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Potential Tenants Warned about Rental Fraud

Published On: April 9, 2019 at 9:00 am


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The National Landlords Association (NLA) is reminding potential tenants to be vigilant when looking for a new place to live, to help avoid rental fraud.

Several people who have been the target of rental fraud have contacted the organisation. Such scams trick potential tenants into paying an advance fee to rent a property – fraudsters have even used NLA branding and fake letters from NLA local representatives to add legitimacy to the scam and lure their victims into a false sense of security.

Scammers often target those who are coming to the UK from abroad and are securing property online. Typically, once money has been sent, the fake landlord becomes uncontactable, leaving the tenant defrauded.

The NLA is reissuing guidance about avoiding online rental fraud, which was drafted in conjunction with the NUS and National Crime Agency:

  • Do not send money upfront to anyone advertising online – make sure that they are genuine first and view the property if you can
  • Beware if you are asked to wire any money via a money transfer service – criminals can use details from the receipt to withdraw money from another location
  • Use Government-approved deposit protection schemes
  • Contact the organisations that the landlord claims to be associated with in order to verify their status 
  • Overseas applicants needing to secure accommodation before arriving in the UK should seek the help of their new employer or university
  • Get paperwork and proof – ask for a copy of the tenancy agreement or safety certificates to confirm that the landlord has a genuine legal connection with the property
  • Remember, if the offer seems too good to be true, then it probably is

Richard Lambert, the CEO of the NLA, says: “Rental fraud is one of the uglier aspects of private renting. Tenants, no matter where they are from, should not send payment to advertisers before they are certain it is genuine, and should contact their university, who will have a list of reputable landlords and letting agents.

“If you receive official correspondence from a landlord and are worried it might be a scam, often a good clue is that it will be written in poor English. Tenants should also remember they can check if a landlord is an NLA member or accredited by visiting

He advises: “Any tenant that falls victim to such a scam should contact the relevant authorities in their own country and alert the police in the UK via”  

Tougher Enforcement of Electrical Safety Standards Required

Published On: July 2, 2018 at 8:05 am


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According to a top campaigning body for electrotechnical trade in Scotland, the requirement for more vigorous electrical safety standards is a priority to protect private tenants.

Recent data reveals that tenants in the private housing sector were at an increased risk of experiencing electrical shocks in addition to fires caused by electrical faults, compared with that of those living in social housing.

Managing Director of SELECT, whose companies account for over 90% of all electrical installation undertaken in Scotland, Darrell Matthews comments:

“Private landlord registration has been mandatory since 2004 and a robust application process is critical to keep the people of Scotland safe in privately rented accommodation.

“Our members operate to the highest standards of electrical installation and testing and firmly believe that the government should hold private landlords to the same exacting standards.”

He added: “The current ‘prescribed information’ makes no requirement on the landlord to declare the safety of the property being rented, so any change to this is a welcome improvement.

“We believe that this is an excellent opportunity for the Scottish government to put the safety of renters foremost and ensure that properties being rented by private landlords have electrical installations of the highest standard.”

Our associate company, Just Landlords, the specialist landlord insurer, provide informative and useful guides for landlords on their website about how to comply with regulations regarding fire and electrical safety.

Rogue landlord fined for illegally evicting tenant

Published On: September 4, 2017 at 11:32 am


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Another landlord has been brought to justice, being prosecuted and fined for evicting a tenant illegally.

Rouge landlord Suhail Mahmood was convicted at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court and was told to pay fines totalling £3,700.

Changing Locks

The landlord was prosecuted by Sheffield City Council, after telling one of his tenants to move out and subsequently removing and changing locks only days later.

Mr Mahmood was told to pay £700 in tenant compensation, fined £2,000 and £1,000 in court costs. The conviction on August 29th came of the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the Protection from Eviction Act 1977.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety at Sheffield City Council, said: ‘It’s not right that a landlord thinks it’s acceptable to give notice on their property and expect someone to move out within a matter of days.’

Rogue landlord fined for illegally evicting tenant

Rogue landlord fined for illegally evicting tenant

These are people’s homes and they need some security We put a huge amount of time into clamping down on bad letting practices and I am determined to keep this up. Luckily we have some excellent landlords in our city and the vast majority meet their legal responsibilities.’

Dunn said she wanted the case of Mr Mahmood to serve as a warning to others, stating : ‘We can act and will act.’ [1]




Increased taxes pushing buy-to-let demand down

Published On: June 7, 2017 at 8:49 am


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The number of buy-to-let landlords registering in order to purchase property in England and Wales fell by 3.7% month-on-month to May.

This was driven by a 9.6% fall in London, owing largely to the fact that landlords in the capital are now being forced to spend 13% more in order to obtain a buy-to-let property.

Significant Annual Falls

When looking at annual declines, the percentage is much greater, totalling 35.3% in England and Wales and a huge 52.6% in London.

In comparison to May 2016, buy-to-let sales are down by 7% in England and Wales and by 4.2% in the capital. Sale prices also fell in the same period, by 2% in England and Wales and by 4.4% in London, according to haart’s latest national housing market monitor.

Year-on-year however, these prices were actually up by 0.1% in England and Wales and by 13.7% in London.

Increased taxes pushing buy-to-let demand down

Increased taxes pushing buy-to-let demand down

Tenant Troubles

The number of tenants coming into the market in May fell by 8.3% month-on-month and by 34.7% annually across England and Wales. This in turn hat put downward pressure on rents, which have fallen by 1.6% on the month.

Average rents now total £1,268pcm across the whole of the UK.

In London, tenant demand has fallen by 13.6% over the month and by 34.8% over the year. As a result, rents here have fallen by 0.1% and the average rental price is at £1,788pcm in London.

David Cox, chief executive of ARLA Propertymark, said: ‘It’s been a year since the Government inflated stamp duty costs for landlords to 3% and it’s already made the Treasury £1.3bn. That’s more than changes to mortgage interest relief, which are now in force, are expected to make in its first three years. This will only further squeeze the sector and make buy-to-let a less attractive investment for landlords.’[1]

‘We’re facing a severe housing shortage at the moment and if the supply of rental stock falls any lower relative to demand for housing, we’ll fund ourselves in the midst of a real crisis,’ he added.[1]