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General Election: What are Labour’s manifesto commitments for the Private Rented Sector?

Keir Starmer on the cover of the Labour Party Manifesto 2024

After much speculation, the Labour Party finally published their 2024 election manifesto on 13 June 2024. It includes five significant policies relevant to the private rented sector, but the detail is scant. Since then, Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner have made a few additional commitments to renters to end “bidding wars” and upfront payments, and […]

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How to increase rent in 2024

Model of house showing rent going up

In this blog post, I explain how landlords can handle rent increases in a fair way that balances their needs with those of their renters, and complies with the law in England. This is the approach of a good landlord, which recognises that private landlords are running a business, and not providing social housing. In

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General Election: Analysis of the political parties’ policies for landlords

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Now that all of the political parties have published their manifestos for the 2024 General Election, what are they actually promising for the private rented sector? None of the parties has reform to the private rented sector front and centre of their manifesto. It took a word search of “evict” and “landlord” to find Labour’s

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How to be a pet friendly landlord

cute ginger tabby kitten on a woman's lap

Britain has long prided itself as a nation of animal lovers and estimated 34% of UK households now have dogs and a further 28% have cats. Yet, according to government data, very few landlords are pet friendly, with only 7% advertising their properties as allowing renters to have pets. Before it was dropped in the

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