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

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

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Campaigning Baroness slams Sunak over possible “mass homelessness”

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

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry-first as PropTech platform signs race equality statement

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

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London alert - second agency warns of sharp drop in rents

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

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New inventory solution announced by PropTech platform

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

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Fear of Corona second wave hitting rental market says agency

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

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Bid to introduce cap on rent rises abandoned by parliamentarians

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

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists make last-ditch bid to keep evictions ban indefinitely

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

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter's latest allegations batted away by lettings trade body

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

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA leadership to be merged with NAEA at start of 2021

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

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

GDPR and property - guidance book on sale from today

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

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ending: government tries to soothe critics

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

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents offer arrears help to tenants hit by Corona cash crisis

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

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings market much stronger than a year ago as pandemic recedes

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

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency teams with private equity firm to go on acquisition trail

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

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government ‘working to ensure evictions return smoothly’ - minister

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

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords delighted that eviction ban will end next month

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

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Fire brigade chief praises new rental sector electricity regulations

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

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban WILL end in late August, government hints

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

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Baroness kicks off campaign to have all arrears evictions suspended

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

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Scare Tactics! Generation Rent accused by leading trade body

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

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom for ARLA Propertymark as members manage half the market

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

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government slammed by law expert over electrical checks chaos

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

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban threat provokes new campaign by industry big hitters

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

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Orders - council reveals action against landlords

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

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let portfolios set to expand according to mortgage expert

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

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Economist calls for immediate 20% rent reduction for tenants

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

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter wants enforcement against agents still charging illegal fees

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

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty cut could reinvigorate buy to let says lettings chief

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

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Give judges more power to defend tenants, government urged

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

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New warning of huge eviction hearing delays once ban finally ends

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

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New book tells agents how to futureproof business in uncertain times

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

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour Baroness to head fiercely pro-tenant campaign group

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

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit disputes drop - but cleaning is still the main problem

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

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Market activity well-above-average claims sentiment tracker

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

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Private landlords and Airbnb hosts implored to take in homeless

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

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance available for student check-outs during Coronavirus

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

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Foxtons back new PropTech lettings platform

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

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Solicitor in key S21 test case warns of future challenges ahead

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

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour group wants tenants to be let off rent during virus

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

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Industry relief for court ruling over possession claims

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

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

London room rents fall as Coronavirus ripples through market

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

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government withdraws new electrical safety guidance for rental sector

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

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Court boost for private rental sector after key S21 judgement

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

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Research reveals best average buy to let yields by property type

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

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Banned! Rogue landlord stopped after string of offences

A westcountry landlord is only the second in England to have received a banning order preventing him from letting or managing...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Welsh lockdown review today may see lettings market re-open

The next formal review of lockdown processes in Wales takes place today, with high expectation that the housing market is likely...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-screening bot launched for agents and customers

A new online self-screening bot questionnaire has been launched to check agents and customers are symptom-free before a physical viewing takes...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour silent on whether pre-Covid evictions should go ahead

Labour has thrown its weight behind campaigning pressure groups in a general call to avoid what the party’s housing spokeswoman calls...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

“Huge gains for lettings market” - latest index figures

The latest snapshot produced by PropTech firm Goodlord shows “huge gains for the lettings market” since transactions resumed a month ago. The...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal group considers how courts will handle evictions after ban

It’s been revealed that a legal group is considering how courts will consider eviction cases when the current ban is lifted...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant demands change as lockdown reveals the ‘new normal’

Research from franchise giant Belvoir is the latest to show what may be rapidly changing aspirations from private tenants. “The results confirm...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban puts domestic abuse victims at greater risk - claim

The extension to the evictions ban will compound the suffering of victims of domestic violence and anti-social behaviour. That’s the view of...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb must pay out over sub-letting - could it happen here?

Airbnb has been ordered to pay some 52,000 euros in compensation to the owner of an apartment in Paris after a...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Renter app is now free for agents to offer to tenants

Proptech platform Residently claims its technology is now “free to the property sector.” The platform currently offers a contactless rental process which...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-Money Laundering: ARLA worry over agents’ responsibilities

ARLA Propertymark has set out its concerns over draft guidance on anti-money laundering produced by a body called the Joint Money...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban: Campaign launched to tell MPs how it's hurting industry

The industry’s major landlord trade body is urging its members to write to MPs to explains what it calls “the devastating...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let capital gains drop for investors, new figures show

New figures show that typical capital gains for buy to let investors are on the way down. Hamptons International says that landlords...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents down for third consecutive month according to agency

Rents on renewed tenancies across Great Britain fell 1.6 per cent in May, the third consecutive monthly fall.   Data from Hamptons International...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech lettings platform reveals new CEO and sales chief

PropTech lettings platform Herddle has announced two new senior hires. Hurdle describes itself as the tech-enabled lettings and property management agency that...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech and training deals announced by independent agents’ group

The Federation of Independent Agents has revealed four new PropTech and training strategic partnerships for member agencies. They are Inventory Base, Vaboo,...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings market reopens in another part of the United Kingdom

The lettings market in Northern Ireland is resuming on Monday after its lockdown because of the Coronavirus crisis. Arlene Foster, first minister of...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Age UK is latest charity to call for repeal of Section 21

Age UK is the latest campaigning charity to call for the repeal of S21 and the introduction of greater controls over...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Short let sector prepares to re-open with rigid cleaning protocols

The short let sector says it’s been agreed that it can open Airbnb and similar platforms for bookings from July 4...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters saved less than owners during lockdown restrictions

Government data shows that private renters spend a higher proportion of their budget on essential items that have not been cut...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal aid for evicted tenants once ban ends, demands Law Society

The Law Society for England and Wales says legal aid should be made available for tenants who face eviction once the...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings rebounding after lockdown - more evidence emerges

Knight Frank is the latest agency to produce evidence that the lettings sector has rebounded in the four weeks since the...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Selective Licensing: Another London council begins consultation

Harrow council in north London has launched a formal consultation on its plan to renew its landlord licensing scheme in the...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Help sector improve energy efficiency, agents urge Scots government

Agents and landlords of private rented homes are urging the Scottish Government to continue work on improving the energy efficiency of...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Some tenants use Corona as excuse to skip rent, claims legal insurer

The managing director of an insurer and legal services supplier to the lettings industry has accused some tenants of using the...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Offer half-rent incentive to win tenants, landlords told by agency chief

The chairman of an agency chain is advising landlords to prepare for stock surpluses in some areas and to win tenants...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Double Top! Agency acquires two firms within days of resumed trading

One of the country’s largest independent agencies has emerged out of lockdown with a spring in its step, acquiring two small...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency uses lockdown to beef up lettings training for staff

Hunters has revealed that it’s used the lockdown period to train staff with a range of e-learning modules as well as...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Next week’s Ombudsman conference webinar - registration opens

Registration is open for The Property Ombudsman’s annual conference, being held as a webinar later this month. The event can be watched...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension still not enough to satisfy campaigning critics

Campaigning organisations that demanded an extension to the evictions ban imposed because of the Coronavirus crisis have been quick to return...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 Big rise in buy to let mortgage choices as market recovers

There’s been a significant increase in the mortgage choice available to landlords as the buy to let market gets closer to...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rents are almost 11% up year-on-year despite lockdown

We’re familiar with the rental market being strong across England - now there’s news of it doing well north of the...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech service criticises “same old traditional” letting agents

A PropTech service says it wants to by-pass professional agents and cater just for self-managing landlords.  What’s more, it’s promoting the fact...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Five months without rent!’ - Anger at eviction ban extension

Landlords have expressed disappointment at the government decision to extend the ban on evictions by a further two months.  It will be...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 There never was eviction crisis looming, insists lettings group

A lettings sector group says there was never any eviction crisis looming for private tenants, contrary to a slew of recent claims. New independent...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets ‘annual limits’ could spread outside London - expert

The current restriction on Airbnb-style short lets to 90 nights a year in London could spread to other cities - and...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency guides target agents, landlords and tenants in private sector

Two new handbooks have been released offering advice to the private rental sector on how to improve energy efficiency.  Electricity distributor UK...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Software firm to host 'post-Covid' PropTech webinar with partners

The MRI Software company is hosting a free webinar with key figures from two companies it works with.  Viewber co-founder Ed Mead...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extended for another two months

The government is extending the eviction ban for a further two months. A tweet early this evening from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Repayment order means £11,000 in rent being returned to tenants

Rent to the value of £10,982.25 is to be returned to tenants by a landlord who was operating without a licence. Mrs...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Many tenants worried about paying rent after furlough ends - claim

More than a third of furloughed private renters are worried about being able to pay their rent when the coronavirus lockdown...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand catching up with supply after Prime London’s lettings dip

Demand in the prime London lettings market is catching up with supply, reducing short-term downwards pressure on rental values. That’s the view...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Call for agents to help particularly vulnerable self-isolating tenants

ARLA Propertymark has put out a call for agents to provide support to vulnerable tenants who may be self-isolating during the...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

‘King and Queen of Buy To Let’ said to be worth a cool £140m

The so-called King and Queen of Buy To Let, the controversial husband and wife team of Fergus and Judith Wilson, are...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Properties seized from landlord who held group of men as slaves

A buy to let investor who kept a group of men as slaves – making them work 90-hour weeks in return...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

London locations flop in league table of good buy to let returns

An analysis of buy to let returns from mortgage lender Mojo has produced a league table with no London locations in...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council warns rental sector after “scary” fire at HMO

A local council is warning the HMO rental sector that tenants may be put at unnecessary risk as a result of...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Good news as lettings show “remarkable bounce back”

PropTech firm Goodlord says there’s been “a remarkable bounce back” in the lettings sector since the market resumed. It’s been three weeks...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Longer eviction ban will hurt most vulnerable and damage rental sector

A prominent figure in the lettings industry has warned that any extension to the current evictions ban would risk hurting the...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental app by-passes agents but charges landlords £799

A new app called Rentd by-passes lettings agents but charges landlords £799 for a full listing. Landlords pay the one-off £799 fixed...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter says high private rents lead to young adult homelessness

The campaigning charity Shelter says young adults are more in danger of homelessness than any other age group - and puts...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Testers' guide to electrical safety checks arriving next month

Accreditation service NAPIT has produced a publication for the rental sector ahead of new electrical safety checks coming into force for...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government issues guidelines for electrical checks from July 1

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued guidelines ahead of new electrical safety checks coming into force for...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Call for loans-for-landlords as part of anti-eviction plan

The Chartered Institute of Housing has published proposals aimed at avoiding a spike in private rental sector evictions when the current...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental Distancing: safety-first processes revealed by inventory operator

The country’s largest provider of inventory services has launched its new processes, overhauled to cope with social distancing and the remaining...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

25 Not Out - agent’s record chronicles growth of private rental sector

For Jill Griffiths, working exactly 25 years at the same agency is a cause for celebration - and her time serving...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

2,500 activists ‘on rent strike’ as Labour Mayor comes under attack

A group of activists in London claim as many as 2,500 tenants are on a rent-strike during the Coronavirus crisis. The number is...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council asks lockdown residents to report illegal HMOs

Residents at home during lockdown who may have seen families crammed into overcrowded HMOs are being asked to report the properties...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 London lettings: over 80% of enquiries to agency want more space

Independent London agency chain Dexters says it’s seen a 200 per cent jump in enquiries from this time last year, and...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Think tank arrears claim sharply differs from leading agency

A think-tank claims one in eight tenants has fallen behind with rent since the start of the Coronavirus crisis - a...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

London alarm - rents plunge 15% warns top lettings agency

Rents in London have dropped by between 10 and 15 per cent as fewer people are willing or able to move...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector highly vulnerable to younger worker unemployment, stats show

Research shows that half of those in the private rental sector are aged 16 to 34, making the lettings industry vulnerable...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus-related arrears are still very low says major lettings chain

A new survey of COVID-19 related rental arrears shows that fewer than five per cent of tenants are behind with their...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark talking with government over furlough flexibility

Propertymark says it’s continuing to talk to government departments about making the furlough scheme flexible enough to meet agency industry needs.  A...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New online course shows best practice in starting a tenancy

The Deposit Protection Service and safeagent (formerly NALS) have created a free, online course showing best practice in starting tenancies.  The new...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

HMRC finally allows letting agents to register for anti-money laundering

The HMRC’s long-awaited online register for letting agents to register their anti-money laundering activities has opened - almost six months after...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Sale of three lettings agencies completed in 10 days

The market for successful lettings businesses is still strong according to one of the country’s leading business transfer agents. Adam J Walker...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Fallout: Renters admit they’re less likely to own a home now

Research by insurance firm Aviva suggests private tenants are now more pessimistic about being able to buy their own home. In December,...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters’ rights at centre of surge in internet searches over virus period

There’s been a surge in Google searches for issues concerning renters’ rights during the Coronavirus crisis. Research by heating company Boiler Plan...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

App measuring social distance being marketed at letting agents

A company is marketing an app which monitors social distancing; it says this could be applicable in agents’ offices. Called iTWOsafe is...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council defies government advice and attacks “dodgy operators”

Government advice to local authorities to sit tight with new licensing proposals during the Coronavirus pandemic appears to have been ignored...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets regulation options to be considered by government in June

A document outlining options for the future regulation of Airbnb and other short let platforms in the UK is to be...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council offers £15,000 incentive if landlords take vulnerable tenants

A council wants buy to let landlords with one-bed flats or rooms in shared homes to help it find homes for...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant fees ban fails to dent franchise empire’s profits

Hunters has reported a small increase in pre-tax profit in it full-year results despite the impact of the ban on tenant...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Prominent buy to let lender resumes valuations as ‘normal’ market nears

Aldermore Bank is this week resuming physical mortgage valuations on properties for house purchase and remortgage in England, where strict social...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council writes to landlords urging understanding over arrears

A London council has sent an open letting to its buy to let landlords urging them to show understanding to tenants...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims 1,000 cases linked to eviction, despite ban

Citizens Advice claims that in the two months since the lockdown began it has helped over 10,000 people with issues related...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry body backs call for extra financial aid for tenants during virus

A leading trade body is backing calls by MPs for additional financial support to tenants during the Coronavirus crisis. The National Residential...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London agency links with law firm to handle Covid litigation

Marsh & Parsons, the LSL-owned London chain, has appointed a litigation firm for Covid-19 support to its Lettings team. A statement from...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Video to remain a key part of viewing - claim

A new survey of tenants’ sentiment suggests that 54 per cent of renters feel confident to view a property with appropriate...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Safety first with a light-hearted video explains how viewings work

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Letting Agent Today and Estate Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Six-point plan for London office keeps staff and customers safe

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Letting Agent Today and Estate Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Strict appointments, social distancing and signage all in place

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Letting Agent Today and Estate Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark’s 29-point guide for offices, teams and activities

Propertymark has created a 29-point checklist in line with the Government’s current property industry guidance, most recently updated on May 13.  Propertymark...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online service denies claim it helps agents avoid portal fees

An online agency has denied a claim that it is allowing High Street agents to use its platform to avoid paying...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for rental property up a third on this time last year

The return of the housing market has seen demand for rental property boom - and it’s a third higher now than...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Extra buy to let mortgage holiday opposed by activists group

The possibility of an extended mortgage holiday being introduced, for landlords as well as home owners, has been sharply criticised by...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus shows strength of franchise business model - claim

The UK’s largest property franchise group says the current Coronavirus crisis shows precisely how robust its franchise business model is. In a...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

On Monday - how you have made branches safe and welcoming…

It’s a Bank Holiday weekend and if you’re taking time off we hope you and your families enjoy a well-earned break. We’ll...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agent says landlords shouldn’t expect all arrears to be paid

An online lettings agency says landlords should take up mortgage holiday offers and be willing to accept reduced rent during the...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Don’t make it harder to evict tenants - plea to government

A leading trade body is pleading with the government not to make it harder for landlords or their agent representatives to...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Big regional agency chain signs up with deposit insurance provider

Chancellors, the independent agency chain with over 50 offices across southern England and mid Wales, is launching a deposit-free renting option. Working with...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rebrand for agency after separation from rival company

An agency has rebranded following a ‘de-merger’ with a rival firm. Earlier this week we reported that Chichester husband-and-wife agency Hancock and...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

How is your office coping with safety and social distancing?

For the coming Bank Holiday on Monday, we’d like to show images of how agency offices have adapted to cope with...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ‘not to be extended beyond late June’ - claim

A landlord website claims the current ban on evictions is not to be extended beyond its scheduled close of June 29...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental website is first ever to display air quality information

Rental property website SearchSmartly is thought to be the first in the world to display air quality ratings on every listing. In...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Supply surge - new listings soar following market relaunch

The number of new rental listings reaching the market has soared as much as 44 per cent in some areas following...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists step up call for tenants to pay no rent at all

Activists in a body called the London Renters Union has returned to the theme of calling for tenants to not pay...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Top lettings agency to shed jobs with new online platform at risk

One of the country’s largest lettings agencies is to lose 17 jobs out of 100 in what the company founder calls...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Lets 'should only be re-let if tenants want to move'

A consumer group wants buy to let properties to be re-let only if the tenants in them want to move. The call...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Fixflo webinar to help agents on implementing Corona regulations

Repairs and maintenance management software provider Fixflo is hosting a webinar later this week to debate how letting agents can find...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

30-year-old agency ‘de-merges’ to operate independently again

A husband and wife lettings and estate agency in Chichester is re-launching as its own operation, separately from the firm it...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech training supplier addresses safeguarding in new release

Inventory BaseAcademy has released new online training to address safeguarding issues that may face the lettings industry. Property professionals, especially managers and...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb support firms want to offer credit notes not cash refunds

The plethora of support companies around Airbnb and other short let platforms in the UK have told the government that it...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour-supporting tenants invited to “eviction resistance training”

A mailing list operated by the left wing activists’ group Momentum has been used to win support for a rent strike...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental app service introduces ‘Home Walkthrough’ feature

Rental app service Movebubble has launched its Home Walkthrough feature which it says it the first of its kind in the...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents invited for webinars discussing three stages of tenancy

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme is inviting agents and landlords to a series of webinars to discuss the three stages of a...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Average time to let soars thanks to lockdown

Rents on renewed tenancies fell for the second month in a row according to data from Hamptons International.   In April the average...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspend all rents now, says union- and council-funded think tank

A foundation which receives substantial funding from trade unions and a charity linked to the Nationwide is calling for rents to...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Free tenant referencing product for agents to be rolled out

The Lettings Hub is to roll out its Property Passport free tenant referencing product for letting agents. A beta test exercise already...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Guide for letting agents produced by … Shelter

Campaigning charity Shelter, which has been outspoken in its criticism of many letting agents in recent years, has now produced a...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent giant bucks virus with big rise in rental income

Grainger, one of the biggest forces in the UK’s Build To Rent sector, says it has proved the resilience of the...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Government “thinking carefully” about future of eviction ban

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick says the government is “thinking carefully” about what more it can do for private tenants, especially after...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus: Safety of tenants is key responsibility of agents says government

Tenants’ safety should be letting agents’ first priority in the new era of activity during the Coronavirus pandemic. In a new document...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Now’s the time to bag buy to lets at bargain prices - claim

A specialist mortgage broker is suggesting that this is the right time for buy to let investors to bag bargain properties,...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents set to fall across the UK for next three months, say surveyors

Private rents are expected to fall across the UK in the coming three months, but stabilise over the course of the...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

We’re Back! Agents and lettings market resume work today

From midnight lettings agents in England have been able to resume work thanks to an amendment to Coronavirus legislation that was...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds backers of “let’s pay no rent” campaign

Three groups of rental activists have demanded the government scrap all rent payments immediately and cancel all arrears - but mystery...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market rebounds after early lockdown disintegration

The rental market effectively disintegrated in the early days of lockdown before showing signs of a rebound which are still active...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online property management platform goes live with agents in key cities

A digital property management platform has gone live with a network of local agents covering some of the UK’s key cities.  Apropos has recruited a network of what it calls...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Untrue! Generation Rent claim is wrong says top lettings body

The Generation Rent pressure group is wrong to claim that the majority of landlords are failing to support tenants needing help...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour evictions policy could mean financial ruin - claim

Labour’s proposal to extend the current ban on private rental sector evictions could end up with some landlords in financial ruin.  Landlord...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Many buy to let mortgages more expensive despite Base Rate fall

Some buy to let mortgages are now more expensive than before for borrowers, despite the recent fall in the Bank of...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour’s two-year delay for rent arrears “not enough” say activists

A group of private rental activists says Labour proposals to give tenants two years to repay arrears accrued during the virus...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative service launches tool to handle virus arrears

Deposit alternative service Flatfair has launched a tool for letting agents to help administer arrears run up by tenants during the...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech tool monitors transactions + New Viewber partnership

PropTech company Teal Legal has designed a new tool which it says will help restore confidence in the property market once...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants tenants to have two years to pay back virus arrears

Labour wants tenants running up arrears during the Coronavirus crisis to have two years to repay them, as part of a...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in complaints about letting agents taken up by Ombudsman

There’s been a substantial 20 per cent rise in formal complaints about agents taken up by The Property Ombudsman.  The figures refer...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims thousands of renters face eviction as lockdown ends

Shelter has delivered a 14,000-signature petition claiming that thousands of private renters who have lost their jobs could be facing eviction...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Reapit offers free training to lettings and sales agents

Reapit is offering lettings and sales agents free training courses for its CRM software.  The offer will provide non-customers with complimentary access...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Yields ease but rental market riding the Coronavirus challenge

New research suggested that yields across the UK rental market are remaining broadly unchanged despite the Coronavirus crisis. The current average sits...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

This agency’s doing just fine… really it is… Would I Lie To You?

Strutt and Parker is an agency that’s got long-standing team spirit and that shows in how different areas have been working...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Keepy-Uppys, press-ups and team merchandise keep agency fighting fit

Lenwell is a busy lettings agency covering Luton, Dunstable, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Biggleswade, Hitchin and Northampton - and now, busy in...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Video-casts, ideas for agents' kids at home - oh, and a coffee morning

There’s no escaping team activity at epropservices - and in a good way. The company, which is the parent firm of The...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Personalised cards and a Social Chat session - more great work

We’re very grateful to Andy Wicking, managing director of Red Door Homes, an agency that punches well above its weight in beautiful...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Fake News! Morale-boosting Psych Evenings help auctioneers

Have you heard of Psych? No, me neither - but that’s our loss according to the London team of Auction House.  The...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants should live rent-free until 2021 says prominent economist

An economist who previously suggested tenants should live rent-free for three months during the Coronavirus crisis has revised his thinking -...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency reports London landlords deserting Airbnb for longer-term lettings

Winkworth says its London offices are reporting significant numbers of landlords who used to advertise on Airbnb and similar short-let platforms...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspend electricity checks, postpone licensing, aid renters - ARLA demands

ARLA Propertymark has made a series of demands on the government in the light of the Coronavirus crisis.  In a formal written...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council licensing scheme challenged by alternative proposals

A group of local landlords and others in the private rental sector are challenging a local authority’s licensing proposals with their...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform accelerated to market for use during virus crisis

A new automated lettings platform claims to automate key processes around compliance, marketing, leasing and management for letting agents. Ringley Group, a...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tomorrow on Letting Agent Today - keeping team spirit during Lockdown

Tomorrow, Bank Holiday Friday, we’re revealing what agents have been doing to maintain morale in their teams during lockdown. You’ve been generous...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Special Coronavirus 'moral contracts' with tenants may not work - warning

Agents and landlords who use unorthodox methods of securing obligations from tenants to pay their rent during the Coronavirus crisis may...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council branded irresponsible by lettings body for ignoring virus guidance

Coventry council has been branded as irresponsible by a leading trade body for allegedly ignoring government advice on licensing schemes during...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New electrical safety standards here in July - new guide issued

It’s only eight weeks to the start off the new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector which come into...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Interest-free loans to landlords whose tenants can’t pay - only in Scotland

The Scottish government has announced a £5m fund that will offer interest-free loans to landlords whose tenants are having difficulty paying...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Market rebound as new and completed tenancies rise again

The latest market snapshot by PropTech firm Goodlord suggests that while new and completed tenancy volumes dropped rapidly in the first...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants shouldn’t always pay their own removal costs - commission

A commission investigating affordable homes in the UK has called for annual private sector rent increases to be limited to a...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Break Clauses not honoured because new tenants can’t be found - claim

The consumer group Which? claims some agents and landlords are not honouring break clauses and therefore not allowing tenants to move...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: DPS warns of fake email scam

The Deposit Protection Scheme is warning of a possible online scam affecting agents, landlords and tenants A statement on the DPS website...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Surge in lettings encourages agency to un-furlough some negotiators

A surge in rental activity has encouraged a London-focussed agency to un-furlough some of its staff ahead of an expected relaxation...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Over half of tenants regret aspects of their property - survey

Nearly half of households in the private rental sector have regrets about their home according to a survey by the HomeOwners...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to lets should be sold “at knockdown prices” - renters group

A pressure group representing private tenants wants government to help housing associations purchase buy to let properties “at knockdown prices.” A blog...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector may face wave of court cases after lockdown - warning

A raft of measures from government and courts intended to help private tenants during the Coronavirus lockdown may be storing up a...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Six lettings agencies expelled from TPO for not paying awards

The Property Ombudsman has announced the expulsion of eight agencies, all for contravening TPO codes of practice. Most of the expulsions were...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown could mean higher rents, claims new research

New research claims to show that the lockdown could end up with higher rents as demand in the lettings sector outstrips...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

HMO to charge NHS workers just £10 a week in rent

A council is being asked to prioritise consent to use a property as an HMO during the pandemic, with its four...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Scrap stamp duty on buy to lets, urges controversial property expert

Buy to let investors should be exempted from the three per cent stamp duty surcharge even if purchasers of holiday homes still...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity blasted for irresponsible claim about renters and arrears

A consumer charity has been blasted by a landlords' trade body for making “irresponsible” claims about tenants and the Coronavirus crisis. Research...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London rents still the most expensive in Europe despite virus slowdown

The typical rent for a London property makes it “the undefeated number one most expensive city in Europe” despite increases slowing...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

High-end agency is latest to adopt PropTech lettings management platform

London-focussed agency Chestertons has become the latest business to use the teclet platform to manage tenancy, renewal and management processes. Around 40...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Teaching your kids at home? Zoopla comes to the rescue...

Zoopla is promoting 12 lesson plans for agents and other property professionals who are teaching their children at home during the...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Yet more regulation of rental sector on the way, predicts Propertymark

Once the worst of the Coronavirus crisis passes there’s likely to be much more regulation of parts of the rental sector...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Good news - only small rise in late rent payments so far, shows survey

There was just a two per cent rise in late rental payments over the last month according to figures from an...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More councils delay rental licensing until Coronavirus crisis eases

Several local authorities at different stages of implementing rental licensing schemes have put their proposals on ice until the Coronavirus crisis...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

How have your teams kept up morale during lockdown?

Lockdown may be over soon - but who knows what a relaxation of the current restrictions will really mean for our...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Short Lets trade body recruits 14 new members despite virus battering

The new trade body for companies working in the beleaguered short lets sector has recruited 14 new member firms - although...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour demands extra protection for tenants facing “ticking timebomb

The Labour head of a special ‘taskforce’ looking at London housing issues in the light of the Coronavirus crisis says he...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants should ask landlords if they’ve had mortgage holiday - expert

The boss of a company that manages thousands of properties across the UK claims some tenants should be able to ask...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must have complete records to avoid Corona complaints - claim

A leading PropTech expert has urged lettings agents to improve their administration and paperwork if they want to avoid what could...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents rose just £2 a month in quarter before Coronavirus - DPS

Tenants paid a UK average monthly rent of £775 during the first quarter of this year according to the Deposit Protection...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Another 350 Build To Rent homes announced as part of regeneration

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent players, Legal & General, says it’s to construct another 350 homes as part...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Mediation bid to keep agents, tenants and landlords out of court

One of the official redress operators - Property Redress Scheme - has launched a tenancy mediation service for agents, landlords and...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of mortgage lenders still have products for landlords

The number of mortgage lenders still offering products to landlords is 42 - only seven fewer than at the peak of...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New Corona guidelines for rental sector in different parts of country

Different guidelines have been issued for the rental sector in different parts of the British Isles as devolved administrations get to...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent-turned-Tech-chief criticises industry for lack of transparency

A former estate agent who has set up an online platform giving information on property values for London renters and buyers...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Rental market may quickly bounce back, new analysis shows

A new analysis reveals three key figures that suggest the rental market will bounce back from the lockdown and the Coronavirus...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

No council tax on empty buy to lets, demands landlord group

Private landlords want the government to stop local authorities charging council tax on rented homes left empty because of the Coronavirus.  The National...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agency acquired by student accommodation firm

Student lettings and management company Uni2 Rent has expanded its business with the acquisition of Nottingham West Lettings, for an undisclosed...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform helps agents and landlords stay compliant

A new automated lettings platform is launching next week and promising to ensure agents and buy to let investors stay compliant. PlanetRent...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants staying put in record numbers as virus deters moves

Seven out of 10 tenancies that were due to end in March were renewed according to Hamptons International - the highest...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenancy disputes going to court face 18-month delay warns expert

A real estate litigation partner at a leading law firm is warning that the Coronavirus crisis could lead to an 18...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents have one week to submit Corona views to MPs’ investigation

Agents and other property professionals have a week to submit their views to an enquiry into the impact of Coronavirus on...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent signs up thousands of new tenants despite lockdown restrictions

London agency Chestertons reports that despite the lockdown it’s registered 2,369 new tenants needing to move, conducted 3,432 virtual viewings, received...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Guess what? Searches for homes with gardens are up, says Rightmove

Hot weather combined with a lockdown can only mean one thing - a record number of searches for rental properties with...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Will Build To Rent emerge stronger or weaker after the virus crisis?

A pro-Build To Rent online platform is hosting a webinar to discuss whether the sector will emerge from the Coronavirus crisis...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings body backs Labour call for private rents to have ‘benefit cover’

The new National Residential Landlords Association has backed calls from the Labour Mayor of London to ensure the benefits system covers...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Issues with rent default and legal issues? These webinars are for you…

PropTech firm Goodlord is hosting two webinars - the first of which is today - looking at issues surrounding rent defaulting...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents sought by start-up offering free accommodation to key workers

A new renovation start-up is working with letting agents and landlords to allow key workers to use empty rental properties for...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand drops across UK cities as tenants stay put during pandemic

Rental demand has dropped significantly across London and other major UK cities as a result of the pandemic. When comparing current levels...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Another big surge in Build To Rent but London starting to lag

There’s been a 12 per cent increase in the number of Built To Rent homes across the UK that have been...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency warns landlord clients over virus mortgage holidays

One of London’s largest lettings agencies is warning its landlord clients to only use mortgage payment holidays offered by lenders as a...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent stays after court rules against campaigners

The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the government’s controversial Right To Rent scheme, overturning a decision reached last...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Very low rent default rate so far, reports leading London agency

A leading London lettings agency is reporting only a very low rent default rate so far, despite fears that the Coronavirus...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New partner for fast-growing lettings PropTech platform

The lettings and management software platform teclet has announced its latest partner - LegalforLandlords. Agents using teclet - which is currently offering...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

HSBC puts temporary stop on accepting BTL mortgage applications

HSBC says its unable to accept any new buy to let mortgage applications during the Coronavirus crisis. The same applies to applications...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Furloughing scheme will help agents to reschedule rent payments

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be essential to keeping payments flowing through the rental sector, according to a leading...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market back in business with 30% surge in demand in April

Demand for homes to rent has surged back by some 30 per cent in the two weeks to April 14 according...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Can’t access property due to self-isolation? Now you can record attempt

A PropTech firm is making its Covid-19 functionality free to use for agents, landlords and tenants facing challenges in accessing properties.  Launched...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Academy asks economist to give his view of the market

The Property Academy’s latest webinar, to be held this afternoon, is to be addressed by a behavioural economist and frequent contributor...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 50 councils in England alone now operate licensing schemes

Research by the National Residential Landlords Association and the Which? consumer body has revealed that some 53 councils in England alone...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market “could explode quickly” as lockdown ends - forecast

High-end lettings agency Knight Frank says the lettings market “could explode quite quickly” when the lockdown ends. The agency says that in...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Gas and electrical certificates ‘should be extended for six months’

Gas and electrical safety certificates should be extended for six months to cover for the impact of the Coronavirus.  The call comes...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents asked to relax rents for students during virus crisis

Student bodies want letting agents to acknowledge that many students have lost their incomes and have been forced to return to...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide lettings veteran joins board of still-to-launch portal

Veteran Countrywide figure John Hards has joined the board of still-to-launch property portal OpenBrix. In 2018 Hards rejoined Countrywide as national lettings...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency and landlord clients come to the aid of ICU frontline nurses

An agency and its landlord clients have come to the aid of nurses who are in the frontline of the fight...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let will now be an attractive safe haven, says market analyst

The director of the website Home says that investment in buy to let will look like a highly attractive safe haven...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb-style short lets bookings down 90% warns rental platform

A short-lets rental platform says it has evidence to show that nights booked in April are down 90 per cent compared...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government advice on Corona activities, and property management tips

Hello, this is the final Conquering Corona for the week as we continue to help agents with advice and guidance through...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Communication is key for agents during virus crisis, says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the key for getting through the virus crisis is good communications, both with clients...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords slammed by mortgage firm for taking advantage of virus crisis

Landlords have been sharply criticised by a broker for allegedly trying to cash in on the Coronavirus crisis by demanding mortgage...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Why stop for the virus? Council presses ahead with licensing anyway

A London council has pressed ahead with the launch of a borough-wide additional licensing scheme despite the lockdown and uncertainty created...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Kick-start your agency out of lockdown - key webinar this morning

Hello and welcome to Conquering Corona, our bid to help agents through the crisis. If you have appropriate advice to share with...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm extends deal to benefit agents, landlords and tenants

Lettings PropTech company teclet has announced that its partnership with the Mortgage Advice Bureau has been extended to offer mortgage and...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New-builds look best in virtual viewings, claims top lettings agency

New and newly-refurbished properties are letting more readily as virtual viewings become more widespread during the lockdown. That’s the view of Knight...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla owners invest heavily in Airbnb

The private equity firm that snapped up Zoopla Property Group two years ago has revealed that it’s one of two companies...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage products plummet thanks to Coronavirus

Data from independent mortgage monitor Moneyfacts shows that there’s been a big drop in the choice of mortgage for buy to...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: a legal perspective, more webinars and a supplier offer

Hello, and welcome to Wednesday’s guidance and advice for agents and suppliers trying to find a way through the current crisis. If...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Website claims 40 per cent of tenants can’t afford to pay full rent

A lettings sector website claims 40 per cent of tenants have seen their ability to pay full or in some cases...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency asks tenants to sign ‘moral contract’ to repay arrears

A lettings agency is asking tenants who cannot afford to pay rent during the Coronavirus crisis to sign a ‘moral contract’ that...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

No rent rises for a year! Anti-agent group demands a ban on increases

The Generation Rent pressure group, fiercely critical of agents and landlords in recent months, wants the government to implement a 12 month...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL latest, tenant info and selling from home - Conquering Corona

Hello - we hope you had as good an Easter as possible in these unusual circumstances, and welcome back to work. Now...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost 60 new branches sign up to ESTAS customer review platform

Three more agencies have signed up to the ESTAS customer review platform. The arrival of Newton Fallowell, Lovelle and Goodchilds - all...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents set to stagnate over next 12 months, warns RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors warns that rents are likely to stagnate for the rest of the year - although...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

 Rent-free living for eight weeks offered to NHS by generous agent

A Northern Ireland lettings agent is providing rent-free housing for NHS staff who have moved out of their own homes to...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Heroic lettings agent provides scores of homes for NHS staff

Birmingham agent Bobby Singh, who runs the Love Your Postcode agency, epitomises the heart of the industry right now.  He has created...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Holiday rental homes for NHS frontline staff - after crisis is over

A Wales holiday lettings agency has worked with owner-clients to offer free holidays to frontline healthcare workers when the crisis has...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency delivering meals - it’s a Rock for its local community

The Coronavirus pandemic knows no boundaries - and that goes for those helping to fight it too. Medical staff from the UK...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Developers roll out eggs-cellent initiatives to help fight the virus

The developers behind the prestigious Television Centre scheme and its nearby White City Place development in west London are showing support...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country - a video to help all agents and a very neat office (and dog)

Working from home is all about juggling domestic life with professional activities, and here’s a terrific video to show what it’s...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Homesearch’s lofty home office and EweMove if you want to…

“Communication is pretty much everything…” - that’s the key message from Tega Alexander, digital marketing manager at the up-and-coming Homesearch. Thanks so...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

A Puss-istent problem for Aston Mead’s property experts….

Here are two sets of advice from the good folk at Aston Mead Land & Planning - some more appropriate than...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Chestertons Rocks - views from the Gibraltar office (and a poem)

The lockdown is now a fact of life across almost all of the western world so the team at Chestertons, which...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Views, booze and news - more industry home office shots

Home offices aren’t all about laptops and wifi routers….they’re about gorgeous views too. So thanks to Marc Morrish, a director and auctioneer...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Share of homes bought for buy to let plummets to record low

The proportion of homes bought last month by buy to let investors plummeted to a record low of just eight per...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Model tenancy agreement and agents’ PI Insurance - today’s Conquering Corona

Hello - we’re here to help on a daily basis, sharing information across the industry.  As ever, we’d love your input to...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

800 short let properties given over to NHS staff with more to come

A project called NHS Homes, run by a number of suppliers within the short lets sector, has now made available some...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters worse off than owners in virus crisis, claims think tank

Families living in private rented accommodation are more exposed to the economic shock of the Coronavirus than homeowners, which could mean...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy Easter - this is what we’re doing tomorrow and Monday…

For many this coming Easter weekend will be the strangest ever - for agents and industry suppliers it will not be...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets should be regulated in line with rest of rental sector - call

A leading supplier says the current market standstill is an opportunity for the industry to rethink how short lets can be...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More offers for agents as suppliers help the industry Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to Wednesday’s update on what offers and advice are available to agents at this most difficult and challenging...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

London renters in co-living shared homes now typically older

New tenant data has revealed that the average age of renters living in shared properties in London has risen five years...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants seek gardens and outdoor space in response to virus and weather

Demand for rental properties with gardens or other outdoor space has soared in terms of portal listings - perhaps no surprise...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Dramatic ‘pay us when you get paid yourselves’ offer to letting agents

A PropTech firm has issued a dramatic offer to letting agents to pay the company only when they themselves get paid...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Message to government - help us combat the ‘no rent campaigners’

One of the lettings sector’s biggest trade bodies is calling on government to make a clear statement to help landlords who...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - self-employment webinar, more PropTech offers

Good morning and welcome to today’s edition, helping agents find a way through the Coronavirus crisis by sharing information with the...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets exposed by BBC News as flouting lockdown regulations

A BBC News investigation has exposed some Airbnb and other short let platform users as flouting lockdown regulations. The probe has found...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide urges switch of student accommodation to mainstream rentals

The commercial arm of Countrywide is urging landlords currently facing huge void periods because students have been ordered home, to reconfigure...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Let us live rent-free until virus ends, activists tell landlords

A campaign group is urging its members to write to landlords asking them to “suspend” rent demands until the Coronavirus crisis...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Today’s The Day: multiple tax changes will hit the rental sector

It’s not just navigating a path through the Coronavirus crisis that is proving the value of letting agents - it’s their...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency Training at home, new PropTech tools - we’re Conquering Corona

Week three of the lockdown begins - we hope you’re faring well with these temporary restrictions. We’re here to help where...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

25% drop in new tenancies in prime London and SE - forecast

Knight Frank is predicting that the number of tenancies agreed in the prime markets across London and the Home Counties in...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council seeks Judicial Review of landlord licensing refusal

Liverpool’s Labour council, which was prevented by the government from extending its city-wide licensing scheme for another five years, is seeking...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform makes pitch for agents let go by High Street firms

Lettings management platform Howsy claims it has seen an increase in business since the lockdown 10 days ago.  It says it’s enjoyed...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned as council postpones licensing clampdown

A local authority has postponed the extension of its private rental sector licensing regime - but it’s warning agents not to...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Filing business accounts on time is key even through crisis, says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is advising member companies to file their accounts on time in order to remain transparent...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New EPC assessment guidance - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental demand falls off a cliff as lockdown takes effect

Demand for rental properties has predictably plummeted thanks to the lockdown. Data from PropTech company Goodlord shows that while a surge for...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour’s rent holiday plan slammed as “unhelpful and very divisive”

Labour’s latest suggestion for the private rental sector - a rent holiday for tenants during the Coronavirus crisis - has been...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Latest: New tenant checks, Virtual staging, Global agency impact

Hello and welcome to our latest update… we’re probably not yet getting used to these unusual times but we hope this...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets sector collapses with 70 per cent of rentals cancelled

Airbnb and similar platforms have seen a collapse of business since the start of the Coronavirus crisis with some 70 per...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Merger of rival landlord groups happens at last

The much delayed merger of the UK’s two landlord bodies has officially happened today. The National Residential Landlords Association has been formed...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New ESTAS tool allows agents to integrate reviews into websites

The ESTAS has launched a new tool which it says will help agents get in pole position for when the market...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Selfless agency staff become heroic local helpers

Like many agencies, the Milton Keynes company Cauldwell Property Services has most of its staff working from home and handling sellers’...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

How To Furlough - key way to keep staff as industry is Conquering Corona

Welcome to the latest edition of our daily service dedicated to advice and guidance on how agents can best cope with the...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

London agencies digging deep and leafletting to help the community

When it comes to good works, one frequently-featured agency is Chestertons in London - and again it’s come up trumps during...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Nurses get to the frontline using a letting agency's spare car

A Blackpool lettings agent has come to the rescue of two NHS nurses whose car had broken down - and now...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

 Clever branding by agent promotes Stay At Home, Protect The NHS

An estate agency has enterprisingly labelled all of its property listings with the mantra we must all respect - Stay At...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent rules for agents relaxed during virus crisis

The government has relaxed some provisions of the controversial Right To Rent regulations for the duration of the Coronavirus outbreak. The temporary...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Corona Clauses’ allowing tenants to delay lettings contracts

Knight Frank is reporting that tenants in high-value London markets are agreeing deals that allow them to delay the start of...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

“Give landlords 80% guaranteed rent” demands controversial agency

Part of the controversial Spicerhaart empire want the government to guarantee that some landlords receive 80 per cent of their usual...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - portal offer, rental study, mental health help

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Conquering Corona, our daily update helping the industry cope with the current crisis. If...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Belvoir franchisees being helped to “reshape their businesses”

Franchise giant Belvoir says it’s helping its franchisees “reshaping their businesses” to cope with the Coronavirus crisis. In a trading statement showing...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance issued on rent, evictions and maintenance

The government issued further guidance on the private rental sector over the weekend. The new 21 page document - a link to...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency apologises after rent letter misinterpreted

A lettings agency has given a full apology after a letter - not approved by the company - was sent out...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks boss waives fee for agents joining franchise scheme

The former operations director at Purplebricks says he is waiving fees for letting agents who want to join his new online...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - more guidance and special deals for agents

Hello, and we trust you had as good a weekend as possible in these difficult circumstances.  As we start a new week...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector guru Shamplina backs longer possession notice

Paul Shamplina, the founder of Landlord Action and star of a Channel 5 programme on evictions, says he fully backs the...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge concern over buy to let mortgage market contracting

There’s growing concern across the lettings sector about the buy to let mortgage market seeing lenders pull product ranges, tighten lending...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

All court possession orders suspended immediately

All court possession orders are being suspended from today as part of the changes to the private rental sector to cope...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Robust systems vital to manage rent and mortgage holidays - claim

A leading Proptech expert says agents must have robust payment systems to cope with the unusual pressure of tracking mortgage and...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Help for self employed agents and new lettings info: Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to the latest Conquering Corona - our guide for agents to get through these challenging times. Please let us...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents - new MEES rules come into effect next week

Despite the challenges being thrown up to the lettings sector by Coronavirus, this is a reminder that new MEES regulations on...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: new tenancy forms confirm three-months notice period

Paperwork released overnight by the government appears to confirm that the notice period for evictions is extending from two months to...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent activists defy lockdown and vandalise branch office

Two lettings agencies have been vandalised by activists who defied the Coronavirus lockdown to damage property. Local media reports in Cheltenham say...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More guidance and advice to the agency industry - Conquering Corona

We'd hoped it was good news but in fact it's just good-news-yet-to-come. The Savills office in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Coronavirus crisis in...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Are inventory clerks essential workers? Trade body seeks clarification

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it has contacted the government to see whether its members are deemed ‘essential’ and...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Help the private rental sector - trade group renews call to government

The landlords’ newly-merged trade body has renewed its call for the government to do more to help the private rental sector...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban confusion - call for more security for tenants

The Citizens Advice charity is the latest organisation to call for more help for private tenants following what appears to be...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Maintenance work CAN be carried out in homes says government

The government has yet to give explicit guidance relating to private rental maintenance, but new advice this morning appears to shed...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency offers staff and cars to help NHS tenants and landlords

A lettings agency in central London is setting an example to the industry by offering help to its landlords and tenants...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants eviction ban ‘reinstated’ for Coronavirus crisis period

Labour is on the warpath against the government following the surprise contents of the Coronavirus Emergency Bill, apparently watering down the...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Suppliers and trade groups helping agents Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, our guide to the latest information to help agents and the rest of the...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Most tenants cannot afford the deposit on a home to buy

Almost two thirds of rental tenants cannot afford a deposit to allow them to purchase their own home according to a...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents to shut offices immediately

Propertymark has been told the agents should shut their offices immediately - they are not “essential businesses” under the new Coronavirus...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban watered down in Coronavirus Emergency Bill

The three month outright eviction ban pledged to renters last week appears to have been watered down in the Coronavirus Emergency...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Great news - Short let properties opened to Key Workers for free

There are few silver linings to today’s Coronavirus crisis but there’s a heroic effort being made by a short let accommodation...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fear that student exodus could mean soaring rent arrears

The departure of almost all students from UK universities and colleges back to their parental homes for possibly several months has...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Shares in top lettings agency plummet 50% in one month

Although the worst of the stock market bloodletting triggered by Coronavirus now appears to have gone, franchise agency group Belvoir has...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lender offers ‘instant’ mortgage decisions for buy to let borrowers

A lender is now offering what it calls ‘instant decisions-in-principle’ for buy to let purchasers still buying property at the moment. Landbay...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on evictions: Charity welcomes three month pause

The government’s announcement that no new eviction proceedings from either social or private rented accommodation can start for at least three...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction court hearings stopped by Coronavirus - so what next?

What appears to be the first court adjournment of an eviction case caused by the Coronavirus outbreak has happened - raising...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: new info, guidance, links for agents facing the virus

Hello: so much has happened since the last Conquering Corona column on Friday. Before we get on with it, a reminder...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector abandons short-lets as virus kills off tourist business

There’s been a sharp drop in rental churn since the Coronavirus outbreak worsened according to a flat-sharing website. SpareRoom says that across...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus damage to rental sector could hit £15 billion - claim

New research suggests the damage to the private rental sector in terms of non-payment of rent could be a remarkable £15...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Cities of southern England enjoy large pre-virus rent rises

The average rent for a newly let property rose 3.3 per cent in the year to the end of February -...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Delay all new licensing schemes for six months, urges industry body

Not-for-profit accreditation service safeagent says the government should ensure councils delay the introduction of all new private rental sector licensing schemes...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets shouldn’t have to give cash refunds, says new trade body

The growing number of companies offering support services to hosts and agencies that operate short lets on Airbnb and similar platforms...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona legal Q&A, market tracker and how one agency is handling it…

Hello - here we are with Friday’s help and advice.  A reminder, if you need it, that we want to share your...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Acts of Kindness - an agency’s experience with its landlord clients…

We imagine many agencies have encountered acts of kindness from their clients in recent days - and agents themselves are going...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Total ban on evictions for three months, with blessing of trade groups

The government has announced a complete ban on evictions in the private and social sectors for any tenant affected by the...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: new webinars, contingency plans, trade groups info

Hello and here’s the next batch of guidance and advice from different sectors of the industry, many from influential trade groups. It’s...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: All tenancies subject to ‘Human Habitation’ from tomorrow

It’s easy to forget in the Coronavirus frenzy but from tomorrow, Friday March 20, all tenancies are to become subject to...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant Winkworth snaps another independent

Franchise giant Winkworth has expanded its presence in Reading with the acquisition of a local independent lettings agency. It’s snapped up AMPM,...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Half of buy to let investors considering selling - even before virus

A survey of the buy to let market conducted by a bank before the latest acceleration in the Coronavirus outbreak suggests...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government confirms anti-eviction measures to be revealed shortly

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the government is bringing forward measures to “protect” private tenants against eviction during the...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants no evictions for arrears run up during crisis

Labour says the government should ban evictions for people who fall behind on their rent due to Coronavirus. John Healey, the shadow...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New advice on staff rights, home working, security - Conquering Corona

Good morning and welcome to the industry’s daily update on how we cope with the challenge of social distancing and self-isolation...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord Investment Show postponed - organisers to keep in touch with delegates

Tomorrow’s National Landlord Investment show, scheduled for London’s Olympia, has been postponed because of the Coronavirus crisis. The organisers say they reached...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector can do more to raise housing standards - PropTech chief

A leading PropTech expert says there’s still more that can be done by the rental sector to drive up the quality...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail sentence after rental property’s safety failure

A landlord from Plymouth has been sentenced after failing to maintain gas appliances and failing to have landlord’s gas safety checks...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Pressure building to help private tenants hit by Coronavirus

One of the lettings sector’s leading trade bodies has called on the government and lenders to agree a package of measures...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest Coronavirus guidance for agents from across the industry

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, a service we’re running to share official guidance and agents’ advice in a bid...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency in court as new ‘rogues taskforce’ swings into action

A lettings agency and its director have pleaded guilty to renting out an overcrowded house in the first case brought to...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Severe stock shortage strengthens rental market ahead of virus

A lettings market snapshot conducted before the worst effects of the Coronavirus were known suggests the rental market is relatively strong...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Swedish investors behind massive UK Build To Rent fund-raising

A massive £250m has been raised from a Swedish pension fund towards UK Build To Rent projects. Property development firm Oxford Properties...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban rent rises and stop evictions during virus, activists demand

Activists with a record of opposing agents and landlords want a blanket ban on rent rises and evictions in the current virus...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: Daily tips and news for agents to beat the virus

Letting Agent Today is launching a daily service to help agents facing the Coronavirus threat.  This is where you’ll find news, advice...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

HMRC warns investment sellers on CGT changes

HM Revenue & Customs has issued a new warning to buy to let and Holliday home owners about a major change...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech inventory offer to agents listing with OnTheMarket

PropTech platform teclet is offering letting agents that list with OnTheMarket a three month trial offer of a digital inventory service. One...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Does paying 50% of salary in rent really make an area affordable?

A PropTech platform claims that an area where the average rent is 50 per cent of less of an average salary...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Agents must record ALL contacts with self-isolating tenants

The Guild of Letting and Management has thrown helpful light on the responsibilities and recommended approach of letting agents faced with...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Are UK rental deposits too high? Not by international standards…

The typical UK private rental deposit, often considered high in this country, is thought to be relatively low by international standards...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Double top! Leaders Romans Group’s second acquisition in a few days

Leaders Romans Group has made another acquisition of a multi-office independent agency. It’s snapped up six-branch Outlook Property, which has offices across...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Council may offer improvement loans to favoured private landlords

A council says it’s considering lending funds for improvement to landlords who “behave fairly and appropriately” - and buy into a...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: agents warned they could end up breaking the law

The government has been called upon to issue specific Coronavirus guidance for the rental sector. The chief executive of the Association of...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA Conference postponed until September due to virus

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has postponed its conference until September. In a statement to registered attendees last evening ARLA says: “After...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget “fails tenants” say trade groups - but at least no new rental taxes…

The Budget has failed tenants by doing nothing to increase the supply of private rental property according to two lettings sector...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative supplier signs another 31 agency branches

One of the major deposit alternative operators has announced 31 new letting agency branches have signed up, from three high-profile brands. Zero...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let HMO did not even have a working smoke detector

A shocking case of a buy to let HMO that did not even have a working smoke detector has led to...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Breakthrough for agents as Open Banking set to speed and improve payments

Letting agents will for the first time be able to use Open Banking to process payments more efficiently, following a decision...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency buys £2.6m of student properties on behalf of investors

A lettings agent has completed a £2.6million property acquisition plan in one city on behalf of investors, and will go on...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Not so grand - average rent still under the £1,000 threshold

The latest lettings market snapshot by HomeLet shows that average rents across the UK are still not breaking through the £1,000...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by franchise giant

The Bournemouth branch of Martin & Co has acquired a local independent agent. Bullock & Lees, a local south coast firm, has...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News