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Agency investigating 19 ‘No DSS’ properties out of 1,900 units to let

The chief executive of Hunters has told MPs there are 19 properties on its books which specify ‘No DSS’ - but...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Proceeds of Crime Act to be used against jailed agents, council confirms

Cornwall council has confirmed that it’s to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to try to win compensation for victims of...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech should free agents to meet customers ‘not lead to fewer jobs’

Increased use of PropTech by lettings agencies should allow staff to be freed up to engage in all-important face-to-face contact with...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Overseas student demand strengthening despite Brexit uncertainty

Student demand for places across the UK - and therefore for accommodation - is holding up well despite Brexit uncertainty, according...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb backs call for mandatory registration system for short let properties

The Mayor of London is calling on government to introduce a new registration system for anyone wishing to rent out a...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency bosses to give evidence to MPs this morning

Senior lettings agency figures are amongst those who will this morning give evidence to a committee of MPs investigating so-called ‘DSS...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

'Pro-lettings sector' group may be set up by political party

A Liberal Democrat activist is considering establishing a landlords’ group consisting of party members. Tony Harris, writing on the LibDem Voice website,...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

More PropTech pledged after management buy-out of lettings business

The senior executive who has bought out the lettings side of a Glasgow agency business says increased use of PropTech is...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer launches new podcast for rental sector and buyers

Location, Location, Location star Phil Spencer has launched a new podcast aimed at helping listeners through what he calls “the minefield”...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons denies bait-and-switch after tenant couple rent “dud” flat

A national newspaper story suggests that a couple seeking an apartment to rent in Brixton were signed up to the wrong...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent hit with £52,000 bill after pleading guilty to 18 offences

A rogue letting agent has been ordered to pay £42,596 in fines and costs of £10,626 after pleading guilty to a...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 fall-out continues: trade group launches its own consultation

The official government consultation period on the scrapping of Section 21 eviction begins shortly, but now a leading lettings sector trade...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Need to replace lost fee income? Trio of suppliers say they will show how

With the tenants’ fees ban just five weeks away focus is shifting to how agents can make up for lost income...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Husband and wife must pay £8,000 after 17 beds found in bungalow to let

A husband and wife must pay joint fines, penalties and costs totalling over £8,000 after complaints about a bungalow they owned...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Could future rental properties just be empty shells for tenants to fit out?

A senior lettings agent has raised the spectre of rental properties in future being German-style ‘empty shells’ - without even white...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New regulatory body for Fees Ban likely to clamp down hard

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says it backs a new Trading Standards-led body which will enforce the Fees Ban starting  on...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: deposits still over £4,000 in high-rent hotspots, despite cap

Figures calculated by Rightmove suggest that even when the Fees Ban and Deposit Caps kick in on June 1, some deposits...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

London rents soar 3% in three months and 8% in a year says Rightmove

Startling figures released this morning by Rightmove suggest that rents have risen 8.2 per cent in London in the past year...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Long-standing critic of agents and landlords quits charity position

One of the most vocal critics of lettings agents in recent years appears to be moving away from the property industry. Campbell...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

More red tape as government wants Anti-Money Laundering for letting agents

A formal consultation process has started to consider government plans to extend Anti-Money Laundering from property sales to lettings as well. Unveiled...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping S21 isn’t enough - cap rent rises too, say London politicians

The scrapping of Section 21 eviction powers has been welcomed by the London Assembly - but apparently it doesn’t go far...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders Flop: not even one issued after 12 months

A Freedom of Information request by The Guardian newspaper has produced the startling admission from government that not even one landlord...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Another one bites the dust! Franchisee snaps up fourth independent

Belvoir has snapped up another independent lettings agency in the south east.  Grey & Co, located at Wembley Park in north London,...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Government accused of Dickensian view of buy to let

The scrapping of Section 21, as proposed by the government, shows that Whiteall has “a Dickensian view” of the buy to...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 long overdue admits lettings chief

The head of a major property management firm says the controversial proposal to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords is...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove bans ‘No DSS’ from listings and falls in line with Zoopla

Rightmove has fallen in line with Zoopla and is banning the term ‘No DSS’ from its lettings agents’ listings from the...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Alternative to Section 21 “not fit for purpose” says lettings group

The government’s wish to use a modified Section 8 as an alternative to Section 21 for landlords seeking possession of their...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New revenue stream for agents pledged by PropTech utilities site

A new utilities management platform for tenants says it will generate additional revenue streams for letting agents. Love Resident gives tenants online...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Only 129 agents respond to consultation on S21 and longer tenancies

The government consultation process which fuelled its decision to axe Section 21 eviction powers and move towards longer tenancies received only...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 evictions set to be axed to create ‘indefinite tenancies’

The government says it wants to ban outright Section 21 'no fault' eviction powers in England and Wales. Instead landlords seeking to evict...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PM and Housing Secretary back scrapping of Section 21 evictions

The government’s plan to scrap Section 21 is personally backed by the Prime Minister and will begin formal consultations today. If the...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let investors desert London ‘because of stamp duty’

Data from a Countrywide agency shows that 59 per cent of landlords who live in London purchased their buy to let...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Up, up, up: Rents grow again, according to Countrywide

The average cost of a new let in Great Britain is now £969 pcm as rental growth continues to rise.  Data from Hamptons...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Beware: new PDRs do not give ‘buy to let developers’ free rein

A building expert is warning buy to let investors that they won’t enjoy unfettered rights to extend their properties upwards when...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent may be MORE complex after Brexit - warning

A leading legal firm is warning that Right To Rent could become even more complicated for letting agents and landlords after...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative operator wades into spat over agency scheme

A dispute concerning a ‘no deposit option’ put forward by a letting agency has reached the Daily Mail. The newspaper’s online service...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Volume developer in deal for over 100 Build To Rent homes

The Build To Rent sector continues to grow, albeit slowly - now volume house builder Crest Nicholson has teamed up with...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property management scheme pushes for new franchisees

SDL Property Partners, which describes itself as the industry’s first property management franchising scheme, is pushing for new members. Its training has...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Five-figure fine after flat was let out despite Prohibition Order

A buy to let investor has received a hefty fine “for endangering the lives of his tenants by failing to meet...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New buy to let purchases to plummet as landlord taxes bite - forecast

There will be less buy to let remortgaging in future as landlords consolidate rather than expand their portfolios. The prediction comes from...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents now at their lowest level for three years says DPS

Average monthly UK rent is now at its lowest level for three years according to the Deposit Protection Service. Average rent fell...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Savills launches lettings division in top buy to let hotspot

Savills has launched a new residential lettings service in one of the country’s most successful buy to let and investment locations...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing service is latest top name to partner ESTAS 2019

Tenant referencing, rent protection and insurance provider Rent4sure is to join other leading suppliers as an ESTAS partner for the 16th...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Double whammy for buy to let as rents stagnate and taxes rise

Buy to let investors are facing a double whammy as stagnating rents and reduced tax relief are hitting profitability. A study from...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Mother-and-daughter agent fraudsters told to expect jail time

Mother and daughter lettings agency fraudsters have been told to expect jail sentences after defrauding landlords and tenants of £266,000 over...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent’s lettings business snapped up by Corporate

Connells Group has acquired the lettings business portfolio of an independent agency in a move it describes as “part of its...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Council crackdown on buy to let rogues gets new online back-up

The government has beefed up its support for councils identifying and prosecuting rogue landlords. Yesterday the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Meagre fine despite HMO having no working alarms or fire doors

The owner of a buy to let HMO has been found guilty of six offences but has received a fine of...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban coming into effect on September 1 in Wales

It’s been revealed that the Welsh version of the Tenants Fees ban will come into effect on September 1. “Agents need to...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Regulate Airbnb-style lets or risk hurting long term market - warning

The rapid growth of Airbnb-style short lets could lead to the loss of private rented homes and displacement of long-term residents...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Meagre rent rises remain well below general inflation rate

Rental growth remains in positive territory - just - but on average it’s still well below the general level of inflation...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: top 10 ‘most searched for’ rental hotspots in London

Agents and prospective buy to let investors keen to grab a slice of the capital’s growing lettings market now have a...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in tenancy renewals reported in prime central London enclave

High end lettings agency Harrods Estates says it has seen a 10 per cent rise in tenancy renewals in the Knightsbridge...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

More Brexit chaos with warning EU citizens ‘may have problems renting’

A lettings sector trade body says EU citizens may face problems getting private rented accommodation after Brexit. And the body - the...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative service shortlisted for prestigious RESI award

Flatfair, which describes itself as the UK’s fastest-growing tenancy deposit alternative, has been shortlisted in the Best Newcomer category of the...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Parliamentary call for tax relief for rental home improvements

A trade body has welcomed calls by a parliamentary committee for tax incentives for the buy to let sector to improve...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let yield ‘could be 16% if investors analysed key data’

A PropTech firm says buy to let investors could earn in excess of double the eight per cent yield most aim...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fightback Begins: council’s £1,200 licensing fee provokes backlash

One of the most pro-licensing local authorities in the country has extended its own scheme to include the entire centre of...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban - ‘impact to be less than expected’ admits major agency

One of the country’s largest networks of franchised lettings agents says the impact of the Fees Ban coming into effect in...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Worst regions for voids and affordability revealed by market snapshot

The latest lettings sector index suggests that monthly rents increased from February to March in six of the eight regions of...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Civil Penalty Notices served on pair who failed to improve buy to lets

Two buy to let investors have been fined thousands of pounds after failing to carry out improvements to unfit rental properties. Adur...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you on it? The ESTAS People Award shortlist is here...

The final - and some say most prestigious - shortlist for this year’s ESTAS awards has been revealed. The People Awards, sponsored...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental fraud warning after shocking scam attempts

Prospective tenants are being warned about a fraud scam that cons people into paying an advance fee to rent a property. The...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech: ‘Uber for Letting Agents’ moves outside of London

A PropTech lead generation app that dubs itself the ‘Uber for Lettings Agents’ has launched in Manchester. The app, from Movebubble, already...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘must work with agents to understand new rental demographics’

London’s lettings sector is changing with tenants still wanting to buy but increasingly accepting they must rent for longer in the...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS is latest to produce tools to help agents through Fees Ban

Tenancy Deposit Scheme is the latest player in the private rental sector to launch online tools to help letting agents cope...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Millennials’ top cities measured by rent, jobs - and Remainers...

A controversial new survey claims to have identified the best cities for millennials to live in based on factors such as...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings reform: major announcements soon, says government

A housing minister has pledged that more key reforms for the private rental sector will be revealed soon, despite Brexit political...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Watchdog tells agency to update photographs on Rightmove

Lettings agency Northwood has been told by the Advertising Standards Authority to ensure that photographs of a specific property are updated...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban toolkit for agents launched as deadline nears

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has launched a 10-element tool kit for agents ahead of the fees ban on June...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge surge in profits and revenue for Belvoir Lettings

Belvoir Lettings has continued its solid growth with a trading statement revealing a 40 per cent rise in pre-tax profit and...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent division unveiled by regional developer and investment firm

A regional property developer and investment firm has unveiled a Build To Rent division with a target of building 2,500 homes. The...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: new guidance notes for agents, tenants and landlords

The government has issued new guidance notes on the Tenant Fees Act, aimed at agents, landlords and tenants. The publications come ahead...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Another PropTech firm joins crowded deposit alternative field

PropTech company Goodlord is the latest entrant in the deposit alternative field. Under Goodlord Deposit Replacement Insurance agents can provide landlords with...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for CGT relief if tenants are families or domestic abuse victims

Fergus Wilson, arguably Britain’s most controversial landlord and almost certainly the individual with the largest number of buy to lets in...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Council says landlords should “account for their tenants’ behaviour”

A buy to let investor has been hit with a £4,000 fine plus costs of over £5,000 after failing to license...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

‘CMP will protect clients from agents that go under after Fees Ban’

The mandatory Client Money Protection scheme membership that comes into effect today will protect landlords and tenants from letting agents that...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgages now much cheaper than three years ago

Buy to let mortgage costs remain stable with little movement recorded over the past three months according to a market snapshot...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords pulling out help prime London market stay stable

Latest lettings market data from high-end agency Knight Frank shows that average rents in prime central London rose 1.1 per cent...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Long-term renting cheaper than being an owner-occupier - claim

A new survey suggests that long-term renting could be substantially less expensive than a mortgage. The study, for Ocean Finance, has analysed...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Big boost for deposit alternatives as tenants back new schemes

There’s been a big boost to the movement towards deposit alternatives in the private rental sector following a survey released this...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: councils’ feeble enforcement against rogue operators

Figures given through a Parliamentary answer have revealed just how bad councils in England are at policing and enforcement action against...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sell-off is “snowballing” in London warns ARLA

The number of London landlords exiting the market last month was a whopping 125 per cent higher than the national average. The...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Think buy to let taxes are bad? They're even worse in Scotland...

A leading accountancy firm has analysed buy to let taxation policies north and south of the border and claims that from...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent developer converting industrial estate to 200-unit scheme

Legal & General is to develop a Brighton industrial estate into the town’s first Build To Rent scheme. The work will go on...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents must hammer home buy to let benefits, says PropTech chief

It’s a vital time for letting agents to hammer home the benefits of buy to let and the dangers to landlords...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

2020 tax changes 'could accelerate buy to let sell-off' warning

Changes to Capital Gains Tax which reach their full impact in the next 12 months could fuel property changing hands between...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Lies, illegal flats and hidden tenants lead to suspended jail sentence

A buy to let investor who hid families in windowless rooms after failing to get planning permission for a block of...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban now definite in Wales too - from the autumn

The Renting Homes (Fees etc) (Wales) Bill passed its final hurdle in the Welsh Assembly yesterday evening. This has similar policies to...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents start to rise despite dip in demand, says ARLA

The number of agents seeing rent rises imposed on tenants hit 34 per cent in February, well up on the 26...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Scandal: Agent steals £350,000 but pays back just one pound

A lettings agent who stole over £350,000 is reported to have been told to pay back…£1. Local media in the south of...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Council to educate letting agents on accurate property descriptions

The council for one of the wealthiest areas in the country says it will be “educating and advising letting agents” on...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: ARLA and others say inventories will still be useful

New ‘best practice’ guidance to letting agents and landlords has been introduced ahead of the introduction of the tenants’ fees ban...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents almost stagnating - they've risen just 0.4% in a year

The average rent across England and Wales in February was a mere 0.4 per cent higher than the same point a...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform teams up with deposit alternative provider

Utilities and comparative platform Tenant Shop has linked up with Reposit to offer a security deposit alternative product for agents. Tenant Shop’s...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Scathing attack on lettings sector 'rogues' by government minister

The government is back to business attacking the lettings sector with an extraordinary claim by a minister that many students are...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Maverick landlord names ‘preferred buyer’ of 400 buy to let homes

Fergus Wilson - the controversial buy to let landlord who with his wife once owned 1,000 homes - has named his...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors told: buy properties with high service charges

A property management company is taking the unusual approach of suggesting to buy to let investors that they purchase properties with...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm launching product across franchise agency network

Lettings software provider teclet is launching its platform across the network of franchise agency Hunters. teclet has been working with Hunters on...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The Big Switch: more buy to let investors adopt limited company status

Large-scale buy to let investors are continuing to move to limited company status in a bid to limit their exposure to...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Prop tech firm and Nationwide pioneer 'rent-mortgage' link for tenants

The PropTech firm CreditLadder is working with the Nationwide Building Society on a pioneering scheme to try to help tenants buy...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Investors retain faith in buy to let, especially in high yield areas

A survey of 500 buy to let landlords suggests that well over a third are planning to increase the size of...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: new workshop aims to help agents offset damage

Hamilton Fraser’s Academy programme has announced its next workshop, on May 14, to target how lettings agents can future-proof their business...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Scrap Right To Rent’ call after latest controversial court ruling

With the government already on the ropes over Brexit, there’s a call today for one of its flagship immigration policies to...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Here we go again: More councils want licensing schemes

Leicester is the latest council to begin consultations on selective licensing in six parts of the city - with the threat...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let podcast celebrates 200,000 monthly downloads by investors

A buy to let investment service says its podcasts are now downloaded over 200,000 times a month and it has an...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

People 'living in vans because of high rents and bad properties' - claim

A postgraduate’s study of people who live in cars and vans on Bristol’s streets says they make the choice to do...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New call for four-year tenancies, rent caps and fewer evictions

Another think-tank has come up with reforms which it wants the government to make to the private rental sector - and...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Nationwide is latest lender to oppose ‘No DSS’

The Nationwide is the latest lender to say it will not insist its buy to let borrowers enforce a No DSS...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent rises still well below inflation, government figures show

Rent rises in the year to the end of February, as released by the government’s Office of National Statistics, show growth...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let landlords opting for holiday lets 'could be Brexit silver lining'

The UK’s holiday lets sector could be a beneficiary of the current Brexit uncertainty and people not vacationing abroad because they...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit protection training on offer for lettings agents from TDS

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has launched a series of events to educate letting agents and landlords on deposit protection. Starting next month...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Ker-ching! Councils cash in as revenue soars from licensing schemes

The implementation and costs of landlord licensing schemes in Britain are a lottery. That’s the conclusion of a new analysis of licensing...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Online lettings service 'pays outgoing tenants to find replacements'

An online lettings service says it will pay existing tenants for finding replacements and handling viewings, in a bid to reduce...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Cleavage' leaflet withdrawn by agent after complaint to watchdog

A lettings agency has withdrawn a leaflet which featured a woman’s cleavage; the leaflet had been the subject of a complaint...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Court ruling prompts campaign to keep repossession rights

A trade body says a recent court case threatens the right of buy to let landlords to repossess their properties. The Residential...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Human Habitation law takes effect today - but not everyone is happy...

Today the long-awaited Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Act comes into force, pioneered by Labour MP Karen Buck and giving people...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: how will it work with Brexit Freedom of Movement rules?

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has asked the government for urgent clarification on how Right To Rent will work post-Brexit...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: tenants with pets could see 4% rent rise, warns agent

The JLL lettings agency is warning that the five week deposit cap enshrined in the Tenant Fees Act is likely to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agency has had its chips and is acquired by Martin & Co

Property Franchise Group brand Martin & Co has snapped up West Yorkshire independent agent Red Box Residential. Martin & Co’s Saltaire branch, operated...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency says buy to let investors are getting younger

The average age of those buying investment property has fallen by more than three and a half years in the past...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid on HMO as London council continues crackdown

A dawn raid on unlicensed HMOs in north London last week were the latest sign of a crackdown on rogue operators...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Crooked letting agent had a Land Rover, Porsche and a Florida home

A crooked letting agent took £220,000 from tenants and landlords and has been exposed as buying a home in Florida, renting...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards launches bid to lift energy standards in rental sector

TrustMark, the government-backed quality kite mark scheme for tradespeople, is launching a pilot with Trading Standards to improve the quality and...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Cash is king for London buy to let as mortgage access tightens

The proportion of landlords purchasing buy to let homes in London with cash rose from 33 per cent in 2017 to...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Thumbs up for Zoopla's 'No DSS' listings ban

The Residential Landlords Association has given its backing to Zoopla’s ban on agents and landlords advertising properties to rent as ‘No...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Short let landlords 'not adequately covered by UK insurers’ - claim

There’s a claim today that around one million amateur and professional landlords in the new short lets sector are not adequately...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla bans ‘No DSS’ restrictions from all lettings listings

Zoopla says it’s introducing new measures to minimise the presence of what it calls “blanket restrictions” imposed on tenants who receive...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit or not, London is dearest Europe rental location for expats

Rent in London is the most expensive in Europe for expats, new research shows. The UK capital’s rent averages US$7,189 - that’s...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors told: Don’t sell up - cut costs instead

A PropTech firm says buy to let investors should not respond to the slowing market by selling up, but should instead...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban will prompt lettings revamp, says property management firm

The ban on tenants’ fees beginning on June 1 presents an opportunity to overhaul the private rental sector, says a property...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords and tenants invited to ‘better relationship’ sessions

A Scottish mediation company and the SafeDeposits Scotland Trust are to create eight workshops aiming to improve relationships between agents, landlords,...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

HMRC still on Buy To Let warpath, despite campaign flop - warning

There is a warning that the HMRC’s Let Property campaign, which received huge publicity and attention for some years, has so...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour savaged for fundamental misunderstanding of rental sector

Labour’s proposal to introduce indefinite tenancies along the lines in a bid to emulate the German model reveals the party’s “fundamental...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

One in three Brits would be happy to rent for life

A new study claims one in three Britons would be happy renting for the rest of their lives - but the...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Top Suppliers named in latest ESTAS 2019 shortlist - are YOU there?

The best suppliers to the estate and letting agent sector for customer service have been announced by the ESTAS in the...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government accused of almost destroying traditional lettings market”

One of Britain’s most experienced lettings experts has condemned the government for “almost singlehandedly destroying the traditional lettings market.” Lisa Simon -...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Five CMP providers but government says more may be approved

The government says it is still considering applications to operate Client Money Protection schemes from April, despite approving five schemes so...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial council wins High Court case against landlords' group

Hull council has won a legal case in the High Court against a local trade body, the Humber Landlords Association. The claim...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade group demands government acts on scourge of empty homes

A lettings sector trade body is demanding that the government brings forward tax measures to address what it calls “the scourge...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

18-month probe into HMOs ends with fine for rogue operator

An 18 month probe by different authorities has led to a £4,000 fine for an HMO owner in the Highlands. The local...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Double Trouble: buy to let investors pay twice the tax of Tesco

Income tax paid by buy to let landlords now exceeds £3.8 billion annually – that’s more than double Tesco’s entire annual...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Accreditation bid to boost standards of Airbnb and other short lets

An accreditation scheme has been launched for the fast-growing sector of short lets and home sharing.  The UK Short Term Accommodation Association,...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Another London council launches additional licensing scheme for HMOs

Haringey council is the latest local authority in the capital to create a borough-wide additional licensing scheme for HMOs. It claims the...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent investment revealed for PropTech firm

The London-focussed rental app Movebubble has revealed major new investment from Build To Rent developer Quintain, which is taking a 10...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges ‘indefinite tenancies’ for private renters

Labour says it will introduce new ‘indefinite’ tenancies for private tenants, based on rules currently in place in Germany. It claims German...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents up in every region of the UK over the past year

The average rent in the UK is now £940 per month, up 3.8 per cent on this time last year. When London’s...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New joiners take deposit alternative scheme's tally to 1,300 offices

Numerous regional independent agency chains have joined Zero Deposit, one of several rental deposit replacement schemes to have appeared in recent...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

£30,000 in fines for owners of unsafe and unlicensed HMO

Two landlords have been ordered to pay more than £30,000 for breaching fire safety and over-occupancy licence conditions at their House...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ignored Improvement Notice and safety regulations

A landlord has been convicted of three offences relating to his failure to comply with fire safety requirements in a privately...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock warning that quarter of landlords considering stopping using agents

More than a third of landlords are looking to cut their annual spending - and many of them are considering ending...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Stop the excuses! Lack of enforcement by councils blasted by trade body

A leading trade body says the argument that councils have insufficient powers to tackle rogue operators isn’t supported by the facts...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Inventories ‘could be integral part of rental redress reform’ claim

Independent inventory reporting is the perfect complement to the government’s proposed housing reforms. That’s the view of the UK’s largest provider of...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What do tenants want? Parking and pets top the list of 'must haves'

New research from Zoopla suggests that parking sits firmly at the top of requirements for renters - but with pet-friendly facilities...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent lied about working for company even after being sacked

A rogue lettings agent has been fined over £72,000 after being found guilty of 15 separate offences relating to three illegally established houses...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let rental income leaps 15% in just one year says lettings agent

A lettings agency that has analysed HMRC data says rental income for buy to let landlords has leaped 15 per cent...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent to be reviewed - but it stays in place for now at least

The Home Office says it will reassess the Right To Rent scheme following last week’s decision by the High Court that...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Guidelines issued for new Human Habitation law from March 20

The government has issued guidelines for the implementation of the new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act which comes into effect...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech lettings platform names comparison service as new partner

Lettings automation service teclet has revealed that the Tenant Shop is the latest partner integrated into its platform. Tenant Shop provides energy,...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New index measures rents, voids, tenancy length for England & Wales

A new index for the lettings sector in England and Wales by PropTech company Goodlord gives a clean bill of health...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents grow in parts of prime London for first time in three years

Data from Knight Frank shows that annual rental values actually grew in parts of prime outer London last month for the...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Action! Agency business booms thanks to cinema tickets for landlords

An independent letting agency in the north of England is offering landlords two free cinema tickets when they book a valuation...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor has £20,000 bill after failing to apply for council licence

A buy to let investor has been landed with a fine and costs of over £20,000 because he failed to apply...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New agents targeted for deposits training in Scotland

A programme of nine new educational workshops takes place next month, some of which target new agents with little or no experience of deposits...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

'No DSS' - momentum building to end bias against benefit tenants

Momentum is building in the campaign to end ‘No DSS’ discrimination against private rental sector tenants in receipt of housing benefit. Late...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Gap between renting and buying at its lowest level for nine years

The gap between the cost of buying and renting is down 59 per cent to its lowest level in nine years...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings at centre of Connells’ long-term apprenticeship scheme

Connells Group is backing this week’s National Apprenticeship Week and has launched a new head office programme giving around 100 existing...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Big student rental purpose-built scheme starts on edge of city centre

Gregory Property Group has announced forward funding and the start of work on one of the country’s largest purpose-built student blocks.  It’s...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New clampdown on 'No DSS' ads by letting agents and landlords

The government says it wants “an immediate change” in the policy of some letting agents and landlords who advertise ‘No DSS’...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What now for Right To Rent after government's bloody nose?

There’s been general support for last week’s judgment by the High Court that the government’s Right To Rent policy breaches human...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Public money to pay deposits for some homeless renting privately

The government has announced that over £19.5m is to be spent on paying deposits or paying the first month’s rent for...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Mental health policy for staff launched by property management firm

Property management firm Mcilroy Smith has launched a mental health policy for its employees - possibly the first company in the...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent breaches human rights, High Court rules

The High Court has ruled that the government’s Right to Rent scheme breaches human rights law. Under the Right to Rent landlords are...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Tragic anniversary reminds agents about smoke alarm regulations

A regional fire service says a tragic anniversary is a good opportunity for agents and landlords to remember their legal obligations...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime London rental market grows stronger fuelled by under-supply

Rents over three prime London areas rose by 1.9 per cent in the final quarter of 2018 according to property data...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

 London room rents already rising just two months into 2019

Demand for room rentals in London is so high their average charge has risen two per cent in 2019 already, claims...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit? That's not a good reason to delay a buy to let investment...

Brexit is not a good reason for delaying buy to let investment, insists a mortgage chief. Andrew Turner is chief executive at...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Council launches 'food hygiene' style categories for letting agents

A council in the west country has launched a grading system for property agents which it says is designed to be...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Spending slashed on policing rogue operators in the private rented sector

New figures from a leading trade body suggest that councils across England have cut by a quarter the amount they are...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency bites the dust as lettings sector consolidates

North Wales agency Dafydd Hardy has snapped up small independent Smith & Wypler as part of a new growth strategy.  Smith &...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Massive pay-out: council gives £100,000 to landlord after slander claim

Doncaster council has paid £100,000 to a private landlord who threatened to take it to court over alleged slander.  Local media outlets say...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection: more providers win government approval

Propertymark’s Money Shield service and the National Approved Letting Scheme have each received government approval to operate Client Money Protection schemes. From...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings supplier teclet continues ESTAS category sponsorship

PropTech company teclet has announced it will this year once again be a main category partner at The ESTAS estate and...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on HMOs underway in another London borough

Another London local authority is proposing to insist HMOs require planning permission in future.  Currently in Croydon multi-bedroom properties can be converted...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Free online training course to help agents through deposit disputes

A new free online training course which guides letting agents through the key principles of disputes has been released by The...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Red Card for Red Light agent who ran a brothel rented from his firm

The head of a Hertfordshire lettings agency has pleaded guilty to managing a brothel, according to a statement from the police. He’s...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL management service says it offers wider choice than traditional agents

An online platform says its management service for landlords can vary depending on individual client needs - a vital response to...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for Buy To Let as mortgage choice hits near-record high

Buy to let may have been in the doldrums in recent years thanks to new taxes and stricter regulations but there’s...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rising as Fees Ban nears and landlords quit, reports ARLA

More tenants are seeing rent increases, according to the latest market snapshot delivered by the Association of Residential Letting Agents. It says...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet more red tape? Gold and Silver rental standards being considered

Just when you thought there could not be any more rival licensing or accreditation systems in the private rental sector, a...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Licensing scheme may face legal challenge

Another controversial scheme licensing landlords who let their homes out may face legal challenge. Middlesbrough council’s formal consultation on the introduction of...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency hits the TV screen to explain its guaranteed rent scheme

Northwood, which is part of the Belvoir group, is launching a new TV advertising campaign to highlight its Guaranteed Rent Scheme. “We...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Want to give other agents (and LAT) a good kicking? It's 5-a-side time...

Letting agents and property firms are being invited to take part in the inaugural Property & Construction leg of an event...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

This is why buy to let looks a good investment for many years to come...

London lettings agency Benham and Reeves has produced figures showing, indirectly at least, exactly why buy to let and property investment...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Council admits it: 'We don't have staff to police private rental sector'

A local authority in the Midlands has admitted what many people have believed for some time - despite a slew of...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Quarter of landlords consider short lets but only 3% have done it

Some 24 per cent of landlords have considered letting out their properties on a short let Airbnb-style basis - but only...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Sunday Times ‘top 100 firms’ award for TDS

The Dispute Service, which operates the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, has been ranked among the Sunday Times’ 100 best not-for-profit companies to...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb-style lets slammed as noisy, irritating and with too many parties

Short lets on Airbnb and similar platforms are causing increasing irritation for owners in residential blocks, according to a property management...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'Total loss' client money protection is latest to win government backing

Another client money protection scheme has been given approval to launch itself before regulations go live on April 1.  From that date...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agency says lettings now four times busier than a year ago

The lettings department of a central London independent agency is claiming its busiest January in some years. Russell Simpson, a family-run independent...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents have role in improving support for tenants with mental health issues

New research on private renting and mental health in Wales has concluded that more support is required.  The research was undertaken for...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Quality of homes to let must improve, says PropTech chief

Sub-standard homes remain a key weakness in the private rental sector, which needs to get its house in order in the...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

First Client Money Protection scheme wins approval ahead of deadline

Client Money Protect has gained formal government approval to operate a client money protection scheme when the regulations go live on...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons gives upbeat report on London lettings market

Foxtons has given a relatively upbeat assessment of the capital’s rental market in its survey of the sector in 2018. It says...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells-owned agency acquires two-branch independent company

Connells-owned Gascoigne Halman - the agency at the centre of the long-running legal dispute with OnTheMarket - has acquired the Rowcliffes...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Another 250 Build To Rent homes for London in £100m-plus deal

Over 250 new units constructed by Telford Homes are to be used for Build To Rent according to a deal announced...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

More councils want to increase rental sector licensing regimes

More local authorities have announced that they want to increase the size of the areas covered by their existing selective licensing...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency says Brexit having “significant impact” on rental sector

Belvoir says a survey of its franchisees shows that Brexit is having what it calls “a significant impact” on the rental...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor facing the music after illegally evicting DJ tenant

A landlord who left his tenant homeless after changing the locks while he was on holiday has been hit with a...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Millennials all at sea? They're even considering living on a houseboat

Over half of the Millennials consulted in a survey say they want to get away from renting so badly they would...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Jailed! Man who forged agency papers 'giving HMO planning consent'

A buy to let investor who converted three family homes to HMOs without securing planning permission has been jailed for falsifying...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

London rents 'on pause' until Brexit fog clears, says Savills

Rental values in prime London show early signs of bottoming out, says Savills, with the annual rate of falls now at...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

March date for next Fees Ban debate by Welsh parliament

March 19 has been set as the next date for the Welsh equivalent of the Tenant Fees Ban Bill to be...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: UK's top 10 locations for rental house-shares

Bristol is the best city for house shares, according to new research by specialist rental sector broadband and utilities provider Glide. The...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Solicitor renews attack on “unfair” landlord licensing by councils

A legal firm has renewed its criticism of local authority licensing schemes, accusing them of “persecuting” landlords. David Kirwan, managing partner at...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit causing “measurable market slowdown” warns buy to let lender

A survey of mortgage experts conducted by one of the largest specialist buy to let lenders suggests that Brexit is hitting...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Stable rents show that buy to let is still sound, says leading agent

Latest official figures show that private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rose by 1.0 per cent in the...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fine issued over licensing and health and safety issues with HMOs

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £5,000 in fines and costs in a licensing dispute with a local council.  Almas...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock Labour claim that agents will increase tenant fees until June

A senior Labour politician claims that “unscrupulous” letting agents are hammering tenants with higher-than-usual charges between now and June 1 when...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Private rents take LESS of tenants' income while social rents rocket

You may be forgiven for thinking that rent takes up an ever-greater proportion of tenants’ income - but new figures out...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by large regional chain

Ambitious regional chain Linley & Simpson has opened a new branch in the Yorkshire market town of Pudsey after snapping up...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Taxi! Countrywide's Hamptons celebrating anniversary on the road

Countrywide’s upmarket lettings and sales brand, Hamptons International, has launched branded taxis in celebration of its 150th birthday.  The taxis will operate...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants Fees Bill is now law as clock ticks down to June 1

The Tenants’ Fees Bill has now become law, receiving formal Royal Assent yesterday afternoon - and within minutes, the government issued...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents: Be diligent on promoting code of practice

ARLA Propertymark is warning members to be diligent in how they promote the letting agents’ code of practice.  ARLA has issued a statement...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Onliner’s higher fee to be payable only after tenancy agreement is signed

Online agency Upad has made another change to its charging structure. It has recently introduced revised packages for landlords, payment via Direct...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Massive £30,000 fine for rogue London letting agent

A lettings agency and its director have been fined a total of £30,000 for failing to licence HMOs and giving sham...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Going Up: new Build To Rent tower hits 44 storeys

The latest property completed in the ever-growing Build To Rent sector is a 44 storey tower standing at 141 metres tall. The...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents up 2.5 per cent in the past year according to HomeLet

The average rent in the UK is now £932, which is a rise of 2.5 per cent on this time last...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Here we go again: Another London council wants to extend licensing

Hounslow council wants its additional licensing scheme for HMOs - due to expire in May 2019 - to be extended for...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Avoid eviction’ campaign by councils extended for another 12 months

A free-to-use ‘Housing Early Prevention Service’ runs by a council on the south coast has been deemed such a success it...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Big drop in prime London rental stock says new LonRes report

Throughout 2018 the number of homes available to rent in prime areas of London dropped 13 per cent. In particular, 80 per...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Total rent paid by tenants drops for first time in 10 years - Countrywide

Private tenants in Britain in 2018 paid £59.1 billion on rent - that’s £1.9 billion less than in 2017 and the...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news: most buy to let fixed-rate mortgages are now cheaper

With good news in the buy to let sector in short supply, here’s a promising start to the week - a...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Over a third of London uninhabitable for renters - claim

A flat-share website claims typical rents in some 38 per cent of London are now so high they render the areas...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to blame for high poverty in rental sector, claims lettings body

A lettings sector trade body has put the blame firmly on government for the scale of poverty amongst those who privately...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency hit with fine after failing to give fees, redress and CMP information

A letting agent in east London has been fined £4,000 after apparently publishing the incorrect fees that it levies on tenants...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

London's Brexit lettings slowdown about to spread across UK - warning

The latest index from specialist buy to let platform Landbay says the slowdown in London’s lettings market since the Brexit vote...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Beds In Sheds scandal - 19 tenants found at four bedroom property

Council enforcement officers have raided a house in Wembley, north London, and found 19 tenants paying a landlord £1,000 a week. Brent council’s...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in foreign and UK students good for market, says agency

Knight Frank’s student accommodation partner has given the thumbs up to new figures suggesting a surge in overseas and domestic students...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'Change it now!' - Lettings group demands more Universal Credit reform

The Residential Landlords Association says the government’s changes to Universal Credit don’t go far enough to prevent rent arrears. The RLA says...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban leads agency to buy fellow-independent firm in city

The Let Leeds agency has completed on the acquisition of another firm in the city, Milnes Walker - and the purchase...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London new tenancies down 5.4% with decrease accelerating

High-end lettings agency Strutt & Parker says the take-up of new rental tenancies decreased by 5.4 per cent over 2018 as...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Student search platform launches automated feed for letting agents

A student accommodation search engine is introducing an automated feeds service for letting agents and landlords with large property portfolios. The service,...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: another agency says impact will be less than feared

Another major franchise agency says its preparation work ahead of the June 1 tenants fees ban mean the impact of the...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Redress scheme wants landlords to join now 'on a voluntary basis'

One of the existing two government-authorised redress schemes governing estate and letting agents has called on landlords to voluntarily join, ahead...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent control: it can work but can also backfire on tenants, says BBC

The BBC’s Reality Check service, respected for giving a more realistic assessment of many politicians’ promises, has looked at London mayor...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency backs growth of Build To Rent, saying ”more is needed”

High-end lettings agency Knight Frank is predicting that £75 billion of investment will be committed to the Build To Rent sector...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'A flat white and a flat please' - short lets firm uses coffee shops as branches

The London-focussed lettings agency Portico is expanding its short-lets service Portico Host into Manchester and Liverpool - but it isn’t spending...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban ‘could keep High Street agents viable’ says PropTech chief

The tenants’ fees ban coming into effect from June 1 could help traditional lettings agents keep their place on High Streets,...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Belvoir’s new TV-on-demand adverts plan to raise brand awareness

Belvoir is launching a new TV advertising campaign on the ITV Hub, which is the ITV on-demand service.  The ad, which features...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine after buy to let owner fails to comply with Improvement Notice

A landlord who failed to comply with orders to improve the standard of a property has had to pay over £7,500...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal boss talks up huge opportunity for agents to hike landlord fees

The chief executive of a still-to-be-launched property portal says Christmas may have come early for letting agents because of the “huge...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New lettings redress is good 'but don't launch before industry is ready'

A rental platform says it welcomes government plans to overhaul redress for tenants and others in the housing system but it...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban given green light by 'independent assessment' body

The government has published an independent assessment of its Tenants Fees Bill proposal - the ban on fees levied by letting...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour rent controls will worsen London landlord exodus warns ARLA

Rent controls of the kind which London mayor Sadiq Khan wishes to introduce will worsen what is already a huge exodus...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency goes as Martin & Co snaps up firm

The Nottinghamshire branch of Martin & Co has snapped up the local independent agency SOLOS Residential. The family-run Martin & Co branches...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord hits out at agency's portrayal of buy to let tax clampdown

A leading landlord has hit out at a lettings agency’s portrayal of buy to let tax changes.  Rosalind Beck, a campaigning landlord...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants stay an average 4.1 years, says government's own figures

Private rental sector tenants in England stay an average of 4.1 years in their property - casting doubt over the justification...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

NALS welcomes prison sentences for three rogue letting agents

The National Approved Lettings Scheme has taken the unusual step of commenting on, and welcoming, the outcome of a court case...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New utility and survey products aim to woo lettings professionals

Specialist student utilities and service provider Glide has launched a product it claims removes the admin and hassle traditionally associated with...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Major Build To Rent provider signs deal to provide 324 city flats

One of the country’s major Build To Rent providers has signed a deal to deliver 324 flats in a major city...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Support for Fees Ban from lettings experts: 'it is positive, not negative'

Almost the entire lettings industry has viewed the upcoming ban on tenants fees levied by agents in England and Wales as...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant Belvoir says fees ban effect will be 'less than expected'

Belvoir has this morning told shareholders that the effect of the Fees Ban coming into effect in June will be less...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents call for delay in launch of stricter mandatory electrical checks

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it backs the stricter rules on mandatory electricity checks in rental properties announced by...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to tenants: You face a rocky 2019, says lettings chief

Tenants are in for a rocky ride this year - and it’s chiefly the fault of government, says the chief executive...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Stock shortage prompts better news on prime central London lettings

Knight Frank has given an upbeat snapshot of the lettings market in Prime Central London, based mostly on higher rental growth...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter rules revealed for mandatory electrical checks on rental properties

New rules are to be introduced to ensure mandatory electrical inspections on private rental properties are carried out by competent and...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New redress scheme 'must be free for renters' insists consumer group

The government’s new redress system, announced last week and to be implemented later this year, must be free for renters to...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rents up 1.8% across England and Wales in 2018

The latest rental market snapshot from YourMove suggests that typical rents rose 1.8 per cent across England and Wales in the...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords and tenants 'must know their rights and responsibilities'

The latest report for the rental sector by the TDS Charitable Foundation calls for greater cooperation between property professionals and tenants...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

'No application fees' claim prompts complaint about agent to ad watchdog

Lancasters Estate Agents on the Isle of Wight has been the subject of a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority over...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents advertising weekly rent should show traditional ‘pcm’ figure too

The Property Ombudsman says agents can display weekly rents for homes they market - but they should be displayed alongside monthly...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

High praise for agency after landlord evicts couple with new-born baby

Andrews lettings agency in Oxford has emerged as the hero in an episode which saw a family evicted from their home...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents may hit landlords with new costs to cover fees loss, warns Spencer

TV property pundit Phil Spencer, who now runs property advice site MoveIQ, says letting agents may introduce new administration fees on...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent says landlords still claim billions in tax relief every year

London-focussed lettings agency ludlowthompson says buy to let landlords across the country claimed a record £17.7 billion in tax relief last...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Fewer student buy to lets? Big rise in purpose-built accommodation reported

There’s been a big rise in the volume of purpose-built student accommodation in the UK, suggesting that the market may be...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

'Property MOTs' for all rental flats and houses, demands ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is demanding 'property MOTs' to help landlords trying to meet new energy efficiency targets. The government’s...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban 'should be just the start of more power for tenants'

The chief executive of the Citizens Advice consumer charity says she wants government “to do even more to strengthen the hand...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by Experts In Property member

Collyers, an Experts in Property estate and lettings agency with two branches in North Devon, has hoovered up a lettings firm...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards prosecutes over criminal activity at rental property

A Trading Standards team has prosecuted a landlord who allegedly 'knew' criminal activity was taking place in his buy to let...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Should there be a Rogue Tenants register? Should the lettings industry fight back?

The news this week that even individual private landlords must join a redress scheme is just the latest in an onslaught...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector welcomes redress reform as landlords face £5,000 fines

There’s been broad support from the lettings sector for the wide-ranging reform of the redress system announced yesterday by housing secretary...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform claims it can help landlords avoid fee increases

A PropTech firm is offering landlords the opportunity to manage their portfolios from £35 a month, suggesting it could be a...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Another new Build To Rent brand is launched

A new Build To Rent developer brand, Core Living, has been launched by development and investment company Godwin Group. Godwin is targeting...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Free seminars for agents on repair issues in communal areas

Disrepair in communal areas of private blocks is to be tackled in a new series of seminars for letting agents and...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Outrage at Labour bid to introduce rent controls in London

There’s been an angry reaction to the suggestion that London’s Labour mayor, Sadiq Khan, is seeking to introduce rent controls in...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for tenants as rents have dropped in the past year

Renting became more affordable in 2018 thanks to a combination of a once-in-a-decade fall in annual rents and wage inflation, according...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency buys independent rival’s lettings book

The Yeovil branch of hybrid agency EweMove now has over 200 managed properties following the acquisition of the lettings book of...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock as council actually praises lettings sector for good behaviour...

We are used to stories of councils condemning letting agents and landlords - but now a London council is praising the...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Proposed ban on boards prompts call: 'Do we still need To Let boards?'

Another council has been given the go ahead to ban To Let boards in part of a city - with government...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Council bags £35,000 public money for complaints database for tenants

The council at Brighton & Hove has won an extra £34,820 in public money from the government to help it build...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform allows Build To Rent units to be short-let during voids

A software platform has been launched which allows Build To Rent units to be short-let on the likes of Airbnb during...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine after prohibition order on rental property ignored

A buy to let investor who let out a converted attic room despite it being the subject of a council prohibition...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Beware: Tenant Fees ban may impact Section 21 notices

A warning has been issued to lettings agents to review tenancy agreements to see if they are fit for purpose when...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents 'could get quicker, fairer redress' through Housing Court

A leading PropTech exponent is supporting the government’s Housing Court initiative, suggesting it could make redress for agents, landlords and tenants...

22 January 2019

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Council in media probe blames government for 'rogue' payments

A council accused of paying over £500,000 to a landlord it had already ruled as unfit to rent out property is...

22 January 2019

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Rental flat repossessed after being converted into illegal HMO

A buy to let investor has lost possession of his flat after converting it into an Illegal House in Multiple Occupation...

22 January 2019

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More Build To Rent: another city centre development revealed

One of the largest players in the Build To Rent sector has snapped up a site in a major city centre...

22 January 2019

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Rip-off! Agents and landlords accused of overcharging students in most cities

A mortgage firm claims the lettings industry is ripping off students by overcharging them. Mojo Mortgages says it has compared the rent...

21 January 2019

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Labour outrage at councils renting back privately-owned Right To Buy homes

The Labour party has expressed outrage at the news that London councils are spending over £22m each year renting back homes...

21 January 2019

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Great guide for agents - this is exactly where you can help landlords

A new league table of worries for landlords shows exactly why letting agents are needed - and a lot of the...

21 January 2019

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Private rental stock 'now accounts for 40% of all available housing'

A new study suggests that rental properties now account for 40 per cent of the available housing stock.  Looking at the final...

21 January 2019

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Tiny rent increases over the past year, reports new research consultancy

Rents have risen over the past year but at a very low level according to new property consultancy Apropos.  Across Britain as...

21 January 2019

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Pro-fees ban agent admits there will be “unintended consequences”

A lettings agency boss who says she is actually in favour of the agents’ fees ban nonetheless admits there will be...

18 January 2019

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Huge surge in Build To Rent: problem or opportunity for letting agents?

There has been a massive surge in the volume of lettings properties under construction for the burgeoning Built To Rent sector. Data...

18 January 2019

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Firm claims tenanted buy to lets get ‘sale agreed’ in just 38 days

An online agency specialising in the sale of investment properties with tenants in situ claims the average time for a tenanted...

18 January 2019

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Tenants favour no-deposit schemes claims agent

A regional lettings agency claims it’s seen a 26 per cent surge in tenant and prospect views on properties listed as...

18 January 2019

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Controversial Labour council ‘to prioritise which landlords to penalise’

A controversial Labour-controlled local authority which already has 91 per cent of its private rental properties inside licensing schemes is now...

17 January 2019

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Fees Ban could cost agencies £60,000 in two years, claims campaigning agent

English letting agencies could lose over £60,000 each in the next two years alone as a result of the Tenant Fees...

17 January 2019

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Another independent agency snapped up as consolidation continues

East Midlands estate and lettings agency John German has revealed that it’s snapped up an independent based in Derby - Sowter...

17 January 2019

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Up they go: Rightmove says rents to rise because of stock famine

A lettings market snapshot from Rightmove suggests asking rents in London are now increasing at an annual rate not seen for...

17 January 2019

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We’ll help agents through June 1 lettings fees ban, insists ARLA

ARLA says it can help agents understand the intricacies of the Tenants Fees Ban, which completed its third reading in the...

16 January 2019

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Brexit may have cost London buy to let investors £1,800 each - claim

Landlords in London are possibly £1,806 worse off since the vote to leave the EU in June 2016, according to specialist...

16 January 2019

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Regional agency hoovers up independent’s 120 lettings properties

CGT Lettings Limited has acquired Gloucestershire based residential lettings company All About Property. All About Property has been run by Darren Loftus...

16 January 2019

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Off to ARLA conference? Early-bird tickets now available

Early bird tickets for this year’s ARLA Propertymark Conference, happening just days before the likely introduction of the ban on tenant...

16 January 2019

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Agency's £20m windfall for tenants who opt for deposit-alternative scheme

Lettings agency Haart says it will return up to £20m in deposits to existing tenants if they sign up to a...

15 January 2019

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Up to 90 S21 notices to be issued this week by controversial landlord

The man who is arguably Britain’s most controversial landlord - Fergus Wilson - is likely to be issuing up to 90...

15 January 2019

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More public money for councils to stamp out rogue landlords

More than 50 councils across the country will share nearly £2.4m of extra government funding to crack down on rogue landlords. Among...

15 January 2019

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Today's big vote - no, not Brexit, but the Tenant Fees Bill

Today’s vote in the House of Commons on Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal deal may be dominating the headlines but it’s the...

15 January 2019

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Licensing: councils accused of automatically imposing harshest penalties

Councils have been accused of routinely pursuing the most serious enforcement option open to them if they find a local licensing...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Mystery over missing agent being probed by trading standards

Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of a letting agent who appears not to be in any redress scheme, is being investigated by...

14 January 2019

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Industry welcomes Universal Credit change to pay landlords directly

The lettings industry has welcomed news that reforms to Universal Credit will include a new online system for private landlords to...

14 January 2019

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Controversial figures claim much more private rental overcrowding

A report claims that England has just 825 homes for every 1,000 families as a result of two decades of house...

14 January 2019

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Buy to let investor hit with £10k fine for failing to make improvements

A council has prosecuted a buy to let investor for not making necessary improvements to his property. The landlord, Balwinder Singh Chandi,...

14 January 2019

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Shock warning to industry: ’A fifth of agents will go by end of 2020’

The UK’s largest property franchise business, Belvoir Lettings, says it beat its own ambitious target for its franchisees’ Assisted Acquisitions programme...

11 January 2019

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Lettings agency fined £167,000 after 'bait and switch' scam

London lettings agency Sterling De Vere must pay a £167,000 fine and compensation of £740 to a renter for a misleading...

11 January 2019

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Online agency launches new charges ‘for tenant fee ban era’

Online letting agency MakeUrMove has launched a new subscription model which it claims will ”ready landlords for the incoming tenant fee...

11 January 2019

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Average rents still creeping up according to HomeLet data

The average UK rental values continued to grow towards the end of last year according to data with the average rent now...

11 January 2019

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TDS HQ destroyed by fire just as ‘reviewer’ scheme announced

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme - which was hit by a serious fire at its Hemel Hempstead headquarters last evening - has appointed...

10 January 2019

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Agency reveals first acquisition of 2019 - with more to come, it pledges

Hunters has announced its first business expansion of 2019 with the acquisition of what it calls “a significant lettings book.” The acquisition...

10 January 2019

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Government slammed for 'not bothered' attitude to key ruling

The government has been accused of not helping thousands of landlords who may have inadvertently granted assured tenancies instead of the...

10 January 2019

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Major buy to let lender targets companies and 'Brexit worriers'

One of the buy to let sector’s main mortgage lenders, Paragon, has refreshed its range of mortgages with new products which...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

'Create a rental property MOT certificate' says top inventories firm

The UK’s largest provider of inventory services says the creation of an MOT certificate system for properties in the rental sector...

09 January 2019

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Airbnb management firm to list homes on long-term rental website

A holiday lettings company and a longer term private rental listings services have come together to try to optimise income for...

09 January 2019

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Complaint over agency's 'misleading' multiple telephone numbers

A lettings agency has agreed to amend its website after a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority over its use of...

09 January 2019

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Lettings trade body almost doubles in size over three years

The Residential Landlords Association’s membership has hit a new high of 35,000.  Established in 1998 the not-for-profit association - which describes itself...

09 January 2019

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On the fiddle: Massive buy to let fraud exposed in court

The Daily Mail has reported on a massive buy to let fiddle which involved a £10.8m property empire, rents totalling £500,000...

08 January 2019

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Growing number of middle aged now in the private rental sector

The number of people renting a home aged between 35 and 54 has risen by 15 per cent in the last...

08 January 2019

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Most buy to let fixed rate mortgages cheaper now than a year ago

Most buy-to-let fixed rate mortgages are currently cheaper than they were a year ago - some by as much as £29...

08 January 2019

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Scottish 'stamp duty' surcharge rising to 4% later this month

The stamp duty surcharge - which across the rest of Britain is currently three per cent on additional homes such as...

08 January 2019

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Purplebricks-style lettings management portal to be launched

A new property management portal is being launched with the familiar aim of revolutionising the lettings industry - and it will...

07 January 2019

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Zoopla-backed Zero Deposit scheme targets independent agents

Zero Deposit, the firm set up by former Zoopla commercial director Jon Notley, says it now has around 850 offices using...

07 January 2019

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ARLA restates opposition to MIR changes as tax deadline looms

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is reminding members of tax changes ahead - a timely intervention with the deadline for...

07 January 2019

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Best yields and buy to let rents? Head to the North of England...

The latest market snapshot from LSL Property Services once again shows that buy to let investors in northern regions have enjoyed...

07 January 2019

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New online agency will get reviews of tenants from past landlords

Another online lettings agency launches in March with a claim that it “will streamline and automate the majority of admin tasks...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency acquired by big corporate

LSL Property Services has acquired LetCo Homes, a lettings and property management specialist based at Whiteley in Hampshire.  LetCo, which operated chiefly...

04 January 2019

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Property Franchise Group brand snaps up independent agency’s lets

Oxfordshire sales and lettings agency Parkers - one of the brands of The Property Franchise Group - has snapped up the...

04 January 2019

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Property firm in court over dangerous flats above famous pub

Three brothers and a property management company have received fines and a confiscation order, and must pay costs, following what a...

04 January 2019

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Fast-growing Build To Rent investment trust acquires nine new sites

There’s been a strong start to the year for Build To Rent with news that a real estate investment trust dedicated...

04 January 2019

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Agency caught up in sub-let scandal of homes let on Airbnb

The Daily Mail has unveiled an extensive network of homes advertised on Airbnb but actually being sub-let by tenants who are...

03 January 2019

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Agents ‘must add value for landlords’ if they want to survive 2019

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says letting agents must provide value for their landlord clients through technology, transparency and service if they...

03 January 2019

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Housing Court: agents have less than three weeks left to respond

Agents have under three weeks left to respond to the government’s proposals to introduce a Housing Court to settle disputes in...

03 January 2019

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Impress landlord clients by pointing them at these HMRC webinars

Agents who want to go the extra mile for their landlord clients may want to point them to assistance for the...

03 January 2019

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Longer tenancies - government to reveal more details imminently

The government says it will shortly respond to over 8,700 responses it received about its suggestions for longer standard tenancies in...

02 January 2019

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Tenants Fees Bill: no implementation date known for some weeks

The government says it will not reveal an implementation date for the banning on agents’ fees on tenants in England until...

02 January 2019

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Trade bodies give the thumbs-up to new room size guidance

There’s been a broad welcome from the industry to new guidance on room sizes on rented homes. The guidance was released just...

02 January 2019

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Dangerous asbestos release in rental property leads to big fines

A landlord and building contractor have been fined after quantities of asbestos fibres were released from the demolition of a conservatory...

02 January 2019

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Government's bold claim - 'Fees Ban won't hurt many agents'

The government has made the controversial claim that the ban on the levying of fees on tenants will not produce “significant...

31 December 2018

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Council 'celebrates' £300,000 penalties on private rental sector in 2018

A local authority has taken the unusual step of issuing a celebratory press release stating that it issued penalty notices adding...

31 December 2018

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Upbeat look to prime London lettings as year draws to a close

Knight Frank has issued a relatively upbeat assessment of the prime London lettings market as the year draws to a close.  Firstly...

31 December 2018

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Happy New Year and every success - our wish from Letting Agent Today

As 2018 ticks away and 2019 beckons, it’s time for everyone at Letting Agent Today to wish you, your family and...

31 December 2018

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Fees Ban update: ‘Enforcement authority’ for lettings sector to be revealed shortly

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has revealed that it will shortly choose which local authority will be the...

28 December 2018

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Agency banned from running Airbnb short-let in residential block

A lettings agency has been banned from running an Airbnb let in a residential block. It relates to a block in Glasgow...

28 December 2018

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Shock warning to London tenants of ‘a torrid 2019’ in store

A property website says tenants and prospective renters in London are set to have ‘a torrid 2019’ because of a shortage of...

28 December 2018

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Rent controls and longer tenancies demanded by pressure group

Home ownership rates for families aged 25 to 34 are rising for the first time in 30 years but high barriers...

27 December 2018

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Revealed - the UK’s fastest-growing rents in 2018

Edinburgh has been identified as having the UK’s fastest growing rents with the average annual sum rising by 4.63 per cent...

27 December 2018

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Shock as landlord exodus in one region is twice the UK average

The number of landlords exiting the market in the East of England is 100 per cent higher than the national average...

27 December 2018

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Government revises rental property minimum room size guidance

In an announcement made just hours before much of the industry started its Christmas break, the government has clarified its guidance...

24 December 2018

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Guilty! Crooked lettings agent convicted of £20,000 fraud

A crooked lettings agent who illegally pocketed tenants’ deposits to pay for his gambling addiction and lavish lifestyle has been convicted...

24 December 2018

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'Be clearer on Right To Rent' government urged by trade bodies

A trade body has spoken out about the lack of detail in government plans for Right To Rent, as contained in...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from everyone at Letting Agent Today...

Everyone at Letting Agent Today wishes all our readers, agents and suppliers to the industry, a peaceful and loving Christmas. If at any...

24 December 2018

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Rents to rise 7.5% over next three years predicts Countrywide

Rents are likely to rise 2.5 per cent in 2019, then 3.0 per cent in 2020 and a further 2.0 per...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill wins Royal Assent - it's law

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill has achieved Royal Assent, meaning that it will soon become an act of Parliament. Put...

21 December 2018

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Festive cheer as PropTech company reveals charitable roots

The automated lettings payment platform PayProp has revealed that it comes from charitable roots. PayProp is part of Humanstate, a private technology...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Not-so-merry Christmas as HMO owner must pay thousands

A buy to let investor has been fined more than £5,000 and ordered to pay a further £4,000 after HMO offences.  John...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Stolen: £1.3m of tenants’ cash pilfered by rogue agents and landlords

A rental campaigner claims the amount of money stolen this year by crooked lettings agents and landlords has topped the £1.3m...

20 December 2018

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Online lettings platform beefs up listings with new 'flow' feature

Online lettings platform HomeRenter says its property listings are now more detailed and more compelling thanks to a new ‘property creation flow’...

20 December 2018

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Lull before the 2019 storm for tenants, warns ARLA

It’s the lull before the storm for private tenants according to the Association of Residential Lettings Agents. In its market snapshot looking...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency appointed to manage new Build To Rent scheme

JLL has been appointed by Aberdeen Standard Investments to manage Aireside, a Build To Rent scheme of 107 apartments in Leeds. The...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords ARE quitting buy to let - but fewer than feared

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

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Automate admin to win ‘furnished premiums’ urges PropTech platform

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

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine for buy to let investor who illegally converted garage

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

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Confiscation orders on landlords could set precedent for private rental sector

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

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reports huge fall in number of overseas landlords

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

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Student accommodation still booming despite Brexit, says agency

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

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Stuck renting forever: more tenants say deposits stop them buying

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

14 December 2018

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PropTech firms claim new products will help lettings agents

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

14 December 2018

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Zoopla withdraws lettings listings from Facebook Marketplace

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

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned: Lettings agency boss who 'abused' tenant deposits

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

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive fraud committed by three London letting agents

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

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Embattled Labour mayor wants rent controls - but has no powers

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

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

True spirit of Christmas as PropTech chief gives shelter to homeless

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

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Lets celebrate - your lettings agency Christmas decorations!

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

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents using technology can cut arrears and voids - claim

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

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Big rise in tenants sourcing properties through letting agents

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

11 December 2018

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Average UK rent up 1.5% in a year says HomeLet

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

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Records broken by London lettings agency for new lets and renewals

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

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Three point plan tells government how to make housing affordable

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

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Big rise in rental deposit numbers according to leading provider

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

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter under fire for paying 'derisory' wages to staff

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

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News