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

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

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Vast discrepancies over how tenants' deposits are handled

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

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm revealed as sponsor of The ESTAS People Award 2019

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

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

No mass exodus of buy to let investors, poll suggests

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

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Another independent signs up with Zero Deposit scheme

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New Client Money Protection service launched for managing agents

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

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

More PropTech will help agents combat regulation changes, claims Fixflo

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

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Student surge gives London agency a late summer boost

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

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Disgrace: 23 tenants in property with licence for only six

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

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ghost Tenants Scam: huge fine for London managing agent

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

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

London's luxury letting sector sees sharp drop in growth

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

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Lodger dodgers and Airbnb landlords may be targeted in Budget

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

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit warning issued by HomeLet chief executive

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

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Arrears rocket for tenants on Universal Credit

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

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Make Tenants' Fees Bill even tougher, demands consumer charity

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

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills on buying spree as it snaps up northern independents

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

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

First council backs campaign to scrap S21 eviction powers

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

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fledgling trade group dares any challenger to bring it on

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

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove boss joins board of PropTech marketplace app firm

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

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Goodlord secures another £7m to enhance digital contracts service

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

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

CGT incentive for longer tenancies - limited backing from trade body

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

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government tipped to announce tax breaks in return for longer tenancies

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock survey shows longer tenancies could deter many landlords

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

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Glimmer of hope: more improvements in London lettings market

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

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

More PropTech could boost letting agents' support for student tenants

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

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine after unsafe overcrowding in unlicensed HMO loft

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

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Two new PropTech products aimed at lettings agencies

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA courses for agents still unsure about Section 21 changes

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

London council wants agents to have a say in licensing review

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Yet another independent snapped up by fast-growing regional chain

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

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

October 29 - a nervous date for agents' diaries

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

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Row brewing over Labour MP talking housing at Tory party conference

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

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency reveals drastic overhaul of services

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

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Uproar after police say they're not investigating missing agent

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

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Plummeting lettings supply means higher rents for London tenants

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

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket weighs cost benefit of letting furnished v unfurnished

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

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More lettings agencies expelled by TPO for unpaid awards

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Liquidators for agency say landlords and tenants will get their money

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Still no sign of sluggish lettings market picking up for autumn

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

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Council acts against agent and says tenants pay through the nose

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA reminds industry on provisions of imminent HMO rule changes

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

500 not out - NALS hits Foundation Lettings Course milestone

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Free seminars for agents wanting to restructure lettings businesses

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

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More tenants' social media accounts being checked, claims lender

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

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market 'has fallen into recession' says The DPS

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

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents broadly steady according to HomeLet and Hamptons data

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

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Another short let management firm to expand out of London

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

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Success for managing agency as it scoops prestigious People award

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

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Stop blaming agents for rental sector problems, top expert demands

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency bucks trend by creating Build To Rent investment opportunities

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants' Fees Bill: date set for next Parliamentary stage

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More industry backing for 'landmark' review of rental sector

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

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG-backed Zero Deposit scheme signs up more independent agencies

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

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery as established agent goes to ground owing furious clients thousands

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

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Just three weeks until new HMO licensing rules are introduced

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

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Double acquisition marks further expansion for fast-growing regional

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Average rents growing at highest rate since 2016, index shows

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Guild members to be trained by former ARLA president

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: MPs announce further proposals to protect tenants

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

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Cleaning and damage again most common reasons for deposit deductions

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

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Portals Zoopla and OnTheMarket advertising rental listings on Facebook

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

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent payments and credit scores - new partnership to benefit renters

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

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fraud probe launched against agent which owes thousands to clients

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

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government publishes deposit scheme paper ahead of fees ban Report Stage

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

04 September 2018

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

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

04 September 2018

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

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

04 September 2018

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

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

03 September 2018

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Government rental chief to be quizzed at upcoming industry event

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

03 September 2018

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

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

03 September 2018

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

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

03 September 2018

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

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

31 August 2018

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Acquisition allows agency to stay independent ahead of fees ban

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

31 August 2018

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

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

31 August 2018

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Buy To Let investment boosted by Equity Release - claim

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

31 August 2018

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

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

30 August 2018

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

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

30 August 2018

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Retail guru is new chief executive of landlords’ body

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

30 August 2018

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

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

30 August 2018

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Tory voters want S21 eviction powers scrapped, claims pressure group

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

29 August 2018

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Good news - rental demand at its highest since last September

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

29 August 2018

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Experts In Property agency snaps up independent's lettings team

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

29 August 2018

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

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

29 August 2018

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Not again! Another charity slams private rental sector over S21

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

28 August 2018

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Government pledges no premature decision on longer tenancies

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

28 August 2018

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Agency warns over insurance cover for Airbnb-style lets

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

28 August 2018

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Bank gives upbeat assessment of investors considering buy to let

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

28 August 2018

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Government is forcing more landlords to quit, top agency claims

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

24 August 2018

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

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

24 August 2018

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

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

24 August 2018

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Shocking buy to let overcrowding - hunt is on for culprit

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

24 August 2018

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Yes or No to three year tenancies? Consultation ends soon

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

23 August 2018

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

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

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery of closed agency throws light on company registration system

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

23 August 2018

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Client Money Protection scheme launched by Propertymark

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

23 August 2018

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Not true! Agents reject claim of discriminating against benefit tenants

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

22 August 2018

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

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

22 August 2018

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Big managerial changes at Belvoir as Northwood duo step up

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

22 August 2018

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

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

22 August 2018

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

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

22 August 2018

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

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

21 August 2018

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

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

21 August 2018

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Buy to let investment evenly split between genders, says agency

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

21 August 2018

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

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

21 August 2018

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London buy to let investors pessimistic over future of sector

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

20 August 2018

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Independent agencies team up to limit damage from fees ban

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

20 August 2018

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

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

20 August 2018

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

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

20 August 2018

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Speculation that three-year tenancies could be announced next week

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

17 August 2018

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Controversial council warns landlords not to raise rents to pay licences

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

17 August 2018

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Mandatory electrical checks welcomed by senior lettings agency chief

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

17 August 2018

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Summer slowdown hits lettings market says Agency Express

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

17 August 2018

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Airbnb tries to answer lettings critics by issuing fire guidance

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

16 August 2018

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

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

16 August 2018

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Rent payments adding to creditworthiness: more progress announced

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

16 August 2018

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

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

16 August 2018

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The secret’s out: Franchise giant explains acquisitions success

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

15 August 2018

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

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

15 August 2018

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Guilty! Agency and its boss fined for breaching council licence

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

15 August 2018

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Another one snapped up - Leaders Romans acquires independent firm

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

15 August 2018

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

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

14 August 2018

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Longer tenancies - agents have less than two weeks to respond

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

14 August 2018

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Countrywide says London rents down again but other areas rising slowly

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

14 August 2018

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New powers for social housing tenants on the way

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

14 August 2018

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

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

14 August 2018

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Deposits: government urged to look at reform or alternatives

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

13 August 2018

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

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

13 August 2018

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Agents advised to check clients' licenses after council website blunder

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

13 August 2018

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

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

13 August 2018

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

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

10 August 2018

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

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

10 August 2018

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

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

10 August 2018

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PropTech: new BestAgent platform signs inventory software supplier

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

10 August 2018

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Right To Rent: date set for full High Court challenge

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

09 August 2018

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

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

09 August 2018

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

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

09 August 2018

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Named and shamed: council lists seven prosecuted over licensing scheme

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

09 August 2018

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

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

09 August 2018

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ARLA urges agents to back Gas Safety Week awareness campaign

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

09 August 2018

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Banned - Airbnb management service told not to repeat misleading advert

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

08 August 2018

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

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

08 August 2018

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

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

08 August 2018

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Government feels the heat over private rental energy efficiency targets

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

08 August 2018

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

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

07 August 2018

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Aggressive practices against tenant lead to £1,750 fine

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

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency works with university in two-way business exercise

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

07 August 2018

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

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

07 August 2018

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

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

06 August 2018

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

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

06 August 2018

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

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

06 August 2018

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

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

06 August 2018

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

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

06 August 2018

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

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

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Date set for Bill allowing tenants to sue over property conditions

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

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for agents to speak out over council licensing schemes

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

03 August 2018

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

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

03 August 2018

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

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

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

'Pay for a holiday instead of a letting agent' advises rental platform

A new online rental platform claims that landlords could save enough to afford an additional holiday this year if they signed...

02 August 2018

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L&G says 50% of latest Build To Rent scheme has been pre-let

Legal & General, one of the biggest players in the burgeoning Build To Rent sector, says it has pre-let 50 per...

02 August 2018

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More big fines handed out in latest licensing legal actions

More big fines have been handed out in recent legal action regarding buy to let investors who have not stuck by...

02 August 2018

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Hope for central London as rents rise for second successive month

Data from Knight Frank’s lettings division suggests that rents in the troubled Prime Central London area have risen for the second...

01 August 2018

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Five-figure fine for breaching conditions of London lettings licence

A London landlord has been ordered to pay over £13,000 for breaching the conditions of his licence as a result of...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory checks get predictable support from electrical trade body

The government’s announcement that it will bring in mandatory electrical checks in the private rented sector has been welcomed - perhaps...

01 August 2018

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Business as usual after tenancy change in Scottish lettings sector

CityLets, Scotland’s largest online lettings listings service, says it’s business as usual for the market north of the border despite a...

01 August 2018

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New guidance on setting up Client Money Protection schemes

The government has produced new guidelines on setting up client money protection schemes for the private rented sector. They are evidently aimed...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures: low take-up for licensing scheme that starts tomorrow

It appears that take-up of an apparently compulsory licensing scheme in one city has been shockingly low - and the scheme...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short-let platforms under scrutiny again - this time from MPs

It’s been a difficult summer for Airbnb and other short-let platforms operating in the UK. Recently the European Commission gave Airbnb until the...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Central London agency reports record lettings results for first half-year

Chestertons has announced record lettings results for the first half of 2018, claiming growth in market share and increased productivity. The agency...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency conned out of £34,000 by employee

The former office manager of an estate agency in Scunthorpe conned her employer out of over £34,000, a court has heard. Local...

30 July 2018

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Tenants' Fees Bill - date set for next stage on path to becoming law

The government has announced that the Report Stage for the Tenants’ Fees Bill will be held on September 5, the day...

30 July 2018

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Online lettings agency aims to double workforce in next year

Online lettings agency LettingaProperty has moved into a new home and says it plans to double its staff by adding five...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors falling back in love with London, says broker

London is back as the most popular part of the UK for buy to let investment according to an analysis undertaken...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Broker reveals buy to let impact of road crash Brexit negotiations

No fewer than 93 per cent of landlords financing buy to let property chose a fixed rate mortgage in the second...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory inventories could still happen, says campaigning trade body

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it still believes there is an opportunity for the government to introduce mandatory inventory...

27 July 2018

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Rent rises hit 10-month high in June, says ARLA

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes rose to 35 per cent in June, up from 28 per cent in May...

27 July 2018

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OnTheMarket reveals where and how it's cheap to rent in London

It’s a conundrum for many, especially those moving to the capital...but portal OnTheMarket claims it knows exactly where it is cheapest...

27 July 2018

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ZPG-backed Zero Deposit wins over another agency

The ZPG-backed Zero Deposit service is to be used by growing lettings operation Nick Dunning Associates as an alternative to the...

27 July 2018

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The Airbnb threat to buy to let - huge rise in multiple landlord listing

The number of landlords with more than 10 Airbnb accommodations listed in London has risen by 8.4 per cent in the...

26 July 2018

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Expect market wobbles when fees ban kicks in, warns Connells Group

Connells Group says a growing number of small-scale landlords are likely to quit because of the tax and regulation red tape...

26 July 2018

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London tops rent rise league table for first time since 2014 - Rightmove

A lack of new rental properties coming to the market in London has helped push the annual rate of London asking...

26 July 2018

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Illegal! - trade body says council's licensing plan breaks the law

The Residential Landlords’ Association says proposals from Great Yarmouth council to introduce selective licensing in one part of the town contains...

26 July 2018

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Prime Central London lettings transactions slump 15% says JLL

The number of lettings transactions in Prime Central London in the second quarter of this year slumped 15 per cent compared...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Britain's most controversial landlord wouldn't go in to buy to let now

Britain’s most controversial landlord, Fergus Wilson, says the recent changes in buy to let legislation means that if he was starting...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Insurer launches referral scheme for agents hit by fees ban

An insurer is launching a new referral scheme for letting agents to market to landlords and tenants as a way of...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

£500,000 cash injection for deposit-alternative PropTech firm

The concept of deposit alternatives is gathering pace and now one PropTech firm closely involved in it - Reposit - has...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Fergus Wilson hits back on 'baby evictions', curry smells and more...

Britain’s most controversial buy to let investor, Fergus Wilson, has hit back and given his side of events on a series...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let is still good - but investors want cheaper high-yield properties

Buy to let is still an attractive investment compared to other asset classes but to make the best of the opportunity...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London buy to let owners must work to protect investment, says agency

One of London’s leading letting agencies says in the current neutral rental market, buy to let owners must work hard to...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Fine of £2,525 after four year licensing and overcrowding saga

An investor has been fined £2,525 after failing to licence her property and allegedly providing inadequate living conditions for her tenants. Adeola...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Which? takes aim at letting agents and private rental sector

Which?, the consumer body that appears to be taking an increasingly-aggressive line against letting agents and landlords, has now issued a...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Britain's second-largest lettings licensing scheme starts in a week's time

From August 1 Nottingham council is introducing a new selective licensing regime covering an estimated 32,000 privately rented homes. This is an...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant who sub-let death trap property must pay over £26,500

A tenant who was ripping off other tenants in an overcrowded bungalow "death trap" has been fined tens of thousands of...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

'Scrap S21 eviction powers' petition gets 20,000 signatures

Campaigning group Generation Rent has secured over 20,000 signatures for a petition it says will “end unfair evictions”. The petition, on the...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

He's at it again - now buy to let multi-millionaire evicts single mothers

Newspapers in Kent are reporting that controversial buy to let multi-millionaire Fergus Wilson has evicted four single mothers from his properties...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Five year mandatory electrical checks for all private rental homes

All privately-let homes must have electrical installations checked every five years under new rules announced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Jailed: the letting agent whose inaction led to two boys' deaths

A letting agent responsible for a property in Huddersfield which caught fire and killed two young boys has been jailed for...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds lettings agency bringing in liquidators

The lettings agency Elet, based in Harrogate, has appointed liquidators.  A Letting Agent Today reader spotted an announcement about the move in...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent presses council to rethink £945 licensing proposal

Councillors in Stockton-on-Tees are under pressure to rethink plans to introduce Selective Licensing of private rented housing in two areas of...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Changing face of buy to let - mortgage lender targets Airbnb hosts

A lender has launched a new product which is thought to be the first mortgage explicitly aimed at borrowers who propose...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies - online agency is the latest to voice opposition

An online lettings agency is the latest to voice opposition to the government’s proposed three year standard tenancies for the private...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London agent teams up with interior designer and retailer

Prime central London lettings agency Draker has teamed up with a luxury interiors retailer and interior designer to launch what it...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants government to fund private blocks fire safety improvement

A trade body is backing a call by a parliamentary committee for the government to fund certain fire safety improvements in...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Which? calls on the public to submit nightmare rental stories

Which?, the consumer organisation which this week revealed details of an undercover investigation of 30 viewings of properties marketed by lettings...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - latest list of high-return buy to let locations

The latest LendInvest buy to let report, which ranks 105 postcode areas around England and Wales based on a combination of...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents warned of growing arrears if wider economy doesn't improve

Letting agents and landlords have been warned to expect a possible rise in arrears in the coming months if conditions in...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

August deadline for Airbnb to satisfy EU on prices, terms and conditions

Airbnb is facing more attempts to regulate its short lets, this time with the European Commission calling on the platform to...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked agents and landlords pocket almost £1m in just six months

Crooked letting agents and landlords have so far this year been convicted of illegally pocketing over £900,000 of tenant’s cash – and there’s...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Prizes offered to agents as Fixflo launches new Rental Repairs Survey

Fixflo is launching its fifth annual Rental Repairs Survey for lettings professionals  The survey, supported by ARLA Propertymark, gauges the opinions of...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Average eviction now takes 17 weeks according to new analysis

A new analysis reveals that it takes an average of 118 days for court-appointed bailiffs to remove tenants from private homes...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb sub-letting deal with lettings agency 'could be start of a trend'

Airbnb, which is facing tough local restrictions in many of the largest cities in which it operates, says its new link...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Scrap eviction powers and restrict landlords' right to sell, government told

The pressure group Generation Rent has joined forces with other critics of the private rental sector to demand an end to...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says proportion of homes let by 'firms' has hit all-time high

Some 18 per cent of properties let in the first half of 2018 were registered in the name of a company...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy a home? No thanks, say one third of private tenants

A third of tenants are happy to rent long-term and have no plans to purchase a property in the future, new...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

They're In! Second BBC Dragon invests in Airbnb/short lets firm

Air Agents, a London Airbnb Management company, has signed what it calls “a significant investment deal” with BBC Dragon’s Den entrepreneur...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Too much red tape: We reveal over 125 rental laws and regulations

There are now well over 125 pieces of legislation and regulations - most introduced in modern times - governing the private...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Figures prove vast majority of private tenants satisfied with their homes

A large majority of private sector tenants, 84 per cent, are satisfied with their housing according to the English Housing Survey...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Another one bites the dust - independent agency snapped up by chain

The Leaders Romans Group has acquired Upp Property Lettings in Oakham and Stamford. The acquisition will see the existing Leaders branch in...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency selling only buy to let properties reports strong business

An online agency selling only buy to let units to would-be investors says it’s experiencing “positive growth” despite the challenges of...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender allows selfies and document photos to be used as ID

High-profile buy to let mortgage lender LendInvest says it’s going to allow applicants to prove their ID online via photographs. It’s working...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Net loss of 133,000 homes to let in coming year, trade body warns

A trade body says the country faces a net loss of 133,000 homes for private rent over the next year -...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Stath Lets Flats - but better customer service would let even more

Channel 4’s hit comedy Stath Lets Flats shows the funny side of running a lettings agency but one of the country’s...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Typical UK monthly rent up only £16 in the past year says HomeLet

Average UK rents have risen 1.8 per cent in the last year, equating to a typical £16 monthly hike. That’s the view...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Family-run London agency wins big at property management awards

The three-branch London agency Kay & Co has been named the Smaller Managing Agent of the Year at the ARMA ACE...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Council fining 27 rogue agents wins strong backing from ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has heaped praise on a local authority which has fined 27 lettings and managing agents...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

False gas safety certificates issued for lettings properties

A gas safety engineer has pleaded guilty with a landlord of falsifying gas safety certificates for a string of private rental...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

'A ticking timebomb for lettings': warning over MEES energy efficiency measures

A specialist buy to let mortgage lender says buy to let investors should act now - even if it means borrowing...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Important update for agents - new How To Rent guide is issued

The government has issued a new How To Rent guide - a key document which agents or landlords managing their properties...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Top Scottish agency says new rules are 'turning point' for lettings

The major legislative changes introduced in Scotland’s letting sector are a major turning point but should not be feared, says one...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tax bombshell may curb Airbnb-style short lets

The government has suggested that it is at least considering changing the terms of its Rent A Room system which could...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government blasted by another top agent over three year tenancies

Yet another leading lettings agent has hit out at the government over its proposals for three year tenancies being the norm...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA teams with PropTech firm to help agents remain compliant

ARLA Propertymark has launched a new database to help its agent members keep abreast of compliance issues in the lettings sector.  The...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent For Sex - legal expert wants government action now

A respected property lawyer says she wants a change in the law to prevent unscrupulous landlords from offering accommodation in return for sex.  Liz...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Collapse in demand for buy to let in London says top buying agency

One of the most respected buying agencies, Black Brick, says the collapse in demand for buy to let is the most...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Big surge in Build To Rent homes complete or in the pipeline

The British Property Federation says there are now 124,037 Build To Rent homes complete, under construction and in planning across the...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tory activist rounds on government over three year tenancies

A Tory activist has made an outspoken attack on the government’s policies towards the private rental sector on the pages of...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Online platform links with mental health charity to help students

Online accommodation platform Student.com has linked with mental health charity Student Minds in a bid to prioritise mental health awareness amongst...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Scrap the surcharge! Strong support for petition to repeal buy to let taxes

There has been strong support for an e-petition calling for the scrapping of the stamp duty surcharge on buy to let...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Top London politicians call for scrapping of S21 eviction powers

Two senior London politicians are backing a campaign to scrap the powers of agents and landlords to evict tenants under Section...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London rents up - but it's not exactly a large increase...

Rents in London rose by 0.1 per cent in the 12 months to June - it’s the first annual rental increase...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies: Top London agent is latest to criticise the idea

Well-respected London lettings agent and former ARLA president Lucy Morton is the latest key figure to pour cold water on government...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Petition to Parliament wants review of city's selective licensing

A petition has appeared on the government’s e-petition website calling for a review of a city council’s newly-introduced selective licensing system. Nottingham...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge 650-unit Build To Rent site in London snapped up by key developer

Legal & General, one of the biggest players in Britain’s burgeoning Build To Rent market, has exchanged contracts on its largest...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let mortgage market set to be stable throughout summer

The cost of buy to let mortgages remain at record lows and - with little movement in costs and rates over...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies - will rent rises have to be agreed in advance?

Close examination of the consultation document on possible three year tenancies issued by the government suggest that it may want rent...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Trio of lettings agencies fined in overcrowding and sub-letting scandal

Three agencies have been heavily fined after a property in London was being used for multiple occupation with 11 people living...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancy proposals slammed by countryside organisation

Rural landlords say the government’s idea of making three year tenancies the norm across the private rental sector would damage the...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news - record number of mortgage deals for new BTL investors

The independent mortgage market monitor Moneyfacts says there is now a record number of mortgage deals for those entering the buy...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Council lettings agency aims to tackle homelessness through private sector

A local authority has started a one-year trial of a ‘social lettings agency’ which aims to match those at risk of...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock results as 30 lettings agencies probed by undercover teams

A consumer group which conducted 30 undercover viewings in five different UK cities claims letting agents are showing potential tenants around...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three Year Tenancies - Possible tax incentives are welcomed

Buy to let landlords are welcoming proposals being considered by the government to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies. In...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Next phase of Rent Recognition Challenge revealed this week

The next phase of the government’s Rent Recognition Challenge takes place this week, as six short-listed PropTech companies know which will...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Jolly good - Connells Group brand snaps up independent agency

Connells Group brand Fox & Sons has added a lettings portfolio in Salisbury to its network after completing the acquisition of...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Expanding Zero Deposit scheme launches advertising push on Zoopla

The Zoopla-backed Zero Deposit scheme has launched what it calls “a heavyweight advertising campaign” - and unsurprisingly, it’s across the Zoopla...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rows erupt over mandatory three-year tenancies and six-month break clauses

Arguments have already started over the government’s proposals to make three year tenancies the norm in the private rental sector. Letting Agent...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

£10m investment to fund more acquisitions by top regional agency

A private equity company has made a £10m investment in Yorkshire estate agency Linley & Simpson to fund further expansion. Founded by...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

The only way is acquisition - Essex independent agency snapped up

Essex-based Balgores Property Group, which operates across that county and in Kent, has snapped up Woollens estate agents in Dagenham. Woollens has...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting stock supply at highest level seen this year - ARLA

The latest monthly report from the Association of Residential Letting Agents puts the  number of rental properties managed by agents at...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Refinancing buy to let mortgages likely as HMO changes near

A buy to let mortgage firm says it’s likely that there will be a spike in refinancing enquiries as landlords meet...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies proposals to be unveiled by government tomorrow

Leaks from government sources to at least two mainstream news outlets today suggest that radical proposals on longer tenancies and possible...

01 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Yield of Dreams: research reveals the highest buy to let returns

A new analysis of rental yields across all of the UK’s local authorities has revealed exactly where the best places are for...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New training course for agents in England unveiled by NALS

The National Approved Letting Scheme has unveiled a new specialist training course for letting agents. The NALS Level 3 Award in Letting...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove claims massive growth for franchise following acquisition

Hybrid agency EweMove is claiming massive growth for its branch in south Manchester, which it says has seen its lettings and...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

We need more tax reform to help rental sector, repeats trade body

The government should scrap the tax on new homes which is punishing those in need of a home to rent, the...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Spot checks on buy to let properties could boost quality - claim

A PropTech company chief is backing the controversial idea of spot checks on private rental sector properties in a bid to...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Go Figure: GoCompare says London is UK's second best buy to let city

We’re all for an optimistic interpretation of events but a new tool from comparison website GoCompare lists the UK’s top buy...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'Take care!' - Broker advises caution over buy to let incorporation

A specialist buy to let broker is urging landlords to tread with caution before jumping feet first into incorporating their property...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Student renters encouraged to give views on agents and landlords

A students’ union is the latest body to partner a review platform allowing renters to give their verdict on dealing with...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

Tenants, landlords and buy to let investors are the targets for new online rental guides introduced by the Ministry of Housing,...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Arson - police treat lettings agency fire as suspicious

A newspaper in Northumbria says local police are treating a fire at a lettings agency as a deliberate arson attack. Police are...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency opens third office as northern investment continues to boom

The Mistoria Group has opened its third office in the north of England - it now has a branch in Bolton...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

This is how buy to let investors have improved energy efficiency

Landlords are most likely to have invested in a boiler upgrade in the last 12 months to boost the energy efficiency...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Another Build To Rent scheme unveiled in southern England

Another Build To Rent scheme has been unveiled, this time in Berkshire. Crest Nicolson and M&G Real Estate have joined forces to...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Some agents 'may be tempted to act illegally' says lettings guru

Property expert Kate Faulkner says the massive surge in new regulations, legislation and fiscal measures aimed at the private rental sector...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let landlords are a dying breed, warns finance chief

Buy to let landlords are on the way out and Build To Rent will dominate the sector in the foreseeable future.  That’s...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'You're completely wrong' trade body tells Tory-backing think tank

The conclusions of a new think tank analysing the private rental sector are “fundamentally wrong” according to a trade body.  The Residential...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Multitude of failings in lettings property results in hefty fine

A landlord has been prosecuted for failing to comply with Improvement Notices on her property and failing to licence her house...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Tell us what’s happening!’ - lenders told to do more to help buy to let

Mortgage lenders and brokers have been too quiet over changes to buy to let lending, according to a trade body. The National...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Blame government for future rent rises, franchise guru warns

The chief executive of franchise giant Belvoir says government interference in the lettings sector will be to blame for higher rent...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

17 years to save for a deposit? No wonder renting is likely to boom...

Startling figures from the Countrywide high-end brand Hamptons International show how tough it is for young people to buy. The agency says...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents - here’s ARLA’s guide through the red tape for accidental landlords

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has provided a check-list for so-called accidental landlords. The association says that with 145 pieces of...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Kicked out: two lettings agencies expelled by The Property Ombudsman

Two lettings agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme. The first is Bower & Bower (B&B), a sales and lettings...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

At last - lettings market comes back to life after 'slumber spring'

The lettings market is looking distinctly healthier now than a month ago according to data just released by board company Agency...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue tenant jailed for 16 weeks for illegally sub-letting HMO

A head tenant who changed the locks on a property that was illegally sublet to no fewer than 35 men has...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property investment platform marks 25th franchise across the UK

Sourced, which describes itself as the largest property investment platform in the UK, has secured its 25th franchise some 10 months...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Licensing never works! - industry verdict on latest government review

Letting agents and others in the private rental sector have responded to the latest government intervention - a review into how...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

World's worst lettings agency revealed by TV programme

A TV station has gone public on revealing what it calls “the world’s worst lettings agency” - but it may not...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Missing letting agent - a Church is amongst those owed money

It’s been revealed that a church is amongst those owed thousands of pounds by a letting agent who has gone to...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Will buy to let investors be lured by latest crowdfund investment site?

Propio, another crowdfunding platform, has launched with the ambitious claim of expecting returns from residential investments of between six and 15...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces review of selective licensing in private rental sector

The government has announced a review to assess how selective licensing is used and find out how well it is working...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

You want easier property management? Then let out to families...

A trade body says it has evidence that families take up the least amount of property management time when compared to...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and other short-let platforms under scrutiny by city council

A city council is to investigate the impact of Airbnb and other short let online platforms on the local housing market...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Big boost for Build To Rent as mainstream developer extends deal

One of the biggest and earliest companies investing in Britain’s fast-growing Build To Rent sector has expanded its partnership with one...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors lose thousands - and it's their own fault, suggests firm

Investors in buy to let in the UK are losing thousands of pounds in income - and it’s their own fault...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent To Buy - might this be the next big idea from the government?

The Independent online newspaper says Conservative MP Gary Streeter will tomorrow meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and urge her to...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Boost for Countrywide staff with new ARLA qualification initiative

Countrywide is introducing the ARLA Level 2 qualification throughout its branch network.  All customer-facing lettings staff who joined the business on or...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government clarifies Holding and Tenancy deposits provision in Fees Bill

The government has written to two senior MPs in a bid to clarify two detailed provisions in the Tenants Fees Bill,...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

More bad news for central London as some voids 'take months to fill'

A PropTech firm has analysed London’s rental market and its results again spell bad news for those in the sector in...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency closes, boss disappears, and thousands owed to clients

A regional newspaper claims that a lettings agency has collapsed, its boss has gone to ground, and thousands of pounds are...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Britain's best and worst yields for buy to let

An analysis of over 580,000 properties has produced a league table of Britain’s best and worst buy to let postcodes in...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Pro-Corbyn activists to campaign against S21 eviction powers

A collection of rental sector protest organisations is getting together to campaign against S21 powers under which landlords or agents on...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional agency is latest to offer deposit-free rental model

Norfolk-based estate agency Sowerbys is the latest to announce that it is offering its landlords the opportunity to use a deposit-free...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge drop in number of homes to let across the UK

Landlords exiting the market because of tax and red tape have led to “an acute shortage of available properties to rent”...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let still strong in the long term, insists 'state of the sector' report

The growth of the private rental sector has slowed thanks to government intervention and economic uncertainty - but it will expand...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let new loans and remortgaging show encouraging progress

Figures from UK Finance show there were 5,000 new buy to let house purchase mortgages completed in April - the latest data...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Father and son investors fined for breaching Prohibition Order

A buy to let investor has ended up with a bill for thousands of pounds after being found guilty of breaching...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It won't work - industry hits out at latest fees ban proposal

The lettings industry has hit out at the Welsh Government’s proposals to ban agents’ fees levied on tenants. A Bill was put...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent sees franchise group as way to combat online competitors

A lettings agent says she is returning to a High Street franchise agency group to help her combat competition from online...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online platform urges landlords to handle viewings to avoid agents

An online property platform that last year said tenants prefer to deal directly with landlords has returned to the theme with...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

One in six BTL investors set to boost portfolio despite red tape

One in five UK landlords have entered buy to let without even planning to, finding themselves with a property ‘accidentally’ or...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New firm aims to compensate for rogue estate agents

A new lettings agency set up at Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset says it’s setting out to atone for the misdemeanours of nearby...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Our industry is losing £61m pcm, says campaigning agent

Letting agents and landlords could be missing out on £61m of rent every month because families in temporary and emergency accommodation...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news - rents up sustainable 2% and London doing well at last

The average rent in the UK is now £919, up two per cent on the same time last year according to...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban gets closer in Wales - but it will still take many months

A Bill which is likely to end up banning letting agents’ fees levied on tenants in Wales has been introduced into...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It's war - council on the attack over To Let boards

Letting agents and landlords will have to win planning consent to erect To Let signs in student areas of Leicester from...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

41% of tenants create 'issues' - and leave £210 of repairs when they go

A survey suggests that 40 per cent of tenants have ‘issues’ with their agents or landlords and when they check out...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group says no-deposit scheme is no-brainer for clients

Multi-brand agency company Acorn Group says it has rolled out a no-deposit scheme to all 31 of its offices “with a...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'Be flexible over tenant demographics and aims' investors urged

A Build To Rent business says investors in the private rental sector should be more flexible in their approach to private...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents challenge Labour MP: why not show us your evidence?

A Member of Parliament who says “the majority of agents” engage in “dirty tactics” when it comes to fees imposed on...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Big hike in number of second homes rented rather than purchased

Data from Countrywide’s Hamptons International agency suggests that the number of second homes that were rented rather than purchased last year...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey shows the rise and rise of buy to let limited companies

New research nearly two out of five landlords will use limited companies to buy properties over the next year compared to...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Allowing tenants to keep pets? Make sure you protect your property...

A trade body is advising landlords and agents acting on their behalf to take precautions to protect their investments if they...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'What kind of monster would do this?' asks politician after lettings bust

A council leader in London, so outraged after a bust of a rogue lettings property, has asked: “What kind of monster...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: pressure group crowdfunding to pay for Judicial Review

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants is now crowdfunding to pay for the Judicial Review of the government’s controversial...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental growth in most of England at its lowest since 2013

Rental growth in England, excluding London, was just 1.18 per cent over the last year, the slowest annual rate since April...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings portal teams up with digital banking company

Lettings portal Ezylet has partnered with Revolut, a digital banking company.  Revolut’s product allows users to make free international ATM withdrawals and...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent - government under pressure on two fronts

The government’s flagship immigration Right To Rent policy is under threat on two fronts. Firstly a cross-party group of MPs has written...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agent tells MPs: 'Fees ban OK in principle and won't raise rents'

The chief of what is described as Britain’s largest lettings agency has told an influential group of MPs that the proposed...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm questions whether long-term tenants need referencing

A prominent PropTech startup is questioning whether long-term tenants need to go through the traditional referencing process when moving between rental...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Far more than Three Billboards - £10,000 wanted for anti-S24 campaign

A campaign opposing the government’s recent tax changes which have penalised buy to let investors has taken a leaf out of...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

High Court go ahead for Judicial Review of Right To Rent

The High Court has this afternoon agreed to allow a judicial review of the government’s Right to Rent policy. Right to Rent...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body backs legal challenge to Theresa May's Right To Rent

The Residential Landlords Association has reiterated its support for a legal challenge to Right To Rent which is to be made...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Campaign for mandatory electrical testing of appliances in rental properties

An electrical testing equipment firm and an MP are setting up a national campaign to demand new laws on appliance testing...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb-style short let management service reveals regional expansion

Airsorted, one of a number of management services that have sprung up to cater for hosts using Airbnb and similar platforms,...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit leads to rent guarantor service expanding outside UK

A rent guarantor service based in London and previously aiming itself at the UK market is expanding into the Republic of...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News