Landlords are finding it difficult to get a handle on the right to rent rules, with some saying that they are now less likely to accept tenants without a British passport, so they do not fall foul of the regulations. According to a Residential Landlords Association survey, 43 per cent said they were less likely […]

Plans are in hand to license every privately-rented property in the Nottingham City Authority area, at a cost of £600 per property. The city council is planning a new licensing scheme affecting 26,250 properties, to improve standards in the private rental sector. Residents, tenants, landlords, letting agents and other interested parties have a chance to […]

Whilst some local authorities have either implemented landlord licensing schemes or are holding consultations about them, one council in Cambridgeshire has shelved the plans entirely. Plans for the scheme in Wisbech have been abandoned, after a vote in favour of the scheme was lost at another meeting. The Conservative group, which has a majority on […]

We’ve released v4.9 of our Property Inventory & Inspection App: InventoryBase Go This release focuses on a couple of key improvements to attachments and photos: 1. View previous/original photos to compare and re-take Now you can view the photos from the previous inspection, or the original Check In when you’re conducting a Check Out. This […]

More people will be renting long-term in the future, a survey has shown. This trend for renting rather than buying will accelerate, because property prices continue to rise much faster than wage increases, which means buying is no longer an option for many people. According to a survey of 1,000 tenants by the Deposit Protection […]

Tighter borrowing rules and affordability tests for buy-to-let financing introduced by the Bank of England have led to landlords finding other means of investing in this sector. A survey by bridging loan lender MTF has revealed that 84 per cent of brokers asked could not source a buy-to-let mortgage for some clients in the last […]

No-one can doubt that it’s going to be an interesting year for landlords. We have yet to see what Brexit will mean to the international market and this, coupled with the tax changes coming into force, could bring further turbulence in the buy-to-let sector. Although the government has put obstacles in the way of rental […]

Luxury rental properties are still proving to be very popular, as buyers and sellers play the waiting game to see what Brexit means to the market. Top boutique London estate agency JLL, formerly W.A. Ellis, says activity at the higher end of the rental market has defied the slowdown which usually takes place just before […]

Landlords renting out older homes could soon face another financial headache, as data by Quick Move Now reveals that by 2018, nearly one in 10 properties could be unrentable if the proposed 2015 Energy Efficiency Regulations gets the go-ahead. These regulations set minimum energy efficiency standards for homes in England and Wales, which will make […]

A debate is raging over whether tenants who fail to pay their rent or cause damage should be ‘named and shamed’ in a register of rogue tenants. The idea was mooted in a Spectator blog, by freelance journalist and former Landlord Today editor, Emma Lunn. She compares shoplifting from a supermarket to non-payment of rent. […]

A recent consultation, for buy-to-let landlords to have their say on proposed changes to Houses in Multiple Occupation and residential property licence reforms, has now ended. The survey, conducted by the Department for Communities and Local Government, was held ahead of proposals to amend existing legislation and increase the number of homes in England which […]

Proptech companies are booming as they find favour with millennials, who conduct much of their business online, and other generations who like the convenience. These companies are merging to create even bigger businesses and they are attracting billions in funding as well as seeing their shares do well. Recently, online estate agent Purplebricks has seen […]

An interesting paper has been prepared into the rental sector in the United Kingdom, which would bring about best practice, regulations for letting agents and statutory minimum standards for residential letting agents. These recommendations, in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Rented Sector Policy Paper for England, would improve the lives of landlords and tenants […]

The end of the year is an ideal time to review how your property portfolio has performed through 2016. Are there some properties which are more profitable than others? Do some homes need an overhaul, modernising or upgrading? Can any be extended or revamped? Do some need offloading because they are a drain on financial […]

Whilst the majority of tenants are decent and treat property with respect, there are those who can cause a lot of damage. They think nothing of smashing doors, breaking windows or damaging carpets. They may have had parties or simply not been bothered when something gets broken, because it is not their property. Many landlords […]