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Purplebricks-style online agency looking for franchisees across the UK

A new online lettings agency called Accommodation.co.uk is looking for franchisees to join ahead of its formal launch next month.  The company...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Oops - tenants less likely to vote, despite politicians wooing Generation Rent

It may seem as if governments and councils are falling over themselves to change the private rental sector to win the...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters can now switch mid-tenancy from traditional deposit to alternative

One of the suppliers in the fiercely competitive world of deposit alternatives has introduced an ‘unlocking deposits’ option. From today, Zero Deposit...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental market strong this summer says board company index

Activity in the lettings market has picked up over the summer after a surprising lull in the spring, according to the...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants and landlords may be offered energy 'theft' amnesty

Energy market regulator Ofgen is considering an amnesty for tenants and landlords, amongst others, to own up to ‘stealing’ energy through...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent's fury at three month delay in getting proof of CMP policy

A lettings agent says she has just spent three months trying to get evidence of her Client Money Protection policy -...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Back this Section 21 legal case, rental industry urged

Agents and landlords are being urged to back a legal case to protect their rights to repossess properties. This follows a recent...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Surveyors want immediate regulation of rental sector - and an end to S21

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors wants the government to implement recent recommendations to regulate the agency industry, starting with the...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Tip off to council leads to £4,000 fine for owner of unlicensed HMO

A local council says it has now successfully prosecuted a landlord for flouting the law that protects the health and safety...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Bank client account changes: Agents urged to have a Plan B

A leading industry figure is calling on agents to have a Plan B ready if their bank closes undesignated client accounts.  This...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for open-ended renting with reduced rent for long-term tenancies

There should be open-ended tenancies with reduced rent for long-term contracts and any rent increase tied only to inflation. This dramatic reform...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA gives public a five point plan on how to choose a lettings agent

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has released a five point plan on how the public can choose a letting agent. 1....

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fast-expanding agency says landlords go free but tenants pay

An agency which says it aims to be “the UK’s premier residential lettings company” says it’s offering itself free to landlords...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA blasts government threat to end freedom of movement on October 31

The Association of Residential Letting Agents made a short sharp attack on the government last night, over freedom of movement and...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental option gives landlords average £10k-plus lump sum

A new rental option for landlords could see them receiving an upfront annual lump sum of over £10,000. The Advanced Rent Option...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Long-standing agency to focus only on lettings as it quits sales sector

A long-established agency in Wales says it’s shutting the sales side of its business and going to focus solely on lettings...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

UK private rental sector now bigger than many national GDP figures

Anyone underestimating the size of the UK’s growing private rental sector ought to think again - new research shows its value...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour reveals five point plan to organise tenants against landlords

The Labour Party appears to be entering the arena of organising private rental sector tenants who have grievances. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Guild wins confirmation that Section 21 change will not be retrospective

The Guild of Property Professionals has received confirmation that the government’s proposed changes to Section 21 will not be retrospective. “What this...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents shouldn't rely on voicemail, insists phone answering service

Telephone answering service Moneypenny says agents’ missed calls typically double during the summer months while staff are on leave - meaning...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Pioneering university lettings agency celebrates record year

A pioneering lettings agency that allocates second and subsequent year students with private sector and university-owned homes has delivered its best...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge £9m boost for flatfair as deposit alternative race hots up

One of the key players in the ultra-competitive deposit alternative sector has announced a massive and new $11m investment. Flatfair says that...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s official - private rents are FALLING in real terms

Data published by the Office for National Statistics shows private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rising by 1.3...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: More fierce criticism for government over its scrapping

Claims that the use of Section 21 ‘no fault’ eviction notices is the leading cause of homelessness in the UK are...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New housing court in England and Wales 'should follow Scots model'

A new property court similar to the Scottish system should be established in England and Wales to deal with the proposed...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban Cash Crisis: letting agents expect to lose 30% of annual income

The first ‘state of the industry’ report on the lettings agency sector since the introduction of the fees ban suggests individual...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue tenants can cost £40,000 to £100,000 to evict, warns top agent

Research by London agency Benham and Reeves says the cumulative cost of a landlord suffering a bad tenant and then evicting...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

London agency wins six-figure funding to go on the acquisition trail

A London lettings agency that has already acquired an independent has now received what is described as a “six figure” loan...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm claims rental app now used by 450,000 tenants

PropTech supplier Movebubble claims that over 450,000 tenants use its app. Users can schedule viewings, share feedback with agents or landlords or...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing association appeals to private landlords for help

The housing association Cadwyn is calling for private sector landlords with properties in Cardiff to lease their houses to those on...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Why I may quit buy to let - a landlord explains their S21 dilemma

A private landlord has gone on record to explain her own dilemma with a tenant - and why the government’s scrapping...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government gives Labour council £200k for new rental clampdown

A Labour council which has become famous for its critical approach to the private rental sector has now been given almost £200,000...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees: Lettings agent fined for the third time in as many years

A lettings agent in London has been fined for the third time in as many years – this time for failing...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘have key role to reduce stress for landlords and tenants’

Lettings professionals should do more to raise awareness of the need to reduce moving stress for tenants and landlords. Industry supplier Tenant...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Blocked! Government refuses to back council licensing plan

The government has blocked a council rolling out selective licensing across no fewer than 3,000 homes in its patch.  Under Stoke on...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents now rising roughly in line with Consumer Prices Index

If you want a barometer of a stable lettings market, this appears to be it - rents are now rising at...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters spend average £670 on ‘extras’ when they move

The comparison website MoneySuperMarket suggests that renters spend an average of £670 in additional costs when they move, on top of...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector suffering from government focus on home ownership

Private tenants are being disadvantaged because of the government’s focus on boosting homeownership. According to the latest figures from the Royal Institution...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Six lettings agencies kicked out by Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has announced a slew of expulsions after six agents failed to comply with redress rules. They failed to abide...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 abolition has a silver lining says Haart

The Haart lettings agency says the government’s plan to abolish landlords’ Section 21 eviction powers may not be a bad thing. The...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in buy to let company purchases thanks to tax changes

New research shows more than half of landlords plan to use limited companies to buy properties in the year ahead.  The study...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Time to let a home falls to record low of 20 days

It took an average of just 20 days to let a home between January and July this year according to a...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Four months: how long it takes to repossess a rental property

The Ministry of Justice says it takes private landlords an average of 22.5 weeks from making a repossession claim to the...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rents fall across much of the country, says latest index

Average rents dropped in five of the eight UK regions monitored by property technology company Goodlord. The biggest drop was recorded in...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: best university towns for rents and yields

A flat-sharing website has created a league table of average rents in locations surrounding the top-ranked universities in the United Kingdom....

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime London lettings market in good shape thanks to supply dip

Prime London’s lettings market is growing but has seen fewer new lets over the second quarter of the year according to...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords advised to start adjusting deposits to new cap limit

The Deposit Protection Service has revealed that more than four out of 10 of the tenancy deposits it manages are currently...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Crisis for agents as banks set to insist on individual client accounts

Lloyds Bank appears to have contacted at least some of its letting agent clients to say that it is closing all...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial short lets management firm launches ‘digital door opening’

A short lets management firm which was earlier this year at the centre of an advertisement controversy is now partnering with...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Artificial Intelligence could help agents cope with industry regulation

PropTech, and specifically Artificial Intelligence, could help letting agents better cope with new demands created by further industry regulation. That’s the view...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

What a performance! Edinburgh artists suffer because of rental rules

A lettings group says the high-profile struggle performers at the Edinburgh Fringe now face to find affordable short-term accommodation was entirely...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency expansion shows merit of involvement in Build To Rent

Manchester-based agency Ascend has revealed it’s now taken over the management of a Build To Rent fund’s portfolio of almost 1,000...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Leading agent opens up about mental health issues in the industry

A respected lettings and sales agent has opened up about his own mental health issues and those which exist thanks to...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector doesn’t want “Marxist dystopia” rent controls - claim

Rents in London are rocketing but a leading market commentator says this is no reason to give in to a “Marxist dystopia”...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent become first in Wales to scrap fees levied on tenants

A Cardiff lettings agent claims to have become the first in Wales to stop charging fees to new and existing tenants. CPS...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let con-man must pay back £48,000 rent or go to prison

A man who claimed he needed a council house but was actually a landlord has been ordered to pay back more...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Human Habitation law does NOT require specific HHSRS inventories

Confusion reigns over inventory reports and how letting agents and landlords comply with the Homes (Fit for Human Habitation) Act 2018. That’s...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency caves in to tenants refusing to pay fee: does this set a precedent?

Two tenants who campaign against lettings fees are claiming victory after refusing to pay charges for renewing their tenancies.  The agency was...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Eight Cabinet ministers are private landlords - and claim rent on expenses

The Mirror newspaper says eight members of the new Boris Johnson-led Cabinet are buy to let investors - and it accuses...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Belvoir beating the fees ban with lettings income up five per cent

Belvoir has told its shareholders and the City that it enjoyed a strong first half of 2019 with its 300 High...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA fees ban roadshows begin tomorrow in Wales

With less than four weeks to go to the start date of the Welsh Tenant Fees ban, the Association of Residential...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter complains to Boris Johnson about a lettings agency

Campaigning charity Shelter has made a remarkable attack on a lettings agency, accusing it of “an abuse of power” over its...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Revolutionary’ rental option to be unveiled to lettings industry

Lettings experts are being invited to the unveiling of a service described by its creators as “a revolutionary rental product.” It is...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Council bans new home buyers short-letting on Airbnb and the like

A local authority in Manchester is pioneering a ban to prevent buyers of homes at a new development from selling them to...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New Right To Rent rules mean agents and landlords ‘break law’

New guidance from the government on its controversial Right To Rent scheme would see agents and landlords breaking the law if...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

“It’s Illegal!” - council licensing scheme blasted by trade body

A local authority is being warned that its landlord licensing and accreditation scheme is potentially unlawful. The Residential Landlords Association, which represents...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Another council seeks government backing to widen licensing

Another local authority has announced that it wants to introduce another selective licensing scheme and designate its entire patch for HMO...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Commuter town independent agency joins franchise group

Hunters has expanded its franchise network once again with the opening of a new branch in Reading. Chas Shukla, director of Hunters...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings software platform in strategic partnership with MAB

Lettings software platform teclet has announced a strategic partnership with the Mortgage Advice Bureau. It means MAB’s intermediary products and services will...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let owner ‘stripped roof of home with 25 tenants living there’

A rogue landlord who housed more than 25 tenants in a rundown property has been found guilty of serious housing and...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: record rent rises in response to Tenant Fees Act

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says there has been a record number of rent increases reported by its members. In a...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Zero Deposit strikes partnership deal with second landlord trade body

Deposit alternative service Zero Deposit has become the “exclusive deposit replacement partner” of the National Landlord Association - less than two...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

London agency steers wealthy landlords towards north of England

A London lettings agency is launching a service to enable landlords to invest in mainstream buy to let or Airbnb-style short...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents say: We need a dedicated housing court

The vast majority of letting agents and private landlords with experience of using the courts to repossess properties say the system...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet another Build To Rent scheme revealed by investors

An investment company has revealed that it’s acquired land in the north of England to create a Build To Rent scheme. Godwin...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

London agent’s £37,000 bill after “repeated negligence” over HMOs

A London council’s action against a property agent it has accused of “repeated negligence” has resulted in £37,000 of fines and...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: Foxtons claims to have frozen fees to landlords

Foxtons has announced that it is officially freezing its fees to landlords. The move was previewed in Foxtons’ recent trading statement which...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Political upheaval leads to surge in prime central London lettings

Knight Frank says the number of new prospective tenants registering for prime central London properties in the second quarter of this...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest Build To Rent scheme will be the country’s largest yet

Legal & General has exchanged contracts to complete the largest privately funded development in Wales, Cardiff Central Square, which will include...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Death Trap: fine for tenant who converted home without owner’s consent

A tenant pretending to be landlord has been ordered to pay more than £21,000 after he carved up five family homes...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Short lets: £100k fine for Airbnb ‘sub-let’ and another council starts probe

A council tenant has been fined £100,000 and evicted because he let out his flat via Airbnb.  The Times reports that Toby...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping S21 could be chance for agents to secure more work - claim

If the government follows through with its plan to scrap Section 21 there could be more work for agents as a...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent controls for London slammed by right-wing think tank

The right wing Adam Smith Institute is the latest organisation to voice its strong opposition to Labour’s proposed rent controls for...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

G'day: who knew Aussies owned so many buy to lets north of the border?

An analysis of rental properties in Scotland to discover the most numerous overseas landlords has discovered, perhaps surprisingly, that they come...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory says government “war on landlords” will make housing crisis worse

An outspoken Conservative party figure says government policies such as the scrapping of Section 21 will play into the hands of...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove marches on as it snaps up tenant reference company

In what some see as a sign of the growing importance of the lettings sector over sales, Rightmove has acquired tenant...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings market slumping according to board company data

The latest data from the Agency Express Property Activity Index, looking at the market’s performance in June, has revealed year on...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest buy to let hotspot unveiled by property management guru

Manchester is becoming a buy to let investment hotspot according to the boss of a leading property management firm.  David Alexander of...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent boost for London as it becomes a top European market

London is growing in its importance as a Build To Rent market according to new research released today. International property consultancy JLL...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Major retirement housebuilder now letting homes, not just selling

Legal & General, one of the largest specialist builders of so-called retirement communities for the over-55s, is now going to let...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Two lettings platforms go for Open Banking system

An ‘open banking’ PropTech platform has partnered with two rental organisations which will offer agents, landlords and tenants direct payments and...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New online courses for buy to let investors unveiled

A property education business says it’s targeting a major expansion with the launch of online additions to its nationwide courses in...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Seven people in a one bed property - hefty fine for buy to let investor

A buy to let investor has been fined almost £5,000 after admitting overcrowding.  Matteo Mariano, from Gedling in Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty at...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies wooed to handle Build To Rent tenants

A platform which works with independent lettings agents and Build To Rent operators says it is linking them to provide mutual...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings helps London agency boost part-year profits to five-year high

A surge in the lettings market has helped Chestertons post its best half-year profit level for the past five years. The London-focussed...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords return to prime central London says top agency

The supply of lettings property has begun to increase in higher price brackets in prime central London, leading rents to fall...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Council's civil penalty fine is slashed by First Tier Tribunal

Warwick district council has issued its first civil penalty to the landlord of an HMO. Glenn Gamblin, the landlord of the property...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental growth at three year high according to Countrywide

Rental growth continues to accelerate, reaching the highest level since April 2016 according to data from Hamptons International, part of Countrywide.   The...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent London lettings agency becomes part of Belvoir Group

Northwood, one of the Belvoir Group brand agencies, has acquired independent agency Daisy Lets in Forest Hill. “Daisy Lets is a great...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental management now offered by prime central London buying agency

A relatively new firm in the crowded central London buying agency market is expanding into property management. Aykroyd & Co was launched...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Ad claimed flat was a minute from London Bridge when it was 10 minutes

The Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in following a complaint about an advertisement which claimed a flat was just a one...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings trade body congratulates Johnson on election success

The lettings establishment has sent its congratulations to Boris Johnson on his election as Tory leader and, from this afternoon, Prime...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Big agency deal signed with deposit alternative firm flatfair

Deposit alternative provider flatfair has been chosen by CBRE UK Residential Lettings as the race for prominence in the sector continues. This is...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned sales agents ‘could be setting up rogue lettings firms’ - claim

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says it fears the government needs to do more to prevent the possibility of banned...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Bailiffs to carry mandatory body-worn cameras to deter aggression

The Ministry of Justice has announced that body-worn cameras must be worn by bailiffs recovering debt from individuals. The ministry adds that...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over-regulation of Airbnb-style lets could damage tourism - claim

Over-regulation of short-term let accommodation in some areas of rural Scotland could pose a risk to rural tourism, a business organisation...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry rages against Labour’s “laughable” rent control plan

Calls by Labour’s London Mayor Sadiq Khan to secure powers to implement private sector rent controls are facing increasing opposition. Business organisation...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Concern as government hints at wider scope for ‘rogues database’

There’s been a sceptical response to news leaked from government over the weekend suggesting that a database of rogue landlords would...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

One-in-eight buy to lets run by company landlords says Countrywide

Some 12 per cent of homes to let are operated by a ‘company landlord’ according to an analysis by Countrywide high-end...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Lights! Camera! Short Lets! - how movies have led to a rental surge

The number of film-related enquiries for short lets received by Knight Frank in the year to May has shown a rise...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agent bites the dust as franchise branch acquires

Another Martin & Co franchisee has acquired a nearby independent agency. The franchise firm’s Falmouth branch, run since 2013 by Felicia and...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry reform “toothless” if rogue agents aren’t stopped - warning

There’s a warning this morning that the root-and-branch reform of the agency industry recommended by a government-backed working party will be...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

London Mayor told: Introduce deluded rent controls and you'll lose votes

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been told by a lettings industry body that he’ll lose votes if he introduces rent controls...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Demand to move soars after Tenant Fees Act … but rents up, too

Data from Rightmove suggests that demand from tenants looking for a new home has soared seven per cent since the Tenants...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 will put vulnerable tenants most at risk - claim

Vulnerable tenants suffering a higher risk of rent arrears will be hit hardest by plans to change the way landlords can...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over £3,000 spent improving each buy to let property annually

Buy to let investors in the UK are spending nearly £4.7 billion a year on their rental properties, an average of...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: revolutionary proposals for agency regulation, licensing and training

The government has published proposals for far-reaching changes to the way estate and letting agents are regulated, trained and licensed. The proposals...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Thumbs Up: trade groups back industry reform proposals

Trade organisations including the Association of Residential Letting Agents have welcomed today’s publication of the report of the Regulation of Property...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with Commonhold – government responds at last

While we wouldn’t be so bold as to say the government gets its daily fix of property news from the Today...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Insecure tenancies and expensive rents slammed by all-party MPs group

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Care for Older People has sharply criticised the PRS as being ill-equipped to cater...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Figures show criticism of private renting is unjustified, claims trade body

A leading industry trade body says the latest English Housing Survey report proves that criticisms of the private rental sector’s costs...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Double trouble as rogue landlord is prosecuted for a second time

A rogue landlord in Chesterfield has received a hefty fine for a second time after the council took her to court...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

HMRC tax clampdown on buy to let finds 16,000 investors underpaid

A campaign by HM Revenue & Customs to encourage buy to let investors to ‘fess up’ to their unpaid tax has...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech supplier Goodlord expands offering to corporate lets

Goodlord has expanded its offering to enable corporate lets to be processed through its platform.  The move means agents who process both...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Another council wants to sub-let private flats to the homeless

Portsmouth council is the latest local authority to offer to rent properties from private landlords to let out to the homeless.  The...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Student rents flatline after surge in purpose built accommodation

Data from a student accommodation specialist firm shows average rents across many cities are stuck at around a 20-year average of...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry first as landlords offered a year’s rent in an up-front lump sum

A lettings agency is believed to be the first to offer landlords a year's rent in advance in one lump sum...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech deposit alternative and rental passport provider beefs up product

A PropTech supplier specialising in rent passports and tenancy deposit replacement has launched an advanced version of its primary product, on...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Work starts on Build To Rent provider’s latest project

Work has started on a new 216-unit Build To Rent project in Leeds; it’s to be known as Fabrik. Grainger is the...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest idea for agent diversification? Letting out driveways…

Could this be the latest way for letting agents to spread their risk and diversify their offer to clients - by...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Two new services for agents emphasise use of Artificial Intelligence

A new white-labelled outsourced lettings management service is launching today, claiming to undercut all rivals. F%ur - a brand from 4percentproperty -...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Hands off the private rental sector’ - warning to new Prime Minister

Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will face an immediate crisis in the private rented sector if government doesn’t rethink its plans to...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold: government fails to respond

Throughout April and May, we ran a high-profile campaign across our sites, Landlord Today, Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest consultation begins on so-called ‘no fault evictions’

The Welsh Government has started a formal consultation on proposals that include extending the minimum notice period applicable to a section...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent snapped up by franchise agency chain

The Southampton branch of Martin & Co has more than doubled its business after acquiring an independent agent in the city. It’s...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Ditch licensing and introduce Property Passports, says lettings chief

The concept of a so-called rental property passport would rapidly improve the quality of accommodation and landlords, and would be far...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government slated by Tory MP and agency chief over Sections 21 and 24

The chairman of Hunters estate agency, who is also a Conservative MP, has hit out at the government over its handling...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Traditional deposit and deposit alternative now possible via link-up

Deposit alternative provider flatfair has teamed up with mydeposits - and claims to now be the first provider to bring tenancy...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over 200 breaches of tenant deposits’ law, research shows

In the past 18 months more than 200 landlords from across Scotland have been found to be in breach of a...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and government interference start to hurt rental sector

Rents are rising at the fastest rate since 2017, pushing the average yield on residential property to 4.5 per cent, its...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Act ‘may already be causing more tenants to move’

Data from rental insurance firm HomeLet suggests that the Tenant Fees Act may already be causing more movement amongst tenants. The firm...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech is the future but only if it provides benefits, says top consultant

The future of the lettings industry will be tech-driven says one of the industry’s leading consultants, who is now also director...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: industry and government go back to court

Both sides of the Right To Rent debate are squaring up for their latest court battle. Earlier this year the High Court...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rents in second quarter, reports DPS

The average UK rent rose from £757 to £771 during the second quarter of 2019 - that’s 1.7 per cent, according...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Room rents up 8% since the Tenant Fees Act, claims online platform

An online room-letting platform claims rents have risen up to eight per cent in wake of the Tenant Fee Act. ideal flatmate...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let boosted by “unprecedented” fall in some mortgage costs

There’s been an “unprecedented” across-the-board fall in fixed rate buy to let mortgage rates according to an online investment platform.   Property Master...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent convicted after ignoring council requests over licensing

A managing agent has been convicted by a local council for failing to properly license his property. Leon Hill, of Leighton Buzzard,...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour rental spokesman's seat under threat from Momentum

Media reports in London suggest that Labour’s hyper-active housing spokesman on the Greater London Assembly may be under threat from Jeremy...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental provider hits out at 'hidden cost' of purpose-built retirement homes

A rental provider specialising in property for older tenants has attacked what he calls “hidden costs” involved when people buy purpose-built...

10 July 2019

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Trade association calls for government to halt PRS intervention

A trade association has called for a 'moratorium' on any further government intervention in the buy-to-let sector in order to stop...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: plans to introduce 'scandalous' 12-month tenancy contracts

The Welsh government is planning to make changes to the notice period for eviction which would see tenants given 12-month contracts...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

We are family – new agency smashes targets in first six months’ trading

A family-run property management and letting agency, launched at the start of the year, has doubled its year one target within...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Is virtual reality the next step for independent inventory reporting?

The chair of the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) is predicting that augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology...

09 July 2019

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Call for greater referencing technology to improve detection of fraud

Eviction expert Paul Shamplina has urged letting agents and referencing companies to invest in technology to improve fraud detection. The call comes...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in landlords declaring unpaid tax following HMRC crackdown

The number of landlords admitting to not paying tax has soared in the past year, according to new data. During 2018/2019, 16,110...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Footballer's agency scores with acquisition of independent

A former footballer's estate agency has completed the first stage of its expansion programme with an acquisition. Hamilton Bower, co-founded by ex-Bradford...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

An ageing rental population? Huge increase in tenants aged 45+

The 45+ age demographic is the fastest growing tenant market, according to flatsharing site SpareRoom. The website's data shows that the total...

08 July 2019

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Fake rental applications on the rise as fraudsters up their game

The number of fake or fraudulent rental applications is on the rise, with landlords and letting agents being fooled by a...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Benefits tenants could be biggest losers if Section 21 is scrapped

Tenants on state benefits could be the 'biggest casualties' of the government's 'ill-thought-out' plans to scrap the Section 21 evictions process,...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents soar across the country, but falter in London and South East

Average rents performed strongly across many parts of the country last month, but floundered in London and the South East. Goodlord's Rental...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rates, yields, demand and tax - reasons why holiday lets are booming

A holiday lets and short-term lettings market boom can be put down to a combination of four reasons, according to specialist...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property investors urge government to scrap stamp duty surcharge

Property investors are calling for the government to provide more support to the UK property market. A survey of investors, carried out...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

'Local councils not doing enough to prosecute rogue letting agents' - NLA

Local authorities are failing in their duty to prosecute criminal letting agents, the National Landlords Association (NLA) has warned. The NLA says...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Landlords want 'fast track housing tribunal'

A survey of landlords has found that 39% would like to see a fast track housing tribunal introduced if and when...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tricky conditions mean agents need to impress professional landlords

A rise in the number of professional landlords means letting agents need to ensure their service meets the expectations of experienced...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New branch for franchise giant after acquisition of independent

National agency Martin & Co has announced the acquisition of independent Essex agency Owen Lyons. Martin & Co Chelmsford owner Stephen Frost...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords to benefit as buy-to-let mortgage costs fall

Landlords can make savings by switching their buy-to-let (BTL) mortgages as average costs have started to fall.  The latest analysis from Mortgage...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing minister raises concerns over controversial accreditation scheme

Junior housing minister Heather Wheeler MP has written to Hull City Council to express her concerns about the authority's controversial accreditation...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency hunting acquisitions vows to return to 'aggressive growth strategy'

A national letting agency has vowed to return to an 'aggressive growth strategy' as it looks to make several acquisitions. Lomond Capital...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Don’t quit the day job – only a third of landlords earn entire living from property

Only one in three landlords across the buy-to-let market earn their sole living from their property portfolio, according to research. Specialist lender...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Build to Rent investment hits record high, eclipsing £4bn in 2018

Institutional investment in the Build to Rent (BTR) sector reached a record high last year, according to fresh research from Bidwells.  The...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Top agent blasts government for going to war on buy to let

A senior London lettings agent has accused the government of “going to war” on buy to let investors. The director of Benham...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage choice for first time landlords hits record high

The number of buy to let products for first time landlords has risen to an all-time high. Data from independent mortgage market...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of issuing 133 penalty notices and 23 improvement notices

A London council wants to extend its private rental sector licensing scheme - and in doing so is boasting of the...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Yields stable as rental market settles down for summer

There has been no change to rental yields across the UK over the past month as the lettings market settles down...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over 50 agents found charging fees - but are they acting illegally?

A BBC investigation of 52 lettings agents has found that two thirds were levying charges on tenants, but it is uncertain...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Note to Tory leadership duo: help the lettings industry!

A leading trade body is urging the candidates to lead the Conservative Party to adopt a more positive approach to the...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Another deposit alternative provider names new agency client

Competition between various deposit alternative providers continues apace, with one of the earliest companies - Reposit - naming a new agency...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

From assistant to branch owner - the latest Belvoir acquisition

The latest owner of a Belvoir franchise is a 31-year-old former part-time assistant at the company, who rose to office manager...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government considers ‘deposit passports’ in yet another rental reform

The government is considering the idea of a deposit passport for use by tenants when they move from one property to...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to buy to let investors about CGT changes coming soon

Second home owners, landlords and property investors are being urged to beware a “dramatic change” to the current capital gains tax...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: the real impact hasn't hit yet, warns senior agent

Monday marks the one month anniversary of the Tenant Fees ban coming into force, but a senior London agent warns the...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

London rents fall - but there's some glimmer of hope, says Your Move

The corner may have turned for the London rental market as prices grew between April and May, according to the latest...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

40% of landlords worried about Brexit and 20% set to sell - survey

A new survey by a specialist property sector lender reveals that 19 per cent of landlords are looking to sell in...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Consumer group slams rental sector over “hazardous homes”

Weak regulation of private renting is leaving hundreds of thousands of tenants living in hazardous homes in England, claims Citizens Advice. A...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by franchise giant

A branch of Whitegates, part of The Property Franchise Group, has purchased an independent local operation to increase its managed property...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge £60,000-plus fine after London tenants’ lives “made a misery”

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay over £60,000 after - in the words of the council - “being found...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Increasing number of large-scale landlords as buy to let amateurs quit

A new survey by one of the sector’s most respected lenders, Paragon, suggests large scale landlords are now a bigger force...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing: 12 big changes being considered by government

An independent review into selective licensing in the private rental sector makes a series of recommendations to tighten processes, with the...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

U-turn Hypocrites! Government accused of reneging on rental sector pledge

A trade body has accused the government of going back on its promise not to introduce a national register of landlords. The...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents can cut complaints by adopting more PropTech, says guru

Letting agencies can reduce the number of complaints about the industry and improve their own customer service and relationships by improving...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants pay up to 83% of their salary in rent, claims online firm

An average of 34 per cent of a tenant’s typical salary is spent on rent across the UK, according to an...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS award rises from the ashes after devastating fire

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme, which suggested a devastating fire in early January, has been recognised for the professional, efficient and calm...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - city where ‘two in every 13 homes are listed on Airbnb’

A senior Labour politician has claimed that there is a city in the UK where two out of every 13 residential...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent falsified tenancies in bid to dodge council tax

A director of a lettings agency has been fined for creating false tenancies in a bid to avoid paying council tax...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Student lettings agency pledges growth through strategic acquisitions

A specialist student accommodation lettings and property management company says it’s preparing to grow through a series of strategic acquisitions. Bankers have...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform varying price by demand acquired by short lets firm

A short lets management firm has acquired a PropTech platform and claims it will help owners “see their true profit potentials”...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Note to Tory leadership candidates - Scrap Right To Rent!

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have been given a message from a consortium of groups this morning - Scrap Right To...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

How To Rent guide: Vast majority of tenants haven't heard of it...

The government has been told it needs to provide tenants with better information about their rights and responsibilities if it’s to...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Managing agent and landlords in court for 25 HMO offences

A managing agent and several landlords have been fined almost £5,000 after forcing tenants to live in unacceptable conditions in a...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

120,000 buy to let mortgages redeemed since 2016 SDLT surcharge

Savills says some 120,000 buy to let mortgages have been redeemed since the launch of the additional homes stamp duty surcharge...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - drivers behind Build To Rent, its clients and its investors

A European law firm has set out a critique of the driving forces behind Build To Rent - and it says...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent activists want £10k to create app to 'mobilise' supporters

An activists’s group which in the past has held protests immediately outside letting agents’ offices is appealing for £10,000 to develop...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent Guarantor provider launches referral project for agents

A rent guarantor service says it’s already chosen 25 lettings agents to take part in a trial of what it calls...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Northern universities top yield and capital appreciation league table

University towns in the north of England and the Midlands score highest when it comes to yields and capital appreciation. The assessment...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Unsafe and unlicensed: big fine for investor after past warnings ignored

A buy to let investor who let out an unsafe and unlicensed property in London has now been hit with a...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Anti-rental activists in bust up with council over landlord licensing

A group of activists has expressed outrage over a council’s private rental licensing scheme, claiming it is too small to catch...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Short lets: High-end agency talks up the advantages

Despite criticism from some within the industry about the effects of short lets, the high-end agency Knight Frank has spoken of...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Beds In Sheds: tenants found crammed inside garden shed and house

Local authority officers have found three tenants living inside a shed in the garden of a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Brent,...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Jailed - buy to let investor who illegally converted flats

A landlord who illegally converted a London home into two flats without planning permission has been given a prison sentence after...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Big boost for prime London lettings market according to agency

There’s been a dramatic 37 per cent rise in rental instructions for prime properties in the capital during the first quarter...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Disaster for buy to let investors if Berlin-style rent freeze happens

New research shows that some buy to let investors in London could typically lose over £19,000 a year if Berlin-style rent...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents can retain landlords 'by using PropTech to minimise voids'

Agents need to be pro-actively using PropTech and improving their work methods to reduce voids for their landlord clients. That’s the view...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative service reveals another new partnership

Deposit alternative service flatfair has partnered with Barbon Insurance Group to co-market the two organisations’ products. “We’re thrilled to partner with the...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

The Guild links with insurance and tenant referencing service

The Guild of Property Professionals has announced a link with insurance product and moving services operation The Lettings Hub. Lettings Hub offers...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Empty buy to let with wild garden reaps £7,000 bill for owner

A buy to let investor has been fined £4,800 and ordered to pay £2,200 in costs for failing to keep his...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Thousands of buy to let investors may be due stamp duty rebates - claim

Landlords have been urged to seek advice about potential stamp duty rebates on ‘uninhabitable’ second properties after a landmark tribunal case. A...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter’s selective use of statistics attacked by lettings group

A call by Shelter for England to adopt Scotland’s model of indefinite tenancies in the private rented sector has been attacked...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech lettings management platform reveals new API partner

The online platform teclet, which enables agents to automate the lettings and management process, has announced that Movinghub has become an...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rent for new lets is almost £1,000 pcm - Countrywide

The average cost of a new let in Great Britain has risen to £977 per calendar month.  That’s a 2.6 per cent...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting tenants caught on camera and to be on TV tonight

More nightmare tenants have been the subject of investigation in a Channel 5 TV programme to be shown this evening. In the...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents offering let-only services ‘miss out on thousands in revenue’

A research report claims letting agents could be missing out on thousands of pounds of potential income each year by not...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide claims big surge in over-50s who now privately rent

New figures out this morning show that the over-50s are becoming a larger part of the rental market.  So far this year...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency advises landlords on three key risks to successful letting

High profile agency Haart has issued a warning to landlords on what it sees as the three key risks to successful letting...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Policing rental sector to be a focus of new research project

Two housing organisations have come together to fund a major research programme to improve standards in the private rental sector. They are...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Out of order! Council accused of illegal licensing fee structure

A lettings sector trade body has written to a council accusing it of initiating an “unlawful” fee structure for a licensing...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage bonanza means it's vital for investors to use a broker

A leading buy to let specialist lender says the vast number of BTL mortgage products now on the market has made...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents: are there Whirlpool tumble dryers in your properties?

Whirlpool has been ordered to recall 500,000 tumble dryers in what has been described as an “unprecedented” government move. Around half a million...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors cashing out are key to fate of sales market - claim

A leading housing market analyst says the sales market is increasingly determined by the acts of buy to let and other...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit replacement competition hots up with three new signings

As competition hots up between different deposit replacement scheme providers, three new Build To Rent sign-ups have been announced by one...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Let your property through us and pay no fees, says council

Private landlords are being asked to consider letting out their properties through the local council.  Slough council is looking for flats and...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchise branch buys independent’s lettings book in just two weeks

Another independent agency has been acquired by franchise giant Martin & Co.  The firm’s Southend franchisee purchased the managed properties of local...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Ola! Agency high achievers get all-expenses-paid trip to Barcelona

Some observers think it may be unwise for agencies to reveal too many details of perks for staff but Connells has...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Online chief aged 24 blasts “obsolete” agents “writing their own rules”

The 24 year old head of an online lettings platform called Bunk says it’s up to letting agents to show they...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Bank scraps 'No DSS' BTL mortgage rule after pressure from ministers

The government says thousands of families could benefit from changes to mortgage rules announced by Metro Bank. Currently the bank prevents landlords...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

“Dodgy operator” gets five-figure fine for dangerous HMO

A London council has successfully prosecuted a so-called “dodgy operator” landlord for failing to comply with fire safety regulations and carry...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Advertising watchdog steps in over online agency’s charge claim

The Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in following a complaint about the online lettings agency Upad. The agency had a reference ion...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet more licensing: Consultation underway to extend London scheme

Consultation is underway to extend a landlord licensing scheme in a London borough where a third of households rents privately.  Three types...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news: Highest number of buy to let mortgage products for 12 years

We may be all-too-familiar with the challenges facing letting agents and landlords in the private rental sector but there is at...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Administrators appointed for short lets agency that owes thousands

Administrators have been appointed as a result of action taken by a major creditor of Brighton Holiday Homes, the agency which...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Option to buy’ rental clauses now reappearing, says lettings agent

A record number of tenancies have been agreed above £5,000 per week in London during the first four months of the...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech product claims breakthrough with same-day referencing

A PropTech product is claiming a breakthrough for letting agents who can now access same-day referencing on prospective tenants. LetAlliance claims that...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent acquired by Property Franchise Group brand

A branch of the Property Franchise Group brand Whitegates has acquired a local independent lettings agency. Whitegates Huddersfield now has over 700...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue lettings agency coughs up £16,000 it owes - on TV

Two landlords will this evening be seen securing the £16,000 they are owed by a rogue lettings agent - and TV...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Is holiday letting becoming the new buy to let?

A holiday lettings company says it’s seen a 23 per cent increase in its portfolio over the past year as owners...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter regulation can benefit landlords insists agency chief

A leading lettings expert insists that greater regulation in the private rental sector can work for the benefit of landlords and...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative provider strikes deal with regional agency chain

Tenancy deposit alternative provider Reposit has been taken on by Devon-based agency chain Webbers.  The agency’s 15 offices operate in north Cornwall,...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb distances itself from controversial short lets management adverts

Airbnb has issued a statement distancing itself from controversial advertisements from a short lets management service. Hostmaker - which describes itself as...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

“Disgusting” - short lets management firm slammed by campaign group

A statement issued by short lets management firm Hostmaker about its controversial advertising campaign has been branded “disgusting” by a campaign...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech partnership as deposit alternative flatfair links with Goodlord

One of the growing number of deposit alternative services, flatfair, has announced a partnership with lettings platform Goodlord. Agents and landlords can...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage costs are drifting upwards says broker

A specialist broker says the costs of most fixed rate buy to let mortgages are beginning to rise.  Property Master warned last...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade body hits out over 'high rents for Millennials' claim

A trade body has hit out at government policy following a think tank’s claims that young people are less mobile because of...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent insists Fees Ban may have positive side-effects

A lettings agent and investment adviser says there is a positive interpretation of the fees ban introduced this month in England. Abi...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Franchise Group brand snaps up another independent agency

A branch of national agency Parkers has bolstered its managed portfolio by acquiring independent company Samuel James. Parkers’ Reading branch has also...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents edge up in some regions but market remains broadly stable

The latest rental market snapshot from PropTech firm Goodlord shows that average rent increased in four of the eight regions of...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Think tank blames high rents for Millennials not moving for jobs

A think tank is blaming high rents for apparently stopping Millennials moving to better paying parts of the country. A report from...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Searing criticism of agents and landlords by leading consumer group

A prominent consumer group claims that one in 10 tenants currently renting say they have at some point been evicted “for...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors warned they’ll be “lucky to get 2.5% yield”

A new analysis of the private rental sector suggests the typical buy to let investor will be lucky to generate annual...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Three acquisitions bolster business for fast-growing Martin & Co branch

The owners of Cardiff’s branch of national sales and lettings agency Martin & Co have more than doubled their managed portfolio...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Belvoir brand snaps up resi portfolio of town’s largest independent

Belvoir brand Newton Fallowell has acquired the sales and lettings business of Grantham’s oldest independent agency, Escritt Barrell Golding.  EBG, which was...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents join grand industry coalition to retain Section 21

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is one of many industry groups in a new coalition calling for S21 repossessions to be...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies' staff levels will be hit by Fees Ban, says HR chief

The head of the country's oldest agency recruitment consultancy says the tenant fee ban will hit staffing levels in the industry...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property chief locks horns with rent control campaigners

A property management chief is arguing that rent controls would restrict mortgage loans to buy to let investors and drive existing...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Consumer group tries to take credit for momentous Fees Ban

The consumer charity Citizens Advice has hailed the Tenant Fees Act and the ban on letting agents’ charges to renters as...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Defiant Airbnb management service says it doesn’t reduce affordable stock

Airbnb and short let management service Hostmaker - at the centre of a dispute involving a landlord trade body and the...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Seven rogue letting agents kicked out of Ombudsman scheme

Seven agencies have been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman after failing to pay compensation awards made by TPO. All are...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents’ outrage over government handling of Fees Ban documents

Agents have reacted angrily to the way in which the government released a new set of rental documents updated to include...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Government backs Labour council’s ‘unique’ licensing scheme

The government has agreed that a council in London where all 51 councillors are Labour should go ahead with a five...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant tells BBC that agency changed locks and removed goods

Controversial London lettings agency Flintons has again been named by a BBC TV programme for allegedly unreasonable behaviour in relation to...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative service announces link with landlords’ trade body

The Residential Landlords Association has entered into a partnership with deposit alternative service Zero Deposit. The RLA says the service will be...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss renews call for agents to offset Fees Ban through more IT

The head of an automated payment system for the rental sector says lettings agents can help offset losses caused by the...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban is here: but will it achieve what the government wants?

The Tenant Fees Act comes into effect in England tomorrow - but a senior lettings expert is questioning whether it will...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sell off goes on with more landlords quitting as Fees Ban kicks in

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says the feared sell-off of private rental units is continuing apace on the eve of...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Facial recognition used by property management firm in US - the UK next?

The management company of a private New York City rental apartment complex is to install a facial recognition system which must...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Public are sceptical and confused about Fees Ban: survey

The public are described as being “sceptical and confused” over the fees ban that comes into effect tomorrow.  A survey by insurance...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban gets ringing endorsement ... from a lettings agency

The Tenant Fees Act coming into effect tomorrow and banning fees on tenants in England has been given a ringing endorsement...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Farage on the spot: What will he do to help the private rental sector?

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has been put on the spot by the person many consider to be the country’s most...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban will particularly hurt tenants in selective licensing areas - claim

The National Landlords Association says it’s concerned the Fees Ban coming into effect in just two days’ time may limit access...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Heartbreak for customers as short-let and holiday agency shuts its doors

Thousands of pounds have been paid to a short let and holiday accommodation agency in Brighton which appears to have closed...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit Cap: agents want more information - and now

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme says that success of its information centre shows that the industry wants more information on the deposit...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency operating for 12 years opens High Street office

An online lettings agency that has been operating for 12 years has now opened a High Street office. Nantwich-based LetLord, founded in...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Best agents to offer expert services after Fees Ban, predicts utility service

The best lettings agents will survive and shine through the ban of fees levied on tenants, which comes into effect this weekend. The...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

25-year-old franchisee takes over second lettings agency branch

One of the country’s youngest lettings franchise holders has opened a second branch by acquiring an independent agency. Kuljeet Aujla, owner of...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fund boss attacks “amateur buy to let market” as “not fit for purpose”

The head of a firm that seeks investors to put money into residential property funds rather than individual homes for tenants...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial short-lets firm tries to deflect growing criticism

A company appearing to call on landlords to abandon tenants and instead let their properties to short-let visitors is now trying...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents must get to grips with deposit alternatives - their time has come

Lettings agents are being urged to educate themselves as much as possible about rival deposit alternative schemes which are becoming increasingly...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: many London tenants won't feel the benefit, insists agent

The fierce competition in the lettings market in parts of London means that some tenants will feel no benefit from the...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Students want three year tenancies, cleaning and faster responses

A survey of 500 undergraduates has given a rare insight into what they want as accommodation priorities.  The study, by a landlord...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Many agents regard tenants as just ‘cash cows’ claims property chief

A lettings agency chief in Scotland says the upcoming ban on agents levying fees on tenants - to be introduced in...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech supplier tweaks products to meet Fees Ban requirements

PropTech supplier Goodlord says it’s updated its core product to ensure compliance with new regulations - and it says it’s offering...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing minister dragged into mystery of agency owing thousands

A Midlands MP says he has spoken with housing minister Kit Malthouse about the case of a two-branch lettings agency that...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform claims to charge ‘less than half of a letting agent’

A PropTech tool wants landlords to manage their own properties and is accusing agents of being likely to increase charges to...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Redress scheme makes £25,000 award after “failings” by lettings agent

The Property Redress Scheme, one of the two government-backed redress operators for the lettings and sales service, has outlined its work...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Ban these short let adverts! - trade body and Labour unite in plea

The Mayor of London is under pressure to pull advertisements calling on landlords to stop providing homes for Londoners and move...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent fined for having only 'limited' redress cover through TPO

The Property Ombudsman has issued a reminder to all agents to ensure they have the correct redress membership to cover the...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in illegal safety and compliance issues in private rental sector - claim

Inventory reports are increasingly revealing illegal safety and compliance issues within tenanted property, a trade body claims. The Association of Independent Inventory...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal uses Artificial Intelligence to identify potential lettings hotspots

A portal called Oneandonlypro says it’s using Artificial Intelligence to try to identify the top 10 best areas in London for...

23 May 2019

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Professional portfolio landlords take larger chunk of buy to let market - lender

A leading buy to let mortgage provider says the professional landlord with multiple properties is increasingly becoming the backbone of its...

23 May 2019

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Fury over lettings agency owing thousands to landlords and tenants

A lettings agency in the West Midlands is reported to have closed its two offices at short notice, leaving clients angry...

22 May 2019

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Another warning to government of buy to let sell-off thanks to S21

There’s been another major industry survey revealing that a high number of lettings agents and landlords may quit the private rental...

22 May 2019

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Rents: Wide variations between regions but small rises in most areas

The latest Your Move lettings index for England and Wales shows the average rent stagnating - rising just 0.5 per cent...

22 May 2019

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Multi-brand PropTech group targets students ‘through rental cycle’

A PropTech platform launched three years ago acting as a search system for students wanting purpose-built accommodation is evolving into a...

22 May 2019

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Growth of 'renting in retirement' fuelled by equity release - claim

Recent figures suggesting that nearly £1 billion was withdrawn by over-55s through equity release in the first three months of 2019...

21 May 2019

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Stricter HMO rules: “awareness remains limited” claims top agent

Six months on from the introduction of stricter licencing for Homes in Multiple Occupation, awareness “remains limited” according to one of...

21 May 2019

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Section 21: New call for government to rethink proposed ban

There’s been another call on the government to rethink its plans to change the Section 21 eviction process.  The founder of Landlord...

21 May 2019

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It's A Gas: new partnership to promote safety in private rental sector

The Residential Landlords Association and Gas Safe Register have joined forces to promote gas safety awareness in the private rental sector. The...

21 May 2019

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Tories haemorrhage support after frequent attacks on buy to let

Only one in six private landlords say they would support the Conservatives in an election according to a new poll. Buy to...

20 May 2019

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Council says its own lettings agency ‘saves hundreds of thousands’

A council claims that its decision to set up its own lettings agency has prevented homelessness for almost 50 families and...

20 May 2019

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National Approved Letting Scheme rebrands as safeagent

The National Approved Letting Scheme has rebranded as safeagent.  NALS has helped coordinate the safeagent campaign since 2011, focussing during that time...

20 May 2019

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Fees Ban: agents must prepare immediately, trade body urges

ARLA Propertymark is urging agents across England and Wales to ensure they have every preparation in place for the arrival of...

20 May 2019

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Seven new Hunters branches this year so far, with more to come

Hunters says it’s opened seven new branches this year so far - well ahead of the three it had launched at...

20 May 2019

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Good news: more deposit disputes settled by agreement, not adjudication

Not-for-profit operator Tenancy Deposit Scheme says early intervention between landlords and tenants across the UK is resulting in many more deposit...

17 May 2019

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 Section 21: trade body receives record response to consultation call

Over 6,000 people have responded to the Residential Landlord Association’s survey asking what a post-Section 21 private rented sector should look...

17 May 2019

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£2m of new acquisition deals to come, says franchise giant Belvoir

Belvoir, the UK's largest property franchise, says its trading during the first quarter of this year suggests it’s outperforming its expectation...

17 May 2019

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Second office for agency run by former students in their 20s

The agency handling the largest volume of student accommodation in Lincoln is celebrating its fourth birthday by opening a second office...

17 May 2019

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Brexit hurting rental market with fewer EU tenants, new analysis shows

An analysis of the rental market in England has revealed a dramatic drop in the number of EU nationals taking up...

16 May 2019

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MP to intervene over wound-up lettings agency owing £30,000

An MP says he will raise with local police chiefs a series of claims from landlords and tenants concerning a lettings...

16 May 2019

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Fees Ban: agents warned to prepare for a flurry of tenant moves

Agents and landlords are being warned to prepare for a surge in tenants moving property once the fees ban kicks in...

16 May 2019

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Huge London Build To Rent scheme unveiled by Legal & General

Legal & General has exchanged contracts on two adjacent sites in south London to deliver its largest Built To Rent scheme...

16 May 2019

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Fifth of private renters have property-related illnesses - claim

A study claims as many as a fifth of private renters in the UK have developed an illness due to issues...

16 May 2019

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Shock as agency backs Fees Ban - and gives its profits to the homeless

An estate agency that describes itself as a ‘social enterprise’ says it will spend its profits on the homeless and related...

15 May 2019

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Ex-Countrywide team snap up lettings book - and then they go green

London agency Stirling Ackroyd - owned by Nick Dunning Associates, led by senior ex-Countrywide staff - has snapped up another independent...

15 May 2019

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Brexit impact on London lettings not as bad as expected - at least yet...

The impact of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has not hit the central London lettings sector as much as...

15 May 2019

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PropTech tool aims to identify pre-qualified tenants for agents

A new PropTech tool already used by three leading agencies claims to identify and speed up contact between pre-qualified tenants and...

15 May 2019

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‘Deposits often reduced’ if rent guarantor provided, claims company

A rent guarantor provider claims that deposits which prospective tenants are required to pay are often reduced if such a service...

15 May 2019

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Section 21: Housing minister pledges repossession reforms

Housing minister Heather Wheeler has pledged that the government will make changes to the court repossession process alongside its plans to...

14 May 2019

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Foxtons to receive warning for gender diversity failings

Foxtons has been named as one of almost 100 firms which will be highlighted for failing to boost the number of...

14 May 2019

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Letting agents advised to reduce admin workload ahead of fees ban

Letting agents are being urged to consider how they can reduce their administrative workload, following huge growth in the size of...

14 May 2019

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UK's best letting agents and suppliers revealed at ESTAS Awards 2019

The scores have been counted and the results are in for the 2019 ESTAS Awards, sponsored by Zoopla. On Friday May 10,...

14 May 2019

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Online agent launches product to protect landlords from 'expensive disasters'

The online property management platform Howsy, formerly known as NoAgent, has launched a new package for landlords. The platform says Howsy Protect...

14 May 2019

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Landlords selling up made average gain of £80,000 in 2018

The typical landlord who sold a rental property in England and Wales made a gross gain of £79,770 before tax last...

13 May 2019

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Countdown to the fees ban: rents are still rising, says HomeLet

Average rents across the UK continue to rise ahead of the introduction of the Tenant Fees Act next month, according to...

13 May 2019

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Letting agent tells landlords: 'don't stress too much over Brexit'

The operations director of letting agency haart has told landlords not to 'stress too much' over Brexit. Paul Sloan says it's easy...

13 May 2019

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Government urged to fix court system before Section 21 is scrapped

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has urged the government to 'fix' the court system before it goes ahead with its plan...

13 May 2019

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Treasury does not understand basics of taxation, says damning report

A damning report on taxation in the private rental sector (PRS) has accused the treasury of appearing not to understand 'the...

10 May 2019

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The age of the silver landlord? Number of older BTL mortgage applicants rises

There was a notable increase in the number of older buy-to-let investors in 2018, according to Commercial Trust Limited. The specialist buy-to-let...

10 May 2019

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Stagnant London market weighs down on national rental growth

A slow rental market in London is weighing down on growth across the rest of the UK, according to the latest...

10 May 2019

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Landlord hit with huge fine after council uncovers astonishing web of lies

A rogue landlady has been hit with a fine of £24,000 after conning her tenants and the local authorities with a...

10 May 2019

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Independent agent network partners with PropTech platform Goodlord

The newly-formed Federation of Independent Agents (FIA), the network set up by former Property Franchise Group managing director Graham Lock, has...

10 May 2019

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RLA threatens council over 'unlawful' and 'discriminatory' accreditation scheme

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is threatening Oxford Council with a judicial review of its landlord and letting agent accreditation scheme. The...

09 May 2019

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Shelter launches £600k fund to find solutions to PRS problems

Housing charity Shelter has announced the launch of a £600,000 fund it is hosting, with the aim of improving the private...

09 May 2019

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Should ‘revenue raising licensing schemes’ reinvest in the PRS?

Revenue raised by landlord licensing schemes should be used to enforce rental sector regulation, according to PayProp. It says that the money...

09 May 2019

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Shop ‘til you pop-up? National agency launches shopping centre branch

National sales and lettings agency Martin & Co has launched what it calls a 'pioneering new service' in the North East. The...

09 May 2019

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Deposit replacement scheme partners with 26-branch independent network

Tenancy deposit alternative Reposit has announced a partnership with Pattinson, the largest independent agency network in the North East. The 26-branch network...

09 May 2019

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Agents made to pay record sum to consumers in 2018, says Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has released its annual report for 2018, showing that for the first time the value of awards...

08 May 2019

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Lettings expert sounds Airbnb warning to landlords

A rental market expert is urging landlords to be cautious when considering to use short-term lets websites such as Airbnb to...

08 May 2019

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Under investigation: over 100 agents fail to apply for mandatory register

The Scottish Government is investigating 114 businesses suspected of carrying out letting agency work without registration and has issued 86 compliance...

08 May 2019

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New online calculator to help agents comply with deposit cap

A new solution to help letting agents deal with the introduction of the security deposit cap under the Tenant Fees Act...

08 May 2019

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Thousands of buy to let homes are dangerous, claims compliance firm

A compliance company has accused “thousands” of buy to let investors of failing to address major household hazards which render properties...

07 May 2019

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Fees Ban: it’s the final countdown says ARLA as agents’ roadshow continues

It’s now under four weeks to the introducing of the Tenant Fees Ban across England and the Association of Residential Letting...

07 May 2019

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Average void period now only three weeks across much of the country

New data from Proptech firm Goodlord suggests that the average void period for England and Wales is just 21 days. The longest...

07 May 2019

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ESTAS 2019 reveal major lettings sector supplier as ‘big day’ nears

HomeLet, the tenant referencing and specialist letting insurance company, has been announced as an ESTAS partner for the Estate & Letting...

07 May 2019

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Agents accused of breaking the law over tenancy agreements

Letting agents across England have been accused of potentially breaching consumer law by demanding deposits before tenants even see a contract. The...

03 May 2019

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PropTech could be key to boosting health and safety in rental sector

Increased use of technology could boost gas-related health and safety in the private rental sector according to the people behind a...

03 May 2019

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Criminal record for buy to let investor who didn’t have the right paperwork

A buy to let investor has been left with a £2,000 bill and a criminal conviction after letting out his property...

03 May 2019

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Room rental data shows small rises across most UK regions

New data looking specifically at room rental rates suggest that across the UK rents rose by an average three per cent...

03 May 2019

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Crisis-point: Huge buy to let sell-off imminent according to new figures

A quarter of private landlords are looking to sell at least one property over the next year according to new research...

02 May 2019

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£1.2m confiscated from rogue buy to let firm and landlord

A London council has won one of the largest-ever Proceeds of Crime claims from an unscrupulous buy to let investor. Andre Charles Trepel,...

02 May 2019

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Free property listings for agents on new student accommodation platform

A new PropTech start-up that claims to make student house-hunting easier is offering free listings to lettings agents with London properties. Polygon...

02 May 2019

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Online agency strikes deal with home staging trade group

Online lettings agency RentMyHome is partnering with a trade group for home stagers in order to offer clients discounted services. MyHomeGroup owns...

02 May 2019

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London’s buy to let market has turned a corner, says optimistic broker

New data from specialist mortgage firm Commercial Trust suggests that London’s buy to let sector turned a corner in the first...

02 May 2019

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Quiz The Minister: send questions on replacing leasehold with commonhold

In recent weeks our campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold has continued to gather momentum both in the press and across...

01 May 2019

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Tread carefully if investing in Buy To Let, students' parents warned

A new report by a leading lettings sector expert cautions parents who are considering entering the Buy To Let sector by...

01 May 2019

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Two more independent agencies snapped up by franchise giant

Northwood has snapped up two independent agencies - Northwood Warminster have successfully completed on the acquisition of Wilsons of Westbury while...

01 May 2019

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Buy To Let with no windows and no heating lands couple in court

Two rogue landlords have been convicted of failing to comply with a Prohibition Order on the rental property they owned. Sandeep Jarjapu...

01 May 2019

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Deposit disputes could drop through new tool, claims review site

A controversial review website which says it identifies “good (and bad) letting agents” has introduced tools aiming to reduce disputes at...

01 May 2019

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 Snoopers’ Charter - people urged to inform about ‘illegal lettings’

A local authority has written to purchasers of former council houses and apartments warning them against illegally letting them out -...

30 April 2019

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Investment sentiment improving, despite Brexit and rental red tape

A property investment platform claims that investor sentiment in buy to let is actually improving despite ongoing political and economic uncertainty...

30 April 2019

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Redundant LSL agent buys local franchise for hybrid agency

A former agent made redundant by LSL Property Services is the 125th franchisee for EweMove.  Damien Guest, who has worked in agency...

30 April 2019

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Unfurnished London lets take 30% longer to find tenants, says agent

One of London’s best known lettings agents says unfurnished properties can take 30 per cent longer to let than a furnished...

30 April 2019

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Buy to let back in favour three years after SDLT surcharge, says agent

Three years after the introduction of the second homes stamp duty surcharge, landlords are “beginning to come to terms with the...

30 April 2019

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Agency moves off the High Street to offset fees ban income cut

An agency in the north east of England is moving its HQ off the High Street and into an office block...

29 April 2019

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Higher rent to combat fees ban should be last resort says mortgage boss

The chief executive of a specialist buy to let lender says increasing the rent to combat additional costs put on landlords...

29 April 2019

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Rental sector changes are positive, insists deposit replacement chief

A senior figure at a deposit replacement service says the current flurry of changes in the private rental sector are positive. Daniel...

29 April 2019

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 Union wants its members to ensure Section 21 is actually scrapped

A trade union says the government’s intention to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords is “a huge victory” - but...

29 April 2019

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Rents stagnate across England and Wales, agency index reveals

Rents across England and Wales have not moved in the last 12 months, according to Your Move.  The agency says the typical...

29 April 2019

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Consolidation of agencies is bad news for renters, says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says there is a record number of homes available to renters - but this does...

26 April 2019

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Agent admits conning clients to pay money into personal bank account

A former employee of Martin & Co has admitted operating a fraud scheme that involved agency clients paying money into his...

26 April 2019

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Tragedy as young agent dies of undiagnosed meningitis infection

A 23 year old lettings agent has tragically died from a bacterial form of meningitis, a serious infection of the thin...

26 April 2019

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Latest acquisitions take agency to over 3,000 managed properties

Clyde Property in Scotland now has over 3,000 properties under management, making it one of the largest portfolios north of the...

26 April 2019

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New online investment platform seeks portfolio landlord customers

An online platform claims it has found a new and easy way for investors to become landlords, describing itself as ‘PayPal...

26 April 2019

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

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

25 April 2019

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

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

25 April 2019

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

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

25 April 2019

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Overseas student demand strengthening despite Brexit uncertainty

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

25 April 2019

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Airbnb backs call for mandatory registration system for short let properties

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

24 April 2019

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Lettings agency bosses to give evidence to MPs this morning

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

24 April 2019

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

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

24 April 2019

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More PropTech pledged after management buy-out of lettings business

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

24 April 2019

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Phil Spencer launches new podcast for rental sector and buyers

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

24 April 2019

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

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

23 April 2019

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

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

23 April 2019

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

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

23 April 2019

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

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

23 April 2019

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

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

23 April 2019

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

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

18 April 2019

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New regulatory body for Fees Ban likely to clamp down hard

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

18 April 2019

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

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

18 April 2019

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

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

18 April 2019

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Long-standing critic of agents and landlords quits charity position

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

18 April 2019

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

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

17 April 2019

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

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

17 April 2019

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Banning Orders Flop: not even one issued after 12 months

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

17 April 2019

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Another one bites the dust! Franchisee snaps up fourth independent

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

17 April 2019

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

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

17 April 2019

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Scrapping Section 21 long overdue admits lettings chief

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

16 April 2019

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

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

16 April 2019

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

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

16 April 2019

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New revenue stream for agents pledged by PropTech utilities site

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

16 April 2019

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Only 129 agents respond to consultation on S21 and longer tenancies

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

16 April 2019

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

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

15 April 2019

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PM and Housing Secretary back scrapping of Section 21 evictions

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

15 April 2019

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

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

15 April 2019

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

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

15 April 2019

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

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

15 April 2019

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Right To Rent may be MORE complex after Brexit - warning

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

12 April 2019

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Deposit alternative operator wades into spat over agency scheme

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