Tagged: tenancies

Contrasting views on the impact of tenant fees

Contrasting views on the impact of tenant fees

Shelter today claimed that new research has shown that a ban in Scotland on agents charging tenant fees has had no negative impact on letting agents, landlords or tenants and a similar ban should...




Retaliatory eviction law considered by government

Retaliatory eviction law considered by government

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is considering introducing legislation to outlaw ‘retaliatory eviction’ of tenants who complain to their landlords about poor housing conditions. Jonathan Bramhall of the DCLG’s private sector...




PRS campaigners release renter’s manifesto

PRS campaigners release renter’s manifesto

Generation Rent has released a renter’s manifesto – and is now asking for people’s views and additional proposals as well as suggestions for other solutions.




Tenant immigration checks mandatory from October

Tenant immigration checks mandatory from October

The checking of prospective tenants’ immigration status by landlords and agents is set to become mandatory in October. Landlords – or their agents – will have to request to see at least one document...




Labour’s plans could dissuade investment in construction

Labour’s plans could dissuade investment in construction

A pledge to introduce rent controls by the Labour party could dissuade companies from investing in the construction of homes for rent, two big landlords have warned. Andrew Cunningham, chief executive of Grainger Plc, voiced concern...




Cleanliness main reason for security deposit disputes

Cleanliness main reason for security deposit disputes

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has highlighted increasing security deposit disputes due to the unacceptable condition in which many tenants vacate properties at the end of their tenancies. The main disputes centre on...




Sound, social policy, or simply a strategy to win votes?

Sound, social policy, or simply a strategy to win votes?

The Residential Landlords Association says that Labour’s plans to abolish fees paid by tenants to letting agents are political posturing and are not based on sound, evidence-based policy. They suggest that the only way...




Private landlords in the minority when it comes to repossession of property

Private landlords in the minority when it comes to repossession of property

Official figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) showed that between January and March landlords in England and Wales went to court to make 47,220 claims to repossess property – the equivalent of 525...




Much needed legislation or an attempt to attract votes?

Much needed legislation or an attempt to attract votes?

Labour’s leader, Ed Miliband, has called for longer-term tenancies and rent controls within the private rented sector. Has he however focused too heavily on tenants and forgotten about landlords and letting agents? On the...




30% rise in section 21 possession claims reported

30% rise in section 21 possession claims reported

Landlord Action says tackling ‘retaliatory eviction’ needs more resource to guarantee accuracy. Landlord Action’s latest figures show a 30% rise in claims for possession under Section 21 over the last six months, raising concerns...