Articles by Sally Walmsley
New golden rules to sustain tenancies in the rental market have been published ahead of the courts beginning to hear possession cases from Monday.
The rules, drafted by the NRLA, form a central part of measures announced by the Government to ensure courts can start to process possession cases following a six-month ban. If landlords fail to follow the rules, they run the risk of cases being adjourned by the courts for a potentially lengthy period of time, in some cases with no rent being paid.
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.
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.
Does it still make sense to be a professional landlord? This is the question that will be addressed by NRLA chief executive Ben Beadle at next week's virtual Financial Advice Forum. Organised by FTAdviser, the event, for finance professionals, will see a range of industry experts talk about the latest challenges they are facing and how these can be overcome.
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.
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.
The evictions ban has been extended until September 20, with new six-month notice periods introduced.
The NRLA is still awaiting official confirmation by the government, but has branded such a move totally unacceptable. It is now calling for a comprehensive package of financial support to help landlords.
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.
Today we look at the ongoing debate around the end of the evictions ban and look at new figures suggesting landlords are moving away from short term lets.
The Mayor of London is causing needless fear for renters as he wrongly assumes that everyone in arrears due to COVID-19 is at threat of eviction.The NRLA has accused the Mayor of scaremongering when he claims that up to a quarter of tenants are in arrears and under threat of eviction.