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Controversy as cryptocurrency investors focus on buy to let

Property is fast becoming a preferred investing option for advocates of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, an investment company claims.  Sequire Property Investment...

26 November 2021

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24-year-old launches lettings platform to fix ‘toxic’ rental market

A lettings platform set up by a 24 year old is today announcing an expansion from its Bristol start up to...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks refuses to give details of tenancy deposit failure

Purplebricks is refusing to say how many tenants and landlords were affected by its failure to comply with the law requiring deposits...

26 November 2021

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Franchise owner snaps up another independent agency

The owner of Martin & Co’s Blackpool branch has made it a year to remember after securing another independent acquisition.  Hamza Anwar...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency wins ground rent instruction from major resi landlord

One of the largest private residential landlords in the Midlands has appointed Principle Estate Management to start collecting various ground rents...

26 November 2021

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Revealed - the city tipped for rental expansion by property experts

A prominent consultancy advising the Build To Rent sector has identified one British city as the prime location for investment in 2022. BNP...

25 November 2021

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Alarms - Agents kickback against ‘day one checks’

Agents have raised a specific concern about one aspect of a law change regarding carbon monoxide alarms.  Earlier this week the government...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

London agents hit with more and larger fines by local councils

Council-imposed fines on letting agents and landlords that fall foul of licensing regulations have risen dramatically in the past month alone. Research...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New rental homes pledge greater energy efficiency and sustainability

One of the institutions behind Build To Rent in the UK is pledging to have up to 1,000 new rental homes...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: new Carbon Monoxide alarm laws revealed

The government has announced that carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in all private rental properties with fixed appliances such as...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Automation key to agency businesses recovering from Covid  

Property should take a leaf from some other industries’ books and embrace increased automation to help the sector recover quicker and...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Higher demand for car charging means government must do more

There’s been an increase in demand for rental properties with electric charging points for cars, according to ARLA Propertymark. The news has...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla rolls out new enhancements to software service for agents

Alto, the Zoopla-owned cloud-based software for agents, has unveiled what it calls “its next generation of functionality.” New features include an enhanced...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-Social Short Lets - survey reveals damage and disturbance issues

Over half of tenants who have stayed at short let home-based properties via Airbnb or similar platforms have broken or damaged...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Petition to close property tax loophole still short of target

A petition calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to increase tax on holiday lettings has still not hit its 45,000-signature target. Former long...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Younger tenants claim “unforeseen” agency fees make them poorer

Many young Britons allegedly live beyond their means, blaming high rents and “unforseen” agency charges as contributory reasons.  A home insurance company...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

ARLA Conference: Jabs or Covid tests mandatory if you want to attend

ARLA has made it clear to attendees at next month’s Propertymark Conference and Exhibition in London that they must show proof...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warn politicians that investors could quit buy to let sector

Buy to let investors many quit the sector if proposals in the Northern Ireland Private Tenancies Bill go-ahead in their existing...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Big advantage for agents with larger properties available

The desire for more living space, a key feature of the pandemic, has driven up rents on larger properties faster than...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Parliament to discuss Sex For Rent scandal today

The House of Lords will today discuss the apparently-growing Sex for Rent scandal. Campaigners say a search on websites such as Craigslist...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Big regional rent differences continue as ‘Covid-effect’ rumbles on

The latest market snapshot from lettings agency Hamptons suggests that rents have risen, nationally, 7.9 per cent over the last 12 months. It...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

440-home US-style Build To Rent scheme announced

Finance companies have announced the development of a new 440-unit Build To Rent scheme in Birmingham. Harrison Street, an alternative real assets...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government gets lesson in how to stimulate buy to let market

New figures show how effective the stamp duty holiday was in stimulating buy to let - and how similar measures could...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Biggest ever Build To Rent study claims sector is not over-priced

Results have been released of an analysis of over 20,000 Build To Rent tenants in over 15,000 homes across the UK...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - typical Airbnb rate in London as short-let sector rebounds

It’s been revealed by a short lets trade body that the typical Airbnb day rate in London in September was £151.40...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter blasts government for unaffordable homes

Shelter - so often critical of the private rental sector - has instead turned its fire on the government over what...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Scam using Facebook Marketplace sees tenants lose thousands

A scam in one city has reportedly seen scores of individuals robbed of thousands of pounds as short lets have been...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents’ bootcamp back with a bang

A high-profile four-day bootcamp designed to sharpen up lettings agents has returned from the pandemic with a bang.  Agent Rainmaker - set up...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Two more cities targeted for major Build To Rent schemes

Grainger, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, has announced two new Build To Rent developments. The company has acquired Exmouth Junction in...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Staged properties fetch more in lettings and sales markets

Staging a home during the selling process could boost a sale price by up to £47,000; meanwhile lettings asking prices could...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise yet again in 2022 forecasts Zoopla

The long term undersupply of rental properties across the country is expected to support rental growth into 2022, says Zoopla. In addition,...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Police tips for agents on how to smoke out cannabis farms

Police officers are this week raising awareness among agents about the signs of potential cannabis grows. The campaign is being led in...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech: could open banking help the lettings industry?

A PropTech firm says Open Banking could help to transform the lettings industry for the better if it is fully embraced.  And...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Franchise holder rapidly expands to fifth office in nearby area

An agent who six months ago expanded his franchise empire to four branches has now added a fifth. Craig Pearson, who opened the...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets In Lets: Airbnb’s latest move to lure more long-term renters

Airbnb is now introducing pet insurance cover for its hosts as it continues attempts to win long-term renters away from the...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Low rental supply worsening in every region of England, says index

Home, the property website that publishes an authoritative market snapshot for lettings and sales each month, says the long-standing supply drought...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Returning execs and students boost rental market - agency

Cluttons has given its latest lettings market snapshot for London, with an upbeat assessment of current and future demand. The agency say...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Going Green: Agency urges rival firms to follow its lead

After becoming the first large agency to move to electric BMW i3s in 2019, Chestertons is urging others in the industry to follow...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New PropTech tool chases rent payments automatically

PropTech supplier Goodlord, which says it’s working with 1,100 agency branches already, has introduced a new product. It says its Rent Collection...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Threat to agents as Airbnb takes bigger share of long-term renters

Airbnb is adding property characteristics such as verified WiFi speed to its details in a bid to win more business and...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rebranded agency brings in industry heavyweights to drive expansion

The London and South East property group Stirling Ackroyd - which recently rebranded from its former title, Nick Dunning Associates -...

15 November 2021

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Agency fending off 50 enquiries for every available property

An agent in one major university city says it’s faced with 50 students applying for each available property. Edinburgh residential property lettings,...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Regulating agents - final day for comments about island regulation

Jersey is calling for views on whether the island’s estate agents should be subject to greater regulation.  The island’s Economic and International...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Why Scrap Section 21?  Possession cases are plummeting anyway...

New figures from the Ministry of Justice show a dramatic long-term decline in the number of possessions in the private rental...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bailiff-enforced evictions suspended over Christmas season

It’s understood there will be a Christmas truce with tenants not enduring bailiff-enforced evictions between December 13 and January 10. HM Courts...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings now account for 75% of Winkworth revenue

A trading statement from franchise agency Winkworth has revealed that its network now derives 75 per cent of its revenue from...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New EPC Regulations: Rental sector’s uphill struggle to meet targets

Just as COP26 is drawing to a close, so one of the lettings industry’s leading legal voices is warning that the...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Webinar follows big rise in agents contacted by HMRC over AML

FCS Compliance has announced its latest anti-money laundering webinar tailored exclusively for Rightmove members.   Are you ready for an HMRC inspection is...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

They’re back: Parents are buying buy-to-lets for student offspring

The once-popular idea of parents buying a property for their offspring to use while at university, and then letting it to other...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies campaign to help NHS staff find affordable rental property

Two lettings agencies in Cornwall are campaigning for more affordable rental accommodation for NHS staff in the county. Camel and Homequest Lettings...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Police confront man who stole To Let sign from property

Local media in Bournemouth report that a man was stopped by the police when he was seen after dark carrying a...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Student rental demand soaring compared to last year, says agency

A north of England lettings agency is claiming an all-time record for enquiries relating to student accommodation - and the biggest...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: government survey on documents handed to tenants

A new government survey of private renters is checking whether they received the correct documentation from their agent when they begin...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rival lettings agencies merge, with pledge of future acquisitions

Charters Group, the south of England agency, has announced a further acquisition that will grow its residential lettings operations. Charters Estate Agents will combine...

10 November 2021

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Lettings platform matching agents with tenants seeks funds to expand

Lettings platform Findingaplace, a matching service between tenants and agents launched last year, is seeking to raise £250,000 - and possibly...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

London rental demand up as offices and students return

The demand for London rental properties has increased by almost 60 per cent in the third quarter compared to the same...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

 New tax system for Airbnbs and holiday lets being finalised by government

The government says it’s finalising plans for a new tax regime to apply to additional homes, and in particular those used...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent leader to speak at ARLA Propertymark conference

Baroness Alicia Kennedy, the director of Generation Rent, is to be one of the speakers in a debate at the ARLA...

09 November 2021

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Rental sector already cleaning up its act on EPCs, suggests bank

The private rental sector is already attempting to improve its EPC results according to research from Shawbrook Bank.  From 2025 new rules...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New bank for buy to let and property investment sectors

A new bank called Monument is aiming at property investors and established buy to let landlords seeking to grow their portfolios. Its...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge fine for agency and boss who perverted course of justice

Over £80,000 pounds of fines have been imposed on a letting agency and its director. Zenith Accommodation Ltd’s boss, Mohammad Mallick of...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Local authority wants agent and landlord contact ahead of evictions

A local authority has launched a free service seeking to avoid evictions. New Forest council says its new 'Call Before You Serve' programme is a free service providing...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Last chance to register – webinar on transparency in lettings tomorrow 

The live launch of a roundtable event hosted by rental payments platform PayProp takes place tomorrow – and letting agents can...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Residential wing of commercial firm snapped up by growing agency

Large scale Scottish factoring operation James Gibb Residential Factors has acquired the residential division of Aberdeen-based commercial property consultancy FG Burnett. The...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Gangmasters Raid: Police arrest at lettings agency

Media reports in Stoke on Trent say a man was arrested after a police raid on the Homes2Let lettings agency in...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Webinar – how can letting agents be compliant with Trading Standards rules?

A recent industry roundtable event hosted by PayProp, which brought together some of the lettings industry’s biggest hitters, will be live streamed next week...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes: Resolution system could avoid court last resort

ARLA Propertymark has thrown its weight behind a new dispute resolution service as a quicker and less expensive alternative to court...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents up sharply in prime areas of London as market bounces back

Rental growth in prime areas of London has climbed to multi-year highs according to new data from Knight Frank.  While only a...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

What will agency look like in 2030? PropTech firms think they know…

Five PropTech firms have linked up to produce a so-called White Paper giving a glimpse in what they think the agency...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lomond Group reveals next move in bid to become national lettings agency

A brand within the fast-expanding Lomond Group has sealed its second acquisition within a fortnight, adding a further 200 properties to...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents change working hours to encourage greater staff well-being

Early results from a survey into wellbeing suggest that agents are changing their working practices to help staff have a greater...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

In recovery - good figures from London’s rental market

Data from central London lettings agency Bective shows returning tenant demand in the capital. The agency’s analysis of new lettings applicants shows...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s green up north - councils win cash to make rental sector eco-efficient

Almost £300,000 has been awarded to a consortium of councils to improve energy efficiency in the private rental sector. York council will lead...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour joins call for faster scrapping of S21 evictions

Labour has joined with campaign groups Generation Rent and Shelter in calling for the speediest possible ending of Section 21 eviction...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Confrontation with letting agent to be shown on TV show

The next episode of the Channel 5 show Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords this evening features an agent offering a supposed guaranteed...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents dip, voids increase as lettings market hunkers down for winter

The latest rental market snapshot from PropTech supplier Goodlord shows the market cooling, but with year-on-year demand still high in comparison...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Boom for student lettings sector as in-person attendance resumes

Figures from the Deposit Protection Service suggest that students returned to university in greater numbers this year compared to 2020. The service...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says Buy To Let sector must aim to be as good as Build To Rent

Foxtons is extensively praising the apparent benefits of Build To Rent, a sector in which the agency is keen to become...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech training academy launched, aimed at letting agents

PropTech platform Fixflo has launched what it calls a self-service training academy. It has already had a soft launch with 90 per...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents bounce back with a vengeance in London

Rents in much of London have not only bounced back from the pandemic but now exceed the levels reached in 2020. Research...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Average rents dip from last month but still showing big annual hike

HomeLet says the average rent in the UK is now £1,059, down a modest 0.2 per cent from a month ago. However, the...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Major agency rebrands and promises a flurry of acquisitions

Property group Nick Dunning Associates, which includes the brands Townends and Regents, has rebranded to Stirling Ackroyd Group, effective from today.  All...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession Backlog Breakthrough? Huge extra funding for courts

There may be a breakthrough in clearing the huge backlog of possession cases as the government is allocating an extra £324m...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for short lets classification to be ‘amateur’ and ‘commercial’

Proposals to regulate Airbnbs and other short lets in one part of the UK should be modified, a trade body says. Currently,...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Heatpump proposals may be hot air, suggests PropTech platform

PropTech investment platform Houzen has raised concerns over the government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy. This is the satrategy that offers rental sector...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Caught! Agency that illegally evicted tenant ends up in court

A lettings agency has been prosecuted by Birmingham council for unlawfully evicting a tenant. Principal Homes is based at Great Barr and was...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government delays Rental Reform White Paper until 2022

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will now not be published until...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter hits out, alleging evictions causing mass homelessness

Campaigning charity Shelter says new official figures show evictions since the lifting of the ban have created a surge in homelessness. Shelter...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Urban renting changing thanks to pandemic, says PropTech platform

PropTech platform Lavanda says urban property is changing thanks to the pandemic, and it tells agents, landlords and other providers to...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Best new build buy to let investment - a house or a flat?

New figures from the National Home Building Council suggests the popularity of detached properties has soared during the pandemic - prompting...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry anger as Budget ignores private rental sector

All sides of the industry have expressed anger and frustration that yesterday’s Budget effectively ignored the private rental sector. ARLA Propertymark’s policy...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents to extend Deposit Alternative scheme to existing tenants

Some agents allied with deposit alternative service flatfair - and who previously offered the service to new tenants - are now going...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent and yield growth higher in outer city areas than in centres

Confirming many Covid-related trends, it appears that outer city properties have seen their yields and rents grow to a greater degree...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow to London as half of renters say they’d leave if they could

The pandemic has brought with it a whole new way of working, with many businesses now offering a hybrid model, and...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Get In Shape - Agent Rainmaker bootcamp back after the pandemic

Agent Rainmaker’s bootcamp - which aims to focus letting agents on the structure of their business whilst also breaking boards and...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents slam calls for mandatory register for all landlords

Two recent calls for the introduction of a national mandatory landlord register in England have been rebuffed by agents’ trade body...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand slows but it’s still a record for Autumn

ARLA Propertymark has released its latest lettings market snapshot showing demand reducing - but even so still being a record for...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency has 10,000 lettings enquiries in one month alone

A lettings agency in Manchester has received over 10,000 rental enquiries in just one month. Manchester Apartments says it received some  21,000...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings guru to discuss future for agents and rentals sector

Leading industry figure Peter Knight is to discuss the future of the rental sector and the role of agents in a...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Investors flock to first one-to-one show since before pandemic

Some 4,500 people and 90 exhibitors attended the Property Investor Show a few days ago - the first face-to-face event of...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings giant snaps up another independent agency

Another independent lettings agency has been acquired by a fast-expanding giant with plans to become a prominent national agency network. Lomond Group’s John...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

TikTok-style 25-second virtual tours win support, claims supplier

A marketing firm says super-speedy virtual tours - similar in duration to many videos on the TikTok social network - are...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant fraud surges massively in Build To Rent sector

The Build to Rent sector is being targeted by criminals with a 364 per cent rise in fraudulent tenant applications in...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform allows agents to offer extra deposit alternative

PropTech supplier The Lettings Hub has announced a new integration with deposit alternative service Reposit.  Agents were already able to offer their...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Thank you Michael Gove!  Propertymark welcomes arrears fund

Propertymark has taken the unusual step of thanking the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and the Communities for the...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Reapit guru aims to make HMO sector more appealing to agents

Ex-Reapit and ex-Countrywide tech guru Gary Barker has joined co-living HMO platform COHO as a non-executive director - just weeks after...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

One of UK’s largest licensing schemes revealed - consultation starts today

Consultation begins today on a selective licensing scheme for privately rented housing in 25 wards of Birmingham. Under the suggested scheme, all...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Growing share of lettings management happens outside office hours

Research from lettings management software provider teclet shows how important 24/7 transactions are in the industry today. Results show that 33 per...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday lettings firm to float on London Stock Exchange

Travel Chapter, which owns the high profile Holidaylettings brand, is to float on the London Stock Exchange's junior AIM market. Devon-based Travel...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals rent arrears package for tenants in England

Letting agents in England with tenants in rent arrears because of Covid are to be helped via a council-run £65m rent fund. Although...

23 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Eco-Debate - A One Size Fits All solution won’t work for agents

Propertymark has told the government that imposing the same solution to the Net Zero challenge on all of the private rental...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency wants incentives for long term lets over Airbnb-style lets

A leading lettings agency wants next week’s Budget to unveil incentives to bolster supply in the long term rental sector. Richard Davies,...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Here’s why the rental market is likely to boom in the long term

New figures provide further evidence of the difficulties first time buyers have getting on the property ladder - and why as...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

High occupancy recovery for fledgling ‘co-living’ sector

The room-letting sector known as co-living, now growing in London, has seen occupancy levels bounce back since some Covid restrictions have...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent welcomes more pets in rental property - with conditions

A London lettings agent says it welcomes increasing moves towards allowing pets in rental properties - with some conditions.  Bective’s head of...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New Boiler Ban: Letting agents put the heat on government

ARLA Propertymark has blasted the government over its net zero policy of banning new boilers from 2035 and giving landlords £5,000...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent lettings agency snapped up - but not by a corporate

Independent Liverpool-based agency LPS Real Estate has acquired another indie - Maison Lettings. As part of the acquisition, LPS will take over...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent giant sets out blueprint for solving Britain’s housing crisis

New research published by Build To Rent operator L&G reveals what it believes to be a crisis surrounding rental properties, affordable...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Student rental sector relies too much on overseas tenants - claim

Research by a student accommodation search platform suggests that the sector may rely too heavily on the apparent year-on-year growth in...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Smart Meters: Agents’ webinar today as pressure builds for adoption

Pressure continues to build on letting agents to play a greater role in the adoption of smart meters across the private...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: ‘information checklist’ to avoid potential fines and claims

A checklist for agents to help ensure they steer clear of unwanted fines or claims has been provided by the Guild...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Major overseas investor shifts to long-term lettings from short-lets

A lettings agency with links to Saudi Arabian investors has produced a case study of how faith is returning to the long...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents rise across London as stock shortage takes its toll

New research by the Benham and Reeves agency has revealed how a lack of London rental properties has pushed up the...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Can agents really build their brand by using TikTok?

Online lettings agency LettingaProperty.com says it’s using social media platform TikTok to build its brand and drum up business, and claims...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

 Energy Crisis: Almost two thirds of homes have relatively poor EPCs

As energy efficiency becomes increasingly key for the private rental sector and owner occupiers alike, new data from PropTech firm Sprift...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of court cases and fines against letting agents

One of the local authorities with the tightest clampdowns on letting agents has issued a statement celebrating its successes. Tower Hamlets council in...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Most tenants admit negotiating over rent levels is difficult

A Foxtons-owned lettings agency says 60 per cent of tenants and would-be buyers say they are not confident negotiating asking rents...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

More buy to let and Build To Rent new-builds ‘will help developers recover’

Savills says an increase in the number of new builds bought for buy to let and other property investment will help...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to promote smart meters to landlords

As energy costs continue to rise, agents are being urged to promote the use of smart meters. That’s the view of Safeagent...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

London Relief - Supply fall forces rent rises at last in prime areas

Data consultancy LonRes says a dramatic fall in prime London rental stock is forcing rents to rise at last.   The number of...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Haart’s first home-based agent returns after selling cars

A former agent who was most recently a car salesman has been named as Spicerhaart’s first home-based lettings partner. Marc West will...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Robert Watts acquires long-established independent agency

North of England agency Robert Watts is expanding into Halifax after completing the acquisition of independent firm Bennett Kaye for an...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent giant claims ‘leasing record’ after lettings spree

Grainger, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, says its new Build To Rent scheme in Leeds has set a record for...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession Court Delays - no improvement for at least a year

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab says it will take a year for court backlogs to be reduced substantially and even longer to...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New RICS forecast of rising tenant demand and higher rent

Tenant demand continues to rise and is now way beyond the long term average according to the latest market snapshot by...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns council that new HMO licensing will backfire

A lettings agency says a new HMO licensing regime in one of London’s highest profile boroughs will reduce the number of rental properties. This...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents - are you seeing more ‘later life’ buy to let landlords?

A new report suggests that agents may already be seeing more middle-aged and older landlords - and if that hasn’t happened...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Race For Space means rents soaring on detached houses

Rents for detached homes increased twice as fast as the average for all UK properties during Q3 2021 says the Deposit...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency head tells Sunak - stop hammering the private rental sector

The head of a lettings agency has drawn up a wish list for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to address in his Budget...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Strict contracts and inventories could defuse Pets In Lets issue

One of the industry’s leading suppliers says the controversy over pets in private rental properties could be defused relatively easily. Inventory management firm...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Revenue potential for agents by gathering data on consumers

A PropTech chief says there’s substantial opportunity for letting agents to earn more revenue - so long as they understand their...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Grants covering Covid arrears will boost tenants’ health, says Shelter

Shelter claims the health of one in five renters in England is harmed by poor housing, and says grants covering Covid-related...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Cities Are Back! Urban rents soaring according to latest index

Tenants returning to the office and city centres has triggered strong rental growth in the largest urban centres. Rightmove’s Quarterly Rental Trends...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Demand soars as tenants leave parents and return to the market

‘Room wanted’ ads are currently outnumbering ads for ‘rooms available’ on flatshare site SpareRoom for only the third time in six...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London Market Snapshot: lettings market's big improvement

Data from property investment consultancy London Central Portfolio suggests foreigners are returning to the UK capital as travel restrictions ease -...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodlord tweaks insurance offer because of lengthy eviction cases

Letting agents using rent protection and legal expenses insurance via Goodlord will have their rent protected until vacant possession, with no cap...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb tells government it has better way of regulating short lets

Airbnb has backed the Scottish Government's backtrack on pledges to exercise more centralised regulation over short let properties. The country’s ruling SNP-Green coalition...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Mystery agent refuses to pay £150,000 owed in guaranteed rent

The Property Redress Scheme has expelled an agent operating a guaranteed rent scheme which failed to pay £150,000 to a former landlord client. The agent...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Help London’s rental sector - agent’s plea to government

A leading agent and member of the Propertymark board says London’s letting agencies and private rental sector need government help -...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings market strong - and even London recovering a little

Average annual rental growth across Britain hit 8.0 per cent in September, the third fastest annual rate of growth recorded this...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Rogue letting agents kicked out by The Property Ombudsman

Six agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay compensatory awards - five of them for offences...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government backs away from stricter regulation of Airbnb and short lets

The Scottish Government - which earlier this year suggested it would be clamping down heavily on Airbnbs, especially in Edinburgh -...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday did nothing to improve buy to let purchases

Lettings agency Hamptons, part of Connells, says there’s little sign that the stamp duty holiday led to large numbers of new...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodlord to offer bill-splitting service after new Tech acquisition

Lettings technology platform Goodlord has acquired a new app called acasa.  acasa is a fintech platform which allows tenants to manage household...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Major regional independent agency opens its 11th branch

Fenn Wright, which operates in East Anglia, has opened its latest office in Felixstowe and will focus on sales and lettings.  Managing...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand funds to clamp down on rogue operators

ARLA Propertymark is calling on the government to properly fund local authorities so they can combat rogue operators in the private...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Tory wants action at last on Arrears Tribunal proposal

A senior Conservative in Wales wants the Welsh Government to consider creating a housing tribunal in the light of rising tenant arrears. Janet Finch-Saunders,...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Not Just Here - Rents rising across Europe, new figures show

Campaigners against letting agents and landlords appear to suggest that the issue of rising rents is uniquely confined to the UK...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech: new integration ready to install on Reapit’s AppMarket

Agents’ marketing platform BriefYourMarket has announced a new integration live and ready to install on Reapit’s AppMarket. BriefYourMarket first integrated with Reapit’s...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New international Data law likely to affect many letting agents

A high profile and respected lettings sector legal expert is inviting questions from agents at a webinar next week - and he’ll...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Better standards and controls for short lets needed, admits major provider

The short lets sector - already receiving political and community criticism for eroding the wider private rental sector - needs better...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to government - fix rental sector or face stock drought

The lettings agents’ group Propertymark has told Chancellor Rishi Sunak that unless the private rented sector is overhauled many landlords will...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by larger long-established firm

Henry Adams Lettings has acquired Country & Coastal Lettings, a small independent in Hampshire.  Ian Wiggett, chief executive of Henry Adams, says:...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge £30m investment in home-based letting agents

Spicerhaart has unveiled a £30m investment programme for its lettings business. The business proposes to more than double the number of properties...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents left in the lurch by ARPM will be helped, says PropTech firm

A PropTech company says it will support agents left in the lurch by the collapse of ARPM. Ash Residential Property Management -...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper still some weeks away, hints government minister

The long-awaited White Paper on rental reform is some time away, with a minister at the centre of its preparation saying he and...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New calls to stop rental homes switching to Airbnb

A new call has come for government action to stop the hemorrhage of properties shifting from long term rental to Airbnb...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents leap 11 per cent outside big cities according to Rightmove

New data from Rightmove reveals that the imbalance of supply and demand for rental properties in suburban and rural areas has...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb glut slashes rental stock and leads to Housing Crisis - claim

A lack of longer term rental accommodation thanks to the growth of Airbnb and other short lets has led to a...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to Boris: don’t hurt rentals in push for home ownership

A prominent industry supplier is warning the government not to damage the private rental sector in its push to promote ever-more...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

City rental demand climbs as return to workplaces goes on

A lettings agency’s research has revealed that rental demand has continued to climb across most major UK cities during the third quarter...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Another new partner announced for ESTAS awards

The ESTAS has announced another partner for its awards ceremony later this month. It’s customer rewards service Vaboo, which will be presenting...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: “unreasonable fee” puts industry in a dilemma

A leading property lawyer is warning that a tribunal case between a London letting agent and a tenant - involving a...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency cleared of part in ‘Ghost Tenants’ lettings scandal

A London lettings agency - that has now entered bankruptcy - has been cleared of any involvement in a rental scandal...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Voids inch up as rental market appears near to peak

The latest rental index from PropTech platform Goodlord shows voids inching up - although still remaining much lower than the long-term...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental demand set to stay high as first time buyer age rises

With house prices at an all-time high, showing no signs of waning, the age of first-time buyers is on the rise...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Virtual Tours should become GDPR-compliant says PropTech firm

A PropTech company says virtual tours should now be made to abide by GDPR regulations to increase privacy for landlords and...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Benefits of scrapping S21 outweigh problems, insists Shelter

The chief executive of Shelter says the experience of Scotland shows that the scrapping of S21 eviction powers produces benefits that...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to help tenants reduce energy bills

After 10 days of reports of soaring energy costs, PropTech supplier Goodlord has produced a series of tips for letting agents...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let still seen as heavily regulated and unsympathetic to landlords

The end of the stamp duty holiday today has triggered a reduction in the number of buy to let investors saying...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Safeagent at odds with lettings groups over Covid arrears solution

Not-for-profit accreditation scheme safeagent wants the government to help tenants clear Covid-related arrears through an overhaul of Discretionary Housing Payments. Enhancing these...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Another independent snapped up by fast-growing franchise agency

A branch of Northwood has snapped up an independent agency. Bassets Lettings, which is based in Salisbury, was set up in 2002...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

More buy to lets being sold despite rental market strength - data

More buy to let properties are being put on the sales market, despite the strength in the lettings sector, says Zoopla. In...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Research shows best university locations for buy to let investment

New research reveals that student property portfolios based in smaller university towns or cities typically generate the best returns. The findings, from...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

£10m grants to clear tenant arrears - is this the right approach?

Councils across Scotland have been given £10m to provide grants to tenants who have Covid-related arrears and risk eviction. The grants will...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Cut Us Some Slack! Politicians told to stop demonising letting agents

Propertymark is telling politicians to stop demonising letting agents and landlords. The unusualy bluntl message has come in response to the latest...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New forms which letting agents MUST use from October 1

New forms have been posted online which must be used by landlords and letting agents from October 1. New legislation regarding eviction...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Voids fall sharply - but there's a warning they shouldn't fall further

There’s been a sharp reduction in average void periods this year - a sign of how strong the rental market has...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings platform signs deal with referencing and due diligence service

An international residential platform which manages 200,000 properties in 29 countries across Europe - including the UK - has signed an...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour to review tax reliefs applying to private rental sector

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves has told the Labour Party conference that if her party wins the next General Election she will...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pandemic rental trends are here to stay, says leading agency

The rush for space to work and relax at home will still dominate the rental market for the short term at...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Commons chronicles Covid help to landlords and tenants

The House of Commons Library, an independent body not controlled by government, has published a detailed history of the many measures...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Bonanza for buy to let investors as product choice booms

The flurry of increased interest in buy to let means the choice of mortgage products for investors is now greater than...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Big Bad Agents - Airbnb lets may backfire on landlords, says ARLA

The letting agents’ trade body has issued a warning to landlords that short lets may provide quick profits - but they...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent re-runs argument with government over Section 21

Campaign group Generation Rent, led by former Labour Baroness Alicia Kennedy, has renewed its call for the scrapping of Section 21...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market to remain stronger than before the pandemic

The rapid pace of growth in the rental market will slow in 2022 but the enduring rate of increase should still...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Notice Rumpus - agents hint that politicians are out of touch

A statement from ARLA Propertymark has hinted that it believes politicians may be out of touch with the reality of how...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed! The regions generating the most rent for landlords

Tenants are paying almost £70bn of rent to landlords a year, research claims. Buy-to-let specialist Sequre Property Investment has found the best...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Low rental supply pushes demand and rental increases to record highs

Record demand and low levels of supply have pushed the number of tenants experiencing rental increases to new highs, lettings agents...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit back as Welsh Government extends notice periods again

Landlords in Wales have been told that rules giving tenants six months’ notice to vacate a property will remain in place...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Who says print's dead? Former Yorkshire Post HQ becomes latest BTR development

The former home of The Yorkshire Post has been turned into a new build-to-rent property by Grainger. The building, one of Leeds’...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform Goodlord opens doors in Scotland 

Lettings platform Goodlord has opened its doors north of the border.  Agents based in Scotland can now sign up to Goodlord, which...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Opinion - what does Lloyds’ entry into the private rented sector reveal?

An investment firm has flagged up the recently announced move by banking giant Lloyds to enter the private rented sector as...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

London-based app announces ‘six figure’ fundraise to disrupt market

A property app firm, which describes itself as a second-generation digital property management service, is aiming to raise a ‘significant six figure...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Scottish surge – large increase in same-day lettings across Edinburgh

The lettings arm of a leading Edinburgh-based property portal has reported a surge of Edinburgh properties being rented on the same...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Insight – what will the main rental trends be in 2022?

We may still be some months off 2022, but property experts are already beginning to make their predictions for next year...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Treat us fairly’ say UK landlords in call to Michael Gove

A new survey has revealed that just 11% of people think Michael Gove, who was announced as the new Housing Secretary...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Smart renting - fifth of UK renters would pay over £1k more for tech-led homes

An industry poll has revealed that tech is now so important in our lives that a fifth of UK tenants say...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart ‘values internal development’ as it promotes from within  

One of the leading estate agency groups in the UK has said it places high value on internal development following the...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

International firm lets 20 flats in 12 weeks at fast-growing London site

It’s been announced that UK Sotheby’s International Realty has secured tenants for 20 apartments in record time at Embassy Gardens, a...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

'Drugs, booby-traps and rentals' – an expanding issue for agents?

Agents need to be diligent regarding the the growth of cannabis in rental properties and the devastating lengths tenants will go to...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Potential ‘cliff edge’ for renters and landlords as furlough winds up

Private tenants and landlords across the country face a cliff edge as the end of furlough coincides with cuts to benefit...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears rise by £88m during pandemic waves, lettings agency claims

An estate and lettings agent has analysed how the level of rental arrears has grown between each wave of the pandemic. The...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pandemic delays review of tenant fees ban in Wales

The Welsh Government has revealed that it hasn’t had time to evaluate its tenant fee ban due to the pandemic. Tenant fees...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

JLL looks to cash in on the staycation boom and compete with Airbnb 

Agency and real estate company JLL is going head-to-head with Airbnb after launching its own short term rentals platform.  The website, called...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agent jailed after £182,000 fraud

A lettings agent has been jailed for three years for defrauding tenants and landlords out of more than £182,000.  Lee Clarke, 42,...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Barking mad? BTR developers are luring private tenants with pet friendly homes 

Build to rent providers are taking the lead against private rental sector homes by advertising developments as pet-friendly.  Research by furnishings provider...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Easing of pandemic restrictions pushes growth to record levels – Knight Frank

Knight Frank is anticipating a “sprint for stock” in the lettings market as offices reopen and travel restrictions ease.  Tom Bill, Knight...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity: Covid debt crisis will escalate unless Universal Credit cut is reversed

A £360 million wall of rental debt built up during the pandemic, combined with cuts to Universal Credit, threatens to leave...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue tenants – how long has it taken to evict them during Covid?

The latest research by lettings agency Benham and Reeves has analysed how the pandemic has affected the UK rental market when...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Sheffield vote of confidence – Linley & Simpson consolidates with acquisition 

Linley & Simpson, one of the North of England’s leading residential letting agents, has expanded its Sheffield operations just six months...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Webinar - how will China’s new data protection law affect UK's letting agents?

As a letting agent in the UK, you might think what happens in China has no bearing on your work here....

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Michael Gove - what's in the new Housing Secretary's lettings in-tray?

A dramatic day, which saw a Cabinet reshuffle seemingly come out of the blue, ended with Michael Gove as the new...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry welcomes Gove as new Housing Secretary

The property industry has broadly welcomed Michael's Gove appointment as Housing Secretary after he replaced Robert Jenrick yesterday afternoon. “We welcome today’s...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue lettings - ex agent given suspended sentence for fraud

A six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, has been handed to a former lettings agent from Eastbourne for charges of...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency appoints Kevin Neary, GameStop founder, as chairman

LettingaProperty.com has appointed Kevin Neary, ex-GameStop Group managing director and co-founder, as Board Chairman, to help drive the company's growth. This...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents concerned about lettings stock as more landlords sell-up

Lettings agents have highlighted a lack of stock as their main concern, research claims. The latest State of the Lettings Industry report...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark calls for return of lettings perks to meet rental demand

Propertymark has called for a return of mortgage interest relief and a review of landlord taxes to boost the rental sector. The...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Northern Ireland lettings agents braced for new laws

New laws to limit rent increases to once a year in Northern Ireland have moved a step closer and lettings agents...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents offered free sleep wellbeing seminar

Agents are being invited to take part in a free online wellbeing programme. PropTech company Rlet has partnered with wellbeing experts to...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Millions of tenants ‘experience illegal landlord or agent behaviour’

Almost half of renters in England have been victims of illegal behaviour from landlords or lettings agents, Shelter claims. The stark allegations...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Emotional post goes viral after agent earns first salary in two years

A lettings agent has expressed his amazement after an emotional LinkedIn post about paying himself a salary for the first time...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to encourage landlord investment in rental sector

The chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to make it more attractive for landlords to invest in the private rental sector. Sunak...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Millions of homes could have unsafe gas appliance – warning

One in four homes in the UK has a potentially dangerous gas appliance, new research claims. Analysis of inspection figures by Gas...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

We do like to be beside the seaside! Landlords snub tenants for holiday lets

Rental stock has dropped as landlords seek to profit from the staycation boom, Rightmove claims. Data from the portal suggests seaside towns...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agencies described as ‘Blockbuster stores of today’

A lettings agent who sold his business to Chestertons last year has claimed the sector has come to the “end of...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Portfolio landlords hold key to lettings agency returns

Portfolio landlords can be the key to running a successful lettings agency. That is the latest claim from lead generation software provider...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords reminded of responsibilities amid Gas Safety Week

Landlords are being reminded of their responsibilities for gas safety checks on properties being rented to tenants. Gas Safety Week runs from...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Analysis - fewer millennial tenants help drive down rents

Tenants are now paying less rent than five years ago, research claims. Analysis by Hamptons claims the total amount of rent paid...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants putting contents at risk with lack of insurance – warning

More than a third of renters haven’t taken out contents insurance for their possessions. Analysis by insurance provider Trōv has found that...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction notice periods return to normal next month - official

The government has set in motion a Parliamentary procedure meaning the notice periods for evictions in England return to normal from...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears slashed during pandemic, shows major industry report

One of the industry’s leading surveys comes out next week - and a preview suggests it’s going to show increasing optimism...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Government must back letting agents as rental reform nears - call

There’s been a call for government to do more to support letting agents as an autumn of rental reform begins. Mark Hayward,...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New rental homes to replace some existing shopping centres

One of the country’s largest commercial and retail landlords - Capital & Regional - is to expand is current programme of...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord takes over branch of national lettings agency

A branch of national lettings agency Martin & Co is under new ownership. Landlord and property developer Grant Simpson has purchased the...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Government told off by Propertymark over Green Homes Grant farce

The farcical implementation of the government’s Green Homes Grant scheme has been sharply criticised by Propertymark. Timothy Douglas, the organisation’s policy and...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

London market balance switches from tenants to landlords - agency

The number of new prospective tenants registering with Knight Frank in August was 73 per cent higher than the same month...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant due diligence PropTech platform secures £1m new funding

A PropTech platform which uses Open Banking to help with tenant due diligence has raised another £1m in funding. Homeppl - which...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Country lettings market much stronger than London, admits agency

New data released by franchise agency Winkworth showed that the rental market so far this year has been divided between house...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank may use local agents to find tenants for new rental units

It is understood that Lloyds Bank may use local agencies to find tenants for new private rental sector activities. In recent weeks...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Some rents soar 25% in a year says leading lettings agent

Rents in some of the most popular locations of the country have risen 25 per cent in the past year according...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency helps PropTech supplier fine-tune deposits service

A PropTech supplier claims letting agents can now register deposits at the click of a button thanks to a new integration...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Snap! Can YOU improve on this agency favourite photo?

Does this photo drive you mad? Do you see it everywhere (including on Letting Agent Today stories)?  Who are these people and...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should offer digital platforms for tenants to check documents

Agents should go further in allowing tenants to have digital access to key documents such as contracts and fees information. That’s one...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets allowed in rental development as momentum grows for reform

A new idea put forward by a student-focussed Build To Rent operator is likely to increase the momentum behind campaigners wanting...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents hit by ARPM crisis offered help by rival supplier

Agents who are members of The Guild of Property Professionals and who have been hit by the uncertainties surrounding outsourced property...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should aim for 50% profit margins, says ex-ARLA chief

Letting Agents should aim for 50 per cent profit margins according to a high profile former president of ARLA. Sally Lawson says...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

International tenants on the rise as pandemic restrictions ease

The number of international tenants searching for UK property has reached its highest level since before the pandemic. High end agency Knight...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Global investor interest shows Buy To Let is back, says auction house

An auctioneer says the strong interest of investors from around the world shows how Buy To Let has a second wind...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group may go on sale for £400m - report

There is a report that the private equity owner of Leaders Romans Group has appointed bankers to work on a ‘strategic...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents give new warning on costs of pets in rental property

ARLA Propertymark has waded into the growing controversy over pets being allowed in rental properties. Last week a letter was sent to...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Average rent across UK hits record high for third month in a row

The lettings market continues to boom, with HomeLet’s latest index showing average UK rents at a record high for the third...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants move to smaller properties in prime central London

A new trend developing in prime central London suggests that tenants are demanding smaller properties - and that’s despite the pandemic...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing LRG snaps up yet another independent agency

Leaders Romans Group has completed the purchase of Dewhurst Lettings in Swindon - the latest in its acquisition programme announced earlier...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council launches lettings agency and wants landlords to sign up

A council has just launched it own publicly-funded lettings agency and wants private landlords to sign up. The 'Your Choice' lettings agency,...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls - agents warn politicians against hasty change

ARLA Propertymark has voiced its concern over rent controls to a politicians who is leading the charge to introduce them to...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenancy disputes tumble thanks to Covid caution by tenants

Reluctance to move during the pandemic is thought to be a key reason for a sharp drop in tenancy disputes between...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession rules change extended until May 2022

Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities is extending the regulations for the period of notice a landlord must give a tenant before...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure to relax Tenant Fees Act to allow pet insurance charge

Pressure is growing to amend the 2019 Tenant Fees Act to allow charging additional deposits and insurance to cover pets in private rental...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing agency completes its sixth acquisition in three years

The agency My Property Box has completed the acquisition of established North Yorkshire letting agent WardHorne – its sixth such deal...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Lettings management platform expands to “attack status quo”

Let Tech Solutions, a PropTech firm which now works with more than half of all property managers in Scotland, is expanding...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Another new London Build To Rent scheme wins funding

Specialist property lender Castle Trust Bank has agreed a £13.2m development loan for a Build To Rent scheme within a mixed...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: new property management safety issue on the horizon

A property consultancy says it’s identified the next ‘landmine’ in the building safety saga facing agents and landlords around the country. Mary-Anne...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Far more tenants keep pets than admit it, ‘left items’ suggest

An agency says its bizarre list of items left behind by departing tenants shows how many renters actually appear to keep pets. A...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Crisis - council urges action from Housing Minister

A council has written to Housing Minister Chris Pincher calling for a new approach to the short lets issue. Oxford council leader...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New government guidance incorporates latest Right To Rent changes

The government has updated its formal guidance to letting agents and landlords on Right To Rent. This sets out the continuation of online...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells-owned high end brand opens new London office

John D Wood - one of two high end brands formerly owned by Countrywide but recently acquired by Connells - is...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent urges tenants to take landlords to court over conditions

A lettings agent has taken the unorthodox approach of advising tenants to take their landlords to court in a bid to...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s Started - UK’s largest ever HMO licensing scheme

The UK’s largest ever additional licensing scheme for HMOs has come into effect over the long weekend.  Westminster council’s scheme will focus...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the rental market’s most lucrative sector

Research by Paragon Bank has revealed the sector that has out-performed the rest of the private rental investment landscape - student...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Viewings - lettings far busier than sales, says leading agent

Data from Leaders Romans Group shows that lettings attracted 5,941 requests for viewings in June – an average of 42 per...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

This is how rent controls could work - one agent's view

A senior lettings agent and property management company owner has set out how rent controls could work in very specific circumstances...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Virtual Right To Rent - government issues new guidance

Virtual Right To Rent checks by agents, which were to have been illegal from just next week, are now permissible until...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraud alarm raised for agents over sophisticated fake documents

Propertymark is alerting agents to ever-more sophisticated fraudulent documents being used in the private rental sector. The organisation recently requested agents to...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Deal to introduce rent controls “ill thought out” say agents

The deal to introduce rent controls in Scotland - the result of a deal between two parties in the Scottish Parliament...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Pet-Friendly Rental Properties - demand soars, says Rightmove

New data from Rightmove shows that demand for pet friendly rental properties has increased by 120 per cent compared to last...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents told - don't do favours for landlords, charge them instead

A former president of the Association of Residential Letting Agents says agencies should ensure they charge for all services they offer...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rise in investor demand for properties to continue, predicts Zoopla

There’s been a 21 per cent rise in demand for properties from buy to let investors according to a new analysis...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent revs up for lettings after career in car industry

The new owner of a lettings agency is aiming to fuel growth in his new business after swapping petrol stations and...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand is officially highest on record, say letting agents

The scale of demand in the private rental sector is now the highest on record according to ARLA Propertymark.  The average number...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed: What landlords are thinking, saying and planning right now

The value of the Private Rented Sector in England, Wales and Scotland grew by 5.8 per cent to a jaw dropping...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings-based PropTech firm raises jaw-dropping investment

Plentific - the PropTech firm that offers block management agents and Build To Rent operators a cloud-based maintenance platform - has...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Regional cities surviving Covid and Brexit best, says investment firm

Recovery in the UK is being channeled towards regional cities, says a leading investment expert.  Martha Peyton, managing director and head of...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector reform plans go MUCH further than just rent controls

Details are beginning to emerge of the measures likely to be imposed on the private rental sector in Scotland as a...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New call for rent controls in area hit by short lets and holiday homes

A part of the country which has seen a severe long term rental stock shortage as a result of switches from...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman complaints led by management, comms and record keeping

Lettings once again dominated the complaints received by The Property Ombudsman according to its latest annual report - out today but...

24 August 2021

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Clampdown on boards after code of conduct ‘ignored’ by agents

A local authority in Essex is cracking down on what it claims to be the increase of illegally positioned estate agent...

24 August 2021

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Multi-brand agency group signs up with PropTech company

Lomond Group has partnered with PropTech player Goodlord to provide IT services across the group's brands, which include Braemore, Stonehouse, Linley...

24 August 2021

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Rent controls to be introduced after deal between politicians

Rent controls are to be introduced into part of the UK as a result of a deal between two political parties. The...

23 August 2021

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HMO has 78 viewings in latest sign of rental market frenzy

One HMO had 78 viewings while in the same city a £7,000 rental property was let after just one day of...

23 August 2021

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New consultation aims to “root out rogue agents” says RICS

New rules out for consultation concerning block management aim to improve professionalism across the sector, root out rogue agents, and increase...

23 August 2021

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Demand at five year high thanks to Covid relaxation - trade group

Demand for private rental housing is now at a five year high according to the National Residential Landlords Association. In the association’s...

23 August 2021

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Charging for Viewings is “terrible idea” says leading agent

A prominent lettings agency owner has given his verdict on the concept of charging renters to view a property - “it...

20 August 2021

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Want to win new landlords? Lettings guru to explain how

Industry growth specialist Christopher Watkin is to offer letting agents his secrets to attracting new landlords in a live webinar hosted...

20 August 2021

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Green With Envy? Agency switches to hybrids and electrics

Senior managers in the lettings and sales side of independent chain Spicerhaart are reducing their carbon footprint by taking up the...

20 August 2021

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Block management deal for 340 agency branches

After a successful 18 month pilot with a Northwood branch, franchise giant Belvoir has entered a deal with B-hive Block Management...

20 August 2021

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Charging for Viewings? Trading Standards revises advice

The controversy over whether a new PropTech service can be used by agents to charge people to view a property to...

19 August 2021

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Propertymark steps up attack on government benefit cuts

Earlier this week Propertymark revealed it had co-signed an open letter criticising proposed government cuts to benefits.  That open letter was co-signed...

19 August 2021

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London lettings market back with a bang, says leading agency

The tide is turning for the London rental market at last according to data from the Benham and Reeves lettings agency. In...

19 August 2021

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Green Light for huge new Build To Rent development

Planners have given the go-ahead for a 23-storey Build To Rent development in Sheffield. The scheme, from Godwin Developments, will have 336...

19 August 2021

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 Activists want HMRC to remove tax perks from holiday lets

Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of the Generation Rent campaign, says rents in Wales, Scotland and South West England have soared thanks...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Was agent fined merely for helping his mother manage a property?

A bizarre fine imposed on a managing agent by a local authority appears to have been reversed because the council flouted...

18 August 2021

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Lettings agencies amongst those fined by HMRC for breaches

Two lettings agencies are amongst three property agents which have been fined by HM Revenue & Customs for breaching anti-money laundering...

18 August 2021

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Agents reveal top reasons for tenancy disputes

A survey of some 600 agents and landlords by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme has revealed the most popular cause of deposit...

18 August 2021

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EPC law change may create havoc across rental sector - warning

An analysis of new government legislation on energy efficiency suggests it may lead to chaos in the private rental sector. Geospatial technology...

17 August 2021

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Shock statement by agents - we've lost faith in court system

Agents’ body Propertymark says it wants a dedicated housing court because it’s lost faith in the mainstream court system to handle...

17 August 2021

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Huge new licensing scheme will focus on 9,000 properties

One of the largest new additional licensing schemes for HMOs anywhere in the country is set to come into force in...

17 August 2021

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Agents back charity groups over poverty threat from benefit cuts

Propertymark has joined a series of charities and a landlord body to warn about the poverty risk of expected changes to...

17 August 2021

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Shock warning of “dark cloud over lettings market” - leading analyst

A housing market analyst is warning of "one heck of a dark cloud on the horizon for the lettings market” as...

16 August 2021

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Huge pressure on lettings market from sellers temporarily renting

A study by Hamptons shows that so far this year 10 per cent of new tenancies have been taken by someone...

16 August 2021

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Rental growth dips as market stabilises

New data from Connells-owned agency Hamptons shows that nationally the rate of annual rental growth moderated slightly last month. Rents across Britain rose...

16 August 2021

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Increase in rental co-living suggests recovery from pandemic

The niche co-living portion of the private rental sector has been boosted by the pandemic according to one operator. Built Asset Management...

16 August 2021

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New figure revealed for rent increases as every region shows a rise

Another index is showing that a scarcity of rental properties has prompted a rise in every single region of Britain -...

13 August 2021

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HMO property agency and landlord hit with fine and costs

A landlord and the property company of which he is director have been convicted and ordered to pay more than £17,000...

13 August 2021

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Have Your Say: Ombudsman wants agents’ views on block management

The Property Ombudsman and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors are seeking views of agents, landlords and tenants on a new...

13 August 2021

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‘New challenges’ for agents posed by incoming Fire Safety law

Agents and landlords are being warned that the Fire Safety Act 2021 will make a huge impact on their responsibilities -...

13 August 2021

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New national online agency launched promising “transformation”

Prop Home, a new online property management and lettings agency, pledges to “transform the way rented homes are managed on behalf...

12 August 2021

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Net Zero? It’s just box-ticking say many letting agents…

Over a quarter of lettings and estate agents say sustainability is just a box-ticking exercise and only one in nine have...

12 August 2021

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Eviction Ban Return? Labour wants it for furloughed workers

Labour shadow housing secretary Lucy Powell has resuscitated the eviction ban, this time for furloughed workers whose government support ends in...

12 August 2021

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Furnished Lets - do the premiums justify the initial cost?

The Furnished versus Unfurnished debate in the rental sector has been going on for years but new research attempts to quantify...

12 August 2021

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Tenant demand up for the fifth consecutive quarter, according to RICS

Tenant demand for private rental property has risen for the fifth consecutive quarter according to the latest market snapshot from the...

12 August 2021

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Short Lets Control Area - is this a way of controlling Airbnb?

A consultation is to begin next month regarding the designation of an entire city as a Short Term Let Control Area. If...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue Agents' Database: still no response to formal consultation

There has still been no formal response to a government consultation on the database of rogue agents and landlords, 25 months...

11 August 2021

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So much for Covid Debt - rent arrears are lowest for 10 years

Research carried out on behalf of Paragon Bank has highlighted each landlord has an average of 1.3 tenants with rent arrears...

11 August 2021

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Flats still popular purchases, despite bad press during pandemic

Flats, so long the favourite of buy to let investors, still constitute 15 per cent of all homes purchased according to...

11 August 2021

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Franchise owner takes over two major city lettings offices

An existing Belvoir franchisee in the Midlands has purchased two additional offices in Manchester. Sharanjit Gill of Belvoir Leicester Central now owns...

11 August 2021

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Tenant Fees Act “does not ban charging for some viewings”

Guidance from Trading Standards suggests that it is possible, in some cases, to charge tenants to view a property to let...

10 August 2021

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Angry agent slams planning reforms for creating poor homes

A lettings agent who has made a series of outbursts against landlords and councils, has now turned his anger on proposed...

10 August 2021

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Short Lets operators to keep many Covid safety precautions

The majority of short lets operators in a sector trade body say they will maintain Covid-safe protocols for the foreseeable future,...

10 August 2021

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There's posh! Upmarket facilities announced for city centre rental scheme

A new £40m Build To Rent scheme has opened in Leeds city centre. The Headline, from Grainger, features 242 new homes and...

10 August 2021

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Airbnb hits back at growing criticism of damage to rental sector

Airbnb has issued a lengthy statement in response to a recent raft of criticisms about the effects of soaring numbers of...

09 August 2021

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Pets Petition: Bid to remove rental sector restrictions on pets

A petition has been launched on the Channel Island of Jersey to prevent agents and landlords banning pets from the local...

09 August 2021

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Rental stock shortage is greatest in these parts of England…

Agents will be aware that demand for rental property is high right now - so a property consultancy has worked out...

09 August 2021

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Rents continue their slow road to recovery in prime London

The lettings market in London and the Home Counties continued its journey back towards normality in July according to data from...

09 August 2021

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Tax Take: Petition for Sunak to close holiday lets tax loophole

A tenant who says his former rental property has been turned into an Airbnb has set up a petition demanding Chancellor...

06 August 2021

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‘Named and shamed’ - agency placed on minimum wage list

A letting agency has appeared on a ‘name and shame’ list of companies which failed to pay staff the minimum wage. Tetsuo...

06 August 2021

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Short Lets market in cities still suffering because of travel controls

The trade body for short lets operators - the Short Term Accommodation Association - says it wants even more travel restrictions...

06 August 2021

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Average rent now over £1,000 pcm for second month in a row

The average rent in the UK is now at a record high of £1,029, up 6.6 per cent on the same time last year,...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property management trade groups want to join forces

The Association of Residential Managing Agents and The Institute of Residential Property Management have informed their respective memberships that they are pondering combining forces. The...

06 August 2021

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Letting agent’s huge fine is largest in five year compliance clampdown

An analysis of the Mayor of London’s Rogue Landlord and Letting Agent Checker shows that since it was introduced in 2018...

05 August 2021

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Don't charge for viewings - PropTech can prioritise serious tenants, says firm

Lettings agencies should continue to use IT solutions like livestream viewings even as the pandemic eases, according to one of the...

05 August 2021

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Student rents rise a fifth in just one year, says bank study

Student rent has increased almost 20 per cent over the last year.  In data released as part of the 2021 NatWest Student...

05 August 2021

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Free to agents: Banking dispute service endorsed by Propertymark

Propertymark has given its support to a free and independent dispute resolution service, the Business Banking Resolution Service, which is being offered to...

05 August 2021

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Right To Rent changes this month - call for automation to help agents

Upcoming changes to Right To Rent procedures make the case for increased automation of the process to save agents from additional...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Fixflo in new PropTech integration with rental software provider

Fixflo has announced a new integration partnership with resident engagement and building management software provider Spike Global. Fixflo manages about 1.2m units...

04 August 2021

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HomeLet parent company snaps up PropTech platform

Barbon Insurance Group, which already owns Let Alliance and HomeLet, has now acquired PropTech platform Rent4sure. Luke Burton, Rent4sure’s chief operating officer,...

04 August 2021

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Foxtons-backed PropTech firm acquired by property legal group

A PropTech lettings platform boasting investment from the Foxtons agency has been snapped up by LegalforLandlords for an undisclosed figure. Propoly, launched...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings income boost for agency network, with more to come

Lettings income has played a major part in the upswing in income for the Belvoir Group, reported to shareholders in its...

04 August 2021

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Tory MP to declare ‘state of emergency’ over loss of rental stock

A Conservative MP says he is to declare a “state of housing emergency” in his constituency because of the loss of...

03 August 2021

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Agency launches lettings division after management restructure

A long-standing estate agency is launching a lettings service for the first time in its 30 year history. The Carver Group, based...

03 August 2021

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PropTech integration means anti-rental fraud help via agents’ CRM

Agents using Reapit now have access to tenant due diligence and guarantee firm Homeppl, which will assist in combating rental fraud. Homeppl...

03 August 2021

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Agents under pressure as flood victims demand furnished homes

A buying agency says it’s seen what it calls “a huge uptake in furnished lettings requests” following recent floods in London,...

03 August 2021

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Voids at their lowest for two years, says latest index

Voids are at their lowest level since August 2019 while rents are on the rise, according to the latest Goodlord snapshot...

03 August 2021

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Take that! Labour chief hits back at buy to let attack by tenants

A Labour council leader has hit after being attacked for his support for buy to let and property investment. Last week we...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Safety warning over quality of office-to-resi conversions

There’s a warning today that office-to-resi conversions - popular with landlords in recent years - are at an increased risk of...

02 August 2021

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Thousands of London investors snap up buy to lets outside M25

London-based buy to let purchasers in the first half of the year have looked outside the capital in high numbers according...

02 August 2021

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Agency On The Move: second acquisition in 12 months

The Merthyr Tydfil branch of sales and lettings agency Martin & Co has completed a second acquisition in 12 months –...

02 August 2021

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Tenant fraud hits Build To Rent sector

Two PropTech companies say tenant fraud - reported to be a growing problem in buy to let - is now an...

02 August 2021

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Short Lets rip off? Airbnb owners hike rents up to 300% at peak

A new survey suggests Airbnb owners are charging over 300 per cent more to stay at their properties during major events...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back campaign for deposit reform and rental register

Propertymark has joined four so-called ‘action groups’ advocating housing policy changes including the setting up of a national landlord register and...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

London Rental Recovery: demand picks up at last in the capital

One of the most pessimistic lettings operations about the London market during the pandemic says that at last the capital is...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property management agency soars to handle 300-plus schemes

Principle Estate Management has won another major contract - completing the firm’s transformation from little more than a one man band...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the things letting agents hate most (and love most)

A PropTech company has revealed what letting agent hate and love most about their work. On the plus side the RentProfile platform’s...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Flexible working for letting agents here to stay says DPS chief

Flexible working for letting agents, so much a part of activities for the past 18 months, is here to stay according...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Heat easing in rental market - but still a record month

The latest rental market snapshot released by ARLA Propertymark shows a little of the heat coming out of the rental market...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons lifts lid on rents and demographics in London rental market

Last month says the largest rental demand in the last three years across London according to Foxtons.  The agency says the gradual...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Surge in holiday let incorporations set up during pandemic

The rate at which holiday let businesses is being set up has more than doubled during the pandemic according to the...

29 July 2021

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Labour buy to let expert told to “publicly explain” his activities

A letter from a tenant’s union is demanding that a Labour councillor “publicly explain” his actions as an accountant advising investors...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Training - more details emerge of new qualification courses

More details have emerged of the Guild of Property Professionals’ Ofqual-accredited, Level-Three and Level-Four qualifications for lettings and sales agents. Guild compliance...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Zero Deposit offers three top tips to improve agency business efficiency

Zero Deposit has outlined three top tips for letting agents - with a focus on what the Proptech firm calls “customer...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Town with 57% second homes clamps down on future lettings

A town with one of the UK’s heaviest concentrations of holiday homes is clamping down on future purchases by outsiders who...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency partners with wildlife project to combat climate change

One of the UK’s largest agency groups has launched a partnership with an environmental organisation to plant one tree for every...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

 Agent victims of tenancy fraud invited to come forward

Propertymark wants agents to come forward with examples of fraudulent tenancy applications - a growing problem in the rental sector. A statement...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings register and deposit system demanded in new report

A new report calls for large scale reform of the private rental sector, including a national landlord register and changes to...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New web-based service aims to help small agencies list properties

A new web-based listing management platform for small estate agencies is being launched in the UK, claiming to allow modest firms...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Large independent signs exclusive PropTech deal for two years

The independent Chancellors agency chain has signed an exclusive contract to use The Lettings Hub pre-tenancy platform BOX for the next...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency makes two acquisitions to mark 30th anniversary

An agency has marked its 30th anniversary by sealing a brace of acquisitions. The deals see Thornley Groves, the Lomond Group agency...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Does the Tenant Fees Ban stop agents  charging for viewings?

A new service has been launched to charge prospective tenants £30 - potentially even more - just to view a property...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Allowing pets may make buy to let more successful - claim

A respected buy to let mortgage monitor is suggesting that investors in the sector may be more successful if they allow...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Cash needed to help rental sector achieve better EPCs

A leading private rental trade body says only bespoke financial help can ensure the private rental sector meets government energy efficiency...

26 July 2021

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Covid: Virtual viewings should still be first priority, says government

The latest version of the government’s guidance to agents over how to operate during the continuing pandemic suggests that virtual viewings...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New franchise lettings branch opened with five recruits

The franchisee of a new Martin & Co branch in his hometown has opened with the recruitment of five new staff. Hamza...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - Rental fraud on the rise, alleges due diligence firm

There’s a new warning the rental fraud could be on the rise. Due diligence firm Homeppl says the combination of possible job...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb launches scheme to give hosts health and safety information

Airbnb has launched a scheme it calls the UK Trust and Safety Alliance to offer hosts information on health, safety and...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency in the clear over HMO licensing issue

A ruling of the First Tier Property Tribunal has put a London property management firm in the clear following a dispute...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Free up time by automating Right To Rent checks, agents urged

There’s a call for agents to free up valuable time by ensuring Right To Rent checks are automated rather than performed...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks deal offers energy efficiency and compliance service

A new partnership with a PropTech supplier means Purplebricks is now offering landlord clients improved compliance over energy efficiency and other...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government updates Covid guidance for private rental sector

The government has updated its guidance for agents, landlords and tenants to explain the possession action process in the county courts...

22 July 2021

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 Capital appreciation surge makes case for buy to let - agency chief

The capital appreciation of the past year proves that there’s no better investment than bricks and mortar, according to an agency...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Referencing provider integrates with agency software platform

Referencing provider RentProfile has partnered with Dezrez to provide an integration allowing agents to request checks within the Rezi software platform. Dezrez...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings Candidate of the Year amongst upcoming Propertymark awards

New categories have been added to this year’s Propertymark Qualifications Awards, to recognise educational success in the industry.  Propertymark Qualifications says that...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

£10m arrears scheme launches to help Covid-hit renters

A new £10m scheme to help renters with Covid-related arrears has been launched in Wales.  Called the Tenancy Hardship Grant, and introduced...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Major PropTech deal heralds expansion of insurance to tenants

Californian PropTech firm Trov, specialising in digital insurance for tenants, has announced a deal with major UK rental companies.  The deal is...

21 July 2021

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Working from home spells bad news for agents renting to office staff

There may be bad news for agencies with reliance on office workers who rent - a new survey suggests 10 per...

21 July 2021

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Expansion for family-owned agency business

Midlands estate agency Webb’s is expanding its operations after opening a new office in Lichfield city centre. The agency already has offices in Cannock,...

21 July 2021

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Rental sector bounce back underway, says leading agency

The rental sector bounce back in London and the Home Counties is now underway according to Knight Frank. The agency forecasts rental...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New drive to make all rental properties improve energy efficiency

A Bill is being introduced into both Houses of Parliament this week which will ramp up the pressure on the private...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Another warning to John Lewis and Lloyds - stay out of rental sector

Last week the tax firm Blick Rothenberg advised John Lewis and Lloyds Bank to stay out of the private rental sector...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Virtual tours only on seven per cent of rental listings, despite surge

A 360-degree virtual tour supplier says there’s been a 600 per cent increase in use of the technology since late 2019...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector estimated at being worth £1.4 trillion

A new estimate put the value of the UK private rental sector at almost £1.4 trillion. Buy to let and investment consultancy...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent accuses landlords of ‘not taking responsibilities seriously’

A controversial lettings agent who has set up a business to sell rental insurance has accused landlords of not taking their...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents growing impatient with government over Covid arrears

Agents say not enough is being done to help tenants with Covid-related problems - and that’s despite the issue repeatedly being...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove bigs up its improved lettings referencing platform

The newly rebranded Rightmove Landlord & Tenant Services has made improvements to the time it takes for an agent to request...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

End all S24 evictions now, demand Baroness and Lord

A prominent member of the House of Lords and a rental activist are calling for an immediate suspension of all Section...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News