer #82 - A long way to go before all the issues of Covid-19 come out in the wash

10 June, 2020

Welcome to the June edition of the "Landlords Barometer"

Exeter City Council to explore setting up housing company to help fill £3.7million shortfall

10 June, 2020

Exeter City Council will explore setting a housing company to boost its coffers by offering private market rented accommodation to the public

Sector welcomes eviction ban extension but calls for longer-term strategy

09 June, 2020

Housing sector figures have largely welcomed the government's decision to extend its evictions ban by two months, but warned that the move is just a "stopgap" and called for a longer-term strategy

Evictions ban extension 'could damage the rental market'

08 June, 2020

Landlords and agents have warned an extension to the evictions ban could dent confidence in the rental market and encourage tenants to stop paying rent even if they can afford it

Government extends evictions ban by two months

08 June, 2020

The government ban on evictions for social and private renters has been extended by two months

There never was eviction crisis looming

08 June, 2020

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

Thousands of UK tenants face losing home when eviction ban ends

05 June, 2020

Campaigners warn that people who have not paid rent during lockdown have received landlord warning notices

Tenant eviction ban in England and Wales extended by two months

05 June, 2020

Government wants landlords to 'exhaust all options' to avoid court action once ban is lifted

Pressure builds on government to extend evictions ban as deadline looms

04 June, 2020

Tens of thousands of renters are at risk of being evicted in the coming months unless the government's eviction ban is extended

A third of furloughed private renters worried about paying their rent when lockdown ends

04 June, 2020

New research by JRF finds more than a third of furloughed private renters (37%) are worried about being able to pay their rent when the coronavirus lockdown ends

Government welfare watchdog tells ministers to suspend shared accommodation benefit rate

03 June, 2020

A cap on benefit rates for younger people living in shared private rented homes should be temporarily scrapped during the coronavirus pandemic

Electrical Safety Standards Regs in the PRS - important guidance published

02 June, 2020

Guidance setting out how the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 affect landlords, tenants and local authorities

Lockdown break-ups and job changes boost rentals

02 June, 2020

Lockdown break-ups, job losses and urgent relocations are thought to have led to a surge in the rental sector

Tenant Fees Act extended to cover existing tenancies in England

02 June, 2020

The Tenant Fees Act came into force in England last year, and from Monday 1st June it has a wider application for tenancies in England

Tenant fee ban for pre-June 2019 tenancies goes live today

01 June, 2020

The tenant fee ban is extended to all tenancies from today

Coronavirus: Renters struggle most with pandemic costs

01 June, 2020

Private renters are more likely to be struggling with payments than those who own their homes

Two-thirds of tenants in Wales are struggling pay rent during the coronavirus crisis

01 June, 2020

More than 60% of private and social tenants in Wales are struggling to pay rent or bills during the coronavirus pandemic

Protect tenants from arrears, evictions and homelessness - An urgent call to government for action during and after the coronavirus epidemic

01 June, 2020

The government has taken welcome action to protect tenants and help them meet their housing costs in the current crisis

Landlords heavily exposed to young renters most at risk of losing their job

29 May, 2020

With nearly one in two renters in the UK aged between 16 to 34, residential landlords are heavily exposed to younger people falling into financial distress as a high proportion of young people work in retail or the gig economy

Evictions ban deadline is 'a ticking time bomb'

29 May, 2020

Sadiq Khan has branded the end of the government's de facto eviction ban in four weeks "a ticking time bomb"

Mortgage holidays are a breeze, but try taking a rent break

29 May, 2020

The coronavirus crisis highlights inequalities among homeowners and those beholden to landlords

Lettings agents must sign up for AML checks as HMRC fixes registration system

28 May, 2020

Lettings agents have been reminded that they may now need to register with HMRC for anti-money laundering supervision after a delayed IT system went live

Mounting rent arrears 'ignored by government'

28 May, 2020

Rising rent arrears in the private rented sector due to the coronavirus are being ignored by the government

Short lets regulation options to be considered by government in June

27 May, 2020

A document outlining options for the future regulation of Airbnb and other short let platforms in the UK is to be considered by the government next month

What are tenants asking Google?

26 May, 2020

Boiler Plan has uncovered the most common questions private-renters are asking Google during the lockdown

Private landlords urged to open doors to Shrewsbury's homeless

26 May, 2020

Private landlords have been urged to open their doors to lend a hand to Shrewsbury's homeless people

Landlords support MPs' calls to boost housing benefit

22 May, 2020

Private landlords are supporting calls by MPs on Parliament's Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee to boost the financial support available to tenants during the COVID-19 outbreak

Extra buy to let mortgage holiday opposed by activists group

22 May, 2020

The possibility of an extended mortgage holiday being introduced, for landlords as well as home owners, has been sharply criticised by a group of activists in the capital

The clock is ticking: government must act now to protect renters

22 May, 2020

There are now less than five weeks to go before the government's eviction ban ends

LIN member report May 2020 - Licensing Private Landlords

21 May, 2020

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Private landlords are taking hit to support tenants

21 May, 2020

Private landlords have been willing to take a temporary hit to rental income to support tenants struggling as a result of coronavirus according to new research published today

Evictions to restart as courts get ready to open for possession hearings on June 29th

20 May, 2020

Solicitors are told to expect that both suspended and new hearings are to restart but that they will be held online or on the telephone until it is safe to hold them in person

Rent collection plummets in Liverpool

20 May, 2020

Landlord rental collection has fallen by 50% in Liverpool due to COVID-19

Buy To Lets 'should only be re-let if tenants want to move'

19 May, 2020

A consumer group wants buy to let properties to be re-let only if the tenants in them want to move

Gas safety check advice for landlords

19 May, 2020

This page provides the latest guidance for landlords on carrying out gas safety checks during the coronavirus outbreak

Activists urge tenants hit by coronavirus crisis to stop paying rent

15 May, 2020

London Renters Union among those calling on people to plege to withhold rent to meet basic needs

Tenant groups accuse agents of harassing renters

13 May, 2020

Agents have been accused of harassing tenants to pay rent in full as pressure grows for the payments to be suspended

Legal challenge to override government's eviction ban dismissed by Court of Appeal

13 May, 2020

A challenge to the legality of the government's decision to pause all possession proceedings during the coronavirus pandemic has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal

The UK must freeze private rents now - or thousands will be made homeless

13 May, 2020

Struggling private renters cannot bear the economic burden of coronavirus

Landlords' Barometer #81 Impact of Covid-19 still dominating discussions

12 May, 2020

Welcome to the May edition of the "Landlords Barometer" - where the impact of Covid19 on the private rented sector is still dominating our discussions

Government's plan for rent protection after eviction ban at risk of being just 'words on a page'

12 May, 2020

Government plans to provide renters with additional protection after the eviction ban is lifted at the end of June is at risk of doing little to protect renters and could become merely "words on a page"

Labour's two-year delay for rent arrears "not enough" say activists

12 May, 2020

A group of private rental activists says Labour proposals to give tenants two years to repay arrears accrued during the virus period do not go far enough

Labour sets out five-point plan for renters as evictions deadline looms

11 May, 2020

The Labour Party has set out a five-point plan to protect renters amid warnings of an "avalanche of evictions" as the end of the ban on new possession hearings approaches

The coronavirus crisis demands urgent action to protect renters. This is Labour's plan

11 May, 2020

Millions of renters could face eviction when the current protection lifts in June

Coronavirus: Renters will outnumber mortgage holders by 2029

11 May, 2020

Renters aged 35 to 44 will outnumber mortgage holders by 2029

Landlords will snub Scotland's interest-free loans despite tenant payment difficulties

07 May, 2020

Half of landlords in Scotland have indicated that they will snub the Scottish Government's interest-free loans despite tenants struggling with meeting rental repayments

Winkworth sees AirBnb landlords turning to long-term lets

07 May, 2020

With Instagram-worthy interiors, flats and houses that were once let through platforms such as AirBnb and booking.com are now returning to the market as long-term lets

Steve Douglas: how the sector is responding to this crisis

07 May, 2020

Steve Douglas talks to Inside Housing about how the COVID-19 response might come to define the housing sector

Labour urges extended eviction ban amid risk of huge job losses

07 May, 2020

Five-point plan to protect renters comes as poll shows 1.7 million people fear unemployment

Thousands of renters could be evicted in June. Will the government protect them?

07 May, 2020

The coronavirus-related freeze on evictions is ending - and the new 'pre-action protocol' relies on the kindness of landlords

Council branded irresponsible by lettings body for ignoring virus guidance

06 May, 2020

Coventry council has been branded as irresponsible by a leading trade body for allegedly ignoring government advice on licensing schemes during the Coronavirus crisis

The case where the landlord claimed for Council Tax

06 May, 2020

In this case, a landlord claimed reimbursement of £23.84 for council tax due for a five-day period in February

Landlords may face months of delay before being able to begin evictions

06 May, 2020

Giving evidence by video link to the MHCLG Parliamentary Select Committee on Monday, Robert Jenrick said that the present lettings evictions moratorium could last for another three months

Call to freeze all UK private rents to help 1m workers at risk of losing jobs

04 May, 2020

Thinktank wants three-month suspension during Covid-19 pandemic to protect financially vulnerable

2.6 million renters have missed or expect to miss a rent payment

01 May, 2020

New research from Citizens Advice has revealed that over 13 million people have already been unable to pay, or expect to be unable to pay, at least one bill because of the coronavirus outbreak

London Councils warns of evictions 'avalanche' after suspension

01 May, 2020

Local authority homelessness services could face dealing with the fallout from an "avalanche" of evictions once coronavirus protections are lifted

Coronavirus: University of York urges landlords to waive rent

01 May, 2020

A landlords association says it will not ask members to waive rents or release students from tenancy agreements during the coronavirus pandemic

Whirpool adds 55,000 washing machines to recall - are they in your tenanted properties?

30 April, 2020

Last January, Whirlpool issued a recall notice for certain of its Hotpoint and Indesit washing machines

In the long grass? Government has no current plans to introduce Renters Reform Bill

30 April, 2020

Housing Secretary Christopher Pincher has admitted no work is currently being done on the much-anticipated Renters Reform Bill

Tenant confusion remains despite rental payments remaining steady

29 April, 2020

The coronavirus crunch is yet to translate into delayed rental payments but agents are warning that there is still tenant confusion about whether they are obliged to pay

Call for struggling tenants to benefit from landlords' mortgage payment holiday

29 April, 2020

Renters waiting for income support or not covered by government schemes should see a reduction in their rent if their landlord has secured a mortgage holiday and they risk breaching affordability criteria

Coronavirus pandemic puts the spotlight on poor housing quality in England

29 April, 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought the relationship between health and housing quality into sharp focus

Covid-19: What is the accounting impact for landlords?

29 April, 2020

Coronavirus has hit landlords' incomes hard, with a significant shortfall in rent collection from the March quarter day

HMO and student landlords worst hit as buy-to-let lenders withdraw products

28 April, 2020

Landlords managing student housing and houses in multiple occupation have been hit hardest by the property market lockdown

Tenants renew en-masse but rents fall

28 April, 2020

Seven out of 10 (70%) tenancies that were due to end in March were renewed - as people looked to stay put amid the lockdown

Seven out of 10 tenants renew their tenancies in March as rents fall

27 April, 2020

The Hamptons International Lettings Index in March showed that rental growth more than halved across Great Britain on both newly-let properties and on renewed tenancies

1,000 rental enquiries a day across an 11 branch network

24 April, 2020

After we published the report yesterday on the success that Chestertons has been having with virtual viewings during lockdown, we had a note from Anthony Szabo who is Area Director of Lettings for Felicity J Lord in London

Rightmove says renters are returning to the search

24 April, 2020

As we entered lockdown, activity on Rightmove understandably dropped, but, according to the portal, has been slowly recovering over the past few weeks

Rent increases permitted during coronavirus crisis

24 April, 2020

Landlords are allowed to increase rents during the coronavirus crisis

Chestertons does thousands of virtual viewings and agrees hundreds of new tenancies

23 April, 2020

London agent Chestertons reports that it has kept busy over the lock-down period and has registered 2,369 new tenants needing to move, conducted 3,432 virtual viewings

NRLA welcomes Mayor's calls to increase the Local Housing Allowance

23 April, 2020

Yesterday EYE carried a report on the Mayor of London's call for a 'triple lock' of policies to protect private renters

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: March 2020

23 April, 2020

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

MPs to examine effect of coronavirus on the rental sector

22 April, 2020

MPs have launched an inquiry into the impact of the coronavirus on the private rental sector as landlords report that high numbers of tenants fear struggling to pay their rent over the coming months

Mayor calls for 'Triple Lock' protection for London's private renters

22 April, 2020

The Mayor of London is urging the Government to protect London's three million private renters both during and after the Coronavirus pandemic by introducing three key policies to shield those affected by Covid19 from eviction

Sadiq Khan calls for 'triple-lock' protection for private renters in London during COVID-19 crisis

22 April, 2020

The mayor of London has called on the government to introduce a new "triple lock" of measures aimed at protecting private renters from eviction as a result of rent arrears caused by the coronavirus pandemic

Right to Rent scheme is legal

22 April, 2020

A government scheme aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from renting homes in England is legal

High court judgement

22 April, 2020

It is in the public interest that a coherent immigration policy should not only set out the criteria upon which leave to enter and remain in a particular state willbe granted, but also discourage the unlawful entry

Lettings supply dips as Zoopla forecasts 25% drop in rental market activity

21 April, 2020

Rental supply is falling but coronavirus won't hit lettings agents as badly as it has for sales

Rental Market Report 2020 Q1

21 April, 2020

The change in activity levels in the rental market due to COVID-19 have not yet filtered through to any notable adjustment in rents

Short-Term Demand is Up for Rentals in U.K., But the Market Remains Significantly Impacted by Coronavirus

21 April, 2020

The current uncertainty will have households turning to the lettings market first to "meet any immediate housing need"

Private housing repair scheme turns focus on Ibrox and Cessnock

21 April, 2020

A housing programme run by Glasgow City Council which renovates privately owned buildings will now focus on fixing homes in Ibrox and Cessnock

Tenants told to use lunch and holiday savings to pay full rent

21 April, 2020

London agent for billionaire landlord turns down residents' request for coronavirus relief

Inquiry launched into impact of coronavirus on homelessness and private rented sector

21 April, 2020

MPs have launched an inquiry to assess the impact of the coronavirus crisis on homelessness, rough sleeping and the private rented sector

Landlords call for extension to safety certificates

20 April, 2020

Landlords are calling for a six month extension to the validity of all gas and electrical safety certificates to cover for the impact of the coronavirus

Sealed with a key! How one agency is still securing tenancies despite lockdown

20 April, 2020

Sealed packages and video messages may be the stuff of crime thrillers but it is keeping one agency going through the pandemic

Maintaining tenancies - a guide for the private rented sector

20 April, 2020

Governments across the UK have announced different measures to prevent or delay the eviction of tenants from the PRS due to Coronavirus

Agency waives fees for landlords letting empty properties to NHS workers

17 April, 2020

London agency Martyn Gerrard has offered to waive all lettings fees for landlords who let their property to NHS workers on a short-term basis

1.7 million renters expect to lose their job in the next three months

16 April, 2020

Almost one in five private renters in England - an estimated 1.7 million adults - say they are likely to lose their job in the next three months because of the coronavirus crisis

Landlords' Barometer #80

16 April, 2020

Welcome to the April edition of the "Landlords Barometer" - where there is only one trending topic for landlords - Covid19!

One in five private renters expect to lose their job in next three months

16 April, 2020

Nearly one in five private renters in England feel they are likely to lose their job in the next three months because of the coronavirus crisis

1.2 million customers on mortgage payment holiday from lenders

15 April, 2020

UK Finance, which represents some 250 firms in the finance and banking industries, revealed yesterday that Lenders have provided over 1.2 million mortgage payment holidays to households whose finances have been impacted by Covid-19

Templates to help landords boost coronavirus communications

15 April, 2020

The National Residential Landlords Association has developed a range of templates that can be used to contact tenants about coronavirus-related issues

Lancaster students told they must still pay rent to housing firm despite moving out of accommodation due to Covid-19

15 April, 2020

University students who have left their accommodation due to the coronavirus lockdown have been told they must continue to pay their rent

Hundreds of students in UK sign up to rent strike

15 April, 2020

Students protest about being trapped in accommodation due to coronavirus

Government urged to tell tenants they must continue paying rent during pandemic

14 April, 2020

Landlords are calling on the Government to make a clear statement that tenants must continue to pay their rent during the coronavirus pandemic where possible

Could more than 2 million tenants struggle to pay their rent?

14 April, 2020

A survey of over 1,000 renters conducted by flatsharing portal, ideal flatmate, has laid bare a potential collision course set to develop between tenants and their landlords and highlights the vulnerable financial position of tenants across the UK

Millions in UK having to choose between paying rent and eating

14 April, 2020

Renters' unions call on government to suspend rents for duration of coronavirus crisis

No rent rises for a year! Anti-agent group demands a ban on increases

14 April, 2020

The Generation Rent pressure group, fiercely critical of agents and landlords in recent months, wants the government to implement a 12 month ban on rent increases

Tenants' union urges Government to suspend rents

09 April, 2020

Tenants' union Acorn is demanding rent suspensions and calling for repossession proceedings to start from scratch as it warns of an "eviction boom" once the coronavirus crisis is over

Council takes government to court over landlord licensing scheme decision

09 April, 2020

A council has launched a legal challenge against the government over the decision not to renew its private landlord licensing scheme

Health and Safety Executive outlines steps landlords must take to carry out gas checks during pandemic

08 April, 2020

The HSE reiterated that gas safety checks must be carried out in order to protect tenants' safety and has given further guidance on steps they must take when they incur problems gaining access

Landlords urge government to clarify rent guidance amid Coronavirus

07 April, 2020

It follows calls for 'rent breaks' for tenants who may face financial hardship due to the virus

EPCs still required to sell or let property - and can still be done

06 April, 2020

The Government has said the legal requirement to obtain an EPC before selling or letting a property will remain in place despite the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus: NHS workers offered free accommodation

03 April, 2020

Thousands of landlords are offering homes to NHS workers for free following reports that some face eviction

COVID-19: Government should now go further to help renters stay in their homes

03 April, 2020

Most of us have never lived through more precarious times than those we are currently experiencing

Agents and landlords rush to beat lockdown as new tenancies soar

02 April, 2020

Agents, landlords and renters scrambled to sign tenancy agreements ahead of the introduction of coronavirus lockdown measures last month

Coronavirus: Renters threatened with eviction 'should stay put'

02 April, 2020

People living in rented accommodation in England and Wales who have received an eviction notice have been urged not to move out

Government rules out rent breaks for tenants

01 April, 2020

The Government has ruled out introducing rent holidays during the coronavirus pandemic

Government makes changes to controversial Right to Rent during Coronavirus lockdown

01 April, 2020

Changes have been made to the controversial scheme, which is said to make it "easier" for landlords to conduct

Government doesn't believe rent holiday is 'necessary' amid COVID-19

01 April, 2020

Government falls back on announced emergency legislation in response to a written Commons question

Call for 80% rental income guarantee for small landlords

31 March, 2020

Asset management specialist Spicerhaart Corporate Sales has called for the Government's 80% salary guarantee to be extended to rental income for small private landlords

Private landlords urged to postpone safety certification requirements

31 March, 2020

The Scottish Government has issued updated guidance on gas, fire and electrical safety checks which states that private landlords and letting agents should postpone routine certification requirements during the current coronavirus pandemic

Landlords urged to budget for the next six months as repossession proceedings are scrapped

30 March, 2020

The Government confirmed a suspension of housing possession court proceedings at the end of last week and landlords are being warned they could now face waiting until the end of the year to get their properties back

Landlord returns robust in all UK regions

30 March, 2020

Landlords across the UK are experiencing substantial rental yields as scarcity of properties on the market continues to push up rents

Courts suspend all possession hearings - putting a pause on evictions

30 March, 2020

Courts in England and Wales have suspended all possession hearings today for at least 90 days, effectively putting a pause on all eviction proceedings moving through the system

Probation officer faces eviction over landlord's coronavirus fears

30 March, 2020

Shannon Harford given until end of April to leave flat despite ban on evictions

Government warned coronavirus protection for renters is still falling short

27 March, 2020

The RSA has waded into the coronavirus response debate, urging the Government to go further, particularly for renters

Khan calls for stronger financial support for UK's renters

27 March, 2020

The Mayor of London calls for immediate changes to the benefit system - including raising LHA rates to reflect median market rents

Tenancy Deposit Scheme sets up FAQ service to deal with issues highlighted by coronavirus

26 March, 2020

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has launched a FAQ page for landlords, letting agents and tenants to provide guidance on tenancy deposit protection in the light of Covid-19

CIH issues guidance on engaging with tenants during Coronavirus

26 March, 2020

The Chartered Institute of Housing has given an update on what to consider about tenant engagement in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak

Maintenance and repairs work can still be carried out on rental homes

26 March, 2020

Maintenance on rental homes can still be carried out, the Government has confirmed

Quarter of private renters fear COVID-19 eviction

26 March, 2020

Survey sees think-tank calls for increasing the local housing allowance element of Universal Credit

Letting agent offers hero workers in emergency services free accommodation for three months

25 March, 2020

A lettings firm is offering emergency services key workers free accommodation for three months

Student tenants quit rental homes in droves as universities close down teaching

25 March, 2020

Student tenants are leaving their rental accommodation in droves after universities and colleges close face-to-face teaching

Rental deposits tumble by over 10% in six months following fees ban legislation

25 March, 2020

The average rental deposit fell over 10% in the six months following last June's legislation capping deposits at five weeks' rent

Scottish Government confirms a ban on evictions for six months

25 March, 2020

There will be a ban on all evictions in Scotland over the next six months

Legal services firm calls for 'virtual court hearings' to stop rogue tenants exploiting ban on evictions

24 March, 2020

A housing specialist has called for steps to be put in place to deal with rogue tenants during the three-month eviction moratorium

Council labelled irresponsible for pressing ahead with licensing schemes during pandemic

24 March, 2020

A city council was yesterday still going ahead with major new licensing schemes - despite the coronavirus crisis

NHS paramedic evicted from home for fear he would spread Covid-19

23 March, 2020

Joseph Hoar asked to leave within 24 hours because owner 'super nervous' about his presence

Draft legislation on evictions 'ban' simply extends notice period to three months

23 March, 2020

Draft legislation will simply extend the notice period for evictions from two months to three with landlords still able to serve notices on their tenants

London boroughs fear temporary eviction ban 'stores up pressures'

20 March, 2020

Capital in "lockdown limbo" faces both the highest number of Coronavirus cases and the worst homelessness in the country

COVID-19: Greater protection for tenants and landlords in Wales

20 March, 2020

Emergency legislation to protect renters and landlords will apply to Wales

Coronavirus: Council urges private landlords to offer 'rental holidays'

20 March, 2020

60% of Croydon's residents own their property - with the remaining 40% renting

Jenrick announces coronavirus law to ban eviction of tenants

19 March, 2020

Emergency legislation will protect renters for three months

Renters call for rent and eviction relief during Coronavirus pandemic

19 March, 2020

Government is being urged to protect private renters at risk of becoming homeless due to Coronavirus

Emergency legislation to be brought forward to ban evictions of tenants

19 March, 2020

The Government is to bring forward emergency legislation to ban evictions of private tenants

MHCLG confirms 'pet'private-rental project

19 March, 2020

New survey shows the UK's most pet-friendly cities for renters

Government confirms suspension of evictions for social and private housing

19 March, 2020

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced emergency legislation as the country continues to battle the effects of Coronavirus

Mortgage borrowers affected by virus to get payment holiday of up three months

18 March, 2020

Mortgage borrowers are to be given a payment holiday of up to three months if they hit financial difficulty because of coronavirus

Coronavirus: Renters to be protected from eviction

18 March, 2020

The government will bring forward emergency legislation to protect private renters from eviction

UK banks set out details of Covid-19 mortgage holidays

18 March, 2020

Households hit by coronavirus will not lose credit ratings if they delay payments

Coronavirus: Housing minister urged to ban non-payment of rent as basis for eviction

18 March, 2020

The Hackney councillor with responsibility for private renting and housing affordability is calling for a ban on non-payment of rent due to the coronavirus as a basis for eviction

Government announces 'complete ban' on evictions for social and private renters

18 March, 2020

The government has announced a "complete ban" on evictions in both social and private rented housing during the coronavirus crisis

Landlord threatens NHS tenants with eviction over Coronavirus fears

18 March, 2020

Shelter says eviction protection can't come quick enough, warning over 50,000 households face being forced out over the next six months

Report reveals 'deeply worrying' situation for older renters

18 March, 2020

Figures show a quarter of homeowners in England over 60 as having little to no savings or investments

RLA and NLA issue stark warning for UK buy-to-let market

17 March, 2020

The Budget didn't provide any relief for the buy-to-let market, and industry bodies warn the government's strategy will backfire

Landlords' Barometer - #79: Just how tough is it going to get for the private rented sector?

16 March, 2020

Welcome to the March edition of the Landlords Barometer where I review trending topics for the private rented sector

Labour calls for ban on evictions of tenants affected by Covid-19

16 March, 2020

Party presses for more action to help lowest-paid weather coronavirus outbreak

Government slips in commitment to abolish Section 21 in statement on planning reforms

13 March, 2020

The abolition of no-fault evictions looks to have moved up the political agenda

Countrywide reports £17m fall in revenue as tenant fees ban costs it £12m

12 March, 2020

Countrywide yesterday reported a £17m drop in revenues last year, and said that the tenant fees ban had cost it £12m

Warning that letting agents could face prosecution in coronavirus crisis

12 March, 2020

Agents trying to stick to the coronavirus protocols are in danger of breaking the law if they continue to go about their jobs as normal

Budget Fails Tenants Say Landlords

12 March, 2020

Tenants will continue to face a rental supply crisis as the Chancellor's Budget has today failed to boost the supply of privately rented homes

Newly agreed rents rising across almost all of the UK

11 March, 2020

Average new rents are up 1.6% year on year to stand at £955 per month

Karen Buck MP: Homes are being turned into hotels. We need a national registration scheme for short-term lets

10 March, 2020

Landlords who flout the law on Airbnb-style holiday lets are costing councils and impacting housing supply

Tenants taking to social media to pressure agents into paying out in 'No DSS cases'

09 March, 2020

Insurers are reporting a huge rise in prospective tenants trying to win 'compensation' from letting agents

Equifax to record tenant rent payments on credit reports

06 March, 2020

Tenants can now have their rental payments recorded on their credit reports with Equifax after proptech firm CreditLadder had its rent reporting service integrated with the credit reference agency

Property Ombudsman renews warnings to agents about 'No DSS' adverts after tenants' victories

05 March, 2020

The Property Ombudsman has renewed its warnings to agents after two tenants won out-of-court settlements against 'No DSS' letting agents

'Quieter month' for agents as void periods and rents decline

05 March, 2020

Lettings platform Goodlord claims void periods have dropped and rents have declined, which it attributes to February being 'a traditionally quiet month'

New strategy to improve PRS housing in Manchester

05 March, 2020

The private rented sector currently accounts for 38% of housing in the region

London mayor puts rent controls at heart of election campaign as other cities watch

04 March, 2020

London mayor Sadiq Khan is putting rent controls at the centre of his campaign for re-election

Fleas take a bite out of a tenant's deposit when infestation found after departure

04 March, 2020

In this case, the landlord was claiming that the tenant should pay for the cost of treating a flea infestation at the property

Government rejects local authority attempt to extend landlord licensing scheme

04 March, 2020

The Government has rejected an attempt by Brent Council to extend its selective licensing scheme for landlords

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: January 2020

04 March, 2020

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

Eighteen agents could be flouting tenant fees ban and facing penalties

03 March, 2020

Agencies could be breaching the tenant fees ban with charges and excessive deposits

Sadiq Khan says London election will be vote on rent controls

03 March, 2020

Mayor would establish private rent commission to 'stand up for renters' if he is re-elected

Renters can sue landlords if homes are cold or mouldy under new law

03 March, 2020

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act comes into force later in March

Fears letting agencies are breaching the tenant fees ban with charges and excessive deposits

02 March, 2020

Exclusive figures obtained by i show 18 cases being investigated which could total £45,000 worth of financial penalties to agents

A desperate need for affordable rental housing

02 March, 2020

When I grew up most lived in rented homes and the wish for many was to have a secure tenancy in a modern council house

Government goes coy over Renters Reform Bill

02 March, 2020

Written Commons question receives less than definitive response as to Bill's passage through Parliament

Council with strong record tackling rogue landlords has licensing extension rejected

28 February, 2020

MHCLG says London's Brent council needs to show more evidence as to the application of its scheme

Latest on future of referral fees including possible ban - announcement expected shortly

27 February, 2020

Industry regulator the NTSELAT has been monitoring agents' compliance with their guidance on disclosure of referral fees over the last 12 months

Secretary of State rejects Brent Council's selective licensing scheme

27 February, 2020

The Secretary of State for Housing, Robert Jenrick MP, has rejected Brent's Council application to extend its selective licensing scheme for another five years

Abolishing Section 21 'will create sitting tenancies and rent controls'

26 February, 2020

One of the country's leading newspaper columnists has laid into government plans to abolish Section 21 - the means landlords have of claiming back properties without having to give a reason

More landlords drop letting agents after price hikes following tenant fees ban

26 February, 2020

More landlords are dispensing with agents, to let and manage their own properties

Tenants dealt 'huge blow' as rents rise amid falling supply and record demand

26 February, 2020

Demand from tenants soared last month - but supply of properties fell, and rents rose

Private Rented Sector Report - January 2020

26 February, 2020

Demand reached a record high in January with an average of 88 prospective tenants registered per branch

Call for English councils to be given powers to regulate Airbnb

24 February, 2020

Caroline Lucas urges move to help ease 'intolerable' pressure on availability of local housing

Summer rentals to pay off the mortgage: the village changed by Airbnb

21 February, 2020

Rental site has boosted tourism in Woolacombe - but some say housing is unaffordable

Survey shows 2020 to be a 'revealing' year for PRS

21 February, 2020

Further evidence of PRS landlords readying to leave the sector

Pace of rental inflation inches up

20 February, 2020

The pace of rental inflation inched up across England, Scotland and Wales as the year began

House prices rise in every region of UK for first time in two years

20 February, 2020

Land Registry figures show annualised increase of 2.2% in December

No-fault evictions: 'Our lives are falling apart'

20 February, 2020

It's a lovely place to live. We have so many friends on our road, but all of this is being wrenched away from us

the areas in the UK with one Airbnb for every four homes

20 February, 2020

'Out-of-control' dominance of rentals in some communities depriving locals of homes

Mum forced to wash in bucket for six months ends up in hospital

19 February, 2020

The woman's ceiling also collapsed after landlord refused to make basic repairs

Landlords report a 20% drop in income as costs carry on rising

19 February, 2020

Private landlords have reported drops in yield, as their costs rise

Landlords' income drops 20 per cent since 2011

19 February, 2020

Private landlords report a reduction in average yields from 6.7 per cent in 2011 to only 5.4 per cent at the end of 2019

Increased rights for tenants are coming at a cost - and guess who is paying?

18 February, 2020

Increased tenants' rights are coming at a cost - to tenants - as landlords are being driven out of the sector

Budget 2020: A private rented sector that works for all

18 February, 2020

Our submission proposes a cohesive approach between fiscal levers and the realisation of policy objectives related to the private rented sector

New rents on the up as number of private landlords falls to seven-year low in major exodus

17 February, 2020

The number of landlords has fallen to a seven-year low

Welsh Government unveils plans to give tenants 12 months' protection from eviction

17 February, 2020

Tenants renting in Wales could be given a minimum of 12 months' protection from eviction under a new Bill introduced yesterday

Number of private landlords 'shrinks to seven-year low'

17 February, 2020

The estimated number of landlords in the private rental sector has shrunk to a seven-year low

Durham County Council consults on new selective licensing scheme

17 February, 2020

Durham County Council is seeking views on proposals setting out selective licensing scheme and the consultation will close on 27 April 2020

PRS landlords predict 2020 growth in tenant demand

17 February, 2020

Nearly four in 10 landlords believe tenant demand for residential property will rise over the next 12 months

Landlord who's made £4.5 million from renting out former council properties admits local authorities shouldn't allow investors like him to clean up while a million people are waiting for homes

14 February, 2020

A millionaire who's made his fortune buying and selling former council properties has insisted that he doesn't feel guilty living the high life on his earnings, while the UK struggles with a housing crisis

East Staffordshire Borough Council consults on extending selective licensing

14 February, 2020

East Staffordshire Borough Council is seeking views on proposals to extend selective licensing scheme to five streets in Anglesey & Burton, Eton Park, Shobnall and Anglesey & Burton wards

Landlords' Barometer - #78: Landlords and the final impact of tax changes

13 February, 2020

Here are the trending topics of the first month of this new decade

Welsh eviction bill gets a once over

13 February, 2020

Senedd committee launches consultation into plans for Section 21

Online letting agent offers new 'digital assistant' to help save landlords money

12 February, 2020

A new online lettings agency is offering a 'digital assistant' to landlords and tenants

Agents fined £106,000 after two-bed rental home becomes four-bed HMO

12 February, 2020

Two agents and their directors have been hit with fines totalling £106,000 for letting out an unlicensed property

Coronavirus: What do landlords need to know

12 February, 2020

The Government has confirmed that there are currently eight patients in England who have tested positive for coronavirus

Property agents fined over £100k for letting unsafe, unlicensed HMO

11 February, 2020

Council says prosecution was a last resort after officers exposed numerous safety issues

'Deposit-free renting left me more than £500 out of pocket'

10 February, 2020

Concerns have been raised over "deposit-free" renting being mis-sold to tenants who do not understand the costs involved

No-fault evictions: 'A note through the door evicted me'

10 February, 2020

Late last year, Mark Evans got a note through the door telling him he had to leave the home he had lived in since 2016

Scheme supporting private landlords to offer quality, affordable housing rolled out

10 February, 2020

A new scheme supporting private landlords to offer quality, affordable housing and help raise standards in the rental sector is underway across the borough

Change confirmed to minimum notice period for renting in Wales

10 February, 2020

Landlords will be unable to serve notice during the first six months of a new let under the Renting Homes Bill

Council wants to be allowed to introduce rent controls

06 February, 2020

A Labour-led London council is asking to be allowed to introduce rent controls

Over eight in ten letting agents report falls in revenue since tenant fees ban

06 February, 2020

The large majority of letting agents in England have seen a fall in revenue since the tenant fees ban last June 1

Shelter boss says landlords and letting agencies are exploiting crisis to become 'homeless tycoons'

05 February, 2020

Shelter has attacked businesses including landlords and letting agencies for turning homelessness into big business

Report urges government to ensure LHA rates cover cost of renting

05 February, 2020

Research reveals the LHA rate now available for nine in 10 private renters across 279 local areas across the country is lower than their rent

Landlords help the wheels go round in local economies across UK

04 February, 2020

There are 2.5m private landlords currently operating in the UK, collectively spending almost £880m on letting agent fees last year

MHCLG won't budge over HMO licencing rules for charitable providers

04 February, 2020

Department says extending the exemption to charitable housing providers would "remove important protections for tenants"

Labour leadership hopeful calls for landlords to be stripped of empty homes

04 February, 2020

Landlords with empty homes should have their properties taken off them in a bid to solve the housing crisis

Report reinforces link between social renting and in-work poverty

04 February, 2020

Research reveals social-housing tenants in work are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than homeowners and those in the private-rented sector

Bleak house: rental homes are hot, overcrowded and "non-decent"

03 February, 2020

High-rise homes are overheating, overcrowding is on the rise, and a quarter of private rented homes fail to meet the Decent Homes Standard

Government's 'reckless' onslaught against private landlords causing a looming rental crisis

31 January, 2020

Landlords have warned that there is a looming rental crisis caused by the Government's "reckless" plan to hit landlords with tax changes

Half a million rental properties may disappear from rental market as landlords shift to short-term lets - warning

31 January, 2020

A shift among landlords to short-term lets could see almost half a million properties become unavailable for tenants

Rents shoot up in London at almost twice the rate of everywhere else

31 January, 2020

Rents in London have risen at double the rate of the rest of Great Britain over the last ten years

Impact of short-term lets on private sector revealed

31 January, 2020

Report shows how "inconsistent" the government's approach to the rental market now is

Fraudsters target tenants' deposits as they use agent' bogus email account

30 January, 2020

Letting agents are being warned that fraudsters could be finding a new target - tenants' deposit payments

Deposit dispute: Agent's 'vague' check-in report lacked enough evidence to help landlord

30 January, 2020

This case study highlights the need for properly completed check-in and check-out reports recording an accurate and complete record of the condition of the property for the start and end of the tenancy

Industry regulator says that scrapping referral fees would have more impact than tenant fees ban

29 January, 2020

The industry regulator will report next month its findings on how agents are voluntarily complying with guidance to be open about referral fees

Agent says huge rise in landlords banning pets has led to animals being put down

29 January, 2020

An agent has claimed that tenants are putting down their pets because so many landlords are refusing to accept them in their properties

Judge orders landlords to pay almost £15,000 for letting out home where teenager died in fire

29 January, 2020

A judge has ordered two private landlords to pay a total of £14,858 for illegally renting out an unlicensed house

Fees ban aftermath - tenants continue to pay the price

29 January, 2020

The number of tenants who successfully managed to negotiate a rent reduction - either on the cost of a tenancy renewal or that of a new rental property - almost disappeared in December

Private Rented Sector Report - December 2019

29 January, 2020

The number of tenants negotiating rent reductions fell to 1.1 per cent

Mayors call on PRS to help in fight against homelessness

29 January, 2020

GM Mayor Andy Burnham and Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett joined forces at a special event to call on landlords and letting agents to help in the fight against homelessness and rough sleeping

DPS Rental Index

27 January, 2020

As we usher in a new decade, it's clear that apart from a dip in 2018, average rent has continued to rise

Council prosecutes landlord over unlicensed home fire

27 January, 2020

The illegally let house did not have a Croydon council landlord licence, which includes fire-safety checks

Agent hit with bill for over £24,000 after deposits go unprotected

24 January, 2020

An agent has been prosecuted for 11 consumer protection and housing offences and ordered to pay over £24,000

Tenants given rude awakening as council raids unlicensed properties at 5am

24 January, 2020

Tenants were given a rude awakening this week when council officials visited a selection of terrace homes in Slough amid concerns that landlords were renting them out without the required licence

Law Society calls for an end to Section 21

24 January, 2020

Housing law experts agree on scope to extend Section 8 powers as an alternative

No sign of rents having gone up as result of tenancy fee ban

23 January, 2020

There is no sign of rents having increased as a result of the tenancy fees ban

The end of the insured deposit? Agents and landlords turning to custodial schemes

23 January, 2020

Tenancy data from mydeposits suggests landlords and agents are increasingly turning away from insured deposit protection in favour of custodial schemes

Stats show income spent on rent fell between 2016-2019

23 January, 2020

Deposit Protection Service says decrease was despite increases in rental levels

'Short-term letting industry is regulated' - Airbnb hits back at criticism from Bristol councillors

23 January, 2020

Bristol has the highest density of Airbnb properties in the UK outside London - about 2,000 - while 12,000 people are on the council's housing waiting list

MHCLG backs London borough's large-scale PRS licensing scheme

23 January, 2020

More than a third of Waltham Forest residents rent privately and evidence suggests over 8,000 rented homes have significant hazards

'Out of control': one in 50 homes in London a short-term let

22 January, 2020

Councillors criticise trend 'at a time when almost one in 50 Londoners is homeless'

Government warns landlords to check cladding or face enforcement action

22 January, 2020

The government has urged owners of buildings of all heights to inspect cladding systems before new fire safety rules take effect, or face enforcement action after their introduction

Southwark council to pay landlords to rent out properties to those most in need of a home

22 January, 2020

A new scheme will encourage landlords to rent out their flats, even if they have been left empty, sometimes for years

Rental Market Report 2019 Q4

22 January, 2020

The annual rate of UK rental growth for new listings is +2.6%, up from 1.4% a year ago and the highest growth for 3 years on tightening supply and rising demand

Landlords facing tax bill hike from double whammy of changes to lettings rules

21 January, 2020

Landlords selling a property they previously lived in could face an increased tax bill almost overnight from April amid a double whammy of changes

RLA opposes plans to renew additional HMO licensing scheme in Cardiff

20 January, 2020

The RLA has opposed plans put forward by Cardiff Council to renew an additional HMO licensing scheme in the city

Most in demand areas in the UK to rent a property

20 January, 2020

Fresh figures from Howsy has revealed the most in-demand cities to rent property in the United Kingdom, with some surprising findings

Here is how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

20 January, 2020

Following last week's announcement by the Welsh government that it plans to introduce new regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning, here are a few tips to help landlords ensure that their dwelling is fit for human habitation.

New housing court needed 'for the benefit of landlords and tenants alike'

20 January, 2020

It now takes private landlords across the UK more than five months on average from making a claim to the courts for a property to be repossessed to it actually happening, with the problem most acute in London, new figures show.

Lettings boss hit with ban after failing to protect deposits

20 January, 2020

A lettings management director from Exeter has been disqualified for six years after failing to safeguard more than £68,000 worth of tenants' deposits

New measures to improve building safety standards

20 January, 2020

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced new measures which go faster and further to improve building safety

Welfare reform millions set aside by Stormont not spent

20 January, 2020

More than 60% of money set aside by Stormont to soften the impact of welfare changes for claimants has not been spent.

MHCLG funds research into housing-related loneliness solutions

20 January, 2020

New report recognises the research pilot MHCLG has underway to evaluate housing interventions on loneliness

Council becomes latest to hike levy for empty homes

20 January, 2020

A council in the North East will become the latest local authority to hike council tax charges for long-term empty homes

Tell us if private renting is affecting your health

20 January, 2020

Campaigners say high rents in England are affecting people's health, so we want to hear about your experiences

Landlords' Barometer - #77: How will landlords survive and thrive this year?

17 January, 2020

Welcome to my first "Landlords Barometer" for 2020!

Have landlords become complacent because they know tenants can't go elsewhere?

17 January, 2020

If there is one thing that housing providers have in common, it is that their tenants want to receive a good service

Landlords demand court reform as waiting times for repossession hit 30 weeks

16 January, 2020

The RLA is warning that courts across London are failing to cope with the volume of landlord repossession cases even before Section 21 notices are scrapped

Deposit dispute: What happens when a tenant's cat leaves its mark on furniture?

16 January, 2020

This month's case looks at a dispute over damage caused by a cat living in the property. The landlord claimed for damage caused to two living room sofas and to internal wooden door frames

Local authority licensing announced for Airbnb lettings - will rest of UK follow Scots example?

16 January, 2020

Regulation of short-term lets, including the likes of Airbnb, is to be introduced in Scotland. Taxing Airbnb hosts is also to be put under urgent consideration

Agent who spent £68,000 of tenancy deposit money on her business banned as a director

15 January, 2020

A former agent has been disqualified from being a director after spending over £68,000 of tenancy deposit money

Compulsory electrical safety inspections set to be required in all private rental homes

15 January, 2020

Electrical safety checks will have to be carried out in all private rental properties in England

Private renting making millions sick in England

15 January, 2020

Survey reveals sky-high prices and poor living conditions causing stress and anxiety

Two million renters in England made ill by housing worries

15 January, 2020

45% of private renters are said to have experienced stress and anxiety as a direct result of their housing concerns

Shock as country's largest landlord licensing scheme is axed by Government

14 January, 2020

The largest rental property licensing scheme in the country has been shut down by the Government

Government's plan to raise LHA in line with inflation is nowhere near good enough

14 January, 2020

The government announced how much housing benefits for private renters will be increased once the current benefits freeze finally ends

Housing minister accused of being soft on rogue landlords is married to a landlord himself

13 January, 2020

Is he going to support tenants' rights against his wife's interests?

Shock as government suddenly scraps scheme that's making Liverpool's rented houses safer

13 January, 2020

Mayor says 'lives will be put at risk' as successful housing project is shut down

New rents rise above inflation as more landlords quit and tenancy fees ban strikes home

13 January, 2020

New rents rose by an average of 3.5% over the course of last year - and by almost 4% if London is taken out of the equation

MHCLG rejects extending successful PRS standards scheme in Liverpool

13 January, 2020

Mayor says he's stunned by 'life risking' decision

Manchester lettings agent 'drops rogue landlord' after protest outside office

10 January, 2020

A lettings agent has reportedly agreed to stop working with a landlord following demonstrations outside its office by members of renters' union Acorn

Cheap housing in Blackpool being bought by landlords for ex-offenders and former addicts

10 January, 2020

Cheap property prices in Blackpool could fuel a fresh influx of vulnerable people to the resort including convicts and drug addicts

UK house prices up 1.7% in December, lifting annual rise to 4%

09 January, 2020

Surprise figures from Halifax yet to be reflected in official house price index from ONS

HomeLet Rental Index

09 January, 2020

Average rents across the UK rose by 3.5% in December 2019 when compared to the same month a year previously; the average monthly rent is now £953

Scottish councils to get stronger short-term let powers

09 January, 2020

Regulation can be defined by that which is in "the interest of local communities"

Coronavirus: Renters 'more at risk from economic downturn'

09 January, 2020

Renters are likely to be hit harder than homeowners from an economic downturn during the coronavirus crisis

House prices up by 33% across the UK in last decade

08 January, 2020

Average house prices rose by 33% over the past decade - more than the average 20% rise in incomes

Rental market ends 2019 with shorter voids and lower rents

08 January, 2020

Agents and landlords saw both void periods and rents drop at the end of 2019

Quarter of landlords plan to exit market this year

08 January, 2020

Survey results mean more than half a million homes could be put up for sale

Borrowing rate interest could add almost £3,000 to the cost of a tenant's deposit

07 January, 2020

Tenants who have to borrow money in order to put down a rental deposit could add up to £2,794 in interest to the cost

Mixed reception for £4m funding to crack down on criminal agents and landlords

06 January, 2020

Over £4m of funding has been made available for councils to crack down on criminal landlords and agents across England

Tenancy agreements to be overhauled to remove restrictions on pets

06 January, 2020

Model tenancy agreements are to be overhauled in order to encourage more landlords to accept tenants with pets

Landlords to allow pets in rented homes unless they are badly behaved

06 January, 2020

The government has called on landlords to make it easier for people to have pets in rented homes

Property market shrugs off general election and Christmas lull as average UK house price bounces in December

06 January, 2020

House price inflation remained tepid amid political uncertainty in 2019

Further £4m for fight against 'criminal' landlords and letting agents

03 January, 2020

Sum will support councils in making innovative use of existing powers toward targeted enforcement and sharing best practice

Labour derides 'puny' £4m fund to tackle rogue landlords

03 January, 2020

Council leaders welcome extra cash but both party and private landlords say it is insufficient

Councils to set to benefit from grant funding to tackle rogue landlords

03 January, 2020

The MHCLG has confirmed that over £4 million will be shared by more than 100 councils following a bidding process to help tackle rogue landlords

Jenrick overhauls tenancy agreement to help end pet bans

03 January, 2020

Housing Secretary calls on landlords to make it easier for responsible tenants to have well behaved pets in their homes

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

02 January, 2020

There's been an upbeat prediction on the lettings market given by leading market commentator Lucian Cook

Queen's Speech 2.0: Section 21 set to be abolished

27 December, 2019

In the second Queen's speech in as many months, the Government's priorities for the next parliamentary session were outlined and all in all no less than 30 bills are expected to be pursued

Hastings Borough Council consults on new selective licensing scheme

27 December, 2019

Hastings Borough Council is seeking views on proposals setting out a new selective licensing scheme to replace the existing scheme due to come to an end on 14 October 2020

HomeLet Rental Index

24 December, 2019

Average rents across the UK rose by 3.2% in November 2019 when compared to the same month a year previously; the average monthly rent is now £947

Landlord facing prosecution after 30 occupants discovered in three-bedroom house

24 December, 2019

'I find it terribly depressing. It is exploitation. Misery is inflicted on people in the name of bad landlords trying to make a profit'

Some letting agents 'pulling a fast one' and still charging fees to tenants despite the ban

23 December, 2019

Some agents are still charging fees to tenants despite the ban which came into force on June 1. Shelter has accused them of 'pulling a fast one'

Stability tops New Year's wish lists as agents warn of rent increases and supply issues in 2020

23 December, 2019

Agents are anticipating more landlord exits and rent rises in 2020

Queen's Speech confirms government's rental reform intentions

20 December, 2019

Also outlined is the strengthening of building safety and the introduction of discounts for local first-time buyers

Landlord becomes first to be banned in north of England after string of prosecutions

20 December, 2019

A man has been banned from letting any home in England and from any English letting agency or property management work for three years

Two-year wait possible before Section 21 is banned by new legislation

20 December, 2019

The abolition of Section 21 eviction notices could be two years away

Over a third of PRS landlords plan to cut properties or exit market

20 December, 2019

Survey showing intentions for the coming year released launches in the face of PRS reform proposals

LIN member report December 2019 - Benefits and Disability

19 December, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Fire-risk washing machines a worry for households in private rented sector

19 December, 2019

Letting agents and landlords are among those having to take quick and decisive action after Whirlpool announced recalling fire-risk washing machines

Government urged to 'be careful' with Section 21 reform ahead of anticipated Queen's Speech announcement

19 December, 2019

ARLA Propertymark has urged the Government to think carefully about reforming Section 21

Private Rented Sector Report -November 2019

19 December, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases fell by 18 per centage points in November

Government commits to abolition of Section 21

19 December, 2019

But a "strengthening of rights" will be offered to landlords needing to gain possession of property when they have a valid reason

New rents drop across most of UK despite above-inflation annual rises

18 December, 2019

Newly agreed rents have continued to fall across most of the UK on a monthly basis despite above-inflation annual rises

New restrictions on converting homes into HMOs to launch in the summer in Birmingham

18 December, 2019

Developers looking to turn houses into houses in multiple occupation for up to six people will require formal planning permission from the council

Stop bashing landlords, fewer properties to rent means poorer housing outcomes

17 December, 2019

The decline in house purchase activity by landlords has slowed in the second and third quarters

My working week: 'I see the appalling houses my clients live in and feel sick'

17 December, 2019

I work to support tenants who are being exploited by criminal landlords and are sometimes living in dangerous conditions

Rightmove House Price Index

17 December, 2019

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

Firm and directors face sentencing over four-bed HMO which had up to 27 people living in it

16 December, 2019

A letting agent and two directors have been found guilty of running an unlicensed house in multiple occupation

Agents react to watershed election with Tories on course to win with large majority

13 December, 2019

Agents are reacting favourably to news that the Conservatives appear to have won yesterday's General Election with a majority of just under 80 seats

Victorious Johnson Urged to Strengthen Landlords' Rights of Repossession To Avert A Looming Crisis in the Rented Sector

13 December, 2019

The new Conservative government must take action to deliver on its promise to strengthen landlords' rights of possession by reforming the law

RLA warns rental reform needs 'legitimate repossession options'

13 December, 2019

Association also says election result is a rejection of rent controls

Illegal HMO needed immediate fire service safety response

12 December, 2019

Landlord fined near £20,000 when judge wanted a prison sentence he didn't have the powers to pass

Beyond Brexit: In Bristol's housing crisis everyone's a loser apart from the landlords

12 December, 2019

We look at what the parties are promising to renters in the run up to the election

Landlords' Barometer - #76: These are the topics that engaged our readers over the past year

12 December, 2019

Welcome to the final edition of my "Landlords Barometer" for 2019

Landlords warn of 'sharp drop' in private rental supply

12 December, 2019

The figures are said to be the result of increased taxation over the last three years

Tory win pushes policy emphasis toward home ownership

12 December, 2019

New Tory government offers little more than ownership initiatives as housing policy priorities

The real faultline in this election: landlords v tenants

12 December, 2019

Millions live in squalid conditions, while home ownership is just a pipe dream for young people

Labour's rent control pledge 'most popular' on run-up to election

11 December, 2019

However, 74% support this policy when it is not "explicitly connected" to Labour's Jeremy Corbyn

Locks changed as tenant forced out of Rugeley home

11 December, 2019

A tenant had her bedroom door removed and her electricity and heating cut off as attempts were made to illegally evict her

Spiralling rents consume increasing portion of student loans

11 December, 2019

Purpose-built rooms in London average £1,000 per year more than the maximum loan

Southern cities dominate as buy-to-let hotspots for landlords are revealed

10 December, 2019

Northern cities may dominate the tables for house price growth but a different picture is emerging for the rental market

New rents hit seven-month low as lettings enters 'slower period'

10 December, 2019

New rents have hit their lowest average level for seven months as the sector enters its traditionally quiet season

How many tenants does it take to change a lightbulb? Not nearly as many as you might think

10 December, 2019

Over a third of younger tenants think that it should be their landlords or agents who change their lightbulbs

Tenancy deposits set to decline for first time since 2015 as cap makes its mark

09 December, 2019

The average value of new deposits has been driven down for the first time since 2015

Estate agent owner of HMO has fine for non-compliance cut by over £28,000

09 December, 2019

A landlord who was originally threatened with a £31,499 fine over breaches at a House in Multiple Occupation has had the penalty cut to just £3,300

Tenancy deposit schemes unveil new moves to help agents avoid problems

06 December, 2019

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme in conjunction with ARLA has published a matrix to help agents and landlords get to grips with the effects of the tenant fees ban in both England and Wales

Will a tenancy deposit replacement scheme compensate landlord where the tenant leaves early?

05 December, 2019

What happens if an agent has a tenancy deposit replacement product in a situation where the tenant leaves early and owing rent?

'Told you so!' Rents hit record high as trade bodies look back on 2019

05 December, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes hit record highs this year, but the sales market is in line with previous periods

Deposit replacement service claims about offering 'double protection of traditional deposit' cleared by watchdog

04 December, 2019

Claims by a tenancy deposit replacement supplier have been cleared by the advertising watchdog after being challenged by a rival

Property firm offering 'guaranteed rental income' told to amend its claim

04 December, 2019

A property firm has agreed to amend a claim offering "guaranteed rental income"

Buy To Let lender offers 'huge boost' to homelessness charity

04 December, 2019

Lender pledges £10 from every mortgage completion to support those facing homelessness

Landlords offered share of tenants' earnings when they sub-let properties

03 December, 2019

A new business is offering landlords a share of tenants' earnings when they sub-let their rented homes

Private landlord vote 'pivotal' in deciding election outcome

03 December, 2019

We call on all political parties to do more to support good landlords to provide the homes to rent we need

UK property rental firm boosted by major new investment gets set for expansion

02 December, 2019

A UK proptech firm which lists rental properties throughout London and Manchester has announced investment which it says will propel it towards global expansion

Tenants who gave fake names to agents sentenced after running cannabis farms in rental homes

02 December, 2019

Four men whose false information provided to letting agents allowed them to rent private homes have been found guilty of running large cannabis farms

Raising awareness of tenancy fraud

02 December, 2019

This November we're launching a campaign to raise awareness of tenancy fraud

'Temporary relief' for tenants as fewer landlords hike rents

29 November, 2019

The number of landlords increasing rents declined last month but is still "worryingly high"

Private Rented Sector Report - October 2019

29 November, 2019

Rent costs fall but offer tenants little reassurance

Raid finds 17 men crammed into unsafe three-bedroom terrace

29 November, 2019

The "tenants" were paying £50 a week to endure illegal conditions

Britain's largest private landlord grows rental income 45% as it increases stake in sector

28 November, 2019

Britain's largest private landlord has posted results showing a 45% growth in rental income to £63.5m and a 30% rise in pre-tax profits to £131.3m, while ramping up a pipeline of 9,000 new rental homes to add to its portfolio in the next few years

A haunting problem - tenant asks for medium to visit property after 'something' grabbed her

28 November, 2019

Are you haunted by a problem in one of your properties?

More respectful language neeed in PRS to avoid stigmatising tenants and landlords

28 November, 2019

More respectful language should be used in the private rented sector

Renters vent ahead of voter registration deadline

28 November, 2019

Generation Rent hashtag initiative topped 2,000 tweets on day one

Agents warned after property firm faces £12m fine in tenancy data breach case

27 November, 2019

UK estate and letting agents should be on their guard after a property company in Berlin was served a notice to fine it over £12.4m, or €14.5m, because of a breach of data regulations

'Shocking' state of York rented homes sparks council crackdown

27 November, 2019

The council is cracking down on rented properties in a poor state - after officers discovered people living in homes without proper windows, with missing ceilings and lacking fire safety measures

Language used over PRS is 'outdated'

27 November, 2019

Roundtable told terms such as 'home provider' and 'resident' should be adopted

Landlords hit out at Tory and Labour manifestos, saying both threaten private rented sector

26 November, 2019

The National Landlords Association has hit out at both the Labour and Conservative manifestos

Generation Rent launches new 'Vent Your Rent' campaign to give tenants a voice

26 November, 2019

Lobbying body Generation Rent has launched a new campaign called Vent Your Rent, for tenants to express their feelings and find out about the "renting crisis" in their own area

Online agency acquires tenancy referencing and insurance businesses

26 November, 2019

Online estate agency 99home has acquired a tenancy referencing provider plus a supplier of insurances for landlords

Private renters spending £11bn more than they can afford on rent

26 November, 2019

Shelter stats show an average of £425 a month per household among those who are overspending

Tories pledge to 're-balance' housing market towards home ownership - and Labour to fine bad landlords £100,000

25 November, 2019

The Tories will help people buy and rent with the market 're-balanced' towards home ownership, the Conservative manifesto declared yesterday

General election 2019: Labour vows to cap rent rises for private tenants

25 November, 2019

Labour has vowed to "put bad landlords out of business" and bring in rent controls in England, if it wins power

Stats show 2.4 million private renters could lose their vote

25 November, 2019

Generation Rent releases research to boost PRS voter registration

Labour promises rent controls and 'biggest council house building programme for a generation'

22 November, 2019

Labour has unveiled its plans for the property market with a strong focus on social housing

General election 2019: A key moment to invest in local housing allowance

22 November, 2019

For a long time, we've made a very clear argument that housing benefit for private renters, or LHA, needs to be lifted up so that it covers the cost of renting

Labour manifesto: end to Section 21, rent controls, nationwide licensing and new minimum standards

22 November, 2019

The Labour Party has today launched their manifesto, which calls for the introduction of open-ended tenancies, the abolition of Section 21 and new rent controls

Conservatives pledge to abolish 'no fault' evictions

22 November, 2019

The Conservative party has now pledged that it will follow through with plans to change the law and abolish 'no fault' evictions

Agency group on course to beat financial fall-out of fees ban six months early

21 November, 2019

Shares in The Property Franchise Group soared yesterday after it reported that it expects the full effects of the tenant fees ban to be mitigated six months early

Buy-to-let landlords beat a retreat from purchasing properties

21 November, 2019

There were 29,100 new first-time buyer mortgages completed in September, up 1.6% annually but down from 33,300 in August

General election 2019: Labour and Tories push housing policies

21 November, 2019

Labour and the Conservatives have set out rival plans to tackle England's housing shortage

Labour's PRS plans 'offer nothing' to good landlords

21 November, 2019

RLA says manifesto makes no provision for balancing rental reform with landlord needs

Johnson's seat among worst in the country for 'unfair' evictions

20 November, 2019

But seat of neighbour John McDonnell is no example either

Landlord confidence in market drops

20 November, 2019

34% of landlords are planning to sell property over the next year compared with 22% two years ago

Lib Dem manifesto: compulsory licensing for private landlords, three-year tenancies, and limits on rent increases

20 November, 2019

The Liberal Democrats are today launching their manifesto for the upcoming General Election, with little positive offered for private landlords

Four in ten letting agents thought of giving up as fees ban threatened income and profits

19 November, 2019

Four in ten letting agents have considered ceasing trading over the past year amid falling profitability

Landlord removes giant iPhone advert blocking daylight into poverty-hit families' homes

19 November, 2019

Residents wake up to daylight from windows for first time in three years after campaign

Council obtains London's first rogue landlord banning order

18 November, 2019

Investigations found tenants at risk in several unlicensed HMOs

UK private-rental prices rise across the board

18 November, 2019

Office of National Statistics says prices rose by 1.4% in England alone over a 12-month period

Purplebricks backs Stamp Duty reforms to save movers £3.2bn

15 November, 2019

Purplebricks has backed Conservative proposals to reform Stamp Duty despite no certainty that such a change will be in the party's election manifesto

Newly agreed rents dipping across most of UK despite annual climbs

15 November, 2019

Newly agreed rents have dropped across most of the country

Home owner and buy-to-let repossessions soar

15 November, 2019

Home owner and buy-to-let repossessions jumped in the third quarter of 2019

HomeLet Rental Index

15 November, 2019

Rents in the UK rose by 2.7% in October compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £953 a month

Renters quizzed in relation to landlords' tax affairs

15 November, 2019

Tenants are being quizzed on the tax status of their landlords by HMRC

Brexit, general election and 'misguided' rental reforms hitting entire housing market

14 November, 2019

Brexit and the general election are hitting the housing market everywhere that it hurts

Agent warns that rent rises are on the way as increasing numbers of landlords sell up

14 November, 2019

Government data suggests annual rental growth remained at 1.3% across the UK for the fifth consecutive month in October, but there are warnings that the rate of increase could accelerate

Confusion hangs over tenant fees ban five months after implementation

13 November, 2019

Agents are still facing significant issues following the tenant fees ban, with some afraid to charge fees - even if they are allowed to - for fear of enforcement action

London Mayor labels government reforms to private rented sector as 'unambitious'

13 November, 2019

The Government has come under criticism from the Mayor of London for "cherry picking" solutions to rental market reform

Landlords' Barometer - #75: A property investment scandal that needs exposing

12 November, 2019

Welcome to a special edition of my Landlords Barometer which I am dedicating to a very important issue and also to the memory of Danny Butcher

Tenancy Deposit Service says returns average £320 in excess deposit money

12 November, 2019

The Tenancy Deposit Service has overseen 2,550 repayments totalling over £800,000 in returning excess deposits

Shared ownership cheaper than renting in London

12 November, 2019

People who are renting in London could save more than £40,000 in two years by purchasing a property using shared ownership

Right To Buy vs Landlord

12 November, 2019

So, we may have a general election to navigate in the coming months - and one group who will be watching the opinion polls closer than most will be Britain's 2.6 million landlords

Landlords using personal savings to fund refurbishments

12 November, 2019

New report reveals one in eight landlords in the dark about finance options

No plans to introduce national landlord register

11 November, 2019

The Government has confirmed that it has no plans to introduce a national register of private landlords

Welsh Government responds to default fees and holding deposits consultation

08 November, 2019

The Welsh Government has responded to the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 consultation

Electricity theft on the increase as more tenants turn properties into cannabis farms

07 November, 2019

Electricity theft by criminals using rental properties for cannabis production is soaring

Next government needs to 'reset balance' between landlords and tenants

07 November, 2019

Citizen's Advice wants indefinite tenancies introduced in PRS

London Tenant Unable To Heat His House After Landlord Cages Thermostat

06 November, 2019

Alex Milsom said people have been in touch to tell him it is common practice

Major tenancy referencing and insurance firms merge in wake of fees ban

06 November, 2019

Two major suppliers to the lettings industry are merging in the wake of the tenancy fees ban

Agent who conned landlords out of thousands in repairs scam ordered to repay just £850

06 November, 2019

An agent who conned landlords out of thousands of pounds by inventing unnecessary maintenance work has been ordered to pay back just £850

Labour remains under fire for amended 'right to buy' policy for private tenants

06 November, 2019

Labour has hinted that it will bring in 'right to buy' for private tenants - but that it will restrict the policy to larger landlords

Landlords hit back at national renter manifesto

06 November, 2019

Campaigners from across England have warned that political parties would be "foolish" to ignore the renter vote

Councils handed £4m extra money for crackdown on private landlords

05 November, 2019

More funding for councils to crack down on criminal landlords has been announced by the Government

Landlords reveal their positive vision for the future of the PRS

04 November, 2019

Ahead of next month's General Election, the RLA has unveiled its manifesto and, athough acknowleding there are problems that need addressing in the sector, focuses on the positive

Renters target Tory seats with national manifesto

04 November, 2019

Political parties warned they would be "foolish" to ignore the renter vote

Additional funding to help crack down on criminal landlords

04 November, 2019

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced £4m in funding for councils

Foxtons reports fall in revenue as tenancy fees ban costs it £1m in the first few months

01 November, 2019

Revenues have fallen at London's best known agent Foxtons, with the tenancy fees ban costing it £1m in the first full quarter of trading since implementation on June 1

Rent prices rising as landlords continue to exit the private rental market

01 November, 2019

Nearly six in ten (58%) letting agents are seeing a rise in rent prices

New Rent Standard set for launch in April 2020

01 November, 2019

RSH says sector feedback from consultation reflects government direction

LIN member report October 2019 - Local housing allowance rates

31 October, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Complaint about tenancy referencing provider is resolved informally

30 October, 2019

A complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority about tenancy referencing and insurance provider Let Alliance has been informally resolved

Baroness Gardner: Local authorities must be given the funding and authority to regain control over short lets

30 October, 2019

Local councils need powers over short lets to re-introduce a registration system, a licencing scheme and inspection rights to ensure home owners and neighbours are treated fairly and equally

General Election 2019 - what will this mean for landlords in the PRS?

30 October, 2019

It was announced that there will be a general election held on 12 December, after MPs voted in favour of an election 438 votes to 20

Agent claims tenancy deposit service has 'flawed' process for returning excess deposit money

29 October, 2019

An agent has raised a formal complaint against the Deposit Protection Service for the way it has handled the return of money owed to tenants

Four more acquisitions announced as franchise chain sets out to negate tenancy fees ban

29 October, 2019

Franchise organisation Northwood, part of Belvoir, has announced four acquisitions made by its business owners

Landlords say rent controls are 'hurting' tenants

29 October, 2019

To see him into a second term as Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan sets out blueprint for rental sector overhaul

Private Rented Sector Report - September 2019

29 October, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises decreased marginally in September, with 58% of agents witnessing an increase in rent prices

Letting agent who found tenant sub-letting through Airbnb by chance 'did everything right'

28 October, 2019

A letting agent that by chance discovered a tenant sub-letting through Airbnb is to be featured on a prime time TV programme tonight

An end to no-fault evictions - what's next?

28 October, 2019

Over six months ago, the government promised to make renting fairer for everyone

Property Ombudsman looking into 24 possible complaints about one property company

25 October, 2019

The Property Ombudsman has confirmed that it is looking into 24 possible complaints about a property company

RLA warns of rented housing supply 'crisis'

25 October, 2019

The landlord association is calling on the government to scrap the stamp duty levy on the purchase of additional properties

Leeds City Council urges selective licensing applications

25 October, 2019

Leeds City Council is urging landlords with properties within the selective licensing areas of Beeston and Harehills, which received the formal designation on 18 July 2019, to submit their applications

Agent expelled by Ombudsman failed to pass over money after offering rent guarantee

24 October, 2019

An agent that offered guaranteed rent to a landlord went into administration owing him over £12,000

Rent passport founder attacks property portals for failing to do right thing by renters

22 October, 2019

The founder of a rental passport system has announced plans to abolish all tenancy referencing costs, which are currently charged to landlords and agents

Hamptons reports record results in lettings despite tenant fees ban

22 October, 2019

Countrywide brand Hamptons International has announced record results in its lettings division - despite the tenant fees ban and its decision not to pass costs to landlords

Ex-professional footballer scores own goal as landlord of unlicensed properties

21 October, 2019

A landlord has been fined over £25,000 after admitting 12 licensing offences

Homeowners £350k better off than renters over next 30 years

18 October, 2019

New research from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association has revealed the wealth gap between those who are lucky enough to get on the property ladder and those who rent

Asking rents at an all-time high as landlords torn between shall I go or shall I stay

17 October, 2019

With asking prices for rents at a new record, more landlords are planning to raise their investment in the sector than quit

Rental Market Report 2019 Q3

17 October, 2019

The annual rate of UK rental growth is +2.0%, up from 1.3% a year ago as rental growth increases on tightening supply as levels of new investment decline

Former Knight Frank partner joins firm which plans to be world's biggest landlord

16 October, 2019

Rentify, a lettings and management platform which plans to be the world's biggest landlord without actually owning any property, has appointed Lucy Jones as director of agency

Rental business offers 'lifetime freeze' on rates to agents that back its funding round

16 October, 2019

A new rental business currently raising money via crowdfunding is offering agents that back it a lifetime 'freeze' on subscriptions

Rents rising at fastest rate for three years - but still affordable

16 October, 2019

Rents are rising at their fastest rate for three years

The UK cities where rent is rising the fastest

16 October, 2019

The cost of renting a home rose fastest in Nottingham, Leeds and Bristol in the past year, research indicates, while Aberdeen recorded the biggest fall

Housing needs a 'policy overhaul' to preserve health of future generations

16 October, 2019

New report sees scope for significant PRS reform with future generations in mind

Landlords' Barometer - #74: Does buy-to-let really have rigor mortis?

15 October, 2019

Welcome to this edition of the Landlords' Barometer, bringing you trending topics for the private rented sector

Corbyn urges Johnson to set 'hard deadline' for private sector cladding removal

15 October, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn has called on the government to set a "hard deadline" for private building owners to fix blocks with Grenfell-style cladding

Boris Johnson accused of betraying private renters after shelving pledge to end no-fault evictions

15 October, 2019

Theresa May attacked landlords' power as 'wrong' and vowed to act - but issue has been left out of Queen's Speech

Firm offers landlords guaranteed rent for up to ten years 'with Home Office as tenant'

14 October, 2019

A firm that has written to landlords offering long-term rental contracts where the Home Office is the tenant has caused concern among HMO owners

Huge number of HMOs have no licence and are illegal

14 October, 2019

There is a non-compliance rate of 75% in unlicensed HMOs in London

Drop in accidental landlords as home owners rush to beat the taxman by selling now

14 October, 2019

Only 7% of homes that came on to the rental market this year were listed for sale in the previous six months

Rises for newly agreed rent prices outpace inflation over the year

14 October, 2019

Rents on new tenancies rose across all 12 UK regions last month

Revealed: the private landlords profiting from England's housing crisis

14 October, 2019

Big companies accused of overcharging as families are forced into low-quality emergency accommodation

Hunters chooses tenancy deposit replacement service to offer across its 200 branches

11 October, 2019

Hunters has teamed up with flatfair to bring deposit-free renting to tenants across its national network of over 200 offices

Landlords 'in limbo' as still no sign of when mandatory electrical safety checks will be introduced

11 October, 2019

The Government is yet to set a start date for mandatory electrical safety checks in the rental sector despite committing to doing so in July 2018

Rents rise but fail to keep pace with inflation

11 October, 2019

New stats show some 32% of wages now being spent on rent

RLA ready to fight for Section 21

11 October, 2019

Government warned repossession threatens rental supply

Tenants face rent increase 'acceleration' as PRS demand outstrips supply

11 October, 2019

Figures from the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors see rental growth of approximately 2% over the coming twelve months alone

How renters could decide the next government

11 October, 2019

In April, the government made private renters the promise of a generation: to end Section 21 'no fault' evictions

Agent is fined £80,000 over HMO failures discovered after blaze in attic

10 October, 2019

A letting agent has been fined £80,000 for HMO failures after a fire at one of the properties

Average private rents are on the rise - but lag behind inflation

10 October, 2019

Average UK rents rose between July and September but the average increase was below inflation

Evictions cost private renters in England £70m a year

10 October, 2019

Generation Rent says majority believe landlords should foot bill for making tenants move

Manchester rent caps: would they curb house prices or choke the market?

09 October, 2019

A report released last week called for rent caps to be imposed on private lettings in Greater Manchester to control house prices, but the RLA has warned they could have the opposite effect

Campaigners serve 'Section 21' on MHCLG

09 October, 2019

Government warned of tenant backlash if rental reform thrown out

'Evictions and hardship': Universal Credit still failing private renters

09 October, 2019

SNP MP Marion Fellows calls on UK Government to increase Local Housing Allowance to pre-2010 levels

Government urged to commit to section 21 abolishment

09 October, 2019

The launch of a new Age UK campaign seeks to give all older renters the security of tenure necessary to feel safe in their own homes

Rent Smart Wales training scheme given highest seal of approval

08 October, 2019

Safeagent's training for the Rent Smart Wales has been given the highest rating possible

'Community' letting agents and rent caps proposed to cut housing costs

07 October, 2019

A new report has called for the creation of community letting agencies and local rent controls to help younger people cope with housing costs

Right to rent checks updated guidance factsheet

07 October, 2019

Guidance on conducting right to rent checks onnationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA who have entered the UK through eGatesas visitors

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 10/2019

07 October, 2019

These LA Welfare Direct bulletins provide information, that affects Housing Benefit and other areas of DWP, to local authority staff

Buy-to-let expert says he will not allow his tenants to use deposit replacement services

04 October, 2019

Landlord and best-selling buy-to-let author David Lawrenson says he will not be giving any of his tenants a deposit replacement option

Manchester rent controls would 'damage supply of housing'

04 October, 2019

A recent report called for a new devolution deal for Greater Manchester, with measures including "rent pressure zones"

Landlord of dangerous HMO where foreign tenants spoke little English hit with huge fine

03 October, 2019

A landlord has been found guilty and fined £40,000 for letting out a dangerous and unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation

A quarter of all fire service prosecutions under safety order are to do with HMOs

03 October, 2019

A new study has reviewed 200 cases brought by fire services under the Fire Safety Order since it came into force 13 years ago

Agents will have to do AML checks on landlords earning around £8,900 a month

02 October, 2019

The new directive on Anti-Money Laundering means that agents will have to carry out checks on landlords who earn over 10,000 euros a month - regardless as to whether this is from one property or a portfolio

London Assembly warned of rent control 'consequences'

01 October, 2019

To see him into a second term as Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan set out a blueprint for the overhaul of the rental sector

Rental stock would drop by almost 1m dwellings if abolition of Section 21 goes ahead

01 October, 2019

Letting agents would have the challenge of greatly reduced stock if Section 21 - the so-called no-fault eviction process - is abolished as the Government proposes

Norwich City Council in favour of Section 21 Abolition

01 October, 2019

During a council meeting on 24 September councillors resolved to back to the abolition of Section 21 as proposed by the Government and will seek the support of local MPs

Grainger ramps up PRS pipeline to 25 projects

30 September, 2019

Private rental homes developer Grainger has built up a development pipeline of 25 schemes as it strives to double the size of its portfolio of buildings

Rent remains at record high for fourth consecutive month

30 September, 2019

ARLA Propertymark's PRS report shows that the number of tenants experiencing rent rises increased to the highest figure on record in August

Council looks to landlord licensing scheme to tackle rogues

27 September, 2019

Landlords could face increased costs and scrutiny as councils turn to a little-used licensing scheme to crack down on rogue operators

Can tech help agencies combat the lettings fee ban?

27 September, 2019

Earlier this year the UK government introduced the Tenant Fees Act, banning landlords from charging renters hundreds of pounds in administration fees for tenancies signed after June 1st, 2019

Increase in new affordable homes fails to offset private sector decline

27 September, 2019

Nonetheless, it is encouraging to see growth coming through in the affordable and rental sector

City council unanimously backs government plans to ditch Section 21

26 September, 2019

A city council is calling on the Government to abolish Section 21 - so-called 'no fault evictions'

Tenancy deposit replacement providers report progress as they grow

26 September, 2019

Proptech firm Canopy has teamed up with mydeposits to make it easier for tenants to pay their deposit into its custodial scheme

Unlocking value: The role of refurbishment in buy to let

25 September, 2019

With yields for property still below their pre-financial crisis levels, house price growth stalling, and tax reforms biting, there's greater incentive than ever for landlords to make the most of their assets

ARLA slams Labour's pledge to bring in rent controls if it comes to power

24 September, 2019

ARLA has slammed Labour's intention to introduce rent controls if it gets into power at the next general election

Council gives advance rent to landlords backing homelessness scheme

24 September, 2019

Private landlords are to be given a month's rent upfront and 12 months' membership of a trade body if they sign up to a local council's new scheme to combat homelessness

Survey shows PRS housing quality has improved over past decade

24 September, 2019

Responses suggest proportion of non-decent homes fell as sector professionalises and landlords undertake refurbishment

Concerns over 'safeguarding of tenancy deposits' as high street agent enters liquidation

23 September, 2019

An estate agent has gone into liquidation with concerns about possible missing client money

Letting agent and landlord both fined after guilty pleas to unlicensed HMO

23 September, 2019

Both a letting agent and a landlord have been fined after prosecutions over an unlicensed HMO

Agents who emphasise that they don't charge fees 'helping to raise awareness of ban'

23 September, 2019

ARLA has defended a new practice by which a large number of agents are turning the tenancy fees ban to commercial advantage

Rethinking the private rental sector for the future health of young people

23 September, 2019

Home ownership cannot be the only housing solution on offer to the next generation

Survey shows private tenants not interested in buying a home

23 September, 2019

Government urged to end "penalisation" of landlords and prioritise PRS investment

Government warned that scrapping Section 21 could spark rise in homelessness

20 September, 2019

Letting agents and landlords are warning that scrapping Section 21 eviction notices could drive up homelessness

What are the implications when tenants swap in and out of a tenancy?

20 September, 2019

A dispute arose between the landlord and tenants due to the cleanliness of the property at the end of the tenancy, deterioration to the décor, damage caused to various items and tenant belongings left behind at the end of the tenancy

Nationwide gets into bed with digital lettings agency Bunk - backing 'will help DIY landlords'

19 September, 2019

Nationwide Building Society has invested in Bunk, a new digital lettings agency

Council's warning to letting agents over fees ban leads to over £34,000 refunds to tenants

19 September, 2019

A council's warning to letting agents on its patch has resulted in £34,416 worth of unlawful fees and deposits collected since the ban being refunded

Landlord becomes first in England to be banned after HMO conviction

19 September, 2019

A landlord has been banned for letting out a house for five years

760,000 renting families one pay cheque away from losing home

19 September, 2019

Survey shows almost three million private renters could be a single pay cheque away from homelessness

Liberal Democrats agree to Section 21 abolition

19 September, 2019

Delegates at the Liberal Democrats conference in Bournemouth voted in favour of a motion that proposed reforming the housing legislation and scrapping Section 21 notices

Sheffield Council finds 164 serious hazard homes

19 September, 2019

Sheffield Council found serious hazards in 164 privately rented homes in just 10 months

The repeal of section 21 and its impact on the sector

19 September, 2019

I took a sharp intake of breath when Theresa May announced the abolishment of section 21 notices by October 2019

England: Landlords vote for merger of representative bodies

18 September, 2019

After a meeting held yesterday, members of the NLA and the RLA voted for the two organisations to merge to form the National Residential Landlords Association

Landlord hit with £500,000 bill by court after illegally converting property into tiny flats

18 September, 2019

A landlord has been hit with a bill of some £500,000 after illegally dividing a property into eight tiny flats

End-of-tenancy cleaning service introduces body cameras for all its staff

18 September, 2019

An end-of-tenancy cleaning service available right across the UK has introduced body-worn cameras for all its teams

MHCLG seeks your views on banning orders and rogue landlords

16 September, 2019

Government wants to hear from letting agents and tenants about its latest reforms to the private rental market

The websites helping renters fight rogue landlords

16 September, 2019

It was a dispute over a missing bed cover that sparked the idea for Marks Out Of Tenancy - a website that allows renters to rate their past landlords

Auction entries rise as clobbered buy-to-let landlords look to sell their properties

16 September, 2019

Auction House, which works with a network of local agents, has a record 846 lots entered into its sales this month

Letting agency and its boss hit with bill of almost £24,000 after fly-tipping rubbish from tenants' homes

16 September, 2019

A letting agency and its director have been successfully prosecuted for five counts of fly-tipping

Deposit diaries: Why a landlord's claim of mould 'caused by tenants' lifestyle' was rejected

16 September, 2019

A dispute arose between the landlord and tenants due to the condition of the walls at the end of the tenancy

Tenants face paying 31% more to trade up from a room rental to a whole home

16 September, 2019

New research has revealed the high costs for young tenants moving from renting a room in a shared property to a whole house

ARLA boss begs agents to speak out over proposed abolition of Section 21 - and not just complain

13 September, 2019

ARLA Propertymark boss David Cox has urged letting agents to respond to the consultation on repealing Section 21 - something he warned could "break the industry"

Property renting platform goes over target in crowdfunding campaign

13 September, 2019

Property renting platform Inadash has gone over target in its crowdfunding campaign

Renters want rent control - and it's not just about the money

13 September, 2019

There's no doubt that private renters are being hit hard by the housing emergency

Call for private landlords to have access to energy efficiency funds

13 September, 2019

Only one of the six financial support options can be used by landlords offering affordable homes in Scotland

RICS blames 'wild west' of parts of lettings industry for lack of public confidence in rental sector

12 September, 2019

The RICS has expressed hopes that regulation of the agency sector will help stem the decline in landlord instructions

Landlords' Barometer - #73: Labour's plans to make landlords sell to tenants causes uproar

12 September, 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of the Landlords' Barometer, where we list the main trending topics for landlords from the PropertyTribes forum:

Property inspections key to Lib Dem PRS plan

12 September, 2019

Proposals for property inspections for rented homes form part of new housing plans announced by the Liberal Democrats

CIH Scotland says new PRS energy regulations need 'proactive communication'

12 September, 2019

Scottish Government preparing to introduce a minimum energy efficiency standard for PRS homes

Independent letting firm's acquisition strategy paying off after tenancy fees ban

11 September, 2019

City rental specialist Let Leeds has completed the takeover of local rival Parklands Estate Agents, increasing the size of the business and adding further managed tenancies to its portfolio

Rents in UK up almost 5% in second quarter of 2019

11 September, 2019

Rising rents, a doubling of tenant applications and a shortage of housing stock continues to put pressure on the Private Rental Sector in the UK

Agents warned not to pass costs of arranging repair work on to tenants

10 September, 2019

Letting agents were last night advised that if they charge commission on repairs to damage caused by tenants, then the cost of arranging the work should not be passed on to the tenant

Online letting agent bought for undisclosed sum by rentals platform Howsy

10 September, 2019

Rental platform Howsy has acquired online lettings business Urban

Rents for pets being increasingly charged by agents in wake of fees ban

09 September, 2019

"Pet rents" are being increasingly charged in the wake of the tenancy fees ban

Local authority U-turns on licensing after threat of legal action by landlords

09 September, 2019

Landlord and lettings agent groups have claimed a victory after Hounslow Council is believed to have backtracked on plans for a licensing scheme in the London borough

Tenants are seen to be bearing costs of ban as rents shoot up

06 September, 2019

Rents have surged enormously in the three months since the tenants fees ban was introduced

Nearly 17,000 applications over first year of PRS improvement scheme

06 September, 2019

Nottingham city council takes the wraps off a birthday milestone

Landlord education required on EPC legislation

06 September, 2019

A national awareness campaign is required to help landlords get to grip with new Energy Performance Certificate legislation

Enfield Council to consult on additional and selective licensing

06 September, 2019

Enfield council has begun their consultation on additional and selective licensing which will close on 29 November 2019

Property photographs made rooms look bigger than they really were

05 September, 2019

Property photographs were 'misleading' about room sizes, a complainant to the advertising watchdog claimed

Dramatic drop in void periods reported as tenancy demand rises - and rents increase

05 September, 2019

Agents are filling properties for existing landlords in record time

Spending Round: government injects £40m into DHPs but is silent on LHA rates

05 September, 2019

An extra £40m in housing cost top-ups for private renters has been unveiled as part of today's Spending Round, but no announcement has been made on future benefit levels

Birmingham takes action against HMO landlord in first civil penalty case

05 September, 2019

City council secures £2,000 fine for failure to appropriately fit an unlicensed HMO with fire safety measures

Agent says landlords would have to sell to tenants at 20% discount under Labour

04 September, 2019

A letter written to the Sunday Times and London Evening Standard has been released by estate agent Marc von Grundherr

Opinion: Deposit replacement schemes - do the risks outweigh the benefits?

04 September, 2019

There is no doubt that the lettings industry is going through a period of change

Welsh Government's own guidance on tenancy fees ban contains 'serious errors'

04 September, 2019

The Welsh Government's own guidance on the tenancy fee ban, which came into force at the weekend, is incorrect

Landlords charge 'pet rent' to recoup losses after ban on unfair fees

04 September, 2019

Practice has emerged since new law designed to save renters in England money

Labour under fire over plans to introduce Right to Buy for private tenants

03 September, 2019

Labour has been accused of trying to kill off the private rented sector after it resurrected its idea of extending Right to Buy to the private rented sector

Belvoir posts first results since tenancy fees ban - with a 48% rise in revenue

03 September, 2019

Belvoir this morning posted results showing remarkable success on the part of its franchisees, who helped the firm achieve a 48% rise in revenue, at £9,047,000 in the first half of this year, up from £6,123,000 in the same period last year

RLA says Labour's Right To Buy plans would 'kill off' private-sector renting

03 September, 2019

Landlords fear creeping compulsory purchase inherent in policy proposal outlined by Shadow Chancellor

So, what do you think of the tenancy fee ban now it's three months in?

02 September, 2019

Agents are being invited to have their say on industry matters in a new survey

Labour could give private tenants chance to buy their rented homes

02 September, 2019

The Labour Party could bring in a radical "right to buy" scheme if it gains power at the next general election which could help millions of private tenants in the UK to buy their rented homes at a reasonable price

Deposit cap means renters could be owed refund

02 September, 2019

Report pitches potential for one-off payments where tenancies are renewed

New Welsh Government law to 'make letting fairer'

02 September, 2019

Under the legislation, tenants cannot be charged for things like signing a contract or renewing a tenancy

Tenants in flat-shares lose their living rooms as landlords make the most of space

01 September, 2019

Tenants in shared houses are facing the end of the sitting room for Generation Rent, as landlords increasingly convert every possible space into bedrooms

Landlords being called in by council for interviews under criminal caution

30 August, 2019

Landlords suspected to be in breach of licensing are attending interviews with a local council under criminal caution

Tenants flock to apply as soon as fees ban started - but rents rise as landlords say 'enough'

30 August, 2019

The number of tenancy applications rose 'dramatically' as soon as the fees ban came into force in England

Landlords stronger together

30 August, 2019

The country's largest landlord organisations are to come together to deliver a stronger voice for the private rented sector

No Help To Buy for England's average renters

30 August, 2019

Research reveals only 0.2% of private renters who earn £30k or less are able to use failing scheme

'It shows callous disdain for residents': Angry row erupts after council and Man City owners threaten to evict tenants from Ancoats apartments

29 August, 2019

Manchester Life, a joint venture by the council and the Abu Dhabi United Group, has been criticised for serving tenants in Ancoats with section 21 eviction notices

Tenants to be able to buy tiny 1% shares in homes each year in 'radical' new plan

29 August, 2019

Changes are to be made to the shared ownership scheme, by which people will be able to buy their home in chunks of just 1%, rather than 10% as has been the case

Energy efficiency comes high up in the list of 'wants' for buyers and tenants

29 August, 2019

Energy efficiency is in high demand among home buyers and renters, with over a fifth wanting reduced CO2 emissions in their next home, notably in the form of energy-efficient appliances and electric car-charging points

Record number of rent hikes after tenancy fees ban - 'We told you so' says ARLA

28 August, 2019

The number of renters experiencing rent rises hit a record high in July, the second month after the introduction of the tenant fees ban in England

Letting agents in Wales brace themselves for tenancy fees ban to kick in this weekend

28 August, 2019

Letting agents in Wales will lose an average of £181.15 in fees per tenancy as from this weekend

Private Rented Sector Report - July 2019

28 August, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises increased to the highest figure on record in July

Abolishing Section 21 is a great first step - but rental reform has only just begun

28 August, 2019

Soon, private tenants in England will have the security they need to call their rented house a home

Confusion as Welsh government brings in tenancy fee ban in 'two parts'

27 August, 2019

Confusion will reign when the fees ban comes into force at the weekend

Shift to 'affordable housing' happening at the expense of social rents

27 August, 2019

New report pitches potential for "perfect storm" as austerity policies increasingly push those on the lowest incomes into private rental sector

Legal crowdfunding campaign to back Section 21 appeal nearly at target after just one day

23 August, 2019

A legal crowdfunding campaign to raise money for an appeal against a Section 21 ruling has almost reached target - after just one day and with 27 days still to go

Tenancy deposit replacement firm launches new product allowing tenants to take their cash

23 August, 2019

Tenancy deposit replacement business Zero Deposit is launching a new product which allows tenants to unlock their cash deposit and replace it with a guarantee

Court hands agent £4,500 bill after HMO fire safety breaches

23 August, 2019

An agent has been fined £3,000 after admitting three offences relating to a House in Multiple Occupation. It was also ordered to pay £1,496 in costs plus a £120 victim surcharge

Landlord confidence hits seven-year low

23 August, 2019

Only 29 per cent of landlords had positive expectations for their letting business over the next three months, down from 44 per cent the same time last year and an "historic low"

Two brave landlords and their long quest for justice in case of fraudulent agent

22 August, 2019

A pair of landlords were instrumental in the long battle to bring fraudster agent Andre Montaut to justice

Stop meddling with private rented sector but please get on and regulate

22 August, 2019

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has called on the Government to stop meddling with the private rented sector

New analysis shows private renters 'miss out' at elections

22 August, 2019

Some London boroughs with the highest numbers of renters are revealed in having the lowest levels of voter registration

Agent is jailed for 25 months after committing 'sophisticated' tenancy deposit fraud

21 August, 2019

An estate agent has been jailed for 25 months and banned from being a director for five years after stealing deposits as he tried to prop up his failing business

Students paying lower rents than 20 years ago in almost half of the UK's university towns and cities

21 August, 2019

Landlords are finding it harder to increase rents for student housing because of a competitive market

House prices would flounder in six months after no-deal Brexit

21 August, 2019

Britain's drifting property market would probably take a hit from a disorderly Brexit, with average prices slipping about 3% nationally in the ensuing six months and as much as 10% in London

'He locked me out of my own home': readers' tales of nightmare letting agents

20 August, 2019

As Stath Lets Flats returns to Channel 4, Guardian readers share their own stories of inept agents and dodgy practices

Half of current landlords would not go near buy-to-let now

19 August, 2019

Half of current landlords would not enter the buy-to-let market for the first time now

Licensing specialist warns that council's advice could land agents and landlords in trouble

19 August, 2019

A specialist on licensing schemes is warning that agents and landlords in a London borough could find themselves in breach of the law if they follow advice given by the council's own staff

Tenancy deposit replacement scheme raises over £9m in financial backing

16 August, 2019

Former Savills chief executive Jeremy Helsby is among backers who have helped deposit replacement scheme flatfair raise $11m

Landlords face paying up to £55k to evict rogue tenants

16 August, 2019

New research has revealed the cost of evicting a rogue tenant

Eric Walker becomes consultant to firm getting set to launch tenants' passports

16 August, 2019

A business planning to roll out a tenants' passport has appointed ex-Belvoir and Northwood managing director Eric Walker as a consultant

Section 21: More fierce criticism for government over its scrapping

16 August, 2019

Claims that the use of Section 21 'no fault' eviction notices is the leading cause of homelessness in the UK are "factually incorrect, misleading and just plain wrong"

Wirral council to consult on selective licensing

16 August, 2019

Wirral Council has started their consultation on selective licensing in the area which will close on 14 October 2019

Agent wins after mounting challenge to council demanding £15,000 penalty over HMO

15 August, 2019

An agent hit with a demand for £14,999 for allegedly operating an illegal, unlicensed HMO has won its appeal

Welsh government sets out its guidance on fees ban now just over two weeks away

15 August, 2019

The Welsh government has released its fees ban guidance for agents

Agents expecting to lose a third of their revenue from tenant fees ban

15 August, 2019

Letting agents in England are planning to increase their rental stock or hike their management charges to make up for lost revenue from the tenant fees ban

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: July 2019

15 August, 2019

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

Landlords' confidence collapses to a record low after 'abolition of Section 21' announcement

14 August, 2019

Landlord confidence has fallen to a record low

Goodlord goes against the grain with claims that rents are declining in some regions

14 August, 2019

New tenancies processed through lettings platform Goodlord may be bucking the trend as the firm's data suggests rents fell in five out of eight regions in England and Wales last month

Average adult will spend more than £60,000 in rent before reaching housing ladder

14 August, 2019

Being a home owner is distant dream for many

The case for stamp duty reform

14 August, 2019

In recent weeks there has been much speculation that Boris Johnson's government will look again at the stamp duty system

Lettings agent fined £40,000 for 'membership club' scam in landmark prosecution

13 August, 2019

The director of a lettings agency that tried to pass itself off as a membership club to dodge the law while leaving tenants in the lurch has been hit with a bill of more than £40,000 in the first prosecution of its kind in the UK

Tenant in despair after she pays out over £1,200 to get landlord's possessions removed from flat

13 August, 2019

A tenant who moved into a flat she was renting through Purplebricks only to find it full of the landlord's possessions has told of her ongoing struggle

Government says no to city's controversial selective licensing scheme

13 August, 2019

A city has been refused permission to introduce a licensing scheme that would have affected some 3,000 rental homes

Newly agreed rents shoot up - and time to let a property is the quickest yet

12 August, 2019

Newly agreed rents have leapt up across England in the wake of landlords exiting the market and the tenancy fees ban, while the average time it now takes to let a property has fallen to just 20 days - a record

NLA looks to improve accessibility in the PRS

09 August, 2019

The NLA has joined with key players in the aged and disability sectors to promote the need for accessible housing within the private rented sector

Over four in ten tenancy deposits are higher than new cap

07 August, 2019

The Deposit Protection Service has revealed that more than four out of ten of the tenancy deposits it manages are currently higher than the new tenancy deposit cap

Landlords body tells city council that its plans for licensing could break the law

07 August, 2019

A major local authority has been warned that its licensing scheme could be in breach of the law

Government consultation could result in generational change in law around private renting

07 August, 2019

Currently, landlords can evict tenants living under a residential AST with only two months notice, and without having to give any legal grounds for doing so

First the fees ban - and now tenants throw down successful challenge to renewal fee

06 August, 2019

Two tenants who refused to pay a renewal fee have been let off the payment - even though the agency was entitled to it

How to Rent guide is 'silently' updated - and not even the Government seems to know

06 August, 2019

Letting agents should be aware that there have been two recent changes to the How to Rent guide

Right To Rent guidance 'breaks the law'

06 August, 2019

RLA criticises document that states landlords will only be required to see passports and airline tickets as proof to rent a property

Landlords across Islington could soon need licences due to rise of 'dodgy operators'

06 August, 2019

Landlords in Finsbury Park could be forced to get licensed because it has the highest number of complaints from renters in Islington

Four in 10 deposits higher than government cap

06 August, 2019

Most new assured shorthold tenancy deposits in England are capped at five weeks' rent

Waltham Forest Council approves additional and selective licensing

06 August, 2019

Waltham Forest Council has confirmed that the cabinet has passed proposals to introduce borough-wide additional licensing

Letting fees ban is now just four weeks away in Wales

05 August, 2019

The tenants' fee ban is now four weeks away from being enacted in Wales under the Renting Homes

Letting fees ban: Renters confused after change in law

05 August, 2019

I was worried about the ridiculous charges mentioned, so I tried to get a second opinion. That alerted me to the fact that they were doing something illegal

Gorton landlord fined for making 11 tenants share customer toilet

05 August, 2019

A landlord was fined more than £47,000 after cramming 11 tenants into a house with one toilet they had to share with shop customers

Rent-a-room blamed for housing crisis

05 August, 2019

But is a tax break really forcing tourists and tenants to fight it out for the same space?

What happens when all in the garden is not quite rosy at the end of a tenancy?

02 August, 2019

A dispute arose between the landlord and tenant due to the condition of the garden at the end of the tenancy

Agent ordered to pay over £37,000 after nine HMO failings

02 August, 2019

An agent has been hit with heavy costs for property offences

Landlords spending £3,000 a year maintaining their properties

02 August, 2019

New research has found that landlords spend more than £3,000 each year looking after their rental properties

Tenants bear the brunt of fall-out in wake of tenancy fees ban

01 August, 2019

ARLA is reporting record rent rises in the immediate wake of the tenancy fees ban which came into force in England on June 1

Rental platform already backed by Google raises a further £1.5m in bid to shake up sector

01 August, 2019

A proptech firm, askporter, has raised a further £1.5m in seed funding

The private rented sector in the UK

01 August, 2019

The UK private rented sector has grown and evolved substantially over the last decade and a half

Tenants hit by rising rents as fees ban bites

01 August, 2019

New survey stats show rent prices rose to highest on record in June

Getting rents under control

01 August, 2019

How to make London rents affordable

The Thinkhouse review: are social lettings agencies the key to a fairer PRS?

01 August, 2019

In this month's Thinkhouse review, Philip Brown hails a report looking at solutions to an unfair private rented sector

Landlords' Barometer - #72: Hot topics among the landlord community

31 July, 2019

Welcome to the July edition of the Landlords' Barometer, where the trending topics for landlords have been as hot as our summer!

Purplebricks says sorry after tenant moves into flat filled with owner's possessions

31 July, 2019

Purplebricks has apologised after a tenant claimed that they moved into a flat only to find it filled with the landlady's belongings

PRS landlords 'dissatisfied' with the courts over evictions

31 July, 2019

RLA says survey findings show the need for a properly resourced housing court

Licensing scheme to improve Bristol's rental housing standards

26 July, 2019

An initiative that aims to improve housing and management standards for multiple occupancy, privately rented properties in 12 of Bristol's central wards started this week

Government hiding behind 'meaningless' definitions of affordable housing

26 July, 2019

Commons debate on future for Local Housing Allowance sees support for sum covering at least the cheapest third of local rents

Changes to possession rules

26 July, 2019

Changes to possession rules and their impact on landlords and tenants

Seven people in a one bed property

26 July, 2019

Seven people in a one bed property - hefty fine for buy to let investor

Jenrick named new Housing Secretary

25 July, 2019

Robert Jenrick has been named the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Property remains a good 'long-term investment'

25 July, 2019

Although new capital gains tax rules could cost some landlords thousands of pounds when they sell up, property is still a relatively safe long term investment

Landlord ordered to pay more than £5k for overcrowded property in Nottingham

25 July, 2019

A private landlord in Nottingham has appeared at Nottingham Magistrates' Court where he pleaded guilty to breaching a prohibition order

'Vilified' McVey moves into housing

25 July, 2019

Her "boss" will be a 37-year-old former corporate lawyer and Christie's director fresh from the Treasury

Man spent housing benefit on 'other things' - then demanded compensation from council

25 July, 2019

Watchdog said council failed over payments notification but ruled resident was responsible for his own finances

UK Build to Rent Market Update

25 July, 2019

The Build to Rent (BTR) sector has performed strongly during the second quarter of 2019

Robert Jenrick: Who is the new Housing Secretary?

25 July, 2019

Robert Jenrick MP has been named as the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) replacing James Brokenshire who has left the position

Calls for councils to help people move home in later life

25 July, 2019

Report also outlines the need for national government to prioritise accessible housebuilding and reinstall funding for a "national advice service"

Redress scheme warning for estate and letting agents

25 July, 2019

Following a recent tribunal where an agency was not signed up to a redress scheme for its property management work, only its letting agency work, all estate and letting agents are being urged to check they are signed up with an approved redress scheme that covers the full remit of their work

Johnson doesn't see housing in 'vision' for future UK

25 July, 2019

No direct reference to housing as a policy priority in first Commons statement from new PM

ALMO under review following Home Standard breach

24 July, 2019

A council in the North East has placed its ALMO under review after the regulator identified serious fire, asbestos and electrical safety failings among its housing stock

Government 'squanders' once-in-a-generation chance to ease housing crisis

24 July, 2019

Key Commons committee says it is unacceptable MHCLG pays so little attention to how the release of public land could deliver social housing

Call of the Week-responsibility for maintaining gardens

24 July, 2019

Summer is here and with that there are bound to be a plethora of barbeques, swimming pools and sun-loungers filling the gardens up and down the country

Universal Credit pilot to launch

24 July, 2019

Today, regulations will come into force to enable the delivery of a Universal Credit migration pilot based in Harrogate

National Housing Federation response to new Conservative Party leader

24 July, 2019

We congratulate Boris Johnson MP on his election as leader of the Conservative Party

Company landlords now own almost 650,000 rental properties

24 July, 2019

Some 12% of properties in the private rented sector are now owned by a company as tax changes make private landlords feel the pinch

Rudd stresses work with PRS over application of Local Housing Allowance

24 July, 2019

Work and Pensions Secretary says reassessment of LHA should be a priority with benefits freeze thawed

Housing sector calls on Johnson to step up development investment and fix Universal Credit

24 July, 2019

Housing bodies and sector figures have reacted to the imminent appointment of Boris Johnson as the new prime minister

Universal Credit among worst examples of welfare reform 'in the history of humankind

23 July, 2019

Commons Work and Pensions Committee says Universal Credit application process should come with a health warning

Boris to be PM, so what can we expect on housing?

23 July, 2019

Boris Johnson will become the UK's next Prime Minister, so what does this mean for housing - and in particular the private rented sector?

Universal credit: Disabled people to get backdated benefit payments

23 July, 2019

More than 13,000 disabled people are to receive backdated benefit payments after the government accepted a court ruling over universal credit

Poor universal credit advice costs claimants thousands, MPs say

23 July, 2019

DWP accused of failing to help those who unnecessarily signed up for the benefit

Revealed: the safest BTL investment areas based on crime levels and rental yields

23 July, 2019

Rental yields tend to increase in areas with higher crime rates, according to new research

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments

23 July, 2019

Analysis of end of year returns from Local Authorities

How to solve the United Kingdom's housing crisis

23 July, 2019

IEA Current Controversies papers are designed to promote discussion of economic issues and the role of markets in solving economic and social problems

Report urges Stamp Duty abolishment to help thousands up property ladder

23 July, 2019

The move is said to save a normal family buying an average priced home of £228,000 around £2,080 on their purchase

Inequality and 'affordable' housing

23 July, 2019

How university students have a role to play in the shortage of affordable housing

Edinburgh calls for short-term lets licensing regime

23 July, 2019

The City of Edinburgh Council has set out its case for a licensing regime to be introduced for properties being rented out for more than 28 days in a calendar year

Renters may get access to rogue landlord database

22 July, 2019

A database of rogue landlords would be opened up to prospective tenants under government plans

DWP urged to option direct Universal Credit payments to landlords

22 July, 2019

Parliamentary report also says direct payment should be by default where there is a history of rent arrears or debt

Food banks scramble to stop a million children going hungry over holidays

22 July, 2019

More families turn to food parcels to make up for loss of free school meals, extra childcare costs and benefit payment delays

West Midlands Mayor goes 'blue on blue' to battle homelessness

22 July, 2019

Tory West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has gone 'blue on blue' to back an urgent rethink part of the benefits system to tackle homelessness

New Universal Credit report: MPs back RLA suggestions

22 July, 2019

Plans to improve the Universal Credit system by ending the benefits freeze and promoting direct payments to landlords have been put forward by a cross-party group of MPs

The Section 21 Consultation

22 July, 2019

Over the weekend the Government published a consultation on plans to axe Section 21-so called 'no fault' repossessions in the private rented sector

High demand for rental homes following introduction of the tenant fee ban

22 July, 2019

There has been a significant rise in tenant demand in recent weeks after the change to tenant fees came in on 1st June, new figures show

Industry rages against Labour's

22 July, 2019

Calls by Labour's London Mayor Sadiq Khan to secure powers to implement private sector rent controls are facing increasing opposition

Tenancy demand shoots up as renters look to avoid fees post-ban

19 July, 2019

The uplift in tenancy demand in the month before the fees ban was implemented was seven times the norm, as tenants looked to move after June 1 and avoid paying fees

Vulnerable tenants 'hardest hit' by scrapping of Section 21

19 July, 2019

RLA warns over findings from largest ever non-government surveys of landlords and agents

Rent control: London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls for more powers

19 July, 2019

The mayor of London has called on the government to hand him extra powers so he can cap rents in the capital

Section 21: don't scrap it just yet

19 July, 2019

Section 21 needs to remain, at least until any new system provides landlords with assurance and confidence that they can swiftly repossess properties for legitimate reasons

Sadiq Khan's vision for a post-Section 21 world

19 July, 2019

In a hopeful day for London's renters, the Mayor has shared his vision for private renting

Developing proposals for London rent control

19 July, 2019

The Mayor of London's review of rent control has concluded with a call for new powers to cut rents in the capital

Council backs abolition of Section 21 after hearing how one of its own members was evicted

18 July, 2019

A local authority is to lobby for Section 21 to be abolished after hearing from one its own councillors who was evicted twice

Housing data reveals renter confusion over deposit protection

18 July, 2019

A fifth of renters are unsure if their tenancy deposit has been protected by their landlord or lettings agent

Majority of private renters say they have no savings

18 July, 2019

But RLA says updated English Housing Survey stats "dispel the myth" that the PRS means insecure tenancies and increasing costs

Grenfell scrutiny group could be scrapped by council

18 July, 2019

The council responsible for Grenfell Tower is proposing to shut down a scrutiny committee set up to look at its response to the fatal fire in 2017

Ban on new home short-term or sub-lets trialled in Manchester

18 July, 2019

A scheme to stop new home owners sub-letting or offering short-term lets is being trialled in Manchester

PRS standards get Parliamentary once-over in North

18 July, 2019

APPG inquiry aims to explore current standard of fast-rising northern PRS

Councillors who are tenants or landlords warned not to vote on licensing plans

17 July, 2019

A bid to introduce licensing of private landlords in a major city could prove problematic because so many councillors are either landlords or tenants

UK's renting millennials face homelessness crisis when they retire

17 July, 2019

Report finds at least 630,000 will be unable to afford private rents on their pension income

Poor tenants pay for landlords to live like kings. It doesn't have to be this way

17 July, 2019

Britain has enough housing - it's just that a series of outrageous policies makes it accessible only to the rich

Parliamentary report finds older residents face 'private rent catastrophe'

17 July, 2019

New report stresses a need for more than one million low cost rented homes to adequately house older people by the late 2040s

Housing health and safety standards in the PRS being modernised

16 July, 2019

The Housing Health Safety Rating System used to assess health and safety in residential properties it to be reformed to make it more accessible for landlords and tenants

Tenant who pretended to be landlord carved up five houses into illegal homes

15 July, 2019

A tenant pretending to be a landlord has been ordered to pay more than £21,000 after he carved up five family homes he rented into unsafe bedsits - putting the lives of at least 40 vulnerable residents at risk

LGA: HHSRS update doesn't account for 'statistical evidence'

15 July, 2019

Government review recommends an option assessing whether some hazard profiles can be removed or combined and to improve the guidance given to landlords and tenants

ARLA voices total opposition to introduction of rent controls and begs law-makers to reconsider

12 July, 2019

ARLA has said it is totally opposed to the introduction of rent controls in Scotland

Just £10m allocated in Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

12 July, 2019

Only 5% of a £200m pot for a pilot scheme to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants has been spent since its launch last summer

Cowboy landlords and slum housing a problem on Isle of Wight - council meeting hears

12 July, 2019

Cowboy landlords and slum housing are part of a systemic housing problem on the Isle of Wight

PRS holds 'less appeal for amateurs'

12 July, 2019

Though landlord yields are up, new stats show a PRS stifled by government intervention and Brexit uncertainty

Police warn after fraudsters take down For Sale board, steal property and con would-be tenants

11 July, 2019

In an extraordinary new case of fraud, a house that was for sale was 'stolen' and then rented out

Plans outlined to introduce 'property MOT' for the rental sector

11 July, 2019

Savills is to integrate a minimum standards-style checklist into its systems as part of plans to introduce a "property MOT" for the rental sector

Northern Ireland and South West see strongest rent rise

11 July, 2019

Northern Ireland and the South West saw the strongest annual rental growth of all UK regions

CIEH calls for cross-party commitment to landlord registration scheme

10 July, 2019

Letters go out to leading politicians saying scheme as operated in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland now "absolutely necessary" in England

Government urged to hold off on further buy-to-let interventions

10 July, 2019

The Government is being urged to hold a moratorium on further buy-to-let interventions after analysis found the market has swung in favour of large institutional landlords

Mixed picture for rent rises in first month of the tenant fees ban

10 July, 2019

Average rents climbed slightly in the first month of the tenant fees ban but are still lower than at the start of the year

Landlords to speak out over 'failed' Right To Rent

10 July, 2019

Court of Appeal puts PRS landlords at the centre of latest government legal challenge to a policy the High Court says breaches human rights

Plans to extend 'no fault' notice period to six months come under fire

09 July, 2019

Proposals to extend the notice period for so-called 'no fault' evictions have come under fire

Ditching Section 21 will hit benefits tenants most

09 July, 2019

The Government has been urged to think twice about its proposal to abolish Section 21, because the biggest casualties would be tenants on benefits

Energy supplier that let down private tenants is ordered to pay £350,000

08 July, 2019

An energy supplier has been fined and ordered to pay £350,000 for failings that affected almost 2,000 private tenants

Fraudulent tenant applications on the increase

05 July, 2019

London agent Benham and Reeves has warned of an increasing level of fraudulent rental applications

Tenants on state benefits likely to be "the biggest casualties" of the government's "ill-thought-out" plan to abolish Section 21

05 July, 2019

The government should "think twice" before changing the rules on eviction in the private rented sector

Local authorities 'should prosecute more letting agents'

04 July, 2019

Local authorities should prosecute more letting agents

New online system for agents and landlords to receive tenant benefit payments set for launch

04 July, 2019

A new online system for landlords and lettings agents to receive direct payments from tenants on Universal Credit is set to be launched before the end of this year after a successful trial

Deposit schemes fund research into tackling low standards in private rented sector

04 July, 2019

The charity arms of the TDS and its sister brand SafeDeposits Scotland have joined forces to fund a UK-wide research programme with the aim of improving standards in the PRS

The NLA Wins Government Support Over Hull City Council's "Unfair" Treatment Of Landlords

04 July, 2019

The NLA Wins Government Support Over Hull City Council's "Unfair" Treatment Of Landlords

The fight for fair housing is finally shifting power from landlords to residents

04 July, 2019

In the UK and beyond, movements targeting housing injustice are gathering momentum

Government minister intervenes in enforcement row between landlords and local authority

03 July, 2019

Housing minister Heather Wheeler has waded into a row between landlords and Hull City Council over its approach to enforcement in the private rental sector

Landlords want 'fast track' tribunal if Section 21 abolished

03 July, 2019

Around four in 10 respondents to sector survey call for quicker court process - from serving notice to taking possession

Landlords holding back from further purchases over next 12 months

02 July, 2019

Fewer than a third of landlords would add to their buy-to-let portfolio over the next 12 months

The Deposit Diaries: Case of the tenant allowed to return to property to clean and decorate

02 July, 2019

This case concerns a landlord allowing a tenant to retain a key to the property after the check-out report had been carried out

Would-be housing ombudsman quizzed on 'derogatory' view of tenants

02 July, 2019

Past comments come back to haunt Richard Blakeway as Commons select committee tests his suitability for the role

New tenants' passports to be trialled with 25 letting agents

01 July, 2019

A new 'rental CV' is to be trialled with 25 letting agents

Crown estate faces tenants' anger over rent hikes, evictions and repair delays

01 July, 2019

Guardian finds Queen's £14bn property portfolio has had more than 100 complaints over management of housing

Hearthstone confirms completion of PRS deals worth a combined £31m

01 July, 2019

Over 100 new homes added to growing portfolio

Landlords challenge would-be PMs over rental reforms

01 July, 2019

RLA urges Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to engage with five-point PRS revival plan

Section 21 could be outlawed within months, says outgoing prime minister Theresa May

28 June, 2019

Legislation banning reforming Section 21 could be introduced within six months

Housing Secretary supports allowing tenants to transfer their deposits between rental properties

28 June, 2019

Controversial proposals to allow tenants to 'passport' their deposits are back on the political agenda

Landlords' Barometer - #71: Are landlords really lucky if they get 2.5% yields?

28 June, 2019

Welcome to the June edition of the Landlords' Barometer, curating the hottest trending topics and content from propertytribes.com over the past month

Agents divided over whether rents rose ahead of tenant fees ban

28 June, 2019

Agents are split over whether rents rose in the run-up to the tenant fees ban

Citizens Advice calls for new national housing body to oversee private rented sector

27 June, 2019

Citizens Advice has called for a new national housing body to regulate the private rented sector in England

Tenancy passport firm raises over £3m to accelerate partnerships with agents

27 June, 2019

A firm which supplies tenancy deposit replacement products and rent passports has raised £3.1m in the first few weeks of a new funding campaign

Landlord hit with £66,000 bill after sending in heavies to kick tenant out

27 June, 2019

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay a £60,170 fine and £6,000 court costs after being found guilty of making tenants' lives a misery

Hundreds of thousands of tenants in unsafe homes

27 June, 2019

Citizens Advice research finds half of landlords don't know or understand legal obligations

Britain's private rented sector isn't fit for purpose. It's unfair and unsafe

27 June, 2019

With landlords holding all the cards and tenants in substandard housing, regulation hasn't kept pace with market conditions

ARLA warns ministers that 'landlord licensing schemes do not work and never will'

26 June, 2019

Agents and landlords have slammed recommendations made in an official review of selective licensing schemes

Breaking: National register of landlords proposed

26 June, 2019

Proposals for a national register of landlords have been included in a report on selective licensing out today

Call for new national body to police PRS

26 June, 2019

Against the backdrop of Housing 2019, report says "hundreds of thousands" now endure health-affecting and dangerous PRS properties

Tenant avenges eviction by 'heavies' for overcrowding complaint

26 June, 2019

London borough secures biggest fine yet against rogue landlord

Survey shows landlords 'struggling' to keep up with reforms

25 June, 2019

30% didn't understand HMO regulations, 28% in the dark over the abolition of Section 21, and 27% unaware of letting fees ban

Government selective licensing review backs creation of national landlord register

25 June, 2019

A Government-commissioned review into selective licensing has backed the creation of a national landlord register

Conservative leadership contenders urged to scrap Right to Rent

25 June, 2019

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are facing calls to scrap the controversial Right to Rent scheme if they become Prime Minister - despite the Home Office still appealing a court ruling against the policy

Selective licensing review

25 June, 2019

Findings from an independent review into the use and effectiveness of selective licensing

CIEH and RLA at odds over future for selective licencing schemes

25 June, 2019

New review recommends retention of schemes with suggestions for improvements

New PM urged to scrap 'failed' Right To Rent

24 June, 2019

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt challenged over the future for a policy the High Court calls a breach of human rights law

Insurance giant and Mortgage Advice Bureau unveil new insurance products for tenants

21 June, 2019

Legal & General has announced the completion of the pilot phase of its new 'rental protection plan' for tenants

Fees ban a possible factor in only 2% of available rental properties now accepting pets

21 June, 2019

Only 2% of available rental properties in the UK are explicitly advertised as being open to pets - with the situation appearing to worsen because of the tenancy fees ban

DSS discrimination means renters are punished for their circumstances

21 June, 2019

Kyrstyna and her husband, Geoff, had been homeowners. But when they lost their jobs due to redundancy, they were forced to go back to renting privately in their 50s

Lewisham council consults on borough-wide licensing

21 June, 2019

The London Borough of Lewisham has announced proposals to consult on borough-wide licensing that would cover all private rented properties

Rents rise as buy-to-let clampdown begins to hit landlord pockets

20 June, 2019

Landlords are raising rents after being hit by the buy-to-let clampdown in their tax bills

Agents can keep incentive payments from councils - but only if the landlord agrees

20 June, 2019

Already well documented in the press, rising rents in the private rented sector combined with cuts to housing benefits following the introduction of Universal Credit, have made letting to councils a less attractive proposition for private landlords

LIN member report June 2019 - The Tenant Fees Act

19 June, 2019

LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

Letting agency given just seven days to pay £7,000 after prosecution

19 June, 2019

A letting firm was given seven days to pay £7,000 in fines and costs after repeatedly failing to provide information on who owned and occupied flats

Life insurance cover gap for UK renters

19 June, 2019

A study by Sainsbury's Bank has found tenants are significantly less likely to have life insurance or critical illness cover than homeowners

Shelter says scrapping Section 21 would be vote winner for the next Prime Minister

18 June, 2019

Shelter has urged whoever becomes the next Prime Minister to take advantage of the "tenant vote" and get on with scrapping Section 21 eviction notices in England

Crammed illegal HMO earned landlord around £68,400 a year

18 June, 2019

Dawn raid reveals some tenants charged up to £800 a month in rent were sharing a garden shed

Scrapped tenancy fees will 'liquidate' landlords and letting agents

17 June, 2019

Survey shows 42% of responding landlords predict landlords and letting agents will be forced out of business

Scotland is proof we must abolish Section 21

17 June, 2019

New research by Shelter shows that Scottish renters have been reaping the benefits of open-ended tenancies since the introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy in December 2017

The new private rental tenancies: Evaluating changes to rental agreements in Scotland

17 June, 2019

On 1st December 2017,a new type of private rental tenancy came into law in Scotland

"Cartel" of landlords converting homes to one-bed flats in Lewisham

14 June, 2019

Mayor Damian Egan has described the "cartel" of London landlords buying properties to convert to one-bed flats in Whitefoot, Downham and Bellingham

Letting fees ban: agents urge landlords to increase rents

14 June, 2019

The government has banned agencies from ripping off tenants - but there is evidence that rents are rising to offset the losses

There will be no U-turn on tenancy fees ban - it is here to stay

13 June, 2019

The Government is keen to hear feedback on the tenant fees ban but has ruled out ever scrapping the policy

Major bank ends 'no DSS' mortgages

12 June, 2019

The latest industry pledge comes amid bids to end discriminatory practices to those claiming benefits

New tenant's passport goes live in wake of fees ban

11 June, 2019

A new tenant's passport app has gone live in the wake of the fees ban

Landlord seeking return of deposit money reported to police for 'harassing agent'

11 June, 2019

A landlord who reported an agent to police over missing deposit money has himself been reported to police

Slough Borough Council approves selective and additional licensing

11 June, 2019

Slough Borough Council has approved plans to introduce selective and additional licensing which will come into effect on 1 July 2019

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council cabinet approves selective licensing

11 June, 2019

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has approved plans for selective licensing for Thurcroft and Parkgate at a cabinet meeting on 10 June 2019

Rogue letting agent that pocketed £16,000 of rent set to be exposed on TV

10 June, 2019

A letting agent is set to be featured in tonight's TV episode of 'Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords'

Landlords blamed for making younger generation less mobile

07 June, 2019

Landlords have come under renewed criticism for reduced mobility among younger people and a lack of housing affordability

Millions more Universal Credit claimants to have rents paid straight to landlord

07 June, 2019

Under new rules, private renters will be offered the chance to enrol in a system that could make their budgeting a lot simpler

Four in ten renters 'stuck' with landlords who won't do repairs

06 June, 2019

Four in ten renters are "stuck" with landlords who refuse to repair their "problem-riddled" properties

Landlord confidence key to possession reforms

06 June, 2019

Section 21 repossessions should be retained in the private rented sector unless and until a new system is in place that provides landlords with the same level of confidence about repossessing properties in legitimate circumstances

Renters would no longer have to pay Council Tax under new plans put to Labour

05 June, 2019

Renters would no longer have to pay Council Tax under new plans being considered by the Labour party

4 in 10 renters stuck with landlords who refuse to repair problem-riddled properties

05 June, 2019

While 6 in 10 renters fear they will never afford to own a home

Croydon mum driving creation of renters' union to help tenants needing support

05 June, 2019

A Croydon mum of two is joining forces with activists to build a renters' union after she claims she was evicted twice in a year

How to rent

04 June, 2019

This guide is for people who are looking for a house or flat to rent

Landlords worried about anti-social tenants protest against abolition of Section 21

04 June, 2019

Landlords have warned against the proposed abolition of Section 21, saying it will leave them powerless to deal with anti-social tenants who may be distressing neighbours and disrupting local communities

Repossessions under Section 21 should be 'retained' in PRS

04 June, 2019

A coalition have warned that plans to abolish the act without a system in place could 'undermine' the sector

Energy efficiency workshops for landlords

04 June, 2019

The Department for Business, Energy, Industry and Strategy (BEIS) has confirmed a series of five roadshows that will be focused on discussing options for future Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) within the private sector

Local authority becomes first to receive official go-ahead for huge licensing scheme

03 June, 2019

A local authority says that it is the first to receive government approval for a licensing scheme that covers every single private rented property in the borough

Landlords' Barometer #70: Time for landlords to get militant - or get out

03 June, 2019

Welcome to this edition of the Landlords' Barometer, bringing you trending topics from propertytribes.com which unsurprisingly have something of a political slant!

Letting agency denies illegal evictions and leaving tenants' belongings in black bags on the street

03 June, 2019

A letting agency has been under further scrutiny by the BBC amid claims that it has been illegally evicting tenants and taking their belongings

Spike in landlords exiting rental market as fees ban enforced

03 June, 2019

New stats show letting agents reported a rise in the number of landlords selling up in April

Agents' outrage over government handling of Fees Ban documents

03 June, 2019

Agents have reacted angrily to the way in which the government released a new set of rental documents updated to include Fees Ban information

Housing campaigners celebrate banning of letting fees for tenants

03 June, 2019

But rent activists are concerned that some agents intend to flout new laws

Fees ban now just hours away - and still the warnings pour in

31 May, 2019

Warnings about the consequences of the Tenant Fees Act, which comes into force a second after midnight tonight, continue to pour in

More landlords fleeing the private rented sector or hiking rents

31 May, 2019

Letting agents have reported a spike in landlords selling up

Buy to let: exploding the first-time buyer myth

31 May, 2019

Phil Rickards, head of BM Solutions, asks if buy-to-let landlords really triumphed at the expense of first-time buyers

Council to buy houses where private tenants in Milton Keynes have been threatened with homelessness

31 May, 2019

Private sector tenants who are at risk of being made homeless by their landlords could be saved from the fate by Milton Keynes Council buying their homes

Nationwide house price index

31 May, 2019

UK house price growth slows in May

Agency 'locking out tenants and taking belongings'

31 May, 2019

A letting agency has been illegally evicting tenants and taking their belongings

Private Rented Sector Report - April 2019

31 May, 2019

Spike in landlords leaving rental market as fees ban approaches

Deposit scheme warns of 'danger of falling foul of the law' as tenant fees ban approaches

30 May, 2019

The TDS has reported a boom in visits to its DepositCap.com website as landlords and letting agents rush to ensure they are compliant ahead of the tenant fees ban

Fees ban will make rents go up, say half of tenants and landlords

30 May, 2019

Four in ten tenants and landlords are unaware of the fees ban which comes into effect this Saturday

England and Wales Rental Tracker

30 May, 2019

West Midlands steps ahead as the total rental market posts slight Easter growth

Tenant Fees Act limits access

30 May, 2019

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is concerned the Tenant Fees Act 2019 may limit access to rented property for tenants in areas with selective licensing

Fees ban countdown: Agents warned that failure to provide reference checks could cost them their customers

29 May, 2019

A landlords' membership body is warning that the tenant fees ban could stop tenants from renting properties in areas of selective licensing

Tune in to the very latest in advice on tenancy fees ban

29 May, 2019

Agents can watch the Propertymark roadshow in Exeter live on the Rightmove Hub

Fees ban countdown: Generation Rent tells agents 'We're watching you'

29 May, 2019

Lobby group Generation Rent has found 21 agents that it says are breaking the law by failing to display fees

North Lincolnshire Council to landlords - help us house the homeless

29 May, 2019

North Lincolnshire Council (NLC) is actively looking for private sector landlords to sign up to their Private Sector Leasing scheme (PSL) arrangement

Fees ban countdown: Agents warned of 'unintended consequence' as tenants make multiple applications

28 May, 2019

Agents who fear that the tenancy fees ban could result in tenants making multiple applications have been warned that exactly this is happening in Scotland

Private rental sector continues to grow amid buy-to-let market uncertainty

28 May, 2019

The proportion of privately rented homes has fallen below 20% of all tenure types for the first time in three years, despite the number of rental properties actually increasing

Letting agents 'flouting' existing consumer laws

28 May, 2019

In 2017, Generation Rent research of 1088 agents found 131 were failing to display their fees

RLA calls on Mayor of London to ban short-term lettings ads on transport network

24 May, 2019

The Mayor of London has been urged to remove adverts on the Tube and buses that call on landlords to provide short-term lets for tourists and holidaymakers

Tenant sues agent for £100,000 after injuries when trying to climb security gate

23 May, 2019

An agent is being sued for £100,000 by a tenant who was hurt as he tried to get into his flat by climbing over a spiked security gate

Agents could charge landlords nearer 18% when tenant fees ban comes in

23 May, 2019

A firm launching a service aimed at helping landlords avoid having to use agents, is predicting that lettings firms will charge close to 18% after the fees ban comes in next week

Higher rental costs on their way as landlords withdraw investment in market

23 May, 2019

Monthly rental growth remained unchanged across the UK in April, ONS data shows, but rent prices were up annually and there are warnings that large increases are on their way

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: April 2019

23 May, 2019

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

Nearly half of landlords and letting agents likely to bow out of market

22 May, 2019

Nearly half of landlords and letting agents are more likely to remove their investment - some or all of it - in the private rented sector as a result of the Government's plans to end so-called 'no fault' evictions by the abolition of Section 21

Rental growth stalls as previously strong regions falter

22 May, 2019

Rental growth last month was almost flat across England and Wales despite regional variations

Soaring rents widely expected with scrapping of tenancy fee

22 May, 2019

Survey shows 59% of the UK are unaware of the Tenant Fees Act and 17% believe fees are being introduced not removed

Half of landlords 'more likely' to leave PRS under government plans

22 May, 2019

New stats stoke fears of a collapse in private renting if abolition of Section 21 goes ahead

More tenancy deposit disputes being resolved without adjudication

21 May, 2019

Increasing numbers of tenancy disputes are being resolved through mediation rather than adjudication

Scottish Labour party launches new bid to outlaw 'unfair' rents

21 May, 2019

Labour has introduced a Bill in Scotland which will introduce a further clampdown on rents

Angry landlords set to confront Government over scrapping of Section 21

20 May, 2019

Furious landlords are due to meet in London tomorrow to draw up battle lines over the proposed scrapping of the so-called no fault evictions, Section 21

I'm a perfect tenant but landlords avoid me because I'm on housing benefits

20 May, 2019

For all intents and purposes, I'm a great tenant

HMO Licensing: Six months on

20 May, 2019

Six months on from the introduction of licencing that regulates Homes for Multiple Occupation, and awareness of the new laws remains limited

Home Office releases Brexit guidance on Right to Rent

17 May, 2019

The Home Office has confirmed that landlords and agents should continue to undertake Right to Rent checks for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens as they do now

Landlords turn their backs on the Conservative Party

17 May, 2019

Polling conducted by the National Landlords Association suggests that private landlords have lost faith in the Conservative Party

Buy-to-let purchase loans in melt-down as landlords beat their retreat

17 May, 2019

The number of mortgage approvals for all types of house purchase has dropped sharply, with a drop of almost 10% in buy-to-let loans

Proportion of EU tenants renting in the UK plummets by a fifth

16 May, 2019

The number of EU nationals looking to rent in the UK has dropped by a fifth

PRS reform means many housing cases 'will not to go to law'

16 May, 2019

MHCLG minster offers the Lords "reassurance" over legal aid provision in housing cases, saying "the law will be absolutely clear"

What would scrapping 'no fault' evictions mean for landlords?

16 May, 2019

For private landlords, the key change outlined in the government's response is the proposed removal of 'no fault' evictions

Section 21 survey response breaks RLA record

16 May, 2019

Previous record smashed, with more than 6,000 responses already in and still days to go

Ex-Countrywide agent says landlords signing onerous conditions

14 May, 2019

A former Countrywide employee trying to start up their own business has claimed that landlords who would like to become customers of the new firm are being hit by onerous 'release' fees

Landlords find profits are on the slide when selling up

14 May, 2019

The average landlord who sold a buy-to-let property last year made nearly £80,000 pre-tax profit - less than in previous years

HomeLet Rental Index - April 2019

14 May, 2019

Rents in the UK rose by 2.0% in April compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £936 a month

Wheeler pledges court reforms to support landlords

14 May, 2019

Announcement comes in wake of government's decision to abolish section 21 "no explanation" repossessions

Housing associations must be handed bigger role to free private renters from 'poor deal'

14 May, 2019

Housing associations must be given a bigger role by government in tackling the housing crisis as private renters are getting an increasingly "poor deal"

Housing Secretary rejects rent controls but defends abolition of 'no fault' evictions

13 May, 2019

Housing Secretary of State James Brokenshire has rejected suggestions that the Conservatives could bring in rent controls

Average new rents continue to rise ahead of fees ban

13 May, 2019

The average new rental price is still rising, ahead of the imminent tenant fees ban

London's residential market stalls while private renters see rises

13 May, 2019

New stats show flats saw the sharpest fall in transactions, down almost 20% in the final quarter of 2018 compared to the previous year

Courts 'failing landlords' as repossessions timescales increase

10 May, 2019

The Government's plans to scrap Section 21 notices have come under scrutiny after its own data shows it is taking longer for landlords to repossess properties through the courts

Buy-to-let regulation blamed as landlord arrears increase

10 May, 2019

Buy-to-let mortgage arrears increased in the first quarter of 2019, prompting concerns that disgruntled tenants are stopping paying rent as a result of landlords giving them notice and exiting the sector

RLA: Courts are 'failing' landlords and tenants

10 May, 2019

Average time taken for a property to be repossessed from the initial claim is over 17 weeks

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics in England and Wales, January to March 2019 (Provisional)

10 May, 2019

Since January to March 2018, all mortgage possession actions have increased, whereas landlord possession actions have generally decreased

Housing benefits should be 'at least' 30% of market rates

10 May, 2019

London boroughs have called on Whitehall to lift the Local Housing Allowance to at least 30% of local market rates for private sector accommodation to help ease the pressure on councils

Landlords threaten legal action over 'unfair' licensing scheme

09 May, 2019

Oxford City Council is being threatened with legal action over its landlord licensing scheme

Benefit cuts 'have made private renting unaffordable'

09 May, 2019

Renting privately across most of England has become unaffordable for people on benefits, housing charities have warned, with people in some areas short of at least £100 a month

England and Wales Rental Tracker

09 May, 2019

Rental market shows stability in March as landlords look north

Council-led incentive aims to tackle housing waiting lists

08 May, 2019

The scheme is due to be launched at a series of events targeted at private landlords and housing

Shelter launches £600,000 PRS fund in Manchester

08 May, 2019

The Fair Housing Futures project seeks to address the challenges of accessing housing in Manchester's private sector

Government changes to renting laws have fuelled housing discrimination

08 May, 2019

Xenophobia has been increasing in the UK over the past five years, spurred on by fear mongering about immigration whether in regards to the refugee crisis or Brexit

Get out while you can, private landlords told - and buy shares in build to rent instead

07 May, 2019

The chief executive of Grainger, one of Britain's biggest rental firms, has said that amateur landlords should give up and buy shares in her company instead

Property: is this an ethical alternative to buy-to-let?

07 May, 2019

If you're keen to invest your cash but want to be sure it's doing some good, Reap is worth a look

Thousands of buy to let homes are dangerous, claims compliance firm

07 May, 2019

A compliance company has accused "thousands" of buy to let investors of failing to address major household hazards which render properties dangerous

Which? accuses agents of breaking law over tenancy agreements

03 May, 2019

A mystery shopping investigation of 20 letting agents by consumer watchdog Which? claims to have identified practices that could be illegal

Agent Provocateur: Politicians and the strangling of the private rental sector

03 May, 2019

We live in a world of unintended consequences

Tenants hit by 'unfair' practices which could breach consumer law

03 May, 2019

A letting agent with almost 200 branches required a holding deposit before tenants had even reviewed a contract

Are we seeing the demise of the 'rogue' landlord?

03 May, 2019

There are many good landlords in the UK, but there is a small minority of 'rogue' operators that have become a major scourge for renters

Seconds away - Government leaves it to literally the last minute on fees ban

03 May, 2019

In a literally last minute move, and as the industry entered an era of huge change, the Government waited until 60 seconds before the fees ban came in before it issued the final and vital paperwork

Leaseholders in London block pay nearly £3.5m for Grenfell-style cladding removal

02 May, 2019

Leaseholders living at a major development in central London have been forced to pay out millions of pounds to remove dangerous Grenfell-style cladding despite no work starting on the block

Quarter of landlords looking to 'sell up' over next year

02 May, 2019

Survey reveals a third reported low levels of confidence in the private rented sector

Nationwide house price index

01 May, 2019

UK house price growth remained weak in April

Propertymark Housing Report - March 2019

01 May, 2019

Supply of available properties hit the lowest level on record for the month of March

Opinion: Tinkering politicians will only trap landlords for years to come

30 April, 2019

Margaret Thatcher is credited with the Right to Buy legislation which allowed long-term council tenants to purchase their homes at a discounted price

Property demand and supply hits a six-year low but are landlords returning to the market?

30 April, 2019

The number of properties available to buy has hit the lowest level on record for March

Chester: Landlords fined for letting flat with no windows or heating

30 April, 2019

Two landlords have been fined for letting out a death-trap flat which had no heating or windows

MPs ramp up pressure on government to fund private cladding removal

30 April, 2019

MPs have increased the pressure on government to fund the removal of Grenfell-style cladding from private residential blocks

'Hassle no longer worth it' for private landlords

29 April, 2019

New research shows the likely post-tax gain for the typical private landlord has declined substantially, as corporate residential equivalent sees strong returns

Rushanara Ali MP: Gov't must move fast to replace flammable cladding on every building

29 April, 2019

Fire does not discriminate between private and public housing

More homes for rent

29 April, 2019

Rental market to benefit from £30 million investment

Landlords shocked to be told their costs will rise because of tenancy fees ban

29 April, 2019

With just over a month to go, some landlords are apparently only just waking up to the price of the tenancy fees ban

Opinion: Abolishing Section 21 and restoring rent controls could return us to bad old days?

29 April, 2019

The Government has announced its intention to abolish Section 21 - the so-called no fault eviction, by which landlords can claim possession of their property without having to give a reason

Zoopla warns against rent controls becoming policy

29 April, 2019

Zoopla has cautioned against the use of rent controls

Landlords increasingly look to the north for better investments

29 April, 2019

Rents across England and Wales have barely moved in the last year

Private Rented Sector Report - March 2019

26 April, 2019

Supply of rental properties letting agents managed rose by three percent in March,to the highest figure on record

Was section 21 such a bad thing?

26 April, 2019

The repealing of the government legislation will have come as no surprise to anyone involved in housing

Agents defend housing benefit restrictions in rental adverts to MPs

25 April, 2019

Lettings agents have defended the use of "No DSS" phrases in property listings, claiming landlords are often following instructions from their mortgage lenders or insurer

Tinder-style property rental platform announces expansion plans

25 April, 2019

A new rental property platform that allows prospective tenants to 'swipe' in Tinder style for rooms and homes has had 100,000 searches

Landlords' Barometer - #69: Abolition of Section 21 is the big talking point

25 April, 2019

Welcome to the April edition of the Landlords' Barometer, where, unsurprisingly, the demise of Section 21 is a key trending topic!

MHCLG considers second Right to Buy pilot ballot after low take-up

25 April, 2019

The government is mulling a second ballot of the Right to Buy pilot for housing associations in the Midlands following unexpectedly low take-up

Newcastle landlords condemn 'sledgehammer' licensing plan

24 April, 2019

Private landlords have branded a new licensing policy as "a sledgehammer to crack a nut"

Mayor calls for system to enforce short-term letting law

24 April, 2019

Since 2015, the law has capped short-term lets in London at a total of 90 nights per year

London Mayor calls for short-let landlord register

24 April, 2019

The Mayor of London and local authorities in the capital are calling for the Government to introduce a registration system for short-let landlords

Scrapping Section 21: a victory for every housing campaigner

24 April, 2019

Renters won an important campaign which will change the way all private tenants are treated in our country

House Price Index March 2019

23 April, 2019

A split across England and Wales

New regulatory body will oversee both letting and sales agents

18 April, 2019

A new regulatory body has been set up ahead of the tenant fees ban on June 1

Lack of lettings supply pushes rental growth to record highs

18 April, 2019

Tenants will still need to stump up a deposit ranging from £630 to £2,415 once the fees ban comes in

Corporate landlords earning twice as much from buy-to-let as private owners

18 April, 2019

A new property index that tracks the fortunes of corporate landlords claims they are breathing new life into buy-to-let

Section 21 and why landlords will still hold all the keys in housing

18 April, 2019

SP Chakravarty says the market is inherently rigged against renters

Landlords urged to shape future of rental sector

18 April, 2019

The launch of a new survey to help assess landlord rights comes ahead of a government consultation over section 21

Stamp Duty hikes pushing more London landlords out of their home city

17 April, 2019

Increasing numbers of landlords who live in London are looking beyond the capital for buy-to-let returns

Sky News Host Jayne Secker Hits Young Woman With Patronising Rebuke Of Renters

17 April, 2019

The Sky anchor has been forced to apologise after the exchange sparked widespread anger

Planners set to refuse permission for a licensed house in multiple occupation in Milton Keynes

17 April, 2019

Planners are set to refuse permission for a house in multiple occupation, despite it already being licensed by a different department at the same council

Ending unfair evictions will help prevent homelessness

17 April, 2019

This week, the government announced plans to abolish Section 21 evictions

In full: Tenants letter to Malthouse over communication snub

17 April, 2019

Below is the full letter sent by the National Voice for Tenants Steering Group, who have voiced their disappointment over lack of progress on creating a national tenants' voice

'No-fault' eviction of tenants must end. But beware unintended consequences

16 April, 2019

The government is right to curtail landlords' powers. But too much regulation could end up hurting the poorest

Agents and landlords braced for more upheaval as Section 21 is set for scrapheap

16 April, 2019

Letting agents and landlords have reacted with dismay as the Government unveiled plans to scrap Section 21 notices

Government promoting outdated guidance on how to let and rent a property

16 April, 2019

The Government is promoting outdated guidance on how to let and rent a property

Rightmove House Price Index - April 2019

16 April, 2019

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

Our lack of social housing is failing those in desperate need

16 April, 2019

At Shelter, we see many people who've had bad experiences renting privately, but Tom's experiences are exceptionally bad

Government announces end to unfair evictions

15 April, 2019

Biggest change to the private rental sector for a generation

Government to end 'no-fault' evictions in private rental shake-up

15 April, 2019

Prime minister Theresa May has announced plans to clamp down on landlords who evict tenants unfairly at short notice by abolishing so-called "no-fault evictions"

'I have PTSD and got depressed': how no-fault evictions affect tenants

15 April, 2019

Annie Goodwin, 73, says three no-fault eviction notices in six years have taken their toll

Housing groups welcome plans to abolish Section 21 evictions

15 April, 2019

Housing and tenant groups have welcomed plans by the government to consult on abolishing Section 21 evictions, also known as 'no-fault' evictions

No rogue landlords issued with banning orders in 12 months

15 April, 2019

Just four entries have been recorded on database in the year since its launch

Controlling house prices and the need to be able to evict bad tenants

15 April, 2019

Carolyn Hayman says action must be taken to bring prices back into an affordable ratio with incomes, while Tom Booth says section 21 should not be abolished

JRF responds to Government promise to ban no-fault evictions

15 April, 2019

Following today's news that the Government plans to ban no-fault evictions, Campbell Robb, chief executive of the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation, responds

Onus on Government to avoid chaos in the courts

15 April, 2019

The National Landlords Association is lambasting the Government's proposal to remove Section 21 'no fault' evictions, essentially creating indefinite tenancies

Major agent taken to task over 'no deposit' scheme that is not an insurance policy

12 April, 2019

This is Money, part of the Daily Mail, has criticised Leaders Romans Group for the 'no deposit option' scheme it introduced last year, after a single mother was left with a £1,318 bill at the end of her tenancy

Local enforcement of crooked landlords set to be beefed up

12 April, 2019

Local authorities across the country are to receive new online support in what the Government has said is the latest step in its crackdown on criminal landlords

Reap relaunches to tackle 'unsustainable' housing market

12 April, 2019

Ethical Buy To Let alternative returns for second round of affordable homes investment

Average UK rent down again in Q1 2019

12 April, 2019

Imminent tenancy fees ban may be slowing house moves

The private renters trapped in Britain's new slums

12 April, 2019

Years of austerity have driven the poorest into squalid, crumbling homes

City unveils worst rental homes as it looks to extend licensing

11 April, 2019

A council has revealed the squalid conditions its inspectors have found when visiting rental properties as it looks to extend its landlord licensing scheme

Rent analysis sparks conflict over impact of impending tenant fees ban

11 April, 2019

Two separate reports on rents conflict over the impact of the tenant fees ban

England and Wales Rental Tracker

11 April, 2019

Tenants drawn to the South West in February

Tenants baffled by ad for London room at £572-a-month that appears to have no door

11 April, 2019

Desperate renters were left baffled when a flat listing in east London appeared to show a bedroom without a door

BTL research reveals lower remortgage activity going forward

10 April, 2019

Report says landlords remain engaged in the sector but are prioritising bolstering financial strength over portfolio expansion

Landlords count the cost of tax changes

10 April, 2019

UK's largest and most experienced landlords have adapted their approach to stay resilient to tax and regulatory change by prioritising measures to bolster financial strength over portfolio expansion

Housing Minister unveils new guidance for local authorities to crack down on rogue landlords

10 April, 2019

New online support as part of government's commitment to give greater protection to tenants, and reform the private rented sector for the better

Government launches support for rogue landlord crackdown

10 April, 2019

The announcement forms part of a government commitment to give greater protection to tenants

HomeLet Rental Index - March 19

10 April, 2019

Average rents across the UK rose by 3.3% in March 2019 when compared to the same month a year previously; the average monthly rent is now £942

Bristol City Council approves additional licensing

10 April, 2019

Bristol City Council has confirmed that additional licensing has been approved and further details relating implementation to will be released in due course

Average rent for UK property now £1,217

09 April, 2019

Annual growth hotspots include Edinburgh City (5.97%), Nottingham (4.28%), and Blaenau Gwent (3.76%)

Lettings organisation which calls itself a 'club' hit with huge bills

09 April, 2019

A lettings organisation which calls itself a club rather than an agency has been heavily fined

September date set for Welsh letting fees law

09 April, 2019

Six months until a ban on unnecessary letting fees becomes law - Royal Assent permitting

Landlords: right to rent checks on long-resident non-EEA nationals and Windrush generation

09 April, 2019

This information is for landlords wishing to rent private residential property in England to long resident Commonwealth citizens and other long resident non-EEA nationals

Ministers 'must tell agents and landlords who they can let to after Brexit'

08 April, 2019

The Residential Landlords Association is calling on the Government to issue clear advice for agents and landlords about the implications of Brexit for Right to Rent

"Poorly finished" new block of flats might have to be be evacuated over fire safety fears

08 April, 2019

Developer vows to work with council to fix problems found in investigations following Grenfell Tower tragedy

Councils face a losing battle as they crack down on rogue landlords

08 April, 2019

Despite dawn raids and legal action, the number of unlicensed rentals in houses of multiple occupation continues to grow

Brexit confusion could hit EU tenants in UK

08 April, 2019

Residential Landlords Association blames lack of clarity over settled status scheme

31% of ALMO Right to Buy stock not replaced in 2018

05 April, 2019

The latest National Federation of ALMOs annual report has shown the sector is still struggling with replacing stock sold through the Right to Buy

Two landlord in West Sussex lose appeal against CPNs

05 April, 2019

Two landlords who let substandard properties in Lancing and Southwick have had their appeals against Civil Penalty Notices (CPNs) rejected

TSB adds to its BTL mortgage range

05 April, 2019

TSB has launched new buy-to-let remortgage products within its intermediary range, with rates now starting from 1.59%

'It's going to be our little paradise': can co-ops solve the housing crisis?

05 April, 2019

For many people, bouncing between shoddy, overpriced house-shares is a fact of life. But there is a ready-made answer: the humble housing co-op

Fightback Begins: council's £1,200 licensing fee provokes backlash

05 April, 2019

One of the most pro-licensing local authorities in the country has extended its own scheme to include the entire centre of Bristol - but it's now seeing a backlash

Nearly one in seven Britons could live alone by 2039, study shows

05 April, 2019

ONS also says those already on own are less financially secure than couples without children

New strategy aims to increase supply of housing that's affordable

05 April, 2019

A new strategy to tackle South Cambridgeshire's housing challenges has been approved by the District Council - with an emphasis on providing homes that are affordable for local workers

Major affordable housing projects announced for London

05 April, 2019

The £63m transformation in the heart of the borough's Alperton Housing Zone is expected to get underway this month

Study reveals threat of unregulated short-term lets to PRS

04 April, 2019

Analysis suggests that Airbnb alone has over 77,000 lets in Greater London

'Fleecehold' : Calls to regulate homeowner charges

04 April, 2019

The amount of money homeowners can be charged for maintenance work by housing developers should be regulated by the Welsh Government, an AM has said

Landlord ordered to pay £29,000 for harassing two tenants out of their homes

04 April, 2019

A private landlord in Telford has been ordered to pay £29,000 in costs and fines for harassing two tenants out of their properties

Rental fraud warning after shocking scam attempts

04 April, 2019

Prospective tenants are being warned about a fraud scam that cons people into paying an advance fee to rent a property

TDS is latest to produce tools to help agents through Fees Ban

04 April, 2019

Tenancy Deposit Scheme is the latest player in the private rental sector to launch online tools to help letting agents cope with the Fees Ban

Peers call for tax relief for rental home improvements

04 April, 2019

Landlords are welcoming calls today by a parliamentary committee for tax incentives for private landlords to improve the quality of their property

Councils say homelessness act not adequately funded

04 April, 2019

Up to 67% of councils feel they lack the funding to meet new duties to tackle homelessness, analysis has found

UC creates 'systematic indebtedness' for new claimants

04 April, 2019

A SFHA survey reveals levels of arrears for tenants is much higher when they claim Universal Credit

Study found universal credit causing hardship a year and half ago

04 April, 2019

Joint DWP and HMRC report was released on Thursday but dated November 2017

Newark and Sherwood District Council's policy and finance committee to consider bringing council housing back in-house

04 April, 2019

THE company that manages 5,500 council homes across Newark and Sherwood could be axed and brought back in-house by its sole shareholder, the district council

The DWP claims it costs too much to confirm UC deaths

03 April, 2019

Commons correspondence has the department ducking behind "disproportionate cost" over death rates

Housing First gathers pace in Scottish cities

03 April, 2019

Scotland could be free from most visible, acute forms of homelessness "within three years"

Private landlords face £1,200 fee to rent homes in Bristol

03 April, 2019

Private landlords will need to pay £1,200 for a licence to rent their properties as part of council efforts to improve living standards for tenants

For-profit housing association blocked from NHF membership

03 April, 2019

A for-profit housing association has been told it cannot be a member of the National Housing Federation

Northampton family will withhold rent until housing association helps with black mould in their house

03 April, 2019

After trying to treat the problem themselves the couple now really want the help of their housing association to get rid of the black mould in their house

Britain needs decent new council houses - not just musicals about them

03 April, 2019

A new production celebrates a famous Sheffield estate but glosses over dire levels of inequality and housing waiting lists

New landlord management platform to pay tenants to find their replacement

03 April, 2019

A new property management platform, which is launching soon, is looking for landlords to sign up and test its systems for free

Three million homes needed to end homelessness

03 April, 2019

A year ago, the government hailed the Homelessness Reduction Act as "the most ambitious legal reform in decades" - as it rolled out new duties on councils to prevent and relieve homelessness

Rogue landlords to stop exploiting students minister warns

03 April, 2019

In a speech to students, Universities Minister Chris Skidmore warns that landlords who fail to meet basic standards of living for student accommodation must face justice under new regulations

HB A7/2018

03 April, 2019

Adjudication circulars provide updates to the Housing Benefit guidance manual for local authority staff

Tenant fee ban - 10 top tips for letting agents

02 April, 2019

As part of ARLA Propertymark's Tenant Fees Tool Kit, we've put together 10 of our top tips for letting agents ahead of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 coming into force on 1 June

'Flippant' DWP minister apologises to Parliament

02 April, 2019

Justin Tomlinson admits "inadvertent" factual blunders made during a debate on the benefits freeze

Private sector hits out at 'arbitrary rent caps'

02 April, 2019

The government's "tsunami of legislation" also came under fire at the ARLA Propertymark conference

Horsham to set up affordable housing company

02 April, 2019

Horsham District Council looks set to join the ever-expanding list of local authorities with its own housing company

Council says landlords should "account for their tenants' behaviour"

02 April, 2019

A buy to let investor has been hit with a £4,000 fine plus costs of over £5,000 after failing to license a property in multiple occupation

Platform removes housing benefit lending restrictions

02 April, 2019

Platform has removed all letting conditions that restrict landlords letting to tenants who receive housing benefit

A good time to be a landlord in London as renters seek long-term tenancies

02 April, 2019

A growing number of renters in the capital are looking for longer-term tenancies as home ownership becomes increasingly out of reach for many Londoners

Call of the Week: Letting agents and court applications

02 April, 2019

This week we received a call from one of our members who is new to being a letting agent

Gas Safe Register responds to NLA concerns

02 April, 2019

Gas Safe Register's CEO, Jonathan Samuel, has responded to the National Landlords Association's concerns about gas safe engineers' lack of knowledge about new legislation

Almost half of tenants claim poor health due to condition of their home

01 April, 2019

Nearly half of tenants in the UK claim to have suffered health problems and injury as a direct result of conditions in their home

Client Money Protection now mandatory for letting agents in England

01 April, 2019

All letting agents in England must now be signed up to a Government-backed Client Money Protection scheme, or they could face a £30,000 penalty.

Households below average income: 1994/95 to 2017/18

01 April, 2019

Statistics on the number and percentage of people living in low income households for financial years 1994/95 to 2017/18.

Changes to MEES Regulations

01 April, 2019

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 have passed through Parliament and come into force on 1 April

New HMO Licensing Scheme in Northern Ireland from 1 April

01 April, 2019

On 1 April 2019, the Housing in Multiple Occupation Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 comes into force and landlords must have a valid licence for each HMO they own

DWP Alternative Payment Arrangements

01 April, 2019

Universal Credit prepares claimants for the world of work in which 75% of employees are paid monthly

DWP does not record why claimant 'commitments' aren't accepted

01 April, 2019

Parliamentary questions also reveal contracted "health assessors" are subject to independent - not departmental - audit

Housing association completes first Right to Buy pilot sale

01 April, 2019

One of the UK's largest housing associations has completed its first Voluntary Right to Buy sale

Welsh Bill to ban lettings fees becomes law

29 March, 2019

Backed by related enforcement, the Bill also caps holding deposits paid to reserve a property

Local authorities accused of failing to use existing powers to target rogue landlords

29 March, 2019

Councils in England have been accused of failing to use powers to tackle rogue landlords in the private rented sector

New calls emerge to scrap Section 21 notices to help families out of 'rent trap'

29 March, 2019

An insurer has called for Section 21 evictions to be abolished, warning they are contributing to a lack of security for the increasing numbers of families living in rental accommodation

New energy efficiency rules on rental properties kick in on Monday - but who knew?

29 March, 2019

New energy efficiency rules for rental properties in England and Wales come into force on Monday, April 1. They spell out the costs that landlords legally face in improving properties that have an EPC rating below E

Rents growing four times faster north of the border as landlords look to Scotland for returns

29 March, 2019

Rents in Scotland are growing four times faster than those south of the border

Rent hikes already hitting tenants ahead of fee ban - with more landlords quitting market

28 March, 2019

Rents are starting to rise as landlords and lettings agents prepare for the tenant fee ban

Private Rented Sector Report - February 2019

28 March, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes increased in February to the highest figure seen since August

Half of babies born to families renting

28 March, 2019

Almost half of the babies born in the UK are starting their lives in rented accommodation

Fears over rogue landlords 'making a quick buck' from most vulnerable

28 March, 2019

Landlords have been urged to take more care of their tenants and not just look to "make a quick buck" by letting out substandard properties

Agent who stole £350,000 in rent and deposits ordered to pay back £1

27 March, 2019

An agent who stole over £350,000 in rent and deposits to fund his 'lavish lifestyle' has been told to pay back £1

Deposit scheme releases inventories guidance to avoid checkout disputes after tenant fee ban

27 March, 2019

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has teamed up with Propertymark and the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks to compile guidance on the check-in and check-out process for tenants

Deposit alternative seals agency proptech platform partnership to target thousands of tenants

27 March, 2019

Reposit has partnered with agency proptech platform Tenant Shop to offer its deposit replacement scheme

Rental growth slows as landlords look beyond London for returns

27 March, 2019

Rental growth slowed to almost zero in February

The Tenant Fees Act 2019: What are the costs to the rental market?

27 March, 2019

Following the Tenant Fees Bill gaining Royal Assent earlier this year, letting agents and landlords will no longer be able to charge their tenants excessive and unfair fees

New Landlords from Hell

26 March, 2019

A year-long investigation reveals the shocking conditions that tenants of one of Britain's biggest housing associations live in, and the effect those conditions have had on vulnerable tenants' health

Evicted for complaining about a gas leak

26 March, 2019

Tom did his best to cooperate with his landlord's 'put up and shut up' policy

Agent appears at Crown Court in tenancy deposits fraud case

25 March, 2019

An agent has appeared in court in a fraud case

Tenants with pets facing rent hikes after fee ban as landlords look to claw back losses

25 March, 2019

An agent is warning that having a pet could hike rents for tenants by as much as 3-4% per week once the fee ban is introduced in June

More landlords than letting agents are facing the wrath of Rent Smart Wales

25 March, 2019

Just three Welsh letting agents have had their licences revoked in the first years of the Rent Smart Wales scheme

London councils pay landlords £14m 'incentives' to house homeless people

25 March, 2019

Almost 6,000 payments made in 2018 to secure housing for vulnerable people

Rogue landlords must stop exploiting students

25 March, 2019

Rogue landlords who provide poor living conditions to students will be censured by the universities minister today as part of a crackdown on 'squalid' student housing

Landlords not meeting student standards 'must face justice'

25 March, 2019

New regulations now in force give tenants the power to take landlords to court

'Ludicrous' landlord incentives costing London councils £14m a year

25 March, 2019

FoI exposes extent of sweeteners paid to secure accommodation for those either homeless or at risk of homelessness

Here we go again: More councils want licensing schemes

22 March, 2019

Leicester is the latest council to begin consultations on selective licensing in six parts of the city - with the threat that other locations could be considered in future

Right to Rent branded a farce after second High Court decision 'places agents and landlords in invidious position'

22 March, 2019

Right to Rent has been branded a "farce" after a second court ruling which suggests that agents and landlords following Home Office protocol could be exposed to accusations that they have breached human rights

Student rental accommodation so poor as to be a 'national scandal'

22 March, 2019

Student rental accommodation across the UK has been slammed in a new report

The deposit diaries: The importance of covering your tracks

22 March, 2019

In this case, the landlord claimed £300 for various items of damage, specifically £50 to replace a toilet seat, £100 to repair a split bedroom doorframe, £100 to replace two missing fire extinguishers, £30 to replace a smoke detector and £20 to replace two damaged occasional tables

'Racist' Right to Rent now a 'farce'

22 March, 2019

New High Court ruling seen as another strike against the increasingly discredited policy

Landlords With Tenants On Universal Credit Should Get A Tax Break

22 March, 2019

Property barons who let homes to social tenants should be encouraged

Tenants who pay on time to have rent payment history matched with mortgage criteria in UK first

21 March, 2019

Tenants who are prompt payers and use a rent reporting service could find themselves ahead in the mortgage stakes

Landlords under pressure to justify rent hikes as rate of rises increases

21 March, 2019

Tenants saw rents increase for the third consecutive month in February

Labour leader Corbyn hints that party will scrap 'no fault eviction' if it comes to power

20 March, 2019

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has heavily hinted that his party will end Section 21 - the means by which landlords can regain possession of the properties without having to give a reason - if and when it comes to power

New Fitness for Human Habitation Act in rental homes comes into force today

20 March, 2019

A quick reminder to readers: the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 comes into force on 20.03.19

Landlords facing a licensing postcode lottery

20 March, 2019

Landlords are facing a postcode lottery when it comes to licensing costs

Landlords' Barometer - #68: Panorama and a focus on Section 21

20 March, 2019

Welcome to the March edition of the Landlords’ Barometer, where we document trending topics and news for the private rented sector

Licensing 'fails' tenants and good landlords

20 March, 2019

The cost of landlord licensing schemes in Britain are a "postcode lottery"

Government gives no ground over 'racist' Right To Rent

20 March, 2019

But Home Office minister hints at further evaluation of policy the High Court called "discriminatory"

5.8m tenants reported to experience damp in the home

20 March, 2019

Renters can take legal action against landlords from today via the Homes Act

Legal challenge on when to provide gas safety certificates to be heard in Court of Appeal

19 March, 2019

A legal challenge is to be brought in the Court of Appeal after a ruling that a landlord could not regain possession of their property because they had not served a gas safety certificate until after the tenancy started

Rental growth was subdued in the UK in the 12 months to February 2019

19 March, 2019

Rental growth in the UK has been subdued in the 12 months to February 2019, up by just 1.02% year on year to an average of £1,216 per month

Revenge evictions: 'We were evicted for complaining about a roof leak'

19 March, 2019

Alicia Powell, 24, was renting a flat in north London with her boyfriend when she noticed a wet patch on the ceiling

Agent jailed after taking £220,000 from landlords and tenants

18 March, 2019

A letting agent was sentenced to three and a half years in jail after she took £220,000 from tenants and landlords to fund a lavish lifestyle of expensive cars and foreign holidays, and to set up a tanning salon business

Dispute rate looks similar to traditional schemes, says tenancy deposit replacement firm

18 March, 2019

A fifth of check-outs by one of the deposit replacement schemes, Reposit, have ended in some form of charge being submitted to the tenant

Renters in PRS denied protection from revenge evictions

18 March, 2019

Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act finds that councils in England are failing to use "powers" to protect tenants

Fergus Wilson: Hundreds face eviction as landlord sells property empire

18 March, 2019

Hundreds of people face eviction after a controversial landlord decided to sell his entire property portfolio

RLA campaign to protect landlord rights

18 March, 2019

The announcement follows a recent court case in which a landlord's attempt to regain their property was deemed invalid

Think tank demands PRS 'shake-up'

15 March, 2019

There are now 4.5m households renting in England, representing one in 5 of the population

TrustMark launches pilot to raise PRS energy standards

14 March, 2019

The Better Homes for Hastings initiative is set to bring together private landlords, housing associations, tenants and businesses

Leicester City Council consults on selective licensing

14 March, 2019

Leicester City Council has begun its consultation on selective licensing of some parts of the city which will run until 5 May 2019

Independent agents flock to deposit replacement scheme months after it was opened to small firms

13 March, 2019

Several new firms have signed up to the Zero Deposit team after it was opened up to independent agents in January

Cladding removal from major London scheme 'delayed by developer errors'

13 March, 2019

Residents of a private London estate found to have Grenfell-style cladding have claimed that the block's developer has made a catalogue of mistakes that continue to delay the removal process

HomeLet Rental Index - February 19

13 March, 2019

Rents in the UK rose by 3.8% in February compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £940 a month

MP controversially names landlord and My Deposits in Parliament as 'partners in crime'

13 March, 2019

My Deposits and a landlord were both cited in Parliament yesterday afternoon by an MP who described them as 'partners in crime'

Rental investment trust warns of development delays ahead

12 March, 2019

The PRS REIT, a specialist listed company building and managing homes for rent, posted a large rise in first-half profits having boosted its rental income, although it warned of potential planning delays ahead

Agent in firing line from local council over Section 21 notice

11 March, 2019

Questions have been raised about a council's approach to Section 21 notices

Labour's commitment to 'indefinite' tenancies shows misunderstanding of PRS

11 March, 2019

The Labour Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP, has announced that the Labour Party is committed to new 'indefinite' tenancies, based on the current system in Germany

Liverpool City Council consults on selective licensing

08 March, 2019

Liverpool City Council has begun consultation on selective licensing in the city. The consultation will close on 26 May 2019

Labour would force UK landlords to offer indefinite tenancies

08 March, 2019

Plan will address 'power imbalance' and insecurity of rentals

PRS landlords need a 'stable platform' to balance social housing debate

07 March, 2019

New report reveals the extent to which PRS contributes to the UK economy - with many landlords set to slash spending

May unrepentant over Right to Rent rejection by High Court

07 March, 2019

PM references prospects for appeal when challenged at PMQs over a policy "fanning the flames of racism" that the High Court ruled breached human rights

Prince William expresses concern at poor state of privately rented homes during Blackpool visit

07 March, 2019

Prince William has expressed his concern at the poor state of some privately rented homes and the landlords who take the rent but fail to maintain their properties

A quarter of landlords look to cut letting agents to reduce property running costs

07 March, 2019

A quarter of landlords would look to cut out letting agents to reduce the ever-rising taxes and running costs of their buy-to-let portfolio

Government opens up new scheme to 'protect renters and landlords'

07 March, 2019

All private rented property agents will have to sign up to a government-backed scheme protecting renters' and landlords' money under new laws

Void periods drop but some landlords are still waiting more than a month for new tenants

06 March, 2019

Landlords are facing void periods of just over three weeks on average between tenancies

Fitness for Human Habitation guidance released

06 March, 2019

The Government have released the guidance for the Fitness for Human Habitation Act, with a separate guide for tenants, landlords and local authorities

Private Rented Sector Report - January 2019

05 March, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes rose for the first time since September 2018

Gap between buying and renting costs narrows but it's still cheaper to be on the property ladder

05 March, 2019

The gap between the cost of buying and renting is now at its lowest for almost a decade

Training on tenancy deposits now offered free for agents

05 March, 2019

A new training course on the principles of tenancy deposits is being offered to letting agents and their staff

Thousands of shared homes in Bournemouth unregistered

04 March, 2019

As many as two-thirds of shared houses in Bournemouth do not have a mandatory licence

Crackdown on letting adverts banning 'tenants on benefits'

04 March, 2019

Rental adverts which ban tenants on benefits must end

Demand from landlords wanting to purchase rental homes plummets by over a third

04 March, 2019

Haart is urging the Chancellor to relax the buy-to-let taxation crackdown after its data showed the number of landlord registrations was down by more than a third during January

Property landlord is let off paying £16k fee to licence 37 houses in Stoke-on-Trent (and the council won't say why)

04 March, 2019

Stoke-on-Trent City Council says it was not in the 'public interest' to prosecute unlicensed landlord, but will not explain why

'Right to rent' checks breach human rights

01 March, 2019

Rules aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from renting properties are "discriminatory" and breach human rights laws, the High Court has ruled

Agents told to disclose referral fees to buyers and sellers including actual amounts

01 March, 2019

Estate agents should disclose referral fees upfront to both buyers and sellers, including - for the first time - the actual amounts and who the arrangements are with

High Court rules Right To Rent breaches human rights

01 March, 2019

There is no place for racism in the UK housing market

£19.5m to unlock private rented sector for most vulnerable

01 March, 2019

Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP has confirmed the fund will be shared among 54 projects

£45.5 million to help house the homeless in the private rented sector

01 March, 2019

The MHCLG has announced that £19.5 million will be shared amongst local authorities in England, to help the house the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless

Right to Rent's demise should spell the end for the hostile environment

01 March, 2019

One of the Home Office's flagship schemes has been found to be unlawful

Criminal landlord enforcement cut by a quarter

28 February, 2019

RLA calls on government to commit multi-year funding in support of enforcement action

Homeless families stage protest over 'four-hour school run each day' from temporary accommodation outside Southwark

28 February, 2019

The cost finding temporary accommodation has spiralled for Southwark Council, as more people find themselves unable to keep up with private rents or are evicted by private landlords

Council delays getting tough on HMOs despite overwhelming evidence

28 February, 2019

Residents feel angry and let down by delays to protect family homes in Thornton Heath being converted in to houses of multiple occupancy which are benefitting developers but detrimental to the area

Clampdown on HMOs underway in another London borough

27 February, 2019

Another London local authority is proposing to insist HMOs require planning permission in future

National warning on bogus landlords stealing tenants' deposits

26 February, 2019

A national alert has been issued by Action Fraud, warning prospective tenants that fraudsters are claiming to be the owners of rental properties advertised online

Fees ban will mean tenants facing 'a rough ride' in terms of higher rents

26 February, 2019

Tenants are being warned to expect a "rough ride" as the number facing rent hikes rose

Understanding the growth in private rented housing

26 February, 2019

The PRS has grown phenomenally in the UK over the past two decades and this trend is apparent in all of the Core Cities

LIN member report February 2019 - Homelessness

25 February, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

London firms helping landlords break letting laws

25 February, 2019

Property management companies are encouraging landlords to break strict short-term letting laws in London

Landlords to pay £26,300 to reach energy efficiency targets

22 February, 2019

The CCC has suggested that the average landlord will have to pay £26,300 over the next 30 years to bring their properties up to carbon neutral status

Minority of landlords offering informal short-term lets

22 February, 2019

Only three percent of landlords are currently engaged in the informal short-term lettings market

Franchise firm launches new TV advert to highlight guaranteed rent scheme

21 February, 2019

Franchise firm Northwood, part of the Belvoir group, has embarked on a new TV advertising campaign to highlight its guaranteed rent scheme

New bid launches to introduce rent controls in Scotland

21 February, 2019

A new bid to introduce meaningful rent controls throughout Scotland is to be launched today by a tenants union

May urged to give benefits claimants a choice amid PMQs

21 February, 2019

PM references Shelter to find a "solution" to those on benefits often barred from renting in the private sector

England and Wales Rental Tracker

20 February, 2019

December sees eight regions post annual price rise

Landlords' Barometer - #67: Only 'smart landlords' will survive challenges ahead

19 February, 2019

Welcome to the February edition of the Landlords' Barometer, documenting trending topics and news for landlords

Council supports new HMO licensing scheme

18 February, 2019

Haringey Council have approved proposed schemes in bids to "improve" housing standards

Maintain EU electrical safety standards after Brexit

18 February, 2019

Campaign group fears UK becoming magnet for dangerous or counterfeit goods

Agents Giving urges firms to step up support for foodbanks

15 February, 2019

Agents are being urged to help their local foodbanks, particularly with items for struggling parents with baby essentials

Mortgage interest relief

15 February, 2019

After years of legislative changes to the lettings sector, landlords are often playing catch-up when it comes to the parameters in which they must operate

Rents fall as proportion of income

14 February, 2019

In 2017/18, average weekly rents across England in the private rented sector increased by 22%

Tenant fees ban now in the statute books after Royal Assent

13 February, 2019

The Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent yesterday, becoming an Act which will come into force on June 1

Online letting agent to start charging landlords once the tenant has signed

13 February, 2019

Online agent Upad is to start charging landlords once the tenant has signed the contract

James Brokenshire heralds new law protecting tenants from unfair letting fees

13 February, 2019

Tenants will be protected from unfair letting fees and will see their tenancy deposits capped at 5 weeks' rent

Landlords and agents at risk as 'millions of EPCs could be incorrect'

12 February, 2019

Millions of Energy Performance Certificates could be wrong due to poor training among assessors and incorrect measurements of properties

Brokenshire 'heralds' new Tenant Fees Act

12 February, 2019

The ban on fees is expected to save tenants across England at least £240m a year

Tenant Fees Bill becomes an Act of Parliament

12 February, 2019

The Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government has confirmed that the Tenant Fees Bill is officially an Act of Parliament and will come into effect in England from 1 June 2019

Rents on the rise again after their first fall for a decade

11 February, 2019

The amount of rent tenants paid their landlords dropped for the first time in a decade last year

Letting agent who failed to publish correct fees fined £4,000

11 February, 2019

A letting agent has been fined £4,000 for failing to publish the correct fees they charge tenants and landlords

Landlords and housing groups lock horns amid claims that high rents are pushing tenants into poverty

11 February, 2019

High rents are being blamed for pushing families into poverty

Rescued tenant energy supplier to roll out smart meters to rental properties

11 February, 2019

Tenants in properties using Spark Energy are to be given access to smart meters as well as warranty services from its new owner

Second acquisition within months for agent as letting fees ban approaches

08 February, 2019

An independent has acquired its second small business in less than a year as part of its 'strength in numbers' strategy to overcome the effects of the tenants' fees ban

500,000 more children in PRS poverty than 10 years ago

08 February, 2019

"It is a disgrace that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world we cannot provide children with a secure and affordable home"

Waltham Forest Borough Council consults on selective and additional licensing

08 February, 2019

Waltham Forest Borough Council has begun consultation on selective and additional licensing in the borough. The consultation will close on 29 April 2019

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council opens consultation on selective licensing scheme

08 February, 2019

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has begun their consultation on selective licensing in the borough which will close on 12 April 2019

Zoopla tells online agent to stop offering free listings to sellers and landlords

05 February, 2019

Zoopla was last night reviewing whether an online agent listing with it meets its membership criteria after offering some of its services for free

Agency fees remain one of the largest property transaction costs - at 1%

05 February, 2019

Estate agency fees continued to be one of the largest property transaction costs last year despite agents not having put their charges up

Tenants hoping to save money from fees ban 'could already be paying more in rent'

04 February, 2019

The letting fees ban may already be too late to save tenants money

Landlords leaving market 'in droves' with exodus intensifying in capital

04 February, 2019

Landlords in London are leaving the market "in droves"

Renters are more likely to have poor health than those who own

04 February, 2019

There are links between housing and health, and research shows that those who rent privately have worse health than those who own properties

New smoke alarm regulations to apply in Scotland after Grenfell blaze

04 February, 2019

Every home will need to have a smoke alarm in their main living room and hallways, as well as a heat alarm in the kitchen

Family made homeless after failing Right to Rent checks - despite having right to live in UK

01 February, 2019

A British man and his family are homeless after a letting agent turned them away under Right to Rent rules

Tenant group slams 'wild west' of deposit replacement schemes

01 February, 2019

Deposit replacement schemes have been labelled as a "wild west" by campaign group Generation Rent

Just over half of private landlords do not use an agent at all

01 February, 2019

Just over half of landlords do not use an agent to let or manage their properties

Private Rented Sector Report - December 2018

01 February, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes dropped in December to the lowest level since December 2017

Tenants have so few rights, a whole street can be evicted at once - that's obscene

01 February, 2019

Other countries ensure people who rent are secure in their homes. Why can't we do the same?

Right to Rent - time to end this discriminatory policy

01 February, 2019

Today, the High Court delivered a damning judgment on the Government's Right to Rent scheme, finding that the desired effects of the policy have been outweighed by its potential for race discrimination

The Deposit Diaries: The importance of taking notice

31 January, 2019

In this case, the landlord claimed £1,025 for rent arrears representing one month's unpaid rent

Compulsory electric tests to be introduced every five years for rental homes

31 January, 2019

Compulsory checks are to be introduced every five years on electrical installations in private rented properties

Tenants warned to strap in for 'rocky ride' as fees ban approaches

31 January, 2019

Tenants finished 2018 in the driving seat as fewer experienced rent increases, ARLA Propertymark claims, but has warned that the impending fees ban means many will be set for a rocky ride this year

Review of tenancy deposit schemes in Scotland

31 January, 2019

The Scottish Government has released results from research with tenants, landlords and schemes as part of a review of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme in Scotland

Tipping the balance of power against private landlords

31 January, 2019

Readers discuss the problems facing tenants in the private rental sector

New measures power up PRS electrical safety standards

30 January, 2019

Relevant competency and qualifications now a legal requirement for inspections

Third of councils have more than 20% PRS residents

30 January, 2019

Generation Rent says latest ONS figures expose the extent of housing market failure

Why council house rent is dropping in Portsmouth - and the millions it is costing the city council

30 January, 2019

Council house tenants are set for further rent reductions despite the 'ridiculous' discount costing the local authority more than £7m in three years

Influential think tank calls on Government to abolish 'no fault' evictions in England

29 January, 2019

An influential think tank has called for 'no fault' evictions to be abolished in England

Rents on the rise while one in ten of all tenancies in arrears

29 January, 2019

Rents nudged up between November and December last year, while tenant arrears also increased

Landlords should not call the tune on housing court

29 January, 2019

Housing claims suffer from numerous procedural delays and system failures - but a separate specialist court is not the solution to fixing them

Welcome to Grice Close, the cul-de-sac evicted by Fergus Wilson

29 January, 2019

Mentions of the landlord tend to be met with a grimace on the Kent streets where he is evicting 700 households

Housing Minister tightens up rules on electrical safety to better protect renters

29 January, 2019

New measures designed to ensure mandatory electrical inspections are carried out by competent and qualified inspectors

The impact of Tenant Fee Bans

29 January, 2019

With a start date for the tenant fee ban now in place, questions have inevitably resurfaced as to how this imminent change in legislation will impact both landlords and tenants

Government commits to introduce mandatory five yearly electrical safety checks

29 January, 2019

After a long wait, the Government has finally released the results of a consultation on Electrical Safety Standards in the private rented sector

Renters to spend almost £154m on agency fees before ban comes in

28 January, 2019

Three Countrywide brands, two Connells Group brands and haart have been named as being among the most expensive 20 biggest firms for charging tenants' fees

Boost for tenants as rents slow annually for the first time in a decade

28 January, 2019

Rents fell annually for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, making it more affordable for tenants to now rent

Ban landlords from evicting families without good reason

28 January, 2019

England should follow Scotland's lead and introduce open-ended tenancies for private renters

Thurrock Council approves additional licensing of shared houses and flats

28 January, 2019

Thurrock Council has approved plans for additional licensing of HMOs in specific parts of the borough, which will affect private landlords letting to three or four tenants from more than one household

A licence to rent

25 January, 2019

A joint research project between Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and Chartered Institute of Housing

Agents who break fees ban could be bankrupted by huge fines

24 January, 2019

Agents who charge tenants after the fees ban comes in could be bankrupted and put out of business

Mayor set to introduce rent controls across whole of London - with precedent likely to be set for elsewhere

24 January, 2019

Rent controls could be brought in across the whole of London to tackle the 'affordability crisis'

Landlords' Barometer - #66: A special year for Property Tribes as we reach our tenth birthday

24 January, 2019

Welcome to the first Landlords' Barometer of 2019!

Selective licensing improves housing conditions

24 January, 2019

Selective licensing schemes are an effective way for local authorities to improve housing conditions

Landlords of draughty homes to be fined thousands of pounds

24 January, 2019

The penalties are intended as a deterrent for 'negligent' landlords

Renting 'more affordable' in 2018

24 January, 2019

Stats show that 2018 was the first year since 2008 that rents decreased in the UK, with wages spent on rents dropping 0.5% to 31%

UK rents fall for first time in a decade

23 January, 2019

Yorkshire records biggest percentage decline but signs emerge rents are rising again

Councils need more tools to cut off rogue landlords' profits

23 January, 2019

Brent councillor Eleanor Southwood says the London borough is leading the way in cracking down on those who make tenants' lives a misery

Tenant Fees Bill passes final Commons hurdle

23 January, 2019

"The tenant fees ban is now an inevitability, and agents need to start preparing for a post-tenant fees world"

The letting fees ban is finally happening

23 January, 2019

Almost three years after the ban on letting fees was first announced, in Autumn 2016, the government has finally approved the Tenant Fees bill

Agent warns of 'possible breach to fees ban law' if tenants use deposit replacement scheme in order to rent

22 January, 2019

Concerns have been raised that agents who let to tenants who can only proceed by using a deposit replacement product could be in breach of the fees ban

Loophole in law means rogue landlords are still raking in housing benefit

22 January, 2019

The Government is being urged to alter an anomaly in legislation that means housing benefit is being paid - legally - to landlords convicted of housing offences

Brent Council urges government to end rogue landlord benefits

22 January, 2019

The council's callout to government follows the recent hand-out of more than £50,000 to a repeatedly convicted "rogue" landlord

Three agents likely to serve 14 months each in prison after £105,000 fraud involving deposits and rents

21 January, 2019

Three agents who scammed the public out of over £100,000 in rent and deposits in a prolonged fraud have each been jailed for two years and four months

Deposit scheme backs specialist Housing Court to settle tenant and landlord disputes

21 January, 2019

The UK Government is being urged to follow Scotland's lead as it considers introducing a specialist Housing Court to deal with tenant and landlord disputes

Council pays rogue landlord £500,000 in housing benefit

21 January, 2019

Bernard McGowan, who has £30m in property, received money from Brent despite being banned

Council urges ban on housing benefit being paid to rogue landlords

21 January, 2019

Brent paid £500,000 to Bernard McGowan despite him failing the 'fit and proper' test

Ban on referral fees paid to agents is on the cards if 'transparency' cannot be achieved

18 January, 2019

A ban on referral fees paid to agents is on the cards, an industry audience was told yesterday

More funding for councils to crack down on rogue landlords: but can this be properly enforced?

18 January, 2019

More than 50 councils will be allocated a £2.4 million fund to crack down on rogue landlords

Tenant Fees Bill provisions to come into effect June 2019

18 January, 2019

The provisions of the Tenant Fees Bill will come into effect on the 1st June 2019 for all tenancies signed on or after the date

Tax rises hits rented housing tenants

17 January, 2019

"Whilst the Treasury seeks to dampen investment in rented housing, demand from tenants shows no signs of slowing down"

Lack of property supply pushing rents upwards as landlords decide to get out

17 January, 2019

Rightmove data has revealed the extent of the Government tax clampdowns on landlords

England: Tenant Fees Bill provisions to come into effect in June

17 January, 2019

New legislation to bring an end to costly fees imposed by landlords or letting agents in England is to come into force this summer

Has the Brexit vote saved London tenants £1,800 pa in rent?

17 January, 2019

Rent rises 3% lower than forecast partly due to fewer EU migrants and price-out Londoners moving out

The clock ticks down: Fees ban will apply to all tenancies signed after June 1

16 January, 2019

Fees charged to tenants are to be outlawed on all new tenancies signed after June 1

Fees ban could be just weeks away: ARLA boss warns agents to get ready now

15 January, 2019

Agents are being warned to prepare for April 6 as the date when the lettings fees ban could kick in

Major agency offers to refund £20m to tenants who switch to deposit replacement scheme

15 January, 2019

Thousands of current tenants could be set for a refund of their deposit in a landmark move

Major private landlord Fergus Wilson confirms sale of portfolio - private landlords need not apply

15 January, 2019

High profile landlord Fergus Wilson has confirmed to EYE that he is selling a number of properties

Regulator alerts social landlords to upcoming changes to consents

15 January, 2019

Reminders go out in Scotland ahead of 8th March deadline

'Flawed' Tenant Fees Bill means letting agents could unknowingly break fees ban law

14 January, 2019

A possible flaw has been spotted in the Tenant Fees Bill, which could mean that letting agents throughout England could unknowingly break the law after the ban comes in

Online letting agent introduces new - and lower - charges for landlords ahead of fees ban

14 January, 2019

An online letting agent has completely dropped tenants' fees and slashed fees to landlords

England and Wales Rental Tracker

14 January, 2019

Strong appetite for investment in the North

Brexit costs London landlords £1.8k in rental growth

14 January, 2019

Post-referendum rental growth in London almost 3% lower than projected

This single mother works full-time, but still needs housing benefit - so landlords refuse to rent to her

11 January, 2019

Limarra Sealy, 25, and her daughter Nevaeh haven't had a home for six months because landlords keep turning them away

PRS landlords welcome thaw in benefits freeze

11 January, 2019

Freeze as applied to housing benefit is seen as a key driver of homelessness from PRS

Clarification still demanded as to when agents can serve prescribed information to tenants

10 January, 2019

Our story yesterday on the fall-out from a legal case last year, where a landlord could not serve a Section 21 notice, aroused interest - and questions

Empty Wolverhampton properties will be seized for homeless families

10 January, 2019

No-nonsense housing bosses in Wolverhampton are warning private landlords that any homes in the city left empty for long periods of time will be seized and used to provide much-needed accommodation for homeless families

If you're on benefits, landlords don't want to know

10 January, 2019

A lack of social housing forces tenants on benefits to turn to private landlords

All private renters should have permanent tenancies as legal norm

09 January, 2019

Shelter is calling for permanent tenancies to become the legal minimum norm for all private renters

Britain's best-known landlord 'set to put portfolio of properties up for sale today'

08 January, 2019

Britain's highest-profile private landlord, Fergus Wilson, is understood to be putting all of his properties on the sales market today

Rents remain below rate of inflation despite increases in most regions

07 January, 2019

Rents continued to rise below the level of inflation in most UK regions in November

Agents 'turning away tenants because of no clarity of Right to Rent post-Brexit'

04 January, 2019

Cautious agents are already rejecting tenants because of a lack of any official guidance on compliance with Right to Rent, rather than risk £30,000 penalties

Deposit replacement schemes boost offerings to gear up for tenant fees ban

04 January, 2019

Deposit replacement schemes have begun bolstering their propositions in a bid to add more value for letting agents and landlords with the tenant fee ban due at some point this year

Landlords' body sells stake in tenancy deposit scheme mydeposits to insurance firm

04 January, 2019

The National Landlords Association has sold its stake in Tenancy Deposit Solutions, which trades as mydeposits, to insurance business Hamilton Fraser

New plans to force private landlords in Slough to be licensed

03 January, 2019

People in rented property are being asked to voice their opinions on new council plans to take on landlords who ignore their responsibilities

Councils 'ripped off' by private landlords

02 January, 2019

New figures reveal English councils spend almost £1bn a year on temporary housing

Fewer landlords looking to buy more properties, particularly in London

02 January, 2019

Fewer landlords are looking to add to their portfolios with new research suggesting the number registering to buy has fallen substantially across England and Wales

DWP say working families on Universal Credit will get £630 extra from Saturday April 6

01 January, 2019

April 6 is the day to look out for when working families in the UK get a little bit extra money in their pockets

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 becomes law

24 December, 2018

The new act amends the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to require that any property let by a landlord is fit for human habitation when a tenancy is granted and remains so for its duration

Bill allowing tenants to sue over poor housing becomes law in just one day

21 December, 2018

Tenants have been given a new right to sue landlords over poor housing after The Homes

Agent who stole tenants' deposits to pay for gambling habit is spared jail

21 December, 2018

A letting agent who pocketed tenants' deposits to pay for his gambling addiction and lavish lifestyle has been convicted of fraud

Landlords' Barometer - #65: What will next year hold for the private rented sector?

21 December, 2018

Welcome to the final Landlords Barometer of 2018. What a year it has been for the private rented sector!

Landlords welcome room size guidance

21 December, 2018

Guidance to councils addresses RLA concerns over inadvertent law breaches

Legal aid: the missing cornerstone of renters' rights

21 December, 2018

Access to justice is a fundamental human right - but one that is increasingly difficult to exercise

Fitness for Human Habitation: An early Christmas present for renters

21 December, 2018

Renters received a welcome Christmas present, as the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill finally completed its journey through parliament

Right to rent update: Government's post-Brexit immigration white paper gives little clarification for landlords

21 December, 2018

Today, the Government has released a white paper outlining its future plans for immigration in post-Brexit Britain

Letting agents warn tenants that period of slow rental growth is ending as supply falters

20 December, 2018

Letting agents and broker groups are warning tenants not to be fooled by current slow rental growth

Deposit disputes: No smoke without fire - the case of an unswept chimney

20 December, 2018

In this case, the landlords claimed £75 to sweep the chimney at the end of the tenancy

The 'no fault' line

20 December, 2018

It's time to serve notice on Section 21

Landlords aren't renting to immigrants because of the hostile environment Sajid Javid created

19 December, 2018

Today we are in the High Court challenging Sajid Javid to justify his and Theresa May's reckless policy that increases racial discrimination in private rental housing

The truth behind the shocking state of rented homes in Bristol

19 December, 2018

In just a few streets in one small area of Bristol, inspectors found almost three-quarters of homes were sub-standard

Landlords continuing to bale out of the property market - as Government intended

18 December, 2018

Landlords are continuing to exit the property market

Almost half of landlords shunning those without British passports as challenge to Right to Rent begins

18 December, 2018

A judicial review is set to begin today into the legality of the Government's controversial Right to Rent scheme as new figures claim landlords have become less likely to rent to those without British passports

Attitudes harden on Right to Rent

18 December, 2018

Judicial review into Rent to Rent gets underway on 18th Dec, with the RLA pushing for the policy to be scrapped altogether

Tenancy deposit disputes in Northern Ireland under 1% for second year

17 December, 2018

Figures from TDS Northern Ireland's annual Statistical Briefing show just 0.86% ending in dispute

Scottish Budget raises its version of Stamp Duty surcharge from 3% to 4%

14 December, 2018

The Scottish Government has proposed raising the levy on its version of the Stamp Duty surcharge, the Additional Dwelling Supplement, for purchases of additional properties, from 3% to 4%

Research finds most landlords won't let to previously homeless youths

14 December, 2018

Only 19% of private landlords would let to a young person claiming Universal Credit

Slum landlord family must pay £250k under crime proceeds act

14 December, 2018

Harsha, Chandni and Sanjay Shah crammed 31 tenants into four-bedroom Wembley house

High profile landlord threatens to evict 300 tenants after successful council prosecution

13 December, 2018

Buy-to-let landlord Judith Wilson has this week been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay legal costs of £14,890 after failing to comply with a notice ordering her to supply hot water to a disabled tenant

Three agents found guilty of £105,000 scams which defrauded tenants and landlords

13 December, 2018

Three men who ran a letting agency that failed to return tenants' deposits or pass on rent to landlords have been convicted of fraud

Cross-party working closes the Tenant Fees Bill loophole

13 December, 2018

In her first party conference speech as Prime Minister, Theresa May vowed to use the 'power of government' to step in and repair markets that weren't working

Judge lambasts Citizens Advice over its 'emotive rant' help for tenant facing eviction

12 December, 2018

Well known landlord Fergus Wilson did not harass a tenant into leaving her property

Two letting agents hit with huge costs over unlicensed HMO properties

12 December, 2018

Two letting agents have been hit with huge costs over six properties that were unlicensed Houses in Multiple Occupation

HomeLet Rental Index - November 18

12 December, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 1.5% in November compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £918 a month

Property tycoon wife Judith Wilson fined for heating repair failure

12 December, 2018

A buy-to-let landlady has been fined £10,000 for failing to repair the heating system of a disabled tenant

Only making longer tenancies the law will help low income renters

12 December, 2018

In the coming months, the government is due to report the results of its consultation on longer private tenancies

Almost four in ten agents anticipate revenue drop as tenant fee ban approaches

11 December, 2018

Almost four in ten agents are expecting a drop in lettings revenue next year

Annual growth slows as just two regions have rents rising above the rate of inflation

11 December, 2018

Just three regions now have average rents that are either level with or rising above the rate of inflation

Tenant who moved out after ten days sues letting agent 'for mis-selling him noisy flat'

10 December, 2018

A tenant who says he moved into a noisy flat is suing both his landlord and letting agent

Mayor Sadiq Khan to look at imposing rent controls in London

10 December, 2018

Arguments in favour of capping rent inflation 'overwhelming'

How luxury city centre flats could soon help pay for social housing and a crackdown on slum landlords

10 December, 2018

Interest on loans paid out by Greater Manchester's housing investment fund - including to upscale city centre developments - would be used to build genuinely affordable homes, as well as to tackle rogue landlords

Landlords urged to spread properties across different agents as Government caps CMP payouts

07 December, 2018

Landlords with larger portfolios are being urged to spread the risk by using several different agents after it emerged yesterday that when mandatory Client Money Protection comes in next April, insurers will not have to cover all the money in an agent's client account

Cleaning tops the list of the most common end of tenancy gripes

07 December, 2018

The Dispute Service has revealed the biggest cause of complaints across all its schemes, with cleaning come out on top

'Boxroom' landlord ordered to pay record penalty of £1.5m or go to prison for nine years

06 December, 2018

A landlord has been ordered by a judge to pay a record-breaking penalty of almost £1.5m - or spend nine years behind bars

Local authorities still unsure how many HMOs should be licensed under new rules

06 December, 2018

New analysis claims to highlight how unprepared local councils are for the extra regulations on HMO licensing

Karen Buck MP: Government must scrap Section 21 'no fault' evictions

06 December, 2018

Scrapping Section 21 'no fault' evictions would help improve security, reduce homelessness and reduce the threat of 'retaliatory eviction'

Tenant Fees Bill is tightened as cap on amount of deposit is reduced

05 December, 2018

As expected, the Government has introduced an amendment which will mean that most tenants will pay no more than the equivalent of five weeks worth of rent as a deposit

Agent calls for landlord incentives amid signs that Brexit uncertainty is limiting rental supply

05 December, 2018

Haart has seen the number of landlords registering to buy with its branches drop by more than a third despite a boost in tenant demand

RLA responds to government U-turn on tenant deposit cap

05 December, 2018

"Landlords will feel badly let down" by government

Agent denying BBC claims about charging tenants viewing fees is under renewed spotlight

04 December, 2018

An agent is under renewed spotlight after it denied charging prospective tenants viewing fees. The agent has also totally denied other suggestions

Private renting sector unfair to tenants

04 December, 2018

Housing sector figures says the research further proves that there needs to be an end to Section 21s or 'no fault evictions'

Security deposit cap reduced to save renters hundreds of pounds

04 December, 2018

Private renters are set to benefit from new measures reducing the amount tenants have to pay up front to secure a home

Power shifts to tenants as rent reductions hit record high

30 November, 2018

The number of tenants negotiating rent reductions hit a record high last month

'Futureproof PRS policy to keep pace with technological innovation'

30 November, 2018

HCLG committee debate told of emerging web-driven "grey market" in serviced lettings by which regulation could be by-passed

HCLG committee to debate private rented sector

30 November, 2018

Debate due at Westminster Hall follows the committee's inquiry into the sector and subsequent report

Nine in ten councils failing to use new powers against landlords

29 November, 2018

Two thirds of councils in England and Wales brought no prosecutions against private landlords in the year 2017/18

Tenants happy with accommodation but why sector must not be complacent

29 November, 2018

Two thirds of councils in England and Wales responding to a Freedom of Information request by the Residential Landlords Association brought no prosecutions against private landlords in 2017/18

Rogue landlords: 90% of local authorities fail to issue fines

29 November, 2018

FoI responses from 293 English councils reveal string of weaknesses in private rented market law

Cross-party calls for rogue landlords to lose properties

29 November, 2018

During debate, MPs from all sides urge housing minister to introduce new seizure powers

The Deposit Diaries: When is tenant or landlord responsible for burst pipes and damage?

28 November, 2018

As many do, this particular tenant left the property for a short break over the Christmas period. On his return a ceiling had collapsed causing water damage to the property below and to its contents

England and Wales Rental Tracker

28 November, 2018

Autumn positives for rental market

Landlords wrongly refusing tenant requests to switch energy

27 November, 2018

More than three-quarters of a million tenants may be wrongly denied the right to switch their energy provider by their landlord

Poorest tenants in Leeds 'facing rent rises and evictions'

27 November, 2018

Private landlords in two of the poorest parts of Leeds have claimed tenants face rent rises or eviction if a new licensing scheme is introduced

Think tank launched to help renters with pets

27 November, 2018

Research reveals 78% of tenants have struggled to find rented accommodation that will allow pets

Landlords now waiting more than five months to regain possession of their property

26 November, 2018

Private landlords are waiting more than five months on average to regain possession of a property rather than the 16-week figure the Government has previously quoted

NatWest close branches after housing-benefit protests

26 November, 2018

Protests sparked by clause in bank's buy-to-let mortgage agreement forbidding landlords renting to 'DSS' tenants

Landlords are boycotting companies that support homelessness charity Shelter

23 November, 2018

A group of UK landlords have launched a boycott of the likes of B&Q and Marks & Spencer over donating some of their Christmas profits to the housing charity

Deposit disputes remain low despite rising number of rentals

22 November, 2018

Fewer than 1% of tenancies in England and Wales ended in a dispute in the 12 months to March 2018

Letting agents offering 'guaranteed rent' told by watchdog to reveal sub-letting arrangements

21 November, 2018

Complaints against two letting firms offering guaranteed rent through the agent becoming the tenant and then sub-letting the property, have both been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority

Home-owners receive 'more government subsidy than social housing tenants'

21 November, 2018

The Chartered Institute of Housing states home-owners get a much bigger slice of government help than renters - whether they are social or private tenants

Research reinforces benefit changes driving increase in PRS homelessness

21 November, 2018

As a UN report damns government's "callous" approach to benefits, report says LHA rates are behind a rise in evictions

How much longer can lenders get away with DSS discrimination?

21 November, 2018

When challenged over why they discriminate against renters on benefits, landlords and letting agents often point the finger at the banks

Landlords who have had enough of being 'bashed' to organise boycott of businesses that support Shelter

20 November, 2018

Disaffected landlords are to try and launch a mass boycott of the businesses that support Shelter, starting with B&Q and moving on to Marks & Spencer, with others to come

Shelter keeps up the pressure on letting agents over 'discriminating against benefits tenants'

19 November, 2018

Shelter is continuing to keep up the pressure on letting agents over the issue of tenants on benefits

Renters start 'tweet fight' for change

16 November, 2018

New social media campaign follows #VentYourRent that went viral in August to take on Section 21

Britain's worst landlord to take nine years to pay off string of fines

16 November, 2018

Property owner, with a multimillion pound portfolio, has at least 60 convictions for housing offences

Both Rightmove and Zoopla tell agents to avoid blanket bans of tenants on benefits

15 November, 2018

Both Rightmove and Zoopla are issuing guidance that the phrase 'no benefits tenants' should not be used in blanket advertisements by agents

Wealthy landlord found guilty of failing to fix wheelchair-bound tenant's hot water for five months

15 November, 2018

Judith Wilson claimed the tenant damaged the water system

Landlords' Barometer - #64: Is now a good time to invest in London property?

14 November, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, where I curate all the trending topics from the private rented sector

Council recovers housing benefit paid to 'house of horrors'

14 November, 2018

First Tier Tribunal Property Chamber backs use of a rent repayment order for over £60,000

PRS 'not fit for housing vulnerable tenants'

13 November, 2018

Debt charity says government should undertake a full review of the PRS housing vulnerable tenants

Over 90% of wheelchair users struggle to find accessible PRS homes

13 November, 2018

Research reveals four in five currently living in a home that fails to fully meet their needs as a wheelchair user

Less than half of private rented homes allow cats - so tenants miss out on joys of living with feline friends

13 November, 2018

Letting agents have been blamed for the lack of cat-friendly rental homes

Rental growth hits an eight-month high but are tenants actually better off than ten years ago?

13 November, 2018

Rental growth last month hit its highest level since February

The cost of renting in the UK in seven charts

12 November, 2018

As the number of people renting in the UK continues to rise, the BBC has taken a closer look at the state of private renting

Bournemouth and Poole council officials haven't yet added any names to the government's rogue landlord database

12 November, 2018

Council officials say they are continuing to tackle rogue landlords - despite failing to contribute any names to a national government database

One in ten rental properties listed on Zoopla specify 'no benefits tenants'

09 November, 2018

One in ten rental properties being advertised on Zoopla explicitly exclude anyone who is claiming benefits

UK rents outpacing house price growth but are below the cost of living

09 November, 2018

UK rents are now rising above the rate of house price growth but are just below the UK inflation rate

Government launches £2m funding to help local councils tackle rogue landlords

09 November, 2018

The Government has made £2m of funding available for local authorities to tackle rogue landlords

Landlords pushing up rents to exploit housing benefit shortfall

09 November, 2018

Benefit cuts and unscrupulous landlords have combined to create an explosion in temporary housing that is costing taxpayers more than a billion pounds a year

£2m fund announced for councils to tackle rogue landlords

08 November, 2018

The news builds on the government's promise to improve standards in the private rented sector

Buy-to-let mortgage lending for house purchase falls way short of forecasts

07 November, 2018

The trade body for the mortgage sector has warned that buy-to-let purchase lending is set to come in at below its forecasts for 2018

Tenant fees ban: Call for incentives to encourage agents to introduce ban ahead of implementation

06 November, 2018

The Government has suggested that it could incentivise agents to ban fees ahead of implementation

Landlords face footing bill for EPC improvements as Government abolishes free option

06 November, 2018

Landlords will have to fund some of the changes needed to make their rental properties compliant with minimum energy efficiency requirements

More landlords to be forced to improve energy efficiency

06 November, 2018

Partial climbdown means help for more tenants in coldest homes in England and Wales

Budget tax on landlords could cost them £13,000

05 November, 2018

Changes could mean shock for owners who have rented out homes when they come to sell

Government sets out new rules for energy efficiency in PRS

05 November, 2018

Landlords to be required to install energy efficient measures in order to save tenants money and reduce carbon emissions

First-time buyer sales down as landlords exit the market

04 November, 2018

The housing sector takes a hit as buyers hold off on purchases following Brexit uncertainty

Victory for landlords as Government withdraws permission for local authority's licensing scheme

02 November, 2018

Brighton and Hove City Council has lost permission to introduce a selective landlord licensing scheme that was due to go live in February

MPs ask for clarity on plans to crack down on rogue landlords

02 November, 2018

Concerns raised after Guardian and ITV exposed unfit landlords still collecting rent

Letting agents already hiking landlord charges despite no firm date for tenant fees ban

01 November, 2018

Letting agents are already telling landlords that their charges will increase in the coming months despite no firm date being set for the tenant fees ban

The Deposit Diaries: Was landlord's claim over wasp nest a sting at end of tenancy?

31 October, 2018

In this case, a landlord claimed £150, explaining that a pest control contractor was required to attend at the end of the tenancy in order to remove a wasp nest

Lawyer blasts local councils for threatening well-meaning landlords over licence failures

30 October, 2018

Heavy-handed councils are driving private landlords out of areas where selective licensing schemes are in place

Exit of landlords from market pushing up asking rents as stock drops

29 October, 2018

A drop in available properties is pushing asking price rents to record highs

Government announces review to update minimum health and safety standards for tenants

29 October, 2018

The Government has launched yet another review into the property sector, this time on overhauling health and safety standards for rental accommodation

Housing: MPs back legal action against rogue landlords

29 October, 2018

New rights for tenants to sue landlords if they do not properly maintain their properties have been approved by MPs

Natwest apologises and launches review after 'No DSS' controversy

29 October, 2018

A major UK bank has said it will conduct a review after admitting it "regrets" its handling of a case where it declined a mortgage to the landlord of a tenant on housing benefit

National blacklist of rogue agents and landlords to be opened up to tenants

26 October, 2018

The national 'blacklist' of rogue letting agents and landlords launched last April is to be opened up for inspection by tenants

New legislation could make it requirement for lenders to take rent payments into account

26 October, 2018

Tenant rent payment recognition is likely to become standard after the matter was raised in Parliament this week

MHCLG to tighten health and safety standards for rental sector

26 October, 2018

Ministry moves to update a system hasn't been updated in over 12 years

NatWest to review lending after benefits criticism

26 October, 2018

The bank has been under pressure to change its practices after stories came out showing it refused to lend if the private landlord rented to a benefits claimant

MPs vote to give tenants more power to fight rogue landlords

26 October, 2018

Private member's bill is sent to Lords following investigation by the Guardian and ITV News

Liverpool landlord with 18 houses on one street investigated by council

25 October, 2018

Local authority trying to determine if owner broke law by not having correct licences

Rules for landlords not fit for purpose

25 October, 2018

Shadow chancellor speaks out after Guardian and ITV News investigation revealed exploitation of loopholes

Bleak state of Britain's private rented sector

25 October, 2018

Guardian readers respond to our investigation into rogue landlords and private rented housing conditions

UK rents 'are heading for a full year of declines'

24 October, 2018

UK rents have fallen for the third consecutive quarter

DPS stats show UK rental market 'remains in recession'

24 October, 2018

Figures released by the Deposit Protection Service have average UK rent down £14, or 1.83%, since Q3 2017 and lower than the national average for 2016

England and Wales Rental Tracker

24 October, 2018

New academic year keeps rental market ticking over

53 councils have not prosecuted a single landlord in three years

24 October, 2018

Large parts of England and Wales with many 'non-decent' homes have had no convictions

Tenants will get access to rogue landlord database

24 October, 2018

Official U-turn after revelation that database is empty and would be secret anyway

Banned but still in business: law fails to stop rogue landlords

23 October, 2018

Barred operators with housing convictions still renting out properties

Government's rogue landlord list empty after six months

23 October, 2018

Database billed as key to protecting renters is empty, and is closed to public

Landlord remortgaging reaches record high

23 October, 2018

Remortgaging climbs to 57% of all buy-to-let business, with mortgages for first-time landlords representing just 10% of buy-to-let applications

Tenants face two-month wait for deposit refunds but some may be wrongly charged for wear and tear

22 October, 2018

Almost two in five tenants may be erroneously losing their deposit funds for claims on general wear and tear, research suggests

Government urged to intervene over banks refusing mortgages for landlords renting to benefit claimants

22 October, 2018

RLA is urging the Government to intervene to stop mortgage lenders discriminating against Universal Credit claimants

Most buy-to-let lenders refuse loans when tenants are on benefits

22 October, 2018

Landlords association tells government to persuade banks to end practice by lenders representing 90% of market

Worries among tenants over deposit return

22 October, 2018

Nearly a fifth of tenants renting from private landlords say they have waited more than three months to get a deposit back

Half of all lettings agents thinking of quitting industry because of fees ban

18 October, 2018

The impending tenant fees ban could entirely wipe out some agents' profits, turning them into loss-makers - and half of letting agents are considering giving up

Landlords' Barometer - #63: Will the Budget help landlords?

18 October, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, documenting all the trending topics for landlords and the private rented sector

Over £1bn of tenancy deposits "at risk"

18 October, 2018

New research has revealed that a possible 1,500,000 renters could be at risk of losing their deposits believing their bond has never been placed in a deposit protection scheme

Renting in England: Paying more for less

18 October, 2018

Do you ever get the feeling that you're being ripped off?

UK's largest private landlord to stop letting homes as workmen go back to Europe ahead of Brexit

17 October, 2018

Well-known landlord Fergus Wilson is to stop letting properties, and end tenancies, because he cannot guarantee that his homes will be maintained and repaired to safe and legally compliant standards

Online agent defends claims that landlords back the tenant fee ban

17 October, 2018

OpenRent has defended the data in a poll it commissioned, and which was used by a peer in a House of Lords debate last week to suggest that most landlords are in favour of the tenant fee ban

Landlord and agent both fined over unlicensed HMO

17 October, 2018

A private landlord and an agent guilty of managing an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation have both been hit with large fines

Landlords report surge in arrears among Universal Credit tenants

17 October, 2018

Almost two-thirds of landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have experienced a big surge in rental arrears

Landlord tax changes have 'made no difference' to rents

16 October, 2018

Research suggests home ownership rises and rents fall following landlord tax changes

Landlord purchases fall by £5.2 billion in 3 years

16 October, 2018

In H1 2018 landlords spent £12.1 billion on new buy-to-let purchases, £5.2 billion or 30% less than in H1 2015 (£17.3 billion)

Rental deposit pilot scheme launched by Southwark Council

16 October, 2018

Southwark Council has announced a new pilot scheme to support homeless residents in the borough with securing accommodation in the private rental sector

Nearly two-thirds of PRS tenants claiming Universal Credit in arrears

15 October, 2018

Increasing numbers of private renters in receipt of Universal Credit are finding themselves in rent arrears

Weaker buy-to-let market gives hope to first-time buyers

15 October, 2018

Price of small properties has fallen and landlord purchases are down

Rents in the UK continue to rise but landlords are concerned about impact of Brexit

15 October, 2018

Average rents in the UK have grown steadily over the last month, but the potential impact of Brexit is causing concern among landlords

Brexit wobbles could shake landlords' faith in rental sector

12 October, 2018

HomeLet is warning that the "steady rental growth" being enjoyed by landlords could soon change as Brexit gets under way

Nearly half of all landlords in the UK Buy to Let sector are 'Pension Pot' landlords

12 October, 2018

Nearly a quarter of 'Pension Pot' landlords have been a landlord for over 15 years

Investigating the effect of Welfare Reform on Private Renting

12 October, 2018

The PRS over the past twenty years has changed significantly, doubling between 2001/02 and 2011/12

Trading Standards is sent list of almost 20 letting agents not displaying fees

11 October, 2018

An agent has sent a list of lettings firms which he claims are not displaying their fees to a number of organisations

Local authorities could cover tenant rent and deposits as Government unveils £20m fund to prevent homelessness

11 October, 2018

Local councils are to be allowed to pay a tenant's deposit or rent and contact agents to procure rental properties as part of a new Government fund aimed at reducing homelessness

UK renters politicise fast amidst 'financial anxiety epidemic'

11 October, 2018

Research shows turnout among private renters would rise to 69% if a snap election were called

Tenants forced to play 'rental roulette': Charity reveals how renters in England have to pay up before being shown housing contracts

11 October, 2018

Over half of renters put money down before being shown tenancy agreement

The Deposit Diaries: An open and shut case?

10 October, 2018

In this case, a landlord claimed £160 for the cost of replacing a utility cupboard door under the stairs in the property

Tenants 'unsure what fee bans and deposit protection' means for them

10 October, 2018

Tenants have a lack of understanding when it comes to regulations that have been introduced to protect them

Government to launch £20m PRS access fund

10 October, 2018

Ministers will tomorrow launch a new £20m 'Private Rented Sector Access Fund' aimed at helping those faced with homelessness to secure a tenancy

First council commits to abolition of Section 21

10 October, 2018

With support secured from Croydon, the End Unfair Evictions campaign expects other authorities to follow suit

Only 16 English councils know how many properties are covered by new HMO regulations

10 October, 2018

Only a handful of English councils have said they know now many properties in their area are covered by new regulations governing safety and overcrowding

RLA welcomes funding to support homeless people into rented housing

10 October, 2018

The Government has launched its £20m "PRS Access Fund" which is aimed at helping those who are faced with homelessness, to secure a tenancy

Agents and landlords 'could be in trouble' as most councils fail to understand new HMO rules

09 October, 2018

A series of Freedom of Information requests has found that only a minority of local authorities have established the number of properties that need to be licensed under new HMO rules

Think tank unveils detail on proposal to scrap Capital Gains Tax for landlords selling to tenants

09 October, 2018

Conservative-leaning think tank Onward has unveiled detail of the proposals rumoured to be behind Government plans to appeal to Generation Rent in this month's Budget

NLA slams newly launched Private Rented Sector Access Fund

09 October, 2018

"Just another example of the Government making a quick fix to appear as if they're doing something"

Generation Rent could take centre stage in this month's Budget

08 October, 2018

Generation Rent could be made central to the Budget later this month

Treasury weighs up tax break for landlords who sell to generation rent

08 October, 2018

Thinktank draws up plan at time when 40% of young adults are unable to buy a home

Policy pitch for private renters to purchase properties from landlords

08 October, 2018

BtL landlords would not pay capital gains tax when selling to tenants who have lived in a property for three years or more

The 'Chance to Buy' would provide little chance of a longer tenancy

08 October, 2018

The 'Chance to Buy', harks back to the Right to Buy in name as well as design

Agents warned they could face legal action over 'no benefits tenants' lettings adverts

05 October, 2018

Agents and landlords who state in their adverts that they will turn away housing benefits tenants could face legal action from one of the major lobbying groups

Chancellor urged to use Budget to introduce tax incentives for longer tenancies

05 October, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association has stepped up its campaign for the Government to help encourage longer tenancies

Chancellor urged to back longer rental tenancies in budget

05 October, 2018

RLA wants tax relief on rental income, which could increase each year a tenancy continues - up to a maximum of five years if the tenancy is renewed

Government introduces licences for all HMOs

05 October, 2018

Government unveil new rules to "protect" those living in poor living conditions and overcrowding

Bradford Council team ensures that rented homes come up to standard

04 October, 2018

Anyone who has ever rented a house will know will know how vital it is for it to be safe and in good condition

Landlord clobbered with near-record costs after failing to license four properties

02 October, 2018

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £56,000 after failing to license four properties

Housing associations and co-operatives reclassified to private sector

02 October, 2018

Registered social landlords in Scotland have been reclassified as private organisations following the enactment of the Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2018

The landlord media briefing - September 2018

02 October, 2018

The Evolving Private Rented Sector, Section 21, HMOs and problem tenants were the main topics covered by the media this month

Shared home tenants 'may face rent rises or eviction'

01 October, 2018

Tenants living in shared houses in England could face eviction or increases in rent because of changes to government rules

Rented properties face clampdown - but tiny flats escape ban

01 October, 2018

New rules launch next week, just as thousands of students move in to shared homes

Agent calls on Chancellor to reverse tax changes designed to hurt landlords

28 September, 2018

Letting and estate agent haart is calling on the Chancellor to give landlords a break in the Budget, as figures show a reduction in the number of investors entering the rental market

Hunt on for rogue agent or landlord who let three-bed semi to 26 men

28 September, 2018

The hunt is on for a rogue landlord and/or letting agent who rented out a three-bed semi to 26 men

Record numbers of tenants experiencing rent hikes

28 September, 2018

Record numbers of lettings agents are reporting rent hikes for tenants

Two days to go and half of all letting agents in 'have not applied' for Register

28 September, 2018

Letting agents in Scotland must immediately sign up to a new register in order to trade legally. It is estimated that about half have not yet signed up or even applied

New ARLA stats show rents hitting record high

28 September, 2018

Percentage of tenants experiencing rent hikes was at the highest level ever recorded for August

Final reminder - important changes to Section 21 notices kick in on Monday

27 September, 2018

On Monday, changes to the Section 21 notice come into force for letting agents and landlords

Changes from 1 October 2018 to Section 21 Notices for Letting Agents and Landlord in England

27 September, 2018

On 1 October 2018, changes to the Section 21 Notice come into force for letting agents and landlords in England

Final Countdown: Mandatory HMO licensing changes happening on 1st October

27 September, 2018

As a reminder to landlords, the long-awaited changes to mandatory HMO licensing will come into force on the 1st October

Housing tenure and costs becoming key determinants in poverty rates

27 September, 2018

Research released by Cardiff University reveals rate at which families in PRS and social housing are experiencing working poverty

Average monthly rent rises to £861 in August

26 September, 2018

Private rents increased by 2.6% annually across England and Wales in August

Fleeced on their lease: Families are hit with soaring ground rent on their homes but face paying up to £50k to buy the freehold

26 September, 2018

Housebuilders routinely flog freeholds to third parties which hike the cost

Buy-to-let's not dead yet: Property fund manager reveals where he's investing - and why 'a good home finds a good tenant'

26 September, 2018

'A good home finds a good tenant.' That is the advice of Alan Collett who runs one of the few residential property funds in the UK

Labour promise Renters' Unions and dedicated housing department

25 September, 2018

In his speech at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool yesterday, Labour's Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP offered support to the 11.5 million people who rent from private landlords

Why Government proposals on longer tenancies are unworkable

25 September, 2018

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the Government's consultation on 'Overcoming the barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector'

The premium renters pay for furnished properties

25 September, 2018

Research from property website OnTheMarket.com has found that renting a two-bedroom furnished flat can cost up to 21% more per month than renting an unfurnished property of the same size in the same area

Renters ready to 'stand up and fight back'

25 September, 2018

London Renters' Union hears a rallying cry in Labour's commitment to end Section 21

Housing crisis drives more than 1m private tenants deeper into poverty

24 September, 2018

Lack of social housing and rise in universal credit sanctions hit low-income families hardest

Plummeting lettings supply means higher rents for London tenants

24 September, 2018

The number of available properties to rent is falling at an alarming rate, particularly in Greater London

Labour plans to give tenants more power

24 September, 2018

Labour says it would scrap laws allowing private landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason

Standards improve in British rental properties - but safety still falls short

24 September, 2018

Since 2014, a whole raft of new legislation has been introduced by the UK and devolved governments to improve tenants' lives

Tenancy fees ban inevitable and changes to Bill very unlikely

21 September, 2018

The tenant fee ban will trigger "a seismic shift" in the way the lettings industry operates - and will put businesses under huge strain

Landlords are losing out by evicting tenants when they want to sell up

21 September, 2018

Over half a billion of rental income is lost annually because private landlords are evicting good tenants mistakenly believing that they need to sell their properties tenant free

Landlords face £95m bill as new HMO laws introduced

21 September, 2018

Collective fine of up to £4.8bn if license deadline is missed

Less than a fortnight for letting agents in Scotland to apply for mandatory register

20 September, 2018

Letting agents with properties in Scotland have under two weeks to submit their applications to join the mandatory Scottish Letting Agent Register

Gas Tag turns the heat on rogue landlords

20 September, 2018

First-of-its-kind initiative in Liverpool pitched as a start to making UK the "best in the world" on gas safety

Landlords' Barometer - #62: Eye-watering tax effectively charged to landlords will be 66%

19 September, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you all the action from the Property Tribes forum

Lib Dems call for Housing Act to be changed so that tenants are always given at least six months' notice

19 September, 2018

The Liberal Democrats have called for private landlords to have to give at least six months' notice after the initial fixed term

Conference update: Lib Dems call for mandatory licensing

19 September, 2018

A system of mandatory licensing, with a publicly available database of rogue landlords has been called for at the Liberal Democrat conference

Bath landlord battles to avoid £5,000 bill after leak from flat above his property causes roof collapse

19 September, 2018

James Hassam says it is the fourth time this has happened since 2011

'Tough sanctions' in the pipeline over gas safety

18 September, 2018

Leading law firm says with Gas Safety Week underway landlords need to switch on

Rents on tenancy renewals now growing at more than double the rate of new contracts

17 September, 2018

Existing Countrywide tenants are seeing their rents increase at more than double the rate of new renters

Shelter warns that lack of engagement from accidental landlords has 'serious consequences' for tenants

17 September, 2018

Shelter has warned that 'accidental landlords' need to be more engaged in the rental sector

Agent who let out 'fire hazard' room in HMO is told to pay over £32,000

14 September, 2018

An agent who let a tiny room behind a kitchen to a tenant has been ordered to pay more than £32,000

Selective Licensing Update: Great Yarmouth Council publishes recommendation report

14 September, 2018

A recommendation report on Selective Licensing by Great Yarmouth Council has just been published, announcing the scheme will come into effect on January 7, 2019 and run for five years

Estate agency group warns investors that fees ban will cost it hundreds of thousands

13 September, 2018

The Property Franchise Group has warned the City that the tenant fee ban will lose its franchisees 17% of their income, and will hit group revenue and profits

Lenders now approving six times more mortgages to first-time buyers than to landlords

13 September, 2018

There are now almost six times more mortgages approved for first-time buyers than for landlords

Market for 'private social rent' should be explored

13 September, 2018

The housing minister has suggested there is a need to explore the market for "private social rent" in response to a question about boosting social housing supply

Strong results for Belvoir despite fall in sales and looming shadow of lettings fees ban

12 September, 2018

Belvoir is on course for a 22nd year of unbroken profit growth after reporting strong results for the first six months

Housing fund Multifamily eyeing private rental market to kick off £175m IPO

12 September, 2018

An investment trust aiming to compete against buy-to-let landlords in the booming private rental market will fire the starting gun on its £175m London IPO on Wednesday

Agents and landlords 'left in dark' over new HMO requirements despite huge penalties

11 September, 2018

Letting agents are reminded that the clock is ticking towards the October 1 deadline, when the rules on mandatory HMO licensing change across England

Concerns as agent appears to have quit owing money to landlords and tenants

11 September, 2018

A local agent has disappeared, apparently owing money

The Evolving Private Rented Sector: Its Contribution and Potential

10 September, 2018

The objective of the Review is to present neutral commentary on the PRS and to draw on robust evidence

Vulnerability amongst Low-Income Households in the Private Rented Sector in England

10 September, 2018

The study focuses on households in the bottom one third of incomes

New tenancy deposit replacement product launches - with tenants charged nothing

10 September, 2018

Another tenancy deposit replacement product has been launched - this time as part of a landlord's insurance package

Landlords told to remove Grenfell-style cladding or face action

10 September, 2018

Communities secretary says there is a 'moral imperative' for private-sector landlords to remove unsafe cladding

Slum landlords can be prosecuted from next month - but thousands of ordinary buy-to-lets could fall foul of new rules

10 September, 2018

Government rules to protect tenants from overcrowding and slum conditions come into force from 1 October

'Property MOT' proposed to test poor conditions in over 1.3m PRS homes

10 September, 2018

Landmark review slams successive governments for 'unquestioning' and 'uncoordinated' policy on private renting

HMO licensing fees in Lincoln: New fee structure announced

10 September, 2018

A new HMO Licensing fee structure in Lincoln has been announced. The new structure will be in effect for all new and renewal HMO Licence applications received from 10 September 2018

The Guardian view on tenants and landlords: private renters need more rights

10 September, 2018

A growing number of people are renting damp, unsuitable homes, and action to protect them is overdue

Tenant Fees Bill third reading: The Government listens to the NLA on enforcement, deposits and default fees

07 September, 2018

Landlords could be set to lose out financially as the controversial Tenant Fees bill passed its third reading at the House of Commons yesterday afternoon, meaning charging tenants fees could soon be banned alongside other regulatory changes

Hunters founder MP Kevin Hollinrake backs fees ban 'although it keeps our finance director awake at night'

06 September, 2018

Hunters founder-turned-Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake was among MPs who helped the Tenant Fees Bill sail through its report stage and third reading yesterday, despite admitting it would lose him money

Government rumoured to be considering scrapping three-year tenancy plans

06 September, 2018

The Government is rumoured to be planning to scrap plans to introduce mandatory minimum three-year tenancies

Tenant energy supplier switches focus to lettings agents

06 September, 2018

Lettings sector energy provider Spark, which has always specialised in supplying utilities to tenants via agents, is now making a play for agents themselves

Labour seeks unlimited fines against rogue landlords ahead of Commons votes

06 September, 2018

Party tables amendments to stop unscrupulous landlords ripping off tenants

CIH 'disappointed' over rumours government will ditch three-year tenancy plans

06 September, 2018

The CIH has warned it would be "very disappointing" if the government changed its plans for mandatory three-year fixed tenancies amid rumours it is preparing to water down the policy

Fight or flight? Landlords split over prospects for the buy-to-let sector

05 September, 2018

Landlords are almost evenly split between those pressing on despite tax changes and others heading for the exit

Government rejects mandatory fixed term tenancies

05 September, 2018

Sector leader brands the decision a "baffling turnaround" that betrays "forward thinking" landlords

MHCLG pitches further protections against unfair letting fees

05 September, 2018

PRS tenants will no longer face excessive fees for damages deemed minor as Tenant Fees Bill passes latest Parliamentary stage

Longer-Term Tenancies in England: observations about the recent government consultation

04 September, 2018

England currently has some of the shortest leases in the advanced world: the typical assured short-hold tenancy lasts either 6 months or a year

'Callous disregard' costs long-term landlord over £37k

04 September, 2018

Court hears council inspectors ranked the HMO regulation breaches amongst the worst they had seen

Agent hopes for strength in numbers as it scales up ahead of tenant fees ban

04 September, 2018

A lettings business which has acquired the rental business of a local rival says it will now look to limit costs to landlords and tenants when the fees ban comes in

London renters ready to 'stand together' against exploitative landlords

04 September, 2018

Labour housing leads from 19 London Boroughs fight for strengthening the Tenant Fees Bill with a Parliament debate due Sept 5

Longer tenancies - what next?

04 September, 2018

On 26 August the government closed its consultation on three-year tenancies

Don't blame Airbnb for rise in rents

04 September, 2018

Placing restrictions on the sharing economy will not help locals and will be bad for consumers

Tenant Fees Bill returns to Parliament amid calls for further crackdown on agents

03 September, 2018

The Tenant Fees Bill returns to the Parliamentary agenda this week with Shelter among those turning up the pressure for it to go further

Regional differences drag down Scottish rental growth

03 September, 2018

Rental growth in Scotland was relatively flat during July despite double digit annual increases in some parts of the country

Nearly a third of Bath HMOs are dangerous

03 September, 2018

'Significant' health and safety risks were found in more than 900 shared homes

Landlords launch legal action as local authority scraps informal notices for landlords

31 August, 2018

A local authority is facing legal action after scrapping informal notices for all landlords except those who join its own accreditation scheme

40% of Welsh PRS will not take on those on benefits

31 August, 2018

An investigation has found less than half of letting agents and landlords will rent to those on housing benefit

Freeze on housing aid is pushing private renting out of reach of benefits tenants

30 August, 2018

The benefits freeze has put private renting out of reach for low-income tenants, and put them at increasing risk of homelessness

Rents in England and Wales remain flat despite above-inflation rises beyond London

30 August, 2018

Average rents remained flat across England and Wales in July despite inflation-beating rises in some areas

England and Wales Rental Tracker

30 August, 2018

Prices rise fastest in South West

Private Rented Sector Report - July 2018

30 August, 2018

Demand from prospective tenants increased in July, to the highest level this year so far

Rental supply fails to keep up with demand as landlords 'are pushed out of the market'

29 August, 2018

Demand for rental property has hit its highest level so far this year, but supply has failed to keep up

£1,000 of rent recovered from rogue landlord in landmark case

29 August, 2018

Successful prosecution also sees council coming after costs for work on "appalling" property as a local land charge

Government urged to thaw benefit freeze as 'thousands' face homelessness

29 August, 2018

Report reveals the extent to which the freeze now puts private renting out of reach for low income tenants

Disgruntled tenants who complain of conditions are twice as likely to face 'revenge evictions'

28 August, 2018

Almost half of tenants who have complained about their landlord have faced "revenge evictions"

Branch where 17 rental households have been given notice because landlords are selling up

24 August, 2018

Belvoir is calling for the Chancellor to introduce incentives in November's Budget to encourage landlords to remain in the sector

Most landlords offering furnished properties despite strong tenant demand for unfurnished

24 August, 2018

A majority of tenants are seeking unfurnished properties despite a minority of landlords offering this on their listings

Nearly half of tenants who make complaint face 'revenge eviction'

24 August, 2018

Estimate by Citizens Advice puts figure at 141,000 tenants since 2015

Calls for urgent reviews of legislation over revenge evictions

24 August, 2018

A new report by Citizens Advice has shone a light on the "murky world" of revenge evictions

Council slammed for 'reckless imagery used to justify selective landlord licensing'

23 August, 2018

Nottingham City Council has come under criticism for releasing images of shocking examples of living conditions in rental properties as justification for introducing selective licensing

More landlords attack housing benefit claims

23 August, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association has added their voice to the attacks against the campaign looking to get PRS landlords to rent to those on housing benefit

Buy-to-let lender OneSavings warns on Brexit impact after strong first-half

23 August, 2018

Reuters warned of the potential impact of a hard Brexit on the UK housing market over the next year

Rogue landlords under the cosh in London

23 August, 2018

Raid finds 15 men crammed inside a unsafe squalid two-bedroom bungalow - each paying £3,250 a month in rent

Generation Rent launches End Unfair Evictions campaign aimed at scrapping Section 21

22 August, 2018

Activitist group Generation Rent has launched a new campaign - to End Unfair Evictions by scrapping Section 21

PRS hits back at Shelter and NHF campaign on housing benefit

22 August, 2018

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the launch of the campaign by National Housing Federation and Shelter against private landlords not letting to those on housing benefit

Half of homeless from private rented sector - even though only 15% of households are private tenants

21 August, 2018

Almost half of those made homeless last year because of rental arrears came from the private sector

New accreditation scheme to target agents and landlords offering short-term lets

21 August, 2018

Letting agents are to be invited to join a new accreditation scheme for short-term lets in an attempt to tackle rogue operators

Revealed! The images that prompted one council to introduce landlord licensing

21 August, 2018

A Nottingham health inspector has lifted the lid on some of the worst examples of hazards he has seen in rental properties as selective licensing is introduced in the city

BTL market will stabilise by 2021: Shawbook

21 August, 2018

A report predicts that activity in the BTL market will continue to fall until 2021

The current Buy-to-let market

21 August, 2018

General assessment and impact of recent policy changes

Your Housing ready for three-year tenancies

21 August, 2018

Tenancies to be offered to tenants of provider's private rental brand

Tax breaks for longer tenancies - spending big for a two-tier system

21 August, 2018

The government is consulting on introducing longer tenancies for private renters

Independent making three acquisitions as he says there is safety in numbers ahead of fees ban

20 August, 2018

An independent letting agent is making a series of acquisitions ahead of the tenant fee ban due to come into force next year

No-fault evictions making hundreds of families homeless each week

20 August, 2018

A law allowing landlords to throw out private tenants without giving a reason is exacerbating the crisis

World first Airbnb sanction scheme aims to expose rogue landlords

20 August, 2018

Airbnb and short-let hosts will be able to apply for national accreditation as the industry attempts to stamp out unscrupulous landlords

Security of tenure moves must end 'no fault' evictions

20 August, 2018

Generation Rent challenges government to make security of tenure mean something more than 'consultation'

Families in private rental face expanding 'income adequacy' gap

20 August, 2018

New report exposes the likely impact of government 'poverty policies' on those least able to absorb the impact

Landlords warn Government not to jump the gun on longer tenancies

17 August, 2018

Landlords are warning that the Government must not announce any decision on longer term tenancies until the consultation process has closed and it has considered all responses

Government confirms NO announcement due on long term tenancies

17 August, 2018

It has been confirmed that there is NO announcement due on long term tenancies and reassured landlords all responses will be taken into account before a decision is made

'Time to get big or go home' say couple planning to own 5,000 rental properties across UK

15 August, 2018

A new business has set out plans to expand across the UK by buying out smaller landlords and property management companies

Government proposes league table for social tenants to rank landlords

15 August, 2018

Private sector landlords renting homes to social tenants could find themselves ranked in a new league tables

Court case could mean that landlords apply for licensing costs to be refunded

14 August, 2018

A case in the High Court could have major implications for landlords, letting agents and for every single local authority licensing scheme

Tenancy deposit protection IS working, says head of TDS after Which?

14 August, 2018

The chief executive of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme has hit back at Which? over its suggestions that alternatives would work better

Government must change course on landlord bashing and Stamp Duty

14 August, 2018

Spicerhaart boss Paul Smith is backing Boris Johnson's calls for Stamp Duty to be cut right across the housing market - and has said that the Government has got its landlord-bashing policies "badly wrong"

Proportion of overseas based landlords halves since 2010

14 August, 2018

But London bucks the trend with a pickup this year

Crackdown On Bad Landlords Promised In 'New Deal' For Social Housing Tenants

14 August, 2018

Shelter says post-Grenfell plan 'doesn't commit a single extra penny' for new-builds while Labour branded it 'pitiful'

Damning new report says that tenancy deposit protection system is broken

13 August, 2018

Renters are struggling to move home because they face weeks of waiting for their deposits to be returned

Renters warned of scam which asks for viewing deposits by fake landlords

13 August, 2018

An extraordinary property scam is apparently gaining ground, whereby prospective tenants are being asked for "viewing deposits" by people who do not own the property in question

Landlord Fergus Wilson says untrue that he evicted four single mothers

13 August, 2018

High-profile landlord Fergus Wilson has told EYE that it is completely untrue that he has evicted four single mothers with young babies

Housing Crisis: The Grim Reality For Families On Short-Term Tenancies

13 August, 2018

From a mum forced to move when nine months' pregnant to a chemotherapy patient kicked out at Christmas

Arrears and repossessions fall to an all-time low

10 August, 2018

Arrears and repossessions are at an all-time low since the data began to be collected 24 years ago

Date is set for High Court challenge to Right to Rent

10 August, 2018

Right To Rent is to be challenged in the High Court just before Christmas

Landlords' Barometer - #61: Buy-to-let becomes cry-to-let

10 August, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you the landlord buzz!

Landlords raise concerns of EU nationals losing their homes

10 August, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association, representing private landlords, say Brexit could see a wave of EU nationals losing their homes

UK rents don't have to rocket - just look at Berlin

10 August, 2018

It's time to join the fightback in the UK as renters' unions take the battle to the landlords

Supply shortage could push rents up 15%

09 August, 2018

Rents could rise 15% by 2023 as the supply of new rental properties dries up

HomeLet Rental Index - July 2018

09 August, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 1.3% in July compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £937 a month

Private landlords still quitting sector all over country - RICS urgently calls on Government to review Osborne's reforms

09 August, 2018

Private landlords are continuing to quit the sector all over the country, while tenancy demand continues to rise

Rents in UK will rise for next five years

09 August, 2018

Rics says falling supply of rental properties and increased demand will lead to 15% rise

New rents shoot up to all-time record high in London - and rise across much of UK

08 August, 2018

Average new rents in London have jumped to over £1,600 a month for the first time, and new rents across the whole UK are up by 1.3% on this time a year ago

Landlords call for energy improvements to be made tax-deductible

08 August, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association is calling on the Chancellor to make all energy upgrades to rental property a tax-deductible expense

Landlords call for more energy efficiency measures in PRS

08 August, 2018

Landlords are urging the Government to be more ambitions when it comes to the energy efficiency of rented housing

Another agent reveals they are refusing to pay easyProperty for licence after five leads went nowhere

08 August, 2018

A second agent has spoken out to say that he is refusing to pay for an easyProperty licence

New HMO rules come into effect in England on 1 October 2018

08 August, 2018

New regulations to bring mandatory licensing to all multi-occupied properties where there are five or more people, forming two or more separate households

Bank of England Interest Rate Hike Could Lead to Rent Rises

07 August, 2018

The Bank of England interest rate hike could leave landlords passing on the costs to tenants

Government urged to change 'unfair' PRS deposit system

07 August, 2018

A new report by Centre for Policy Studies has called on the government to change the system

easyProperty licensee being chased by debt collection agency says he will not pay up after 'so few leads'

07 August, 2018

An agent who is trying to have his contract with easyProperty rescinded says his small family business will be forced into insolvency if the debt is pursued

How have welfare reforms impacted the private rented sector? A review of our research & policy work

07 August, 2018

The PRS has grown significantly in size over the last twenty years and now plays a vital role in providing a home for those on low-incomes and the homeless

Private renting is broken. Now's our chance to fix it

07 August, 2018

The government has proposed giving private renters more protections by changing the minimum length of tenancies to three years, and they're running a consultation until 26 August

'Slugs came through the floorboards': what it's like to be a millennial renting in Britain

06 August, 2018

Surveillance cameras, kitchen-cupboard toilets and unscrupulous landlords: for millennials looking for affordable rents in the UK's cities, farcical living conditions are becoming the norM

Mayor brands Tenant Fees Bill 'a missed opportunity'

06 August, 2018

Bill must go further to end 'rip-off fees' and extortionate deposits for renters

Hammond urged not to launch "tax attack" on second home owners with new buy-to-let levy

06 August, 2018

Philip Hammond has been warned against hiking levies on buy-to-let properties over fears the move would result in lower revenues for the Treasury

Mayor calls for 'watered down' Tenant Fees Bill to go much further

06 August, 2018

London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for the fees ban to go much further than is currently proposed

Rate rise likely to have minimal impact on housing market

03 August, 2018

Yesterday's rate rise should have little effect on the property market or buyers' intentions

Alarm bells for tenants as landlords are either hiking rents or selling up

03 August, 2018

Half of renters are facing a rent increases due to landlords both hiking prices and exiting the market due to tax and legislative changes

Tory MPs In Leafy Middle England Warned They Could Fall Victim To A 'Rentquake'

03 August, 2018

Research reveals housing crisis has spread far beyond London

Soaring rents rose 60% faster than pay since 2011

03 August, 2018

Many English towns out of reach for workers, whose pay rose only 10% in seven years

Landlords in London are embracing Airbnb

02 August, 2018

A new piece of research reveals that landlords are embracing the culture of Airbnb in London rather than letting out properties on more traditional longer term tenancies

Agency networks tie up with tenancy deposit replacement scheme

31 July, 2018

Nick Dunning Associates has partnered with Zoopla-backed Zero Deposit to offer tenants and landlords an alternative to the traditional security deposit

This mum's tears show the terrible cost of living in 'nightmare' housing

30 July, 2018

We have mice running around - I think they are coming in through a hole in the wall. At least they are not rats

Former manager at agent escapes jail after stealing over £34,000 of tenants' deposits

30 July, 2018

A trusted ex-manager at an estate agent has escaped jail after stealing over £34,000 of tenants' deposits

Private Rented Sector Report - June 2018

27 July, 2018

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes increased

Nottingham starts Selective Licensing

27 July, 2018

A new licensing scheme, which aims to improve homes and raise standards across Nottingham's private rented sector, comes into force in many areas of the city on 1 August 2018

New site for self-managing landlords has its membership reviewed by Rightmove

26 July, 2018

A site has been launched for self-managing landlords who specifically want to cut the cost of having a letting agent, while listing on both Rightmove and Zoopla

PEARL Rental Index: July 2018

26 July, 2018

We have rounded up all of the latest housing statistics, rental index updates, and data on renting from across the sector and compiled them into one easy to digest monthly bulletin

Belvoir franchisees engage with project to help them replace lost income after fees ban

25 July, 2018

A partnership between Belvoir and Let Alliance has resulted in 10,000 rent guarantees - and a trip to New York for those who topped the leader board

Homeless and Working

24 July, 2018

Dispatches goes behind the scenes in two homeless shelters to reveal the growing number of people who are in work but homeless, because they can't afford expensive private rents in a low-wage economy

Could tenancy agreements be next in government's agency clampdown? Which? calls for review of tenant contracts

24 July, 2018

Which? is calling for a review of tenancy agreements used by lettings agents as part of its latest investigation into the sector

Tenancy deposit replacement scheme Reposit explains why it went quiet

24 July, 2018

Reposit, first of the tenancy deposit replacement schemes, has returned to the market - declaring that it never really went away

A buy-to-let register by the back door? Councils are introducing landlord licence schemes costing up to £1,000

23 July, 2018

More and more landlords may have to sign up to council licensing

Which? urges private rented sector reform

23 July, 2018

Our report reveals tenants under financial and emotional stress, and a sector facing a critical need for reform

Britain's most controversial landlord due to be prosecuted again after 'evicting' single mums with babies

23 July, 2018

Controversial landlord Fergus Wilson is set to be taken to court by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for a second time

Government to introduce mandatory five-year electrical safety checks for rental homes

20 July, 2018

The Government has backed introducing a mandatory requirement on landlords with properties in England to ensure that electrical installations in their property are inspected every five years

Tenant who sub-let rooms in 'death trap' bungalow hit with bill of over £26,000

20 July, 2018

The head tenant of a 'death trap' bungalow into which he crammed other tenants has been ordered to pay over £26,000

PRS electrical safety checks welcomed

20 July, 2018

"We are delighted the government has finally recognised the importance of regular electrical checks in the PRS, which protects both tenants and landlords"

Agent jailed for a year after children's fire deaths in rental home with no smoke alarms

20 July, 2018

A letting agent has been jailed for 12 months after two young children died in a fire in a rental home his firm managed and where he failed to fit smoke alarms

Landlords' Barometer - #60: Forget the heatwave - it's scorching for landlords

19 July, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you the latest trending topics and news that have engaged landlords over the past month and which is just as scorching as the weather!

Landlords nervous about adding to portfolios even in areas where rents are rising

18 July, 2018

Landlords are operating a "buy and hold" strategy with even areas with strong rental growth suffering from a dip in transactions

Judge rules that letting agent which only handled deposits and took first month's rent was 'managing' illegal property

17 July, 2018

Two agencies have been hit with a total bill of over £42,000 after being found guilty of managing three unsafe flats that required a HMO licence but were not licensed

Landlords waiting 118 days to evict problem tenants but are losing up to six months' rent

17 July, 2018

Private landlords are potentially facing six months without rent due to the length of time it is taking to initiate and complete eviction proceedings against tenants

Almost a fifth of Countrywide rental properties are now let through landlord companies

16 July, 2018

The proportion of homes let by a company landlord through the Countrywide group has reached new highs

Scottish landlord seals £50m private placement

16 July, 2018

Scottish landlord Cairn Housing Association has raised £50m through a private placement deal with an unnamed US insurance company to support

Scrap eviction powers and restrict landlords' right to sell, government told

16 July, 2018

The pressure group Generation Rent has joined forces with other critics of the private rental sector to demand an end to Section 21 evictions and further limitations on the new three year tenancies favoured by the government

Why rental fraud is on the rise

16 July, 2018

Demand outstripping supply helps fraudsters play a particularly cruel game

Rented property licensing: crackdown on rogue landlords or money grab?

16 July, 2018

Owners are angry with councils for demanding hundreds of pounds for licences and claim it's just to boost coffers

Rents continue to climb amid fears of reducing rental supply as landlords quit sector

16 July, 2018

Wales was the only region to see rents decline annually in June as rental growth remained below the rate of inflation

Figures show first-time buyers on the up

13 July, 2018

But Buy to Let is on a down with the RLA fearing a net loss of 133,000 PRS homes over the next year

First-time buyers on the rise as buy-to-let mortgage market falls

13 July, 2018

Number of new homeowners rose 8% in May as mortgages for landlords dropped 10%

Here's why government plans for longer tenancies don't go far enough

13 July, 2018

When the modern private rental market was devised as part of the 1988 Housing Act, flexibility was the theme

One in five English households live in private rented homes - but home ownership still biggest tenure

13 July, 2018

Home ownership remains the most common form of tenure in England at 63% of households

The latest English Housing Survey lays bare the perils of private renting

13 July, 2018

It lays bare the insecure and expensive reality for households forced to rent privately

Housing associations face being stuck with dangerous cladding on leased blocks

13 July, 2018

Housing associations may be stuck with dangerous cladding on blocks of flats leased from private owners

RLA challenges government to 'recognise the good' in PRS provision

12 July, 2018

Debate opens up over interpretation of private rental stats from the latest English Housing Survey

English Housing Survey 2016: energy efficiency

12 July, 2018

Report on the energy efficiency of the English housing stock using present-day statistics, time-series analysis and profiling of hard-to-treat dwellings

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: fire and fire safety

12 July, 2018

Report on fire incidents, fire safety equipment and fire hazards in different types of households and dwellings in England

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: private rented sector

12 July, 2018

Report on the characteristics and circumstances of private renters in England, and how this has changed over the last 20 years

Private landlords face £30,000 fine under new powers granted to councils and police

11 July, 2018

Cornwall Council says it wants to raise standards of privately rented accommodation

How to Rent guide updated - make sure you issue THIS version

10 July, 2018

The Government's How to Rent guide has been updated, just two weeks after the previous update

APPG launched to tackle unemployment in social housing

10 July, 2018

A response to Centre for Social Justice finding social housing households four times more likely to be workless than those in private housing

Update: How to Guides corrected and reissued

10 July, 2018

The Government has corrected errors in the recently updated How to Guides in England, and has reissued them on their website

London rents rise for the first time in almost two years

09 July, 2018

But new stats show overall rental growth has been fairly subdued in H1 of 2018

Will three-year tenancies become the norm?

09 July, 2018

On 2 July 2018 the UK Government launched a consultation inviting views and comments on the benefits and barriers of landlords offering longer tenancies in England

Safety products for the elderly need to be updated

06 July, 2018

People are put off making home adaptations due to the stigma of unattractive products available

Disabled people could slip through net in universal credit move, says charity

06 July, 2018

Mind raises concerns that safeguards for vulnerable claimants will not be in place

Universal Credit: Complaints - and sticking to your guns

06 July, 2018

RLA trainer and Universal Credit expert Bill Irvine shares one of his latest cases

London Assembly agrees motion to scrap Section 21 notices

06 July, 2018

The London Assembly Members yesterday agreed a unanimous motion calling on the Mayor of London to back a campaign to abolish section 21 and to lobby the government for a change in the law

Hinckley & Rugby extends BTL deals to portfolio landlords

06 July, 2018

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society is now offering its full range of buy-to-let mortgage products to portfolio landlords

Rent collection service aims to offer landlords 'financial security'

06 July, 2018

Unpaid rent and rent arrears are the main reason for tenant evictions, according to Belvoir's Q1 rental index

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

06 July, 2018

There has been strong support for an e-petition calling for the scrapping of the stamp duty surcharge on buy to let properties and the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief for landlords

Awaiting Right to Buy replacements

06 July, 2018

Homes sold under the Right to Buy are simply not being replaced. Could the government's plans to partially lift the council debt cap bring relief?

June 2018:Universal Credit landlord engagement newsletter

06 July, 2018

We regularly update our information for landlords, read the up-to-date version of the Universal Credit & Rented Sector Housing Guide and use the latest UC47 form to request payment of rent from tenant's Universal credit

Two Letting Agents Banned by Property Ombudsman

06 July, 2018

The Property Ombudsman has booted two letting agents out of the redress scheme

Calls to end no-fault evictions

05 July, 2018

London Assembly looks to Sadiq Khan to back the campaign.

CIH Northern Ireland: Right to Buy a 'double edged sword'

05 July, 2018

Early findings from a project looking to shape the future of housing in Northern Ireland have been released

Wales fee ban will lead to increased costs

05 July, 2018

Banning fees in Wales will drive up costs and change the way landlords interact with letting agents, RLA Director for Wales Douglas Haig told the Senedd today

Social care system 'seizing up' under strain

05 July, 2018

Northern Ireland's social care system could seize up unless it receives more funding, the chief social worker has warned

Universal Credit: Labour says Esther McVey should resign

05 July, 2018

Esther McVey has faced calls to quit over "inadvertently misleading" the Commons about the official NAO spending watchdog's view of Universal Credit

Strong support for petition calling for BTL tax relief changes to be reversed

05 July, 2018

An online petition calling for buy-to-let tax relief changes to be reversed has received almost 16,500 signatures

Less than four weeks until introduction of selective licensing in Nottingham

05 July, 2018

BTL landlords in Nottingham will soon face tougher rules with new rental licensing conditions set to be introduced in the city

British government imposes collective punishment by evicting families from public housing

05 July, 2018

The British government intends to roll out nationally a scheme piloted in north London, whereby the families of gang members and violent criminals are evicted from their public housing residences

Special administration regime for English housing associations comes into force

05 July, 2018

A new special administration regime which allows the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) to deal with insolvent housing associations will come into force today

HB Direct newsletters: 2018

04 July, 2018

These HB Direct newsletters for local authority staff provide information that affects Housing Benefit.

Minister apologises over 'inadvertently misleading' parliament

04 July, 2018

Esther McVey apologises for her comments over Universal Credit

Government urged to update HHSRS system

04 July, 2018

Government 'refusing' to take on key recommendations for safety in the private rented sector

Right to Rent: Windrush guidance for landlords

04 July, 2018

Landlords renting to Windrush immigrants, who have a right to live in the UK, but may not have the documents to prove it, can apply for a Positive Right to Rent Notice (PRRN).

RLA gives evidence to HCLG committee on Hackitt report

04 July, 2018

The Hackitt report into building regulations should include more information about the lifetime management of buildings once occupied, RLA Policy Manager John Stewart told a committee of MPs this week

Landlord couple want to see letting agent banned over unpaid rent

04 July, 2018

A couple who claim they are owed thousands of pounds in unpaid rent have called for a ban on the letting agency accused of withholding the money

Smoke alarm 'would have saved Huddersfield fire-death boys

04 July, 2018

A house fire which killed two boys was "eminently avoidable", had the letting agent provided smoke alarms, a court has heard

Risks to children 'the biggest social justice challenge of our time

04 July, 2018

Children's commissioner seeks more help for young people in vulnerable family situations

Northern Ireland student wins landmark case against Belfast letting agent

04 July, 2018

A landmark court ruling has closed a loophole for letting agents to levy extra charges on tenants, it was claimed today

Long tenancies won't stop landlords wanting a CV, 12 months' rent - or a date

04 July, 2018

Proposed three-year agreements do little to change oppressive demands from landlords charging extortionate rents

More than one in ten privately-rented homes are unfit to live in

03 July, 2018

Shocking figures reveal homes with problems such as mould, damp, a faulty boiler or freezing cold in winter

How Labour Will Act On Unhealthy Homes

03 July, 2018

In this NHS anniversary year, we are committing Labour to new action to rekindle Bevan's vision and end the scourge of substandard homes

Regulator highlights importance of providing good quality, accessible information on homelessness services

03 July, 2018

A report highlighting the importance of easy access to homelessness services information for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness has been published by the Scottish Housing Regulator.

New research exposes factors that lead to people returning to sleeping rough

03 July, 2018

Today, St Mungo's publishes peer led research outlining reasons why some people can find themselves sleeping rough after time away the streets.

Japanese Knotweed: a warning

03 July, 2018

Landlords are being warned to keep a close eye on the gardens of their rental homes after it was revealed homeowners will be able to sue their neighbours for damages if Japanese Knotweed grows onto their land.

Families hit by crippling cost of living need a third more income to make ends meet

03 July, 2018

Our latest research reveals how low-income families need a third more disposable income than a decade ago to make ends meet

Shock results as 30 lettings agencies probed by undercover teams

03 July, 2018

A consumer group which conducted 30 undercover viewings in five different UK cities claims letting agents are showing potential tenants around mouldy properties and not informing them about important safety details.

London first-time buyers put down £19k extra per bedroom

03 July, 2018

New report makes case for shared ownership in the capital as an FTB option.

'Stock up on tins' - Universal Credit is on its way to Carlisle and Barrow

03 July, 2018

The switch to the controversial government benefit is on the way for thousands of residents

Longer-term tenancy plans proposed

02 July, 2018

Compulsory three-year contracts would give more protection to renters.

Labour says government plans to provide renters with greater stability are 'meaningless'

02 July, 2018

'Any fresh help for renters is welcome but this latest promise is meaningless if landlords can still force tenants out by hiking up the rent'

More than 600 'affordable homes' built in Merseyside were NOT affordable

02 July, 2018

New data shows many houses do not meet the guidelines to be classed as affordable

Report criticises new PIP benefits payment system

02 July, 2018

A Stormont department has been urged to start recording assessments of those applying for the Personal Independence Payment after a report criticised the current process.

New report highlights benefits of short-term rentals in Scotland

02 July, 2018

Scotland's short-term rental sector generates £723 million of economic activity every year, a new report has claimed.

Homes for social rent 'have to be' part of new national planning policy

02 July, 2018

Call from LGA comes as the number of such homes tips towards historic low.

Top tips for landlords for clearing out at end of tenancy

02 July, 2018

It's time for many students up and down the country to clear-out their properties, so now is a good time to make sure they know how to correctly clear out their properties.

More tenants faced rent rises in May

02 July, 2018

There was an increase in the number of tenants in the private rented sector experiencing a rent increase in May compared with a month earlier at a time when supply of rented homes on offer is rising.

Landlords welcome tax incentives for longer tenancies

02 July, 2018

Landlords are today welcoming proposals being considered by the Government to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies.

Deprived areas 'have five times more fast food outlets'

29 June, 2018

Deprived areas such as Blackpool and parts of Manchester and Liverpool have five times more fast food outlets than affluent areas, a survey suggests.

Research finds tax changes leading to private renting sell-off

29 June, 2018

Ministers need to scrap the tax on new homes which is punishing those in need of a home to rent, the UK's leading landlord body argues.

CIH Housing 2018

29 June, 2018

Keynote speech by the Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP

'Two-child policy' cuts benefits of more than 70,000 families

29 June, 2018

Campaigners warn poverty will rise as low-income families lose financial support

Landmark legislation gives communities right to buy abandoned land

29 June, 2018

New legislation has been introduced which in some instances will give communities the right to buy land that is abandoned, neglected or detrimental

Report salutes housing support provided by Armed Forces charities

29 June, 2018

Reasearch reveals the extent of a home front providing £40m of housing support to over 11,000 people a year

Scrap the new homes tax argue landlords

29 June, 2018

Ministers need to scrap the tax on new homes which is punishing those in need of a home to rent, the UK's leading landlord body argues

Government policy forced 190 women to prove they were raped in order to get child benefits, figures show

29 June, 2018

Tens of thousands of low income families miss out on child benefits under 'poverty-producing' measure, while mothers forced to disclose rape in order to put food on the table

'Silver splitters' fuel rising homelessness

28 June, 2018

Number of over-60s presenting as homeless at a 10-year high

Random rental property spot checks could improve standards in the PRS

28 June, 2018

Most private landlords would oppose the idea of arbitrary checks of their rental properties by local authorities, but that has not stopped PayProp supporting the contentious proposal.

Call of the week: Section 21 documents

28 June, 2018

This week, a landlord called us with a question about serving a Section 21 notice and when he needed to serve the documents on his renewal tenancy.

Understanding your citizens to beat the Universal Credit challenge

28 June, 2018

Understanding your citizens to beat the Universal Credit challenge

Housing 2018: Green paper 'to give regulator teeth'

28 June, 2018

Housing minister Dominic Raab says regulator will gain powers in the Social Housing Green Paper and stresses government commitment to Right to Buy

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

28 June, 2018

Tenant, landlords and buy to let investors are the targets for new online rental guides

Tougher electrical safety standards needed to protect private tenants

28 June, 2018

Tougher electrical safety standards for rented properties north of the border are needed to protect private tenants

Social care in Wales 'could be funded by age-related tax'

28 June, 2018

An income tax increase of between 1% and 3% could be used to fund elderly social care in Wales, according to an independent report.

Tories forced to rewrite obscure benefits law after court finds it breaches human rights

28 June, 2018

The DWP admitted a "small group" of jobseekers had been denied a fair hearing when they tried to appeal against a benefit sanction

Online guides will help renters and leaseholders to know their rights

27 June, 2018

New 'how to' guides include checklists for new and existing tenants, landlords and letting agents

Child homelessness in England at highest level since 2007

27 June, 2018

123,130 children were in temporary accommodation in first quarter of 2018 - an increase of nearly 80% since 2011

Benefit or burden? The cities trying out universal basic income

27 June, 2018

Cities around the world are experimenting with basic income schemes. The benefits for residents seem obvious - but what's in it for the cities?

Domestic abuse survivors and children sleeping rough' survey finds

27 June, 2018

Women unable to get refuge place also having to sofa-surf or stay with abuser

Universal Credit: In Work Progression Randomised Control Trial

27 June, 2018

Information about Universal Credit trials and pilots

Government publishes new and updated 'how to' guides

27 June, 2018

The Government has today (Tuesday 26th June) published new and updated information to help landlords and tenants who live and work in private rented housing.

Manchester named as best buy to let option for landlords in England

26 June, 2018

Manchester currently has the best yields for landlords in England and Wales and the highest rental growth, making it the best location for buy to let, according to new research

PRA changes will affect landlords' ability to provide 'quality affordable housing'

25 June, 2018

Mortgage brokers and lenders have been slammed by the National Landlords Association (NLA) for failing to do enough to communicate changes by the Prudential Regulation Authority to landlords.

Over 10 years to save for a deposit as first-time buyers forced to rent for longer

25 June, 2018

Many would-be first-time buyers are being forced to rent longer despite a slowdown in house prices as new figures reveal that it takes an average of more than 10 years to save for a 15% deposit.

Tax breaks for landlords price younger buyers out of housing market

25 June, 2018

Think tank says it's time to get community-led development on track.

Social housing is a vanishing option for families who cannot afford to buy

25 June, 2018

Depleted stock forces young adults to pay private rents or live with their parents

Call for more council homes in Stockton to tackle homeless problem

25 June, 2018

Middlesbrough Council has already said it will consider building houses to tackle a shortage of affordable homes

New shocking report reveals more families on breadline, benefits shambles, Homelessness rising and foodbank crisis

25 June, 2018

Rising levels of working and unemployed poverty, the housing crisis, cuts to public services, insecure work and hunger

A dozen councils to receive social care innovation funding

25 June, 2018

A dozen councils to receive social care innovation funding Twelve councils have been awarded funding to explore how technology can improve social care services.

Onward report riddled with errors

25 June, 2018

A new think tank is fundamentally wrong in its analysis of private rented housing - and the number of buy-to-let mortgages is falling, not rising.

Brent Council aims to 'foster good relationships with private landlords'

25 June, 2018

Brent Council insists that it wants to build better relationships with private landlords after successfully winning close to 150 prosecution cases against rogue landlords' helping to raise more than £1m in fines.

Here's ARLA's guide through the red tape for accidental landlords

25 June, 2018

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has provided a check-list for so-called accidental landlords.

Online Universal Credit bid 'awful'

22 June, 2018

A woman unable to apply for Universal Credit online said she was left having to ask for food parcels.

Tenant jailed for illegally subletting house

22 June, 2018

A private tenant occupying a three-bedroom house in north-west London has been jailed after he was caught illegally subletting the property to 35 men.

Lenders and brokers 'too quiet' over buy to let changes

22 June, 2018

NLA says just 8% of landlords said their lender had been in touch about the changes, with 16% contacted by their broker

Government to consult on RLA housing court plan

22 June, 2018

Plans to establish a new housing court are moving forward, with a Government consultation into plans to be held later this year

Sheffield's 'danger flats' risk to tenants' lives

22 June, 2018

Tenants in a part of Sheffield are living in such bad conditions their lives are being put at risk, a council report has warned

New research reveals rental comparison between benefit recipients and families

21 June, 2018

Welfare 'reform' making rental payments from recipients more difficult for landlords to manage.

Rise in homelessness applications in Scotland reverses nine-year trend

21 June, 2018

The number of applications for homelessness status in Scotland has gone up for the first time nine years, according to official figures.

The cost of housing for low-income renters

21 June, 2018

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

Social care faces a 'dangerous shortfall' of staff, government warned

21 June, 2018

More than 75% of people say they would not like to begin a career in social care, survey finds

Why tenants think their feedback is being ignored

21 June, 2018

The Social Housing Green Paper is set to redress the balance of power between residents and social landlords. Martin Hilditch investigates what tenants would like to happen next

JRF responds to IFS report on living standards

21 June, 2018

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) today responded to a new report on living standards conducted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and funded by the JRF.

Universal Credit: Online ID demands delaying benefits

21 June, 2018

Demands for passports or driving licences to get new benefits have left some Welsh claimants making "degrading" requests for food to survive, it is being claimed.

Landlord fined for renting out bed in shed

21 June, 2018

A landlord has been fined ordered to pay £5,000 for allowing tenants to sleep in an outbuilding in Enfield, north London.

Government publishes new licensing changes in bid to protect tenants and announces review of selective licensing

21 June, 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published new guidelines which aim to protect tenants from poor living conditions.

Families make 'good, reliable, and long-term tenants'

21 June, 2018

Properties rented to families take up the least amount of property management time when compared to other types of tenants, fresh research by the National Landlords Association (NLA) shows.

'Laudable' licensing changes stifling councils, landlords and tenants alike

20 June, 2018

ARLA Propertymark chief executive ramps up policy criticism as government announces latest PRS regulation.

Buck Bill passes Commons committee stage

20 June, 2018

Bill empowering tenants over unsafe homes inches closer towards statute.The Fitness for Human Bill has come through the committee stage of the Commons this morning

Scam Awareness Month: Top tips for landlords

20 June, 2018

This month is Scams Awareness Month, and the RLA is helping members to protect themselves against being the victim of a scam.

Government announces selective licensing review

20 June, 2018

The Government has announced a review into the use and effectiveness of selective licensing.

Universal Credit - landlords agree reform is needed

20 June, 2018

The RLA continues to call for the roll out of Universal Credit to be paused in the wake of a report by the National Audit Office.

Momentum improves as there is a rise in both 'to let' and 'let' properties

20 June, 2018

Following a slowdown in rental market activity in April, new letting data from the Agency Express Property Activity Index has revealed nationwide increases in both 'to let' and 'let' properties.

Number of people winning PIP benefit appeals hits all-time high - and Tories are told to get a grip

20 June, 2018

Some 14,805 people (71%) had their assessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) overturned by a tribunal in the first three months of this year

HB Direct newsletters: 2018

20 June, 2018

These HB Direct newsletters for local authority staff provide information that affects Housing Benefit.

Tories make disability benefits climbdown as they change reassessment rules - but campaigners warn it's not enough

20 June, 2018

More PIP claimants will be able to wait 10 years for reassessment - but Parkinson's UK branded it "a piecemeal solution for a broken system"

Universal credit flaws inflict childcare costs on new workers

20 June, 2018

Parents forced to borrow money while waiting for funds, says Save the Children

Wales gets closer to full implementation of Housing First

19 June, 2018

New youth homelessness task group has the future for Housing First in Wales in its remit.

New research reveals rental comparison between benefit recipients and families

19 June, 2018

Welfare 'reform' making rental payments from recipients more difficult for landlords to manage.

Tory MPs challenge Theresa May to adopt radical housing agenda in bid for younger voters support

19 June, 2018

MPs will tell PM that housing is the 'defining' issue holding back Conservative support from under-40s

Universal Credit: information for stakeholders and partners

19 June, 2018

This collection brings together information for stakeholders and partners relating to Universal Credit.

Why won't ministers come clean about the impact of cuts on disabled people?

19 June, 2018

Being hit by the bedroom tax is bad enough, but losing your sickness benefits too is even harder

Urgent action is required to prevent more people dying on the streets

19 June, 2018

New research released today from St Mungo's reveals a dramatic increase in the proportion of people sleeping rough who have died with mental health support needs from 2010 to 2017.

Consultation on 'exciting' housing merger plan launched

19 June, 2018

TORUS' tenants and leaseholders are being asked for their views over proposals to 'amalgamate' the group with Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH).

Broken care: Hunt puts social care reform on hold again meaning pensioners face catastrophic bills and spending their savings

19 June, 2018

Another delay to social care reform means pensioners will continue to face crippling bills.

Social care needs a cash injection now

19 June, 2018

Squeezing council funding in this area is ultimately a false economy

Glasgow block blaze shows 'no scope for complacency' over fire safety

18 June, 2018

The SFHA says the fire that ripped through a top floor of a Glasgow tower block on the anniversary of Grenfell was a 'sharp reminder' against any scope for complacency over fire safety in social housing.

Universal credit: fix this cruel, expensive fiasco

18 June, 2018

Ministers promised it would save money and cut fraud. But welfare reform has failed to deliver - and brought misery to many

'Grenfell' cladding: couple could sue after £600,000 flat now worth £90,000

18 June, 2018

Nerisa Ahmed and husband threaten to sue government agency that helped them buy home

Deaths of mentally ill rough sleepers in London rise sharply

18 June, 2018

Research finds 80% of rough sleepers who died in capital in 2017 had mental health needs compared with 29% in 2010

Council 'inaction' leaves renters at risk of revenge evictions

18 June, 2018

Just one in six private tenants living in an unsafe home is getting council protection from a revenge eviction, new figures show.

Raft of safety flaws listed at Grenfell Tower Inquiry

18 June, 2018

A list of failed safety regulations has been presented to a public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Rightmove House Price Index

18 June, 2018

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

Universal Credit risks furthering domestic abuse

18 June, 2018

Campaigners call for new payment arrangements where present payment system 'empowers abusers'.

Legislation alone will not eliminate homelessness

18 June, 2018

Local authorities need government funding to help them make a success of the act recently brought in to prevent and reduce homelessness

The great leasehold rip off

18 June, 2018

How firms are cashing in on housebuyers with charges that DOUBLE every decade

Warnings emerge of a 'rental drought' as lettings listings drop amid landlord exodus

15 June, 2018

An exodus of landlords from the buy-to-let market has caused a 12% drop in rental property listings over the past 12 months

Consultation response: Selective licensing proposal

14 June, 2018

Consultation response: Selective licensing proposal

Tenancy fees ban in Wales takes step closer with new Bill

13 June, 2018

Letting agents and landlords in Wales are set to be banned from charging tenants fees

It's war - council on the attack over To Let boards

13 June, 2018

Letting agents and landlords will have to win planning consent to erect To Let signs in student areas of Leicester from next month

Landlords again urged to make sure residential tower blocks are safe a year on from Grenfell fire

13 June, 2018

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has again urged private sector landlords to step up and make sure homes are safe in tower blocks one year on from the Grenfell fire

Rise in rental costs drive up guarantor numbers

13 June, 2018

The latest figures from Countrywide have shown that there has been a surge in the number of students and young professionals applying for a UK guarantor to secure accommodation

Letting agent fees for tenants in Wales face ban under new law

12 June, 2018

Landlords and letting agents could be banned from charging fees to private rental tenants in Wales under plans for a new law

Tenants hit out at cost of rent and fees - and poor communication from agents and landlords

12 June, 2018

Rental costs remain the key concern for tenants in the PRS but increasing numbers have worries about fees and communication with their lettings agent

Two million tenants likely to be clobbered by rent hikes as landlords face further costs

12 June, 2018

Two million tenants across the UK could be hit with rent rises totalling £46m a month, as 40% of landlords say they will increase rents in 2018

Police 'fail to act' as tenants are illegally thrown out

11 June, 2018

Officers wrongly treat threats and violence by landlords as a civil matter

Landlords' Barometer - #59: There are Leavers and Remainers in the private landlord sector

11 June, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you a round-up of trending topics for landlords from the Property Tribes forum

Huge rise in agents' insurance claims as ambulance chasers help tenants win deposit money

11 June, 2018

There has been a huge increase in the number of claims agents are making on their professional indemnity insurance about tenancy deposits

Private sector rents in UK up 2% in year to May 2018

08 June, 2018

Rents in the UK's private rented sector increased by 2% in the 12 months to May 2018 to an average of £919 per month

Labour seeks law change to reduce maximum deposit landlords can charge renters

07 June, 2018

New parliamentary motion seeks to reduce cap from six weeks' rent to three weeks' rent

Government faces high court challenge over 'right to rent' scheme

07 June, 2018

Campaigners win permission to fight landlords' immigration checks on prospective tenants

Tenant Fees Bill Committee: Increased costs to landlords will hit vulnerable tenants

07 June, 2018

Earlier this week, Richard Lambert gave evidence in Parliament to the MPs' Tenant Fees Bill Committee on the impact of the proposed bill on landlords

MPs urge home secretary to review 'right to rent' policy

06 June, 2018

Cross-party group says there has been no assessment of impact of immigration scheme

Prime London Letting Index

05 June, 2018

This report analyses the performance of single-unit rental properties in the second-hand prime central and prime outer London markets between £250 and £5,000+ week

Private Rented Sector Report - April 2018

05 June, 2018

A record number of landlords were selling their BTLs in April

Councils warn Homelessness Reduction Act hampered by welfare restrictions

04 June, 2018

New survey shows nearly all 119 councils responding think the level of housing benefit for young people isn't enough for PRS

Legal challenge says 'right to rent' rules discriminate against non-UK nationals

04 June, 2018

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants argues that status checks make landlords favour those with British passports

Places for People targets UK private rented sector with £300m joint venture

04 June, 2018

Places for People has entered into a £330m joint venture with USS to acquire a range of private rented residential assets

Grenfell survivor blames landlord's 'cancerous' decisions for disaster

04 June, 2018

In his first newspaper interview, Edward Daffarn explains how his repeated safety warnings were ignored

Legal challenge to Right to Rent due in High Court this week

04 June, 2018

A legal challenge to Right to Rent is due to be heard in the High Court this week

Buy-to-let lending tumbles by almost half since introduction of Stamp Duty surcharge

01 June, 2018

Buy-to-let lending is down 47% on levels before the introduction of the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge levied on the purchase of additional properties

Pilot scheme launches to enable letting agents to contact emergency contractors 24/7

01 June, 2018

Repairs reporting software company Fixflo has announced a joint pilot scheme with AXA Partners, a home emergency specialist with an in-house managed network of contractors

Letting agents report record numbers of landlords heading for the exit

01 June, 2018

A record number of landlords are now exiting the market

Landlord says it has saved tenants £3m after scrapping (and returning) deposits a year ago

31 May, 2018

A large landlord which decided to scrap deposits a year ago says the move has saved its tenants close to £3m

Call to let councils compete with private sector over housebuilding

30 May, 2018

Survey shows just 2% of councils in England say new development in their area meets policy requirements for affordable housing

Landlord of housing 'hell-hole' made more than £2m profit in one year

30 May, 2018

The owner of a controversial housing development 'hell-hole' in Mitcham made almost £2.5 million profit in just one year

Treasury defends tax changes for landlords as petition sails past 14,000 signatures

30 May, 2018

A petition calling on the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief for landlords and the abolition of the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge has attracted over 14,000 signatures

1.75m private renters believe they will never buy a house

29 May, 2018

Number of households not expecting to buy has grown by 50% under Tories

MPs are warned that use of unregulated tenancy deposit replacements could spark new mis-selling scandal

29 May, 2018

MPs who are considering alternatives to tenancy deposits have been warned of the dangers of a major mis-selling scandal that could emerge months or even years down the line

Changes in the Private Rented Sector

25 May, 2018

Since 1 December 2017, all new tenancies in the Private Rented Sector have been private residential tenancies

Private rented sector loses 46,000 homes as landlord-bashing tax clampdowns kick in

25 May, 2018

There were 23.9m dwellings in England at March 31, 2017, the latest official figures show, with a fall in the number of private rented sector homes

Number of agents will 'undoubtedly' fall as legislative changes and fees ban bite

25 May, 2018

The number of agencies will 'undoubtedly' fall because of legislative changes and the tenant fees ban

Government reveals how landlords can avoid minimum energy efficiency measures

25 May, 2018

The Government has unveiled guidance on how landlords can get exemptions to new rules on minimum energy efficiency on rental properties

Scottish Housing Market

25 May, 2018

Figures from UK Finance shows that BTL lending for purchases has fallen 8.8% in February compared to the previous year

Letting agents in Scotland reminded they will be criminals if they do not register within six months

24 May, 2018

Letting agents in Scotland have been sent a crucial reminder by the Government - that in less than six months' time, it will be a criminal offence to do letting agency work without having applied to join the SLAR

Average rents up by just £1 but growth still outpaces inflation

24 May, 2018

The south west was the fastest growing rental market in England and Wales last month as rent rises stumbled but remain above the rate of inflation

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: April 2018

24 May, 2018

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

England and Wales Rental Tracker

24 May, 2018

South West sees fastest rising rents

PEARL Rental Index - May 2018

24 May, 2018

Rental price growth weakening for Great Britain, with the latest rental index showing rents had increased by 1.0% in the 12 months to April 2018, down from 1.1% in March 2018

Student entrepreneur refocuses review site to concentrate on 'future of tenancy referencing'

23 May, 2018

A business started by a university student aimed at providing a review site of landlords and agents has changed its business model to concentrate on tenant referencing

All London boroughs signed up to rogue landlord checker

23 May, 2018

Some 2.4 million renters across the capital can now check their prospective landlord and agent and report rogue practices online

Flood of homes for sale as landlords quit buy to let

23 May, 2018

Up to 380,000 landlords are thinking about selling rental property in the next 12 months

Yorkshire and Humber now identified as the BTL hotspot

22 May, 2018

It is discovered that landlords owning property in the Yorkshire and Humberside region are set to purchase more buy-to-let property in the next five years than any other region

Buy-to-let property no longer a good punt, say more than half of investors

22 May, 2018

Over half of UK investors no longer see property as a good investment

Abolition of tenancy fees charged by agents gets another step closer: But can ban get more draconian?

22 May, 2018

The second reading of the Tenant Fees Bill took place in the House of Commons yesterday evening

Final Findings: Welfare Conditionality project (2013-2018)

22 May, 2018

Report which summarises the final findings of the Welfare Conditionality project (2013-2018).

DWP Housing Partnership backs scheme to keep tenants in homes

21 May, 2018

Dorset's biggest private landlord is backing a government-funded scheme that aims to prevent tenants losing their homes

Fury at claim a quarter of Bristol landlords considering quitting and selling up because of 'problem tenants'

21 May, 2018

They cite 'damage' and tenants not paying the rent - but their claims are 'offensive' according to tenants

Landlords selling up due to tax changes could benefit first time buyers

21 May, 2018

A significant number of homes suitable for first time buyers could flood the UK market in the coming year as new research suggests hundreds of thousands of landlords are looking to sell up

New boss of Martin & Co hits out at deposit replacement schemes, saying they will cost tenants more

18 May, 2018

The new managing director of Martin & Co has hit out at 'zero' tenancy deposit schemes

Fees ban Bill to be heard on Monday

18 May, 2018

The second reading of the Tenant Fees Bill is due to be heard on Monday

The Unaffordable Private Rented Sector: Why it's time to thaw the LHA freeze

18 May, 2018

Last week, the Scottish Government published its third report into the impact of welfare reform

Getting worse: complaints to TPO about letting agents soar 11%

18 May, 2018

The actual number of complaints received by the Ombudsman, Katrine Sporle, increased by three per cent to 3,658

The DPS Rent Index

18 May, 2018

Average rent across the UK during the first quarter of 2018 was £772

Falls in mortgage lending across entire market including first-time buyers, home movers and buy-to-let

17 May, 2018

The value of mortgages lent to first-time buyers increased slightly amid a fall in approvals across the whole of the market

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics in England and Wales, January to March 2018 (Provisional)

17 May, 2018

All mortgage possession actions remain within a range consistent with volumes across the previous two years

Shelter Parliamentary Briefing: Second Reading of Tenant Fees Bill

17 May, 2018

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness - and we campaign to prevent it in the first place

Partnership to help landlords find trusted builders

16 May, 2018

New partnership between the Residential Landlords Association and the National Federation of Builders, set up to give landlords confidence they are hiring reputable firms

'Pension mountain' needed by older tenants

16 May, 2018

Tenants who will still be paying rent when they retire will need a pension pot of up to £445,000 to avoid falling living standards

Broadband and Sky TV supplier to letting sector signs deal with tenancy referencing firm

15 May, 2018

Home Telecom, a specialist broadband supplier to the letting sector, acquired by Spark Energy, has signed a major partnership agreement with property services company Let Alliance

Petition launches urging Government to reverse tax clampdowns on buy-to-let sector

15 May, 2018

A petition has been launched on the Government website demanding the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief for private landlords, and the dropping of the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge when additional properties are bought

New rent-to-rent business reveals plans to shake up online lettings sector

15 May, 2018

A new business which says it will shake up the online lettings sector has announced long-term plans to become the sector's largest international brand

Club charging monthly fees to members says it is not an agent letting to tenants

15 May, 2018

A membership club that rents rooms out is charging its members fees. However, it has hit back at claims in a national newspaper story and says it has found a new concept

The Housing Podcast: are we too hard on private landlords?

14 May, 2018

We talk to David Smith from the Residential Landlords Association about the private rented sector

RLA calls for 'comprehensive review' of PRS capacity

14 May, 2018

Sector now housing tenants in categories it was "never intended or structured to do"

Private renting in some areas 'completely unaffordable'

14 May, 2018

Private renting has become "completely unaffordable" in some areas of Scotland

Now Wales looks set to introduce fees ban legislation 'imminently'

14 May, 2018

A draft Bill to introduce a fees ban in Wales looks set to be published imminently

Criminals banned from renting out homes in Glasgow

11 May, 2018

Glasgow City Council has banned six people with convictions for serious crimes from operating as landlords in the city

Mortgage arrears at record low in Q1 2018

11 May, 2018

There were 78,800 homeowner mortgages in arrears of 2.5 per cent or more of the outstanding balance in the first quarter of 2018

Number of middle-aged renters doubles in a decade

11 May, 2018

Forty-somethings are now almost twice as likely to be renting from a private landlord than they were 10 years ago

Welsh housing associations back in the private sector

10 May, 2018

The Welsh Assembly has unanimously passed its Regulation of Social Landlords Bill

Government urged to hold parliamentary debate on minimum room sizes

10 May, 2018

Letting agent groups are warning that the private rental sector is set to lose vital stock as the Government presses ahead with plans for minimum room sizes for Houses in Multiple Occupation

Tenant who left behind jar of peanut butter charged £3 'default fee' for its removal

10 May, 2018

So-called 'default' fees are allowing landlords and agents to charge outgoing tenants for petty acts such as leaving a jar of peanut butter in a cupboard

More action needed to protect renters against unfair evictions

09 May, 2018

Many renters in the private rented sector put up with unacceptable conditions in their homes because they are too afraid of being evicted to speak out

HomeLet Rental Index - April 2018

09 May, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 1.5% in April

London tenants spending £300 million a year on repairs landlords fail to carry out

08 May, 2018

London renters are spending almost £300 million a year on repairs their landlords failed to carry out

Challenging tenants forcing landlords in Manchester to sell

08 May, 2018

One in three landlords in Manchester are considering selling their rental properties due to problem tenants

Thirty years on from the 1988 Housing Act, the private rented sector is out of control

08 May, 2018

In 1988, Margaret Thatcher's government introduced the Housing Act in a bid to expand the private rented sector in the United Kingdom

New rents edge up - with London prices now 108% higher than rest of the UK

08 May, 2018

Average newly agreed rents climbed to £918 a month in April, up 1.5% from the £904 a month recorded in April last year

Landlords' Barometer - #58: Is buy-to-let dead?

08 May, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Landlords Barometer

RLA sounds its own warning over Tenant Fees Bill

04 May, 2018

Ministers told there is greater and earlier impact in using existing powers to improve the transparency of fees charged by agents

Client Money Protection to be compulsory for all letting agents in England from next April

04 May, 2018

Compulsory Client Money Protection will be the law from next April 1

Tenant fee ban could cost my firm £10m a year in lost revenue - so has the Government got its figures wrong?

04 May, 2018

The impact over a full year would see a loss of revenue of £10m

Fears of landlord 'loophole' in Tenant Fees Bill

04 May, 2018

Generation Rent sees scope for landlords to include unfair clauses in tenancy agreements

ARLA Propertymark attacks introduction of Tenant Fees Bill

03 May, 2018

"We do not believe the Bill will achieve its aims - tenants will end up worse off"

Furious landlord makes his tax protest clear by placing billboard on busy main road

03 May, 2018

An infuriated landlord has put up a large billboard in a prominent street location to protest about Section 24

Tenant fees ban to cost agents up to £4bn plus job losses and closures

03 May, 2018

The tenant fees ban will cost agents anywhere between £1bn and £4bn over the first ten years

New law lets tenants claim back their rent

02 May, 2018

A change in housing law that lets tenants claim back up to a year's rent if a landlord has committed a housing offence is gaining popularity after a year on the statute book

New Guidance Published for Landlords on Right to Rent Checks on Undocumented Commonwealth Citizens

01 May, 2018

In a change to government policy, the Home Office have released a statement acknowledging that "some people who have lived in the UK for most of their lives are having difficulty providing the necessary evidence of their status"

Young or old, we private renters are being locked out of our dream homes

01 May, 2018

Millennials are not the only ones in overpriced housing. Baby boomers are among the landlords' victims too

Private landlords rake in £1.6m for temporary homeless flats

30 April, 2018

Private landlords have earned more than £1.6m for providing temporary homeless accommodation in Glasgow over the last five years

'Baby boomer' tenants forced to take 'drastic' measures to pay rent

30 April, 2018

Almost half of private renters aged 50 and over have taken 'drastic' measures to combat rising rent costs

Windrush shows it's easy to fall foul of Right to Rent

27 April, 2018

As the stories from people affected by the Windrush scandal continue to emerge, the government's 'hostile environment' strategy faces growing scrutiny

Government rushes out new advice on Right to Rent - but is it any help at all?

27 April, 2018

The Government has issued updated guidance about letting property to 'Windrush' people - long-term residents of the UK but who do not have documents to demonstrate their status

Hertsmere Borough Council can now fine landlords up to £30,000

27 April, 2018

Landlords could be be fined thousands of pounds after the council introduced tough new measures

Rogue landlord sentenced to six months in prison for unlawful evictions

27 April, 2018

An Oxford landlord with a history of criminal and non-compliant behaviour was given a six-month custodial sentence for a series of housing offences at Oxford Magistrate's Court on 25 April 2018

Scotland - Rental Tracker

27 April, 2018

Stability in Scottish rental market in March

Scottish Monthly Rent Analysis Q1 2017-Q1 2018

27 April, 2018

Scottish average rises 1.6% to £780 per month

Average rents fall across the UK for first time in six years, suggesting this is more than a correction

26 April, 2018

Average rents in the UK decreased for the first time since 2012 during the first quarter of 2018

Landlords trying to make up for their tax losses with rent hikes

26 April, 2018

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes has hit a six month high

Make buy-to-let fairer and more professional

26 April, 2018

Landlords can expect more protection against rogue letting and management agents who run off with their money or charge rip-off fees

Going green could make your buy-to-let more appealing to tenants

25 April, 2018

When choosing a rental property 42% of tenants consider whether a building is eco-friendly

Glasgow landlords facing restrictions on power to increase rent

25 April, 2018

Restrictions on how much a landlord can increase rent by are on the cards for Glasgow

'We will work with you': Andy Burnham urges private landlords to get on board with GM's housing plans

25 April, 2018

Andy Burnham told a disgruntled crowd of private landlords and property professionals that he wants to work with them to develop the region's housing strategy at a conference in Manchester today

Government-backed REIT on track to own more than 6,000 homes

25 April, 2018

The private rented sector REIT, backed by the government, is on track to own more than 6,000 homes across the country

England and Wales Rental Tracker

25 April, 2018

East Midlands leads rental market in England and Wales

A third of landlords with just one buy-to-let are considering selling up - but bigger landlords want to invest more

23 April, 2018

Tax hit on buy-to-let is taking its toll on both new purchases and existing owners

Letting agents in Scotland where fees are banned are 'continuing to charge tenants'

23 April, 2018

A group of tenants in Scotland is alleging that agents in Glasgow are breaking the law by continuing to charge fees to tenants, six years after the ban

More landlords in the UK voted to stay in the EU than leave

20 April, 2018

More than half of landlords in the UK voted to remain in the European Union and are more likely to see Brexit as a threat than an opportunity

Rogue landlord ordered to pay ground-breaking fine

20 April, 2018

Thirty-five offences related to lack of HMO licences and breaches of the HMO management regulations

Landlords struggling with regulation changes

20 April, 2018

Survey sheds light on the scale of the challenge that landlords say they face in coping with compliance

Calls for improved electrical safety standards in PRS

20 April, 2018

Charity reports that homes in the private rented sector are most at risk from electrical fires

Landlords becoming more professional as 'amateurs' turn away from buy-to-let

20 April, 2018

Almost a third of amateur landlords are looking to sell up while those with bigger portfolios are still feeling positive

Why Right to Rent should be suspended at once after Windrush fiasco

20 April, 2018

Agents have been among the enforcers of the Government's 'hostile environment' policy which has led to the Windrush scandal

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: March 2018

19 April, 2018

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

Criminal landlords should have their properties confiscated

19 April, 2018

Criminal landlords should have their properties confiscated

PEARL Rental Index - April 2018

19 April, 2018

We have rounded up all of the latest housing statistics, rental index updates and data on renting from across the sector and compiled them into one easy to digest bulletin

Rogue landlords

19 April, 2018

The government could do more to protect tenants from rogue landlords

Consultation launched in Scotland on making landlord registration more robust

18 April, 2018

A consultation is underway in Scotland about making private sector landlord registration more robust by expanding the information provided by applicants

Government urged to focus on improving conditions in the PRS

18 April, 2018

The government must focus on urgently improve dangerous housing across the country after new figures revealed that thousands of private tenants are at risk of death in their properties

Think tank calls for rent caps as it warns of 'cradle to grave' renters

18 April, 2018

A think tank has called for rent controls, saying that rises should be limited to the Consumer Prices Index of inflation

Government slates tenant fee ban for early next year but not before April 2019

18 April, 2018

The Government is aiming to introduce the tenant fee ban early next year but it is unlikely to be before April 2019

The Property Ombudsman warns that agents will still have duty of care for tenants' complaints after fee ban

18 April, 2018

The Property Ombudsman has warned that letting agents must not forget about their duty to tenants once the fee ban comes in

Countrywide plc Monthly Lettings Index - April 2018

17 April, 2018

In the last 12 months 9,523 landlords who re-mortgaged their buy-to-let withdrew money for home improvements

Private let costs in Scotland have risen faster than workers' wages

16 April, 2018

The cost of private rented accommodation in Scotland is rising faster than workers' wages

Landlords 'doing up' rather than 'trading up'

16 April, 2018

Landlords are choosing to invest in their existing properties rather than take on the extra transaction costs of adding to their portfolios

More than £30k in rent paid for 'unsafe' illegal HMO

13 April, 2018

Hunt now on for owner of the rundown three-bedroom property raided this morning

Scotland sees 430% increase in English landlords

13 April, 2018

And the trend continues - registrations already 226% up on last year

HomeLet Rental Index - March 2018

13 April, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 0.9% in March compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £912 a month

English landlords increasingly seeking buy-to-lets in Scotland

13 April, 2018

Landlords living in England are increasingly looking north of the border for buy-to-lets

'Modest' rise in UK rental prices over first quarter of 2018

13 April, 2018

Rents up by 0.9% in the last twelve months - an average monthly increase of £3 per property

LIN member report April 2018 - Landlords and the Courts

12 April, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

UK buy-to-let mortgages riskier than before crisis

12 April, 2018

Buy-to-let mortgages in Britain, especially those issued recently, are more risky than loan deals signed before the 2008 financial crisis

Landlords in the North of England hit by voids more than in rest of the country

11 April, 2018

More landlords with property in the North of England experienced a void period in the past three months than in any other UK region

The government is taking action to protect private renters (part 2)

10 April, 2018

This is the second post in a two-part blog exploring how the government is taking action to improve protections for private renters

Landlords remain confident about BTL

10 April, 2018

Almost two-fifths of landlords are feeling positive about the future of the rental market, and are thinking about buying more properties to rent in the future

Hackney Council Approves Additional & Selective Licensing Schemes

10 April, 2018

Landlords with property in Hackney should now be aware that Hackney Council have approved a five year selective licensing pilot scheme of all non-HMOs

Criminal landlord database 'could fail' if not open to tenants

09 April, 2018

Generation Rent calls for "proper naming and shaming" as database goes live

Will Labour win the next election thanks to the private rental sector?

09 April, 2018

A new analysis by campaigning housing organisation Shelter claims the changes within the private rental sector could indirectly lose the next election for the Conservatives and win it for Labour

Housing market: Number of buy-to-let landlords reaches record high despite tax hike

09 April, 2018

Government has introduced 3% Stamp Duty levy, new stress tests for home loans, and ended mortgage interest tax relief

Home Office accused of turning 'blind eye to discrimination' in housing immigration crackdown

09 April, 2018

Fury after ministers quietly throw out an inspector's call to act on fears that 'Right to Rent' scheme is triggering 'racial discrimination, exploitation and homelessness'

Number of buy-to-let landlords soared to new high in 2016

09 April, 2018

The number of buy-to-let investors in the UK hit a record high of 2.5m in the latest tax year for which the information is available

Renters Surge Among Under 45s Could Throw Tories Out Of Office

06 April, 2018

The number of renters and mortgage payers could be equal by the next election

New banning orders part of fresh crackdown on rogue landlords

06 April, 2018

Landlords guilty of a range of housing and immigration offences will be added to a new national database

Councils encouraged to make public when agents and landlords are banned

06 April, 2018

Letting agents who are banned should be named and shamed

Database of rogue landlords and property agents under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

06 April, 2018

Guidance for local housing authorities on the database of rogue landlords and property agents

The Government is taking action to protect private renters (part 1)

06 April, 2018

The Government's drive to improve private renting has got a spring in its step

Bad tenants and rogue landlords - plus an agent expelled by the Ombudsman

05 April, 2018

A new property series launches tonight on Channel 5, Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords. Judging from its title, you might think that agents wouldn't be featured - but you'd be wrong

Rogue lettings agent database to launch tomorrow, but ARLA is questioning the point of it

05 April, 2018

A database of rogue lettings agents and landlords goes live tomorrow but there is concern at how effective it will be, given that it won't be made public

Tenants outside of London spend over half of disposable income on rent

05 April, 2018

And in London almost 89% of disposable income is spent on rent - now standing at an average of £1,879 per month

Council launches crackdown on town's rogue landlords, but housing union thinks it will fail

05 April, 2018

North Somerset Council has vowed to crack down on rogue landlords in Weston-super-Mare after a report revealed the town has the 'worst housing conditions' in North Somerset

Buy-to-Let Index Quarterly Report

04 April, 2018

With special feature 'House price growth slowdown'

Landlords' Barometer - #57: Taxing times for the private rented sector

04 April, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Landlords Barometer

Sweeping rent controls set to be introduced via Private Member's Bill in Scotland

04 April, 2018

The Scottish Labour party is planning to introduce a 'Mary Barbour' law which, if passed, will bring in strict rent controls

Plans for new law to tackle rising rent prices and overcrowding in Scotland

03 April, 2018

Calls are being made for new legislation to tackle rising private rent prices, as figures show the number of overcrowded properties more than doubled in four years

Call for tax deductible PRS energy efficiency improvements

03 April, 2018

Such a policy seen as supporting landlords to go beyond what is required to bring properties up to the Government's target

New crackdown on rogue agents to protect renters and leasehold homeowners

03 April, 2018

Private rented and leasehold sectors will receive stronger protection from unfair rogue letting and managing agents thanks to new government proposals

Returns on buy-to-let rose in all regions of the UK except London last year - and this map shows where the biggest gains were

03 April, 2018

Landlords have seen returns rise across the UK outside of London in spite of warnings that profits have been hit by recent tax changes

New crackdown - including possible criminal sanctions - on letting and managing agents announced

03 April, 2018

With bizarre timing the Government released an Easter parade of three important new updates relating to the private rented sector

England and Wales Rental Tracker

29 March, 2018

Beast from the East didn't halt rental market growth

Private Rented Sector Report - February 2018

29 March, 2018

The supply of rental properties fell by five per cent from January to February

'Significant' PRS transformation tips balance towards tenants

29 March, 2018

Major project in Manchester recognizes tenant voices as "conspicuously absent" from related debate

MPs call on government to give councils funding for letting fees ban

29 March, 2018

Councils should be given extra funding by government to enforce a letting agent fees ban

PEARL Rental Index: March 2018

29 March, 2018

We have rounded up all of the latest housing statistics, rental index updates and data on renting from across the sector and compiled them into one easy to digest bulletin

Right to Rent 'doesn't demonstrate its worth'

29 March, 2018

Flagship policy torpedoed by damning finding from independent inspector as RLA calls for suspension

Row over deposit demands on tenants

29 March, 2018

MPs and landlords are at loggerheads over the acceptable level of deposits demanded of tenants in England

Landlords taking rentals off the market as thousands are set to miss Sunday's deadline on minimum EPC ratings

29 March, 2018

Thousands of landlords are unprepared for new energy efficiency measures being introduced in just days, and many are taking properties off the market to gain more time to implement changes

MPs urge Government to reduce deposit cap to five weeks to ease financial burden for tenants

29 March, 2018

MPs have called for the security deposit cap proposed in the Draft Tenant Fees Bill to be reduced from six to five weeks as part of a range of changes to the legislation

Growth in asking rents slows since last quarter but has soared in past ten years

28 March, 2018

Rightmove has shed light on just how much asking rents have changed in the past decade

The disappearing HMOs

28 March, 2018

Houses in multiple occupation are often far from ideal lodgings - but a trend to convert them to more profitable houses is leaving residents with few options

Sheffield housing officer abused by landlord over her physical appearance

28 March, 2018

A Sheffield housing manager subjected to vile online abuse from a rogue landlord says she feels she was targeted over her physical appearance because she is a woman

Unsuitable, insecure and substandard homes: The barriers faced by older private renters

28 March, 2018

Growing numbers of older people are living in private rented accommodation

Affordable housing: why current plans to invest don't go far enough

27 March, 2018

Building more low-cost rented homes that people can afford will loosen the grip of poverty.

More than 40 housing associations back planned £1bn bond issue

27 March, 2018

There are 45 housing associations backing aggregator Morhomes' plan to launch a £1bn bond issue.

The Homelessness Reduction Act is a key step towards homelessness prevention

27 March, 2018

The legislation comes into force on April 3, but only if local authorities can afford it

LGA responds to Independent Age report on older private renters

27 March, 2018

With housing for elderly people currently accounting for just 6 per cent of our existing stock, and more older people and families renting privately than ever before

Welfare policies having 'huge impact' on domestic abuse victims

26 March, 2018

Conference on Housing and Domestic Abuse hears that government policy is making it harder for domestic abuse victims to get support.

DWP accused of 'clumsy' attempt to defend Universal Credit using IFS research

26 March, 2018

MPs criticise 'airy and irrelevant' responses from the department after committee raises questions over the projected employment boost from benefit reform

Debate on the construction of council housing - House of Commons - 27 March 2018

26 March, 2018

The national housing shortage is one of the most pressing issues we face.

Poll pushes impact of PRS energy performance

26 March, 2018

Survey released ahead of new standards for EPC ratings coming into effect on April 1.

LGA: Focus on 'invisible' older renters

26 March, 2018

Housing for the elderly accounts for just 6% of existing stock - with more older people and families renting privately than ever before.

Bishop of Durham 'deeply concerned' over universal credit plan

26 March, 2018

The Bishop of Durham has criticised the government over its implementation of universal credit and called for it to 'revisit' aspects of the payment.

Deposit cap a 'charter for rent cheats'

23 March, 2018

'Ministers need to address the problem of tenants failing to pay rent every bit as strongly as rogue landlords.'

Pressure on social landlords set to rise as Universal Credit rolls out

23 March, 2018

Report reveals rent being collected directly from tenants by housing officers will increase by 63.1% on average

Local Authority Insight Survey Wave 33

22 March, 2018

This research presents findings on preparations for Universal Credit managed migration and the effects of reducing the Housing Benefit backdating period.

Universal Credit transition to full service

22 March, 2018

When local authorities and jobcentre areas will transition to the Universal Credit full service.

Who will foot the bill to prevent people becoming homeless?

22 March, 2018

New law will compel councils to prevent evictions and rough sleeping. But this comes at a price local authorities will struggle to afford

DWP wins legal case to block future benefit appeals

22 March, 2018

The government has won a legal case which could have major implications for future benefit appeals.

Spending on new homes plummets while housing benefit soars

22 March, 2018

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE says new statistics show social housing has reached a critical point

Housing sector realises more than ever the importance of listening to residents.

22 March, 2018

As Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland continues to get underway, steering group member Colm McDaid encourages tenants and residents to make their voices heard.

Jeremy Hunt confirms individual costs for social care to be capped

22 March, 2018

Health secretary tells social workers conference the current charging system is 'far from fair'

Conservative MP introduces fire risk transparency bill to parliament

22 March, 2018

A Conservative MP has introduced a bill to parliament which would require building owners to tell residents about fire safety risks.

More than half of tenants in London feel less able to buy than a year ago

21 March, 2018

Some 64% of tenants in London's private rented sector want to own their own home but more than half feel less able to buy than a year ago

UK House Price Index: January 2018

21 March, 2018

Monthly house price inflation in the UK, calculated using data from HM Land Registry, Registers of Scotland and Land and Property Services Northern Ireland

Rents still on the rise across UK - but hikes are subdued

21 March, 2018

Rental increases remained subdued in February, mainly dragged down by London

Huge scale of new private rented sector survey is revealed

20 March, 2018

The enormous scale of the new English Private Landlord Survey has been revealed - together with confirmation that only invited letting agents and landlords can take part

Improving the Private Rented Sector in Wales

19 March, 2018

Making it happen for landlords and tenants

Fighting discriminatory letting agents with the Equality Act

19 March, 2018

Discrimination by landlords and letting agents is nothing new

New HMO room size regulations to come in this autumn

19 March, 2018

From October councils will be able to set minimum bedroom size standards for HMOs - and also introduce limits on how many people can live in each bedroom

Calls to end 'widespread' evictions

19 March, 2018

A new Homeless Reduction Strategy for Peterborough calls on the Government to end the "widespread use" of an eviction process which saw a city estate cleared of almost all of its residents

'Urgent regulation needed' to stop abusive practices by letting agents

19 March, 2018

One London worker's room rented from Citiside turned out to be a health hazard, but he faces a battle to get out of his contract

Can modular housing deliver for the Private Rented Sector?

16 March, 2018

James Morris questions whether the modular delivery model could support the supply of homes to the private rented sector to the scale that policymakers hope for

Homes in Bath area now cost nearly 12 times average earnings amid 'ginormous' rise in private rentals

16 March, 2018

The council is having to put in 'more time and effort' to get families out of temporary and into permanent accommodation

Crackdown on private landlords renting overcrowded and dangerous homes

16 March, 2018

Measures to improve overcrowded and dangerous living conditions of private tenants in shared homes laid before Parliament

ARLA boss hits out at 'truly ridiculous' database of rogue agents and landlords

16 March, 2018

It was yesterday confirmed that the new database of bad letting agents and landlords and the introduction of banning orders for the worst offenders will come into force next month

HMO minimum room sizes to come into force 1 October 2018

16 March, 2018

Regulations confirming that from 1 October 2018 HMOs licensed in England under part 2 of the Housing Act 2004 will be required to have a floor area no-smaller than 6.51 square metres have been published

Landlords still unaware of minimum energy efficiency standards with time running out

15 March, 2018

Just 4% of landlords and tenants are fully aware of looming legislation on energy efficiency on buy-to-let properties with just days until the changes are introduced

ARLA attacks Government for handing out 'billions' to social landlords while ignoring private rented sector

15 March, 2018

ARLA has furiously slated Government lack of support of the private rented sector while "billions of pounds" have been given in grant aid to social landlords

Councils given further powers to tackle rogue landlords

15 March, 2018

Councils are being given tough new powers to tackle the small minority of rogue landlords who rent out overcrowded properties and impose fines of up to £30,000 for those landlords who do not comply

HomeLet Rental Index - February 2018

14 March, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 1.2% in February compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £906 a month

Tackling the hidden economy through PRS licensing

14 March, 2018

The government has been consulting on a compliance known as 'conditionality', which would mean landlords will have to show that they are registered for tax with HMRC before being granted a licence to trade

Countrywide plc Monthly Lettings Index - February 2018

13 March, 2018

Average landlord who sold in 2017 gained £86,651

Student tenants pushed into financial hardship as loans barely cover rents

13 March, 2018

Many student tenants are struggling to get by, with their monthly loans barely covering rents

Tax rises are slowing housing investment

13 March, 2018

Residential Landlords Association says OBR assessment demonstrates the "folly" of taxing the supply of new homes to rent

Scottish Labour leader to bring forward new rent control law

12 March, 2018

Richard Leonard will promise a 'Mary Barbour law' to control private sector rents, as well as pledge to build more new council homes

Our landlord is demolishing 70 homes - but we won't go quietly

12 March, 2018

Mass private evictions don't make news, but families in our close-knit community in Leeds should be entitled to stay

Average landlord sells up at a profit of nearly £90,000 - but that's before tax

12 March, 2018

The average landlord in England and Wales who sold their rental property last year did so after owning it for an average of 8.7 years and sold it for nearly £90,000 than they paid

Rents across Britain mostly static in final quarter of 2017

09 March, 2018

Rents remained fairly static in the fourth quarter of 2017 as tenants do not have much spare cash at a time when inflation and is rising and wages depressed

Newly agreed rents continue to rise but lag inflation

09 March, 2018

Newly agreed rents continued to rise across the UK, with a stronger increase in the east midlands than in most other areas

Celebrities back campaign to axe VAT on gas safety certificates and other landlord safety products

07 March, 2018

When Ultravox singer Midge Ure sang "It means nothing to me, oh Vienna," he probably wasn't talking about how much VAT he thought should be charged on home safety products

The Impact of Taxation Reform on Private Landlords

06 March, 2018

The past two decades has seen the rapid development and growth of the private rented sector in the UK

Housing Crisis: Renters Are Driving British Voters to Labour

06 March, 2018

The central issue in British politics is not, as you might have thought, Brexit. It's housing

Yet more evidence shows how squeeze on landlords is damaging private rented sector

06 March, 2018

There are more warning signs that the assault on landlords is adversely affecting the private rented sector

Government 'risks second Grenfell with inaction on cladding in private sector'

06 March, 2018

The Government has previously said private landlords have a 'moral duty' to pay for the cost of removing and replacing the cladding

So, Theresa May, renters are human beings too? It doesn't feel like it

06 March, 2018

The private rented sector is a harrowing, insecure place. If only the prime minister had asked us tenants how to fix it

Landlords say tax increases locking the young out of housing

06 March, 2018

Tax increases on the development of new homes to rent are leaving young people unable to access the homes they need

Using incentives to improve the private rented sector: three costed proposals

05 March, 2018

This report sets out three possible policy options for using incentives to improve the private rented sector in England for people in poverty

Landlords' Barometer - #56: Why the market is becoming more unforgiving

05 March, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the "Landlords' Barometer"

Court case results in warning to agents that gas safety certificates MUST be issued by time tenancy starts

05 March, 2018

A county court ruling on Section 21 notices could have drastic implications for landlords and lettings agents who haven't obtained gas safety certificates ahead of a tenancy starting, lawyers have warned

Warnings of likely rent hikes and mass exodus of small private landlords as tax changes bite

05 March, 2018

There are new warnings, including from Savills, that the buy-to-let market is looking increasingly bleak with landlords deterred from entering the sector or considering quitting it altogether

Government's housing plans fall far short for low income families

05 March, 2018

Responding to the Prime Minister's speech on planning and housing

Scottish private rent costs soar in January 'in anticipation of rent controls'

02 March, 2018

Almost half of Scottish private tenants saw their rent costs rise in January

Private Rented Sector Report - January 2018

02 March, 2018

The supply of rental properties fell by eight per cent from December to January, while demand for these properties grew

UK mortgage approvals see biggest surge in nearly three years

02 March, 2018

Britain's housing market perked up at the start of 2018 with the sharpest increase in the number of mortgages approved for house purchase in nearly three years

Tenants facing higher costs as landlords prepare for rent controls - while supply in London dips

02 March, 2018

Almost half of landlords have increased rents in Scotland since the introduction of open-ended tenancies

Buy to Let index - February 2018

28 February, 2018

Strong start to the year for the England and Wales rental market

Support for banning tenant fees

28 February, 2018

Welsh government's consultation shows the majority of respondents want to drop fee charges for PRS tenants

Scotland - Rental Tracker

28 February, 2018

New year growth in Scottish rental market

'Evicted for no reason': the truth behind Section 21 notices

27 February, 2018

BBC One has aired a documentary examining unfair treatment of tenants by landlords, with interviews with renters who had been evicted through "no-fault" evictions

Government lifts LHA cap for PRS but benefit rates remain frozen

27 February, 2018

Ministers will raise the LHA cap for private sector renters for the first time since 2015 - although benefit rates will remain frozen

More 'fake' landlords pilfer agents' marketing photos

27 February, 2018

A would-be fraudster posing as a landlord has been using a letting agent's photos to advertise a property they do not own

Agent rejecting potential tenant on benefits pays out after admitting discrimination

27 February, 2018

A tenant turned away by a letting agent after she said that that part of her rent would be paid out by benefits looks to have won the first round in an important legal battle

Minister Questioned on Private Rented Standards & Tenant Fees Ban

27 February, 2018

On 26th Feb the Housing, Communities & Local Government Select Committee questioned Heather Wheeler as part of their ongoing inquiries into standards in the private rented sector and the Draft Tenant Fees Bill

Landlords who say 'no DSS' breaking equality laws

26 February, 2018

The thousands of lettings agents and landlords around the country who reject housing benefit claimants could be flouting equality laws, due a recent legal case.

Westminster Council to take full ownership of housing association

26 February, 2018

Westminster Council is set to turn a housing association it established into a wholly owned subsidiary in response to government deregulation.

Council tax hikes will not stop cuts to local services, authorities warn

26 February, 2018

LGA says government budget cuts and the cost of higher wages will outweigh additional income

Councils 'help transform' the future for Private Rented Sector

26 February, 2018

New report shows how councils can foster investment by corporate landlords in new private rental housing.

Thatcher's crusade to wipe out council housing faces serious challenge

26 February, 2018

The right-to-buy scheme slowed construction of new homes but local authorities are exploring new funding options

Housing officer jailed for illegal subletting

26 February, 2018

Court hears how sublet scam went on for 10 years while the defendant lived in a house she had inherited.

Government urged to give those with debt problems a year's grace

26 February, 2018

Ministers are considering a 'breathing space' of six weeks - but campaigners want to go much further

We need to review the legal definition of homelessness

26 February, 2018

The death of a rough sleeper close to parliament shows the urgency of action needed to tackle homelessness

Nearly 70 councils share funding to unlock stalled housing

26 February, 2018

The Government has named the first wave of councils to be given cash to help speed up planning decisions.

'Renters in for a rough ride' in 2018

26 February, 2018

Rising rents and an increasing number of households renting meant that 2017 was a record year for rent, with the total rent bill rising to £1.8 billion

Ombudsman plan to stop landlords ignoring repairs

26 February, 2018

Private landlords may have to sign up to a new ombudsman service and will be ordered to pay tenants compensation for failing to repair their rented homes

Rogue landlords taken to court should face minimum £30,000 fines

23 February, 2018

Rogue landlords who commit housing offences should be fined a minimum of £30,000 by magistrates as part of common sentencing guidelines to improve standards in the private rental sector

Homelessness code of guidance for local authorities

23 February, 2018

Guidance on how local authorities should exercise their homelessness functions in accordance with the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 from 3 April 2018.

Residents count cost of Grenfell-style cladding

23 February, 2018

Residents of a private apartment complex could face a bill of up to £10m to remove Grenfell-style cladding from their building.

Brit star hits home over Grenfell

23 February, 2018

"You should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this."

National Landlords Association launches new brand

23 February, 2018

The National Landlords Association (NLA) today launches its new brand following extensive consultation with members and stakeholders.

As a campaigner, I believe the Tories can fix homelessness

23 February, 2018

The 2008 financial crash that triggered austerity happened on Labour's watch. We've been dealing with the fallout ever since

LIN member report February 2018 - "Fitness for Habitation" Bill

22 February, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

New controls on rented homes through licensing schemes are 'illegal'

22 February, 2018

Councils urged to urgently update guidance on the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) following Court of Appeal ruling

Private landlords in Sandwell to face star rating scheme under council plans

22 February, 2018

Under the Assured Landlords Scheme, all privately rented accommodation, landlords and agents operating in the borough would be inspected and rated

Buck Bill needs to get into 'the real world'

22 February, 2018

CLG told many PRS tenants still ran the risk of retaliatory eviction if they raised complaints under the proposed bill

Peabody pays out over gas disconnection

22 February, 2018

Housing association Peabody has paid out more than £30,000 to 57 residents who were left without gas for months.

A mother given 50p a week for housing: the benefit cap one year on

22 February, 2018

A year on from the introduction of the lower benefit cap, its abiding legacy is to push people closer to homelessness.

The seven reasons why landlords won't let to tenants on benefits

22 February, 2018

Private sector landlords are accused of unfairly turning away households claiming housing benefit. So why do they refuse

Government has hobbled councils' efforts to tackle criminal landlords

21 February, 2018

Mayors and leaders of five east London boroughs say the government is hindering the introduction of licensing schemes that can stop exploitation of tenants

Tenant fees ban: Chartered Trading Standards Institute to give MPs its views today

21 February, 2018

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute will be among a number of bodies expected to share their views on the Draft Tenants' Fees Bill later this morning

BBC Panorama to investigate Section 21 'no-fault evictions' on 21st

21 February, 2018

The BBC current affairs show Panorama is set to examine Section 21 notices - so-called 'no-fault evictions' - tonight, and debate whether tenants deserve more protection

Government moves towards a shake-up of broken housing complaints system

20 February, 2018

Government considers options to ensure that no-one is left battling with their landlord or builder to resolve issues with their home

Government plans fall short of 600 extra low-cost rented homes a week needed

20 February, 2018

Nearly 600 additional low-cost rented homes need to be built every week in order to fix the broken housing market and help low incomes families escape poverty

Online agent defends failure to display EPC ratings on Rightmove listings

20 February, 2018

An online letting agent has defended its failure to display EPC ratings on some of its Rightmove listings

Choking off PRS investment is 'folly' as home ownership plummets for 25-34 year olds

20 February, 2018

RLA calls for a complete re-think from government on policies needed to support investment in homes to rent

Buy-to-let mortgage rates slashed in new price war as Nationwide offers the first ever five-year fix below 2% for landlords

20 February, 2018

Nationwide's buy-to-let arm, The Mortgage Works, has slashed mortgage rates and launched the first ever five-year fixed rate for landlords below 2 per cent

Landlords could need licences for shared houses in 12 new areas of Bristol

20 February, 2018

It will cover any home with three or more people living in it who aren't related

Small deposit borrowers kickstart new year

20 February, 2018

Strong growth in number of small deposit mortgages

Rightmove House Price Index

20 February, 2018

February 2018

New tougher electrical safety standards to protect private tenants

19 February, 2018

Landlords face tougher legislation over electrical safety

Rental repossession numbers set to jump

19 February, 2018

London now the hotspot for failure to pay action

Housing costs and poverty: private rents compared to local earnings

19 February, 2018

This analysis shows how affordable private sector rents are, across different English districts, by comparing them to the earnings of people who live in those areas

Government backs one of UK's largest selective licensing schemes outside London

16 February, 2018

The government has given the go ahead to what will be one of the UK's largest selective licensing scheme outside of London

The rent control you've never heard of (part 2)

16 February, 2018

Yesterday, we explored the fact that rent control already exists for assured and assured shorthold tenants

NLA responds to Labour proposals to make accepting pets the default

16 February, 2018

In response to Labour's animal welfare plan, which proposes to give tenants the default right to keep pets unless there is evidence the animal is causing a nuisance

Landlords and tenants want to ditch agents ahead of fee ban

15 February, 2018

Both landlords and tenants want to move away from lettings agents in the rental market ahead of the fee ban

Online fraudsters target tenants with fake reductions

15 February, 2018

An estate and letting agency has warned that online fraudsters are targeting would-be tenants by posing as private landlords offering properties already on the market at reduced rates

The rent control you've never heard of (part 1)

15 February, 2018

Renting in the private rented sector? Think your rent is too high? You might be one of the 60% of Britain in favour of introducing rent controls

What causes London's eviction 'hotspots'?

14 February, 2018

Evictions have been rising quickly in London, up by 79% in the last five years - an eviction rate among renters more than twice as high as the rest of England

Rent controls would leave tenants 'worse off'

14 February, 2018

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows linking rents to inflation would leave many tenants out of pocket

Jeremy Corbyn Would Help Poorer Families Pay Vet Bills And Give Tenants The Right To Keep A Pet

14 February, 2018

Labour slams Gove's 'disposable' green credentials

RLA press for Housing Court in meeting with new Minister for the PRS

13 February, 2018

The RLA pressed for a dedicated Housing Court when it met with the new Minister for the Private Rented Sector

Greens publish legislation options to help councils tackle problem of short term lets

13 February, 2018

The introduction of a licensing scheme for homeowners who want to rent out their properties through websites like AirBnB is one of a number of legislative proposals available to help councils regulate the rapid growth of the short-term letting sector

Buy to Let index - January 2018

13 February, 2018

East of England sees fastest growth in rents

England and Wales Rental Tracker

13 February, 2018

2017 - the year of growth for the East of England

Telford & Wrekin Council Look Set to Abandon Selective Licensing Plans

13 February, 2018

Telford & Wrekin Council's Cabinet is set to agree to abandon its selective licensing proposals in light of alternative measures at its meeting this week

Landlord wins long-running case against agent after tenancy went wrong

12 February, 2018

A customer has won a payout from Sequence after the Connells brand was refused leave to appeal

Transactions outside London rise despite faltering buy-to-let market

12 February, 2018

Transactions on residential property outside London have started the year at increased levels

UK rental values on new tenancies start the year with an increase

12 February, 2018

Rental values on new tenancies began 2018 with a year-on-year increase, rising in nearly every region of the UK

UK tenants paid record £50bn in rents in 2017

12 February, 2018

Rents double in a decade and could eclipse entire sum paid for mortgages by homeowners

HomeLet Rental Index - January 2018

12 February, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 2.4% in January compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £909 a month

Home owner mortgage arrears at record lows but more landlords struggling

09 February, 2018

Landlord mortgage arrears have begun to increase

Increasing number of landlords selling up due to buy-to-let tax changes

09 February, 2018

An increasing number of landlords are planning to offload part of their buy-to-let portfolios within months as a result of changes to the way in which they are taxed

Mortgage arrears and possessions

09 February, 2018

Q4 2017 Statistics show continuing decline in mortgage arrears and possessions

UK buy-to-let investment slumps 80%

08 February, 2018

Buy-to-let investments in the UK have fallen 80% since 2015

Good news for avocado toast lovers: London landlords are cutting rents

07 February, 2018

One in five landlords in outer London has reduced rents over the last year

Mayor makes plea for more government action on PRS conditions

07 February, 2018

City boss says tenants "forced" into lower end rental need better understanding from policy makers after research shows some 10% of PRS stock in his city as below a decent standard

Dramatic slump in buy-to-let lending blamed on Government intervention

07 February, 2018

Regulatory intervention has led to a huge 80% slump in buy-to-let investment

MPs back legislation to make all homes comply with minimum EPC band C

07 February, 2018

MPs have backed a proposed Bill that could see all domestic properties bought up to a minimum energy performance certificate rating of C by 2035

Agents claimed to be sub-letting home as HMO without landlord's knowledge fined nearly £40,000

06 February, 2018

A letting agency and several of its personnel who were involved in renting a property in order to then sub-let it as a HMO without the landlords' knowledge have been slapped with fines totalling tens of thousands of pounds

Tenant in rental home for three years objects to 'Let By' board in her garden

06 February, 2018

A tenant living in her home for three years has allegedly been told that a 'Let & Managed By' board could be erected in her garden

Londoners weigh in over improving 'broken' rental market

05 February, 2018

Survey shows what the capital's renters think of the market they're in

UK rent growth halves during 2017

05 February, 2018

Latest DPS rent index shows London rate growing slowest

Landlords back bid to overturn Right to Rent

02 February, 2018

"Landlords should not be used as scapegoats for the failures of the border agencies."

Home Office braced for legal challenges against Right to Rent scheme

02 February, 2018

Two legal bids have been mounted against the Government's controversial Right to Rent scheme, whereby agents have to check a prospective tenant's immigration status

Landmark ruling against landlord in 'back garden shanty town' case

01 February, 2018

A council has claimed a legal first after it used the Proceeds of Crime Act against landlords for breaches of licensing conditions

Scottish rents start 2018 on a high despite December drop

01 February, 2018

Scotland's rental market started 2018 on a high, with rents up 1.7% in 2017, despite a monthly decline in December

Tower Hamlets Council to ask Javid for borough-wide landlord licensing

01 February, 2018

Tower Hamlets Council has decided to ask Sajid Javid if it can expand its private landlord licensing scheme to cover the whole borough

Former letting agency boss charged with fraud, false accounting and theft

31 January, 2018

The former director of a letting agency has been charged with fraud, false accounting and theft totalling around £450,000

New HMO Licensing Rules Expected in October

31 January, 2018

The Government is planning to introduce new rules on licensing Houses in Multiple Occupation this October

'Make rules on tenancy default fees clear or agents could face costly PPI-style claims'

31 January, 2018

The Government must provide more clarity on the planned tenant fees ban if it wants to avoid the prospect of PPI-style compensation claims against letting agents

Squalid homes: Corbyn says government 'in pockets of landlords'

30 January, 2018

Labour leader says Tories can't fix housing crisis after revelations that thousands live in hazardous conditions

Report recommends 'long-term, slow, patient investments'in PRS

30 January, 2018

Researchers say social landlords can do much more to house lower income households in receipt of Housing Benefit but able to pay rent reliably

Private Renting: Can social landlords help?

30 January, 2018

Report by LSE Housing and Communities

Bottom of the housing ladder: 'I feel like a squatter in my home'

29 January, 2018

Over 2 million people in the UK live in rented homes that actively damage their health

Renting by the room: buy-to-let investors get highest yields with HMOs

29 January, 2018

The best buy-to-let property yields in 2017 came from houses in multiple occupation with an average return on investment of 8.9%

Hundreds of thousands living in squalid rented homes in England

29 January, 2018

Estimated 338,000 properties rented by under-35s hazardous and likely to cause harm

Agents fees charged to tenants are mostly fair - says tenants group

29 January, 2018

Support for agents to be allowed to charge tenants at least some fees has come from an unlikely quarter - a tenants' group

Middle-aged and millennials move to private rented sector in droves, as baby boomers pay off mortgages

26 January, 2018

There has been a significant increase in the proportion of people below the age of 44 in the private rented sector, as they find owner occupation harder to achieve

PEARL Rental Index - January 2017

26 January, 2018

We have rounded up all of the latest housing statistics, rental index updates and data on renting from across the sector and compiled them into one easy to digest bulletin

Private Rented Sector Report

26 January, 2018

December 2017

Tax changes to render many landlords unviable: S&P

25 January, 2018

Recent tax changes could tip many profitable buy-to-lets into loss-making businesses

Council plans crackdown on home owners who use short lets to rent out properties for longer than 90 days

25 January, 2018

A London council is to prepare a new licensing system after receiving 91 complaints in the last two years about home owners renting out their properties on short lets for more than the maximum of 90 days a year

Landlords delay adding to buy-to-let portfolio amid tougher mortgage rules

25 January, 2018

Almost three quarters of portfolio landlords have found it more difficult to secure a mortgage since regulatory changes imposing tougher applications were introduced last September

Ask Alexa! Hybrid agent installs digital home assistant to feed tenants' queries directly to landlords

25 January, 2018

A hybrid agent that focuses on technology rather than a branch network to provide services has developed a way for tenants and landlords to communicate through Amazon's digital home assistant Alexa

Rental stock reaches record high

25 January, 2018

Record coincides with confirmation of financing for major new PRS development

Tenant fees ban campaigners Generation Rent and Citizens Advice to appear before MPs today

23 January, 2018

A group that has campaigned fervently in favour of a tenant fees ban in England will appear today to give evidence to MPs who are inquiring into the private rented sector

'Landlords who self-manage after fees ban could do a better job than agents'

23 January, 2018

Landlords who self-manage their properties could do a better job than letting agents

Thousands on benefits in private rented sector face eviction

22 January, 2018

Private landlords will not be so lenient with debtors as the social housing sector

Milton Keynes: UK capital of 'right-to-buy-to-let'

22 January, 2018

More council houses have been sold to private landlords in the town than anywhere else - then rented at up to triple the price

Councils fail to take action on 99 per cent of most dangerous rented homes, letting criminal landlords walk free

22 January, 2018

Millions of renters left in unsafe properties as local authorities struggle to cope with housing crisis

More than half of Brits experiencing problems with 'rogue' estate or letting agents

19 January, 2018

Estate or letting agents caused problems for more than half of those consumers who bought, sold or rented a home within the last five years

Free HMRC help for landlords filing DIY tax returns

19 January, 2018

HMRC is urging landlords preparing their own tax returns to take advantage of free online help

Fitness for Human Habitation Bill passes second Commons reading

19 January, 2018

Leading campaigner calls for supplementary action to prevent unfair evictions and improve access to legal support

What will take longer, banning letting agent fees or Brexit?

19 January, 2018

The ban on letting agent fees is now unlikely to come into force until Spring 2019 at the earliest

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill 2017-19

19 January, 2018

To amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to require that residential rented accommodation is provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation

I've fought hard to make homes fit for habitation. Here's why

18 January, 2018

A pensioner suffering hypothermia because of a cold home, is just one example of why we need support for the bill on 19 January

Hunters to advertise 'super-short term' lets on Airbnb and Booking.com

18 January, 2018

Estate agent Hunters will start advertising properties available for "super-short term" lets through the likes of Airbnb, Booking.com and Expedia, after striking up a partnership with an online platform

MP behind Bill that will let tenants sue landlords invites horror stories from renters on Facebook

17 January, 2018

The MP behind a Private Members Bill now being supported by the Government that could pave the way for legislation that lets tenants sue their landlords is to hold a live Facebook discussion this week

New reporting tool launches to help letting agents and landlords link tenant rental payments with their credit score

17 January, 2018

Tenants are being given the chance to build up their credit score by signing up to a new service that links their rental payments with the Experian referencing service

Buy-to-let mortgages slip as legislative changes push more landlords away

17 January, 2018

Mortgages for new buy-to-let house purchases slid 1.5% year on year in November 2017, while buy-to-let remortgages dropped by 3.6%, amid further signs that legislative changes are causing landlords to flee the market

Councillor renting out 10 ex-authority homes in 'Right to Buy to let' capital

17 January, 2018

A Conservative councillor in England's 'Right to Buy to let' capital has a private rented portfolio of 10 ex-local authority homes

DfC briefing on reclassification of housing associations as private sector bodies

17 January, 2018

NIFHA will host an important Member Briefing on the reclassification of housing associations as private sector bodies on Friday, 26th January

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

17 January, 2018

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

Petition opposing lettings fee ban nears milestone of 10,000 signatures

16 January, 2018

The petition on the Government website opposing the impending fees ban has now reached almost 8,000 signatures

More than 700 Scottish lettings firms complete training ahead of mandatory licensing

16 January, 2018

More than 700 Scottish firms have now undergone the training required as part of a new register of letting agents

Bad landlords and their properties are a stain on the market

16 January, 2018

While the vast majority of landlords provide properties which are safe, legal and secure, there is a minority that brings the sector into disrepute

Mortgage lenders urged to be 'more flexible' on interest only

16 January, 2018

Three out of four advisers say lenders should relax rules for older borrowers - with equity release a recommended solution

'We're so grateful for it, but it's only temporary'

16 January, 2018

According to the government's English Housing Survey, one in six private renters say that they have had a pest or vermin infestation in the last year

One in 10 renters have fire risk concerns

15 January, 2018

One in 10 renters in England have fire safety concerns about their home

Government supports new measures to improve the safety of tenants

15 January, 2018

The Housing Secretary confirms government support for new legislation to help ensure rented homes are safe

More legislation on the way: Tenants to be allowed to take landlords to court over poor housing

15 January, 2018

The Government has thrown its weight behind a Labour MP's proposals to allow tenants to take landlords to court if they don't ensure their property is fit for human habitation throughout their tenancy

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 - Regulations relating to Safeguarding Property in Abandoned Dwellings

15 January, 2018

This consultation is to gather views on the draft Regulations on Safeguarding Property in Abandoned Dwellings and draft Guidance on the Possession of Abandoned Dwellings and the Safeguarding of Property

Rogue landlords making millions out of housing benefits

15 January, 2018

'Lockdown' is a model that can make £56,000 a year from public funds. But the scandal goes on

The cost of renting a property will fall - but not until 2019

12 January, 2018

Everyone knows that saving for a deposit to get onto the property ladder is an insurmountable challenge for many, but private renters are also stung by having to fork out huge amounts of cash at the outset

Landlords planning to sell property hits 10-year high because of tax changes

12 January, 2018

The Government has unveiled a series of policies to curb buy-to-let activity in the private rented sector

More landlords 'to quit sector as mortgage relief changes start to bite and profit becomes elusive'

12 January, 2018

The number of landlords planning to sell some of their buy-to-let properties has hit its highest level for a decade

NLA sell-up stats: 'Perfect storm for landlords, disaster for tenants'

12 January, 2018

Future said to favour a continual consolidation of portfolios around "professionalised, large scale" landlords

MPs tell tenants to ignore eviction notices

12 January, 2018

Could what's happening in Ireland happen here if tenants have nowhere else to go?

Fees ban implementation date of 'after' spring 2019 is confirmed for a second time

11 January, 2018

The ban on lettings agents' fees charged to tenants will not come into force until "after" spring next year, it has been confirmed for the second time within a month

New rules on holding deposits set to be part of fees ban legislation

11 January, 2018

New rules over holding deposits are set to come into force in conjunction with the ban on fees

NLA videos put landlords in the picture over tax changes

11 January, 2018

National Landlords Association say 20% of it members plan to reduce property portfolios this year because of tax changes

'Don't ban referral fees - but make agents declare their existence and value early on'

10 January, 2018

Referral fees paid by conveyancers to estate agents should not be banned - but their existence and their value should be disclosed

New housing minister previously voted against lettings fee ban

10 January, 2018

The Conservatives have appointed their seventh housing minister since 2010. He has in the past voted against the ban on letting agent fees

'Unhelpful scaremongering' over Universal Credit is putting private landlords off

10 January, 2018

A junior government minister has criticised opposition MPs for "unhelpful scaremongering" over the issue of UC, which they say is causing landlords to flee the market

160,000 more rented homes will need a licence

10 January, 2018

Housing minister Alok Sharma is set to continue his war against bad landlords who disregard tenant safety in shared homes

Universal Credit: MPs to debate problems caused in private rented sector

09 January, 2018

Landlords are now able to apply directly for alternative payment arrangements for tenants on Universal Credit

Fees ban punishment regime could breach Human Rights Act

09 January, 2018

A legal expert has highlighted a "serious omission" in the Draft Tenant Fees Bill, which could leave local authorities able to impose fines of up to £30,000 on letting agents and landlords without a conviction

How eviction leads to homelessness: 'My youngest child doesn't know what a home is'

09 January, 2018

Loss of tenancy - sometimes with just two months' notice - is a major cause of homelessness, forcing families into temporary accommodation

More than a quarter of tenants would pay more to live with pet

08 January, 2018

More than a quarter of tenants would be prepared to pay more rent to live with a pet

'Shockingly disgusting'

08 January, 2018

A union is targeting landlords across the UK, who it says are exploiting vulnerable people with poor housing

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

08 January, 2018

One early task is to hear oral evidence on the draft Tenants' Fees Bill

British Government funds development of an app to help 11 million tenants

08 January, 2018

The British Government is to launch a £2 million competition in the coming weeks for an app to help the 11 million people who rent a home to improve credit scores and mortgage applications

Help on renting costs is on its way... but not until 2019

08 January, 2018

Raising enough money for a deposit plus letting fees can be a real challenge, especially for young people

New tenancy deposit replacement product 'will do more than replace lost income' when fees are banned

08 January, 2018

A new tenancy deposit replacement product will put money in the pockets of letting agents each time a tenant takes up the option

Pooling set to unlock more PRS investment

05 January, 2018

Five local authority pension funds in the Midlands clubbed together at the end of last year to invest £100m in Hearthstone's new private rented sector fund

Tenants widely expect rents to go up this year - and say they will struggle

05 January, 2018

More than half of tenants in London and Scotland are anticipating rent increases this year

Rate your tenant: New app lets agents and landlords score their renters

04 January, 2018

A deposit replacement scheme has added a new service to its app that will let landlords and agents score tenants. It is currently being trialled by Countrywide brand Hamptons

House Price Index

04 January, 2018

House prices rise by a modest 2.6% in 2017

The Deposit Diaries: Importance to agents of providing unambiguous tenancy agreements

03 January, 2018

In this case, the agent proposed a deduction from the tenant's deposit to cover the payment of the check-out fee, referencing a clause in the tenancy agreement which outlined the tenant's responsibility for this payment

Labour Warns Stamp Duty Cuts Will Fuel Surge In House Prices As Theresa May Says 16,000 Have Already Benefitted

03 January, 2018

PM to hail 'immediate impact' of attempt to woo younger voters

The National Rent Review

03 January, 2018

A detailed annual report evaluating the highs and lows of the UK private rental market

Council plans to become landlords and invest £10m in buying up homes across the New Forest

02 January, 2018

Plans have been revealed for major investment in residential property to protect key services across the New Forest

HMO licensing regime to be expanded to include low-rise homes and flats

02 January, 2018

Houses in Multiple Occupation that have to be mandatorily licensed are to include properties - regardless of height - that are occupied by five or more people from two or more households

Jeremy Corbyn pledges to scrap 'no fault' evictions to tip housing rules back in favour of renters

28 December, 2017

The Labour leader told The Independent rising homelessness is a 'moral litmus test' for the country

Rogue landlords targeted by government

28 December, 2017

Rogue landlords are the target of new measures being considered by both the government and Labour

Corbyn calls for the end of Section 21 evictions

28 December, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has called for the end of Section 21 'no fault' eviction notices and has wrongly claimed that the sector is unregulated

Tough new powers for rogue landlords

28 December, 2017

Government announces a raft of new measures to improve standards for private sector renters

Government to tell rogue landlords: 'shape up or ship out'

28 December, 2017

Councils to be given powers to clamp down on unscrupulous landlords, including tougher rules on bedroom sizes

Letting fee ban 'will not cut the cost of renting'

27 December, 2017

"Tenants are being offered false hope that banning the fees they pay will make renting cheaper"

UK government taking two months to refund stamp duty

27 December, 2017

People who buy new main home before selling existing one hit by stamp duty change meant to curb buy-to-let landlords

Landlords 'unwilling' to rent to universal credit recipients

27 December, 2017

Landlords' association reports huge rise in non-payment of rent in areas where universal credit has been introduced

Technical Guidance on EESSH - December 2017

22 December, 2017

Regulator publishes updated technical guidance for landlords

Universal credit 'will cause evictions'

22 December, 2017

Universal credit will cause a rise in evictions from privately rented homes

PRS Statistics Bulletin - December 2017

21 December, 2017

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

Property scam: Tenant changed name by deed poll to landlord's and sold house through agent

20 December, 2017

A taxation and accountancy firm has warned of a fraud of over £400,000.

Mayor of London Launches Database to 'Name and Shame' Rogue Landlords

20 December, 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched his Rogue Landlord & Agent Checker

No hiding place for crooked letting agents and landlords

20 December, 2017

Letting agents and landlords in London will have "nowhere to hide" if they try to exploit tenants

Tenants packed into house 'fit only for cockroaches'

20 December, 2017

Court hears 27 tenants - including six children - occupied seven converted rooms

Tenants lose out after landlord pressure halves UK home insulation cap

19 December, 2017

Plan to make landlords improve draughtiest homes and boost energy efficiency for hundreds of thousands of tenants lay in tatters

The draft bill banning letting fees is under scrutiny

19 December, 2017

The government's draft bill banning letting fees is currently being scrutinised by the Communities and Local Government Committee

Another Welsh agent prosecuted for failure to obtain licence under regime

18 December, 2017

Another Welsh estate agent has fallen foul of the legal requirement to be licensed under the Rent Smart Wales regime

Conveyancers call on Government to license estate agents and make offers legally binding

18 December, 2017

Conveyancers are calling for the licensing of estate agents, together with a requirement to pass a fit and proper test before they can trade

HomeLet Rental Index - November 2017

18 December, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 0.7% in November compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £904 a month

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

London needs 'holistic strategy' to improve its private rented sector

15 December, 2017

Report calls on boroughs, the GLA and the DCLG to help London's dominant individual landlords improve services

LIN member report December 2017 - General Data Protection Regulation An Overview

15 December, 2017

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

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

LIN member report October 2017 - Airbnb: Implications for Landlords

15 October, 2017

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

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