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Airbnb-style lets slammed as noisy, irritating and with too many parties

Short lets on Airbnb and similar platforms are causing increasing irritation for owners in residential blocks, according to a property management...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'Total loss' client money protection is latest to win government backing

Another client money protection scheme has been given approval to launch itself before regulations go live on April 1.  From that date...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agency says lettings now four times busier than a year ago

The lettings department of a central London independent agency is claiming its busiest January in some years. Russell Simpson, a family-run independent...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents have role in improving support for tenants with mental health issues

New research on private renting and mental health in Wales has concluded that more support is required.  The research was undertaken for...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Quality of homes to let must improve, says PropTech chief

Sub-standard homes remain a key weakness in the private rental sector, which needs to get its house in order in the...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

First Client Money Protection scheme wins approval ahead of deadline

Client Money Protect has gained formal government approval to operate a client money protection scheme when the regulations go live on...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons gives upbeat report on London lettings market

Foxtons has given a relatively upbeat assessment of the capital’s rental market in its survey of the sector in 2018. It says...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells-owned agency acquires two-branch independent company

Connells-owned Gascoigne Halman - the agency at the centre of the long-running legal dispute with OnTheMarket - has acquired the Rowcliffes...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Another 250 Build To Rent homes for London in £100m-plus deal

Over 250 new units constructed by Telford Homes are to be used for Build To Rent according to a deal announced...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

More councils want to increase rental sector licensing regimes

More local authorities have announced that they want to increase the size of the areas covered by their existing selective licensing...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency says Brexit having “significant impact” on rental sector

Belvoir says a survey of its franchisees shows that Brexit is having what it calls “a significant impact” on the rental...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor facing the music after illegally evicting DJ tenant

A landlord who left his tenant homeless after changing the locks while he was on holiday has been hit with a...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Millennials all at sea? They're even considering living on a houseboat

Over half of the Millennials consulted in a survey say they want to get away from renting so badly they would...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Jailed! Man who forged agency papers 'giving HMO planning consent'

A buy to let investor who converted three family homes to HMOs without securing planning permission has been jailed for falsifying...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

London rents 'on pause' until Brexit fog clears, says Savills

Rental values in prime London show early signs of bottoming out, says Savills, with the annual rate of falls now at...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

March date for next Fees Ban debate by Welsh parliament

March 19 has been set as the next date for the Welsh equivalent of the Tenant Fees Ban Bill to be...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: UK's top 10 locations for rental house-shares

Bristol is the best city for house shares, according to new research by specialist rental sector broadband and utilities provider Glide. The...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Solicitor renews attack on “unfair” landlord licensing by councils

A legal firm has renewed its criticism of local authority licensing schemes, accusing them of “persecuting” landlords. David Kirwan, managing partner at...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit causing “measurable market slowdown” warns buy to let lender

A survey of mortgage experts conducted by one of the largest specialist buy to let lenders suggests that Brexit is hitting...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Stable rents show that buy to let is still sound, says leading agent

Latest official figures show that private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rose by 1.0 per cent in the...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fine issued over licensing and health and safety issues with HMOs

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £5,000 in fines and costs in a licensing dispute with a local council.  Almas...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock Labour claim that agents will increase tenant fees until June

A senior Labour politician claims that “unscrupulous” letting agents are hammering tenants with higher-than-usual charges between now and June 1 when...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Private rents take LESS of tenants' income while social rents rocket

You may be forgiven for thinking that rent takes up an ever-greater proportion of tenants’ income - but new figures out...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by large regional chain

Ambitious regional chain Linley & Simpson has opened a new branch in the Yorkshire market town of Pudsey after snapping up...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Taxi! Countrywide's Hamptons celebrating anniversary on the road

Countrywide’s upmarket lettings and sales brand, Hamptons International, has launched branded taxis in celebration of its 150th birthday.  The taxis will operate...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants Fees Bill is now law as clock ticks down to June 1

The Tenants’ Fees Bill has now become law, receiving formal Royal Assent yesterday afternoon - and within minutes, the government issued...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents: Be diligent on promoting code of practice

ARLA Propertymark is warning members to be diligent in how they promote the letting agents’ code of practice.  ARLA has issued a statement...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Onliner’s higher fee to be payable only after tenancy agreement is signed

Online agency Upad has made another change to its charging structure. It has recently introduced revised packages for landlords, payment via Direct...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Massive £30,000 fine for rogue London letting agent

A lettings agency and its director have been fined a total of £30,000 for failing to licence HMOs and giving sham...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Going Up: new Build To Rent tower hits 44 storeys

The latest property completed in the ever-growing Build To Rent sector is a 44 storey tower standing at 141 metres tall. The...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents up 2.5 per cent in the past year according to HomeLet

The average rent in the UK is now £932, which is a rise of 2.5 per cent on this time last...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Here we go again: Another London council wants to extend licensing

Hounslow council wants its additional licensing scheme for HMOs - due to expire in May 2019 - to be extended for...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Avoid eviction’ campaign by councils extended for another 12 months

A free-to-use ‘Housing Early Prevention Service’ runs by a council on the south coast has been deemed such a success it...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Big drop in prime London rental stock says new LonRes report

Throughout 2018 the number of homes available to rent in prime areas of London dropped 13 per cent. In particular, 80 per...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Total rent paid by tenants drops for first time in 10 years - Countrywide

Private tenants in Britain in 2018 paid £59.1 billion on rent - that’s £1.9 billion less than in 2017 and the...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news: most buy to let fixed-rate mortgages are now cheaper

With good news in the buy to let sector in short supply, here’s a promising start to the week - a...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Over a third of London uninhabitable for renters - claim

A flat-share website claims typical rents in some 38 per cent of London are now so high they render the areas...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to blame for high poverty in rental sector, claims lettings body

A lettings sector trade body has put the blame firmly on government for the scale of poverty amongst those who privately...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency hit with fine after failing to give fees, redress and CMP information

A letting agent in east London has been fined £4,000 after apparently publishing the incorrect fees that it levies on tenants...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

London's Brexit lettings slowdown about to spread across UK - warning

The latest index from specialist buy to let platform Landbay says the slowdown in London’s lettings market since the Brexit vote...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Beds In Sheds scandal - 19 tenants found at four bedroom property

Council enforcement officers have raided a house in Wembley, north London, and found 19 tenants paying a landlord £1,000 a week. Brent council’s...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in foreign and UK students good for market, says agency

Knight Frank’s student accommodation partner has given the thumbs up to new figures suggesting a surge in overseas and domestic students...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'Change it now!' - Lettings group demands more Universal Credit reform

The Residential Landlords Association says the government’s changes to Universal Credit don’t go far enough to prevent rent arrears. The RLA says...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban leads agency to buy fellow-independent firm in city

The Let Leeds agency has completed on the acquisition of another firm in the city, Milnes Walker - and the purchase...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London new tenancies down 5.4% with decrease accelerating

High-end lettings agency Strutt & Parker says the take-up of new rental tenancies decreased by 5.4 per cent over 2018 as...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Student search platform launches automated feed for letting agents

A student accommodation search engine is introducing an automated feeds service for letting agents and landlords with large property portfolios. The service,...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: another agency says impact will be less than feared

Another major franchise agency says its preparation work ahead of the June 1 tenants fees ban mean the impact of the...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Redress scheme wants landlords to join now 'on a voluntary basis'

One of the existing two government-authorised redress schemes governing estate and letting agents has called on landlords to voluntarily join, ahead...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent control: it can work but can also backfire on tenants, says BBC

The BBC’s Reality Check service, respected for giving a more realistic assessment of many politicians’ promises, has looked at London mayor...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency backs growth of Build To Rent, saying ”more is needed”

High-end lettings agency Knight Frank is predicting that £75 billion of investment will be committed to the Build To Rent sector...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'A flat white and a flat please' - short lets firm uses coffee shops as branches

The London-focussed lettings agency Portico is expanding its short-lets service Portico Host into Manchester and Liverpool - but it isn’t spending...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban ‘could keep High Street agents viable’ says PropTech chief

The tenants’ fees ban coming into effect from June 1 could help traditional lettings agents keep their place on High Streets,...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Belvoir’s new TV-on-demand adverts plan to raise brand awareness

Belvoir is launching a new TV advertising campaign on the ITV Hub, which is the ITV on-demand service.  The ad, which features...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine after buy to let owner fails to comply with Improvement Notice

A landlord who failed to comply with orders to improve the standard of a property has had to pay over £7,500...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal boss talks up huge opportunity for agents to hike landlord fees

The chief executive of a still-to-be-launched property portal says Christmas may have come early for letting agents because of the “huge...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New lettings redress is good 'but don't launch before industry is ready'

A rental platform says it welcomes government plans to overhaul redress for tenants and others in the housing system but it...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban given green light by 'independent assessment' body

The government has published an independent assessment of its Tenants Fees Bill proposal - the ban on fees levied by letting...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour rent controls will worsen London landlord exodus warns ARLA

Rent controls of the kind which London mayor Sadiq Khan wishes to introduce will worsen what is already a huge exodus...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency goes as Martin & Co snaps up firm

The Nottinghamshire branch of Martin & Co has snapped up the local independent agency SOLOS Residential. The family-run Martin & Co branches...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord hits out at agency's portrayal of buy to let tax clampdown

A leading landlord has hit out at a lettings agency’s portrayal of buy to let tax changes.  Rosalind Beck, a campaigning landlord...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants stay an average 4.1 years, says government's own figures

Private rental sector tenants in England stay an average of 4.1 years in their property - casting doubt over the justification...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

NALS welcomes prison sentences for three rogue letting agents

The National Approved Lettings Scheme has taken the unusual step of commenting on, and welcoming, the outcome of a court case...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New utility and survey products aim to woo lettings professionals

Specialist student utilities and service provider Glide has launched a product it claims removes the admin and hassle traditionally associated with...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Major Build To Rent provider signs deal to provide 324 city flats

One of the country’s major Build To Rent providers has signed a deal to deliver 324 flats in a major city...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Support for Fees Ban from lettings experts: 'it is positive, not negative'

Almost the entire lettings industry has viewed the upcoming ban on tenants fees levied by agents in England and Wales as...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant Belvoir says fees ban effect will be 'less than expected'

Belvoir has this morning told shareholders that the effect of the Fees Ban coming into effect in June will be less...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents call for delay in launch of stricter mandatory electrical checks

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it backs the stricter rules on mandatory electricity checks in rental properties announced by...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to tenants: You face a rocky 2019, says lettings chief

Tenants are in for a rocky ride this year - and it’s chiefly the fault of government, says the chief executive...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Stock shortage prompts better news on prime central London lettings

Knight Frank has given an upbeat snapshot of the lettings market in Prime Central London, based mostly on higher rental growth...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter rules revealed for mandatory electrical checks on rental properties

New rules are to be introduced to ensure mandatory electrical inspections on private rental properties are carried out by competent and...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New redress scheme 'must be free for renters' insists consumer group

The government’s new redress system, announced last week and to be implemented later this year, must be free for renters to...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rents up 1.8% across England and Wales in 2018

The latest rental market snapshot from YourMove suggests that typical rents rose 1.8 per cent across England and Wales in the...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords and tenants 'must know their rights and responsibilities'

The latest report for the rental sector by the TDS Charitable Foundation calls for greater cooperation between property professionals and tenants...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

'No application fees' claim prompts complaint about agent to ad watchdog

Lancasters Estate Agents on the Isle of Wight has been the subject of a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority over...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents advertising weekly rent should show traditional ‘pcm’ figure too

The Property Ombudsman says agents can display weekly rents for homes they market - but they should be displayed alongside monthly...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

High praise for agency after landlord evicts couple with new-born baby

Andrews lettings agency in Oxford has emerged as the hero in an episode which saw a family evicted from their home...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents may hit landlords with new costs to cover fees loss, warns Spencer

TV property pundit Phil Spencer, who now runs property advice site MoveIQ, says letting agents may introduce new administration fees on...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent says landlords still claim billions in tax relief every year

London-focussed lettings agency ludlowthompson says buy to let landlords across the country claimed a record £17.7 billion in tax relief last...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Fewer student buy to lets? Big rise in purpose-built accommodation reported

There’s been a big rise in the volume of purpose-built student accommodation in the UK, suggesting that the market may be...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

'Property MOTs' for all rental flats and houses, demands ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is demanding 'property MOTs' to help landlords trying to meet new energy efficiency targets. The government’s...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban 'should be just the start of more power for tenants'

The chief executive of the Citizens Advice consumer charity says she wants government “to do even more to strengthen the hand...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by Experts In Property member

Collyers, an Experts in Property estate and lettings agency with two branches in North Devon, has hoovered up a lettings firm...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards prosecutes over criminal activity at rental property

A Trading Standards team has prosecuted a landlord who allegedly 'knew' criminal activity was taking place in his buy to let...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Should there be a Rogue Tenants register? Should the lettings industry fight back?

The news this week that even individual private landlords must join a redress scheme is just the latest in an onslaught...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector welcomes redress reform as landlords face £5,000 fines

There’s been broad support from the lettings sector for the wide-ranging reform of the redress system announced yesterday by housing secretary...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform claims it can help landlords avoid fee increases

A PropTech firm is offering landlords the opportunity to manage their portfolios from £35 a month, suggesting it could be a...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Another new Build To Rent brand is launched

A new Build To Rent developer brand, Core Living, has been launched by development and investment company Godwin Group. Godwin is targeting...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Free seminars for agents on repair issues in communal areas

Disrepair in communal areas of private blocks is to be tackled in a new series of seminars for letting agents and...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Outrage at Labour bid to introduce rent controls in London

There’s been an angry reaction to the suggestion that London’s Labour mayor, Sadiq Khan, is seeking to introduce rent controls in...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for tenants as rents have dropped in the past year

Renting became more affordable in 2018 thanks to a combination of a once-in-a-decade fall in annual rents and wage inflation, according...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency buys independent rival’s lettings book

The Yeovil branch of hybrid agency EweMove now has over 200 managed properties following the acquisition of the lettings book of...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock as council actually praises lettings sector for good behaviour...

We are used to stories of councils condemning letting agents and landlords - but now a London council is praising the...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Proposed ban on boards prompts call: 'Do we still need To Let boards?'

Another council has been given the go ahead to ban To Let boards in part of a city - with government...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Council bags £35,000 public money for complaints database for tenants

The council at Brighton & Hove has won an extra £34,820 in public money from the government to help it build...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform allows Build To Rent units to be short-let during voids

A software platform has been launched which allows Build To Rent units to be short-let on the likes of Airbnb during...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine after prohibition order on rental property ignored

A buy to let investor who let out a converted attic room despite it being the subject of a council prohibition...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Beware: Tenant Fees ban may impact Section 21 notices

A warning has been issued to lettings agents to review tenancy agreements to see if they are fit for purpose when...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents 'could get quicker, fairer redress' through Housing Court

A leading PropTech exponent is supporting the government’s Housing Court initiative, suggesting it could make redress for agents, landlords and tenants...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Council in media probe blames government for 'rogue' payments

A council accused of paying over £500,000 to a landlord it had already ruled as unfit to rent out property is...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental flat repossessed after being converted into illegal HMO

A buy to let investor has lost possession of his flat after converting it into an Illegal House in Multiple Occupation...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

More Build To Rent: another city centre development revealed

One of the largest players in the Build To Rent sector has snapped up a site in a major city centre...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rip-off! Agents and landlords accused of overcharging students in most cities

A mortgage firm claims the lettings industry is ripping off students by overcharging them. Mojo Mortgages says it has compared the rent...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour outrage at councils renting back privately-owned Right To Buy homes

The Labour party has expressed outrage at the news that London councils are spending over £22m each year renting back homes...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Great guide for agents - this is exactly where you can help landlords

A new league table of worries for landlords shows exactly why letting agents are needed - and a lot of the...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Private rental stock 'now accounts for 40% of all available housing'

A new study suggests that rental properties now account for 40 per cent of the available housing stock.  Looking at the final...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tiny rent increases over the past year, reports new research consultancy

Rents have risen over the past year but at a very low level according to new property consultancy Apropos.  Across Britain as...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Pro-fees ban agent admits there will be “unintended consequences”

A lettings agency boss who says she is actually in favour of the agents’ fees ban nonetheless admits there will be...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge surge in Build To Rent: problem or opportunity for letting agents?

There has been a massive surge in the volume of lettings properties under construction for the burgeoning Built To Rent sector. Data...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Firm claims tenanted buy to lets get ‘sale agreed’ in just 38 days

An online agency specialising in the sale of investment properties with tenants in situ claims the average time for a tenanted...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants favour no-deposit schemes claims agent

A regional lettings agency claims it’s seen a 26 per cent surge in tenant and prospect views on properties listed as...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial Labour council ‘to prioritise which landlords to penalise’

A controversial Labour-controlled local authority which already has 91 per cent of its private rental properties inside licensing schemes is now...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban could cost agencies £60,000 in two years, claims campaigning agent

English letting agencies could lose over £60,000 each in the next two years alone as a result of the Tenant Fees...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up as consolidation continues

East Midlands estate and lettings agency John German has revealed that it’s snapped up an independent based in Derby - Sowter...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Up they go: Rightmove says rents to rise because of stock famine

A lettings market snapshot from Rightmove suggests asking rents in London are now increasing at an annual rate not seen for...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

We’ll help agents through June 1 lettings fees ban, insists ARLA

ARLA says it can help agents understand the intricacies of the Tenants Fees Ban, which completed its third reading in the...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit may have cost London buy to let investors £1,800 each - claim

Landlords in London are possibly £1,806 worse off since the vote to leave the EU in June 2016, according to specialist...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Regional agency hoovers up independent’s 120 lettings properties

CGT Lettings Limited has acquired Gloucestershire based residential lettings company All About Property. All About Property has been run by Darren Loftus...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Off to ARLA conference? Early-bird tickets now available

Early bird tickets for this year’s ARLA Propertymark Conference, happening just days before the likely introduction of the ban on tenant...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency's £20m windfall for tenants who opt for deposit-alternative scheme

Lettings agency Haart says it will return up to £20m in deposits to existing tenants if they sign up to a...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Up to 90 S21 notices to be issued this week by controversial landlord

The man who is arguably Britain’s most controversial landlord - Fergus Wilson - is likely to be issuing up to 90...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

More public money for councils to stamp out rogue landlords

More than 50 councils across the country will share nearly £2.4m of extra government funding to crack down on rogue landlords. Among...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Today's big vote - no, not Brexit, but the Tenant Fees Bill

Today’s vote in the House of Commons on Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal deal may be dominating the headlines but it’s the...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Licensing: councils accused of automatically imposing harshest penalties

Councils have been accused of routinely pursuing the most serious enforcement option open to them if they find a local licensing...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Mystery over missing agent being probed by trading standards

Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of a letting agent who appears not to be in any redress scheme, is being investigated by...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry welcomes Universal Credit change to pay landlords directly

The lettings industry has welcomed news that reforms to Universal Credit will include a new online system for private landlords to...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial figures claim much more private rental overcrowding

A report claims that England has just 825 homes for every 1,000 families as a result of two decades of house...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor hit with £10k fine for failing to make improvements

A council has prosecuted a buy to let investor for not making necessary improvements to his property. The landlord, Balwinder Singh Chandi,...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock warning to industry: ’A fifth of agents will go by end of 2020’

The UK’s largest property franchise business, Belvoir Lettings, says it beat its own ambitious target for its franchisees’ Assisted Acquisitions programme...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency fined £167,000 after 'bait and switch' scam

London lettings agency Sterling De Vere must pay a £167,000 fine and compensation of £740 to a renter for a misleading...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency launches new charges ‘for tenant fee ban era’

Online letting agency MakeUrMove has launched a new subscription model which it claims will ”ready landlords for the incoming tenant fee...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rents still creeping up according to HomeLet data

The average UK rental values continued to grow towards the end of last year according to data with the average rent now...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS HQ destroyed by fire just as ‘reviewer’ scheme announced

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme - which was hit by a serious fire at its Hemel Hempstead headquarters last evening - has appointed...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency reveals first acquisition of 2019 - with more to come, it pledges

Hunters has announced its first business expansion of 2019 with the acquisition of what it calls “a significant lettings book.” The acquisition...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Government slammed for 'not bothered' attitude to key ruling

The government has been accused of not helping thousands of landlords who may have inadvertently granted assured tenancies instead of the...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Major buy to let lender targets companies and 'Brexit worriers'

One of the buy to let sector’s main mortgage lenders, Paragon, has refreshed its range of mortgages with new products which...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

'Create a rental property MOT certificate' says top inventories firm

The UK’s largest provider of inventory services says the creation of an MOT certificate system for properties in the rental sector...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb management firm to list homes on long-term rental website

A holiday lettings company and a longer term private rental listings services have come together to try to optimise income for...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Complaint over agency's 'misleading' multiple telephone numbers

A lettings agency has agreed to amend its website after a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority over its use of...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings trade body almost doubles in size over three years

The Residential Landlords Association’s membership has hit a new high of 35,000.  Established in 1998 the not-for-profit association - which describes itself...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

On the fiddle: Massive buy to let fraud exposed in court

The Daily Mail has reported on a massive buy to let fiddle which involved a £10.8m property empire, rents totalling £500,000...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Growing number of middle aged now in the private rental sector

The number of people renting a home aged between 35 and 54 has risen by 15 per cent in the last...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Most buy to let fixed rate mortgages cheaper now than a year ago

Most buy-to-let fixed rate mortgages are currently cheaper than they were a year ago - some by as much as £29...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish 'stamp duty' surcharge rising to 4% later this month

The stamp duty surcharge - which across the rest of Britain is currently three per cent on additional homes such as...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks-style lettings management portal to be launched

A new property management portal is being launched with the familiar aim of revolutionising the lettings industry - and it will...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla-backed Zero Deposit scheme targets independent agents

Zero Deposit, the firm set up by former Zoopla commercial director Jon Notley, says it now has around 850 offices using...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA restates opposition to MIR changes as tax deadline looms

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is reminding members of tax changes ahead - a timely intervention with the deadline for...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Best yields and buy to let rents? Head to the North of England...

The latest market snapshot from LSL Property Services once again shows that buy to let investors in northern regions have enjoyed...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New online agency will get reviews of tenants from past landlords

Another online lettings agency launches in March with a claim that it “will streamline and automate the majority of admin tasks...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency acquired by big corporate

LSL Property Services has acquired LetCo Homes, a lettings and property management specialist based at Whiteley in Hampshire.  LetCo, which operated chiefly...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Franchise Group brand snaps up independent agency’s lets

Oxfordshire sales and lettings agency Parkers - one of the brands of The Property Franchise Group - has snapped up the...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property firm in court over dangerous flats above famous pub

Three brothers and a property management company have received fines and a confiscation order, and must pay costs, following what a...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing Build To Rent investment trust acquires nine new sites

There’s been a strong start to the year for Build To Rent with news that a real estate investment trust dedicated...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency caught up in sub-let scandal of homes let on Airbnb

The Daily Mail has unveiled an extensive network of homes advertised on Airbnb but actually being sub-let by tenants who are...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘must add value for landlords’ if they want to survive 2019

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says letting agents must provide value for their landlord clients through technology, transparency and service if they...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing Court: agents have less than three weeks left to respond

Agents have under three weeks left to respond to the government’s proposals to introduce a Housing Court to settle disputes in...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Impress landlord clients by pointing them at these HMRC webinars

Agents who want to go the extra mile for their landlord clients may want to point them to assistance for the...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies - government to reveal more details imminently

The government says it will shortly respond to over 8,700 responses it received about its suggestions for longer standard tenancies in...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants Fees Bill: no implementation date known for some weeks

The government says it will not reveal an implementation date for the banning on agents’ fees on tenants in England until...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade bodies give the thumbs-up to new room size guidance

There’s been a broad welcome from the industry to new guidance on room sizes on rented homes. The guidance was released just...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Dangerous asbestos release in rental property leads to big fines

A landlord and building contractor have been fined after quantities of asbestos fibres were released from the demolition of a conservatory...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Government's bold claim - 'Fees Ban won't hurt many agents'

The government has made the controversial claim that the ban on the levying of fees on tenants will not produce “significant...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Council 'celebrates' £300,000 penalties on private rental sector in 2018

A local authority has taken the unusual step of issuing a celebratory press release stating that it issued penalty notices adding...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Upbeat look to prime London lettings as year draws to a close

Knight Frank has issued a relatively upbeat assessment of the prime London lettings market as the year draws to a close.  Firstly...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year and every success - our wish from Letting Agent Today

As 2018 ticks away and 2019 beckons, it’s time for everyone at Letting Agent Today to wish you, your family and...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban update: ‘Enforcement authority’ for lettings sector to be revealed shortly

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has revealed that it will shortly choose which local authority will be the...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency banned from running Airbnb short-let in residential block

A lettings agency has been banned from running an Airbnb let in a residential block. It relates to a block in Glasgow...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock warning to London tenants of ‘a torrid 2019’ in store

A property website says tenants and prospective renters in London are set to have ‘a torrid 2019’ because of a shortage of...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent controls and longer tenancies demanded by pressure group

Home ownership rates for families aged 25 to 34 are rising for the first time in 30 years but high barriers...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the UK’s fastest-growing rents in 2018

Edinburgh has been identified as having the UK’s fastest growing rents with the average annual sum rising by 4.63 per cent...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock as landlord exodus in one region is twice the UK average

The number of landlords exiting the market in the East of England is 100 per cent higher than the national average...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government revises rental property minimum room size guidance

In an announcement made just hours before much of the industry started its Christmas break, the government has clarified its guidance...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Guilty! Crooked lettings agent convicted of £20,000 fraud

A crooked lettings agent who illegally pocketed tenants’ deposits to pay for his gambling addiction and lavish lifestyle has been convicted...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

'Be clearer on Right To Rent' government urged by trade bodies

A trade body has spoken out about the lack of detail in government plans for Right To Rent, as contained in...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from everyone at Letting Agent Today...

Everyone at Letting Agent Today wishes all our readers, agents and suppliers to the industry, a peaceful and loving Christmas. If at any...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise 7.5% over next three years predicts Countrywide

Rents are likely to rise 2.5 per cent in 2019, then 3.0 per cent in 2020 and a further 2.0 per...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill wins Royal Assent - it's law

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill has achieved Royal Assent, meaning that it will soon become an act of Parliament. Put...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Festive cheer as PropTech company reveals charitable roots

The automated lettings payment platform PayProp has revealed that it comes from charitable roots. PayProp is part of Humanstate, a private technology...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Not-so-merry Christmas as HMO owner must pay thousands

A buy to let investor has been fined more than £5,000 and ordered to pay a further £4,000 after HMO offences.  John...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Stolen: £1.3m of tenants’ cash pilfered by rogue agents and landlords

A rental campaigner claims the amount of money stolen this year by crooked lettings agents and landlords has topped the £1.3m...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Online lettings platform beefs up listings with new 'flow' feature

Online lettings platform HomeRenter says its property listings are now more detailed and more compelling thanks to a new ‘property creation flow’...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Lull before the 2019 storm for tenants, warns ARLA

It’s the lull before the storm for private tenants according to the Association of Residential Lettings Agents. In its market snapshot looking...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency appointed to manage new Build To Rent scheme

JLL has been appointed by Aberdeen Standard Investments to manage Aireside, a Build To Rent scheme of 107 apartments in Leeds. The...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords ARE quitting buy to let - but fewer than feared

Research by franchise lettings agency company Belvoir suggests that landlords are continuing to exit the property market, although not at the...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Automate admin to win ‘furnished premiums’ urges PropTech platform

A PropTech platform claims landlords can cut administration costs so much that they could afford to offer their lettings units furnished...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

You’ve got to be in it to win it: ESTAS 2019 deadline looms

There are only a few days left for agents, brokers and suppliers to enter the ESTAS 2019 - closing date is...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial Rental Bill today finishes 42-month slog for Labour MP

A Private Members’ Bill which will allow private rental sector tenants to sue over the conditions of their properties will today...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Right To Rent judicial review to be heard today

The High Court today begins a Judicial Review of the government’s controversial Right to Rent scheme. The scheme began operating nationwide in...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Pay-back time: Court tells buy to let couple to refund over £330,000

A court has ordered a husband and wife pair of buy to let investors to pay back £322,282 in illegal income. A...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Big penalty for owners of buy to let property shut down by the police

The owner of a buy to let property already shut by police has been fined by a court in Devon.  In June...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine for buy to let investor who illegally converted garage

Buy to let investor Changhaiz Ishaq has been ordered to pay a £8,510 fine for defying a prohibition order on his...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Confiscation orders on landlords could set precedent for private rental sector

A local authority claims that a court decision may set a legal precedent for other councils across the UK using the...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reports huge fall in number of overseas landlords

The proportion of homes let by an overseas based landlord has more than halved in the last eight years according to...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

What property type has the best yields? Online agency has an answer

New data from online buy to let agency Yieldit claims to give an insight into which property types produce the best...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Student accommodation still booming despite Brexit, says agency

The UK’s student accommodation sector is still booming according to Knight Frank, despite Brexit creating uncertainty over the future of foreign...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Bill giving tenants the right to sue is on verge of becoming law

A Private Members’ Bill which will allow private rental sector tenants to sue over the conditions of their properties is just...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents 'growing strongly in regional cities but not in London'

Rents in major regional cities are growing significantly faster than both London and the UK average, according to data from buy...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Stuck renting forever: more tenants say deposits stop them buying

Most tenants believe they will never be able to own a home because of the burden of saving for a deposit...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firms claim new products will help lettings agents

Two PropTech suppliers are claiming their new products will help lettings agents in the future, especially in the light of the...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla withdraws lettings listings from Facebook Marketplace

Zoopla is withdrawing its lettings listings from Facebook Marketplace, only three months after putting them on. Officially the withdrawal takes place this...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned: Lettings agency boss who 'abused' tenant deposits

A lettings company’s management director has been disqualified for failing to protect thousands of pounds of tenants’ deposits. Kari Jade Ridout from...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Millionaire buy to let landlord has £25,000 bill after disability row

Famous buy to let landlord Judith Wilson has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay almost £15,000 costs for failing to...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Owners turning to rental sector in bid to be ‘chain-free’ says agent

Former owner occupiers who want to be ‘chain-free’ if they buy again are pouring into the private rental sector according to...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Charge! Lettings management firm fits car-charging points at properties

Newton Property, a lettings management company in Scotland, is spending £100,000 on installing electric car charging points in properties it manages.  It...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive fraud committed by three London letting agents

Three letting agents who failed to return tenants’ deposits or pass on rent payments to landlords have been convicted of fraud...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Embattled Labour mayor wants rent controls - but has no powers

Embattled London Labour mayor Sadiq Khan says he wants rent controls to be introduced in the capital’s private rental sector, but...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

True spirit of Christmas as PropTech chief gives shelter to homeless

Five homeless people will have a roof over their heads this Christmas thanks to a kind-hearted PropTech chief. Mike Georgeson, founder of...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Lets celebrate - your lettings agency Christmas decorations!

We hope you’ve found time to look at the huge number of Christmas agency pictures we’ve been running on Estate Agent...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

London lettings hit by surge in supply as tenant numbers fall back

High end lettings agency Knight Frank says the proportion of properties listed for rent in prime London residential markets in October...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour claims it was behind the deposit cap dropping to five weeks

Labour claims it was the driving force behind the government’s decision to cap tenants’ security deposits from six weeks to five...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents using technology can cut arrears and voids - claim

Increased use of PropTech by letting agents can cut rent arrears, minimise voids and reduce the financial and legal fall out...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Big rise in tenants sourcing properties through letting agents

The number of tenants saying they are using letting agents to find a place to live has increased 12 per cent...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Average UK rent up 1.5% in a year says HomeLet

HomeLet’s latest snapshot of the lettings market suggests that the average UK rent is now £918 pcm - that’s 1.5 per...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Closed shops 'could be a boom for the private rental sector'

A new survey suggests that the demise of the High Street for shopping could lead to a surge in the supply...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Records broken by London lettings agency for new lets and renewals

One of London’s most respected independent lettings agencies has given a hugely upbeat report on the capital’s lettings market performance throughout...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let couple have a choice - pay £150,000 or imprisonment

A couple from east London who illegally converted a town centre office block into 14 flats have been ordered to pay...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Three point plan tells government how to make housing affordable

Some 79 per cent of landlords are only servicing the interest on their mortgages, not paying down their loans, according to...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

'Use more than one lettings agent to cut risk' landlords advised

New rules to protect rent paid by tenants to letting agents will fail to provide adequate protection for landlords, a trade...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Big rise in rental deposit numbers according to leading provider

Deposit protection provider The Dispute Service says it has seen a big rise in the number of deposits it protects in...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants 'know too little about the rental sector' suggests report

Tenants know very little about their rights and responsibilities as renters according to a new survey produced by TotallyMoney. Some 97 per...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter under fire for paying 'derisory' wages to staff

The charity Shelter, which regularly campaigns against lettings agencies and landlords, is bracing itself for a strike next week - and...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Angry agent serves rent rise on Cabinet minister in fury at deposit cap

An angry lettings agent has emailed Cabinet minister James Brokenshire to show his disgust at the government’s U-turn over deposit caps. In...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show councils unable to enforce HMO regulations

Shock figures released by an insurance company suggest that councils are woefully unable to police new regulations regarding mandatory HMO licensing. Figures...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive £1.5m penalty for criminal buy to let 'slumlord millionaire'

A notorious rogue landlord must pay £1.5m or risk spending up to nine years in prison after what is thought to...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty fuels more rental demand, says lettings agency

Continued political and economic uncertainty is likely to fuel increased tenant demand in the private rented sector, says Haart.  The company’s latest...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Politicians again hurting our industry, say agents and landlords

Agents and landlords have united against what is being seen as the latest attack on the private rental sector by the...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban the Rogue Agents! NALS helps councils get tough

The National Approved Letting Scheme has published the latest version of its Effective Enforcement Toolkit - aimed at helping councils clamp...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Higher council tax? That'll help the rental sector, says lettings agency

A lettings agency says proposals for landlords to pay more council tax on homes they leave empty could indirectly help the...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

London rents set to increase next year as supply diminishes

Rent increases seen in London this year are likely to continue in 2019 because of the diminishing supply of homes to...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm wanting to create a 'Rental Brand' gets £2.5m injection

A London-focussed ‘rental brand’ called Residently has just secured £2.5m in funding.  Residently manages houses and flats for landlords, letting them directly...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government cuts tenant deposit cap from six weeks to five weeks

The government has this afternoon confirmed that the amount tenants have to pay up front to secure a home will be...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Anger at possible government U-turn on tenant deposit cap

There has been widespread Industry anger at news of a possible U-turn by the government over the proposed cap on security...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent arrested on fraud and theft charges after media probe

A lettings agency owner in Norfolk has been arrested on suspicion of fraud and theft following a newspaper probe. Earlier this year...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Video-Tastic: a lettings agency's video Christmas card

Thanks so much for your fantastic response to our call for Christmas videos and pictures to show how your office is...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

2018 lettings market in three words - taxes, laws, quitting

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has put together a brief summary of the 2018 rental market. In figures, the supply of...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Sigh of relief as London council delays enforcement action timetable

One of London’s most enthusiastic councils for additional and selective licensing has pushed back the date for enforcement action against landlords...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: where to find the highest buy to let rental yields

Research released this morning reveals that university cities offer some of the highest buy to let yields in the country. The Free...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency to offer Direct Debit rent collection to landlords

Online lettings agency Upad says it’s to offer landlords a proprietary system to collect rental payments via Direct Debit. Its system, called...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

English investors attracted to buy north of the border, agency claims

The average rent across Scotland is now running at £573 per calendar month - but that figure hides wide variations in...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Incentives possible for private rental sector 'to house those most in need'

The private rental sector in Wales could be offered incentives and other support to house those most in need, the Welsh...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency in ‘viewing charges’ controversy has had protests in the past

Letting Agent Today can reveal that the agency at the centre of the scandal over alleged charges for viewings has been...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Up they go - rents to rise in 2019 despite tenants negotiating reductions

There’s been a large jump in the number of tenants successfully negotiating rent reductions according to the Association of Residential Letting...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

It's December tomorrow! Send your Christmas decorations videos and pictures

It’s that time of year again - many offices will mark the start of December (that’s tomorrow) by putting up decorations....

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge London agency chain is latest to offer no-deposit scheme

London agency giant Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward is the latest to offer its tenant clients a no-deposit service.  It's going to use...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of Millennials say they'll never own a home

New figures show why the rental market is seeing such strong demand. The data shows that some 28 per cent of Britons...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Scandal as letting agent ‘charges £300 to view properties’

The BBC claims that a lettings agency has been demanding hundreds of pounds in payment before prospective tenants are allowed to...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

TheHouseShop launches on Facebook and aims to list 30% of agents in 2019

The website TheHouseShop says it aims to recruit some 30 per cent of the country’s letting agents by the end of...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Licensing: councils slammed for failing to police their own schemes

Two thirds of local authorities in England and Wales brought no prosecutions against private landlords in 2017/18 according to research by the...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Paws For Thought: should agents and landlords allow pets?

The first-ever pet think tank has launched to address what is claimed to be a lack of pet-friendly rental accommodation in...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Spark Energy says new owner will 'significantly benefit the rental sector'

The acquisition of popular rental sector utility provider Spark Energy will “significantly benefit the rental sector” according to the troubled company’s...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

AI-powered guide allows buy to let investors to locate best deals

A new investment company says its latest tool, powered by Artificial Intelligence, helps buy to let investors search for the best...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech role for popular industry trainer and consultant Mike Day

Respected industry trainer and consultant Michael Day is joining the board of Glanty, the parent company of lettings PropTech firm teclet.  teclet...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket reveals London area where tenants spend most on rent

OnTheMarket, which is beginning to undertake occasional property research, has released data identifying what proportion of tenants’ salaries are spent on...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

National rental market stable as Christmas lull approaches

Rents are rising very gently across almost all of England and Wales with only London and East Anglia showing falls in...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock call to agents: Wear a body camera when you meet tenants

The controversial landlord Fergus Wilson says he has purchased a Body Worn Camera for £75 in a bid to avoid at...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents embracing fees ban set to succeed long-term says PropTech chief

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says agents who accept that the lettings fee ban is coming and who plan positively for its...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

'Expose rogue tenants too' demands agent starting anti-licensing petition

The head of a lettings agency has launched a petition in opposition to a bid by a local council to extend...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental sector can help reduce smoking harm, says pressure group

The private rental sector can help reduce smoking according to a report from Action on Smoking and Health, a pressure group. The...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Anti-letting agents group stages more direct action protests

A pressure group that in the past has protested outside letting agency branches has staged more direct action - this time against...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Bastard landlords - the term used by a government minister

A government minister says the phrase ”rogue landlord” is too “cuddly” and he wants buy to let investors who broke the...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

£450,000: is this a record penalty for a buy to let landlord?

We regularly carry stories about fines for landlords and letting agents who have apparently broken council or national laws - but...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

'Five months to regain possession through courts' new figures show

Private landlords have to wait an average of over five months to regain possession of a property when applying to the...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Bill giving tenants right to sue is set to take a step forward today

Today sees the Second Reading in the House of the Lords for the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, promoted by...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Take rogues to court’ - council urges private tenants to take civil action

Nottingham council - which recently introduced one of the largest and most controversial selective licensing schemes in the country - now...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning - landlords will quit as rent stagnation squeezes profits

More landlords will leave the private rented sector in the next year as annual rental price growth has been flat or...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm creating ‘rental dashboards’ wins key FCA approval

A PropTech company has won approval from the Financial Conduct Authority to go ahead with a scheme which offers tenants a...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news - under 1% of tenancies end with deposit disputes

Fewer than one per cent of private tenancies end in a dispute over the deposit - and the figure is this...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rat-infested homes let to tenants - owner to face criminal charges

A buy to let investor has been forced to close down two rat infested homes he owns in Rotherham after they...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shocking London 'Beds In Sheds' case leads to bill for £42,000

A landlord is almost £42,000 worse off after repeatedly ignoring council orders to stop illegally letting so called “beds in sheds”...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to TDS Adjudication training session in London

Tenant deposit protection scheme TDS will be in London in February to host a ‘hands-on’ half-day workshop for agents and landlords. Part...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned! Misleading guaranteed rent advert must not appear again

An advertisement on a property management firm’s website suggesting that rental income would be guaranteed to landlords has been banned by...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting out parking spaces is moving up a gear, figures suggest

LAT recently carried a story of a lettings agency diversifying by renting out parking spaces for landlord owners - and now...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency swoops on independent firm specialising in student homes

Salford-based student-focussed lettings agency Student Haus has been acquired by the Mistoria Group, which runs Mistoria Estate Agents in the north...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Homelessness triggered by Housing Benefit not private rental sector

A substantial study by university academics suggests that changes to the benefit system lie behind the long-term rise in homelessness from...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord couple must reveal finances to court

One of Britain's highest profile landlords is to be sentenced on December 11 - and she must show the court details of...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

£60,000 rent to be repaid by property firm after council steps in

A London property firm must repay no less than £60,000 in rent after a council obtained a Rent Repayment Order against...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants want to stay in rented homes when landlords sell to another investor

A growing number of tenants say they want to stay put in their rented home even if the landlord sells up. A...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let remains solid despite tax challenges, says lender

The head of a buy to let specialist mortgage broker insists the sector remains a solid investment despite the slew of...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Proceeds of Crime Act used against rogue buy to let investor

Luton landlord Mervyn Kupshik has been ordered to pay nearly £30,000 to the Local council - and if he doesn’t do...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter on the warpath again over default fees

Shelter is campaigning for the outlawing if default fees levied on tenants by agents in Wales. While the campaigning group welcomes the Renting...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked letting agent admits taking over £220,000 from clients

A former lettings agent in Plymouth has finally admitted taking hundreds of thousands of pounds from tenants and landlords - the...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buoyant - the description of the lettings market from Agency Express

The latest data from Agency Express shows what the company calls “buoyant figures” for the UK lettings market in October.  Following a...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Chaos as thousands of licensing applications rejected by council

Local press reports say that one of the country’s most controversial buy to let licensing schemes has seen thousands of applications...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency links with bank to fund move into Build To Rent

A Manchester lettings agency has teamed up with a bank to fund entry into the Build To Rent management sector.  Two new...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Big slump in take-up of prime central London lets, admits agency

The take up of new rental tenancies across prime central London decreased by no less than 12.7 per cent in the...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Management firm launches ‘home sharing’ platform for tenants

A rental management firm has launched a new home-sharing platform which it says is aimed at everyone wanting a place to...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial lettings review website wins backing from students

A controversial review website which says it can be used to identify “good (and bad) letting agents” has won the backing...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Average rents up 2% nationwide - and London is soaring

The average rent in the UK is now £928 per calendar month, up by 2.1 per cent on the same time...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional agency bags three year deal to let homes built by developer

Darlington lettings agency My Property Box has signed a new deal to let properties in the area on behalf of developer...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - cities with best mainstream and student rental markets

Manchester’s rental market is rising higher than in any other UK city according to property consultancy Cushman & Wakefield.  Rents were up...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Reform possession process as part of Housing Court idea - call

A call has been made for the government to review the section 8 possession process as part of its call for...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency trials Artificial Intelligence bot to act on tenants’ repair problems

The JLL lettings agency has launched a ‘virtual property manager’ for a small number of Build To Rent tenants, claiming it...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Evictions of vulnerable tenants should be made tougher, insists group

The private rental sector is not fit for purpose when it comes to housing vulnerable tenants, claims debt charity StepChange which...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Brits rent five times longer than expected - but still want to buy

A new study has revealed that the average Briton rents four years longer than they initially planned to, because of stubbornly-high...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

£2m cash boost for firm calling itself “a premium online lettings agency”

The online agency Home Made, which says it’s London’s only premium online platform for the rental sector, has raised a further...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Government creates housing court and wins support from trade body

The government is consulting on the proposal for a specialist Housing Court which, if it goes ahead, would be a “single...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning - buy to let mortgages likely to become more expensive

The chief executive of a specialist buy to let mortgage broker is warning that mortgages for landlords are likely to become...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Supply plummets in prime central London as landlords ‘forced’ to sell up

The number of lettings listings in prime central London fell 18 per cent in the year to September, says Knight Frank. The...

13 November 2018

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Rents have fallen in real terms over the last 10 years says Countrywide

So-called ‘real rents’ - those adjusted for inflation - have fallen by 2.2 per cent since October 2008.   This means that the...

12 November 2018

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Agency diversifies into letting car parking spaces in city centre

A lettings agency in Oxford has diversified into marketing car parking spaces as well as apartments and houses. Scottfraser Summertown has told...

12 November 2018

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Another one down - Leaders Romans buys eighth independent of 2018

The Leaders Romans Group has revealed its acquisition of yet another independent agency - Property Concept. Based in Clifton, Bristol, Property Concept is...

12 November 2018

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Three-office firm snaps up retirees’ independent agency

Somerset agency Mark Templer Residential has acquired independent company Wrington Vale Lettings. Husband and wife team John and Vanessa Webb with business...

12 November 2018

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‘More must be done to stop the rogues’ government told

A lettings trade body has welcomed extra government funding for English councils to clamp down on criminal landlords. But the Residential Landlords...

09 November 2018

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Mystery: What does new ‘global immigration system’ mean for agents

The government has unveiled the spectre of a ‘global immigration system’ to be introduced from the end of 2020 - but...

09 November 2018

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Tenants spend a third of pay on rent - but affordability is improving

A survey by specialist lender Landbay reveals that tenants outside of London typically spend 33 per cent of their monthly pay,...

09 November 2018

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Shelter links with deposits scheme charity to create ‘toolkit’ for renters

An online toolkit for tenants on how to best navigate the rental system has been launched by Shelter Scotland with funding...

09 November 2018

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New funding for government crackdown on buy to let rogue operators

Local authorities across the UK are to get another £2m to crack down on rogue operators in the buy to let...

08 November 2018

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Buy to let sector should pay even MORE for energy efficiency, says trade group

It should perhaps come as no surprise that this week’s tightening up of the energy efficiency regulations for the private rental...

08 November 2018

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Why do more people rent? Because stock is better than before...

One of the country’s leading buy to let experts has given her reasoning behind the surge in the number of people...

08 November 2018

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Rents up and tenants competing for properties in London

The LonRes data consultancy says the lettings market in prime areas of the capital is now characterised by increasing rents and...

08 November 2018

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Tenant-power on the rise as landlords reveal willingness to cut rent

The power held by tenants is growing across the UK, as new research indicates 61 per cent of buy to let...

08 November 2018

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Council’s first-ever Civil Penalty Notice over lettings property condition

A council in the north of England has issued its first-ever Civil Penalty Notice on a landlord - and it involved...

07 November 2018

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Beefed-up energy efficiency rules will hurt rural lettings - claim

The countryside lettings sector will be badly hit by new energy efficiency rules being introduced by the government next year. That’s the...

07 November 2018

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Lettings league table claims London rents up 17% in six years

Figures drawn up for the London region of the GMB union claim that across the capital’s 33 boroughs private rents have...

07 November 2018

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Rising demand from family renters boosts market north of the border

The Scottish private lettings sector is on the march again with the latest index suggesting a 2.2 per cent annual rise,...

07 November 2018

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Lettings agency sued for £1.4m after harassment of tenant

A former City marketing executive is suing a lettings agency for £1.4m in a row over alleged harassment in 2010. Agent Caroline...

06 November 2018

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Yet more buy to let expense as EPC rules tightened by government

Buy to let investors in England and Wales who own particularly cold homes are being targeted by new regulations. Since April this...

06 November 2018

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Labour MP demands government clarity on moves against landlords

The Labour MP who chairs the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee in the House of Commons is pressing the government...

06 November 2018

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Domestic abuse awareness highlighted for property managers

The industry’s first property management franchise scheme, SDL Property Partners, has been given a presentation on how members could be key...

06 November 2018

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Agents' Fees Ban: tenants in poorest areas will have to pay more

An analysis of 30,000 tenancies by PropTech firm Goodlord suggests that the upcoming ban on tenants’ fees could impact most on...

05 November 2018

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£20m property investment Ponzi scheme shut down by High Court

A property investment company operating a Ponzi scheme based on claims of capital appreciation and rental income has been shut down...

05 November 2018

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Expelled! Two agencies kicked out of TPO for failing to pay awards

Two lettings agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme for failing to pay awards. One is OJ Residentials Limited trading...

05 November 2018

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Trade body threatens council with Judicial Review over licensing plan

The Residential Landlords Association is threatening a council with a judicial review because of unresolved concerns over the authority’s selective licensing...

05 November 2018

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Lettings supply to plummet and rents set to rise over next five years

Some broadly good news to end the week - rents are predicted to grow 13.7 per cent in the next five...

02 November 2018

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Business as usual for online agency Urban despite Emoov sale

The online lettings agency Urban is continuing to operate as normal despite the shock revelation that parent company Emoov is looking...

02 November 2018

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Agency piloting improved repairs service ahead of national roll-out

A new partnership between AXA Partners and repairs reporting service Fixflo is being piloted in Manchester ahead of what may be...

02 November 2018

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New warning to agents to fit and check carbon monoxide alarms

A warning has gone out to the lettings sector to check that rental properties are ‘Gas Safe’ as the colder weather...

02 November 2018

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Council to send hundreds of buy to let fixed-penalty notices today

A council says it has been preparing prosecution and penalty notices “for hundreds of private landlords that have failed to apply...

01 November 2018

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New property management firm says it undercuts rivals by two-thirds

A property management firm is launching with a claim that its charges are under a third of some rivals.  Online service ManageMyHome...

01 November 2018

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Property is personal - and Belvoir is putting it on a rebranded image

Belvoir is unveiling a new logo this morning, incorporating the strapline ‘Property is personal’. “Belvoir has always been a progressive company which has contributed...

01 November 2018

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Airbnb planning consent - could it cross the water and happen here?

The Republic of Ireland has adopted new policies requiring owners in 'high housing demand areas' to secure planning consent if they...

01 November 2018

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Growing fear of hidden threat to rental sector in Budget small print

Rental sector experts are expressing growing fears that the relatively low-key Budget announcements made on Monday could herald something more dramatic...

31 October 2018

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Labour threat to create private rental register and more licensing

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has made a clear pledge to tighten regulations surrounding the private rental sector. In an interview with The...

31 October 2018

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Late November date for MPs to debate tenants' Creditworthiness Bill

The second reading of the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill is to take place in the House of Commons on November 23 -...

31 October 2018

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Lettings sector rule changes fail to disrupt Scottish rental stability

New figures show that the Scottish rental market returned to growth in September with average growth of 0.1 per cent across...

31 October 2018

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Shocking claim that councils 'interview landlords under caution'

The heavy-handed administration of selective licensing schemes is driving out buy to let investors. That’s the claim from David Kirwan of Kirwans...

30 October 2018

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Boring Budget? - lettings industry downbeat at lacklustre measures

The agency industry has reacted in a broadly downbeat way at the relatively few housing-related proposals that were announced in yesterday’s...

30 October 2018

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Huge fine for property firms over serious fire safety issues

Two property companies which failed to follow a local council’s lettings sector licensing scheme have been fined a combined £32,000. Owners of...

30 October 2018

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PropTech service complements checks on tenants' social media posts

Good tenant referencing should include awareness of would-be renters’ social media history according to RentalStep - but it says more thorough...

30 October 2018

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The Property Franchise Group snaps up city independent agency

A branch of The Property Franchise Group’s CJ Hole brand in Bristol has snapped up an independent lettings agency elsewhere in...

30 October 2018

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Agency boss admits hundreds of thousands in fraud and theft charges

The former owner of a lettings agency has admitted charges of fraud, false accounting and theft involving some hundreds of thousands...

29 October 2018

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Thumbs up from agents for safety review of rental sector

Industry bodies have given their support to a wide ranging review of safety regulations governing the private rental sector. The government announced...

29 October 2018

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Tenants one step closer to being able to sue landlords over conditions

Tenants are now a step closer to being able to sue landlords if they do not properly maintain their properties. The Commons...

29 October 2018

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Rents reach record high as plummeting supply begins to hurt

Rightmove is reporting that average asking rents outside London have topped £800 per month for the first time, fuelled by a...

29 October 2018

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Rent Repayment Order issued - £4,000 in rent to be handed back

A landlord had been ordered to give back almost £4,000 that was paid to him while operating without a licence. The case...

29 October 2018

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Government announces private rental sector health and safety review

The government is to undertake a wide-ranging review of health and safety regulations for the private rental sector. In an announcement this afternoon...

26 October 2018

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MPs to debate tenants' powers to sue over property conditions

MPs in the House of Commons will today debate the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, promoted by a Labour backbencher...

26 October 2018

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£261,750 - one council's buy to let fines issued in just six months

Havering council in London has issued £261,750 in penalty notices to what it calls ‘criminals’ operating in the private rental sector.  Between...

26 October 2018

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Tenants to be given access to database of rogue agents and landlords

The Guardian says the government is committed to making a datebase of rogue letting agents and landlords available to tenants. The newspaper quotes...

26 October 2018

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Rents still rising despite fall in tenant demand - ARLA

The number of tenants seeing their rents rise continues to go up according to the latest market snapshot produced by the...

26 October 2018

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Another step nearer to rent contributing to tenants' credit scores

More progress is expected today in the passage of a Bill which will allow good tenants’ rent records to count towards...

26 October 2018

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Surge in buy to let mortgage products for companies, not individuals

The number of buy to let lenders lending to limited companies has risen by 47 per cent over the past year,...

25 October 2018

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PropTech firm claims new service cuts pre-tenancy admin for agents

A PropTech provider of inventory services says its new tool will significantly cut pre-tenancy admin for letting agents and landlords. No Letting...

25 October 2018

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Independent agency snapped up by local Martin & Co franchisee

The independent lettings agency Chilli Residential has been snapped up by a local branch of franchise giant Martin & Co. The Aldershot...

25 October 2018

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Big regional variations in buy to let yields says latest survey

An online estate agency specialising in the sale of tenanted buy to let units has produced a league table of regional...

25 October 2018

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Higher tax bills lead to surge in buy to let remortgaging

The proportion of buy to let investors looking to remortgage is now at an all-time high according to respected specialist mortgage...

24 October 2018

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PropTech key as London agency launches aggressive acquisition campaign

After reporting record summer figures from its lettings division, Chestertons says it’s on the acquisition trail and looking for agencies to...

24 October 2018

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Rents up across England and Wales - except for one region

Just one region of England and Wales saw rents fall in the year to September 2018, according to the latest Your...

24 October 2018

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Lettings love-in! Landlords really like tenants, despite the tough-guy image

An insurance firm has conducted research showing that not all landlords are heartless - in fact, quite the reverse.  The study by...

24 October 2018

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Council lettings agency loses £53,000 a year managing just 25 homes

A council-run lettings agency looks likely to be scrapped after it apparently lost some £53,000 - even though it manages only...

23 October 2018

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Crisis? What crisis? London lettings agency reports busiest-ever quarter

One of London’s most respected lettings agencies says it’s recorded its best-ever quarter for business - defying claims from some that...

23 October 2018

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Vast discrepancies over how tenants' deposits are handled

The Nationwide has called for greater consistency in the treatment and return of security deposits so that tenants leaving properties in...

23 October 2018

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Fine after untrue claim that properties to let 'were empty'

A landlord has been ordered to pay £452 after he breached the terms of his licence in an area of County...

23 October 2018

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To Let boards restricted in size, number and location by local council

A city council has introduced highly specific guidelines as to the number, size and positioning of To Let boards following apparent...

22 October 2018

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Don't discriminate against benefit claimants buy to let lenders told

Urgent action is needed to tackle discrimination against benefit claimants by buy to let mortgage providers according to a leading trade...

22 October 2018

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PropTech firm revealed as sponsor of The ESTAS People Award 2019

PropTech company PayProp has been announced as the sponsor of the ESTAS People Awards category for 2019. The ESTAS is a customer...

22 October 2018

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No mass exodus of buy to let investors, poll suggests

A poll of 1,250 landlords suggests that far from being concerned about the profitability of buy to let, almost 80 per...

22 October 2018

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Tenants' Fees Bill - Bonfire Night date for next Lords debate

November 5 is the next key date for the passage of the Tenants’ Fees Bill, the measure which is likely to...

19 October 2018

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Licensing scheme bags £5m in 'lost' council tax from buy to let sector

Since one London local authority introduced private rental sector licensing in 2013 an extra £5,002,203 in council tax has been collected...

19 October 2018

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Another independent signs up with Zero Deposit scheme

Zero Deposit, one of the insurance-based schemes offering an alternative to traditional tenancy deposits, has signed up its first independent agency...

19 October 2018

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Fine for owner who let 'dangerous and damp' property to family

A landlord has been hit with more than £5,500 of fines and costs after he allowed a family with three young...

19 October 2018

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New Client Money Protection service launched for managing agents

The Association of Residential Managing Agents has launched a first-of-its-kind Client Money Protection to members.  Although CMP schemes are to be mandatory...

18 October 2018

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Fees Ban silver lining: It may save the High Street office, says agent

A lettings agent says the fees ban expected to be introduced next year may end up indirectly helping to save the...

18 October 2018

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More PropTech will help agents combat regulation changes, claims Fixflo

PropTech repairs service Fixflo has published its latest annual report on the industry, based on information from over 400 lettings professionals...

18 October 2018

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Deposit-free renting 'would boost repairs and give more tenant security'

Some 1.5m tenants could be at risk of losing their deposits, claims a campaigner for insurance-based alternatives to deposits. Ajay Jagota, head...

18 October 2018

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Shock as top landlord stops letting homes because East Europeans quit UK

Fergus Wilson, frequently labelled Britain’s biggest individual landlord, says he is stopping letting out properties because of a shortage of East...

17 October 2018

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All change: Martin & Co snaps up independent and reveals new franchisees

A branch of Martin & Co has substantially boosted its managed portfolio following the acquisition of independent agency County Rentals. The goodwill...

17 October 2018

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Student surge gives London agency a late summer boost

JLL says its London offices saw increased demand in the third quarter of the year, underpinned by the student sector. Lonres data...

17 October 2018

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Disgrace: 23 tenants in property with licence for only six

A property management company which kept up to 23 adults in overcrowded conditions has been fined £7,500 by a council in...

17 October 2018

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Ghost Tenants Scam: huge fine for London managing agent

A managing agent who used ‘ghost tenants’ as a front so that she could cram 16 people into one overcrowded house...

16 October 2018

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Agency fined twice in a year - once over fees, once over licensing

A London agency has been fined for the second time in 11 months. Local media in Barking, east London, report that Primelodge...

16 October 2018

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London's luxury letting sector sees sharp drop in growth

The growth in tenancies agreed in London’s super-prime sector has slowed sharply from 20 per cent earlier this year to just...

16 October 2018

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Not so grim up north as buy to let investors move from south

New data from Countrywide’s luxury brand agency Hamptons International says the average price of a home bought by a landlord in...

16 October 2018

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Lodger dodgers and Airbnb landlords may be targeted in Budget

A newspaper claims landlords who ‘game’ the current tax regime for short term lets and lodging may be in the firing...

15 October 2018

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Huge 30% fall in buy to let purchases in just three years

Countrywide says landlords spent £12.1 billion buying rental properties in the first half of this year - a full 30 per...

15 October 2018

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Brexit warning issued by HomeLet chief executive

Brexit is causing concern among landlords, according to HomeLet. The initial results of HomeLet’s annual landlord survey says nine out of 10...

15 October 2018

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Arrears rocket for tenants on Universal Credit

Around two thirds of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have experienced rent arrears according to new research. Based on responses...

15 October 2018

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Agent attacks lettings industry for 'immoral' and 'below the belt' fees

The head of the online lettings agency recently scooped up by Emoov says traditional lettings agents have made a rod for...

12 October 2018

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Make Tenants' Fees Bill even tougher, demands consumer charity

A call has been made for the Tenants’ Fees Bill to be made even stricter following a claim that over a...

12 October 2018

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Savills on buying spree as it snaps up northern independents

Savills has announced two acquisitions in the north west, one of an agency and one of an individual branch.  The agency being...

12 October 2018

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It's not enough - industry wants homelessness initiative beefed up

Trade bodies have welcomed a government initiative to get more homeless people, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless,...

12 October 2018

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Tenants more likely to vote - is this why rental sector is under attack?

New research may explain why the government and Labour appear to be competing with each other to attack landlords and letting...

11 October 2018

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Supply down, viewings up, more deals done - that's the market today

A new quarterly overview of the UK lettings sector reveals three key trends: viewings are rising and more tenancies are being...

11 October 2018

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Agency to offer no-deposit option to Build To Rent scheme tenants

Rettie & Co is the first agency north of the border to offer a no-deposit scheme to tenants - although it’s...

11 October 2018

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UK rents rising - but should buy to let investors consider Ireland?

With an average rental return of 7.69 per cent Ireland has been named as the top location in Europe for buy to...

11 October 2018

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First council backs campaign to scrap S21 eviction powers

Croydon council is reported to have become the first local authority to back the scrapping of Section 21 of the 1988...

10 October 2018

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PropTech tool compares cost of 'lifetime renting' with house purchase

A new PropTech tool tells users how much it would cost to rent a house in various areas for a ‘lifetime...

10 October 2018

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Fledgling trade group dares any challenger to bring it on

A post on a landlord website suggests that a new trade body is being set up to challenge the dominance of...

10 October 2018

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Online agent says tenants baffled by ill-thought-out policy changes

The head of an online lettings agency says tenants are now left confused by what she calls “ill thought-out policy changes”...

10 October 2018

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Right To Rent and Brexit: 'give EU citizens the paperwork' say groups

The Home Secretary has been asked by a leading lettings sector trade organisation to ensure hard copy documents are given to...

09 October 2018

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Rightmove boss joins board of PropTech marketplace app firm

Rightmove’s chief executive officer, Peter Brooks-Johnson, is joining the board of an offshoot of a global classified listings operation. He is to...

09 October 2018

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Goodlord secures another £7m to enhance digital contracts service

Rental platform Goodlord - which in January made around 40 staff redundant in a restructuring move - has now announced that...

09 October 2018

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CGT incentive for longer tenancies - limited backing from trade body

There has been limited support given from some parts of the lettings industry to a proposal offering Capital Gains Tax relief...

09 October 2018

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Government tipped to announce tax breaks in return for longer tenancies

Media speculation over the weekend has suggested that the government may be about to give tax breaks to landlords agreeing to...

08 October 2018

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Jail for men who 'made up' VAT returns for franchise lettings branch

A man who submitted false VAT returns for the Lincoln franchise branch of Martin & Co for a period of six...

08 October 2018

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Fees ban moves a step closer - Bill returns to Parliament this week

The Tenant Fees Bill is back in Parliament this week when it goes for its Second Reading in the House of...

08 October 2018

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Another Build To Rent scheme - this time a 23-storey city centre block

Plans have been unveiled for a 23-storey development comprising 307 Build To Rent units, located overlooking Cardiff Bay. IM Properties and its...

08 October 2018

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Another day, another landlord in court for not licensing an HMO

A landlord who rented out an unlicenced HMO has been fined more than £22,000 after the local council found five people...

08 October 2018

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Shock survey shows longer tenancies could deter many landlords

The shock findings of a new survey suggest that 32 per cent of landlords would be less likely to buy new...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New branch bans tenant fees and gives discounts to public sector workers

A new branch of franchise agency Century 21 has opened in Chelmsford with two unusual pitches - its own ‘ban’ on...

05 October 2018

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New rental investment firm specialises in out-of-London locations

A new investment company has launched offering what it calls “opportunities to invest in key residential and commercial developments across the...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional agency snaps up independent in bid for 1,000 managed units

North west lettings and student accommodation specialist Mistoria Group has purchased an independent with 200 properties under management across Greater Manchester.  The...

05 October 2018

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Cleaning and damage are main reasons students lose deposits at check-out

The Deposit Protection Service says almost a quarter of students lost part of their tenancy deposit when they left their accommodation...

05 October 2018

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Two thirds of Britain ‘unaffordable to young renters’ claims BBC

A salary of £51,200 a year is required to rent a one bedroom home in London according to research conducted by...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Glimmer of hope: more improvements in London lettings market

Knight Frank says the annual rental value growth has returned to prime central London due to declining supply levels - the...

04 October 2018

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Revealed - how and why rents will rise after buy to let tax changes

New research has attempted to quantify the number and scale of rent rises that are likely to take place as landlords...

04 October 2018

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High-end estate links with deposit-free service for private tenants

The Bedford Estate, which covers part of Covent Garden and includes Bloomsbury, has linked up with one of the growing number...

04 October 2018

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More PropTech could boost letting agents' support for student tenants

A PropTech entrepreneur says all agents would benefit from the introduction of more automation, but that those with student tenants may...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News