Articles in Landlord

Licencing of landlords on the rise

The standard belief that landlords simply buy properties and let them out to people in exchange for rent payments seems fairly simple. It’s not. The number of pieces of legislation now associated with letting out a property has increased exponentially over the last decade to over 140. ... more

No passport? No rent

Under the new Right to Rent Scheme that was introduced in England earlier this year, Britons without a passport are finding it increasingly difficult to rent a property. Due to the new immigration checks that have to be completed under the... more

Do landlords believe the government is anti investor?

92% of landlords believe that the Government is ‘anti-landlord’, according to a recent survey. From the 783 landlords from across the nation that took part in the research, the overwhelming feeling seemed to be one of anger, ... more

One in seven tenants in breach of tenancy agreement

According to recent research carried out by Direct Line, one in seven renters have broken the terms set out in their tenancy contracts. Whilst the majority of tenants, 65%, obeyed the rules set out in their rental agreements... more

Do you live in a 'happy' place?

Leigh-on-Sea has earned itself the title of the happiest place to live in Britain, according to Rightmove’s annual ‘Happy at Home’ Index, thanks to a strong community spirit and sense of belonging, good access to sports and arts activities. ... more

The different profiles of today's tenant

In the UK currently there are around 4.5 million renters in the Private Rented Sector, a number expected to rise to around 6 million in the next few years. Some are choosing to rent as a long-term solution to their housing needs and other are using it as a... more

To let furnished or unfurnished. That is the question.

As a landlord one of your biggest decisions will be whether to let your property furnished or unfurnished. So which is best? The answer to that is that is largely dependent on who you would ideally like to let the property out to.... more

Half of middle-class children now being raised in rented accommodation

Half of middle-class children are now being brought up in rental accommodation, according to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The rise in property prices is resulting in couples starting a family before they can afford to buy ... more

Landlord uncertainty impacting on rental property supply

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) is warning that landlords are hesitating to let their properties due to lack of government commitment to the private rented sector (PRS). ... more

The 'Waitrose effect' on house prices is real

Could it be that simply living close to a Waitrose could increase the value of your property by an average of almost £40,000? According to new research on the so called ‘Waitrose Effect’ by Lloyds Bank, the answer is yes!... more

Council of Mortgage Lenders warns of excessive restrictions on BTL

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), has warned the Prudential Regulation Authority (part of the Bank of England) to beware of imposing too many restrictions on buy-to-let lending. ... more

Landlord mortgage arrears at 10 year low

Recent figures released by LSL Property Services show that buy-to-let mortgage arrears are at their lowest level since 2007. In the first quarter of 2016 there was a 9.7% drop in BTL mortgage arrears compared to the previous quarter. ... more

(Not) a long way from home

Recent research has revealed that 70% of people, who sold their primary residence, moved less than 20 miles to their new property. Of the 26,000 ‘house-movers’ in the last five years, those in the North East, East and South West were ... more

Gas safety a burning issue for part-time landlords

Part-time landlords across the UK could be putting their tenant’s lives at risk by being unaware of gas safety legislation. According to a survey conducted by Atomic Research on behalf of British Gas, as much as 20% do not carry out the compulsory annual gas safety checks ... more

Abandoned properties a common issue for landlords

Abandoned properties are a more common problem for landlords than you might think. According to figures by National Landlords Association, on average, a third of landlords (36%) across the UK have been left with an abandoned property to deal with... more

Landlords - is your documentation legal?

Research recently published by Direct Line reveals that up to 10% of landlords don’t use a fully legal letting agreement with their tenants. The research results highlights that some landlords have no formal written tenancy agreement in place ... more

Welsh election – rent controls on party agenda

The issue of rent controls has been raised by Plaid Cymru as part of next month’s Welsh Assembly elections. Plaid’s election manifesto pledges to ban fees paid by the tenant to letting agents and introduce rent controls. ... more

New Rentals Energy Efficiency rules introduced

Last Friday, 1st April 2016 marked the start of the new energy efficiency standards for housing in England and Wales. This is the first step in the UK government’s long-term drive... more

Rental Housing drought predicted

According to the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) there will be a reduced supply of rental housing and higher rents after the April tax hike for buy-to-let investors. ... more

Northwood, the #1 Agent in Milton Keynes

Northwood, the #1 Agent in Milton Keynes. What an amazing start to 2016 for all the team here at Northwood MK! We truly have started the New Year in style, taking the #1 spot on the All Agents website in Milton Keynes. ... more

Channel 4 Dispatches exposes ‘Housing Benefit Millionaires’

A Channel 4 Dispatches documentary aired Monday examined how “millionaire” private landlords are now the fastest growing provider of housing for housing benefit tenants. ... more

The new buy to let strategy

Since the Chancellor’s tax changes announced in his Summer Budget last July and then his targeting of Landlords with the new buy to let stamp duty surcharge in his Autumn Statement, ... more

Four out of five Tenants happy with their Landlord

On average across the country, 79 per cent of tenants have expressed satisfaction with their tenancies and their private landlords. ... more

20% of Tenants don't expect to get their full deposit back

Recent research shows that on average almost one-in-five tenants are saying that when they hand over their tenancy deposit, they don’t expect to see all their money back again. ... more

Do Tenants want longer tenancies?

Shelter has been pushing strongly for longer tenancies for the last few years. The charity has led the case for change and proposed a five-year Stable Rental Contract. ... more

Shelter "playing to people's fears"

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is accusing Shelter of “playing to people’s fears” when it issued a recent press release claiming a “record rise” in the number of calls its helpline has received ... more

Select committee questions changes to buy to let tax

The chancellor’s policy of prioritising homeownership at the expense of the buy-to-let market has come under criticism from the Treasury select committee.... more

Becoming a company doesn't 'stack up' for most landlords

According to a recent survey carried out by the National Landlords Association (NLA) 40 per cent of landlords (four in every 10 questioned) say they are seriously considering forming a limited company to operate their buy-to-let business ... more

Government Discriminating against UK property investors

Government policies are discriminating against UK private property investors, by making it easier for foreign investors to purchase properties. That’s according to recent allegations made by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA),... more

The advantages of regular inspections

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) is advising landlords and their agents to carry out regular inspections of their rental properties. Particularly at this time of year when condensation is most likely to cause problems... more

Landlords must provide new tenants with 'How to Rent' guide

From the 1st of October 2015 it became law that landlords issue all new tenants with the latest edition of a Government publication “The How to Rent Guide”, along with a current Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and a current Gas Safety Certificate (CP12). ... more

Tenant being pursued for damages by landlady's insurers

A tenant who allegedly caused £128,000 of damage to a £1m rented property in Wiltshire is being pursued for damages by the landlady’s insurers. ... more

Councils advising tenants to ignore eviction notices

A recent survey conducted by The National Landlords’ Association reveals that an “alarming number of private tenants are being told by their local council to ignore eviction notices served by their landlords”... more

Cherie Blair starts legal battle against new Buy-to-Let tax

A successful challenge to George Osborne’s ground breaking buy-to-let tax - which is central to his Government’s strategy to grow home-ownership, help the young buy property ... more

A weed that can tie your property up in knots

Many non-native plant species occur in in the UK without causing any problems, however, there are a number - such as the infamous Japanese Knotweed plant - which can make a property un-mortgageable. ... more

Councils get £5m to tackle rogue Landlords

Local councils are to receive a £5m boost to their funding to help them tackle rogue landlords, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has announced..... more

Cambridge rent rises highest in the country

Cambridge is becoming more exclusive by the year, with rent increases beating national records. According to a recent report by the Cambridge News, Cambridge’s private rental market has been branded “a bonanza for landlords”... more

Landlords to lead legal tax challenge

A group of landlords is to launch a legal challenge to George Osborne’s buy-to-let tax changes, which are due to come into force from April 2017.... more

Beware Tenants Deliberately Damaging Property

Recent changes in retaliatory eviction legislation mean that if tenants deliberately damage the property, they can infact avoid eviction.... more

Councils Want Greater Powers to Tackle Rogue Landlords

The Local Government Association (LGA) which represents councils at national level says the present system for dealing with rogue landlords is “unfit for purpose” ... more

BTL clampdown won’t help Generation Rent

Commenting on George Osborne’s buy-to-let clampdown, a deVere Group representative says that Stamp Duty move will not help “Generation Rent” ... more

Landlord distraught with trashed property

Private landlords increasingly take up the mantle of social landlords by taking... more

New Procedure to help landlords maintain properties

Landlords in Scotland are to be given new powers which will allow them to gain access to their properties to carry out essential maintenance work.... more

Landlords focus on cheaper buy-to-lets

Buy to let (BTL) investors are looking to the cheaper end of the market, chiefly in lower priced areas, as low interest rates still encourage buying, but tougher ... more

Landlord registration scheme launched

The Welsh Assembly’s answer to the “housing crisis” in Wales, “Rent Smart Wales”, registration scheme got off to a slow start last week with a new landlord registration and licensing scheme.... more

Stamp Duty levy put on Buy-to-Let

Chancellor George Osborne in his autumn statement today said he would introduce new rates of stamp duty from next April that would include a 3 per cent hike in duty on the purchases of buy-to-let rentals and second homes.... more

5-year Property Market Forecast - Savills

Homeownership has been in decline but the majority of the “Baby Boomer” generation households in the UK still own their own home.... more

Landlords and the Housing and Planning Bill

The Housing and Planning Bill is set to become a cornerstone of the Conservative Government’s vision for the property and rental market to 2020.... more

Most renters want short tenancies

Despite several tenants’ campaigning groups claiming that renters want long-term tenancy agreements, credible evidence points otherwise. Most renters want short tenancies.... more

Are You Prepared for Right-to-Rent Day?

The 1st of February next year (2016) is the day you need to remember as the start of Right-to-Rent across England, when commencing a new tenancy.... more

Buy-to-let tax is unfair and unworkable

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) has slammed the chancellor’s new buy to let tax as “unreasonable and unworkable” ... more

22% of all UK households now rent

With the steady rise in house prices, far out-pacing average wage increases, particularly in London and the South East, renting for many people has become the only affordable option. Home ownership, declared a priority for the Conservative Government at their recent party conference, ... more

Government ignores pleas to reconsider "turnover tax" changes

The RLA has said it will continue to lobby to ensure landlord voices are heard on this issue and to mitigate its effects as much as possible before its introduction 1st April 2017. In the meantime it is urging all landlords to consider writing to their local MPs to emphasise the importance of this issue to landlords.... more

The reality of renting for most tenants

Against a backdrop of increasing rents (a quarter of tenants have experienced a recent rise), and media stories from campaigning groups arguing for changes to tenancy laws, the results of a recent survey of over 700 UK tenants makes for interesting reading.... more

Tenants now better protected than ever

Last week marked the start of a new era in tenant protections in England, as stronger regulations were introduced into the private rented sector (PRS) from the 1st of October 2015 – tenants are better protected than ever. The new rules will increase the workload of landlords and agents but will mean that landlords are now required by law ... more

Rent Arrears at a two-year high

The latest Tenant Arrears Tracker issued highlights that the number of tenants 2 or more months behind in paying their rent has now reached 74,000. The figure is 7.2% higher than at the same time last year.... more

Trading Standards warning over CO2 alarms

Leicestershire County Council’s Trading Standards Service has issued a warning over CO alarms fitted to rental properties as it found several carbon monoxide alarms purchased from small online suppliers are not working.... more

Pension Freedom will not dramatically increase BTL

New research indicates that only around 5 per cent of landlords plan to use money released from a pensions to fund further buy-to-let (BTL) expansion. The Chancellor’s plan to give those with pension pots the freedom ... more

Concern that profitable buy-to-lets may turn negative

Research carried out by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) shows that planned tax changes for buy-to-lets by the Chancellor in his Summer Budget, far from being restricted to tax hikes for the wealthier landlords, could push small-scale operators with just one property into making losses.... more

What about tenants working from home?

Tenants working from home – the number of people working from home has increased to almost one-in-seven over the past decade, with the self-employed running home businesses and employees spending more time being home based, it’s inevitable that many of these people are tenants.... more

Right to Rent checks could reduce Tenant trust

Despite reports of the success of the right-to-rent pilot running in the West Midlands, one landlord organisation thinks lawful tenants could be refused housing due to the Government’s plans to turn landlords into “border police” and others think it could damage landlord-tenant relations.... more

Natwest in bid to attract professional landlords

In a change of policy at Natwest Intermediary Solutions, the bank will introduce changes to its buy-to-let criteria from 11th September which will enable its brokers to target professional landlords, widening its appeal in the buy-to-let market.... more

UK 4th in the world to invest in property

The UK investment property market comes out fourth best in the world to invest in residential property, due mainly to a huge housing shortage, a growing population and the country’s continuing economic growth, that’s according to recent research by Savills. The performance of prime-city and second-home markets relative to their country and key demand variables ... more

Council benefit payment delays affect half of tenants

Delays by local councils in paying housing benefits to tenants is causing hardship to tenants as well as landlords and is one of the principle reasons why some landlords hesitate to take on tenants claiming the benefit. More than half (52 per ... more

Media attacks on landlords continue...

Campaigning groups which ran a concerted media campaigns before the May general election, have resumed their campaigns focussing on the private rented sector (PRS), pushing for rent controls and now claiming in the press that 125,000 tenants have suffered abusive behaviour from landlords in the past year.... more

Brandon Lewis renews government commitment to PRS

Speaking at the RESI housing conference in Newport, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis confirmed the government’s support for the private rented sector saying: “We will crack down on rogue landlords and drive them out of business. But we will never jeopardise the new appetite for investment in this sector with red tape and unnecessary regulation. That would simply undo the good work of the last 5 years – a journey that has taken this country from the brink of bankruptcy... more

Are you compliant for Smoke and CO Detectors '

Smoke & CO Detectors – if you have a rental property without smoke detectors, or where there are solid fuel burners (coal or wood burning) without carbon monoxide detectors, then you need to act now.... more

Rent Controls to hit Scottish Landlords

Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon has set-out her plans through a new Private Tenancies Bill which will 'improve security for private tenants, introduce rent controls and abolish the 'bedroom tax' as early as possible.... more

Government response to landlord taxation petition

The government announced sweeping changes to landlord taxation of buy-to-let properties in the Chancellor's summer budget which have both surprised and outraged many landlords. The removal of interest rate relief on mortgages over a sliding scale 4 year period will undoubtedly impact on landlords across the country.... more

Dust can give builders and DIYers heart disease

A study by British researchers has found that builders and DIYers creating dust emissions by doing things like drilling and sanding can create clouds of microscopic particles which, when breathed in, can lead to heart disease and cancer.... more

Gas boiler engineers putting lives at risk

A Which investigation discovered that only two out of ten gas engineers selected at random, carried out their checks correctly. Their conclusion was that poor work carried out by the majority of gas boiler engineers was putting people's lives at risk.... more

Evictions in England and Wales at record levels

Evictions in England and Wales at record levels... more

Are unsuspecting British Airbnb landlords in for a tax shock?

Are unsuspecting British Airbnb landlords in for a tax shock?... more

Wear and Tear Allowance claimed by half of all landlords

Nearly half (47 per cent) of landlords will be affected by the announcement in the post-election Summer Budget about the removal of the annual wear and tear allowance, according to research conducted by the National Landlords Association (NLA).... more

Rents rise but house prices rise faster

Rents rise but house prices rise faster... more

Online tax relief petition reaches critical 10,000 signatures

Online tax relief petition reaches critical 10,000 signatures... more

UK BoE interest rates remain unchanged

UK BoE interest rates remain unchanged... more

The Immigration Crisis and Landlords

The Immigration Crisis and Landlords... more

Immigration Checks - Update

Immigration Checks - Update... more

Generation Rent includes many landlords

Generation Rent includes many landlords... more

Summer Budget prompts landlords to raise rents

Summer Budget prompts landlords to raise rents... more

One in Three will Rent in Retirement

One in Three will Rent in Retirement... more

Bank of England may crack-down on buy to let mortgages

Bank of England may crack-down on buy to let mortgages... more

Bank of England warns of Interest Rate Rise

Bank of England warns of Interest Rate Rise... more

Osborne is serious about house building

Osborne is serious about house building... more

Key points of the Summer Budget for landlords

Key points of the Summer Budget for landlords... more

One-fifth of MPs are Landlords

One-fifth of MPs are Landlords... more

Lodger allowance increased to £7,500

Lodger allowance increased to £7,500... more

UK Landlords mortgage borrowing reaches £200bn

A growing army of buy-to-let landlords in Britain are now indebted to the tune of £200bn to fund their property investments.This figures were revealed recently by the Bank of England as it worries that the huge amount of money could pose a risk to the banking system.... more

Radical budget brings changes for landlords & tenants

Breaking News: a radical budget brings in big changes for landlords & tenants. Chancellor George Osborne has announced large working age benefits cuts to be offset by a new national living wage in his budget speech Wednesday.... more

Tenant Stole Dishwasher and Flooded Flat

A North East landlord suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage to his flat when his tenant stole the dishwasher, leaving water leaking which flooded the flat and caused damage to the flat below.... more

180,000 Scottish tenancies not in Deposit Protection

The 'Make Renting Right' conference brought the good Scottish private landlords together with their counterparts in housing associations and advice agencies, and there was some good news, says Councillor Jimmy Black in his Blog for Scottish ... more

Arsenal tops the League of renting prices

Arsenal tops the league table every time when it comes to renting prices in their area.With a two bedroom flat going for £2,000 per calendar month you'd almost need to be on a footballer's wage to afford it.... more

The Average Tenancy is Nearly Three Years

A property industry study report conducted by property consults Allsop in partnership with BDRC, a market research consultancy, found that the average assured shorthold tenancy length is now almost three years. Allsop?s fifth annual 'Rent Check Report' findings ... more

Private Rented Sector Tenants Overwhelmingly Satisfied

By far the majority of private rented sector (PRS) tenants are satisfied with their tenancies. In a recent survey of tenants* they said they are happy with the terms of their tenancy agreements and the level of rent they pay.... more

Deposit dispute guide for landlords and agents

Deposit dispute guide for landlords and agents... more

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics... more

Manchester gives highest Buy to Let yields

Manchester gives highest Buy to Let yields... more

The PRS now rivals the Stock Market

The PRS now rivals the Stock Market... more

Landlords and the risk of Legionella

Landlords and the risk of Legionella... more

Landlords spooked into selling-up over election fears

Landlords spooked into selling-up over election fears... more

3,000 Scottish Landlords in bid to stop rent controls

More than three thousand Scottish landlords have signed a petition strongly opposing the proposed introduction of rent controls in new legislation which could also abolish the “no fault” eviction procedure introduced in the Housing Act in 1988. ... more

Prayers answered at Church of England, blessed by property boom

The recovery in the UK?s property market, seven years after the deepest recession in living memory, has helped boost the Church of England's investment portfolio to a high of £6.7bn at the end of last year, more than £1bn higher than just before the 2008 financial crash.... more

Property funds hit record valuations

Property funds hit record valuations... more

Regional rents catching up with London

Regional rents catching up with London... more

Landlords should be aware of new building safety rules

Landlords should be aware of new building safety rules... more

More households, fewer occupiers, higher prices

More households, fewer occupiers, higher prices... more

153 MPs declare income from renting out properties

153 MPs declare income from renting out properties... more

What do the election results mean for landlords and agents?

What do the election results mean for landlords and agents?... more

ARLA survey predicts landlords will leave if Labour win

ARLA survey predicts landlords will leave if Labour win... more

Many Landlords would quit if Labour win.

Many Landlords would quit if Labour win.... more

What's driving the changes in the Housing Market?

What's driving the changes in the Housing Market?... more

Landlords squeezing out FTBs is a myth!

Landlords squeezing out FTBs is a myth!... more

Landlord Action evicts 'Dead or Alive' Singer

Landlord Action evicts ?Dead or Alive? Singer... more

Bedroom sizes in HMOs

Bedroom sizes in HMOs... more

Longer tenancies will help no one?

Longer tenancies will help no one?... more

New Build vs Second Hand in central London

New Build vs Second Hand in central London... more

Greens launch attack on private landlords

Greens launch attack on private landlords... more

The Tories represent the interests of landlords, say landlords

The Tories represent the interests of landlords, say landlords... more

Landlords Seeking Clarification over Sub-Letting

Landlords Seeking Clarification over Sub-Letting... more

Can Private Landlords learn from Housing Associations?

Can Private Landlords learn from Housing Associations?... more

Will politicians throw out the PRS 'baby with the bathwater??

Will politicians throw out the PRS ?baby with the bathwater??... more

London rents over double UK average

London rents over double UK average... more

Will Landlords Cope with New Tenancy Law?

Will Landlords Cope with New Tenancy Law?... more

Arguments for renting over buying are compelling

Arguments for renting over buying are compelling... more

Let to one tenant and get another – Budget 2015?

Let to one tenant and get another – Budget 2015?... more

The Budget with no surprises.

The Budget with no surprises.... more

Government announces new rental fire safety rules

Government announces new rental fire safety rules... more

Coventry is a buy-to-let landlords paradise

Coventry is a buy-to-let landlords paradise... more

Landlords put more money down for buy-to-let mortgages

Landlords put more money down for buy-to-let mortgages... more

France dominates Expat Deposits at DPS

France dominates Expat Deposits at DPS... more

Private rental sector needs £1.4 trillion by 2035

Private rental sector needs £1.4 trillion by 2035... more

Tories promise 200,000 starter homes if they win election

Tories promise 200,000 starter homes if they win election... more

Renting in England Doubles in 10 Years

Renting in England Doubles in 10 Years... more

New landlord fees code for letting agents

New landlord fees code for letting agents... more

Students Lettings Market becoming more Competitive

Students Lettings Market becoming more Competitive... more

Landlords' Liability for Repairs more onerous than thought…

Landlords? Liability for Repairs more onerous than thought…... more

Deregulation Bill brings in more Regulations

Deregulation Bill brings in more Regulations... more

Let Property Campaign brings in £7.9 million for HMRC

Let Property Campaign brings in £7.9 million for HMRC... more

Tenant deposit schemes gift landlord info to HMRC

Tenant deposit schemes gift landlord info to HMRC... more

Leading Property Consultant Kate Faulkner writes PRS Report

Leading Property Consultant Kate Faulkner writes PRS Report... more

Buy to let flood cover up by 500%

Buy to let flood cover up by 500%... more

Scots struggling to find rented properties

Scots struggling to find rented properties... more

Eviction fees for landlords set to go up again

Eviction fees for landlords set to go up again... more

Landlords pay damages for unlawful evictions

Landlords pay damages for unlawful evictions... more

Top 10 hot spots and not spots for buy to let

Top 10 hot spots and not spots for buy to let... more

Landlords losing deposit disputes through lack of effort

Landlords losing deposit disputes through lack of effort... more

New twist on tax and private residence relief

New twist on tax and private residence relief... more

Stamp Duty - Watch out for linked transaction tax trap

Stamp Duty - Watch out for linked transaction tax trap... more

Staggering Scale of Landlord Buy-to-Let Investment

Staggering Scale of Landlord Buy-to-Let Investment... more

Don?t miss that tax return deadline

Don?t miss that tax return deadline... more

Post Christmas landlord blues - no rent in January?

Post Christmas landlord blues - no rent in January?... more

Landlords not up-to-speed with immigration checks

Landlords not up-to-speed with immigration checks... more

Easy access could trigger buy to let pension bonanza

Easy access could trigger buy to let pension bonanza... more

Taxman reveals top 10 terrible tax excuses

Taxman reveals top 10 terrible tax excuses... more

Landlords warned to watch out for bogus gas fitters

Landlords warned to watch out for bogus gas fitters... more

UK Tenants over £800m in Rent Arrears

UK Tenants over £800m in Rent Arrears... more

Cash-strapped tenants borrow to pay the rent

Cash-strapped tenants borrow to pay the rent... more

Revenge Eviction Bill Rescued

Revenge Eviction Bill Rescued... more

Buy to Leave Landlords could Face Fines

Buy to Leave Landlords could Face Fines... more

Tactics by a new breed of tenant – Eviction Blockers

Tactics by a new breed of tenant – Eviction Blockers... more

Landlords suffer from too much unfair bad press

Landlords suffer from too much unfair bad press... more

Can Landlords Discriminate when Selecting Tenants?

Can Landlords Discriminate when Selecting Tenants?... more

Will Rent Rises Really Result in Mass Poverty?

Will Rent Rises Really Result in Mass Poverty?... more

Why landlords can?t rely on guidance from HMRC

Why landlords can?t rely on guidance from HMRC... more

Are tenant references worth the effort?

Are tenant references worth the effort?... more

Students Paying £100k per year for Mayfair Apartments

Students Paying £100k per year for Mayfair Apartments... more

Understanding the Mind-set of the Burglar

Understanding the Mind-set of the Burglar... more

Landlords respond to HMRC warning in their droves?

Landlords respond to HMRC warning in their droves?... more

Landlord Action says more landlords using Section 21

Landlord Action says more landlords using Section 21... more

Government heating advice goes cold

Government heating advice goes cold... more

Retaliatory Evictions - the landlords' "fight back"

Retaliatory Evictions - the landlords' "fight back"... more

Do new laws make you a landlord or a letting agent?

Do new laws make you a landlord or a letting agent?... more

Buy to let cars are the latest high yield investment fad

Buy to let cars are the latest high yield investment fad... more

Supply must be increased to Meet Rental Demand

Supply must be increased to Meet Rental Demand... more

New Consumer Protection Rules affect Landlords

New Consumer Protection Rules affect Landlords... more

Osborne - benefits cuts could hit landlords.

Osborne - benefits cuts could hit landlords.... more

How buy to let has changed housing in the UK

How buy to let has changed housing in the UK... more

More People Planning to Use Property to Fund Retirement

More People Planning to Use Property to Fund Retirement... more

Five tenants chasing each rental property

Five tenants chasing each rental property... more

Dirty homes and unfriendly landlords put off tenants

Dirty homes and unfriendly landlords put off tenants... more

News Archive

News Archive... more

Landlords strongly oppose bill on 'revenge evictions?

Landlords strongly oppose bill on ?revenge evictions?... more

Britain's buy to let hot spots revealed

Britain's buy to let hot spots revealed... more

Housing Minister champions the Private Rented Sector

Housing Minister champions the Private Rented Sector... more

Looking for a lodger, How about a Walrus?

Looking for a lodger, How about a Walrus?... more

A quarter of all landlords lack full insurance cover says AXA

A quarter of all landlords lack full insurance cover says AXA... more

HMRC targets landlord tax cheats

HMRC targets landlord tax cheats... more

Supermarket is voted Britain's ugliest new building

Supermarket is voted Britain's ugliest new building... more

AXA warns landlords over tenant screening

AXA warns landlords over tenant screening... more

Property owners go cheap and buy wrong insurance

Property owners go cheap and buy wrong insurance... more

Tenants “Feel the Pinch” as Rents Rise Faster than Wages

Tenants “Feel the Pinch” as Rents Rise Faster than Wages... more

Rents are rising - but by how much?

Rents are rising - but by how much?... more

Landlords Urged to Check their Agent’s Client Money Protection

Landlords Urged to Check their Agent’s Client Money Protection... more

Immigration Act - tenant checks

Immigration Act - tenant checks... more

My carpet's not working' and other odd tenant requests

My carpet's not working? and other odd tenant requests... more

Britain's worst tenants identified

Britain's worst tenants identified... more

Expats face property tax hike

Expats face property tax hike... more

Third of tenants never meet their landlord

Third of tenants never meet their landlord... more

Landlords need to be professional

Landlords need to be professional... more

First time landlords take out more buy to let mortgages

First time landlords take out more buy to let mortgages... more

45,000 landlords in HMRC firing line for avoiding tax

45,000 landlords in HMRC firing line for avoiding tax... more

A Landlord's liability for tenant nuisance

A Landlord's liability for tenant nuisance... more

What's the difference between joint tenants and tenants in common?

What's the difference between joint tenants and tenants in common?... more

Landlords optimistic about buoyant buy to let market

Landlords optimistic about buoyant buy to let market... more

Serious rent arrears drop, but evictions rise

Serious rent arrears drop, but evictions rise... more

Tenants fail to come clean over dirty home disputes

Tenants fail to come clean over dirty home disputes... more

Rent arrears are Britain's worst debt problem

Rent arrears are Britain's worst debt problem... more

Housing minister's blueprint for good landlords

Housing minister's blueprint for good landlords... more

Do you fit the average landlord profile?

Do you fit the average landlord profile?... more

Buy to let brothel shock for landlord

Buy to let brothel shock for landlord... more

HMRC clarifies renewals and wear-and-tear guidance

HMRC clarifies renewals and wear-and-tear guidance... more

HMRC names and shames landlord tax defaulters

HMRC names and shames landlord tax defaulters... more

How extra space adds value to buy to let homes

How extra space adds value to buy to let homes... more

Cost of evicting tenants set to rise

Cost of evicting tenants set to rise... more

Drawing pension cash for investing in buy to let

Drawing pension cash for investing in buy to let... more

Capital gains shake-up brings expats in line with UK taxpayers

Capital gains shake-up brings expats in line with UK taxpayers... more

How do British house prices compare globally?

How do British house prices compare globally?... more

Would you believe there's a huge fencing shortage?

Would you believe there's a huge fencing shortage?... more

The 2014 Budget

The 2014 Budget... more

Nuisance neighbours cause an uproar

Nuisance neighbours cause an uproar... more

Buy to let rents up as renters make lifestyle choices

Buy to let rents up as renters make lifestyle choices... more

Housing charity branded as 'landlord bashers'

Housing charity branded as 'landlord bashers'... more

Private landlords under threat from Build to Rent?

Private landlords under threat from Build to Rent?... more

Game Over - Landlords win hands down

Game Over - Landlords win hands down... more

Buy to let overtakes social housing for first time

Buy to let overtakes social housing for first time... more

Landlords need to log how they look after fallen trees

Landlords need to log how they look after fallen trees... more

Landlord repossessions drop to lowest in six years

Landlord repossessions drop to lowest in six years... more

Now's the time for landlords to get in a mortgage fix

Now's the time for landlords to get in a mortgage fix... more

Tax crackdown to tackle buy to let landlords

Tax crackdown to tackle buy to let landlords... more

Ghost tenant warning as rented homes are sub-let

Ghost tenant warning as rented homes are sub-let... more

Full time landlords reaping buy to let profits

Full time landlords reaping buy to let profits... more

Buy to lets not covered by Flood Re insurance subsidy

Buy to lets not covered by Flood Re insurance subsidy... more

Buy to let rents outpaced by rising cost of living

Buy to let rents outpaced by rising cost of living... more

Cannabis farms are a growing buy to let menace

Cannabis farms are a growing buy to let menace... more

67,000 buy to let tenants in serious rent arrears

67,000 buy to let tenants in serious rent arrears... more

Saucy topless woman letting agent advertising banned

Saucy topless woman letting agent advertising banned... more

Government puts £330 billion of public property up for grabs

Government puts £330 billion of public property up for grabs... more

Landmark Court Ruling Could Save Landlords Thousands

Landmark Court Ruling Could Save Landlords Thousands... more

Price boom creates 254 property millionaires every day

Price boom creates 254 property millionaires every day... more

Building a stronger rental market?

Building a stronger rental market?... more

Private rented homes miss out on flood insurance deal

Private rented homes miss out on flood insurance deal... more

Cash-strapped tenants are falling behind with rents

Cash-strapped tenants are falling behind with rents... more

Landlords urged to check their tenants can pay the rent

Landlords urged to check their tenants can pay the rent... more

Chancel repair risk could cost homeowners thousands

Chancel repair risk could cost homeowners thousands... more

Tax man and lenders target accidental landlords

Tax man and lenders target accidental landlords... more

Six New Homes A Minute Needed To Resolve Housing Crisis

Six New Homes A Minute Needed To Resolve Housing Crisis... more

DIY landlord fined for dangerous gas boiler repairs

DIY landlord fined for dangerous gas boiler repairs... more

Landlords and their 'gut feelings' for a good tenant

Landlords and their 'gut feelings' for a good tenant... more

Government to unveil new code of conduct for landlords

Government to unveil new code of conduct for landlords... more

Accidental landlords are poor buy to let managers, says insurer

Accidental landlords are poor buy to let managers, says insurer... more

Ghost tenants secretly living in but to let homes

Ghost tenants secretly living in but to let homes... more

Empty Homes Loan Scheme launch

Empty Homes Loan Scheme launch... more

Landlords can?t stop tenants switching energy suppliers

Landlords can't stop tenants switching energy suppliers... more

Landlords may win new powers to evict antisocial tenants

Landlords may win new powers to evict antisocial tenants... more

We’d rather rent than buy a home, say under 35s

We’d rather rent than buy a home, say under 35s... more

Britain's top 10 buy to let yield hot spots

Britain's top 10 buy to let yield hot spots... more

Noisy neighbours put tenants off renting a home

Noisy neighbours put tenants off renting a home... more

Buy to let heat maps show spread of private rentals

Buy to let heat maps show spread of private rentals... more

Money problems force many pensions into buy to let

Money problems force many pensions into buy to let... more

New Guidance on Tenancy Deposit Legislation

New Guidance on Tenancy Deposit Legislation... more

Which' Magazine Response to PRS Report

Which? Magazine Response to PRS Report... more

Dealing with the Blight of Empty Properties in Towns

Dealing with the Blight of Empty Properties in Towns... more

Landlord immigration check guide

Landlord immigration check guide... more

Tenant’s Revenge!

Tenant’s Revenge!... more

Rent rise slowdown fails to dent buoyant rental market

Rent rise slowdown fails to dent buoyant rental market... more

Basement flats are more secure than houses

Basement flats are more secure than houses... more

More young people despair of ever getting on the home ownership ladder

More young people despair of ever getting on the home ownership ladder... more

Possession claims by landlords in sharp rise

Possession claims by landlords in sharp rise... more

Angry RLA accuses charity of anti-landlord rhetoric

Angry RLA accuses charity of anti-landlord rhetoric... more

Summary and Analysis Of Rental Reports by Kate Faulkner

Summary and Analysis Of Rental Reports by Kate Faulkner... more

Summary and Analysis Of Rental Reports by Kate Faulkner

Summary and Analysis Of Rental Reports by Kate Faulkner... more

Students Survey Reveals to Landlords Influences on Accommodation Choice

Students Survey Reveals to Landlords Influences on Accommodation Choice... more

Landlord yields drop as house price rises outpace rents

Landlord yields drop as house price rises outpace rents... more

Landlords risking huge fines over dodgy electrics

Landlords risking huge fines over dodgy electrics... more

Arrears top landlords' concerns about taking benefit tenants

Arrears top landlords' concerns about taking benefit tenants... more

I can't pay the rent my dad has died (yet again)

I can't pay the rent â?? my dad has died (yet again)... more

Landlord organisation launches consultation into longer tenancies

Landlord organisation launches consultation into longer tenancies... more

Bill forcing landlords to check migrant status of tenants to be watered down

Bill forcing landlords to check migrant status of tenants to be watered down... more

Redundant office blocks to be turned into rental homes

Redundant office blocks to be turned into rental homes... more

Immigrant checks would be 'light touch', Prisk promises

Immigrant checks would be 'light touch', Prisk promises... more

One in four landlords planning to grow portfolios

One in four landlords planning to grow portfolios... more

Just one in a hundred deposits end in formal dispute

Just one in a hundred deposits end in formal dispute... more

Four in ten 'trapped' tenants could become first-time buyers with new scheme

Four in ten 'trapped' tenants could become first-time buyers with new scheme... more

SAFEagent Awareness Week: Playing it SAFE

SAFEagent Awareness Week: Playing it SAFE... more

Landlords' new immigrant checks 'unworkable', say MPs

Landlords' new immigrant checks 'unworkable', say MPs... more

Landlords and lenders consulted over longer-term tenancies

Landlords and lenders consulted over longer-term tenancies... more

Angry tenant wreaks revenge on estate agency signs

Angry tenant wreaks revenge on estate agency signs... more

Anger over plans to make landlords vet immigrant tenants

Anger over plans to make landlords vet immigrant tenants... more

New insurance scheme introduced for pets in private lets

New insurance scheme introduced for pets in private lets... more

Landlord's property ruined by cannabis farm fire

Landlord's property ruined by cannabis farm fire... more

UK is most expensive place to share a flat

UK is most expensive place to share a flat... more

Big bounce in number of new tenants looking for homes

Big bounce in number of new tenants looking for homes... more

Tenants staying put as property shortage continues, says ARLA

Tenants staying put as property shortage continues, says ARLA... more

Home ownership slides for first time in a century

Home ownership slides for first time in a century... more

Rents go back up (and so do tenant arrears), says LSL

Rents go back up (and so do tenant arrears), says LSL... more

Budget measures no help to private landlords, says RLA

Budget measures no help to private landlords, says RLA... more

Fresh rise in number of tenants in serious arrears

Fresh rise in number of tenants in serious arrears... more

Landlords warned to check danger-alert electric goods

Landlords warned to check danger-alert electric goods... more

Tenant demand for cheaper room shares on the up

Tenant demand for cheaper room shares on the up... more

Number of tenants in severe arrears rises to 94,000

Number of tenants in severe arrears rises to 94,000... more

Void periods and rental arrears show improvement

Void periods and rental arrears show improvement... more

Over half of all renters never expect to own a home

Over half of all renters never expect to own a home... more

New controls on immigrants will encourage illegal landlords, says RLA

New controls on immigrants will encourage illegal landlords, says RLA... more

Tenants urged to keep better record of fixtures & fittings

Tenants urged to keep better record of fixtures & fittings... more

Help to Buy could see end of Generation Rent, landlords warned

Help to Buy could see end of Generation Rent, landlords warned... more

Landlords have unrealistic expectation on wear and tear

Landlords have unrealistic expectation on wear and tear... more

Crossrail to place upward pressure on home prices

Crossrail to place upward pressure on home prices... more

The Truth About Guaranteed Rent

The Truth About Guaranteed Rent... more

Rents nudge downwards in sleepier market

Rents nudge downwards in sleepier market... more

Rent arrears soar sevenfold in Universal Credit trial

Rent arrears soar sevenfold in Universal Credit trial... more

Landlords told to wise up to energy efficiency funding

Landlords told to wise up to energy efficiency funding... more

Growing trend of rent-to-rent in property market

Growing trend of rent-to-rent in property market... more

Mydeposits scheme to cut costs for landlords by 20%

Mydeposits scheme to cut costs for landlords by 20%... more

Landlord possession claims soar

Landlord possession claims soar... more

Landlords who bought five years ago chalk up losses

Landlords who bought five years ago chalk up losses... more

Rents stay frozen everywhere but in London

Rents stay frozen everywhere but in London... more

Government housing policies blasted as 'schizophrenic'

Government housing policies blasted as 'schizophrenic'... more

Hundreds of hazards removed from private rental properties

Hundreds of hazards removed from private rental properties... more

Tenancy Deposit Scheme to ease admin requirement for landlords

Tenancy Deposit Scheme to ease admin requirement for landlords... more

Councils offering grants for landlords' empty homes

Councils offering grants for landlords' empty homes... more

Mortgages account for 30% of household spending

Mortgages account for 30% of household spending... more

EPC legislation to be used to crack down on illegal landlords

EPC legislation to be used to crack down on illegal landlords... more

Londoners plan to splash the cash on home improvements

Londoners plan to splash the cash on home improvements... more

Tenants struggling with 'above inflation rent rises'

Tenants struggling with 'above inflation rent rises'... more

Flatshare rents to increase 4.3% in 2013

Flatshare rents to increase 4.3% in 2013... more

Rents slip back but still higher than a year ago

Rents slip back but still higher than a year ago... more

HMRC slammed for going after law-abiding landlords

HMRC slammed for going after law-abiding landlords... more

Cost of flatshare rises as supply tightens

Cost of flatshare rises as supply tightens... more

Fall down stairs in rental home could cost insurers millions

Fall down stairs in rental home could cost insurers millions... more

Landlords urged to take out adequate insurance

Landlords urged to take out adequate insurance... more

More give up on home ownership to live as tenants

More give up on home ownership to live as tenants... more

Accidental landlords are getting serious, says Rightmove

Accidental landlords are getting serious, says Rightmove... more

Most tenancies end without any issues - my|deposits

Most tenancies end without any issues - my|deposits... more

Home cover insurance premiums set to rise

Home cover insurance premiums set to rise... more

Don`t let your property investment go to pot

Don`t let your property investment go to pot ... more

Strong yields tempting for landlords, says Countrywide

Strong yields tempting for landlords, says Countrywide ... more

Landlords urged to visit their properties more frequently

Landlords urged to visit their properties more frequently... more

More landlords risk losing out on insurance claims

More landlords risk losing out on insurance claims... more

Rents rise, but tenants' incomes slide

Rents rise, but tenants' incomes slide... more

Landlords looking to invest in more property, says ARLA

Landlords looking to invest in more property, says ARLA... more

Private landlords 'should not be blamed for empty homes' claim

Private landlords 'should not be blamed for empty homes' claim... more

Rents fall back as New Year starts, says LSL

Rents fall back as New Year starts, says LSL... more

Landlords plan inflation-busting rent rises

Landlords plan inflation-busting rent rises... more

More than one in three landlords will raise rents this year, claim

More than one in three landlords will raise rents this year, claim... more

Landlords warned licensing makes them responsible for tenants' behaviour

Landlords warned licensing makes them responsible for tenants' behaviour... more

Most families spending more than half of income on rent, says Shelter

Most families spending more than half of income on rent, says Shelter... more

Benefits cap will lead to homelessness, RLA warns

Benefits cap will lead to homelessness, RLA warns... more

Rogue landlords should mend their ways or quit, says ARLA

Rogue landlords should mend their ways or quit, says ARLA... more

Many landlords expect tenant demand to rise in 2013

Many landlords expect tenant demand to rise in 2013... more

Social landlords in payment trials say arrears have doubled

Social landlords in payment trials say arrears have doubled... more

Rents fall back across most of UK, says LSL

Rents fall back across most of UK, says LSL... more

Rents across country still lower than pre-credit crunch, says new study

Rents across country still lower than pre-credit crunch, says new study... more

Advertised rental prices in Britain fall

Advertised rental prices in Britain fall ... more

Landlord set to be banned from taking benefits tenants

Landlord set to be banned from taking benefits tenants... more

More turn to private renting as home ownership fades

More turn to private renting as home ownership fades... more

Half of tenants would not take property with poor mobile coverage

Half of tenants would not take property with poor mobile coverage... more

Landlords cutting costs by skipping insurance

Landlords cutting costs by skipping insurance... more

Landlord in benefits trial says tenants have stopped paying rent

Landlord in benefits trial says tenants have stopped paying rent... more

UK flatsharing rental prices fall

UK flatsharing rental prices fall ... more

Cold weather warning for landlords and tenants

Cold weather warning for landlords and tenants... more

Landlords see their properties as a pension

Landlords see their properties as a pension... more

More landlords relying on property for their pensions

More landlords relying on property for their pensions... more

London landlords told to drop their prices or face voids

London landlords told to drop their prices or face voids... more

One in three landlords think tenancy deposit rules are 'hindrance'

One in three landlords think tenancy deposit rules are 'hindrance'... more

Landlords urged to be realistic about rents

Landlords urged to be realistic about rents... more

Flood threat remains but homeowners could struggle to get insurance

Flood threat remains but homeowners could struggle to get insurance... more

Student landlords should 'consider quitting sector' as tuition fees bite

Student landlords should 'consider quitting sector' as tuition fees bite... more

Landlords urged to respond to government inquiry into lettings

Landlords urged to respond to government inquiry into lettings... more

Taxman announces crackdown on south east landlords

Taxman announces crackdown on south east landlords... more

Tenants in London paying a third more than three years ago

Tenants in London paying a third more than three years ago... more

DIY landlords putting themselves at risk, warning

DIY landlords putting themselves at risk, warning... more

HMRC to target landlords

HMRC to target landlords ... more

Private landlord offers DIY tenants free home

Private landlord offers DIY tenants free home... more

Basic tenant checks may not be enough, landlords warned

Basic tenant checks may not be enough, landlords warned... more

Planning changes present new opportunities

Planning changes present new opportunities... more

Protect your properties this winter

Protect your properties this winter ... more

Police warn private landlords on drug factories

Police warn private landlords on drug factories... more

Agent warns of landlords' unseen costs

Agent warns of landlords' unseen costs... more

Rents are falling, insists new housing minister

Rents are falling, insists new housing minister... more

Crossrail to boost home prices

Crossrail to boost home prices ... more

New Green Deal scheme launches for landlords

New Green Deal scheme launches for landlords... more

TV presenter pleads for more landlords to take pets

TV presenter pleads for more landlords to take pets... more

Tenant arrears at highest in four years

Tenant arrears at highest in four years... more

Build-to-let sector' It won't happen, says Heron

Build-to-let sector? It won't happen, says Heron... more

Under-insurance could hit you in pocket, landlords warned

Under-insurance could hit you in pocket, landlords warned... more

UK must build many more homes for rent, call

UK must build many more homes for rent, call... more

Landlords looking to sell up before wealth taxes kick in

Landlords looking to sell up before wealth taxes kick in... more

Almost 2m retirees cashing in on home to fund retirement

Almost 2m retirees cashing in on home to fund retirement ... more

Minister admits Green Deal may take years to take off

Minister admits Green Deal may take years to take off... more

New tracing service will locate 'missing' landlords

New tracing service will locate 'missing' landlords... more

Complaints soar at tenancy deposit scheme

Complaints soar at tenancy deposit scheme... more

Tenants in search of cheapest rents pile into bigger flatshares

Tenants in search of cheapest rents pile into bigger flatshares... more

Investors targeting student rental sector urged to buy now

Investors targeting student rental sector urged to buy now... more

Renters oppose longer tenancy contracts

Renters oppose longer tenancy contracts... more

PRS in the UK has grown 47.9% in five years

PRS in the UK has grown 47.9% in five years... more

MPs call for new laws to govern private rented sector

MPs call for new laws to govern private rented sector... more

Half of landlords finding mortgage market difficult

Half of landlords finding mortgage market difficult... more

Rental money to be paid to tenants after Universal Credit comes in

Rental money to be paid to tenants after Universal Credit comes in... more

Rents at risk of 'over-heating' in South, says Rightmove

Rents at risk of 'over-heating' in South, says Rightmove... more

Most tenants leave properties in poor state, say landlords

Most tenants leave properties in poor state, say landlords... more

Ten tenants queueing for every property, say agents

Ten tenants queueing for every property, say agents... more

More landlords raising money through bridging finance

More landlords raising money through bridging finance... more

Tenants committing to longer tenancies

Tenants committing to longer tenancies ... more

Union demands penalties for landlords who leave homes empty

Union demands penalties for landlords who leave homes empty... more

Half of all landlords will consider Green Deal, says NLA

Half of all landlords will consider Green Deal, says NLA... more

Continental-style renting 'good news for landlords'

Continental-style renting 'good news for landlords' ... more

Rent arrears become a problem for half of landlords

Rent arrears become a problem for half of landlords... more

Government ban on all tenancy fees could set precedent

Government ban on all tenancy fees could set precedent... more

Squatting in residential property becomes criminal offence

Squatting in residential property becomes criminal offence... more

Landlords' confidence dented by mortgage scarcity and costs

Landlords' confidence dented by mortgage scarcity and costs... more

Lib Dems to debate licensing of all private landlords

Lib Dems to debate licensing of all private landlords... more

Malicious damage by tenants 'a common problem', says insurer

Malicious damage by tenants 'a common problem', says insurer... more

One in ten tenants illegally stopped from switching utilities

One in ten tenants illegally stopped from switching utilities... more

Property company targets rising number of repos for investors

Property company targets rising number of repos for investors... more

New online letting agent charges landlords . . . nothing

New online letting agent charges landlords . . . nothing... more

Tenants pay the price as buoyant market continues

Tenants pay the price as buoyant market continues... more

Report calling for mass-scale build-to-rent hits controversy

Report calling for mass-scale build-to-rent hits controversy ... more

Huge rise in court eviction orders as landlords get tough

Huge rise in court eviction orders as landlords get tough... more

Landlords left staring into void after Olympics non-event

Landlords left staring into void after Olympics non-event... more

Rent levels crack new records across UK but tenant arrears deepen

Rent levels crack new records across UK but tenant arrears deepen... more

Suspended sentences for landlords who ignored gas safety

Suspended sentences for landlords who ignored gas safety... more

Landlord told to repay his tenants or go to jail

Landlord told to repay his tenants or go to jail... more
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