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Evictions in Tier 2/3 areas not to be enforced by bailiffs

The government is asking bailiffs not to enforce court possession orders in areas with the highest Coronavirus restrictions.  So although evictions can...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Pressure on for pet-friendly lets as Build To Rent operators cash in

Pressure appears to be building for more pet-friendly lettings properties with two Build To Rent operators promoting animal-friendly tenancies. BTR operator Fizzy Living...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Fake lettings agent almost conned £1,500 out of tenants

A fake lettings agent has been caught trying to cheat prospective tenants out of £1,500 which she claimed was a deposit...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech tool tells agents if tenants are affected by Covid

A new PropTech tool called Covid Profile tells lettings agents if tenants are self-isolating or in quarantine because of Coronavirus.  The cloud-based...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

He’s back! Comedy letting agent Stath gets a third series

Channel 4’s BAFTA award-winning comedy Stath Lets Flats is back on the market for a third season. The agency-based sit-com from writer-performer...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide rentals division suffers almost one third drop in lets

Countrywide’s latest trading statement covering the first half of 2020 shows it was hit more than most corporates by the market...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agency of the year named by comparison website

A hybrid has been named lettings agency of the year by comparison website Rentround. Accommodation.co.uk has won the award after being the most...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

“Thousands” of Tier 3 private tenants face eviction, claim activists

Campaign group Generation Rent says thousands of tenants in areas of the country under Tier 3 Coronavirus restrictions are in danger...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

More virtual courses for agents launched by TDS Academy

Letting agents are being invited to additional courses from TDS Academy online. The courses, offering Continuing Professional Development training virtually, look in particular...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New app signals to agents when to chase potential landlord clients

A new PropTech app called Acaboom claims to send an alert when a landlord is viewing the agency’s marketing proposal. This means...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

No Pets: charities back call for reform of rental regulations

Several pet charities are supporting an attempt by an MP to reform lettings regulations to permit more pets in private rental...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants in Tier 2/3 areas “not protected” as evictions resume - claim

A charity claims that private tenants in the areas with the higher tiers of Coronavirus measures face “harsh enforcement” if they...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Question to agents - How are you coping with Coronavirus?

A survey by two PropTech firms wants to know how agents are coping with the pandemic. Fixflo and MRI Software have launched...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Cut-price Central London tenancies attract glut of younger renters

London Central Portfolio, an investment consultancy, says the capital’s prime central area is seeing a demographic change as younger British tenants...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Probe into rental rooms exempt from mainstream rental regulations

A local authority is launching a six month probe into rooms let out but exempt from rental sector regulation. The project is...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Facial-recognition tenant referencing tool now available to agents

PropTech firm Goodlord is for the first time offering ‘bank-grade’ facial recognition to letting agents. As part of an update to its...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency expansion announced just as lockdown kicks in

Belvoir has opened its third office in Swansea - but like other agency branches in Wales, it’s set to close for...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New property management division wants high-end London business

The Ringley Group has launched a new estate and block management division targeting high-end London instructions. Ringley Group already has over 12,000...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ free rewards offer from deposit alternative platform

Deposit alternative service flatfair has teamed up with a rewards provider to offer 500 letting agencies one year of free access. Agents...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Politicians should be better informed on rental policy - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is backing a cross-industry call for more information to be provided to politicians who go on to make housing...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Viewings banned, moves halted, no on-site surveys - Wales lockdown

The Welsh government has given details of the rentals and sales house moving process during the 16 day lockdown beginning 6pm on Friday...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lights! Camera! Rentals! Two agents get their own BBC show

Two former Keller Williams agents have their own BBC Three TV show now available on the iPlayer. It’s called Rent Like a...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let investment agency unveils new website

Knight Knox has unveiled a new property investment website as it marks its 16th anniversary. The new site features the tagline ‘property...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Move to compulsorily purchase empty houses to provide rental units

The Welsh Government wants to reform compulsory purchase powers - meaning any landlord with a long-term empty property in the region...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

We Need Public Cash - short lets sector appeals directly to Sunak

The fledgling trade association representing short lets companies wants public cash and other forms of aid to help the sector through winter. Merilee...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ portfolios bought by high-spending franchise firm

Martin & Co has completed major acquisitions from local independents in three areas.  Martin & Co Falmouth completed its fifth acquisition in...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent changes - key webinar tomorrow to help agents

Changes to the codes of practice surrounding Right To Rent are introduced on November 2, and tomorrow there’s a useful webinar to...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

John Lewis to build and furnish private rental properties

John Lewis Partnership, until now best known for its department stores and ownership of Waitrose, is to build homes for rent. The...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing on its way after 92% of HMOs show problems

A major north of England local authority wants to introduce landlord licensing for HMOs where three or four tenants live, following analysis...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

End cruel bans on pets in rented property, urges Conservative MP

A Conservative MP is urging his colleagues in government to end “cruel” discrimination against pet owners by much of the private...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Issue second S8 notice if arrears exceed six months - legal expert

A legal expert for ARLA Propertymark is recommending that letting agents consider serving a second Section 8 notice if a tenant's...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Pro-Rent Controls group claims 4,000 members in London alone

An organisation that wants rent controls, the scrapping of Section 21 and what it calls “indefinite tenancies” claims to have 4,000...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents still border control officers under Right To Rent - top lawyer

The Right to Rent scheme’s revised code of practice coming into effect next month does nothing to stop agents and landlords...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Give that agency a cigar! Winston Churchill’s apartment to let

A London agency has won the instruction for a particularly prestigious let - a four bedroom apartment in the capital, once...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent urges landlords to speak out against expensive EPC rules

Anger continues to mount over government plans to make rental properties more energy efficient, with one agent advising his landlords to make...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rebrand for plucky family agency fighting back against Coronavirus

A family-run agency that describes itself as “plucky” has rebranded and moved to larger premises in one of the UK’s most...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New ‘investor’ agency goes beyond traditional lettings services

A new agency set up in Wiltshire says it goes beyond the traditional lettings services of existing operators, and instead seeks...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings management firm becomes partner in big city development

A lettings management company has been selected by a Far Eastern developer to manage units on a new 756 home scheme...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Text messages from agents to tenants work best - PropTech chief

A leading PropTech figure says using text messages to remind tenants when rent is due and chase late payments is a...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Online firm using self-employed agents moves into lettings

Online agency eXp UK has launched a new lettings service allowing agents who join the organisation can now offer a lettings...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New online lettings company wants to take UK by storm

A Czech-based PropTech firm called Flatio says it’s entering the UK market and aims to have at least 10,000 properties listed...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla wins back agency chain after five year absence

One of the most prominent south coast lettings and sales agencies is returning to Zoopla after a five year absence.  Mishon Mackay,...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New app provides lead to agents and pays if tenants switch utilities

A new free-to-list ‘lifestyle’ app that aims to be bigger than Rightmove says it will pay lettings agents when renters switch...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Up and Up: Asking rents in much of UK hit record highs

Asking rents outside London have hit a new high according to Rightmove’s latest market snapshot. The pressure comes from record demand from...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Investment boost for Zero Deposit as founder Notley steps back

Deposit alternative service Zero Deposit has revealed significant new investment as its founder - ex-Zoopla commercial director Jon Notley - takes a...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid set to dominate 2021 - what agents need to consider

The Guild of Property Professionals has set out what it thinks letting agents should be considering in the short, medium and...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How will Covid change the student rental market long-term?

A student accommodation search portal has speculated on how the sector could change in the long term as Coronavirus hits education. “Whilst...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Them And Us Rental Market - the poshest areas are doing best

Research by Hamptons International shows that since the end of the spring lockdown and the reopening of the rental market, affluent...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 still intact, one year after government pledged abolition

It’s a year today since the closure of the formal government consultation into scrapping Section 21 powers for agents and landlords. In last...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stricter EPC regs - agents urged to tell government what they think

A call to action has been sent to letting agents to make their voices heard about new EPC proposals from the Department...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - why some landlords do not use letting agents

Light has been shed at last on the long-running uncertainty about why some landlords choose to use lettings agents and some...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Short Lets: boost in membership for fledgling trade body

The UK Short Term Accommodation Association, a new trade body representing the short-term rental sector, has added two new members to...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant in arrears? Text them - phone calls are so intimidating…

Most tenants claim they are “intimidated” when agents or landlords telephone them about arrears - and they would much prefer a text. A small...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards blitzing students with lettings fee info

Trading Standards in one region of the UK is staging Twitter quizzes aimed at students, and asking about agents’ fees surrounding...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech links for The Depositary aim at 10-minute check-out

PropTech service The Depositary is extending its existing partnership with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, aiming to fully integrate with the TDS...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent falls hit 10-year record in Prime Central London

Rents continue to fall in Prime Central London according to agency Knight Frank. After September’s data is taken into account the annual...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Frontline agent’ takes senior role at ARLA Propertymark

A business owner who calls himself a “frontline agent” is the new Vice President of ARLA Propertymark.  David Votta, owner of Votta...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome first-ever financial scheme helping tenants

ARLA Propertymark has welcomed the creation of a financial lifeline for tenants in Wales in arrears because of Coronavirus.  The association has...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings Market: Voids steady despite rents dipping in most of UK

Rents in the UK dropped in six of the eight regions monitored by PropTech supplier Goodlord.  During September, the average rent for...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech link up means more virtual tour options for agents

Automated lettings platform PlanetRent has agreed a partnership with another PropTech operator to offer virtual tours of rental properties. The partnership with...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let bidders help virtual auctions hit new highs

Savills latest remote auction in 2020 saw £40m raised with 90 lots sold bringing the total value of property sold in 2020...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Poor quality, badly maintained, over-priced - Shelter attacks rental properties

Shelter has returned to the attack on the private rental sector. In a new report it claims a third of tenants in England...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

100 not out! Franchise giant snaps up 100th independent

Belvoir has acquired its 100th independent agency with its Northwood Wolverhampton operation snapping up Millenium Properties in the city. This adds another...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Risk of massive rise in evictions warns housing body

The Chartered Institute of Housing claims there may be a “massive increase” in evictions in the near future. In a briefing paper the...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned of backlog of electrical checks unless they act now

Letting agents are being warned that many risk a backlog of mandatory electrical checks unless they take rapid action to work with...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Fourth acquisition since lockdown for ever-hungry agency group

The hyper-active Linley & Simpson agency group has announced its fourth acquisition since the lifting of the national lockdown. The Yorkshire-focussed company...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent levels - London drops but most regions still rising

The latest monthly rental index produced by insurance provider HomeLet shows a four per cent surge in the all-UK average rent...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Unify UK property tax to attract investors, agency boss says

Scotland must encourage more investors into its property market as a way of supporting its economy once the Coronavirus recedes according...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundations of student rental sector still strong says lettings platform

The huge disruption of the Coronavirus crisis to the UK's university education does not alter the sector’s long-term fundamentals, a specialist lettings...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Name and shame rogue lettings agents, says top industry figure

One of the highest profile figures in the rental sector says rogue letting agents should be named and shamed as a...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Renting off the hook? Government intervention shifts to ownership

Government intervention, which in recent years has seen scores of legal and regulatory changes to the private rental sector, may be...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech tool creates white-label guides for landlords and tenants

A new PropTech tool called Lettings Intelligence is being launched this week with the claim that it is “revolutionising the way that lettings...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Webinar to make agents resilient ahead of economic downturn

Later this week agents will have the opportunity to hear one of the industry’s leading consultants give advice on preparing for an...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency signs deal to manage business estate’s resi portfolio

A lettings agent has been awarded the contract to take over the rental properties, marketing and inspections of the entire residential...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

It's Not On: Agents tell government new EPC targets can't be met

New long-term targets for improving energy efficiency across the private rental sector simply are not realistic, the government has been warned. The...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents escape referral fees clampdown - at least for now

It appears lettings agents may have escaped the recommended demands for referral fees to be made more transparent to customers. A statement...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Banned! London agent cannot be a director after major tax offence

An agent has been banned from being a company director after tax offences involving hundreds of thousands of pounds, or possibly...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Big Issue backs lettings agency “delivering social good”

The investment arm of the Big Issue street newspaper is putting £3m into a new form of lettings agency.  Homes for Good was...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rental demand is strongest across the UK

A rental demand league table produced by a lettings management platform shows the winners and losers across the UK - and...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents may be banned from advertising properties with poor EPCs

A new proposal from the government says agents and portals will be banned from advertising rental properties with non-compliant Energy Performance...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Right To Rent may be tweaked to allow easier online checks

The Home Office is proposing a new online service to make it easier for agents and landlords to check that prospective...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency business model set to change if second wave of Covid hits

The business model underpinning most lettings agencies is set to change fundamentally if there is the much-anticipated second wave of Coronavirus. That’s...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Another huge Build To Rent scheme set for big city centre site

A major player in the Build To Rent sector has announced another large scheme - 346 units - on a major...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom Time - record number of tenants registered by agents

The number of new prospective tenants is at its highest level ever according to data just released by ARLA Propertymark. The association’s...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Negotiate over rent if you must move because of virus, tenants told

Consumer charity Citizens Advice has given guidance to student tenants who may have to return home early this term because of...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New editor for Landlord Today from tomorrow

There’s to be a new editor for Landlord Today from tomorrow, Thursday October 1. It’s to be Graham Norwood, currently editor of...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents invited into “risk-free” council homelessness scheme

Letting agencies and landlords are being invited by a local council to take part in what it describes as a “risk...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists picket rental company over complaint about refund

Activists from the controversial renters’ group Acorn have picketed the headquarters of a national rental firm in a dispute over a...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must clear tenant debts before second wave hits

A rent guarantor service says the rental sector has investors and landlords who are happy for tenants to defer rent payments...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech link for outsourced viewing service and fledgling portal

Fledgling portal Homesearch has partnered with outsourced viewing service Viewber in a new PropTech teaming. Under the deal, agents who receive an...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

More changes to lettings regulations north of the border

There have been more Coronavirus-inspired changes to lettings regulations in Scotland. Firstly the Scottish Government has passed the Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts (Amendment...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Agency kicked out of redress scheme for phishing

North of England lettings agency Matthew & Evans Rentals has been kicked out of the Property Redress Scheme, one of the two...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Crooked agent escapes prison after stealing almost  £30,000

A crooked lettings agent stole almost £30,000 from dozens of clients to prevent his business from going bankrupt. Tim Catherall, of Nottinghamshire,...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents to dip next year, warns leading lettings agency

Hamptons International has given a rental market forecast for 2021 - and it doesn’t make for happy reading. The agency says the rental...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on HMOs by London council leads to big fines

A £5,000 fine has been handed to five landlords in London for failing to license HMOs.  One of the properties, a four-bedroom HMO in...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill pushed into the long grass?

It appears that the Renters Reform Bill - a key measure in the 2019 Conservative General Election manifesto - has been...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak's schemes not enough to help rental sector - trade body

A leading trade body has broadly welcomed the Winter Economy Plan outlined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday, but says this still...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Why did Chancellor ignore private rental sector? asks lettings guru

A leading figure in the private rental sector says the lettings industry has been largely ignored once again by Chancellor Rishi...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Fund manager names agency to handle lettings portfolio

One of the country’s first specialist residential property fund managers has named the agency to handle its latest Build To Rent...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark names new leader for revamped organisation

Propertymark, which will from later this year combine both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - no bailiffs to complete evictions between these dates

The government has revealed the dates of its so-called Christmas eviction truce. Agents will not be able to instruct bailiffs to complete...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark slams last-ditch bid to stop evictions

ARLA Propertymark has hit out against last minute attempts to effectively reinstate the eviction ban which finally came to an end...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency launches to focus on developer’s city units

Stockport-based property development company Three Sixty has launched what it calls an online agency - Three Sixty Living - to handle...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Indirect boost for rental market as first time buyers defer plans

Nearly half of prospective home buyers have delayed their plans because of the Coronavirus crisis, a mortgage company says. Research by Aldermore...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eight new Nightingale Courts to help clear possession backlog

Much has been made of the backlog of court cases - including landlords’ possession attempts - and now the Ministry of Justice...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to appoint dedicated eviction specialist to help landlords

A prominent PropTech figure says agents have a key role in reducing evictions in the short term - and he suggests...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government demolishes “misleading” Generation Rent eviction claim

The government has accused campaign group Generation Rent of peddling “unreliable and misleading” figures about potential evictions in the private rental...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London council wants new bureaucracy to manage private renting

A London council has launched a strategy it claims will protect private tenants and ensure they live in good quality and...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Don’t get scammed - police force warns about bogus property ads

A police force is warning potential tenants to check before handing over money after scammers conned people into making rent pre-payments...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A huge degree of pain - London student lettings sector to take 24% hit

The private rental sector dedicated to student accommodation in London could see a 24 per cent drop in income in the...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock bid to block evictions to be made this week in House of Lords

A Liberal Democrat Baroness says she is to make a last-ditch bid in the House of Lords tomorrow to stop evictions...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Many tenants worry about ability to pay rent, says PropTech firm

A survey of 2,750 tenants by a prominent PropTech firm suggests a quarter are concerned about not being able to pay...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New restrictions likely for Airbnb and other short-lets north of the border

A consultation process by the Scottish Government may herald stricter restrictions on Airbnb and similar short let platforms north of the border. The...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Law Society calls for more Legal Aid help to tenants facing eviction

The legal industry says the end of the eviction ban must be the moment to ensure the widest number of tenants...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Everything you ever wanted to know about evictions - and more...

A definitive document has been published by the House of Commons library listing every eviction-related measure taken by UK governments during...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ends but it’s under “constant review” insists minister

Housing Minister Chris Pincher says the eviction ban is formally over but the situation remains under “constant review” as the second...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government thinks Brexit more important than tenants, says Labour

Labour’s housing spokeswoman has accused the government of wasting the last four weeks before the eviction ban ended by putting its...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New regulations for post-ban evictions set out by government

The government has set out confirmation of the new regulations and protocols that agents and landlords will have to follow if...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Pro-ban activists stage direct action boot camps to resist evictions

One of the most outspoken campaign groups against the end of the eviction ban has staged a series of so-called ‘boot...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims “concern building” over renter homelessness

The Citizens Advice charity claims that new figures suggest concern is building amongst renters about the possibility of losing their home.  It...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry prepares for end of evictions ban after six-month shutdown

The lettings industry is today preparing for the current ban on repossessions to be lifted on Sunday with courts to hear...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Student lettings: landlords and tenants protected by automated check-ins

A fully electronic check-in process can help to protect landlords’ properties and tenants’ deposits as students return to university over the...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings market slows in August after post-lockdown boom

The letting market experienced a traditional seasonal decline in August, according to the latest analysis from Agency Express. Its Property Activity Index...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Are London renters looking to flee the city post-pandemic?

Some 60% of London office workers who rent in the capital say the pandemic has made them reconsider their living situation,...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions ban: agents set out wishlist as landlord costs top £530m

Ahead of the evictions ban being lifted on Sunday, ARLA Propertymark has written to Housing Minister Robert Jenrick, setting out a...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords slam London Mayor's call for ‘disaster’ two-year rent freeze

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan's call for a rent freeze in the capital. Yesterday, ahead...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

High street decline forces commercial investors to shift to residential

The decline of the high street - which has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic - is forcing commercial investors to...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing property management firm commits future to office-working

A growing residential estate management company has committed its future to office-working after moving to a new boutique space in Birmingham. Principle...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Make landlords centre of lettings to close 'digital gap', says PropTech firm

A new whitepaper argues that landlords and tenants aren't getting what they want from the rental market. It says landlords need...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Police bust major £400,000 drugs racket run by rogue landlord

West Midlands Police have revealed that a major drugs racket being run by a rogue landlord from his properties in Coventry...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

'Student tenants return to London lettings market' - Dexters

Overseas and domestic students have returned to the Central London lettings market 'in force' so far this month, according to Dexters. The...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of investors and landlords sign up to receive latest 'Zooploma'

Some 25,000 investors and landlords have signed up to receive a free expert guide from Zoopla in just over a week...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: English landlords seek advice from Scottish counterparts

Landlords operating in England are increasingly seeking evictions advice from their Scottish counterparts, according to property management firm Apropos. The platform says...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Blinc UK acquires stake in pre-tenancy software platform

Lettings supplier Blinc UK has acquired a 50% stake in Pink Chilli, a new pre-tenancy software platform for letting agents. Pink Chilli...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants follow the lead of buyers in looking for quieter places to live

Prospective tenants are increasingly searching for properties outside of commuter hubs and urban areas, according to Rightmove. Its analysis of over 60 million...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

DPS and safeagent team up to offer new training courses for letting agents

The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) and safeagent have announced two new e-learning modules for letting agents and landlords. The modules, which form...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction campaigners launch last ditch call for extension

Campaigners against evictions during the Coronavirus crisis have launched a last-ditch call for the government to grant another extension to the current...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters willing to pay more for larger homes in towns and suburbs

New research from Countrywide brand Hamptons International suggest tenants are joining vendors in a trend towards leaving cities and heading for more...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Most agents positive about sector but worried about virus

A survey of 350 lettings agents suggests the large majority feel positive about the rental market despite the challenges of new...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents tumble in prime London - largest fall for 11 years

Data from Knight Frank suggests that average rental values in prime central London fell one per cent last month, taking the...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Notice To Quit: changes to the rules in another part of the UK

There have been changes to the Notice To Quit process in Northern Ireland. The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction change: Six months notice and no Christmas evictions

The latest announcement from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick suggests the eviction ban WILL end at last on September 20. However, more concessions...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge loss of income: Buy To Let counts cost of Coronavirus crisis

The first attempt to assess the loss of rental income as a result of Coronavirus calculates 22 per cent of private landlords...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents given Covid-secure guide on how to check-in students

With college and university terms about to start, and ever-more diligence required over Coronavirus, the Deposit Protection Service is offering an...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Acquisition of independent creates one of city’s biggest lettings firms

The acquisition of a Newcastle independents has allowed Northwood to become one of the city’s largest lettings agencies. Inderpal Dhillon and Aman Singh of...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Another new Build To Rent development announced

The Build To Rent specialist operator Wise Living has announced a new scheme in Lincolnshire being built in partnership with developer Seagate...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Banks Red Tape: Breakthrough for agents on Pooled Client Accounts

ARLA Propertymark says there has been a breakthrough on the banking clampdown on pooled client accounts - a pain in the...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency told ‘No DSS’ policy was unlawful and discriminatory

A lettings agency that told a prospective tenant it had a policy of not offering tenancies to housing benefit recipients has...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentences after rental property carried “risk of death”

Two suspended sentences, community service, a fine and disqualification from being a director - those form the penalty for a rogue...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where to find the best yields, according to Zoopla

Zoopla has revealed its top 10 hotspots for buy to let investors seeking high rental yields.  The analysis is based on rental returns...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London agency is latest to select deposit alternative supplier

Martyn Gerrard Estate Agent is the latest agency to partner with a deposit alternative supplier - in this case flatfair.  Tenants at...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban: 'Expected from Labour, not Tories' says party member

A Tory member has used the Conservative Home website to tell his party that it should introduce interest-free loans to help tenants...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour left-wingers join housing campaigns to oppose evictions

The Momentum movement on the left wing of the Labour Party is joining forces with housing organisations to argue against private...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Civil penalty notices served on landlords who cannot be named

Two landlords have been served with civil penalty notices for operating unlicensed HMOs.  The notices were from Wellingborough council; one was for...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent acquired by fast-expanding city letting agency

Scottish agency Tay Letting is set for expansion into Dundee and its surrounding areas with the acquisition of Lickley Proctor Lettings. Just...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - “Huge backlog of work across rental sector

There’s a huge backlog of work required to be done across the private rental sector to meet the latest Minimum Energy...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide critic helps short-let service reshape business model

Long-standing industry figure Robin Paterson has described how a company has re-shaped its service post-pandemic to offer high quality short lets...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must not be tempted to charge illegal fees, industry chief warns

One of the leading figures in the PropTech world is warning that letting agents must not be tempted into charging illegal...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group bats away virus and reports strong first half of 2020

It’s been a difficult first half of 2020 for almost every agency business but Belvoir appears to have emerged healthier than...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Goodlord adds Reapit to its list of integrations

Management software provider Goodlord has added Reapit to its list of integrations, with a preview for customers being available on a...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Agents can help ensure court evictions remain a last resort

Last month, we were all caught by the surprise news that the government was extending the temporary ban on evictions just...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged by ARLA to lobby MPs over cash help to tenants

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is urging its members to write to their MPs over the provision of cash help...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants must get interest-free loans to clear Covid arrears - agent

A scheme providing interest-free loans to tenants with Covid-related arrears should be offered across the UK. That’s the view of David Alexander...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech consolidation as flat-sharing platform snaps up rival

The UK-based flat-sharing platform SpareRoom has acquired one of its rivals Roomgo - better known by its previous name of Easyroommate.  The...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London council licensing scheme lapses after five years

A private rental licensing consultancy has spotted that an additional licensing scheme run by a London borough council has now lapsed...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Online rental platforms should do more to stop criminal scams - call

A new report demands that online rental platforms and portals allowing direct advertising by clients do more to deter fake landlords...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Voids up but rents steady as market heads into autumn

The rental market is heading into the normally-quieter autumn period with strength but increasing void periods. Data from PropTech firm Goodlord, which...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

How has Covid-19 hit the rental market? Your chance to find out…

ARLA Propertymark is holding a webinar later this month to discuss the impact of Coronavirus on the private rental sector. It will...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Yield league table revealed for large-scale regeneration areas

Striving for higher yields remains the holy grail for buy to let, and new research suggests investors could be attracted by...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock 58 per cent rise in licensing fee imposed by council

A new private rental licensing regime in a London borough is being described as “a major step forward in improving living...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran and regulation expert is new ARLA president

The ARLA Propertymark president for the year ahead is a long-standing board member with significant experience in regulation. Angela Davey succeeds Phil...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New referencing product shifts emphasis and cost to tenant

A new product aims to improve tenant referencing by shifting the emphasis to the renters themselves. LegalforLandlords has just launched its new...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can refer struggling tenants to independent advice helpline

Letting agents and landlords in Wales can now direct struggling tenants to a new independent advice service. The Private Rented Sector Helpline...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council proposes controversial city-wide licensing scheme

Oxford council, which has 49 per cent of its housing stock in the private rental sector, is starting a formal consultation...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Council issues hundreds of compliance notices to private rental sector

A council says it’s issued no fewer than 400 compliance notices to landlords since the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Pressure piles on Boris Johnson to create aid fund for tenants

Pressure is building on the UK government to ensure England follows the example of both Scotland and Wales and creates a...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Just grand! Average UK rent a whisker under £1,000 pcm

The average rent across the UK is now £985 per calendar month, up some 2.1 per cent on four weeks ago...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

10 year high for lettings viewings according to high-end agent

Knight Frank says one week in August saw the lettings market in London and the Home Counties hit a 10 year...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

In full - all the new tenancy notice periods and rules

Agents and landlords must now give tenants six months’ notice before they can evict, except in the most serious of cases,...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid break clauses defended “and most agents agree” - claim

A rent guarantor service has rejected criticism of so-called Coronavirus break clauses in rental contracts. There’s been criticism in recent months of...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents link with critics to demand public cash for renters

ARLA and the NRLA have teamed up with charities - some usually critical of letting agents and landlords - to lobby...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Repossession looms for buy to let investors because of eviction ban

Reduce buy to let regulation or face a worsening housing crisis - that’s the message from a leading property lawyer.  Mary Rouse,...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Higher rents near London high streets - but for how long?

Rents are higher for Londoners living near busy high streets - for the moment at least.  Research by rental platform Spotahome has...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Alert: surprise changes to notice periods

In the latest twist in the long-running saga of the eviction ban, the government has revealed changes to notice periods. The changes...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson told: You’ve kicked the rental sector in the teeth

A leading trade body has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that some landlords face receiving no rent for two years.  In a...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing abandoned as council fears it will drive out landlords

A proposed licensing regime in Kent has been abandoned because of fears it would drive landlords away. Medway council proposed a scheme...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New records galore as rental market boom continues

ARLA Propertymark says the number of new prospective tenants continued to rise in July, hitting the highest number on record. The average...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit scheme wants new role negotiating rent repayment deals

A deposit scheme has launched a new service designed to help tenants and landlords who have experienced issues with rent arrears as...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent group in anti-semitic row after social media message

The renters’ group ACORN, which has held numerous protests at individual letting agents’ offices, has apologised after one of its local...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus break clauses being demanded by student tenants

Student renters want break clauses automatically included in tenancy agreements to protect them financially in the event of a second wave of...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Private tenants urged to check if they can get a rent rebate

A London council is telling its private rental sector residents to use a new tool to check whether they may be...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent backs eviction ban extension but wants cash help for landlords

A prominent lettings agent has come out in favour of the eviction ban extension - but he wants government cash help...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm allows staff to work anywhere (including the beach)

A prominent PropTech company has given its 134 staff the right to work anywhere they wish on a permanent basis -...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Agents thrown out by Ombudsman over award payments

Three agents have been expelled by The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay compensation awards.  In the case of Foremost Lettings Ltd...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer’s Move iQ links with lettings insurance provider

Move iQ, the consumer-facing property service led by Phil Spencer, has teamed up with a lettings sector insurance provider which could...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector relatively strong despite Covid and eviction issues

The latest survey of buy to let landlords suggests a relatively healthy private rental sector notwithstanding the challenges of the Coronavirus...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions latest: Campaigners demand answers from government

The Generation Rent campaign group has written to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick demanding answers to five questions regarding the eviction extension...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let sector warned: Stand by for a Winter of Discontent

A specialist mortgage operator is warning letting agents and landlords to gear up for a winter of discontent as a result...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity demands grants for tenants with Coronavirus arrears

The Citizens Advice charity is calling for tenants with arrears directly created by the Coronavirus to be offered government grants to...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

What's wrong with renting anyway? asks veteran sales agent

A high profile former estate agent who was a major figure on the London sales market for over three decades has...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: favoured buy to let locations with tenants in situ

A league table has been drawn up to show which large cities in the UK have the highest demand for investment...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

“Devastating” - fears for industry after government U-turn

One of the leading figures in the lettings industry has described the government’s eviction ban U-turn as “devastating.” Paul Shamplina, founder of...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Exactly what the ban extension means to agents and tenants

The Law Society has set out exactly what the extension of the eviction ban, announced on Friday, means to agents, landlords...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Baroness blames government for “untold mental stress” for renters

The new director of campaign group Generation Rent says the government has caused “untold mental stress” to thousands of tenants. Commenting on...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Starmer says ban not enough - ‘scrap Section 21 now’

Labour leader Keir Starmer says the latest extension of the eviction ban is insufficient without a comprehensive plan by government.  “This eleventh...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction U-turn: ban stays for another four weeks

The government has made a last minute U-turn on the eviction ban - extending it for four weeks until September 20. Housing...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants in arrears should have alternative homes by now - top agent

A vocal London lettings agent says it isn’t the responsibility of agents or their landlord clients to take the financial hit...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Blow for Airbnb and short lets in landmark appeal ruling

A council has won a planning appeal banning the use of a property for short lets - considered a landmark case...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent in last-ditch bid to keep evictions ban

The Generation Rent pressure group has made a last-ditch argument in favour of keeping the evictions ban, which will lapse at the...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency rebrands after a decade of city growth

A city lettings agency has rebranded in what it calls “a step change for the business.” Let Leeds is now known as...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord must pay over £20,000 and “up his game” in future

A landlord taken to court by a council has ended up with a bill in excess of £20,000.  Dennis Goodwin of Highbury...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent group to protest in 10 or more cities this weekend

The anti-letting agent group ACORN is to stage protests in 10 to 15 UK cities this weekend according to an activists’...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group wants loans scheme for tenants with Covid arrears

Belvoir is backing a call for a loans scheme in England - similar to one in Wales - to protect tenants...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical checks in overdrive as tenant demand surges

Letting agents are being warned they are likely to face a higher number of mandatory electrical checks as the sector expands...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Instagram Offices - send us your end-of-summer team photos

Whisper it quietly but in just 10 days time we have the final Bank Holiday before Christmas. We would like to mark...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour likens evictions ban ending to Tories’ exams fiasco

Labour’s housing spokeswoman says “after the incompetent handling of the exams fiasco, the government must act now to avoid more chaos...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Blistering attack on ‘big name letting agent’ by anti-rental activist

The author of a book described as being about “insecure renters haemorrhaging cash” has used her newspaper column to make a...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Most rental completions use virtual viewings ‘without tenant going in’

A property management firm says there’s been a big surge in rentals with the majority of deals being completed using virtual...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

This is why the eviction ban should be lifted, explains trade body

A leading lettings sector trade body has set out reasons why the eviction ban should be lifted - which may help...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage rates begin to rise as product numbers dip

Independent service Moneyfacts says that while the buy to let mortgage sector remains resilient, it has contracted slightly in recent weeks...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

 Labour and LibDems claim evictions may cause ‘homelessness wave’

A group of Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have together claimed that England could witness "a new wave of homelessness" when...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents excluded from new student property platform

A new student accommodation property platform has been launched which aims to deliberately by-pass letting agents.  Housemates is for students, landlords and...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant concierge service links up with insurance provider

Tenant concierge service Tenant Shop is linking with Legal & General to offer insurance products across the private rental sector.  Tenant Shop...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Redress operator bigs up its own mediation service

The Property Redress Scheme, one of the two government-authorised redress services, claims its new mediation option is a success. In March this...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Collapse of Airbnb popularity produces glut of long-term stock

One in eight homes coming onto the rental market in inner London since May has previously been an Airbnb or other...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent returns to warpath over eviction fears

The campaigning pressure group Generation Rent has returned to the battle to win an extension to the current evictions ban in...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London mayor accused of scaremongering over eviction fears

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of causing needless fear for renters by claiming all those in arrears due to...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to call council before serving eviction notices

A local authority is urging letting agents within its boundary to get in touch before serving eviction notices on private tenants. Gedling council...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban set to be extended in Scotland - will rest of UK follow?

The ban on evictions in the private rented sector looks almost certain to be extended until March next year in Scotland...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial council reveals plan for massive licensing scheme

The controversial Labour-led council in Liverpool has started a lengthy consultation process over its latest proposals for landlord licensing. The authority was...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Optimistic outlook for buy to let … except for one location

The latest house price index, produced by the website Home, gives a broadly optimistic outlook for landlords and other buy to...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Commuter location yields not always better than in-London yields

New research by lettings management platform Howsy shows which major London commuter hubs make the most attractive potential for buy to...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: Hackers list fake flats on portals with agency branding

A series of fake scams allegedly advertising apartments to rent have appeared on Zoopla and other property websites. The Edinburgh Live news...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry self-regulation now moves centre-stage says PropTech chief

A leading PropTech figure says a political issue north of the border demonstrates the advantages of voluntary industry codes of practice over...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Pot-smoking agent escapes driving ban after court hears career risk

A Derbyshire estate agent has escaped a driving ban after being found smoking cannabis in a car. Annabelle Lamb was spotted with...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal and deposit alternative service in special offer deal

Deposit alternative service flatfair has launched a special offer deal with new property portal Homesearch.  Agents who sign up to the flatfair...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks split - lettings relaunch after separation from hybrid

A lettings agency has relaunched its property management service after it was acquired by Purplebricks in 2017. The agreement back then meant...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

It’s nonsense: Figures show eviction surge fear is unfounded

The largest survey yet conducted about rent payments during the pandemic shows the claims of pressure groups about widespread evictions are unfounded. Over...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Arrears: Loans for tenants with debts because of Covid

The Welsh Government has launched a new Tenancy Saver Loans scheme to allow tenants to borrow to pay off arrears built up...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Branch closure after small independent agency snapped up

The acquisition of an independent agency in Yorkshire has resulted in a branch closure and the two staff being transferred to...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to comment on two new proposed licensing schemes

Charnwood council in the East Midlands is proposing to introduce two different licensing schemes for private landlords, with agents and others...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Terrifying: Brothers open fire on lettings agency in revenge attack

Media reports from Gateshead claim two brothers opened fire on a lettings agency with an air pistol when they were told they...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Fear that stamp duty holiday could produce spate of unsafe rentals

A trade body is reminding new landlords tempted by the stamp duty holiday of the raft of health and safety measures they...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Another ‘virtual office’ for agency chain not using High St branches

An agency chain has opened its second so-called ‘virtual office’ in two weeks - and again it doesn’t involve any bricks...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative firm selling additional cover and faster payouts

Deposit alternative service flatfair is now selling a top-up cover element that allows landlords to add a further six weeks damage...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb pledges to identify professional landlords using platform

Airbnb is doing a U-turn with its global leader pledging to slash the number of professional landlords using the platform and...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Widespread evictions when ban ends? Don’t you believe it…

New research pours cold water on claims by anti-agency campaigners that there will be a glut of evictions when the ban ends...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant on the hunt for new joiners after overcoming virus

Franchise giant Belvoir says it’s on the look-out for independent firms wanting to join its brand in the possibly-unsettled near future. Dorian...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Short Lets trade body expands after sector comes back from the brink

The Short Term Accommodation Association, a trade body representing suppliers to the Airbnb-style short-term rental sector, has announced four new members. This brings...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London council revives licensing idea with online consultation

Greenwich council in London has resuscitated a proposal to extend its existing selective licensing regime, put on ice during the Coronavirus...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Top politician wants rethink of six month possession period

A leading politician is calling for a rethink of the six month possession period which has been imposed in Wales. Mark Isherwood,...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London lettings hit by student uncertainty and corporate cuts

Uncertainty around the start of the academic year and pressure on corporate budgets means lettings activity has been lower than normal...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London agency says Covid Second Wave has prompted new service

The lettings agency Portico is partnering with Goodlord to offer a new insurance policy to its landlords. Portico landlords can now benefit...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up as consolidation goes on

Hampshire independent agency Harcourts Property Agents in Southampton has been acquired by another independent, Beal’s. Harcourts has over 35 years experience in...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus is reshaping tenant demands, says lettings agency

Research by a lettings agency suggests the pandemic has radically reshaped tenants’ demands. - and the process is still going on.  Benham...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents could plummet 10% this year warns agency

Strutt and Parker says the low level growth in the lettings market seen in prime central London in 2019 is being...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents to review advertising following No DSS ruling

A property litigation expert is warning letting agents and landlords about far-reaching consequences of the recent ruling which declared a blanket...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Incorporating buy to let portfolios boosted by stamp duty holiday

Now may be the time for buy to let investors to consider incorporation - putting their property portfolios into a limited...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Shocking large scale tax evasion by landlords - claim

Rogue landlords have been accused of tax evasion which could cost the Treasury as much as £1.73 billion a year. The accusation...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency’s refund for customers after portals problem

Online lettings agency Upad is offering to refund users whose rental listings did not appear on Zoopla and PrimeLocation as they...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London chain snaps up independent and wants more acquisitions

High-end London agency chain Chestertons has snapped up an independent lettings agency in the east of the capital. Morgan Randall operated across Canary...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Warm welcome for eco-grants given by lettings trade body

The National Residential Landlords Association is giving the thumbs up to the government’s Green Homes Grant, which it claims has taken...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents under pressure across UK and in London in particular

New data from Zoopla shows that a two-speed rental market is operating across the UK, with London in particular hitting major...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Don’t evict anyone during virus crisis says leading lettings expert

A senior lettings expert with almost four decades experience says evictions should not be considered during the virus crisis, irrespective of the...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Some lettings agents ignoring No DSS ruling, claims Shelter chief

The chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter claims some lettings agencies are ignoring the recent ruling that private landlords cannot discriminate against...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Necessary’ licensing scheme still not agreed a full YEAR after consultation

Back in March 2019 we covered the story that Weymouth council in Dorset wanted a landlord licensing scheme for a town...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

A Virtual Office - national agency covers new patch virtually

The Leaders Romans Group says it’s opening a new virtual office in the East Midlands, with a long-standing lettings expert at...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Average rent still below £1,000 pcm - but only just

The average rent in the UK has risen 1.5 per cent in just a month, but it is still a fraction...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Exposed - fake lettings agency with the Lithuanian connection

Which? is warning prospective renters to beware scam lettings agencies and scam landlords following a case where £5,600 was conned out...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Nightingale Courts will tackle eviction cases when ban ends

The huge backlog of eviction and other cases anticipated in the coming months will be helped by the creation of a...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA Conference postponed again until April

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has postponed its conference - for a second time. Back in March it was postponed until...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Jail threat for BTL investor who falsely claimed benefits

A  buy to let investor has been sentenced to two years in prison after claiming income support despite being a professional portfolio...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - what to do if you suspect a cannabis farm

A law firm is warning that agents and landlords should carefully follow correct procedures if they suspect a rented property is...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Give tenants power to trigger energy improvements - Generation Rent

Campaign group Generation Rent says private tenants could miss out on an energy efficiency drive if they are not given the...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Never Knowingly Let - John Lewis moves into Build To Rent

Tenants who want to pop downstairs to the shop may soon be able to do so - thanks to the John...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

It can be done! Agency business well up on 2019 despite virus crisis

One of the country’s biggest lettings agencies is reporting that both revenue and operating profit are “comfortably” up on 2019 levels...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants numbers up as lettings market bounce back continues

The number of new prospective tenants has risen markedly according to figures from ARLA Propertymark. In June - the latest data available...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London is sixth most expensive city in the world for renting

A survey of 34 world cities suggests that London ranks sixth when it comes to the cost of renting. The study, by...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Councils and Labour add to calls to scrap Section 21 eviction powers

The Local Government Association, which represents almost all councils in England, is calling on the government to scrap section 21. The call comes...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords fined tens of thousands in vermin scandal

Two London landlords and their lettings agents will have to pay tens of thousands of pounds after a home they were letting...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents - three reasons why arrears may rise from next month

A leading PropTech entrepreneur is warning agents to prepare for increased rent arrears from as soon as next month. Neil Cobbold, chief...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants should get help clearing Covid arrears, says charity

The Citizens Advice charity is warning it has seen a huge surge in private renters worried about arrears.  And it says many...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

“Solid rebound” in buy to let expected to stay on track, say brokers

Four out of 10 mortgage brokers expect more buy to let business in the coming 12 months, according to a Paragon...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - many rental property viewings called “disgusting”

A lettings portal says almost half of the prospective renters it has surveyed claim to have regarded some viewings as “disgusting”...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Confused over electrical regulations? This Facebook Q&A may help...

Reports into Letting Agent Today suggest there’s still some confusion over new regulations surrounding electrical checks in the private rental sector. If...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New floorplan tool claims to be ‘quicker, easier’ than predecessors

A new floorpan tool has been launched which its founder claims to be “quicker and easier to use” than predecessors. Agents can add...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Top housing lawyer now acting for newly-merged lettings body

Leading housing lawyer David Smith has become the legal counsel for the new National Residential Landlords Association. Smith is a partner at...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Departed ARLA chief executive sets out his achievements in post

David Cox’s departure as chief executive of ARLA Propertymark last Friday was well signposted, particularly when he was advised he could...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus fall-out will slash rents by 5% or more - warning

There’s a warning this morning that the consequences of the Coronavirus crisis mean that rents will fall at least five per...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Another PropTech partnership for lettings management platform

Teclet has announced another strategic partnership with LettsPay, a client accounting platform - the latest in a lengthy series of API...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

At last - Welsh lettings market fully operational again

The lettings market in Wales reopened almost fully yesterday. ARLA Propertymark, which has analysed the restrictions that were in place until this...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Lib Dems want government to finally scrap it

A Liberal Democrat bid is underway to accelerate the government timetable to scrap Section 21. The Renters’ Rights Bill put forward by government...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New rental review service launches…and promises positive comments

A new web platform is launching encouraging reviews of landlords - but it claims not to be another opportunity for tenants...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Free legal evictions advice offered to landlords by law service

A service called Landlord Advice UK is offering free no-obligation consultations with landlords dealing with evictions over the coming months. Under the...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Bid to licence 50,000 properties - council extends consultation

A local authority has extended its consultation process for a selective licensing system which, if it goes ahead, would see some...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: ARLA chief executive quits the organisation

It came as little surprise after weeks of speculation but David Cox, chief executive of ARLA Propertymark, left the organisation officially...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions latest: SIX months notice required in Wales

The Welsh Government has temporarily increased the notice period landlords must provide from three months to six months to end Assured...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb chief gives dire prediction for short lets market

The short lets market aimed at international travellers may be in for a difficult time - even the co-founder and chief...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter expects evictions “deluge” but wants public cash

The chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter says she is expecting a “deluge” of cases when the eviction ban ends, but...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Monkey or Owl? Expansion is a hoot for regional lettings agency

The splendidly named East Midlands lettings agency Monkey vs Owl - known as MOVO - has opened a second office. Its first,...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council seeks private rental sector help to ease waiting list problems

A local authority has set up what it calls The Private Sector Landlord service to try to harness some private property...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction group’s second plea to Jenrick in 24 hours

The Generation Rent campaign group has made its second plea to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick in 24 hours - both on...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Increase in pet popularity means more damage to rental units - claim

A survey by The Tenancy Deposit Service suggests that half of landlords have experienced damage to their rental properties by pets.  And...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Good news - new tenancies bounce back to pre-pandemic levels

New tenancies recorded by The Deposit Protection Service suggests the market is back almost to its pre-pandemic levels of activity. Data in...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Another acquisition takes regional agency’s lettings portfolio to 10,000

One of the north of England’s largest independent agencies has made another acquisition - taking its property portfolio to 10,000 units.  Linley &...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents in demand thanks to stamp duty holiday, reports website

A lettings agent comparison website, Rentround, says the stamp duty holiday has spurred existing and would-be landlords to search for new...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New call to government to prevent some evictions after ban ends

A debt charity is urging the Housing Secretary to pledge that no one who has lost income because of Coronavirus will...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Imminent surge of tenancies despite virus will challenge agents - claim

There’s likely to be a further surge of new tenancies in the weeks to come, challenging agents’ ability to cope with...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency says London market and rents hit badly by student slump

Coronavirus lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed by the UK and other governments have hit the London rental market badly, an agency...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-Secure viewings ‘made easier’ by new PropTech bot - claim

A new online self-screening bot helps agents and landlords manage viewers’ safety more easily, before any face-to-face meetings take place. That’s the...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors urged to act before stamp duty benefit wanes

A specialist buy to let mortgage broker is urging prospective investors to buy sooner rather than later if they want to...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Family running an agency again after sale to Countrywide

A family-run property management and lettings business has opened its new office - five years after the same family’s previous business...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent Rainmaker’s Sally Lawson's new virtual business advice sessions

Coaching and development organisation Agent Rainmaker is holding three day-long virtual events for agents “to rethink their business approach and focus...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Private rental units are government option for vulnerable people

A £266m package of help to support vulnerable people into long term accommodation includes possible options to use the private rental...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

CGT Threat: Propertymark warns government not to hurt buy to let

Propertymark is the latest industry body to warn the government against Capital Gains Tax changes that may disincentivise landlords. A joint statement...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New eviction court procedures to address Covid backlog

The government has outlined new court procedures to address the expected backlog of cases when eviction proceedings resume on August 24. For...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents dip across Britain but drop significantly in inner London

New data from Hamptons International reveals that in June the average rent on a newly let property in Britain dipped 0.6...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech platforms partner up to improve financial info for agents

PropTech companies teclet and Canopy are forming a partnership to allow their services to be bought by agents on the one...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental EPCs should be minimum B, urges think-tank

An influential think-tank wants private rental properties to have a minimum EPC rating of B by 2030. The Institute for Public Policy...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Payback time! Letting agents better rewarded than sales agents

New figures on pay and perks in the industry show that letting agents are better rewarded than their sales counterparts. A survey...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: domestic abuse and anti-social behaviour cases prioritised

The housing minister says the resumption of eviction possession court cases at the end of next month must be done in...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New buy to let mortgage aimed at investors in holiday hotspots

A new mortgage product aimed at buy to let investors wanting to enjoy a slice of the holiday home staycation market...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

One in four tenants in arrears - but the survey is very small

A survey claims 25 per cent of tenants are already at least a month behind in their rent. Of those private tenants...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors won’t sell if CGT changes target buy to let - warning

There’s a warning that buy to let investors will simply hold on to properties and not sell them if rumoured Capital...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PM presses Starmer on Labour’s “stamp duty bung” claim

The Prime Minister has stepped into the ongoing row over a Labour claim that last week’s stamp duty holiday was merely...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents outside London hit all time high according to Rightmove

The average rental asking price outside of London has hit an all-time high says Rightmove - whereas inside the capital, the...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London room rentals plummet as virus fall-out hits lettings sector

Room rents in the capital have dropped seven per cent in the past three months as the Coronavirus crisis saps demand...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax review may spell bad news for buy to let

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has requested a review of Capital Gains Tax rules from the Office for Tax Simplification - leading to...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb - big cities say they want to end the ‘short lets problem’

The Irish government says it’s considering buying properties that were listed on Airbnb and other short-let platforms before the pandemic. In an...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter “doubling up” its checks on letting agents for compliance

Campaigning charity Shelter says it is “doubling up” its efforts to make sure letting agents comply with anti-discrimination legislation when it...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing minister enters row over Labour “bung” accusation

Housing minister Chris Pincher has entered the row over Labour claiming that the stamp duty holiday announced last week was in...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

“Free landlord leads” promised by PropTech platform

A PropTech firm is offering what it calls “free landlord leads” to letting agents who register with the company in July...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour claims there are “illegal evictions by letting agents”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, has told the government of “illegal evictions by letting agents” - without specifying the incidents he refers...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Referencing platform snapped up by Goodlord

PropTech company Goodlord has acquired referencing platform Vouch to form an industry player that will be handling over 500,000 references per...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Trouble ahead for student rental sector, say BTL experts

Buy to let landlords specialising in student accommodation are facing huge challenges with increased government legislation and the impact of Coronavirus. That’s...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions could be avoided by new rental mediation service

A new service claims it could help to avoid arrears by mediating in disputes between tenants and landlords or their agents. The...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour says stamp duty holiday is “a bung for landlords”

Labour has described the stamp duty holiday introduced last week as “a £1.3 billion bung for landlords” because the tax break...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing scheme scaled back after government rejects original

The council in Liverpool is likely to propose a scaled-back private rental licensing scheme after its original suggestion was rejected by...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by six-branch network

A six-branch agency has acquired a single-office independent. Lenwell Property Services, which operates in the Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire region, has acquired...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

 Private tenants increasingly satisfied with homes and landlords

There’s been another increase in the proportion of private tenants saying they are satisfied with their housing according to data published...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Insurance firm tells tenants they’re “mistaken” not to take out cover

An insurance firm claims many tenants “make the mistake of thinking the items in their home aren’t worth” and so do...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

 Build To Rent tipped for long-term success despite sharp fall in 2020

Property consultancy CBRE claims that Build To Rent is likely to be the most resilient sector of the UK property industry...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Regional agency in 50th year snaps up five-branch independent

A regional independent agency generating more than £20 million in rental income annually has snapped up a five-branch independent firm. Alexander & Co,...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents fall in most regions according to latest HomeLet figures

Average rents in most regions of the UK have fallen slightly in the past month according to the latest HomeLet market...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents' warm welcome for £5,000 Green Homes Grant scheme

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents has given a warm welcome to this week’s news that buy to let investors as...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Leading Tory speaks up for agents, landlords and the rental sector

A senior Conservative peer and consumer campaigner has written an article strongly defending the private rental sector, agents and landlords. Baroness Altmann...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Typical buy to let investor set to save almost £2k thanks to Sunak

The research department of Countrywide’s Hamptons International brand says the stamp duty holiday introduced yesterday on homes selling for £500,000 or...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Campaigning Baroness slams Sunak over possible “mass homelessness”

Former Labour Baroness Alicia Kennedy, the new director of the campaign group Generation Rent, claims 500,000 renters are in arrears as...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

£40,000 fines for unlicensed HMOs as council hunts for offenders

Four buy to let investors have each been fined £10,000 for letting out unlicensed HMOs. The unlicensed properties , all in the...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

It’s not over yet - new guidance for agents in still-restricted Wales

While England’s housing market is almost fully operational, within social distancing guidelines, there are still some restrictions in Wales. Now the Welsh...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry-first as PropTech platform signs race equality statement

In what is claimed to be an industry first, PropTech platform Goodlord has signed the Race Fairness Commitment. This commits Goodlord to...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London alert - second agency warns of sharp drop in rents

Another agent reports huge surge in supply of London properties to let Yesterday Chestertons reported a large rise in the supply of...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Paws for thought - pet-friendly renting is a big growth area

The volume of UK home-hunters searching for pet-friendly rental properties has jumped since the start of lockdown, according to a rental platform. Searches for homes...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New inventory solution announced by PropTech platform

Automated lettings and management platform teclet has announced a new inventory solution with No Letting Go and its Kaptur inventory app. Kaptur...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Fear of Corona second wave hitting rental market says agency

One of the capital’s largest lettings agencies says business is recovering well, although ironically rents are down 10% and increased activity...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets should convert to long-term rentals, says council

A council with a large number of short let properties within its boundaries is urging owners to convert them to traditional...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must help young renters hit by furlough end - lettings group

A lettings sector trade body, acting with homelessness charities, is urging the government to do more as young people in rented...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Email campaign urges Jenrick to avoid “unfair evictions, homelessness”

Shelter has launched an email campaign to the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, urging him to act to avoid “unfair evictions that...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Bid to introduce cap on rent rises abandoned by parliamentarians

A Bill which would have introduced a general cap on rent increases in the private rental sector has been abandoned by...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists make last-ditch bid to keep evictions ban indefinitely

Activists who praised the government for its eviction ban in recent months have now turned on it in a last-ditch attempt...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter's latest allegations batted away by lettings trade body

The National Residential Landlords Association has dismissed the latest claims by campaigning charity Shelter that landlords have not done enough to...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA leadership to be merged with NAEA at start of 2021

Propertymark has announced that the leadership structure of the lettings side is to be merged with the estate agency section, with...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

GDPR and property - guidance book on sale from today

David Smith - a solicitor specialising in residential property, agency and regulatory law - today launches a book advising property professionals...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ending: government tries to soothe critics

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has given Letting Agent Today a statement trying to soothe critics of its...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents offer arrears help to tenants hit by Corona cash crisis

ARLA Propertymark and other organisations from across the housing sector have joined forces to support tenants and landlords facing rent arrears...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposits rise as much as 24% in some parts of England - claim

Deposits have risen as much as 24 per cent in the past year in some parts of the UK - according...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings market much stronger than a year ago as pandemic recedes

The latest snapshot of the lettings market from PropTech firm Goodlord suggests that activity is much stronger now than a year...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London council wants to charge £550 for five year rental licence

A council in London, where landlords yields and margins are already tight, says it wants to charge £550 for a renewed...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency teams with private equity firm to go on acquisition trail

Specialist letting agent My Property Box has teamed up with a private equity firm to go on the acquisition trail. The Darlington-headquartered...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government ‘working to ensure evictions return smoothly’ - minister

The government says it’s currently working to ensure the eviction process returns smoothly when the ban expires in late August. In the...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords delighted that eviction ban will end next month

ARLA Propertymark has expressed its pleasure that the eviction ban, already extended by two months, will now expire at the end...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - top locations for yield-and-capital-growth combined

A new league table has been produced listing locations where a mix of rental yield and capital growth have given buy...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Fire brigade chief praises new rental sector electricity regulations

London Fire Brigade’s deputy assistant commissioner for fire safety has praised the new safety regulations which have now come in to...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform secures £2m to develop ‘with agents in mind’

Deposit alternative system and rental financial services platform Canopy has raised over £2m in a funding round that was oversubscribed within...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban WILL end in late August, government hints

The government appears to have confirmed that the evictions ban will end in late August and courts will resume hearing possession...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Baroness kicks off campaign to have all arrears evictions suspended

A pro-tenant campaign group has this morning kicked off its campaign to have the eviction ban - already extended until late...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Scare Tactics! Generation Rent accused by leading trade body

One of the rental sector’s highest-profile trade bodies has accused pro-tenant group Generation Rent of needlessly scaring renters with the spectre...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions - how will courts manage when the ban is finally lifted?

In another sign of concern at the speed and volume of eviction cases once the ban is lifted at the end...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom for ARLA Propertymark as members manage half the market

Some 47 per cent of all properties in the private rental sector in England are now managed by ARLA Propertymark member...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent giant pledges ‘net zero carbon enabled’ by 2030

One of the biggest names in the Build To Rent sector, Legal & General, says all of its new housing stock...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government slammed by law expert over electrical checks chaos

Confusion over Electrical Inspection Condition Reports, created by inaccurate statements from the government, has been slammed by a housing law expert.  Last...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban threat provokes new campaign by industry big hitters

Agents and landlords are urged to lobby MPs to highlight the threat of the current eviction ban and to urge no...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let taking the brunt of the Coronavirus impact, say agents

The latest market snapshot produced by agent data suggests that rent increases have hit a new low as the Coronavirus impacts on...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Orders - council reveals action against landlords

The council at the centre of one of the planning controversies involving Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has issued a warning to...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let portfolios set to expand according to mortgage expert

Landlords who are remortgaging are currently doing so primarily to build a war chest. That’s the view of mortgage brokerage Mortgages for...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Economist calls for immediate 20% rent reduction for tenants

A prominent economist who has called for a raft of measures to protect tenants during the Coronavirus crisis is now calling...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter wants enforcement against agents still charging illegal fees

Shelter is calling for stricter enforcement against letting agents in Northern Ireland which it claims are illegally charging tenants fees for...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Baroness wants “renters’ charter” to be agreed by councils

The militantly pro-tenant Generation Rent group says it’s working with local councils to have a new “tenants’ charter” introduced. The new director...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty cut could reinvigorate buy to let says lettings chief

A stamp duty cut could reinvigorate the buy to let market and the wider economy as the country comes out of...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS 2020 go live later this week - here's how you can register

Some weeks later than usual for understandable reasons, the ESTAS Awards 2020 are almost here - and for the first time...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

40% of agents still not fully open and most have staff on furlough

Two thirds of letting agents will still have staff on furlough next month according to a survey of 231 agencies -...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Give judges more power to defend tenants, government urged

Pro-tenant campaign group Generation Rent says judges should have more power to protect tenants from eviction while the Coronavirus outbreak continues. The...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New warning of huge eviction hearing delays once ban finally ends

Figures unearthed by the Daily Telegraph show the scale of the arrears and eviction court case backlog likely to face the...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Media spotlight on lockdown parties in Airbnb and other short-lets

The BBC has shone a spotlight on lockdown parties being held in contravention of social distancing rules at properties advertised on...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New book tells agents how to futureproof business in uncertain times

A new book from a prominent industry supplier aims to help lettings and estate agents modernise their business and futureproof it...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour Baroness to head fiercely pro-tenant campaign group

A Labour Baroness, Alicia Kennedy, has been named as the new director of the fiercely pro-tenant Generation Rent campaign group. The announcement...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit disputes drop - but cleaning is still the main problem

The number of rental deposit disputes lodged with one of the government-authorised deposit schemes has fallen 15 per cent across England...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Thinking of selling or rebranding? Franchise giant on the look-out...

Belvoir says it is on the lookout for agencies wanting to sell or join a franchise operation as they come out...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council knocks down illegal rental ‘shed’ - and sends owner the bill

A property built without planning consent and then illegally let to a family has been knocked down by Ealing council in...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Market activity well-above-average claims sentiment tracker

A complex ‘sentiment tracker’ suggests demand is still strong in the lettings market. PropTech supplier Yomdel publishes a weekly tracker index; it...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Poundland! - lettings agency launches portals listings service for £1

A lettings agency is launching a service that allows landlords to list their properties on Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket for just...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords ordered to repay nearly £5,000 after council probe

Two Bristol landlords have been ordered to repay nearly £5,000 following investigations by the council’s so called rogue landlord unit. One, Lucy...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Private landlords and Airbnb hosts implored to take in homeless

A local authority is imploring private landlords and providers of short-term lets, including Airbnb hosts, to lease their properties and thus...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance available for student check-outs during Coronavirus

The Deposit Protection Service has issued seven ways to help agents and students in England and Wales arrange accommodation check-outs during...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Foxtons back new PropTech lettings platform

A new PropTech platform backed by Countrywide and Foxtons says it offers agents an opportunity to reduce admin, increase revenue and...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Act now on possessions to minimise court delays, warns law firm

Landlords or their agents wanting to obtain possession of their property should act sooner rather than later despite the current ban. That’s...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Solicitor in key S21 test case warns of future challenges ahead

A solicitor involved in the Court of Appeal case which ruled in favour of the private rental sector has spoken of...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Warning of ‘perfect storm’ for agents as new electrical checks arrive

The arrival of mandatory enhanced electrical checks so soon after the chaos of the Coronavirus pandemic represents a perfect storm for...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 Still possible to get strong buy to let rental yields - and here’s where…

New research has produced a series of league tables to identify where in Britain the best rental yields can be found. The...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

“This stinks” - renters’ leader verdict on Jenrick planning scandal

The director of renters’ campaign group Generation Rent says the long-running scandal of a planning decision made by the Housing Secretary...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour group wants tenants to be let off rent during virus

A new Labour group - Labour Tenants United - has issued a four-prong attack on the current private rental sector including...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Industry relief for court ruling over possession claims

A legal expert says the Court of Appeal ruling on S21 possession orders last week has resolved one of the most...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

London room rents fall as Coronavirus ripples through market

Average room rents in the capital have dipped seven per cent compared to this time last year according to a flat-sharing...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government withdraws new electrical safety guidance for rental sector

The government has withdrawn its latest electrical safety checks guidance for the private rental sector, with immediate effect. However, there remains...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New safety checks may hit thousands of rental properties, fears ARLA

The government has released new guidance regarding electrical safety checks - and there's a worry it may include thousands of additional...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Court boost for private rental sector after key S21 judgement

Successes for the private rental sector may seem few and far between these days but the Court of Appeal has now...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must help landlords as Corona-fuelled arrears grow - call

A call has gone out for agents to offer extra support to landlords in the coming months as arrears may well...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New tool allows agents to create pet-friendly contracts at speed

A PropTech platform claims to allow agents to generate a fully-compliant tenancy agreement with a standardised pet-friendly clause which includes a...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants can pay the full rent, say most landlords in survey

A survey suggests that 77 per cent of  buy to letinvestors believe their tenants can pay full rent during the Coronavirus...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Research reveals best average buy to let yields by property type

One bedroom properties provide the best returns to buy to let investors according to new research by a lettings management platform. Single...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News