Industry news

News relating to the private rented sector from both England and Wales, affecting landlords. 

Rent Controls would be a disaster for London renters

Proposals by the Mayor of London for rent controls in the capital would be a disaster for tenants. As Sadiq Khan once again seeks the powers to introduce them, the National Residential Landlords Association is pointing to a report published by The Treasury in 2010 under the last Labour Government, of which the Mayor was a member.

Industry News Sally Walmsley 16/09/2020
Rent Controls would be a disaster for London renters

Evictions banned over Christmas, but courts will re-open as planned

Courts will reopen on September 21, although a further eviction ban will be put in place over Christmas, the government has confirmed. In a statement it said that - except in cases of anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse - there will be a pause on evictions over the festive period. It also confirmed that if an area is in a local lockdown including a restriction on gathering in homes, bailiffs will be unable to carry out evictions.

Industry News Sally Walmsley 11/09/2020
Evictions banned over Christmas, but courts will re-open as planned

Almost a quarter of landlords surveyed lose rent due to Covid-19

ALMOST a quarter (22 per cent) of private landlords with properties in England surveyed have lost rental income as a result of COVID-19 according to new polling.The research, conducted online by YouGov for the NRLA, found that whilst 19 per cent of those questioned had lost up to half of their usual rental income as a result of COVID-19, three per cent had lost more than half.

Industry News Sally Walmsley 10/09/2020
Almost a quarter of landlords surveyed lose rent due to Covid-19

NRLA launches new licensing toolkit

A new licensing toolkit, to help landlords understand and challenge local licensing proposals has been launched exclusively for NRLA members. The toolkit not only supports landlords through the - sometimes confusing - licensing process, it also lays out helpful guidance as to how landlords can respond to consultations and the legal requirements councils themselves must meet.

Industry News Sally Walmsley 08/09/2020
NRLA launches new licensing toolkit

Members rallied to Write to MP about eviction ban extension

The NRLA is urging landlords to write to their MP and make their voice heard following the news that the evictions ban has been extended for a second time, and the extension of the notice period to six months until the Spring.

Industry News Victoria Barker 03/09/2020
Members rallied to Write to MP about eviction ban extension

NRLA Wales supports advice line for landlords and tenants

From today, landlords and letting agents in Wales will be able to point tenants struggling with rent, income, or housing benefits in the direction of a new independent advice service.

Industry News Calum Davies 01/09/2020
NRLA Wales supports advice line for landlords and tenants

BREAKING: Landlords welcome clarity on possession cases- but the courts must open

Ministers have today made important concessions about how repossession cases in the rental market will be handled from 20th September. It follows extensive lobbying by the National Residential Landlords Association after the Government U-turned on its plan for such cases to be heard again from 23rd August.

Industry News Victoria Barker 28/08/2020
BREAKING: Landlords welcome clarity on possession cases- but the courts must open

Landlords face two years without rent

The Governments plans to extend the evictions ban could leave private landlords without any rent for up to two years. In a letter to the Prime Minister, the NRLA has said that the Government is asking landlords to subsidise struggling renters and rewarding those who are wilfully refusing to pay their rent.

Industry News Victoria Barker 27/08/2020
Landlords face two years without rent

Wales: Shadow Housing Minister calls for more support for private landlords

The Shadow Welsh Housing Minister Mark Isherwood MS has called on the Welsh Government to introduce more support for private landlords in the country. Mr Isherwood called for a greater understanding of the need to protect both tenants and landlords.

Industry News Victoria Barker 25/08/2020
Wales: Shadow Housing Minister calls for more support for private landlords

Today in politics: Eviction ban and UK rents up

Labour wants the eviction ban extended and new figures from the ONS show rents across the UK were up by 1.4% to July this year.

Industry News Sally Walmsley 19/08/2020
Today in politics: Eviction ban and UK rents up