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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...




Taxman offers free online training to combat tax avoidance

Taxman offers free online training to combat tax avoidance

HMRC is offering free, online training to landlords to assist in the preparation of tax returns. Aimed at combating tax avoidance, the scheme is targeting landlords who have not registered to pay tax, or...




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.




Buy-to-let sector looks set to continue its recent rapid expansion

Buy-to-let sector looks set to continue its recent rapid expansion

Six out of ten landlords are suitably impressed with current rental yields that they are considering expanding their portfolios within the next six months, according to a survey by specialist mortgage broker Mortgages for...




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...




The Latest Buy-to-Let Index from LSL Property Services

The Latest Buy-to-Let Index from LSL Property Services

David Brown, commercial director of LSL Property Services, analyses the company’s latest Buy-to-Let Index, discussing a variety of issues, such as rents by region, yields and returns, and tenant finances. He also presents a...




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...




Renting – a more attractive option than buying?

Renting – a more attractive option than buying?

The latest Countrywide Residential Monthly Lettings index shows that whilst rents have risen by an average of 3.7% over the past year, rising house prices mean the cost of renting relative to buying has...




Over half of UK homes to be rented by 2032

Over half of UK homes to be rented by 2032

A new report by IMLA has revealed for the first time in 60 years over half of all homes in the UK will be rented out by 2032. The IMLA report identifies multiple trends...