New evictions to be banned during coronavirus ‘national emergency’

Landlords will be banned from evicting tenants during the coronavirus “national emergency” after the government rushed through legislation to help renters who may face financial difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.


Tenants will be able to sue landlords if homes are cold or mouldy under new law

Tenants in England will have more powers to hold landlords who rent out substandard properties to account later this month as the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act comes into force.


Government urged to scale back buy-to-let taxes to reduce costs to tenants

The government has been urged to implement pro-private rental sector policies in April’s Budget in order to promote long term investment in the private rental sector and reduce costs for tenants.


Government confirm abolition of no-fault evictions but landlords given greater re-possession powers

The new Conservative government has abolished no-fault evictions and introduced lifetime deposits under new legislation aimed at improving the rental market in England.


Majority of tenants happy to stay renting

The majority of tenants are happy to keep renting, with older renters the least interested in buying a house in the near future, a new survey has revealed.


Landlords charging ‘pet rent’ to offset fees ban

Landlords are charging tenants with pets up to £50 a month extra in a bid to recoup losses following the ban on letting fees and the cap on five-week deposits.


Private tenants are happy in their rented homes – and are paying less

Private tenants are happy in their rented homes, are staying longer and are paying less for them, according to new official figures.


Millions of low-income renters risk financial difficulties due to lack of insurance

Millions of renters are at risk of financial difficulties because they are not sufficiently insured, according to a new report.


Rise in fraudulent rental applications

Letting agents are being urged to be vigilant and use only bonafide reference companies as new data reveals fake or fraudulent rental applications have risen by 117% in the past 12 months.


Proposals to allow renters to transfer deposits directly between landlords back on the table

Plans to introduce a scheme that would allow deposits to move between landlords instead of tenants putting down cash lump sum at the beginning of each tenancy, are being proposed by the government.


Rentguard Issues


  • Majority of landlords have helped tenants during coronavirus crisis
  • Rental crisis deepens with over 300,000 tenants late with rent payments
  • Rentguard’s administration fees