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

07 September, 2017

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

Landlords Being Urged to Remortgage Ahead of Tougher Lending Criteria

22 August, 2017

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

Landlord portfolio management - past and future

01 August, 2017

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

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

27 July, 2017

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

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

25 July, 2017

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

English Housing Survey (PRS)

13 July, 2017

Private rented sector, 2015-16

Private Rented Sector Report

30 June, 2017

May 2017

Buy to Let Britain Report

23 June, 2017

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

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

23 June, 2017

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

Queen's Speech 2017 - Briefing

21 June, 2017

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

Anglesey housing tenants could be made homeless over new licence

20 June, 2017

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

Buy-to-Let Index Quarterly Report

15 June, 2017

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

Time is running out for landlords to become energy efficient

01 June, 2017

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

Newport landlord fined in first Rent Smart case

31 May, 2017

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

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

25 May, 2017

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

Liberal Democrats support cap on tenancy deposits

18 May, 2017

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

Private Rented Sector Report

08 May, 2017

A quarter of letting agents saw landlords increasing rents in March

Call for new housing court for landlords and tenants

26 April, 2017

Court is one of six policy suggestions pitched in Residential Landlords Association election manifesto

Dozens of landlords fined after roll-out of new Right to Rent immigration checks

18 April, 2017

Dozens of landlords have been fined under a crackdown on illegal immigration

Tougher measures to target rogue landlords

06 April, 2017

New rules will help crackdown on rogue landlords that flout the rules and improve safety and affordability for renters

Right to Rent rules: if a tenant's UK visa expires, will landlords be prosecuted?

03 April, 2017

Landlords needn't worry about Right to Rent checks, so long as their tenants have the right to live in the UK at the start of the tenancy

Some more renting good news!

30 March, 2017

In another step forwards in increasing rights for tenants the Government announced that it will use its powers to make Client Money Protect mandatory for all letting and managing agents

Agents throwing in the towel because of financial difficulties and other worries

29 March, 2017

Agents are quitting the industry because of the state of their own finances and amid concerns over the future

Buy-to-Let Watch: BTL is not the only fruit

21 March, 2017

Listening to the Budget earlier this month I found myself feeling something I had never expected to feel: actual frustration that housing was not being given a mention

What does the Budget mean for buy-to-let landlords?

09 March, 2017

This Budget was mooted as the last chance for the Chancellor to reverse changes to tax relief for landlords which is set to be cut next month

Bracing for Impact: How aware are buy-to-let landlords of changes?

07 March, 2017

Recent YouGov Reports survey data suggests that mortgaged buy-to-let landlords are fairly well informed of new tax and regulatory measures

Government guidance on complying with 2018 energy regulations

07 March, 2017

Guidance for landlords and enforcement authorities on the minimum level of energy efficiency required to let non-domestic property under the Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015

Landlords urged to hold off from incorporating until after Budget

28 February, 2017

The NLA is urging members to hold off from incorporating in case the Government tries to clamp down on limited companies being formed to mitigate income mortgage interest relief changes

Landlords expected to scale-back portfolios

09 February, 2017

The results of the January 2017 RICS UK Residential Market Survey again point to a sales market that is lacking momentum

91 landlords punished under right to rent rules

06 February, 2017

A total of 91 landlords have been issued with civil penalties since the Government's controversial right to rent scheme was rolled out a year ago today

Growth of private sector renting and poverty 'closely linked'

27 January, 2017

Is the story about poverty and housing in the UK now dominated by the problems of one housing tenure - the private rented sector - and poverty?

Buy-to-let nightmare: my battle to evict tenant from hell

26 January, 2017

When Fergus Wilson drew up a list of the types of tenant he was no longer prepared to house, there was predictable outrage

'Rogue' landlords receive £2.3bn in housing benefit

24 January, 2017

One in every £10 spent on housing benefit in England goes to a private landlord letting a sub-standard home

Review: Top 10 buy-to-let hotspots of 2016

19 January, 2017

The focus of buy to let hot spots is continuing to move away from London

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Dec 2016

17 January, 2017

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

Right to Rent penalties and expectations for a landlord

16 December, 2016

Having ran numerous workshops on this legislation around England this year, there still appears to be much confusion about the penalties and expectations placed upon landlords

Council consulting on selective licensing

13 December, 2016

Landlords in parts of East Staffordshire may have to spend £680 per property on licensing their PRS homes

Buy to let: 'We landlords are being vilified'

12 December, 2016

With a lending crackdown and a massive tax hike due, many landlords could soon find themselves moving from profit to loss

Nottingham announces city-wide licensing plan

06 December, 2016

Nottingham City Council is planning to introduce a citywide selective licensing scheme - with landlords expected to fork out £600 for each of their rental homes

Kent Reliance Buy To Let Britain report - fifth edition

02 December, 2016

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

Building society survey examines buy-to-let landlords' voids experience

30 November, 2016

More than a fifth of buy-to-let landlords have to wait longer than four months before signing up their first tenants

Remortgage now to shield profit ahead of the new buy-to-let rules

25 November, 2016

Remortgaging onto a lower rate could save a landlord from having their profits obliterated by tax changes effective from next year

Letting fees crackdown in Autumn Statement: what will it mean for renters and landlords?

23 November, 2016

Four million households in England and Wales are hoping to benefit from the abolition of letting fees, which currently add as much as £500 to the costs of renting a home

Landlords held to be not responsible for paying council tax if a tenant moves out early

21 November, 2016

Landlords have welcomed an Appeal Court judgement that they are not responsible for paying the council tax on a property after a tenant has moved out before a tenancy agreement has expired

LIN member Report December 2016 - Pay to Stay - A Review

20 November, 2016

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

No excuses for missing licensing deadline, Rent Smart Wales warns

15 November, 2016

The deadline for licensing and registration for landlords and agents in Wales will not be extended and enforcement will be taken against those who don't comply

Consultation on amendments to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR)

11 November, 2016

HSE is consulting on changes to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR)

Maximum 5 Year Jail Sentence for Landlords Failing Immigration Checks

09 November, 2016

At the Conservative Party conference last month the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, made a speech about immigration

Home Office announces date when breaching Right to Rent rules can give agents criminal records

02 November, 2016

Agents are warned that new criminal offences are being created on December 1 - less than a month away - under the Immigration Act 2016

Scottish renters among most at risk from dangerous gas appliances

27 October, 2016

More than a third of landlords in Scotland are unaware of their responsibility to check gas appliances, despite dangerous appliances being found in a fifth of privately-rented accommodation

Most landlords want to see compulsory CMP for letting agents

26 October, 2016

An overwhelming majority of landlords believe Client Money Protection insurance should be made compulsory for letting agents

Show us evidence that you display fees or we'll report you

25 October, 2016

The Property Ombudsman Scheme has launched a new national campaign with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute to tackle letting agents that are breaking the law by not displaying their fees

Immigration Act: Essential update for agents on Right to Rent checks

18 October, 2016

In this new article for EYE, I am warning that a new Immigration Act upgrade is to come into force before the end of this year, with serious legal implications for both letting agents and private landlords

Autumn Statement representation to HM Treasury From the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) October 2016

17 October, 2016

The growth of the private rented sector has led to a greater focus on property conditions

Buy-to-let enquiries up 30% since May as investors return to the market

12 October, 2016

Buyer enquiries from potential landlords and investors are now up 30% since May, following a short-term dip as additional stamp duty changes came in on April 1st

Landlords lose legal fight to get Osborne's tax changes overturned

07 October, 2016

Landlords are licking their wounds after a Judge yesterday ruled against a Judicial Review of former Chancellor George Osborne's capping of the amount of mortgage interest that they can offset against tax

Key day as landlords seek judicial review of buy to let tax change

06 October, 2016

Legal represenatives for two landlords will today make the case for a judicial review of Section 24 of the Finance (No.2) Act 2015 - a bid to stop the phased reduction of mortgage interest tax relief for landlords, sscheduled to be introduced from next April

'Buy-to-let is my pension - but do the numbers stack up?'

03 October, 2016

If you listen to the pensions industry you'll be bombarded with statistics on compound growth, the generosity of Government top-ups and neat ways to avoid inheritance tax

Court date set for Cherie Blair's challenge to buy-to-let tax

16 September, 2016

A court date has been set for a legal challenge to tax changes set to hit landlords from April next year

Policy change soon? Minister meets buy to let tax campaigners

12 September, 2016

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has met campaigners to scrap anti-buy to let measures introduced by the Cameron government in the past two years

One in five landlords too embarrassed to admit it

09 September, 2016

One in five landlords are too embarrassed to admit it, according to a recent poll of almost 800 residential property investors

How are property prices and rents influencing buy to let returns in 2016?

08 September, 2016

As we head out of the summer season into autumn, the latest market data gives us a good indication of how well property has been performing as an investment so far this year

Wandsworth Council rejects landlord licensing plan

06 September, 2016

The RLA has welcomed news that Wandsworth Council has abandoned plans to introduce landlord licensing

New Bill set to change the moment that private tenants become homeless

30 August, 2016

A new Bill aimed at reducing homelessness has been published

The growing Housing Benefit spend in the private rented sector

22 August, 2016

This briefing examines the reasons and factors behind the recent growth in Housing Benefit expenditure in the private rented sector

Another buy to let lender encouraging longer tenancies

15 August, 2016

Leeds Building Society has changed its mortgage criteria in a bid to encourage longer-term private rentals

Landlords should seek advice about the tax changes ahead

20 July, 2016

With several tax changes for residential properties announced over the past 12 months, landlords need to be aware of how these could affect their tax bill

Tenancy Deposit Schemes: could a landmark case lead to more prosecutions?

12 July, 2016

Last week, a landmark case in Scotland highlighted the need for deposit protection, after a letting agent in North Ayrshire became the first in the country to be prosecuted for its breach of the rules

Campaign against buy to let 'tax grab' extends fund-raising deadline

21 June, 2016

The landlords campaigning for a judicial review of the legislation curtailing mortgage interest tax relief for buy to let landlords have extended their fund-raising deadline until the end of August

Netherlands landlord offers tenants 100 Euro rent cut for helping refugees

16 June, 2016

Trudo housing corporation residents to get monthly discount if they guide new arrivals through Dutch customs and rules

Implementing 'Right to Rent' immigration checks in Scotland: a recipe for confusion, complexity and discrimination?

14 June, 2016

There is fear that the UK government's latest round of immigration reforms could increase discrimination against some people wanting to rent privately and ride roughshod over Scottish housing law

Brandon Lewis issues eviction warning to councils

03 June, 2016

The Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, has written to all local councils in England to underline government guidance on the advice that councils give to tenants when seeking re-housing on the grounds of "homelessness" when faced with an eviction notice

Right to Rent Code of Practice

02 June, 2016

Scheme for landlords and their agents

Housing & Planning Act offers scope to improve electrical safety in private rented sector

01 June, 2016

The trade association for electrical testing has welcomed measures in the Housing & Planning Act it says will improve safety in the private rented sector

Part 2: Essential guide to the new Immigration Act

24 May, 2016

The new Act also contains substantial new powers for landlords to evict tenants where they have been found to be in the country illegally

Essential legal update for agents: Right to Rent checks

23 May, 2016

On May 12, the Immigration Bill became the Immigration Act 2016

Extraordinary increases driven by buy-to-let boom

20 May, 2016

The latest data revealed by the Agency Express Property Activity Index has shown a spike in activity for the UK lettings market

Call for rent caps when properties let to tenants on benefit

05 May, 2016

A local politician claims to be in talks with the Government about introducing rent caps when landlords let to tenants on benefit

Tory MP calls for end to 'exploitative fees' charged by letting agents

04 May, 2016

The Government have rejected a bid to have letting agent fees capped or banned in a debate called by a Tory MP who hit out out at letting agents charging "arbitrary and exploitative fees"

Plight of family where landlords refuse point blank to consider tenants on benefits

03 May, 2016

What happens to tenants who have to leave their home because the landlord is selling up?

Many landlords 'will stop renting to tenants on Universal Credit'

28 April, 2016

The Government's new Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on the private rented sector, with more and more landlords refusing to let to tenants on benefits

Responsible landlords to get protection from Immigration Bill

26 April, 2016

Members of parliament have approved measures that will give greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants

Government to review Right to Rent guidelines

14 April, 2016

The Government is reviewing its guidance on Right to Rent and the immigration status checks that landlords and agents must by law make on all prospective tenants

Housing minister denies Government is trying to kill off buy-to-let

13 April, 2016

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has rejected claims that the Government is "choking off the buy-to-let sector"

Buy-to-let landlords keep benefiting from cheaper mortgages

12 April, 2016

Finance website Moneyfacts says buy-to-let mortgage rates continue to fall despite Bank of England moves to dampen market

Landlords' Barometer - #35: Why are landlords being singled out by Osborne?

06 April, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #35", with all the latest news and trending topics from the world of landlords!

It was the PM himself who wanted Right to Rent checks

21 March, 2016

It was David Cameron himself who wanted Right to Rent checks on tenants' immigration status - despite overwhelming lack of support from his ministers

Not what the Government wanted - but 'more landlords will go corporate'

17 March, 2016

New Capital Gains Tax rules will encourage property investors to operate as companies

How landlords are using companies to dodge the stamp duty crackdown on property purchases

14 March, 2016

Surge in landlord purchases through companies as tax hike looms

Average length of time in PRS rises to 14 years

11 March, 2016

A survey of more than 800 Private Rented Sector tenants has found high levels of satisfaction with rented accommodation

Changes to Immigration Bill will 'protect' landlords

03 March, 2016

Landlords taking 'reasonable steps' are now protected from failing to pick up illegal tenants

When letting agents go bust: the need for client money protection

18 February, 2016

When you think about it, renters take a number of risks when they start a new tenancy

Incorporating 'doesn't stack up' for majority of landlords

18 February, 2016

Four in 10 landlords are either seriously considering forming a limited company in order to limit their exposure to changes that will restrict mortgage interest

Landlord licensing - how we're using the evidence and the experience of our members to develop our policies

24 December, 2015

If you only pay attention to the newspaper headlines or horror stories you hear, you'd be forgiven for thinking privately rented homes are at the bottom of the heap when it comes to housing choice

London council adds another 8,000 rental properties to licensing scheme

11 December, 2015

Agents and landlords across a large part of central London are warned that this week, a new licensing scheme came into force

'Buy-to-let investors will need 50pc deposit - or no mortgage'

03 December, 2015

In future only investors with hefty deposits will qualify for loans, brokers warn, as Barclays cuts buy-to-let lending

Buy-to-let 'woes' for landlords mounting, as analyst warns that BoE 'will be watching you'

02 December, 2015

The Bank of England has said it will crack down on buy-to-let lending

Landlords Bruised by U.K. Tax Rise May Face New Loan Limits

30 November, 2015

The U.K.'s amateur landlords, already bruised by higher taxes when they buy rentals and lower rates of tax relief, could be facing a new blow

UK plans tax rise on buy-to-let and second homes

26 November, 2015

Britain is to increase a tax on buy-to-let and second homes to ease demand for those squeezed out by house price rises

Autumn statement 2015: Buy-to-let landlords sacrificed again with 3pc stamp duty hike to 'help first time buyers'

25 November, 2015

The new 3pc surcharge was announced as Chancellor George Osborne outlined plans to help more people get on the housing ladder

A new era starts today for private rented sector in Wales

23 November, 2015

A new era begins today for the private rented sector in Wales

Landlords 'not comfortable' with Right to Rent scheme

16 November, 2015

The government has announced that from 1 February 2016, all private landlords in England will have to check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property

Hundreds of thousands have tax credit calls unanswered by HMRC

10 November, 2015

HMRC failed to deal with over 400,000 phone calls in March

Buy to Let Mortgage Costs Index

28 October, 2015

In Q3 2015 there was an average of 952 buy to let mortgage products from 33 active lenders on the market

Right to rent checks: what they mean for you

21 October, 2015

What the new right to rent checks mean for private landlords and tenants

Right to Rent: A simple guide to checks that must be made

21 October, 2015

Under Right to Rent, landlords or their agents should check identity documents for all new tenants, and take copies

Deterring buy-to-let investment will harm tenants more than landlords

20 October, 2015

Tighter buy-to-let regulation could constrain the supply of rented property

Research with landlords, letting agents and tenants

20 October, 2015

This report is part of the evaluation of phase one of the Right to Rent scheme covering the impact on landlords, agents, tenants and housing market

New Bill would give tenants powers to sue landlords over poor accommodation

16 October, 2015

Tenants living in sub-standard accommodation will be given the right to sue their landlords if a new Bill gets through Parliament

Councils told new law renders local licensing schemes redundant

15 October, 2015

Local councils are being urged to drop landlord licensing schemes following the publication of new laws showing that they are not needed

Government to help home owners on to the buy-to-let ladder?

12 October, 2015

The Government is to build 200,000 second houses to help home owners on to the buy-to-let ladder

Carbon monoxide legal duties: Agents warned that pressing 'test' is not enough

08 October, 2015

Agents are warned that they may not be compliant if they simply press the "test button" on carbon monoxide alarms

How much does it cost to run a buy-to-let property each year? Our calculator lets you do the maths

02 October, 2015

With interest rates still languishing at all-time lows, buy-to-let has proved an appealing prospect for many savers whose money is languishing in the bank

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

01 October, 2015

Q&A Booklet for the Private Rented Sector - landlords and tenants

1 October - a day of change for landlords

01 October, 2015

As of 1 October 2015 new rules come into force which will change the responsibilities of landlords who let properties in England when it comes to three key issues

New buy-to-let deal escapes George Osborne's landlord tax

30 September, 2015

A 'crowdfunding' website now offers investors mortgaged flats and houses - using a loophole to avoid the new buy-to-let tax

Private landlords: duty to carry out immigration checks

24 September, 2015

As part of the Government's attempts to cut down on illegal migration, the Immigration Act 2014 contains a number of measures to restrict access to services

Letting agents and tenants' groups clash over tenants' fees

22 September, 2015

Letting agents and tenants' representatives clashed, with agents vehemently defending their right to charge fees

Landlords at risk of £5,000 fine as government delays mandatory smoke alarm legislation

09 September, 2015

The landlord community has hit out at government for unnecessary delays in the introduction of legislation which will make it compulsory to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

'No Passport Equals No Home': An independent evaluation of the 'Right to Rent' scheme

04 September, 2015

The Right to Rent checks form part of a package of measures intended to create a "hostile environment" for irregular migrants in the UK

Make sure you have your say on landlords' licensing scheme

03 September, 2015

Residents and private landlords are being encouraged to air their views on new proposals to create further selective licensing areas

Essential Section 21 update for letting agents: Important changes just weeks away

26 August, 2015

Important changes affecting letting agents and landlords are just weeks away, courtesy of The Deregulation Act

Government U-turn on longer private sector tenancies

17 August, 2015

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has backtracked on suggestions that the government may introduce longer standard tenancy agreements in the private rental sector

Private rental licensing will give council £470,000 windfall

16 July, 2015

Yet another council is proposing a licence on properties let out in the private rental sector - this time suggesting one of the country's highest fees of £580 per home

How to build a rental home empire: Why stop at one property? Invest wisely and you'll be surprised at what's possible

02 June, 2015

Vanessa Warwick and Nick Tadd desperately needed a new way of life. The married couple had grown tired of their day jobs and, as they hit their 40s, wanted more independence

How to join the buy to let boom: The top 10 tips, how to buy a rental home empire and avoid being taken for a ride by tenants

02 June, 2015

The essential dos and don'ts of buying and renting out a home, how you could build a buy-to-let empire and how to keep good tenants - and avoid the bad ones

More complaints about agents being made to advertising watchdog

28 May, 2015

The Advertising Standards Authority dealt with a record number of complaints last year, including those made by and about estate agents

Bombshell as Cameron announces mandatory licensing of landlords

26 May, 2015

Prime minister David Cameron is set to introduce a mandatory licensing regime of private landlords

'I felt pressured into signing an inaccurate inventory'

19 May, 2015

A letting agent asked her to sign an inventory before she was allowed to have access to the property

Landlords fail in court bid for review of licensing plan

19 May, 2015

Landlords have failed in their bid to take Rotherham Council to a judicial review over a selective licensing scheme

Agency boss calls on ministers to bring in urgent regulation of letting agents

14 May, 2015

Estate agency chain Leaders has called on the new government to bring in formal regulation of letting agents

Arrears and repossessions fall across both home ownership and buy-to-let

14 May, 2015

Mortgage arrears and repossessions are falling across both owner-occupier and buy-to-let lending

Housing experts predict a disaster for buy-to-let landlords as Labour vows to interfere with the market by capping rent rises

05 May, 2015

Britain's growing army of buy-to-let landlords will hold its breath this week - and pray that a Labour Government is not elected

UK landlords are failing to take running costs into account when measuring buy-to-let returns

28 April, 2015

UK landlords are at risk of overestimating the profitability of their buy-to-let investment by neglecting to take into account key running costs

Learn landlord deposit rules or face £3,600 penalty - eight questions answered

28 April, 2015

Buy-to-let landlords must register their deposits by June 23 or face (potentially unlimited) fines

The best buy-to-let mortgage rates to build your property portfolio or cut your monthly costs

23 April, 2015

Landlords are benefiting from both increased choice and the some of the best ever buy-to-let mortgage rates on the market

Landlords have two months to register deposits - or face £3,600 fine

20 April, 2015

Buy-to-let investors have until June 23 to sign up to an official deposit scheme or pay costly penalties

Buy-to-lets top investment, with returns of up to 1,400%

13 April, 2015

Buy-to-let property investments made the highest returns of any major asset over the last 18 years

Bristol tenants plan demo after letting agents push for rent rise

13 April, 2015

Letter from agents CJ Hole to prospective clients asks 'Are you getting enough rent?' and says it can arrange increase for anyone switching

Renters - don't miss your vote

08 April, 2015

Private renters come in all shapes and sizes; students, young professionals, families, pensioners

UK adults wary of being buy-to-let landlords, don't like repairing toilet

01 April, 2015

More than a third of UK adults (36%) say it's 'extremely risky' being a buy-to-let landlord

It's time to end the great lettings agent swindle

30 March, 2015

With private renting becoming the new normal for millions of people this could be the first election in which renters make their voices heard

Council approves new regime to protect 3,500 PRS tenants

13 March, 2015

Islington Council has given the green light for a new licensing regime that will protect around 3,500 tenants in the private rented sector

Renting a safe home: a guide for tenants

13 March, 2015

This guide provides information for private rented sector tenants on how to rent a safe home

Powers for councils to licence landlords diluted by government

06 March, 2015

Department of Communities and Local Government's (DCLG) intention to introduce additional legislation for the licensing of private rented properties

Investors missing out in private rented sector

06 March, 2015

UK institutional investors are significantly underinvested in the private rented sector

Landlords cash in from rising house prices

02 March, 2015

The amount buy-to-let landlords are putting down in deposits has jumped by 15pc to £100,000 in the last year

Retaliatory evictions and proposed changes to the law

25 February, 2015

Assured shorthold tenants have limited security of tenure and some landlords would rather evict tenants who complain about poor conditions in their home than carry out repairs

January ARLA Private Rented Sector Report

23 February, 2015

One in four letting agents witness rent hikes in the new year

Two thirds of tenants 'pay for repairs themselves'

19 February, 2015

A study of 500 private sector tenants claims that two thirds have had to dip into their own pockets to fund repairs because they could not wait for the agent or landlord any longer

Fire chiefs call for smoke alarms to be legally required in all private rented homes

10 February, 2015

Private landlords must be compelled by law to install smoke alarms in their properties

Buy-to-let landlords face paying thousands to hit new green targets

06 February, 2015

Landlords could be hit by bills of up to £9,000 under plans to make homes more energy efficient

Crisis Private Renting Toolkit

05 February, 2015

A guide to setting up a PRS access scheme

Labour will help 9m renters save £600 each, Ed Miliband to promise

03 February, 2015

Nine million renters would save more than £600 each in the next parliament under Labour's plans to ban letting agent fees and cap rent increases for longer-term tenants

Tenant who tripped on path not owned by landlord wins case

02 February, 2015

An important new case has major implications for letting agents who manage properties and for landlords

Redress scheme sees letting agent complaints rise

20 January, 2015

The Property Redress Scheme has led to an increase in the number of consumer complaints being made against lettings, property management and estate agents

Landlord who put tenants' lives at risk prosecuted

16 January, 2015

Oldham Council has prosecuted a private landlord for failing to ensure his properties were safe to live in

Payday

13 January, 2015

Landlords must ensure they help tenants manage their finances as welfare reforms push low-income households towards payday lenders

Hastings landlords warn of rent rise under new scheme

28 November, 2014

Landlords in Hastings have warned they will have to put up rents if plans for a licensing scheme are introduced

Two thirds of renters overcharged by letting agents

10 November, 2014

Back in 2013, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) described the private lettings market as 'dysfunctional'

New rules for buy to let lending on the way

03 November, 2014

Chancellor George Osborne is warning the government may restrict buy to let borrowing with loan caps and rent cover limits

Partnership with Credit Union helping tenants to get ahead financially

29 October, 2014

Lewisham Homes' partnership with the Lewisham Plus Credit Union provides financial support to residents through basic budgeting, loans, current accounts

Buy-to-let boom: one in five homes now owned by landlords

23 October, 2014

Britain's two million-strong army of buy-to-let investors have almost doubled their property holdings in a decade - and they are set to buy up even more homes

1996: the birth of buy-to-let Britain - in numbers

21 October, 2014

There are now almost two million landlords owning £1 trillion of property

The regulation of private sector letting and managing agents (England)

16 October, 2014

There is no overarching statutory regulation of private sector letting or managing agents in England or any legal requirement for them to belong to a trade association

Record year for credit union as thousands of new members join

15 October, 2014

A credit union has had a record year, as more and more people turn to it for help with low cost loans

'Limited' licensing judicial review to go ahead

07 October, 2014

Both sides are claiming victory in a High Court test case over whether a local authority's landlord licensing scheme should be subject to judicial review

Lettings agents and property managers: redress schemes

07 October, 2014

Information on the requirement for lettings agents and property managers in England to belong to a government approved redress scheme

Government considering increasing PRS tenancy securities

06 October, 2014

Plans to give tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) more security of tenure are to be discussed in a new consultation launched today

Majority of UK's private renters being ripped-off by letting agents

03 October, 2014

A majority of the UK's private rented sector (PRS) tenants believe that the fees charged by letting agents are poor value for money

Property ombudsman reveals sharp rise in complaints about lettings agents

02 October, 2014

There's been a sharp rise in the number of complaints made about lettings agents ahead of the requirement that came into effect today that they register with an approved redress scheme

Complaints about letting agents rise 37%

01 October, 2014

Complaints about letting agents rose by 37% in the first half of the year, an ombudsman has revealed as new legislation to curb rogue agents comes into force

Information for Landlords: Letting to Tenants on Housing Benefits

15 September, 2014

There are significant numbers of landlords in the UK who simply will not let their properties to those on Housing Benefit

More than half of tenants have problems with landlords and letting agents

10 September, 2014

One in seven tenants say that their problems have never been resolved

I'm on benefits - so no landlord would rent my family a house

09 September, 2014

Negative attitudes towards people supported by benefits undermine the help that any safety net provides

Nick Clegg faces activist revolt over ending bedroom tax

05 September, 2014

Nick Clegg is facing a rebellion by grassroots Liberal Democrats who are demanding that he pledges to abolish the so-called bedroom tax

Code of practice on illegal immigrants and private rented accommodation

03 September, 2014

Guidance for landlords affected by the introduction of right to rent checks

Housing benefit cuts have had 'little impact' on PRS rents

17 July, 2014

Government cuts to HB for around 900,000 tenants in the PRS have had little impact on average rents, new study reveals

Government moves to reassure landlords over Superstrike

19 June, 2014

Following a year of concerted lobbying and pressure by the industry, the DCLG has tabled amendments to the Deregulation Bill

Can the changes to LHA achieve their aims in London's housing market?

18 June, 2014

A report by New Policy Institute for Shelter

How to personalise a rented property

11 June, 2014

If you rent your property, it can often feel like a challenge to make you house feel like a home due to the restrictions that landlords put in place

End to outdated laws will allow Londoners to let homes for extra cash

10 June, 2014

Eric Pickles announces the end of rules that prevent short-term renting of private homes

Letting agents 'will have to publish their fees in full'

13 May, 2014

The government has said letting agents will face a new obligation to display full details of their fees both on their websites and in their offices

Labour to call Commons vote on letting agent fee ban

09 May, 2014

Labour are to call a vote in the Commons in an attempt to ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants

Investors back Miliband's PRS reforms

08 May, 2014

Labour's plans to reform the private rented sector have been backed by a number of major investors

Former fire minister makes case for compulsory smoke alarms

07 May, 2014

A Labour MP is calling on the government to make mandatory the provision of smoke alarms in private rented homes

Private renters will take 15 years to save for deposit

29 April, 2014

It will take private renters 15 years to save enough for a deposit on a house

Government approves property ombudsman to provide independent redress service

22 April, 2014

The Government has approved The Property Ombudsman (TPO) to provide a free and independent redress service to landlords and tenants, as part of new legislative changes coming into effect for lettings agents

Confusion over Universal Credit puts landlords off renting to people on benefits

09 April, 2014

Welfare recipients will find it harder to rent in the private sector as larger landlords are increasingly turning their backs on welfare recipients

Local authority ponders private landlord licensing scheme

24 March, 2014

A local authority is proposing a consultation to find out if it needs to bring in a selective licensing scheme for private landlords

Fit to rent?

20 March, 2014

Today's Private Rented Sector in Wales

New rules will help end extortionate fees for private tenants

19 March, 2014

My new bill has been put to parliament to address the many struggles of those who rent privately

Poor conditions causing misery for thousands of private renters

13 March, 2014

Thousands of people living in the private rented sector in Wales are suffering ill-health as a result of poor housing conditions

Shelter exposes true scale of 'revenge evictions'

12 March, 2014

Countless renters across the country are facing 'revenge evictions' just for speaking up about bad conditions

Better protection for PRS tenants backed by MPs

12 March, 2014

A bill calling for greater protection for private rented sector tenants passed the first stage in parliament unanimously today

UK Landlords Calling For Streamlined Eviction Process

10 March, 2014

A more streamlined eviction process in the buy to let sector would encourage more landlords to enter the market and provide a greater choice of properties for reliable tenants

Tenants 'ripped off' by letting agents keeping deposits

27 February, 2014

Some letting agents are fraudulently taking thousands of pounds from tenants as a holding deposit, not letting them move in and keeping the money

English Housing Survey

26 February, 2014

Headline Report 2012-13

A better private rented sector can weed out rogue landlords for good

26 February, 2014

It's the fastest growing area of the market, but rented homes are dominated by amateur landlords. It's time for that to change

Reforming PRS core of Labour's housing strategy

25 February, 2014

Reforming the private rented sector will be at the core of Labour's bid to tackle the housing crisis, the shadow planning minister has said

Creating a fair and flexible private rented sector

25 February, 2014

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has emphasised the need to create a fairer, more flexible private rented sector

Housing minister calls for fairer private rented sector

24 February, 2014

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has called for the creation of a fairer and more flexible private rented sector

As cost of rent rises and housing supply remains stretched should the Government increase frozen rent-a-room tax threshold

13 February, 2014

The rent-a-room tax threshold is out of date and needs to be hiked to keep up with far higher rental costs

New LHA rates published for 2014/15

07 February, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published the 2014/15 Local Housing Allowance rates which will take effect from April this year

Landlords in the spotlight - how tenants can avoid getting stung

29 January, 2014

Landlords can run checks on potential tenants, but tenants can't do likewise. However, with a little conscientious research would-be renters can avoid some major pitfalls

Kent's homelessness crisis worsens, as those sleeping on the streets goes up by nearly half

28 January, 2014

The number of rough sleepers on Kent's streets has surged by nearly half - leaving charity workers stretched to the limit

People in Wales could find it harder to rent under UK Govt rules

28 January, 2014

Government rules on the payment of housing benefit will make it harder for people to rent a home in Wales

Food bank rise driven by unfair benefit sanctions - MPs

28 January, 2014

Sanctions imposed by Jobcentre Plus staff are one of the key reasons behind the rise in the number of people receiving help from food banks

Committee to investigate DWP's lost £billions

27 January, 2014

An inquiry into fraud and error in the benefits system is to begin, after an estimated £3.5 billion was lost in overpayments during 2012/13

SFHA calls for funding to cut fuel poverty

27 January, 2014

The SFHA has called for money to be invested in schemes to cut fuel poverty

National Union of Students Wales reveals "terrible" living conditions for tenants

27 January, 2014

New evidence from NUS Wales has revealed the terrible conditions that some tenants are living in with common problems

Sheffield Page Hall landlord licensing scheme approved

16 January, 2014

Landlords in an area of Sheffield where MPs have warned of "tensions" between communities will soon have to register for a £725 five-year licence

Pioneering pair launch a new service for landlords

15 January, 2014

Two entrepreneurs with years of experience of dealing with housing benefits and recovering rent arrears have launched an innovative letting agency for landlords with tenants on benefits

Private sector meltdown

15 January, 2014

Inside Out Blog from Inside Housing

Illegal subletters get month's amnesty to own up

14 January, 2014

Social housing tenants that are illegally subletting their homes in Croydon are to be offered a month-long amnesty to confess

Tenants save half a million pounds through housing provider's scheme

14 January, 2014

A scheme to help people in fuel poverty and facing financial difficulties has saved tenants nearly half a million pounds of debt

Rents for social housing from 2015-16

13 January, 2014

The consultation invites views on the proposed rent policy for social housing from 2015 onwards

Housing benefit cuts for under-25s: young people again feel the worst of it

13 January, 2014

Far from living the life of Riley, most of this group are parents in a generation already facing social exclusion

Report: Paying the Price

13 January, 2014

Single parents in the age of austerity

Which? challenges payday lenders over high missed payment fees

13 January, 2014

Consumer group says borrowers are being exploited by excessive fees and regulator must ensure all charges are fair

Housing organisations lag behind in social media and digital engagement

13 January, 2014

A lack of digital skills among housing staff is preventing online engagement with residents

House Price Index

10 January, 2014

December 2013

New rules to battle problem area

08 January, 2014

Irresponsible landlords are being targeted in a bid to improve community relations in an area of Sheffield blighted by anti-social behaviour

Survey shows 1 in 11 people fear losing their home this month

03 January, 2014

Housing worries are overwhelming people in Britain, with one in 11 fearing they will not be able to keep a roof over their head by the end of this month, research reveals

Number of households getting help with insulation plummets

31 December, 2013

1.61m lofts were fully insulated in 2012, but just 110,000 were treated in the year to October 2013 - a pro-rata fall of 93%

Economic recovery felt by only one in 50 voters, TUC poll finds

31 December, 2013

TUC says its survey is 'bad news for the government' as most people said they expect living standards crisis to continue

Police going easy on mothers who steal food 'simply to live'

30 December, 2013

Police forces have announced they will take a softer approach to mothers who are caught stealing food to feed their hungry families

'Greedy' charity shops under fire for prices beyond means of poor

30 December, 2013

Bargains are becoming a thing of the past as stores attract label hunters with deep pockets

Some Christmas Eve benefits not paid due to DWP 'error'

27 December, 2013

More than 32,000 people have not received benefit payments in time for Christmas due to a Department for Work and Pensions "administrative error"

Reports of damp soar in social housing as residents avoid turning on heating

27 December, 2013

Condensation dampness - regarded as major public health risk - is said to be increasing, with experts blaming rising energy bills

My first year as a food bank organiser

24 December, 2013

'When we started, we knew there was a need, but had no idea how much' - Ruth Fox on how her new job has changed her view of Britain, for both better and worse

Salvation Army food banks boosted by proceeds of crime

24 December, 2013

The Salvation Army says the cash will be used to buy supplies for food banks throughout West Yorkshire over the Christmas and New Year period

Work Programme statistics

24 December, 2013

DWP Work Programme official statistics on referrals, attachments, job outcome payments and sustainment payments

Stronger PRS regulation needed to deal with EU migrants, report says

24 December, 2013

Further regulation of the private rented sector is necessary to help deal with an influx of new migrants from Romania and Bulgaria, a think tank has recommended

Council opens letting agency to help protect private sector tenants

23 December, 2013

A London council has launched its own letting agency in a bid to lower the cost of private sector housing

Payday loans industry by numbers

23 December, 2013

Some findings about the payday loans industry in numbers

Rents rise twice as much as earnings

20 December, 2013

Rise in cost of renting in England and Wales over year to November puts pressure on tenants' finances

£250,000 invested to help tenants through difficult times

19 December, 2013

Guinness South is investing £250,000 into a new five-person team designed to help tenants sustain their tenancies through difficult times

Homelessness services feel mounting pressure as welfare reform bites

19 December, 2013

UK councils have seen a rise in demand for homelessness services, but there is only so much they can do

Food poverty: so, which of the hungry poor most 'deserve' charity help?

18 December, 2013

And explosion of demand for food aid in the south-east of England is confronting hard-pressed charity workers with tricky ethical dilemmas

Reassessing existing DLA claimants for PIP

18 December, 2013

The process for inviting existing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants to claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Struggling tenants receive food bank vouchers

17 December, 2013

Frontline housing officers from the UK's biggest housing association have been approved as official voucher holders for Trussell Trust foodbanks

More than 80% of ALMOs plan house building boost in 2014

13 December, 2013

More than 80 per cent of arm's-length management organisations in England plan to undertake a house building push next year

GB Social Housing to re-enter market

13 December, 2013

Bond aggregator, GB Social Housing, is re-entering the lending market under new management

Rogue estate agent prosecuted for HMO failure

13 December, 2013

Camden Council has prosecuted a rogue estate agency in the week that it launched a campaign to improve standards in the PRS

HSBC to start lending to housing associations

12 December, 2013

The world's largest bank, HSBC, plans to start lending to housing associations next year

Southwark takes first step towards compulsory PRS licensing scheme

12 December, 2013

A London borough has taken the first steps towards mandatory landlord licensing with the introduction of a rental standard

Government's flood insurance plans exclude private landlords, RLA complains

12 December, 2013

The RLA has complained that government plans to ensure that flood insurance is widely available will not extend to private rental property

Quarter of a million tenants withhold rent as punishment for taking too long to make urgent repairs - but are they breaking the law?

10 December, 2013

A quarter of a million private tenants a year are withholding rent money from their landlords because of delays resolving emergencies

Deals signed for 132 new PRS homes in London

10 December, 2013

Construction firm Willmott Dixon's build-to-rent arm, be:here, has signed deals to build 132 homes in west London

Social landlord closes property linked with violence and drugs

09 December, 2013

A social landlord has managed to close a property that had become a centre for anti-social behaviour

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2014 to 2015

09 December, 2013

A list of the proposed benefit and pension rates for 2014 to 2015

HCA to downgrade housing associations after poor VfM performance

06 December, 2013

The HCA will downgrade a number of housing associations in the New Year as a consequence of their poor value for money performance

G320 has capacity to build 15,000 homes

06 December, 2013

Social landlords in London have the capacity to build up to 15,000 homes over 10 years if they are given greater access to grant funding and land

Government ends 'family tax penalty' for hardworking families

06 December, 2013

£5 million Council Tax discount will help increase affordable housing

Social Housing Fraud... Let the battle commence

06 December, 2013

Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013

Lifting of council borrowing limit welcomed but concern over selling off of "expensive" council homes

06 December, 2013

The Chancellor's announcement that local authorities will be expected to sell off 'expensive' council homes has been met with less enthusiasm

DWP allows £45 million LHA increase

05 December, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has committed £45 million to allow housing benefit for private tenants to rise in certain areas

Housing association to share rent payment data of 36,000 tenants to help build credit history

04 December, 2013

Asra Housing Group is to share rent payment data as part of the national Rental Exchange

Real London Lives project shows 80% in HAs are working

04 December, 2013

4 in 5 people living in housing association homes in the capital go to work each day

Landlords being ripped off by up to £500 by lettings agents

04 December, 2013

Rogue letting agents are pocketing profits of as much as 600 per cent by ripping off landlords with hidden costs

Government urged to remove borrowing cap so councils can build new homes

04 December, 2013

Parts of the country with thousands of families languishing on social housing waiting lists are being prevented from building council housing

£120m social housing contract for green deal provider

03 December, 2013

A green deal provider has secured a £120 million contract to provide solar panels to social housing clients across England and Wales

UK's most successful empty home scheme celebrates milestone

03 December, 2013

A council's long-running empty homes scheme has now brought a landmark 3,027 properties back into use

Registered Social Landlords

03 December, 2013

A report providing information on lets made by Registered Social Landlords in 2012/13 has been released by Scotland's Chief Statistician

Sub-letting tenants could face prison

03 December, 2013

New legislation carries a 2 year sentence or fine of up to £5,000

Experts claim social landlord assets undervalued by £14bn

02 December, 2013

Housing association assets are undervalued by more than £14 billion

Newcastle landlord launches 'rent to own' scheme

02 December, 2013

A Newcastle MP has backed a 'rent to own' scheme for white goods, furniture and electronic gadgets

Council to prioritise housing for locals and armed forces whilst punishing bad behaviour

29 November, 2013

Southwark Council has decided to prioritise its social housing to people with a local connection and members of the armed forces

A Brief Guide to Rents for Social Housing from 2015-16

29 November, 2013

Main changes to the legislation to the Social Rent Policy that the Government are proposing

Universal Credit pathfinder evaluation: interim results from the Universal Credit claimant survey, wave 1

29 November, 2013

Interim results from the Universal Credit pathfinder evaluation claimant survey, wave 1, conducted between August 2013 and October 2013

Councils may be asked to return HRA cash

29 November, 2013

Cash-strapped councils that topped up their ailing general funds with millions of pounds of rent money could be forced to return the cash

Build-to-rent tenants jump queue for family-size homes

28 November, 2013

Faced with a 10-year wait for scarce two- and three-bed houses, group in London will help build 10 to rent themselves

Call to extend new fire rules to social landlords

26 November, 2013

A new fire safety scheme where businesses can select just one fire authority to set regulations 'must' be extended to social landlords

Payday loans to be capped by government

26 November, 2013

The cost of payday loans will be capped by the government in new legislation aimed at stopping companies charging huge rates of interest

Housing association surpluses soar by 60 per cent to nearly £1 billion

22 November, 2013

The combined surpluses of Britain's 30 biggest housing associations by number of homes owned soared to almost £1 billion in 2012/13

Politicians slam strict housing bill measures

22 November, 2013

Measures to tackle rogue landlords may have to be watered down to allow the housing bill to pass through the Welsh Assembly

Maxed Out - Serious Personal Debt in Britain

20 November, 2013

Centre for Social Justice Report

Green Deal take-up passes 1,000 mark

20 November, 2013

The number of people agreeing to take up the government's Green Deal on home energy has passed the 1,000 barrier

Archbishop attacks UK food poverty

20 November, 2013

John Sentamu calls for 'more equitable, more caring world' and questions effects of government's welfare reforms

Over 1,000 households now signed up to Green Deal

19 November, 2013

Over 1,000 households had signed up to the government's Green Deal by the end of October

Fall in Scottish homelessness applications

19 November, 2013

The number of people seeking help for homelessness has fallen by 11% to 9,474 in the past year

Welsh housing bill could be defeated over PRS registration

18 November, 2013

Provisions to register private sector landlords in the long-awaited Welsh Housing Bill could be defeated

Buy-to-Let Index

15 November, 2013

Oct 13

Council offices to become food bank

15 November, 2013

Camden Council is allowing some of its empty offices to become storage facilities for food banks, meeting a rise in demand from households across the borough

Help to buy no problem for landlords

14 November, 2013

Private landlords are unworried about the affect the Government's Help to Buy scheme will have on the private-rental sector

High-rate 0845 phone tariffs for government services 'inappropriate'

11 November, 2013

Whitehall says that UK's poorest and most vulnerable must not be forced to use higher rate phone lines

Landlords seek changes to new immigration bill

11 November, 2013

The Government is listening to industry concerns that the proposed immigration bill may unfairly penalise landlords and letting agents

Many English councils plan to increase tax, survey suggests

07 November, 2013

Almost a third of all English councils plan to increase council tax next year despite a government cash incentive to freeze it

Q&A: Universal credit and the benefits overhaul

07 November, 2013

The introduction of the government's flagship universal credit benefit - a new payment that marks the biggest overhaul

Benefit sanctions - ending the 'somthing for nothing' culture

06 November, 2013

Latest figures show Jobseeker's Allowance claimants who failed to do enough to find work had their benefits payments suspended 580,000 times

Government IT systems 'main reason' for increased benefit fraud, auditor says

06 November, 2013

Soaring housing benefit fraud in Northern Ireland was a result of new IT systems introduced by the UK government

Single mothers lose legal challenge to benefit cap

05 November, 2013

Three single mothers and their children have lost a legal challenge to the government's benefit cap

How the Poundbury project became a model for innovation

04 November, 2013

For 20 years, the Prince of Wales's housing scheme in Dorset has led the way on green energy and social housing

'Millions' owed to Scottish councils in housing arrears

04 November, 2013

Scottish councils believe they are owed more than £3m in rent arrears brought about by recent changes to housing benefit, according to BBC research

Social landlord and partners provide affordable broadband for tenants

04 November, 2013

Scotland's largest housing association has teamed up with BT and the Scottish Government to give its residents affordable broadband

Checking tenants immigration status would create 'hostile' environment for landlords

31 October, 2013

A government scheme to make landlords check the immigration status of their residents will foster an 'underclass of rogue operators'

Universal Credit scheme rolls out

28 October, 2013

The government's flagship welfare reform - Universal Credit - is starting the next phase of its national launch but far more slowly than intended

Addressing the poverty premium - Approaches to regulation

13 June, 2013

JRHT and Consumer Futures report

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