Responses to What’s wrong with letting agents

Last week we posed the question “What’s wrong with letting agents?” The response we received by email and on our Facebook and Twitter pages was huge. Today we publish some of the comments we have been sent. Obviously we are not in a position to independently verify these comments and so we publish them with […]

New smoke alarm legislation for all landlords

From 1 October 2015, new regulations will require landlords to ensure the fire safety of their tenants, as well as offer protection against carbon monoxide poisoning. Landlords will be required to: Install a smoke alarm on every floor of their property Fit a carbon monoxide detector in rooms containing a solid fuel appliance Check that […]

All landlords must check immigration status or face £3,000 fine

Landlords will face £3,000 penalties for failing to monitor the immigration status of their tenants or lodgers, as part of “right to rent” requirements that will apply across England within months. A trial of “right to rent”, introduced in the West Midlands in December, has resulted in one fine being issued to a landlord, who […]

Buy-to-let rents rise as supply falls

Landlord income from buy-to-let income is rising again as demand from tenants outstrips the plunging supply of rental property. The number of rental properties available per estate agency branch fell 7% in May, while a third of agents reported rent increases. Three in four letting agents now predict demand increasing over the next five years, […]

MP introducing measure to identify criminal landlords

A senior member of parliament is today introducing a bill that will make it much easier for authorities to identify criminal landlords. The measure being introduced to parliament by the Conservative MP for Hornchurch and Upminister, Dame Angela Watkinson, would require tenants to provide details of their landlord on council tax registration forms. Under the […]

What’s wrong with Letting Agents?

In the wake of the recent criticism over Foxtons’ attempt to charge a landlord £616 to repair a light fitting and the threat of around one hundred landlords coming together to sue them for a reported £42 million, we thought it might be an idea to ask the question ‘What’s wrong with Letting Agents?’. Let’s […]

Nightmare tenants, slum landlords

Channel 5 exposes sub-letting scam in first of six-part series with Landlord Action. On Wednesday 24th June 2015 at 9pm, Channel 5 will air the first episode of ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’, a six-part series following leading eviction specialists, Landlord Action, and council teams from across Britain, as they deal with the gritty side of […]


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Help catch this bogus landlord

This article is from the Daily Mirror and we are publishing it as a warning to all tenants to be vigilant when viewing a property, especially when handing over deposits. Could these two crooks be the same person? The picture on the right shows a con man who poses as a landlord with a flat […]

Buy-to-let lending surges as people take advantage of changes to pension rules.

Mortgage advances to peop­­le buying a home dived by nearly 10 per cent in April but there was a steep jump in lending to investment landlords, figures showed today. A total of £8.2bn was advanced for house purchase during the month, down from £8.9bn in April last year, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. […]