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Am I my Tenant’s keeper?

In a legal first, Trading Standards successfully prosecuted a landlord for knowing or suspecting that his property was being used for criminal activity.  The property was a corner shop that was being used to trade illicit cigarettes. Over the years Trading Standards had conducted several raids...

Winning the war against rogue landlords

After much campaigning by the likes of Generation Rent and Shelter, the government has vowed to scrap section 21 notices, also known as ‘no fault’ evictions. These allowed landlords to evict people from their homes without justification and with as little as eight-weeks notice, and have...

The 15 new rules tenants and landlords need to know about renting

Millions of tenants will be prevented from no-fault evictions in a landmark government announcement. In what has been described as one of the biggest overhauls for renters, landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants from their homes at short notice without good reason under...

Banning no-fault evictions in England—will it work?

Plans to end no-fault evictions ‘biggest shake-up’ in a long time.  Under government plans, private landlords in England will no longer be able to quickly evict their tenants without a good reason for doing so. The government intends to consult on the scrapping of section 21, which allows...

Is this the end of amateur buy-to-let landlords?

Amateur buy-to-let landlords are being forced out of the market after lucrative tax breaks were scrapped and reduced the amount of finance available.  In 2007, banks authorised 16,000 loans every month for buy-to-let investors. In February, that figure has fallen to 4,800.  According to figures from UK...

Do we need a specialist housing court?

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government published a call for evidence in November 2018 stating that: ‘The government wants to explore whether a specialist housing court could make it easier for all users of court and tribunal services to resolve disputes, reduce delays...

Agents defend housing benefit restrictions in rental adverts to MPs

Lettings agents have defended the use of “No DSS” phrases in property listings, claiming landlords are often following instructions from their mortgage lenders or insurer. MPs on the Work and Pensions Committee heard evidence from agents, banks and tenants yesterday as part of an inquiry into...

Why we need renters’ unions

The experience of privately renting a house in the UK is terrible. Not just a little bit bad, but absolutely awful, worse than renting in almost any other rich country. In London it is not uncommon to meet people who have not managed to stay anywhere...

How the Tenant Fees Act affects UK landlords

rom June 1, 2019, the Tenant Fees Act comes into force, in England. For landlords who use agents, it is important to understand the implications, as one possible outcome is that agents could increase fees elsewhere. Andrew Turner, chief executive at Commercial Trust Limited, looks at the...

Letting agencies warned of legislation to end use of ‘no DSS’ ads

Commons committee compares use of such ads to a “hostile environment” for tenants on benefits. A Commons committee has called on landlords to end “no DSS” clauses in rental ads – comparing them to the notorious “no blacks, no Irish, no dogs” notices of the past. If...

Beware the £470m home rental tax trap

But experts say the move could lead to a rush of house sales over the next 12 months as landlords look to flee the buy-to-let market before April.  This sudden increase in supply could, in turn, even cause house prices in some areas to fall. An accidental...

Are no fault evictions a ‘disaster’ for landlords?

In what they have described as ‘the biggest change to the private rental sector for a generation’, the government has unveiled plans to hold a consultation on their proposal to abolish ‘no-fault evictions’. The proposals are part of the government’s promise to tackle the housing crisis,...

Landlord Gas Safety Certificate Required At The Start Of The Tenancy

A recent case caught my eye. Since the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations of 1998 came into force and were later changed by Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Amendment Regulations 2018 introduced on 6th April 2018, I have spent long hours explaining to landlords...

Banning Orders Flop: not even one issued after 12 months

A Freedom of Information request by The Guardian newspaper has produced the startling admission from government that not even one landlord has been issued with a banning order in the first year the measure was in existence. Last April the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local...

How landlords can comply with licensing schemes

The Private Rental Sector (PRS) is undergoing a revolution. Key to this sector are Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs): properties with 3 or more people, forming 2 or more households. HMOs often have the potential to generate higher yields for landlords than standard single dwellings...

Government softens blow of ‘no fault’ eviction ban proposals

Following yesterday’s announcement from the government that it is to ban Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions by landlords and letting agents, further proposals to soften the blow of the shock announcement have been revealed. The more complicated Section 8 eviction process is to be amended to...

What parts of the home do people neglect to clean?

End of tenancy cleaning is the single biggest cause of deposit deductions, which is why having a cleaning checklist to ensure your property is in a good condition is important for both landlords and tenants. When a tenant moves out of their rental property, they are...