Landlord legal advice on offer at NLA show

Landlord legal advice can be sought at the forthcoming National Landlords Association (NLA) National Conference.Birmingham's Holiday Inn will host the event between November 20th and 21st - and attendees will have the opportunity to find out about what they can do when things go wrong with their business.A so-called breakout session on the second day [...]

Burglary investigation reveals drug farm in rented property

A rented property in South Wales was converted into a cannabis farm by its tenants and was only discovered when police went to investigate a suspected break-in. One neighbour called the police after witnessing what he thought was a burglary at the two-story rented house in Maindee, the South Wales Argus revealed. Instead, investigations revealed [...]

Landlord legal decision ‘may affect future rent debates’

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has suggested that a recent landlord legal case could have implications for future debates between property owners and councils about Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rental arrears.A statement from the group revealed that a recent housing benefit tribunal between a landlord and Coventry City Council resulted in a verdict that "rent [...]

Tighter landlord regulation imminent in East Riding?

Private landlords in Yorkshire may face a new licensing scheme as part of efforts to protect people living in multiple occupancy housing. The Google Courier reported that East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) is considering introducing the new scheme, which would be implemented in addition to current legislation, which was first introduced in April 2006. [...]

Private landlord jailed for flouting gas safety rules

A private landlord from Cambridge has been sentenced to 16 months in jail for failing to meet responsibilities for gas safety in the homes he rented out to tenants.Cambs 24 reports that Istiaq Ahmed also presented a fake gas safety certificate as part of his defence.The property professional admitted four charges in breach of Section [...]

Southend’s private landlords under scrutiny

Action is being taken in Southend to clamp down on private landlords who are not providing an adequate service.Conservative councillor Mark Flewitt told the Essex Echo that the town's local authority is working hard to ensure that those who draw up tenancy agreements to let out property are following health and safety guidance.His comments come [...]

Landlord group wants new vision for rented sector

The National Landlords Association (NLA) and the charity for single homeless people, Crisis, are looking to the Conservative Party to develop a new vision for the private rented sector.Measures to clamp down on rogue private landlords and provide more access to sustainable accommodation are among the changes required for this part of the property industry, [...]

Private landlords ‘sceptical about new register’

It is natural that private landlords are going to be "sceptical"about the proposed new national landlord register in England, according to Paragon Mortgages managing director John Heron.He claimed there are already a lot of regulations that landlords are subjected to and the government needs to ensure that the rules it sets for the private [...]

Southend Council in landlord crackdown

Private landlords in Southend, Essex are at the centre of a new project by the town's council.According to the Southend Echo, the local authority will be aiming to clamp down on rogue landlords, who rent out sub-standard properties to tenants.The main focus will be on houses in multiple occupation (HMO) and the council hopes to [...]

Private landlord’s property used as drug factory

A private landlord's property in Brentford has been uncovered as a drugs den.The Hounslow Guardian reports that two teenage brothers were found growing cannabis with a street value of £5,000.Both boys were Vietnamese and aged 15 and 13 - making them two of the youngest individuals in the UK to be arrested for drug production.Around [...]