Monthly rents will hit an average of £800 in England and Wales in two years’ time, while one in five people will be living in private rented accommodation.
The claims came from Lucy Jones, operations director at LSL, speaking at a Council of Mortgage Lenders conference.
A letting agent has been ordered by a court to pay £41,200 after admitting 13 offences at five Houses in Multiple Occupation.
Strats Estate and Letting Agents of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, was taken to court by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.
The amount of rent money owed by private tenants in England and Wales fell 2.1 per cent during May, according to a network of lettings agents.
LSL Property Services in its latest buy-to-let index out today shows the total amount of late or unpaid rent decreased to £276 million last month, compared to £282 million in April.
The number of people seen rough sleeping in London has risen by 13% in the past year, a new report has revealed.
The ‘Street to Home 2012/13’ report shows that 6,437 people were seen sleeping on the streets of the capital between 1 April, 2012 and 31 March, 2013 - compared to 5,678 the previous year.
Young people across the UK face being locked out of the property market for an average 14 years, new research has revealed.
The report, from housing charity Shelter, shows that would-be first-time buyers with families could face a wait of more than a decade before they can get themselves on the property ladder.
Landlords have expressed their deep concern over the impact of Universal Credit on the private rented sector.
Most (70%) of those who let to tenants currently in receipt of Local Housing Allowance said they are worried about the welfare changes.
Tenants are continuing to vote with their feet in the most expensive parts of London, by moving out to cheaper areas.
Agents are reporting the ongoing exodus, amid an over-supply of properties, with landlords having to freeze or cut rents.
Councillors representing 36 local authorities have urged the government to abolish its controversial bedroom tax policy.
At a special summit held at Manchester Town Hall last week, Labour councillors representing Bradford, Bristol, Cambridge, Birmingham, Nottingham and 31 other cities outlined the damage they believe is being caused by the under-occupancy policy.
A mechanism to recover rent arrears is to be incorporated into the new Universal Credit system, by docking the benefit.
Landlords who are owed rent by tenants receiving benefit will be able to request direct payment once a certain level of rent arrears – as yet undecided – is reached.
Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud says the Universal Credit demonstration projects have helped to shape new thinking around direct payments to tenants.
The demonstration projects were set up to learn how we could best support landlords and tenants with the introduction of direct payment. That learning is regularly shared and I’m sure all members of the social housing community have views on what it is teaching us. Because the roll out of Universal Credit is progressive we have time to get this right.
The majority of the British public believe the government should be tackling the root causes of the country’s high housing benefit bill.
A survey by the Fabian Society asked people if they agreed with the statement: "The size of the housing benefit bill has risen because there are more people claiming due to unemployment, low wages and rents rising quickly. Instead of planning further cuts, the government should be focusing on solving these underlying problems. The government should do this even if it took a long time and meant tax rises or spending cuts elsewhere."
The Universal Credit direct payment demonstration projects will be extended for a further six months, Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud recently announced, as new findings from the projects are published.
The Department for Work and Pensions says the extension will help to further develop the support needed for social housing tenants moving onto Universal Credit. The projects will now run until the end of the year.
Six in ten landlords and agents are concerned about receiving rent if they accept housing benefit tenants.
A new survey of 500 landlords and agents by website Dssmove found that rent apart, most landlords and agents (75%) were happy to let to Local Housing Allowance tenants.
Newham Council has received license applications from 30,000 private landlords as part of its pioneering scheme to improve housing conditions in the borough.
Since January 1 this year, the council has carried out 750 enforcement visits, issued 1,200 warning letters, and handed out 50 cautions. Thirty prosecutions, at various stages of the legal process, have been pursued since the scheme started.