Short-notice evictions to be scraped in shake-up of private rental sector

Landlord representatives have warned of the “serious dangers” of the government’s decision to abolish snap evictions in England, which will prevent landlords being able to evict tenants at short notice.

Landlords urged to adapt to new London lettings landscape

Landlords in London are being urged to adapt to a changing lettings landscape in the capital as tenants’ needs shift.   A new study by London agency Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward found that while tenants in the capital still want to buy their own property, many are resigned to renting long-term but are looking for stability in the short-term...

Petition to ban ‘no DSS’ adverts hits 40 thousand signatures

A petition calling for Rightmove to end ‘no tenants on benefits’ adverts has reached 40,000 signatures.   The petition is the latest measure to outlaw the advertising practice of ‘no DSS’ tenants and was launched on 38 Degrees, a not-for-profit political activism organisation.

Online letting community pays tenants to find replacements

The founders of a new online lettings community that rewards tenants with one week’s rent for finding and liaising with prospective renters, believe it will help landlords avoid void periods.

Bill to help renters’ improve credit score blocked

The prime minister has been accused of failing to help renters improve their credit rating after a Bill aimed at ensuring rental and council tax payment history, are taken into account when assessing a person’s creditworthiness was blocked in the Commons.   Former cabinet minister Justine Greening said Theresa May has failed to respond to her calls to secure...

Pest problems more common in rented accommodation

The majority of homes that have encountered pest problems are let as rented accommodation, a new study has shown.

Landlords must allow ‘reasonable and necessary’ alterations for disabled tenants following ruling

Landlords must now allow disabled leaseholders to adapt their homes to their needs following a landmark discrimination case.   The court ruled in favour of disabled tenant Stacey Smailes, 33, who was forced to move out of her home after her landlord refused to make concessions to the clause in their lease which prohibited alternations.

Letting agency hits back at claims they demanded hundreds of pounds to view a property

A letting agency has hit back at claims they demanded hundreds of pounds from would-be-tenants just to view a property. The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme accused letting agent Flintons of asking clients to pay £300 before they had even seen the property.

A survey reveals how to improve the rental market for tenants!

New YouGov survey of just over 2,000 people was conducted by rental marketplace TheHouseShop and it has revealed what those who rent believe would make life better for tenants. Things such as landlord licensing, an open and searchable database of rogue landlords and improvement to rent controls were all quite high on the list of responses that tenants suggest...

One in 10 landlords has no tenancy agreement with their tenants

One in 10 private landlords have no formal tenancy agreement in place with their tenants, according to new research. Where contracts are in place, landlords may be unknowingly asking tenants to sign documents that are not legally compliant. The research suggests that often landlords employ letting agents when they first rent out the property and then use the old...

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