People share their WORST experiences with landlords

Think YOUR landlord is bad? Long-suffering tenants share their horror stories – including one who had their thermostat locked in a ‘cage’ Ruin My Week has shared social media posts capturing landlords’ bad behaviour One image shows how a landlord disguised a nest of spiders using spray paint Another snap features a very sarcastic response … Read more

Landlords made £82k when selling their properties last year

Landlords made an average of £82,000 when selling their buy-to-let properties last year, according to new research. The typical landlord sold their buy-to-let for £82,450 more than they paid for it in 2020, an average value increase of 42 per cent, according to estate agent Hamptons International. This was an increase of £3,390 or 4 … Read more

Landlords fall behind on gas safety checks in nearly half of rented homes

A significant number of UK landlords are putting themselves and their tenants at risk by not complying with required safety regulations, a new survey has suggested.  Almost half of tenants living in privately rented accommodation with gas mains say they have not had their gas appliances checked in the last 12 months, according to research … Read more

Top beer gardens are revealed as landlords set up marquees and tents

Drinkers across England are gearing up for the return of the great British pub next Monday – with some places so desperate to serve locals that they are opening up at one minute past midnight. The Kentish Belle, a micropub in Bexley, South East London, has been taking bookings for tables between 0.01am and 3am next … Read more

Top beer gardens are revealed as landlords set up marquees and tents

Drinkers across England are gearing up for the return of the great British pub next Monday – with some places so desperate to serve locals that they are opening up at one minute past midnight. The Kentish Belle, a micropub in Bexley, South East London, has been taking bookings for tables between 0.01am and 3am next … Read more

Tenants win more in deposit disputes than landlords: Make sure you get yours back with these tips

Tenants locked in deposit feuds have been awarded 50 per cent more money back than their landlords when disputes go to adjudication. Roughly one in every 30 tenancy deposits are disputed according to the Deposit Protection Service – one of the three Government-backed schemes for England and Wales. Since the start of 2018, 66,768 tenancy … Read more

Will green mortgages encourage landlords to improve energy efficiency?

Landlords could get preferential treatment when applying for mortgages if their properties are energy efficient, as lenders begin to launch new green products to the market.   This week, Paragon Bank launched a new range of buy-to-let mortgages which offer lower-deposit options to landlords whose properties have an Energy Performance Certificate rating between A and C. … Read more

Time is running out for landlords to run safety checks or face a £30k fine

Landlords face hefty fines of up to £30,000 if they have not had electrical safety inspections carried out on their properties by 1 April this year. All new tenancies have required a valid Electrical Installation Condition Report since July 2020, but from the start of April this will apply to all existing tenancies, too. If … Read more

Landlords demand Rishi Sunak provides MORE financial help

Landlords demand Rishi Sunak provide MORE financial help for pubs in next week’s Budget and say current support is not enough Campaign for Pubs has written an open letter to the Chancellor with demands Demands include a 12-month extension to the 5 per cent reduced VAT rate  It also urges the Government to waive 50% of … Read more

Landlords demand Rishi Sunak provides MORE financial help

Landlords demand Rishi Sunak provides MORE financial help for pubs in next week’s Budget and say current support is not enough Campaign for Pubs has written an open letter to the Chancellor with demands Demands include a 12-month extension to the 5 per cent reduced VAT rate  It also urges the Government to waive 50% of … Read more