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Details revealed of another big city Build To Rent scheme

UK’s largest listed residential landlord, Grainger, has given details of its latest city scheme, in Newcastle. It has spent £57m on the...

12 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax - agents back extended time limit, with qualifications

ARLA Propertymark has thrown its weight behind a call for HMRC to extend the time limit for the payment of Capital...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove changing its lettings service - wants agent feedback

Rightmove has announced what it calls “a new vision for its lettings service” and wants agent feedback on what they think...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned for 14 years - director who targeted property investors

The director of a company targeting ‘flipping’ property investors has been disqualified from holding directorships for no less than 14 years.  Mitchell...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Acute rental shortage now hitting every part of the country

Areas of the country which appear to have had a surplus of rental stock in the past is now reporting a...

11 June 2021

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Rents set to rise three per cent in next 12 months, say surveyors

The latest lettings market snapshot by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests little easing of the strong tenant demand and...

11 June 2021

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Agents beware - major change to lighting begins this autumn

Agents managing properties with halogen or high-energy fluorescent lights will have to switch in the near future. The government is to ban...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive £17m-plus mortgage deal for London buy to let purchase

An experienced buy to let mortgage specialist has completed on its largest and most complex loan to date — a £17.35m...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters deterred from moving because of Covid safety worries

A poll of over 1,300 renters by a flat share platform suggests that over half have been deterred from moving in...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid leads agents to want more facilities for remote working

A survey of property professionals and IT experts across a range of industries has revealed that better remote working technology is...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Media publish photographs of agency’s filthy property after big fine

The local media in Manchester have published photographs of a property operated by a lettings agency was found to have multiple...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Boom time for rental sector is good news for buy to let lender

Paragon Bank increased its focus on specialist buy to let lending during the first half of its financial year as its...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Family run agency acquires fourth branch in city

Independent agency Hardisty And Co has acquired a fourth branch in Leeds. It will be headed up by former owner and office...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

High-end agency is latest to join PropTech compliance portfolio

PropTech property compliance firm CheckDocs says it’s bagged Hamptons as its latest agency - with over 90 branches and a substantial...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Immersive virtual viewing boost thanks to new deal with FocalAgent

Well known industry supplier FocalAgent has signed a new deal with Matterport to bring what it calls best-in-class 360° virtual tours...

09 June 2021

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National agency launches work-from-home lettings service

Spicerhaart is restructuring its lettings activities to include more working-from-home, mirroring what it’s done to its sales side in the past...

08 June 2021

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Agency opens branch with £10,000 grant from local council

A new Lancashire estate agency, Jusa Homes, has opened new premises thanks to a £10,000 local council grant.  Julie Hardy and Sarah...

08 June 2021

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Specialist investment agency opens sixth branch with more to come

Mistoria is opening its sixth office in the north west of England. The new branch in Cheadle follows Mistoria’s existing outlets in...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Fourth office opens for expanding south east franchise brand

South East of England sales and lettings agency Parkers is continuing to expand across Berkshire with the opening of a new...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb tries to buy off rental criticism with local ‘tax’

Airbnb, which has been criticised by some for its impact on local rental markets, is to set up its own ‘tax’...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters’ group on the warpath over agents’ documentation

The activist group Generation Rent is urging tenants to scrutinise the paperwork they get from agents to use against possible eviction.  Failure...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Two acquisitions add to agency’s fast-growing lets portfolio

The Miles & Barr Group has snapped up two lettings and property management companies  – Roger & Hambidge and Brettsletts.  The acquisitions...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents fall - but less than before

The prime London rental market is still in the doldrums but the rent falls are less pronounced than before.  Knight Frank says...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Show Us The Results: Agents demand mediation pilot evidence

The Association of Residential Letting Agents’ wing of Propertymark is demanding to see the results of a mediation project initiated by...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents soar outside London - but dip in the capital itself

The latest rental market snapshot produced by HomeLet shows average rents outside of London soaring to higher levels and dropping in the capital itself.  The...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency’s new guide to avoid tenants falling victim of scams

The online lettings platform Mashroom has set out a list of guidelines it’s offering to prospective tenants to avoid them falling...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Forum for private rental sector to be staged next week by council

Helping those in the private rental sector understand the latest changes to regulations due to Covid-19 is one of the aims...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental properties could boost EPC rating for £100 or even less

Some low-cost energy efficiency improvements to a property could boost its EPC rating according to an analysis undertaken by Rightmove. The portal...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Super-strong rental market will last through summer and beyond

The increasingly strong rental market is set to last throughout summer and beyond according to the latest analysis by PropTech platform...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies won’t allow ‘real’ viewing until virtual one undertaken

A branch of The Property Franchise Group’s Martin & Co brand is stopping potential tenants from booking a physical tour of...

03 June 2021

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Wanted: football pundits rooting for Scotland and Wales in the Euros!

We’re only a little over a week away from the Euros, happening at last a year later than scheduled because of...

03 June 2021

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Franchise chain opens seventh office in the same county

Franchise giant Winkworth has opened a new office in the south west at Ferndown in Dorset. The office has been opened by...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Top property lawyer links with Rightmove to advise agents on data

Prominent property lawyer David Smith - recently in the news for his guidance for agents and landlords over the eviction ban...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New secure tenancy and assured tenancy forms MUST be used now

The government has released new forms for secure and assured tenancies - and agents who fail to use them risk having...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour’s new housing chief wants to work with Tories to scrap S21

Labour’s Lucy Powell, the party’s new housing spokesperson, says she wants to work with the Conservatives to scrap Section 21 eviction...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent uses council to secure electrical inspection at private flat

A local authority has explained its role in ensuring that a private landlord could arrange for an electrical safety inspection to...

02 June 2021

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Agent Alert: Change to eviction notice periods from today

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions is now finally at an end and from today there is a change to the notice...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb extends lettings restrictions until the end of the summer

A global ban on parties in Airbnb properties, started back in August last year, has been extended until the end of...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Government revises Mediation guidelines for ‘life after eviction ban’

The government has revised its guidelines for its new mediation scheme, which it says will avoid some possessions now that the...

01 June 2021

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Evicted tenants must be given Legal Aid, insists solicitors’ chief

The president of the Law Society of England and Wales says tenants facing eviction as a result of the ban being...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council offers free online training for letting agents

A council is offering free training to letting agents, via online courses starting next Monday. Dorset council says it wants to work...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned: Rogue agency and director cannot let any property in England

A London council has secured banning orders against rogue property agents who were previously fined over £70,000 for letting an unlicensed...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Control Threat - petition launched to stop private sector rent caps

An outspoken property investor has launched an online petition on the government website to oppose the threat of rent controls. YouTube influencer...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Boom! Unprecedented demand from tenants according to agents

There’s now an unprecedented level of demand from tenants for properties, according to the latest survey findings from ARLA Propertymark. The survey...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Online platform claims its local area has become investment hotspot

A major student accommodation platform says its local area has become a regeneration hotspot for proper investment. UniHomes says Sheffield has already...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market to remain busy throughout 2021 predicts leading agency

There’s been another upbeat trading statement from franchise giant the Belvoir Group. The company - which held its AGM yesterday - says...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC deadline for letting agents in just two weeks’ time - warning

There are just two weeks left for letting agents to register with HM Revenue & Customs if they want to be...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Indefinite Tenancies is key demand in campaigners’ reform manifesto

Campaign group Generation Rent has set out a 10-point plan for reform of the private rental sector in favour of tenants. Its...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

'No DSS' - apology by lettings agency after advertisement blunder

A lettings agency which markets private rental properties and units operated by a housing association has apologised for its ‘No DSS’...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb/Short Lets sector confident of quick recovery from pandemic

A study by a trade group representing the short lets sector says it’s confident of recovering to 2019 levels of business...

27 May 2021

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Fixflo says it’s business as usual for agents despite sell-off

Fixflo has pledged that it’s business as usual for its lettings agency clients, after news broke that it was to be...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Another Shelter report condemns state of British rental sector

Another report by the campaigning charity Shelter is critical of the quality of Britain’s private rental sector - and indeed the...

26 May 2021

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New independent lettings agency pledges to break the mould

A new independent agency is to specialise in lettings and property management across Hertfordshire. Led by Luke Mason and Jonathan Fiducia, the...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown end makes it vital for agents to assess PropTech needs - claim

Now is the ideal time for agents to consider their PropTech needs, as lockdown restrictions ease significantly and firms draw up...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Record number of Build To Rent planning consents, with big suburban surge

Research by the British Property Federation shows that 6,937 new Build To Rent homes won full planning permission in the first...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Big PropTech deal as Fixflo is snapped up by German firm

Fixflo, the well known provider of property repairs and maintenance software across the lettings sector, has been acquired by a European...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over HMRC probes if they use old-fashioned ID checks

An anti-money laundering PropTech consultancy claims agents are in serious danger of non-compliance with new regulations, unless they ditch paper documents and...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council warns landlords will be served with ‘anti-social orders’

A Labour council in London is taking the unusual measure of threatening landlords with community protection notices - associated with anti-social...

25 May 2021

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Possession cases FALLEN during pandemic, not risen - government

Official figures show that far from seeing a rise during the pandemic, there has been what the government calls “a massive...

25 May 2021

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Almost a billion pounds invested to improve buy to let sector

Landlords spend an estimated £839m each year upgrading newly purchased rental property before letting it out to tenants, helping to drive-up...

25 May 2021

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Trade body rival to ARLA reports another boost in membership

The UK Association of Letting Agents - a trade body rival to ARLA Propertymark - says it’s seen “a robust membership...

25 May 2021

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OnTheMarket to provide agents with free tenancy referencing

OnTheMarket has signed a 12 month exclusive commercial partnership with Canopy, the tenant referencing platform. The partnership will enable the portal to...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodlord industrial dispute - it’s far from over insists trade union

Last week’s bid by PropTech referencing firm Goodlord to draw a line under its long-running ‘fire and rehire’ industrial dispute has...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Most tenants using virtual viewings sign up without ‘real’ visit

Data from a property consultancy suggests that two thirds of renters who use virtual viewings sign tenancies without actually visiting their chosen...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Pioneering Co-Living rental conversion scheme gets go-ahead

A 133-unit co-living rental scheme is to be built in the Devon city of Exeter. The scheme will place an emphasis on community living...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

City’s buy to let student market faces new purpose-built competition

A student accommodation provider has been granted planning consent to turn a building in central Leeds into a 350-bed purpose-built block. Study...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents soar 20% in parts of London this year alone, says agency

Rents in London have risen an average six per cent this year, a leading agency claims - and some areas are...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Coming Out Of Covid tough for letting agents, says top supplier

Coming out of Covid and realising that relaxed procedures will be tightened up once again, will present challenges to letting agents...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

App claims to improve safety for letting agents

A new CRM which calls itself as “a transformative new technology” says its latest app aids safety for agents. The latest version of the...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New branch for The Property Franchise Group’s Hunters brand

Hunters - now subsumed into The Property Franchise Group - has opened a new branch in Bicester.  The new branch follows a...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Consolidation continues - another independent agency snapped up

North London agency Home Minders has acquired independent lettings and sales business Alan Goldin Estates. This transaction is Home Minder’s third acquisition,...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Scandal of lettings director banned for emptying bank account

A lettings agency director has been disqualified for seven years after he emptied its bank account following its liquidation. Ghanshyam Sarup Batra, from...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Striking Goodlord staff leave after ‘fire and rehire’ dispute

The industrial dispute involving Goodlord has ended with nine of the affected staff leaving the company after a lengthy strike. The Unite...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency’s fourth acquisition snaps up independent lettings book

The owners of a branch of Martin & Co have taken their managed portfolio to approaching 400 properties after securing a...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Not-for-profit lettings agency wins top People award

Sulets - a not-for-profit, charitable trust providing accommodation for students - has struck gold. It’s won a Gold award from Investors in...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to course on home staging

The Home Staging Association has launched a course for agents on how to dress and prepare properties for maximum effect when...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraud Frenzy: One in 20 tenancy applications may be fake

There’s been a huge 263 per cent increase in the value of fraudulent tenant applications in just three months, it’s been...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Updated Covid guidance for letting and estate agents

Propertymark has produced new guidance for letting agents in the wake of the latest step on the roadmap out of Covid restrictions. It says:...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Will office work return to revive the London rental market?

Fresh data from Knight Frank shows how uncertainty continues to dog the lettings market in some parts of central London. There appears...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech rental platform claims to slash agent admin by 90%

PropTech start up Halo claims that what it calls a new “tenant engagement platform” will streamlines the rental onboarding process. The firm...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech referencing firm inks new deal with insurance provider

Insurance provider Paymentshield and rental referencing firm Goodlord have teamed up for a second five-year partnership.  Under the agreement, the PropTech firm...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

From employee to owner - agency reveals new management

A former employee at the Staines-upon-Thames office of lettings agency Martin & Co has returned – as the branch’s new owner. Doreen...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents can earn hundreds per tenancy, claims portal

A referencing service provider has launched a portal designed to improve commission-based revenue streams for letting agents.  Vouch says its Home Move...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where Build To Rent is threatening Buy To Let

The Build to Rent market remains small in volume but it is making some inroads, leading to BTR rent rises predominantly...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

More PropTech partners for the ESTAS Forum & Awards

TM Group and sales progression solution mio have signed up as partners for the 2021 ESTAS Forum & Awards, sponsored by...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Alert - just four weeks to meet HMRC deadline

A compliance specialist is reminding the industry that the deadline by which letting agents must register with HMRC if they are...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New lettings and management platform for self-employed agents

Keller Williams UK - one of the growing number of agencies to operate with self-employed agents working from a central hub...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Stock Drought Worsens - half of Britain sees 50% supply fall

Lettings agency Hamptons says there’s been “an unprecedented fall” in the number of rental homes on the market, leading to double-digit...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty slashes size of buy to let sector claims agency

The five years since the introduction of the three per cent stamp duty surcharge on additional homes has led to a...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Home Office extends Right To Rent video check scheme

The Home Office has told agents and landlords that Right To Rent checks can continue to be conducted via video calls...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings Advisory Board of agents to be established by Zoopla

Zoopla has revealed the formation of a Lettings Advisory Board, to be chaired by the national lettings managing director of Leaders...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction court process should be simplified in reform package - call

A leading buy to let mortgage expert has backed the government’s pledge to issue a White Paper and additional consultation before...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rebranded agency expands network with new branch

Leeds agency HOP - previously well known as Let Leeds - is expanding its office network with the launch of a...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantor service increasingly used by colleges - claim

Rental guarantor service Housing Hand claims there’s been a rise in the number of universities enquiring about white label deals, as...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the government REALLY going to scrap Section 21 evictions?

Some lettings industry figures are beginning to express doubt as to whether the government’s broad commitment to reform the private rental...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists slam “reckless” end to eviction ban after 15 months

The head of the tenants’ campaign group Generation Rent has condemned the government as “reckless” for ending the eviction ban on May...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

It's Back! City centre rental market starting to revive, says Zoopla

The city centre rental market, considered to be one of the industry’s losers during the worst of the pandemic, is beginning...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Lifetime Deposits: Warning over complexity of government pledge

The government’s pledge to introduce a lifetime deposits concept, theoretically making it easier and cheaper for tenants to move, has been...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Full details of Notice and Eviction changes

The government has announced changes to tenancy notice periods in line with the phased easing of the pandemic restrictions.  Whilst some notice...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants have already waited two years for reform, warns Baroness

The most vocal campaign group for tenants, Generation Rent, has warned government that renters have already been waiting two years for...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

TikTok is the latest social media way of letting homes

London lettings agency Kalmar is thought to be the first to use the increasingly-fashionable social media platform TikTok to let and...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Government willing to listen to agents on rental reform, claims ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the government is willing to listen to agents and other industry players ahead of...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market outside London rising at three year high

Zoopla says rents outside London are rising at an average three per cent per year, the highest level since late 2018. However...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

HMOs likely to grow in number and importance in the future

A leading banking and wealth management company says a growth area for the rental sector in the years to come will...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Government confirms rental reform to be pushed through this year

The government has confirmed that reform of the private rental sector will be a priority for the coming session of Parliament. A...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets require planning change of use, appeal process decides

A landlord who appealed against a local council decision regarding the letting of her apartment on Airbnb has lost - and...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 - government may make pledge today

Today’s Queen’s Speech, setting out the government’s legislative programme for the next year, is expected to include rental reform. It’s thought one...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents advised to ‘up their game’ on landlord ID checks

Many letting agents fail to conduct the obligatory identity checks on landlord clients according to an industry supplier. Blinc UK says that...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector skewed against tenants says prominent London Tory

A prominent London Conservative MP has made a scathing attack on the current rental sector’s structure, saying it is skewed in...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in letting properties pushed by Build To Rent operator

A Build To Rent operator say it is promoting the concept of private tenants being allowed pets - and it takes a...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents under threat from huge revamp to private rental sector

A scheme being proposed in Northern Ireland has been branded as a threat to letting agents. The Northern Ireland Executive is considering...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Collapse in supply of houses listed for rent in prime London

High-end lettings agency Knight Frank says there’s been a huge loss of houses available for renters in prime London in the...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents performing strongly but sector needs backing - HomeLet

The latest HomeLet market index shows that the average rent in the UK is now at a record high of £996...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

ESTAS 2021 - virtual shortlist unveiling continues this week

The ESTAS Awards ceremony is traditionally held each May but no prizes for guessing why this year, as with 2020, things...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing national chain snaps up three independent agencies

The highest profile agency in the big-spending Lomond Group has sealed a trio of deals in the first week of April...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Manchester next stop for agency specialising in investment property

An agency which has for the past 11 years specialised in south west London is now expanding with a new office...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to beware council compliance crackdown and heavy fines

Agents are being warned about a crackdown on compliance issues surrounding rental property management. No Letting Go, the country’s largest provider of...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry partnership offers courses for lettings agents

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme and industry supplier Inventory Hive are working together to provide two new training courses.  Led by Michael Hill...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Franchise branch gobbles up nearby independent agency

The owner of the Bedford branch of Martin & Co has grown his business by more than 50 per cent thanks...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour says rent controls for UK cities could be based on London

Labour’s candidate for London Mayor wants to control private rents - and he wants the capital to be a template for...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Voids rise as end of lockdown sees tenants go on the move

The latest rental market snapshot from PropTech company Goodlord shows rents holding steady across England but as lockdown restrictions ease voids...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Order threat to property company owner

A London council has taken a landlord company to court after complaints of poor housing conditions in five of its rented...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand improved flood insurance cover for buy to let sector

Propertymark has waded in to the debate over flood prevention measures in the UK:il it wants insurance for homeowners and landlords faced...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

700,000 will use Breathing Space debt delay, admits government

The government has admitted that “hundreds of thousands” of people will use the new Breathing Space system, during which they cannot...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should educate landlords over Breathing Space scheme - call

A prominent industry figure says lettings agents will have a key role educating landlords over the controversial Breathing Space scheme introduced...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Six-figure deal buys area’s largest independent agency

A lettings company has paid an undisclosed sum - described only as “a six figure deal” - to acquire a large...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Surge in Hong Kongers purchasing UK buy to lets, says bank

A bank has seen a surge in Honk Kong residents purchasing UK buy to let properties. Skipton International, the Guernsey-licensed bank, says...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets trade bodies’ conference to be held this autumn

The first short lets sector trade bodies’ conference since 2019 is to be held in London on September 14. The conference -...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the private rental sector in retreat?

A new analysis of the private rental sector suggests it was reducing in size for some years before the pandemic. Nationwide’s specialist...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Alert: government’s last-minute change to process

There’s been an urgent change to the arrears process over the weekend to dovetail with the government’s new Breathing Space initiative. From...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists stage DSS protest outside agency office

Activists from the Acorn renters' campaign group have held a protest outside a branch of Chancellors in Oxford. The group says the...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New call for letting agents to be trained, qualified and licensed

The Association of Residential Letting Agents' wing of Propertymark says the recent expulsion of three agents from The Property Ombudsman demonstrates the...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent in court over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO

A letting agent has been fined £11,500 for breaking HMO houses and fire safety rules at a property he manages. Agent Benjamin...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Criminal Behaviour Order for rogue agent after unlawful eviction

A lettings agency director has been issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order for unlawfully evicting a tenant back in 2019. CFDP Ltd, trading as...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rival lettings agency trade group reveals membership surge

A rival trade body to the Association of Residential Letting Agents has announced what it calls “a robust membership result.” The UK...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency goes green with new fleet of electric company cars

Yorkshire’s Verity Frearson lettings and sales company has unveiled a new fleet of electric vehicles, and says it is the first agency...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow! Wind power to supply huge number of student rental properties

Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of purpose built student accommodation, has signed a deal guaranteeing a fifth of its annual...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Developer selects management specialist to handle affordable portfolio

Affordable homes provider Auxesia Homes has appointed residential management firm Touchstone to handle its entire mixed tenure portfolio.  Auxesia offers affordable shared...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists blast councils for failing to act over “unsafe rental properties”

Councils are failing to protect tenants in three out of four cases where they discover rental homes are unsafe, according to...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid issues hit leading agency group’s lettings revenue

One of the country’s largest lettings operations has outlined the challenges it faced during the Coronavirus crisis. LSL Property Services’ latest trading statement...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents must still help landlords and tenants during Covid - ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says agents should continue to help landlords and tenants during the Coronavirus crisis. Although the vaccine...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Family-owned boutique agency takes share in independent rival

A family-owned boutique lettings agency in Salford, Greater Manchester, has taken a significant share in a nearby independent rival - and will...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Software integration announced for two of the industry’s top suppliers

Prominent industry software supplier Reapit and specialist repairs and maintenance service Fixflo have announced a new integration.  This allows Fixflo’s software and...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Politicians want rent controls - but the facts prove them wrong

Despite rent controls being a vote-catching policy for some local election candidates next week, the reality is that asking rents in...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents must be ultra-responsive to tenant complaints during pandemic

The managing director of Fixflo, Rajeev Nayyar, says the pandemic has changed the context in which agents should view tenants’ complaints. In...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government mediation can help agencies recover arrears - industry leader

A leading figure in the lettings sector says the government’s new Housing Possession Mediation Scheme can help agencies and landlords recover...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech app allows would-be renters to discover homes on market

Crowdhaus, which describes its product as a property discovery app, has secured almost £200,000 to take the next step forward following...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent payment in three clicks made possible by PropTech provider

An automated payments service has teamed up with a student accommodation provider to devise an eCommerce system allowing simpler rent payments. Vyne uses...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Third of buy to let investors would change their vote now

A third of buy to let investors would change the way they voted in the EU referendum if they could. That’s the...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent tells of “heartbreaking” need for affordable homes

A letting agent in Cornwall has told local TV how she finds herself in ”heartbreaking” situations because of the lack of...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

London rents and demand continue to fall

One year on from the beginning of the pandemic, London’s reversal of fortunes in the rental market continues according to the...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency signs Build To Rent management deal for family homes

A Manchester-based lettings agency has won a long-term deal with one of the UK’s most prominent Build To Rent operators.  Ascend Properties...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency block management firm wins millions for high-rise safety

A block management company owned by the Leaders Romans Group has been awarded over £6.5m in government building safety funds to...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Future of renting? Fund is to buy and let 2,000 properties

Real estate fund management company Moorfield has teamed up with PropTech company Bricklane to buy a portfolio of 2,000 homes to...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals true scale of Green Homes Grant farce

ARLA Propertymark says there should be a long term appropriately funded strategy to help the private rental sector and home owners...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

London commuter belt rental market still performing strongly

Rents across the wider London commuter belt continued to rise in the first three months of the year, according to a...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency opens in legendary town made famous by TV comedy

The Yorkshire town immortalised in the long-running BBC comedy Last of the Summer Wine - Holmfirth - is the location of the latest...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill: timetable may be clearer next month

The State Opening of Parliament will take place on Tuesday May 11, with many expecting this to be when the government confirms...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Vets want pets in lets - and they want them now

A leading veterinary body - the National Office of Animal Health, or NOAH - wants pets to be allowed in private rental...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Energised! Stamp Duty Holiday turbocharges rental property sales

The extended stamp duty holiday is having a significant positive impact on the rental market, according to new research. In a survey...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Public cash for renters and scrap S21 insists another charity

Housing charity Crisis says government statistics show almost one in five private renters in England in arrears or likely to fall...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New agency franchise owner is chartered accountant

The Canterbury branch of national sales and lettings agency Martin & Co has a new owner. Angie Collins has taken on the...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

E-signature legal controversy - lawyer’s update for agents

Leading property lawyer David Smith is to give agents an update on a key legal case at a webinar next week. Smith,...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency consolidation continues with new franchise acquisition

The Property Franchise Group has made another acquisition, this time in the seaside town of Weymouth. TPFG’s Martin & Co brand has...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Third acquisition this year for fast-growing city agency

Ascend Properties in Manchester has acquired another small independent agency. It’s snapped up Elavace Estates, a lettings management portfolio on Merseyside.  This follows acquisitions...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Room renting PropTech service claims 350 sign-ups

New PropTech company Ministry of Rooms says its platform has 350 landlords and agents signed up in its first six weeks. The property-tenant matching...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Festival lets and more HMOs on the agenda for city agency

A Scottish agency has strengthened its specialism in managing HMOs with the acquisition of a lettings book of 90 more units. Braemore Sales...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

‘No DSS’ - Agency unlawfully discriminated against tenant

Another lettings agency has been found to have unlawfully discriminated against a tenant receiving benefits. Worthing County Court declared that Michael Jones & Company unlawfully...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents back idea of renters getting more upfront info

The two letting agents’ trade groups have backed a call for more upfront information to be given to prospective renters. The National...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: Government U-turn follows ARLA Propertymark campaign

Letting agents are not required to conduct retrospective Right to Rent verification on tenants who had a Covid-adjusted check since March...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes? These webinars may help you resolve them...

The DPS is hosting free dispute webinars to enable landlords and letting agents to navigate the dispute resolution process. More than 2,000...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Tips that will convince first time landlords to use agents

ARLA Propertymark has prepared a ‘top tips’ guide for agents to offer first time landlords. The tips are exhaustive and should convince landlords...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warned about cash crisis amongst renters under 40

Flatshare website SpareRoom says over a fifth of 18 to 24 years olds have moved back in with their parents to...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Fire leads to five figure fine for property company

A property company and its director will have to shell out £10,000 after a blaze left six tenants homeless in the...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

The new ‘big thing’ in the lettings market - flexible property

There’s a new driver in the lettings market - the need for a flexible location and property type. Market consultancy TwentyCi says...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Foreign buy to let investors wooed by lender’s reduced rates

One of the most active lenders for international investors in UK buy to let claims to have produced a market-leading mortgage...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Booming demand for suburbs according to buy to let specialist

Booming demand for homes in commuter zones and well-connected towns is causing a mini-boom in the lettings market. That’s the view of...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Labour figure plans expanded ‘ethical lettings agency’ concept

Greater Manchester’s Labour Mayor, Andy Burnham, says he wants to clamp down on the private rental sector. In his manifesto for next month’s...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New national agency acquires 10 independents agencies in three months

Linley & Simpson and Lomond Capital - which joined forces at the end of 2020 to create a new national agency...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Virtual Tour providers keen to reassure agents after Devon mishap

Virtual tour suppliers have been keen to reassure agents that there need be no repeat of problems which befell a Devon agent. Fowlers,...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Free Facebook training offer for regional agents

A regional agency group is providing training courses free of charge to members “for the foreseeable future.” The training - usually heavily...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Taper notice periods as soon as possible, government urged

A major trade body has called for a tapering down of notice periods for Section 8 and Section 21. The government has...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet another agent ejected by Ombudsman may be trading illegally

Another lettings agency has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme for failing to pay an outstanding compensation award - but...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Compliance PropTech firm inks deal with Hunters network

Lettings franchise giant Hunters has struck a commercial deal with a geospatial technology firm. The partnership offers immediate access to Kamma’s full...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Most students want utility charges integrated into overall rents

More students would like to see utility charges integrated into the overall costs of their accommodation, according to a specialist lettings...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency boasts huge number of virtual viewings during lockdown

A local estate agency network says it has hosted an extraordinary 96,524 virtual viewings during lockdown. The Miles & Barr agency -...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue agency may be trading under new name via Facebook, says Ombudsman

A lettings agency that failed to pay a compensation award ordered by The Property Ombudsman has been expelled from the scheme...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Almost 700,000 renters facing eviction says campaign body

A group of rental campaign bodies have come together to claim that some 694,000 tenants apparently face eviction when the current...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Is London’s rental market stabilising at last?

London rents climbed for the first time for over a year during Q1 2021 —although the rise was a mere £8...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency that failed to pay £300 compensation kicked out of Ombudsman

A lettings agent in Slough, called Saville Park Ltd, has been excluded from The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay an outstanding award of £300.  TPO received a complaint from tenants...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Twin speed rental market goes on as London lags behind UK

The Home website has produced its latest rental market snapshot - and once again London is the odd region out compared...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

How do landlords find their agents? Survey compares online with branches

A survey by a comparison website suggests landlords are evenly split about how they find letting agents. Some 28 per cent favour physically searching...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: Updated government guidance on possession action

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued updated guidance to include the recent extension of the bailiff enforcement...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental collapse in prime central London nears the end, claims agency

Average rents in prime central London declined 14.3 per cent in the year to March - but one agency reckons that may be...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental demand still swinging away from cities, says Rightmove

Demand is still moving away from cities and towards suburbs and rural areas, according to Rightmove. “Areas around the North and South...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents must accept deals over arrears if all else fails - advice

One of the industry’s leading experts wants letting agents to engage with tenants and landlords over Covid-related arrears, agree to mediation,...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Strong capital appreciation deters landlords selling up, says agency

Buy to let investors are not cashing out of the private rental sector despite the restrictions and taxes imposed by government. Hamptons’...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - Boris Johnson’s choice of agent to let his country house

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to let his Oxfordshire cottage out - and predictably, he’s chosen an upmarket letting agent. Strutt &...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest acquisition takes city agency to almost 1,000 managed units

A branch in The Property Franchise Group has snapped up a local independent - and almost 200 additional properties under management.  The...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of Covid uncertainty despite its own strong performance

Franchise giants Belvoir has revealed strong figures in a trading statement to shareholders - but it’s warning that 2021 remains shrouded...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Agents join protest against Labour proposals

Letting agents body ARLA Propertymark has joined the criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan who wants to be given the power...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Hunters boss claims taxpayers’ money for accommodation as MP

Kevin Hollinrake, who until recently was the chairman of Hunters, has been named in an article about Tory MPs who have...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Management firm and landlord guilty of 27 safety breaches

A property company and a landlord have each been found guilty of 27 charges relating to the management of two properties...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Two tier market as London rents fall while everywhere else booms

London rents have started to fall again - just as every other region of Britain is showing significant annual increases. Figures for...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech boost as inventories service links with Reapit

Inventories PropTech service Inventory Hive has integrated with Reapit via its Foundations platform, meaning agents who use both services will be...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantees could mean more DSS tenants in private sector

Rent guarantees and upfront cash payments from local authorities are the most effective means of opening the private rented sector to...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency targeted for day of protests against evictions

At least one lettings agency is on a list of targets for socially-distanced protests tomorrow by anti-eviction campaigners in the left...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Central London lettings revenue plummets up to 20% admits agency

Winkworth says its London rental activities have suffered because of a lack of international travel, and students and young professionals returning to...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government slammed over holiday lets mixed messages

A lettings management platform is hitting out at the government over the uncertainty surrounding travel restrictions, because of its impact on...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property chief stands up for importance of pets in homes

As debate rages about whether pets should be allowed in more private rental properties, a senior house building figure has spoken up for...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals details of arrears mediation scheme

The government has at last released details of its mediation scheme - this was hinted at when Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

All Change! How the pandemic has shifted tenants’ demands

It’s not just the owner occupier whose property demands have changed radically because of the pandemic - a new survey suggests...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sharp uplift in tenant demand as lockdown starts to ease

A quarterly index suggests that there’s been a sharp uplift in tenant demand for rental properties across the UK’s major cities...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

 Franchise of the Year named as agency’s spectacular annual awards

Franchise giant Belvoir has held its annual awards including the naming of the prestigious ‘franchise of the year’. The accolade went to...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand radical overhaul of eco-targets for rental sector

Agents and other industry players have penned an open letter to government demanding a radical overhaul of targets for energy efficiency in the...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents up again - fourth increase in four months

Average rents across the UK have risen for the fourth time in as many months according to the HomeLet index. Typical rent...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - London postcodes still in favour with investors and buyers

London lettings and estate agency Benham and Reeves has calculated a league table of the most popular postcodes in the capital...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency moving into sales after snapping up rival firms

Letting agency My Property Box is moving into property sales as part of a significant expansion of its business. The decision follows...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders: just 39 issued, three years after implementation

Some 39 agents and landlords have had banning orders over the past three years according to a report in The Guardian. Under the...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Takeover frenzy continues as franchise giant snaps up rival agency

Consolidation within the industry continues apace with the Belvoir Group acquiring the Nicholas Humphreys Franchise Limited in a move announced over...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Top agency wants to grab a slice of the Build To Rent market

Leaders Romans Group is launching a consultancy and management service for Build To Rent developers - a bid to engage with institutions in...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to create paper trail on electrical compliance

Changes to electrical safety standards rules applying to existing tenancies came into force at the start of the Easter break and...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid - how it's hit the lettings market over the past year

With Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirming the next phase of the roadmap out of lockdown, a PropTech firm has reflected on...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sleep Out to Help Out! Wonderful work by Knight Frank

Knight Frank is this year’s headline sponsor of the LandAid Sleep Out, one of the causes many in the industry support. This...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Keep Karma and Carry On - fine work by the Estate Agent Content Club

An industry partner has donated more than £10,000 to local charities and community good causes over the past 18 months. Former journalist...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Art for Art’s Sake - NHS Heroes supported by Barrows & Forrester

'Forward in Unity' is a mural painted by Gent48, a renowned Birmingham street artist. It's situated in the centre of Digbeth...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Auction House keeps local charities in the pink…

There’s been great work by Auction House over the past year, working with local charities at the heart of communities thrown...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Great work as charity goes international for supplier FirstPort  

FirstPort, the residential property services provider, has teamed up with The Turing Trust to help equip a new computer lab at...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market continues to fly thanks to reducing supply

Latest figures from ARLA Propertymark suggest the rental market continues to perform strongly. Data for February - the latest available from the...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Fly the flag! Union Jacks must be shown during viewings

The government has told estate agents to ensure at least one Union Jack is present in properties during both physical and...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

'Posh’ London borough where 44% of homes are privately rented

One of the London boroughs synonymous with wealth has revealed that 44 per cent of its housing stock is now actually...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Growing agency operation opens fourth office

Lettings agency Intus Lettings has announced the opening of a new Sheffield office — its first base in Yorkshire. The Sheffield office...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agents invited to sessions with mentors and experts

Propertymark says its Inspire programme is continuing to help agents via its small group network - and it’s taking bookings for...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs say “no more” to last-minute panic eviction bans

An influential group of MPs wants an end to repeated last minute extensions to the ban on evictions and instead wants financial support...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid eviction backlog: Government told to find faster court solutions

A House of Lords committee is urging the government to find alternatives to court possession cases in a bid to deal...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

TV eviction expert warns of “court avalanche” when ban ends soon

Paul Shamplina, the man behind Landlord Action and a Channel 5 show on handling rental crises, is warning that county courts...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let optimism shown by larger mortgages, claims finance house

The popularity of buy to let mortgage products offering exclusive rates for higher value loans is a sign of optimism in...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pro-Pet campaigners want damage insurance as option for tenants

Momentum is building to have the Tenant Fees Act amended, allowing agents to charge tenants for damage insurance which would then...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of creating confusion over smart meters

Letting agents have been accused of creating confusion amongst renters when it comes to smart meters. A company promoting smart meters claims...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Reduced asking rents attract tenants back to London’s prime market

Central London’s prime rental market is witnessing a wave of enquiries from tenants wanting to strike a deal according to a...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government must offer buy to let sector a Green incentive - call

The government’s embarrassing axing of the Green Homes Grant means there must now be a replacement to help the private rental...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow to lettings sector as Green Homes Grant axed

The initiative which the government hoped would transform energy efficiency in the private rental sector is being axed this week. The Green...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls back on the agenda as local elections near

Rent controls are being discussed again as candidates prepare for May's local elections. In London Green Party mayoral candidate Sian Berry -...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for national register and indefinite tenancies for rental sector

A charity is calling for a new national body to oversee the private rental sector. Citizens Advice makes this one of three...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warned to prepare for glut of evictions when ban ends

An estimated 840,000 private tenants have arrears over the past year since the first eviction ban was announced, according to a...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to enter Tenancy Deposit Scheme online courses

The not-for-profit Tenancy Deposit Scheme says it still has vacancies for its April online courses.  There are two currently available - the...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Surge in rental demand as sellers put themselves in pole position

There’s been a spectacular surge in demand for lettings properties as vendors take advantage of the stamp duty holiday by selling...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert - New electrical check regulations kick in next week

The private rental sector has new electricity regulations taking effect next week, putting the emphasis on agents and landlords. The Electrical Safety...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Nightingale Courts to continue as possession case backlog rises

In an exclusive, the Daily Telegraph says emergency courtrooms will be used after their funding runs out over the comning summer...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure on private rented sector to cater more for older and disabled

A lettings trade body says the sector - and local councils - should do more to cater for the older and...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should ring colleagues during viewings to check safety - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is asking agent members to ensure the safety of lone workers in branches and on viewings. A statement from the association...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

“Supercharged growth plans” pledge by merged lettings giants

Two franchise giants - Hunters and The Property Franchise Group - say their combined lettings book underpins their recent deal. In a...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government tweaks Covid guidance for rental sector ahead of new rules

The government has revised its official guidance for the private rental sector and local authorities in the light of imminently-changing Coronavirus advice. The...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Another acquisition adds to fast-growing agency chain’s portfolio

The lettings book of one of the UK’s oldest property and law companies has been snapped up by a firm in the...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental platform claims 150 London agents have signed up

A new rentals platform claims to have signed up 150 London agencies prior to launch this spring. Findingaplace says it has signed up...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to plug ‘rental tax gap’ for holiday lets

The government’s much-vaunted ‘tax day’ produced few challenges to the status quo - but holiday lets are under scrutiny. Currently the holiday let...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Surprise as Capital Gains Tax left unchanged in government plans

The lettings sector is giving a sigh of relief at the absence of any change to Capital Gains Tax by HM Treasury. CGT...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

See It Here - Rightmove reveals its new TV advert aimed at renters

Rightmove has revealed its new TV advertisement, which it claims will reach 59 per cent of the UK during its campaign...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents told to prepare for post-lockdown rentals rush

Agents must be ready for an influx of new business according to outsourced telephone and live chat service Moneypenny. Its latest figures...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Building Renovation Passports - MPs want these for rental sector

An influential group of MPs has called for the replacement of “outdated” Energy Performance Certificates with new ‘Building Renovation Passports’. Currently EPCs...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Growing PropTech platform now wholly owned by OnTheMarket

OnTheMarket now owns PropTech firm Glanty outright. Glanty is best known for its lettings platform teclet, a cloud-based lettings software service. Glanty's revenues grew...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London council says licensing needed as third of homes privately rented

A London council has embarked on consultation over two new private rental licensing schemes - and says they are needed as...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

First modular eco-homes to rent delivered to new town

New modular homes built to rent have been delivered to Northstowe, a new town in Cambridgeshire.  Each Town House home has been...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge new student rental development announced in university city

Unite Students, the UK’s largest owner, manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation, has been granted planning approval for a new...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection bank deadline nears, agents warned

Letting agents have only 10 days to open segregated client accounts or they could face being expelled by their client money...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour claims tenants “barely considered” during the pandemic

Labour’s shadow housing secretary claims that private renters have been “barely considered” during the past year of the pandemic. Thangam Debbonaire made...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown one year on: Renters search for space says Rightmove

Almost one year to the day since the first national lockdown began, Rightmove has analysed millions of data points to confirm...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Students fed up with Zoom and will return to rental accommodation

Britain’s largest supplier of purpose-built student accommodation, Unite, says students are bored with Zoom and will return en masse to their rental...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent anger about latest extension of six month notice period

ARLA Propertymark says its disappointed over the latest extension to an eviction ban and the requirement for six months notice to tenants. The latest...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency training and regulation - are they really coming at last?

After years of deliberation there still appears to many to be little progress on the recommendations of the Regulation of Property...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Help bring rental sector Health and Safety up to date, agents urged

Letting agencies are being urged to help to shape the future of the rental sector by completing a survey as part...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pandemic hits student rental sector hard, new study confirms

The pandemic has had a major impact on the student rental market with landlords suffering significant losses of income. A new analysis...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tough new fire regulations for HMOs and multi-tenancy buildings

Landlords and managing agents of HMOs could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group makes fourth acquisition so far in 2021

Leaders Romans Group has acquired another lettings agency - the fourth lettings-led acquisition this year. This time it is Guardian Residential Lettings...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark says it’s been standing up for members during pandemic

Propertymark - embracing the Association of Residential Letting Agents as well as sales agents, auctioneers and valuers - says it’s been...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Consolidation continues as neighbouring agencies join forces

The fast-accelerating trend of takeovers and mergers continues this morning with news that two Kent agencies are combining. Oakwood Homes in Thanet...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: reminder to agencies handling personal information

Propertymark is reminding all agents and suppliers, including sole traders, that they must register with the Information Commissioner’s Office if they...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Big fine for London agency without Client Money Protection

A lettings agency in central London has been issued with a fine for not belonging to a Client Money Protection scheme. The...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter appeals for cash from public “for rocky months ahead”

Shelter has launched a fund-raising campaign because of what it calls a huge rise in demand for its emergency services, and in anticipation of what...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Extend the eviction ban AGAIN insists new charity campaign

A charity wants yet another extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions. Step Change says new research it has conducted shows...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants would pay more for bigger and better homes, says survey

The vast majority of tenants would pay more if rental properties better suited their needs, a prominent lettings agency claims. Manchester-based Ascend...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Global analytics firm snaps up UK agency supplier

The long-established agency marketing and services supplier ehouse has been bought by CoreLogic UK, the domestic arm of a global property...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents hit with third-of-a-million pounds bill over poorly-managed HMO

An agency has been hit with a £330,000 bill after being found guilty of poor management of an HMO. Magistrates have found...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental guru David Cox asks: “What’s the government thinking?”

The well known former managing director of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents, David Cox, is today attempting to explain what...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents can earn over £300 per listing on platform - claim

Marketing platform TheHouseShop says letting agents can secure over £300 per property listed as it is “redefining the relationship between agents...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs still debating whether there’s enough Covid help for private renting

Many months on from its call for evidence, an influential committee of MPs has still to report on whether it considers...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Over quarter of private renters afraid of becoming homeless - claim

The campaigning charity Shelter claims 14 per cent of adults in England - that’s six million people - are more worried...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Investigation underway into collapse of agency £1.3m in debt

An investigation is underway into a lettings agency which has gone into liquidation owing almost £500,000 in rent to landlords and in...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents up over 20% a year in one region of the UK

An upbeat market snapshot for the lettings sector claims that one region of the UK has seen rent increases in excess...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal warning over ‘honesty’ of grounds for possession

There's been a warning that tenants should not be deceived when a landlords wants possession of their property. Lindsays law firm says...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty surge in house prices means more tenants keep renting

Research by Hamptons suggests that the increased house prices caused by the stamp duty holiday sales surge has indirectly obliged more...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency consolidation continues apace

The week begins with news of another agency acquiring an independent. This time it’s Alexander & Co, a Bedfordshire firm, which has...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Online lettings model the big winner from the pandemic - claim

A veteran lettings expert says most rental activity will soon be online and conducted outside office hours - a further boost...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Supply shortage worsened by eviction ban, claims lettings chief

The head of a lettings agency says there are up to 60 enquiries for every rental property he lists - and those...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers concerned about ‘tapering’ of latest eviction ban

The Law Society says it’s concerned about how the government will taper the end of the eviction ban, now extended until...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Charge! Another agency goes green with electric car fleet

Another franchise lettings and sales agency has gone green by changing its car fleet to electric vehicles. One of the Midlands branches...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent campaigners brand eviction ban extension ‘inadequate’

Acorn, a prominent campaign group targeting letting agency offices for protests, says the latest eviction ban extension doesn't go far enough. While...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons’ naked ambition - it wants to buy more lettings books

Foxtons has made no bones about how it sees future growth - it wants to acquire lettings books from other agencies. “There...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting tenant illegally posing as landlord caught out by council

A head tenant who posed as a landlord has been taken to court by a London council. Sonia Nascimento rented a converted...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark seeks new non-executive directors

Propertymark, which embraces the Association of Residential Letting Agents, is seeking two new non-executive directors. The body has been in the news of...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let and Build To Rent win big investment despite pandemic

Some £3.5 billion of investment was placed in the growing Build To Rent sector in 2020, despite concerns over the pandemic...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet another Eviction Ban extension - and then it will 'taper off'

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. At that point...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents reminded about ‘Breathing Space’ laws effective from May

ARLA Propertymark is reminding agents about the controversial Breathing Space legislation coming into effect on May 4. The new rules are known as...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls must be off the agenda in spring elections, says ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is warning politicians fighting elections this spring that rent controls should be firmly off the agenda. The organisation traditionally sets...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London is back - big rise in portal searches for renting in capital

Rightmove says falling rents in central London have led to a surge in interest from prospective tenants. Rightmove has analysed over 23 million...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental property capital values likely to soar in next five years

An assessment by Savills suggests capital values - including those for properties in the lettings sector - are likely to soar...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Thousands more tenants offered deposit alternative service

One of the leading deposit alternative providers, flatfair, has partnered with a major property management service with some 3,000 tenants. The deal...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter hits out over “window dressing” policy for tenants

Campaigning charity Shelter has criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for allegedly leaving “far more people on the brink of homelessness than homeownership.”  Chief...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency giant buys rental portfolio for prime south of England location

A lettings agency in the growing Lomond Group has purchased a rental portfolio on the south coast.  Brand Vaughan has bought the lettings...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

City agency snaps up county investment firm and lettings book

Manchester-based Ascend Properties has acquired its second company in as many months.  Ascend has now purchased Rent Smart UK, a Lancashire firm...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s David Cox to discuss Pets and Budget fallout for lettings

Rightmove’s David Cox - formerly of the Association of Residential Letting Agents - is to talk through the Budget fallout for...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity asks for four-bedroom property for emergency shelter

Letting agents and landlords in a major city have been requested to see if there is a ‘spare’ four bedroom property that...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

High Street bank set to become major UK landlord by the end of 2021

A report in the Financial Times over the weekend suggests that Lloyds Bank is poised to become a major residential landlord,...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned! Court order prohibits investor from letting properties

A landlord who persistently broke residential lettings rules has been banned from operating in a landmark legal ruling. Julie Stoddern, of Camborne,...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Consolidation Continues: Another independent snapped up

Independent agency EuroLet, operating in Bishop’s Stortford for the past 20 years, has been acquired by Leaders Romans Group. LRG has welcomed...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let purchase surge likely thanks to SDLT extension

A property lawyer is forecasting a surge in buy to let purchasing in the coming months as the stamp duty extension...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrests made as protesting activists try to enter lettings agency

Local media in the Homes Counties report that two arrests were made after police were called by a lettings agency where...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to check for damage as ‘pro-pet’ momentum builds

An inventory supplier to the lettings industry is advising agents to make sure they spot early signs of pet damage in...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency using black cab to allow “multiple viewings” by investors

An agency in the north of England has outlined how it proposes to take investors to what it calls “multiple viewings”...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Plummeting prime London rents begin to attract tenants

Knight Frank says the plummeting rents in prime central London have at least managed to attract a surge in the number...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Exploded! Five myths about apprentices in the lettings sector

One of the lettings industry’s most prominent suppliers says it’s dispelled five myths surrounding the employment of apprentices.  The Letting Partnership insists apprentices...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet ANOTHER takeover as lettings agency consolidation continues

A fast-growing regional chain of agencies has purchased another independent operator in the lettings sector. Yorkshire's Linley & Simpson has bought Sinclair Properties...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Furlough extension will be saviour for many agents - PropTech chief

The extension of the furlough scheme might be an indirect saviour for many lettings agencies says a leading PropTech entrepreneur. Neil Cobbold,...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ anger that Budget didn’t offer cash help for rental sector

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it’s disappointed the Budget failed to address the funding of the private rental sector.  “Extending...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents rising everywhere - except London

The UK’s average rent is now £984, showing a three per cent increase on last year according to HomeLet. But there’s a...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid roadmap triggers renewed lettings interest says agency

A London agency says the lettings sector in the capital appears to be reacting positively to the government's roadmap out of...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget Briefing for Letting Agents - the key announcements

This afternoon's Budget has seen dramatic announcements from Chancellor Rishi Sunak referring to the private rental sector. For landlords buying properties, the stamp...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council seeking info on agencies that worked with rogue landlord

A council says it’s looking for lettings agencies that worked with a rogue landlord who's been issued with a four year banning order. Bristol...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency relies on social media to show it's  ‘the future of buy to let’

A new agency doesn’t hold back about its importance, describing itself as “the future of buy to let property offering a...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says it bought rival agency because of its lettings book

Foxtons says the reason behind its purchase of rival London agency Douglas & Gordon was to get its lettings book. The deal, for...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings market in good shape as voids dip and rents firm up

February was another strong month for the lettings market according to the latest rental index from PropTech firm Goodlord. The average cost...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax changes likely in autumn, not tomorrow - experts

A leading tax expert is forecasting that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will duck making any changes to CGT in tomorrow’s Budget and...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Only small minority of landlords use agents, new report suggests

A new survey suggests only a small minority of landlords use agents to partly or wholly manage their portfolios. The survey, by...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters working from home: London’s stock makes it tough for tenants

A survey of private rental sectors in major European cities suggests London is one of the tougher locations for tenants working...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies cope with strong demand thanks to flexible PropTech - claim

A PropTech supplier says rental market activity remains relatively robust through this third lockdown, with a 25 per cent drop in...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in rental properties still on the agenda, insists MP

An MP who says no one should have to give up their pet to live in a rental property insists that...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove sets out rental sector innovation programme

Rightmove has set out its innovation programme for the private rental sector. The portal has given over a substantial amount of its...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New Year surge in demand from prospective tenants

The number of new prospective tenants soared 27 per cent in the New Year according to figures released over the weekend...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Reapit’s Marketplace app now links to utility connections service

Movinghub, the platform that showcases a range of home moving services, is now available on the Reapit Marketplace app. This new Marketplace...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New ARLA head admits organisation has “its share of detractors”

The new head of the Association of Residential Letting Agents admits that the organisation - within its parent body Propertymark - has “had...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Big surge in rental leads for agents, claims Rightmove

Rightmove says there’s been a big rise in the number of prospective tenants contacting letting agents via its website. The portal says...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New portal will list letting agents’ properties for free for one year

Fledgling portal MoveStreets has signed over 100 agents, with an inventory of 16,500 properties to let and for sale. It says its latest...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Mentoring scheme for agents hits landmark target

Agents Together, the agency charity set up by Purplebricks and Boomin founders Michael and Kenny Bruce, says it’s hit an important...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on letting agents backed by local councils

A huge trading standards operation clamping down on lettings agents who fail to abide by Client Money Protection rules has been...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

“Hammer blow” to private rental sector as six months notice is permanent

A new law in Wales making it mandatory for a tenant to get six months notice for Section 21 evictions has...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Many more agencies now listing properties with video content

Rightmove is reporting a big rise in the proportion of properties listed with video content. It says rental listings with either a...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert amongst agency’s latest franchise recruits

One of the first franchisees for a new business model put forward by the Century 21 UK agency is a buy...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency secures new £90m banking facility as expansion looms

LSL Property Services has secured new banking arrangements with a £90m revolving credit facility in anticipation of what it calls “attractive...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge crackdown on letting agents failing to honour CMP laws

A clampdown on letting agents who fail to safeguard landlords’ and tenants’ money is now underway.  A statement from the National Trading Standards...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Two agents and their firm must pay thousands compensation to landlord

Two letting agents have been ordered to pay £16,000 to a landlord after their activities were found to be unregistered and...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty break prompts surge in multi-property landlord deals

Some 60 per cent of multi-property landlords have expanded their portfolio since the introduction of the Stamp Duty Holiday last summer...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

House is let for £4,246 per night - and it’s gone to a 24 year old

A 24-year-old Chinese heiress has rented a property for what is said to be a record £1.55m a year.  The heiress, who...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget: Will it hurt or help the private rental sector?

A leading PropTech expert says the lettings industry hopes next week’s Budget will provide clarity on taxes - but he’s also...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Inaccurate’ anti-eviction petition gains 30,000 signatures

An online petition which appears to inaccurately say private tenants can still be evicted “for no reason” has won 30,000 signatures...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Regional agency says it wants to snap up 10 independents by 2024

Manchester-based Ascend Properties has acquired independent firm NW Estates in Warrington, for an undisclosed sum. Ascend says the acquisition - which includes the...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New Home Counties agency offers “energetic alternative” to rivals

A new agency is opening in the Home Counties and claims to offer vendors and landlords “a fresh, modern and energetic...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions and arrears webinar this morning aimed at rental sector

There’s an hour-long webinar this morning, aimed at giving property professionals the latest information on arrears, possession cases and evictions.  It’s at...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards urges agents to watch out for scams

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents Team is appealing to the industry to be eagle-eyed for scams. This follows the...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Victory for Airbnb in first round of battle for short lets regulation

A first attempt to regulate Airbnb-style short lets through licensing has been withdrawn. The SNP-led Scottish Government had drawn up a licensing...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty surcharge and investor worries behind off-plan sales fall

There’s been another fall in the proportion of new-builds sold off-plan. Data from Hamptons says 33 per cent of new home completions...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Overseas student boost to London rental market

An analysis by investment consultancy London Central Portfolio suggests Asian students in particular favour London as a study location. The consultancy has...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech service claims agents win ‘competitive edge’ thanks to data

A PropTech firm claims agents will win a “competitive edge” through the data it provides via its platform. Sprift says its interactive...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents beware: Students-with-pets are becoming more common…

Lettings agents are being told by an online platform to be extra-vigilant as increasing numbers of student tenants are getting pets. The...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak warned on property taxes - Don’t use us to pay Covid debts!

A prominent industry figure is warning Chancellor Rishi Sunak not to use property taxes to bail out the government over the costs...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail threat after fraud team probes HMO with illegal extensions

A landlord who built unlawful extensions to a family home and squeezed up to 14 people into the rooms has forfeited...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New EPC targets may stifle buy to let investment, says ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is warning the government that new energy efficiency targets for EPCs could stifle buy to let investment in future. In...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Homesearch to host monthly digital events via Zoom

Property data service Homesearch is to host digital conferences each month through the rest of the year.  They’re to be held via...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Union protests outside agencies as Goodlord dispute escalates

The industrial dispute involving Goodlord has escalated with protests outside agency offices using the lettings platform, and the creation of a...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest shock resignation leaves lettings industry leaderless

The latest shock resignation from Propertymark leaves the lettings agency sector rudderless - although enthusiasm for the organisation has arguably never...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Livestream viewing could boost instructions and save thousands - claim

A PropTech firm says agencies adopting livestream viewing could win more instructions and save thousands of pounds, all the while abiding...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent IDs made easier for agents, claims new PropTech service

A new Right to Rent identity validation and storage system has been launched by industry supplier Canopy, in partnership with tech...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent “illegally working” without redress scheme membership

The Daily Mail says it has informed Trading Standards of a lettings agent which is claims is “illegally working” despite not...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

London council says licensing regimes ‘make renting fairer’

A London council describes two new licensing schemes as ‘making renting fairer’ - even though they are launched during the pandemic. Islington’s Labour...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

A Fair Cop: no need to plant evidence in this rental property

Essex Police Force has tweeted a pair of photographs that go to prove agents should check a property before going on a...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Short lets will be first rental sector to recover post-pandemic - claim

Airbnb and other short let operators will be the first part of the rental sector to recover once the pandemic eases, it’s...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative operator’s new Build To Rent link with PropTech firm

Deposit alternative firm flatfair has linked with a PropTech firm to enhance its offer to Build To Rent users.  The partnership with...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension is good news, insists top lawyer

The Law Society of England and Wales has come out in favour of the latest ban on bailiff-enforced evictions.  The extension to...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns that landlords seriously worried by CGT threat

An agency is warning that possible Capital Gains Tax changes are now a cause of major worry to their landlord customers.  Barrows and...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant loans the only answer to growing arrears, says think tank

A think tank says large scale intervention in the rental market via loans to tenants is the only way of addressing...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency director and landlord hit with massive fines

Two landlords - one of them an agent - have been given fines totalling £135,000 and must pay costs for failing to...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour says latest eviction ban extension isn’t enough

Labour says the latest extension to the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions doesn’t go far enough to help tenants. The extension to the...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Up and Up - rental growth picks up for the sixth month in a row

The rate of rental growth picked up for the sixth month running according to lettings agency Hamptons.  Across Great Britain rents rose 4.3...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

“Horrible crime” of illegal eviction probed by police

A 24 month community order and 200 hours of unpaid work are the price being paid for an unlawful eviction.  Buy to...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech link with agents’ group continues with new platform

The Guild of Property Professionals and The Lettings Hub is to continue its partnership. Iain McKenzie, The Guild’s chief executive, says: “Having...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing service links with anti-money laundering consultancy

A tenant referencing service and lettings insurance provider is linking with an anti-money laundering compliance consultancy. HomeLet and Let Alliance, part of...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban Extended Again: government makes announcement

The government has announced yet another ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector. The existing ban was due to expire...

14 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing strike threatens to disrupt agencies

A trades union claims that lettings software provider Goodlord is slashing some staff salaries by a quarter - that’s £6,000 per...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction scare stories are nonsense, government figures suggest

Government data suggests that scare stories talking of a glut of evictions if the current ban is lifted are simply unfounded. Data...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Another independent falls to Leaders Romans Group acquisition

Leaders Romans Group has announced the acquisition of another independent agency, this time in the East Midlands. It’s snapped up Hill &...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental demand moderating just as landlord instructions fall

The latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors study suggests tenant demand has increased over the past quarter but at a slowing...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

London agency pays into offset schemes in bid to be “the greenest”

Chestertons in London says it wants to become the country’s greenest estate agency and has taken a first step by being...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraudsters steal listings and place them on Facebook Marketplace

A lettings agency is warning that fraudsters have copied property listings and put them on Facebook Marketplace, demanding deposits from the...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

700,000 tenants in arrears by the end of 2021 warns supplier

There could be 700,000 private tenants in arrears by the end of this year - an unsustainable burden on agents and landlords,...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons speaks up for virtual tours in helping lettings and sales

Foxtons says it staged 300,000 virtual viewings last year as the pandemic’s lockdowns and temporary market closure severely restricted physical viewings. Chief operating...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fall in size of private rental sector according to government figures

There’s a been a slight fall in the size of the private rental sector in England according to government figures.  Latest data...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

 Utilities algorithm developed by lettings management platform

Lettings management service Ringley Group has teamed up with a utility broker, 001 Ltd. It says this sources and identifies economies of...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban: momentum growing for yet another extension

Another council wants an extension to the existing ban on bailiff-enforced evictions, which is scheduled to end on February 22.  Yesterday our...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents 'should guide landlords through blizzard of licensing rules'

Letting agents should help landlords through a blizzard of red tape and regulation cause by local licensing schemes, a PropTech entrepreneur...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in lettings properties - key topic at today’s ARLA webinar

The controversial subject of pets in private rental properties is likely to be the chief point of debate at a webinar...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rough and ready virtual viewings more useful than slick ones - agent

A search agent says virtual viewings for prospective tenants or purchasers are useful - but less sophisticated ones reveal more than...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction mediation scheme - lawyers raise concerns

The Law Society is raising concerns about the government’s mediation scheme announced at the time of the last eviction ban decision. The...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid is forcing rental market into a ‘once in a lifetime change’

The fall out from Coronavirus is forcing the rental market into a once in a lifetime change as tenants reassess priorities. This...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions, possession, Right To Rent - all being debated today

Some of the most prominent names in the rental sector are taking part in a debate on threats and challenges for...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Large scale apprenticeship programme outlined by agency group

It’s now the annual National Apprenticeship Week and Leaders Romans Group has outlined how it’s opening up opportunities to newcomers to...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative firm promises big announcements in near future

Deposit alternative provider flatfair says it’s set to make big announcements soon - and in the meantime it’s attracted a key...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns that ‘many landlords can no longer make ends meet’

ARLA Propertymark has reiterated its demand for the government to give financial support to the private rental sector. In its submission to...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Free online academy launched to help agents create video viewings

A free digital training academy has been launched to guide agents on getting the best out of virtual viewings.  Holofy Spaces, a PropTech...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Fightback: Petition argues against stricter rental EPCs

An online petition is voicing opposition to government calls for ever-improving EPCs in the private rental sector.  Nottingham landlord Tricia Urquhart has started the...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

ESTAS 2021 confirms autumn date for Awards and Forum

The biggest awards event in the residential property sector, The ESTAS, has confirmed an autumn date for its main 2021 ceremony.  Traditionally...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental demand up just as supply goes down, reports Rightmove

Rightmove’s analysis of its own listings for January suggests demand in the rental market is 14 per cent up on a year...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnbs and Holiday Homes should not have tax perks denied to Buy To Let

A call has gone out for the longer-term buy to let rental sector to have a similar tax regime as the largely-unregulated...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Six months notice rule has unintended consequences in London - claim

A senior buying agent is warning that new regulations over the length of notice given to tenants is having an unexpected...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Pioneering clampdown on short lets gathers pace

Scotland’s official clampdown on short lets is gathering pace with the country’s housing minister advocating a licensing regime and so-called ‘control...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark chief puts mental health high on agenda

The new chief executive of Propertymark, Tim Balcon, says he’s putting mental health and wellbeing within the property sector high on...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government - Use Budget to help private rental sector

ARLA Propertymark has issued a list of 10 demands for Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s long-awaited Budget on March 3, with a financial...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News