News Archive

News Archive

19th November 2019

Latest Rental Index October 2019

Average rents across the UK rose by 2.7% in October 2019 when compared to the same month a year previously; the average monthly rent is now £953.

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18th November 2019

Labour drops Right to Buy plans

Labour drops plans to allow tenants to buy out private landlords.

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18th November 2019

HMRC quiz tenants over landlords' tax

Tenants are being asked about the tax status of their landlords by HMRC.

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15th November 2019

Rent Controls

The Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said he is 'not in favour' of rent controls.

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14th November 2019

London council calls for ban on lettings boards

Camden Council has outlined plans to ban all 'to let' signs in the borough.

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14th November 2019

NEF proposals on private rental sector

New Economic Foundation has come up with proposals to scrap Section 21 eviction powers and cap rents.

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14th November 2019

RICS issues a warning to government

A stark warning to government to stop meddling in the private rental sector.

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13th November 2019

Council to trail digital checks on agents

Nottingham city council is leading the trial of a new digital platform that checks if agents, landlords and properties are compliant.

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13th November 2019

Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019

A consultation on default fees and prescribed information for holding deposits in the private rented sector.

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12th November 2019

Stability in the buy-to-let market

The latest report from Paragon has revealed buy-to-let borrowing is stable despite a slowdown in the overall mortgage market.

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11th November 2019

Proportion of overseas based landlords halves since 2010

The proportion of homes let by an international landlord in Great Britain has halved.

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8th November 2019

Sadiq Khan repeats his call for rent controls

Renters in Islington are paying £3000.00 a year more than they were in 2012, new figures show

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8th November 2019

Scottish Government to clampdown on Airbnb properties

Number of Airbnb properties triples in three years.

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8th November 2019

Citizen Advice calls on government to reform the rental sector

Citizens Advice wants the next government to take action and alter the private rental sector in favour of tenants.

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7th November 2019

Landlord found guilty following a breach of HMO licencing rules

The buy-to-let landlord in Lincolnshire has been ordered to pay £1,200.

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7th November 2019

Landlords plan to use limited companies to buy property

Almost two-thirds of landlords planning to add to their portfolio will use limited companies to buy property.

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7th November 2019

Third of renters believe they will rent for life

Around 40 per cent of tenants currently in the private rental sector believe they will never be able to buy their own home.

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7th November 2019

Labour tones down tenant Right to Buy plan

Labour's John McDonnell has toned down the proposal to oblige landlords to sell their buy to let properties to tenants which was unveiled in September.

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6th November 2019

HomeLet and LetAlliance merge as impact of tenant fees ban is felt across industry

HomeLet, Rentshield and Let Alliance will now all operate under the Barbon insurance broker umbrella.

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6th November 2019

Social housing in Scotland to be more energy efficient

Tenants across Scotland to benefit from £3 million in funding.

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6th November 2019

A shortage in home lets is driving up rental prices to record levels

The pool of rental properties is shrinking and as a result rental prices are rising.

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6th November 2019

Private Rented Sector Innovation and Enforcement Grant

The government's prospectus details how local authorities can access the Private Rented Sector Innovation and Enforcement Grant funding.

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5th November 2019

Manchester council invite agents to suggest ways on improving rental sector policies

Lettings agents are being invited to tell the big city council how to improve its private rental sector strategy.

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5th November 2019

RLA - Regulations imposed on landlords increase by a third

The number of laws creating an obligation on private landlords has increased by 32 percent since 2010.

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5th November 2019

Housing Minister unveils £30 Million boost for 'Construction Corridor'

The government is developing a construction industry which will deliver Carbon Free Homes and create jobs & career opportunities for a new workforce.

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30th October 2019

Landlord fined almost £6000.00 by Ashford Borough Council

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay almost £6,000 after the council was unable to determine if his property was occupied by multiple tenants.

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25th October 2019

PRS Landlord electrical checks look likely from 2020

The government has laid further regulations under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

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24th October 2019

£38 million Homes England funding

Government housing agency Homes England has agreed funding deals worth £38.2 million with six local authorities.

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24th October 2019

UK build-to-rent sector grows by 20 percent year-on-year to 148000 homes

Research published today by the British Property Federation (BPF) shows that there are now 148,046 build-to-rent homes complete, under construction or in planning across the UK

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23rd October 2019

Airbnb probed by UK tax authorities

Home rentals site Airbnb has warned a tax inquiry by HM Revenue & Customs could lead to legal proceedings.

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22nd October 2019

Agents could potentially be sued under selective licensing laws

David Kirwan, from Kirwans law firm, says agents could be prosecuted either alongside or instead of landlords for failing to license properties on their books.

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16th October 2019

Rents rise at half the level of earnings according to a new Zoopla report

Renting a property is becoming more affordable with costs rising at half of the level of earnings growth.

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11th October 2019

UK rents rise below inflation

Average UK rents have risen well below inflation according to the Deposit Protection Service

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10th October 2019

Houses in multiple occupation and residential property licensing reform

Government guidance for local housing authorities on extending mandatory licensing of housing in multiple occupation.

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2nd October 2019

UK's greatest rental price growth over the last five years

Fresh analysis shows that York, Manchester and Ipswich have seen the strongest rental price growth during the five year period.

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30th September 2019

Airbnb landlords abandon short-term letting in Edinburgh

An increasing amount of Airbnb owners are moving away from short-term letting in favour of traditional residential letting.

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26th September 2019

The role of refurbishment in buy to let

Latest reports from InterBay Commercial show landlords spend £12000.00 per refurbishment.

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20th September 2019

More landlords say tenant demand is growing

Some 29% of landlords say that tenant demand is growing or booming.

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20th September 2019

Government consultation to remove Section 21

This consultation seeks views on implementing the government's decision to remove Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and improving section 8 eviction grounds.

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19th September 2019

Reductions in rent arrears due to direct payments to landlords

Direct payment of Universal Credit to landlords contributed the most to reductions in rent arrears

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18th September 2019

RLA and NLA landlord associations to merge

The UK's two largest landlord associations have announced a merger.

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17th September 2019

Average Rent in UK up 2.3%

Rents in Great Britain increased by an average of 2.3% year-on-year in August.

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12th September 2019

Deposits could be made transferable between landlords

Tenants could be permitted to transfer a deposit between landlords when moving property

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4th September 2019

Labour could give private tenants chance to buy their rented homes

A Labour government could bring in a radical 'right-to-buy' scheme for private tenants.

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23rd August 2019

Private Rented Sector (PRS)

Government interference is harming the private rented sector in the UK

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16th August 2019

Council Secures Funding to Target Rogue Landlords

Bristol council have secured nearly £200,000 of funding from the Government's Controlling Migration Fund to tackle rogue landlords who exploit immigrants

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15th August 2019

The Property Ombudsman expels six agencies

Six agencies expelled from TPO after failing to comply with parts of the TPO Codes of Practice

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14th August 2019

Government Blocks Licensing Scheme

Stoke on Trent city council has been refused permission to introduce a licensing scheme...

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14th August 2019

Fees Ban Wales

The fees ban comes into force next month...

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13th August 2019

Universal Credit - Electronic UC47

Volunteer for trial of electronic UC47

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18th June 2019

Landlord Registration - Scotland

On the 16th September 2019 new regulations are due to come into force requiring landlords to provide more detailed information...

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23rd April 2019

Fifth Money Laundering Directive (5MLD)

The government has launched a consultation on updated anti-money laundering

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23rd April 2019

Right Move bans 'No DSS'

Rightmove has fallen in line with Zoopla and is banning the term 'No DSS' from its listings.

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17th April 2019

Intention to end 'No Fault' Section 21 notices

Government announces end to unfair evictions...

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15th April 2019

Update to The Renting Homes (Wales)(Fees, etc) Bill

The ban on fees in Wales will commence on 1st September 2019

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1st April 2019

The Rent Homes (Fees, etc) (Wales) Bill

The bill has passed Stage 4 in the Welsh Assembly...

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1st April 2019

Client Money Protection

From Aptil 1st 2019, all letting agents in England will be required to belong to a 'client money protection scheme'...

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26th March 2019

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

FAH18 came into force on 20th March 2019

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22nd March 2019

Welsh Fee Ban

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.)(Wales) Bill will now progress to stage 4

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15th March 2019

Zoopla to end Housing Benefit Discrimination

People receiving Housing Benefit can no longer be barred...

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1st March 2019

Right to Rent

Right to rent checks breach human rights - High Court

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25th February 2019

Tenant Fees Act 2019

The Government have introduced a 'Tenant Fees Act' which bans fees paid by tenants

The ban on tenant fees will come into effect on 1st June, 2019

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18th January 2019

Making Tax Digital

HMRC's 'Making Tax Digital' Comes Into Effect on the 1st April, 2019

In the first instance, all VAT Registered businesses will be required to use the new Making Tax Digital system to submit VAT returns...

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19th December 2018

Gas Safety Regulations

There is now a degree of flexibility for annual gas checks

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8th October 2018

Section 21 Notice

With effect from Monday 1st October the requirement to serve different forms of the Section 21 notice has changed

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20th September 2018

Scottish Letting Agent Registration

October 1st is the deadline for agents to submit their application to join the Scottish Letting Agent Register

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16th July 2018

Three Year Tenancy Plans

A minimum tenancy term of three years would be introduced under government proposals.

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2nd March 2018

Data Protection

G.D.P.R. Compliance

As you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (G.D.P.R.) comes into force in May this year...

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2nd February 2018

Scottish Legislative Information

From 31st January 2018 all letting agents operating in Scotland must comply with the Letting Agent Code of Practice...

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17th January 2018

UK Banking Regulation Changes to Credit Card Surcharges

As you may be aware, along with other significant changes to the UK Banking Regulations, the charging of fees for payment by credit card...

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14th January 2018

Lettings Legal Update Course

Available throughout February 2018

Presented by Darrel Kwong, the lettings guru, who has trained over 2500 letting agents on the legal and compliance side of lettings. C.A.R.L. clients wishing to take part in the course will receive a further discount...

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26th October 2017

Scottish Legislative Update

Keeping you up to date with changes in the sector

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016...

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