Landlord advice regarding drugs in property

Landlord advice has come in the form of a statement from one of the professional bodies for buy-to-let property owners in the UK.The National Landlords Association (NLA) said this week that private landlords need to be aware that their properties may be used as illegal factories to grow cannabis.Ways to avoid tenants engaging in such [...]

Landlord-tenancy relationships analysed

People need to report private landlords who do not meet their landlord responsibilities, according to one property market commentator.Independent housing sector expert Malcolm Harrison suggested that if the people mismanaging properties are going to be found, tenants need to speak up.His comments come after the government proposed establishing a landlords' register, which it claimed would [...]

Government’s private landlord targets revealed

The government wants to tackle the problem of bad private landlords as part of its assessment of the rental sector.In response to the Rugg Review on the industry, the Communities and Local Government department said that it now wants to boost professionalism among private landlords and provide improved consumer protection.These proposals come after Julie Rugg [...]

Which? calls for new landlord complaints initiative

All private landlords and letting agents should be made to join a "compulsory complaints scheme", according to consumer group Which?.In a statement, which came on the back of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla) new letting licence initiative, the campaigning organisation indicated that this should be a "minimum"requirement for those who rent out [...]

HSE ‘will prosecute irresponsible landlords’

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) "will not hesitate to prosecute"private landlords who do not take their property management responsibilities seriously, according to an inspector from the regulatory body.Discussing one of the most important landlord services, Matthew Tackling said that any property owner who does not follow gas safety legislation properly could find themselves [...]

Private landlords ‘helping Scottish property market’

Future private landlords are among the group of property buyers seen as catalysts for the Scottish property market's recovery.According to Dianne Paterson, property partner at law firm Russel and Aitkin, buy-to-let investors who purchase bricks and mortar north of the border are giving the vendors the cash to go and find properties of their own.Other [...]

Jail term for private landlord

A private landlord from the south-east coast has been jailed after failing to follow his landlord responsibilities.Christopher Mincham, who owned a property on Hayling Island, near Portsmouth, was arrested last week and sentenced to 12 months behind bars.Local publication the News reports that his misdemeanours included failing to pay two fines - £16,000 for fly [...]

Private landlords commended in study

Tenants in Scottish property are generally happy with their private landlords, according to new research.An analysis of landlord services north of the border found that 85 per cent of people living in rented accommodation were either "very satisfied"or "fairly satisfied"with their situation.The Scottish government's study focused on tenants' opinions of their place of [...]

Editor reflects on rise in lettings sector

There could be more call for private landlords as a number of industry experts are reporting a rise in residential lettings.Property Investor News magazine editor Richard Bowser is the latest individual from the sector to suggest that demand for residential lettings "has risen substantially"in the last year.He claimed: "There is certainly increased demand for [...]

Police call on private landlords to tackle drug trafficking

Private landlords are being urged to consult police if they have any suspicion that their tenants could be using rental properties for drug dealing purposes.Thames Valley Police want private landlords to be aware of the potential property damage that can be caused when rented homes are used as cannabis factories."Your building will suffer substantial damage [...]