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Yet another agent ejected by Ombudsman may be trading illegally

Another lettings agency has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme for failing to pay an outstanding compensation award - but...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Compliance PropTech firm inks deal with Hunters network

Lettings franchise giant Hunters has struck a commercial deal with a geospatial technology firm. The partnership offers immediate access to Kamma’s full...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Most students want utility charges integrated into overall rents

More students would like to see utility charges integrated into the overall costs of their accommodation, according to a specialist lettings...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency boasts huge number of virtual viewings during lockdown

A local estate agency network says it has hosted an extraordinary 96,524 virtual viewings during lockdown. The Miles & Barr agency -...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue agency may be trading under new name via Facebook, says Ombudsman

A lettings agency that failed to pay a compensation award ordered by The Property Ombudsman has been expelled from the scheme...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Almost 700,000 renters facing eviction says campaign body

A group of rental campaign bodies have come together to claim that some 694,000 tenants apparently face eviction when the current...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Is London’s rental market stabilising at last?

London rents climbed for the first time for over a year during Q1 2021 —although the rise was a mere £8...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency that failed to pay £300 compensation kicked out of Ombudsman

A lettings agent in Slough, called Saville Park Ltd, has been excluded from The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay an outstanding award of £300.  TPO received a complaint from tenants...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Twin speed rental market goes on as London lags behind UK

The Home website has produced its latest rental market snapshot - and once again London is the odd region out compared...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

How do landlords find their agents? Survey compares online with branches

A survey by a comparison website suggests landlords are evenly split about how they find letting agents. Some 28 per cent favour physically searching...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: Updated government guidance on possession action

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued updated guidance to include the recent extension of the bailiff enforcement...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental collapse in prime central London nears the end, claims agency

Average rents in prime central London declined 14.3 per cent in the year to March - but one agency reckons that may be...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental demand still swinging away from cities, says Rightmove

Demand is still moving away from cities and towards suburbs and rural areas, according to Rightmove. “Areas around the North and South...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents must accept deals over arrears if all else fails - advice

One of the industry’s leading experts wants letting agents to engage with tenants and landlords over Covid-related arrears, agree to mediation,...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Strong capital appreciation deters landlords selling up, says agency

Buy to let investors are not cashing out of the private rental sector despite the restrictions and taxes imposed by government. Hamptons’...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - Boris Johnson’s choice of agent to let his country house

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to let his Oxfordshire cottage out - and predictably, he’s chosen an upmarket letting agent. Strutt &...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest acquisition takes city agency to almost 1,000 managed units

A branch in The Property Franchise Group has snapped up a local independent - and almost 200 additional properties under management.  The...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of Covid uncertainty despite its own strong performance

Franchise giants Belvoir has revealed strong figures in a trading statement to shareholders - but it’s warning that 2021 remains shrouded...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Agents join protest against Labour proposals

Letting agents body ARLA Propertymark has joined the criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan who wants to be given the power...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Hunters boss claims taxpayers’ money for accommodation as MP

Kevin Hollinrake, who until recently was the chairman of Hunters, has been named in an article about Tory MPs who have...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Management firm and landlord guilty of 27 safety breaches

A property company and a landlord have each been found guilty of 27 charges relating to the management of two properties...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Two tier market as London rents fall while everywhere else booms

London rents have started to fall again - just as every other region of Britain is showing significant annual increases. Figures for...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech boost as inventories service links with Reapit

Inventories PropTech service Inventory Hive has integrated with Reapit via its Foundations platform, meaning agents who use both services will be...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantees could mean more DSS tenants in private sector

Rent guarantees and upfront cash payments from local authorities are the most effective means of opening the private rented sector to...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency targeted for day of protests against evictions

At least one lettings agency is on a list of targets for socially-distanced protests tomorrow by anti-eviction campaigners in the left...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Central London lettings revenue plummets up to 20% admits agency

Winkworth says its London rental activities have suffered because of a lack of international travel, and students and young professionals returning to...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government slammed over holiday lets mixed messages

A lettings management platform is hitting out at the government over the uncertainty surrounding travel restrictions, because of its impact on...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property chief stands up for importance of pets in homes

As debate rages about whether pets should be allowed in more private rental properties, a senior house building figure has spoken up for...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals details of arrears mediation scheme

The government has at last released details of its mediation scheme - this was hinted at when Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

All Change! How the pandemic has shifted tenants’ demands

It’s not just the owner occupier whose property demands have changed radically because of the pandemic - a new survey suggests...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sharp uplift in tenant demand as lockdown starts to ease

A quarterly index suggests that there’s been a sharp uplift in tenant demand for rental properties across the UK’s major cities...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

 Franchise of the Year named as agency’s spectacular annual awards

Franchise giant Belvoir has held its annual awards including the naming of the prestigious ‘franchise of the year’. The accolade went to...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand radical overhaul of eco-targets for rental sector

Agents and other industry players have penned an open letter to government demanding a radical overhaul of targets for energy efficiency in the...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents up again - fourth increase in four months

Average rents across the UK have risen for the fourth time in as many months according to the HomeLet index. Typical rent...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - London postcodes still in favour with investors and buyers

London lettings and estate agency Benham and Reeves has calculated a league table of the most popular postcodes in the capital...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency moving into sales after snapping up rival firms

Letting agency My Property Box is moving into property sales as part of a significant expansion of its business. The decision follows...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders: just 39 issued, three years after implementation

Some 39 agents and landlords have had banning orders over the past three years according to a report in The Guardian. Under the...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Takeover frenzy continues as franchise giant snaps up rival agency

Consolidation within the industry continues apace with the Belvoir Group acquiring the Nicholas Humphreys Franchise Limited in a move announced over...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Top agency wants to grab a slice of the Build To Rent market

Leaders Romans Group is launching a consultancy and management service for Build To Rent developers - a bid to engage with institutions in...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to create paper trail on electrical compliance

Changes to electrical safety standards rules applying to existing tenancies came into force at the start of the Easter break and...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid - how it's hit the lettings market over the past year

With Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirming the next phase of the roadmap out of lockdown, a PropTech firm has reflected on...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sleep Out to Help Out! Wonderful work by Knight Frank

Knight Frank is this year’s headline sponsor of the LandAid Sleep Out, one of the causes many in the industry support. This...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Keep Karma and Carry On - fine work by the Estate Agent Content Club

An industry partner has donated more than £10,000 to local charities and community good causes over the past 18 months. Former journalist...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Art for Art’s Sake - NHS Heroes supported by Barrows & Forrester

'Forward in Unity' is a mural painted by Gent48, a renowned Birmingham street artist. It's situated in the centre of Digbeth...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Auction House keeps local charities in the pink…

There’s been great work by Auction House over the past year, working with local charities at the heart of communities thrown...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Great work as charity goes international for supplier FirstPort  

FirstPort, the residential property services provider, has teamed up with The Turing Trust to help equip a new computer lab at...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market continues to fly thanks to reducing supply

Latest figures from ARLA Propertymark suggest the rental market continues to perform strongly. Data for February - the latest available from the...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Fly the flag! Union Jacks must be shown during viewings

The government has told estate agents to ensure at least one Union Jack is present in properties during both physical and...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

'Posh’ London borough where 44% of homes are privately rented

One of the London boroughs synonymous with wealth has revealed that 44 per cent of its housing stock is now actually...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Growing agency operation opens fourth office

Lettings agency Intus Lettings has announced the opening of a new Sheffield office — its first base in Yorkshire. The Sheffield office...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agents invited to sessions with mentors and experts

Propertymark says its Inspire programme is continuing to help agents via its small group network - and it’s taking bookings for...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs say “no more” to last-minute panic eviction bans

An influential group of MPs wants an end to repeated last minute extensions to the ban on evictions and instead wants financial support...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid eviction backlog: Government told to find faster court solutions

A House of Lords committee is urging the government to find alternatives to court possession cases in a bid to deal...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

TV eviction expert warns of “court avalanche” when ban ends soon

Paul Shamplina, the man behind Landlord Action and a Channel 5 show on handling rental crises, is warning that county courts...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let optimism shown by larger mortgages, claims finance house

The popularity of buy to let mortgage products offering exclusive rates for higher value loans is a sign of optimism in...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pro-Pet campaigners want damage insurance as option for tenants

Momentum is building to have the Tenant Fees Act amended, allowing agents to charge tenants for damage insurance which would then...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of creating confusion over smart meters

Letting agents have been accused of creating confusion amongst renters when it comes to smart meters. A company promoting smart meters claims...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Reduced asking rents attract tenants back to London’s prime market

Central London’s prime rental market is witnessing a wave of enquiries from tenants wanting to strike a deal according to a...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government must offer buy to let sector a Green incentive - call

The government’s embarrassing axing of the Green Homes Grant means there must now be a replacement to help the private rental...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow to lettings sector as Green Homes Grant axed

The initiative which the government hoped would transform energy efficiency in the private rental sector is being axed this week. The Green...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls back on the agenda as local elections near

Rent controls are being discussed again as candidates prepare for May's local elections. In London Green Party mayoral candidate Sian Berry -...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for national register and indefinite tenancies for rental sector

A charity is calling for a new national body to oversee the private rental sector. Citizens Advice makes this one of three...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warned to prepare for glut of evictions when ban ends

An estimated 840,000 private tenants have arrears over the past year since the first eviction ban was announced, according to a...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to enter Tenancy Deposit Scheme online courses

The not-for-profit Tenancy Deposit Scheme says it still has vacancies for its April online courses.  There are two currently available - the...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Surge in rental demand as sellers put themselves in pole position

There’s been a spectacular surge in demand for lettings properties as vendors take advantage of the stamp duty holiday by selling...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert - New electrical check regulations kick in next week

The private rental sector has new electricity regulations taking effect next week, putting the emphasis on agents and landlords. The Electrical Safety...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Nightingale Courts to continue as possession case backlog rises

In an exclusive, the Daily Telegraph says emergency courtrooms will be used after their funding runs out over the comning summer...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure on private rented sector to cater more for older and disabled

A lettings trade body says the sector - and local councils - should do more to cater for the older and...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should ring colleagues during viewings to check safety - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is asking agent members to ensure the safety of lone workers in branches and on viewings. A statement from the association...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

“Supercharged growth plans” pledge by merged lettings giants

Two franchise giants - Hunters and The Property Franchise Group - say their combined lettings book underpins their recent deal. In a...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government tweaks Covid guidance for rental sector ahead of new rules

The government has revised its official guidance for the private rental sector and local authorities in the light of imminently-changing Coronavirus advice. The...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Another acquisition adds to fast-growing agency chain’s portfolio

The lettings book of one of the UK’s oldest property and law companies has been snapped up by a firm in the...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental platform claims 150 London agents have signed up

A new rentals platform claims to have signed up 150 London agencies prior to launch this spring. Findingaplace says it has signed up...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to plug ‘rental tax gap’ for holiday lets

The government’s much-vaunted ‘tax day’ produced few challenges to the status quo - but holiday lets are under scrutiny. Currently the holiday let...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Surprise as Capital Gains Tax left unchanged in government plans

The lettings sector is giving a sigh of relief at the absence of any change to Capital Gains Tax by HM Treasury. CGT...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

See It Here - Rightmove reveals its new TV advert aimed at renters

Rightmove has revealed its new TV advertisement, which it claims will reach 59 per cent of the UK during its campaign...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents told to prepare for post-lockdown rentals rush

Agents must be ready for an influx of new business according to outsourced telephone and live chat service Moneypenny. Its latest figures...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Building Renovation Passports - MPs want these for rental sector

An influential group of MPs has called for the replacement of “outdated” Energy Performance Certificates with new ‘Building Renovation Passports’. Currently EPCs...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Growing PropTech platform now wholly owned by OnTheMarket

OnTheMarket now owns PropTech firm Glanty outright. Glanty is best known for its lettings platform teclet, a cloud-based lettings software service. Glanty's revenues grew...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London council says licensing needed as third of homes privately rented

A London council has embarked on consultation over two new private rental licensing schemes - and says they are needed as...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

First modular eco-homes to rent delivered to new town

New modular homes built to rent have been delivered to Northstowe, a new town in Cambridgeshire.  Each Town House home has been...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge new student rental development announced in university city

Unite Students, the UK’s largest owner, manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation, has been granted planning approval for a new...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection bank deadline nears, agents warned

Letting agents have only 10 days to open segregated client accounts or they could face being expelled by their client money...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour claims tenants “barely considered” during the pandemic

Labour’s shadow housing secretary claims that private renters have been “barely considered” during the past year of the pandemic. Thangam Debbonaire made...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown one year on: Renters search for space says Rightmove

Almost one year to the day since the first national lockdown began, Rightmove has analysed millions of data points to confirm...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Students fed up with Zoom and will return to rental accommodation

Britain’s largest supplier of purpose-built student accommodation, Unite, says students are bored with Zoom and will return en masse to their rental...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent anger about latest extension of six month notice period

ARLA Propertymark says its disappointed over the latest extension to an eviction ban and the requirement for six months notice to tenants. The latest...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency training and regulation - are they really coming at last?

After years of deliberation there still appears to many to be little progress on the recommendations of the Regulation of Property...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Help bring rental sector Health and Safety up to date, agents urged

Letting agencies are being urged to help to shape the future of the rental sector by completing a survey as part...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pandemic hits student rental sector hard, new study confirms

The pandemic has had a major impact on the student rental market with landlords suffering significant losses of income. A new analysis...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tough new fire regulations for HMOs and multi-tenancy buildings

Landlords and managing agents of HMOs could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group makes fourth acquisition so far in 2021

Leaders Romans Group has acquired another lettings agency - the fourth lettings-led acquisition this year. This time it is Guardian Residential Lettings...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark says it’s been standing up for members during pandemic

Propertymark - embracing the Association of Residential Letting Agents as well as sales agents, auctioneers and valuers - says it’s been...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Consolidation continues as neighbouring agencies join forces

The fast-accelerating trend of takeovers and mergers continues this morning with news that two Kent agencies are combining. Oakwood Homes in Thanet...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: reminder to agencies handling personal information

Propertymark is reminding all agents and suppliers, including sole traders, that they must register with the Information Commissioner’s Office if they...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Big fine for London agency without Client Money Protection

A lettings agency in central London has been issued with a fine for not belonging to a Client Money Protection scheme. The...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter appeals for cash from public “for rocky months ahead”

Shelter has launched a fund-raising campaign because of what it calls a huge rise in demand for its emergency services, and in anticipation of what...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Extend the eviction ban AGAIN insists new charity campaign

A charity wants yet another extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions. Step Change says new research it has conducted shows...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants would pay more for bigger and better homes, says survey

The vast majority of tenants would pay more if rental properties better suited their needs, a prominent lettings agency claims. Manchester-based Ascend...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Global analytics firm snaps up UK agency supplier

The long-established agency marketing and services supplier ehouse has been bought by CoreLogic UK, the domestic arm of a global property...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents hit with third-of-a-million pounds bill over poorly-managed HMO

An agency has been hit with a £330,000 bill after being found guilty of poor management of an HMO. Magistrates have found...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental guru David Cox asks: “What’s the government thinking?”

The well known former managing director of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents, David Cox, is today attempting to explain what...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents can earn over £300 per listing on platform - claim

Marketing platform TheHouseShop says letting agents can secure over £300 per property listed as it is “redefining the relationship between agents...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs still debating whether there’s enough Covid help for private renting

Many months on from its call for evidence, an influential committee of MPs has still to report on whether it considers...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Over quarter of private renters afraid of becoming homeless - claim

The campaigning charity Shelter claims 14 per cent of adults in England - that’s six million people - are more worried...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Investigation underway into collapse of agency £1.3m in debt

An investigation is underway into a lettings agency which has gone into liquidation owing almost £500,000 in rent to landlords and in...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents up over 20% a year in one region of the UK

An upbeat market snapshot for the lettings sector claims that one region of the UK has seen rent increases in excess...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal warning over ‘honesty’ of grounds for possession

There's been a warning that tenants should not be deceived when a landlords wants possession of their property. Lindsays law firm says...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty surge in house prices means more tenants keep renting

Research by Hamptons suggests that the increased house prices caused by the stamp duty holiday sales surge has indirectly obliged more...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency consolidation continues apace

The week begins with news of another agency acquiring an independent. This time it’s Alexander & Co, a Bedfordshire firm, which has...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Online lettings model the big winner from the pandemic - claim

A veteran lettings expert says most rental activity will soon be online and conducted outside office hours - a further boost...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Supply shortage worsened by eviction ban, claims lettings chief

The head of a lettings agency says there are up to 60 enquiries for every rental property he lists - and those...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers concerned about ‘tapering’ of latest eviction ban

The Law Society says it’s concerned about how the government will taper the end of the eviction ban, now extended until...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Charge! Another agency goes green with electric car fleet

Another franchise lettings and sales agency has gone green by changing its car fleet to electric vehicles. One of the Midlands branches...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent campaigners brand eviction ban extension ‘inadequate’

Acorn, a prominent campaign group targeting letting agency offices for protests, says the latest eviction ban extension doesn't go far enough. While...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons’ naked ambition - it wants to buy more lettings books

Foxtons has made no bones about how it sees future growth - it wants to acquire lettings books from other agencies. “There...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting tenant illegally posing as landlord caught out by council

A head tenant who posed as a landlord has been taken to court by a London council. Sonia Nascimento rented a converted...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark seeks new non-executive directors

Propertymark, which embraces the Association of Residential Letting Agents, is seeking two new non-executive directors. The body has been in the news of...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let and Build To Rent win big investment despite pandemic

Some £3.5 billion of investment was placed in the growing Build To Rent sector in 2020, despite concerns over the pandemic...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet another Eviction Ban extension - and then it will 'taper off'

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. At that point...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents reminded about ‘Breathing Space’ laws effective from May

ARLA Propertymark is reminding agents about the controversial Breathing Space legislation coming into effect on May 4. The new rules are known as...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls must be off the agenda in spring elections, says ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is warning politicians fighting elections this spring that rent controls should be firmly off the agenda. The organisation traditionally sets...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London is back - big rise in portal searches for renting in capital

Rightmove says falling rents in central London have led to a surge in interest from prospective tenants. Rightmove has analysed over 23 million...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental property capital values likely to soar in next five years

An assessment by Savills suggests capital values - including those for properties in the lettings sector - are likely to soar...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Thousands more tenants offered deposit alternative service

One of the leading deposit alternative providers, flatfair, has partnered with a major property management service with some 3,000 tenants. The deal...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter hits out over “window dressing” policy for tenants

Campaigning charity Shelter has criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for allegedly leaving “far more people on the brink of homelessness than homeownership.”  Chief...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency giant buys rental portfolio for prime south of England location

A lettings agency in the growing Lomond Group has purchased a rental portfolio on the south coast.  Brand Vaughan has bought the lettings...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

City agency snaps up county investment firm and lettings book

Manchester-based Ascend Properties has acquired its second company in as many months.  Ascend has now purchased Rent Smart UK, a Lancashire firm...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s David Cox to discuss Pets and Budget fallout for lettings

Rightmove’s David Cox - formerly of the Association of Residential Letting Agents - is to talk through the Budget fallout for...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity asks for four-bedroom property for emergency shelter

Letting agents and landlords in a major city have been requested to see if there is a ‘spare’ four bedroom property that...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

High Street bank set to become major UK landlord by the end of 2021

A report in the Financial Times over the weekend suggests that Lloyds Bank is poised to become a major residential landlord,...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned! Court order prohibits investor from letting properties

A landlord who persistently broke residential lettings rules has been banned from operating in a landmark legal ruling. Julie Stoddern, of Camborne,...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Consolidation Continues: Another independent snapped up

Independent agency EuroLet, operating in Bishop’s Stortford for the past 20 years, has been acquired by Leaders Romans Group. LRG has welcomed...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let purchase surge likely thanks to SDLT extension

A property lawyer is forecasting a surge in buy to let purchasing in the coming months as the stamp duty extension...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrests made as protesting activists try to enter lettings agency

Local media in the Homes Counties report that two arrests were made after police were called by a lettings agency where...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to check for damage as ‘pro-pet’ momentum builds

An inventory supplier to the lettings industry is advising agents to make sure they spot early signs of pet damage in...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency using black cab to allow “multiple viewings” by investors

An agency in the north of England has outlined how it proposes to take investors to what it calls “multiple viewings”...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Plummeting prime London rents begin to attract tenants

Knight Frank says the plummeting rents in prime central London have at least managed to attract a surge in the number...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Exploded! Five myths about apprentices in the lettings sector

One of the lettings industry’s most prominent suppliers says it’s dispelled five myths surrounding the employment of apprentices.  The Letting Partnership insists apprentices...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet ANOTHER takeover as lettings agency consolidation continues

A fast-growing regional chain of agencies has purchased another independent operator in the lettings sector. Yorkshire's Linley & Simpson has bought Sinclair Properties...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Furlough extension will be saviour for many agents - PropTech chief

The extension of the furlough scheme might be an indirect saviour for many lettings agencies says a leading PropTech entrepreneur. Neil Cobbold,...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ anger that Budget didn’t offer cash help for rental sector

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it’s disappointed the Budget failed to address the funding of the private rental sector.  “Extending...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents rising everywhere - except London

The UK’s average rent is now £984, showing a three per cent increase on last year according to HomeLet. But there’s a...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid roadmap triggers renewed lettings interest says agency

A London agency says the lettings sector in the capital appears to be reacting positively to the government's roadmap out of...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget Briefing for Letting Agents - the key announcements

This afternoon's Budget has seen dramatic announcements from Chancellor Rishi Sunak referring to the private rental sector. For landlords buying properties, the stamp...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council seeking info on agencies that worked with rogue landlord

A council says it’s looking for lettings agencies that worked with a rogue landlord who's been issued with a four year banning order. Bristol...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency relies on social media to show it's  ‘the future of buy to let’

A new agency doesn’t hold back about its importance, describing itself as “the future of buy to let property offering a...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says it bought rival agency because of its lettings book

Foxtons says the reason behind its purchase of rival London agency Douglas & Gordon was to get its lettings book. The deal, for...

03 March 2021

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Lettings market in good shape as voids dip and rents firm up

February was another strong month for the lettings market according to the latest rental index from PropTech firm Goodlord. The average cost...

03 March 2021

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Capital Gains Tax changes likely in autumn, not tomorrow - experts

A leading tax expert is forecasting that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will duck making any changes to CGT in tomorrow’s Budget and...

02 March 2021

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Only small minority of landlords use agents, new report suggests

A new survey suggests only a small minority of landlords use agents to partly or wholly manage their portfolios. The survey, by...

02 March 2021

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Renters working from home: London’s stock makes it tough for tenants

A survey of private rental sectors in major European cities suggests London is one of the tougher locations for tenants working...

02 March 2021

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Agencies cope with strong demand thanks to flexible PropTech - claim

A PropTech supplier says rental market activity remains relatively robust through this third lockdown, with a 25 per cent drop in...

02 March 2021

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Pets in rental properties still on the agenda, insists MP

An MP who says no one should have to give up their pet to live in a rental property insists that...

01 March 2021

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Rightmove sets out rental sector innovation programme

Rightmove has set out its innovation programme for the private rental sector. The portal has given over a substantial amount of its...

01 March 2021

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New Year surge in demand from prospective tenants

The number of new prospective tenants soared 27 per cent in the New Year according to figures released over the weekend...

01 March 2021

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Reapit’s Marketplace app now links to utility connections service

Movinghub, the platform that showcases a range of home moving services, is now available on the Reapit Marketplace app. This new Marketplace...

01 March 2021

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New ARLA head admits organisation has “its share of detractors”

The new head of the Association of Residential Letting Agents admits that the organisation - within its parent body Propertymark - has “had...

26 February 2021

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Big surge in rental leads for agents, claims Rightmove

Rightmove says there’s been a big rise in the number of prospective tenants contacting letting agents via its website. The portal says...

26 February 2021

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New portal will list letting agents’ properties for free for one year

Fledgling portal MoveStreets has signed over 100 agents, with an inventory of 16,500 properties to let and for sale. It says its latest...

26 February 2021

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Mentoring scheme for agents hits landmark target

Agents Together, the agency charity set up by Purplebricks and Boomin founders Michael and Kenny Bruce, says it’s hit an important...

26 February 2021

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Clampdown on letting agents backed by local councils

A huge trading standards operation clamping down on lettings agents who fail to abide by Client Money Protection rules has been...

25 February 2021

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“Hammer blow” to private rental sector as six months notice is permanent

A new law in Wales making it mandatory for a tenant to get six months notice for Section 21 evictions has...

25 February 2021

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Many more agencies now listing properties with video content

Rightmove is reporting a big rise in the proportion of properties listed with video content. It says rental listings with either a...

25 February 2021

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Buy to let expert amongst agency’s latest franchise recruits

One of the first franchisees for a new business model put forward by the Century 21 UK agency is a buy...

25 February 2021

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Agency secures new £90m banking facility as expansion looms

LSL Property Services has secured new banking arrangements with a £90m revolving credit facility in anticipation of what it calls “attractive...

25 February 2021

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Huge crackdown on letting agents failing to honour CMP laws

A clampdown on letting agents who fail to safeguard landlords’ and tenants’ money is now underway.  A statement from the National Trading Standards...

24 February 2021

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Two agents and their firm must pay thousands compensation to landlord

Two letting agents have been ordered to pay £16,000 to a landlord after their activities were found to be unregistered and...

24 February 2021

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Stamp duty break prompts surge in multi-property landlord deals

Some 60 per cent of multi-property landlords have expanded their portfolio since the introduction of the Stamp Duty Holiday last summer...

24 February 2021

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House is let for £4,246 per night - and it’s gone to a 24 year old

A 24-year-old Chinese heiress has rented a property for what is said to be a record £1.55m a year.  The heiress, who...

24 February 2021

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Budget: Will it hurt or help the private rental sector?

A leading PropTech expert says the lettings industry hopes next week’s Budget will provide clarity on taxes - but he’s also...

23 February 2021

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‘Inaccurate’ anti-eviction petition gains 30,000 signatures

An online petition which appears to inaccurately say private tenants can still be evicted “for no reason” has won 30,000 signatures...

23 February 2021

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Regional agency says it wants to snap up 10 independents by 2024

Manchester-based Ascend Properties has acquired independent firm NW Estates in Warrington, for an undisclosed sum. Ascend says the acquisition - which includes the...

23 February 2021

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New Home Counties agency offers “energetic alternative” to rivals

A new agency is opening in the Home Counties and claims to offer vendors and landlords “a fresh, modern and energetic...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions and arrears webinar this morning aimed at rental sector

There’s an hour-long webinar this morning, aimed at giving property professionals the latest information on arrears, possession cases and evictions.  It’s at...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards urges agents to watch out for scams

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents Team is appealing to the industry to be eagle-eyed for scams. This follows the...

22 February 2021

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Victory for Airbnb in first round of battle for short lets regulation

A first attempt to regulate Airbnb-style short lets through licensing has been withdrawn. The SNP-led Scottish Government had drawn up a licensing...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty surcharge and investor worries behind off-plan sales fall

There’s been another fall in the proportion of new-builds sold off-plan. Data from Hamptons says 33 per cent of new home completions...

22 February 2021

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Overseas student boost to London rental market

An analysis by investment consultancy London Central Portfolio suggests Asian students in particular favour London as a study location. The consultancy has...

22 February 2021

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PropTech service claims agents win ‘competitive edge’ thanks to data

A PropTech firm claims agents will win a “competitive edge” through the data it provides via its platform. Sprift says its interactive...

22 February 2021

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Agents beware: Students-with-pets are becoming more common…

Lettings agents are being told by an online platform to be extra-vigilant as increasing numbers of student tenants are getting pets. The...

19 February 2021

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Sunak warned on property taxes - Don’t use us to pay Covid debts!

A prominent industry figure is warning Chancellor Rishi Sunak not to use property taxes to bail out the government over the costs...

19 February 2021

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Jail threat after fraud team probes HMO with illegal extensions

A landlord who built unlawful extensions to a family home and squeezed up to 14 people into the rooms has forfeited...

19 February 2021

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New EPC targets may stifle buy to let investment, says ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is warning the government that new energy efficiency targets for EPCs could stifle buy to let investment in future. In...

19 February 2021

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Homesearch to host monthly digital events via Zoom

Property data service Homesearch is to host digital conferences each month through the rest of the year.  They’re to be held via...

19 February 2021

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Union protests outside agencies as Goodlord dispute escalates

The industrial dispute involving Goodlord has escalated with protests outside agency offices using the lettings platform, and the creation of a...

18 February 2021

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Latest shock resignation leaves lettings industry leaderless

The latest shock resignation from Propertymark leaves the lettings agency sector rudderless - although enthusiasm for the organisation has arguably never...

18 February 2021

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Livestream viewing could boost instructions and save thousands - claim

A PropTech firm says agencies adopting livestream viewing could win more instructions and save thousands of pounds, all the while abiding...

18 February 2021

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Right To Rent IDs made easier for agents, claims new PropTech service

A new Right to Rent identity validation and storage system has been launched by industry supplier Canopy, in partnership with tech...

18 February 2021

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Letting agent “illegally working” without redress scheme membership

The Daily Mail says it has informed Trading Standards of a lettings agent which is claims is “illegally working” despite not...

17 February 2021

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London council says licensing regimes ‘make renting fairer’

A London council describes two new licensing schemes as ‘making renting fairer’ - even though they are launched during the pandemic. Islington’s Labour...

17 February 2021

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A Fair Cop: no need to plant evidence in this rental property

Essex Police Force has tweeted a pair of photographs that go to prove agents should check a property before going on a...

17 February 2021

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Short lets will be first rental sector to recover post-pandemic - claim

Airbnb and other short let operators will be the first part of the rental sector to recover once the pandemic eases, it’s...

17 February 2021

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Deposit alternative operator’s new Build To Rent link with PropTech firm

Deposit alternative firm flatfair has linked with a PropTech firm to enhance its offer to Build To Rent users.  The partnership with...

17 February 2021

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Eviction ban extension is good news, insists top lawyer

The Law Society of England and Wales has come out in favour of the latest ban on bailiff-enforced evictions.  The extension to...

16 February 2021

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Agency warns that landlords seriously worried by CGT threat

An agency is warning that possible Capital Gains Tax changes are now a cause of major worry to their landlord customers.  Barrows and...

16 February 2021

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Tenant loans the only answer to growing arrears, says think tank

A think tank says large scale intervention in the rental market via loans to tenants is the only way of addressing...

16 February 2021

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Agency director and landlord hit with massive fines

Two landlords - one of them an agent - have been given fines totalling £135,000 and must pay costs for failing to...

16 February 2021

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Labour says latest eviction ban extension isn’t enough

Labour says the latest extension to the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions doesn’t go far enough to help tenants. The extension to the...

15 February 2021

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Up and Up - rental growth picks up for the sixth month in a row

The rate of rental growth picked up for the sixth month running according to lettings agency Hamptons.  Across Great Britain rents rose 4.3...

15 February 2021

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“Horrible crime” of illegal eviction probed by police

A 24 month community order and 200 hours of unpaid work are the price being paid for an unlawful eviction.  Buy to...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech link with agents’ group continues with new platform

The Guild of Property Professionals and The Lettings Hub is to continue its partnership. Iain McKenzie, The Guild’s chief executive, says: “Having...

15 February 2021

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Tenant referencing service links with anti-money laundering consultancy

A tenant referencing service and lettings insurance provider is linking with an anti-money laundering compliance consultancy. HomeLet and Let Alliance, part of...

15 February 2021

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Eviction Ban Extended Again: government makes announcement

The government has announced yet another ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector. The existing ban was due to expire...

14 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing strike threatens to disrupt agencies

A trades union claims that lettings software provider Goodlord is slashing some staff salaries by a quarter - that’s £6,000 per...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction scare stories are nonsense, government figures suggest

Government data suggests that scare stories talking of a glut of evictions if the current ban is lifted are simply unfounded. Data...

12 February 2021

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Another independent falls to Leaders Romans Group acquisition

Leaders Romans Group has announced the acquisition of another independent agency, this time in the East Midlands. It’s snapped up Hill &...

12 February 2021

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Rental demand moderating just as landlord instructions fall

The latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors study suggests tenant demand has increased over the past quarter but at a slowing...

12 February 2021

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London agency pays into offset schemes in bid to be “the greenest”

Chestertons in London says it wants to become the country’s greenest estate agency and has taken a first step by being...

12 February 2021

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Fraudsters steal listings and place them on Facebook Marketplace

A lettings agency is warning that fraudsters have copied property listings and put them on Facebook Marketplace, demanding deposits from the...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

700,000 tenants in arrears by the end of 2021 warns supplier

There could be 700,000 private tenants in arrears by the end of this year - an unsustainable burden on agents and landlords,...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons speaks up for virtual tours in helping lettings and sales

Foxtons says it staged 300,000 virtual viewings last year as the pandemic’s lockdowns and temporary market closure severely restricted physical viewings. Chief operating...

11 February 2021

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Fall in size of private rental sector according to government figures

There’s a been a slight fall in the size of the private rental sector in England according to government figures.  Latest data...

11 February 2021

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 Utilities algorithm developed by lettings management platform

Lettings management service Ringley Group has teamed up with a utility broker, 001 Ltd. It says this sources and identifies economies of...

11 February 2021

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Eviction Ban: momentum growing for yet another extension

Another council wants an extension to the existing ban on bailiff-enforced evictions, which is scheduled to end on February 22.  Yesterday our...

10 February 2021

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Agents 'should guide landlords through blizzard of licensing rules'

Letting agents should help landlords through a blizzard of red tape and regulation cause by local licensing schemes, a PropTech entrepreneur...

10 February 2021

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Pets in lettings properties - key topic at today’s ARLA webinar

The controversial subject of pets in private rental properties is likely to be the chief point of debate at a webinar...

10 February 2021

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Rough and ready virtual viewings more useful than slick ones - agent

A search agent says virtual viewings for prospective tenants or purchasers are useful - but less sophisticated ones reveal more than...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction mediation scheme - lawyers raise concerns

The Law Society is raising concerns about the government’s mediation scheme announced at the time of the last eviction ban decision. The...

09 February 2021

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Covid is forcing rental market into a ‘once in a lifetime change’

The fall out from Coronavirus is forcing the rental market into a once in a lifetime change as tenants reassess priorities. This...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions, possession, Right To Rent - all being debated today

Some of the most prominent names in the rental sector are taking part in a debate on threats and challenges for...

09 February 2021

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Large scale apprenticeship programme outlined by agency group

It’s now the annual National Apprenticeship Week and Leaders Romans Group has outlined how it’s opening up opportunities to newcomers to...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative firm promises big announcements in near future

Deposit alternative provider flatfair says it’s set to make big announcements soon - and in the meantime it’s attracted a key...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns that ‘many landlords can no longer make ends meet’

ARLA Propertymark has reiterated its demand for the government to give financial support to the private rental sector. In its submission to...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Free online academy launched to help agents create video viewings

A free digital training academy has been launched to guide agents on getting the best out of virtual viewings.  Holofy Spaces, a PropTech...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Fightback: Petition argues against stricter rental EPCs

An online petition is voicing opposition to government calls for ever-improving EPCs in the private rental sector.  Nottingham landlord Tricia Urquhart has started the...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

ESTAS 2021 confirms autumn date for Awards and Forum

The biggest awards event in the residential property sector, The ESTAS, has confirmed an autumn date for its main 2021 ceremony.  Traditionally...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental demand up just as supply goes down, reports Rightmove

Rightmove’s analysis of its own listings for January suggests demand in the rental market is 14 per cent up on a year...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnbs and Holiday Homes should not have tax perks denied to Buy To Let

A call has gone out for the longer-term buy to let rental sector to have a similar tax regime as the largely-unregulated...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Six months notice rule has unintended consequences in London - claim

A senior buying agent is warning that new regulations over the length of notice given to tenants is having an unexpected...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Pioneering clampdown on short lets gathers pace

Scotland’s official clampdown on short lets is gathering pace with the country’s housing minister advocating a licensing regime and so-called ‘control...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark chief puts mental health high on agenda

The new chief executive of Propertymark, Tim Balcon, says he’s putting mental health and wellbeing within the property sector high on...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government - Use Budget to help private rental sector

ARLA Propertymark has issued a list of 10 demands for Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s long-awaited Budget on March 3, with a financial...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents tumble in prime London and will continue to do so, warns agency

Average rents in prime central London fell 13 per cent in the year to January as over-supply still dominated the market, according...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent reductions for students extended by country’s largest provider

Unite Students, the UK’s largest manager and developer of purpose-built accommodation for the student sector, is extending its 50 per cent...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Major cash boost for fast-expanding rental platform

HousingAnywhere, a rental platform specialising in accommodation for young professionals and students, has raised some €24m for further expansion. The service covers some UK...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency lets 26 properties in one month with no physical viewings

An agency says it has recently let 26 properties in one month without conducting any physical viewings. Oakwood Homes, operating in Kent,...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

 Friends and work colleagues team up to buy agency franchise

Two friends and former work colleagues have become the new owners of the agency at which they previously worked, Lovelle Grimsby...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agent to rebrand as corporate branch later this month

Leaders Romans Group has announced another acquisition - this time it’s the EuroLet agency at Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire. The single-branch office...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency forecasts Build To Rent completions set to double in four years

Build To Rent completions are estimated to double by 2025, a property company forecasts. Between 2017 and 2018, the number of new...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters’ worries not eased by eviction ban, claims PropTech firm

A PropTech supplier says that financial worries for renters have not been placated by the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions.  In a...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Voids increase across the board but market otherwise proving resilient

The latest market snapshot for the private lettings sector shows rents holding steady into 2021 but voids increasing across the board. The...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge five year Build To Rent lettings deal for London agency

London lettings network Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward has been appointed to manage and let a huge new portfolio of around 3,000...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency launches ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ to help staff mental health

A major agency and property consultancy has initiated ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ amongst a programme of activities to prioritise staff mental health during the...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency’s lettings book snapped up by franchise giant

A branch of Martin & Co has completed its second independent lettings book acquisition in 18 months. Martin & Co Chelmsford, part...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ alert over electricity checks as government digs in over deadline

Letting agents have been told to document all arranging, planning and scheduling of work related to electrical checks in a bid...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Family bounce back from redundancy to set up lettings agency

An enterprising mother and daughter are bouncing back from being made redundant due to Covid-19 by setting up their own lettings...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters more likely than ever to remain in lettings sector

New research suggests even those renters who want to be owner occupiers are likely to remain in the lettings sector in the...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets body reinstates ‘TrustedStays’ for NHS and key workers

Members of a short lets group are offering free or discounted accommodation to NHS and other frontline workers during this current...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New mega-agency will manage over 70,000 tenanted properties

The takeover of Hunters by The Property Franchise Group means the combined operations will manage over 70,000 tenanted properties across the...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Paws for controversy - government wants pet-friendly tenancy contracts

The controversial subject of pet-friendly tenancies has been grabbed by the scruff of the neck by the government. The Ministry of Housing,...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent rises still well below late summer levels - latest market report

The latest rental market snapshot from ARLA Propertymark suggests that only 30 per cent of tenants experienced rent increases in December...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency wars: Belvoir gets one over its rivals on key day

A trading announcement by Belvoir reveals the company has seen another year of significant growth - its 24th on the trot. The...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Breakthrough claimed for new pre-tenancy management service

Industry supplier The Lettings Hub has launched what it calls a free to use pre-tenancy management platform for agents. Called BOX it...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing agency group moves closer to becoming national chain

Lomond - which recently merged with Linley & Simpson - has acquired four smaller independent agencies in three different cities. Two of...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

More evidence of Central London rental over-supply

Another major agency operating in central London confirms that the fall-out from the pandemic continues to produce a glut of units...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency snipes at High Street firms' “fat price tags”

An online lettings agency that claims to have analysed the costs of “a selection” of 12 High Street agencies has accused...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Another agency takes a stake in deposit alternative operator

The 60-branch London focussed agency chain Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward is the latest agency to invest in Zero Deposit. The firm joins Andrews,...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents told to prepare for complete market lockdown

Letting agents are being advised by an industry supplier to carry out essential checks now to prepare for a possible housing...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants heading to suburbs mean big falls for city centre rents

A new lettings market snapshot from Rightmove suggests that asking rents in some major city centres have seen annual falls up...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive over-supply in Central London now, admits leading agent

A prominent agent says a huge over-supply of available rental property is now flooding the central London market, just as demand...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents, regulation and legislation - Webinar catch-up tomorrow

ARLA and NAEA Propertymark members are invited to the association’s latest webinar tomorrow when chief policy advisor Mark Hayward takes centre...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Is it important for letting agents to be in ARLA?

The new chief executive of Propertymark says being a member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents is a sign of...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents can offer ‘lettings service’ without having a lettings division

Fine & Country is offering agents the option of setting up a lettings service without actually having a lettings division of...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New franchise branch owners as parent firm's takeover talks go on

Three property specialists have joined forces to launch a new branch of franchise brand Martin & Co. Directors Andrew Rowson and Lindsey...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Long-standing property firm to launch new brand following acquisition

Property specialist PS&B has acquired the Graves Jenkins management portfolio - both firms deal in residential and commercial property management on...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid will drastically change rental landscape warn leading agents

A series of leading lettings agents have warned that the rental sector is set for significant change as the Coronavirus pandemic...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council may purchase Right To Buy homes and then let to tenants

It’s been reported that a London council is considering spending £10m on purchasing 25 former council homes it previously sold off...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity lettings agency gives rent discount to student tenants

A Midlands not-for-profit student lettings agency is giving a rent discount to students who live in its leased houses. The offer comes from Sulets,...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings market across UK softens as tenants drop urban flats

The lettings sector has softened over the past year as the demand for urban living with shorter commutes has been replaced...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t force agents to test alarms on first day of tenancy - call

The government has been urged to backtrack on proposals for letting agents to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on day one...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council ignores ARLA warning and ploughs on with licensing

Earlier this week ARLA branded local councils pursuing private rental licensing during the pandemic as “socially irresponsible” - but one of...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Meaty PR stunt offers agents ‘one free month of landlord leads’

A letting agency comparison website is offering a free month of landlord leads - so long as agents try a Vegan diet. Rentround insists...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Green light for rental homes built by Transport for London

London’s mass transit service, Transport for London, has won consent for 853 homes at a huge scheme in the west of the...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity claims under-25s ‘cannot afford private rent anywhere in England’

A charity claims that young people under 25 in full-time work across England are unable to afford privately rented accommodation anywhere in the...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

London room rents plummet as new Covid strain adds more woe

Data from PropTech platform SpareRoom suggests that London’s typical room rent has dropped further, this time in response to the new...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils can’t enforce energy efficiency regs in rental sector - claim

Propertymark has responded to the official consultation on the government proposals called Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market booms in Manchester with more to come, says agency

The rental market in Manchester is booming with more growth likely over the next five years says one of the city’s...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents slam “socially irresponsible” councils pushing licensing

ARLA Propertymark has hit out at a growing number of local councils introducing licensing schemes, calling it “socially irresponsible” to do...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

EweMove hybrid snaps up High Street branches of partner brands

EweMove - one of several agency titles owned by The Property Franchise Group - has incorporated three High Street operations run by...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short lets push up rents in local areas - claim

International research suggests that short lets - Airbnb and similar platforms - cause housing shortages and push up private rents. Research by...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Boost for investors as mortgage choice improves across Buy To Let

Research from independent financial service market monitor Moneyfacts shows a small but encouraging increase in the number of buy to let mortgages...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to new online forum on private rental regulation

A council is offering a free event for agents and landlords to get the latest updates on national and local private...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

City centre rental premium quantified - but how long will it last?

A survey by a personal finance service has identified the traditional premium for a city centre rental property, and attempts to...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Beat Lockdown! Big surge in tenant moves in London, says agency

The number of tenants that moved home in London in December was double that of December 2019, according to an agency...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

London council wants to double the size of HMO licensing regime

Lambeth council is consulting agents, landlords and others on its latest licensing proposals for Houses in Multiple Occupation. The new proposals would...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

34-storey block of flats set to dominate new Build To Rent scheme

A Build To Rent scheme of 322 flats will include a 34 storey tower, it’s been revealed. Developer and property management firm...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Record number of buy to let landlord companies set up

Research by Countrywide agency Hamptons shows that during 2020 some 41,700 new buy to let limited companies were formed. That’s a record...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New rent guarantee product offers “a market first” for agents - claim

HomeLet and Let Alliance have announced what they call a market first with a rent guarantee providing cover until vacant possession...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill minister quits government after “devastating news”

One of the housing ministers with responsibility for the introduction of the controversial Renters Reform Bill in the near future has...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Larger homes in demand as virus influences tenant aspirations

The current need to work from home, and the prospect of continuing to do so in part after the pandemic, is changing...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental growth building fast across most of the UK

The rate of rental growth accelerated sharply in December according to Countrywide agency brand Hamptons. Its research department shows that over the...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour in Commons onslaught about Coronavirus evictions 

Two Labour MPs have made extensive claims about the number of evictions from the private rental sector likely to happen if...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New property ID system aims to identify rogue buy to lets

A new property identification system which has won the backing of ARLA Propertymark and substantial parts of the industry has said...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Regional agency says unique business model is behind success

A regional lettings agency says its better-than-expected 2020 performance is down at least partly to having what it calls a unique...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tips for agents coping with remote working and home schooling

The Guild of Property Professionals has issued tips for agents and other industry professionals having to cope with working from home...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents told to prepare for new off-payroll working rules

ARLA Propertymark is advising agents to get up to speed on new rules - and possible higher costs - when changes...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrapping of S21 and new transferable deposits likely “very soon”

The long-awaited Renters' Reform Bill, promised 14 months ago, is likely to be introduced to the House of Commons “very soon.” The...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents should be proud of their role, urges industry supplier

Letting agents should stand proud of their record helping both landlords and tenants, especially in these more difficult times. That’s the view...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property maintenance Covid regulations tightened in Scotland

There’s been a small change to the Coronavirus regulations as they apply to the maintenance and upkeep of properties in Scotland. First...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

UK rental market dragged down by London crisis

A rental market snapshot says the UK-wide lettings picture is dragged down by Greater London's excess of supply, and by the...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension - predictable but an opportunity, says PropTech chief

A leading market commentator and PropTech chief says the extension of the bailiff-enforced eviction ban was predictable, but presents agents with...

13 January 2021

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Momentum builds for student rent discounts - another firm joins in

A second student accommodation provider has announced a rent discount. Student Roost has told its residents they can apply for a discount...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies must be more tolerant of staff doing home schooling

The head of industry recruitment consultancy Property Personnel is calling on agencies to be more tolerant of the struggles working parents...

13 January 2021

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Agency chain shows benefit of financial services diversification

Franchise giant Belvoir has issued a statement to shareholders emphasising the success of its financial services wing. The Belvoir Group established its...

13 January 2021

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Rent discount announced by major student accommodation provider

Unite Students, one of the UK's leading student accommodation providers, is giving tenants a rent reduction. Students will be able to apply...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent checks “under review” by Home Office

The government says it’s reviewing the checking process that agents and landlords have to follow under Right To Rent. The revelation has...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus fears push ARLA Conference back yet again

The annual ARLA Propertymark conference and exhibition, which wasn’t held at all last year because of Coronavirus, has been pushed back...

12 January 2021

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PropTech firms reveal latest products aimed at letting agents

Movinghub UK has announced its latest integration with Reapit. Movinghub allows agents to assist tenants and other home movers to organise services...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Big Build To Rent development in target city set to complete in 2023

Build To Rent giant Grainger has purchased the rights to a 231-home development in Bristol for around £63m. In a statement to...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back new Mediation scheme between landlords and tenants

Propertymark has thrown its weight behind an idea from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to create a mediation service to arbitrate in...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Angry activists want arrears cancelled as well as full eviction ban

Activists from a range of pressure groups have reacted angrily to what they call a half-baked eviction ban announced by the...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Look at this - fantastic NHS support from artful community lettings agency

Congratulations from all of us at Letting Agent Today - and probably most of the rest of the industry - to Martin...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

EweMove takes over nearby franchise agency and lettings book

A EweMove branch has acquired a nearby Martin & Co operation, including its portfolio of 150 managed properties. Both firms are owned...

11 January 2021

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Eviction ban backed by loan scheme paid directly to agents in Wales

While the Westminster government has extended its version of the eviction ban in England until February 21, a longer ban -...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extended in England and Wales

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters has been extended in England and Wales. This will be until February 21 “at...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extended in Scotland - will England do the same?

The ban on private rental evictions in Scotland has been formally extended by two months, with a high expectation that a...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government: Get a grip on rental debt

Letting agents have joined forces with other players in the rental industry to demand the government finally get a grip on...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodbye Build To Rent? BTR name may be ditched to boost image

Major players in the Build To Rent sector are joining forces to see if they can give the industry a more...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets body wants public cash for lost lockdown income

A trade body wants the government to ensure its latest lockdown grants cover short lets businesses. The UK Short Term Accommodation Association...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator claims 6,000 new homes are underway

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent players, Legal & General, says it’s started work on 6,000 residential units in...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson confirms eviction ban is “under review”

The Prime Minister has told MPs that the eviction ban effectively in place now but scheduled to expire on January 11...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Fifth of city’s private rental homes have serious problems - claim

A council claims that as many as a fifth of all the private rental sector homes in its area have a...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in Rental Properties: Date set for MPs to debate issue

January 29th is the date set for MPs to hold the Second Reading of a Private Members’ Bill aimed at the...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New PropTech platform aims to help HMO property management

A new HMO and co-living property management platform launches today, aimed at optimising tenancy occupancy.  The service - called COHO - claims...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency gets Premiership rugby sponsorship deal over the line

A Belvoir franchise has agreed on a new partnership with Premiership rugby team, Swansea RFC. The deal means not only will the...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Extension to bailiff and eviction ban “extremely likely” warns trade body

It is “extremely likely” there will be an extension to the current ban on bailiffs conducting evictions even after court orders...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Section 21 Abolition - Labour offers to work with Tories

Labour housing spokesperson Thangam Debbonaire has released details of a letter seeking further clarity and commitments on the rental sector eviction...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Home Counties independents merge to become bigger lettings force

Two lettings and property management firms have merged with the aim of increasing market share in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex. Property...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents begin 2021 on a high almost everywhere…except London

The average rent in the UK, measured just before the turn of the year, is £979, showing a 2.7 per cent...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown regulations mean agents can continue Covid-secure working

Letting agents and the rental market in England are still in business even during the national lockdown already in force. The government’s...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New lettings agency giant created with £100m private equity cash

Lomond Capital, which owns Scottish lettings and estate agents Braemore and Stonehouse, is to merge with Yorkshire firm Linley & Simpson. The...

05 January 2021

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Agency opens new hub office taking over from nearby branches

Brown & Co’s new regional hub has opened in Lincoln, which will be the new base for the company’s team relocated...

05 January 2021

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Agency names award after much-loved colleague who died of Covid

A family-run lettings and sales agency has launched an employee of the year award in memory of a late colleague.   The...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency partner platform adds bill-sharing to student services

UniHomes, a student accommodation platform, has snapped up Split The Bills, a bill sharing service aimed at the student market. UniHomes -...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells’ lettings activities are key to how it will run Countrywide

Connells has made it clear that the innovation and technology it has put into lettings are key to identifying the approach it...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

No more rent controls! Politicians warned of supply shortage

Propertymark is making it clear that rent controls are not the way to operate an efficient lettings market. In a formal response...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Small number of tenancies end with deposit disputes, says government

Only 0.3 per cent of all tenancies in England and Wales ended with a dispute over the deposit in the six...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 could be a good year for the rental market after all, says agent

The next 12 months could be a surprisingly good year for the private rental sector despite some obvious challenges, according to...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Compliance webinar programme this month for Propertymark agents

Propertymark is hosting a series of three webinars this month for agents wanting to hear the latest on legislating changes affecting...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Court backlogs and eviction curbs to dominate 2021 - Propertymark

The new chief executive of Propertymark has outlined what he sees as the main challenges for the rental sector for 2021. In...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Standby for “another difficult year for lettings market” says leading agency

London agency Chestertons is warning that it’s going to be “another difficult year for the lettings market” in 2021. It says that...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Recent drop in arrears is false dawn, warns PropTech chief

Rent arrears in the private sector have actually dipped from their pandemic peak over the past two months - but they...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Letting Agent Today and Angels Media

Many agents will be closed on New Year’s Day - the last Bank Holiday for some months and at the start...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Pressure now on Sunak to raise stamp duty on buy to lets - claim

A leading property law expert says there is now pressure on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to raise stamp duty on buy to...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Eco-policies to dominate rental sector in 2021 predicts agency

Lettings agency Carter Jonas predicts the housing market - for both owner-occupiers and landlords - will become increasingly eco-focussed in 2021. It says...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the biggest cause of claims by landlords against deposits

Just over half the claims made by landlords against tenancy deposits in 2020 cited a need to clean or make repairs...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tier 4 letting agents told to put tenants’ safety first

The government has told letting agents in Tier 4 areas that their first priority must be the safety of their tenants. The...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent speaks out against possible ‘money making’ licensing scheme

A lettings agent has spoken out at a local council landlord licensing scheme, suggesting it might just be nothing more than...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual viewings herald ‘a new age’ says high-end lettings chief

A senior lettings agency figure says virtual viewings have transformed the rental sector. “The increased level of requests for virtual viewings has...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency calls in police after activists protest outside branch

A lettings agency has called in the police after a protest involving anti-agent activists demanding compensation for past tenants. The Eastern Daily...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Fantastic festive Foodbank gesture from lettings agency

Belvoir’s agency in Grantham is making a fantastic gesture by donating crates of produce to the local Foodbank. Over 100 kilos of...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Letting Agent Today and Angels Media

We’re delighted that agents, suppliers and the rest of the industry will be starting their Christmas break - and it’s rarely...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Big regional deal sees 600-property lettings book snapped up

Fast-growing letting specialists Linley & Simpson has added over 600 homes to its portfolio after another major acquisition. It’s acquired the lettings and management division...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 ends on low note for prime London lettings

Higher levels of supply and weaker demand have dominated prime London lettings markets this month says Knight Frank. This meant that average...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New fire and smoke alarm laws delayed until early 2022

The Scottish Parliament has postponed new fire and smoke alarm legislation for 12 months. This move, by its local government committee, follows...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Awards 2021 - just days left for letting agents to enter

Entrants for the 2021 ESTAS Customer Service Awards have only until December 31 to sign up. Founder Simon Brown says: “The bounce...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb reveals ‘command centre’ to curb New Year’s Eve revellers

Airbnb has unveiled a set of restrictions which it is operating across the UK - and the rest of western Europe...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental growth ‘slightly positive’ for 2021 say surveyors

Rental growth expectations remain “slightly positive” across most of the UK according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors market...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Tax premium’ levied on second homes to fund local properties

A Welsh council has agreed to levy what it calls “a tax premium” on second homes from now until 2027 to...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Auction success vindicates agency’s move to live-stream format

High end agency Savills says it’s raised over £270m in nine auctions this year, with an average sold price of over...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market open for business in new Tier 4 areas

Weekend statements from the government and Housing Secretary have made it clear that the rental market remains open for business even...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents breaking 'No DSS' listings rule will face sanctions, warns Zoopla

The debate over rental properties listed on portals with ‘No DSS’ statements has reignited over the weekend. This follows a BBC investigation...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Angry calls for ‘exempt rental accommodation’ to face regulation

There are growing calls for so-called ‘exempt accommodation’ to face the same controls that are exerted over the rest of the...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

All Change: property types and aspirational features for renters in 2020

A property company has analysed Google Search Data from the past year to reveal what movers were looking for in 2020...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech: New camera allows super-fast inventory photography

Industry suppliuer Inventory Hive has a launched a new 360-degree camera and app which it says means inspectors can drastically reduce...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Too early to tell if letting agents abide by anti-money laundering - report

A new report from the government says it’s too early to tell whether lettings agencies are abiding by new anti-money laundering...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Councillor claims agents using virtual viewings show ‘better’ properties

A Labour councillor in Yorkshire claims letting agents are not showing the actual properties available to rent when they use virtual...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Gangmasters probe leads to property firm and director’s huge fines

Restaurant staff were kept in “dangerous and overcrowded” conditions by a property company and its landlord-director, a court has heard. The company...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Volume of rent increases drops for third month in a row

Letting agents say the number of tenants experiencing rent increases fell for the third month in a row. The latest ARLA Propertymark...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Advanced Rent Option opportunities for agents ‘going fast’

A new rental system allowing licensed lettings agents to offer landlords a year’s rent up-front has had hundreds of responses in...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus lifestyle changes play into hands of Build To Rent - claim

One of the largest players in the Build To Rent sector, Legal & General, says it’s to have a second significant...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Another PropTech tie-up for lettings platform linked with OnTheMarket

Teclet has announced another strategic partnership, this time with Kamma - a platform which specialises in agency compliance.   It’s the latest in...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Standout success for four lettings agents after year like no other

Congratulations from all of us at Letting Agent Today to four students at Propertymark Qualifications who have attained a distinction in...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

EPCs should last just five years and not 10 - property group

A collective of government appointed accreditation schemes has called on the government to do more to improve energy efficiency in the...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Six acquisitions in one year for fast-growing lettings agency

Fast-growing regional agency Linley & Simpson has taken over the rental portfolios of two more independent firms. The deal has transferred 750...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

London agency’s latest acquisition just the latest in ambitious programme

London’s Keatons agency has acquired another East London independent, Royal Docks Property Services. Keatons describes the result as “a great fit” because the two...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental guarantor service claims to help keep rental sector buoyant

A rental guarantor service claims that it and companies like it have helped keep the UK’s private rental sector buoyant during...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents demand 12 month delay in new electrical safety rules

ARLA Propertymark has written to the government to voice fears that letting agents will not be able to comply with new...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial council files new version of licensing proposal

A controversial Labour council that locked horns with the government over landlord licensing is now submitting a new proposal for its...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market picking up steam - even in London

There is mounting evidence that rental growth is picking up steam, according to the latest analysis by Countrywide brand Hamptons. Average rents...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency doubles deals done after adopting virtual viewing app

A London agency says it’s doubled its rental deals over an eight week period, helped by adopting a virtual tours app. Paramount,...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent speaking at ‘Future of Housing’ online debate today

Chris Hope, senior partner at Dawsons and Fine & Country agencies, will be one of the main speakers at a prestigious...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Future agency mergers and acquisitions could be hit by tax hike

A warning has been issued by one of the most acquisitive letting agencies that future mergers and takeovers could be hit...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Some landlords don't need agents, suggests investment chief

An investment group of companies specialising in student accommodation says letting agents can be very important - but it also says...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Surge in buy to let purchases in bid to beat stamp duty deadline

Around one in seven residential properties purchased in November were snapped up by buy to let investors, according to Countrywide research. A...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Another council ponders Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs

Walsall council in the Midlands is considering an Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs.  As is often the case with such schemes, the...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets regulation starting in one part of the UK

A council in Scotland is set to be the first to introduce regulations for Airbnb and similar platforms in the short lets sector. ARLA...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Sharpen up arrears process’ agents told as eviction truce starts

Today is the start of the official Christmas eviction ban ‘truce’ in the private rental sector - and it continues until...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents now managing more rental units than ever before, says ARLA

An end-of-year market snapshot by the Association of Residential Letting Agents shows the supply of rental accommodation was the highest on record...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent says 2021 is chance to level playing field with tenants

A letting agent and property management expert says the likely introduction of the Renters Reform Bill in 2021 is a chance...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - new How To Rent Guide issued by government

The government has issued a new How To Rent Guide - the critical document that both letting agents and landlords have...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

HMOs in the firing line: Another city ponders a clampdown

Another local authority is considering a clampdown on the spread and condition of HMOs. Bath and North East Somerset Council, which is...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Regulation chief says complaints about rental sector are common

The architect of the Regulation of Property Agents working group - which has called for agents to be trained and licensed...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

London the biggest rental sector loser as a result of Covid - claim

London’s lettings market may never return to its pre-pandemic appearance according to a flat-sharing rental platform. SpareRoom says 49 per cent of...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - landlord trends when requesting information about agents

An agency comparison website has released information on landlord preferences and activities which it says can help agents market more effectively.  Rentround...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ group recommends referral fee policy of transparency

The UK Association of Lettings Agents is recommending transparency in relation to the disclosure of referral fees to landlord clients. Last month...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Retail Future? Debenhams store to become 338 flats to rent

One of the biggest commercial property operators in the country is to build 338 apartments to rent on the site of...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent Control legislation doesn’t go far enough, claims tenants' group

A renters’ union in Scotland claims a proposal to cap rents in the country doesn’t go far enough. The Scottish Parliament’s Local...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Council’s huge fine on owner after refusing planning consent

A long-running case about a house divided up and let out without planning permission has resulted in a fine of nearly...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit to make lettings sector even tougher in 2021 - claim

If you think 2020 has been complicated, just wait until 2021: that’s the claim of a rental guarantor service which warns...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists want to build rent strike momentum across student sector

Activists are attempting to build rent strike momentum amongst students who rent property across the country. ‘Rent Strike” is a national network...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency chief and landlord prosecuted over fire safety

Two landlords in the same town - one the director of a lettings firm - have been prosecuted as their properties...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Council HMO rules force agency to ban tenant from using bedroom

A lettings agency is in the news because it has asked a student to stop using a specific room in a...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

How was 2020 for you? Agents asked their views by industry suppliers

Two industry suppliers are asking agents to contribute to a survey assessing how the lettings sector has performed in 2020. Government-authorised deposit...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Rental market recovering fast but now more segmented

The rental market is recovering fast from the Coronavirus crisis and still has a strong ‘offer’ for investors - but it’s...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Make business rate cut permanent! Agents’ demand help

ARLA Propertymark wants the government to make the current business rates exemption for High Street branches permanent. The exemption, introduced in the spring...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Vocal supporter of rental licensing arrested in corruption probe

Liverpool's mayor Joe Anderson has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation. Anderson has been an outspoken...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

London rents down as much as 16% while rest of UK booms

It’s a case of London versus The Rest when it comes to the rental market, according to HomeLet. Its latest market snapshot shows...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must act on eviction backlog and landlord hardship - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark has given a detailed response to a government consultation on how the pandemic has hit the private rental sector. The...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards warning letter over letting agent fees

A warning about illegal fees by letting agents has been produced by a local council Trading Standards team.  It has come from...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Commercial agency expands into residential with strong ambitions

Scottish commercial property firm Bowman Rebecchi has announced an expansion into the residential letting sector with the Glasgow-based agency Newton Letting. Bowman...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings employers urged to take on more apprentices

Industry supplier The Letting Partnership is calling for businesses to take on more apprentices and support young people in a challenging...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 10 agencies a week closing down, claims protection scheme

One of the government’s approved client money protection schemes claims over 10 lettings agencies a week are closing. Client Money Protect makes the...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency network sees business storm back and repays furlough money

An extremely upbeat trading statement from Stock Market-quoted agency Belvoir suggests business has been ahead of even its pre-Coronavirus expectations in...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News