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Landlords ‘persecuted’ by local authorities

Landlords ‘persecuted’ by local authorities

Buy to let landlords are being “persecuted” by local authorities. This is according to a new investigation by the Telegraph, which spoke to landlords and trade bodies about what the Residential Landlords Association described...




2013 – Moving towards regulation in a growing market

2013 – Moving towards regulation in a growing market

Looking back on the newsletter that I wrote this time last year, many of the topics are still being discussed such as regulation of the industry.  Predictions of rents rising and increased demand have...




November round up of the private rented sector

November round up of the private rented sector

Through the year there has been continuous calls from various bodies for regulation of letting agents, and this month is no different with Arla calling on the Chancellor to regulate agents working in the expanding...




Government takes more steps to force all letting agents to join redress scheme

Government takes more steps to force all letting agents to join redress scheme

The requirement for all letting and managing agents in England to belong to an ombudsman scheme as from next year has come closer. Yesterday, the Government set out its measures, saying: “Compulsory redress schemes...




New advertising rules kick in – but are many agents taking notice?

New advertising rules kick in – but are many agents taking notice?

As from last Friday, letting agents should be displaying their up-front, non-refundable charges to tenants on advertising. So are they?




October round up of the private rented sector

October round up of the private rented sector

Regulation Proposed regulation of the private rented sector has been ongoing this month.  Building on announcements at the Conservative Party conference, Eric Pickles “plans include forcing letting agents to join a redress scheme allowing...




Shelter’s ‘reforms’ would ruin private rented sector, says RLA

Shelter’s ‘reforms’ would ruin private rented sector, says RLA

Longer tenancies would “fatally undermine” the private rented sector, says a new report published this morning. Professor Michael Ball says the proposals, from Shelter, are poorly thought out. He also criticises calls to link...




Landlords face £188m in tenant immigration check costs

Landlords face £188m in tenant immigration check costs

Landlords could face extra costs of up to £188m over the next ten years if laws requiring them to check tenants’ immigration status come into force. According to the government’s impact assessment, the cost...




Lettings industry reform does not go far enough

Lettings industry reform does not go far enough

It is good news that the UK government is going ahead with its Tenants Charter that will better protect renters from the worst excesses of rogue landlords and lettings agents and it is much...