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The Rights and Wrongs of Rented Property Security

The question of who has the right to change the locks on a rented property is a tricky one. On the one hand, the landlord owns the property, and so common sense would suggest that only they have the right to make substantive changes, such...

Tenant fee ban and how this will impact landlords

On 1 June 2019 the Tenant Fee Act (2019) will come into force. While some landlords seem oblivious to the repercussions of the act, it will have a major impact upon the way in which landlords find and manage their tenants. The idea is to...

Top pet-friendly renting tips for landlords and tenants

Pet-friendly rentals are growing in popularity, as reflected by Zoopla’s latest analysed search data from its keyword property search tool, which revealed the nation’s most sought-after features of a rental home. The research found that the search term ‘pets’ ranked as the third most popular across Great Britain...

Zoopla to stop rental listings discriminating against benefits claimants

Zoopla will no longer allow letting agents and landlords to issue ‘blanket bans against tenants in receipt of housing-related benefits’ after announcing that it will end ‘No DSS’ wording in rental adverts. The move follows on from the government’s decision to clampdown on buy-to-let landlords and letting...

Selective licensing of private landlords (England & Wales)

This briefing paper explains the history and operation of selective licensing schemes for private rented properties since local authorities in England and Wales acquired the power to introduce them in April 2006. The Government is currently conducting an independent review of selective licensing with a...

Chancellor urged to ‘breathe life back into the private landlord sector’

Buy-to-let landlords believe that today’s Spring Statement provides the chancellor Philip Hammond with an opportunity to bolster activity in the buy-to-let market, which has continued to slow primarily due to the previous chancellor’s tax changes. A number of tax and regulatory changes have hit landlords’ profits over...

Tax tips for buy to let landlords

The business of buying and letting property can be compared to playing three dimensional chess. Decisions made at one stage will affect the tax payable, and the deductions allowable for tax, at later points in the property business life-cycle. There are plenty of traps to trip-up...

Banning ‘No DSS’ in adverts is a waste of time, says leading solicitor

“Earlier this month the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced a number of measures aimed at further tackling homelessness, including funding to help potential new tenants with rental or first month rent payments. However, it was a different measure that dominated the headlines...

Stop indulging councils over rental licensing and local schemes

It’s time, surely, for government to crackdown not just on rogue agents and landlords but on rogue councils that confuse the public over the private rental sector. At the moment, there are reasonably clear national guidelines (well, national usually to England, with narrow differences in Wales...

Labour would force UK landlords to offer indefinite tenancies

A Labour government would oblige private landlords to offer tenancies of indefinite length, based on the German system, in an attempt to give renters more security. The plan, announced by the shadow housing secretary, John Healey, would seek to protect tenants from arbitrary eviction without having to give...

Having a tenant from hell – it can make or break you as a landlord

Last month, during filming for the next series of ‘Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords’ (due to air on Channel 5 later this year), we carried out an eviction in Cardiff. Although Landlord Action features in a programme with the term ‘rogue landlord’ in the title, I’m a little tired...

Right To Rent Ruling Leads To Landlord Chaos

Right to Rent rules for landlords have been thrown in to chaos after the government lost a challenge against the legislation in the High Court. A judge found Right to Rent rules in England breached human rights laws and warned rolling out the scheme to the...

Councils need the funds to tackle rogue landlords

Over two-thirds of councils across England and Wales did not undertake any prosecutions against private landlords last year, according to freedom of information data gathered by the Residential Landlords Association. And of those with selective licensing schemes in operation, which some argue raise standards, 42% had...

Buy-to-let landlords cool on property purchases

Philip Hammond is once again being urged to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms as they are having far-reaching implications for the private rented sector. The government has long been warned that its plans to strip buy-to-let landlords of mortgage interest tax...

‘Right to Rent’ checks breach human rights – High Court

Rules aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from renting properties are "discriminatory" and breach human rights laws, the High Court has ruled. The "Right to Rent" scheme, which requires landlords to check the immigration status of tenants, was introduced in England in 2016. Judges said it would be...