Landlords and tenants were conned, court hears

A fraudster who tricked private landlords - and those who had signed tenancy agreements with them - out of huge amounts of money has been given a four-year prison sentence.Elliot Wilson conned landlords in the north of England into thinking that his bogus letting firm could provide them with high rates of rent, but he [...]

Landlord launches Twitter case against tenant

Private landlords across the world may be interested to learn of a lawsuit that has been launched against a particularly web-savvy tenant.Amanda Bonnen, a tenant from Chicago, has been sued by her landlord Horizon Group Management after she criticised the standard of her home on microblogging site Twitter.In a status update on the website, Ms [...]

Private landlords warned about drugs

Private landlords have been advised to check their properties are not being used for large-scale cultivation of cannabis.The warning came from Central Scotland Police after cannabis plants worth around £150,000 were discovered at a house in Sauchie.It was the second significant discovery in the Clackmannanshire area in recent weeks and police officers believe both are [...]

Going direct to private landlords ‘may be better than using agents’

Dealing direct with private landlords may be better for tenants than using an agent, a charity has suggested.Private landlords often prefer to deal with letting agents as they provide services such as tenant credit checks and arrange for tenancy agreements to be signed.Renters often believe that arranging their accommodation through a third-party will provide them [...]

Importance of tenant credit checks reiterated

Private landlords who are new to the game have been given a number of pointers on what they should remember to do when letting out their properties.Tenant credit checks are an important consideration, according to lettings agency Young's.Industry website About Property reports the guidance, which includes the reminder that potential tenants should give their private [...]

Cannabis farm found in rental home

Another cannabis farm has been found in a rental home - one month after the National Landlords Association warned property owners to stay vigilant about the prevalence of such illegal businesses in the UK.In March, the BBC indicated that 29 police forces across the UK had revealed a sharp rise in cannabis being produced inside [...]

Britons ‘forced to rent’

Private landlords could be benefitting from an influx in rental demand from Britons who cannot afford to buy a house in the current economic climate, research has suggested.A street poll by Adfero found that 58 per cent of people would opt to rent at the moment compared to 42 per cent who would look to [...]

Tenants ‘bailing out’of rental properties

Private landlords have been urged to consider credit and reference checks on tenants after an increase in the number of rental accommodation users leaving without paying owed rent.According to research by buy-to-let mortgage lender Paragon Mortgages, around a third of private landlords never conduct tenant credit checks.This comes despite research by the National Landlords Association [...]

Private landlords urged to consider vetting services

Rental property owners have been urged to consider tenant vetting processes from letting agents as part of the ongoing battle against cannabis farms in the UK.Mike Colmans, underwriting manager at Norwich Union, said private landlords are often unaware that tenants are using accommodation for the production of cannabis.Last month a local landlord was stunned after [...]

Get reassurance on tenant affordability, expert says

Private landlords should be looking to ensure they take on quality tenants in the current climate, an expert has said.According to Caroline Kavanagh, group lettings director of Badger Holdings, landlords should see getting the right type of tenant as a priority alongside making the best return possible, reports could protect themselves against tenants vulnerable [...]