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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

See the latest Coronavirus statistics from across the world on our world map SEE MAP UK Confirmed cases: 51,608 | UK Deaths: 5,373 | UK Recovered: 135 SEE MAP Italy Confirmed cases: 132,547 | Italy Deaths: 16,523 | Italy Recovered: 22,837 SEE MAP Spain Confirmed cases: 136,675 | Spain Deaths: 13,341 | Spain Recovered: 40,437 SEE MAP See the latest Coronavirus statistics from across the world on our world map SEE MAP UK Confirmed cases: 51,608 | UK Deaths: 5,373 | UK Recovered: 135 SEE MAP Italy Confirmed cases: 132,547 | Italy Deaths: 16,523 | Italy Recovered: 22,837 SEE MAP Spain Confirmed cases: 136,675 | Spain Deaths: 13,341 | Spain Recovered: 40,437 SEE MAP

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

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

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - self-employment webinar, more PropTech offers

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

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets exposed by BBC News as flouting lockdown regulations

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

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide urges switch of student accommodation to mainstream rentals

Countrywide is urging landlords currently facing huge void periods because students have been ordered home, to reconfigure their accommodation for more...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council seeks Judicial Review of landlord licensing refusal

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

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned as council postpones licensing clampdown

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

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New EPC assessment guidance - Conquering Corona

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

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental demand falls off a cliff as lockdown takes effect

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

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets sector collapses with 70 per cent of rentals cancelled

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

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New ESTAS tool allows agents to integrate reviews into websites

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

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Merger of rival landlord groups happens at last

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

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Selfless agency staff become heroic local helpers

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

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

London agencies digging deep and leafletting to help the community

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

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent rules for agents relaxed during virus crisis

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

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Corona Clauses’ allowing tenants to delay lettings contracts

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

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

“Give landlords 80% guaranteed rent” demands controversial agency

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

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Belvoir franchisees being helped to “reshape their businesses”

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

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance issued on rent, evictions and maintenance

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

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency apologises after rent letter misinterpreted

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

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks boss waives fee for agents joining franchise scheme

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

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - more guidance and special deals for agents

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

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector guru Shamplina backs longer possession notice

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

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge concern over buy to let mortgage market contracting

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

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

All court possession orders suspended immediately

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

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Robust systems vital to manage rent and mortgage holidays - claim

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

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: new tenancy forms confirm three-months notice period

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

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent activists defy lockdown and vandalise branch office

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

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More guidance and advice to the agency industry - Conquering Corona

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

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Are inventory clerks essential workers? Trade body seeks clarification

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

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban confusion - call for more security for tenants

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

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Maintenance work CAN be carried out in homes says government

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

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Suppliers and trade groups helping agents Conquering Corona

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

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants eviction ban ‘reinstated’ for Coronavirus crisis period

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

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Most tenants cannot afford the deposit on a home to buy

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

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents to shut offices immediately

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

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban watered down in Coronavirus Emergency Bill

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

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fear that student exodus could mean soaring rent arrears

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

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Shares in top lettings agency plummet 50% in one month

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

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on evictions: Charity welcomes three month pause

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

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction court hearings stopped by Coronavirus - so what next?

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Cities of southern England enjoy large pre-virus rent rises

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant Winkworth snaps another independent

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government confirms anti-eviction measures to be revealed shortly

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants no evictions for arrears run up during crisis

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail sentence after rental property’s safety failure

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Pressure building to help private tenants hit by Coronavirus

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

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest Coronavirus guidance for agents from across the industry

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

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Severe stock shortage strengthens rental market ahead of virus

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

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Swedish investors behind massive UK Build To Rent fund-raising

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

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban rent rises and stop evictions during virus, activists demand

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

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

HMRC warns investment sellers on CGT changes

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

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech inventory offer to agents listing with OnTheMarket

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

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Council may offer improvement loans to favoured private landlords

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

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: agents warned they could end up breaking the law

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

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA Conference postponed until September due to virus

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

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative supplier signs another 31 agency branches

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

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by franchise giant

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

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

£10m investment for PropTech firm to expand offering to agents

PropTech company Goodlord, already used by hundreds of agencies across the UK, has revealed a £10m investment windfall after its latest...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group snaps up another independent chain

Leaders `Romans Group has snapped up the scottfraser lettings and sales business.  scottfraser has four Oxford offices and a fifth in Witney,...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Sex-For-Rent amendment bid to Renters’ Reform Bill

A Liberal Democrat MP is seeking to amend the Renters’ Reform Bill to make it illegal for tenants to be offered...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing scheme has £600 surcharge for ‘falling short on standards’

A local authority has taken the unusual step of saying that a £600 surcharge will be added to the licensing costs...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

£87,000 fine after rental flats declared “serious risk to life”

A buy to let investor has been found guilty of letting out poor quality living accommodation that was said to pose...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings chief to set out objectives of new rental sector body

The chief executive of a new lettings sector trade body is to address his first conference next month, giving an indication...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: trade group tries to reassure agents

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has issued guidance to members about how to reassure its lettings agent and landlord clients...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 100,000 tenants sign up to Zoopla rental programme

Over 100,000 current or aspiring tenants have signed up to an education programme explaining how the rental sector works, run by...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

One in 10 private tenants use overdrafts to fund rent - claim

The parlous state of many tenants’ personal finances has been highlighted by website CompareTheMarket which claims that one in 10 rely...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial council uses Foxtons-style ‘big data’ to police lettings

The controversial Liverpool council licensing scheme is to be policed through the use of what the authority calls “cutting-edge big data...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Students who rent urged to “go lawsuit crazy” from March 20

An online student publication is urging readers who are tenants to “go lawsuit crazy” when the full provisions of the Homes...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency secures £3.8m for management buyout and acquisitions

An ambitious Kent agency and management company has secured a £3.8m loan to underwrite a management buyout and an acquisition programme. Miles...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists angry at councils not taking action over 'unsafe' homes

Pressure group Generation Rent claims half of London’s councils did not fine any landlords for letting out unsafe homes in the...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Voids and rent steady as lettings market stabilises

It’s steady-as-she-goes in the rental market according to the latest market snapshot produced by PropTech firm Goodlord.  Void periods dropped slightly in...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants with Coronavirus should get three months free rent - call

An anti-poverty campaigner and tax expert says any private rented sector tenant with Coronavirus should be able to live rent-free for...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

112 redundancies after Airbnb support firm collapses

It’s now been revealed that 112 redundancies have followed the collapse of controversial short lets support firm Hostmaker. The overseas operation of...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned by Ombudsman: Don’t discriminate on DSS claimants

The Property Ombudsman is warning agents not to discriminate against tenants through a No DSS or any similar policy. Following the legal...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists ‘intimidate female staff’ forcing agency branch to shut

The controversial Acorn group of anti-letting agent activists has been accused of intimidation of female staff during a protest outside and...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent fined £12,000 after falsely claiming NALS membership

The safeagent accreditation business says it has helped secure the conviction of a rogue lettings agent who falsely claimed membership of...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour’s new rent control plan is “a disaster for tenants” - claim

Labour’s London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has put his call for powers to control private rents at the heart of his campaign...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short-lets support firm collapses with huge debts

Hostmaker, a property management firm working with properties listed on Airbnb and other short-let platforms, has ceased trading with its parent...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: major rental sector energy changes soon

The Guild of Property Professionals is reminding the rental sector that owners of properties to let have only until April 1...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The joy of pets denied to millions of renters, claims pet care firm

A pet care company claims that millions of private renters are being denied the benefits of pet ownership because of landlords...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Under Investigation! Agents probed for alleged Fees Ban breaches

A newspaper claims multiple councils are opening investigations into agents allegedly defying the tenant fees ban - and at least one...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons in £2.2m deal to buy independent agency

Foxtons has snapped up a lettings agency in suburban London. It’s bought London Stone Properties Limited and its subsidiary company London Stone...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Police hit ‘slavery’ landlord with landmark court order

The West Midlands Police force says it’s secured what it calls a “landmark court order” against a rogue landlord who turned...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

City agents merge as firm becomes one of the largest in region

Two estate agencies in the same city have merged - but it means one long-standing agency’s name will disappear. The Leicester firm...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Scrap S21 to provide long term homes, Generation Rent tells landlords

A rental activist who runs the Generation Rent pressure group has told landlords that if they are “serious” about providing long-term...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Council says 11,000 homes in its patch are on short-let sites

The leaseholder of a council property in central London has been found guilty of advertising it on Airbnb and the Booking.com...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry supplier takes swipe at new Housing Minister

A rent guarantor service has taken a swipe at new housing minister Chris Pincher and his recent predecessors who have not...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in sealed bids for Central London rental properties

Growing demand and a shrinking supply of rental properties in prime central London has led to a 50 per cent surge...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Typical rental deposit up only 5% in six years - claim

There’s a claim this morning that the average rent in the UK has increased only five per cent since 2014. Research by...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Politician complains that too many HMOs allowed in city

A row is erupting in Swansea over the number of HMOs in the city. Council leaders in the city want to implement...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral Fee clampdown confirmed for lettings agents too

The clampdown on referral fees, until now concentrated on the sales sector, will extend to letting agents too. James Munro, head of...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Victory for buy to let as minister stops another licensing scheme

The government has rejected a council’s bid to extend its licensing scheme for privately rented housing. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council wants county-wide selective licensing to be introduced

Another council is consulting on introducing a selective licensing scheme - and again it claims it will “create better housing for...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: annual costs of being a buy to let investor these days...

A typical buy to let property pays over £600 in fees a year according to a new study released today. Insurance company...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Nine years’ rent confiscated after flats declared illegal

A landlord has been ordered to pay back no less than £190,000 - equivalent to nine years’ rent - after he...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant ‘financially exploited and harassed’ by landlord, claims council

A landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £6,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to harassing and financially exploiting...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector optimism on the rise, despite string of obstacles

Optimism amongst investors in the private rental sector is on the rise, despite the various tax and regulation obstacles facing the...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council steps in to prevent tenants having to use outside staircase

A council’s intervention has stopped a landlord forcing his private tenants to use an external staircase to enter their home -...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Professor slams “record incomes for landlords” and private rental sector

The private rental sector has come under attack for its conditions and costs to tenants in a report looking into health...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand from prospective tenants at an all-time high, say agents

Demand for rental properties in January increased to the highest level on record with 88 prospective tenants registered per lettings agency...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Delay electrical rule changes to keep tenants safe, trade body urges

New regulations mean highest risk rental properties may not have legally binding electrical safety cover for a prolonged period of time. That’s...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council links rogue landlord case to its dispute with government

A buy to let investor has been hit with a bill of almost £9,500 after being accused of allowing a tenant...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Big rise in lettings activity for Arun group

Arun - which has the brands of Douglas Allen in East London and Essex, Ward & Partners in Kent, Cubitt &...

26 February 2020

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Porsche-driving agent crook repays just £43,000 of missing £241,000

A jailed letting agent in a long-running legal saga has now been told she must repay her victims some £43,000 -...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent red-tape no clearer under new immigration system

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has been informed that the controversial Right To Rent checks forced on to agents and...

25 February 2020

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Top London agency expanding with ‘free six months’ to landlords

London agency Draker Lettings is expanding its patch - and offering landlords a free service for six months. Draker, which is 10...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Charge! Rental sector disadvantaged over costs for electric car charging

A property management firm says the private rental sector is effectively disadvantaged in the fight against climate change because it does...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Cashback app allows tenants to ‘pay rent as they shop’

A new free-to-download app called My Rent Rewards claims to allow tenants to save towards their rent when they shop. The app,...

25 February 2020

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Too many Airbnb short lets? Blame government, says trade body

The government is driving landlords into the short let sector according to a trade body. The Residential Landlords Association, responding to recent...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Public cash handouts to Shelter slammed by pressure group

Shelter, which routinely criticises lettings agents and landlords, has been slammed for the huge amount of public funding it receives -...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets management firm scrambling for investors - claim

A newspaper claims that a short lets management firm that handles properties let on Airbnb and similar platforms is scrambling for...

24 February 2020

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Drive To Survive:  This flat to rent comes with a Bentley…

For a cool £1,153 a week you would expect a flat, even in pricey central London, to come with some perks. A...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent confronted over £23,000 stolen to fund gambling habit

A lettings agent who stole over £23,000 from tenants to pay for his gambling habit and pay off debt has escaped...

24 February 2020

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Law Breakers! Half of Airbnb-style properties ignore 90-night limit - claim

A London council says nearly half of the Airbnb-style short let properties available in its patch last year exceeded their legal...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Five agents kicked out of Ombudsman scheme after disputes

The Property Ombudsman has expelled five agencies, mostly for failures to honour awards: four of them are lettings operations and one...

21 February 2020

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One agent’s bid to restore reputation destroyed by employee

A lettings agency owner has spoken about his bid to restore his firm's reputation after it was destroyed by a former employee. Earlier...

21 February 2020

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Revealed: the optimum property type for the best buy to let yield

Two bedroom properties produce the best yields for buy to let investors according to the latest research. Lettings management platform Howsy has...

21 February 2020

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Another huge Build To Rent scheme - 348 city centre homes

Grainger, one of the biggest names in Build To Rent, has agreed to buy a proposed 348 home-scheme in central Nottingham. The...

21 February 2020

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New warning about imminent buy to let tax clampdown

There’s a new warning today for buy to let investors who will be hit by tax changes coming into effect on...

20 February 2020

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“Inefficient” High Street agencies accused of making voids longer

An online lettings agency has accused High Street rivals of being “inefficient” and making voids longer than necessary.  Home Made, which operates...

20 February 2020

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Rents start 2020 moving up according to government index

The government’s official index for the private rental sector has shown that rents rose by 1.5 per cent in the 12...

20 February 2020

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Double Trouble as crooks smash offices and steal computers - twice

A Sheffield agency has suffered two break-ins over just four days, with computers stolen and offices damaged. MorfittSmith’s sales office was the...

20 February 2020

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Shock for buy to let as income plummets by a fifth in a decade

The typical landlord’s income from property has plummeted by a fifth in under a decade according to the National Landlords’ Association. Its...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the top priorities for tenants in 2020

A survey by lettings agency Carter Jonas has revealed what the firm calls the top priorities for tenants as the 2020s...

19 February 2020

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Buy to let demand to rise this year according to lender’s study

Nearly four out of 10 landlords believe that tenant demand will rise this year, according to a study by high-profile buy...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

'Stay as long as you want' tenancies for key workers and graduates

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent developers says it is specifically targeting certain tenant types for one of its...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

London agency snaps up local independent

London agency Keatons has acquired a nearby independent rival, JD Property. JD Property’s staff have already been relocated into Keatons existing office in Deptford.  This is Keatons' third acquisition in three years and now...

19 February 2020

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Slash Capital Gains Tax on rental sales, Chancellor urged

A trade group’s submission to the Treasury ahead of next month’s Budget includes a call for the new Chancellor to slash...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Scandal of tenant rescued from ledge ends with huge fine

A resident who was unable to access an emergency escape route during a fire was found standing on a windowsill hanging...

18 February 2020

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Stand by for rent rises in 2020, says leading franchise agency

Almost three quarters of Belvoir’s lettings franchisees anticipate rent increases this year.  In a survey of the franchise firm’s offices across the...

18 February 2020

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Emergency Prohibition Order over shocking dangerous bedroom

A council in a leafy area of south east England has issued an emergency prohibition order to a buy to let...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Manager buys franchise of agency she’s run for six years

The manager of an agency in West Lothian has bought the franchise for the office she’s run for the past six...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

 HMRC grabs millions in latest clampdown on buy to let

It’s been revealed that a clampdown on the buy to let sector by HM Revenue and Customs has produced millions of...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Told You So! Landlord numbers plummet according to agency's figures

Cynics who rejected claims that landlords would quit the buy to let sector because of increasing bureaucracy and higher taxes may...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Five-branch firm is latest customer for online agency platform

A five branch lettings and sales firm is the latest agency to sign up to love2move, a PropTech platform that allows...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council claims licensing scheme ‘has improved 3,100 homes’

The government has given the green light to a council’s huge licensing scheme, set to cover 18 of its 20 wards...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market joins sales enjoying upward momentum

Another housing market snapshot suggests demand and confidence are improving as a result of the new political and economic landscape following...

17 February 2020

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Buy to let getting a new look in one part of the country says top agent

One of the country’s leading buying agencies says buy to let is changing in prime central London, as corporate structures replace...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government policy on rental sector is a failure says trade body

The government has failed the private rental sector says the Residential Landlords Association. In a statement released even before the resignation of...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Considering quitting as a letting agent? Seminar roadshow announced

A seminar roadshow has been announced for letting agents considering quitting the sector.  LegalforLandlords says it’s organised the six events after discovering...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More independent agencies snapped up by regional giant

The Yorkshire agency Linley & Simpson has revealed more acquisitions of independent agencies as it tightens its grip on the regional...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rivalry between agents is key feature of enhanced PropTech platform

The PropTech platform Movebubble has upgraded its features to increase rivalry between lettings agents and thus enhance the renting experience for...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock for agents as politicians consider six month notice period

Agents have come out fighting against a proposal being considered in one part of the UK to triple the time to...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus guidance for lettings sector issued by trade body

The National Landlords Association has issued advice for the lettings sector on the coronavirus infection. Although much of the advice is a...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government - scrap SDLT surcharge and reverse tax changes!

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has made an uncompromising set of demands on the government, asking it to implement a...

13 February 2020

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Zoopla now leading portal for lettings in London, it claims

Zoopla says it’s now in what it calls “a clear, market-leading position” in terms of rental properties in the capital. In a...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Fifth acquisition in two years for property management firm

Yorkshire-based property management firm Barnsdales has acquired a Nottingham independent for an undisclosed sum. Marriotts Commercial, an arm of Marriotts estate agency,...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal, agencies and directors hit with £100,000 penalty over unsafe flat

A room-finding portal, along with the owners of a London lettings agency and management firm, must pay over £100,000 for letting...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Fees Act confusion could trigger surge in complaints about agents

Confusion among renters over the complex Tenant Fees Act could trigger a surge in complaints about agents to redress schemes -...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Five year ban for rogue agent who used deposits to run business

An agent has been disqualified from managing companies for five years after she failed to safeguard £28,000 worth of tenants’ deposits...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Most of UK sees rent rises of 2% to 5% in past year

The latest lettings market snapshot provided by HomeLet shows that the average rent across the UK as a whole is now...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The shape of buy to let - Ed Sheeran’s £57m property empire

One of Ed Sheeran’s first massive hits was Lego House. And now, not many years later, it’s been revealed that he’s...

12 February 2020

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Deposit alternative mis-selling - rival companies say “It’s not us”

Three more deposit alternative supplier have issued statements seeking to distance their product from criticisms raised in a BBC investigation. Yesterday we carried...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More letting agents want to sell-up, says PropTech report

A survey by PropTech firm Goodlord suggests a growing number of agents want to sell up. Goodlord surveyed 200 agencies for its...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Innovative co-living rental option offered by new developer

A new concept of co-living is being offered on a rental basis at a new purpose-built development in west London. The firm...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council wants private landlords to allow rough sleepers in homes

A new service called Cornwall Housing Private Lets has been set up in the west country to try to lure private...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Older renters likely to transform lettings landscape, says report

A government report suggests the private rental sector is attracting an increasing number of older tenants - and the sector needs...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

BBC asks: Do letting agents mis-sell deposit alternative schemes?

A BBC investigation suggests some agents may be mis-selling deposit alternative schemes. Tenants are then hit by what the probe says are...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: ‘no documents needed’ if digital checks come in

The government says it’s working on an online digital Right To Rent status checking service for agents and landlords to use,...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent censured as council audits other firms over rental deposits

A former letting agent has been censured over the handling of tenancy deposits following an investigation by a local council. Andrew Rhys...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

HMRC data shows landlords quitting buy to let as tax rises bite

An analysis of HMRC data reveals that the number of small buy-to-let landlords has dropped for the first time in five...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Pet-friendly tenancies could make landlords go walkies -  claim

Pet-friendly tenancies of the kind envisaged by the government could oblige some private landlords to quit the sector, it’s claimed. Over the...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Humiliation for government as rogues’ database is largely ignored

The government’s hugely-publicised database for rogue letting agents and landlords has been running for almost two years and has…wait for it…just...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council reveals huge administration cost for licensing scheme

Enfield council in London has confirmed that it will introduce borough-wide additional licensing. It is also seeking consent from the government to...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Average age of private renter still in low 30s

The latest market snapshot produced by PropTech firm Goodlord suggests that even in the south west of England - where renters...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent giant reveals four new developments for 2020

Grainger, one of the biggest names in Build To Rent in the UK, says its current BTR pipeline stands at 24...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb clampdown on young renters of party houses - but not yet in UK

Airbnb is reported to have banned under-25s in Canada from booking whole properties in their local areas to prevent potentially-violent house...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets like Airbnb out of control and activists want crackdown

Generation Rent - an outspoken organisation sharply critical of lettings agents and many aspects of the private rental sector - is...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council wants rent controls in London borough

A London Labour council wants to introduce rent controls to its borough. The South London Press reports that Lambeth councillors have voted through...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: shocking impact on agents revealed in report

The majority of letting agents have lost up to 20 per cent of their revenue because of the fees ban -...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Pause for thought before accepting pets, agents advised

Agents and landlords are advised to think carefully before allowing tenants to keep pets, despite a government push to relax restrictions. The...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More over-60s renting but they face deposit hurdles - claim

An increasing number of over-60s are now turning to the private rental sector - but, like other demographic sectors, they face...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters’ Reform Bill: still no date set for legislation

The Renters’ Reform Bill worries many in the private rental sector but the government says there is still no date for...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Multiple prosecutions as council names and shames rogues

A council has prosecuted five private landlords who failed to get licences for the properties they let out. Oldham council says its...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency claims it’s winning landlords from “lax” rivals

A lettings agency in one of the most competitive markets in Britain says it’s enjoyed a record year winning landlords from...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Massive Build To Rent target over next five years

A Build To Rent developer has revealed plans to construct over 10,000 units in just five years. Wise Living, part of SDL,...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market to stay strong as ownership further out of reach

Home ownership is increasingly out of reach for British consumers, who say the market has become expensive and inaccessible and that...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector’s huge boost to local economies revealed by survey

A mortgage company has attempted to quantify how much private landlords inject into local economies. Aldermore’s research, surveying 1,000 UK-based landlords, discovered...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

London’s lettings market mixed, according to high end agency

Knight Frank has released its latest rental market summary for London, and it paints a mixed picture. Firstly the number of properties...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Article 4 powers for council means tougher rules for HMOs

New regulations governing HMOs are coming into effect in a north of England council. Landlords and developers will now need planning permission...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge fine for repeatedly ignoring rental licensing laws

A landlord has ended up with fines totalling over £90,000 after repeatedly ignoring a council’s selective licensing regime. Stephen Ige pleaded guilty...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government U-turn on the way over Labour licensing scheme?

Liverpool’s Labour mayor says he is confident that the city will, after all, be able to renew its city-wide licensing scheme. Housing...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Over a billion pounds in deposits could be unprotected - claim

One of the growing number of deposit replacement providers claims that there could be £1.2 billion in deposit monies that are...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Corporate makes 150 acquisitions - and now says it wants more

Leaders Romans Group has snapped up another independent - this time the three office Welsh agency Moginie James. Moginie James - owned by...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech lettings supplier wins Gold Trusted Service Award

Lettings payment automation provider PayProp has won a Gold Trusted Service Award from online reviews platform Feefo. The PropTech firm was deemed...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock as 500,000 rental homes lost to Airbnb and others

Nearly half a million properties could be removed from the long-term lettings market as disenchanted landlords move to short-lets. A survey by...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Asking rents hit new record according to latest Rightmove figures

London’s asking rents hit a new record average of £2,119 per calendar month as the ongoing shortage of property for tenants...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

High-flying Belvoir bats off fees ban to record another profits rise

Belvoir, which describes itself as the UK’s largest property franchise, has just released figures showing its 23rd successive year of uninterrupted...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Goal! The industry’s favourite five-a-side tournament is back...

It’s back - the five-a-side football tournament which made its successful debut last year with teams from the agency and property...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London lettings market back in the black says Savills

The prime London lettings market has returned to growth after three years of falling rents, according to new five-year forecasts from...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on lettings agents triggered by MPs’ own experiences - claim

A prominent member of the House of Lords has given a surprising insight into how the fiscal and regulatory clampdown on...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

UK’s largest independent agent strikes PropTech partnership deal

Haart has announced a strategic partnership with software platform teclet which will now be adopted in all lettings offices in the...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Fatal fire in unlicensed house leads to fine and entry on rogues database

A judge has ordered two landlords to pay a total of £14,858 for illegally renting out an unlicensed house without working...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency speaks out against long-term empty homes

A lettings agency is calling on local councils to tackle the growing problem of long-term empty homes. My Property Box says that...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

We warned you! Government told of rising rents thanks to fees ban

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the number of tenants successfully negotiating rent reductions has hit an all time low...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Concern over £1,000-plus licensing fee proposed by council

A leading trade body is voicing concern over yet another council private rental sector licensing scheme - with particular worry over...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

‘We beat the fees ban’ - franchisees see revenue growth

The Property Franchise Group, which has a string of major agency brands, has reported a strong performance in 2019 despite the...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Another franchise branch snaps up a rival independent agency

Another branch of The Property Franchise Groups’s brand Martin & Co has snapped up an independent rival - and it’s the...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant’s secret buy to lets land him with a suspended sentence

A London council tenant who for a period of seven years failed to disclose that he owned three houses, has been...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Surge in fake inventories in the past year, claims lettings body

There was a surge in the number of fake lettings inventories submitted last year, allowing tenants to be conned out of...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Government backs huge licensing scheme extension until 2025

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has backed a five year extension for a massive London council landlord licensing...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Scrap Section 21 now, says top lawyers’ society

One of the country’s top law groups has backed government moves to scrap Section 21.  The call comes from the Law Society for...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants ‘more interested in saving for holidays than a deposit’ - claim

More tenants save to go on holiday than to put a deposit down on a home to own according to buy...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent caught out on under-sized and unlicensed properties

A London council has caught out a rogue lettings agency for illegally operating two properties, with issues ranging from gas safety...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents will win leads from new email guides, says Zoopla

  Zoopla says its new digital ‘guide’ programme has been a tremendous success and is evidence that the portal’s investment in new...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit doubts means tenants get lavish extras says trade group

A lettings sector trade group says lavish additional services are being offered by landlords who are nervous that Brexit will lead...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings supplier says it’s key to electrical safety compliance

Lettings PropTech platform teclet says its product is key for agents seeking to comply with new electrical safety regulations in a...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Big London and SE England bias in buy to let investor profile

A third of all landlords live in Greater London and the South East according to data collated by a property management...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Shocking claim that one-in-50 London homes is a short let

New research claims that one in every 50 homes in the capital is let on a short-term platform like Airbnb or...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council wants city-wide licensing and possible £12m windfall

Another Labour council wants to introduce a city-wide landlord licensing scheme - a proposal that would require government approval to implement. Last...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

HMOs increasingly popular in lettings market despite complexity

The latest lettings market snapshot by mortgage lender Paragon has found that of the landlords planning to purchase property in the...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

 Dawn raids on rental properties as part of licensing crackdown

Officers from a local council simultaneously staged 10 dawn raids on properties owned by unlicensed landlords. All the terraced homes, in Slough,...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

One in five landlords to invest in buy to let on 2020 - claim

A mortgage firm claims some 22 per cent of existing lettings sector investors plan to buy at least another one lettings...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

 Defunct online lettings agency had three possible buyers before closure

It’s been revealed that Upad, the lettings agency which closed at short notice in October last year, had three prospective buyers...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets supporters push back against possible restrictions

The new body representing short let digital platforms like Airbnb and the large number of associated companies that have sprung up...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent defends HMO scheme after “greedy” accusation

An agent acting on behalf of a landlord has defended a bid for retrospective planning permission, but a Labour councillor has...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge £18,000 penalty for landlord who failed to improve property

A landlord in one of the most scenic parts of Devon had been served with a £18,000 civil penalty because he...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets firm that had advertisement banned changes its name

A London company that has previously had an ad banned by the Advertising Standards Authority has announced a change of name. The...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Another tax hike on its way for the lettings industry?

An accountancy trade body is warning of another possible tax hike to hit the lettings industry. The Association of Accounting Technicians is...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New platform helps agency staff quit and set up own companies

A new lettings platform claims it can help existing agents and staff working for companies quit and fulfil their dream of...

22 January 2020

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Big drop in homes on lettings market, reports Zoopla

New investment in private rented housing has fallen since 2016 as some private landlords have dipped out of the sector in...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Veteran agent named as new ARLA Propertymark president-elect

ARLA Propertymark has named Angela Davey as president elect, following Richard Selwyn stepping down last year due to personal circumstances. Davey has...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New acquisition means branch has become largest in national agency

The Gainsborough branch of Martin & Co has become the largest single office within the national agency thanks to a fifth...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Newspaper’s amazing call for massive landlord licensing scheme

A newspaper in Liverpool has sharply criticised the government for refusing to allow the city council to continue a huge landlord...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

'Failed' HMO licensing scheme criticised for short consultation period

A trade body has come out against a council’s HMO licensing scheme, claiming that its consultation period was too short -...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency reveals 30% rise in turnover after expanding into Build To Rent

Manchester lettings agency Ascend says it’s had a record year in 2019, bolstered by its new Build To Rent involvement. The company...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

safeagent announces new ‘qualified’ designation for agents

Accreditation body safeagent has announced a new designation for lettings and management agents who successfully pass its NCFE accredited courses. The designation...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders could rise this year after councils win extra cash

Councils that have been awarded additional cash injections by government could use their windfalls to enhance their enforcement of the private...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Average rent still hovering just below the £1,000 pcm level

The average cost of a rental home in Great Britain rose to £999 pcm in December according to figures just released...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Acquisition of independent agency is fourth by franchise firm

The Widnes branch of franchise firm Martin & Co has grown its business by almost a quarter after acquiring a local...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant wins £18,000 in first-of-its-kind tribunal decision

A tenant is thought to be the first ever to have been awarded damages under new Scottish lettings legislation. Dambaru Baral was...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Millennials Rejoice! You’re paying less rent than before…

Research from Hamptons International suggests that millennials are paying a lower proportion of the total rental burden in Britain than a...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb landlords should pay business rates, says council

A council is lobbying the government to ask for landlords using Airbnb and other short let platforms to be charged business...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit and tax are key worries for buy to let investors in 2020

A new survey suggests there may be an exodus of investors out of buy to let - some 27 per cent...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Big fall in Build To Rent investment but backers insist future is bright

Investment into the purpose-built Build To Rent sector in the UK dropped significantly last year. Some £273.8m was invested in the fourth...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on short lets may lead to landlords selling rental units

A leading agency in a part of the UK where local government wants to clamp down on the spread of Airbnb...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent campaign group set to almost double in size

A campaign group that has held protests outside letting agents’ branches and has been fiercely critical of fees, says it’s seen a...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent takes 75% of income in some areas, admits agency

A lettings agency admits that the proportion of net income required to cover rent has hit 75 per cent in some...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Repossession court delays - lettings industry worries grow

London courts are failing to cope with the volume of landlord repossession cases according to a trade body. New figures show the...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Student specialist lettings agency enjoys record business

Specialist letting agency and property management company Student Housing has had its busiest quarter, it says. The Lincoln-based agency added 30 new...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Another New Rental Law: mandatory electric checks this year

It looks almost certain that agents and landlords must ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Disgraced agency boss disqualified over deposit scandal

A lettings management boss has been disqualified for six years after failing to safeguard over £68,000 worth of tenants’ deposits. Kelly Louise Forrester...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter’s latest attack on private rental sector rejected by industry

There’s been an angry response by the rental sector following the latest attack by campaigning charity Shelter. The organisation claims that private...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour outrage at licensing scheme extension being rejected

The fallout continues over the government’s shock refusal to allow Liverpool council to continue its huge landlord licensing scheme. Yesterday we reported that...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Many tenants unable to afford rent despite  allowance reform

Plans to end the freeze on housing benefits will still leave many tenants unable to afford rent say landlords. Following the announcement...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry delight at government rejection of licensing extension

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has rejected a bid by Labour-controlled Liverpool council to extend its licensing scheme for five years. Government approval...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council to set up agent review service with cash windfall

A council getting government cash for rental enforcement is using it to introduce a review service allowing tenants to comment on...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let league table reveals where demand is strongest

A rental management platform has compiled a league table of where tenant demand is strongest for homes to let - and...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings book acquisition leads to new franchise branch opening

Martin & Co’s Ashford branch is opening a new office just outside the Kent town following a deal to acquire a...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New carbon monoxide lettings rules set to be adopted by Assembly

The Welsh Government says new regulations are to be introduced to combat carbon monoxide poisoning. The regulations will require landlords and their...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb trying to tempt landlords seeking higher yields - claim

A leading property industry figure says Airbnb is attempting to persuade traditional buy to let landlords into going down the short-let...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Council to spend £250,000 of public cash setting up lettings agency

Durham county council wants to spend just over £250,000 setting up a lettings agency to place tenants with private landlords. The authority...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Defunct online agency snapped up by PropTech rival

A trade magazine is reporting that online lettings agency Upad has been bought out by a PropTech platform. The Negotiator says Howsy...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property ‘guardian’ firm found guilty - now trading under new name

A company that slots temporary tenants into properties that it manages has been found guilty of 15 charges connected with Homes...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Poor communication still chief cause of check-out disputes

Poor communication remains the chief reason for disputes between agents, landlords and tenants at check-out time according to the latest research. A...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: new anti-money laundering rules kick-in today

It’s here - the Fifth EU Money Laundering Directive comes into force today with significant challenges and implications for letting agents. The...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Under Attack: campaign grows to regulate short lets

Politicians from several parties say they want their local council in Bristol to have the powers to regulate the number and...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists protest outside agency demanding it ‘sacks’ landlord client

A protest has been held outside a lettings agency in Manchester by tenants demanding that the firm ‘sacks’ one of its...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA backs government bid for ‘level playing field’ within lettings

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents has thrown its weight behind an initiative by the Scottish Government to control the growth...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council fails to apply for funds to enforce rental regulations

A Labour council serving one of the largest private rental communities in the country is reported to have failed to have...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let lenders slash rates as competition hots up

Two major buy to let lenders have slashed their rates in a bid to win business. One of the highest profile lenders,...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group selects new PropTech lettings platform

Leaders Romans Group has selected a new PropTech platform after a competitive tendering process. The winning company was PropCo, which already services...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-LSL lettings expert snapped up by London PropTech start-up

A former director at LSL’s Build To Rent division has today been named as head of business development at a London...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour group says move to end pet ban doesn’t go far enough

A ginger group that supports the Labour party says the government’s bid to stop pet bans is meaningless and does not...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let Gloom - over quarter of landlords may sell in 2020

Some 26 per cent of buy to let investors plan to sell one or more of their properties in 2020 according...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market ‘strong and stable’ as new decade dawns

The rental market is stable as it enters 2020 according to the latest index from PropTech company Goodlord.  Five out of the...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

London rent increases muted compared to many top European cities

London rents increased by an average of 3.5 per cent in 2019 according to a European lettings monitor called HousingAnywhere. While this...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Renting option with ASTs introduced by retirement developer

McCarthy & Stone, long associated with retirement properties only available to buy, has introduced a renting option at a number of...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Big expansion for lettings agency after two merger deals in a year

Darlington-based My Property Box has welcomed five new members of staff to its team who between them have amassed more than...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New city-wide restrictions on HMOs to be introduced by council

Birmingham’s Labour-led council is to introduce a city-wide Article 4 Direction from June, which means a planning application must be submitted for...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies merge to “enhance customer experience”

Two long-established lettings and sales agencies on the south coast have merged in a bid to “enhance customer experience.” Smart Property and...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Ending pet ban part of “mission to improve life for tenants” says minister

The government - which over the weekend made a surprise move to try to stop landlords banning tenants from keeping pets...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour mocks government’s new funding to combat rogue agents

The Labour party has mocked the government’s £4m new funding for councils to combat rogue agents and landlords as “puny.” A statement...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over new energy rules - the countdown begins

A legal firm is warning agents and landlords that they have less than three months to prepare for the latest MEES...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Trade bodies back latest rogue agent and landlord clampdown

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and The Guild of Property Professionals have both given their backing to the government’s latest...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenancy agreements to be overhauled to end pet bans

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is to overhaul the model tenancy contract to make it easier for tenants to have pets. A surprise statement from the...

04 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New government cash for rental sector ‘nowhere near enough’

The government has announced an additional £4m in funding for local councils to combat rogue agents and landlords - but it’s...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and other short-lets: Trade body wants proportionate regulation

A new trade body set up to represent companies working with hosts using Airbnb and similar platforms says the government should...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters resort to shocking payday lenders to get deposit - claim

A new rental deposit alternative scheme claims that some renters have to resort to high-interest payday lenders in order to afford...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords rejected for licensing scheme, claims council

Oldham council is the latest to seek an extension of a selective licensing scheme beyond its mandatory five year term -...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Student Lets: Question mark over value for money of purpose-built flats

A huge survey of students, seeking their views on accommodation, has ended with a question mark over the value for money...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: New lettings laws being introduced in 2020

A leading lettings sector trade body has outlined key pieces of legislation that will hit the private rental sector in 2020. The...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents to get ARLA resources as anti-money laundering changes kick in

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it will be issuing resources to support for lettings agents in the coming days...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property firm boss says he cannot abide by Improvement Notices

The owner of a Derbyshire property must pay out more than £3,000 after being found guilty of failing to comply with...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 and beyond set to be strong for buy to let market

There’s been an upbeat prediction on the lettings market given by leading market commentator Lucian Cook, head of residential research at...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can beat S21 ban by working harder to avoid evictions - claim

Letting agents can beat the upcoming ban on Section 21 by updating key documentation and automating arrears management to reduce the...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Alternative deposit firm seeks support from London tenants

One of the leading providers in the hyper-competitive deposit alternative niche has made a bid for support from London tenants by...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Happy New Decade - and this is what rentals looked like in 2010

Here it is - the start of a new decade, a moment for resolutions and remembrance, and the last Bank Holiday...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the rental market that’s dominated by football

A high end lettings agency says the most expensive rural rental market in the north west of England is dominated by...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter boss and lettings agency critic honoured in New Year’s list

The chief executive of Shelter - the campaigning charity which has been sharply critical of letting agents in the past -...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Lifetime Deposits: ARLA sets out demands for safeguards

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has set out its demands should the governmental go ahead with proposals for lifetime deposits. In...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector’s largest-ever trade body launches this month

This month sees the launch of a new trade body for the lettings sector - the National Residential Landlords Association. It’s the...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents to see double digit rise by 2024

Knight Frank forecasts cumulative rental growth of 11 per cent in prime outer London and 10 per cent in prime central...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

No timetable for controversial Renters’ Reform Bill

No date has been set by government for the second reading of the Renters' Reform Bill 2019-20. The Bill was announced in...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shocking 12% drop in homes to let in parts of Britain in 2019

Countrywide has calculated that with many landlords exiting the buy to let market, the number of homes available to rent has...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Did court case cost more than the fine for this rogue landlord?

A rogue landlord has been fined £1,384 for failing to get a council licence for two buy to let properties. The case...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

This is how much rents grew across Britain in 2019

Rental growth in Great Britain picked up throughout 2019 according to Countrywide.   In an analysis of the market released under the name...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Savvy landlords can still make Buy To Let work insists property chief

There’s still life in the buy to let market despite the regulatory and financial changes in recent years according to a...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Move out in one hour! Intimidating landlord to be sentenced

A rogue landlord has been found guilty of unlawful harassment and misleading and aggressive practices, and will be sentenced next month. Ragoopathy...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents to accelerate in 2020 according to surveyors

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has given a brief but optimistic assessment of the private rental market for next year. “As...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Letting Agent Today - enjoy the festivities!

This is our last edition of Letting Agent Today until Friday December 27 and everyone at Angels Media, LAT and the...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Over 200 complaints of agents allegedly charging illegal fees

The Times claims there have been well over 200 complaints lodged with redress schemes, alleging that lettings agents tried to charge...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock Survey: a third of landlords to quit or scale down investments

Just over third of private landlords are planning to quit the sector or cut the number of homes they let in...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents - the risk of voids increases at New Year

There’s a heightened risk of voids in the New Year period and agents and landlords should prepare: that’s the warning from...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise in 2020 as supply contracts still further - ARLA

An overwhelming proportion of letting agents - 84 per cent - say rents will rise next year, well up on the...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shocking figures of ‘hidden homelessness’ through sofa-surfing

The national homelessness charity Crisis has unearthed shocking findings about a common but under-reported form of homelessness – sofa surfing. The report,...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings training and compliance info offered to independent agents

The fast-growing Federation of Independent Agents has this morning revealed that it’s linking with Training For Professionals, the largest provider of...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news: Buy to let mortgage costs continue to drop

Mortgage costs in the buy to let market have continued to fall over the last three months - a trend seen across...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter and Generation Rent jump for joy at scrapping of Section 21

The government’s Queen’s Speech has confirmed what the industry has effectively been expecting for some months. There will be a new lifetime...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Complex buy to let investments set to become more popular next year

One of the highest profile buy to let mortgage lenders predicts that 2020 will see increasing numbers of investors going into...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Modest annual rent rise reported by HomeLet

The latest lettings market snapshot by referencing firm HomeLet shows the average rent in the UK is now £947. This is up...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency boss jailed for £230,000 fraud scandal

A Southampton lettings agency owner has been jailed after defrauding landlords and tenants out of £230,000. Andrew Whitehead has been jailed for...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents’ qualifications must be priority for new government says ARLA

The new government must prioritise the implementation of proposals to ensure letting agents and others in the industry are appropriately qualified. That’s...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents and demand dip as festive slowdown grips lettings market

New data from the Association of Residential Lettings Agents shows how the festive slowdown has hit the market. The number of tenants...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative service wins big new Build To Rent client

Atlas Residential - a Build to Rent developer with over 75,000 international properties - is partnering with deposit alternative supplier flatfair...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter says 135,000 children in temporary accommodation this Christmas

Campaigning charity Shelter claims 135,000 children in Britain are homeless and living in temporary accommodation this Christmas - the highest number...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned! Man cannot be letting agent or landlord for 30 months

A landlord has been banned for two and half years after repeatedly putting tenants’ lives at risk by letting unsafe housing. This...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Warnings that further rental reform mustn’t jeopardise supply

Richard Donnell, research director at Zoopla, is warning the government that future reform of the private rental sector must not jeopardise...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s that time again - ESTAS entries closing

The ESTAS, the national customer service awards recognising the best agents, brokers and suppliers, closes for entry at the end of...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Hunters is latest agency to link with software platform

The giant Hunters franchise chain, which has over 200 offices across the UK, Is boosting its technology through a strategic partnership...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 WILL be scrapped - it’s in Thursday’s Queen’s Speech

Number 10 briefings to the national media suggest that the scrapping of Section 21 - long talked about by the previous...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Possession order ‘hotspots’ identified as eviction process faces reform

A league table has been drawn up revealing the UK’s possession order hotspots - just as the government seems keen to...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agents told: Improve communications with tenants

If letting agents want more satisfied clients and fewer disputes they should provide better information to tenants. That’s the view of PropTech...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Radio station uncovers sex-for-rent adverts by landlords

An undercover investigation by the LBC radio station has revealed unscrupulous landlords who expect sex from women tenants in return for...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Chinese buy to let investors buoyed by Tory landslide

Reports from China suggest that property investors from that country - a staple in the buy to let market in many...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories should adopt Labour housing policy, say anti-agent campaigners

Generation Rent, a campaign group that is consistently critical of lettings agencies and landlords, says a priority of the new government...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 8 reform and new Housing Court 'should be early Johnson priorities'

The National Landlords’ Association says the new Conservative government must do two things in its early phase in office. The NLA, which...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rental stock has plummeted 22% in one year

London as a whole has seen rental stock plummet by 22 per cent in just one year according to a market...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories must deliver pledge on repossession powers - trade group

A prominent industry trade group says the new government must honour its manifesto commitment to strengthen the right of “good landlords”...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Three rogue lettings agencies expelled by The Property Ombudsman

Three lettings agencies have been expelled from TPO - in each case the agency failed to honour a payment as instructed...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

19-branch family agency snapped up by Belvoir brand in £2m deal

Newton Fallowell, part of the Belvoir Group, has snapped up the Lovelle franchised agency group adding a further 19 offices to...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposits - women must pay higher proportion of salary than men

Unusual research undertaken by an alternative deposit scheme suggests that women pay a substantially higher proportion of their salary than men,...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Help the rental sector! Trade body demands new government action

A trade body is warning of a crisis in the private rental market as new figures show a sharp drop in...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Let's celebrate! It’s been a decade of rental sector growth, says agency

Haart is trying to shift the mood music around the private rental sector from challenging to celebratory, saying there is plenty...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Council opens lettings agency in town with scores of private agencies

Luton council has opened Lets Squared, a High Street lettings and estate agency using public funds - even though the town...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Four key events for agents to watch for in 2020

A leading law firm has highlighted four key dates for letting agents and landlords to watch for in 2020. Paul Barnes, head...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet another fall in available rental stock, say surveyors

Once again the monthly market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors reports a decline in the stock of rental...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

High-end agency claims best ever month for lettings division

The sales market in London continues to wreak havoc with agencies, as yesterday’s Foxtons story revealed, but one lettings agency is...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban confusion prompts industry groups to create ‘the matrix’

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme have created a matrix for letting agents and landlords about...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Concern grows about increased safety risk from faulty smoke alarms

Almost 40 per cent of battery-powered smoke alarms failed to activate in residential fires in England in the past year –...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

More tenants say landlords should take on responsibility for amenities

One in seven British renters expect their landlords to resolve arguments over bill payments, a utilities provider claims. The study, by Glide,...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Lobbying works - ARLA wins 11-week delay in Welsh deposits change

Lobbying government can work, at least in some circumstances, as the Association of Residential Lettings Agents has seen in Wales.  Letting agents...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Allow lenders to see rogue landlord database, says mortgage chief

A prominent buy to let mortgage chief says lenders should be able to access the rogue landlord database launched last year. John...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

“Worse than Scrooge!” - angry judge makes landlord pay £20,000

A landlord has been ordered to pay almost £20,000 and has been told by a judge that he was meaner than...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Compensation for buy to let owners ‘possible’ says law firm

Owners of buy to let properties across the UK could be entitled to compensation due to onerous ground rent charges according...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Why council's lettings fine was slashed by £28,000

A compliance consultant has explained why a local council’s penalty on a rogue landlord - initially £31,499 - was slashed to...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Top cities for buy to let revealed by new market tracker

A mortgage lender’s new Buy to Let City Tracker tool has calculated the best cities in the UK for buy to...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Average deposit nears £1,300 says new alternative scheme

The average deposit paid by a new private tenant is now £1,299 according to a new player in the deposit alternative...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents should respond to renters’ growing eco-worries, says supplier

An industry supplier says letting agents should respond supportively to the growing eco-consciousness shown by younger people who are likely to...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Preparing for a deposit dispute means you might avoid one…

Letting agents and landlords who prepare for a dispute at the outset of a tenancy increase their chances of avoiding one...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Second lettings agency merger in same city in two weeks

Longstanding Leeds based property company Adair Paxton has acquired boutique estate agency firm, Hudson Moody Wass. Founded in 2001, Hudson Moody Wass...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental guarantee claim amended after watchdog intervenes

A developer offering a rent guarantee on its homes has amended its advertisement wording after an intervention by the Advertising Standards...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned: Prepare for imminent Anti-Money Laundering changes

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector “in a state of despair” warns lettings agents' chief

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Repayment and banning orders may be applied to rogue landlord

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet another independent snapped up as consolidation continues

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord sentiment: things are bad…and getting worse

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit Alternative Wars: flatfair wins advert dispute with rival company

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled in favour of deposit alternative scheme flatfair in a dispute which began with a complaint...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit shock - Migrant workers and not execs are best for rental income

New research from the National Landlords Association reveals that migrant workers, and not professional executives, provide the best rental yield. The NLA...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Big regional firm announces its latest agency acquisition

Fast-growing Yorkshire agency Linley & Simpson has opened a new office in Leeds after acquiring a long-standing lettings firm. Snapping up Morgans...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Onwards and Upwards as Belvoir acquires independent agency

Belvoir has acquired another independent sales and lettings agency - this time it’s Onwards and Upwards, a firm in the Morley...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Politicians Beware! Landlords could decide General Election

A trade body suggests that the votes of private landlords could decide the results in over 100 constituencies in next week’s...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Firm aiming to eliminate deposits by 2025 wins cash injection

Canopy, a firm that says it wants to eliminate rental deposits in the next five years, has won a £50,000 cash...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency reveals Red Hot growth plans as it merges with rival

One of the north east of England’s higher profile estate agencies has restructured and merged with a rival ahead of what...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Acquisition means firm offers residential lettings for first time

Scottish legal firm Gilson Gray has shaped up Coulters Letting, meaning it now enters the residential rentals sector for the first...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £340,000 in 2017 is now fined another £150,000

A rogue landlord has been fined more than £150,000 after failing to rectify safety hazards in a property he let. Latif Rehman...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property company boss fined £35,000 for buy to let licence breaches

The owner of two properties has been fined £35,000 for breaches of the selective licensiing regime in his local area.  At a...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Expect a new breed of buy to let investor in 2020, says top agency

The Black Brick agency, which operates with high net worth clients, is forecasting that 2020 will see the arrival of a...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s time again - we want your office Christmas photos and videos!

Don’t even think how quickly Christmas has come around again: it’s already December so we imagine many offices will be getting...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant reference firm links with PropTech supplier to Leaders Romans

One of the UK’s largest tenant referencing and let insurance providers has announced a new integration with a PropTech firm -...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in agents witnessing rent rises compared to a year ago

The latest rental market snapshot from the Association of Residential Letting Agents suggests that 50 per cent of agents witnessed an...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets firm tries to woo landlords away from buy to let

A short lets firm that describes itself as an “Airbnb management service” is launching an advertising campaign to woo landlords away...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid finds 17 tenants crammed into sub-let HMO

A dawn raid by enforcement officers from a London council has discovered 17 men sleeping on mattresses in a three bedroom...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental homes at Tube stations - first details from lettings giant

More details have emerged of the long-term scheme to site Build To Rent homes at Transport for London tube stations and...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Connells want mandatory regulation of letting agents

A roundtable discussion of rental industry leaders has produced a recommendation for the mandatory regulation of lettings agents. The objective, they say,...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit Alternatives: new entrant to market is Hamilton Fraser

A new product in the increasingly competitive field of deposit alternatives has been launched by lettings and landlord insurance industry giant,...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for lettings - upbeat market forecast for next five years

There’s been an upbeat assessment of how the private rental sector will fare in the next five years from a leading...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb firm backed by two Dragons Den stars rebrands as Nestor

The London Airbnb property management company previously known as AirAgents, has rebranded as Nestor. Established in 2015, AirAgents went on to win...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender welcomes some Labour plans for rental sector

Specialist buy to let mortgage lender Paragon has welcomed Labour's General Election pledge to force rental properties to undergo an annual...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour policies “extreme, unrealistic, damaging” - trade body

Labour’s policies for the private rental sector are “too extreme ... unrealistic and will be hugely damaging to housing supply in...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter resumes attack on ‘unaffordable’ private rents

Controversial housing charity Shelter claims that private renters are collectively paying out £11 billion more a year – around £425 a...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News