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Massive £182,000 fine for buy to let investor after string of HMO offences

A buy to let investor has been found guilty of 35 HMO-related offences - and has to pay a total fine...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges 'living rent' at one third of local average income or less

Labour insists that if it forms the next government it will introduce ‘living rents’ in a new range of affordable homes...

23 April 2018

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Regulation red tape means landlords can’t cope alone, survey shows

A survey has revealed that with over 145 individual laws and more than 400 regulations to follow, it’s dangerous for landlords...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental sector law expert warns on dangers of ignoring MEES regulations

A leading property law specialist has warned that many buy to let investors remain unaware of the new Minimum Energy Efficiency...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of buy to let investors looking beyond residential

Over half of mortgage brokers say they have been approached by buy to let investors seeking to diversify their portfolios within...

20 April 2018

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More evidence that some buy to let investors are reducing portfolios

Small-scale landlords and those with the very largest portfolios appear to be ‘resizing’ - selling off some units to cope with...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Charity returns to the attack over alleged ‘revenge evictions’

The Citizens Advice consumer charity claims that 28 per cent of private tenants who have experienced problems while renting have not...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency’s ‘decade of data’ shows transformation of rental sector

Belvoir has published what it calls ‘a decade of data’ tracking the changes in the private rental sector since 2008, when...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Confiscation of buy to let properties amongst new measures urged by MPs

MPs want a review of laws surrounding private rental standards, including councils having the right to confiscate buy to let properties...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry wants more policing of rental sector rather than yet more reform

Trade bodies have been responding to today’s report of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee deliberations on the private...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents should embrace Build To Rent, urges PropTech chief

The chief of a PropTech firm says letting agents should consider participating in the growing Build to Rent sector.  Until now, many...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

TV show acts as warning to letting agents over fake tenant references

A TV show on Channel 5 this evening may well serve as a warning to letting agents about the dangers of...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trio of agents appointed to handle prestigious London estate

Kay & Co, Carter Jonas and Druce have been appointed as joint sole letting agent for the entire Howard de Walden...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey bucks trend by showing buy to let investors ready to expand

A new survey appears to buck the trend of recent rental market snapshots by showing that buy to let investors are...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech start-up wants progress on counting rent towards creditworthiness

One of the six PropTech start-ups shortlisted to develop a system allowing tenants’ rental histories to count towards their creditworthiness says...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More tenant-power and rent controls demanded by key think-tank

An influential think tank is calling on government to radically reform the private rental sector because a generation of young people...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants SDLT surcharge scrapped and CGT incentives for buy to let

A leading lettings sector trade body has repeated its call on government to offer a range of incentives to landlords and...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm that laid off 40 early this year now set to take on new staff

Goodlord, the PropTech company which restructured earlier this year and laid off a reported 40 members of staff, is fighting back...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey gives insight into tenants’ willingness to pay more rent

A new survey released this morning gives an insight into how tenants manage rental payments and their willingness - in some...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb teams up with ‘hosting agencies’ to encourage more short-lets

Airbnb has announced that it has teamed up with three hosting agencies in the UK in a bid to make the...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Average rents across Britain up 1.7% in a year says Countrywide

The average cost of a new let reached £951 per month in Great Britain in March - that’s up 1.7 per...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says more BTL investors remortgaging to improve  properties

The number of landlords re-mortgaging to release money for home improvements has reached a record high according to Countrywide. In the last...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents remain unchanged across much of the UK

Rents have risen a negligible 0.9 per cent across the UK in the last 12 months according to HomeLet. The average monthly...

16 April 2018

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PropTech: Rental compliance platform secures another £500k funding

Rental compliance platform GetRentr has raised over £500,000 from investors including a private equity firm and private individuals. GetRentr uses artificial intelligence...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid in London reveals illegal House in Multiple Occupation

Council officers staged a dawn raid to uncover an unlicensed HMO in north London. The team discovered 10 men and women sleeping...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent total ‘built and planned’ surges to 180,000

New figures show a 30 per cent rise in the past year in the number of Build To Rent units planned,...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator offers five year tenancies to attract families

Build To Rent operator and long-term volume landlord organisation Grainger says it is pioneering five-year leases “in a bid to overhaul...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Student lettings firm snapped up by expanding franchise agency

Franchise agency Redstones, which has 13 offices across the Midlands, has acquired student letting company Housemates. Redstones, now one of the largest...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Group’s new chair wants inventories at heart of ‘professional’ lettings

The new sole chair of the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says he wants the service to be at the heart...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Two major buy to let lenders increase cost of mortgages

The price of some buy to let mortgages looks set to rise across the board following the decisions of two of...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Over half BTL investors to sell some properties’ - claim

Specialist funding platform Property Partner has conducted a survey which suggests that 54 per cent of landlords are selling all or some...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency fined £40,000 after death of woman in block

A property managing agent has been ordered to pay £40,000 following the death of a woman at a fire at a...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Up to 10,000 agents could quit because of regulation - claim

Franchises giant Belvoir says there are over 10,000 potential acquisition targets which could be wanting a way out of the lettings...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group reveals possible financial cost of fees ban

The Property Franchise Group has given an insight into the effect of the ban on lettings fees likely to be introduced...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: where voids are at their worst (and their best)

The UK Association of Letting Agents has revealed where voids are at their worst in the rental sector - and where...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Police and council probe lettings property riddled with safety issues

West Midlands Police and Birmingham council teamed up to investigate a property in the city which was riddled with health and...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty figures show massive reliance on buy to let purchases

Some 43 per cent of all stamp duty comes from buy to let investors and holiday home purchasers - and almost...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Belvoir anticipates consolidation as firm reports profits leap

Belvoir has reported a year of strong growth in 2017, with group revenue up 14 per cent and pre-tax profit soaring...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental ‘sherpa’ start-up seeks £250,000 to use Artificial Intelligence

A PropTech firm which uses so-called ‘sherpas’ to find lettings properties for would-be renters, is now seeking £250,000 through crowdfunding to...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Everything you ever needed to know about The ESTAS 2018...

It’s less than two weeks before The ESTAS 2018 held in London on Friday April 20. It’s the biggest and best bash...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of those who let holiday homes live outside the area

The holiday lets market is just starting to pick up and new research shows that 80 per cent of those who...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Will Labour win the next election thanks to the private rental sector?

A new analysis by campaigning housing organisation Shelter claims the changes within the private rental sector could indirectly lose the next...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of buy to let investors hits a record 2.5m says agency

The number of buy to let investors in the UK has hit a record high of 2.5m in the latest tax...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents with banning orders: government to release numbers for each area

A statement from the government has repeated its determination to clean up the private rental sector through a series of measures,...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body says post-Grenfell fire report is 'a missed opportunity'

The government’s review into building and fire safety regulations is missing the opportunity to assess fire safety regulations on a wider...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

'Clumsy' new lettings rules may lead to agents quitting - claim

Ian Wilson, chief executive of The Property Franchise Group, says new rules for regulating the lettings sector will probably be clumsily...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposit-free private renting 'may tempt tenants from social housing'

A survey suggests that the advent of deposit-free renting in parts of the private rental sector may tempt tenants away from...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants across the UK spend over half disposable income on rent

The average UK rent outside London is now £761, with London’s average being £1,879 - meaning tenants across the country now...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Another product offering an alternative to deposits hits the market

The rapid growth in alternative non-deposit schemes for letting agents, landlords and tenants has hit the market. This one, from Blinc UK, claims...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue lettings agency to be featured in TV documentary this evening

A rogue lettings agency which is no longer trading is to be featured in a TV documentary this evening on Channel...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' body brands secret database of rogue landlords pointless

ARLA has branded the government’s long-awaited database of rogue landlords as “pointless” because it will not be made public. The Ministry of...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons warns on multiple challenges facing private rental sector

Foxtons is warning that the private rental sector - traditionally a strong earner for the company even in times of challenging...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading Conservative says government should cut tax for rental sector

A leading Conservative peer says the government should cut taxes for buy to let investors and regard them as part of...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents will 'exploit' default fees, claims consumer group

A consumer group says that the Tenants Fees Bill - which will eventually ban letting agents’ fees levied on renters -...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More industry backing for government's crackdown on agents

The Property Ombudsman is the latest property industry player to throw its support behind the introduction of mandatory qualifications and a...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Council set to introduce spot-checks on conditions of rental properties

A council says it is adopting a new approach to proactively tackling poor housing conditions in privately rented homes in one...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Husband and wife agency owners start search for lettings firms to acquire

A Derby-based agency says it’s on the acquisition trail and seeking lettings operations to take over. Birchover Sales and Lettings - led...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants get £7,638 compensation from property firm over pigeons

A property company that failed to repair a pigeon-infested loft has been fined a total of £31,026, including an order to...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome mandatory qualification, new regulator and code of practice

Letting agents have responded with enthusiasm to the government’s announcement over the Easter weekend that the industry would in future have...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the 10 best (and worst) performing locations for buy to let

Specialist buy to let lender LendInvest has looked at 105 postcodes across England and Wales to find the best (and worst)...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposits mean tenants 'miss out on £80m in interest' - claim

Academic research suggests tenants in England and Wales are missing out on £80m of interest to tenancy deposit schemes every single...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL sector still needs £400m expenditure to boost energy efficiency levels

The buy to let sector still requires £400m spending on improving the energy efficiency of its stock in order to conform...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings management firm must pay almost £40,000 after 'record' fine

A property management company which ignored a series of housing safety regulations and flouted laws designed to protect tenants’ rights has...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Government reveals letting agents' mandatory qualification and code of conduct

The government has this morning - Easter Sunday - announced a crackdown on rogue letting agents in the shape of a...

01 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs tell government to cap rental deposits at five weeks

A Select Committee of MPs investigating the proposed ban on agents’ fees levied on tenants says the measure could save renters...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent 'not demonstrating its worth' says government inspector

The controversial Right To Rent policy has been attacked as having failed “to demonstrate its worth” in encouraging immigration compliance. Under Right...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agent fined for placing tenants in his own unsafe properties

A Brighton and Hove lettings agent has been fined more than £3,000 for allowing two properties that he owned himself to...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent provider unveils plans for 1,500 new homes

Build To Rent provider Get Living has revealed plans to invest up to £180m in 756 units in Leeds. Acquired by Get...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rate of rental growth slows north of the border, says Your Move

Rents in Scotland continue to grow but the rate is slowing according to the latest data from Your Move. The average rental...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns of thousands of landlords not ready for energy changes

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is warning that “thousands” of landlords simply are not ready for energy efficiency changes coming...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals top 10 rental growth areas over the past decade

Rightmove has revealed that the 10 year average growth in asking rents across London has been 25 per cent, and over...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council wants to introduce licensing at hefty £775 per property

A 10 week consultation period begins today on selective licensing in the central area of Blackpool - with the council threatening...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Short lets company says amateur landlords could cash in this Easter

A short lets management firm claims Londoners who let their homes over the upcoming Easter weekend could bag themselves a small...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

National roll-out for short lets platform backed by Purplebricks chief

Lavanda, a platform for short-lets backed by Purplebricks’ co-founder Kenny Bruce, says it is to roll-out across the UK from later...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart's 100-branch network signs up to no-deposit platform

Spicerhaart has signed up with a deposit-free renting platform to offer landlords and tenants the option of working with a no-deposit system...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

London agency adds 1,000 units to stock after two acquisitions

Stirling Ackroyd, the six-branch estate and letting agency bought last summer by Nick Dunning Associates, has acquired the lettings book of...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Belvoir brings industry veteran Michael Stoop on board

Belvoir Lettings has announced that industry veteran Michael Stoop has joined the board as a non-executive director, with Nicholas Leeming stepping...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for rent controls to help 'ignored' older tenants

Policy makers concerned with the private rental sector ignore the needs of older tenants who are regarded as “invisible”. That’s the claim...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Ombudsman expels lettings agencies over payments issues

The Property Ombudsman has released details of two letting agencies expelled over financial issues, and the extension of an expulsion period...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Veteran lettings industry chief returns to Countrywide fold

Well known lettings industry figure John Hards is re-joining Countrywide as National Lettings Director with immediate effect. He first joined Countrywide in...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

300,000 buy to lets could be caught in energy switch, Which? warns

The consumer group Which? says the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards starting next weekend could affect 300,000 buy to let properties.  From...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you on it? Here’s the ESTAS People’s Award shortlist

The ESTAS has announced its final and, to many, its most prestigious shortlist for this year’s awards - a special category...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Only 16% of tenants say they positively choose to rent

New research reveals that only 16 per cent of private tenants positively choose to rent. The study, commissioned by specialist insurance firm...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

More over 60s now renting, says Ageing Better report

A growing number of over 60s in the UK are renting, according to new research from the Centre for Ageing Better. It...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender demands borrowers prove they conform with MEES

A specialist buy to let lender is making changes to its lending conditions to ensure its residential and commercial borrowers conform...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposit cap will be a 'charter for cheats' warns trade body

Proposals to cap security deposits for private rented housing to six weeks rent risk creating a charter for rent cheats warns...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

EastEnders praised for its depiction of rental deposit disputes

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme is sending its congratulations to the writers of an EastEnders storyline tackling problems in the private rented sector. A recent...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Management firm's £2,000 bill for failing to keep property in good repair

A property management company has been landed with a legal bill of almost £2,000 after admitting that it failed to keep...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide announces resignation of leading lettings figure

Countrywide has announced that Dan Channer - a well-known figure in the lettings industry generally, and managing director of Oxford-based Finders...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings market slowing according to latest Agency Express survey

Board company Agency Express says the buoyant start to the year’s lettings market has given way to a slowdown. In its February...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Software firm selected to handle some MEES exceptions from next month

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has selected a software supplier to handle some of the exceptions to the...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest crowdfunding lettings product aims to avoid buy to let constraints

Another property crowdfunding investment product has been launched, aiming to offer investors an alternative to the increasingly regulated and taxed buy...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Newspaper claims agency lures tenants with homes that are unavailable

The Observer newspaper has published a story alleging that a London lettings agency “pressured” prospective tenants into accepting accommodation without viewing...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgages for buy to let investors now harder to get, claims trade body

A new survey by a leading lettings trade body suggests that the Bank of England’s attempts to make buy to let...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Another £1.4m of public funding for PropTech 'help tenants buy' projects

The government says that later this year it will allocate a further £1.4m to PropTech firms looking at how tenants’ rent...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council hits buy to let investors with fines in licensing clampdown

Two landlords have been hit with hefty court fines for failing to comply with a local licensing scheme. The pair are the...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency research lifts the lid on tenants' finances and demographics

The average rental household in London has 2.1 rent-paying tenants, each paying £775 per month, equating to an average property rent...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Volatile lettings sector means increasing use of rental-protection products

Increased volatility in the private rental sector and rising costs for landlords and investors have combined to lead to an increased...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Average London tenant now requires £3,000 deposit, claims agent

A warning has come from a campaigning letting agent that London’s landlords agents could be costing themselves tenants by requiring them...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

University extends student lettings business to wider market

As students begin their search for housing for the next academic year, a university has relaunched a dedicated lettings agency service The...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest Build To Rent scheme has on-site host, parking and co-working space

A new Build To Rent scheme being launched shortly in Greenwich offers tenants an on-site concierge-style ‘host’, a lounger, co-working space...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Client Money Protection ‘could come in next month’

One of the client money protection schemes operating in the lettings sector says he believes agents and property managers could be...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents would have to be pretty dumb to be fined for not displaying fees

A Kent county councillor says letting agents “would have to be pretty dumb” to allow a situation arise whereby they would...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body renews call for agents to back mandatory rental inventories

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has renewed its call for letting agents and other property professionals to back an online...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Leaders announces 10th acquisition in just nine months

Leaders has completed its 10th acquisition in the last nine months. It has snapped up Temples agency which gives it new branches...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Government's rental sector taxes blamed for curbing house building totals

A lettings trade body says a major house builder has blamed, in part, recent tax increases on private landlords as a...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New minimum space and waste storage rules revealed by government

The government has set out new measures to mitigate against overcrowded and dangerous living conditions of private tenants in shared homes. From...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant fall in numbers using buy to let to fund retirement

There has been a drop in the proportion of people becoming buy to let landlords in order to boost their retirement...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Acquisitions take agency past 5,500 managed properties milestone

Yorkshire estate agency Linley & Simpson has completed a hat-trick of acquisitions taking its letting portfolio past the milestone of 5,500...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body unveils seven-point plan for future of private renting

The National Landlords Association has revealed a seven-point plan which would allow the Welsh Government greater powers over the private rental...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour’s Andy Burnham to reveal his vision for the private rental sector

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, will is to reveal his vision for the private rental sector to a Residential...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove’s biggest acquisition yet as it snaps up independent agency

Hybrid brand EweMove says its purchase of a traditional lettings agency with 350 properties on its book constitutes its biggest biggest...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Couple face having rental income confiscated after planning offence

A couple who illegally converted an office block into 14 flats have been found guilty for disregarding planning laws - and...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body says tax increases are choking off rental investment

A trade body says new figures released by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility show that the government’s recent tax increases...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Just 4% of tenants and landlords up to speed on MEES - claim

A new survey suggests that only four per cent of tenants and landlords are aware of the new Minimum Energy Efficiency...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank of England issues gloomy buy to let mortgage lending figures

The Bank of England has issued gloomy figures on buy to let lending, suggesting the clampdown on mortgage interest tax relief...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Short-let management service secures £5m of new investment

Airsorted, which describes itself as “the world’s largest hosting management service” says it has secured £5m in funding to expand.  Airsorted provides...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Wrong move on Rightmove photos: spot the tenant and the agent....

Our thanks to the eagle-eyed Richard Cross of B H Realty for spotting one or two less-than-perfect things on a Rightmove...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants property professionals to serve as local reps

The National Landlords Association is seeking property professionals to be its local representatives across the country. The association says these representatives “are...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New Labour chief pledges to introduce stringent rent controls

The new leader of the Labour party in Scotland says his party will introduce “stringent” rent controls if it gains power...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

London-based student lettings platform targets global audience

Spotahome, a London-based student lettings platform, has acquired another platform aimed at students, Erasmusu, in a bid to expand its international...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency merger allows wider range of services for landlords and sellers

Two agencies in Cheshire have merged, allowing a lettings business to now offer sales, mortgages and other home mover packages to...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

The search is on to find the Landlord Of The Year

A quest has started to find the UK’s best landlord who goes the extra mile to ensure tenants receive the ultimate...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency bosses on fraud and related charges amounting to £450,000

The former owner and director of a Plymouth lettings agency are to stand trial on charges of fraud, false accounting and...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body accuses government of allowing 'money grabbing' new charge

A trade body is calling on the government to repeal the fee that councils can now charge when an Article 4...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

More politicians back controversial site that reviews letting agents

Local media in Bristol say politicians in the city are considering supporting a controversial website that allows tenants to rate and...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL investors who sold last year made an average £86,651 - Countrywide

The average landlord who sold their rental property in 2017 did so for £86,651 more than they paid for it, having...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Use fees ban as opportunity to streamline your business, agents urged

A leading figure in the PropTech sector is urging letting agents to use the 2019 lettings fee ban as an opportunity...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

easyProperty launches two new lettings option priced up to £499

Online agency easyProperty has announced the launch of two new lettings options.  One, called easyLet, is broadly a listings service: for £99...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals 70 councils now have selective or additional licensing

A survey by consumer group Which?, working with landlords’ associations, reveals that 70 local authorities now have selective or additional licensing...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Eastern areas see strongest rental growth in the past year, says lender

Rents in the UK grew by an average, and tiny, 0.69 per cent in the year to the end of February,...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

TDS reveals dates for agents' training on deposits and adjudications

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has announced new dates for its academy courses, delivering training on tenancy deposit disputes and adjudication to...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council endorses lettings review website ‘to improve rental stock’

Oxford’s Labour council has given its support to a lettings review website because it claims it will help drive up the...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Top industry body joins calls for councils to prioritise Build To Rent

The British Property Federation is calling upon more councils to support Build To Rent following the government’s recognition of the sector in...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

MEES just the start of government plans for rental sector - claim

With only three weeks to go to the introduction of the first phase of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, a specialist mortgage...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Strong growth in property investor numbers - at least until recently

An analysis of data released by HM Revenue and Customs shows that 1.9 million people earned money from property in 2015-16...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency says 85% of branches are seeing landlords quitting sector

Belvoir says there is no evidence of a large-scale sell-off of buy to let properties by beleaguered landlords, but 85 per...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for council officers and members to 'get educated about Build To Rent'

Reaction to the government’s call for developers and planning authorities to be more flexible in their approach to increasing the housing...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Courses aim to update letting agents on housing law changes

Three one-day courses are being held this year - the first next week - aimed at updating letting agents on changes...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency reports another drop in prime central London rents

Knight Frank says prime central London rents have fallen on a quarterly basis for the 28th consecutive month - a record. The...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for tax reform and 'new business model' for lettings sector

Tax increases on the rental sector are leaving young people unable to access the homes they need, an industry body claims. The...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New rental ratings and reviews platform tries to cut out lettings agents

A new online platform says it allows renters and landlords to review each other and give Trustpilot-style ratings - but it...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Some buy to let mortgage rates return to lowest-ever levels

The independent mortgage market monitor Moneyfacts says some buy to let mortgage rates have gone back to record lows. The monitor says...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Second lettings sector body completes total rebrand exercise

A lettings trade body has announced a rebrand - the second organisation in the sector to do so in a matter...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Court case shows agents must be scrupulous in issuing paperwork to tenants

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is reminding its members - and all letting agents - of the need to be...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent likely to feature prominently in planning framework revamp

Experts suggest that Build To Rent is likely to be heavily promoted when the government announces its latest revamp to the...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to review selective licensing schemes in near future

The government has pledged to begin a review of the selective licensing across the private rental sector once MPs return from...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents in prime central London have now been falling for two full years

Average rental values in prime central London fell 2.1 per cent in the year to February according to Knight Frank -...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest acquisitions by Belvoir will add millions to revenue stream

Belvoir has announced what it calls “a significant acquisition” by one of its franchisees, which is set to add almost £1m...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body upset at provisions of extended HMO mandatory licensing system

The Residential Landlords’ Association is upset at the government’s confirmation that the extension of mandatory HMO licensing will come into force...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA's advice over next month's MEES changes: act - and quickly

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is reminding its members to tell landlord clients that they have only a month to...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Alarm bells ring as ARLA warns of London rental supply slump

The number of properties available to rent in London is now 46 per cent below the national average according to ARLA...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents' fees ban looks set to be implemented soon in Wales

The Welsh Government’s housing minister has tweeted that the results of a formal consultation process on a ban on agents’ fees...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG-backed 'no deposit' scheme wins agency investors

The ZPG-backed Zero Deposit scheme, one of a number now existing putting forward an alternative to traditional deposits, has announced four...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New law urging longer tenancies and rent controls leads to rent rises - claim

Well over twice as many Scottish tenants have seen their rents rise at the start of the year compared to those...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents being selected to take part in most authoritative rental survey

Some letting agencies and selected landlords are being asked to take part in a new survey investigating views and experiences in...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New tool allows agents to check property EPCs ahead of MEES change

An ‘instant EPC ratings check’ has been created on the website of Mortgages for Business allowing agents to check the ratings...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency rebrands to win back support from student tenants

Brighton’s largest lettings agency MTM Property has rebranded under the new name Coapt. The rebranding involved a year of workshops, client and...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgages more expensive - but there's more choice, too

The cost of most mainstream buy to let mortgages is increasing according to online operator Mortgage Brain. The cost of a two...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents who say 'No DSS tenants' may be acting unlawfully

Letting agents who act on landlords’ instructions to refuse tenants claiming benefits may be breaking the law. A legal case recently found...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked agents and landlords: 'theft totaliser' looks set for record year

The cash value of tenancy deposits crooked landlords and letting agents have been convicted of pocketing in 2018 has already passed...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fightback starts against huge lettings licensing charge imposed by council

The local media in Bristol are reporting that landlords in the city are complaining that they face backruptcy if a hugely...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest Build To Rent scheme has five year tenancies aimed at families

Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, has launched a scheme of 29 two, three and four bedroom houses aimed...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech: £2m raised by site marketing only homes-with-tenants

A new website specifically dedicated to marketing rented property with tenants in place has raised over £2m investment in the past...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting scandal as three head tenants rent out house to 35 men

Three head tenants who sub-let a three bedroom house to 35 men have been hit with over £23,000 in fines. Gheorghe-Valentin Lingurar...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Only 17 per cent of tenants get mandatory How To Rent booklet - claim

A specialist insurance firm claims that only 17 per cent of tenants receive the latest version of the mandatory How To...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body rebrands with new-look logo and revised website

One of the industry’s highest profile trade bodies has rebranded with a new logo and heavily revised website.  The National Landlords Association...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Claims that evictions happen 'for no reason' are misleading, says agent

A head of a major agency says it is misleading to suggest that tenants are evicted ‘for no reason’. Mark Pilling, the...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents rise gently - but tenants may be persuaded to pay more, says LSL

The latest figures from LSL Property Services suggest that rents have increased across the UK by an average 2.5 per cent in the...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency launches 'pay on success' premium option

The online lettings agency Upad has launched what it describes as a “pay on success” option for landlord clients.  The company says...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA issues stark warning - Renters are in for a rough ride in 2018

ARLA Propertymark has issued a downbeat report on the lettings sector’s start to 2018.  Its report on the market's performance in January says...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss calls for introduction of ‘rogue tenants’ database

The head of a major PropTech company serving the lettings sector says he want to see the introduction of a database...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour MPs protest over ‘damage’ done by spread of Airbnb-style short lets

Senior Labour MPs have spoken out about what they believe are the anti-social and detrimental effects of short lets on surrounding...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council proposes hefty £1,660 lettings licensing charge

Bristol council is consulting on a licensing scheme which could see buy to let investors paying £1,660 for a five year...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landmark court ruling stops councils over-reaching on licensing conditions

The Court of Appeal has ruled that councils cannot use selective licensing conditions to impose new standards on private rented homes. In...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Panorama: trade body says most landlords do not abuse eviction powers

Trade bodies have started to react to last evening’s Panorama programme claiming alleged abuse of the Section 21 eviction system in...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Tonight's BBC Panorama to investigate controversial Section 21 evictions

Tonight's edition of BBC Panorama will investigate the Section 21 evictions process, also known as 'no-fault evictions'. The show - 'Evicted for...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Startup which takes renters to viewings in a cab raises £3 million

An ambitious PropTech startup has raised £2.8 million to fund its bid to 'reinvent the London renting experience'. Homie, a search platform...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Criminals hurl concrete block through agent's front window

A group of criminals threw a large concrete block through a window to gain access to an estate and letting agency. The...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords fined for flouting selective licensing scheme

A local authority has fined four landlords who failed to licence a total of seven properties under its selective licensing scheme. Hastings...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for affordable rental homes to help families trapped in 'insecure' PRS

A housing charity has called for the government to build more affordable social homes for rent to help families 'trapped' in...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings market picking up momentum after annual lull

The UK lettings market has enjoyed a 'robust' start to 2018, according to the latest Agency Express Property Activity Index. The number...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

London council extends licensing scheme as it nears £1m in fines

Brent Council has confirmed that the government has approved its request to extend the local selective licensing scheme. The local authority, which...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Milestone: £12 billion of BTL mortgages transferred between lenders

The successful transfer of £12 billion worth of buy-to-let mortgages has been completed.  Last year, Blackstone and Prudential purchased the book of...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector at forefront of government redress proposals

The lettings sector is at the forefront of government proposals for a new redress system for customers of agents and others.  In...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to give evidence to MPs over Draft Tenants' Fees Bill

The sittings of the select committee looking into government proposals to ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants resume this week...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Fixflo names digital guru as head of heavyweight board

PropTech repairs company Fixflo has appointed digital guru Michael Murphy as non-executive chairman. Murphy has previously worked in high-growth and digital subscription...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Second fine in two months for poor standard rental accommodation

A rogue landlord has been fined twice in the space of two months for failing to provide a suitable standard of...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Difficulties for younger home-buyers 'shows need for thriving rental sector'

A trade group says diminishing rates of home ownership amongst younger people shows the need to have a thriving private rental...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent stole over £350,000 of deposits to fund lavish lifestyle

The director of a lettings agency who who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds to spend on holidays and other luxuries...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in thefts of tenants' cash, says campaigning letting agent

Crooked landlords and letting agents were convicted of stealing £1,162,037 of tenant’s cash in 2017 – a rise of 14 per...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

42 per cent of tenants unhappy with agents' fees despite imminent ban

A new survey claims that 42 per cent of private sector tenants are unhappy with paying letting agents’ fees, despite the...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Third of professional landlords to expand portfolios, despite buy to let woes

A third of UK property professionals are set to expand their portfolios in 2018 despite a backdrop of increased challenges in...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fines total £27,000 for failure to abide by council licensing regime

Two buy to let investors have been fined a total of more than £27,000 under enforcement powers introduced in Burnley to...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of fraud threat as scammers target Facebook groups

We’re grateful to The Property Group, an agency in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, for alerting us to an incident involving its Mayfair Town...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Proved - rent controls linked to inflation would cost tenants more

The Residential Landlords Association says Labour’s proposals to link rent increases to inflation would leave tenants worse off according to official...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government backs one of UK's largest selective licensing schemes outside London

The government has given the go ahead to what will be one of the UK’s largest selective licensing scheme outside of...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency partners with online auction firm to sell tenanted properties

Lettings agency IPS Estates is partnering with Midlands auction specialist SDL Auctions to sell tenanted properties online. IPS Estates, based in Derbyshire, will...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Champion of strict rental sector controls faces Momentum challenge

It is being reported that the Labour mayor of Newham council - that’s the authority which has introduced stricter controls on...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents duped by man sub-letting homes to create £7m cannabis empire

Letting agents were amongst those duped by a Merseyside builder who rented 33 homes and then sub-let them to allow the...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council tackles complaints about 561 unauthorised To Let boards

The city council in Nottingham claims it has taken action against no fewer than 561 unauthorised To Let boards under powers...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour must clarify tenants-with-pets policy, says trade body

A trade body says it wants more clarity from the Labour Party on its proposals to allow private sector tenants to...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Belvoir expands in the north and says it's seeking more acquisitions

The Bulman agency in Whitehaven is to be rebranded as Belvoir, the company’s first in Carlisle. On top of that the amalgamation of...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council drops lettings licensing plan after massive backlash

This is a rare story: a council has dropped a plan for a lettings licensing scheme as a result of 900...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Student-focussed lettings agency says business helped by SMS marketing

A Birmingham-based student lettings agency says it has seen improved response rates from student tenants and viewers thanks to the use...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents rising in almost every region of the UK says HomeLet

Rents in the UK rose by an average of 2.4 per cent in the year to the end of January according...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council marks 125 prosecutions against agents, landlords and sub-letters

A London council is marking 125 successful prosecutions against agents, landlords and sub-letting tenants since 2016. The authority, Brent, says the convictions...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked letting agent must repay thousands from his own pension

A crooked lettings agent has been ordered to repay thousands of pounds from his pension. As previously reported on Letting Agent Today...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

The new lettings market - fewer Millennials, more Generation Z

Countrywide’s latest analysis of the lettings market says millennials are slowly but surely becoming homeowners, giving ground in the rentals sector...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t force longer tenancies on rental sector, government told

Trade bodies including ARLA, RICS, NALS and landlord organisations have met with the government to send a clear message - think...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Market on the turn? London rental growth now strongest in Britain

For the second month running, rental growth in London has outstripped the rest of the country according to data released today...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Older prime London properties ‘harder to let’ warns agency

High end agency Strutt & Parker is warning that older properties in prime central London are getting harder to let, with...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Another increase in number of buy to let properties in arrears

The number of buy to let properties in arrears has risen again according to figures released by UK Finance, formerly the...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let portfolios set to expand despite tax obstacles, claims broker

No fewer than 44 per cent of landlords plan to expand their portfolios before July 2018 despite tax obstacles, according to...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Compulsory independent inventory petition to MPs nears 1,000 signature mark

An online petition urging MPs to make it compulsory for privately let properties to be subject to independent inventory reporting is...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator and developer announces two new projects

Build To Rent developer and operator PLATFORM_ has announced its first scheme in Scotland and an expansion of an existing development...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New website plans to sell buy to let properties with tenants in place

A new website called Vesta has launched aiming to sell investment properties with tenants in place.  The team behind the site describe...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Belvoir keen to snap up agencies selling-up after fees ban

Belvoir has told its shareholders that it aims to acquire agencies that exit the lettings sector when the ban on fees...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove pair acquire 100-unit lettings portfolio from independent agency

Franchise holders of EweMove in the westcountry have acquired over 100 managed units from an independent agency. Anita Light and Paul Gammage,...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Average rents climbing in every UK region for first time in two years - claim

The average cost of renting a home is now rising across every UK region for the first time in almost two...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise as lettings stock not keeping pace with demand - RICS

Tenant demand edged up in the three months to January, according to RICS, but landlord instructions have fallen back - suggesting...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Net buy to let investment slumps 80 per cent in two years - claim

Net buy to let investment has fallen 80 per cent in the past two years, a mortgage lenders’ group claims.  The Intermediary...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents starting to moderate in outer London says lettings trade body

The National Landlords’ Association is reporting that around 16 per cent of its members in outer London have reduced rents over...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage applications grow in regions outside London

Specialist buy to let lender Commercial Trust claims at least two other regions of the UK are now vying with London...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive fines and costs for property firm and landlord over HMO breaches

A council says it hopes a massive set of fines and costs imposed on one buy to let investor and his...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency prosecuted for breaking HMO and licensing regulations

A lettings agency apparently trying to get around HMO regulations has been prosecuted for licensing and housing offences.  Easy Let Agency let...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Short-lets management firm says it backs Labour call for sector regulation

One of the many firms that has sprung up to manage Airbnb-style short let accommodation says it backs the Labour Party’s...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Lender creates specialist 'family buy to let' mortgage product

A mortgage lender has created a special buy to let product aimed at landlords who let a property to a close...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Veteran agent joins Proptech firm behind lettings scheduling tool

The veteran estate agent Michael Stoop has become a non-executive director of Sorbet, a PropTech company which has created a software...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Crackdown continues on 'self managing landlords' in Wales

Landlords in Wales who manage their own properties are being reminded that they must submit their licence application to Rent Smart...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' code of conduct could happen in England, says PropTech chief

The man behind a leading lettings industry PropTech company says the new Code of Conduct to clean up the rental sector...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector growing despite tax and other issues - Nationwide

Analysis of government figures by the Nationwide suggest that the buy to let sector is still growing despite tax changes and...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

'Serious' landlords not giving up on buy to let, claims agency chief

An online agency claims that serious portfolio landlords are staying faithful to buy to let despite recent tax and regulation changes...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

High London rents driving tenants into sharing, claims online operator

High London rents - with the average now running at £1,280 - are driving tenants into sharing according to an online...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Proceeds of Crime Act used for first time to punish lettings licensing breach

A London council has been the first in the country to use the Proceeds of Crime Act for a breach in...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body backs attempts to overturn Right To Rent migrant checks

The Residential Landlords Association has reiterated its opposition to Right To Rent, and is backing two legal challenges to the measure. Letting...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA says new Code of Conduct is watershed moment for industry

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has described the introduction of a code of conduct and official register for letting agents...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency donates 15 per cent of profits to local housing association

A lettings agency operating in Cardiff has expanded its business and now donates 15 per cent of profits to a local...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

£650,000 for Proptech firm that streamlines lettings utility bills

A PropTech firm that simplifies utility billing, with the aim of reducing property management effort by letting agents, has received £650,000...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Two legal challenges being mounted against Right To Rent policy

It’s been revealed this morning that there are two legal challenges being mounted against the Right To Rent policy, which obliges...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Sex for Rent: TV programme exposes 'alternative payments' sleaze

A TV news programme has exposed how a sleazy male landlord - who presumably did not instruct a letting agent -...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fake letting agent is finally arrested - a month after being sentenced to jail

A fake agent who made thousands from letting out rooms that didn’t exist has been arrested - a month after being...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fewer up-front costs could kick-start market, says tenant referencing firm

The trend towards reducing or eliminating deposits at the same time as edging towards a ban on letting agents’ fees on...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade group releases details of anti-fees ban evidence put to MPs

The Residential Landlords’ Association has released details of the evidence it put to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee which...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Another city to host its first Build To Rent development

Legal & General has exchanged contracts to acquire land in the centre of Brighton in order to deliver the city’s first...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent accused of fraud, false accounting and theft amounting to £450,000

The former director of a lettings agency in Plymouth is to appear in court in March facing charges of fraud, false...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills urges landlords to be flexible to attract 'the short-let demographic'

Savills is urging its landlord clients to be more flexible in order to meet the new expectations of younger renters in...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New squeeze on Airbnb-style short lets from politicians across the UK

Politicians in London and Scotland are looking at new controls which could be imposed on home owners letting out their properties...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Unite trials no-deposit insurance scheme for students renting in HMOs

Student accommodation specialist Unite is launching a new service, called Conker, which aims to replace deposits with insurance schemes for students...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

It's today - Letting Agent Code of Practice introduced in Scotland

The code sets out the standards to be met by anyone engaged in lettings including specific requirements around how clients’ money...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide lettings agency to trial no-deposit rentals in four offices

Countrywide’s Hamptons International is to work with a PropTech firm to try out a no-deposit lettings scheme in four of its offices. Hamptons’...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Goodlord company chiefs reveal issues that led to redundancies

Two of the leaders of PropTech company Goodlord have revealed some of the issues that this month drove the company to...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent-free tenants and two landlords fined over property management

Two landlords and two tenants were fined a total of over £11,000 after losing their appeal against housing convictions concerning property...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

NALS reveals big annual fee increases for London lettings licences

Research by NALS has revealed extensive increases in the cost of licensing of lettings properties and landlords by local authorities in...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New branch promotes no-deposit service as '21st century letting'

A new branch of the Move Revolution agency has opened in Weston-super-Mare, heavily promoting the concept of no-deposit renting.  The branch is...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Criminal letting agent spared jail after stealing over £7,600 from tenants

A letting agent has been spared jail despite stealing over £7,600 from tenants to subsidise his failing business.  Simon Cawley, from Kingsbridge...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to hear evidence on fees ban from ARLA, NALS and others today

The select committee monitoring the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government will continue its deliberations today on the government’s ban...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

A fifth of English households now privately renting, new figures reveal

Analysis of the latest English Housing Survey data reveals that the private rental sector provides homes to a fifth of the population,...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Midlands and north of England come out top for buy to let yields

Liverpool and Nottingham are the UK’s best performing property investment locations, according to mortgage broker Private Finance.  Both cities enjoy average rental...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Stark warning that recent buy to let investors will face losses by 2021

Well over half of those investors who recently secured buy to let mortgages risk facing losses when mortgage interest tax changes...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents have more stock on their books than any time since early 2015

The average number of properties managed by letting agents rose from 192 in November to 200 in December – the highest...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let boost as younger people 'favour property over pensions'

New figures appear to show that younger people may prefer investing in property over pensions - giving new hope to the...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Romans is latest agency to back banning orders on rogue agents

Romans has thrown its weight behind the banning orders being introduced in April which could see rogue letting agents and landlords...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Alexa! Tell me about this agency's service for landlords and tenants

Vesper Homes, a high-end London property management firm, has developed an Alexa Skill which will mean landlords and tenants can receive...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Gas check changes give more flexibility to agents and landlords

Agents and landlords with responsibilities to ensure gas checks are carried out in private rental properties may have more flexibility over...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading PropTech entrepreneur backs stricter HMO regulations

The chief operating officer of a leading PropTech company says government proposals to increase mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales issues 185 fixed penalty notices and 15 prosecutions

Rent Smart Wales says it is “heartening” that there has been a substantial recent rise in the number of agents, properties...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government accused of skewing rental market to favour short-lets

The government has been accused by a lettings sector trade body of skewing the market to encourage more short-lets.  The claim comes...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

HMOs producing highest yields in buy to let, says mortgage lender

Homes in Multiple Occupation produced average yields of 8.9 per cent in 2017, the highest of all buy to let property...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Record entries for lettings and estate agents' awards at ESTAS 2018

The ESTAS Group has just announced record entries for its 2018 letting and estate agents awards.  The national award scheme - which...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage borrowing now tougher for portfolio buy to let investors

Nearly three quarters of portfolio landlords have found it more difficult to secure a mortgage since the Prudential Regulation Authority’s changes...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Another index suggests rents rose only modestly in 2017

The average rent in England and Wales was £850 in December 2017, an increase of 2.3 per cent in the last...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents will rise this year - and it's the fault of government, insists Belvoir

The head of franchise giant Belvoir says government interference in the rental sector is likely to result in a rise in...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents in the UK rose 1.7 per cent in 2017 says HomeLet

The average rent agreed on a new tenancy signed in December was £907 according to the insurance firm HomeLet, compared to...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Donation made to Auschwitz Memorial after accidental use of image

A representative of the Landlords’ Union has posted an apology on the Property118 website for accidentally using a photograph of the...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

'We will work with Labour to reform lettings' says trade body

The chairman of the Residential Landlords Association has written in the Labour-supporting New Statesman magazine about the need for the lettings...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How To Rent guide updated - it's vital that agents use new version

The How To Rent guide - the document which has to be given to new tenants by letting agents or landlords...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents join growing army of supporters for tenants' right to sue

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is the latest industry body to throw its weight behind the Private Members’ Bill that...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings reformer and co-founder of ARLA remembered, 10 years on

The agency Leaders has been marking the 10th anniversary of the death of its founder Neville Lee, who was a key...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - new feature coming later this month

We’re delighted to announce that later this month there will be a regular feature each week called Property Jobs Today.  It will...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Former LSL boss backs AI PropTech property management system

The former executive director of LSL Property Services, David Newnes, is one of the key backers of a new property management...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Major agency says pro-tenant legislation must go much further

Lettings agency Haart says the government should go much further than the legislation it is supporting giving tenants the right to...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive £29,000 fine after tenants' lives put at risk in BTL property

A fine of over £29,000 has been imposed on an absentee landlord whose property was said to have put tenants’ lives...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Limited company buy to let purchases outstrip remortgaging

Almost three-quarters of buy to let mortgage transactions made by landlords operating via limited companies in the final quarter of last...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government 'should probe tax arrangements' of online short-lets

An accountancy trade body, the Association of Accounting Technicians, is advising the government to investigate what it calls “the questionable tax...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry support for Human Habitation Bill continues to pile in

There have been more expressions of support from industry bodies for the Private Members’ Bill from Labour’s Karen Buck MP which...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Online firm is latest to link rent payments with credit score company

NoAgent, an online service charging landlords a fee to manage their properties, is the latest to offer a link between tenants’...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New feature coming later this month - Property Jobs Today

We’re delighted to announce that later this month there will be a regular feature each week called Property Jobs Today.  It will...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent launches petition to oppose credit/debit card surcharge ban

An agency operating in London and Essex has launched an online petition to oppose the ban on credit and debit card...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New PropTech platform links rental payments to credit scores

A new PropTech platform has launched today linking tenants’ rental payments with their Experian credit histories, as well as providing reports...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents remove ads after complaints filed to advertising watchdog

Two letting agencies have removed advertisements after complaints were filed to the Advertising Standards Authority. The first case involved LSL Property Services...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Official figures show rents rising at slowest rate for six years

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 1.2 per cent in the 12 months to December according...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA backs Bill allowing tenants to sue landlords over property conditions

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has thrown its weight behind a Private Members Bill which wants tenants to have the...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - credit card surcharge ban DOES apply to letting agencies

The Treasury has confirmed to Letting Agent Today that the ban on credit card surcharges which came into effect in recent...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government-backed Bill allowing tenants to sue will be debated on Friday

The Private Members’ Bill that has won government backing - and which would give tenants the right to sue landlords over...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Expansion for LSL-backed broker seeking to emulate online letting agents

A digital start-up that uses algorithms to match the requirements of landlords against the entire buy to let mortgage market of...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Troubled Proptech firm Goodlord names successor to ex-Foxtons man

The troubled PropTech firm Goodlord - which creates software to allow tenancies to be handled on a single system - has...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Foxtons asked to prove it’s competent to manage rental properties

Letting Agent Today understands that Foxtons has been asked to appear at a hearing staged by a London council to prove...

15 January 2018

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Countrywide: number of homes bought for buy to let at nine-year low

Last year saw a significant drop in the number of homes bought by landlords according to data released this morning by...

15 January 2018

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Government backs move to allow tenants to sue over 'unfit properties'

The government has taken the unusual step of working with a Labour MP to ensure her Private Members Bill can become...

15 January 2018

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Letting agent gets £1,000 bill after telling tenant to dump rubbish

A lettings agent has been charged £1,000 after telling a new tenant to dump waste left by a previous occupier into...

15 January 2018

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Rental growth up in 2017 with London and Scotland strongest regions

Rental growth across Great Britain picked up in 2017 according to data released today by Countrywide.   Last year rents rose by an...

15 January 2018

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Government to allow tenants to sue over poor property conditions

In an unusual move the government has today, Sunday, announced that it wants tenants to have the right to take legal...

14 January 2018

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Agent says share, share, share his petition to reverse fees ban

An Essex lettings agent has explained why he has set up an online petition calling for a reversal of the government’s...

12 January 2018

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Trade body says 20% of landlords set to reduce portfolios in 2018

The National Landlords Association says 20 per cent of its members plan to reduce the size of their portfolios in the...

12 January 2018

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UKALA in deal to allow total loss client money protection through agents

The UK Association of Letting Agents has launched a deal with insurance firm Let Alliance to allow total loss client money...

12 January 2018

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Fees Ban 2019 deadline shouldn't lull industry into complacency - agent

This week’s news that the government will not be implementing the ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants in England until...

12 January 2018

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Government explains why lettings fee ban is still 15 months away

The government has explained why the ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants will not be implemented until spring 2019 -...

11 January 2018

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Rightmove says pace of annual rent rises now lowest since 2014

The average asking rent across the UK - excluding London - rose by just 0.7 per cent in 2017 according to...

11 January 2018

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Romans gives insight into its campaign against sub-letting

Romans’ lettings managing director Michael Cook has given details of his agency’s approach to identifying and responding to sub-letting. Cook says: “We...

11 January 2018

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Vast majority of young renters fear they will never own a home

New research claims that as many as 78 per cent of young adults aged 18 to 30 fear they will never...

11 January 2018

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Major Build To Rent provider strengthens housing team with key hire

Legal & General - one of the country’s largest players in the burgeoning Build To Rent sector - has made a...

11 January 2018

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Letting fees ban 'not implemented until spring 2019 at least' - NALS

The government has told NALS that implementation of the ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants will not take place...

10 January 2018

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Agencies expelled from Ombudsman scheme for non-payment of rents

The Property Ombudsman scheme has today announced three expulsions of agencies as a result of non-payment of rent or awards. Firstly, a...

10 January 2018

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Lettings agency tells MPs to go for fees cap but not outright ban

A lettings agency has written to MPs setting out an eloquent case for a cap on agents’ fees levied on tenants...

10 January 2018

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Buy to let lender says business strong despite regulation changes

Specialist buy to let lender Accord Mortgages says seven per cent of its business in 2017 came from first time landlords...

10 January 2018

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London-based property investment firm opens north of England office

Surrenden Invest, which specialises in selling off-market new-build properties to buy to let investors, has opened an office in the north...

10 January 2018

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Buy to let expert urges tenants to research agents and properties

Buy to let expert Kate Faulkner says tenants should undertake more research on agents, landlords and properties before choosing a place...

10 January 2018

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Agency says buy to let still benefits from £16.7 billion tax relief

The UK’s army of buy to let landlords will still benefit from £16.7 billion worth of tax relief even after the...

09 January 2018

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Trade body wary of government 'rebranding' of housing department

At least one trade body has expressed an apparent scepticism about whether the rebranding of the Department of Communities and Local...

09 January 2018

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Major buy to let lender extends tenancies policy to 36 months

One of the lettings sector’s biggest lenders, Santander, is allowing its buy to let landlord borrowers to offer assured shorthold tenancies...

09 January 2018

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ARLA Propertymark reduces compliance cost with accountancy deal

ARLA and NAEA Propertymark have introduced a raft of deals in a bid to save agents money.  Membership subscription fees will remain...

09 January 2018

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MPs to debate impact of Universal Credit on private rental sector

MPs today discuss the impact of Universal Credit on the private rented sector, in a debate prompted by the Liberal Democrat’s...

09 January 2018

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Shelter to tell MPs its view of the Draft Tenants' Fees Bill

Today sees the return of MPs to Parliament following the Christmas break, and one early task is to hear oral evidence...

08 January 2018

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Trade body welcomes U-turn on Universal Credit 'direct payments'

There has been a warm welcome for government changes to Universal Credit by the Residential Landlords Association.  The Department for Work and...

08 January 2018

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Online agency links with finance advisers to help buy to let investors

Online letting agency Upad is linking with high profile independent finance service John Charcol in a bid to make it easier...

08 January 2018

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Rents rise a tiny 0.56 per cent in 12 months, says buy to let lender

UK rents grew by a tiny 0.56 per cent in 2017 according to specialist lender Landbay. However, in a special exercise, the...

08 January 2018

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Fees Ban: MPs to hear evidence into proposals next week

The Communities and Local Government committee of MPs will on Monday hear their first oral evidence of the year for the...

05 January 2018

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Council to launch 'ethical' lettings agency next month

A local authority is setting up a not-for-profit ‘ethical’ lettings agency and is aiming to woo landlords with a promise of...

05 January 2018

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Short lets damage long term rental stock, research alleges

Research by the University of Sheffield is reported to show the apparent damage done by short lets on Airbnb and similar...

05 January 2018

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Letting agency told to 'educate student tenants to keep bins tidy'

A former councillor says letting agents should be responsible for ensuring student tenants know how to organise their bins in a...

04 January 2018

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PropTech firm joins call for rent payments to count in credit scores

Automated rental payment provider PayProp has joined the call for private rent payments to be counted towards tenants’ credit scores in...

04 January 2018

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Government begins tweeting that it's banning letting agents' fees

The government has started tweeting that it is to ban letting agents’ fees in England - but still isn’t revealing when...

04 January 2018

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Belvoir's acquisitions programme leads to above-expected growth

Franchise giant Belvoir has given a glowing report to shareholders, saying it exceeded its 2017 target for portfolio acquisitions by franchisees. During...

04 January 2018

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Build To Rent giant Grainger makes fourth acquisition in two months

Grainger, which is already the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, is reported to have acquired an under-construction Build To Rent scheme...

04 January 2018

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Buy To Let mortgages could become more expensive soon - warning

The consumer organisation Which? is warning that buy to let mortgages could become more expensive in the near future. This is despite...

03 January 2018

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ARLA set to launch next phase of Propertymark Protected TV ads

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and its sister organisation the National Association of Estate Agents has launched the second phase of...

03 January 2018

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Agency sets up new 'rentals portal' as latest Proptech development

Harrison Murray, the lettings division of the Nottingham Building Society, has launched a portal for landlords and tenants. The agency says it...

03 January 2018

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Government reveals new minimum room sizes for HMOs

The government has announced new minimum space requirements for private lettings in a bid to reduce problems of overcrowding. In addition to...

02 January 2018

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Government lettings reforms: no response yet from ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and other trade bodies have not yet responded to the government’s announcement over the holiday...

02 January 2018

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Labour pledges to reduce powers of eviction if it forms a government

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has used a holiday season interview to repeat his pledge to swing powers back towards private tenants...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey throws kinder light on how landlords regard their tenants

A survey from a specialist rental insurance firm suggests that contrary to popular belief, landlords care more than a little about...

From: Breaking News

Consultation shows strong support for lettings sector 'banning orders'

Figures released by the government show huge support for the extension of the offences under which agents and landlords may in...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Crooked agents helped to steal £1m from tenants in 2017 - claim

Crooked letting agents and landlords have raided close to £1m from tenancy deposit accounts in 2017, new figures show. Campaigning agent Ajay Jagota,...

29 December 2017

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Fine and costs of £20,500 for head of property management company

A landlord has been ordered to pay £20,000 after being found guilty of nine offences in relation to a house in...

29 December 2017

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London agent forecasts demand surge in key lettings sector

The lettings director of high-end London lettings agency Russell Simpson says he expects the capital’s rentals market to blossom next year...

29 December 2017

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Government outlines new clampdown on private rental sector abuse

The government has released more details on long-discussed proposals to tighten up licensing in the private rental sector. It wants landlords in...

28 December 2017

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New accusation of chaos over Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

The government is being criticised for its latest consultation exercise on the new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards - because it ends...

28 December 2017

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Letting Fees: Ban will not cut cost of renting, insists trade body

Government proposals to ban letting agent fees levied on tenants next year are unlikely to make renting cheaper as new research...

28 December 2017

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Regional agency opens new office in bid to extend reach

Loveitts Estate Agents says it is “extending its reach” with the opening of a new expanded office in Nuneaton. The move to...

28 December 2017

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Merry Christmas from LAT - and here's a card to remember...

So here it is … a very Merry Christmas from Letting Agent Today and Angels Media, with our very best wishes...

22 December 2017

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Trade group welcomes cut to cost of lettings energy measures

The Residential Landlords Association says it welcomes the government’s decision to reduce the likely maximum payment by landlords for energy improvements...

22 December 2017

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Prison sentence after buy to let property's truly shocking fire risk

A buy to let property owner has received a four month prison sentence for letting out a property he had already...

22 December 2017

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Online database of rogue agents 'will save lives' say fire chiefs

The new online database identifying rogue letting agents and landlords will save lives according to the London Fire Brigade. We wrote about...

21 December 2017

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Independent snaps up rival to have total 2,500 homes on its books

Tunbridge Wells independent Alexandre Boyes has snapped up the lettings and sales book of Edenbridge agency Foxwood Maclean. First established in 1877...

21 December 2017

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Rightmove reveals top 10 lettings searches - and the south wins...

Rightmove has revealed the locations where prospective tenants have searched for properties on its portal in 2017 - and the winning...

21 December 2017

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Massive fines after appalling conditions found at converted property

The local authority at Brent in north London has secured what it calls “an important court victory” after “appalling conditions” were...

21 December 2017

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So here it is Merry LATmas - try our online advent calendar

The countdown to Christmas has now officially begun and what better way to celebrate than with an online advent calendar from...

21 December 2017

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Exclusive: Independent agents group won’t campaign against fees ban

Independent agents’ group CIELA is to launch after all, but now says it won’t be campaigning against the imminent ban on...

20 December 2017

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Complaint about agent using show-flat pictures in property details

Two complaints linked to agency activity have been dealt with through the Advertising Standards Authority informal resolution process. In the first a...

20 December 2017

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First London boroughs roll out ‘rogue agents database’

The first London boroughs are now rolling out the Greater London Authority’s ‘Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker’ - allowing tenants to...

20 December 2017

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Rents fell in real terms in 2017 says HomeLet

Latest data from HomeLet suggests that typical rents across the UK have fallen in real terms over the past 12 months. Average...

20 December 2017

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New survey shows rents stable but some landlords selling up

Latest lettings findings from franchise agency Belvoir shows that in the third quarter of this year average rents were just £3 a...

20 December 2017

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Foxtons says London rental market may now be in recovery mode

Foxtons insists the London rental market may now be in recovery mode with 9.2 prospective tenants per property registered in the third...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by TPFG franchisee

Angela Newark, owner of two franchises of The Property Franchise Group in West Yorkshire, has acquired the portfolio of another agency taking...

19 December 2017

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Latest conviction under controversial Rent Smart Wales regime

There has been another prosecution under the controversial Rent Smart Wales regulations - although this time the landlord in question was...

19 December 2017

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'Halt Right To Rent' says trade body demanding investigation

One of the industry’s leading trade bodies wants the government to halt the Right To Rent programme after evidence shows some...

18 December 2017

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Yet another acquisition made by fast-expanding Lomond Capital

Lomond Capital has announced its second acquisition in two weeks by acquiring south Manchester lettings and sales agency Hallmark Residential.  The deal...

18 December 2017

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Buy to let slowdown may threaten house prices - claim

A pullback in the buy to let market is threatening to reduce sale prices further in London and parts of the...

18 December 2017

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Media expert takes over as chair of lettings sector trade body

The National Landlords Association has appointed a new chairman - he’s Adrian Jeakings who comes to the position with many years of...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Millennials outside London will spend £111,000 on rent before buying

Millennials renting an average-sized property outside of London, who begin their tenancy at age 21, will spend an average of £110,830...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-supermarket supremo takes over as chair of major agency group

Steven Esom is to take over as group chairman of the Andrews Property Group at the start of 2018.  He succeeds Jim...

15 December 2017

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Former deputy PM Clegg is keynote speaker at ARLA conference 2018

Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is one of the keynote speakers for the 2018 conference of the Association of Residential...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

70 per cent of landlords wouldn't let to student tenants - survey

Research by a student lettings software company suggests that 70 per cent of landlords say they would prefer not to let...

15 December 2017

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HMRC may add tax checks to private rental licensing schemes

HM Revenue & Customs has launched a consultation on adding tax checks to private rental sector licensing schemes - in other...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PM restates government opposition to rent controls

Prime minister Theresa May has repeated that the current government will not introduce rent controls in the private sector. The issue of...

14 December 2017

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London council deploys team to catch illegal Airbnb-style short lets

A new team of investigative council officers are hitting the streets of the capital to tackle unlawful nightly letting using websites like...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Tiny but symbolic fall in rents recorded late this year, says lender

Rents across the UK began to shrink for the first time in over half a decade toward the end of 2017,...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Fall in rental supply may be because investors are quitting - claim

A fall in the supply of available rental properties suggests some landlords may be quitting the buy to let sector as...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by Martin & Co franchise couple

Gloucester independent lettings agency R M C Hardcastles has been acquired by Martin & Co franchisees Peter and Rani Grieve -...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property firm boss guilty over HMO safety: sentencing next week

The director of a property management firm has been found guilty of nine offences of breaching regulations relating to a house...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

£3,300 fine for owner failing to keep HMO safe for tenants

The landlord of an HMO has been fined £3,300 for failures to meet his obligations, particularly regarding fire safety. At Northampton magistrates...

13 December 2017

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Seismic changes for lettings industry in 2018, predicts ARLA chief

Some 70 per cent of letting agents expect taxes on the rental sector to rise further next year according to research...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says annual rate of rental growth picked up recently

The annual rate of rental growth picked up in November, with the cost of a new let across Great Britain rising...

12 December 2017

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Final 2017 rental figures for Prime Central London show recovery

The rental market in Prime Central London has shown signs of recovery at the end of 2017, according to a new...

12 December 2017

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New hire for regional agency's growing lettings team

Yorkshire agency Dacre, Son & Hartley has expanded its residential lettings team with the appointment of a new manager to cover...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market inflated by 80,000 properties let by 'accidental landlords'

Countrywide says one in every 12 homes that came on to the rental market in 2017 was for sale at some...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Another acquisition by Leaders Romans Group - the fifth in six weeks

The Leaders Romans Group has announced its fifth acquisition in just six weeks after completing the purchase of South & Co...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Lomond Capital continues push into south of England with new acquisition

Lomond Capital has acquired independent Brighton letting agency Tanat-Jones & Company. The deal marks Lomond’s second acquisition in the city since purchasing...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Leasehold campaigner calls on Queen to end 'feudal' system

A leasehold campaigner has called on the Queen to end her support for what he calls the UK's “feudal leasehold system” by changing the...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA comes out against government-controlled Client Money Protection

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has come out against a single government-administered system for Client Money Protection in the private...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let end-of-year report: rents and values up but confidence weak

A cocktail of tax reform and tighter regulation is slowing growth across the private rental sector, despite its value hitting a new...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental sector now larger scale and more professional, says report

Larger scale landlords with 10 properties or more appear to be the most confident about the private rental sector, and are...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive rise in purpose-built student accommodation supply in 2017

There has been a record number of new student accommodation bed spaces delivered in 2017, with possible consequences for future buy...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor's bill of £33,000 after found guilty of 15 offences

A buy to let investor who a judge said “cut corners” and exposed his tenants to “significant risk” has been ordered...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Supervision order after campaign of harassment against letting agent

A man is reported to have launched “a campaign of harassment” against a lettings agent just an hour after signing a...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Recognition Challenge - government launches tech competition

The government is offering £2m to budding PropTech and financial technology entrepreneurs who can develop an application that will enable Britain’s 11...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Deposit Scheme's new hire will lead digital innovation

The Tenancy Deposit Service has created the new post of chief operating officer, with the first postholder charged with “leading our...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents drop 2.4% in a year - the smallest fall for 18 months

Average rents in prime central London fell 2.4 per cent year-on-year in November, which was the most modest decline recorded in...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Watchdog acts after eviction firm suggests tenants are 'household pests'

An eviction company called Remove A Tenant has been the subject of a complaint after a Facebook post which implied tenants...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban confirmed by Welsh government with more details in 2018

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the country will ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - the same ban still...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents across UK to rise by average 14% by end of 2022 - agency

Knight Frank says average rents are to rise by 14 per cent between the start of next year and the end...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes Universal Credit changes but warns 'more needed'

Changes to Universal Credit have made it easier for claimants to rent homes but the government needs to do more to...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency consolidation increasing as fees ban looms, warns ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it is seeing a consolidation of agencies ahead of the ban on agents’ fees...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp increase in cost of buy to let mortgages since base rate rise

There has been a sharp rise in the cost of buy to let mortgages since the November 2 announcement increasing the...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial licensing scheme said to have won government backing

The selective licensing scheme operated by Newham council in London is reported to have won government backing to be extended until...

05 December 2017

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Knight Frank lettings and sales search arm names new recruit

The search arm of Knight Frank, The Buying Solution, has a new recruit to handle both rental and sales clients in...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons fined £35,000 for failing to prove house was safe for letting

Foxtons has been fined £35,000 for failing to prove to a local council that a house it was letting was safe...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogues' database and banning orders to come into effect in April

A database of rogue letting agents and landlords and new banning orders, first promised in the Housing and Planning Act announced...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Leasehold: Conveyancers want unfair fees and dodgy services ended

The Conveyancing Association has made a wide-ranging response to the government’s call for evidence on the regulation of letting and managing...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Acquisition takes Rendall & Rittner's portfolio to 50,000 units

Rendall & Rittner, a major operator in the residential block management sector, has completed its purchase of Braemar Estates from the...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Leading agency welcomes tenancy overhaul in Scotland

One of Scotland’s leading lettings and estate agencies, Galbraith, has given the thumbs up to a new tenancy process introduced north...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

'Many tenants put off by misleading ads or poor viewings' - claim

A claim has been made that as many as 80 per cent of prospective tenants have been put off renting a...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New tool to keep across those 67 (and rising) licensing schemes

The National Landlords Association has unveiled a new tool which could help agents and landlords keep across the ever-rising number of...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency stalwart retires after 55 years of dedicated service

Gascoines agency at Southwell in Nottinghamshire is celebrating the retirement of one of its most loved staff members after no less...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News