Death knell for buy-to-let? Government ‘war on landlords’ has seen sales collapse by 64% in the last year, says top estate agent
Mail on Sunday (09/12/2016)

What to do if Your Property has been Sublet Online
Landlord News (09/12/2016)

Are landlords about to ditch letting agents and go it alone?
Estate Agent Today (09/12/2016)

Buy to let: ‘We landlords are being vilified’ ExecReview (09/12/2016)

How a healthy buy-to-let profit could soon become a painful loss 
The Guardian (10/12/2016)

Rents set to increase by 15% by 2020? Landlord News (12/12/2016)

Government set to extend mandatory licensing of HMOs in England…
Landlord Today (13/12/2016)

Insurance firm claims inadequate cover for up to 1m buy to let homes
Letting Agent Today (13/12/2016)

Agency highlights danger of Christmas sub-letting via Airbnb
Letting Agent Today (13/12/2016)

CML research on largest ever survey of uk landlords reveals what makes them tick Building Construction Design (13/12/2016)

A significant number of landlords plan to reduce their BTL portfolio
Landlord Today (14/12/2016)

What the Autumn Statements Means for British Buy-to-Let Investors
Invezz (14/12/2016)

Nearly half of landlords would ditch their agent if profits fell
Landlord Today (14/12/2016)

Clock ticks towards time when letting agents can be banned for first time
Property Industry Eye (14/12/2016)

One in ten properties could become unrentable by 2018
Property Reporter (14/12/2016)

UK house prices: What 2017 means for the property market
International Business Times UK (14/12/2016)

Proposed rent controls in Ireland criticised as being a step too far for landlords Property Wire (15/12/2016)

What can we expect from the Housing White Paper?
Mortgage Introducer (15/12/2016)

2016 Year in Review 24housing (16/12/2016)

Landlords, are you paying for council tax unnecessarily?…
Landlord Today (16/12/2016)

When does the tenant fees ban begin? How letting agents can still charge hundreds of pounds Mail on Sunday (16/12/2016)

Pace of rent rises predicted to triple next year as landlords pass on new costs to their tenants Mail on Sunday (16/12/2016)

Housing minister Gavin Barwell expresses support for letting agents’ fees ban Property Industry Eye (16/12/2016)

RLA opposes HMO licensing extension 
The RLA has objected to the Government’s plans to extend its mandatory HMO licensing scheme.The consultation, which closed this week, asked PRS landlords to respond to plans including proposals to set minimum room sizes of 6.52sqm, extend mandatory licensing to flats above shops and remove the storey rule – so that any home with five or more people from two or more households is considered a HMO, regardless of the number of floors.
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What makes a criminal landlord?

New rules which will see landlords banned for criminal behaviour come into force next April, with Government now consulting on which offences merit the punishment.

Landlords and tenants are being asked what should constitute a ‘banning order offence’ as defined by section 14 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016. They can also provide feedback by answering a survey.

Families to lose homes due to tax rises
A leading housing expert has warned of families losing their homes as a result of extra tax burdens on landlords.Dame Kate Barker, a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee issued the warning to the Treasury Select Committee.

She warned that because changes to mortgage interest relief will affect existing housing stock, there is a danger that families living in homes long-term will be forced to leave as landlords sell up.
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RLA research in Lords debate
Airbnb research produced by the RLA has been cited in a Lords debate on holiday lettings and their impact.Baroness Gardner of Parkes (Conservative) asked questions in the House of Lords about whether the Government intends to give powers to councils to prevent the loss of long-term homes due to increases in holiday lets.
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Possession claims down by more than a quarter in Wales

Possession claims by PRS landlords in Wales have fallen by 26% over the past two years.

An analysis of Government statistics by the RLA found the number of possession claims made to county courts in Wales has fallen from a high of 203 in the first quarter of 2014 to 150 between July and September 2016.
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RLA scoops gold
As 2016 comes to close the RLA Wales team has been richly rewarded for its campaigning work as part of the Homes for Wales coalition.The team scooped Gold at the Charted Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) awards for the best public affairs campaign and was also nominated for five other awards.
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Will banning letting agency fees lead to higher rents? We ask the experts Exec Review (26/11/2016)

What’s wrong with the UK housing market and how do you fix it? Chancellor faces stiff challenges in his bid to boost homebuilding
Mail on Sunday (26/11/2016)

Rent Smart Wales: Fears landlords letting properties illegally
BBC News – Wales (26/11/2016)

Are more landlords about to ditch letting agents and go it alone
Landlord Today (28/11/2016)

Landlords are under fire from a tax-hiking Treasury — but buy-to-let is far from dead International Business Times UK (28/11/2016)

40% of landlords plan to increase rents
Specialist Financial Introducer (28/11/2016)

PRA threatens big banks to rein in buy-to-let
Mortgage introducer (28/11/2016)

Two more big city Build To Rent schemes announced 
Letting Agent Today (29/11/2016)

The reality of starting out as a landlord: Four months of no tenants and £2,000 set-up costs City AM (29/11/2016)

Change could see developers build on green belt 
Specialist Finance Introducer (29/11/2016)

How to get the most from your student property investment
Landlord News (29/11/2016)

Khan speeds up planning to combat London housing crisis
Property Reporter (29/11/2016)

Letting agency fee ban actively considered, Carwyn Jones says 
BBC News (29/11/2016)

Is now the time for a long-term housing policy?
Mortgage Strategy (30/11/2016)

Right To Rent criminal sanctions come into effect from today
Letting Agent Today (01/12/2016)

BTL mortgage costs set to soar as new stress tests push landlords into longer deals Landlord Today (01/12/2016)

Government to drive PRS housing in key cities 24housing (01/12/2016)

Landlords scramble to avoid higher buy-to-let taxes, report finds 
The Guardian (02/12/2016)

Landlord body welcome Airbnb’s decision to enforce 90-day limit
Landlords News (02/12/2016)

Landlords flock to limited companies and hike rents to beat government crackdown on buy-to-let tax breaks Mail on Sunday (02/12/2016)

Ways for UK landlords to cut taxes OPP.Today (02/12/2016)