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Retired agent put vulnerable tenant's life at risk, says court

A retired estate agent has pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching fire safety in Devon. Retired Force and Sons agent David...

18 August 2022

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Tenants demand better quality and bigger HMOs, survey shows

Tenants are demanding better quality HMOs according to new research from specialist buy to let lender Paragon Bank. The bank’s survey of...

18 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning some insulated rental properties may be unmortgageable

A warning has been issued that as many as 250,000 homes - some likely to be in the private rental sector...

18 August 2022

From: Breaking News

HMOs to be restricted in move by city council

New plans to help control the numbers of residential properties turned into HMOs in parts of Coventry are moving a step...

18 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent schemes out of London claim rapid lettings, low voids

A market snapshot of the growing Build To Rent sector outside of London suggests units are letting rapidly with low voids. Figures...

18 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of failing to communicate effectively with tenants

A new survey of some 2,000 tenants claims to show a significant level of dissatisfaction over communications with letting agents. The study...

17 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent and Shelter demand action from Truss and Sunak

It has emerged that Generation Rent and Shelter are amongst the charities that have written to Conservative leadership contenders Liz Truss...

17 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Two Days Left! Last call for agents’ views on rental reform

Agents have only until Friday to respond to the committee of MPs currently calling for evidence concerning the reform of the...

17 August 2022

From: Breaking News

New head of lettings for London office of major agency

Knight Frank has named Camillo Degregorio as head of lettings in its Richmond office in London. Degregorio started his career in 2010...

17 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Market strong but losing a little momentum, says RICS

The latest sentiment survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests that the market is strong - but off its...

17 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks sets date for possible lettings crisis showdown

Purplebricks has set a date for a possible showdown with shareholders over the agency’s lettings compliance crisis amongst other controverisies.  It has...

16 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Corporate investors side-stepping tax set to move into rental sector

A leading market analysis suggests that the private rental sector may be set to benefit from large scale corporate investors seeking...

16 August 2022

From: Breaking News

We need a Minister for Renting says lettings marketing chief

A Build To Rent promotional website appears to be ruing the day that Boris Johnson sacked Michael Gove from his role...

16 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency backing Purpose Built Student Accommodation over buy to let

New research claims students in the UK are currently paying as much as £16,500 per year in living costs - a...

16 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Affordability is key to lettings going forward says agency chief

A lettings agency chief says the rental market continues to be red hot but with affordability beginning to play a part...

16 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Guilty letting agent who stole deposits now awaits sentence

A letting agent who stole over £80,000 from landlords is awaiting sentence. Frank Smart - owner of Smart Residential Letting Agents in...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Online lettings training course launched for property managers

An online property training service has launched a specialist property management course, which it claims goes “beyond legislation.” The Certificate in Lettings...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm changes start in seven weeks time

Yet another revision to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations takes effect from October 1 - that’s just under...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings firm hit with fine for failing to complete essential repair work

A property management company with a portfolio of over 130 properties in the Telford area has been fined £5,100 for failing...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Top industry figures to address new agency event this autumn

High profile lettings industry figures Paul Shamplina and Sally Lawson are amongst the keynote speakers at a new event for agents...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Guide for agents on how to spot fraudster tenant applicants

An analysis from PropTech firm Goodlord claims that agents and landlords would have lost a combined £1m over the last year...

12 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Sold! Lettings book acquired as 40-year-old agency shuts its branches

It’s been reported that the lettings book owned by a long-standing agency has been sold to a rival firm. A message on...

12 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agencies have six months left to register banking complaints

Many agencies have long-standing and unresolved banking complaints, for example regarding client accounts: now it’s been declared they have only six...

12 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory call for rental regulations to be changed to boost supply

A prominent Welsh Conservative politician has called for a reform of the strict measures imposed on the private rental sector in...

12 August 2022

From: Breaking News

High-end investors ramp up bulk-buying of rental properties

Well-heeled investors are spending an average of £1.2m on bulk-purchases of rental units according to a finance firm. The analysis shows that...

12 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour MP calls for rent controls to help combat cost of living crisis

A Labour MP says the government should introduce emergency rent controls as part of a package of measures to combat the...

11 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb to spend £500,000 promoting visits to key UK region

Airbnb has outlined plans to invest £500,000 to “preserve and showcase the West Midlands' cultural assets and boost tourism in the...

11 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Consumers urged to report non-compliant agents to Citizens Advice

A county council is urging people to complain if they believe letting agents are failing to comply with consumer legislation. Staffordshire county...

11 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in numbers of holiday lets in popular areas

The number of active holiday lets has increased by a third in some of England’s most popular short break destinations. The biggest...

11 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents can focus on customers if chores are automated - claim

A PropTech supplier says streamlining processes in the lettings sector could benefit agents, landlords and tenants alike, by producing a simpler...

11 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Buyer of online lettings agency shifts customers to High Street branches

The fast-growing Lomond Group of agencies has acquired a major online lettings service. But it's going to manage the properties through physical...

10 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Government relies on private rentals to keep Homes For Ukraine afloat

The government is relying on the private rented sector to bolster its high-profile Homes for Ukraine programme - despite a series...

10 August 2022

From: Breaking News

HMO PropTech platform claims fast growth amongst agents

A PropTech platform that boasts 200 letting agents and landlords amongst its current clientele has won over £500,000 in additional funding...

10 August 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket’s teclet reveals another integration with PropTech platform

teclet, part of the OnTheMarket Group, has completed the integration of Muuvo into its lettings and management platform. The Muuvo platform uses...

10 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring student rents - agency insight into university city market

Student landlords have seen record increases in rental prices of over 20 per cent in some cases, according to a lettings...

10 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Prime London lettings market some way from normality, admits agency

Knight Frank has made a candid observation about the prime London lettings market, saying it remains “a long way from normality.”  While...

10 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Clampdown! Sharp rise in fines for letting agents

PropTech firm Kamma says total fines for agents and landlords have now topped £8m in London alone with a £238,000 increase...

09 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Switch to short lets “catastrophic” for long term rentals - claim

ARLA Propertymark has released details of its written response to a Parliamentary committee investigating the impact of Airbnb-style short lets on...

09 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Online lettings firm announces jobs programme for next 18 months

Sibling businessmen Jonathan and Matthew Daines are to create 15 new jobs at the Warwickshire-based PropTech platform Lettingaproperty over the next...

09 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Webinar Tomorrow - Agents need protection from ongoing stock shortage

Letting agents should take measures to protect themselves from the impact of a lack of rental stock. A shortage of supply is...

09 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - rental repossession capital of England and Wales

An analysis of lettings data across England and Wales shows that  there have been 3,737 rental property repossession orders granted in...

09 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb reveals typical incomes of hosts in staycation locations

UK hosts on Airbnb collectively earned over £1.5 billion in 2021 the short let platform claims. Some £668m of that was over...

08 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent slams ‘pie in the sky’ idea for private tenant Right To Buy

A recent suggestion by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation charity, for government help to allow private tenants to buy their landlords’ homes,...

08 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Connells ignores lettings in terse statement revealing revenue slump

Connells makes no reference about its lettings division in a terse statement about its business performance in the first half of...

08 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation in prime rentals will be best outside southern England

Capital appreciation over the next five years amongst properties in prime areas of cities and countryside will be strongest in the...

08 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Low supply and rising rents define prime London market

The rental market across Prime London continues to suffer from a combination of low supply and rapidly rising rents, according to...

08 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb threat to communities leads to ‘locals only’ policy idea

Agents are being dragged into a debate over whether locals should be given priority to rent or buy, as a result...

05 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency warns licensing won’t stop rogues and may deter good landlords

A lettings agency says the cost of living crisis calls into question the viability of a selective licensing scheme in its...

05 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Bad news for investors as Central London recovery slows - Savills

Buy to let and other investors hoping for a rapid recovery in the prime central London market are likely to be...

05 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings income saves the day for franchise agency brands

The Property Franchise Group says it’s increased the size of its lettings portfolio by around 1,000 units over the past year...

05 August 2022

From: Breaking News

New brand and lettings service from high profile retirement specialist

An agency connected with high profile developer Churchill Retirement Living has been rebranded and is offering a new lettings service. Churchill Sales...

05 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Shock for lettings and sales markets as big interest rate rise announced

The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee has announced that base rate is rising from 1.25 to 1.75 per cent. The rate is now...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove shows how interest rate rises may indirectly boost rental sector

Data from Rightmove shows how an interest rate rise today, when the Bank of England meets, might effectively boost demand in...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Periodic Tenancies - new data shows threat to private renting

HMOs rented by students can be up to £30 a week cheaper than purpose built student accommodation in halls of residence. That’s...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Corporate rental sector targeted by Airbnbs and other short lets

A trade body representing the Airbnb-style short lets sector says this kind of accommodation now has a five per cent market...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Delay in implementation of second homes’ council tax levy

One of the country’s second home and holiday let hotspots has been told it will be unable to levy extra council...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory duo warned not to delay rental reform - key supplier speaks out

A prominent trade body is warning Tory leadership candidates not to put rental reform on the back burner and add to...

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

What’s your view on Rental Reform proposals? An unusual invitation…

Agents are being invited to comment on the government’s Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper. And unusually the invitation comes not from any...

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how much interest rate rises add to mortgage payments

With the next Bank of England interest rate decision timed for tomorrow, it’s just been revealed that rate increases so far...

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

New record high for typical room rents, latest survey reveals

Average monthly room rentals are at their most expensive ever according to lettings platform SpareRoom. It says in London the typical monthly...

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm inks certification deal with huge rental agency

PropTech firm Symple has struck a deal to offer its certification services on thousands of properties listed with Sykes Holiday Cottages. Sykes...

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Building Society slammed for mortgage ban on second homes

A building society which has taken the unprecedented step of stopping lending on second homes has been sharply criticised by a...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reveals cost of lettings error and slams poor marketing

Purplebricks has given its interpretation of how much its lettings sector compliance crisis has cost the company. Back in December the Daily...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents hit record high and voids hit record low - here’s why…

Voids hit what has been described as an historic low in recent weeks, according to PropTech firm Goodlord. It says the average...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings income keeps rental industry giant on growth path

Belvoir says that during the six months to the end of June income increased 11 per cent on the year before,...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Government must help keep rental sector buoyant - warning from agents

Propertymark has issued the government with a stark warning - without incentives to landlords, the private rental sector will shrink, rents...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Updated guidance for agents on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

The government has issued detailed guidance ahead of a change in the law around smoke and carbon monoxide alarms coming into...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket drive to get letting agents to pay full fees for tech

OnTheMarket is overtly using its teclet lettings PropTech as a means of enticing agents on old discounted rates to pay full...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency snaps up two firms but says no more acquisitions in 2022

Midlands-based land and property agency Sheldon Bosley Knight has snapped up two more businesses. The acquisition of Wigwam Estate and Lettings Agents...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove can easily withstand higher costs - even if agents cant…

The rise and rise of Rightmove continues apace. Figures for the first half of 2022 released at the start of the weekend...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Guarantor service links with Canopy to attract wider range of renters

Rental sector support companies Canopy and Housing Hand have announced a partnership.  Housing Hand will serve as a rental guarantor for renters...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Foxtons draws up shortlist of rival agencies it wants to buy

Foxtons has revealed that it has a pipeline of what it calls “lettings portfolio targets” - lettings books which it wants...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents will save time on routine chores says PropTech lettings service

An end-of-tenancy PropTech platform set up by a high profile agent has announced a major enhancement to its service. The Depository was...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket links with Canopy to provide fee protection

OnTheMarket is launching a management fee protection product, developed with tenant referencing platform Canopy and insurance broker the Alan Boswell Group....

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Upbeat London market snapshot thanks to ongoing stock shortage

The first six months of 2022 saw 171 per cent more enquiries from tenants looking for properties in London compared to...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Coffees all round as relocated agency celebrates major milestones

An independent agency chain operating in the Garden of England has just located one of its office to a former coffee...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Price shock for renters renewing tenancies, warns agency

London-focussed lettings agency Benham and Reeves says renters who secured bargain properties during the pandemic now face huge rent rises when...

28 July 2022

From: Breaking News

MPs slammed by agents for failing to help private renters

MPs on a key Select Committee have been criticised by the letting agents’ trade body for failing to probe how Local...

28 July 2022

From: Breaking News

On Your Marks! Buy To Let investors urged to look at Birmingham

Property prices in Birmingham are expected to rise more than any other city in the UK following the Commonwealth Games, it’s...

28 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents brought in to beef up Propertymark Qualifications board

Two senior agents are joining the Propertymark Qualifications board to bring a combined 64 years of experience. Jan Hytch - residential and...

28 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent firm provides planters as substitute for allotments

A Build To Rent operator is cashing in on the surge in demand for allotments by creating mini-versions at one London...

28 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Council buying homes to stop them becoming Airbnbs

A council has purchased some 40 properties to avoid them becoming holiday homes and Airbnbs. Highland council in Scotland is spending up...

27 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Lomond Group agency snaps up independent’s lettings book

A prominent brand in the Lomond Group - Linley & Simpson - has expanded its portfolio by over 600 properties in...

27 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Portal developing software to complement lettings service

OnTheMarket claims it’s on track to achieve its strategic aim - to create “a tech-enabled property business across the broader property...

27 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Strong growth stats for Build To Rent completions and pipeline

The Build to Rent sector has grown by 14 per cent in the year to the end of the first quarter...

27 July 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Lettings Hub teams up with Digital ID supplier

The Lettings Hub has announced a two-year partnership with HooYu, a Know Your Customer specialist. As the deadline to end the temporary...

27 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks lettings division losses to be revealed next week

The financial fall out from Purplebricks’ disastrous lettings compliance crisis is likely to be revealed next week. The troubled agency says it...

26 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning to Agents: don’t forget to deregister tenant deposits

Propertymark says letting agents should be aware of the financial implications of failing to deregister tenant deposits. This kind of failure after...

26 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge agency with 30,000 landlord clients snaps up another chain

Dexters, the London-focussed agency, has snapped up a four-branch chain operating in the capital. Dexters already has 30,000 landlords on its books...

26 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Another Purplebricks director quits to return to traditional agency

A Purplebricks divisional lettings director has quit the troubled online agency and is returning to Spicerhaart, where she worked until a...

26 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Floorplan firm claims higher rents for listings with its plans

A floorplan supplier to the agency industry claims such plans lead to higher rents for comparable properties. However, the sample used by...

26 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge number of rented homes won’t make new EPC targets

Forty per cent of privately rented homes in England are unlikely to achieve the energy efficiency rating target set to become...

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

High profile lettings chain snapped up by Leaders Romans Group

It’s being reported that a prominent independent agency is to be snapped up by the fast-growing Leader Romans Group. Isle of Wight...

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

MPs want agent feedback on Rental Reform - but be quick…

Agents have only four weeks to respond to a committee of MPs’ ‘call for evidence’ ahead of an investigation into the...

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

At Last! - gradual rise in supply but not enough to stop rent rises

The latest report from ARLA Propertymark shows that at last the average number of properties available for rent per agency branch...

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Holiday lets agency gives insight into frantic summer business

New research predicts a record year for holiday home owners in the UK with more people than ever planning to staycation...

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

New online service will “finally bring renting into modern age”

A digital platform that claims it will “finally bring renting into the modern age” says it has secured £4.5m in funding. A...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants at risk because of delay to rental reforms - claim

Renters are being placed at unnecessary risk due to a delay in reforms that would allegedly give them greater protection, it’s been...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Campaigners for pets in lets to face questions from agents

Next week a webinar will give landlords and other property professionals an opportunity to put questions directly to one of the...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - Where Britain’s overseas property investors come from

A new breakdown have been released of the nationalities of overseas buyers investing in British homes - thought to be overwhelmingly...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

First timers defer buying - rental market likely to face higher demand

A quarter of homebuyers are putting off their purchase due to cost of living fears - and when it comes to...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks finance chief joins expanding online lettings platform

PropTech operator Lettingaproperty has won £750,000 to build a new rental platform of landlords and tenants. The cash boost, from the MEIF...

21 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Heatwave had no impact on even-hotter rental market - new analysis

Another analysis of the lettings market by PropTech firm Goodlord has shown that the intense heat is not confined to the...

21 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Some buy to let investors get £800 capital appreciation PER DAY - claim

A high profile London lettings agency says some owners of properties in prime areas of the capital have seen capital appreciation...

21 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings supply still low as online agencies fail to make progress

A market snapshot of lettings in the second quarter of this year has described the supply shortage as “massively under-performing”. The comment...

21 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency’s podcast advertising prompts expansion into radio marketing

Fine & Country has diversified its marketing to include podcasts and radio advertising.  Chief marketing officer Emilie Despois says: “We have always...

21 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Guilty! Letting agents used violence to illegally evict tenants

A jury has ruled that a lettings agency has been guilty of illegally evicting tenants in Margate - with locks changed,...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

UK launch for European property management PropTech service

An Austrian-based property management PropTech service, which already has links to Knight Frank, is now launching in the UK. iDWELL, which describes...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Trade body launches four new products to agent members

The UK Association of Letting Agents is introducing four new products to its agent members. Several of the products are from the...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Deposit PropTech upgrade claims to ease chore of manual inputting

Tenancy Deposit Scheme, the not-for-profit government-backed protection service, has announced an upgraded PropTech integration with automated deposit registration platform MRI Software. TDS...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Star Struck! Lettings platform uses mystic to find places to rent

A lettings platform has joined forces with - wait for it - an astrologer, to find ideal places for people with...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech chief’s advice to agents: talk more with landlords and tenants

Letting agents should communicate regularly and proactively with their landlords and tenants to help them understand the proposed reform of the...

19 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Politician wants Airbnb hosts to switch properties to long-term rentals

A politician has called on Airbnb hosts in his local area to switch their properties to long-term rentals. Isle of Wight councillor...

19 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Foxtons selects new portal for advertising lettings properties

Foxtons is to advertise all of its lettings properties on OnTheMarket with immediate effect. The agency say it already “facilitates” 10 per...

19 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Young adults lie behind growing rental demand, analysis shows

Tenants’ bills are expected to hit a record £63 billion this year - and much of it is down to the...

19 July 2022

From: Breaking News

London agency snaps up another lettings independent

Samuel Estates, an agency based in south west London, has snapped up local independent Home Lets. Established in 2004 the first Samuel...

19 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Fighting Back - short lets and holiday homes do NOT hit affordability

Holiday lets and second homes in one hotspot in the UK have not, after all, impacted on house prices and affordability,...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Propertymark group lobbying politicians ahead of rental reforms

Propertymark has set up a working group of experts, agents, landlords and stakeholders in response to radical reforms to the private...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents must carry increased costs of Right To Rent checks

Propertymark is warning that higher Right To Rent costs are likely to hit agents when new processes kick in this autumn. From...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Independent lettings agency opens third branch in 16 months

Hat and Home announced its third branch this week, in the Berkshire town of Bracknell.  The agency is relatively new - it...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Big rise in agencies suspecting financial crimes - claim

A company claims that some 18 per cent of property firms have seen a rise in criminals attempting to launder money...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning To Agents - compliance crackdown starting shortly

Fourteen Trading Standards authorities across a swathe of England are embarking on an enforcement project to check lettings agency compliance.  The Central England...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent confronted by tenant ‘pushed out’ to make way for short let

A tenant has allegedly confronted an unnamed lettings agent over being “pushed out” of his long-term tenancy to make way for...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Property investment salesman predicts buy to let renaissance

The sales director of a property investment firm says high house prices, rising interest rates and the broader cost of living...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Middle-aged now fastest growing demographic in private rental sector

The number of middle-age and later life tenants living in privately rented homes has accelerated faster than those under the age...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector set to soar as rent rises beat interest rate hikes

The continuing rent rises seen across much of the country are outpacing rises in interest rates, it’s been claimed.  Property website Home,...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Lion’s Den! Rent control advocate to speak at letting agents’ conference

The politician who is arguably the country’s most powerful advocate of rent controls is to address a Propertymark conference. Patrick Harvie, Scotland’s...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Bootcamp to focus on adding fire and revenue to agents’ businesses

A bootcamp which claims to help agents add up to £1m revenue to their business is to return this summer. The Agent...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - prepare additional info for property details now

Propertymark is alerting agents to ensure they meet and if needs be exceed the requirements for ‘material information’ on up-front property...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents storm to record highs as supply drought goes on for now

Average asking rents outside London have hit another new record of £1,126 per calendar month according to Rightmove. This figure, for the...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Loss of Section 21 may not be catastrophe, trade body suggests

The small UK Association of Letting Agents trade body says that the government’s proposal to scrap Section 21 is grabbing headlines...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Belvoir branch amongst raft of agencies kicked out of The Property Ombudsman

Six agencies have been excluded from The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay compensation to wronged complainants. One was the Belvoir...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Beefed Up Property Details - industry bosses back call for Material Information

Senior figures in the agency industry have backed new guidance from the National Trading Standards Estate and Lettings Agent Team regarding...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental re-lets snapped up quickly according to new data

London’s rental market appears to be retuning to some kind of normality according to new data from LonRes. The average time it...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Propertymark deal to help PropTech firm expand agent links

Propertymark has entered into a deal with a PropTech firm to help it grow in Scotland. The partnership will see Homesearch collaborate...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency finance arm snaps up buy to let broker firm

The finance arm of LSL Property Services - known as Pivotal Growth - has snapped up a specialist mortgage service. Pivotal Growth...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards issue new guidelines for property details

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team has published fresh guidance to help letting agents meet new requirements regarding...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Trouble for Purplebricks as activist investor speaks out

Troubles at Purplebricks continue with an activist investor who has a four per cent share in the firm called on the...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC pledge from new Sustainable Agents initiative

Letting agencies will soon be able to calculate their carbon footprint as part of an initiative called The Sustainable Agents scheme. It’s...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC - webinar for agents led by veteran expert

Rightmove hosts its latest anti-money laundering webinar next week. The hour-long session at 10am on Tuesday July 19 - a week today...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Apprenticeships success leads to key award for lettings chief

The agency operated by the immediate past president of ARLA Propertymark has received a government award for its work with apprentices.  Maxine...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Urban capital appreciation fights back after rural price rises

House price growth in prime country and coastal locations is beginning to plateau after two years of runaway growth, with urban...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Millions of tenants expect to rent all their lives - claim

A new survey by business consultancy Hargreaves Lansdown suggests that out of the 20 per cent of households who now rent...

11 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Online agency boss warns against delaying rental reform

The boss of an online lettings agency is warning the government against undue delay and greater uncertainty in the rental reform...

11 July 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm warns agents of possible legal action over negligence

A rogue tenant occupying a property for up to nine months and refusing to pay rent could cost a combined £10,000...

11 July 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket’s teclet reveals latest integration with PropTech supplier

Automated lettings and management platform teclet - which is owned by OnTheMarket - has completed another integration with a PropTech supplier. This...

11 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Johnson loyalists made temporary housing ministers

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has been packed with MPs loyal to outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as...

11 July 2022

From: Breaking News

AirBnb attacks “buy to let speculators” after regulation threat

AirBnb says proposed changes to short let rules in Wales should be aimed at property speculators, not ordinary people. The Welsh Government...

08 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists begin lobbying new Conservative housing chief

Within two hours of Greg Clarke being appointed by Boris Johnson as the new Housing Secretary, the leader of Generation Rent...

08 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Growing arrears risk may hit agents claims PropTech firm

Landlords and agents face a growing risk of rent arrears and tenant fraud because of the cost of living crisis. That’s the...

08 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent rises narrow in prime London while demand stays firm

Knight Frank says the steep increases in rents seen in prime London recently are now calming down. Rental values hit their low point...

08 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency: Do park homes beat mainstream rental properties?

A park home specialist is claiming that this property niche is better suited than conventional rental or owned homes for energy...

08 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings chief slams latest Boris Johnson off-the-cuff housing idea

A prominent lettings Industry figure has slammed Boris Johnson’s latest housing market utterances, branding them “off the cuff” and likely to...

07 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Even renting a ROOM costs £800 pcm in London

A new market snapshot suggests that the cost of renting just a room in London has reached an average of over...

07 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - UK’s top spot for Chinese investment (it’s not London)

A prominent agency says it believes a city in northern England is the UK’s top spot for Chinese property investment -...

07 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Question mark over rental reform as housing ministers quit

If housing really is seen by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as one of his key policy goals, there must be uncertainty...

07 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents roar ahead of pre-pandemic levels in prime areas

Rental growth continues to roar ahead across prime areas of London, according to Savills. Prime London rental values increased a further 3.3...

07 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency’s new branded debit card gives ForEx perks

Knight Frank is offering its 2,200 UK staff a company-branded debit card which allows them to buy cheap foreign currency. Currensea’s card,...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

New call for letting agents to use the cloud and digital technology

A cloud-based software firm that’s been snapped up by a major PropTech company is urging agents to embrace the cloud. Openview -...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

What do you feel about the State Of The Lettings Industry?

PropTech companies Goodlord and Vouch have come together to call for input for their State Of The Lettings Industry report. The annual...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Amend Tenant Fees Act before pets allowed - demand to government

New details from a survey conducted by industry organisations concerning pets in rental properties show the extent of the problem. Some 537...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

New lettings chief announced for famous high-end agency chain

Prime lettings agent John D Wood & Co has announced its new head of lettings.  It’s Tanya Hasking who is currently director...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge boost for Airbnb as it's named Commonwealth Games provider

Airbnb has signed what it calls “a landmark agreement” with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, becoming the official hosting provider for ...

05 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s new HQ is start of hybrid working initiative

Rightmove’s Landlord and Tenant Services division is moving to a new headquarters. It’s 110 staff will shift from Killingworth to Quorum Park in...

05 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Insurance giant enters private rental sector with eco-scheme

Aviva Investors, the global asset management wing of insurance giant Aviva, has announced a deal with a Build To Rent specialist...

05 July 2022

From: Breaking News

New rental record set after strong increase last month

The average rent in the UK reaches £1,113  pcm, up almost 1.0 per cent in the past month. When London is excluded,...

05 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency makes five rapid acquisitions and aims for more

Portsmouth-based agency Pink Street has completed its fifth acquisition in two years in its bid to create the largest letting agency...

05 July 2022

From: Breaking News

White Paper fall-out - private rental sector set to contract

It looks as if the private rental sector will contract as a result of the threat of new regulations contained in...

04 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency makes its third acquisition in just 15 months

The independent Harpenden-based Home County Sales & Lettings has just been acquired by Ashtons, the company’s third acquisition in just 15...

04 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge expansion of HMO licensing proposed by city council

Birmingham’s Labour-controlled council is launching a consultation on a vast expansion to its existing HMO Additional Licensing scheme. The proposal is for...

04 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Supply-Demand Balance may come to Prime Central London soon

The Prime Central London lettings market continues to see rents rise as stock levels remain low, says property consultancy JLL. The low...

04 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Shocking claims about public cash for 'exempt rental accommodation'

A newspaper probe has discovered that sow-called exempt accommodation - often for the most vulnerable tenants - has received a Hugh...

04 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent justifies rent level after politician brands it “disgraceful”

A lettings agency in Kent has been drawn into a spat about rent levels following a councillor’s comment on Twitter. Liberal Democrat...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Pilot scheme finds high proportion of rental homes need work - claim

A council claims that a pilot licensing scheme has discovered a very high proportion of rental homes requiring improvement. Plans to extend...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents rising again - but not at record levels

Rents rose by an average of 2.8 per cent during June, taking the average cost of a rental property in England...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Reform is “a dark day for private rental sector” says Propertymark

Scotland’s new Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill - passed this week by politicians at Holyrood - represents a dark day...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy to let - the areas with the largest proportion of purchases

Some parts of London have recorded over 50 per cent of sales as second or additional properties. Research by lending firm Octane...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Conservative lettings agent lets rip at government over regulation delays

The former president of ARLA Propertymark has made an outspoken attack on the government for failing to regulate the agency industry. Maxine...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour rent freeze aims to “re-direct profit back to workers”

A prominent Labour politician in Scotland has made an outspoken attack on the private landlord sector in her call for an...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Reform Timetable needed to stop uncertainty says leading industry supplier

A prominent lettings industry supplier says uncertainty over the details and timescales to implement rental reforms will dog the sector for...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

The party’s over for Airbnb

Airbnb says that its so-called ‘party ban’ - introduced in 2020 at the height of the pandemic - is being made...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Pressure mounts on politicians to relax proposed eviction rules change

Another prominent industry voice is warning of the dangers of the Scottish Government’s new eviction policies. So far the National Residential Landlords...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New twist in revealing true cost of Purplebricks lettings error

Troubled online agency Purplebricks says it’s going to finally release its full year figures in the first week of August -...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Zoopla lettings gurus put forward rental register idea

Maxine Fothergill, who has just completed her year as President of ARLA Propertymark, is the latest recruit to Zoopla’s Lettings Advisory...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents’ body queries ability of courts to cope with possessions

Propertymark is questioning whether the Scottish Government is adequately funding the First-tier Tribunal to cope with any extra demand placed on...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech supplier offers green fuel deal for tenants

Tenants are being offered what’s called a “fixed price green energy option” ahead of another fuel price hike this autumn. The deal...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Former online chief is regional lettings director for mainstream agency

The former head of operations at online agency Yopa has been named as East London area lettings director for haart. Andrie Neophytou...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Mayors may get new powers over Airbnb and short lets sector

Speculation in national newspapers suggests that the government is considering giving local mayors some powers over parts of the private rented...

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Reforms must ease shortage of supply - Propertymark speaks out

The agents’ trade association Propertymark says the government’s high-profile rental sector reforms should address the continuing shortage of supply. Propertymark chief executive...

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

London rental listings plummet according to agency’s new index

A new agency index looking at luxury rental properties across 10 major global cities shows the extent of London’s listings drought. In...

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New build house sizes shrinking, claims new survey

A fresh analysis of house sizes for new build homes shows they are getting smaller. A study by Tiger Sheds looked at...

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency claims landlords increasingly need help to cope with rental red tape

Beleaguered landlords increasingly require professional assistance not only to manage their properties but to cope with the growing bureaucracy associated with...

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Noose tightens on unregulated city Airbnb and other short lets

One of Britain’s largest cities wants to regulate Airbnb and other short let platforms. The proposed scheme in Glasgow follows legal changes...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Letting agents ignore social media at their peril - claim

A PropTech supplier is warning lettings agents that they risk being outpaced by competitors if they neglect social media. Craig Vile, director...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New regulations could “devastate” rental supply - warning

Housing groups have united to appeal to politicians to step back from new laws that threaten to “devastate” the number of...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Low supply means rents set to rise more than expected

Low supply has kept rental growth high - and it’s unlikely to slow any time soon. Knight Frank says it expects stock...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New co-owner of busy lettings branch is IT expert

The Shepherd’s Bush office has the largest lettings portfolio of all the Winkworth offices across the capital - and now it...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Public kick back against rental reform proposals

An interesting survey conducted by the Lincolnshire Live news website suggests a lack of support for some proposals in the government’s...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Essential to involve agents and landlords in reform - agency chief

Comprehensive rental reform requires the buy in and understanding of letting agents and landlords from the outset - and not as...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New tenancy rules may be threat to student lettings - claim

There’s concern in the student lettings sector about the impact of the government’s Fairer Private Rental Sector White Paper. For this specialist...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by franchise brand

Bhavik Patel, owner of Nicholas Humphreys Southampton & Portsmouth has acquired independent lettings agency Harker and Bullman in Wimborne. This is the...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

App from Build To Rent operator aims to woo tech-savvy renters

A Build To Rent operator has created what it calls a one-stop app for tenants. The operator Apo says the new app...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning over Electric Vehicle charging at rental properties

Electric Vehicle charging points in rental properties are going to be expensive and should be planned and saved for now, according...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New energy efficiency guide issued for private rental sector

A prominent energy industry organisation has just issued a new guide aimed at improving private rental sector properties. The Energy Saving Trust...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency supremo is star of new industry podcast

A high profile former chief executive of Propertymark is discussing agency industry issues in a new podcast. The new service - from...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Backlash over wide-ranging holiday lets rules change

A tourism chief has likened new anti-holiday let regulations to those of a Stalinist dictatorship. Ashford Price, secretary of the Welsh Association...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New branch opens as franchisees celebrate three years with brand

The franchise owners of a Parkers branch have marked their third year under the brand by opening a second office. Brendan and...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Reminder to Agents - new smoke and carbon monoxide rules coming up

A prominent agency lettings chief is alerting the industry that new smoke and carbon monoxide alarm rules are changing from October 1. Since...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Court Drama - Agency accused of violence and vandalism against tenants

A lettings agency is alleged to have used violence and vandalism over a prolonged period against the tenants of at least...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Two-day spectacular promises to improve letting agents’ businesses

Pre-booking is now open for what organisers call the year’s most exciting lettings event - Agent Rainmaker Live. Last year premier seats...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental reforms prompt independent agency to sell to larger rival

An agency has snapped up its second independent in 12 months. James Douglas Sales and Lettings has acquired Leek and Weston in...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

London Calling! Rents up faster in the capital than anywhere else in Britain

For the first time since November 2019, rents in London grew faster than any other region in the country.   That’s the claim...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency acquisition and sales service claims huge success in just months

Acquisition is one of the most frequently used words in the lettings sector now as large numbers of agencies are snapped...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour pushing for even more radical reforms plus rent controls

The sweeping reforms for the private rental sector announced by the government at the end of last week do not go...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New London HQ for high end Connells’ brand

John D Wood & Co has celebrated a major anniversary by opening its new headquarters in Belgravia. It’s 150 years ago since...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Spectacular growth for private rental sector - forecast

The private rental sector could grow an additional 6.5 per cent in just three years, it’s been forecast. This would bring the...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

ARLA reveals new President to take Propertymark position

David Votta from the Kent-based Votta Sales and Lettings has been revealed as the new ARLA Propertymark President. He has been in...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Renting cheaper than buying after latest interest rate rises

The most recent interest rate rise has swung the balance making it cheaper to rent than to buy, according to lettings...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New franchise deal offered to agents seeking corporate benefits

Agents running their own businesses but attracted to the advantages of a corporate are being targeted by a new Business Integration...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let Bounces Back - new investment hotspots

New figures indicate the ongoing growth of buy to let. Analysing data on additional property purchases made in the financial year 2020/21,...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent advocate want special treatment for growing niche

A property investment company says Build To Rent is key to helping Britain meet its current housing and climate change challenges...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to check out new licensing scheme

Agents with landlord clients who let properties in Central West Bromwich are being reminded to check if they should apply for...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Zoopla backs rental reforms despite agents’ reservations

Zoopla - which in recent years has gone out of its way to win agent support - has come out strongly...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank sells off branch private client lettings division

Lettings and sales agency FleetMilne has acquired Knight Frank’s private client lettings business in Birmingham.  The purchase will boost FleetMilne’s managed lettings...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental sector licensing service teams up with insurance broker

PropTech firm Kamma, which monitors the growing number of local council licensing regimes, has teamed up with an insurance broker. The link...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental supply increasing at last as London returns to near-normality

Knight Frank says a frustrating period for tenants looks likely to continue this summer in the prime London lettings market.  While supply...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency upsizes office in high-value lettings hotspot

Part of the Connells empire, John D Wood & Co., is moving to a larger office in a lettings hotspot in...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Get Involved Now! Big industry debate on Rental White Paper

Today’s proposed changes to the private rental sector are the most radical for a generation. The first industry debate on this hot...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - full details here

The government has released the full details of what it calls the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper. This is to form...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Is rental reform a distraction from government failures elsewhere?

A prominent lettings industry supplier has asked whether the earlier-than-expected arrival of the rental reform white paper was a distraction from...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency scheme claims it's better for agents than rival firms

The closely-fought battle between franchise lettings agencies in the private rental sector continues apace.  Maryam Bham, franchise sales manager at Hunters -...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency boss hit with big fine for failing to produce documents

A landlord has been fined a four figure sum for failing to produce documentation for a council. Fathima Syeda Kauser of Luton pleaded...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent making little impact outside London - new research

Build To Rent may win a lot of publicity but it’s still largely unknown outside London according to new research. BTR completions...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reforms to be unveiled by government tomorrow

What looks suspiciously like a government leak to the Daily Mail says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will be unveiled...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets are single biggest reason tenants move home

The Deposit Protection Service claims the single largest reason why private tenants move is to find properties accepting pets. Around a thousand...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket success includes lettings innovations - claim

OnTheMarket says its innovations with partnerships in the lettings sector have played a part in its successful growth. In the 12 months...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Change on the agenda for leading inventory clerks’ trade association

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it’s going to propose evolutionary changes at its upcoming annual general meeting. This will include...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 and rental legal threats under discussion at webinar

A property law expert is aiming to demystify the upcoming rental legislation for agents at a webinar tomorrow. Robert Bolwell, senior partner...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency falls to fast-growing Lomond Group

The fast-growing Lomond Group has consolidated its market dominance in Scotland by snapping up another independent. Lomond’s Stonehouse brand, which operates throughout Aberdeenshire,...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Town votes on ban for new homes being sold as holiday lets

The famous seaside town of Whitby in Yorkshire has voted in a referendum considering a ban on new build properties being...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Charge! On-street car parking could add premiums to rents

New research by Savills suggests that on-street car parking could increase both the capital values and rental potential of properties. The agency...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Apprentice reveals why she loves working at agency letting team

An apprentice working at Newcastle’s Walton Robinson agency has revealed why she believes it’s her dream job. The agency specialises in residential...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

London - why live there if you’re working from home?

A new survey on attitudes towards working from home in London makes interesting reading for those faced with letting homes to...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental properties may be obliged to change for disabled tenants

A consultation over the summer looks set to be the first part of a radical change to the structure of communal...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New national lettings portal to launch this year

A new national lettings-only portal is planning to launch this October with a pledge to revolutionise the rental sector. Its aim is...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Will agents pass on energy help to tenants, charity asks?

More than one in eight private renters may miss out on support to cope with rising energy costs, Citizens Advice claims.  The...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Deposits - figures show remarkably few  agent-tenant disputes

The average private rental tenancy deposit last year exceeded £1,000 new figures show. At an average of £1,005 per tenancy, the cost...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental move-in PropTech service wins millions in new investment

Home set-up service Just Move In has announced a huge fund-raise of £4m. The service boasts Hamptons, Openrent, and Pickfords amongst and...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer urges sales-only agencies to get into lettings

TV property expert Phil Spencer says the slowing sales market should spur sales-only agencies into the lettings field. He suggests that ongoing...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

John Lewis names first locations for its private rental homes

The John Lewis Partnership has revealed the first three locations where it will build new rental homes. The properties “would offer the...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency director already banned - now fined tens of thousands

The sole director of a lettings agency, who was recently made the subject of an anti-social behaviour injunction and banning order,...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let mortgage costs rising with worse to come - warning

The costs of buy to let fixed rate mortgages have risen sharply with more increases likely if, as expected, the Bank...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy extension plans criticised as “laughable … unworkable”

A selection of property industry figures have spoken out against the government’s latest proposals to extend Right To Buy to housing...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss says renters feeling the pinch because of inflation

The boss of a PropTech rental platform claims that tenants are particularly badly hit by the current cost of living crisis. Research...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings chief takes over at high-end agency which is still for sale

Historic agency Chestertons has appointed its long-serving lettings chief Richard Davies as its new chief executive. This follows the departure of high...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Another independent bites the dust as agency makes latest acquisition

The fast-growing Henry Adams Lettings has acquired Interlet Sussex, a long-established independent agency. Interlet Sussex, based in Bognor Regis, was founded in...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech required to slash risk of fraud, letting agents told

Letting agents have been told they must have the right technology to reduce the risk of fraud. Olly Thornton-Berry, co-founder of risk...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

More choosing to rent long-term - claim

A specialist rental platform says its research shows a growing number of people intentionally renting long-term. Ocasa says the reason is the...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency promotions aim to nurture future lettings talent

Connells Group has named what it describes as “four key promotions” across its lettings division, signifying the company’s commitment to nurturing...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

There will be NO rent controls in England - and that’s official

Housing minister Eddie Hughes has categorically stated that the government is not considering rent controls in England. In a written reply to...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents have got it wrong, insists tenants’ activist leader

A leading light in the Generation Rent group is disputing the findings of a Propertymark survey of letting agents.  Agents from businesses...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

30-branch chain snaps up independent - and on the prowl for more

High profile Welsh lettings agency Peter Alan has acquired West Quay Estates & Lettings as part of its long term strategy...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rising Rents - Another milestone reached after monthly increase

The average rent in the UK has hit another record high of £1,103 per calendar month after a 1.1 per cent...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent - first digital identity providers approved

Business partners the Post Office and PropTech firm Yoti have become the first certified digital identity service providers to be entitled...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - body discussing implementation recruits top agency figure

A Parliamentary group currently investigating the possible implementation of rent controls is to be joined by a senior figure from Propertymark. The...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Anti-social behaviour by property management firm triggers big fine

A property management company has been punished with a hefty fine for failing to both clear up and also keep free...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Times names politician involved in rogue letting agencies

The Times has named a member of the City of London’s governing council as a key figure behind rogue letting agencies. Luis...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Data boost for agents - do you want to be in pilot project?

Agents are being invited to take part in a pilot project which claims it will cut down on ‘back office’ chores...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents warn Boris Johnson: “Stop punishing the private rental sector”

A new survey is a warning the government that it must stop forcing landlords out of the private rental sector by...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

High number of landlords claim agents charge too much

More than four in 10 landlords claim their letting agents charge too much - and one in six has been hit...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents hit ANOTHER record high as summer market arrives

Fresh data from PropTech supplier Goodlord shows the average cost of rent in England reached £1,020 per property in May, up...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental reform may be bogged down after elections, warns supplier

Last month’s local election results could yet impact on the private rental sector, a prominent industry supplier claims. The Association of Independent...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by franchise giant

Yet another independent lettings agency has been acquired by the Martin & Co brand of The Property Franchise Group. The owner of...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Stock shortage still the defining factor in Prime London - LonRes

Rents in Prime London are still rising rapidly and the number of new lettings is limited thanks to the lack of...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists want sweeping new taxes on some lettings properties

Activists are calling on the government to impose swingeing taxes on some lettings properties “to bring them back into the residential...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents should identify homes with poor EPCs says Propertymark

Letting agents should consider how the properties they manage can become more energy efficient, says Propertymark. And they should tap into new...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

“What’s taking so long?” - Agents amazed at latest reform delay

Agents have reacted with amazement to the latest delay that the Labour-run Welsh Government has announced for its much-hyped rental reform. The...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency seeking acquisitions in England after Scottish success

Property management business James Gibb has acquired the residential division of Dundee-based J Reavley Factoring Limited. The acquisition will increase the number...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Franchise Agency of the Year named at award ceremony

A student-specialising lettings agency has been named as franchise of the year at the brand’s annual awards. Nicholas Humphreys Nottingham, one of...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Evictions - What Next? Industry must rethink process, say leaders

Two of the most respected figures in the lettings sector are calling on agents, landlords and tenants to consider the future...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour call for higher Capital Gains Tax rise for some buy to lets

Labour’s Sadiq Khan wants an increase in Capital Gains Tax for some buy to let investors. The London Mayor made his response...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Long term increase in private rental sector continues apace

There’s been a big rise in the number of private rental properties on the past decade, despite sweeping tax and regulation...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New PropTech integration for OnTheMarket’s teclet

Property management platform and CRM provider teclet - owned by the OnTheMarket Group - has revealed another integration into its platform. This...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Flatshare website expert sets up Build To Rent portal

The man behind the Ideal Flatmate rental platform has now set up a Build To Rent portal called Your Place. All properties...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Ditch AirBnb and we’ll charge you nothing - agency offer to landlords

Another lettings agency is offering a major incentive to landlords switching from Airbnb to traditional long term rentals. Hills Lettings, a south...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax Consultation - only days left for agents to respond

There’s just a week left - including the long Jubilee celebration period - for agents to respond to a major property tax...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Millions in tax lost through lettings loophole - claim

Local and central government is losing out on millions of pounds of council tax income this year because of the business...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Independent agency disappears after acquisition by national brand

Yet another independent agency has disappeared after being acquired by a national brand. The Huddersfield branch of Martin & Co has snapped...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech integration produces ‘first data-driven lettings CRM’

A new software integration has produced what its creators claim will be the first data-driven lettings CRM.  Agents that use both Street.co.uk...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent’s “misleading analysis” slammed by letting agents

A claim by the activists running the Generation Rent group has been branded as “misleading” by Propertymark. Generation Rent claims its research...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Yet another independent falls to Lomond Group ambitions

A leading brand in the fast-growing and heavily-funded Lomond Group has snapped up another independent agency.  Linley & Simpson has added another...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Chief executive pledges to protect agent’s interests in new role

Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson says he will use his role on the board of The Deposit Service to fight for...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New office will consolidate agency’s operations in county

RH and RW Clutton has opened a new lettings and sales office in Sussex. Senior director George Back says: “Through our increased presence...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Embrace technology or risk losing out to rivals - warning

Letting agents are being urged to make better use of technology to try to meet growing demand for out-of-hours service, yet...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Foxtons buys two more agencies to expand lettings portfolio

Foxtons has this morning announced the acquisition of two smaller agencies to expand its lettings portfolio. It has bought Gordon & Co...

26 May 2022

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Agent regulation needed on top of rental sector reforms - Propertymark

Greater regulation of lettings agents, and all other property professionals, is required to ‘finish the job’ of reforming the industry which...

26 May 2022

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Agents told to encourage landlords to better energy-efficiency

Propertymark says the new boiler upgrade scheme, which comes into effect this week, is an opportunity for letting agents to promote...

26 May 2022

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New trends for London renters spotted by agency branches

Demand for pied a terres from those working in offices for only three days of the week is fuelling demand for...

26 May 2022

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Agency names new supremo to expand Build To Rent activities

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, one of London’s largest independent property services groups, has appointed an experienced figure to oversee the company’s...

26 May 2022

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PropTech allows agency to claim it offers “unique service” to landlords

A prominent letting agency on the south coast of England, Mishon Mackay, says PropTech is allowing it to offer a unique...

26 May 2022

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Working From Home - is it the right choice for letting agents?

The pandemic has fuelled an appetite for working from home amongst those seeking employment at lettings agencies and other parts of...

25 May 2022

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Far reaching reforms demanded by lettings industry chiefs

A collection of rental experts in a body called The Lettings Industry Council have set out what they want to see...

25 May 2022

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Virtual tour company complains about low agency take up

A company providing virtual tours insists the technology delivers “undeniable results” but is still not used universally by agents. Virtual tours became...

25 May 2022

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Higher taxes on empty homes? OK with us, says Propertymark

Propertymark says it welcomes measures in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill that will mean swifter action to get the hundreds...

25 May 2022

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Crossrail rental premiums - how much more is charged, and where?

Crossrail rental values have climbed by 15 per cent on average in the last year alone - before this week’s opening...

25 May 2022

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Buy To Lets with poor EPCs falling out of favour fast - new study

A new survey gives an indication of how quickly properties with poor Energy performance Certificates are falling out of favour in...

24 May 2022

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Rightmove exec justifies high flying new title

Rightmove has justified the switch of one of its highest profile executive’s titles from ‘director of property data’ to ‘director of...

24 May 2022

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Expanding agency group seeking new lettings acquisitions

The Acorn Group has opened its 40th branch - and it says it’s on the look-out for new acquisitions, including those...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Credit Rating - Tenants have little understanding of how it works

Many private renters are misguided on what actually contributes to their credit score and thus may not be taking the correct...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rebrand for agency group pushing financial services to the fore

The Belvoir Group, one of the country’s largest multi-brand property franchises, is rebranding to distinguish itself from the Belvoir lettings and...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Ditch Airbnb and we will waive fees - agent's offer to landlords

An agency in an Airbnb hotspot is offering incentives to landlords who switch from short lets to long-term mainstream letting. Dan Roskilly,...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group in major three year PropTech deal

Leaders Romans Group has entered a three year deal with The Depositary, which is claimed could save the group tens of...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter wants scrapping of Section 21 to be accelerated

Campaigning charity Shelter wants the government to fast-track its pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers. The government pledged a White Paper...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Fraud fears prompt warnings to agents

Industry suppliers are linking up to host a webinar for agents this week outlining the growing risks of tenancy fraud. HomeLet, Let...

23 May 2022

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Agency wins race to manage high profile Build To Rent scheme

A lettings agency is celebrating winning the obstruction to let and manage a 63 unit Build To Rent scheme for students...

23 May 2022

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Tory MP wants 25 mile limit for some tenants and properties

A Conservative MP is suggesting that there could be a ’25 mile limit’ imposed around certain rental properties to ensure they...

20 May 2022

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City rental properties a good investment again, say ex-pats

A mortgage lender specialising in working with ex-pat and foreign buy to let investors says the city apartment and house remain...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb host fined for using domestic recycling facilities

An Airbnb host who let three properties in a city has been fined for using domestic recycling facilities and failing to...

20 May 2022

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London expansion for bills-inclusive co-living lettings operator

The largest operator in London for the niche co-living sector has doubled the size of its portfolio in the east of...

20 May 2022

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50 Not Out! Respected lettings agency celebrates half a century

One of the country’s best-regarded lettings agencies celebrates its 50th birthday today. The Oxford-based Finders Keepers was founded in 1972, starting out...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Most agents using WhatsApp are breaching data rules - claim

A tech firm claims the “vast majority” of agents who use WhatsApp and some other instant messaging platforms are not fully...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Back Of The Net! Lettings agency in deal with top football club

Part of the fast-growing Lomond Group of lettings agencies has signed a new partnership deal with a major football club. Stonehouse in...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

More renters likely to be helped by Bank of Mum and Dad

The cost-of-living crisis is leading to further dependence on the Bank of Mum and Dad, following an extended period of support...

19 May 2022

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Giant lettings group signs major training deal with Propertymark

Many of the country’s leading letting agency brands have joined forces with Propertymark to deliver a training and development strategy for...

19 May 2022

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Redress expert to tell agents latest news on rental reform

Sean Hooker, head of redress at the Property Redress Scheme, will discuss the latest rental reform proposals and answer letting agents'...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring rents, Bidding wars, Supply drought - the market today

A senior lettings chief says the supply drought is making the rental market as overheated now as at any time in...

18 May 2022

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Tenancy lifecycle transformed by pandemic - top agent

A prominent lettings agency chief says the lifecycle of a typical tenancy has been transformed in recent years, as a result...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

London lets recovering but many rents still below pre-Covid levels

New figures show that post-pandemic rental prices are on the rise across the majority of the capital but that some rents...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Local business marketing initiative for new rental scheme

A large Build To Rent scheme of almost 300 flats is launching a scheme allowing local businesses to market themselves to...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Study reveals best place for student accommodation investment

A new study has compiled a league table of the best cities in the UK for investment in student accommodation. CIA Landlord...

18 May 2022

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Rents can’t stay this strong forever - affordability worries surface

Zoopla is warning that the recent sharp rise in rents has stretched affordability with the average rent now accounting for 37...

17 May 2022

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Warning that millions of tenants will hit fuel poverty this year

A PropTech firm is warning that well over two million private rental sector households could be in fuel poverty by the...

17 May 2022

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PropTech partnership promises win-win for agents

A new PropTech link up pledges to be a win-win for agents, landlords and tenants. Muuvo, a platform which is free to...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Don’t delay Renters Reform Bill again - agents warn government

ARLA Propertymark is warning the government that it should not delay further on its long-awaited Renters Reform Bill, because of the...

17 May 2022

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Tenancy renewal numbers “unprecedented” says Foxtons

London-focussed agency Foxtons says the tenancy renewal numbers seen by the company this year are “unprecedented”. Gareth Atkins, lettings managing director at...

17 May 2022

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MP says Airbnb glut contributing to “devastation” of city

A Labour MP says a surge in the number of stag and hen parties in her constituency - undertaken by people...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Over 40% annual rent rises reported in pockets of UK

A new market snapshot puts the average rental rise across the UK at a remarkable 18 per cent over the past...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Second Home Taxes - government releases more details

The government has released more details of the powers being given to local authorities to levy additional taxes on second homes.  The...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Race For Space Is Over - tenants quit Home Counties for London

London rents are rising at a record pace with growth being driven by tenants returning from outside the capital.   That’s the suggestion...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge agency network signs up to licensing PropTech service

The massive Belvoir franchise network has signed up 360 of its franchisees to the PropTech service Kamma.  The franchisees include those under...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Do tenants want to rent 'bills-inclusive' properties?

The cost of living crisis may be changing tenants’ preferences to such a degree that bills-inclusive properties are becoming increasingly popular. That’s...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Up! Up! Up! - Rental market strong and getting stronger, says RICS

The latest sentiment survey amongst members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests that the rental market is strong -...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Drastic fall in HMO numbers as government regulations bite

The number of HMOs in England has fallen as a result of government intervention in the market. In 2018 new regulations were...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Urban living back in fashion as agents report demand soaring

The appeal of city living has been reignited across Scotland with new figures showing a surge in demand and rents for...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent’s vast profits potential shown in stock market figures

Grainger plc, the UK's largest listed residential landlord and a growing player in the Build To Rent sector, has delivered an...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform aimed mostly at north of England, government admits

The government is admitting that its rental reform agenda is aimed primarily at the north of England - which just happens...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants happy to live further from work according to agency chief

A high end agency brand says pricing in the rental market continues to rise because of demand exceeding supply - and...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the London suburb where properties let in five days

A London agency says properties in its patch let in just five days.  Draker Lettings in Fulham has just 22 available instructions...

12 May 2022

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Rental groups should unite and not argue, says industry figure

The chief executive of industry accreditation service Safeagent has made another plea for unity within the private rental sector. In a response...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents given free guide to put empathy at heart of customer care

A guide has been launched to help letting agents put empathy at the heart of customer care and ensure customers benefit...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

 Shelter slammed as “childish” for “appalling” attack on agents

Propertymark has made an uncharacteristically strong attack on the campaigning charity Shelter for its portrayal of letting agents. Ahead of yesterday’s Queen’s...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Revolution - agents worried at government proposals

Agents have voiced their reservations over aspects of the widespread rental sector reform announced by the government in the Queen’s Speech. Yesterday...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Amazing annual rent rises as London recovers from pandemic

Rental values in prime areas of London are now nine per cent higher than they before the pandemic, with Knight Frank...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants stopping contents insurance in bid to save money - claim

Research from price comparison service Comparethemarket suggests that 48 per cent of renters do not have contents insurance. Of those, more than...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property land company set to become major Build To Rent player

One of the leading names in property land and regeneration has announced what it calls Project Spur - a massive launch...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical reform of private rental sector announced by government

The Queen’s Speech has confirmed that a radical re-shaping of the rental sector in England is being pushed ahead by the...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax Take - Second home owners who don’t let out must pay more

Leaks from government ahead of this morning’s Queen’s Speech suggest that second homes which are not let out are likely to...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove Boss: is Britain’s top Lettings Guru in line for job?

Speculation is growing that a high profile former leader of the Association of Residential Letting Agents may become the next chief...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to help landlords and tenants cope with radical change

Letting agents in one part of the UK need to be ready for the most significant changes to the private rental...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 widely expected to be scrapped - announcement today

The government is widely expected to announce that Section 21 eviction powers will be scrapped in new legislation coming to Parliament...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour claims thousands threatened with homelessness by S21

Just over 7,000 households in London have been threatened with homelessness in the past three years alone after being issued with...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental properties become more energy efficient, say tenants

A survey conducted by financial institutions has found the first suggestion that rental properties are slowly becoming more energy efficient. A study...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents mocked in provocative Shelter video

Campaigning charity Shelter is accusing some letting agents of “cutting corners” and has produced a provocative and satirical video showing a...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Leading Tory hits back at demands for rent controls

One of the most high profile members of the Welsh Parliament has hit back at calls from the controlling Labour and...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Prime London lettings market back with a bang insists agency

Rents in prime areas of London are nine per cent higher today than before the pandemic according to Knight Frank.  The high...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Eviction law change will hurt rental supply - government warned

Three organisations have written a joint open letter to the Scottish Government warning that the supply of homes for rent –...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shock figures on banks’ client accounts services to agencies

Shocking figures have emerged regarding the long-running problems caused by banks demanding that agencies have a designated client account for each...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Council-run lettings agency aims to attract private landlords

A council-run private rental sector lettings agency which so far claims to manage 300 properties it launching an advertising campaign to...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents letting high-rise flats ‘must engage with residents over safety’

Propertymark says one lasting legacy of the Grenfell Tower tragedy is that agents letting properties in high rise blocks must engage...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Listing changes explained in agent webinar next week

The new material information requirements recently announced by the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team will be the topic...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New flexible ‘lifetime deposit’ option launched by Zero Deposit

Deposit alternative service Zero Deposit is launching a new option which it says gives tenants more flexibility to split the guarantee...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Price on application’ in property listings deemed unlawful

The small number of rental properties listed on websites and portals as Price on Application have now been deemed illegal by...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Vote 2022 - today's elections could change course of rental reform

A leading lettings sector commentator believes today’s local elections may not directly change the private rental sector but could have a...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenant document PropTech deal for 200-branch agency network

Hunters, now part of The Property Franchise Group, has signed a six year software deal with Zoopla’s Alto service. This means that...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Up! Up! Up!  Rents leap further to yet another new record

The average rent in the UK has hit another record high of £1,091 after a 1.2 per cent increase in the...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New tenancies legislation debated at webinar next week

Propertymark members are to get a briefing on Northern Ireland’s new Private Tenancies Act at a webinar hosted by the trade...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

We Told You! Propertymark warns on impact of government policy

The chief executive of Propertymark says a warning from agents about rents rising and stock diminishing as a result of a...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants warned about high cost of bills-inclusive rental deals

London lettings platform Rentd says a property rented with bills included may be convenient but it will also be expensive. Rentd says...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency chief’s cautious welcome for extended Right To Buy

The head of a prominent brand in a fast-expanding lettings and sales agency group has given a cautious welcome to government...

04 May 2022

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And again... Activists renew call for Section 21 to be scrapped

An activist group claims that homeless cases arising from Section 21 evictions are now at their highest level since records began...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Enough! Voluntary lettings cap introduced by agency

A holiday lettings company says it’s the first in the industry to introduce a voluntary cap on the number of bookings...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter slammed by industry over “exaggerated” Section 21 claims

Propertymark is the latest part of the lettings sector to fight back against criticism and claims of extreme evictions made by...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents must be more transparent to staff and customers - call

A prominent industry supplier says lettings agents must be increasingly transparent on the services they provide - not just to landlords...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter leads opposition to new tenant Right To Buy proposal

Shelter has made an outspoken attack on a government proposal to extend Right To Buy to housing association tenants. The idea -...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent controls ineffective as tool to reduce homelessness

Propertymark has dismissed suggestions from critics of the lettings industry that higher rents are leading to more homelessness.  The trade body says...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Award for prominent lettings agency training supremo

The founder of a leading letting agency coaching organisation has won a coveted international award. Agent Rainmaker was set up by Sally...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb giving vouchers to encourage more short lets in key cities

Airbnb is giving away £100 vouchers to anyone in the UK who shifts into the short lets sector for the first...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets - momentum builds for more animal-friendly lettings

New research appears to be adding to the momentum to have more flexibility over pets in private rental accommodation.  Nearly one in...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Long-term PropTech deal signed by high-profile agency group

One of the best-known names in lettings in London and the south east has renewed its partnership with PropTech supplier Goodlordfor a...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Do tenants waste energy by leaving vampire devices on standby?

New research suggests tenants could save an average of £147 per household on their electricity bills each year by switching off...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Improve housing standards! Propertymark’s call to winning politicians

Propertymark is calling on candidates in next week's Northern Ireland Assembly elections to support policies that will increase housing supply and...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Government says city’s entire private rental sector must have licensing

All private rented homes in Oxford will need a licence from this September, following a green light from the government. Some 49.3...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Virtual Viewings complaints rise to Property Redress Service

PRS, one of the two official redress services for the lettings and sales agency sectors, says it’s seen an increase in...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency grows SW London network with 10th residential lettings branch

An agency has opened its 10th residential lettings office in south west London. The new Savills branch, which will also handle sales,...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Supplier claims to conquer banks’ designated accounts problem

A PropTech supplier says it’s created a solution to letting agents and landlords who must remain compliant and who want to...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine for property company ignoring improvement notices

A property ownership and management company has been fined £20,000 for failing to carry out safety and fire safety improvement works...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agencies targeted by crime syndicates, claims trade body

The UK lettings and estate agency is being targeted by crime syndicates in order to launder dirty money. That’s the claim of...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency boss condemns political party for “punitive” attack on rental sector

One of the UK’s largest lettings groups has made an outspoken attack on the policies of a political party standing in...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Banned - offensive, irresponsible agency ad must never be repeated

A lettings agency is in hot water with advertising regulators for using the phrase “What the flock are you looking at?”...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency set to open new hub in ‘city-in-waiting’

An agency tomorrow opens a new lettings and sales office in a location about to hear whether it’s won city status...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Silver Renters - over-60s seen as growing lettings market

The launch of a new collection of high end homes aimed at renters aged 60-plus has triggered enthusiastic responses from agents. Developer...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Hot Market: many tenants pay above asking rents to secure properties

Average UK rents have increased for the sixth consecutive quarter - but some tenants are paying above the going rate to...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

ARLA slams “tenant centric” approach to rental sector reform

ARLA Propertymark is the latest rental industry organisation to hit out at what it calls the “tenant-centred approach” being taken to...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Licensing to print money? One of UK’s largest schemes launched

A new and huge private rental licensing scheme has launched in County Durham. A total of at least 29,000 properties, or 42...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency offers £2k holiday as part of brand promotion

A lettings and sales agency is offering eagle eyed residents the chance to win a £2,000 holiday if they spot one...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists turn on letting agents and Labour as “landlords’ lackeys”

An activist at the centre of a controversy involving a London letting agent has used a left-wing website to explain how...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Is buy to let killing the concept of chains in sales?

An increasing number of house purchases are made by buyers who are not in chains - a trend driven by the...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC should be tougher on letting agency checks - survey

A technology platform claims that as many as a third of lettings agencies that should be compliant with anti-money laundering regulations...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

New PropTech ‘Disruptor’ - Major cash injection for lettings platform

A student lettings platform now operating in seven cities is reported to have raised £700,000 in its first funding round. HYBR –...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Government should go further on ground rents, say agents

Propertymark has said that the government’s ban on ground rent on new leasehold properties should go further. The government revealed over the...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb demands end to Section 21 and creation of landlord register

Airbnb, so often criticised for operating in the largely-unregulated short lets market, has called on the UK government to scrap Section...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Letting agent abused by activist in eviction demo

The mainstream media today is reporting that a group of anti-landlord/anti-agent activists called an agent a “w*****” at a protest. This apparently prompted...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

How big will this agency group become? New acquisition revealed

One of the brands at the centre of the new Lomond Group has snapped up a 640-home lettings portfolio - taking...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Why Foxtons lettings performance is not what it seems

Foxtons has reported to its shareholders that its lettings revenue in the first quarter of this year was a stunning 21...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ market strengthens in prime London - rents up, voids down

The number of properties available for let in prime central parts of the capital has consistently trended down from the peak...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News