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Landlords ARE quitting buy to let - but fewer than feared

Research by franchise lettings agency company Belvoir suggests that landlords are continuing to exit the property market, although not at the...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

You’ve got to be in it to win it: ESTAS 2019 deadline looms

There are only a few days left for agents, brokers and suppliers to enter the ESTAS 2019 - closing date is...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Automate admin to win ‘furnished premiums’ urges PropTech platform

A PropTech platform claims landlords can cut administration costs so much that they could afford to offer their lettings units furnished...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial Rental Bill today finishes 42-month slog for Labour MP

A Private Members’ Bill which will allow private rental sector tenants to sue over the conditions of their properties will today...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Right To Rent judicial review to be heard today

The High Court today begins a Judicial Review of the government’s controversial Right to Rent scheme. The scheme began operating nationwide in...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Pay-back time: Court tells buy to let couple to refund over £330,000

A court has ordered a husband and wife pair of buy to let investors to pay back £322,282 in illegal income. A...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Big penalty for owners of buy to let property shut down by the police

The owner of a buy to let property already shut by police has been fined by a court in Devon.  In June...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine for buy to let investor who illegally converted garage

Buy to let investor Changhaiz Ishaq has been ordered to pay a £8,510 fine for defying a prohibition order on his...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Confiscation orders on landlords could set precedent for private rental sector

A local authority claims that a court decision may set a legal precedent for other councils across the UK using the...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reports huge fall in number of overseas landlords

The proportion of homes let by an overseas based landlord has more than halved in the last eight years according to...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

What property type has the best yields? Online agency has an answer

New data from online buy to let agency Yieldit claims to give an insight into which property types produce the best...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Student accommodation still booming despite Brexit, says agency

The UK’s student accommodation sector is still booming according to Knight Frank, despite Brexit creating uncertainty over the future of foreign...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Bill giving tenants the right to sue is on verge of becoming law

A Private Members’ Bill which will allow private rental sector tenants to sue over the conditions of their properties is just...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents 'growing strongly in regional cities but not in London'

Rents in major regional cities are growing significantly faster than both London and the UK average, according to data from buy...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Stuck renting forever: more tenants say deposits stop them buying

Most tenants believe they will never be able to own a home because of the burden of saving for a deposit...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firms claim new products will help lettings agents

Two PropTech suppliers are claiming their new products will help lettings agents in the future, especially in the light of the...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla withdraws lettings listings from Facebook Marketplace

Zoopla is withdrawing its lettings listings from Facebook Marketplace, only three months after putting them on. Officially the withdrawal takes place this...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned: Lettings agency boss who 'abused' tenant deposits

A lettings company’s management director has been disqualified for failing to protect thousands of pounds of tenants’ deposits. Kari Jade Ridout from...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Millionaire buy to let landlord has £25,000 bill after disability row

Famous buy to let landlord Judith Wilson has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay almost £15,000 costs for failing to...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Owners turning to rental sector in bid to be ‘chain-free’ says agent

Former owner occupiers who want to be ‘chain-free’ if they buy again are pouring into the private rental sector according to...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Charge! Lettings management firm fits car-charging points at properties

Newton Property, a lettings management company in Scotland, is spending £100,000 on installing electric car charging points in properties it manages.  It...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive fraud committed by three London letting agents

Three letting agents who failed to return tenants’ deposits or pass on rent payments to landlords have been convicted of fraud...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Embattled Labour mayor wants rent controls - but has no powers

Embattled London Labour mayor Sadiq Khan says he wants rent controls to be introduced in the capital’s private rental sector, but...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

True spirit of Christmas as PropTech chief gives shelter to homeless

Five homeless people will have a roof over their heads this Christmas thanks to a kind-hearted PropTech chief. Mike Georgeson, founder of...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Lets celebrate - your lettings agency Christmas decorations!

We hope you’ve found time to look at the huge number of Christmas agency pictures we’ve been running on Estate Agent...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

London lettings hit by surge in supply as tenant numbers fall back

High end lettings agency Knight Frank says the proportion of properties listed for rent in prime London residential markets in October...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour claims it was behind the deposit cap dropping to five weeks

Labour claims it was the driving force behind the government’s decision to cap tenants’ security deposits from six weeks to five...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents using technology can cut arrears and voids - claim

Increased use of PropTech by letting agents can cut rent arrears, minimise voids and reduce the financial and legal fall out...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Big rise in tenants sourcing properties through letting agents

The number of tenants saying they are using letting agents to find a place to live has increased 12 per cent...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Average UK rent up 1.5% in a year says HomeLet

HomeLet’s latest snapshot of the lettings market suggests that the average UK rent is now £918 pcm - that’s 1.5 per...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Closed shops 'could be a boom for the private rental sector'

A new survey suggests that the demise of the High Street for shopping could lead to a surge in the supply...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Records broken by London lettings agency for new lets and renewals

One of London’s most respected independent lettings agencies has given a hugely upbeat report on the capital’s lettings market performance throughout...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let couple have a choice - pay £150,000 or imprisonment

A couple from east London who illegally converted a town centre office block into 14 flats have been ordered to pay...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Three point plan tells government how to make housing affordable

Some 79 per cent of landlords are only servicing the interest on their mortgages, not paying down their loans, according to...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

'Use more than one lettings agent to cut risk' landlords advised

New rules to protect rent paid by tenants to letting agents will fail to provide adequate protection for landlords, a trade...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Big rise in rental deposit numbers according to leading provider

Deposit protection provider The Dispute Service says it has seen a big rise in the number of deposits it protects in...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants 'know too little about the rental sector' suggests report

Tenants know very little about their rights and responsibilities as renters according to a new survey produced by TotallyMoney. Some 97 per...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter under fire for paying 'derisory' wages to staff

The charity Shelter, which regularly campaigns against lettings agencies and landlords, is bracing itself for a strike next week - and...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Angry agent serves rent rise on Cabinet minister in fury at deposit cap

An angry lettings agent has emailed Cabinet minister James Brokenshire to show his disgust at the government’s U-turn over deposit caps. In...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show councils unable to enforce HMO regulations

Shock figures released by an insurance company suggest that councils are woefully unable to police new regulations regarding mandatory HMO licensing. Figures...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive £1.5m penalty for criminal buy to let 'slumlord millionaire'

A notorious rogue landlord must pay £1.5m or risk spending up to nine years in prison after what is thought to...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty fuels more rental demand, says lettings agency

Continued political and economic uncertainty is likely to fuel increased tenant demand in the private rented sector, says Haart.  The company’s latest...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Politicians again hurting our industry, say agents and landlords

Agents and landlords have united against what is being seen as the latest attack on the private rental sector by the...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban the Rogue Agents! NALS helps councils get tough

The National Approved Letting Scheme has published the latest version of its Effective Enforcement Toolkit - aimed at helping councils clamp...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Higher council tax? That'll help the rental sector, says lettings agency

A lettings agency says proposals for landlords to pay more council tax on homes they leave empty could indirectly help the...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

London rents set to increase next year as supply diminishes

Rent increases seen in London this year are likely to continue in 2019 because of the diminishing supply of homes to...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm wanting to create a 'Rental Brand' gets £2.5m injection

A London-focussed ‘rental brand’ called Residently has just secured £2.5m in funding.  Residently manages houses and flats for landlords, letting them directly...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government cuts tenant deposit cap from six weeks to five weeks

The government has this afternoon confirmed that the amount tenants have to pay up front to secure a home will be...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Anger at possible government U-turn on tenant deposit cap

There has been widespread Industry anger at news of a possible U-turn by the government over the proposed cap on security...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent arrested on fraud and theft charges after media probe

A lettings agency owner in Norfolk has been arrested on suspicion of fraud and theft following a newspaper probe. Earlier this year...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Video-Tastic: a lettings agency's video Christmas card

Thanks so much for your fantastic response to our call for Christmas videos and pictures to show how your office is...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

2018 lettings market in three words - taxes, laws, quitting

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has put together a brief summary of the 2018 rental market. In figures, the supply of...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Sigh of relief as London council delays enforcement action timetable

One of London’s most enthusiastic councils for additional and selective licensing has pushed back the date for enforcement action against landlords...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: where to find the highest buy to let rental yields

Research released this morning reveals that university cities offer some of the highest buy to let yields in the country. The Free...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency to offer Direct Debit rent collection to landlords

Online lettings agency Upad says it’s to offer landlords a proprietary system to collect rental payments via Direct Debit. Its system, called...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

English investors attracted to buy north of the border, agency claims

The average rent across Scotland is now running at £573 per calendar month - but that figure hides wide variations in...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Incentives possible for private rental sector 'to house those most in need'

The private rental sector in Wales could be offered incentives and other support to house those most in need, the Welsh...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency in ‘viewing charges’ controversy has had protests in the past

Letting Agent Today can reveal that the agency at the centre of the scandal over alleged charges for viewings has been...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Up they go - rents to rise in 2019 despite tenants negotiating reductions

There’s been a large jump in the number of tenants successfully negotiating rent reductions according to the Association of Residential Letting...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

It's December tomorrow! Send your Christmas decorations videos and pictures

It’s that time of year again - many offices will mark the start of December (that’s tomorrow) by putting up decorations....

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge London agency chain is latest to offer no-deposit scheme

London agency giant Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward is the latest to offer its tenant clients a no-deposit service.  It's going to use...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of Millennials say they'll never own a home

New figures show why the rental market is seeing such strong demand. The data shows that some 28 per cent of Britons...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Scandal as letting agent ‘charges £300 to view properties’

The BBC claims that a lettings agency has been demanding hundreds of pounds in payment before prospective tenants are allowed to...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

TheHouseShop launches on Facebook and aims to list 30% of agents in 2019

The website TheHouseShop says it aims to recruit some 30 per cent of the country’s letting agents by the end of...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Licensing: councils slammed for failing to police their own schemes

Two thirds of local authorities in England and Wales brought no prosecutions against private landlords in 2017/18 according to research by the...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Paws For Thought: should agents and landlords allow pets?

The first-ever pet think tank has launched to address what is claimed to be a lack of pet-friendly rental accommodation in...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Spark Energy says new owner will 'significantly benefit the rental sector'

The acquisition of popular rental sector utility provider Spark Energy will “significantly benefit the rental sector” according to the troubled company’s...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

AI-powered guide allows buy to let investors to locate best deals

A new investment company says its latest tool, powered by Artificial Intelligence, helps buy to let investors search for the best...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech role for popular industry trainer and consultant Mike Day

Respected industry trainer and consultant Michael Day is joining the board of Glanty, the parent company of lettings PropTech firm teclet.  teclet...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket reveals London area where tenants spend most on rent

OnTheMarket, which is beginning to undertake occasional property research, has released data identifying what proportion of tenants’ salaries are spent on...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

National rental market stable as Christmas lull approaches

Rents are rising very gently across almost all of England and Wales with only London and East Anglia showing falls in...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock call to agents: Wear a body camera when you meet tenants

The controversial landlord Fergus Wilson says he has purchased a Body Worn Camera for £75 in a bid to avoid at...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents embracing fees ban set to succeed long-term says PropTech chief

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says agents who accept that the lettings fee ban is coming and who plan positively for its...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

'Expose rogue tenants too' demands agent starting anti-licensing petition

The head of a lettings agency has launched a petition in opposition to a bid by a local council to extend...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental sector can help reduce smoking harm, says pressure group

The private rental sector can help reduce smoking according to a report from Action on Smoking and Health, a pressure group. The...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Anti-letting agents group stages more direct action protests

A pressure group that in the past has protested outside letting agency branches has staged more direct action - this time against...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Bastard landlords - the term used by a government minister

A government minister says the phrase ”rogue landlord” is too “cuddly” and he wants buy to let investors who broke the...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

£450,000: is this a record penalty for a buy to let landlord?

We regularly carry stories about fines for landlords and letting agents who have apparently broken council or national laws - but...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

'Five months to regain possession through courts' new figures show

Private landlords have to wait an average of over five months to regain possession of a property when applying to the...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Bill giving tenants right to sue is set to take a step forward today

Today sees the Second Reading in the House of the Lords for the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, promoted by...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Take rogues to court’ - council urges private tenants to take civil action

Nottingham council - which recently introduced one of the largest and most controversial selective licensing schemes in the country - now...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning - landlords will quit as rent stagnation squeezes profits

More landlords will leave the private rented sector in the next year as annual rental price growth has been flat or...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm creating ‘rental dashboards’ wins key FCA approval

A PropTech company has won approval from the Financial Conduct Authority to go ahead with a scheme which offers tenants a...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news - under 1% of tenancies end with deposit disputes

Fewer than one per cent of private tenancies end in a dispute over the deposit - and the figure is this...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rat-infested homes let to tenants - owner to face criminal charges

A buy to let investor has been forced to close down two rat infested homes he owns in Rotherham after they...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shocking London 'Beds In Sheds' case leads to bill for £42,000

A landlord is almost £42,000 worse off after repeatedly ignoring council orders to stop illegally letting so called “beds in sheds”...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to TDS Adjudication training session in London

Tenant deposit protection scheme TDS will be in London in February to host a ‘hands-on’ half-day workshop for agents and landlords. Part...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned! Misleading guaranteed rent advert must not appear again

An advertisement on a property management firm’s website suggesting that rental income would be guaranteed to landlords has been banned by...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting out parking spaces is moving up a gear, figures suggest

LAT recently carried a story of a lettings agency diversifying by renting out parking spaces for landlord owners - and now...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency swoops on independent firm specialising in student homes

Salford-based student-focussed lettings agency Student Haus has been acquired by the Mistoria Group, which runs Mistoria Estate Agents in the north...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Homelessness triggered by Housing Benefit not private rental sector

A substantial study by university academics suggests that changes to the benefit system lie behind the long-term rise in homelessness from...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord couple must reveal finances to court

One of Britain's highest profile landlords is to be sentenced on December 11 - and she must show the court details of...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

£60,000 rent to be repaid by property firm after council steps in

A London property firm must repay no less than £60,000 in rent after a council obtained a Rent Repayment Order against...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants want to stay in rented homes when landlords sell to another investor

A growing number of tenants say they want to stay put in their rented home even if the landlord sells up. A...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let remains solid despite tax challenges, says lender

The head of a buy to let specialist mortgage broker insists the sector remains a solid investment despite the slew of...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Proceeds of Crime Act used against rogue buy to let investor

Luton landlord Mervyn Kupshik has been ordered to pay nearly £30,000 to the Local council - and if he doesn’t do...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter on the warpath again over default fees

Shelter is campaigning for the outlawing if default fees levied on tenants by agents in Wales. While the campaigning group welcomes the Renting...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked letting agent admits taking over £220,000 from clients

A former lettings agent in Plymouth has finally admitted taking hundreds of thousands of pounds from tenants and landlords - the...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buoyant - the description of the lettings market from Agency Express

The latest data from Agency Express shows what the company calls “buoyant figures” for the UK lettings market in October.  Following a...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Chaos as thousands of licensing applications rejected by council

Local press reports say that one of the country’s most controversial buy to let licensing schemes has seen thousands of applications...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency links with bank to fund move into Build To Rent

A Manchester lettings agency has teamed up with a bank to fund entry into the Build To Rent management sector.  Two new...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Big slump in take-up of prime central London lets, admits agency

The take up of new rental tenancies across prime central London decreased by no less than 12.7 per cent in the...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Management firm launches ‘home sharing’ platform for tenants

A rental management firm has launched a new home-sharing platform which it says is aimed at everyone wanting a place to...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial lettings review website wins backing from students

A controversial review website which says it can be used to identify “good (and bad) letting agents” has won the backing...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Average rents up 2% nationwide - and London is soaring

The average rent in the UK is now £928 per calendar month, up by 2.1 per cent on the same time...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional agency bags three year deal to let homes built by developer

Darlington lettings agency My Property Box has signed a new deal to let properties in the area on behalf of developer...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - cities with best mainstream and student rental markets

Manchester’s rental market is rising higher than in any other UK city according to property consultancy Cushman & Wakefield.  Rents were up...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Reform possession process as part of Housing Court idea - call

A call has been made for the government to review the section 8 possession process as part of its call for...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency trials Artificial Intelligence bot to act on tenants’ repair problems

The JLL lettings agency has launched a ‘virtual property manager’ for a small number of Build To Rent tenants, claiming it...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Evictions of vulnerable tenants should be made tougher, insists group

The private rental sector is not fit for purpose when it comes to housing vulnerable tenants, claims debt charity StepChange which...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Brits rent five times longer than expected - but still want to buy

A new study has revealed that the average Briton rents four years longer than they initially planned to, because of stubbornly-high...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

£2m cash boost for firm calling itself “a premium online lettings agency”

The online agency Home Made, which says it’s London’s only premium online platform for the rental sector, has raised a further...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Government creates housing court and wins support from trade body

The government is consulting on the proposal for a specialist Housing Court which, if it goes ahead, would be a “single...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning - buy to let mortgages likely to become more expensive

The chief executive of a specialist buy to let mortgage broker is warning that mortgages for landlords are likely to become...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Supply plummets in prime central London as landlords ‘forced’ to sell up

The number of lettings listings in prime central London fell 18 per cent in the year to September, says Knight Frank. The...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents have fallen in real terms over the last 10 years says Countrywide

So-called ‘real rents’ - those adjusted for inflation - have fallen by 2.2 per cent since October 2008.   This means that the...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency diversifies into letting car parking spaces in city centre

A lettings agency in Oxford has diversified into marketing car parking spaces as well as apartments and houses. Scottfraser Summertown has told...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Another one down - Leaders Romans buys eighth independent of 2018

The Leaders Romans Group has revealed its acquisition of yet another independent agency - Property Concept. Based in Clifton, Bristol, Property Concept is...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-office firm snaps up retirees’ independent agency

Somerset agency Mark Templer Residential has acquired independent company Wrington Vale Lettings. Husband and wife team John and Vanessa Webb with business...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘More must be done to stop the rogues’ government told

A lettings trade body has welcomed extra government funding for English councils to clamp down on criminal landlords. But the Residential Landlords...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery: What does new ‘global immigration system’ mean for agents

The government has unveiled the spectre of a ‘global immigration system’ to be introduced from the end of 2020 - but...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants spend a third of pay on rent - but affordability is improving

A survey by specialist lender Landbay reveals that tenants outside of London typically spend 33 per cent of their monthly pay,...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter links with deposits scheme charity to create ‘toolkit’ for renters

An online toolkit for tenants on how to best navigate the rental system has been launched by Shelter Scotland with funding...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New funding for government crackdown on buy to let rogue operators

Local authorities across the UK are to get another £2m to crack down on rogue operators in the buy to let...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sector should pay even MORE for energy efficiency, says trade group

It should perhaps come as no surprise that this week’s tightening up of the energy efficiency regulations for the private rental...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Why do more people rent? Because stock is better than before...

One of the country’s leading buy to let experts has given her reasoning behind the surge in the number of people...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents up and tenants competing for properties in London

The LonRes data consultancy says the lettings market in prime areas of the capital is now characterised by increasing rents and...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant-power on the rise as landlords reveal willingness to cut rent

The power held by tenants is growing across the UK, as new research indicates 61 per cent of buy to let...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Council’s first-ever Civil Penalty Notice over lettings property condition

A council in the north of England has issued its first-ever Civil Penalty Notice on a landlord - and it involved...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Beefed-up energy efficiency rules will hurt rural lettings - claim

The countryside lettings sector will be badly hit by new energy efficiency rules being introduced by the government next year. That’s the...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings league table claims London rents up 17% in six years

Figures drawn up for the London region of the GMB union claim that across the capital’s 33 boroughs private rents have...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rising demand from family renters boosts market north of the border

The Scottish private lettings sector is on the march again with the latest index suggesting a 2.2 per cent annual rise,...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency sued for £1.4m after harassment of tenant

A former City marketing executive is suing a lettings agency for £1.4m in a row over alleged harassment in 2010. Agent Caroline...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Yet more buy to let expense as EPC rules tightened by government

Buy to let investors in England and Wales who own particularly cold homes are being targeted by new regulations. Since April this...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour MP demands government clarity on moves against landlords

The Labour MP who chairs the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee in the House of Commons is pressing the government...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Domestic abuse awareness highlighted for property managers

The industry’s first property management franchise scheme, SDL Property Partners, has been given a presentation on how members could be key...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' Fees Ban: tenants in poorest areas will have to pay more

An analysis of 30,000 tenancies by PropTech firm Goodlord suggests that the upcoming ban on tenants’ fees could impact most on...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

£20m property investment Ponzi scheme shut down by High Court

A property investment company operating a Ponzi scheme based on claims of capital appreciation and rental income has been shut down...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Two agencies kicked out of TPO for failing to pay awards

Two lettings agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme for failing to pay awards. One is OJ Residentials Limited trading...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body threatens council with Judicial Review over licensing plan

The Residential Landlords Association is threatening a council with a judicial review because of unresolved concerns over the authority’s selective licensing...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings supply to plummet and rents set to rise over next five years

Some broadly good news to end the week - rents are predicted to grow 13.7 per cent in the next five...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Business as usual for online agency Urban despite Emoov sale

The online lettings agency Urban is continuing to operate as normal despite the shock revelation that parent company Emoov is looking...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency piloting improved repairs service ahead of national roll-out

A new partnership between AXA Partners and repairs reporting service Fixflo is being piloted in Manchester ahead of what may be...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New warning to agents to fit and check carbon monoxide alarms

A warning has gone out to the lettings sector to check that rental properties are ‘Gas Safe’ as the colder weather...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to send hundreds of buy to let fixed-penalty notices today

A council says it has been preparing prosecution and penalty notices “for hundreds of private landlords that have failed to apply...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New property management firm says it undercuts rivals by two-thirds

A property management firm is launching with a claim that its charges are under a third of some rivals.  Online service ManageMyHome...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property is personal - and Belvoir is putting it on a rebranded image

Belvoir is unveiling a new logo this morning, incorporating the strapline ‘Property is personal’. “Belvoir has always been a progressive company which has contributed...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb planning consent - could it cross the water and happen here?

The Republic of Ireland has adopted new policies requiring owners in 'high housing demand areas' to secure planning consent if they...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing fear of hidden threat to rental sector in Budget small print

Rental sector experts are expressing growing fears that the relatively low-key Budget announcements made on Monday could herald something more dramatic...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour threat to create private rental register and more licensing

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has made a clear pledge to tighten regulations surrounding the private rental sector. In an interview with The...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Late November date for MPs to debate tenants' Creditworthiness Bill

The second reading of the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill is to take place in the House of Commons on November 23 -...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector rule changes fail to disrupt Scottish rental stability

New figures show that the Scottish rental market returned to growth in September with average growth of 0.1 per cent across...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shocking claim that councils 'interview landlords under caution'

The heavy-handed administration of selective licensing schemes is driving out buy to let investors. That’s the claim from David Kirwan of Kirwans...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Boring Budget? - lettings industry downbeat at lacklustre measures

The agency industry has reacted in a broadly downbeat way at the relatively few housing-related proposals that were announced in yesterday’s...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge fine for property firms over serious fire safety issues

Two property companies which failed to follow a local council’s lettings sector licensing scheme have been fined a combined £32,000. Owners of...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech service complements checks on tenants' social media posts

Good tenant referencing should include awareness of would-be renters’ social media history according to RentalStep - but it says more thorough...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

The Property Franchise Group snaps up city independent agency

A branch of The Property Franchise Group’s CJ Hole brand in Bristol has snapped up an independent lettings agency elsewhere in...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency boss admits hundreds of thousands in fraud and theft charges

The former owner of a lettings agency has admitted charges of fraud, false accounting and theft involving some hundreds of thousands...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Thumbs up from agents for safety review of rental sector

Industry bodies have given their support to a wide ranging review of safety regulations governing the private rental sector. The government announced...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants one step closer to being able to sue landlords over conditions

Tenants are now a step closer to being able to sue landlords if they do not properly maintain their properties. The Commons...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents reach record high as plummeting supply begins to hurt

Rightmove is reporting that average asking rents outside London have topped £800 per month for the first time, fuelled by a...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Order issued - £4,000 in rent to be handed back

A landlord had been ordered to give back almost £4,000 that was paid to him while operating without a licence. The case...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces private rental sector health and safety review

The government is to undertake a wide-ranging review of health and safety regulations for the private rental sector. In an announcement this afternoon...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate tenants' powers to sue over property conditions

MPs in the House of Commons will today debate the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, promoted by a Labour backbencher...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

£261,750 - one council's buy to let fines issued in just six months

Havering council in London has issued £261,750 in penalty notices to what it calls ‘criminals’ operating in the private rental sector.  Between...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants to be given access to database of rogue agents and landlords

The Guardian says the government is committed to making a datebase of rogue letting agents and landlords available to tenants. The newspaper quotes...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents still rising despite fall in tenant demand - ARLA

The number of tenants seeing their rents rise continues to go up according to the latest market snapshot produced by the...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Another step nearer to rent contributing to tenants' credit scores

More progress is expected today in the passage of a Bill which will allow good tenants’ rent records to count towards...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in buy to let mortgage products for companies, not individuals

The number of buy to let lenders lending to limited companies has risen by 47 per cent over the past year,...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm claims new service cuts pre-tenancy admin for agents

A PropTech provider of inventory services says its new tool will significantly cut pre-tenancy admin for letting agents and landlords. No Letting...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by local Martin & Co franchisee

The independent lettings agency Chilli Residential has been snapped up by a local branch of franchise giant Martin & Co. The Aldershot...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Big regional variations in buy to let yields says latest survey

An online estate agency specialising in the sale of tenanted buy to let units has produced a league table of regional...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Higher tax bills lead to surge in buy to let remortgaging

The proportion of buy to let investors looking to remortgage is now at an all-time high according to respected specialist mortgage...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech key as London agency launches aggressive acquisition campaign

After reporting record summer figures from its lettings division, Chestertons says it’s on the acquisition trail and looking for agencies to...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents up across England and Wales - except for one region

Just one region of England and Wales saw rents fall in the year to September 2018, according to the latest Your...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings love-in! Landlords really like tenants, despite the tough-guy image

An insurance firm has conducted research showing that not all landlords are heartless - in fact, quite the reverse.  The study by...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Council lettings agency loses £53,000 a year managing just 25 homes

A council-run lettings agency looks likely to be scrapped after it apparently lost some £53,000 - even though it manages only...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Crisis? What crisis? London lettings agency reports busiest-ever quarter

One of London’s most respected lettings agencies says it’s recorded its best-ever quarter for business - defying claims from some that...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Vast discrepancies over how tenants' deposits are handled

The Nationwide has called for greater consistency in the treatment and return of security deposits so that tenants leaving properties in...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fine after untrue claim that properties to let 'were empty'

A landlord has been ordered to pay £452 after he breached the terms of his licence in an area of County...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

To Let boards restricted in size, number and location by local council

A city council has introduced highly specific guidelines as to the number, size and positioning of To Let boards following apparent...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Don't discriminate against benefit claimants buy to let lenders told

Urgent action is needed to tackle discrimination against benefit claimants by buy to let mortgage providers according to a leading trade...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm revealed as sponsor of The ESTAS People Award 2019

PropTech company PayProp has been announced as the sponsor of the ESTAS People Awards category for 2019. The ESTAS is a customer...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

No mass exodus of buy to let investors, poll suggests

A poll of 1,250 landlords suggests that far from being concerned about the profitability of buy to let, almost 80 per...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants' Fees Bill - Bonfire Night date for next Lords debate

November 5 is the next key date for the passage of the Tenants’ Fees Bill, the measure which is likely to...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Licensing scheme bags £5m in 'lost' council tax from buy to let sector

Since one London local authority introduced private rental sector licensing in 2013 an extra £5,002,203 in council tax has been collected...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Another independent signs up with Zero Deposit scheme

Zero Deposit, one of the insurance-based schemes offering an alternative to traditional tenancy deposits, has signed up its first independent agency...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fine for owner who let 'dangerous and damp' property to family

A landlord has been hit with more than £5,500 of fines and costs after he allowed a family with three young...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New Client Money Protection service launched for managing agents

The Association of Residential Managing Agents has launched a first-of-its-kind Client Money Protection to members.  Although CMP schemes are to be mandatory...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban silver lining: It may save the High Street office, says agent

A lettings agent says the fees ban expected to be introduced next year may end up indirectly helping to save the...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

More PropTech will help agents combat regulation changes, claims Fixflo

PropTech repairs service Fixflo has published its latest annual report on the industry, based on information from over 400 lettings professionals...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposit-free renting 'would boost repairs and give more tenant security'

Some 1.5m tenants could be at risk of losing their deposits, claims a campaigner for insurance-based alternatives to deposits. Ajay Jagota, head...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock as top landlord stops letting homes because East Europeans quit UK

Fergus Wilson, frequently labelled Britain’s biggest individual landlord, says he is stopping letting out properties because of a shortage of East...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

All change: Martin & Co snaps up independent and reveals new franchisees

A branch of Martin & Co has substantially boosted its managed portfolio following the acquisition of independent agency County Rentals. The goodwill...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Student surge gives London agency a late summer boost

JLL says its London offices saw increased demand in the third quarter of the year, underpinned by the student sector. Lonres data...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Disgrace: 23 tenants in property with licence for only six

A property management company which kept up to 23 adults in overcrowded conditions has been fined £7,500 by a council in...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ghost Tenants Scam: huge fine for London managing agent

A managing agent who used ‘ghost tenants’ as a front so that she could cram 16 people into one overcrowded house...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency fined twice in a year - once over fees, once over licensing

A London agency has been fined for the second time in 11 months. Local media in Barking, east London, report that Primelodge...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

London's luxury letting sector sees sharp drop in growth

The growth in tenancies agreed in London’s super-prime sector has slowed sharply from 20 per cent earlier this year to just...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Not so grim up north as buy to let investors move from south

New data from Countrywide’s luxury brand agency Hamptons International says the average price of a home bought by a landlord in...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Lodger dodgers and Airbnb landlords may be targeted in Budget

A newspaper claims landlords who ‘game’ the current tax regime for short term lets and lodging may be in the firing...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge 30% fall in buy to let purchases in just three years

Countrywide says landlords spent £12.1 billion buying rental properties in the first half of this year - a full 30 per...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit warning issued by HomeLet chief executive

Brexit is causing concern among landlords, according to HomeLet. The initial results of HomeLet’s annual landlord survey says nine out of 10...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Arrears rocket for tenants on Universal Credit

Around two thirds of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have experienced rent arrears according to new research. Based on responses...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent attacks lettings industry for 'immoral' and 'below the belt' fees

The head of the online lettings agency recently scooped up by Emoov says traditional lettings agents have made a rod for...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Make Tenants' Fees Bill even tougher, demands consumer charity

A call has been made for the Tenants’ Fees Bill to be made even stricter following a claim that over a...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills on buying spree as it snaps up northern independents

Savills has announced two acquisitions in the north west, one of an agency and one of an individual branch.  The agency being...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

It's not enough - industry wants homelessness initiative beefed up

Trade bodies have welcomed a government initiative to get more homeless people, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless,...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants more likely to vote - is this why rental sector is under attack?

New research may explain why the government and Labour appear to be competing with each other to attack landlords and letting...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Supply down, viewings up, more deals done - that's the market today

A new quarterly overview of the UK lettings sector reveals three key trends: viewings are rising and more tenancies are being...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency to offer no-deposit option to Build To Rent scheme tenants

Rettie & Co is the first agency north of the border to offer a no-deposit scheme to tenants - although it’s...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents rising - but should buy to let investors consider Ireland?

With an average rental return of 7.69 per cent Ireland has been named as the top location in Europe for buy to...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

First council backs campaign to scrap S21 eviction powers

Croydon council is reported to have become the first local authority to back the scrapping of Section 21 of the 1988...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech tool compares cost of 'lifetime renting' with house purchase

A new PropTech tool tells users how much it would cost to rent a house in various areas for a ‘lifetime...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fledgling trade group dares any challenger to bring it on

A post on a landlord website suggests that a new trade body is being set up to challenge the dominance of...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agent says tenants baffled by ill-thought-out policy changes

The head of an online lettings agency says tenants are now left confused by what she calls “ill thought-out policy changes”...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent and Brexit: 'give EU citizens the paperwork' say groups

The Home Secretary has been asked by a leading lettings sector trade organisation to ensure hard copy documents are given to...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove boss joins board of PropTech marketplace app firm

Rightmove’s chief executive officer, Peter Brooks-Johnson, is joining the board of an offshoot of a global classified listings operation. He is to...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Goodlord secures another £7m to enhance digital contracts service

Rental platform Goodlord - which in January made around 40 staff redundant in a restructuring move - has now announced that...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

CGT incentive for longer tenancies - limited backing from trade body

There has been limited support given from some parts of the lettings industry to a proposal offering Capital Gains Tax relief...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government tipped to announce tax breaks in return for longer tenancies

Media speculation over the weekend has suggested that the government may be about to give tax breaks to landlords agreeing to...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Jail for men who 'made up' VAT returns for franchise lettings branch

A man who submitted false VAT returns for the Lincoln franchise branch of Martin & Co for a period of six...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban moves a step closer - Bill returns to Parliament this week

The Tenant Fees Bill is back in Parliament this week when it goes for its Second Reading in the House of...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Another Build To Rent scheme - this time a 23-storey city centre block

Plans have been unveiled for a 23-storey development comprising 307 Build To Rent units, located overlooking Cardiff Bay. IM Properties and its...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Another day, another landlord in court for not licensing an HMO

A landlord who rented out an unlicenced HMO has been fined more than £22,000 after the local council found five people...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock survey shows longer tenancies could deter many landlords

The shock findings of a new survey suggest that 32 per cent of landlords would be less likely to buy new...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New branch bans tenant fees and gives discounts to public sector workers

A new branch of franchise agency Century 21 has opened in Chelmsford with two unusual pitches - its own ‘ban’ on...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New rental investment firm specialises in out-of-London locations

A new investment company has launched offering what it calls “opportunities to invest in key residential and commercial developments across the...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional agency snaps up independent in bid for 1,000 managed units

North west lettings and student accommodation specialist Mistoria Group has purchased an independent with 200 properties under management across Greater Manchester.  The...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Cleaning and damage are main reasons students lose deposits at check-out

The Deposit Protection Service says almost a quarter of students lost part of their tenancy deposit when they left their accommodation...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Two thirds of Britain ‘unaffordable to young renters’ claims BBC

A salary of £51,200 a year is required to rent a one bedroom home in London according to research conducted by...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Glimmer of hope: more improvements in London lettings market

Knight Frank says the annual rental value growth has returned to prime central London due to declining supply levels - the...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how and why rents will rise after buy to let tax changes

New research has attempted to quantify the number and scale of rent rises that are likely to take place as landlords...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

High-end estate links with deposit-free service for private tenants

The Bedford Estate, which covers part of Covent Garden and includes Bloomsbury, has linked up with one of the growing number...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

More PropTech could boost letting agents' support for student tenants

A PropTech entrepreneur says all agents would benefit from the introduction of more automation, but that those with student tenants may...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

London lettings market will recover - but it'll take two years at least

A major property platform says London’s rental and sales market may well be on the road to recovery - but that...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock survey claims 1.5m deposits 'not in any protection scheme'

A comparison website claims that over 1.5m tenants know their landlord has not placed their deposits into a government-backed deposit protection...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine after unsafe overcrowding in unlicensed HMO loft

A buy to let investor that let at least eight people from six different families rent space in his three-storey property...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent at centre of Purplebricks row sells lettings side of his business

Chris Wood, the Cornish agent who was recently the centre of a dispute with the Advertising Standards Authority, has announced that...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Inventory wars hot up as warning issued over 'for-profit' trade bodies

Lettings agents, landlords and consumers are being warned about a growing number of ‘for-profit’ companies claiming to be independent inventory trade...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Two new PropTech products aimed at lettings agencies

Two new PropTech services launched, targeting the lettings industry. Tenancy referencing firm FCC Paragon has launched MyMoveIn, an online platform that supports...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA courses for agents still unsure about Section 21 changes

The Association of Residential Letting Agencies has set up a course - for non-members as well as members - on Ending...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

London council wants agents to have a say in licensing review

A London local authority which is part way through its five year additional HMO licensing scheme wants lettings agents to give their...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Protest follows agency owner's refusal to sign 'pledge' document

The head of a lettings agency has refused to sign a pledge document put to him by a protest group - and...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Note to Chancellor - scrap stamp duty and capital gains tax surcharges

The first of the industry trade bodies to issue a series of demands for this month’s Budget is the National Landlords Association...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Yet another independent snapped up by fast-growing regional chain

Yorkshire estate agency Linley & Simpson has acquired another independent firm, Angus Roberts. The deal will see Linley & Simpson, which operates...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Want £860 more rent a year? Then let tenants decorate their homes...

New research appears to suggest that some tenants would be willing to pay substantially higher rent if they were allowed to...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents on the up - highest proportion of rises for almost four years

The percentage of tenants experiencing rent hikes in August was the highest for almost four years according to the Association of...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

They're nearly here - new S21 notices come into effect on Monday

Changes to the Section 21 Notice come into force for letting agents and landlords on Monday.  This will require all Assured Shorthold...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

October 29 - a nervous date for agents' diaries

Here’s a date which the private rental sector may want to make a note of…even if it is with some nervousness. The...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Your Move chief boasts of higher yields than most of England and Wales

The latest rental figures produced by Your Move for Scotland have prompted a claim that the country now has better yields...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Give the rental sector a (tax) break' agency tells government

The Haart agency is calling on the government to give the private rental sector a break in the autumn Budget, as...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Row brewing over Labour MP talking housing at Tory party conference

A row appears to be brewing over the decision of a Labour MP to attend next week’s Conservative conference to discuss...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings struggle in London sub-markets, Knight Frank figures show

Three London lettings sub-markets performed relatively weakly according to data just released by Knight Frank. Wimbledon’s rental values fell 1.5 per cent...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

London council threatens bans and fines as it brings in new licensing

The Labour-led local authority in Hackney has issued a statement pledging fines or even bans if landlords fail to get appropriate...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock claim by senior agent of air of criminality in lettings industry

One of Scotland’s top lettings agents is warning of “an air of criminality” in the rental industry north of the border. His...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency reveals drastic overhaul of services

Online lettings agency Upad has drastically overhauled its product range, introducing a ‘pick and mix’ option allowing landlords to choose services...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Now isn't the time to introduce three year tenancies, says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has released details of its response to the government’s official consultation on possible three year...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Corbyn's council clamps down after 35 tenants found in just four flats

Two private landlords have been found guilty of managing Houses in Multiple Occupation with dangerous and sub-standard conditions, following a successful...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Uproar after police say they're not investigating missing agent

There has been a furious response from landlords and tenants to a police letter which says a local force is not...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Chaos ahead? 'Councils may not be ready for HMO change' warning

There’s less than a week to go to the introduction of new rules broadening the range of houses including in mandatory HMO...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour to scrap S21 and match Tory pledges on fees and tenancies

Labour has outlined its proposals for the private rental sector if it gains power at the next General Election - and...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Martin & Co snaps up family agency to become largest in area

The local branch of franchise operation Martin & Co has acquired family business Oliver James’s Witney office to become the largest...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Tenants carry burden of landlords quitting buy to let' warning

Latest government figures show that private rents paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 0.9 per cent in the 12...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Plummeting lettings supply means higher rents for London tenants

The number of available properties to rent is falling at an alarming rate, particularly in Greater London, according to property platform...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New HMO rules next month 'will cost landlords £95m'

More than 77,000 UK landlords will be shelling out a combined £95 million this month, as new occupancy laws come into...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket weighs cost benefit of letting furnished v unfurnished

A two bedroom furnished flat can cost up to 21 per cent more to rent than a comparable property that’s unfurnished. Research...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More lettings agencies expelled by TPO for unpaid awards

Two more lettings agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman as a result of unpaid awards following disputes involving landlords...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency must pay over £50,000 after letting overcrowded flat

An overcrowded property let by an unlicensed company with inadequate fire precautions and unheated rooms has led to a £46,620 fine...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Liquidators for agency say landlords and tenants will get their money

Liquidators Grant Thornton says funds found in the accounts of a Guernsey lettings agent are likely to be sufficient to pay...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

And another ... Leaders Romans reveals sixth acquisition of the year

The Leaders Romans Group has revealed its sixth business acquisition of 2018 - the Worthing and Bognor Regis lettings portfolios of...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency expelled by TPO after 100 complaints, owing £419k in awards

An agency has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman after receiving over 100 separate complaints, and failing to pay over £419,000...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Many independent letting agencies will shut' warns franchise firm chief

Belvoir says a surge in business for its Assisted Acquisition Programme is because of the challenging market and upcoming fees ban...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Suspend Right To Rent' call as Home Office reconvenes industry panel

The Home Office is to reconvene its private rental sector stakeholder panel on Right to Rent. This follows a controversial period for...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental standards up, but sector still needs to improve - new report

There have been “significant leaps forward” in the standards of the private rental sector in the past four years, but safety...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Still no sign of sluggish lettings market picking up for autumn

The latest market data produced by the Agency Express board company has revealed a further decline in activity for the lettings...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Council acts against agent and says tenants pay through the nose

A lettings agent described as ‘rogue’ by a London council, along with two lettings companies, have been heavily fined for operating...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA reminds industry on provisions of imminent HMO rule changes

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has issued a reminder to the industry of the need to understand and abide by...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent-to-rent firm says London lettings market led by Tech hubs

Rent-to-rent operator Residently says area with high volumes of tech company employees are leading the lettings market’s growth in London. The firm...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

500 not out - NALS hits Foundation Lettings Course milestone

The National Approved Letting Scheme is celebrating the 500th candidate to complete its Foundation Lettings Course. Moira Devlin of Lowther Homes, in...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Success: head of property firm acquitted of charges relating to HMO

A property management firm chief who had to pay over £20,000 after being found guilty of nine offences relating to an...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Ditch deposits - 43% of tenants want a no-deposit alternative

A new study shows that 43 per cent of tenants want the system of private rental deposits to be dropped and...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Free seminars for agents wanting to restructure lettings businesses

Free seminars are to be held next month to help letting agents restructure their business to optimise opportunities in the current...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More tenants' social media accounts being checked, claims lender

One in nine landlords now check prospective tenants’ social media accounts to try to assess how they may behave as renters,...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Missing lettings agent and missing money - new call for police action

There’s a growing call for more police action over tracing a lettings agent who is apparently missing - as is some...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market 'has fallen into recession' says The DPS

A gloomy report from The Deposit Protection Service says the UK’s rental market is in recession for the first time since...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents broadly steady according to HomeLet and Hamptons data

HomeLet says the average rent in the UK is now £947, up 0.9 per cent on last year - or up...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Another short let management firm to expand out of London

Another short let management firm, set up in the wake of an explosion of Airbnb-style renting by amateurs and professionals, is...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Very large clouds over rental sector' warns Emoov-owned agency

The lettings director at Urban, the online agency recently snapped up by Emoov, says the rental market is faced with significant...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent hit with massive £30,000 fine for letting one tiny room

A lettings agent who let a tiny room behind a kitchen in a property in London has been ordered to pay...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage costs increase after Bank of England rate rise

New figures out show that buy to let mortgage rates are showing the effects of last month’s base rate rise. Online mortgage...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Start-up snapped up - Movem bought by HomeLet parent firm

Barbon Insurance Group, which trades as HomeLet and Rentshield Direct, has now snapped up Movem. Movem uses personal online banking transaction data...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Name and shame rip-off agents' demand Trading Standards and NALS

Trading Standards departments in London are asking renters to name and shame letting agents who are not complying with the law...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Investment trust to compete against Buy To Let and Build To Rent

An investment trust has been launched and looks likely to be competing for individual investors who may see it as an...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned and fined! Notorious HMO had 'unsafe and insanitary' rooms

The landlord of an HMO who subjected his tenants to insanitary and unsafe living conditions has been told he will no...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Success for managing agency as it scoops prestigious People award

Managing agency Rendall & Rittner has scooped a Platinum Investors in People award, demonstrating commitment to high performance through good people...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Stop blaming agents for rental sector problems, top expert demands

A landmark report on private renting provides the opportunity to stop blaming letting agents and landlords for the sector’s problems, a...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant's success makes it number two in lettings to Countrywide

Franchise giant Belvoir Lettings has told the City and the firm’s shareholders that revenues and profits have risen in the first...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency bucks trend by creating Build To Rent investment opportunities

Some industry observers say letting agents and Build To Rent are daggers drawn, but one agency in the Midlands is having...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants' Fees Bill: date set for next Parliamentary stage

It’s been announced that the next stage of the Tenants’ Fees Bill through Parliament will be its Second Reading in the...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More red tape? Labour gives top-level support for 'mandatory register'

Shadow housing minister John Healey has given his backing to a Labour MP’s attempt to introduce a mandatory national register for...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More industry backing for 'landmark' review of rental sector

The National Landlords Association is the latest trade body to back what is being described as a landmark review of the...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

London agency's lettings book rebranded by ex-Countrywide team

The lettings book of My London Home will be absorbed into the Stirling Ackroyd portfolio and rebranded this autumn. Consisting of nearly...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG-backed Zero Deposit scheme signs up more independent agencies

More independent lettings agencies - Anthony Pepe, Let Leeds and Alexander & Co (formerly kaleidoscope Group) - have signed up to...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery as established agent goes to ground owing furious clients thousands

A letting agent operating in Cambridgeshire has seemingly 'gone to ground', owing landlords and tenants thousands of pounds. Frank Smart, who has...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Just three weeks until new HMO licensing rules are introduced

It is now just three weeks until licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is extended. The new rules, which will require...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils must use their 'extensive powers' to root out rogue landlords

The policy director of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on local councils to use the 'extensive powers' they have...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Family-run hybrid agency clinches £300k student lettings deal

A family-run hybrid based in the North East has secured the £300,000 contract to manage a new student accommodation development in...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Double acquisition marks further expansion for fast-growing regional

Fast-growing regional Yorkshire agency Linley & Simpson has announced the details of two new acquisitions. It has picked up the lettings books...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Average rents growing at highest rate since 2016, index shows

The average rent in the UK increased by 0.13% last month - the highest level of monthly growth recorded since April...

07 September 2018

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Landlord given huge £170k fine for serious fire safety failings

A landlord in Reading has been handed a huge fine for serious breaches of fire safety regulations.  Philip Brotherton's company Cresctcourt Properties...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Guild members to be trained by former ARLA president

Members of the Guild of Property Professionals will be given access to a series of training videos put together by former...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Student property - Birmingham is UK's leading buy-to-let hotspot

The UK's second city Birmingham takes top spot when it comes to student property returns for buy-to-let investors. Analysis by online letting...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: MPs announce further proposals to protect tenants

MPs have proposed a series of amendments to the Tenant Fees Bill as part of its Report Stage and Third Reading...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the government planning to pull the plug on three-year tenancies?

Reports have emerged this week that the government is planning a U-turn on its proposals to introduce mandatory three-year minimum tenancies...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Cleaning and damage again most common reasons for deposit deductions

Cleaning and property damage are the most common reasons landlords make deposit deductions, according to data released by The Deposit Protection...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Selling up? Almost half of landlords want out of buy-to-let

A survey has revealed that 44% of landlords are looking to sell properties as a challenging market takes its toll. Octopus Choice,...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Portals Zoopla and OnTheMarket advertising rental listings on Facebook

Leading portals Zoopla and OnTheMarket have today announced that they will both be advertising agents' rental property listings on Facebook Marketplace. Marketplace...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agency hit with £10,000-plus fine for smoke alarm failings

A London council has fined a letting agency over £10,000 for failing to install smoke alarms in a rental property. Waltham Forest...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Market not prepared for growing trend of lifetime renting, says leading agent

A leading letting agent argues that the UK housing market is not prepared to deal with a growing number of lifetime...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent payments and credit scores - new partnership to benefit renters

Rent recognition platform CreditLadder, which enables renters to add their payments to their credit history, has announced a partnership which aims...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Spark to offer low price energy deals for cost-cutting agents

Lettings sector energy firm Spark has announced that it is launching a business-to-business energy service which will initially target high street...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fraud probe launched against agent which owes thousands to clients

The police have launched a fraud probe against a Norfolk estate agency which closed in June.  The Eastern Daily Press (EDP) reports...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government publishes deposit scheme paper ahead of fees ban Report Stage

The House of Commons has published a briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes ahead of the Report Stage of the Tenant...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Agents must accommodate renters looking for deposit-free renting' - claim

The chief commercial officer of PropTech startup Canopy says that letting agents and Build to Rent landlords need to accommodate the...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New online training to help agents with 'complex legal environment'

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has this week launched a new Training Academy which aims to help landlords, agents and property...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with huge fine for 'worst property seen in years'

A landlord has been hit with a total fine of almost £40,000 for breaching House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) management regulations. David...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government rental chief to be quizzed at upcoming industry event

The government's director of rented housing is set to address the industry at an upcoming event open to letting agents and...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory CMP: PRS and CMProtect taking 'joined up' approach

The parent company of The Property Redress Scheme (PRS) says its group companies will be taking a more 'joined up' approach...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Tighten up - student landlords warned over security ahead of academic year

Student landlords and letting agents are being warned by the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) to tighten up security in their properties...

03 September 2018

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Tax changes are making London rents less affordable, says top agent

A top London letting agent working for Knight Frank has commented on the 'irony' that the government's series of tax changes...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Acquisition allows agency to stay independent ahead of fees ban

An agency claims that the acquisition of a competitor’s lettings department has allowed it to save two companies, avoid cutbacks and...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

One of the first: landlord repays housing benefit following new legislation

An Essex council claims it is one of the first to be granted a rent repayment order - part of legislation...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let investment boosted by Equity Release - claim

The popular belief that equity release damages the housing market is being challenged by claims from ER company Retirement Advantage. It claims...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency tests 'hub' structure to allow agents to work more flexibly

High end agency Knight Frank is reorganising a regional lettings division in a bid to create a ‘hub’ system which should...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency back in lettings, five years after portfolio acquired by Leaders

An independent agency in Gloucestershire is returning to the lettings business to complement its existing sales and land arms. Perry Bishop and...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Retail guru is new chief executive of landlords’ body

A retail executive with specialist knowledge of customer loyalty has become the new chief executive of the Residential Landlords Association.   Andrew...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to lease homes from private sector, then let to social tenants

The New Forest district council in Hampshire is appealling to letting agents and private tenants to sign up to its Private...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tory voters want S21 eviction powers scrapped, claims pressure group

Generation Rent, the controversial pressure group campaigning alongside Shelter and others for the scrapping of landlords’ rights to evict under Section...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news - rental demand at its highest since last September

In what seems to be increasingly rare good news for the private rental sector, ARLA says demand from new tenants has...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Experts In Property agency snaps up independent's lettings team

An agency in the Experts In Property trade group has snapped up the lettings side of a rival independent company. Collyers Properties,...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender warns over Brexit's impact on housing market

OneSavings Bank, the parent organisation of specialist buy to let lender Kent Reliance, has given a warning on the possible impact...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Not again! Another charity slams private rental sector over S21

Last week Shelter and the National Housing Federation took a swipe at lettings agents, and now Citizens Advice has joined the...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government pledges no premature decision on longer tenancies

A trade body says it has been assured by the government that there will be no premature announcement introducing longer tenancies...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency warns over insurance cover for Airbnb-style lets

A London lettings agency is warning landlords who let out their properties via Airbnb or similar short let platforms to ensure...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank gives upbeat assessment of investors considering buy to let

Data produced by Sainsbury’s Bank Mortgages gives a trend-bucking upbeat assessment of investors’ renewed interest in buy to let.  Figures siuggest that...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government is forcing more landlords to quit, top agency claims

Belvoir says more landlords are selling up and fewer newcomers are investing in the private rental sector because of increased legislation...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing Benefit Row: 'the system is at fault, not the rental sector'

The ongoing debate over some letting agents and landlords allegedly refusing to accept tenants in receipt of housing benefit has now...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Average age of buy to let investors falls dramatically, website claims

The average age of buyers of properties for buy to let has dropped from 52.3 years in 2014 to 42 years...

24 August 2018

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Shocking buy to let overcrowding - hunt is on for culprit

A London local authority is looking for the landlord of a bungalow which had two bedrooms but was home to 15...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Yes or No to three year tenancies? Consultation ends soon

Lettings agents for or against the government’s proposals for longer tenancies have only a very short time left to respond to...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter told ‘vilifying letting agents won't solve the housing crisis’

The National Approved Lettings Scheme has issued a sharp rebuke to Shelter and the National Housing Federation following their controversial ‘End...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery of closed agency throws light on company registration system

The mystery surrounding a lettings and estate agency on the island of Guernsey offers an insight into a system where companies...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection scheme launched by Propertymark

Propertymark has launched a new Client Money Protection system, Money Shield, with a support statement from much of the lettings sector...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Not true! Agents reject claim of discriminating against benefit tenants

Lettings agents’ representatives have hit back at an accusation of discrimination made against the industry. A report by Shelter and the National...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Investors still moving into buy to let - but it's a patchy regional picture

First the good news - investors are still purchasing buy to let properties; the less good news is that it’s a...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Big managerial changes at Belvoir as Northwood duo step up

Belvoir, the UK’s largest high street franchised agency network, has made major changes to its top table with promotions for two...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost one in five buy to let investors commit to sector 'indefinitely'

Almost one in five landlords intend to remain in the buy to let market indefinitely according to a new survey.  Research for...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator celebrates 2,000th unit under management

SDL Group is celebrating its 2,000th tenant in the new but fast-growing Build To Rent sector.  SDL works with developer Sigma Capital Group...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Here they go again - Generation Rent attacks S21 no-fault evictions

The campaign group Generation Rent is back on the warpath in opposition of Section 21, which it describes as “the leading...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector will return to growth - but maybe not until 2021...

A new analysis of the buy to let market forecasts more bad news for agents, landlords and investors over the next...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investment evenly split between genders, says agency

The ownership of buy to let property is much more evenly split between women and men than amongst other forms of...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent provider exchanges contracts on 44-storey resi tower

Legal & General has exchanged contracts on the West Tower in Manchester’s Deansgate, bringing the firm’s total of BTR units in...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

London buy to let investors pessimistic over future of sector

Over a third of London investors no longer view property as a good investment, according to a survey of over 1,000...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies team up to limit damage from fees ban

Two independent agencies have joined forces in a bid to minimise damage caused by next year’s ban on fees levied on...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning over dangers of utility meter-tampering in private rental sector

The rental market is being warned of the dangers from unsafe gas and electricity supplies caused by meter-tampering.  Research undertaken by the Grosvenor...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator marks its 2,000th new-build home to let

A Build To Rent operator is marking its 2,000th new-build home - an indication of how the sector is starting to...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Speculation that three-year tenancies could be announced next week

Speculation is growing that three year tenancies for private renters - long favoured by the government - could be announced as...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial council warns landlords not to raise rents to pay licences

The council behind a controversial private rental sector licensing scheme is trying to justify its introduction on health and safety grounds. On...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical checks welcomed by senior lettings agency chief

One of the lettings industry’s senior figures has welcomed the introduction of mandatory five yearly inspections of electrical installations in private...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Summer slowdown hits lettings market says Agency Express

The lettings sector is in the midst of a summer slowdown with no pick up in activity expected until next month,...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb tries to answer lettings critics by issuing fire guidance

Airbnb, the short lets platform that has received substantial criticism from the buy to let sector over its largely unregulated status,...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Yields: North on top when it comes to university towns' buy to lets

There’s more evidence today that the largest buy to let investment yields are coming from the north of England and the...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent payments adding to creditworthiness: more progress announced

The Rent Recognition Challenge, an initiative to use technology to help share renters' payment histories with lenders and credit reference agencies,...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Scottish lettings reform has led to glut of buy to let sell-offs - claim

The Scottish Government’s private rental reforms are shaking up the sector according to new data, which reveals rental property sales have...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

The secret’s out: Franchise giant explains acquisitions success

A series of acquisitions by The Property Franchise Group this year has added over 3,000 managed properties to its portfolio this year...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Online firm will 'pre-screen' agencies for tenants, and vice versa

LetsBid, a digital online auction service for lettings and sales, has extended its pre-screening service for agents with a new agreement...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Guilty! Agency and its boss fined for breaching council licence

A Luton lettings agency and its director, plus a landlord, have all been found guilty of offences related to a breach...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Another one snapped up - Leaders Romans acquires independent firm

The Leaders Romans Group has snapped up yet another small independent agency - GPS Property Management based at Ravenshead in Nottinghamshire. For...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposits chief hits back at consumer group's 'broken system' jibe

The chief executive of mydeposits has hit back at a Which? report calling for reform - or possibly even replacement -...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies - agents have less than two weeks to respond

Agents and others wishing to respond to the official consultation on government proposals for longer tenancies have only until late evening...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says London rents down again but other areas rising slowly

The latest figures produced by Countrywide show a slow rise in rents across most of the country with the notable exception of...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New powers for social housing tenants on the way

The government has outlined increases in powers it wants to give social housing tenants - but no details of increases in social housing building. The...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

£20,000 fine after fire at buy to let 'could have led to fatalities'

A buy to let investor has been fined £20,000 after a kitchen fire that occurred in May last year at a...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposits: government urged to look at reform or alternatives

Just under a third of people moving from one privately rented property to another in the past two years had to...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents have merely kept pace with RPI over past five years - Allsop

Rent rises in the private rental sector have merely tracked inflation and the Retail Price Index over the past five years...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to check clients' licenses after council website blunder

Agents and landlords are being advised to check the status of their HMO licenses in the London Borough of Harrow following...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tax changes lead to big fall in overseas-based buy to let investors

The proportion of landlords of British buy to let properties who are themselves based overseas has fallen to a record low...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit confusion: 'EU nationals in UK risk losing their rental homes'

A leading trade body says EU citizens living in the UK run the risk of losing their rental homes without swift...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Short lets - look before you leap, top agent advises landlords

One of the country’s largest independent property management firms says it’s seeing a clear shift within the rental sector from traditional...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

David Brent becomes a lettings agent. Fact. Well, sort of...

You may have spotted a particularly entertaining ad yesterday for lettings property management firm ARPM - it’s the one that featured...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech: new BestAgent platform signs inventory software supplier

The emerging Proptech platform BestAgent has announced its latest partnership - this one is with InventoryBase, a software supplier which has...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: date set for full High Court challenge

The government’s controversial Right To Rent policy is to be challenged in the High Court just before Christmas. It was announced in...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents to soar 15% as battered landlords pull out, says RICS

Rents are expected to surge 15 per cent over the next five years thanks to increasing demand and limited supply following...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlawful! Trade body tells another council its licensing plans are illegal

The Residential Landlords Association has told another council that its plans to introduce selective licensing in areas of its town are...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed: council lists seven prosecuted over licensing scheme

A local authority has taken the unusual step of naming seven buy to let landlords prosecuted in the past month in...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Eight weeks left for agents to apply to join new register in Scotland

There are now only eight weeks left for agents to apply to join a new statutory register which comes into effect...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA urges agents to back Gas Safety Week awareness campaign

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it’s asking its member to get behind Gas Safety Week which takes place from...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned - Airbnb management service told not to repeat misleading advert

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement for a company that helps Airbnb hosts prepare and manage their properties for...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

London rents pass £1,600 pcm level for first time as market improves

Average rents in London are £1,615, up 3.3 per cent on last year, according to HomeLet’s latest index. This is the first...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

TV should show buy to let's good guys as well as rogues, says agent

Negative media portrayals of the buy to let sector could help to tip Britain into a housing crisis, claims an online...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government feels the heat over private rental energy efficiency targets

The government should be more ambitious when it comes to ensuring the private rented sector becomes increasingly energy efficient. That’s the message...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Opposition grows to threat of another stamp duty attack on buy to let

Opposition is growing fast to the threat of another stamp duty attack on the buy to let sector, rumoured to be...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Aggressive practices against tenant lead to £1,750 fine

A buy to let investor has been fined £1,750 because of his alleged “aggressive practices”.  Shafaqat Ali Sadiq, of Derby, has been...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency works with university in two-way business exercise

A lettings agency has teamed up with a university to give young students an insight into how small businesses operate. Priestley’s, a...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Caught on camera: Council allows TV to film raid on unlicensed HMO

A London council has agreed to a TV crew taking part in a raid on an overcrowded and unlicensed HMO. The surprise...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning - ANOTHER stamp duty threat to buy to let this autumn

A newspaper in warning that the beleaguered buy to let sector may be under attack yet again with the government considering...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Jailed for five years: the agent who stole £700,000 from clients

A letting agent who stole a reported £700,000 from clients has been jailed for five years and has been described by...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how interest rate rise led to immediate £50 pcm rent hike

Controversial landlord Fergus Wilson has increased rents on all new tenancies in his property portfolio by £50 a week because of...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental growth slows - but 10 areas identified as bucking the trend

Rents in the UK, excluding London, are still increasing but at their slowest rate for five years. Figures from specialist lender Landbay...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Gas fitter jailed after carrying out unsafe work on buy to let units

A self-employed gas fitter has been sentenced to 16 months in prison after he carried out unsafe gas work while falsely...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb bookings in one UK city surge 70% in just a year, says agency

The proportion of visitors to Edinburgh using Airbnb surged 70 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous year. Commercial agency Colliers,...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Date set for Bill allowing tenants to sue over property conditions

A date has been set for the next stage of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, which is being promoted...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for agents to speak out over council licensing schemes

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says lettings agents should be more vocal in providing the government with feedback on council rental licensing...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

London lettings cool as the North sees best yields, reports agency

The latest Your Move rental tracker suggests that London’s lettings market has continued to cool with prices falling by 0.5 per...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

HMRC hasn't thought through latest rental tax change, say accountants

Government plans aimed at stopping the abuse of the current Rent A Room tax perk may overcomplicate the system and deter...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News