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Labour MP Stephen Timms has asked Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to commit to five measures to tighten controls on the private rental sector. Timms wants:  - The Housing Act to be amended to protect renters who have lost income during the Coronavirus pandemic; - The Renters Reform Bill to be introduced as soon...
Posted: March 1, 2021, 8:00 am
The leader of the Generation Rent campaign group has joined forces with tenant activists to demand the Chancellor gives financial support to renters in Wednersday's Budget. Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of Generation Rent, says: “Households in arrears face an impossible choice every month: pay the rent, borrow, or go without essentials....
Posted: March 1, 2021, 8:00 am
A call has gone out for the overhaul of the Green Homes Grant scheme, which so far has left thousands of landlords and owner occupiers without hoped-for funding for energy improvements.  As part of its Net Zero greenhouse gas target for 2050, the government is proposing to increase the required Energy...
Posted: March 1, 2021, 8:00 am
A gas engineer was shocked to come across a large cannabis grow in a rental property after being called to change the meter. He rang the police having smelt a strong smell of the drugs from a house in Blidworth, Nottinghamshire.  Officers were alerted and managed to gain entry to the property and...
Posted: March 1, 2021, 8:00 am
Owners of apparently empty or under-utilised properties in a prime London area are being asked to bring them into use to help tackle a local area’s housing shortage. Kensington and Chelsea council says it will be contacting landlords of empty homes to encourage them to offer the properties to those in...
Posted: March 1, 2021, 8:00 am
Landlords are exiting the office on greater numbers since the government called for a review of Capital Gains Tax last year, claims Zoopla. The portal’s head of research, Grainne Gilmore, says the proportion of previously rented properties listed for sale on the site has risen. The percentage of homes on the market that were...
Posted: February 26, 2021, 8:00 am
A councillor has criticised an MP who came out in favour of landlords in a dispute over licensing. Earlier this week Landlord Today reported on how Tory MP James Duddridge, who represents Rochford and Southend East, criticised the local Southend council for proposing a controversial licensing scheme. The MP said at the time: “It will disincentivise new landlords...
Posted: February 26, 2021, 8:00 am
Tenants at a Newcastle-upon-Tyne Build To Rent scheme are being offered deposit alternatives by the developer-cum-management firm, The High Street Group. The development, called Hadrian’s Tower, completed towards the end of last year and tenants have been told they need only pay a one-off check-in fee of £24 if they sign...
Posted: February 26, 2021, 8:00 am
A council says grants of up to £10,000 are available to landlords to refurbish homes which could ensure vulnerable people in the area have a roof over their heads. Wigan council wants to form partnerships with landlords owning one bedroom apartments, self-contained flats or studios in the area.  Grant funding is available via...
Posted: February 26, 2021, 8:00 am
A London council is running what it describes as “an innovative project” to help private tenants reclaim rent from landlords who fall foul of licensing rules.  Tower Hamlets council in London claims thatover £200,000 has been reclaimed for tenants under the Rent Repayment Order project, which holds landlords to account if...
Posted: February 25, 2021, 8:00 am
New simplified rental contracts are to be introduced from spring 2022 in Wales with minimum notice periods for evictions extended from two to six months in most cases. In addition landlords will be prevented from serving notice at all for the first six months of a tenant’s contract.  However, Welsh landlords will...
Posted: February 25, 2021, 8:00 am
It might be thought that banks have made significant mistakes of their own in the recent past - including triggering the global financial crisis a decade ago. However, this has not stopped the private and commercial bank Arbuthnot Latham setting out what it sees as 10 mistakes which cause stress, lost...
Posted: February 25, 2021, 8:00 am
A PropTech supplier claims landlords and letting agents can now offer tenants a new service potentially boosting credit scores with Equifax and Experian by ‘reporting’ rent payments.   The product is available via the Tenant Shop referencing service. Called MyCreditBooster, it provides verification of rental payments via open-source banking and the team...
Posted: February 25, 2021, 8:00 am
Landlords currently buying properties and concerned they may not make the March 31 stamp duty holiday deadline have good news - there’s likely to be an extension. The Times has an exclusive that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will extend the tax break until the end of June in order to avoid as...
Posted: February 25, 2021, 8:00 am
A Conservative MP is weighing in, in support of landlords arguing against a £700 licensing fee by the local council.  James Duddridge, MP for Rochford and Southend East, says: “Southend Council already has the powers to tackle rogue landlords, and I am afraid this proposal is just a tax on the town’s...
Posted: February 24, 2021, 8:00 am
Generation Rent campaign activists say 700,000 private tenants on Universal Credit cannot afford to pay their rent. The campaign - led by Baroness Alicia Kennedy - says new figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show 715,326 households in Great Britain could not cover their rent in full with the...
Posted: February 24, 2021, 8:00 am
The landlords’ trade body says the tax system needs reforming to support energy improvements in the private rental sector. The intervention by the National Residential Landlords Association comes as Chancellor Rishi Sunak is putting the final touches to next week’s Budget amidst swirling speculation over the government’s flagship Green Homes Grant...
Posted: February 24, 2021, 8:00 am
All of Leaders Romans 130 branches are to be listed on a comparison website, Rentround. The site describes itself as “connecting landlords with letting agents” by comparing agent fees, services, locations, and trade group affiliations. The Leaders, Romans, Scott Fraser, Outlook Property and Moginie James brands under the group’s umbrella have all...
Posted: February 24, 2021, 8:00 am
Two landlords have to pay almost £8,000 for letting their flats in defiance of a Prohibition Order.  The order came into force in September 2015 prohibiting some East London premises from being used for residential purposes. This came after an inspection by a Tower Hamlets council environmental health officer found the...
Posted: February 24, 2021, 8:00 am
A landlord in south west of England has been given a nine month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, following a serious fire in her HMO. Just a single smoke alarm was found by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service officers in the property which housed up to seven people, owned...
Posted: February 23, 2021, 8:00 am