Landlord lobbyists have launched an online toolkit to help property investors protest against councils proposing to take on extra powers to control shared homes.
The Residential Landlords Association has put together information about the 15 councils bidding to take on the extra powers so landlords can mount a concerted effort against the proposals. Continue reading Landlord lobby kicks off online HMO protest
Renting a shed with a bed to illegal immigrants is the latest money making idea from crooked landlords.
Slough Council has uncovered 2,500 garden sheds, outhouses and lean-to’s converted in to squalid living space in a continuing battle against the problem. Continue reading Slum landlords cash in on homeless by renting sheds with a bed
This is the fourth in a series of 10 articles written by specialist landlord & tenant solicitor Tessa Shepperson, founder of the online Landlord Law Service. Continue reading Why you need to have the right tenancy agreement for your letting
Oxford law firm Painsmith is suggesting that student landlords should tie planning departments up in red tape to push home their point about councils seeking tougher controls against shared homes. Continue reading Rebel landlords urged to tie HMO planners in red tape
Student landlords looking to expand their portfolios need to move quickly in many towns and cities to avoid new rules that require shared houses to apply for planning permission.
Currently, a house in multiple occupation (HMO) investor can start letting to tenants without any licences or permissions, providing the house is less than three floors and is home to no more than four separate singles or couples. Continue reading Revealed – the councils taking on extra HMO powers
Students are asking housing minister Grant Shapps to introduce a star rating system for buy to let homes.
Hundreds of students in Shapp’s consituency of Hatfield have complained about shoddy properties in a survey by University of Hertfordshire Students’ Union. Continue reading Students want star ratings for buy to lets
Buy to let landlords could see their rents and property prices plunge if they are listed in a crime black spot on police maps published online for the first time. Continue reading Mapping crime hot spots could affect rents and house prices
Councils protesting about a government U-turn over shared house planning laws have won the right to challenge the ruling in the High Court. Continue reading Councils take Shapps to court over HMO U-turn
Landlords have launched an online campaign against a council’s proposals to micromanage shared houses by introducing planning controls and extra licensing. Continue reading Landlords take HMO protest online
Landlords are often fined huge sums in court for failing to maintain their properties. Some deserve their fines but many others are confused by the law and rely on advice from letting agents and other property professionals who may not know much better themselves.
This troubleshooting guide for buy to let landlords answers many of the most common questions: Continue reading Running a buy to let property – Landlord law FAQ