Some 307 letting agency branches across London, handling some 115,000 homes, are now badged under the Mayor’s London Rental Standard accreditation service.
Tower Hamlets council in east London is the latest to appear to be pressing ahead with a private rental sector licensing scheme, despite government wanting more oversight of the proposals.
One of the industry’s most respected analysts, Kate Faulkner, says rent controls of the kind proposed by some politicians ahead of the May general election could ultimately lead to rents rising rather than being stabilised or falling.
The next government should assess the impact on the private rented sector before making any decision to ban, or rule out a ban, on letting agents' fees in England, according to an influential committee of MPs.
Annual void periods in the private rental sector have fallen to their lowest level since 2002 according to a leading mortgage lender.
Letting agents and landlords are being advised to be wary of letting to a tenant named “Jerome Baker” who is allegedly running a rent-to-rent scam in the London area.
The new rector of Aberdeen University - a prominent member of the Green Party - has called for more to be done to protect students from rogue landlords.
The Association of Residential Letting Agents has thrown its weight behind a bid by the government to curb the outbreak of landlord licensing schemes introduced by councils across Britain - schemes which ARLA has dubbed ‘tenant taxes’.
An association representing rural landlords and businesses in Scotland wants that country’s politicians to follow the example of those in England and Wales, and ban so-called ‘retaliatory evictions’.