Private landlords call for help reclaiming Universal Credit rent arrears

05 December, 20170 Comments
Landlords are calling on the Government to create a mechanism for them to reclaim any rent arrears built up by Universal Credit (UC) claimants who move out of their property. Research by the Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) has revealed 36% of private landlords have more confidence to rent to tenants on UC as a result
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Over a quarter of landlords experienced rent arrears in last 12 months

05 June, 20171 Comments
Fresh research by the RLA has revealed that more than a quarter of buy to let landlords have experienced rent arrears in the past 12 months. With 28% of landlords experiencing rent debt, coupled with the fact that 1 in 3 working families in England would not be able to afford to pay their rent
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Local authorities letting down tenants, claim landlords

26 September, 20160 Comments
Two landlord associations have criticised local councils for a lack of enforcement and failing to prosecute criminal landlords. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) says tenants are being let down, while the National Landlords Association (NLA) claims it’s ‘too easy’ for landlords to get away with unlawful behaviour. The united message comes in response to figures
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Details of 12,000 buy to let owners removed from website pending investigation

27 July, 20161 Comments
The details of 12,000 buy to let landlords – posted online by a council following a Freedom of Information request – appear to have been removed pending an investigation. As of yesterday evening the details, which had been placed on the WhatDoTheyKnow.com website, had been removed. First highlighted via Property Tribes last Friday, the authority
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Government makes it even harder for vulnerable people to rent PRS homes

22 July, 20160 Comments
A new report from the RLA has revealed government policy is making it harder than ever for benefit claimants and the homeless to rent homes within the private rental sector. Working with Sheffield Hallam University, the report is part of an investigation into access to the PRS by the homeless and those on benefits. Led by
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84% of landlords likely to consider increasing rents

11 July, 20162 Comments
New research from the Residential Landlords Association shows that private landlords are being forced to increase rents just to meet their mortgage obligations and other costs. Thanks to the Chancellor’s tax clampdown on buy-to-let, as well as rising letting costs, many landlords profits have been completely wiped out. Therefore rent hikes are the inevitable aftereffect
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Landlords; make sure your voice is heard

08 June, 20160 Comments
The RLA’s relentless campaigning to challenge proposed restrictions to mortgage interest relief is starting to make an impact in Westminster, with a surge of support from Tory backbenchers. A number of Conservative MPs are now openly challenging the Government on the changes, which will see mortgage interest tax relief restricted to a basic rate, even
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Government plans to update Right to Rent guidance

21 April, 20160 Comments
According to the Residential Landlords Association the Government is about to update its Right to Rent guidance. This follows last months Government announcement that landlords will no longer be immediately criminalised for failing to pick up illegal tenants. These changes to the Immigration Bill now provide landlords who take reasonable steps in an appropriate time frame to
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Agents frustrated with ‘old hat’ tenant referencing protocol

22 March, 20161 Comments
After attending some great landlord shows over the last couple of weeks, it has come to our attention that many letting agents are becoming increasingly frustrated with the referencing companies they’re ‘locked in’ to using. Inundated with questions from letting agents in particular, we were continually asked: How are you different to the likes of Homelet,
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